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The 5 best apps for the stay-at-home mom

Let your smartphone help with the kids

From SheKnows Canada
As a stay-at-home mom, you have a lot of things to keep track of. These five apps help you stay on top of everything from meals, to deals, to your baby's first steps — so you never have to feel disorganized or confused again!

Mom using smartphoneCookmate

This app is great for getting a sense of what you have on hand in your kitchen and what you may need to add in order to create the dishes you want. You begin by entering in all the potential ingredients you have in your home into the app. When you hit the search button, Cookmate will look through its database and create a list of potential recipes. Ones for which you have all the necessary ingredients will appear at the top and those for which you require a few more will follow. If your desired recipe requires some ingredients, you simply click the add to groceries button and it generates a list of all the groceries you need to grab the next time you're at the store. Then you follow the directions and have a meal ready to go in no time. The recipes are simple in nature and easy to follow. No haute cuisine here, but some good old-fashioned favourites are sure to please the whole family.

Baby Connect

If you're someone that likes to keep track of all your baby's changes and developments, then this app will definitely help you out. It lets you log everything from sleeping patterns to eating times so you never have to wonder how your little one is doing. Plus you can share all the information in real time with your friends and family so everyone can be in the loop. Or, if you have to leave your little one with a caregiver, he/she can keep you updated on how your baby is getting on in real time.

LivingSocial

As a mom you are always looking for the best deals and LivingSocial helps you with that. Find the best deals in your area for restaurants, services, beauty treatments, family activities, fitness passes and more. Score your family a trip to the bowling alley at 60 per cent off, or treat your husband to an exquisite dinner out at half the original price. Plus, you'll get a chance to visit new locations in your area that you might otherwise not have known existed. The deals are updated daily so there are always new items that might catch your eye.

Mom Maps Free

Sometimes you want to get out of the house with your little one but you just don't know where you feel like going. At such times, this free app really comes in handy. It tracks down kid-friendly parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas near you. You can either search a specific area or allow the app to use GPS on your location. So get out there and explore somewhere new with your little one!

Words With Friends Free

When your little guy goes down for a nap, it's nice to relax and have some fun. Words with Friends is a game that resembles Scrabble that you can play on your smart phone with friends or a random opponent. (Sometimes you really need an opportunity to stimulate yourself intellectually and think about something other than feeding and diapers!) The game also has a chat feature so you can message your friends while you play. Stay connected with the world and keep your brain active with this fun free app.

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