Calendars - this app syncs all my calendars in one place and sends me notifications in advance for events, appointments, and reminders I have coming up. It's super easy to add events, but what I love the most about this app versus the usual iPhone calendar, is that at month glance, you have a mini preview of everything coming up and events are color coded. I can easily see what family and work happenings are in October. This really helps me not to overbook my schedule and keep track of my kids' lives too. I've always been a paper planner girl, but since getting this app, I've found it super handy and useful. Notifications help me remember even the smallest things like, buy school snacks, or Go Live on Facebook. It takes the place of my planner and to do list in one.
YouVersion Bible - this app is on my home screen and I use for morning devotions. I love that is offers reading plans based on topics like love, anger, leadership, motherhood, etc. Having an organized way to connect with scripture and nuggets of wisdom is an awesome way to start my day. You can read through the bible or search for a verse. What's neat is you can also connect with other users and "friend" them. You have the option of sharing your reading plan with friends or even going through one together where you can share comments on daily readings. I think what I like best is the Verse Of The Day. It comes with sharable posters that I often like to add to my IG stories to uplift and inspire my followers.
24ToGo - I've been a member with 24 hour fitness since forever! I love having an app that helps me check my gym's Group Exercise Schedule anytime. It also tracks your check ins so you know how many times you've gone. That was kind of a wake up call for me!! And it has a number of other tools like suggested fitness plans, workout demos, articles, and recipes! Super neat to have all in a handheld device. And tbh, seeing that app on my home screen helps keep me accountable to getting my butt to the gym!
MyDays - super simple app that helps women track their monthly cycle. It will show when ovulation is happening, and you can leave notes regarding all things (ahem) personal. It's always helpful to know when to expect Aunt Flo; plus at every doctor visit, when asked when my last cycle was, I don't have to guess. It's a smart way to notice if things are looking "regular" or if you might need to visit your doc. Plus you won't have to track your personal business in your main calendar. Speaking of lady business, I'm searching for cleaner healthier feminine care products, what do you recommend?
Insight Timer - This is a meditation app but it functions as my no-drug sleep aid! It is an excellent tool for meditation any time of day, and I've had wonderful sessions with it in the morning for sure. But when I cannot sleep at night, I put on a 10-15 min sleep-focused meditation and I go right to dreamland! Nothing has worked for helping me get rest like this has. I highly recommend!
Bite Squad - When I was a kid, the only thing you could get delivered to your house was Pizza! (not that I'm complaining!) But nowdays with things like BiteSquad and UberEats, we have access to tons of yummy food choices, ready to be delivered hot to our door and it is amazing!!! As a tired mama, this app is a lifesaver. Whether I want Thai Curry or a BBQ Chicken Salad, I can get it all and leave the stove for another day. It truly takes a load off on those busy evenings and I'm honestly grateful for it! Try finding which food delivery apps/companies work in your area. And you're welcome ;)
Of course some most used apps also include:
Amazon - for shopping pretty much everything
Etsy - for shopping thoughtfully made gifts
Pinterest - for all the ideas
Fandango - for movie dates
Groovebook - sends me monthly books of photos from my iPhone pictures
Zoom - for mobile meetings
Walgreens - for printing photo cards
The last app I want to share with you all is something called HEALTHY LIVING and it is by the Environmental Working Group. This is an incredible tool that lets you find a safety rating on your skincare and food products. Low ratings are good, while high rating show higher levels of toxic ingredients. I'm so proud that all of Beautycounter's products are EWG Verified and rate 0-2. Another app that does something similar is called THINK DIRTY. I would totally encourage you to scan some of your products at home. That was what changed everything for my family.
So those are some of my favorite apps that make my life organized and run a little smoother. I'd love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite apps?
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.