If you’re reading this you’re likely trying to justify a very expensive, seemingly frivolous purchase. Don’t worry! I’m here to help.
Does every mom need an iPad3? No. That might really be frivolous. Don’t get me wrong. If you have an iPad3 I’m not calling you spendy. I just think the lesser iPad2 is more justifiable for most, and you can get a refurbished iPad2 straight from Apple.
Below I’ve actually given you five
categories of reasons moms need an iPad, not just five reasons. If you need more justification just let me know. I could do this all day.
iPad for Entertainment
Draw Something: Sometimes moms just need a break. This fun game is the perfect mindless mental escape.
Pandora + Flipboard: We all need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others, right. To that effect: go to the gym, get on the elliptical, open the Pandora app and select the Florence and the Machine channel, then open the Flipboard app to catch up on the latest news, facebook happenings or your favorite blogs. Before you know it that thirty-minute workout is d.o.n.e.
Movies: Travel just got so much easier for you. No more lugging around the portable DVD player and tons of movies. Just download them in iTunes or connect to your Netflix account and hit the road to the beach.
Books: We all love the smell and feel of real books, but there’s only so much room in the bag of yours. And books are heavy. Just download your book club selection to iBooks.
iPad for Productivity & Efficiency
Access that great workout you saw on Pinterest easily while you’re at the gym. 100 jumping jacks seems doable when it’s on such a pretty screen. FYI, find me on Pinterest by searching for EvolvedMommy.
We’re all on some kind of committee or need to take notes for one reason or another. Evernote is a handy app that lets you easily take notes and then indexes the entire contents for easy search later. Your spiral notebook or moleskine can’t do that.
iCal (<— remember “Extreme Calendaring?) syncs with your phone (as do most or all of these apps) and is super easy to use, so that you can keep up with all of the things your family does. Aren’t you supposed to be somewhere right now?
Photos are fun and easy to share straight from your iPad. If nothing else, this gadget is an advanced digital photo frame.
iPad for Education
Kids: The quality of games for kids that are available on the iPad is mind-blowing. Watching a toddler navigate this device makes my heart happy. These kids will be the developers of the future if we let them play and discover freely now.
Elmo loves ABCs by Seasame Workshop
Hobbies: Want to learn to knit, but don’t have a free Saturday afternoon to go sit at the local yarn shop? Go to About.com/knitting and you can teach yourself. Plus there are tons of free patterns to use. My friend Sarah runs that site and she’s super helpful.
iPad for Safety
A couple years ago a tornado hit very near our home. We were huddled in the closet in the middle of the night with no way to see the TV to learn where exactly the storm was headed, and we couldn’t get a good radio signal. But my husband and I both had our iPads. He was watching the radar live, zoomed in on our town and I was watching the live broadcast by our local meteorologist. That night alone justified our iPads.
The Weather Channel’s iPad App
iPad for Portability
Do you really want to lug around your laptop in your purse or diaper bag everywhere you go?
Ever wondered how to peel an avacado correctly or how to create freezable chicken stock? Set your iPad in a dock on your kitchen counter, open YouTube and search away. There’s a video for just about everything. In fact, your iPad can be a portable cookbook. Our Everyday Dinners is one of my favorite sources.
Headed on a family trip? Access your flight info, restaurant reviews and theme park maps on your iPad.
Is that helpful? If you have questions about the iPad please feel free to ask. We love ours and can’t imagine life without them. Our preschooler even has her own iPad now. Maybe I’ll do a post on that next.
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