Motherhood is a big job. Whether working inside or outside the home, Mom can take on multiple roles: event planner, chef, maid, chauffeur, nurse, teacher, accountant - and many other responsibilities. Thanks to great apps for her Windows Phone, she can juggle all these roles easier than ever.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day in the U.S., here’s a list of apps that Mom might appreciate to keep her day moving forward.
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AllRecipes: Serving up thousands of quick and easy recipes, Dinner Spinner is a fun and useful app from AllRecipes with a great live tile designed for the Windows Phone. Featuring thousands of top-rated recipes with photos and reviews from millions of home cooks, this app helps Chef Mom get delicious and creative meals on the table fast. Pinned to your homepage, the live tile pushes recipe suggestions to her home screen from her favorite food categories each day.
Audible: When you have kids, reading is a luxury. But with the Audible app, Mom can just close her eyes and snuggle into a quiet corner and listen to a soothing voice that can take her away in stories from around the world. The free app features a comprehensive audiobook list, the ability to download from her personal Audible library, detailed listening stats, access to the Audible mobile store, and much more.
Birthdays Diary: Birthdays Diary is a great app for browsing and managing important birthdays. Drawing from Mom's phone contact apps, including her Facebook account, this app keeps her ahead of important birthdays and anniversaries with timely reminders and helpful birthday information, such zodiac signs and ages. She can browse birthdays by day, week or month, and connect with her friends right in the app, including Facebook greetings. Simple, useful and elegant, its live tile gives her a quick peek at upcoming birthdays and daily or weekly reminders right from her homepage.
Emergency Kit: A vital tool for most moms (who consistently face unexpected situations), the Emergency Kit app could very well be a life saver. Mom can turn her phone into an SOS light beacon, send out an emergency text message or email specific GPS coordinates, or learn how to treat a variety of injuries. Emergency Kit offers an added layer of preparedness and aggregates all of her most critical family information, including blood types, allergies, medications, important notes and emergency contacts for each of her family members—even if her phone is locked.
: Most often the family event planner, Mom is often the family photographer, too. A pro camera, photo sharing network and professional mobile photo editor, Fhotoroom is an essential app to help capture the most important family memories. This app maximizes HTC’s core camera technology, helping to achieve the best photo results possible with custom ISO and Exposure treatments, beautiful style filters, powerful editing tools and custom-designed frames. Once Mom gets the image she wants, Fhotoroom saves a step by connecting directly with her social media sites to share images instantly.
: Shuffling kids back and forth from school, sporting events and playdates on top of a daily commute to the office burns up a lot of gas. GasBuddy helps mom get the best deal possible when it’s time to fill up the car. Tracking the most comprehensive gas prices in her area, this app allows its community of users to report real-time gas prices and rewards her for her own contribution.
: Though it’s a rare opportunity, relaxing with a great book when the kids are quiet is a real treat. But getting out to pickup the latest Best Seller is nearly impossible. With the Kindle reading app, over a million eBooks are right at her fingertips - wherever she is. Amazon Whispersync technology automatically syncs her eBooks across her devices, so she can start reading a book on her phone, and pick up where she left off on another device with the Kindle app. Mom can personalize her reading experience with simple adjustments, including screen brightness, font size, margin width, and take notes in the digital margins.
: As an important health and nutrition advisor in the home, Mom can help keep the family in tip-top shape - not an easy task. Livescape to the rescue! An activity and nutrition journal, this Windows Phone app features GPS tracking and the ability to count steps, and track weight, calorie intake, and monitor nutrition facts from day-to-day. The app imports nutrition facts using her phone's camera and syncs with Microsoft® HealthVault® to track trends and important health information.
Max and the Magic Marker
: True, Mom might find this game fun, too, but this app is really well suited for keeping the kids entertained - when it's needed most. Max & the Magic Marker is an award-winning interactive puzzle, directed by the player’s imagination and free-hand drawings that come alive in the story. Appropriate for all audiences, yet challenging enough for the hardcore gamer, the app features lots of puzzles with multiple solutions, 15 levels in three unique worlds and allows players to compete against each other on the leaderboard while earning fun achievements.
For even more great Windows Phone apps, the Windows marketplace offers thousands of essential and fun time savers. Let us know your favorites in the comments below.
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