My Favourite IPhone Apps!

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Hi team!

So this blog is all about my favourite apps. I have realised I am actually quite techy, and I love being organised. I also love to play games on my phone as well. So I thought I would review a few of my favourite apps and I hope that they help you too!

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Asana

Asana is my most favourite app on my phone. I love being organised and this app is amazing. I got recommended it by one of my good friends and a fellow blogger Kayleigh (her blog linked here) and it helps me day to day.

The best thing about it? When you complete a task a unicorn or a narwhal flies across the screen. I was sold, obvs.

So you can set up a team or yourself, and then set up individual projects. I have Blogging, Business, Weekly Tasks, and my New Years Resolutions. I can then fill in my tasks and log them into each projects. If you have a team you can assign people to different projects as well, and keep an eye on how everyone going.

I set my tasks to Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. This helps me to keep a track on what I am doing and if I am ahead, I can start tackling tasks that don’t have a date or are in the future to complete.

You can use this for work, personal, project planning, and so much more!

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Preview for Instagram

This app has started to become one of my favourite apps to use in partnership with Instagram. I recently started organising my feed by colour, and this app is perfect for doing that. You upload all your pictures to the app, then organise it by however you would like to organise it, by colour, or blocking, or however Beyonce does it (how cool is her feed?).

It has a range of filters so you can make every photo have the same filter. This means you can attain uniformity so your feed looks great. It also gives you great editing tools also to fine tune your image before you publish it.

You can schedule via the app, and also post via the app, however I wouldn’t recommend this, as the scheduling will remind you to post the item, but if you aren’t around your phone at that time, you will miss the opportunity to post at the opportune time. And with posting direct from the app, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to tag people in it or set your location. So I would recommend pulling all the pictures in, sorting it into the feed you want, then posting as you go. It really helps as sometimes you have a little trouble on what to post that day and it really helps to make sure you are constantly engaging with Instagram.

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NekoΒ Atsume

Here is the history of the game before we launch into this fantastic game: “Yutaka Takazaki, the developer of the game, said that his goal was to create a game that even children could enjoy without a significant investment of skill or time.[9]While he loves cats himself, he has said that “to be honest, I do not know why this game is so popular.”[9] The game “was made between the development of other applications”.[10] Originally it was a software of the “just look and enjoy” style for players who like cats, and could be completed in 2–3 weeks for free.[11] Takazaki says, “We’re not going to put cheats or complexity in it, and we would like to pursue a game that can be enjoyed with only simple operations.”

This game was released in 2014, and I had heard a lot about it, but never played it. Well, what a journey. This game is so simple, yet so satisfying. In a world where games are getting super complicated, annoy you all the time with notifications, and take a lot of thinking to play, it really is refreshing to have a game you can just zone out and play when you want your mind to rest.

Basically you get a backyard, and a food bowl. and some silver fish to spend. You also get gold fish too, to purchase rare items. All you need to do is buy some items from the store that you think the cats would come into your backyard for, place those items in your backyard, purchase some cat food, fill up the bowl, and wait!

It takes a little while, and you can even exit the app for awhile and pop back in, but your cats should start to come. The cool bit on this app is the Catbook, so you can keep a track of what cats have come into your yard. You also have an option to take photos of the backyard which are then saved to your phone, so you can look back on it. You can also take photos of individual cats, which is good when you get rare ones. You have to just play around with what furniture and items you put in your yard. You also get left silver and gold fish by the cats. If you are lucky, you might even get a momento from a cat! You lucky lucky thing. There are 62 cats to attract, with 22 of them being rare. It also has fun music and really is a great game to play.

Have you tried any of these apps? What are your recommendations?

T xx

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I Bought an Apple Watch Series 1 in 2018!

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Hi guys!

This week I am talking about my Apple Watch that I closed my eyes and hit buy on Boxing Day. Oh boy am I eating noodles for the next few months!

So an Apple Watch, really any smart watch is really a luxury. You really don’t NEED one. Its almost an upgraded version of a beeper, except mine tells me to stand up all the time which over the festive period is annoying as you want to be in your bed watching Friends.

I bought one off Music Magpie secondhand in Acceptable Condition, and its pretty much perfect. It only didn’t come with a charger and it didn’t have brand new straps with it but its in great shape. I followed a similar route when I bought my iPhone (link to blog at end of blog) in that I didn’t go for the latest, I went for one in my budget and one that does what I want it to do.

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After wearing it for a few days, and getting used to it it’s very interesting. In a world of constant beeps of phones, loudness in cities, and everything else, I did wonder if my anxiety would come into play with me being tapped on and beeped at all the time. As it turns out, my phone is now more annoying. My watch has a good range of apps that have moved over from the phone so I get notifications about emails etc but Facebook and Twitter updates are just very simple and I can’t go into the app from my phone so it means if it doesn’t matter straight away, its fine. I do like bells and whistles on my phone but I think I might take a more sedate approach with it to live a quieter life.

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The other great thing about this is the Activity app. I chose my settings for Exercise, Move, and Stand goals for the day and then saw how it went over a day. I also have a Pedometer app on it also trying break that holy 10,000 steps mark (which over the festive period is very hard to achieve at least for this woman) and seeing what I actually do over a day.

At work, because I am a shop girl and am on my feet all day, its very easy to get over 10,000 steps, with one day going over 20,000 as I went running errands after work also. I also managed to close out my Move and Exercise rings as well, showing that I really do have an active job and while I veg out on my days off, it really isn’t as bad as I thought!

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I also love find super weird that you can answer calls with it, rendering you the dream of people in the 80’s. I tried this with my husband in the same house and it was really weird. I’m not sold on it, but you never know, around the house it could be alright. I hate being that person with headphones on and phone up in the air in public so I can imagine what me talking into my watch will look like.

I also find interesting paying with my watch. I LOVE this on my phone, and its very bad as I’m obsessed with paying with my phone now instead of my cash or cards, which means my wallet is now useless. However paying with your Apple Watch is very weird and I am not sure I will make it a part of every day but it is cool to try out. Mostly as the cashiers look at you like you are a little bit nuts.

You can find a lot of apps on the phone that migrate with you, and even some great games on there too. With the companion app on your iPhone, you can set clock faces (hello Minnie Mouse!) and also tweak your settings, apps, and customise everything about it. It has a dedicated app store also, so you can see what you can put on your watch to aid you everyday. I don’t tend to have too much on to be honest, just stuff like the weather, messages, email, and all the fitness stuff.

You can store music on it also, and hook it up to bluetooth speakers or headphones. You can also use the iTunes remote on there to DJ at your parties or gatherings. I haven’t done this too much yet but can see that in the summertime when the weather is fine you can reach right up and touch the – sorry. Got into a Shaggy song there.

Straps are a big deal too. You can have fancy pants straps with pearls and jewels, or you can dial it back to a silicone no nonsense watch. I obvs am eying up a gold glitter strap and a hot pink silicone strap as I am me, but there are so many options besides Apple’s options on Ebay too, just worth a search!

At work I don’t have my phone on the floor at all so the watch is good as I would like to just use it as a watch sometimes and don’t have time to check every notification that comes in over the day. However on my days off it means that when I am in the zone, I can see whats important and should be addressed re an important email.

If you are looking to get one of these, definitely try out a few. Some are more Sport focused, some are definitely more luxury, but if you are wading in, head over to a website like Music Magpie to see whats on offer and if you can get a good condition one. Often people just upgrade like crazy so you may end up getting a watch that wasn’t worn or used that often for a great price. And as for the reason for getting one? It doesn’t matter.

Have you got one? Tell me the apps you use!

T xx

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