Category: Lifestyle Apps

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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Privet by KidsLink: A great new addition to parenting advice apps

Along with the diapers and burp clothes and countless other pieces of baby gear, perhaps the most valuable things that new (and newish) parents can receive are the BTDT words of wisdom from other parents who are boldly and actively doing the hard work of parenting. Even better is when you can gather those useful tips and pieces helpful, free (and judgement-free) advice from a large circle of in-the-know parents right there on your smartphone. And I don’t mean scanning your Facebook feed. Privet by KidsLink app is the latest in parenting advice apps, ad it’s a good one. Earlier this year we reviewed the company’s original KidsLink app, a...

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Doctor on Demand app: A smart way to get help for breastfeeding issues and more.

The trend of online doctor visit apps is definitely reaching critical mass as people learn it’s a great way to get professional advice and even subscriptions without the hassle of making appointments or schlepping out the door. And now we’re starting to see them drill down to give you access specialties, like the new Doctor on Demand app, which includes board-certified lactation consultants. Becoming a mom for the first time brings with it a whole host of new skills you have to learn, and at the top of my list for most frustrating was breastfeeding. My trips to meet with a lactation consultant were so...

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KidsLink app: A smart alternative to social media oversharenting

I didn’t even know there was a term for it, but of course there is. Oversharenting. It’s that thing that so many of us parents do on social media — especially on Facebook — where we share, or overshare, info about our kids that ranges from cute “firsts” to humble brags to embarrassing TMI stories that maybe don’t need to be on Facebook. While I would never fault anyone for trading parenting stories with friends and cohorts online in search of support and affirmation, there are definitely concerns about privacy and safety to consider with every single thing we post online, kids or not....

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Apps parents should know: Meerkat and Periscope now let your teens live stream. Just let that sink in for a second.

I’m not even kidding that when I heard the the word Meerkat being tossed around for the past couple of weeks, I thought to myself, Is that Meerkat Manor show back on TV again? But then, when the Periscope live streaming app for Twitter launched this past week, I figured out what the heck was going on. And then I got a little scared. If you’re not familiar with Meerkat and Periscope, they’re live streaming apps, which allow users to share real time video, broadcasting directly to viewers on the app and Twitter — whether it’s a breaking news event, a first date...

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Immortalia: The family history app to download before your next visit to Grandma’s house.

My grandmother once stowed away in the back seat of her father’s Model-T while her sister went on a date. Then they crashed the car, into a pig. Now that she’s gone, I really wish I’d had her record stories like that one so that my kids, especially my daughter who’s named after her, could know her a little better. But thanks to Immortalia, a cool new family history app, we can start digitizing our family memories Related: Day One: A fantastic baby book app, even if your baby isn’t a baby anymore     I suggest starting with some of the guided questions on the app, which...

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More of the best sleep tracking apps to help you get your snooze on

We’ve already declared that 2015 is the Year of Better Sleep, so here we are with even more helpful techie ways for all of us to get those good Z’s. I tried two more of the latest sleep tracking apps to see whether they’d be a good fit for parents. Here’s what I thought of both of them:   MotionX 24/7 app MotionX is considered one of the leaders in wearable tech, so it’s no surprise that they’ve created a sleep tracking app. But I like how MotionX 24/7 does more than just track nighttime snoozing. You can also record the sounds of...

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The Funny or Die Weather app can make you laugh when the weather makes you want to cry

The weather is so crazy lately that I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual forecast was cloudy with a chance of meatballs, or some other spherical meat product. We all need a sense of humor with weather like this, and while we have a great roundup of funny weather apps, hilarious website Funny or Die adds one more, as one might expect, with their new weather app. The Funny or Die Weather app (yes it’s real) brings you a new weather “fact” each day, like No one knows what a barometer is. And Despite their reputation, tornados actually build more trailer homes than they destroy....

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