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Fun Language Learning Apps

Last year, I made a New Year's Resolution to travel more in 2016 -- and I am happy to share that I actually achieved it. In February, I packed my rain boots for Seattle, enjoyed the sunshine and salty ocean of Mexico in March, tasted fame in L.A. in September, and explored the amazing history of Spain in October.  Read more

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App Review: Meetup

I’m always interested in befriending new people, so I was excited to try out Meetup for iOS after one of my friends recommended it as a tool for local community building and networking. The app basically connects people with common interests.  Read more

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Apps Every Hiker Needs

I’m looking forward to spending as many days outdoor as possible this season with my Nikes and fanny pack. And, I’m not going to settle for just any trail. Good hikes take planning, and I’ll be using a few key apps to find the perfect trail, navigate it, and make the most of my time outdoors.

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Apps, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Useful Google Chrome extensions for all of your Web browsing needs!

Google Chrome is my default browser for all of my devices, including my MacBook Air, Chromebook, and Galaxy Note 5, for several reasons. I absolutely love that I can retrieve bookmarks, tabs, and even my browsing history for any of these devices anywhere. It’s definitely the first app I install on any new device, and one that I use every single day.

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Another reason why I love using Google Chrome, specifically on my MacBook Air, is the fact that I can add extensions to my browser. The options are endless -- from add-ons that let me quickly check the number of new emails to instant coupon finders, extensions help make sure that you’re being the most productive while surfing the Web. You can find a full list of extensions on the Chrome Web Store, and below are a few extensions that I use every day:

  • Evernote Web Clipper: Evernote is my go-to app across all of my devices for keeping my personal notes in one place. The Evernote Web Clipper is an extension that lets you “clip” a page that you are viewing and add it to your Evernote notebook. Whether it’s a new recipe you want to try or a fashion tip, you can instantly save pages, and access them on any other device via your Evernote account. 
  • Honey: I love online shopping, especially if it involves flash sales and discounts. Honey is an extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes when you shop online. All you have to do is click on the Honey button during checkout, and the app will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.
  • Grammarly: Everyone needs a good spell checker, and Grammarly is a tool that automatically checks your spelling and grammar as you type in your Chrome browser. It catches even the tiniest of mistakes, and helps me make sure that my tweets, Facebook posts, and emails are error-free. Unfortunately it does not support Google Drive yet, but I look forward to when that feature will be added on! 
  • Giphy for Chrome: At Cutline, we are huge lovers of funny and cute GIFs, especially if they involve puppies! This extension lets you easily add a GIF to any email, blog posts, tweets, or anywhere else on the Web.
  • Google Cast: If you use a Chromecast at home, this is a must-download extension Google Cast lets you cast any of your tabs in your Chrome browser to your TV. It’s specifically handy when streaming videos or music from sites that are not supported by Chromecast.

Do you have a Chrome extension that you love? I’d love to hear new suggestions or tips!

Apps, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Apps for Cats

Yes, you read this post title correctly. Homo sapiens aren’t the only tech-obsessed creatures -- you can easily turn your iPad into something your cat can play with for hours! As President of the Crazy Cat Lady Club, I’m excited to share my [cat’s] favorite free iPad apps that prompt stimulation, meows, howls, and growls.

  • Friskies Cat Fishing 2 – Friskies created this simple game with one rule: swipe at the colored fish that swim across the screen. You cat will win points for every fish swiped in a record amount of time. Note that cats all over the world are competing for the highest score… does your feline have what it takes to be #1?

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  • Game for Cats – All cats love the red laser dot. It’s a fact. This app lets your cat try to catch that dot!
  • Cat Toys Lite – Cat + mouse = endless entertainment! Your cat will be tasked with catching a pink mouse that scurries across the screen. The mouse responds to touch -- if it’s caught, it will wriggle away. cat lite

Try these out and let me know what you think! Don’t worry too much about damaging your iPad -- in my three years of mothering a furball, I’ve never encountered any issues with scratches. They typically use their paws, not their claws.

