Everyone Loves Apps
I spend lots of time playing with my iPhone. Who doesn't? Pretty much everyone I know has some kind of smartphone. I love it. I don't remember what I did without having one. It is so helpful in many different ways. Not only can I talk on the phone, text, and video chat... I can also receive all my emails and download tons of apps for my personal needs and wants.
- Facebook (Free): Almost everyone I know has a Facebook account. It is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, leave messages, and share pictures.
- Redbox (Free): Since having Avery, it is impossible to go out to the movies. So, we bring the movies home. There are Redboxes all over with tons of different movies to choose from. With the app, you can search movies that you are interested in and reserve it at the closest location to you. Since you have to reserve movies using a debit card or credit card, the movie is already paid for when you go and pick it up.
- HeyTell (Free): This app is a walkie talkie app. If you and your friends both have it, you can send voice messages back and forth to one another. It is really quick and you receive a notification as soon as someone sends you a HeyTell.
- Endomondo (Free): You want to turn this app on when you go for a walk or run. It will track and map where you are with GPS, keep track of how long you walking/running, lets you know your average pace, and tells you when you hit mile marks. I use this whenever I take a walk so it keeps a running log of how often and fast I went.
- Target Weight (Free): This is a simple app that helps you record your weight each day. It also calculates your BMI.
- Pandora (Free): Tons and tons of music channels for anything and everything. You can save different channels as favorites so you can find them quickly.
- A few free banking and utility apps that I love are: ING Direct and the ING Direct ATM Finder apps (we use ING Direct for all our banking. This app lets you see all account information, transfer money, and locate the closest free ATM's), Geico Insurance (if you need roadside help, a tow truck, information on your policy, it can all be done with this app), Direct TV (you can set your shows to record and view account information with this app), my AT&T (if you use AT&T as your phone service, this app has lots of helpful tips and lets you know how many minutes and data you have used monthly).
- Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends (Free): Play scrabble and hangman against your friends! You just sign in using your Facebook account, and it will list all of your friends who are already playing and waiting to start a game with you.
- MSNBC.com (Free): This is the best news app that I have found. It is very organized and easy to read.
- KXAN.com (Free): This is the best local news app I have found for the Austin, TX area.
- First Aid and Pet First Aid (Not Free): These apps are worth the little bit of money. It lists all different first aid advice for many different situations, how to do CPR on a child or adult, and you can create a profile with all of your medical information and emergency contacts. The pet first aid is the same exact things for your four legged friends.
- Waze (Free): This is a navigation app. It also tells you where cops with radar are located, accidents, and slow moving traffic areas.
- Skype (Free): Video chat with any of your family and friends who have Skype.
- Shutterfly (Free): I can have all of my Shutterfly photo albums right on my phone to share. It will automatically update whenever you add new photos to your Shutterfly account.
- The Weather Channel (Free): This is the best weather app I have found. It updates frequently, lets you know of any local weather warnings, and has a good radar screen.
- Wallet Zero (Free): You know all of those store key chain tags you get for discounts and such? Well you can get rid of all of them, and just enter their name and number into this app, and show the cashier your phone when you check out!
- GeoQpons and Coupon Sherpa (Free): Both of these apps have listings of lots of different retailers with currant coupons and discounts available. When you use a coupon, you just pull it up on your phone and show the cashier at check out. Some of the great stores I have found are Hobby Lobby, Carter's, The Children's Place, Ann Taylor LOFT, Babies R Us, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Costco, Dick's Sporting Goods, Express, Gap Outlet, JCPenney, Jo Ann Fabrics, Kohl's, Macy's, Michael's, Old Navy, Petsmart, Sam's Club, Yankee Candle. There are so many more stores and lots of restaurants! They are always updating and adding new coupons, discounts, and stores!
- Total Baby (Not Free): This app is so worth it for new parents. I no longer use it since Avery is older, but for the first 6 months it was a lifesaver. You keep track of all foods (solids and liquids), baths, sleeping, wet and solid dirty diapers, medicine given. It was nice to have a running log and reminds of what was going on with my little one.