Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Check Out Her Apps: Erin’s List

We’ve got more than a few iPhone users among on our staff and in our lives. But just because the app store boast eleventy trillion apps and counting, doesn’t mean that they are all gems. That’s why I’m always asking fellow iPhone users for recommendations.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites…


Intuition: Mom’s Personal Assistant (recommendation of Katie Goodman)

I’m a big time list maker. This is the first app/tool that has eliminated my need for a pen and paper list. You can customize the list topics however you please. For instance, my current list includes a “For Baby” category (for all of the pre-baby prep), a “This Week” category (for everything that needs to be done, you guessed it, this week), a “Naptime” category (for the tasks that I want to get done during naptime) among others. I love the color coded list and the ability to set due dates and alarms.

Keeper Password & Data Vault

I’ve got too many username/password combos to remember, plus a pesky inability to remember anyone’s social security number besides my own. This app helps me keep those handy while keeping them safe. (So safe that at times this app borders on being a  pain in the tush when I mistype my password.)

Pandora Radio

The ability to listen to Pandora via my car stereo or iPhone speaker doc in my kitchen is a thing of beauty.


This app is the ultimate in white noise. Handy for traveling with kids and drowning out noise during naptime, great for falling asleep to the sound of a rain storm and WONDERFUL for working on a laptop while someone gets their fill of American Idol.

Tweetdeck for iPhone

I love Tweetdeck for sorting my Twitter feed. I’ve got separate streams for local tweets, tweets by food bloggers, specific # terms and my favorites. This app pulls those categories through to my iPhone too.

IMDb Movies & TV

Like random movie and TV factoids? Me too.

For Toddlers:

ABC Animals

I love the artwork on this app. It kept my girl happy in a pinch and I could feel good about learning the ABC’s.

Wheels on the Bus

Just what it sounds like—the famous song set to motion with fun screen tap action that makes the windshield wipers swoosh.

Peekaboo Barn

Fun for learning animal sounds and effective as a quick game while waiting in the doctor’s office when you’d really like the kiddo to keep all of the waiting room toys out of their mouth.

*My kiddo is starting to outgrow these. If you have recommendations for preschooler-friendly apps, please comment below!


Angry Birds

Yes, me and the rest of the free world. Great game to keep you busy when pregnancy insomnia kicks in.

Parachute Panic

Stick figures jump out of planes. You control the parachute and try to keep them out of shark-infested waters. Good times!

Photo Fun:


Many of the photos that I’ve shared on this site are taken with my iPhone and “processed” with CameraBag. I love the “magazine” and “1974” treatments.

See! It looks like a photo from my parents old school photo album. Nope. Taken last week.


Turn your photo into a polaroid, complete with retro sound and shake action to make the photo appear.

What are your favorite iPhone apps? 🙂

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  1. Erica Fehrman 04/27/2011 at 7:07 pm

    I just got an iphone and am so so excited! Adding your apps now :D!!!

    • Erin Oltmanns 04/28/2011 at 10:24 am

      Yahoo! Another app I found is called Kindermusic – the kiddo loves it. It includes streaming of audio books for kids.

  2. Lanitra Odell 02/28/2011 at 12:33 pm

    what about android apps

  3. Jamie R. 02/28/2011 at 12:27 pm

    I LOVE learning about new apps. My 20 month old loves to play on Peek a Boo barn! I’m definitely going to try out Intuition. I don’t know if this would be helpful for you, but I really liked Baby Brain when I had a newborn. Kept me a little bit organized with feedings and diaper changes.

  4. amyallenjohnson 02/23/2011 at 4:31 pm

    Since my valentines gift was a new phone, and an iPhone at that, my kids have been asking for new apps the last 10 days. thanks for the list! now we can move beyond the Restaurant Story. Picked up HeyTell app tip while at the zoo today=like a walkie talkie. Thanks, JaNean!

  5. Katie | GoodLife Eats 02/23/2011 at 3:43 pm

    My almost 6 year old loves “colorama.” I am going to have to check out the ABC one and the Barn app because I think Madeline (3) would love those!

    Glad you are liking Intuition. I love it!

  6. Erica Fehrman 02/23/2011 at 11:44 am

    Alas, I am still in smart phone purgatory. I have an old Blackberry but no iphone. I feel 2011 to be a promising year, though 🙂

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  8. Jeff 02/23/2011 at 8:56 am

    LOVE it. The White Noise app in particular is a great idea… My kids sleep with a sound machine at home, but I’ve forgotten it on vacation (many times).

    Thanks for the tips… always looking for good, new apps.