Do you use any apps to keep your cat busy? Tweet us some of your faves!

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Is it Time to Eat? Fun Food Inspiration for Home Chefs

I’ve always been one of those people who is constantly thinking about and counting down to my next meal. For me, food isn’t just a way to keep my engine running -- it’s a way to celebrate the best of what life has to offer. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, cookbooks, Instagram accounts and food blogs to follow in my quest to be a better home chef. Here are a few I recommend if you’re looking for culinary inspiration.

Instacart

Instacart is one of our clients, and we love ordering our snacks for Cutline (in San Francisco and New York City!) through the website and app. One fun Instacart feature I’ve started using in my personal time is Lists & Recipes on Instacart.com. They have tons of delicious ideas, like this healthy frappuccino, and better yet, you can easily add the ingredients to your cart and order them for delivery in as little as one hour. How’s that for convenience!

Ambitious Kitchen

This food blog is described as “Wholesome, clean eating focused food blog with beautiful, creative recipes and feel good inspiration.” True, true and true! I love this blog. I’m all about indulging and I love things like french fries and nacho cheese as much as the next gal, but I also am a big fan of healthy spins on indulgences. Take these quinoa flour pancakes -- we tried these the other weekend and my husband said, “these taste healthy.” What a compliment! And with these, you won’t feel like your blood sugar crashes an hour after eating and turns you into a raging lunatic. Also, for some cookies that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover, these two-ingredient delights are a winner. You’ll love them!

Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Whole30 Instagram

I was encouraged to try the Whole30 diet from Erin’s adventures, and even though I didn’t make it to day 30, I continue to follow their Instagram account. They frequently have food bloggers “take over” their account, sharing recipes that will make you drool.

Bon Appetit

I have to give a nod to this classic standard in culinary treasures. Bon Appetit is a great magazine with tips on cool restaurants, kitchen gear, cooking advice and of course, mouth watering recipes that actually aren’t that complicated. What’s more, the email newsletter offers extra bang for your buck with a “recipe of the day” along with similar recipes to try out. I’m anxious to give this Cast Iron Pizza a whirl. Such a cool idea.

Photo credit: Bon Apetit

And there you have it. Time to hit the kitchen!

 

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Must-Have Apps for Interior Design

After eight long months of renovations and construction, I’ve finally moved into my master bedroom! Now comes the fun and stressful part -- decorating. Paint colors, furniture, and accent pillows, oh my! It’s a tough process to beautifully furnish an empty room, but luckily we have apps to help us. Here are a few that I’ve relied on tremendously:

Houzz (iOS and Android): This app is a Godsend. It’s basically the Wikipedia of interior design, organized in a clean and efficient way. There are endless images of different spaces, products/furniture for each room, mood boards, and before and after photos for inspiration. When I came across something I liked -- and with 8M+ images in their arsenal, I liked a TON -- I could save it to my virtual idea book for reference. Thank you Houzz for helping make my dream room a reality!

Handy Level (iOS and Android): This has been useful for hanging pictures quickly. Just open the app and rest it on top of the photo frame, and it’ll act as a level. Just be sure to hold your phone tightly to avoid a cracked screen.

Zillow Digs (iOS): This is basically a home-only version of Pinterest. It’s super easy to personalize inspiration that shows up in your feed, and I spent a good amount of time browsing rooms by style, cost, and color. There’s an interactive, gamified feature, too: Dueling Digs. You’re presented with two “dueling” photos of a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, yard, etc. and have to choose the design you like best. It’s basically like Hot or Not, but for interior design.

IKEA Catalogue (iOS and Android): This isn’t just a catalogue! IKEA integrated artificial intelligence into the app, so I could scan my room and then virtually decorate it with their products. I placed chairs in the corner and tried the 360-degree view, moved it around, and was ultimately grateful that I could see what a red seat would look like by my desk, without having to actually lug it home.

