Do you have an iPad? If you do, you know how hard it is to navigate the silly apps that look intriguing but then end up being terrible. My iPad is my "fun tool." I don't really use it for work, but more for life, reading, etc. Here are some of my faves, and please tell me yours as well!
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1. Martha Stewart Living: The app itself is free, but then you pay for either single issues (even back issues!) or a subscription that notifies you of each new issue. I love this app, and it's totally worth it to not get the paper copy. Little videos, animations and graphics make the reading experience super special, and I get all giddy every time a new issue is available.
2. My Fitness Pal: I'm not a large person to begin with, but this app helped me get the shape I wanted for my wedding, and I ended up losing seven pounds! The thing that I love the most about this particular fitness app is that it helps you reshape the way that you think about food. Drinking a glass of wine or putting an extra teaspoon of butter on your toast is no longer an afterthought. You begin to think about calories and exercise in a very systematic and life changing way. Did you know that you would need to run for thirty minutes straight at a nine minute mile in order to burn off nine Hershey's kisses? Beginning to think about food as fuel, and trading unneeded calories for needed (or wanted) ones is the first step to lifestyle change and this app is super helpful. Plus, they have Trader Joe's foods installed into the food diary, which I haven't been able to find on any other app. You can also sign up on the website, if you don't have an iPad. Free.
3. Little Things: I'm not really into playing games, especially computer games, but this one is so relaxing and exercises your brain at the same time! Teeny, tiny, adorable pictures are scattered all over the screen, and the object of the game is to find particular ones. Kind of a "Where's Waldo?" for design-types. Love it! $2.99
4. Pandora Radio: This one is an absolute necessity for anyone who has internet in general. Pandora allows you to choose artists you like, for example, Billie Holiday, and it automatically creates an ongoing playlist of similar artists. It is sort of like a customizable XM Radio. Hit the thumbs down button on songs you don't like, and it will avoid ones like it in the future. I like to bake with Pandora on! Free.
5. Awesome Note: There are lots of things that you can do with this note-taking app, but I like to use the calendars exclusively as recording devices. My calendars include: running, cleaning, Grady (my dog), and work notifications. I like to keep track of my workouts, and by clicking the running calendar, I'm able to see how many times I have gone that month. Hit another selection and all of the calendars are blended into one. It will remind you when things are due, etc. Great for organization! $3.99
6. LetterMpress: Wish you could play with a letterpress printing machine but don't have access to one? This app is a fun way to experiment. With the help of Kickstarter, this app was created as a digital environment that allows you to design "beautiful compositions with vintage wood type and art cuts on a virtual hand-driven printing press." Fun and creative, but a bit on the more expensive side: $5.99