New 'Kidlee' app helps parents save childhood moments

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 2:39 PM

PHOENIX -- Ever download an app on your smart-phone and wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?" Well, if you can dream it, you can do it.  Developing your own app isn't as hard as you might think.

Just ask our guests on Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona. Elaina and Gary Verhoff had other parents in mind when they created the "Kidlee app".

"We created the Kidlee app to help parents save and share all those special moments in their kids' lives that whiz by," says Elaina. "If I don't jot it down, I'm going to forget it."

You open the app, and simply record short messages, memos, and even photos, and they'll be saved in your phone. Then, you have what's basically an online baby book or journal.

The app is similar to a Twitter feed. "We tried to model it after something people are used to using," Gary tells us. "It keeps a chronological timeline of the events and what happened in the moment."

Kidlee has about 16,000 users already. "It's so great because we hear from all these parents who are using it," says Elaina. "They're so happy that they now have a way to keep everything in one spot. And it's so easy for them to use."

The couple says anyone with a good idea can create an app. Gary tells us the biggest challenge was finding the right developer. The app has a free version, but there are upgrades available if you'd like to add more options.

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