What’s your password, mummy? I want to play a little spot of ‘Make and Bake’ – JD, 3
In response to this week’s BritMums Blog Prompt of the Week, I’ve been thinking about what “I cannot live without…”
Now we all know that our families – especially our spouses and children – are the things we’d truly jump out of planes without parachutes to save, so I thought I’d leave that as a given (Mark, JD, bump – you are my world), and instead focus on my greatest material obsession: Apple.
For my sins, I’m an Apple fan girl, and here’s why:
1. My iPhone
Yes it’s email, texts and calls on the go, but it’s also app heaven. I use it to keep on top of Twitter, especially outside work when I’m not glued to a computer screen, and JD uses the many fun and educational apps available for his age group.
Top three for JD at the moment:
- Gingerbread Fun (a gingerbread man making game JD calls ‘Make and Bake’)
- Angry Birds Rio (a ridiculous game involving flinging birds across the screen)
- Peppa Pig – Happy Mrs Chicken (a set of simple games inspired by the cartoon)
2. My iPad
What do I need one of these for?! When blogging/tweeting live events, this puppy is a lifesaver. It’s also lighter than a laptop, which – as I near the end of my pregnancy and start waddling – is essential. If I need to keep an eye on an event unfolding outside of working hours, it’s also a great way to take work with me without a full computer set-up disrupting family time.
Oh and of course, it has all those lovely apps on it for JD – his writing has come on in leaps and bounds with the help of large touchscreen display.
Three most used apps:
- Hootsuite (a Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn client)
- Office2 HD (document editing)
- abc PocketPhonics (a writing and spelling game)
3. My MacBook Pro
The centre of my working day, and the fastest, most intuitive computer I’ve ever owned. When you’re a working mum, to say that you multitask is, I think, an understatement, and that extends to the computer desktop where it’s not unusual to find I have 6-8 applications and 20-30 browser tabs running – I also use it for photo-editing . This takes a computer with guts, and my MBP always delivers.
Three things always running:
- Google Chrome (a desktop browser)
- Twitter for Mac (a Twitter client)
- Photoshop (image editing software)
So that’s it. Apple has me in its grip. I’m a slave to its products and there’s nothing I can do about it.
What couldn’t you live without?