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The best yoga apps offer zen on the go

Whether you have a sick little one or just can’t figure out the latest change in a napping routine, some days it seems impossible to make time to get to your go-to yoga class. The best yoga apps can help you find your zen from your living room or a hotel room. Supplement your yoga practice with a little help from your favorite tech devices.

Looking for more ways to stay fit on the go? Try these fabulous fitness apps.

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Yoga Studio offers classes for all levels

Yoga Studio has 24 hours of ready-made HD yoga videos, with instruction crafted for various levels from beginner to expert. In addition, you can create your own classes from the 280 yoga poses available. Developed by a qualified instructor, creating a class is simple with unique features like pose blocks and smart-link. The best part? Once you’ve crafted a class, the app turns it into a free-flowing video, just like the ready-made classes.

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Maximize your time with 5 Minute Yoga

Even if you don’t have time to fit in a regular yoga class, you can squeeze five minutes out of your day for 5 Minute Yoga. Ideal for beginners because of its simple, but effective, poses, the 5 Minute Yoga app has a library of 350 different sessions — so you’re never bored. In order to make the most of your time, poses are timed, and you choose music from your own library, so you’re listening to music that relaxes you.

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Pocket Yoga understands your yoga practice varies with your days

Life with kids differs day to day, and Pocket Yoga knows your yoga practice needs to differ, too. The app allows you to customize each of your yoga workouts by level, time and types of yoga practice, so it’s truly an app that will grow with you as your yoga needs change. If you have trouble with a particular pose, the comprehensive dictionary explains clearly and concisely how to attempt it. The Pocket Yoga app doesn’t require network connectivity, so you can truly practice anywhere.

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 Salute The Desk knows sitting at a desk all day can hurt

Sitting at a desk for long periods of time — whether you’re working at home or in the office — can lead to tired posture and tense muscles. Salute The Desk has a series of 27 poses and two guided relaxation sessions to help combat the fatigue that comes from sitting at a desk. The app isn’t just useful for those who sit for work, either. Use it during road trips or when you’ll be on a plane, or simply during the day when you’re sitting on the floor and playing with your little ones.

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Daily Burn knows pregnancy doesn’t have to interrupt your yoga practice

Beautiful Belly by Daily Burn offers yoga instruction for all stages of your pregnancy. Briohny Smyth is a renowned yogi who teaches classes all around the world. Now, the Beautiful Belly app brings Briohny into your living room — or anywhere you have a little space to relax — to present customized yoga practice for each of your trimesters. When your little one is born, Beautiful Belly will help you ease back into yoga practice with the post-natal yoga section.

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Kids Yogaverse lets kids join your yoga practice

Kids Yogaverse uses storytelling, fun pose descriptions and simple relaxation techniques to introduce kids to yoga. Their apps have different suggested ages. I Am Love is recommended for 4-8 year olds, and the app is easy enough that kids can use it on their own. A little storytelling never hurt anyone, though, and the Kids Yogaverse series can be a fantastic way to spend some quality time sharing your love for yoga with your children.best yoga apps

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Toddlet Screen Time Best Apps and Learning Programs
Fun kids’ apps and other programs for quality screen time

Like it or not, screens are a part of all of our lives. Try to make the best decisions about screen time limits and screen time use for your kids by choosing TV shows, apps, and games that parents and kids both enjoy. With the right choices, screen time doesn’t have to be a point of contention in families.

BabyTV offers a complete screen time experience

BabyTV is a commercial-free option for parents of young children. The shows and apps are developed by experts and focus on kids under four, introducing fun character like Charlie & The Numbers to introduce counting, Big Bugs Band, who play all different styles of music and The Cuddlies – short stories with a moral. BabyTV isn’t only about letting kids spend time watching action unfold on a screen — there are interactive activities that reinforce learning in fun, exciting ways.

