You’ve planned your trip and your bags are packed! All that’s left to do in jump into your car and hit the open road. But before you leave on your next road trip, there are a few apps you should download first. From figuring out how to get your destination and then what to do when you get there, here are apps perfect for your next road trip.
Waze – This app has quickly become my favorite car app and I use it on long road trips and even when I am just running errands close to home. The app provides turn-by-turn driving directions on a live map. So Waze automatically checks for the latest traffic information and re-routes you if there are poor traffic conditions or an accident up ahead. Waze works by connecting you to its network of local drivers who contribute traffic info and road reports on things like accidents, construction areas, and police traps.
Heads Up! – This game is so fun, you will love it! Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres that she plays on her show, and now you can play it with your friends. If you have a long road trip planned and you will need something to pass the time while you are a passenger, download Heads Up and start playing.
A car emergency kit means something very different once you are a parent. Sure it would be handy to have an emergency kit filled with items to help you if your car breaks down or you have a flat tire; however, a car emergency kit that would really help a parent has much different items. Because mornings can be so crazy and after school when you are shuttling your kids to all of their activities, you need a kit made just for you. For this emergency car kit, you probably already have everything you need at home. Start by grabbing a rolled makeup container and fill it up with all of the items you realize you and your kids need when you are running late but you are already in the car:
If you are a multi-tasking parent with no time to waste, you need apps on your smartphone that make your life easier, help save you time and money, and are super simple to use. From grocery shopping to planning your family’s busy schedule, here are apps that every busy mom needs to download.
Ibotta: Cash Savings & Coupons – This is an app you want to download right now because it is going to help you save money and is super easy to use. Ibotta is designed to get you cash back on the items you purchase and you’ll get cash back wherever you go. The app works with leading brands and retailers all of the country to help you take advantage of easy savings without having to worry about carrying around clipped coupons or remembering promo codes. So no more searching for coupons because Ibotta is going to help simplify saving money. To use, simply browse rebates on the app before you go shopping, find and add relevant cash back rebates, and shop away!
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Hello, Fall! It’s been a while since we were able to enjoy your cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. While we are sad to see summer go, the autumn weather and fun activities this season brings make the changing of the seasons something we are excited about. So in celebration of the arrival of fall, here’s a bucket list full of fun activities to keep the entire family busy and entertained the entire season. From picking pumpkins to apples and a enjoying few sweet treats in between, here’s 25 things you have to do with your kids this fall season.
- If you have a weak signal or poor internet connection, switch your phone to airplane mode for a few seconds. When you turn the phone back onto the regular mode, you’ll see that your phone has a stronger connection and signal.
- Before you head to the store, snap a quick picture of your fridge and pantry. This will help you when you get to the store so that you never have to wonder “Do I already have this at home?”
- Screenshot travel directions before you leave your home. This way you can turn off the GPS and save your precious battery!
As a busy parent, have you every wished there were more hours in the day? Me too. But until we can squeeze 27 or 28 hours into each and every day, we are going to need to save time a few different ways. From your most time consuming chores to the time of day you shower, here are five ways busy moms can save time every day.
Order Your Groceries Online and/or Have them Delivered
A trip to the grocery store can be relaxing if you have the time to walk up and down the aisles, but if you are a busy mom, finding time to make your grocery list, head to the store, shop, and then put the groceries away? It’s all too much. So instead, find the stores in your area that offer online ordering and delivery and make ordering your groceries a weekly event.
Meal Plan for the Week
On Sunday night, plan your meals for the entire week. While this might seem a bit daunting, taking the time to plan dinner for each night of the week will save you time during the week because you won’t have to search for recipes or head to the grocery store over and over. Plus this gives you the option to prep meals earlier in the week. Try planning meals you can toss in the crock pot or meals you can double. This way you can cook once and eat twice because you can freeze half the portion.
Separate Your Cleaning Supplies
Rather than keep all of your cleaning supplies in one place, use smaller bottles to store all of your favorite cleaning supplies in multiple places in your house – like all of your bathrooms. This way you can do small power cleaning sessions whenever you have time instead of carrying a huge container of cleaning supplies throughout the entire house.