Now that it’s the holiday season, I’ve been depending on two apps that make entertaining easier and more fun for me and my family. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was actually to spend more time with loved ones, so I’m proud to say I managed to accomplish this and more. The one to hit the gym three times a week….well, that was a greater challenge. But there’s always 2016 for that.
The two apps I’m sharing with you this month are highly rated largely because they enable you to spend less time at the store or in the kitchen. And, instead savoring the scents of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air.
I’ve recently discovered a free app called “Bring!” that’s wonderful for holiday shopping and meal planning because it lets me create and share shopping lists in a flash. For unique lists, too, like those for my theme parties and special event planning! It’s my no frills shopping list app and provides only the features I most need, so I rarely have to rely on paper lists anymore….or trying to find my pen.
Bring! is tailored to your home’s specific and current needs. Once household members using your account download the app on their phones or other devices (such as a tablet), they can easily refer to Bring! to see which products are missing and must be replenished.
As they finish off the cereal, a member can update the list on their device. And, whoever typically shops for that item will be alerted through their device with a notification to buy cereal, saving time, effort and money. Any changes made to the list are instantly synced to everyone you assign to your Bring! account, too.
If ever you don’t have an internet connection, no problem because you can still access your list without a signal. One time, I was visiting a family member in the country and was relieved to pull up my supply list to use.
Since I’m always pulling my phone in and out of my pocket while shopping, I also value Bring!’s simple pocket-lock feature, so I don’t inadvertently erase something. I’ll never run out of milk or forget to order home office supplies again! Basically, Bring! lets me take on more.
Thanks to Yummly, my family practically licks their plates clean. It helps me discover recipes of deliciousness by directing me to the world’s top recipe sites and blogs. Then, it lets me narrow down a search by cuisine, nutrition requirements (e.g.: calories, carbs, fat or cholesterol), cook time, technique, etc. Whether I need quick or healthy, Italian or Mexican, gluten-free or paleo, Yummly delivers all the options and more.
Sharing any recipes found using Yummly is easy, too. More than ever, your friends and family will appreciate your suggestions for meal ideas. You simply collect, save and organize favorite recipes into a digital recipe box. Then, add a full recipe with one click to your shopping list, and the app automatically categorizes the shopping list. Yummly’s so smart that it even tells me which aisle in the grocery store to find the items.
You know how much I love variety? No problem there. Every week thousands of new recipes are added to Yummly for me to try and maybe even love.
Looks like my kitchen timer just went off, so it’s time for me to get cookin’! Hungry holiday guests can’t wait.