I can’t imagine life without my phone, it had made life simple. Well, my phone and my ten must-have apps! I have heard all the warnings about screen time, but with a Screen Time Limit app-problem solved! As a working momma my phone is a lifeline to my kids, an invisible cord linking us when we are apart. As a MavenMomma, my phone is a handcrafted sous chef/virtual assistant/entertainment center.
Below is a curated list of ten must-have apps perfectly suited to make mom life a little more manageable.
I am obsessed with the New York Times. And so, even when I cook and need a recipe or a little cooking inspiration, it is my go-to. Of course with the release of the NYT Cooking app I had to try it out. The obsession continues. Thanks to thousands of the best recipes from The New York Times along with how-to guides for home cooks at every skill level. I am living for the quick 20 minute recipes, they are what every MavenMomma needs to put amazing and quick meals on the table.
NYT Cooking takes me back to my days at Gourmet Magazine, where I was not a test cook, but cooking these recipes somehow makes me feel like I am really doing my thing in the kitchen-even more so than my normal culinary skillz!
Spotify is the easiest and my favorite way to listen to music and podcasts on my cell phone, my Alexa, and my Apple Watch. I have had the app for a while, but thanks to the aforementioned integrations into all my gadgets. Now, Spotify is part of my ten must-have apps list. I love being able to play any artist, album, or playlist when I want. I also love that I can follow other users playlist and share playlist with other mavens. Plus, Spotify curates playlist based on the jams I frequently listen to. Last, I love getting my year in review, thanks Spotify!
While Spotify is free, I can’t stand commercials so I opted for Spotify Premium which, in addition to commercial free also features the ability to listen offline-ideal for inflight.
Note: that while most say you get better sound quality with premium, I really don’t know. I don’t remember how the free version of Spotify sounds to give you that feedback. Get it, feedback, lol, okay – let’s move on below.
This app continues to make my Ten Must-Have Apps list. Known for making physical notebooks, iconic Moleskine is now digital with a simple style that enhances a highly functional app. Moleskin Timepage is a smart calendar app perfect for a busy Momma. It combines your events, maps, contacts, and weather into one functional and stylish app. Moleskin Timepage syncs with your existing calendar, so you don’t need to set up anything new, except your color. That color becomes your theme. Shades of your signature app color will showcase to delineate just how busy you are in a timespan.
Somehow seeing my week as my signature color makes my hectic schedule feel a little less intense and therefore a little more manageable. Call it “calendar color therapy.”
Moleskine Timepage is a membership service. Pricing and more information, available where you purchase apps.
There was a time when I could not stomach political news, ah hm circa 2018 people. Then, I found Feedly. I cut through all the clutter thanks to Feedly’s filters. When I don’t want to hear about a topic, “ya filtered.” Feedly is my way of ensuring I get less noise + more news. Let’s face it; there is news you can’t use, why bother weeding through the useless? Get Feedly to get all YOUR news, tweets, podcast, and blog updates.
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I can’t leave my babies home alone in the morning to run out to spin class, so I turned my balcony into my home studio. Momma made the space, but the CycleCast app makes the class. I choose my favorite instructor, select workout time (20, 30, 45, or 60-minute), press play, then ride.
MavenMomma Tip: CycleCast app picks music based on my workout. I also like to sync and track workouts, calorie burn, and your heart rate. CycleCast helps me spin into my day from wherever I choose to get it done!
I have an app to get in gear, and I have an app to that helps me chill. Headspace is a simple way to release stress with meditation and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. Headspace guided meditations include focus, exercise (I use during yoga), and sleep.
MavenMomma tip: try the 2-3 minute “mini-meditation” to reset when you’re overwhelmed need a little R&R, or to simply recharge.
Have you ever purchased shoes for your kids only to have that kid’s feet grow after wearing the shoes a couple of times? #momlife
Anyway, problem solved with the Kidizen app. This app makes keeping your kids stylish both sustainable and cost efficient. Sell the nice stuff they no longer wear/want and receive money or credit to buy your kiddos some other kids’ nice stuff. See, it is the kids’ clothing circle with thousands of gently-used listings added daily! So Momma has her The Real Real and Net-a-Porter and now the Kidizen app for my girls.
If you follow MavenMomma, you know that I love to travel, with and without my kids. I discovered the TripIt app in my quest to make travel less stressful. Initially, I used TripIt to keep track of my flight itineraries; my use has evolved however, into that of a travel journal. TripIt is a place to store travel information no matter where I booked the travel. I access interactive airport maps as needed, activate Go Now to remind me when to leave for the airport based on flight alerts. TripIt goes further, check on it.
Another constant on my Ten Must-Have Apps list!
I forget things from my grocery list. Sometimes just as I am in checking out at the store. With one kid begging for gum and the other asking me questions about tabloid headlines getting out of line to go back for missing items is not an option. Instacart, however is always an option and a great alternative to grocery shopping with kids in tow.
I pick the store, load my cart, via the online aisles, choose a delivery window, pay, and voila! my grocery shopping gets done, and delivered directly to my front door.
Instacart’s shoppers offer substitutions for items, not in stock. They also do a terrific job of choosing produce. Presumingly they are not telling their kids to “put that down!” as they shop.
MavenMomma tip, watch the pricing! Instacart notes when a store’s prices are more expensive on the app, in that case, I just pick a different store and keep shopping.
You may remember this app by its previous name; vigilante. Citizen continues to offer real-time crime and incidents reports generated by Citizen Techs who listen to police scanners, translate into everyday jargon, then pin the location with details.
Citizen is available in the New York and San Fransisco Metro Areas, as well as LA, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. As as a big city residing momma it is a must-have app. I review what is going on in less familiar neighborhoods before I visit. Citizen also comes in handy before driving a particular route. For example, I once received an alert that a man was throwing rocks at passing cars, so I exited the freeway to bypass that route. There is also the option of recording an incident, which I admit I never use. I typically keep moving when I see crazy.