Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fave iPhone Apps Day 1

I got a couple requests to do a post on my favorite iPhone apps.  I have alot of apps, so I will do 4 posts this week on them - hopefully you find this information useful.  Maybe some of them apply to BlackBerry and Android, but I can't say for sure.  I organized them into categories to make it easier for you to pick out what you like!  A * will denote my favorites.

Here's a shot of my main page (with my Bostons in the background): 


You will notice that it looks almost the same as the original iPhone screen, but I have moved the "stocks" and "voice memo" apps elsewhere (anything original apps cannot be deleted).  In their place I put Twitter and Facebook, natch.

My next page looks like this:


All nicely organized into folders by topic.  Within each folder, I keep the most similar type apps near each other.  Hang on, here we go!

First folder: Art & Photo


Photobucket - Pretty sure you all know about this, an app to upload and manage photo albums. FREE
PS Express - Adobe's Photoshop Express app, use to edit iPhone photos. FREE
Instagram - Sharing your photos with others. FREE
CropForFree - The name says it all, a quick crop to your iPhone photos. FREE
CraftFinder - Need a quick craft to occupy the kiddos?  This is the app for you!  Select age: toddler, preschool, school age, tween, or any age.  Then select the amount of time you have: 30 min, 1 hour, 1+ hour, 2 hours, 2+ hours, or any time.  Then select the occasion: New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Summer, 4th of July, Back to School, Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Christmas, or any occasion.  Then "show matching crafts" and you'll be good to go! FREE
DoodleBuddy - This is like Microsoft Paint for your iPhone.  Good to occupy kids while at the DMV. FREE
SketchBookX - Similar to DoodleBuddy, but more advanced lines, a more mature look.  FREE
Glue Guide - Want to know what glue to use?  Elmer's Glue Guide will help you.  Just match up the two surfaces you are trying to adhere together and it will give you the right glue to use.  FREE
Behr - This app allows you to explore Behr's paints, match paint colors to your photo, and preview what the colors could look like on a wall template.  FREE
*Pinterest - SURELY you all know what this is!  This app is a mobile version of Pinterest.  If you don't know what Pinterest is, it is a virtual 'pinboard' where you can 'pin' your interests.  You can follow me on Pinterest - just click the link on the right sidebar!  FREE {however, you must be given an invite to Pinterest to join}

Food


*Crock-Pot - Yummy crock pot recipes, lets you search top recipes, seasonal, course, ingredient, quart size, and more. FREE
AllRecipes - AllRecipes.com mobile app, lets you both search and 'spin' for recipes. FREE
Epicurious - Epicurious mobile app that lets you search for recipes in a variety of ways.  You can even tell the app 'I can barely cook' or 'I cook like a pro'.  FREE
Food Network - Food Network's mobile app, lets you check our their show line up, photos from the shows, recipes, tv schedule and more.  FREE
*Urbanspoon - Search for restaurants in an area by city, type of food, and price.  Press 'shake' and it will find something for you!  FREE
Whole Foods - Whole Foods mobile app, lets you look for recipes using wholesome ingredients.  Each recipe denotes whether it's Dairy Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, High Fiber, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Sugar Concious, Vegan, Vegetarian, or Wheat Free.  FREE
*WF Missions - Whole Foods Missions, a super cool app that will inspire you to try new foods/recipes based on 'missions' that you complete to earn a 'badge'.  This app is very cool; I've completed several missions already with names like "Nutty Ninja" and "Lettuce 101".  The downside is that many foods on the list may be unavailable if you are in a rural area or far from a large city with a Whole Foods store.  FREE
Simply Organic - Organic recipes.  FREE
Starbucks - Lets you see Starbucks' current menu with calorie counts, as well as letting you create your own custom drinks.  Will also let you scan from your phone to remove money from your Starbucks card.  FREE
Kroger Co. - A coupon app for Kroger and other select related brands.  FREE

Health


Lose It! - An app designed to help you track your calorie intake so you can lose weight, similar to Weight Watchers, but only logging calories, not points.  FREE
Target Weight - Tracks your weight loss as well as BMI.  FREE
iFitness - Gives you a series of workouts based on muscle/body part.  Custom workouts and routines, logs, and more.  $1.99
*C25K - This app is designed to help you get from the couch to running a 5K (3.1 miles) in 8 weeks.  I don't think it's coming from the 'couch' per se, more like someone who is somewhat fit already and ready to take on an aerobic challenge.  Although people have done it, so maybe I just hate running so much I've convinced myself that I can't do it in 8 weeks.  Can work in conjunction with your iPod.  $2.99
*Nike + iPod - This app works in conjunction with Nike + shoes (the ones with the little sensor you insert into the sole to track your workout).  Gives you workout options to track your performance - basic (an open ended workout), time goal, distance goal, and calorie goal.  FREE {get some more details here: Nike + there's a short vid on the right that gives you great info.  Note: an additional investment of Nike shoes and/or other equipment required.}
Denise Austin Fitness - Provides tips, exercises, workouts, recipes, and guides.  FREE
Yoga - Yoga poses on the go.  FREE
*Strava - Tracks your bike ride in distance, time, and average speed.  Can be used in conjunction with iPod.  FREE
*Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder - This app is cool for outdoor lovers.  Find parks near you, or in an area you may be vacationing.  Find which parks have activities you're interested in, such as bird watching, boating, climbing, horseback riding, RVing, and much more.  FREE
All Trails - Trails near you to bike, hike, or walk.  FREE
Nike Women Training Club - This app gives you training tips for women, and I like to use it for mini workouts during commercials.  Worth a try.  FREE
*P Tracker Deluxe - Hopefully this isn't TMI, but this is a great period tracker.  It tracks your cycle for you based on your input.  You can track your moods and symptoms (acne, backache, etc.).  If you are TTC, you can also track, well, when you tried! $2.99 {There is also a free version.}

I hope this was helpful for you, stay tuned this week for the rest of my apps.  If you have questions about any of the apps in this post, or maybe another app you've heard of, let me know!

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