Just Say No to Holiday Panic with 8 Stress-Saving Apps

Here we go again. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then, before you can say “stress”, along comes Hanukkah and Christmas on its heels. In an effort to help out our fellow Moms, we pulled together a few apps to help tame the insanity of shopping, entertaining, traveling, cooking, and decorating. Because let’s face it, Moms…you pretty much do it all.

1. Orderly – Your “To Do” List at Your Fingertips with GPS-Driven Reminders.

Orderly App

From the app store: “Orderly is designed based on how the human-mind visualizes to-do lists !” It is a nice and incredibly easy to use to-do list app, that features a breath-taking interface, seamless cloud sync, and comes with “Location Based Reminders”, so that the users never miss a to-do task at a particular location.  $.99

2. Waze – “Over the River and Through Traffic-Free Back Roads”

WazeNavigation App

Waze Screen

From the app store: Avoid traffic jams, police traps, and accidents with Waze, the #1 real-time navigation app. Get the fastest routes to your favorite locations and new destinations. FREE

3. Slice — Compare Prices And Rest Assured Knowing Exactly When Your Gifts Will Arrive

Slice App Store


From the app store: Shopping, shipping, and saving have never been easier or more fun. Slice keeps an eye on your purchases for you—watching for price drops, tracking your packages, and alerting you on hazardous product recalls. Never enter a tracking number again! It’s all done automatically with the e-receipts in your email … that’s why it’s so smart! FREE

4. Food Network’s In The Kitchen – All the Holiday Recipes You Need in One Place

Food Network App

Food Network

From the app store: Rated as one of the *top recipe apps* in the App Store, Food Network’s In the Kitchen app is your one-stop shop for all things food. Get instant access to our most-popular recipes from Ina Garten, Ree Drummond, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and many more.

5. Christmas Tree Decorator – Fun App For Kids To Create Their Own Digital Tree

Decorate Tree App

tree decorator

From the app store: Decorate your tree with a huge assortment of ornaments. Stage it in the perfect environment with your favorite photo. Then relax in joyous delight to realistic animated snow, shimmery animated lights, and your favorite holiday songs.  221 ornaments, trinkets, toppers, gifts, ribbons, and more; Animated snowfall, lights and fun sound effects; 5 holiday songs including favorites like Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies; 5 tree styles; 6 festive backgrounds or set a custom background from your photo album and much more! FREE

6. Chanukah Guide – Multi-Lingual Blessings, Dreidel Play for Kids, Half Hour Timer

Chanukah App

Chanukah App

From the app store: If you’re looking for a good, all-round Hanukkah app, this is a great option. This app can help you correctly pronounce the Hebrew blessings for Hanukkah. In addition, the app will teach you how to play dreidel, and how to properly light the menorah. FREE

7. Christmas Songs Music & Carols – Favorite Carols with Lyrics, Artist Performances & More!

Carols App Store

Carols on App Store

From the app store: Voted No. 1 Christmas Music App in the AppStore! FREE but $3.99 upgrade includes full songs instead of shorter clips.

8. Heads Up Game – Family-Friendly Fun at Home or On The Road

Heads Up AppHU Screen Shot

From the app store: It’s the game The New York Times called a “Sensation,” and Cosmopolitan said “will be the best dollar you’ve spent.” Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres that she plays on her show, and you can play with your friends! $.99