Hey Smart Mom, What’s On Your Smartphone? 4 Apps You’ll Love

A good smartphone application can make a midlife mom’s life easier, more productive and even more fun.


So, what’s on your smartphone? Which applications, or apps, help you as a busy mother?

Below are a few favorites on my iPhone. All have free versions and are easy to use:


Use Evernote to save and organize notes from text, web pages, photos and screenshots. The app lets you access them from your phone.

The notes are stored in the cloud on Evernote’s servers. They’re indexed and searchable.

Snap a picture of a business card with your phone. Then find it by searching the contact’s information. You can also email the notes. Can your tween do this?

Gone are the days of scrounging in my purse for a tattered shopping list that includes last month’s class cupcakes. My shopping lists are now on Evernote. I update them easily from my phone or computer.


So much information. Never enough computer time. What’s a mom to do?

Save articles on the web for later reading with Instapaper.

This application installs a “read later” button on your computer’s browser. Click the button when you find something interesting on the web and Instapaper stores a copy of the article in your account.

The app lets you access the articles later on your phone in a clean, easy-to-read format. You can also forward links or long emails to your Instapaper account.

With Instapaper, you can set up a library of material to read on the go. It’s especially useful for long articles. Some of us still read long articles, right?

Never be bored waiting at the orthodontist’s office again!


Yikes – some 5th grade vocabulary words leave me stumped! Do you know the meaning of “emend?”

Download Dictionary.com, hand your child the phone and make dinner in peace rather then be drilled on vocabulary you don’t know or have forgotten.

Or access it on the sly and preserve your status as an intelligent mom.

Alas, It is too late for me.

Lose It!

Studies show that people who write down what they eat lose weight.

But who can carry a notebook and calorie counter around – especially when you’re toting small fry’s stuff?

With Lose It you can set weight-loss goals and a calorie budget and meet them by tracking food and exercise on your phone.

Lose It’s database is comprehensive and includes meals from popular restaurants. You can also create foods and exercises and add recipes. Entering info is easy and fast.

If you set up a LoseIt.com account on the web, you can view reports on your progress and have them regularly emailed to you.

The only problem: you have to use it to lose it.

It’s best to log food right after eating. By the time you’re preparing the next meal the last one is ancient history. Did you eat it? Did they eat it? Did you give it to the dog? Who knows?


So that’s my list. Please share what’s on yours!

Any cooking apps you love? Any phone camera apps you’d recommend? Any you use to track your children or amuse them?

Any that do dishes or laundry?

Midlife moms need to stay tech savvy, if for no other reason than to keep up with the kids. So I’ll be sharing more technology tips here.

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  • Marla Beck

    March 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Fun topic, Jennifer! This fall I used a fun app called Couchto5k to get started running. Loved having my music cued up with the simple coaching […] Read MoreFun topic, Jennifer! This fall I used a fun app called Couchto5k to get started running. Loved having my music cued up with the simple coaching cues, and enjoyed logging my workouts, too. Another app I love is ZenTimer. Great for timing yoga, meditation and writing sessions. Look forward to hearing others' input on this one! Read Less

    • JenniferHull
      to Marla Beck

      March 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Those sound great, Marla. I will check them out. Also, I want to look into a sleep app called pzizz sleep. A New York Times writer […] Read MoreThose sound great, Marla. I will check them out. Also, I want to look into a sleep app called pzizz sleep. A New York Times writer had good things to say about it. Maybe I'll do another post on sleep apps - such a big issue for midlife moms! Read Less

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