Today was one of those days when I was so overwhelmed with responsibility that I literally had to schedule time to make a schedule. Seriously. “Make a To Do list” was on my To Do list. My face looked like the eyes-bugging-out emoji. I know so many of you feel like this on a daily basis, so I’ve been doing some research on ways to make your life a little less hectic. I compiled a list of what I think are the 10 best apps for moms. Because we all want to feel a little more like that sassy Lady in Red emoji and less like the little yellow emoji who appears to have lost the ability to blink. Check out these apps, and let me know if you love them too!
This super easy-to-use app offers you real cash back on items you’re already loading into your shopping cart. Browse the app, build a shopping list, find cash back coupons, and scan and send your receipt. They quickly review your receipt and send you cash into your Paypal account (there are a few other ways to receive the cash back too, for those who don’t use Paypal). The best part is that these coupons are for items you’re already buying. You don’t have to buy 35 boxes of plain Cheerios to save $5. It’s not that kind of couponing. Try it out for yourself and see how much you get back into your bank account! Use code vsitwbw when you sign up and you’ll already redeem a rebate!
Cartwheel by Target (FREE)
If you aren’t already using the crap out of this app, you’re doing life wrong. Admittedly, if you’re not spending an average of 4.5 hours a week lured into the aisles of Target like Odysseus to the sirens, you’re actually doing life better than I. But I digress. Cartwheel offers hundreds of money-saving coupons on items sold at Target and can even be paired with other in-store offers and manufacturers coupons. Scan items while you shop to see if there’s a promo offered.
Pepper Plate (FREE)
I’ve been endlessly searching for a great shopping list app, and my friend Jackie pointed me in the right direction. Pepper Plate not only offers a simple shopping list, but it also allows you to upload and manage recipes and create menus. You’ll feel like a professional chef even if cooking doesn’t naturally whip you into a frenzy.
First Aid by American Red Cross (FREE)
No one wants to be caught in an emergent situation, but if it happens to you, this is one way you can be a little more prepared. The First Aid app provides expert medical advice until help arrives. *Please be smart. This app is NOT a substitute to seeking emergency medical care. Always call 911 FIRST.*
Period Tracker (Lite version FREE)
This one is less emergent, but still very valuable. Ladies, you know how obnoxious it is to try to figure out when to anticipate Shark Week. This discreet app makes it easy to track your cycle, ovulation, and intimacy. It can be a helpful tool whether you’re trying to make babies, shut down the factory, or just plan your next pool party.
I cannot live without this app. This walkie-talkie style messaging app allows you to connect to the people you want when you want. We live in an age of texting, but we don’t always have the luxury of dedicating our thumbs to a microscopic keyboard. With a press of a button, you can leave a quick voicemail-style message and the recipient can choose to hear it and respond in real time or play it back later when it’s convenient for them. My best friend lived in Guam for three years, and Voxer defaulted to become our main form of communication, seeing as we were 14 hours apart. No matter how excited I was after buying a new pair of shoes, I just couldn’t justify sending a text to her at 4am with my newly fancied feet.
SitorSquat by Charmin (FREE)
This one makes me laugh and toss up some praise hands at the same time. Moms, how often do we arrive at a destination only to hear those magic words: “I need to go to the baaaaaaathroooooom.” You might have a plan of action if you’re at the park down the street, but what if you’re traveling in a new city or testing out that new play place on the other side of town? This app allows you to search for available restrooms as well as consider reviews and even view photos of the facilities before making the trek.
Groovebook by Shutterfly (FREE app; in-app purchases)
We’re all guilty of running out of memory on our phones due to all the photos we’ve stored over the past several months. And what do we end up doing with them? For $2.99 per month, Groovebook will send up to 100 photos from your phone in a beautiful 4.5” x 6.5” photo book. Photos are perforated, making it easy to remove and share with friends and family.
Day One ($9.99)
This one isn’t free, but it’s worth it. This journaling app allows you to chronicle life’s memorable moments and sync among your shared devices. You can add the text of that hilarious #kidssay moment that your child said at dinner the other night or document a photo of their first missing tooth. You can create keywords, tags, and hashtags to organize your entries, and even publish your journal to a hard copy to keep for years to come. We’ve lost the art of writing down all of life’s events in exchange for selfies and hashtags, but Day One helps merge the best of both worlds. (Bonus: Every once in a while I’ll see promos for a reduced price or even free offer for this app. I’ll let you know if I stumble upon it again!)
iPhones can take some pretty great photos, but sometimes they need a little doctoring. Maybe the light was a little dim or you want to enhance the saturation on that amazing pink wall you’re standing in front of. Snapseed is easy to use, and with just a little bit of finesse, you can edit your photos on the go without looking overly filtered.
Have you tried any of these apps yet? Which are your favorites? Tell me about the apps you can’t live without by leaving a comment or sending me a message! And keep your eye out for a post coming soon about the 10 best apps for KIDS!