5 Best Apps for Homeowners

With more and more of society owning a smartphone and the average person checking their smartphone an approximate 40 times per day, it’s no wonder there are more and more apps available for all walks of life. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to remodel or looking for the best possible apps that help you call the landlord less for basic maintenance, these apps I’m sharing today are the 5 best apps for homeowners.

5 Best Apps for Homeowners

Houzz

This inspirational app is sure to inspire you with your next home remodeling and décor project. Showcasing blog posts, tutorials and design ideas in one simple app. This app showcases items that are found on the Houzz website and will inspire even the least creative homeowner.

BrightNest

This app is the perfect way for homeowners to learn how to make their home a bit brighter without going broke. Money saving tips and eco-friendly ideas combined with healthy eating tips makes this app the perfect one for homeowners looking to stay on budget and live a healthier lifestyle.

AroundMe

This app is the perfect one for homeowners who are looking for a place to eat out, hotel to stay at or pretty much anything that’s around them. If you’ve moved to a location that you’re not familiar with then this pap is a must have for your new home ownership status.

Wunderlist

This is the perfect to-do list app for homeowners to ensure that they’re getting tasks done in a timely fashion. Organize ideas and plans in this easy to use app that can be used for all members of the household that are involved in the design and other homeowner tasks that need to be completed.

Mint

This is the must-have app for homeowners if you want to know where your money is going every month. This app will help to give you a visual of where the money goes and how you spend money to learn how to reduce expenses and increase savings without stressing out.

There you have it 5 best apps for homeowners that will help you with design, budgeting, remodeling and other necessary tasks that arrive when you’re a homeowner. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a long-term homeowner, each of these apps will surely help you handle home ownership with ease.

Car Maintenance Apps

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Car Maintenance AppsEveryone knows that car maintenance is closely tied to it’s longevity.  If you want the best bang for your buck and these apps might help you to not forget the little details that will make your car last.  Plus, they can further help your pocket book by calculating important car expenses.

BitKar App

Auto maintenance is simple with this detailed app. Keeping a car in its prime isn’t that hard to do if you do it regularly. This phone will help you remember when it’s time for new parts that are to be replaced in a timely, cyclical manner. Beyond the normal care, this app helps you take care of unusual problems too. You can find a mechanic, car repair shops, and even diagnose car problems with BitKar. One feature that sets it apart is the auto repair bill estimator. Fixing your car isn’t quite so scary with this tool.

myCARFAX app

Want to bring your car maintenance into the 21st century? This simple app helps you to do so for up to five cars. You will see your car’s recommended maintenance schedule as well as be notified of upcoming, regular car servicing. The app will also keep you informed of safety recalls and repair cost estimates.

Drivvo App

Finances and Vehicles. This app helps you calculate what your vehicles is costing you per months and determine an average per day too. It bring awareness of what your mode of transportation costs. Drivvo tracks how much fuel costs you, maintenance expenses, service fees and spits out all this information for you in a lovely graphic. One special item about this app is it doesn’t just track the typical vehicles; it tracks motorcycles, busses, and trucks.

Do you know of any car maintenance apps that I should add to this list?

OurPact Parental Control App Review

I’m excited to introduce you today to a wonderfully helpful app, OurPact. All opinions are my own.

Adults today are constantly looking at their cell phones, iPads, computers, TVs, and well anything that’s electronic, right?  Unfortunately, our kids are getting just as addicted to technology as we are.  While my daughter is profiting from some educational apps I want to make sure her time is limited looking at a screen.  It makes pulling her away from that screen easier but most importantly I want to teach her how to make eye contact and interact well with the people around her without having to be constantly entertained.  As my daughter gets older I’m sure this struggle will only get harder and that’s why I was excited to review an app called OurPact.  It’s an app that helps parents with controlling their kid’s electronic devices.

What is OurPact?

OurPact is an app that is a parental guidance application that uses MDM technology to give parents the power to block the Internet, block certain apps and schedule the device to use according to their child’s daily routine.  It’s simple to use and free!  Their site even comes with a handy dandy contract that you can fine tune together with your child!  What a great idea!

How do you get this handy dandy app set up?

It uses MDM technology where you can sync your IOS device with all your children’s iPhones and iPads.   Here are the simple steps to get you started.

