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Best Apps for Working Moms

October 5th, 2012, posted by Aimee

Articles about “easy ways” and “tricks” for saving time and money seem to always actually stress me out. You’d think that friendly glossy mags like Real Simple that highlight “practical solutions” for “busy lives” would grab my interest like a glass of Chardonnay on a Friday afternoon, but in reality I avoid them like the plague most of the time.

Here’s why. No matter how much time that recipe or app or website can potentially ultimately save me, it’s still going to take an investment of a few minutes (or possibly hours) I don’t have at the upfront to check it out, download it and then figure it out. For this busy, easily frustrated and endlessly impatient working mom, it seems I never have the spare moments to figure out these time-saving apps, tools, tips and tricks. And so, inevitably I end up clipping an article that starts to crumple in the bottom of my purse and every time I start to panic or sweat with guilt. “I will get around to downloading those” or “I have to remember to buy the ingredients for that ‘3-ingredient lasagna’” I promise myself and then push it aside to find the car keys.

So, with that lengthy disclaimer, I offer you a link to an article sent to us recently from a nanny site (“National Nannies”) presenting its pick of “10 iPhone Apps for Busy, Working Moms.” I have not tried any of these yet, though TextnDrive sounds like a must-have for me, and Evernote has me curious.

Truthfully, my can’t-live-without-em apps are so pathetically 2009: Dropbox , Hootsuite (Twitter and Facebook), Weather Bug and a host of kiddie games – Dragonvale, Fruit Ninja and Pet Shop – to entertain my 5-year-old in restaurants. Oh, and my client’s app – Pearl.com – which I use all the time.

What do you all think? What are your must-have Womo apps?

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Five’s Mommy Says: October 10th, 2012 at 09:17 am

Evernote is worth the time! It’s pretty easy to use and helpful for almost everything. Grocery lists, wishlists, presents, articles, thoughts, photos, voice recordings, web clippings, etc. – absolutely a great app!

Julie Says: October 16th, 2012 at 02:11 pm

Evernote is a lifesaver. I put the kids school lunch menus, newsletters, shopping lists, to do’s, random notes to myself, etc. Its easy and fast to use when you are in a hurry.
Others I use a lot: Amazon.com’s app, maps, and the calendar.
I’d be lost without my calendar on my phone (work and home together on 1).

HazelB Says: October 26th, 2012 at 01:15 am

I agree that Evernote is a lifesaver!! Best part is having it on my laptop,iPad & iPhone because I am bound to have at least one of those items with me at any one time so I never have to put my porridge brain (I have a newly turned 2yr old, 4mo old and a fulltime office job) under any further stress.

I love more that I can keep lists under “work” and “personal” in separate notebooks. Why try to remember it if you can Evernote it?

I would also be lost if I could not synch my work and home calendars on Windows PC (for work), and apple gadgets (for home) via the iCloud – the work & home calendars are kept separate but super-impose onto one calendar so you see them all at once – brilliant!

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