Mom’s Little Helpers: 2 Essential iPhone Apps

By Torrey Kim

As a busy parent, you may occasionally leave the diaper bag on the counter, or the kids’ backpacks in the car during school drop-off—but it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ve usually got your mobile phone on you. That’s why it’s great to know exactly which apps can help you stay productive and organized while juggling kids, jobs, errands, and everything else on your plate. Following are 2 iPhone apps that you’re sure to embrace. Dinner Spinner

Price: FREE; All Recipes, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been accused of being a “drive through dinner mom,” and I don’t deny that I have lived up to that moniker many times over…but the ease of the Dinner Spinner app has allowed me to find quick and easy recipes to make at home. You’ll click on what type of meal you’re making (dessert, main dish, etc.), the ingredients you have, and how much time you want to spend cooking, and the app will show you the matching recipes. I had some chicken and wanted to make a main dish in 20 minutes or less, and Dinner Spinner actually came up with 20 matching recipes…and I must say, the resulting Romano Chicken was delicious!


Price: FREE; CardStar, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do you ever feel like you’re carrying around a key ring big enough to break into Alcatraz, thanks to all of the reward cards hanging from it? You’ll discover a simple alternative with the CardStar app, which I actually heard about from the cashier at my grocery store, who raved about how cool it was. The app allows you to store your reward card numbers and have cashiers scan your bar codes directly from your iPhone screen. Plus, some of the retailers offer you money-saving deals directly through the application.

Find out more of Torrey’s picks for iPhone apps that busy parents will love. And there are picks for Android parents too! Coming to newsstands in April.

About Erin Lang Masercola

As Business Unit Editorial Director at Beckett Media, I lead creative teams in technology, gaming, collecting, autos, home decor, outdoor sports, and more.

Posted on March 31, 2011, in iPhone, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for sharing this with us! I’m a fan of family-friendly apps that help my kids, and me as well. By the way, if it’s alright, I’d like to recommend one of my current favorite apps, Intuition. Tagged as mom’s personal assistant, it’s a task management app that has many features designed to help us moms. It’s really easy to use and it looks cute, too. Plus, it’s free! You can check it out on

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