12 Smartphone Apps I Can’t Live Without

Our smartphones have truly changed our lives. Does anyone even remember when phones were just for calling people? I think my dad is the only person around who still feels that way! We rely on them for so much more than that now. I’ve decided to share with you some of my absolute favorite apps. I am certain I’m not the only one who lives with my phone in my hand. Maybe you know of and use all of these already. Or maybe you’ll find some new ones to try!

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Check out some of the great smartphone apps I can't live without!

News/Sports/Weather Apps:

    • Fox News App – I tend to stick with Fox for my news. They just seem to be the most balanced of the big networks, in my opinion of course. I can turn the alerts on or off and stream live video from it. It’s simple and to the point, which is one of the reasons I like this one over some other apps.
    • Flipboard – When I finally moved over to Android from Apple, this came pre-installed on my first phone. I wasn’t too sure about it until I looked into it a bit more. I love that you can add topics and really personalize it around what you want to see.
    • ESPN Scorecenter – Since I AM a lover of sports, and I’m not local to my favorite teams, this app comes in handy! I can check in on schedules, scores, news, etc. I can even “watch” GameCast play by play on some games.
    • The Weather Channel – While this one is not necessarily on of my favorites, I do need my weather app! I actually have the widget on my home screen. I check this app multiple times a day, not only for local weather but other places too.

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Reference/Utility Apps:

  •  Evernote – I’m surprised I haven’t had this longer. I just found out about it a few months ago. This little app is a lifesaver! It’s great for jotting down ideas, making lists, and so much more. I love that I can sync it with my laptop too!
  • Whitepages – For some reason, I have been getting a lot of SPAM calls lately. I have pretty much given up answering any number I don’t recognize, and this app helps me determine if it’s a valid call or not.
  • Dictionary.com – My favorite little thing about this app is the word of the day notification I get each morning. There is an option to listen to the words if you are unfamiliar with the pronunciation. I also use it to look up alternate words from time to time.
  • IMDb – I am a sucker for seeing someone on TV or in a movie and trying to remember where I’ve seen them before. This app is great for that, but also for looking up other film/television things.
  • iPeriod – Let’s face it, I’m not always on the ball with remembering that special time. This app helps me track it, and can even set up notifications to let you know when it’s a few days out. No one likes to find it out the hard way, am I right ladies?

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Money/Shopping Apps:

  • ibotta – This app is awesome. If you aren’t using yet, click and sign up. It’s super easy and payments go right into Paypal. I’ve had it for a few years, but only recently started using it more and more. You browse available rebates, click to add them to your list, buy the item, scan the barcode and receipt and the money is yours! It’s awesome to get cash back on things I’m already buying, and I love this app for that reason.
  • Walmart – Living in a small rural town, this is the only “grocery” store we have unless we drive to the next town. So it’s primarily where we do most of our shopping. The Savings Catcher part of this app has been great. All you do is scan your receipt, then wait. It searches nearby “competitors” and will refund you the difference if it finds a lower price. You can then load it onto an e-gift card, and you’re all set!
  • Swagbucks – I can’t preach enough about SB! I have 3 different SB apps on my phone, and I love that I can earn just by letting the videos play on the watch app. I can take surveys on the go, even online shopping to earn cash back. All by just going through the app. I’ve posted about Swagbucks before, and I really did pay for the holidays this year by using it!
  •  Retail Me Not – I use this one pretty often when I’m searching coupons. I love that I can use it in-store, and online. They usually have something for almost anything you’re looking for! I’ve managed to save some good money using the coupons from here. I am all for a good deal whenever I can get one!

 

Photography Apps:

Of course, I need photo apps for all the social media sharing out there, right? And there are a TON, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my faves, only wishing Canva would hurry up with their Android version!

  • Prisma – I simply love this app. It makes your photos turn into paintings. There are so many filters and you can dial them back as much as you want. You will end up with absolutely gorgeous photos.
  • Aviary – This is one of my favorites for straight up editing. It’s simple to use, has great filters, and produces some great pictures. I’ve been using it for quite a while, and I still seem to end up going back to it, even after I’ve tried others.
  • WordSwag – This is one of the few apps I’ve paid for. I tend to stick to the freebies. However, I do like this one for its layouts, fonts, and cool features. Not only can you make your fancy quotes and such, it will show you the “Twitter preview” area in the square template you’re probably using for Instagram!

There are many more apps than that out there. Certainly, I have more on my phone as well. I left out the basics, (all the social media ones, etc). These are some of my favorites that I use more often than any others, except those darn social media ones!

