Category: Lifestyle Apps

Hello Sitter app: Our cool free app of the week

Don’t you hate when a sitter cancels last-minute on a much-needed date night, or when you can’t find one for that important parent meeting at school (the night when everyone else in your social network also needs a sitter)? I’ve seen friends frantically posting to Facebook or our neighborhood community sites, begging for a sitter for their kids at the last minute. Well, parents in NYC don’t have to stress anymore, thanks to the free Hello Sitter babysitting app. You can book trusted sitters, even at the last minute, right in your phone. So easy.   To be honest, there are times I’ve been so desperate for...

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How to wake your kids up in the morning? Try these 6 helpful alarm clocks and alarm apps.

With back-to-school in full swing for most of us, the grind of managing a schedule with after school activities and homework is picking back up again. But after late nights and lazy summer mornings, the hurdle for these first few weeks is getting everyone out of bed in the morning. From mobile options to hardware options, here are 6 smart ways to get kids up on time that you might not know about that might finally work to getting kids out of bed, and even better, without you nagging them.   Great Alarm Clocks on Mobile Devices Hey Siri If your kids are iOS users,...

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Apps parents should know about: Collection feature on VSCO

Editor: This article has been updated with more current information since publication If you keep tabs on your teen on apps like Instagram and SnapChat, you’re going to want to add another one to your list, parents. VSCO (pronounced vis-ko), which was originally launched as a photography app (that we love, by the way), now has a huge social network feature, and a fast growing one, with over 40 million users and counting. Given it’s popularity with young girls and the lack of privacy settings, well, let’s just say you’ll want to have this on your radar. Related: What parents need to...

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SpotHero: Our cool free app of the week

Summertime is the perfect time for the kids and I to explore nearby Boston–hey, we need to do that Freedom Trail someday, right?–but, oy, do I hate driving around looking for parking. So, when a well-traveled friend told me that she’d found a simple-to-use app called SpotHero that helps her line up parking ahead of time, at big discounts, in almost any large US city she finds herself, I was intrigued. Intrigued, and excited, because with SpotHero, I am ready to hit the road without worrying about where I’m going to leave my car even on the busiest days, or how much money it’s...

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The new Urban Decay Vice Lipstick app might just be the coolest thing to happen to make-up in a very long time

If you’re like me, you try a bunch of lipsticks out on your hand, then think you find the right one only to realize it’s totally not your color. Well, that’s all about to change thanks to the new free Urban Decay Vice Lipstick app which is currently my new favorite thing ever. Seriously, I cannot stop playing around with it. It’s set-up sort of like Tinder, but for lipstick colors. Once you download this free app, you hit “Experiment,” then allow the app access to your camera so you can snap a selfie. Then, it’ll flip through various Urban...

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Sound Sleeper white-noise app for parents: Our cool free app of the week

If there is one gift I could give to all new parents, it would be the ability to make their baby fall right asleep on command. But since my super powers were never really strong in that area, I’ll have to settle with telling you about a cool free app that might help make bedtime come quicker. Even for those kids who have long passed the age of being rocked to sleep. In honor of Father’s Day, I present you with the Sound Sleeper app for iOS and Android. This white-noise app has a clean retro-design created for (tired) parents by fellow parents Michael and Miriam Feigenson....

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Yummly Recipes: Our cool free app of the week

I have fallen into a dinner rut, relying on a few tried-and-true recipes that I can whip up before the kids get too peckish at the end of a busy day. But now that I’ve download the free and gorgeously designed Yummly app, which is available free for iOS, Android, and Windows, I think our meals are about to become so much more interesting and, well, yummy. The Yummly app lets you take an entire library of recipes along with you wherever you go on either your smartphone or tablet. But instead of having to page through book after book, just use the...

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Yuggler for parents: Our cool free app of the week

It’s Sunday morning and your kids’ friends just had to cancel their afternoon playdate. Or, you are on vacation with your toddler, and rain has just ruined your plans to visit that cool new park you read about online. What to do? Well, nowadays, there are lots of resources like Mommy Poppins or even Yelp with lists of activities. Along those lines is a cool new find for me: The Yuggler app, free for iOS, is designed to help you find things to do with kids, fast. What I like most about Yuggler is the ability to customize the stuff I want to see so that I...

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7 helpful apps for your Super Bowl party, or any given Sunday.

If you’re getting ready for Super Bowl 50 (whoa) this Sunday, and plan on having company to make it more fun, we’ve got 7 iOS and Android apps for your Super Bowl party that you’ll want to download stat, from party planning help to food and drink delivery, to real-time social sports chat. And hey, even if you’re not hosting a Super Bowl party, these are pretty great apps to have if you’re home alone with the kids, or honestly, skipping the game and watching Downton Abbey. After all, is there ever a bad time to get wine delivered right to...

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With the Felt greeting card app, your kids will be begging you to let them write their thank you notes

If you haven’t quite gotten around to having your kids write out their thank you notes for all those Christmas and Hanukkah gifts they got last month, you might want to check out the new Felt greeting card app which just launched. By letting you design your own greeting card and add a handwritten message, they’re bringing back the charm of written letters with digital ease, so our kids can practice some old-fashioned manners with a very modern sensibility. In the app, you can choose from pre-designed greeting cards in all kinds of shapes, for all kind of occasions, and even pretty “thinking of...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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