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Today kicks off the April A-Z blog Challenge (you can find all other related posts of mine here (for all related A-Z posts) and here (for all blog challenge posts)). I have chosen the topic of Apps for this first post.
I’ve not long upgraded my phone from an iPhone 6 with a memory capacity of 16gb to an iPhone 8 with 64gb of memory space and what a game changer that has been! I found, with my 6 that I was always having to back up my photos and delete things from my phone as it was constantly full, usually it was images that took up all the memory space. I hardly had any apps as I didn’t really have the space for them and only had basic ones that I used constantly on my phone.
I have so many apps now, I don’t really want to count how many… but today I’m going to share with you some of the ones I have on my phone and let you know what I like or dislike about them. I shall place them in the categories I have them in on my phone.
- Readercoin I downloaded this a few months ago. It is an app that you can read books or listen to audio on, and you earn “coins” by reading or listening and giving feedback. I like the concept and really enjoy reading but, the books available on the app are either really old books or they are not very well written. And I’m not that keen on reading on my phone. That being said, I like having it on my phone incase I forget my kindle at any point or have some extra time to kill. I’ve not used the audio part of this yet so I can’t comment on that.
- Weather Live I use this app, not particularly regularly as I’m mostly indoors, but if I have plans to go out for the day or want to do something outside then this is weather app is the one I use. It seems to give the most accurate weather for where I am. I really like that there is a section on the app that lets you report what your weather is doing if it is different to the weather report. I’m not so keen on the pop up ads, and to get rid of them you have to pay which, for the amount I use it I’m just going to put up with them.
- Bitmoji I downloaded this last month and wish I had downloaded it a lot sooner! If you don’t know what Bitmoji is, it’s an app that lets you make your own avatar. You can customise hair, accessories, clothes and loads of other things too! It makes sending texts and WhatsApp messages more interesting!
- Enlight This is a photo editing app that I have used for several years. It is a fairly simple app to use and I like the different effects you can add to images and that there is so much creativity in this app, such as blending 2 images together.
- PS Express Another photo editing app that I have used for years. I tend to use this app for fine details such as red-eye reduction and blemish removal as the control in the app is really good.
- LogoScopic I’ve had this app since just before I started this blog. I downloaded it as I wanted an app that was easy to use to create logos with. This app was probably the best one that I downloaded out of several and the one that I have stuck with. It is really easy to use and you are able to create custom logos quickly. The only thing that I don’t really like is that there is no feature to view all logos, each category of logo has several folders of images that you can customise but you need to scroll through them all which can be a bit annoying.
- Canva I only recently discovered Canva but it’s now one of my go-to apps for creating Instagram pictures and all sorts of other graphics for the internet! I’m still learning all about this app and what it can do but so far I have not found anything to dislike about it!
- ColorStory I’ve yet to use this app but I downloaded it after reading about it in a magazine. I was intrigued as the app has been designed by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman who created A Beautiful Mess (which I used to love for the filters!) so I thought I would download this and give it a go at some point!
- Calm This app is really useful and I like to use it when I can feel stress, anxiety and panic starting to build. I put my headphones in and use the breathe section which helps to regulate breathing and just focus on the breath and really helps to control those panicky feelings. I also really like the scenes section where you can choose different background nature sounds to play, and if you go back to the home screen of the app a video will play the chosen scene.
- Insight Timer Insight Timer is something that I downloaded after undertaking a mindfulness course around 2 years ago. Though I don’t use this app much anymore I do like that you can choose length of meditation, what sort of meditation you want (spoken word, sounds etc) and there is a vast number of different meditations to choose from. For me, the only problem is the sheer amount that you can choose as I can take forever to select a meditiation and I waste more time looking for a meditation to follow than actually meditating.
- Breethe I’ve not used this app for a while but still keep it on my phone as the free meditations are really good. I used to like listening to the “Wake Up with Intention” meditation in the mornings but got out of the habit when I was off from work. There are a few good free things with this app but I found a lot of the content you have to be a subscriber to access and for me that cost is way too expensive.
