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iOS mood tracking app

iOS App, Moodivator, Motivates and Helps Patients as they Manage Depression

This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

As with a large percent of the parenting population, and population in general, my iPhone is like a third hand.  There are few times you’ll find me walking through my home without my iPhone in my hand or pocket.  It embarrasses me a bit to say that, but not too much.  I don’t carry my iPhone around so I can check Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, instead, I use my phone as a productivity and quality of life enhancement tool.   For just about every task I do throughout the day, I use an app that corresponds with the task or activity.  From setting a timer for laundry to looking up a recipe for dinner, there’s an app for that.  I use a workout app to guide me through my exercise routine and an audiobook app to listen to a book while I’m folding laundry or cleaning.  I recently added one more app to my daily routine called Moodivator.

Having struggled with depression since high school, I’ve tried many ways to cope.  One coping mechanism that’s stuck with me is mood tracking.  Situational experiences often have the most significant effect on my mood.  These experiences include trying to give both kids attention at the same time, having dinner ready at a reasonable time while finishing my workday, and vacuuming the floor for the 3rd time in one day.

Moodivator iOS app

Tracking my mood with Moodivator™, a free iOS app from Pfizer, allows me to see patterns in my mood that I might not notice otherwise.  For example, consistent use of Moodivator the last couple of weeks showed me that I felt ‘not so good’ in the evening hours.  This is likely due to both kids wanting attention at the same time and I feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing off the walls from child to child.  Seeing this pattern in the palm of my hand, made me think about how to best remedy the situation.  It’s hard to ignore something that’s in your face like that.  Moodivator motivated me to make a couple of small changes that have had a significant impact on my life including spending time with each of the kids separately so I can give him or her my undivided attention.   You’re probably thinking duh, but it just didn’t click until I saw the pattern in front of me.

iOS mood tracking appI will show my therapist my Moodivator™ report so she can help walk me through steps I can take to reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression I occasionally feel.  Showing my therapist my Moodivator report gives her the opportunity to put the puzzle pieces together in a way that I may not have the know-how to do, which may enhance my and my family’s quality of life significantly.

You don’t have to suffer from depression to experience mood changes, so using Moodivator is not just a great tool for those who have been diagnosed with depression but, in my opinion, a great app for everyone.

See how Moodivator™, in the palm of your hands, can help you as you as you manage your depression in the Mooditavor video.

Download the free Moodivator app in the iOS App Store to set adjustable and customized goals and track your mood over time.  You can also share your progress with your care team via the app.



track depression with app


The Moodivator app is not a treatment for depression and does not take the place of your doctor’s care or advice. This app also includes information about a prescription treatment option for depression.




NEW Monsters University Storybook Deluxe App for iOS

Stay tuned for our review of the Monsters University Storybook Deluxe app review!

In anticipation of this summer’s release of the Monsters, Inc. movie prequel, Monster’s University, Disney Publishing has a released a brand new app – Monsters University Storybook Deluxe! 

The fully animated interactive storybook is now available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Mini and sheds new light on the story of the friendship of beloved monster pals Mike and Sulley.

NEW Monsters University appPhoto source: iTunes

Young readers ages 6-10 will find out how the fun-loving monster duo went from being mismatched strangers to inseparable pals by exploring original film clips featuring official character voices, interactive storytelling exercises, game activities and more.

Additional app highlights include:

  • Create your own Monsters University ID badge & “Monsterify” photo tool
  • 3D, first-person game views and special rewards
  • Read-to-me and read-on-my-own narration options

Price: $6.99

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Mini.

Follow @MonstersU on Twitter to stay up to date on the lastest Monsters University ‘news’!


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3 Must-Have Gadgets for New Moms

Technology can be a wonderful learning tool for your child – Not only can they learn, they can show off their creative abilities, play games, and have fun with the plethora of new games, apps, and accessories made especially for kids. Not only does Griffin put out great kid-friendly products for the iPad, but also includes great accessories for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Here are a few of my favorite Griffin iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch accessories.


3 Griffin iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch Accessories for Kids

Technology can be a wonderful learning tool for your child – Not only can they learn, they can show off their creative abilities, play games, and have fun with the plethora of new games, apps, and accessories made especially for kids. Not only does Griffin put out great kid-friendly products for the iPad, but also includes great accessories for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Here are a few of my favorite Griffin iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch accessories.

5 Gadgets That Will Help Busy Moms

5 Gadgets that will Help Busy Moms

Next to her family, the most precious thing in a busy mom’s life is time. Devices that help moms organize their lives better and help them save time are indispensable. Below are five relatively inexpensive time-saving gadgets that every busy mom will love.


Alicia Hagan, Editor

Learn about Wine with Me and California Wine Club! {Review, Discount Codes, and a Giveaway!}

I have been on a quest to learn about wine for a few years.  Over the last few years, if you asked me what effort had I made to learn about wine, and if I answered honestly, I would say “Not much”.. until the opportunity fell into my lap a few weeks when I received two bottles of wine from The California Wine Club.

