There’s An App For That {My Favorite Apps}

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One of the first things any person with a new smartphone wants to know is: What is a good app? Here are my favorite and most-used apps. I would love to hear yours!


Cosi is an app we use for organizing our family. We use the free version. We are able to put our family calendar in there. You can mark it for who it involves. It automatically syncs with my husband’s app on his phone so we are always on the same page. You can also manage your Cozi stuff from the Internet. 

We also use it for lists. You can make to do lists and shopping lists and organize them. Any time I am cooking and see a food we need, I add it to my grocery list on Cozi. When I am going shopping, I tell my husband to add anything he needs me to get to the list. I keep a shopping list for Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joannes, long-term food storage (I only buy things on this list when they are on sale), Home Depot, Christmas shopping, gardening, etc. I also have a “Misc” shopping list. So any time I think of something that needs to be purchased, I put it on the appropriate shopping list. 

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This is also free. I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I use my Pinterest app to use Pinterest šŸ™‚


Again free, and again self-explanatory.


Once again…free and you know what it is used for.

5-Mom’s Daily Planner

I have been using this one for about six months or so. I had been using my “Notes” on my iPhone to keep track of my to-do list, but it just wasn’t cutting it for me. I needed more organization ability. And I love Cozi for the calendar and the shopping lists, but I don’t love the to-do lists. 

I use the free version of Mom Planner. I use this only for the to-do list function, but there are other functions like shopping lists, calendar, chores list, and budgeting.

I like that I can make categories for my lists. So I can have family, personal, errands, cleaning, blogs, crafts, church, garden, etc. I can put them in my list, set a due date, and add a priority. Then I can easily see what is due today, what is overdue, what is open, and what has been completed. I love that I can put something in my list that I need to do, but it isn’t needed for a few weeks, and forget about for a couple of weeks.

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5-Total Baby

Total Baby is the app I use for baby stuff. I am not totally in love with it, but it has worked fine. I can’t remember if this was free or not–I think not. For more info, go here:

6-Flashlight by Noah Corp

I find my Flashlight app quite handy. I have a couple (both free) and the one I like best is this one:


Again, free and again pretty self-explanatory. I love easily looking for things on my app. I will often be at a a store and see if it is cheaper on Amazon or at the store.

8-SkyView Free

This is just for fun. You can see where the sun will rise and set, what the moon will be, where the Big Dipper is. You just point your phone to the sky, tap your phone, and learn about what you see.

9-Pink Pad

I use this for tracking my period. You can track days you have it along with details about each day of the month (mood, flow, physical symptoms, etc.)

10-Lose It! or MyFitness Pal

These are both free apps that are great for helping you track your weight, exercise, and diet.

11-Sleep Cycle

This app is awesome. It was not free, but I love it and would pay for it again. You use it to analyze your sleep quality. You can track things you did like wear socks, eat food late, exercise, etc. to see what things help you to sleep better or cause you to sleep worse. 

Another great thing about this app is that it is an alarm clock that helps you wake up gently. It analyzes your sleep cycle and will wake you up in a certain window of your target wake up time when you are in a light sleep state so you can wake up more easily. So I do a thirty minute window and start it 30 minutes before I need to be awake.


Games I like include Bejeweled, Words with Friends, Scramble, Gems, What’s the Phrase, and Solitaire Deluxe. 


With the Pandora app, you can listen to music for free on your phone. It is like having the radio with you always :).

14-Kids Games/Learning Apps

Kid apps we use include Bob Books, Candy Train, I Hear Ewe, Shape Lite, DoodleBuddy, apps, coloring apps

15-LDS Apps

LDS (Latter-Day Saint–the church I belong to) apps I use include LDS Tools, Gospel Library, LDS Music, Temple Passport, LDS Art, and LDS Tiles.

What are your favorite apps?


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book,Ā The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on theĀ AboutĀ page. Follow her onĀ Facebook,Ā Pinterest, andĀ InstagramĀ for more tips and helps.

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  1. Kelly
    August 9, 2013 / 9:56 PM

    Baby ESP has been the best app to track my baby's schedule! It's amazing, with nap times, breast feeding times, trends, etc. It cost $5 but was totally worth it, especially when my son was little and I was trying to get the Babywise schedule down.

  2. Tracy
    August 10, 2013 / 1:12 PM

    Love this post!I'm a big fan if Cozi and Total Baby (which is great for twins), too.I also like Retail Me Not. You can search for coupon codes while you're in store and use them at the register. It saves me from the, "Aw! I left my coupon at home!" moment. I even used it one time to order a pizza half off from my phone while we were already in town. Just went and picked it up.

  3. Brittany W.
    August 12, 2013 / 12:55 AM

    Thanks for all the great App ideas! I am new to the iphone so I appreciate suggestions. I am definitely trying out the Cozi App tonight!

  4. Valerie Plowman
    August 12, 2013 / 8:13 PM

    Thanks for the ideas ladies!Tracy I have used retail me not online but didn't realize they have an app. That is a good idea!

  5. Jack H
    August 13, 2013 / 9:51 PM

    The apps you list are nice but most of them seem to actually teach very little to my DS. The 2 apps I like that I feel make a difference in terms of actually teaching kids some useful skills are Zoopal and Teachley. My son also likes Leopad.

  6. MeganRuth
    August 18, 2013 / 2:39 AM

    Love this! I also love the Temple Passport app, but I am partial. Though, other apps I love are AppsGoneFree (I've gotten a ton of other apps free using this one), Dropbox for transferring stuff from my phone to computer (pictures etc.), CouponSherpa (similar to RetailMeNot), and Instagram.

  7. Amber Martin
    August 21, 2013 / 6:30 PM

    Love that temple passport made the list!! Yeah, Abbie! My favorite app is Play Timer for android phones. You set the timer, hand the phone to your little one to play games, when times up your phone locks. I love it because I'm better at enforcing media limits and I don't have to be the bad guy when they've used up their time!! My husband designed and built this app after a family party when his sisters were complaining about the fighting between cousins over the tablet. Problem solved with Play timer!

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