Category Archives: An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Wane…..What?????

I love love LOVE the holiday season for so many reasons, but if you are like me, there is one thing you absolutely hate about it: buying gifts for those super difficult people who have everything/don’t need anything/won’t give you ideas. Usually I only have one or two people who I find to be the problem children in the present search, however, this year that isn’t the case. If you are in my family and reading this….. WHY ARE YOU SO DIFFICULT THIS YEAR??????!!!!!! I’d pull my hair out if I didn’t like it so much.

Fortunately a few weeks back I took a little trip down to Columbus for a race and to visit with my brother. While down there his girlfriend, Chelcey, and I started to discuss Christmas. During our discussion she enlightened me to a lovely little app for the iPhone entitled WANELO. Wane….what?

Free in the App Store!

Free in the App Store!

 

I was surprised I hadn’t heard about it yet since I spend a ridiculous amount of time on my phone and think I kind of know what’s going on with the newest applications. Wanelo, as Chelcey described, was like Pinterest to an extent. You gave go on various vendor sites and pin items you want to buy or that you want as gifts. Your friends and family members can all follow you, see what items you want, and purchase for you! This quite possibly may be the best invention ever in the history of life! You’re welcome!

This is also a friendly reminder to all of my family and friends to sign up for your board and start pinning today…I still need ideas for some of you!!! And for those of you who find me difficult, you can follow me on Wanelo….queenkatiemae (as if you didn’t know). Here’s some items I have on my wish list:

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That’s Music to My Heart…and My Wallet!

It is no secret that I am obsessed with many fun and ridiculous things, however, my obsession with music blows all of my obsessions out of the water. I’m not sure what started it, but I have had a love affair with music for about as long as I can remember. My music taste is as eclectic and all over the place as I am, and I really like that I am able to appreciate all kinds of music.

Due to my music obsession and the fact that iTunes hasn’t been around for a super long time, it is no surprise that I have a ridiculous amount of CDs. The purchase of my first iPod days after their initial release did not force me to throw out my massive collection. Instead, I packed them up in a weird Arizona Jeans comforter bag (you know you remember Arizona Jeans…the question is why did I have a comforter bag, and why did I use this as my CD carry all???) and put them in a closet out of sight. With each move I told myself I needed to upload the music found on each CD and get rid of them, yet something always prevented me from doing just that, and the CDs made move after move after move with me. Now, as I am about to embark on yet another move, I decided it was time to get rid of these little musical lovemuffins. But what in the world do I do with them?????

I don't practice Santeria, nor can I explain why I own some of the CDs I do.

I don’t practice Santeria, nor can I explain why I own some of the CDs I do.

 

I’ll be honest. I was a little intimidated by stores like “The Exchange” where you can go in with your CDs. The one close to where I live always seems to be full of the Thuggish Ruggish Bone types, so I avoid it. Plus I really hate negotiating. I just find it to be very….awkward. Fortunately I stumbled across a wonderful little website called ZUMU.

Click the hyperlink above to check out the site directly!

Click the hyperlink above to check out the site directly!

What is this site, you ask? It’s a site that allows you to trade in your CDs, DVDs, and Video Games for cash. The best part? It is super easy to use. I’m an Apple freak, so I downloaded the ZUMU app on my iPhone, and if you decide to try this site, I strongly recommend you download the app. It is much easier. Here is a screenshot of the first screen you come to:

How easy is this?

How easy is this?

Here’s how you use this app: First, select the item you want to trade in. Click the scan button (as shown above). Your phone instantly becomes a little scanner gun, and you then will scan the bar code. The app recognizes the CD and tells you how much it will give you for it. I should warn you….if you think you will be getting full retail price for each CD, you will not. On average you get about $0.50-$1.00 per CD.Still, if you are just going to throw the CD out, it is better than nothing.

Once you scan in whatever you would like to trade in (warning: you must trade in at least ten items), you enter in your email address, and ZUMU then emails you instructions on how to pack the items, a packing slip, and a mailing label. That’s right…you don’t even have to pay the shipping! This made me happy….especially since my box of CDs would’ve cost about $45.00 to mail. Thanks, ZUMU, for picking up the tab.

 

My first go round I traded in about 55 CDs and received about $33.00 in my PayPal account. The best part: I still have my music in my iTunes library, so I’m not missing anything. Except a bulky Arizona Jeans comforter bag that got tossed in the trash. One less thing to move! You’re welcome, mother.

 

Sidebar: You want to know which CD in my collection brought in the most? The American Pie Soundtrack. Why did I own this, and how did it bring in more than any of my Journey, Seger, or Kiss albums??????????

App-Tastic.

I have an app problem, we have already determined this. Why are there so many neat apps? Apple hates me, that has to be it. Well, maybe they do after I cussed out their customer service this week due to an unresolved issue with my MacBook Pro.  Whatever.

During what I found to be an utter yawnfest (also known as last night’s “The Voice”), I found myself doing my usual thing…trolling around the app store on my iPhone with no purpose. I, again, was not disappointed, as I stumbled across a lovely little number  known as “Casetagram.” I’m pretty sure that all of you guys obsessed with Instagram are going to be all over this…that is, if you aren’t already.

I will be honest…. I have yet to truly embrace the Instagram fad. I have it on my phone and have used it only a handful of time. I have no idea why, because I really do like the concept. Who doesn’t love taking pictures and putting a retro spin on them? I certainly love it. Furthermore, who doesn’t love to show off their super cool pictures? We all know I do. If you do, too,  then you need to get Casetagram. For real.

What is this app? It’s an app that allows you to use your Instagram photos and create a cover for your iPhone or iPad. Whatever pictures you want in whatever format you choose. Looks a little something like this:

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If I didn’t already have my Christmas shopping done, I would’ve totally gotten everyone an iPhone case with my face all over it. That’s the gift that keeps on giving.

You can also access this app online if you want to see what the fuss is about before downloading.

http://www.casetagram.com/

I do need to clarify one other item regarding “The Voice”. Yes, it was a yawnfest last night. However, there was one moment that brought some life back into the show and clearly demonstrated who the winner should be. Please fast forward to 3:52 to see exactly what I am talking about. You owe it to yourself.

An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Yes, an APP! If you know me, you know I have a really serious issue with my iPhone (and all things Apple creates, to be honest). I love it. I think one of the biggest reasons why I love it so much is the fact that I can go to its wonderful little app store and find myself an application for pretty much anything. Some weeks I feel like I turn my entire paycheck over to iTunes for all of my purchases.

Every once in a blue moon I stumble across a really awesome app that is free, and this makes me extremely excited. Today was one of those days!!!! I think we all know I love love love to run…but what you may not know is that I absolutely dislike 90% of the arm workouts I come across. I just get bored with them really easily, yet I feel like I am always looking for a new one that can keep my interest and tone me up.

If you are like me, then I strongly suggest you jump on your iPhone or iPad and download PushUps Trainer FREE Exercise for Pink application from Zen Labs. I’ve been into the Zen Labs apps before (they have awesome 5k and Half Marathon training programs), so I figured I would give this a try. What’s cool about this app is that it is designed to help you..whether you are comfortable with an easy, beginner’s workout or one that is more advanced. As a beginner, I started out with the easy version, which consists of varied timed push up routines. I was able to follow along easily and the timer kept me focused.

 

The best part???? It is only 5 minutes long! That’s my kind of workout!

 

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