Top 10 Free Apps for Busy Moms
People in my generation live in a very interesting time. We’ve experienced the best of both worlds, both without technology and with it. When I was a kid, my mom didn’t have an iPhone. She didn’t have the Internet. She didn’t have online forums or Facebook groups. It was a much different time back then. It wasn’t until I went to college that I even had an email address, let alone a computer.
Nowadays, life is so much different. Sometimes I miss those simple times and the slower way of life we experienced back then. Now our phones are our constant companions. Need to look something up? No problem. We can whip out our phones and Google it. Need to speak to someone quickly? No problem. Text or send them a message. Wondering how So-and-So is doing? Just check Facebook.
It’s a MUCH different time.
For moms, it’s brought not only a way to interact and stay in touch. It’s also brought a world of information and resources to our fingertips. Somehow I managed to both birth and get through the first few years with our oldest before my husband and I even had cell phones. Have I mentioned how scary it is raising kids?
Which brings me to my point… The right apps can be a mom’s best friend. For all the busy mamas out there (‘cause what mom isn’t busy? I mean, really…), the right apps can help us feel like we have it all together even when we don’t.
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Below are 10 MORE FREE apps for busy moms…
1. Google Calendar - This one is a given, but I couldn’t go without mentioning it. I love this app because I can create different calendars, and we can share them between family members. If we only want one calendar, we can color code it. It makes scheduling appointments, events, and activities easy peasy. You can also create recipes via IFTTT, but that’s something I haven’t exactly dove into just yet, though I’ll admit, it’s definitely something worth looking into to keep life organized.
2. Cozi Family Organizer - Another calendar app that allows shared calendars between family members is Cozi. It also allows for other things like shopping lists, a recipe box, a family journal, and more.
3. What to Expect - If you’re an expectant mom, this app is so helpful. Not only does it track gestation from week to week, it also teaches you what’s going on with baby. Weekly videos share baby’s development. You can upload photos to the app, join an online community, and find links to all sorts of info related to pregnancy and children.
4. The Wonder Weeks - My friend, Brandi from The Creative Princess, mentioned this app as a must have. It helps you be more prepared for growth spurts, as well as track developmental changes your baby is going through.
5. Snapseed - Love taking photos of your family? Snapseed allows you to easily crop photos, add filters, brighten, tune your image, and add different elements to your photos. You can also share photos straight from the app.
6. Weather Underground - Check the weather forecast for wherever you happen to be or are going to be. Look at the radar, and get severe weather alerts. When you live in tornado alley, weather alerts are a must. I love that I can open this app at anytime and get the current temperature, a 10 day forecast, the radar, Smart Forecasts for different activities, different levels (for instance, humidity), sunrise/sunset info, air quality, UV index, flu cases in our area, and more. It’s the best all ‘round weather app ever.
7. Goodreads - If you love to read, this is the app for you. Keep lists of books you’re currently reading, books you want to read, and books you’ve read. Connect with friends to see what they’re reading and what they recommend. Write and read reviews of books you’re interested in reading. Follow your favorite authors. Find discussions and quotes. Goodreads is a bookworm’s paradise.
8. YouTube - My friend, Vanessa from Nessa Makes, recommended YouTube as one of her favorite apps. With YouTube, you can have the best of both worlds in creating and watching videos. Learn how to do things you’ve always wanted to learn, follow your favorite videographers, and more. Need to fix something? Ten to none, there’s a video showing you how on YouTube.
9. Guidecentral - If you’re into crafts, beauty, food, home, style, or technology, this is the app for you. Learn how to create all sorts of things. It’s a highly visual app with instructions for each project or recipe. You will LOVE it.
Honestly, the list could go on and on. But enough from me… What are YOUR favorite apps?