For Christmas this year, Chris’s sister, Annie, gave Chris and I each an iTunes gift card for apps for our iPhones. I didn’t even know you could get gift cards for apps, but it was an awesome gift! $15.00 each has gotten Chris and I some really fun new apps and a few of those have become fast favorites for me.
This one is my favorite right now. You know how you carry around all those rewards member cards for various stores? Your grocery store, CVS, Barnes and Noble, Sam’s Club, etc. There’s a membership card and number for everything these days. Nothing irritates me more though when I get to a store only to discover that I don’t have my membership card with me. Then the clerk wants to look it up by my phone number, which NEVER works. I also don’t like having a thousand of those little plastic cards on my keyring either. And I don’t like carrying them in my wallet. In short, those membership cards drive me crazy. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!
This app is awesome. You load in all your membership cards and numbers…
…and then it automatically generates the bar code for your membership.
Now, you have a whole directory in your phone with your membership card information and even a scanner bar. No need to ever carry those stupid cards around again! And if for some reason the app doesn’t have the information for the store you have a membership at (though I’ve only had that happen twice so far), you can still enter a custom entry with your number so that the number is stored. It doesn’t generate a bar code, but it does store your info so you can give it to the sales clerk.
It’s the greatest thing to ever happen to my iPhone, wallet, and keyring.
I am terrible at remembering people’s birthdays. For the first five years of my marriage, I gave Chris his birthday present on the wrong day. Seriously. So, this next app is really helpful for people like me. You know how on Facebook they tell you every day whose birthday it is? Well, this app does that for your phone. And you can store all kinds of important dates on there – anniversaries, holidays, birthdays – and then every day you get a little message telling you whose big day it is. They also have a calendar overview that helps you see birthday and important dates for a month at a time or a year at a time. I have decided to buy birthday cards for people a month at a time using my Occasions app and then putting the card in my daily planner and mailing it the week of their birthday. Problem solved!
My First Words (Free!)
This one I got for Bean Man and he loves it. It’s a flashcard app that shows flashcards of different things babies and toddlers can identify.
First, you choose a category. Bean’s favorite right now are the animals.
Then all you have to do is tap the screen and the cards flip.
I like this app so much because Bean can work it himself. I use it mostly when we’re out somewhere, say, shopping and Bean starts to get fidgety. I go to the app, choose the category, and he can flip through the pictures himself. I love hearing him say all the words as I’m browsing around a store and he loves having total control of my phone. Everybody wins!
Words With Friends (Free!)
I tend to lean towards utility apps, meaning those apps that serve a purpose, make your life easier, DO something for you. But one of my favorite apps does nothing except work out my English Literature skills. Words With Friends is like playing Scrabble with your friends. You can either find your friends by their user names or you can play with random strangers. I love it because it’s interactive and it makes me use my noggin’, but also because it’s not something I have to pay too much attention to. You just play your word and then wait until your friend moves – which can be a matter of minutes or a couple days later. It’s as fast or slow paced as you want to play. Your phone just sends you a little message when it’s your turn. I love it. And I’m addicted.
One time, I put my user name on Twitter and told people to start games with me. I have over 50 games going at one time. It was intense and overwhelming and so I quit them all. (Sorry if you were one of my opponents) Now, I try to only keep one or two games going at a time. I’m all about quality, not quantity when it comes to Words With Friends.
So, those are some of my favorite apps right now.
What about you guys? What’s on your phone these days that floats your boat?