Alright I’m well overdue for a post. Had lots of exciting and crazy life events get in the way including two cheer tournaments and a district science fair project (that unfortunately resulted in killing a pet bird – don’t spray paint a science fair board in the house even if its cold and windy outside!!!) So back on track. Today I’m bringing you a list of fantastic iPhone apps (some may work on other phones – I haven’t really checked into it) that will help busy moms out! Some of these deal with organization and others are just great apps for a mom to have. These are not listed in any kind of order so check them all out!
Awesome List of Busy Mommy Apps!!
Evernote – This app has been touted on many mommy blogs as being an essential apps for mommies. It is essentially the best note taking app out there. You can even include audio notes which is very handy for work at home mommies. Within this app you can set reminders, make lists, make notes including pictures and web links, and you can even chat. I just found out about this app in the last year and its very useful when I work on notes for new blog entries.
ZocDoc – This app is super handy because you can schedule doctor appointments without having to make a phone call. You just input what kind of doctor you need and your location and all available appointments pop up so you just pick one. Super simple and saves lots of time! Also very handy if you are out of town and aren’t sure where to go if someone gets sick.
Cozi Family Organizer – This is another app that was very well rated by lots of mommies. It is basically a planner for your iPhone. You can track everyone in your family with different colors and sync the app so everyone’s schedules show up on different family members phones. In addition to scheduling activities, the app has a to do list which is shared between phones, a recipe box, a grocery list, and Cozi even keeps track of your trash day which is super handy since I always seem to forget trash day. I prefer a written planner but this is definitely useful to track appointments for different family members so my phone sends me a reminder.
Bright Nest – This app is a nice little gem. It has great home cleaning and organizing tips and caters topics to things you’ll be interested in after asking a series of questions. You can also pick pre-listed cleaning activities and schedule them on your calendar. The pre-listed activities have nice descriptions on helpful tips and include the time estimate the cleaning activity will take so it schedules the time accordingly when you add the event to your calendar. Great if you lack motivation to clean or get overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start. Definitely worth checking out if you are planning on doing any cleaning or home improvements.
Day One – This is an awesome journaling/diary app but it isn’t free (cost is $4.99). It’s essentially a structured digital journal. Your entries are tied to a photo. Cool features include an automatic time stamp which includes weather and GPS location details. You can sync the app across multiple devices (computer, iPad, etc). It also autosaves to the Cloud and you can PDF a month worth of entries as a single PDF. The only negative is if you want to post multiple photographs you have to enter multiple journal entries.
Stigma – This is a personal journal, gratitude tracker, and mood tracker. You enter 200 character mood entries whenever you journal reminds you to write an entry (at least once daily). You can either keep your entries private or anonymously share them. The app will show you your average moods by color coding them on a monthly calendar. Very useful app if you are interested in tracking your mood for any reason.
Mom Maps – While this app isn’t particularly useful in a suburban area such as where I live, I can see how it would be useful if you live in a city or are taking a vacation to a city. This app shows where any nearby parks are located and where indoor play areas are located. Definitely a must download for the urban mommy.
Mint – This is probably the best free money manager and budgeter according to mommies. Initially inputting everything is difficult and takes time, but once you have all your information loaded you will be able to see all your separate accounts in a central location. This is great to get a big picture idea of what is going on with your finances and to see where your money is going.
Calorie Counter and Tracker By My Fitness Pal – I wasn’t planning on including any diet or fitness related apps because I plan to include a long list of these apps when I do my series on losing weight here soon but this is by far my favorite calorie/workout tracker. Its simple but gets the job done. The list of workouts and the inclusive list of foods is impressive. You will find anything you are looking for. And if you can’t it is easy to manually add it. Finally, as you lose or gain weight graphs are plotted showing you how you are doing which is lovely to see when the weight is going in the direction you want. And if it’s going the wrong way it is nice motivation to turn the graph around.
That’s it for today. My next blog entry will be about How to Set Up an Award Winning Science Fair Board with your child and I have lots of fun pictures of my step daughter who just won 3rd place at District to include in the writeup. Can’t wait to share :). After that I will be spending the rest of the month doing a 10 blog series on Finally Losing All The Baby Weight. I have lots of great advice and plan to share with you what actually worked for me to get my 47 pounds of baggage off! See ya soon!