Thanksgiving can be as stressful as you make it. This year, make it easier by planning ahead with the assistance of your iPhone “Hello Siri, how do you make a turkey?” Take some time to plan out your ideal Thanksgiving meal, find the perfect bottle of wine, prepare your home for guests and even carve out a little ‘me time’ with the help of these handy iPhone apps.
Dine and Wine
I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I learned everything I know about cooking when I worked at Whole Foods Market after graduating from college. It was the best cooking boot camp ever. And another secret: my first few Thanksgivings as an adult, I ordered everything including the pre-cooked turkey from... wait for it... Whole Foods Market. If you don’t want to completely annihilate your self-confidence in the kitchen, I highly recommend leaving some of your Thanksgiving meal plan to the experts and pre-ordering some dishes. If you must make everything, look to the free Whole Foods Market Recipes app for healthy holiday dishes. Then go order everything at your local store.
Impress your guests or the hostess with the perfect bottle of wine this Thanksgiving. The free Hello Vino – Wine Recommendations app recently got a big, fabulous upgrade just in time for the holiday season. With Hello Vino you can judge a wine by its label. Simply snap a picture of it and the image recognition feature will supply you with tasting notes, ratings and reviews. This wine app also has killer recommendations for holiday wines and food pairings.
Prepare and Relax
Are you freaking out about family and friends coming to stay with you this holiday? Look no further than the free IKEA Catalogue app to outfit your domicile with everything you need to make your family and friends comfortable without maxing out your credit cards. You can shop for needed items while on the go, in work meetings, and at Junior’s basketball game. IKEA has everything from wine glasses and holiday décor, to storage ottomans and extra dining chairs, perfect for stocking a holiday home with comfort and joy.
This free app is jam-packed with everything you need to get through a family holiday gathering especially with kids. The Celebrate the Holidays with Better Homes and Gardens app ($0.99) has everything from recipes and decorating ideas, to holiday games and links to exclusive iTunes playlists. It’s a steal at 99 cents and even comes with a free issue of the Better Homes and Gardens magazine and Christmas tips as well. This is a must-have app for the holiday “hostess with the mostess.”
After all your hard work preparing the holiday meal and gathering, you definitely deserve some “me time” to decompress and give thanks for your bountiful life. Find some time this Thanksgiving to meditate with Relax App ($4.99). This peaceful app will help you find a piece of well-being for yourself during the hubbub of the holiday season.'