Apps, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Apps to help you find a new apartment in New York City (and move into one without a hassle)!

Apartment searching in New York City is a headache to say the least, and when it was time for me to start my search last month, I was excited, frightened and anxious to begin the process.

While Craigslist is a good place to start, I’ve had friends who have had Craigslist roommate or rental horror stories, so I was reluctant to rely only on the website. Instead, I decided to explore different options this time around. After testing dozens of websites and apps for everything ranging from finding the perfect apartment to shopping for new furniture, I found a list of services that have made this entire process so much easier. And fast forward to today, my roommate and I are comfortably settled at our new apartment in Astoria, an awesome neighborhood in Queens!

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StreetEasy
StreetEasy is a search engine for home rentals or sales for the NYC area. You can sort through search results by location, price, size, and other options like move-in date, amenities, and more. Once you’ve created a search (and an account), you can save it and receive real-time alerts either via email or through the mobile app. The best part about StreetEasy is that you can see the pricing history of any listing, and contact the real estate agent directly through the website or app!

Naked Apartments
Naked Apartments is another NYC-based user-friendly apartment search engine that I really enjoyed using. As the company’s name suggests, Naked Apartments’s goal is to remove any hidden costs or shady processes generally associated with working with a real estate agent. Similar to StreetEasy, you can also search by neighborhood, apartment size, price and other options. However, Naked Apartments lets users rate a real estate agent, so you know if an agent is a trustable person to work with, or if you should find someone else.

TaskRabbit
After a three week process, I was fortunate enough to find an apartment that I fell in love with. The next step was finding a mover to help me move all of my stuff! I turned to TaskRabbit, an on-demand service that lets you outsource various tasks like cleaning or moving. I selected the service that I needed, and TaskRabbit immediately connected me to a list of “taskers.” After reviewing their hourly rates and reviews, I chose my mover and cleaner and worked out a time with them. The process was seamless, and they both did a wonderful job at helping me get settled in at my new place! I also loved that all payments were made through TaskRabbit, and I didn’t have to worry about writing a check or having to get cash.

AptDeco
Although the “for sale” page of Craigslist has some hidden gems, it can be difficult to sell and pick up used furniture without a car. AptDeco is an online marketplace where you can list your gently used furniture for sale, and have the company’s employees pick it up and deliver it directly to the buyer. If you’re looking to buy new furniture, you can scroll through their nicely designed website to find something that you want, purchase it directly on the page, and schedule a time for delivery. Unlike Craigslist, where you have to go to a stranger’s house to pick up the furniture and pay in cash, AptDeco is safe, reliable and easy to buy and sell furniture.

Apps, Technology

Cool App Alert: ModiFace

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I wish I could change my hair color as often as I change my nail polish. While I can’t dye my hair from blonde, to blue, to black and expect to have any hair left, at least I can easily see what I would look like with the ‘do I am dreaming of! Enter ModiFace, a free photo editor and virtual makeover app. You can upload a selfie and virtually try-on different hair colors and hairstyles, as well as top brand lipsticks, glosses, shadows, mascara, highlighters, bronzers, and foundation products. There also features for teeth whitening and lip plumping.

I know a few users have complained about needing to purchase in-app upgrades for the hairstyles and makeup products they want to “try,” but I’ve been content with the hundreds of options available at no cost. Also, if you go overboard with product, you can look fake or computerized. But my complaints are more on the design side -- the app isn’t beautiful. It’s also easy to hit the wrong buttons. Overall, though, I suggest you give it a shot if you want to want to alter your appearance without actually altering your appearance!

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When I do decide to go for my next hair appointment, I’m definitely showing my hairstylist this app, with the picture of myself in the cut I want. I usually take pictures from Pinterest, but it’ll be way easier to commit to front bangs if I know exactly how they look on my face.