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some of my favorite apps lately...

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As much as I sometimes want to resist the technology we have nowadays, it honestly makes life more convenient in so many ways. Today, I want to share a few favorite apps that are part of my every day...


There are so many apps for kids, and we're always on the hunt to find ones that are both educational and entertaining for Ruby. While she's not quite ready to read or spell, she does enjoy matching shapes and loves the Endless Alphabet app that my friend Viv introduced us to. In addition to letting the child match a word's letters, it gives definitions of each word—both verbally and visually—as well as the sound for each letter as it's being pressed. It's such a cute and smart app, and it steps outside the usual "cat" and "dog" words, which I love.


I check the weather pretty much every day and find a lot of joy in the beauty of the Yahoo! Weather app. The app showcases the work of photographers who use Flickr, with the weather information overlaid on photos of the corresponding city and its time of day. It all creates a beautiful visual of what your day looks like weather-wise.


I'm not a big fan of the preset filters on Instagram, as I prefer to adjust my iPhone photos more subtly myself. So I love the Afterlight app for the control it offers with brightness, contrast, saturation, and other basic photo-editing features. Afterlight also has the best crop tools, including some fun shapes.


I've tried many methods for keeping a virtual running grocery list, and the best I've found so far is the AnyList app. It's not the prettiest app in the world, but it functions well and makes it super easy to add items while categorizing them at the same time. The best part is the option to share the list, which means that Bob and I can add to it when we need to and also update it when one of us is buying an item on it. It automatically alerts the other person that the item has been added or deleted.

What apps do you love that are part of your daily routine right now?

{Top photo by Bonnie Tsang}