Simply use your phone to record small moments (1 second…obviously) everyday and then the app compiles them at the end of the year to create a video diary. Ironically, it has helped me get OFF my phone and recognize the unremarkable, everyday things that are worth savoring and remembering. It’s a super easy exercise in gratitude that has a big payoff – the 7+ minute videos are incredible! Apps I’m Loving Right Now 2017
This app is the best thing that ever happened to our home. The hubs and I aren’t especially handy, so when my dad isn’t in town to help us we turn to the Takl app. In as little as an hour (no, seriously) you can have a handyman out to your house to complete a home repair project. We’ve used the app for everything from hauling away a mattress to hanging a flatscreen TV, and there are more than 400 tasks to choose from. You can also schedule projects in advance. All tasks are pre-priced so you know the cost upfront – and (like Uber) you don’t exchange any cash – so there is no awkward negotiation. Use code E577b for 10% off your project! Apps I’m Loving Right Now 2017
Like many phone to-do list addicted smartphones users I lost my sh*t when Microsoft acquired Wunderlist. However, it turns out I really like the changes they made – and can definitely appreciate the all-important cross-platform compatibility and helpful deadline reminders. It’s my favorite way to keep track of my grocery list – and I rely on the My Day view – which is “day planner” style snapshot of the next 24 hours. Apps I’m Loving Right Now 2017
I’ve heard this app referred to as a “gym membership for your brain,” and I think that’s absolutely true. There are meditations for specific topics, such as anxiety and relationships, and also general mediation. Not sure if it’s for you? I felt the same way. Why not try the free 10-day trial, learn the basics of meditating, and then reevaluate. If you like it, great! Subscribe to the app for $7.99 per month. If not, just delete it and move on. Overall, I’ve been much calmer and more collected in stressful situations. Bonus: 20 minutes of meditation has significantly fewer calories than 2 glasses of wine. Apps I’m Loving Right Now 2017
Detour is a city guide app with GPS-triggered audio narratives that are super witty and entertaining. Topics range from trash in San Francisco to a serial killer in Austin, so not your typical museum or monument audio tour. They also have local personalities as narrators, so you can stroll along with former Sopranos actor Vinny Vella on a tour through New York’s Little Italy or journey through San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf with a local fisherman.
Several locations I’ve tried also have cool bonus app features like an augmented reality camera that allows tour-takers to peel back reality and see history come to life. I travel alone pretty frequently, and often find myself with an hour or two to kill between meetings or activities. Instead of hanging out at a coffee shop or grabbing a glass of wine I launch Detour and go exploring. However, it’s also great for a staycation! Atlanta isn’t on the list yet, but lots of great American cities are. Downloading the app is free, and then it’s up to you to purchase individual tours — $5 each in the U.S. and $8 in Europe and Marrakech — or sign up for an unlimited subscription for $20/year.