Our family life is fast. With the thrill and grind of ministry, school, work, play, schedule, and rest, the pace of our life leaves us feeling breathless as times. As a result, we are always looking for apps to help us stay creative, be relevant, and get organized.
Below are few of our family’s favorite apps:
Pinterest :: Pinterest is an app for ideas. We use it to search for diy projects, recipes, remedies, graphics, and games. When we are struggling with writer’s block (like the one we’re experiencing now when charged with writing an article about apps), we use Pinterest to wake up the creative side of our brains. (Note from Tim: I don’t use Pinterest, but I sit next to Tasha while she uses it.)
Cozi :: Cozi is an app that helps us manage the chaos of our family life. The app provides a way for family members to share calendars, shopping lists, to do lists, and household reminders. My teenager can use the app to post her list of supplies for her next school project on my shopping list; Tim and I can combine our to do lists; and all of us can receive reminders that trash pick-up is on Wednesday and Saturday.
Pandora :: Pandora is a music app. We use it to listen to our favorite artists, our kids’ favorite music (so glad we are out of the Wiggles phase), and Tim and I also use it to listen to the favorite artists of our kids and students. Pandora even provides lyrics. Score! (Note from Tim: Our student ministry paid for the Pandora upgrade to get rid of the ads, so we also use it as our pre- and post-service bumper music.)
Heads Up :: We like any app that helps us play as a family. Heads Up is great for family fun nights at home, but it’s also fun to play during that 30 minute wait at a restaurant, in long lines for rollercoasters, or any other super boring moment that could benefit from some structured distraction (not recommended during uber-long sermons).
Geocaching :: Our geocaching app makes cheap family adventures possible. Our goal for 2014 is to create and maintain a family cache. We dare you to try to find it.
Gifts List :: Gifts List is an app that helps me (Tasha) keep track of my Christmas and birthday lists, and how much money I’m spending. I’m a ninja when it comes to finding cool gifts, but I’m terrible at knowing and staying within my budget. Gift Lists makes gift tracking and budgeting possible. (Note from Tim: This app helps us Tasha know how much she’s spending, but it does not help her stay within her budget.)
Social Media :: We have every social media app that our kids enjoy: Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook, etc. If a new app surfaces, we check it out before letting our kids download it.
SYMC :: The SYMC app is pretty snazzy as well. It won’t remind you when to take out your trash, but it will help make the SYMC experience amazing. (Coming February 2014!)
Some of you may be wondering why we didn’t mention a bible app. For me (Tasha), I’ve realized that my bible app is one that I have overused. I feel I’ve lost something in my devotional life. I’m not saying my bible app is of the devil, but I am saying I miss my bible. For this next season, I have sworn on my bible app that I’m going old school and returning my paper bible.
We’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite apps? Post your family app-ortunities in the comments below.
Tim and Tasha