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7 More Useful Apps I Love

I’ve come across so many great apps lately, that I simply had to share:

springpad app

SpringPad – I use this to keep track of bookmarks (using their Chrome Extension), notes, shopping lists (shared with my hubby), work lists, contacts, and more.

MyShoebox – Free and easy unlimited photo backup, with cool ways to browse. I finally found a way to easily share all my photos (post hubby, that is), with my hubby.


Ink – Paper cards are still loved by many. And getting one of these would pretty much make your parents week. You know it. This is an easy way to send them something pretty, using pics from your phone.

Pocket – I use the Chrome Extension, and every time I see an article I want to read, I can click to save it for later. It allows you to add tags, and has a gorgeous interface on the web, Android, iPhone and tablet.

Aviary – My new favorite photo editing app. Can do pretty much everything you’ve ever wanted. Seriously. Read more

5 Videos I Really Love

I’ve come across some really amazing videos lately, and felt I had to share them. Here are five of my favorites: Read more

Don’t Buy Your Christmas Tree: Rent a Live One!


Happy Holidays! This is my favorite time of year and, in my opinion, it just got a lot better.

Did you know this?

New York City was the site of the country’s very first Christmas tree retail lot. In 1851, entrepreneur Mark Carr hauled two sleds loaded with pine trees from the Catskills and sold them in Manhattan.

Today, bundled evergreens line the streets of New York City from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The scent of evergreen mingles with the odors of taxi exhaust and urine (ahhh, New York during the holidays). Trees are sold from retail lots, from the backs of trucks, and from makeshift displays at local bodegas and stores.

I was watching a fantastic TV show called Shark Tank, where inventors and entrepreneurs pitch their companies to investors, and I saw a pitch for Living Christmas. Read more

5 Free Apps I Love

As my friends know, I’m a huge geek when it comes to apps. I use tons of them, and I’m always on the hunt for the next cool thing. Another favorite pass-time is passing on good information, so here goes:

duolingo1)  Duolingo is a game that will teach you a new language in a really easy-to-learn way, right from your Android, iPhone or tablet. It’s proven to be more effective than learning a language at any college, and it’s free.


2)  Next Issue is basically *all* the mainstream magazines in one place (about 100 titles), plus article interactivity, plus a about 20 back-issues of each title. I cancelled all my paper magazine subscriptions and subscribed to Next Issue instead. Digital magazines are much more fun to look at and interact with, and save paper/rainforest/animals habitats/pollution/etc.  Read more

Discovered: Outstanding NYC Neighbor Complaint Notes

Browsing around the web, I came across several hilarious notes written by upset people for their neighbors. There have definitely been times when I’ve wanted to write notes like this. Perhaps I’ll take a cue from some of these the next time my upstairs neighbor decides to teach all-night tap dancing. Read more

Discovered: Modern-Day Slavery is Deemed Acceptable?!

I love the Care 2 email newsletter for keeping me up-to-date on all sorts of issues, like health, animal and human rights, politics, etc. I highly recommend signing up for and diligently reading their daily email. If for no other reason, it’ll keep you updated on news so you’ll sound informed at cocktail parties… but I think you’ll end up realizing that some of the things you learn about will matter to you, in which case they usually point you to petitions you can sign.

johns human trafficking

This particular article is pretty intense. I already knew that this was a big issue in the world. You’ve seen the Liam Neeson movie Taken, right? (BTW – if you liked that, The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz is even better — Netflix it.) Well this will blow your mind: Read more

Discovered: New Yorker Beauty Article

A First-Rate Girl: The Problem of Female Beauty, from The New Yorker magazine

No city is filled with more beautiful women than New York. It’s the modeling capital of the world, and there are tens of thousands of models (working and not) walking the streets every day. This promise is also, in part, what attracts successful men to the city — and what keeps them working so hard.

The article is an interesting look at why some men put such a high value on having what they consider to be a “first-rate” girlfriend (which basically boils down to what they view as the “out of your league” woman / the woman everyone else wants and they’re not sure would date them). The author goes into detail about the portrayal of these men, and the women they become obsessed with, in literature.


We see the force of Jenna’s looks when Joey notices how men respond to her in public. It’s of a different order from what he experiences with Connie, his more ordinarily pretty girlfriend. With Jenna at an airport, Joey realizes, men were checking him out resentfully. He forced himself to stare down each of them in turn, to mark Jenna as claimed. It was going to be tiring, he realized Read more

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