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Be ready for Mother’s Day with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

Even if you reassure your mother daily of your undying appreciation for all she’s done, there’s one day you just can’t skip out on: Mother’s Day. Make mom feel like the special woman she is, with the help of a few Android apps. From ordering flowers to whipping up a home-cooked meal, nothing says “I love you” like the time and thoughtfulness that goes into Mother’s Day. Keep your stress to a minimum with these Android apps to get you headed down the right path.

1800Flowers Mobile App (Free)

You can’t go wrong with flowers, and the 1800Flowers Android app makes it simple to send mom a beautiful nosegay. Peruse their online catalog to choose the best bouquet or package deal, and be sure to check out their Mother’s Day selections as well. You can pull mom’s address directly from your phone contacts to place your order, or use the in-app location finder to reach the store nearest you.

Postagram Postcards (Free)

Send mom a custom card just about anywhere in the world, directly from your Android phone. Take a photo with your device camera or upload it from your photo library (any Instagram photos in there you like?) and have it printed on a thick, glossy photo postcards at 300dpi resolution. You can import Facebook photos as well. Add a personal touch with a photo of you, and add text up to 140 characters. It’s a creative way to let mom know you love her, and don’t be surprised to see your postcard displayed on the kitchen fridge next time you visit home.

Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals ($7.99)

It’s tradition to fix mom breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day, but even if you’re planning brunch or dinner, the Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals app can help you cook up a meal in a jiffy. With dozens of recipes to choose from, Jamie Oliver provides step-by-step photo instructions on preparing a delicious meal. Jamie is known for his simple ingredients and fanciful presentation, so you’ll be sure to impress mom. The app comes with a shopping list to sort your ingredients by aisle, saving you time in both the kitchen and supermarket.

Groupon - Daily Deals, Coupons (Free)

From spa getaways to gifts, Groupon is a great way to save on Mother’s Day purchases. Groupon has daily deals from retailers, spas, restaurants and activities like salsa lessons and hot air balloon rides, so you’re sure to find something that fits your mother’s style. You can buy and redeem deals directly from your Android handset, keeping track of purchases, locations and expiration dates. Deals are broken down by easily searchable categories like “Eat Something” and “Get Pampered,” simplifying the search process for nailing-down mom’s perfect gift. And if you still don’t see anything for mom, gift her some Groupon points for her to redeem when she’s ready.

OpenTable (Free)

If a night out on the town will make mom happy, prepare ahead of time with dinner reservations through OpenTable. The free Android app helps you narrow-down restaurants across four countries, with over 20,000 eateries in its database. Search by restaurant name, cuisine, reservation time or price, and read reviews to pick just the right entree and atmosphere for that special woman in your life. You’ll see reservation availability in real time, along with maps and navigation to the restaurant to make sure you get mom there on time.

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