What apps are you loving right now? I’d love to hear about them in the comments?

 

Check out my this list of 12 apps that I can't live without! Shopping, making money, getting news, staying organized and more!

Great Blogs You Should Be Following!

We are in a world saturated with blogs, I know. Even with all of them floating around out there, there may be a few you’ve yet to read. I decided to do a round-up of some of my favorites, and share them with y’all!  I’m not sponsoring, nor being paid for any of these. They just happen to be some of my favorite reads. Why not check them out?

Looking for some great blogs to follow? Check out this list of my favorites!

 

  • Making Sense of Cents – Michelle runs an amazing blog about finances and budgeting. She has some of the most incredible information of many of the blogs I’ve ever read. She continually posts income reports, and you can see what a successful blogger she is. You can even read how she was able to pay off $40K in student loans and quit her full-time job, all from her blog! I can’t wait to take her course on affiliate marketing. I’ve heard it’s simply amazing.
  • Moms Make Cents – McKinzie runs a fantastic blog about teaching moms to make money and work from home. Although I’m not a “mom” personally, her tips and information are still wonderful. Her posts show how to make the most of your blog. She’s also a Pinterest genius, and her Pinterest to Profits course has been a game changer for me.
  • Women Winning Online – Jen has a great blog teaching women how to start, grow and run their businesses. Her site is a wealth of information, and her Facebook group that goes along with it is awesome. She’s always ready to answer questions and help each reader get the most of their lives. Her Find Your Tribe Online course is another great tool to help you reach your goals.
  • Just a Simple Home – Terryn runs a great blog full of wonderful information. Her posts range from homemaking, blogging, personal growth and more. She also runs a great Facebook group that has a lot of great participants! Her blog is beautiful as well, which is always wonderful for reading.
  • Boy Mom Blessed – Tyane runs a blog about motherhood, as well as many other things. Like I said earlier, I’m not a mom, but this blog is about way more than that. She posts recipes, blogging tips, and information on working from home. She also has a great vault full of printables and more. I’ve certainly found some of her recipes to be amazing!
  • Eat.Teach.Blog – Divya has a great blog as well. She has some fun posts and posts regularly. She posts about life, teaching, oils, etc. I always enjoy reading her insight on things. Her weekly Thursday posts on things she is loving are some of my favorites. They always seem to introduce me to at least one new thing to check out! She rocks a fun Facebook page and is very active on social media too. It’s great to see bloggers being social with other bloggers. That’s one of my favorite things about blogging!
  • The Minimalist Mind – Olga has a beautiful blog full of productivity hacks! She also offers printables and a wealth of information that so many of us can find so useful. Her posts on self-care, journaling, etc are absolutely fantastic and very well written.
  • Obviously this one. I couldn’t leave myself off this list, even though I’m still learning as I go. I’ll be sharing lots of good lifestyle tips, recipes, money matters, etc. Here’s to  hoping you will stick around!

What other great blogs are you following right now? I’m always looking for great reads, awesome tips, and cool sites!

Check out this list of 8 great blogs you might not know about!

Holiday Gifts for Fitness Lovers

With all the excitement of Christmas coming up, we are all looking for that perfect holiday gift. Of course, we don’t always have to wait until it’s an actual holiday. But this time of year it seems everyone is scrambling. I’ve decided to share some of my picks for the fitness lovers in your life. Perhaps that’s even you, and you can show this list to your loved ones. There are so many great items out there, I thought I’d pick a few faves of mine and share. I’m a yogi, so, of course, I have a slew of ideas there, but I also enjoy other workouts too. If you’re looking for that perfect gift, you might just find it here!

 

 

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This Glasstic water bottle is absolutely amazing. It’s shatterproof glass on the inside which comes out easily for cleaning but is plastic on the outside. The double wall design keeps the bottle from sweating and helps keep the temperature consistent.

The Flip Belt is great for the runners out there. It holds your phone, keys, etc. all while keeping your hands free. Runners, hikers, etc can all find great use for this, and it comes in so many different color options, you’re sure to find one for everyone!

A good fitness tracker is always a nice gift. I got my Fitbit Charge HR last year and love it. I’m already looking to upgrade, and the Fitbit Alta has really caught my eye. It’s slimmer, sleeker style make it even better than prior editions!

A Foam Roller like this one is a great gift for anyone who does physical activity, period! I never knew the amazing way these could help until I got one during my Yoga Teacher Training. It was incredible, and the trigger points are simply wonderful for soothing sore muscles.

