Do you ever feel like you’re working for technology rather than it working for you?! Apps and tools that are designed well can simplify your life, save you money, and make your busy schedule seem less daunting.
This list contains resources that are designed to work FOR you, not against you. Pick and choose the ones that will fit your lifestyle, enhance your productivity, and streamline your tasks.
With all the apps, websites, subscriptions and tools available to us, your homelife can be less fussy and more enjoyable.
Thank the Lord for those mom geniuses that have come before us.
25 Best Busy Mom Resources: Apps & Tools That Work For You –
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TO-DO LISTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS
Question: Has your husband ever text you a reminder to pick up something specific from the grocery store (“Out of oatmeal creme pies, babe.”) and you thought how great would it be if he could add it to the list himself? Cozi is a shared family app that allows members to share lists, calendars, and reminders, plus add recipes and ingredients to a recipe box and shopping list. A great way to sync your up coming events, appointments, and snacking preferences.
One of the highest ranking apps for list-making, Wunderlist is similar to Cozi but it is geared toward a more detailed list-maker. With segmented categories for the many lists in your life, this app helps you organize not only your groceries, but travel, work, family, and Netflix. Seriously, “Movies To Watch” is one of the suggested lists, and I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit to having a note in my iPhone (that I can never find) full of binge-worthy tv shows I plan to get to. Cue download.
I use this for file storage and love that 5GB comes with my Prime membership. You can easily upload documents, videos, photos, and files and share with others, which is especially great for spouses, business partners, or co-workers needing to access the same stuff on desktop or mobile devices. We use it for our business tax documents and always know where to find them. To upgrade to 100GB is only like $12 a year. Need a centralized location to keep important documents or wanting to go paperless and declutter your office? I’d recommend this app.
FINANCIAL PLANNING / BUDGET
An all-in-one personal finance and budgeting app, perfect for monitoring your bank accounts, credit card transactions, and bill due dates. Want to get a better handle on your spending and budget? Get this app.
Feel like you should start investing but not sure where to start? Or think you need to add a little more to your portfolio? This is a financial app that really seems too good to be true. You choose which accounts to link and invest your leftover change (rounded up to the nearest dollar on your purchases) into a diverse portfolio of stocks and bonds. They even have a retirement account feature that simplifies your savings. And I like that you can view your progress on your Apple Watch!
COOKING & MEAL PREP
Of course this is my top suggestion! I know what it’s like to start a week with a plan for my family’s meals and how much more put together I feel when I’m not throwing something together every night. Although not an app yet, my weekly newsletter includes dinner ideas straight to your inbox every Sunday morning, so you don’t have to waste time searching Pinterest for inspiration. Plus you’ll get lots of other pretty and purposeful stuff, and access to the Grace & Grit Vault – a library of free printables and mom resources!
7. Meal Subscriptions
An excellent resource for busy moms who still want to have family dinners, duh. I’ve done some research on the several most popular meal subscription kits out there, so here ya go:
Hello Fresh is best for classic type meals that are balanced (include meat, veggies & starch) and ready in 30 minutes. Servings start at $8.74 each and they offer wine. (This is my favorite)
Home Chef is also classic dishes, but a little more inspired or interesting. Starts at $9.95/serving and is also fairly quick to prepare.
Blue Apron is best for bigger families, large appetites, or the desire for leftovers. It starts at $8.99/serving, and the recipes are easy and quick to prepare. They also have wine!
Plated teaches you some new cooking techniques and has more adventurous dishes. They may take a little longer to prepare, but there are lots to choose from. Servings start at $9.95.
Make it a family activity and enjoy the extra time to do other stuff (and space on your phone without all the grocery list apps :))
A clean and orderly recipe organizer, shopping list, and menu app. When I found out about this, I immediately joined (it’s free) because it’s the most structured way of sorting my recipes I’ve found. Sorry Pinterest, this keeps them so organized and easy to find!
Walmart has several helpful features that many people probably don’t even know about and the app let’s you use most of it altogether. You can also get free pickup on hundreds of general items and the grocery pickup service will probably clear out the aisles soon enough that you’re gonna want to go to Walmart for the peace and quiet. And the savings catcher feature pays you back the difference on items you find on sale at competitor stores after your purchase.
Oh and they do free 2-day shipping with no membership fee, however it does require a $35 order minimum.
My Amazon app is one of my top 5 on my phone and I love it. So easy to order baby items, household supplies, wedding and baby shower gifts, clothes, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Read reviews, search registries, get deal alerts, and scan items by barcode to search. Prime is only $99/year and gives you free shipping on thousands of items, plus music streaming, video streaming, file & photo storage, and lots more.
The Target Cartwheel feature is now on the Target app, where you can shop and save all in one. Just check the Cartwheel feature in app and scan at the counter to receive discounts on items on sale. The wallet feature lets you scan with your phone to pay with your Red card in-store. If you love Target like everyone else in America, you need this app.
There are plenty of coupon apps, but I chose to list this one because of its rave reviews AND it lets you add all your loyalty cards (free up your key ring!). Flipp brings you the latest fliers from tons of retailers like Target, Walmart, CVS, Aldi, Publix, Family Dollar, Walgreen’s, ToysRus, Petsmart, Staples, Home Depot, Macy’s, Dollar General, Kroger, and more. It helps you create your shopping list based on your selected coupons and is a great way to get started couponing.
I’m not sure I could have used the word “coupon” any more in a single paragraph.
