I love technology AND my smartphone. I especially love apps that allow me to connect with friends, increase productivity, and keep track of details. The apps below are the ones I use the most. They are pretty basic but useful.
Facebook Groups app is an easy way to stay connected with the groups you are a part of without being distracted by your personal Facebook feed. I’d hop on for just a few minutes and next thing I’d know an hour has passed. I was tempted to give up FB all together but didn’t want to leave the life giving communities I am a part of. This is a wonderful solution to that.
When I have a too much to say for a text and too lazy to write and email I use Voxer. It's a messaging app with live voice, text, photo and location sharing. It's kind of like a walking talkie but way cooler. It’s improved communication with my family and made it easy to collaborate with team members at Circles of Faith.
We live just miles outside New York City and visit often. The BestParking app is a life saver. It picks up your location and tell you where you can find FREE and metered street parking. It also shows you where the nearest parking garage and the cost to park there, and including Coupons, discounts, and reservations. It's easy to find the best parking near our destination.
I don’t drink coffee but occasionally I go to Starbucks for tea, to meet with friends or a space to write. Not only can you pay for your purchases with the app but you could avoid the line and order ahead of time. Once I found that out I downloaded it immediately. Now before I leave my driveway, I place my order and what I want is waiting for when I get there.
When our family takes road at trips we love to stop at restaurants featured on the Food Network Show Diners, Drive-in, and Dives. The Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Locator by MapMuse makes it easy to add these locations to our itinerary. It also finds you on the map and shows you featured restaurants nearby.
For Keeping Track
Period Tracker The name of this app is self-explanatory. I keep track of my current and future period dates with this app’s calendar. For those using natural methods of birth control, ovulation and fertile days, your moods, symptoms, weight and temperature. The graphic on the landing screen changes to indicate your monthly fertility window.
Fractions Plus As an interior designer this one comes in handy. I have also found it useful when helping my kiddos with my middle school math homework. Even though I hadn’t completely forgotten how to add, subtract, multiple, and divide fractions, this app helps me to check my work along the way and find mistakes in multi-step problems.
Photo Math This one was recommended by my daughter's 6th grade math teacher. It allows you to use the camera on your mobile device to scan, read and solve mathematical problems. Great for checking homework.