An app to help young readers increase comprehension

Question Builder knows reading comprehension isn’t only about knowing the words on a screen. The app builds critical thinking skills with 1200 audio clips of questions and answers, based on three different levels of abstract thinking.

Young wizards will love the Mathly Hallows

Complaints about the Common Core abound, apps can help kids have fun with math skills within the standards set forth by the Common Core. Work on mental math skills at various levels and protect the Mathly Hallows from monsters. Kids earn different levels from apprentice to master wizard, and parents receive progress reports about the different levels their kids are reaching.

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Try an online preschool curriculum

CHALK Preschool Online provides an opportunity for parents to access a preschool curriculum developed by a brick and mortar school from the comfort of their homes. CHALK combines online activities, taught by a person on the screen, with hands-on activities. Daily art projects encourage kids to learn, and dance and music are part of the curriculum to build motor skills in a fun, organic way.

The comprehensive curriculum includes core subjects such as literacy, math, and science.

  • Preschool lessons align with Early Childhood Learning Standards
  • Hands-on activities
  • Integration of cooking, geography, and weather
  • Play-Based teaching methods
  • Both indoor and outdoor activities
  • References using real life visuals
  • Optional activities that continue the learning beyond the computer

CHALK Preschool

CHALK Preschool Online knows you can use screen time to access a quality preschool curriculum for your little ones, but sometimes you want high-quality, family-friendly entertainment options, too. We love CHALK’s “Chaulkutainment”:

Let’s face it. Screening every bit of entertainment your child watches is no easy task. Our Chalk-U-Tainment library is for families seeking high-quality, child-safe content they can feel good about letting their child explore. Subscribers get on-demand access to hours of music videos, webisodes, kids’ talk shows and interactive books that can be viewed across a variety of devices, at home or on the go.

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4 Easy ways to print photos

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to turn those precious memories from 2014 into books and prints that you can keep at home. Here are some of our favorite photo printing ideas to get those memories off of your phone to make room to create new ones in 2015!

Chatbooks

Chatbooks

Chatbooks is one of the newest ways to turn the photos from your phone into photo books and they are one of our favorites. Using the Chatbooks app — available for both iPhone and Android —, you can upload your Instagram or other photos from your phone to create a 60-page photo book for just $6 (including shipping!). Each book is 6×6-inches and there are options to make books with additional photos, as well. We love Chatbooks for clearing all of your 2014 pictures from your phone, then start using them for making books throughout the new year!

GrooveBook

Groovebooks

GrooveBook is a similar idea, but as a monthly subscription service! Available for both iPhone and Android, start by addin the GrooveBook app to your smart device. Once a month, you get to choose up to 100 of your favorite photos to make a photo book. GrooveBook automatically prints and ships it to you for just $3, including shipping. This is such a fantastic photo printing option for moms who never get around to making photo books! They even send you reminder emails if you haven’t picked the photos for your book that month.

Pinhole Press

Pinhole PressIf you’re looking for more creative ways to print your photos this year, take a peek at Pinhole Press. Beyond the typical photo books, they feature some fantastic photo gifts for kids, such as the Mini Storybook of Names and Faces ($30, pictured above), Flash Cards ($25) and Memory Game ($20).

Print Studio

Print Studio

Formerly know as Printstagram, Print Studio is the place to order Instagram prints. Their website and app both sync up with your Instagram account, making it easy to print the photos you want, no matter where you are. And, their Infamous Square Prints ($12 for a set of 24) are well-priced and great for displaying at home. Not an Instagram-fanatic? You can also upload and print non-Instagram photos directly from your computer on the Print Studio website.

More fun and easy photo ideas

Geek Meets Chic: Get those photos off your phone!
Print photos for a quick decorating pick-me-up
Photo storage options to keep your holiday memories safe

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Quick! There’s still time!

Trust us, we’re not judging you for not having your Christmas cards in the mail yet this year… or even for just thinking about it for the first time during this holiday season. We get it. But, if you’re feeling the twinge to send cards this year, consider using one of these Christmas card apps that make sending cards easier than building a gingerbread house.

