The iMums are usually all about the kids but with Mother’s Day upon us, we wanted to show our appreciation for all the mothers that follow us (that’s around 90% of you) so we have compiled a list of apps for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad that we think Mums would love. Most of these apps take pride of place on Amanda’s iOS device home screen so you can guarantee they have been tried and tested by an iMum!

20120506-193954.jpgOverlay Camera by Minkyu Lee
Overlay Camera makes it easier to take before and after photos on your iPhone. It works by displaying a transparent overlay image of a photo you have taken previously so you can take another photo from the exact same location. Lately I have been using this app to take before and after shots of our recent home renovations but other interesting ideas would be taking a before and after photo of your new haircut using the forward facing camera or a daily/weekly/monthly photo of your child to see their growth over time as we all know just how fast they grow!
Category: Photography
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 Overlay Camera - Minkyu Lee (0.3MB)

20120506-194605.jpgTypon by Greener Pastures
Typon allows you to, funnily enough, type on your images. Create unique, captioned compositions using pictures on your device, quickly and simply. You can choose from many different typefaces and have the ability to scale, rotate, change colors, and share your images via email, SMS or Facebook. I use Typon when I want to caption a funny image for uploading to Instagram or Facebook like the one below of my youngest son Tate.
Category: Photography
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 Typon - Greener Pastures (1.4MB)

Created using Typon

Stay at home mum (Paid) - the secret to living on one wageStay At Home Mum by Jodi Allen
Being a time-poor mother myself, I know it isn’t easy to look after a family, run a household and also a busy website so I’ll take any shortcut I can find and there are plenty in the ever-resourceful Stay At Home Mum app. You’ll find advice on how save money, simple and scrumptious recipes and ultimately, tips on how to live more frugally and survive on one wage. Read our full review!
Category: Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 3.1 or later.
Cost: AU$2.99 Stay at home mum (Paid) - the secret to living on one wage - Stay At Home Mum – Lite Version: Free Stay at home mum - the secret to living on one wage - Stay At Home Mum

20120507-154241.jpgAppStar Picks by AppGrade
Us Mums only want the best for our kids and this app helps solve the problem of how to find quality apps to download for them to play. AppStar Picks is a huge collection of top apps for kids of all ages, reviewed and tested by popular independent review sites such as Fun Educational Apps, Digital Storytime, Applicable2U and Teachers With Apps and more soon to be added (including The iMums!). Categories include books, early learning, education, games, art & creative play and more so you are bound to find the perfect apps for your kids, worry free!
Category: Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: Free AppStar Picks - AppGrade (236MB)

20120506-204122.jpgOnSale by Francesco Di Lorenzo
Who doesn’t love a sale? I know I do but what I don’t like is trying to calculate the reduced price in my head. With the OnSale app, it does it for me quickly and easily from my iPhone. It features a very easy to use interface where you simply enter the actual cost and the percentage off and the app will display the discounted price of any product or service immediately. (This app came in very handy at a recent Myer sale I went to… Shhhh!)
Category: Utilities
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 OnSale - Discount Calculator - Francesco Di Lorenzo (0.4MB)

20120507-195151.jpgBatch by Batch, LLC
If you’re anything like me, you have hundreds (OK, thousands) of photos on your iPhone but how can you share these photos with your friends and family without going through the tedious task of uploading them one at a time through the Facebook app? Enter Batch. Batch is a kind of micro-social network where you can follow others of your choosing that have the app to share your photos and view or comment on theirs but the main reason I love this app is because of its ability to upload complete albums to Facebook, not just single images, and all in a few simple steps!
Category: Photography
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Cost: Free Batch - Batch, LLC (8MB)

20120507-201640.jpgPic Collage by Cardinal Blue
If you’re a scrapbooker at heart, you are going to love this free universal app. With Pic Collage you can use the photos on your Camera Roll, in your Facebook albums or from the web to create works of art by turning them into a collage with a few neat embellishments, some clever text and a fun background. There are thousands of items to choose from to add to your collage and when you’re done, you can share your masterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, via email, or you can have it printed and shipped it as a physical postcard!
Category: Photography
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Cost: Free Pic Collage - Cardinal Blue (19.7MB)