Before I received the two bottles of wine The California Wine Club sent, I wouldn’t buy wine for home, choose wine at a restaurant, or drink wine because I was ignorant about how to really ‘taste’ wine, how to choose wine, what glasses to use, etc..

So here I am, on my quest to learn about wine and I realized that the first and most important step for me was to…stop worrying about it!   Worrying about which type of wine to choose and which wine glasses to use kept me from buying or trying ANY wine.  What fun is that? That sure didn’t get me very far.

I was thrilled when I received my first of three monthly wine shipments from California Wine Club, last week.  After I received the shipment, I planned two of our week’s meals according to the wine.  The first of which you’ll see in the photograph above.  I paired a pasta & alfredo sauce meal with a Chardonnay.

California Wine Club

I was sent two bottles of wine via California Wine Club’s Premier Club membership, their oldest and most popular wine of the month club. The Premier Club is a great way to learn about wine and the California wine scene, perfect for the wine novice (that’s me!) or aficionado. Just $36.45 per month plus shipping, handling and applicable sales tax.

I enjoyed the first bottle of wine with my husband.  We probably didn’t use the right wine glasses, but that’s ok.. I’m just getting my feet wet with my wine education.  I prefer fruity wines and this Chardonnay served just that.  This is a light wine with tropical fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla.  The delicate crispness went of this wine very well with our pasta meal.

CWC Food and Wine Pairing App
CWC Food and Wine Pairing iPhone App Screenshot

Want to impress your husband and friends?  
You can become an instant wine and food pairing expert!

California Wine Club has a new iPhone/iPad app out called CWC food and wine pairing wheel (iTunes download link).
This, free for a limited time, food and wine pairing wheel app makes it easy to find the right wine to go with your meal.  Next time you go out for a date night, don’t rely on the server to tell you what wine would go well with your meal.  Decide for yourself by using the food and wine pairing wheel app.  It’s simple to use, just choose a meal type from the list across the top of the app; poultry, seafood, pasta, starters, cheese, or dessert, and then spin the wheel below the list to choose the type of food you will be enjoying.  Under each type of food, Lobster for example, you will get a list of results.  For Lobster, the recommended wine is Chardonnay and two types would be Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.  Easy, isn’t it?  Don’t forget to use the app while you are grocery shopping.
The app is now free so hurry and download CWC Food and Wine Pairing Wheel app before CWC begins charging for this very useful and easy to use app.


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 Win a One Month Premier California Wine Club Subscription! {Ends 10/18}

We are giving a lucky reader a one-month Premier subscription to The California Wine Club.

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Go to California Wine Club’s Facebook page or follow Follow California Wine Club on Twitter and mention that The Mommy Insider sent you!

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Disclosure: I was offered a one month subscription to California Wine Club for review purposes.  My opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way.  I write only about products and services that I have used and enjoy, unless otherwise stated.  You can read my full Disclosure Policy here.


Alicia Hagan, Editor

BabyFirstTV App Review and App Code + DVD Set Giveaway {Ends 10/5}

BabyFirstTV app review

I have no problem admitting that I will hand my 5 or 12 year old the iPad when I’m on the phone with a client, need to cook dinner, write an email, or take a shower.   I try not to use the television as a form of entertainment as much as we used to and after they’ve been playing with Moon Dough, LEGO’s, or Play-Doh for a couple of hours, I think it’s ok to let them spend a few minutes playing on the iPad.   The really cool thing is that my 5 year old doesn’t even realize that she’s learning while she’s ‘playing’ on the iPad!

VocabuLarry’s Things That Go iPad app by BabyFirstTV is a book app that allows your child to read the book themselves or have the story read to them.  I can even record my voice while reading the story so that it’s like I’m reading the story to Madelyn.  This is great when I’m not able to put her to bed because I have to work late.  My husband will read her a story then he’ll put the iPad app on so it’s like I’m right there with her, reading to her.   Animations and sounds activated by her touch make each page of the app interactive. This app teaches babies and toddlers vocabulary.

VocabuLarry's Things That Go Book
VocabuLarry's Things That Go Book

From the hit TV channel BabyFirstTV, comes the very first digital book featuring everyone’s favorite parrot, VocabuLarry! The spirited talking parrot takes babies and toddlers on an interactive journey as he meets all different “things that go” – a car, ship, truck and more!

“VocabuLarry’s Things That Go” Book features:

  • Basic vocabulary
  • Simple and easy to understand navigation
  • The option to choose the narrator or read and record the book in your voice!
  • Tested by babies, toddlers and parents
  • Multi-device (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) support

About BabyFirstTV: BabyFirstTV is the leading TV network made just for babies, toddlers and parents. Developed by educational experts, BabyFirstTV shows inspire a variety of developmental skills. Plus, it’s completely commercial-free! Visit www.babyfirsttv.com


Prize: A code for the “VocabuLarry’s Things That Go” app and a set of 3 BabyFirstTV DVD’s.


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This giveaway will end October 5th at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org.  Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  Open to U.S. residents only!  No P.O. Boxes.

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  I was provided with a code to install the app for purposes of this review.  Thoughts are my own.

Alicia Hagan, Editor