Ink Cards

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Available for: iPad, iPhone, Android

If you love pretty, designer holiday cards, Ink Cards is going to be your favorite new app. You can upload any picture from your phone, or one of your social media accounts, and even edit it as you’d like within the app. Then, simply choose your favorite card, personalize it and add any messages you’d like to include, add recipients from your phone’s address book and pay to send them. Cards cost approximately $2 each, including postage.

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Available for: iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire

JustWink is a card-sending app that specializes in sending digital greeting cards… for free! Once you’re in the app, pick your card, add a photo and message and even a personalized signature. Then, choose how to send your card — via email, Facebook or text. You can add multiple people to send it to and it delivers it to them immediately. JustWink will send old fashioned paper cards for a fee as well, approximately $3.50 per card, although Christmas delivery is no longer guaranteed.

Red Stamp Cards

Christmas Card Apps- Red Stamp

 

Available for: iPhone, iPad, Android

Another Christmas card app that will have you swooning (and, likely hugging your phone with excitement!) is Red Stamp Cards. A spin-off of the popular Red Stamp Cards website, where you can send both paper and digital greeting cards and invitations, the app is just as fantastic and the card selection is top-notch. Pick your card, add your photo and custom message, then save it to email or send digitally via social media straight from the app. They will also send traditional paper cards or postcards for you, starting at $3.

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Tykester knows leaving your kids is hard

You don’t have to be a new mom to know being away from your kids can be tough. Whether your little ones occasionally stay with friends or family members, or you drop off your child with a caregiver each day, wanting to check in is natural. Calling all the time can be awkward, either because it’s inconvenient for you or for the person in charge of your child. Paper notes passed between parents and caregivers at the end of the day feel a little incomplete and can get lost in the car before you even have a chance to look at them.

Tykester

Tykester app helps parents and caregivers stay connected

The Tykester parenting app is an amazing — and paper free! — way for parents to connect with their children’s caregivers when on the go. Updates can be done in real time, so parents know if kids are currently playing outside or just woke up from an extra-long nap. Not only does Tykester let caregivers provide current, detailed information on children, it gives parents the opportunity to feel connected to their little ones. Knowing your toddler had a super-short nap before you pick him up can help put parents in the right frame of mind for the mood their child will be in when you arrive.

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The Tykester difference

Not only does Tykester give parents more detailed access to their children’s days, the app is helpful for caregivers as well. Available as a free app for mobile devices and desktops for both iOS and Android, Tykester is an easy way for anyone to stay connected with their caregivers — and because it’s free, parents can connect with regular childcare providers, family members, or even friends watching their kids for the afternoon. Instead of filling out several forms saying the same thing, for various parents, caregivers can update a group of parents with one click of a button. Playing outside? Fingerpainting? An entire group of parents can be updated with the information instead of a paper system that involves multiples copies containing identical information. Solid communication goes both ways — parents can check in quickly with the “What’s Up?” feature of the app. Learn more FAQs about Tykster and find out if it’s right for your family.

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Why Tykester will work for you

Even if you don’t use a childcare provider on a regular basis, Tykester is a fantastic app for on-the-go parents. Parents can use Tykester as a stand-alone app to track their child’s patterns in behavior, moods, eating, and sleeping. Moms and Dads can use it to communicate, and it is a fun way for grandparents to see a tot’s schedule in action before coming over to babysit for the day. Tykester can even be used to share photos.

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Print photos you love

Don’t let all those adorable photos sit in the black holes of your camera’s memory or your computer’s hard drive. With so many places to print photos, you can keep your current favorites displayed in your home all the time. Printing Instagram photos may quickly become your home decorating guilty pleasure.

