Top 11 iPhone Apps to Make Mommy Happy and Organized (2013)

Here is a list of 11 of my favorite iPhone apps that have made my life significantly easier as a mom so far in the year 2013.  From cooking, to organizing my finances to distracting my child while in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office, these apps rock my world.  Share your favorite iPhone or smart phone apps by commenting below!

1.  Globe Convert

If you are like me and are particularly challenged at converting teaspoons to tablespoons, ounces to gallons, Celsius to Fahrenheit, feet to miles, days to years (etc.), then you will love this app.  I use it a lot for cooking when I need help converting a recipe’s ingredients from “cups” to “ounces” (especially if I’m doubling a recipe or cutting a recipe in half).  I found this app when I traveled to Asia last year and needed a quick way to convert US Currency to the Vietnamese currency. (Oh yeah, it does currency conversion too).

2.  Show Time

If you are obsessed with tracking which television shows that you have and have not seen (like Mr. Mia), then you will love this app.  Mr. Mia likes to know if there is a new “How I Met Your Mother” or a new “Homeland” for him to watch and this app tells him, which saves him from having to scroll through the DVR to figure that out (such a hard life).

3.  Award Wallet

If you have awards accounts, then you will probably love Award Wallet.  This app will track all of your rewards and points, automatically, and give you a dashboard of all of your accounts – all in one place.  It’s amazing.  I use it for my airline miles, Pampers and Huggies points, and for Best Buy’s rewards program.

4.  No Time to Cook, by Real Simple
I love to cook, and I love all the recipes that I see in my Real Simple magazines, so I absolutely love this cooking app that Real Simple put together.  It has great recipes, and a keyword search option.  You can organize sort by “meal type,” “prep time”, and ingredients.  Love this app.

5.  Slice – Package Tracker

If you do a lot of online shopping, then this thing rocks.  Not only does it track all of your online purchases automatically (no matter what store you order from), but it alerts you with push notifications when your package is “out for delivery” and when your package has been delivered.  The also keeps track of how much you spend, so it serves as a great reference when you’re trying to budget or cut your spending.  This app does all of the work for you.


The personal finances app is AMAZING.  I can track all of my accounts (bank accounts, mortgage, credit cards, retirement, etc.) on one app – it’s basically a dashboard of your own personal net worth.  It’s also amazing for payment reminders and budgeting.  

7.  Any List

If you and your husband both have iPhones, then the AnyList app is fantastic for shared “Honey Do” lists.  You just share your “Honey Do” list with your husband (type in his email address into the “share” option of the app), and then he can view the list from his phone.  You’ll get updated when he checks off an item.  Warning: he will also make a “Honey Do” list for you.

8.  I Hear Ewe
My daughter has loved this app since she was 12-months-old.  It’s a great way to play with your baby and teach her animal noises while laying on your couch.

9.  Elmo Calls

I love (love) the Elmo Calls app simply because my daughter gets so insanely happy every time Elmo “calls” her. It’s formatted to appear as if your toddler is “Face Timing” with Elmo.  It is hilarious.  When I traveled to Vietnam and visited an orphanage, the little kids loved to play with this app on my phone (see more about that on my post: How the iPhone Brought Huge Smiles to Orphans With HIV). 

10.  Your Bank’s Mobile App

If your bank offers a mobile app with a “Deposit” feature, then I highly recommend using it – that is if you despise running errands in the same way that I do.  I never go to the bank anymore because of my bank’s mobile app – it’s amazing.  I can literally deposit the checks that I receive into my bank account using my iPhone without every leaving my living room. This is a lazy person’s dream.

11.  Pinterest

What kind of list would this be if I didn’t include the Pinterest app?  This app won’t exactly make a more efficient person, but it’s really fun to waste time playing on Pinterest.

What are your favorite iPhone or SmartPhone apps?

Here is a list of the links for my favorite apps, plus a few more that I really enjoy:


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