My Recent Favorite Apps for iPhone

iheartiphoneI’m not ashamed to admit it – I love my iPhone.  It does so much more than just manage phone calls and email. It’s my lifeline – without it, I’m lost.  I’m always on the lookout for new apps, too, and here are some of my recent finds:

Tempo – Beautiful and practical at the same time.  Organizes your calendar data and connects it with your contacts.  It’s free, but you have to get on a waiting list to get it.  It’s just that popular.  Sign up via the App Store.

DuoLingo – Want to learn a new language?  This free app gives you the choice of Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian.  It’s interactive, and you learn by listening, talking, and reading – just like in real life.  Their website is, and it’s also available in the App Store.

HootSuite – Need to be able to manage multiple social media accounts while you’re on the go?  HootSuite makes it easy.  Available in the App Store.

My Radar – Let’s face it.  It’s spring here in Central Texas, and it’s important to keep an eye on the weather.  The radar is free.  A paid upgrade removes advertising, and adds push notifications for weather alerts and a hurricane tracker.  Also available in the App Store.

My Chores – When my children were little, I organized their chores on index cards that were kept in envelopes pinned to the kitchen bulletin board.  Wish we’d had My Chores, which is much cuter, more organized, and of course, a lot cooler.  You sync it across devices, so your kids can check off their chores on their iPads.  It’s a brave new world out there.  Visit the App Store.

Buycott – The company says “Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.”  You set up “campaigns” – things you want to be conscious of when buying.  Categories include Animal Welfare, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice,Economic Justice, Environment, Food, Gay Rights, Social Responsibility, Women’s Rights and more. “Join” the campaigns that reflect your concerns.  Then scan the bar code of something you want to buy.  The app tells you if this purchase would be in conflict with any of your concerns.   I’m still not sure how efficient this is, but it was an eye-opener.  Available in the App Store .

I’ve mentioned Google Drive in another post, but it’s worth mentioning again.  When my work switched to all Google for everything, I was skeptical.  Now with Google Drive on my phone, I can manage my documents from my phone.  Since I have Gmail as my work mail, I can access that as well.   Google Calendars easily feed into the built in Calendar app.  So, for good or bad, I can be connected to work 24/7.  I’m looking for the Get a Life app.