In December of 2014 I finally got my very first smart phone. After nearly a year and a half of use, I have found my favorite apps. Of course I love carrying a camera around in my back pocket as well as having access to maps, email, and banking everywhere I go. Those things make life easier. But today I want to share with you guys the 13 apps that I have really fallen in love with!
Instagram – A favorite of mine! I’m @rach.vendetti if you aren’t already following.
Feedly – I don’t love reading blogs on my phone because I don’t love typing comments on my phone. I’d much rather have a full keyboard because it’s much quicker. But sometimes time is tight and I want to read blogs on-the-go (especially on long car rides). So at those times the Feedly app is super helpful!
OverDrive – I love that this app connects to my local library so I can download books for free here!
GoodReads – I can’t tell you how often I am standing in the library with a book in hand and the cover is pulling me in and then I scan the book on my GoodReads app and find out that it has horrible reviews. Thank you, GoodReads for saving those hours of my life. The few times that I’ve thought that the reviews are probably wrong and read the book anyway have been a waste of time. I love GoodReads in general because it helps me organize my to-read list, but also because it has such honest reviews. So having the access to that in my back pocket is fabulous! You can find me here at GoodReads.
Wunderlist – I am a paper and pen type person. I keep a paper planner that is color coded and I love it. But sometimes when I’m out running errands all day it’s easier to carry my phone with me than to have multiple paper lists of things to keep up with.
TimeHop – I love picking up old journals and going back to today’s date in that year to see what I was up to. So for example taking today’s date, April 29th, and looking at that date in 2015 or 2014 or even as far back as the 90’s when I started journaling. I do the same thing with old blog posts sometimes. For example, five years ago today I shared a video on this blog of our friend Tony (who used to live with us) messing with Oreo. Watching it now still makes me laugh. So yeah, I love to look back on memories. And TimeHop does this for me. A daily dose of life from previous years. 🙂
FitBit – You guys, I love my FitBit Charge. I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about until I got one for Christmas. It has all the perks of a normal pedometer, but the best thing is the community. Every single day my sister and I compete against each other in steps. We cheer each other on and encourage each other to stay active. I just love it! By the way, if you are looking for a FitBit and don’t want to pay full price – we found both mine and Christopher’s for more than half off on Ebay.
My Fitness Pal – I know people think of this as a weight-loss app, but that’s not all it is. Ever since we found out I was insulin resistant last year I’ve had to be more careful about what I eat and when I eat it. My Fitness Pal helps with that. I also love that it shows a break down of all the vitamins I’m getting from my foods to help me be sure I am getting a lot of my nutrition from food and not just from multi-vitamins. Plus it connects to FitBit which is super awesome!
Clue – If you have tried different period trackers and been disappointed with how inaccurate they are (or the flowers all over them) like I was, then you might like Clue better. I have been amazed at how accurate it is with everything it predicts. The teen girls I mentor actually told me about Clue last year and I made the switch from a less reliable tracker that very same day. I’ve loved it ever since!
Ring – This is essentially video surveillance at our home. The Ring doorbell works like a regular doorbell, but is also motion activated and will send an alert to your phone to let you know that someone is outside your home. It also shows video of anyone outside the house and allows us to speak from the app to them through the doorbell. Confusing? Check out more information here. We love it!
Foscam – Similar to the Ring doorbell & app, we also have Foscam inside our home for indoor video surveillance – this is honestly more to check in on Oreo than anything else, ha! Like Ring, we can talk through the camera while away from home by using the app.
DSLR Remote – This app is so helpful! Sometimes when we travel we take selfies of us on our phones and sometimes we ask a stranger to take photos for us. But more often than not we set my camera on a precarious perch, say a prayer it won’t topple, and then either set the timer or use a remote control to take the photo. I have a mini remote control that I bought via Amazon and it works great, but sometimes I don’t have it with me. And in those cases, this app on my phone has been awesome. You press the shutter button on your phone and boom, the camera takes the photo. Super simple!
GAMES (well, Game):
QuizUp – This is the only game I have on my phone. If I have time to burn, I’m more likely to scroll through Instagram than I am to play a game, but I really like this one. Disney and The Bible trivia are my favorites!
Facebook – I use Facebook less and less these days, but when I’ve got time to kill I’ll find myself scrolling through Facebook while waiting in line. I use it predominately for my photography business.
Snapchat – I’m still pretty new to Snapchat, but it has been a fun way to connect with the teens we mentor. I’m rach.vendetti there if we aren’t already following each other.
Pinterest – I very rarely use Pinterest on my phone, but I do love the organizational aspect of the website! So I have the app for times when I need to pull up photos to show clients. Don’t get me wrong – I love Pinterest and if I’m looking for something specific, I definitely can spend a good ol’ chunk of time on there. I just don’t usually do it on my phone. You can find me here on Pinterest.
So tell me, do we share any of the same favorites? Do you have a favorite app that wasn’t listed here?