Five Must Have Vacation Apps for iPhone Users

We just returned from a vacation to California and I have to say that having technology on my side made the experience even more worthwhile. From finding directions in a snap to pinpointing amazing restaurants, sites and more, I found that I relied on a few important apps that made our lives a whole lot easier. If you’re planning a road trip in the coming weeks, make sure you download these apps — trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
photo (32).JPG1. Yelp — I have never used this app more in my life than this past week and have to say, those folks are right on the money. We managed to find the best Korean BBQ restaurant that was right near Dodgers Stadium with the help of Yelp. Then in Redondo Beach, we tracked down an amazing brunch spot called the Wildflower Cafe. Every time I saw more than 1000 reviews or the restaurant made the top 10 list, I knew we were in good hands. Only downside – when we were in La Jolla, two of the Yelp recommendations were jam packed — because they were so popular. But, we did manage to find another great joint called Harry’s that’s been around since the 60’s and yes, their reviews on Yelp were pretty stellar too.
images.jpeg2. Apple Maps with Siri route guidance — When you don’t order a GPS system with your rental car, then the next best thing is to turn your iPhone into your very own Garmin. That’s what we did all week and the only downside is that it uses up the battery pretty quickly. As a result, your best bet is to have a car charger on hand and make sure your data plan can handle all that roaming. We went over our data usage numbers this week but the additional charges still came out to less than ordering a GPS from the rental car company.
3. Trip Advisor — Once you arrive in a city, check out this app in order to find the top 10 places you should see while you’re there. We’re headed to Maine in the coming weeks and I managed to find some really great outdoor activities for us to take advantage of while we’re there (in between me finding some great restaurants on Yelp so that I can indulge in a few lobster dinners).
4. CNN, ABC or New York Post — Never miss a minute of the news with these handy dandy apps that literally update you when something big happens. I’m not one to ever go off the grid and I loved having my news apps handy whenever I needed a fix for what was happening at that moment.
imgres.jpeg5. Kicksend — If you’ve taken a ton of photos from your iPhone camera, use a wifi connection and upload them to Kicksend where you can print out your photos at any CVS that’s nearby. What a concept — real photos instead of the kind that travel with you in the palm of your hand.
Have any cool apps that are great for vacations? Let us know since there’s still time left for last minute summer travel!

Back to School Shopping at RUUM with KidzVuz

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Shopping for clothes with my tween daughter can either be really great or really painful. KidzVuz and RUUM invited my little fashionista and I to check out the new store at the Palisades Mall. And the experience? Really great! There are over 22 RUUM stores across the country with adorable (and affordable) children’s fashions. RUUM, launched in late March 2013, and was founded by Ezra Dabah, one of the foremost authorities in children’s wear. The former CEO of The Children’s Place who helped make sales that exceeded a billion dollars while expanding to 900 stores, is now back in the fashion fold.
The clothes run from Baby sizes all the way to size 14. It was too bad I didn’t have any baby gifts to buy, because the baby clothes were too cute and so soft. Instead I focused on my daughter and we began to shop!
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My very picky tween walked around grabbing everything she thought was “omg, so cute!!” Next thing I knew my arms were full of clothes. Once she had made her way all around, we headed to the dressing room. Even the dressing rooms were cute. There were big peace signs that opened up so you could hand clothes out or take clothes in, such a cute touch, my daughter loved that. As you can see in the pictures, the clothes are right on trend without being too trendy and everything looked beyond adorable on her and was comfortable too.
Once she was all set with her fab finds, we headed over to the boy’s section to see if there were some good things for my 6 year old son. It was really hard to narrow down what to get for him, too many good choices. After we chose some shirts for my son, we checked out all the great shoes and accessories. Tons of headbands, hairbands, bracelets and hats too! Suri Cruise was even spotted carrying a RUUM ruffle bag.
The store itself is “totally fun” as my girl said. There are photo booths, stickers, paper airplanes and our favorite part… a candy bar! Your kid gets a little cranky? I bet a lollipop or some twizzlers will make them happy and give you more time to shop. If there isn’t a store near you, you can shop online at http://www.ruum.com/ruum/. There are some amazing sales going on right now, buy more and save more.
Awesome looks for my fashiontweensta… she’ll be rocking her new RUUM clothes in the fourth grade!
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*Great news for all you Role Mommy readers! You could win a $250 RUUM SHOPPING SPREE! Click here for all the details and go to the KidzVuz website to create a video for your chance to win. Have your kids go back to school in style, good luck!
I was provided with a gift card at this event, all opinions are my own.