20120512-162520.jpgHome Design 3D by LiveCad
I like to rearrange my furniture from time to time but before I go to the effort of lifting and pushing items around the room, I use Home Design 3D so I can see what the room will look like first. I have the layout for every room of my house saved in this app, with all measurements to scale so if I decide to move anything I know exactly where it can go and if it will fit. This app is perfect if you are about to embark on building or buying a home as you can choose a colour scheme and see how all your furniture will look before you move in. Theabsolute best part of this app the ability to actually “walk through” a 3D render the room as if you were there in person. Choose from over 150 items to create your ideal environment and then take a stroll through to change all the colours to match your current scheme or to see what a new set of colours would look like.

Category: Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: AU$8.49 Home Design 3D By LiveCad - Anuman (107MB) – Free Lite Version Home Design 3D By LiveCad - Freemium - For iPad - Anuman (107MB)


Red StampRed Stamp by RedStamp

It may come as a surprise but Mums sometimes forget things such as birthdays, anniversaries and the like. With Red Stamp, not only will it remind you several days before the event, you can also email, SMS or send in the post a personalised postcard direct to the recipient from within the app. You’ll find a collection of various beautiful templates for cards, notes, invitations and announcements, some of which you can add your own photos too prior to sending. There are more collections available via in-app purchases and premium designs start at $0.99 with printing and mail-for-you pricing from $0.49-$1.99/card, postage included!
Category: Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Cost: Free Red Stamp - RedStamp (20.4MB)

WordPressWordPress by Automattic
The number of Mummy Bloggers are growing daily with many mothers wanting their own little piece of internet real estate to share their thoughts, dreams, and daily adventures. I am a huge fan of WordPress for it’s ease of use and wouldn’t use any other software to run my own blogs (like TheiMums.com). From within this app, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos quickly and easily from your iOS device. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org site and you’re good to go!
Category: Social Networking
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.http://images.appshopper.com/icons/335/703880.png
Cost: Free WordPress - Automattic (8.7MB)

Flipboard: Your Social News MagazineFlipboard by Flipboard Inc.
As a busy mother of three rambunctious boys under five, I grasp at any opportunity I can to streamline my day, including my fleeting time online. One of my favourite iPad apps for doing just that is Flipboard by Flipboard Inc. which introduces a whole new way to view your social feeds, news streams and blogs. Flipboard features a stunning, magazine-style display for flipping though your Facebook newsfeed, your Twitter timeline, blog posts from Google Reader, photos from Instagram and much, much more. I especially love that you can comment or like articles from Flipboard without the need to visit the actual app or site. Featuring a beautiful and simple to navigate user interface, Flipboard is perfect for aggregating all the information that is important to you in one innovative, easy to use app – and for saving you time!
Category: News
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone,iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: Free Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine - Flipboard Inc. (8.7MB)

Serving Sizer Recipe Cards Pro for iPad - your recipes, organized for cookingServing Sizer Recipe Cards Pro by Creative Algorithms
This app allows you to copy your recipes into a database where they are all easy to find and re-size as necessary. Once you have entered the recipe, you can change the serving size and the entire recipe is converted to the number of people you need to serve. I used this app on Thanksgiving and found it was very useful in sizing recipes down for my family, plus taking photos of the various creations was wonderful so I can pull up a recipe card and see what it is that I made via a photo. Read our full review.
Category: Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: US$3.99 Serving Sizer Recipe Cards Pro for iPad - your recipes, organized for cooking - Creative Algorithms (7.7MB)

If you download any of the apps mentioned here, be sure to let us know what you think of them and also which other apps are your favourite (for Mums) in the comments below.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname 'The iMum' due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27" iMac, 13" Macbook Air and two Apple TV's.

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