5 Apps to Make Your Life Easier

Happy Tuesday, friends! I thought it would be fun to share some of the apps that help keep my life organized and running smoothly. My entire life is run via my phone these days (isn’t everyone’s?) and I’m all about having technology work for you. These apps make my life so much easier! Hopefully you’ll discover a few new ones, and they’ll help you as well!

Route

This is a relatively new find for me and I LOVE the Route app! You connect it to your email and it tracks all of your packages for you in one place. The coolest feature is the map feature because you can see where your packages are all over the country, as well as what’s in the package and the estimated delivery date. This was EXTREMELY helpful during Christmastime when I was waiting on Christmas presents to arrive! I also use it to track all of the essential items we order from Amazon, like toilet paper and distilled water.

Planoly

This app might only apply to you if you’re an influencer or just really like having a color-coordinated Instagram feed. The app Planoly helps you plan out your feed and schedule your social media posts (as well as a bunch of other stuff, like managing and replying to Instagram comments and creating hashtag collections!). I mainly use it for planning out my Instagram feed… the little “U” in the top lefthand corner means the post is unscheduled/hasn’t been posted yet. The app allows you to play around with the order of the unscheduled photos, and you can even add in placeholders. I am extremely particular about my Instagram feed, so I live by this app! My anxiety is much lower when I know which photos I’m going to post over the next couple of days.

Think Dirty

This app is both a blessing and a curse, haha! Think Dirty is an app that exposes the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. To use it, you can either scan the product barcode or use the search engine to find a specific product, and the app will list out every ingredient and give the product an overall toxicity “rating.” In the example above, I searched for my deodorant, Native Coconut & Vanilla deodorant. The photo on the right shows all of the ingredients… and the deodorant has a score of “0,” which is best rating a product can receive! I used this app occasionally while I was pregnant to check out the ingredients in my personal care products, but now I use it ALL THE TIME to look up baby products that I’m using on Kennedy.

Google Calendar

If you have an iPhone, you might already have a calendar app that syncs with Google Calendar, but I highly encourage you to download the actual Google Calendar app. This is how I keep my ENTIRE life organized!! I have every task/event labeled and color coded by category, such as personal, work, blog posts, etc. I love that I can add in tasks and meetings on my phone and it syncs right to my computer, and vice versa. Plus I can add Chris so that he can easily view and join events (such as our billions of pediatrician appointments coming up, haha). When I wake up in the morning, all I have to say is “Siri, what’s on my calendar for today?” and she reads out everything I have going on that day. It’s like having your own virtual assistant!

Huckleberry

Alright I put this one last, since it won’t apply to everyone! This is a great app for new moms (and dads). My friend Sara recommended it to us, and since Kennedy’s birth we have basically used it every second of the day! Huckleberry is a baby sleep, pumping, feeding, diaper change and growth tracker all in one. Why is this important, you ask?! Because every time we go to a pediatrician appointment, our doctor asks how many times per day Kennedy is eating and how many pee/poo diapers she has in a day. All I have to do is open this app to find out the answer! I also really like the breastfeeding timer – whenever I start breastfeeding, I use it to time how long she’s on each breast. And when you go to breastfeed the next time, the app reminds you which breast your baby fed from last! It really is a “must-have” for new parents.

If you have an app that makes your life easier, I’d love to know about it! I’m always looking for ways to be more productive. Let us know in the comments!

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  1. The first app that tracks your mail looks SO COOL! I have the individual Fedex and UPS apps, but it would be so handy to have everything in one.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  2. I really love blog posts like that, I am all for finding new apps that make my life that little bit easier šŸ™‚
    Xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com

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  3. Chloe Rain

    Dress details? SO pretty!

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  4. Megan

    I use Shop app instead of Route and Glow Baby instead of Huckleberry. I also like Fetch, Water Reminder, and Decibel X to make sure the sound machine isn’t on too loud when we turn it up for things like fireworks and the air show :).

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  5. Google Keep is a life saver for my to-do lists! Because I’m a mom, a teacher and a list girl, I don’t always need “buy husband’s birthday gift” and “buy more collagen” on the same list as “revamp class curriculum” – with Google Keep, I can make and see multiple lists at the same time, color coordinate them, and check off the boxes as I go. It has made things so much clearer! The lists live in my phone and on my computer and laptop. Highly recommend for busy people!

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  6. Thank you for your inspirational letter! Now I’m writing a blog about my favorite apps. And that inspired me a lot!! šŸ’—šŸ’— Thank you!

    I also like to use Google Calendar, but I have a few more apps: Evernote, Meditopia

    Thank you for continuing to write!! šŸ’—šŸ™šŸ»šŸ˜‰

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  7. Lena

    This is sooo helpful! I cant wait to try the Planoly app.

    I also use the app “Shop” for tracking packages. Its pretty good but can be a little glitchy so Im gonna try Route to compare.

    God Bless,
    Hope you, Chris, and Kennedy are doing good!!

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  8. Olivia Gotta

    This post was awesome! I am about to download all of these apps except the momma app (cause I’m not one… yet) I love your content and would love to learn from you if you are willing! I want to start a blog but I am not quite sure where to start. I know you are a busy busy momma now but if you have any tips I would love to hear from you! Thanks!

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  9. Hey ! Thanks for the list! I have a question about Planoly. How do you use Planoly with LIKEtoKNOW.it? Iā€™m still new to LTK, but the way I use it and was taught is to post to ig directly after linking my pics, and Iā€™m not sure how I would use Planoly with linking everything. What do you do? Thanks šŸ˜‰

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    • I use Planoly to plan out my feed, and then at the right posting time I’ll link my photo with rewardStyle and post to Instagram manually!

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  10. I love using Planoly! I don’t scheudle my posts through it (just because I like to manually post them), but I do use it to see how my feed will look with my posts. It’s awesome! I really need to download the Google Calendar app. I use it on my desktop as well as Google Pages for my blog, but I haven’t downloaded the app yet!

    Make Life Marvelous

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  11. Yara

    These are such cool apps that you included! Google Calendar and a baby app I already use (mine is Hatch Baby) are indispensable for me! But some of these other ones I had NO idea!! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I am definitely going to try the Route App! We just moved and have been ordering so many random things that it is hard to keep track of all of it, hah. Such a genius app!

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  13. Patricia Yancey

    Hi. I haven’t been on the Bloglovin app in a while to check out some blogs I follow (including yours), but decided to check it out today only to find out that is has disappeared. Does it have a new name?

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  14. Albert! It’s a great app to help you budget and create different key things you’d like to save up for! Free to use + totally secure!

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  15. I love the Think Dirty app! It’s so helpful to figure out what products have what types of impurities and harsh ingredients. It’s definitely important to be able to identify what you don’t want in your personal products alongside what you do! Thank you for sharing the other apps, too! I’ll definitely need to check out the Planoly app to curate my Instagram feed better, haha.

    xoxo,
    Sydney

    http://www.thelotuslist.blogspot.com

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  16. Laura Leigh

    so helpful! didn’t know that about the google calendar app. definitely downloading that! & immediately downloaded think dirty – can definitely see how it is a blessing and a curse haha.

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com

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  17. OMG your office is a dream! So beautiful!

    I definitely love using some of these apps and these are all really great recommendations. There’s a few on here I haven’t really looked into just yet but am definitely inspired to now!

    xx
    Key
    https://storiesbysuddreth.com/

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  18. Linda

    So cool!! Now if you can find me an app that shuffles my Pinterest pins within a board, I’ll be SET!

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