As much as we all love getting together with family and friends over delicious Thanksgiving dinner, the holidays can also be a stressful time particularly when you have young children and travel is involved. The good news is that, this year, smartphone apps can help you keep everything under control. From recipes to saving money on gas, thought you might be interested in taking a look at the apps listed below that will keep you sane and running on schedule this holiday season:
Digital Recipe Sidekick – This free app that will help you cook Thanksgiving dinner, or create the perfect casserole to bring to your mother-in-laws. The best thing about it is that it will also read recipes to you, hands-free, step-by-step for those times when your hands are covered in batter or other food! It has 14 preloaded recipes, but you can import virtually endless recipes from AllRecipes.com or input your own. Its like keeping a whole bookshelf of cookbooks in your pocket, for free. Android. iPhone alternative: Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List.
TripIt – TripIt organizes your travel itinerary so its easy to access: after you added a trip, you can click it to see details airport names and terminals, confirmation code, seat number, estimated length of time for the flight, contact information for the airline. And, if you booked the flight for other people, their names and ticket numbers are available too. This is a worthy app for any road-warrior-mom’s arsenal. Free. Available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone.
Yellow Pages and Gas Prices – This popular app has seen a major evolution since its launch in 2008: aside from being a Yellow Pages book in your pocket, it now also helps you find best nearby gas prices and grants you access to thousands of coupons from local businesses. So whether you need to fill up on gas on your way to grandma’s, get children’s Motrin for that unexpected fever at 11 pm or find a local event or movie theater, YP is your best bet for simple search and easy savings. Free. Available on Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone and Palm.
Black Friday App – Ready or not, Black Friday is just around the corner. If you’re all about the real, in store, shopping thrills, this free app allows you to prepare by browse “leaked” and verified Black Friday ads on your phone and save items to your Shopping List for D-Day. You can also find a store near you and share deals via Twitter, Facebook, and Email. Free. Android.
The Crayola app – With the iMarker Digital Stylus (which comes with the Crayola ColorStudio HD app) you can simulate Crayola crayons, markers and paints when it touches an iPad. It keeps kids as young as 3 entertained and occupied while mom can finally finish that Sudoku she started last year. Free.