When I was a teenager, caught up in a typical teenage world, my mother would often say to me, “Sometimes you’ve just got to stop and smell the roses.” At the time, it was just another goofy thing mom said—what did she know?
As with so much that mom told me, now that I’m older I think about it all the time—and being outdoors so much now that it’s spring, I realize again how right she was. It really is so important to take time to appreciate the magic of the natural world we live in. Watching my garden bloom, or marveling at the glow of a glorious full moon, are things that are simply good for my soul.
Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to two neat apps that really help reinforce mom’s message. Spend some time with these, and you’ll come away entertained, educated, and enlightened!
With this app, you’ll get easy-to-follow tips on how to plant gardens that attract pollinators and help them thrive, and also an excellent, easy-to-use visual library of plants for every region. You can create personalized lists of plants based on your preference for pollinator type, flower color, soil requirements and sunlight, and really find smart ways to make your garden a beautiful and healthy place.
Environmental changes all over the world have led to a significant decrease in pollinator habitats and populations, making the advice here even more timely and useful. Pollinators play a critical role in helping plants to flower and reproduce, and helping seeds grow into fruits and vegetables. The BeeSmart Pollinator Gardener focuses on ways to promote the health and propagation of bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and more.
Whether you want to contribute to a healthy ecosystem for these important creatures or simply find great information to let you grow beautiful plants and flowers, this app has something for every gardener.
I grew up in what was affectionately called “The Space Age,” and I’ve never lost my sense of awe for the incredible accomplishments of our astronauts and the majestic pictures they sent back from outer space. The official app of NASA takes me there all over again.
You’ll get up close with planets, constellations, and distant galaxies by viewing over 14,000 magnificent images from space, with more being added every day from the Hubble Telescope and orbiting deep-space satellites. You’re also able to track the visible passes of the International Space Station, and follow launch information and countdown clocks for upcoming missions, like 2018’s “Solar Probe Plus” project to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere.
You can also watch live streaming programs on NASA TV, and hours of other great informational videos. But if you do, here’s some advice mom would also approve of: remember to connect to Wi-Fi to help save data on your Consumer Cellular Connect Plan!
We’ve all got busy lives to lead. But mom sure had it right—life is better when you find time to cherish the amazing things around you. Fortunately, there are great apps like the two featured here to make this a little easier to do.