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HEALTH & SELF-CARE
A well-rounded health app that let’s you track your meals and exercise. It’s completely free and it’s super easy to log your food with the extensive database of brands you buy at the grocery store or out at restaurants. Helps you set a weight loss or fitness goal and challenges you to stick with it.
Available on iTunes.
14. 7-Minute Workout
Simple voice prompts lets you complete 7 minutes of high-intensity, full-body workout. How hard can it be?! This app has some great ratings and awards and is perfect if you don’t have much time (or desire) for long workouts. Plus, it’s all stuff most people already know how to do and doesn’t require much equipment, if any.
Aside from the thousands of self-help, exercise, and nutrition resources you can get on your Kindle, don’t forget you can still read for fun too. It’s hard to find the time, I know. But download a bestselling novel and treat yourself to a hot bath and a cup of tea. Cliche? Yes. Still delightful? Absolutely.
Not much of a reader? Try one of these Kindle podcasts.
Love, love, love this app! It has countless study plans over pretty much any topic you can think of, plus a full Bible where you can search for scriptures or read entire books. It sends notifications and a “verse of the day” message to help you stay on track with your reading and achieve “streaks,” which are consecutive days you’ve read your Bible. You can highlight & bookmark passages, take church notes, compare different translations, create pretty verse images to share with your Bible app friends, and even team up to complete studies together.
There’s also a Bible App for Kids. An excellent Bible study tool for you to use individually, with your husband, or with a real or virtual study group.
It still amazes me that we now have the ability to carry our Bible with us anywhere we go. 🙂
With short, easy-to-digest devotionals to start your day, this app is the perfect way to receive prompts to integrate the Word into your morning. First 5 has free plans from just about every book in the Bible, along with gorgeous images and eloquent writing, they also have a desktop version and mailing list you can subscribe to if you prefer to receive devotions straight to your inbox.
“We say we put God first … So wouldn’t it make sense that we give Him the first 5 minutes of each day?” – First5.org
This app is a beautiful way for women to study the Word, whether you’re fitting in a study on your lunch break or in the middle of the night while dreamfeeding your little babe. It has a full Bible and pretty screen backgrounds, but some of the studies do cost a small in-app fee depending on how long they are. There is also a He Reads Truth app for your darling husband.
“The She Reads Truth Bible + Devotional app allows women from around the world and all places in life to connect with God’s Word and each other, anytime and anywhere. Whether your Truth time comes in the early morning before the world wakes, a 30-minute lunch break at your desk, or in the middle of the night with a newborn baby in your arms—the She Reads Truth app brings your quiet (or not so quiet!) time to YOU, right where you are.” – She Reads Truth
KIDS & BABIES
This app is a lifesaver. For new mamas especially, it helps you keep track of feedings (which side did we nurse on last?), diapers, and sleep patterns. You think you can keep track of it in your head, but trust me, get this app and make it a million times easier. Also track milestones, temperatures, moods, and pictures.
Compare data as the weeks go on and use the info you track for any questions for the pediatrician, where by the way, you can also log weight, height, and head size growth. During all those 2:00am feedings, the timer feature was especially was so helpful.
I’ve visited this site on multiple occasions for direct, easy-to-read articles about kid health issues. Anything from fevers to baby sleep to potty training, he’s a pediatrician and author that has a great online presence. Personally, I really like his take on things way better than other web-doc sites like WebMD. I’ve bookmarked DrGreene.com on my computer and phone and visit it often! There isn’t an app yet, but it’d be a lot cooler if there was!
A really great alternative app to Amazon Photos, because it puts together cute little collages, video montages, and “on this day” memories to gawk at, in addition to a fantastic search feature that picks up the coolest things like pets, babies, even beach or holiday searches. It’s so easy to download the app and it backs your photos up automatically. And let’s be honest, as a mom you take a thousand pictures a day and can’t bring yourself to delete even the fuzzy ones? Me too.
Whether you’re out on a day trip or planning a vacation with your kiddos, this app helps you find kid-friendly restaurants, activities, playgrounds, pit stops, and even hotels. Take a look at trekaroo.com for their in-depth Disney travel guides, tips on skiing, camping (and more) with kids, as well as the top kid-friendly vacations across the country.
Available on iTunes.
This app is genius, really. Not only can you save and share photos and milestones of your kid, but you can add videos, artwork, and voiceovers, making it a full on memory-keeper. You can even add notes (about or to your little one) and have conversations with loved ones. Perfect for mamas!
A parenting app that lets you keep up with your kids’ lives. Send messages and photos within your family without the loathed group texts and keep an eye on your kids’ social media accounts and text message activity. You can also see your whole family on a map (using mobiles) and set school, work, and home for arrival and departure notifications. Award-winning and highly-publicized, this app is a great way to protect your kids.
Want to be the kind of person that sends birthday cards and photos of your kids to relatives? Yeah, me too. But it takes time. And effort. I get it! Ink Cards is so cool because you can use pictures right off of your phone and drop them onto a card design, add the address and voila! IT SENDS IT FOR YOU.
Each card starts at $1.99 with free shipping and if you ask me, I’d pay way more to not have to select and upload pictures to be printed, pick them up, buy a card, address, stamp…yada yada. IT SENDS IT FOR YOU. Get this app and be your own kind of supermom.
There you have it, little Mamas. I hope you utilize some of these tools to simplify your life and help you find your rhythm.
Are there any apps you love that should be on this list?
by grace & grit,