Nap time is priceless when you are a stay at home parent because nap time= free time.
energetic little cherub only takes one nap per day. It’s been this way for months and
months. Be it ten minutes or two hours-
one nap, that’s all I get. Most days I think ahead about how to supersize nap time...which gave me the idea for this post.
These apps stretch time. I love them for that.
*One hundred percent my opinions, this list is not sponsored in any way*
. 7 Minute work-out: A whole body work out in 7 minutes.
You can do it at naptime or while dinner is
cooking. Seriously- it actually gets you puffing in just seven minutes.
And hey- if you really feel like gettin crazy- you
can do the work out twice in a row. Fourteen minutes of fitness!
It may not seem like much, but it’s so much better than nothing. And it takes some of the guilt out of that
emergency glass(es) of wine.
If you do several days in a row you collect little hearts. A little positive reinforcement. Just like Pavlov’s dogs and my parenting strategy.
The only equipment required is a wall and a step. I have done this workout on the fly without a bra and with bare feet (not
. Food Gawker Lite: Pretty pictures of delicious looking food.
Sick of the same old dinners? Lost your passion and inspiration for
cooking? Tired of wasting time thinking about what to make? When you click on these gorgeous photos of meals, they take you to
food blogger sites with the recipe. It’s
more niche than Pinterest and without all the repetition and occasional rubbish.
You can search for recipes based on ingredients! You know, like when the only vegetables you
have on hand are a bunch of carrots and a couple beets.
My attempt at roasted carrot & beet risotto
was surprisingly delicious!
Completely at a loss for what to make? Check out their categories:
My taste-buds thank you, Foodgawker.
3. Calendars: You need this to schedule your life!
As much as I both adore and fear Google, what’s with their Calendar App? I’m sorry but I’d like to see more
than just a dot on my day to day to let me know if I have several events, in what order, how important they are, or if
it’s just a reminder to pay a bill. Dot,
This is difficult for social people/parents like myself who NEED to
plan ahead. These days I have to schedule 'drinks with the girls' about three months in advance if it's on a weekend day.
A bit like Microsoft Outlook (in a good way), This App
allows you to see a little glimpse of what activity you have on, and if there
are multiples, it shows you what order!
You can look at list view, day, week or Month view. It will synch perfectly to your Google and
other calendars. The app is free but
you have to pay to add features like ‘repeating’ events. The way around this is putting the repeating
event into your Google calendar (if you synch the two) this app will pick up on
4. Headspace: Meditation App.
A friend invited me to this one. Don’t ask me why we were talking about
meditation while drinking beers in a German restaurant. That's how we roll.
I’ve half-heatedly attempted to meditate a few times in the
past without much success.
Lately with my troubled sleep, I thought more about giving
it a try.
This app is perfect for beginners, people curious about mediation
or even those who are already experienced.
It’s ten free guided meditation sessions with a couple cute
little animations thrown in. The
animations help you visualize simple and helpful metaphors in
times of stress.
I can honestly say that on the nights I’ve listened to the meditations, even if I feel particularly squirmy, I am more relaxed and sleep
I’ve completed 8 sessions so far. I’m sure once I complete session 10 they will
try to sell me a membership. Maybe I’m
stalling on the last two sessions because I don’t want it to end!
Saves time by giving you a healthier head.
5. A Beautiful Mess: Photo editing App
One of my newest and most favorite apps right now. Lets you add filters,
text, doodles, boarders. As if your baby
pics could get any cuter!
Upload directly to other social media apps. Okay...maybe this one is more of a time-waster but I still dig it.
Some of the more obvious life-changing apps:
6. Whatsapp: Free text messaging anywhere in the world
Clearly this one is a staple with family and friends back in
America but it’s also a fun/ distracting way to stay connected to mates during
the work day. And you can create little
group messages where you can share funny images, links and texts even while
you’re at home and they are at work.
7. Spotify: All the streaming Music.
I have the paid version.
Worth every cent. The TV stays
off on my house a lot more than it would (I like noise for company) had it not
been for this app. Lavinia is quite the
music connoisseur- she rocks out to everything from Pharell to Weezer.
Today I discovered she has a hidden love for country
music. To each their own.
Saves time by letting baby bop around the kitchen while I clean up her mess.
8. Pinterest: Inspiration boards.
Bored at home? Ideas
about anything from first birthday parties, to activities for children to home
improvement projects...I guarantee if you are ever ‘bored’ (I don’t even know
what this word means), open up this app and you’ll have a brand new,
fully-stocked to-do list. Not that you
will have much time to complete it.
Wanna fill some time? Here you go.
9. Etsy: An online shopping haven for the homemade and vintage
Seriously. This is
the online version of shop local.
Especially for my Aussie friends, the prices on here are so much more
reasonable than the shops (no overhead!)
More and more Australian sellers are joining but many of the American
crafters are willing to ship here (and it will still be cheaper).
In the last year I’ve purchased so much baby stuff! Lavinia’s first birthday outfit, Halloween
costume, template for invitations, my blog template and lots more.
Bonus: if you are clever and crafty you can sell stuff there too!
Saves time by avoiding malls!
May you go forth and become addicted to one or more of these
applications. You’re welcome.
What are the apps you can't live without?
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