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Printstagram brings your Instagrams to life

If you like Instagram, you’ll love Printstagram. Prinstagram takes your most-obsessed over Instagrams and delivers them to your house without sacrificing anything you love about the app. Their square prints are their hottest item, but there’s so much to love about Prinstagram you won’t want to stop there (Printstagram, $12 for a set of 24 prints). You can order your prints pre-framed to hang in your home, and your kids will swoon over a Tinybook filled with 24 photos of their favorite people and adventures (Printstagram, 3 for $10).

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Costco Photo Center provides quick, quality print photos

You’ll want to print your photos in bulk at Costco after you see their quality prints! With overnight delivery available to their warehouse locations, Costco is a fabulous option, especially for those of us who suddenly realize we need seventy-million photos printed, because we haven’t done it in almost a year. (Costco Photo Center, prints start at $0.13). Costco even has an app available that lets you upload and print your photos from everywhere, which means your vacation photos can be waiting for you by the time you get home.

Speaking of Instagram, are you following these crush-worthy Instagrammers? Their photos will inspire you to take even more fabulous shots.

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Use Kindred for photo books

If you love adding a personalized touch to gifts, try the Kindred Photo Books app for inexpensive, high-quality photo books. Each book is a six-inch square and contains up to 20 of your favorite photos. The adorable books are only $5 each, with a monthly app subscription of $6. Kindred Photo Books are a thoughtful — but easy — gift for grandparents and anyone else who can’t get enough of your little ones! (Available for iOS and Android, $6 a month.)

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Print photos you adore on canvas

We all capture them, occasionally, the sort of photos we know we want to display in our homes for more than a few weeks. Have your most-loved moments printed on canvas for wall decor that looks neat and professional. Canvas Champ prints your photos with a 100% quality guarantee, and one of the best things about their service is each canvas is printed and ready to ship within 48 hours (CanvasChamp.com, starting at $10). That’s quick enough for even the most impatient decorators!

Little changes can make a giant difference in your home. For more decorating inspiration, check out these 10 ways to brighten your home decor.

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Who to follow on Instagram

Ahhhh…my favorite topic: Instagram

I love Instagram. It’s my favorite social media platform. Everyone who is anyone has an Instagram account, but which savvy Instagrammers tell the best visual story? Which photo storyboards are the most compelling? Which Instagram photographers make you want to double tap whenever they share a special moment of their life? Most importantly, which IG’ers avoid jamming up your precious feed with in-your-face spammy content and actually post rad snapshots? Whether they are strategically staged or on-the-fly, the best Instagram accounts are the ones that inspire and make us smile.

Superstar Instagrammers have a very special skill when it comes to visually laying out their photo stream. They have transformed their Instagram feed into their very own media channel or lifestyle network complete with video and they are not afraid to edit. See, even you can have an OWN, GOOP or Food Channel network courtesy of Instagram without even realizing it.

jugglinginheels 

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Meet Sarah. She’s got style, grace and a fantastic story. From her OOTD and trendsetting fashion finds, to her family travels, home decorating and soirees, she takes and posts fantastic Instagrams with real zest for life. She calls it chaos, we call it sassy.

Who to Follow on Instagram

drewbarrymore

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Remember my bestie, Drew? Well, she’s a mom just like us. But the thing most don’t know about America’s sweetheart, Drew Barrymore, is her Instagrams ROCKS. Between sweet mommy pics, and BFF weekends away with Cameron and Reese (Obvs, my invite must have been stuck in my SPAM folder,) her IG’s always put a big smile on our face.

Who to follow on Instagram

alicedubin

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She probably doesn’t know it, but I have quite the girl crush on our next Instagrammer. The blogger responsible for Homebody In Motion has beautifully designed an Instagram feed for her followers to join her on life’s big adventures: A new home, traveling the world and now? Mom to newborn twins!

Who to follow on Instagram

hollywoodhwife

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It has been proven by Laura, the curator behind Hollywood Housewife, that a little bit of this, plus a little bit of that, equals a whole lot of awesome. Laura is one of the few IG talents that has successfully created a platform that feels like an on-going novel you secretly hope never ends. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Laura’s are worth a million.

