5 Apps Every Woman Needs on Her Phone

5 Apps Every Woman Needs on Her PhoneAccording to a ton of studies, women spend around 8-10 hours on their phone a day. With that much time spent, why not spend it on something productive? Here are a few apps that could benefit women whether it be through organization, safety, or just plain fun.

 

  1. Period Tracker

There are thousands of apps to track your period but Period Tracker by GP International LCC is my personal favorite. It is so simple to use. You have a calendar and the app allows you to enter the dates you start and end your period. It shows you your light and heavy days so you know how many pads or tampons to keep in your purse that day. It also shows when you are ovulating and fertile – whether you’re trying to get pregnant or avoid it completely.

 

  1. 10 Daily Yoga Poses

What better way to start off your day than with yoga? The app 10 Daily Yoga Poses by Play Simple gives you 10 yoga poses that you hold for 30 seconds each. It starts off with easier poses and gets a little more difficult the more you use the app. It is definitely the best way to get the sleep out of your eyes and your blood pumping. And it only takes 5 minutes!

 

  1. SafeTrek

There are quite a few safety apps out there for women but the one that makes me feel the safest is SafeTrek by SafeTrek, Inc. The app is a lot more user friendly than most safety apps. After you enter your name and number, the app asks you to put in a 4 digit pin code. Then it displays a button that you hold when you’re in an area you don’t feel totally safe in. If you remove your finger from the button, the app asks you to put in your 4 digit code. If the code isn’t entered within 10 seconds, the app alerts the authorities of your location and help will be on the way.

 

  1. Our Groceries Shopping List

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your roommates, or your family, Our Groceries Shopping List buy HeadCode is a lifesaver. You just enter everything you need to buy at the store and the app breaks it up for you into categories such as produce, bakery, or dairy. That way you are able to get everything you need from one section of the store without forgetting something and have to go back. This app is beyond necessary for keeping you organized in your busy life.

 

  1. Snapchat

After a list of totally useful apps, you may ask, “What the heck is Snapchat doing on this list?” Well, I asked around 50 girls what the app they use the most is and Snapchat was the number one answer. What is the huge appeal of Snapchat, though? Well, instead of posting on Facebook or Instagram, you can share a picture of yourself or something you’re doing without the expectation of someone commenting or liking it. Snapchat is fun and more flexible than other social media and according to most girls, absolutely necessary to have on their phone.

 

So what are you waiting for? I know you’re reading this on your phone! Go download these apps and make those 10 hours on your phone more fun and productive.

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Would You Use a Phone-Charging Bracelet?

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

(Image Credit: Q Designs)

It is truly amazing what technology can do and recently I have been fascinated with charging devices. A few months back I purchased one of those battery blocks that you charge up and then use to charge your phone. I thought it was genius in the beginning. Then life happened. By that, I mean that I was constantly losing it somewhere. It was in the bottom of my bottomless purse. It was under the edge of my bed. It fell somewhere in my car. It soon was just as annoying as keys, bobby pins or an uncharged phone, as in it would be helpful if I could keep it in my eyesight and operational.

There is a solution that I have recently been made aware of that I would like to explore: phone charging bracelets! The initial issue of getting lost basically solves itself. Where is that pesky yet helpful thing? Oh yeah, physically attached to me! I would want to try it out based on that fact alone!

A phone charging bracelet would be particularly helpful in crowded situations, I think. Christmas Eve my family and extended family all crams into my grandmother’s not-so-big house. The chances of me getting to the outlet are close to zilch. If I had the bracelet it wouldn’t be a problem. I also imagine if I ever became an extreme cross-country runner, like Waco to Austin, Texas extreme; that would be super handy! Then again, I probably would not be playing Candy Crush while I’m trekking across Texas. I do not run though, so maybe I would.

