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CELL PHONE SMARTS – Thanksgiving and Black Friday Made Easy

By Victoria Detmering

In just two short weeks, it will be time to gather with family and friends to enjoy a bountiful meal and be thankful for one another during this special time. But, the Thanksgiving holidays can also be stressful for everyone. With all the running around, traveling and cooking, getting to all the items on your to-do list may be difficult.

What if you could make things a whole lot easier? Well, with these smartphone apps you will be able to and truly have something to be thankful for.

Happen to be traveling during the holidays and know it’s not the most enjoyable experience? Just download Flightview Free Real-Time Flight Tracker? It’s free and available for Android and iOS. This handy little app provides status updates of your flights, gate assignments, delays and cancellations. There’s even a flight map to check the flight’s progress. This is a great application even if you’re not a big traveler and takes the aggravation out of the flying process — especially during the holidays.

Are you the cook in the family or want to help the designated chef with Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t worry. There is an app that can help ease the cooking process for you. It’s called Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual. This app is available through iOS. There are over 100 recipes that give the traditional meals a bit more flavor. Besides the recipes and tips about how to cook certain meals, there’s also a planner. The programmers even created a scheduling tool for all of the tasks you need to accomplish before the big Thanksgiving dinner. You can even set what time you will be eating on Thanksgiving day. The tasks will sound off an alarm for whatever time you set them. It’s a great way to stay organized and still be able to tackle other responsibilities!

The Dirty Kitchen Timer app is a must for those multitasking, busy cooks out there. This app is only $1.99 and worth every penny! It’s available through iOS, Android and Blackberry. The Dirty Kitchen Timer creates a virtual kitchen for you and makes setting timers easy. You can set up to five different timers at once. This Old House magazine has called this app the “Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2013.” It’s a great app for all those multitaskers and last-minute cooks out there.

Finally, after you have spent quality time with friends and family and are out of your turkey comas, it’s time to go shopping! With the Black Friday 2013 app for iOS and Android, you won’t spend your entire day in a store fighting off crowds of people. Instead, you can customize the way you shop. You can search, compare, shop, save and share all of the Black Friday deals. What’s great about it is that you can also shop through this app. This is for all the shopaholics out there that cannot pass up a good bargain. You’ll definitely want to tell your friends about this one.

With the help of these apps, your Thanksgiving dinner and post-Thanksgiving shopping spree should much less chaotic and more enjoyable. Remember, the cooking, planning and shopping are all great, but what’s most important is the time spent with those you love and care for. That’s what you have to be most thankful for!

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