Category: Lifestyle Apps

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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Let the StoryCorps app capture stories of your family’s history this holiday. The result is really beautiful.

When I’m driving around running errands, I usually have NPR on the radio, unless I’m listening to Spawned, of course. The stories that almost always end up with me in tears, searching for a Kleenex in the console, are the reports from StoryCorps which present such beautiful, slice-of-life human interest segments, reminding us that even ordinary, everyday lives — like mine — can be really special. So I think it’s really cool that StoryCorps wants us all to get in on the storytelling too, with The Great Thanksgiving Listen project. Related: A photo app that preserve more than snapshots, it preserves your family stories....

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Sponsored Message: The free Hobnob app makes creating and sending invites as easy as tap-tap-send.

This is a sponsored message from Hobnob   With the holidays right around the corner, the free Hobnob app for iOS makes sending invites to your holiday events, and sharing the photos afterwards even easier. Plus, you could win a $200 Target gift card just for giving it a try! Whether it’s a holiday cookie exchange for your neighborhood crew or a more dressed-up affair for just the grown-ups, Hobnob helps you make impressive, custom digital invitations thanks to lovely designer templates personalized with your own favorite photos. You can even send your design, complete with all the important event details, straight from your phone to your guests...

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Donde Fashion app is like a visual shopping search engine, and it’s awesome.

Shopping online has been Captain Convenience for so many of us for years now, although when you’re shopping for clothes, it can sometimes lean into “this is such a hassle” territory if you’ve got six open tabs to compare prices at six different shops. Turns out the Donde Fashion app feels your pain, and is trying to make searching for a hot new wardrobe as easy as a few taps and a swipe. Related: The app to help you find coupon codes and save money when you shop The app lets users find exactly what you want from more than 6000 top brands and retailers that include high end...

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