I think you get the point though. The convenience thing is a huge factor in my saying yes, I would love to try it out. Wait, but this is no choice to make on a whim. It is a much bigger choice when you consider the price. I typed in “phone charging bracelet” in Google and found an article from Fashionista that bragged about the QBracelet. The product is still in a pre-order phase but it features a sleek, thick steel looking design that boasts the ability to charge an Android or iPhone in approximately 60 minutes. The going pre-sale price is $78. The planned retail price will be $98 according to the Q Design website.

QDesigns says the bracelet can charge up to 60%. At first I thought 60 minutes to charge sounded slow, but up a percent a minute would not be bad in a truly dire situation I suppose. I still think the price would be too high for me to buy. In a road trip/vacation situation it would be nice in theory. However, if I’m just out running errands at the mall or my phone dies during my bus trip home, I probably do not want to wait a minute for every percent to go up. I would hypothetically be home or back to a wall plug that could help me faster before that bracelet would do any good.

What about other charging bracelets? Well, some others I have seen are pricey too. Wait, you say, maybe your super cool aunt gifts this to you. That is an exception. I do not mind if someone gifts it or if I won it. I just do not think I could justify buying it for myself.

But if the price was better, which could feasibly happen as demand goes up and we become savvier as a global consumer group, I would definitely try a phone charging bracelet. Until the price becomes better, I will still feel like it sounds like a super cool possibility straight out of The Jetsons, but not a possibility for me.

An Open Letter to Siri

 

An Open Letter to SiriDear Siri,

You are a true Renaissance woman. You’ve revolutionized the way we interact with our technology. You’ve single-handedly prevented countless accidents that would have otherwise resulted from texting while driving, a dangerous habit that voice command has rendered obsolete. There’s virtually nothing you can’t do, and the advantages of your existence are indisputable. So naturally, I’m writing to dispute them. Continue reading

Why You Should Check Out Snapchat Discover

(Image Credit: Ivan Kruk)

(Image Credit: Ivan Kruk)

When Snapchat rolled out its latest update at the end of January, many users were caught off guard by the drastic changes made to the app. Social media erupted once figuring out the Best Friends feature had been axed. It was no longer possible to stalk our friends and significant others to see who else they were “snapping”! Continue reading

Would You… Try a Paid Online Health Service?

(Image Credit: Tinatin)

(Image Credit: Tinatin)

With the advent of the Internet, it’s no wonder that we rely more and more on the services offered to us online. But should our healthcare be treated the same way? My personal answer? The quality of professional, in-person health advice or assessment will always trump an online health advice service, at least given the state of health information and communication technology right now. Continue reading

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Social Media Etiquette

(Image Credit: Ra2 Studio)

(Image Credit: Ra2 Studio)

Everything we say and do communicates the kind of people that we are, and now that almost everything we say and do is posted publicly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the list goes on…we ought to put some deeper thought into the content. The trouble with social media is that it distances us from our audience, which causes us to be more daring and frankly more careless about the things we say and do online. This distance opens us up to bash on other users and be unnecessarily nasty and disrespectful, and also to get too personal with our own posts and status updates—boldly stating what a lonely wreck we are, etc., a.k.a. attention seeking. It’s one thing to be ironic. It’s another to actually fall into these unhealthy habits. Continue reading

Kindle (Image Credit: Sergey Galyonkin)

5 Reasons Kindle Unlimited is Awesome

Kindle (Image Credit: Sergey Galyonkin)

Kindle (Image Credit: Sergey Galyonkin)

Amazon has just rolled out a new service that readers everywhere should at least consider. Similar to Netflix or Hulu, book lovers can now sign up for a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. For a low monthly fee, subscribers gain access to thousands of book titles, making the new subscription something to definitely consider. Here are five reasons why Kindle Unlimited is awesome. Continue reading

Facebook (Image Credit: Neeraj Kumar)

How private is your Facebook account?

Facebook (Image Credit: Neeraj Kumar)

Facebook (Image Credit: Neeraj Kumar)

There goes an “ancient” saying that states, “if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see or hear it, neither say nor do it.” But in the age where our actions or words are only truly validated through social media, it is best for you not to post it. This is especially true for Facebook.