OurPact Parental Control

OurPact App

  • – Sync your devices by going to pair.ourpact.com on your child’s device
  • – Re-enter your parental account email and password
  • – Enter your child’s name and press ‘Pair’
  • – Press install
  • – Enter your child’s password if needed
  • – Voila!  Easy as pie!

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OurPact Pros (just a few that stick out to me)!

  • – It’s easy and such a great idea for today’s society!
  • – It’s free!  I can’t believe it’s free!
  • – Work’s on multiple devices if you’re kid has more than one or if you have multiple kids.
  • – You can prescheduling the devices to turn off at bedtime, during dinner, or any time you want!
  • – I like that I can be in control of how much time my child spends in front of a screen.
  • – It’s the best parental control app I’ve seen!

Only slight OurPact Cons:

  • – At the moment, OurPact Parental Control app only works with Apple devices but I hear that there’s an Android app in the works.
  • – I wish I could have the option to switch it into the kid safe version on my own devices while my daughter plays with mine.

If you have kids at home and worry about what they’re seeing on their devices or how much time they’re spending on them, check out OurPact for yourself!

Top Map Apps

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I can remember when a GPS was a novelty item and only available to the wealthy.  Thankfully they came down in price and my husband had one when we got married and I moved to a new city!  I’ve grown to rely on one but now that phones have the capability to keep up…and surpass my trusty old GPS I’m finding that I’m reaching for the GPS less and less these days.  If you haven’t embraced the map capabilities on your smart phone yet, check out these top map apps!

Map Factor

This map stands out because of the downloadable maps. When you run out of your service area, you’re bound to miss a turn. Downloading maps solve this problem. These maps come with voice navigation (even in different languages) and door-to-door routes, so you never miss a step. This app is basically a bonafide GPS on your phone. It will locate nearest points of interest as well as warn you when speed cameras are ahead.

Waze App

Waze is the social media app of traveling. You set your course like any GPS, but you also contribute things you see along the way.. accidents, police traps, hazards in the road, road closures. Yours and others’ contributions show up on a live map which is edited and updated by Waze editors. It also has a fun game aspect. The more you travel in mileage, the more points you earn to customize your Waze avatar. They’re really quite cute. It makes road trips much more interesting and run more smoothly since your can see places of interest coming up and cheap gas prices displayed as well. Be careful to watch your battery as this fun GPS can drain your battery quickly.

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This app is simple and efficient. You can have unlimited navigation with no extra cost. Download the maps for offline use when you need to conserve battery power or when you’re in a low service area. It guides you using 33 different languages, has speed limit warnings, speed camera warnings, and precise navigation. It even turns into night mode based on your local time of sunset.

What maps apps do you find yourself using over and over again?

Top Gas Apps

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Did you ever ride around trying to find the cheapest gas in town? We did this for years, hunting for the perfect bargain. (Often times, wasting more gas than we saved!) If we had only had a gas app then… Here are some great Android finds for finding great prices on gas.

Gas Buddy App

Using a social media approach, GasBuddy allows the consumer to check out gas prices nearby. The social aspect comes into play as people report and confirm gas prices near you, and you can do this as well. One really important feature – GasBuddy will alert you of gas price spiking predictions, so you can fill up before it costs you an arm and a leg.

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Gas Guru is really similar to GasBuddy except for two aspects. Similarly, Gas Guru reports the nearby gas prices but allows you to save your frequent locations for ease of use. If you’re not on your normal route, the map function will come in very handy. When you find the gas price that appeals to you, you’re also able to see what stops are nearby. This updated tool makes road trips and impromptu stops all the more fun.The added bonus is the gas prices are reported by OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) which means more objective gas reporting.

Gas Cost Calculator App

Need to calculate how much gas your trip will cost you? This is a relatively new app with an old concept behind it – gas calculation. The convenience of this app makes it worthwhile. If you are a traveler by trade this gas calculator can help predict the cost of what your next trip will impact your bank account. Another convenience is found in the built-in values for some car’s MPG rates. If you don’t see your own car, then you can simply add in your MPG rate to get an accurate estimate.

