I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Most of us have made the move to a smart phone and I know I couldn't live without mine. For me the best thing is the fact that it has enabled me to reduce the size of my handbag - no longer do I have to carry around a diary to keep track of where everyone is, no more envelopes with shopping lists or To-Do lists scrawled on the back of them. Call me super-organised Mum as I leave the house with nothing but my phone and a few cards. So here are ten of my favourite Apps for Mums - maybe they will make your life a little easier too!
I love this App - quickly add your shopping items, make a separate page for each item group like dairy or meat - or if you're really keen and always shop in the same store you could even create lists by aisles. Cross off each item as you put in your trolley and shake your phone to clear them off the screen. However the best thing about this App is that it syncs over DropBox, so if your husband is out and is picking up the shopping on his way home and you're in the middle of cooking a gastronomic delight and you're missing a vital ingredient, quickly add it to the list on your phone and it will appear on his phone when he opens the App. Perfect!
This is the list App to end all lists! No more scraps of paper, Teed keeps it all in one spot. You can set due dates, sync with DropBox so that you can edit the list on your phone or iPad and create projects. You can also set locations, so that nearby tasks will show up when you reach the location - handy for only showing your work tasks when you reach work.
I could not live without this App. I have separate Calendars for all of the family members. Everyone has their own colour so that I can see who is supposed to be where, and when. We all have our calendars synced on iCloud, so that as soon as someone makes a change or adds an appointment it is reflected in the other family members calendars so that we can't double book. Just remember to edit the calendar when you add an appointment to one which says "on iCloud" so that it doesn't just appear on the device which you added it on!
I use this to see where everyone is in real time. Now that my kids are getting older and are starting to head out on their own, I've asked them to sync their apple devices to our iCloud account so that when they are in a wireless area I can track where they are. I'm not playing Big Brother and watching their every move, however it does give me just that little more peace of mind when I've dropped them off at a rehearsal.
This great App allows you to search from recipes all over the Web and easily download the ones you like so that you don't have to go searching for them again when you need it. Recipes from well-known recipe websites are easily imported using an auto function, while more unique sites you can use the copy/paste functions. Recipes handed down from friends and family can be typed in and you can take also import photos of your food so that you can remember what you were cooking. You can also create shopping lists based on your recipes.
This App is great to keep a track of kids jobs and their pocket money. There are cool features like adding a photo of something that the kids are saving for, graphs to show their saving progress and a log-in page for kids as well as for Mum and Dad. Add as many jobs as you like, give it a dollar value and as each job is completed, check it off and add the amount to their savings total. You can also set up an automatic pocket money payment. When they have saved enough to make a purchase, withdraw money from their "account" and the App keeps track of how much they have left.
I use this App all of the time when shopping for bigger purchases like kids toys or birthday presents. It lists all of the catalogue specials in your local area. Type in the item you're looking for and it will list all of the stores (online included) that you can purchase the product on special and what the price is. I've made great savings using this App over the last few years.
This App has some neat tips and links to videos, podcasts and a blog to help you to get your house and life a little more organized. It also includes challenges to give you some focus. I'm sure you're all like me and don't need this App because you've got everything under control, but sometimes it's nice just to have a little reminder.....
This little App pops up once a day to let you know which App is free to download for the day. They range from fitness and photography Apps, to games, to organizer Apps - pretty much anything. It's a great way to try an App for free to see whether or not you like it and to save a few dollars.
At the end of a long day, sometimes your mind can be a bit busy and it's hard to switch off and get to sleep. This App has endless combinations of sounds and pre-programmed sleep functions, including power naps, relaxation to sleep, de-stress amongst others. It uses binary beats - deep tones which are supposed to help slow your body rhythm and is designed to be used with headphones. It's a bit more pricey, but I find it effective if I'm having trouble nodding off.
So those are my ten favourites. If you've got others which you can't live without I'd love to hear what they are. I think I still have room on my phone for a few more!
Thanks for sharing your 10 favourite apps. I've just clicked on each one of them, one at a time to read what each one did and they all sound good apps. I wasn't interested in most for various reasons, mostly because the info doesn't include the price for them, which would of been handy. I love reading so many of your articles in Weekend Notes Katrina. Thanks to you and the many other talented writers out there, we can all share and enjoy our wonderful community in which we live. :-)
Gift plan - for when you get ideas of presents to give specific people, take photos of the gift, get reminders of any impending birthdays, create a shopping list, etc. Now all I need is a gift--wrapping room like Candy Spelling had!