I can’t imagine life without my phone. My phone makes life simple. Well, my phone and my must-have apps! I have heard all the warnings about screen time, but with a Screen Time Limit app-problem solved! As a working momma my phone is a lifeline to my kids, an invisible cord linking us when we are apart. As a Maven, my phone is a handcrafted sous chef/virtual assistant/entertainment center.
Below is a curated list of ten must-have apps perfectly suited to make life a little more manageable.
Manage your bills, track your subscriptions and get control of your money. Hiatus helps in 3 ways:
1. See who’s auto-charging you and cancel unwanted subscriptions
2. Find out if you could get better rates
3. Stop overspending on monthly bills
I saved a little under $80 per month by canceling subscription, on auto renew.
Speak to a great doctor. Real talk-I like the doctor I see on Plushcare more than my general practitioner. Get diagnosed and prescribed medication by phone, computer, or mobile app. I typically used when I can’t shake a cold or the long Winter (and these kid’s germs) leave me with Bronchitis. Anyway, Plushcare is a turn-key, friendly, and responsive Dr visit from the comfort of wherever you are. All this and without sitting in a waiting room with a bunch of other sick people. I can’t recommend this app enough. Get it for a little extra peace of mind in staying healthy!
I have an app to get in gear, and I have an app to that helps me chill. Headspace is a simple way to release stress with meditation and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. Headspace guided meditations include focus, exercise (I use during yoga), and sleep.
Mavens 101 tip: try the 2-3 minute “mini-meditation” to reset when you’re overwhelmed need a little R&R, or to simply recharge.
Another constant on my Must-Have Apps list!
I forget things from my grocery list. Sometimes just as I am in checking out at the store. With one kid begging for gum and the other asking me questions about tabloid headlines getting out of line to go back for missing items is not an option. Instacart, however is always an option and a great alternative to grocery shopping with kids in tow.
I pick the store, load my cart, via the online aisles, choose a delivery window, pay, and voila! my grocery shopping gets done, and delivered directly to my front door.
Instacart’s shoppers offer substitutions for items, not in stock. They also do a terrific job of choosing produce. Presumingly they are not telling their kids to “put that down!” as they shop.
Mavens 101 tip, watch the pricing! Instacart notes when a store’s prices are more expensive on the app, in that case, I just pick a different store and keep shopping.
You may remember this app by its previous name; vigilante. Citizen continues to offer real-time crime and incidents reports generated by Citizen Techs who listen to police scanners, translate into everyday jargon, then pin the location with details.
Citizen is available in the New York and San Fransisco Metro Areas, as well as LA, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. As as a big city residing momma it is a must-have app. I review what is going on in less familiar neighborhoods before I visit. Citizen also comes in handy before driving a particular route. For example, I once received an alert that a man was throwing rocks at passing cars, so I exited the freeway to bypass that route. There is also the option of recording an incident, which I admit I never use. I typically keep moving when I see crazy.
Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect with friends and family. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you and friends when you are all in the “in the house” so everyone can join the party. Houseparty is truly the next best thing to hanging out in person and right now, we all need this option.