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Great apps to enhance your summer

Do you have a busy summer already planned or are you trying to just go with the flow? It always seems that no matter how much we try not to plan anything out, our weekends end up busy busy busy. I guess tis’ the season, right? With all that hustle and bustle, there are times we need to be able to organize in a pinch, or find out the weather to know what to pack for an impromptu trip.

Today’s mobile devices can be loaded with apps that can help plan a trip, organize a busy calendar and keep you up to the minute on summer thunderstorms. Whether you are staying local this summer or planning a trip somewhere, U.S. Cellular’s national coverage can keep you connected wherever you are.

U.S. Celluar also has loads of devices that can help simplify and enhance summer so we can spend more time doing the things we love, like spending time with family and friends or relaxing at the pool.

Apps to enhance your summer

Hipmunk can help find the best flight and hotel deals and book them immediately. The app searches hundreds of travel sites to help ensure you find the most convenient arrangements and the best price for you. 


Google Calendar helps organize busy summer schedules in one convenient place. This app allows users to sync calendars across multiple devices, and push notifications will help ensure your family makes it to every practice, family party and appointment on time.

google calendar

Don’t get caught off-guard by a summer shower or severe weather with the Yahoo Weather app. It offers detailed information on wind, precipitation, sunrise and sunset times and provides twice daily notifications to prepare you for changing conditions.

yahoo weather

For those looking to edit and share their favorite summer memories, Snapseed offers pro-level photo editing capabilities in an intuitive, user-friendly interface that is great for perfecting photos taken on your phone. Snapseed also allows users to share their photos via email, Facebook and Twitter.


People can also keep track of their favorite sports teams and players wherever they are this summer with The Score app, which provides news and scores from a multitude of leagues and events and provides live updates on teams so users will never be caught out of the loop. My husband just got the iPhone6 and I know he is going to love this app!


With the strength of U.S. Cellular’s high-quality network and national coverage, U.S.Cellular smartphone and tablet users can access these helpful apps whether at home or on vacation this summer.


Don’t forget your free parent child-agreement! Free to print and customize how you want.
Have the kids sign it to keep them accountable!

parent child agreement


So tell us…

What apps are on your must-have list?
Do you have any major summer plans or will you be more go-with-the-flow?



I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.


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31 Responses to Great apps to enhance your summer

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) May 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    I would be lost without Google calendar. It keeps track of my entire life LOL. I will check the others out.

  2. Christy Maurer May 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    I think we will go with the flow this summer. If a trip presents itself, we’ll go. If not, we’ll just hang out, watch Netflix, go to the movies, do the zoo…I love summer 🙂
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  3. Krystal May 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    I love Google calendar use it all the time. I need to try the Hipmunk, I think it will be great to help plan all of our summer getaways!

  4. Terry May 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I haven’t planned my summer yet but need to get busy and plan it. Checking out the apps now
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  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    These are great apps. I live and die by my Google calendar.
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  6. touristmeetstraveler May 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    These sound like some great apps! I’ll have to look into them much more, what greats ways to improve our summer experiences.

  7. Dawn McAlexander May 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I plan to do a lot of traveling this summer! That Google Calendar app would come in quite handy for that, because most of my trips will be to blog conferences! Other than that, no big plans! But that’s enough!
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  8. Mistee Dawn May 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    These are some really great apps. My summer will definitely be hectic and these will really help out.
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  9. Liz Mays May 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Sometimes I browse through the app store without even downloading anything. It’s just fun to see what people come up with.
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  10. Alli May 20, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    I love the Yahoo weather app! I have all of my favorite cities so I can see the weather and the gorgeous photos. I’m looking forward to summer vacation. I need a break! 🙂
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  11. Nancy May 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    I can imagine how hard it is to keep track of a family – I can barely keep track of my own schedule. Then again, it’s probably because I only have it on paper, and never with me at all times.

  12. Shasta May 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    I love Google Calendar and The Score, but I have never heard of SnapSeed. I will have to check that out. I love apps so thanks for sharing some new ones with me!
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  13. lisa May 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    These are great apps to have anytime! I love the weather app for the crazy Chicago weather we have!
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  14. Felicita Moncada May 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    I love Google Calendar! I put everything on there and love that I can color code and set reminders. I’m going to try Hipmunk – it sounds awesome for the traveling I need to do later this year! Thanks for the list.
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  15. michele d May 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Sounds like a great app to have. I use the weather app and travel apps more often than others.

  16. Paula Schuck May 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    I would be lost without my social media apps. I wouldn’t make it through one day without Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
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  17. Sara-Jayne May 21, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    I have to use Google calendar as I am terrible at having too many commitments and then not writing them down, thinking I can remember them all!
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  18. Jeanine May 21, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    I will have to check ALL of these out i haven’t before. I need to see Google Calendar because I am loosing track of time and just everything!

  19. April G May 21, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    We’ll be taking full advantage of my Google Calendar. I love the app and already use it every day. I have to spend more time using Snapseed because I thought it was complicated. Maybe too much multi-tasking?
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  20. Rosey May 21, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    Our weekends end up busy too. There’s always so much to do with the kids.

  21. Lynndee May 21, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    Those definitely sound like some great and very useful apps. First time to have heard of them all. Thank you for sharing. I will check them out!

  22. Bonnie @ wemake7 May 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    We are just going with the flow as far as Summer plans. The apps do sound great. I will have to check them out.

  23. Chubskulit Rose May 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    The Snapspeed is something that I am interested at so I will be checking that out. There are so many apps these days!
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  24. Liz Leiro May 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    That photo editing app looks really cool 🙂 My go-to app for real-life needs is definitely Yelp! Thanks for sharing all these cool apps.
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  25. Krystal May 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    I use Google Calendar all the time for meetings and family tasks. It is the only way I can keep it together!
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  26. Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies May 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    These sound like some really helpful apps! I’ll check them out, thanks!
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  27. Ourfamilyworld May 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    Those are great apps. I am in love with Google Calendar as I can share it with my husband and it is helping keeping up with our busy schedules
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  28. Fi Ní Neachtáin May 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these great apps. Snapseed would be my favourite out of the bunch, it’d be so handy for Instagramming.

  29. Scarlet May 25, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Hipmunk is a lifesaver! I can’t believe that I’d never heard of it before now. Thanks!

  30. Gabriel May 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Weather apps are a must if you plan on leaving the house during the summer. That and google maps and we hit the road!
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