Category: Productivity Apps

BrightNest app: Our cool free app of the week

The first word that pops into my head after I hear “spring” is “cleaning,” probably because three kids plus one dog equals a lot of cleaning at any time of the year. And with today being the first day of spring (yay!), my free app of the week pick is, BrightNest, a nice-looking and easy-to-use app full of home maintenance tips and tricks that are so smart and useful, it’s becoming an invaluable resource for those of us who don’t have an army of staff to take care of our home. Related: The 15 minute trick: A smart, easy way to spring...

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New parent must-have: Glow Baby app tracks everything from the first smile to the forty-seventh diaper. (Well, if you want it to.)

I can vaguely remember those new-mom days as a haze of me struggling to figure out how to juggle diapers, sleep schedules and pumping. The Glow Baby app (iOs and Android) simplifies all of that into one place, and it would have been great to have back then for me. But for you? Luckies. New parents, I highly suggest you download this app now. It’s free, and it will truly help calm the craziness in your house. It’s kind of like a baby book meets a baby tracker in the best possible way. At the top of your home screen, you’ll find the...

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SimplyCircle app streamlines parent-school communication. And parent-soccer team, parent-carpool group, even parent-parent living in the same household. Which we often need too.

A large chunk of parenthood is about communication: With your partner, your kids, other parents, teachers, coaches, you name it. And too often, mishaps pop-up and communication goes wonky — especially this time of year, when it seems like there are more class parties, more performances and sports play-offs, more holiday schedule changes, more why didn’t anyone tell me about the Election Day bake sale last week?  Oh, and those last-minute snow day alerts and cancellations will be here before me know it. This is where the SimplyCircle app comes in. I think it’s worth a look because it can really make your life way...

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Todoist app may be our new favorite to-do list app.

Where would any of us be without our to-do lists? Probably reclined somewhere on a beach having sweet nothings whispered into our ears by our hot-to-death boyfriend Idris Elba. (Okay. That’s just me. Big Driis and I have history.) The point is, sometimes our to-do lists can feel all-consuming, making us tired before we’ve even checked off the first thing. This is where things like  Todoist app can help you out. Part To-Do list, part task manager, the Todoist app for iOS and Android is pretty powerful and super easy to use. Plus, a recent revamp of its web app...

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New Moleskine Timepage app for iPhone is about beauty and brains. We like that combo.

First, let’s get this out of the way: There’s an ongoing tomayto-tomahto situation around the correct way to pronounce the popular notebook-maker Moleskine — is it skin or skine? The official response according to the company is, your way is the right way. So now, no need to debate it in your head when you download the Italian company’s brand new Moleskine Timepage app, which I think is way cool and molto bello. At first glance, the iPhone and Apple Watch app may seem like just another calendar app, but it becomes very clear pretty quickly it’s actually a smart combination of a weather app, maps, iOS contacts, and your...

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Calendar apps for a tech house divided? Reader Q&A

We are a house divided.  My husband is an Android user (but I love him anyway), and I am an iPhone user.  We need a calendar app that works with both, allows for the importing of Google calendar an iCal and automatically refreshes it.  Is this a possibility? -Elizabeth Believe me, we hear you, Elizabeth. There’s already enough juggling going on in modern parenthood. Adding two different calendars to the mix often makes things that much more complicated. So we suggest finding one truly great calendar that works for the whole family. Here are 3 of the best calendar apps...

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SelfControl app: For those of us who need a major work distraction intervention

As someone who works on the computer all day, I’ve got my various methods for keeping distractions at bay, aka “How not to check Facebook every four minutes to see who liked the photo of my daughter’s artwork.” But if you’re like me, then you know that sometimes just closing the tabs and logging out of your email is not enough. Which is why you might want to check out SelfControl. This free Mac application (sorry PC users) is a no-joke way to ensure you stay focused because it allows you to block access to distracting websites, your mail...

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Finally, the Google Calendar app for iPhone is here!

As a diehard Google calendar user and an iPhone lover, I’ve tried out tons of iPhone calendar apps over the years, none of which were actually made by Google. Until now! Once you download the free Google Calendar app for iPhone, you’ll login with your account (or if you’re me, multiple accounts). The app instantly syncs with your calendar, showing what they call “schedule” view on your screen, which is basically a visual representation of all your calendar events that can fit on your iPhone screen, depending on how busy you are, or course. They’ve even included fun graphics for certain things,...

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3 cool keyboard apps to perk up your phone

We dress up every other part of our smart phones, from gorgeous cases to pretty wallpaper. So why shouldn’t your keyboard get a little makeover too? We found 3 fun keyboard apps to perk up your phone and make it look cooler than ever.   1. Go for Color Spruce up your iOS devices with Brightkey, a keyboard app that offers 13 cool themes, including color, metal and wood options. Brightkey has even partnered with Pantone, so keyboards everywhere can wear any Color of the Year, from 2000 to 2015. Brightkey doesn’t just look good though; it offers some smart functionality. Swipe left or right...

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Need a mani-pedi, a piano lesson, and an oil change this week? The MyTime app is on it.

Let me guess: If you add one more item to your to-do list, it’s going to burst into flames and take you with it, right? I know. I’m right there with you. That’s why I’m loving the MyTime app and website. MyTime takes a help me help you approach to booking your appointments online. With access to over 2 million local business in a range of categories from health and beauty to automotive, you can schedule an appointment anytime, right from your smartphone. And anytime really does mean anytime. I like that you can book an appointment even if the business is...

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