An Exercise Ball is another great gift idea. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a holiday! These are so great for balance, posture, etc. I have one at work I sit on sometimes and it helps keep my core engaged as I sit. It also forces me to remember good posture. There are SO many different exercises one can do with these. It truly is  a must have for any fitness lover.

In a world of journals and planners, we all seem to be logging everything. I think it’s a great idea, even though I struggled with it during my Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve since started another and kept up and a good Fitness Planner can really help with accountability! I love this one, but there are several options!

Meal prepping is key in leading a healthy life, so portion control containers are another awesome gift idea. Pair them with Bento Boxes to assist in prepping foods for an entire week. It’s a great way to keep the healthy lifestyle on track.

So there you have it, 7 holiday gift ideas for that fitness guru in your life. Maybe it’s you? If something here caught your eye, share with your loved ones and see what they get you! What other holiday gift ideas do you have? I’d love to hear more! Need gift ideas for the fitness lover in your life? Check out these great ideas for any budget!

Recipe Inspiration Needed? Check here!

I love to cook. Truly, I do. And while I do enjoy it, sometimes I find myself in a recipe slump. Have you ever felt the same? I also try to eat healthy as much as possible. Of course, there are times I let those not-so-healthy comfort foods in too. All things in moderation, that’s my opinion. No need to cut everything I enjoy out, right? Believe it or not, aside from Pinterest, there are other sites out there to find great recipes! I’ve decided to share some of my faves with you here. Next time you’re looking for a great recipe, try one of these!

Check out these 8 great places to find recipe inspiration! Looking for some new recipes?

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Recipe Sites I Love:

  • Yummly – I love this one. It sort of reminds me of Pinterest, but it’s ONLY FOOD! You have options to filter by diet needs, even add to meal types as you save. This is usually my go to if I don’t have a specific recipe in mind. It is definitely worth checking out.
  • Supercook – This one allows you to put in everything you have on hand, then it will return results using only those ingredients! It’s great if you don’t feel like going to the store, or simply want to see what else you can do with what you already have.
  • Allrecipes.com – Another general purpose site with a ton of great recipes. I’ve found and made quite a few from this site, and love it. They also have the Dinner Spinner app for your phone which is great when you’re on the go. It can generate shopping lists from a recipe you choose.

 
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Recipe Blogs I Love:

  • Buns in My Oven – Karly runs a great blog, (with a great name to boot)! She is one of the very few recipe blogs I subscribe to by email, and it’s always a pleasure finding her in my inbox! She has a plethora of amazing recipes on her site, along with tons of other great reading material. Check this one out!!
    Jalapeno Popper Dip Flatbread

    Jalapeno Popper Dip Flatbread

     

  • South Your Mouth – Mandi has quite the collection of amazingly sinful southern style recipes. I admit, probably not the healthiest options, but like I said earlier, all things in moderation, right? I literally drool over so many things on her site. If you want a nice, southern comfort food recipe, look no further!
    Country Chicken Pie

    Country Chicken Pie

     

  • Recipes That Crock – I can’t deny I absolutely LOVE my slow cooker recipes. After understanding my love for slow cooking, I got 2 new slow cookers for Christmas one year. It was amazing. I love the “set it and forget it” part. Another awesome thing about this site is the weekly crock pot meal plan they send out! I am loving it so much these days.
    Crock Pot Pizza Bake

    Crock Pot Pizza Bake

     

  • The Weary Chef – Andi has some awesome recipes as well, and I love that she gears towards all of us busy people who don’t always have a ton of time to cook! She says it herself, quick and easy dinner recipes. As a mom of 2 little guys, I guess she has to be! I absolutely love some of her recipes, like this one:
    Chicken Parmesan Casserole

    Chicken Parmesan Casserole

     

  • Ahead Of Thyme – Sam is one of my most recent finds, and I’m so glad! She has some of the most beautiful pictures of her recipes, and they all look stunning. I can’t wait to try more and more of them. There is something for even the pickiest eaters if I had to guess.  She offers different diet types as well, such as paleo, gluten free, etc. This is definitely one to check out!
    Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

    Easy Tomato Bruschetta w/ Balsamic Glaze

     

So there you have 8 of my favorites, and there are certainly plenty more out there to check out! What other sites do you use to search for recipes? I’d love to hear more! I’m always on the hunt for more delicious eats!

Are you looking for new dinner ideas? Some new recipes? Check out these 8 great sites with all kinds of amazing foods to choose from!