There is no denying that apps are a part of our modern lives. While we use them (in doses) we are always on the hunt for apps that are educational, trendy and interesting. Here are a few that caught our eye this month.
Stylish mamas will love the new app StyleSeat. Through this app moms can discover beauty and wellness services in more than 15,000 cities across the U.S (think of it like OpenTable for beauty appointments). This is great when you are on-the-go or traveling as you look for hair stylists, colorists, manicurists, blow-out bars, massage therapists and estheticians at the last minute, or while on the go. You can see availability, view recommendations, and book an appointment for today, or next week, with a simple click.
For reading we love the new iRead With, a new shared-reading program on iPad designed to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to read. Developed in conjunction with McGill University Child Phonology Lab, iRead With are animated stories that encourage a participative reading experience engaging both child and parent. Parents follow a prompting system that encourages them to start a conversation with the child, by asking questions about the story. Children become actively involved in the narrative and get stimulated in a multi-sensory level.
For learning fun for the kids, we love SylvanPlay, an app that contains fun Sylvan-approved games that are aligned to grade level curriculum and help build skills in reading, math, science, geography, strategic thinking and more. This includes a library of nine fun apps that focus on reading, math, science, geography, strategic thinking and more. Some of our favorites are Critter Cruise, a game that inspires math and language learning as kids take a landmark filled road trip across North America, filling up their gas tank by correctly answering questions and the Angle Asteroids, an app that helps kids develop an intuition for angles as they position their laser to blast away the incoming asteroids. The App is available in the Apple store and Google Play.
Like many families, a favorite book in our home is Eric Carle’s A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now our kids can enjoy a digital game based on this popular series with the release of The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore. This includes a fun app that features pop-up games and activities, musical sound effects, and stunning illustrated scenes that will mesmorize both parents and children to play together. Available in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese, the app is available at a special introductory offer of 25% off: $2.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/TheVeryHungryCaterpillar.
We love the new app, Schoola. This app is designed to help parents shop for kid’s clothes and help fund their school. This includes access to more than 2,000 brands of like-new children’s clothing, including the Gap, Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection and Mini Boden. Through this, a portion of each sale goes back to the school from where it was donated.
For pregnancy we are loving the app Totally Pregnant, a personal and informative maternity mobile software. This includes a comprehensive app whose content evolves as the users go through their 40 week journey. This includes real time information that is based on your pregnancy stage and location where you can see 3D animation of the growing fetus, video content, expert tips and LIVE classes with specialists in a variety of fields such as breastfeeding and pre-natal yoga. The app is free to download, with some features requiring in-app purchases.
When the baby arrives, we love Baby Bundle, a comprehensive app developed by pediatrician Dr. Jen Trachtenberg that features monitoring, tracking, expert advice plus a baby monitor and photo diary component. This allows you to record your baby’s sleep patterns, feeding, sleep, diaper changes and more that is ideal for working moms to those that have any issues or concerns that they want to monitor.
PaperKarma. Stop the flow of incoming junk mail for good with PaperKarma. Using the free app, simply snap a picture of unwanted mail, press “send” and PaperKarma will unsubscribe you from future mailings. Free for iPhone and Android.
To get your kids involved in their chores we love the new app, Goodie Goodie. This free –to-download family application for iOS and Android. Through this app parents can create chores and goals (“G Missions”) for their children who earn points, that can be turned into rewards, each time a task is completed. As children collect points, they are stored as user-selected virtual candies in a Goodie Bag. Earned points can be redeemed for parent-created rewards or eGift cards for purchase to their favorite stores and for their favorite brands, delivered instantly in-app.
From Windows we love ReadingList, a fun app where you left off and allows you up to pick right back up at that spot, from any of your Windows 8.1 devices. When you’re finished reading, simply swipe the article away to move on.
It is pretty scary what is out there online. While our kids are getting increasingly savvy, they sometimes don’t always have the knowledge to be internet safe. One of our favorite programs to keep kids’ safe is with Net Nanny. Through this program, families can be safeguarded in real-time with platforms for all your technology. Through the Android app, parents can filter website content, block porn, establish time controls and more.
I have so many photos on my phone and my computer that I often don’t know where to start in the editing process. The new app Photo Mambo is designed to help with that issue as it transforms a loved one’s computer, iPad or iPhone into a digital picture frame that updates automatically each time a photo is shared. With Photo Mambo, there’s no need to download photos from email or social media sites and then copy them into a digital frame. Photos are automatically updated within the app, so they just pop into the Frame to be enjoyed today or next week—or as long as you want them in rotation. This allows families and friends to easily share pictures, which we love as a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day or any family birthday.
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We were given some codes to check out some of these apps.