Fun Finds | Phone Apps

I have always been a proponent of keeping things “stock.”  Car stereos, my hair color, and until now: the apps on my phone.

In the last month or so, while perusing CNN – Tech, I’ve come across a few articles with suggestions about fun apps to try. Of course, being a total cheapskate, I ignored any apps that were paid (what if I don’t like it? or get bored with it? just money flushed!). In my general filtering process I’ve come across two that tickled my fancy: Sunrise and Mailbox.

Mailbox is an app that allows you to clean up your inbox (only offered with gmail). Now this sounds simple enough but it is kind of amazing how many emails can accumulate.

So here’s the deal, the goal of Mailbox is to get to “inbox zero daily,” which basically means that all your messages have a place. Whether they’ve been archived (different than deleted), or sorted into easy-to-understand categorizes to reference later, the ultimate success is being able to see the daily photo they post for people who’ve successfully cleared their inbox.

Fun Finds: Mailbox App | meganeilers.wordpress.com

Personally, I never really understood the purpose of “all mail” vs. “inbox” in Gmail. Now, it makes far more sense: the inbox is just for the stuff you are getting right now or may need right now. Everything else doesn’t need to sit there taking up screen/mental space, just put it into the archives for safe keeping…. DUH! (can you say: major lightbulb moment?!)

The only downside to Mailbox: it’s in Beta so…. just like the early days of gmail, you’ve gotta wait your turn. When you download the app and register for the service you get to see a lovely countdown of where you’re at in the lineup and how many poor unlucky souls are behind you.

Mailbox App Beta Test | meganeilers.wordpress.com(this was where I was at February 11th — I got it on March 1st)

So that’s Mailbox. All kinds of fun swiping and cleanliness for your email. Now, onto an app I just downloaded today…. Sunrise.

Sunrise is a calendar app, once again designed to work with Google calendars, Facebook calendars, and LinkedIn. So far what I like about it is the fact that you get benefit of multiple views of your calendar at one glance or with simple swiping motions. Plus, I really love the coloration.

I was successfully able to set up a true Gmail account calendar and a Google Apps-based calendar (in case you were concerned about not using the standard google interface).

Fun Finds: Sunrise App | meganeilers.wordpress.com

(this is what it Sunrise looks like)

I’m definitely going to try and get used to Sunrise (there are fun icons that appear, but I’m not sure what they all mean), but so far I’m digging the interface.

Let me know what kind of fun finds you’ve stumbled across lately in the comments section!

A Little Taste of Nature

It’s been a busy January so I haven’t been able to put pen to paper (fingers to computer?) for my blog as often as I might have liked. Fortunately, I have been able to soak up some of California’s wonderful weather and take a few hikes outside with Buddy.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite Instagram photos from my time in the golden hills of California.

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a little taste of spring

a little taste of spring…

 

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Obsession of the Week | Buddy

well blogging world, my obsession of the week is my newest family member: Buddy.

Buddy is blonde, has brown eyes, and is fluffy all over.

Yes, that’s right Buddy is a golden retriever.

Originally Buddy came from a Los Angeles animal shelter, but I got him from Homeward Bound Golden Retriever in Elverta.  He also had a strange name: Isis — obviously that had to go.

Anyway…

it seemed like fate that Buddy and I came together yesterday for two reasons:

1) Homeward Bound was one of my favorite movies as a kid, which had a golden retriever  in it (his name was Shadow — and he was precious)

2) August 26th (yesterday) is National Dog Day.

What are the odds? It was like the stars aligned.

So Buddy has officially won the best ‘Obsession of the Week’ award. Here are some photos for you to oogle at :)

#febphotoaday

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for a year, you’ve probably noticed the hottest trend for social media is to somehow document your everyday life.  currently I am participating (along with thousands of other people) in February Photo a Day, i.e. #febphotoaday

So just in case you aren’t already partaking in this challenge, here are the guidelines. Following the day-by-day ideas below, post pictures to instagram with the hashtag of #febphotoaday . Today’s image is supposed to be of the inside of you closet. Sounds silly, but some of the creative pictures I’ve seen for the past 2 weeks are really cool.

In order to provide inspiration, I’ve included all my feb photo a day pics from instagram.  Of course, don’t forget to follow me on followgram

#febphotoaday challenge

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