Category: Lifestyle Apps

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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Sending online thank you notes: It’s never too late!

I’m patting myself on the back for finally sitting down this weekend and sending out the thank you notes for holiday gifts that, yeah, I probably should have sent a bit earlier. But then, it was the holidays! I’m a busy working parent! In other words, I am hoping that my friends, family and colleagues will forgive me–and I’m sure yours will do the same for you if you’re in the same position. If you have a few minutes to spare, check out Paperless Post which isn’t just one of my favorite resources for sending holiday ecards, but for sending the...

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20Stamps: Cool customized photo stamps for the holidays and beyond

It’s not often that we have good news for procrastinators, but if you haven’t yet mailed your holiday cards, then today is your lucky day. Because we just discovered 20Stamps, an awesome iOS app that lets you design your own customized photo stamps, right from your phone. To get started, choose a photo from your camera roll, or your Facebook or Instagram account. Then customize the look of your stamp with different filters, pinch zoom to enlarge it, or switch between portrait and landscape orientation for your stamp. Finally, select the postal rate for your stamp — first class...

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The Clue period tracker app: Could it save your holidays?

My phone pinged me this week to let me know my period is about to start. TMI? Maybe. But I have a feeling other busy women out there might enjoy the little extra help that the Clue period tracker app is giving me these days. Clue is like your personal period assistant which I know sounds hilarious. (Dahling…I have my own assistant just for my monthly cycle.). It takes all your menstrual info into account and lets you know when your period will start and, if you’re trying to conceive, when your fertility window is. As for this time of year,...

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