Tuesday, February 8, 2011

There's an App for That!

I am addicted to the App Store.

It’s such an amazing collection of possibilities. Want to know what the air quality is going to be outside? There’s an app for that. Want to keep track of your baby’s bottles, naps, and poops? There’s an app for that. Need the use of an app that has been given the seal of approval by Catholic officials in the US that helps you through the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Yes, there’s even an app for that.

When I got my first iPhone about 2 years ago, I started off with the 16 or so apps that come standard on every phone. I soon began downloading apps – any type of app – as long as it was free. I had pages and pages of apps that I thought were cool, and that I “just might use some day.” I had pages of games, news apps, banking apps, and even an app to buy things on Craigslist. Then came the pregnancy apps – what I was supposed to eat, how the baby was growing, pregnancy Q&As. I soon began to forget what apps I had because I had so many of them!

I rarely updated the software on my iPhone, so I didn’t realize I could create folders to store my apps in…until I bought my iPhone 4 in November. Heaven. Utter, simple, complete, heaven. I now have only two pages of apps containing…

…132 apps.

I told you I have a problem. But at least now my problem is organized! My first page is all of my frequently used apps – Facebook, Twitter, Weight Watchers, and Shazam. I have folders containing all the newspapers/newsites I like to read. Another folder is my “Shopping” folder, with Macys, Babies R Us, and Target apps. There’s the “Lifestyle” folder that contains my Groupon, Confession, and Zillow apps.

I love finding new apps. Sometimes I lie in bed at night searching for new apps.  Then I can't put my phone down, and I get on this downloading streak and before you know it, I need a new folder for all my apps! I was going to list all of my favorites for you, and tell you a little about each one, but when I made the list, I had too many favorites. So, I’m going to list most of my favorites, but only feature my top five favorites.

Honorable Mention Apps (in no particular order). If you have an iPhone (or Droid/Blackberry, some of these apps are available for those phones) I hope that you’ll check these out; they’re definitely some of my most used apps.

Babies R Us
Plants vs. Zombies
Oregon Trail
Angry Birds
Quick Bank
Google Reader
Lose It
What to Expect – Pregnancy

Here are my top five favorite apps, in no particular order. Please note that my favorites can and do change as my life changes, and you’ll notice that several apps are baby-related at this stage of my life.

Golden 1 - This is my credit union, and I’m so, SO happy that they have an app. It is simple and user-friendly, and I use it all the time to check my balances, transfer money, etc. Five gold stars to Golden 1.

iBreastfeed - This is an app that was created by Medela, a company that makes breastfeeding equipment and supplies. It helps you track not only when your baby last ate, but when they last slept, peed, pooped, etc. There are several apps like it on the market, but this one was the best one I found – and it’s free.

Momento - I used to keep track of Busy’s milestones on my iPhone calendar, until I found this app. It lets you record a “Momento” or special moment, tag it, take a photo of it, and it stores them all for you. In case you can’t remember the first time your child did something, you don’t have to search through every day on your calendar – just scroll through your Momentos. Awesome.

Week Calendar - I actually use this in place of the iPhone calendar that came on the phone. I like that it has a weekly view, and that I can change the colors of events so that different categories have different colors (work functions vs. personal items, for example). It pulls all the information currently in your iPhone calendar when you sync, so you don’t have to retype everything.

Voice Memos - This app has been invaluable. I recently blogged about how my short term memory has always been awful, but that it’s gotten even worse since having a child. I record everything now – to-dos, grocery lists, things Busy has done that I want to write down. Nothing is safe from my voice memo.

What are some of your favorite apps?


  1. I have a Blackberry, and I love my Blackberry Messenger app, Facebook, and Wells Fargo mobile.

  2. I have an iPhone 3G and my favorite apps are:
    ~C25K & B210K (running apps)
    ~Sol Free (Solitare games)
    & ~Bump

  3. @Katie when I had a BB, I LOVED BB messenger! Did you know you can get IM so you can message across networks? You should get it, we could chat. :)

    @Sunshine I have C25K also, and used it a few times before I got preggo...I'm just about to start using it again, but couldn't list it as a favorite yet since I don't use it all the time. I hope to list it as a favorite soon, maybe it'll mean I like running!


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