Being the oldest child of the social media family (Myspace doesn’t count) Facebook has tweaked its site so that it has become more and more specialized, and in that way more private. There are certain features that allow users to set their profile to private, allowing only friends to view specifics such as photos and posts. For those who have opened their profile to the public, there are still settings that can make some of the content on their page private. However, let’s be honest – nothing on the Internet is completely private. Which in that case, gets us to the main point: how private is your Facebook really? Continue reading

Pillow Talk (Image Credit: Little Riot)

Quirky Item of the Week: Pillow Talk (Long Distance Relationship Pillows)

Pillow Talk (Image Credit: Little Riot)

Pillow Talk (Image Credit: Little Riot)

You are stressed out and lonely, and the only contact you have with your significant other is through Skype or phone calls. You just want a hug, but hugging your phone or your computer screen just won’t do it! Long-distance relationships can be nightmares! But Pillow Talk, a product by Little Riot, will have you dreaming peacefully. Continue reading

Smartphone (Image Credit: Beau Giles)

5 Apps Everyone Needs on Their Phone!

Smartphone (Image Credit: Beau Giles)

Smartphone (Image Credit: Beau Giles)

In the digital age, many of us view life through our cell phones whether we like it or not. Of course there is more to life than a 4-inch screen, but we might as well make the most of all the time spent on our phones, right? Here are a few apps to make life a little easier and a lot more fun. Continue reading

Trendy iPad Cases to Fit Your Personality

iPad Cases

The last time I went to Disney World, a funny thing happened: instead of pulling out tiny digital cameras and itty-bitty camera phones, tourists could be seen whipping out not-so-little iPads to take pictures of Cinderella’s Castle. The first thought I had about this was, “Stop blocking my view with that big ol’ thing!”  What this really made me realize, though, is that iPads have become an integral piece of technology, just like digital cameras and cell phones.

With the iPad now a go-to device in regular life, it can be fun to slip them into cases to fit our personalities. Here are a few ideas for those who want to make sure their iPad cases a reflection of themselves. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Snapchat!

Snapchat (Image Credit: www.snapchat.com)

Snapchat (Image Credit: http://www.snapchat.com)

I think that it is safe to assume that almost everybody has an iPhone now (or similarly capable Android Device) and I’m pretty sure that more than a few of us have opted for contracted phone plans,allowing us to take a look at the app store whenever a bored or curious moment finds us.  I’m fairly new to the world of smartphones and only purchase something from the ‘app store’ when it’s recommended to me. Typically, not more than once every two weeks, just because I can get lost looking at the random apps that people come up with. Every now and again though, a good one comes along and there’s some real merit to it. At least in theory, it’s good. Continue reading

Printed Backup Battery for iPhone by J.Crew

Quirky Item of the Week: Printed Back-Up Battery from J.Crew

Printed Backup Battery for iPhone by J.Crew

Printed Backup Battery for iPhone by J.Crew (Image Credit: http://www.jcrew.com)

I am the type of girl who is always on the go! Which means I am never without my IPhone 5. I need to keep up with my email, interview appointments, school assignments and the social media for my blog. That is why for this week’s quirky item I am bringing you my new best friend: the back up battery for your phone. It is a tiny, square charger that I can pop in my phone at a moment’s notice. It goes everywhere with me and will fit in any clutch, purse or bag. It even comes in a men’s version, blue Breton stripe.
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Quirky Item of the Week: Memoto Automatic Camera

(Image Credit: http://memoto.com)

(Image Credit: http://memoto.com)

When I first saw the Memoto Automatic Camera, I thought it was one of those crazy inventions you see on Pinterest that don’t actually exist. I almost didn’t bother searching for it, being let down by Pinterest so many times before, but something about this quirky little camera made me curious enough to do a little research. I was thrilled to see that the Memoto does in fact exist and can be purchased (if your willing to pre-order and wait for April 2013 delivery. But what is it you ask? Just about the coolest digital camera invention to date. Continue reading