Who to follow on Instagram

mydiaryofus

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Her IG bio states she is a “Blogger. Wife. Dog Mom. Food Addict”. I’ll be honest, I’m obsessed with Leigh Ann Chatagnier’s food styling. She takes foodstagraming to a whole new level and makes me oh, so very happy. Her blog is quite delightful as well and so are the photographs!

Who to follow on Instagram

michellenocera

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Embark on an exciting wellness journey around the world, as stylish ex-pat and designer of FitandWellDaily.com, Michelle Nocera, shares her favorite destinations, explores new cultures and embraces different traditions as she discovers new people, places and things throughout her travels and adventures. Next stop…Paris.

Who to follow on Instagram

So whether you are looking to follow a traveler, fashionista, foodie or life stylist, this list should help you find the exact vibe to fill your Instagram feed.

Find us on Instagram: Savvy Sassy Moms | Nicole Standley

 

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Fall in love with fashion each fall

Fall fashion magazines are the style lover’s version of a Christmas toy catalog for kids. Fashion mags are crammed with fall fashion, the hottest designer ads, and the trendiest accessories and must-have wardrobe updates. They’re the perfect eye candy for a day at the beach, the long hours of a road trip, or the time between arriving at the airport and boarding your plane — but they’re heavy.

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The Next Issue app lightens your load

With the Next Issue app, you don’t need to drag anything along with you except for an electronic device. You can install the app on iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and Windows devices. Let’s be completely honest — most of us don’t leave home without one of those things tucked into our bags already. The app is a subscription-based way to carry any fashion magazine you want, anywhere you want. Next Issue doesn’t only let you dream-shop your ultimate wardrobe.

Next Issue gives you options

The Next Issue app has two subscription options  — and they’re both killer deals. For under $10 a month you can access 131 magazine, and for an extra $5 you can add 11 weeklies for a total of 142 magazine. With all those options, you don’t need to only lust after the latest Marc Jacobs bag. See a beach house across the water you adore? Flip through a design magazine or architectural selection. Recipes, fitness inspiration and entertainment news are all at your fingertips — Next Issue even has kids’ selections.

Additional benefits of Next Issue

You create a library with Next Issue, and once you add a title to your library, your choices expand. Back issues are available to read. The app even alerts you when a new issue of one of your library’s magazines is available to read. The magazines themselves are more in-depth than the ones on the newsstand, with many of the selections offering digital-only content. You can try a 30-day subscription for free, and this is a fantastic time of year to do just that. From your last days at the beach to waiting in line in the school pick-up lane, you’ll have lots of time to read at your leisure.  You can try the Next Issue app 30 -day trail for FREE.

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Fitness apps keep goal setting fun

Health goals are easier to meet if you use tools to track your progress. Fitness apps make it possible to keep your fitness at your fingertips. Meals, workouts and even sleep can be tracked, logged and referenced while you’re on the move this summer.

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My Fitness Pal

Tracking what you eat has never been so simple. With an extensive database of food, plus the ability to scan package bar codes for nutrition information, My Fitness Pal is an easy, user-friendly way to track your food intake. Though the app bases its overall input on calories, it also tracks carbs, fat, protein, sodium, and sugar, so you can tailor your diet to specific health goals and plans. Your account can be used on the website or the app, so you can track everywhere — there’s even an option to input recipes directly from a URL, making it much easier to gauge homemade dishes. (Available for iOS and Android devices, free)

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Couch to 5K

Beginning runners, or those who want to be beginning runnings, will love the Couch to 5K app. One of the most iconic programs for building fitness from sedentary to 5K ready, the app has features that help runners follow the program. The program takes beginners to the finish line of a 5K in 20-30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for nine weeks. (iTunes store, $2)

