I’m a busy mom with several full time jobs, all of which require me to keep track of my expenses and I suck at it. I vow to do better this year and Expensify is going to help me. Its SmartScan technology lets me scan receipts and create expense reports. It also has a “Track Distance” feature that allows me to record mileage when I’m bouncing from party to party on the weekends to paint cute little kiddie faces. You can also use it in conjunction with several other programs like Excel, Dropbox, and Quickbooks. So if I want to use it for my day job, I can export the report to an Excel spreadsheet and submit to my boss for approval! Awesome sauce!
This app has been in my life for a while now and through all its changes it’s now at its best! This year I plan to lose weight and keep it off. When I use the Lose It app to keep track of my daily intake and exercise there is a notable difference. My problem is when I’m not consistent, I lose focus, or I just give up. There’s no app that can help with that, that’s all on me. Nonetheless, Lose It helps me to stay on track with my diet and fitness goals by tracking what I eat, drink, and my activity. It also connects with my Fitbit, which makes for a perfectly integrated experience!
Is your resolution to stay connected with what’s going on in the world today? Then you have got to download the NPR News app pronto! NPR is my favorite co-worker. I listen religiously, every day. All. Damn. Day. I feel so well informed and I even believe that I retrieve some of the information merely by osmosis. It’s like I know what’s going on even when I’m not paying attention. I start every morning off with Morning Edition and end every day with All Things Considered. My favorite program was Tell Me More, but the seven year old program was cancelled last year in August and I sobbed like a baby listening to Michel Martin’s final broadcast. I also cry every Friday morning when I hear StoryCorps. It’s ridiculous that I’m so emotional, but the stories are just that good. I don’t know what I would do without NPR, it helps me through my days. And although I didn’t listen for a week and wrote a protest letter when Tell Me More was cancelled, I still couldn’t stay away. Trust me, you need it in your live too. It’s so much more than just news.
Coach.me is the newest addition to my family of apps. It’s perfect if your goal this year is to try something new. It used to be called Lift, but underwent a name change to avoid confusion with so many of the other Lifts out there. Coach.me is way more fitting. It does exactly what its name suggests, coaches. Its usage is very simple, you choose one goal or a few, set up reminders, and track your progress. You can opt for the paid option to have a real life coach help you accomplish your goals. There’s a variety of goals to choose from like; Quit A Bad Habit, Join A Challenge, Be Productive, and Personally Grow (just to name a few). I got the app to break into yoga and get acclimated with the practice before I join a class. I get a reminder every morning to get my downward dog on. Namaste y’all!
If part of your goal this year is to perfect your crafty craft, then this is your app. Creative bug offers a series of “video classes” for all different types of crafts. If you want to get better at knitting, or up your jewelry making game then you’re going to love the instructors and the inspiration they provide. They offer new classes every week and have a large variety of free classes to choose from. Get crafty!