Category: Lifestyle Apps

A Kentucky Derby app? You bet! (Heh.)

Down here in the South where I live, the Kentucky Derby is a pretty big deal, complete with an annual neighborhood party and a very competitive lady’s hat contest. But you don’t need a party invite or even a ticket to Churchill Downs to enjoy all the race festivities. The Kentucky Derby app has everything you’ll need to enjoy the race from the comfort of your home, like the event line-up, information, stats, and photos of the horses, and yes, even a betting calculator. And while you’re waiting for the race to begin, you can test your Derby knowledge with...

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A mobile app for new parents. Nervous, tired new parents.

Remember those first few hours and days after bringing your firstborn home? Elation and terror are two of the many emotions that come to mind. It was a magical time, but one that prompted a lot of questions. A lot. Rather than rely on books like I did in my heyday, new parents can now turn to their mobile devices for new parent advice. An app called Baby’s Home…What Now? addresses many of the plaguing questions that crop up during the newborn phase with eight video chapters (67 minutes total) on everything from surviving the first days, nursing, coping...

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Parents Magazine, now on iPad. And it’s very very good.

Parents Magazine is one of those periodicals that I end up reading cover to cover and then ripping up and tacking to my bulletin board because there’s just so many useful tidbits. And don’t even try to get me to throw away the back issues that I still find myself referring to time and time again. Well now they’ve come out with a digital magazine for iPad and let be the first to say that it will be the gold standard to which other iPad magazines will be held. Yes, it’s just that amazing. To get the new Parents...

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Dads Dig This: NPR Music app

We’re thrilled to welcome Grammy nominee Brady Rymer as a guest Dads Dig This blogger. He’s one of our favorite family music artists whose new album “Love me for who I am” is just out! If you’re on the lookout for a trusted place to discover new music–music that’s usually outside of the norm and not necessarily what’s commercially successful–then you should check out one of my favorite apps, the NPR Music app. From their bi-weekly podcast that keeps you in the know with what’s happening in rock, folk and the alternative scene to their lively blogs that offer...

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Sing your baby to sleep with your smart phone

Even though I’m the one with a few music degrees, it just so happens that my husband is the bedtime songbird around our house. Only problem is that he travels much of the month, leaving me to try to recreate his original lullabies for each of the kids. And then we found this cool new app that lets him put the kids to sleep, even if he’s not actually here. The My Voice Baby Lullaby app is ridiculously simple to use but utterly brilliant. Just ignore the cheesy graphics and get right to the good stuff–recording your voice. Simply...

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Gorgeous baby announcements right from your smart phone

The joke around our house is that by the time we actually get around to sending paper baby announcements, we might as well just make them first birthday party invitations and kill two birds with one stone. Or card. Too bad I didn’t have this amazing iPhone app which allows you to send gorgeous vintage inspired birth announcements right from your phone. The beauty of the Cartolina iPhone app is that you won’t hear any complaints, even from the grandparents, if you actually don’t happen to get around to sending actual paper announcements for a few months. Yes, they’re...

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An iPhone ecard app that gets it right.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that I’m supposed to jot off a thank you note before the wrapping paper hits the ground, but I usually forget. Or worse, I don’t and it just nags at me. Solution: a great instant card iPhone app that looks more fantastic than any we’ve seen before. The Red Stamp app hails from one of our long-time favorite online card shops, Red Stamp so it’s not surprising that the designs aren’t secondary to the technology. They have a stylish gallery of design templates and you can customize the message to suit the situation. From...

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RedRover, RedRover, let Chloe, Caleb, and Ella come over.

This winter break week has been my official indoctrination into the complexity of the public school calendar. In talking to my girlfriends who are also school vacation newbies, we’ve come to the consensus that indoor play spaces and spontaneous play dates are godsends. Coincidentally, I just discovered a super helpful, brand new app that makes those on-the-fly kids get togethers so much easier for parents and caregivers. It’s clear that a mom invented RedRover because it’s absolutely brilliant. It lets you invite people from all your contact lists–Outlook database, iPhone address book, Hotmail, Google, AOL, and so on–and essentially...

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Spare a tree by carving your Valentine’s initials virtually

Oh, Valentine’s Day. The holiday that either elicits heart flutters of anticipation or dread around trying to find something romantic to do. (Yes honey! These red and pink peanut MnMs are for you!) If you’d like to explore something different this year, the Treemail iPhone app, recently released by Country Living, is a cute way to send someone a virtual carved tree and tell your sweetie how you really feel. Akin to carving your letters like they did in the olden days before arbor conservation was au courant, the very cute Treemail app gives you all the tools necessary...

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An app that makes running errands almost enjoyable. I said almost

**Please see our editors’ note below You know the drill: school drop off, supermarket, dry cleaner, bank, drugstore, repeat. Yes, it’s tedious, but at least now you can get a little credit for it. Literally. Checkpoints is a free app that gives you redeemable points for just doing the stuff you usually do anyway. And I like it. Checkpoints is sort of like Four Square meets a CVS extra-bucks card. It determines which businesses are near you at any given time, and then you start racking up the points. You can earn 2 points just for pressing the “check...

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