The holiday season is the perfect time to make memories—along with appointments, shopping trips, to-do lists, class parties, meals, and messes. Guest blogger Ashley McCann has 5 apps to keep parents on track.
Corral the chaos and enjoy (slightly more) silent nights by using these five apps to organize your life.
1. Meal Planning (BigOven)
It’s true that the family dinner table is a sacred space for the sharing and togetherness that makes holidays so sweet. But after an action-packed day, it can be all-too-tempting to pour everyone a bowl of cereal and call it quits.
Take the effort out of meal planning and preparation with BigOven, named “Best App for New Moms” by TIME magazine. BigOven allows you to drag and drop tried-and-true recipes into a calendar, create a shopping list with the touch of a button, and search menus easily with categories like “Kid-Friendly,” “Quick & Easy,” “Make Ahead,” and more. There’s even a feature that offers recipes based on three ingredients currently in your fridge or pantry, making tomorrow’s dinner out of yesterday’s leftovers.
The app is free, with a pro option ($1.99 per month) that eliminates ads, allows for additional customization, and adds dietary filters for recipe searches. It’s available on web, iOS, Android and Windows devices.
2. Grocery Shopping (Grocery iQ)
All of those delicious home-cooked meals are going to require ingredients. Add those items to what you’ll need for various holiday-related snacks and crafts, and you might be spending a lot more time and money at the grocery store.
Make and store a grocery list, estimate prices, find nearby stores and clip and print coupons with Grocery iQ. The list functionality is easy to maintain and update with barcode scanning, voice recognition, and a large database of products and coupons. Grocery iQ is free and available for iOS and Android.