“There’s an app for that!”
Oh, those words that I am sure we have all heard, right? If you have a smartphone then you have apps, I am sure of it. With thousands upon thousands of apps to choose from, which are best for you?
Well, only you can decide that but the ones I choose are always ones that make my life a bit easier, reduce stress and fit my police wife and mom lifestyle best. As police wives we are constantly dealing with rotating schedules, days and nights apart, and literally trying to schedule events with our officers through text and phones calls on weekly occasions. So we need apps that are going to help us in those areas the most.
I don’t like to have my phone cluttered with apps that I don’t use or rarely open, so the following apps are ones I use and truly recommend.
Apps that make being a first responder spouse a bit easier:
This is a great money saving app where you can scan products and receipts for cash back. Since we live off of one law enforcement income, I am always looking for ways to save money and this app totally helps! You can transfer the money you earn to PayPal, Venmo or retail gift cards. Available in iTunes or Google Play for free.
Dropbox is a fantastic and easy way to keep your life (& phone) organized. You can share your account with your computer for easy access and sync as many devices as necessary. You can have an individual account or a team account which can be shared with your family, if need be. Available in iTunes or Google Play for free.
This may be my favorite app. My husband discovered Marco Polo a few months ago and it has really been a pivotal communication app for our family. It is like video walkie-talkies where you can leave a person videos and they can view them whenever they have the time. The best part is, it saves past videos, so my kids can watch them at any time. This is SO helpful when my kids are missing daddy and just need to hear his voice. *A favorite if you are solo-parenting!* Available in iTunes or Google Play for free.
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This app is all about “breathing life back into your marriage”. Corie Weathers is a licensed counselor that serves military and first responder marriages. She provides service marriages with successful tips and topics that are unique to military and first responder couples. Every time I listen to Corie, I am always wanting to hear more! The app contains videos, interviews, tips, webinars & more! Start by listening to her welcome video to hear all about what the app has to offer. I love the podcasts on first responders! If you are wanting a deeper marital connection and a better understanding of couples that live this lifestyle then this app is a MUST! Available on iTunes and Google Play for free.
Facetime or Hangouts
If you have an iPhone then Facetime is the way to go. If you have an Android device then the Hangouts app is very similar to Facetime. My husband and I love to check in with one another whenever we can, especially if it has been a few days since we have had time to connect. Both apps are free!
Okay, I lied. Starbucks and Marco Polo are VERY close, maybe even tied for my favorites. I am tired, you guys. I am sure you can relate. We juggle it ALL and I do treat myself every week (sometimes more) to a Starbucks as a pick me up. The app is perfect for quick runs through the drive-thru and gives me a little energy to make it through the day. You can earn points, free drinks, & more! Available on iTunes & Google Play. The app is free but you do need to load money onto your app account for spending.
I don’t know about you, but music is the way to my soul. I always turn to music for whatever mood I am in and I always choose music that matches my emotions. I play certain songs when I am missing my officer, need a little pick me up, or if my kids are having a bad day, music is sure to change that around! I use this app daily! Available on iTunes and Google Play for free.
I also recommend finding a game app or app that helps you stay a little busy! They are great for when your officer works night shift.
One other recommendation is to sink your calendars. This isn’t an app obviously, but very helpful as a busy law enforcement family so everyone can stay up-to-date!
Tell us: what other apps do you recommend and LOVE? Drop a line in the comments below!
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