The sweetest day of the year is only days away and you’ve got nothing planned. Oh I get it, I’m not judging. After all, car pooling duties to hockey and dance doesn’t stop because Valentine’s Day is approaching! But if you’re like me, who relies on technology to get through the day, then read on, because you can plan a fabulous night in with help from your trusted iOS device.
Whether you’re planning an intimate night for 2 or a fun family night, you’re only a few clicks away from pulling off a night to remember. Best of all, you’ll spend a fraction of what you would going out to celebrate.
Step 1 – Plan your meal with the help of culinary apps like Simmer, Yummly and Foodie Recipes and get cooking!
You can even get the kids involved to pick their favourite recipes and have them roll up their sleeves to pitch in and help in the kitchen!
Take your cooking to a whole new level with step-by-step video s that you can create, watch and share from your own kitchen.
Yummly puts every recipe in the world in your pocket. Collect, save and organize your favourites in your digital recipe box or discover new recommendations, just for you.
Filled with the best recipes from food bloggers and culinary professionals from around the world.
Step 2 – Order a gift or flowers directly from your iPhone
Giftagram – iOS exclusive
Use an email address or phone number to order the perfect gift. Browse Giftagram’s curated selection from local boutiques, premium brands and exclusive experiences to find the perfect gift.
Third Love – iOS exclusive
ThirdLove makes finding the right bra size easy by transforming the iPhone into a virtual measuring tape. Users simply take two pictures in a fitted tank top and the app uses image recognition algorithms to determine the right size. Once the size is determined, users can purchase European inspired lingerie that is affordable right from the app. All of this done from the comfort of your home!
Nectar Flowers is an Ottawa-based startup that offers a new way of sending beautiful floral arrangements to anyone with a phone number, email address or Twitter account from your mobile device. Recipients will be contacted to arrange a delivery time and day that is convenient for them. For a personalized touch, the app allows users to record a video message to include with their order.
Step 3 – Create a personalized playlist to say “I love you”
If time is of the essence, get older kids to curate a personalized playlist and let’s be real, they’ll do this faster and better than you.
Songza always has the perfect playlist to match your every mood. Playlist library is cleverly organized by mood, activity, genre and decade.
Step 4 – Choose an old favourite or discover new movies on iTunes
iTunes has a list of romantic films for purchase or to rent. If it’s a family affair, iTunes also has family favourites such as recent hits Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
For more app suggestions for iPhone and iPad, be sure to check out iTunes Valentine’s Day collections.
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.