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June 3rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

Sanity Saving Road Trip Apps


Planning a car trip this summer? Kids in the car for any longer than an hour (or maybe less) is enough to make you panic just thinking about it. Here are some apps that can help you keep them occupied and give you some peace of mind.

Kids just want to have fun. Mom Maps  app (free on Android, $2.99 iPhone) will provide you with all the kid-friendly places near where you are. Play spaces and kid restaurants are easy to find with this app.

Road Ninja is a free app that will help you find rest areas, restaurants and interesting places to stop along the way.

Some iPhone/iPad games to play along the way include Auto Bingo , Car Travel Games  and Road Trip Scavenger Hunt ($0.99).

And for Android, try Road Trip Games, and Scavenger Hunt Bingo.

For the younger ones, there’s also the Garanimals Learn, Play, Share app…education and fun in one!

Having these apps at the ready will help ensure that your trip time goes a little more smoothly. And while they won’t guarantee that you won’t have some surprises or misadventures along the way, they will hopefully keep the whining to a dull roar.

Happy travels!

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September 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Online Shopping Just Got Better

Don’t you just love finding a bargain? I know I do. But a lot of the real bargains require serious attention to sales and special offers, which means a lot of time in stores. That’s something I don’t love or have much time for. Except for the occasional stroll through my favorite discount stores, I’m not usually in a store unless I’m there for something specific. And with my timing, I’m often there the day after the coupon expires.

Except for clothes, which I prefer to try on, I do a serious amount of online shopping. I’ve been a faithful Peapod shopper for years and would never go back to in-store grocery shopping. If only Trader Joe’s and Costco would offer online shopping and delivery. That would make me SO happy.  Are you reading this Trader Joe’s??

I also rely heavily on Amazon. Books, music, electronics, health and beauty products and even coffee, are some of the items I’ve ordered recently. I could never get my holiday gift giving done without it.

So I’m always interested in better online shopping solutions. Two new apps came to my attention that I think are worth sharing. Google (yes, Google again) recently released an  ipad app called Google Catalogs (go figure, Android has to wait) which allows you to subscribe to electronic versions of lots of retail catalogs and look books and browse them in the comfort of your most comfortable chair. I downloaded it today and had a great time checking out some catalogs that I don’t normally get.

Some of the app’s features include making favorites of your preferred catalogs, ordering products directly from the app, or finding the nearest retail store which sells it. It even let’s me know the hours that the store is open today. How handy is that? But the real bonus is the ability to search across multiple catalogs for a particular item. That’s what I call power shopping!

Now catalog shopping on my ipad is great in an of itself, but to make it that much more satisfying, try out Coupon Sherpa. It’s available online at and as an iphone app. (Android and Blackberry apps are on the way). Here’s a one-stop app for finding coupons for the stores you are going to shop (online included). Never hit the checkout without checking here first.

So whether you’re shopping at the mall or from your couch, these two apps can help you get the job done.

Thank you Pure Wow for alerting me to Google Catalogs and to Digitwirl for the heads up on Coupon Sherpa. These will both come in really handy.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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