Your Phone Can App-solutely Help Manage Your Chaotic Life
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BELLY
Co-created by Jane the Virgin actor and entrepreneur Justin Baldoni, Belly Bump is a pregnancy journey app that captures time-lapse videos of your growing belly – and later your growing baby once it arrives. Photos of your bump are automatically compressed into a time-lapse video that is customized with a choice of one of three songs written by Travis Clark – from the band We The Kings, who also created the app – or a song from your personal library. The videos can be sped-up or slowed down and titles can be added before being exported to your favorite social network.
Buy It: $0.99
AN ISLAND ADVENTURE
As you plan your summer vacation, definitely book some time on Ooka Island. The interactive game-based reading app helps children ages pre-K through 2nd grade become better readers with entertaining tools that continue the learning process even when school is out (and Mom is looking for any and all ways to keep them busy). Phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and more are covered in this 24-level adventure which includes trips to an Alphabet Mountain, Cake Factory and Pencil Playground.
Buy It: 1 month subscription, $7.99
THOSE PHOTOS NEED TO GO
The photo of the century is right before your eyes when you get that dreaded message: there isn't enough space on your phone for more pics. Thanks to the PhotoPanda app, with just a few clicks, dark, blurry, undecipherable not-safe-for-others selfies are sorted so you can quickly review, delete, and later achieve Instagram awesomeness.
Buy It: $0.99
A PLACE FOR ART PROJECTS
If your kid brings home one more masterpiece, you might drown in a puddle of paper mache. Enter Keepy, the free kids artwork, schoolwork and memento organizer that helps organize and beautify all that clutter (er, we mean, creativity). Convert the art into photo gifts right from your phone or invite family members to become "fans," so they can view the work for themselves.
WHO DOESN'T LOVE FREE FOOD?
Here's the perfect app for your FOMO: The Kids Eat Free app tells you about all the free kids meals near you, every night of the week, or if you're out and about, filter by radius or zip code. Know about an offer not seen on the app? You can add it or flag deals that are no longer available. And obviously, in the spirit of something for nothing, it's free.
PUMP IN PEACE
Sometimes a nursing mom just needs a room with four walls to feed her kid in. Moms Pump Here is a nursing room locator app that offers star ratings for each location and allows you to review locations before you make a pitstop. Bonus: An auto-complete address feature helps you type at lightening speed.
Buy It: $1.99
FIND THE FACILITIES, FAST!
Just how gross is the public bathroom behind that gas station? Yep, we're referring to the only bathroom for the next 100 miles. The free SitOrSquat app by Charmin will fill you in on the filth! Search and view public restrooms nearest your current location on a map or in a list. Afterward, rate the usability of the restroom as a "sit" or just "squat." You can also filter locations that specifically have baby-changing stations.
FRESH FOOD, THEY DELIVER
Remove "grocery store" from your to-do list with Instacart's grocery delivery app, serving 17 different major cities. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other home essentials are picked out by "personal shoppers," and, for added amazing-ness, your items can even come from multiple stores. Set your preferred delivery time and you can be on the couch watching Access Hollywood when they arrive.
Buy It: Your first delivery is free and after that delivery starts at $5.99
GET IT DONE
The free ChoreMonster app promises to "take the tension out of household chores" by helping you dole them out and give rewards. If your child cleans their room, you can pay up with ice cream, an hour of Xbox, or a reward of your choosing. One satisfied customer's review has us sold, "My kids are begging to do chores."