- Headspace This is another app that I’ve not used since switching phones. I did love that it would send through little notifications in the day called “Mindful Moments”, I chose to have 4 sent through a day but you could set it for as many as 5 times a day. I also liked that you could set a reminder for meditation at different points in the day too. Again, the only thing I’m not too keen on with this app is that there is a huge cost involved with unlocking all the content which I just can’t afford.
- MoodNotes I’ve been using MoodNotes since November. It is a kind of emotions journal where you can record how you are feeling along with a diary entry. You can then choose to add further emotions to your entry, both negative and positive. There is a section with questions that you can use to “enrich” your entry and helps you to look at things from a different perspective or analyse your thoughts and feelings surrounding journal events. I find this app really useful as there are analytic sections that show data including mood trends and insights that cover mood over time where you can see percentages of how your mood has been.
- TouchNote This app makes sending your own personalised cards and postcards really easy and quick! I downloaded this a few years ago before going on holidays as I wanted to be able to send postcards to my family and not have to worry about finding a post box or stamps on the way! This app made sending postcards so easy and it was lovely to take photos specifically to make into postcards too.
- Thortful Another card sending app, this one supports artists who have designed the cards. There are so many to choose from which would suit anyones taste and style. The cards are printed on really lovely quality cardstock and can be sent straight to the intended person or sent to you to give to the recipient. I use this company fairly regularly and am always impressed that the cards turn up on time and are really good quality!
- Forks Over Knives I use this app when looking for new recipes to try out and there are so many to choose from! The layout of the app is really easy to navigate and the recipes are broken down into type – breakfast items, sides and salads etc, so you can always find appropriate dishes for each meal time! I’ve not yet used the resources section where you can find things like meal planning and a Cooking School. I have used the shopping list section which is really useful when you have decided on a recipe and can add the ingredients you need to the list.
- Foodsaurus I’ve yet to use this app but it is a translation service for ingredients into different languages. I can’t remember why I downloaded this app but I remember thinking that it may come in useful one day. The time has not yet come to find out though….
- Olio This is such a good idea. It’s a bit like freecycle but for food items that you may have overstocked on, tried once and didn’t like or items that are close to their use by date that you are not going to use or items in your food cupboard that you know you won’t get around to using. You can advertise the food on this app or find food in your area that may otherwise end up being binned. And with so much food waste going on worldwide I really think this is a fab idea! Unfortunately, not many people in my area seem to know about the app or use it so it’s been a bit hit and miss but I totally recommend it and is something that I really would like to see people using more!
The above apps I have not really used yet but downloaded as I wanted to explore ways of scheduling my content to go live on Instagram and Twitter and getting more creative with my Instagram feed. I did schedule a post from Tailwind but even though it said it had posted to my Instagram it hadn’t and I’m not sure why. These are apps that I’m interested to have a play around with and find which one works best for me over time.
- Wunderlist I used to use the Notes app to keep a running list of things that I needed to do, usually all the different things I needed to get done were all bundled together into one note and it was really disorganised. I found Wunderlist through a friends recommendation and love that I can make lists of differnt things and switch from one list to another so easily and add subtasks too, for example I can add “write beauty post” to my Blog list then add subtasks for that particular thing like “research moisturizer, take photos of products” etc rather than list them as individual tasks. It really helps me to keep on track with what needs doing for each big task.
- The Moon Calendar I’ve had this on my phone for ages, so long, in fact, that I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t have the app. I love this app, it tells you about the moon cycle on a day-to-day basis, gives you ideas for self-care and different rituals, has a to-do list, intentions that you can add your own things to (like quotes and photos) and a journal section. (I did pay for some of the functions on this app through a gift card I had for my Birthday).
- Countdown!! I use this app pretty infrequently but I do have count downs active on there as I really like knowing how long until or since certain events (like my Birthday, how long I’ve had this blog, how long I’ve been in my home, how long until Roxy’s Birthday etc…). I find this app super interesting and easy to use and it adds a sense of excitement to events that are coming up too!
What apps do you have on your phone that you would recommend? What are your thoughts on my apps?