If you are like me, sometimes you don't know how you could go without your favorite apps. They keep me organized, help me plan, learn something new, or listen to something magical. Apps are a huge part of my life and I want to share my top picks.
Calendar - With our lives constantly changing with appointments, friends, date nights, etc I need to keep it straight in my Calendar app. I also share it with Patrick so we always know what the other one has or plans to do. Also, whenever you book a flight or event through your email downloaded on your phone, it automatically suggests to add to your calendar. Even better, I sent an alarm on "time to leave" so it gives me the exact time I need with traffic to get there. A game changer for sure!
Stronglifts 5x5 - I recently shared a previous email exclusive post about my workout routine here. I love using this app because it easy to understand and only takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. It alternates between workout A & B to strengthen your legs, core, butt, and arms with a simple and easy workout. Read my post liked above for how I use it and why it is effective.
Spotify - Music is such a big part of my life now whether it's listening in the car, while working out, or cooking dinner at home. I love the Spotify app because I can listen to a playlist by artist, mood, or even a daily mix made just for me. Some of my favorite playlists currently are Shania Twain: Best of the Best, State of Jazz, and Workout Pop Hits. I even have my own playlists made that are easy to download so I can listen offline on the plane or wherever I won't have any service. It's a definite must!
Hopper - I love this app to help me plan exactly when I should by a flight. It tells you the best days (green) and worst days (red) of when to fly to get the cheapest price. It also gives a little prediction timeline of when they think prices will go down and likely go back up. I do not follow it completely by the book but it is the best predictor I have found when booking flights. You can also set reminders as well if a flight price drops.
Apple Maps - I literally use this every single day. Living in LA, traffic can be unpredictable and you never know when you should leave or not or what route is best to take to save the most time. I love Apple Maps because it does not change its mind every 5 minutes to take me on some out of the way back roads route. It sticks to the easiest yet fastest route. I also love how it "learns" my habits and knows when I get in the car in the morning I am heading to work and suggests work as a destination. It also pairs well with my Apple Calendar for events I have scheduled. And on a side note, if you are traveling abroad and do not have service, you can externally download a certain area to use offline.
Airbnb - I am an Airbnb person through and through. I love traveling places and getting the "local experience". And for me, booking someone's home or apartment in the heart of the city is helping set that local experience. I also like the personal touches of staying in a place that isn't a hotel. It seems more personal. Follow along with my Airbnb and travel to see the places I have saved for future travel here.
VSCO - I love having my Instagram photos to look like they are all similarly edited the same so it looks cohesive. I especially like C6, AU5, E2, and G6. I also like to up the exposure, add cooler white tones, and adjust the saturation. And one of the easiest things about this app is you can upload directly to Instagram. It's that simple.
Canva - Any graphic I create for my blog or Instagram is directly from Canva. I have the app to easily create Instagram story layouts for new blog posts or to display specific products. I love that it is drag and drop with plenty of great templates to choose from. It even lets you keep consistency with fonts and color options. You can upload directly to your Instagram stories straight from the app.
Pinterest - I still love getting all of my recipes, especially for lunches to make for work, from Pinterest. I have an entire board just for lunches you can see here. There are so many options to choose from and it is so nice to have them all stored in the same place. If you find your own recipe on a website, you can even pin that to your Pinterest board as well.
Duolingo - I really want to learn French. So I downloaded Duolingo to help me learn. It is such a fun way to teach yourself a different language. You play matching games, fill in the blank, and repeat games to learn another language. Crazy how fun this can be to earn points and see how much you actually can know.