7 BEST PHONE APPS FOR A BUSY MUM

In this day and age, we all pretty much own a phone or android device where we can download apps, which I have to admit can be very handy to have at easy reach.  Putting aside possibly the most used photo, calendar and social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, there is a collection of apps I use regularly to help make life simpler,  organised and saved my sanity. Here are my top 7 best apps for busy mums, I hope they can help you out too!

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for busy mums, I hope they can help you out too!

Please share in the comments what are some of your favourite apps

1. MPT – PERIOD TRACKER

I stopped taking the pill last year (that’s a scary story to share one day). I liked the pill in the sense that I knew when to expect my period, but now it’s a surprise so using the period tracker I know when to expect it as it’s got a formula to automatically predict menstruation periods.  My teen girls also use this app.

  MPT – Period Tracker app is available on iTunes

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for busy mums, I hope they can help you out too!

2. MY FITNESS PAL

I’ve plateaued with my weight loss at the moment and I have been using this app to keep track of what I have been eating and the amount of exercise I have been doing. It has a huge database of food which includes all the nutritional details. This makes it easy to learn my daily calorie intake, which then, in turn, shows me if I am making the right food choices.

  My Fitness Pal app is available on iTunes and Android. 

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for busy mums, I hope they can help you out too!

3. FITBIT

I have the AltaHR Fit Bit which I wear through the day and night, it keeps track of my Heart Rate and sleep patterns.  I was suffering panic attacks quite a lot last year and I got this to help monitor myself, it was interesting seeing the intervals I peaked and working out what was agitating me and coming up with a solution to help reduce my stress levels to calm my heart rate.  I also like seeing my sleep pattern when I am falling asleep and how deep my sleep pattern can get. And of course, monitoring my daily step count is fun to do too!

  Fitbit app is available on iTunes and Android. 

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for a busy mum, I hope they can help you out too!

4. APPLE – SCREEN TIME MANAGEMENT

This new feature is absolutely brilliant.  At times my children tend to have their devices glued to their hand. Apple’s Screen Time feature allows me to restrict the amount of time they spend on their device, switching off specific apps at 8pm every weeknight and I give them a little longer on weekends. For my older kids I don’t switch off their apps but have rules set in place, and I can use this feature to check in and see if they are using their phones when they aren’t meant to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new feature!.

  To turn on Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Screen Time

5. ENTERTAINMENT BOOK

I purchased the entertainment book via a fundraiser the school was doing.  You now have a choice to purchase the book or a digital membership.  I recently downloaded the app and have been using it to find great discounted offers for eating out and local entertainment options (was great through the school holidays). They also have activities, shopping and accommodation deals throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a handy companion, this smartphone app will help to easily search and map the Entertainment participants.

  There’s an Entertainment Book for most areas of Australia, the app is available on iTunes and Android. 

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for busy mums, I hope they can help you out too!

6. WUNDERLIST

Wunderlist is a great to-do app that can be used from any device – your phone, tablet and even computer. It is updated between devices in real time, making it super easy to keep track of everything no matter where you are. I really like how simple Wunderlist is to use, and also like that you can link it with other members of the family to keep track of everyone.

  Wunderlist is available on iTunes, Android and desktop

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for a busy mum, I hope they can help you out too!7. MODERN ESSENTIALS

When I’m not feeling well and I know there’s an essential oil that can help (but I’m not exactly sure which one), I like being able to check the Modern Essentials app, find my “condition” and see exactly which oils to use and how to use them. The app also helps you learn more about how to use your oils, which ones are good for topical application and which oils blend well together.

  Modern Essentials is available on iTunes and Android

Here are my top 7 best phone apps for a busy mum, I hope they can help you out too!

What are your top 3 must have apps?

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11 comments

Laura August 16, 2018 - 7:53 AM

Three apps I use all the time to make life easier:
* pocketbook – this budgeting app tracks my spending directly from my accounts to help me stick to our budget
* stocard – keeps all my loyalty cards in one place so I no longer have to carry them with me
* GP4me – I can make, cancel and keep track of drs appointments anytime without having to wait for the drs surgery to open. Especially good when a child falls sick overnight, I can make an appointment for the morning

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Edrei August 16, 2018 - 12:32 PM

My top three! Going off to check out yours now.

As a list maker, I love the app Bear. I can make checklists, add photos, reminders and other things. Makes me happy ticking off the boxes ?

I also have StoryPark Families app. I invite family members via email to download the app, and I can share all the photos of the kids in one place. No need to worry about awkward family group chats on messenger!

And last but not least, Spotify. I make a conscious effort for my kids to have some music time each day (I personally don’t care for music, makes me anxious) and they love the toddler sing-a-long playlists. I use Spotify for free, and have had no issues with it at all!

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Jess August 17, 2018 - 6:11 PM

I dont think i could even choose a top 3 but my top app would have to be paprika! Its so handy to just tell it which recipes i am shopping for and it does my shopping list for me. And i sync it with my hubbys phone so if either of us need anything we add it to the list so whoever goes shopping has the entire list.
Stocard is also up there, saves so much space in my wallet.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 20, 2018 - 10:43 AM

ooooh that paprika one sounds good! thanks for the recommendations

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Rebecca Hawkins August 18, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Thanks for the recommendations Kat. I just got the Modern Essentials app and I have used it so much! I was a bit reluctant because you have to pay for it but it is definitely worth it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 20, 2018 - 10:38 AM

it sure is, I really love it and find it so useful! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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Suellen August 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Copy Me That. it copies recipes for you. You can make meal plans and then click on add to shopping list. Then you have a weeks worth of meal plans and a shopping list for all items. I have found this works well andsaves us money from running to the shops every 2 days to get things.

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Jodie May 13, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Hi Katrina I can’t seem to find outpact app?? Is it called something else ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 15, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Hi Jodie, unfortunately the Outpact App isn’t available in Australia anymore, but I’ve been using Apple Screen Time Management now instead. I have updated the blog so you can read about this app under point 4 if you’re interested. Hope this helps! Kat x

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TARA May 16, 2019 - 9:53 AM

I can’t live without my Entertainment book too. Not only saves me money on the odd occassion we go out to dinner or for a quick coffee or kids activities, it can also save you money on your holidays (flights, car hire and accommodation) but most importantly it helps you save every week with your grocery (and alcohol) shopping. If you do not have one and would like one you can order a copy using this linke — https://www.entbook.com.au/28084r8 — I recommend the digital version as that way you always have it on you – and if you suddenly feel like a coffee you can ask it what offers are near by…just awesome

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Entertainment books are great! Good advice Tara – thanks x

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