What We Do
About Us We review iPhone apps for moms or anyone else looking to tap into the practical, personal or parenting potential of their iDevice. Oooh! That sounded good! There are over 2,000 app reviews on this site and we’ve seen the market explode over the past few years as developers have realized the potential in apps for parents and their children.
Our goal is to provide practical reviews for moms by real life, actual moms. We review apps that we use ourselves, but also receive app review requests from developers. We try to review all they send us unless it’s obviously not a fit for our readers. Doing this, we’ve discovered apps we absolutely love but wouldn’t have found otherwise. We’ve also discovered apps we cannot ever see ourselves, or another mom, using. We’ll give you an honest opinion about an app, whether it’s a review request or one we’ve found on our own. We are going to always try and find something positive to say though, I guess that’s just the mom in us!
One last thing. The iTunes App Store is like a giant box of chocolates, offering a little something for everyone. We may love the chocolates with butter cream centers, but you may prefer something with a crunchy nougat. So please, read our reviews, but before you spend that $1.99 follow the link at the end of the review and check out the iTunes’ details to make sure you get the sweet treat you really wanted.
This website began as an excuse to surf around in iTunes looking at apps, but has turned into much more. We’ve been lucky enough to see the site grow leaps and bounds since it began in January 2009. We’ve also had a chance to contribute and add our two cents to several other websites, including Babble.com and Momtastic.com. It’s a surreal feeling to know that you are all out there and we are honored and grateful, and humbly thank you all for bearing with us and continuing to read!
* iPhone Mom Contributors * Thanks to all of you wonderful readers the site has grown far beyond what one mom can keep up with on her own! We’ve begged several family members and friends to join as “iPhone Mom Contributors”. Here are some short “bios” so you can get to know them a little bit, as they are in their own words:
Rachael – Rachael is a stay at home mother of four. She secretly wanted an iPhone for years but kept telling her husband she did not need one, her old Palm phone could keep her calendar, and her nano was just fine for music. She finally gave in to the craving and quickly joined the world of smart phones and amazing apps! Her children laugh when Siri doesn’t listen to her, but Rachael and Siri have reached an understanding where Siri is willing to read her texts while she is running, set reminders for her,and take uncomplicated dictation.
Her current favorite is her Nike +GPS app, which cheers her on as she reaches running goals and personal bests. Hearing Kara Goucher, a fellow mom (and much better runner than she), encourage Rachael as she reaches the finish line helps her stay motivated as she strives to get back in shape after four pregnancies and births.
In between sitting in carpool lines, struggling with dinner menus and constantly pick up toys, she is always on the lookout for great tools and games.
Heather – Heather is a a semi-sane stay at home mom of four who’s married to a smart techie fellow. He talked her into an iPhone (followed by an iPad, replaced by the iPad 2 after an unfortunate incident involving the roof of her van) and has been a happy woman ever since. The phone has been great for her, great for her kids and they’re having a good time playing around with the endless applications.
Heather often wonders what you’d think if you could see the mashed potatoes all over the kitchen floor, or her jotting down app notes while waiting at the bus stop….usually while wearing sweats or pajama bottoms with a guaranteed stain of some sort on her shirt.
Heather founded the site in January 2009 and is so proud of how far we’ve come.
Erin – Erin is a stay at home mom to one extremely energetic and curious toddler. She is not sure which one of them loves her iPad more, but does know that she would be slightly less sane without it. Constantly amazed by how much her little one learns while playing with different apps, Erin has become a big supporter of using technology as a learning tool for little ones.
Nikki – Nikki is a retired bookkeeper, starting her second career as a stay at home mom. She lives with her husband, son and yellow lab in North Carolina. She loves technology and gadgets – and her iPad is one of her favorites. One of her favorite things about apps is that they are so versatile – there are apps for teaching kids, apps for entertainment, apps for hobbies…She definitely believes the phrase “There’s an app for that…”
JoDee – When is come to the gadgets, gizmos and whats-its of the modern world, her three kids keep her up to speed. Whether its watching yet another iTunes card go up in smoke while music downloads at the speed of sound, teenage blogging, term paper research or the youngest studying spelling and math facts, she tries to ignore how many hours are logged on the hand held devices in her home. All that being said, the growth and learning the gizmos provide never cease to amaze her.
Katherine – Between taking care of her children and running household errands, Kat finds useful, convenient, or just plain fun apps make life a little more interesting. Her old Blackberry device kicked it earlier this year, so she finally had a good excuse to get her new iPhone – and hasn’t looked back since! Katherine is our resident social media expert, so if you’re reading our posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, you’ll know its her!
Monica – Monica is a mother of four incredibly bright, talented and energetic children. She has a bachelors degree in Child Development and nearly 11 years of experience as a mom to help her find and recommend great apps for your family. When she isn’t caring for her family or researching and reviewing apps, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school, torturing herself at the gym, or hiding out with her nose in a good book.
A Few Minor Details: At the end of each review we’ll post the seller’s name and the price we paid for the app when we reviewed it. Something that was $3.99 when we reviewed it might only be $1.99 now, so it’s worth a look on iTunes before you decide against an app based on price alone. You will also see the “Requirements” needed to run the app. This will tell you the iOS your device needs to have and whether it will work on and iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad.
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