Memorable Spring Break Getaways: These 5 Mobile Apps Make Planning a Cinch

With the help of smartphones, booking a spring break trip just got easier for travelers. From searching for the best flight and hotel deals, to finding activities to pursue outside of your hotel that can involve the entire group, there are several mobile apps that help make planning a vacation simple, organized and efficient.

Here are five “must have” mobile apps that can help you plan for a memorable spring break getaway.

CheapOair

When deciding on the perfect destination, let CheapOair’s app find the best flight and hotel deals and even last-minute vacation packages (perfect when traveling with a large group.) With the app’s new 24/7 Live Chat option, there’s no need to worry about flight delays or lost hotel reservations because a helping hand is always available to sort out any complications.

TripIt

No more frantic searching through emails on your phone for airline and hotel confirmations. With the TripIt mobile app, users now have an easier way to organize and share travel plans. TripIt takes all of your trip details and creates one helpful itinerary at the palm of your hands. Once you receive a confirmation email from anywhere you book, simply forward it to plans@tripit.com, where the app instantly recognizes reservations from over 3,000 booking sites and organizes into one site.

GetPacked: packing list

Once you’ve booked the travel plans for your destination, the last and final step before you leave is packing your luggage and making sure not to leave any essentials at home. The GetPacked: packing list mobile app helps make packing quick and easy.  With the checklist, you can choose from over 600 items to put on your list, with the ability to even add your own items.

Goby

While on vacation, it’s important to spend quality time outside of the hotel room. The Goby mobile app allows you to explore your surroundings by finding local sightseeing tours, festivals and more, to keep everyone occupied during the trip.

LocalEats

When you’re in an unfamiliar city and are looking for a nice restaurant that everyone can enjoy, the LocalEats app allows you to search through recommended restaurants that have been reviewed by local food critics near you.

Free Fitness App for Women – 6-Week Slim Down Program from iTRAIN

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Here’s a free women’s fitness tool I think you’ll love: The Slim Down For Women App – The 1st Live App from iTRAIN. 

Slim Down For Women is an effective, no-brainer 6-week program designed to help you to lose weight.

iTRAIN takes you on a journey where every day you do one workout at a time. Each workout provides you top celebrity trainer guidance remixed with the best music.

This App includes:

* Cardio audio workouts
* Videos
* Photos and text descriptions
* “Did You Know” Series
* Full nutrition program to complete the workout component
* Live access to our trainers if you have any question

For this type of workout, you will need access to a treadmill, a yoga mat, & 2 light weights.

This App is available for free at the App Store here.

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Free Things to Make Your Life Better #2

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Here’s another roundup of Good, Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better. Just a few things we’ve come across recently:

Mozart for Munchkins
Here you can download a variety of free songs your little ones are bound to love, including an entire album of Mozart favorites that have been arranged by renowned neurobiologist Dr. Norman Weinberger and Grammy winner Jimmie Haskell

Free Classical Music Downloads
Here’s a treasure trove of free classical music downloads for you parents, too, courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. View all composers by clicking here. You can also filter the available downloads by period and genre.

Free Subscription to Working Mother Magazine
Mercury Magazines is currently offering a free subscription to Working Mother Magazine. Quantities are limited, so fill out this form today.

DIY Recipe for Brown Sugar Scrub from the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountains
I love sugar scrubs but they cost a fortune. Now you can make some for yourself. Better yet, make a couple of batches, package it in some pretty jars and give it to your friends.

Free book download – Get Social, by entertaining expert Allana Baroni
Here is a a wonderful free book download on the O magazine site. Here, entertaining expert and author Allana Baroni makes available her book Get Social in a series of PDF downloads. You’ll find party themes, special gift ideas, hostessing tips, social etiquette advice, even new ways to celebrate the big holidays that are right around the corner.

Free Fun Cutouts for Kids – Paper City
The site MadebyJoel.com has some cool Paper City toy templates/printables. Click on the link in this post to access all of the Paper City posts. Then print the templates, then let your kids color, build and play with their own paper cities. Very cool (and free)! So far, there’s a Paper City, Paper Vehicles, even a Paper Paris and Paper Sydney.

Free Binaural Beats mp3 download to help you sleep
Do you ever have a hard time drifting off to sleep at night? Or maybe, like me, you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep. The folks at sleepphones.com have created a series of mp3 tracks (6 at last count) to help you fall asleep faster. These tracks use binaural beats technology, which is supposed to lull you and those brainwaves of yours into a deep, deep sleep. They are carefully engineered binaural beats overlaid with a variety of soundscapes. Give it a try the next time you’re tossing and turning.

Free Healthy Living eCookbook from Better Homes & Gardens (plus, for every book downloaded, Better Homes & Gardens will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the cure – up to $20,000)

Free issue of Better Homes & Gardens plus a free copy of the Best Loved Cookies recipe book

 

Free Set of Art Postcards ($37.50 value)
David Leaser is an L.A. based photographer who creates unbelievable flower images. Lucky for us, he’s giving away a free pack of 25 postcards, each showing a different flower. This free pack of postcards has a retail value of $37.50. Plus, you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for one of David Leaser’s books.

 

New Search Engine for Kids
Zui.com is a new Internet search and exploration engine for kids. This is a browser-based search engine designed to encourage exploration by giving kids a constant stream of content results and related searches for anything kids are curious about. Brought to you by the genius minds at KidZui.

 

Don’t forget – we post lots more freebies on our Coupons blog each day!

 

Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better

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Here’s a roundup of Good, Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better. Just a few things we’ve come across recently:

New Uses for Old Things
Leave it to Real Simple Magazine to create this inspiring list of things you can make out of things you already have. Love the citrus peels as bowls and the kazoo bubble machine. This is one to bookmark, stumble and share.

One Liners Word Art Free Digital Scrapbooking Download
From Scrapbooking.about.com – This collection is a free download of phrases. Beautiful (and free).

Printable School Lunch Notes with Jokes
These printable school lunch notes with silly jokes are adorable. A love and a giggle from you. So perfect to help with those first few weeks of back to school.

Birthday Cake Gallery, from Family Fun Magazine
These are some of the coolest birthday cakes I’ve ever seen. Alas, my poor kids will still have to settle for my lame attempts, but these are inspiring… The sweet little crown, the amazing sand castle cake. Okay, maybe I could do the rainbow…

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you’re a fan of the Starbucks variety, save yourself a dollar (or four) and try this at home. Sure to warm even the most crisp of autumn days, from Momadvice.com

Printable Christmas Planner Sheets
You can download and print each of these planning sheets for free – everything from baking planner sheets to printable gift tags to decor inventory to shopping lists to thank you note checklists. I think she’s thought of everything!

And a couple of freebies for you (from our Susies-Coupons Daily Deals blog):

Free travel size Aveda Hand Relief (Print and present to your local Aveda boutique.)

Free customizable journal from PaperCoterie ($15 value. You pay shipping)

10 Free downloadable workbooks from Scholastic Teacher Express. Use code 10THANKS.

Free Printable Christmas Planner – Download and print a variety of useful christmas planning pages.

If you like these freebies, make sure you’re subscribed to Susies-Coupons.com Daily Deals Email. (We give a $50 gift card to a subscriber every month.)

Momscape is now featured on Alltop!

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We think that’s a pretty big deal, so we wanted you to know.

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Browse the mom topic at Alltop for all kinds of good information, from product picks to recipes.