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There’s an App for That!

All our mother, Diane, wanted for her birthday this year (besides a week in Florence, Italy to see her sister!) was a 21st century phone on which she could check her email, take pictures and perhaps make a call or two.  Her old phone was limited to verbal communication and texting (which she never did since she didn’t see why she wouldn’t just call the person instead.)  Then came the new phone… and Diane has discovered the beauty of texting (you don’t have to have a long, involved conversation if you don’t want to), taking pictures of her grandchildren (after they taught her how to do so!) and reading emails wherever she goes.

Artist Guido Daniele for AT&T

Artist Guido Daniele for AT&T

Given the time she now spends on the phone, we were a little hesitant to teach her how to download apps.  But since she does have a long commute to the office, we thought we might introduce her to a couple of our favorites – all botanically related, of course!

There's an App for Everything!

There's an App for Everything!

Plants vs. Zombies (to bring out the kid in her):  Our tween boys highly recommend this great way to “while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers…”  The goal is to plant flowers in the yard to defeat the zombies before they come into the house and eat your brains (their words, not ours!)

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies

Flower Garden (so that she can tend her virtual garden and send bouquets to her friends): Black thumbs be gone – plant different types of seeds, water them and watch them bloom.  Once they’re grown, you can create mixed bouquets of the best blossoms to share with loved ones.

Flower Garden

Flower Garden

Flower Shop Frenzy (a must-have for entrepreneurs): Since Diane knows how to run a flower business, this should be easy.  All she needs to do is help Emma run her friend’s flower shop and make it a financial success in time for the renowned international rose festival.

Flower Shop Frenzy

Flower Shop Frenzy

What Flower? (just in case she needs inspiration for a new collection): Search for 250 flowers by name, meaning (did you know that a dahlia mean “good taste”?), emotion, occasion and season and see how different flowers go together to make a pretty posy.

What Flower?

What Flower?

iZen Garden (for days when she’s frazzled): On her commute “om”, Diane can soothe her senses by creating zen gardens with stones, shells, fossils and plants while listening to meditation soundtracks.

iZen Garden

iZen Garden

We think these should be enough to help Diane pass the time for now…  What kind of apps make you h-APP-y?

Photos from Guido Daniele and Apple

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  • Reply the zhush September 22, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Very cute! I adore my Shazam app…can’t remember who sings a song? Don’t know the group that sings your new favorite song? Let Shazam listen and well…”shazam”! It tells you! This amazes me to no end! And the app that makes photos look like polaroids….you can even shake it…shake it like a poloaroid picture!

  • Reply quintessence September 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am a Mac junkie so I of course love this post!!! I am with the zhush – shazam is amazing. I also have a guilty addiction to wordwarp – i love any sort of word games and this is indeed very addictive so be careful! I also have a dictionary, a translator and and my other favorite is google voice.

  • Reply Amanda Burdge September 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Isnt the 21st century amazing? Who knew that all this control and addiction from a small device in your purse could be possible! I would absolutely die without my iPhone…

  • Reply StacyStyle September 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I think for Christmas you should give her her own app! Bouquet a Day by Diane James!

  • Reply Kelly Dunn September 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Well, I’m pretty lame when it come to all tech stuff. Embarrassed to admit it was just this year I got texting. I have yet to download, upload, anything! I’m loving the one Sue mentioned…that would be perfect for me. When I’m up for a new phone, I’ll probably get a little more with it 🙂 How cute are you gals and your mom??!! Love this!



  • Reply Liz September 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Cute post! I love ubertwitter so I can tweet till my heart’s content! (at the day job so my browser doesn’t say all day long!)

  • Reply pretty pink tulips September 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I ADORED meeting your mother tonight! She was very excited about her new Droid. I, for one, am partial to the Bergdorf Goodman Shoe App. It’s an instant glamour moment. A new shoe every day!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

    ps: All 3 of you were stunning tonight! It was such a pleasure to be there.

  • Reply Struggler September 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’m a late adopter as far as clever phones go… I even have some trouble when texting 🙂

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