Friday, January 6, 2012

10 Sips for the Weekend: Great Apps for Moms

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I finally gave in. Decided to join the crowd of iPhone users. Not that I was fighting against it. It is just that when you always favor the cheapest, or best deal for the money, you never buy an iPhone. You end up getting the cell phone Verizon offers for free at the renewal of the contract.

I never felt that I really needed a smart phone, but then I started to look around and felt that I was part of another planet because my hands were empty. There was not a rectangle attached to my hands, a personal robot ready to take my orders in. I had to wait until I got home to answer an email, and that huge amount of time is just not acceptable!

So now I feel like I belong. My fingers cuddled around the machine. Running my fingers up and down with gentleness. An entire world open 24/7. And the feature that always brings a smile to my lips: Siri. I give her an order once, and she follows it. Imagine that? No counting to 3. No bribing or raising my voice. No, just one statement from my lips and she obeys it. To the dot. I could spend an entire day just giving orders, because lets face it, in the real motherhood world that feature is still missing!

So here are 10 apps that I have installed on my phone this past week:
  1. Red Laser (free): transforms the phone into a scanner. I can scan something at the store and compare the price with other places online; find it in stores nearby; check food allergens and nutrition; find books in libraries; scan something to buy later; find reviews for electronics and games and on top of all that I can play supermarket with my kids and scan all the items in the pantry!
  2. How to cook everything - Mark Bittman (4.99): lets just say that it is like having your great grandmother's brain that could cook anything out of scratch and kept in her memory the best recipes ever and their variations according to what she could find in the market. There is also a version "How to cook everything vegetarian" for a greener plate.
  3. Good Guide (free): I like the concept of voting with my money, but up until now it was kind of hard to track every product, every company. Good Guide promises with one scan to show me if a product is green, safe, healthy, socially responsible among other criteria. And offers other tools to make it all easier.
  4. Locavore (free): buying local and in season is also a good idea. Locavore pinpoints what is in season and the best local spots to get it. And many other helpful buttons.
  5. Coupon Sherpa (free): instead of carrying in my wallet expired coupons hoping that when I need one I will remember to use them, now I can type the store I am in and this app will show me coupons for that store. I may even be able to ask the cashier to scan directly from the phone screen.
  6. Baby travels (free): when it comes to packing for a trip with kids it always seems as I may be forgetting something very important that could transform the entire trip into a nightmare. All I have to do now is add information about my trip and the app gives me a list of things to pack. Bonus "soothing sounds" to help baby relax.
  7. Netflix app (free if you are a member): for when the kids need a little entertainment at a waiting room.
  8. Good Housekeeping @ home (free): a guide on how to clean any possible stain or on how to clean any household object or surface.
  9. Real Simple to do lists (free): it allows me to use suggested lists or to come up with my own list to clean, clean up, organize and plan housekeeping activities. Just wish Siri could also do the cleaning for me!
  10. Runens (2.99): by adding this one to my list I will be making my brother happy, as he helped to develop it! Runens makes running social, as it lets you connect and compete with other runners. I am waiting for the version stroller runens so I can connect with other moms as I run late on my way to Luke`s school!
What about you? Do you have favorites apps for your smartphone? 

2 comments:

  1. Very nice reviews of your favorite apps! Thanks Lia~ have a great weekend!

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  2. Great lists.. always looking out for great new apps to download

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