Fuel Buddy App

The name is just the start of this app’s capabilities. It allows you to track gas mileage with different statistics and graphs. You can keep track of several vehicles as well. If something ever happens to your phone, your data is stored in the cloud which can be synced with other devices. You can also immediately share your car information with other drivers (who share your vehicles, obviously). You can set reminders for your car service needs to make sure your baby never runs down. A really cool feature is its ability to maintain trip logs through its GPS feature. Couple this with the abilities to take pictures or gas receipts and email your fuel mileage logs from the app create the perfect tracker for work needs. This little gas app will definitely transform the way you track your travels.

Did I leave off your favorite?  If I did, please let me know so I can include it!

Curious World App for Kids Ages 3-7

This post was sponsored on behalf of Curious World via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Do you Netflix-binge or watch too much Downton on Amazon Prime? I may or may not, depending on who’s asking… Subscription services are great because they bring the specific content that you want to your home. I’ve always wanted one of the cute subscription boxes for my dog – there’s a subscription for everything!  Netflix and other streaming services have educational shows for my kids, which I do love when I need something for them to watch. But like all TV, it’s passive, not often an active outlet for their newly create minds.

Curious World

Enter Curious World. Curious World is subscription service that stores interactive learning through their expansive library of early learning activities that are tailored to children ages 3 – 7. Anyone with an iPad or iPhone can “tap into wonder.”  I like that I don’t have to search for several apps and individually download them. Or sometimes an app looks innocent and made for children, but its content is definitely not age-appropriate. With Curious World, my babies (not really that age anymore, but I can’t help it) learn through play in a trusted digital environment.

Toddler Apps

The educational aspect is important to me, too. I’m my children’s own pre-k teacher, and it’s vital that I’m intentional about what they’re learning. It needs to be age appropriate and linked to their prior learning. The Curious World app provides this because every video, game and book is mapped to key learning areas and recommended based on your child’s age and developmental stage. Plus, Curious World is brought to you by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a leader in education for over 180 years!

Curious World App

I can also trust the app with web exposure. Curious World is a 100% advertising-free experience, so I don’t have to worry about what additional content my kids are seeing. Curious World is a closed environment that can be fully enjoyed within a self-contained app on your device, without any need for children to access the web. Folks, there’s some scary stuff out there, and we all know we can’t shelter our kids, but any gratuitous exposure I’d love to keep out. Download in the App Store today!

Curious World a straightforward program: You have unlimited access to the content for your kiddos, and you receive appropriate digital activities for them to do. Plus, you have access to the parent dashboard, which displays insight into your kids’ recent activity. You can create up to four child profiles.

We really enjoy it, and you can sign up for a free trial here and receive 30 days of unlimited access to the Curious World premium subscriber experience. Give it a try!

Free Luvs Momoji Keyboard + $100 Giveaway

This post was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign but all opinions are my own.

I was just thinking the other day how I wanted emojis to have something about babies or diapers. The closet emoji to real life is the “poop” emoji on Facebook. Even with all the animal-themed emojis and popular movie emojis, there really aren’t enough to communicate what goes on in mommy’s day…until now.

Luvs has created the first emoji keyboard for moms and dads – we moderns must be included. It’s good to have images that really send the big “picture” of what’s going on without all the words. After all, I can’t text all day long, so the easy pictures are helpful to save time.

Momoji

I downloaded the app from the Apple AppStore, but it is available on the Google Play as well. When you download it, you’ll notice that it’s a keyboard app which will integrate seamlessly into your texting. If you want to download it too, look for Luvs Momoji keyboard (get it? Mom + emoji = momoji). Clever people.

Free Luvs Coupons

The app is also helpful when searching for deals – the Promoji helps busy moms and dads look for diaper bargains. The more you use the app, the more you use the app’s keyboard, you’ll unlock deals and promotions for diapers. Not only that but you can send diaper coupons to friends right away.  It’s a free app, so there’s nothing but pluses. The momojis work in Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Tango, and Gmail.

Want to know more about Luv’s new cook momoji app?  Download it AND join in the #Momoji twitter party with @iConnectIm (& me, @Beauty4Moms!) next Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 9pm EST.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Luvs Momoji Keyboard I have a giveaway for you!  One lucky winner will a Luvs Momoji Prize Pack that will include:

  • – $100 American Express Gift Card
  • – 1 Pack of Luvs Diapers (Size 1-6, winner’s choice)

Open to U.S. residents only.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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