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Sleep Cycle

Sleep is an underrated — but crucial — fitness component. Too little sleep will encourage your body to secrete hormones that make it more difficult to lose weight — not to mention how much more difficult it is to get up in the morning for your workout if you’re always exhausted. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app works in two ways. It analyzes sleep patterns, which can help you determine if your sleep is being interrupted during the night, even if you’re not fully waking. By analyzing your sleep cycle, it determines the ideal take to wake you — during a 30 minute, pre-determined window so you don’t miss your morning meeting. Waking at the right point during your sleep cycle will help you feel more alert and more ready to tackle your fitness plan. (iTunes store, $1)

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RunKeeper

RunKeeper is a powerhouse of a fitness app. It’s a GPS tracker, activity logger and personal trainer. RunKeeper integrates with your phone’s music to play in-app, so you can continue to receive real-time training updates about pace and timing. The app collects a bunch of data from your runs — and other activities like cycling and walking. You can also log workouts after the fact, follow training plans or design your own. Any level of fitness will benefit from this user-friendly, data-happy app. (iTunes store, free)

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Hot5 Fitness

Toning up can happen at home, not just at the gym. Hot5 Fitness is a library of quick, effective toning workouts that you can customize to what you need from a fitness app. You can do a 5-minute workout every morning to work your abs or a 45-minute yoga routine to increase flexibility. All workouts are synchronized to music that will motivate you — and you can even have friendly competitions within the app to push you even harder. (iTunes store, free)

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Gym Pact

If competition keeps you on your toes, Pact: Earn Cash for Living Healthy is the app for you. The app itself is free, and the premise is that a group of people pledges a certain amount of money toward a goal each week. If every person hits their goal, everyone gets her money back. Unmet goals means forfeiting your pledge, with the money split between the people who did meet their goals. (iTunes store, free)

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The season for gift giving

Late spring and early summer are prime gift-giving seasons. Besides December holidays, the end of the school year and beginning of summer put the most stress on gift-givers. From teacher appreciation gifts to graduation presents to wedding gifts, May, June and July calendars fill up with events, parties and end-of-the-year good-byes that involve gifts.

HipChip

HipChip simplifies group gifts

Group gifts let parents and friends simplify the gift-giving season — at least a little. Moms juggling multiple teachers and coaches can keep all their gift lists in one app, and HipChip is the ideal app for gift-giving a variety of different gifts.

Group gifts usually start with an email. A class mom takes the initiative to send out an email or chats with other moms at drop off. A mother or aunt shoots off a Facebook message to other family members about contributing money for a large wedding gift. Conversations volley back and forth about whether to give a gift or gift card, and then there are discussions about the amount for the gift card or to which store it should be given.

Of course there are awkward pauses about money.

Some moms have a single child in school and are ready to contribute a significant amount of money, where a mom with twins in first grade plus two other children might want to contribute a smaller amount but doesn’t want to feel she’s being unfair. HipChip smooths out the kinks in group gift giving.

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How HipChip works

With HipChip, all you really need to do is figure out who you want to invite to your gift pool. Once you input the email addresses for the group gift invitation, HipChip contacts your friends and even sends a reminder as your “close” date nears.

The organizer can see who has seen the invitation and who has donated, which can be helpful when you aren’t sure if you have the right email for people in your child’s classes or on your child’s sports team. One fantastic thing about HipChip is that only the organizer knows who’s contributed to the gift and how much has been contributed, which can eliminate some of the gift-giving pressure.

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What HipChip offers

In addition to HipChip’s ease of use, the app offers a truly wide variety of gift card options. From restaurants and retail stores to spas and charitable contributions, gift givers will find forty — and counting — options for their gifts. Once a gift pool has been established, the money can be used on one card or split up to five different ways. HipChip is truly an app that will work for any gift-giving occasion on your calendar this year.

A gift from HipChip

HipChip is offering Savvy Sassy Readers $10 off their first group gift of $50 or more. The exclusive deal is just in time for end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts. Start your group gift now — the link automatically takes $10 off your group gift.

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