My Favorite iPhone Apps

Posted on May 19th, 2011 by Jean

You can get the iPhone 3GS for $49.00, which I what I recently did. The monthly service plan is actually $20 less than what I was paying on the original iPhone 2G ($40 compared to $60). Upgrades between the 2G and 3G include recording video and texting photos.
 
What’s the first thing I did when I received my new phone? Started downloading apps!
 
My Favorite Apps
 
When I have some down time, I visit Facebook to see what is up with all of my friends. It’s easy to add a photo or a location like I did when I was chowing down at In-N-Out Burger (pre-diet).
 
Yes, I’m digging being the Mayor of McDonalds. This app allows you to check in to local businesses, become Mayor, and take advantage of special offers. Newbie (first check-in) Specials include $2. off Arby’s Market Fresh sandwich and 20% off at RadioShack. You can opt out of FB/Twitter sharing if you’d like, meaning you don’t have to broadcast your whereabouts.
 
Hipstamatic really should have a post all to itself. It’s a cool photo filter program that helps you create amazingly fun photos. A few filters come with the app, and additional filters can be purchased.
 

 
The top game for me and my entire family would be Angry Birds. All of the versions. Free, upgraded, Seasons, Rio… they are all great. Rio just released an update, and has several updates scheduled. This newest update includes a Beach Volleyball level.
 

 
 
This app notifies you when there’s a sale on airfare. Tell the app which airport you fly out of, and it will send you great deals. Last year we flew to Sacramento for under $40 per person.
 
Want to know the latest about Arnold & Maria? TMZ is the app for celebrity news. You’ve heard of TMZ. They were the first to report Michael Jackson died, and the first to release photos of Rihanna. They provided pics of Tiger Woods’ smashed SUV. If you can’t pick up an Enquirer, download TMZ.
 
Hypnotic mind-play. Waiting in the doctor’s office? Play Bejeweled. Hubby watching football? Play Bejeweled. Kids want supervision in the shower? Play Bejeweled.
 
Kids, yes, I’ve got ’em. Sometimes they need to keep themselves busy like when we’re waiting on food at a restaurant, or waiting for the fireworks to start while camped out across the river from Laughlin. You will need apps for them too.
 
Kids’ Favorite Apps
 
Burp, Fart, Relief. Totally disgusting, just what kids like. Many foul burps, farts, sighs and screams from which to choose.
 
With the addition of the new Charlie character who has tiger’s blood, the pygmies survival rate decreases even more. You are the Pocket God, controlling the fate of the little island pygmies. You can strike them with lightening, have ants attack them, throw them in the volcano, drop them into the ocean and spear them. You can give them fish and coconuts, help them start a fire, show them a double rainbow across the sky. Good or bad, it’s up to you. Err, up to your kids, I mean!
 
Yes, you’ll want to take the phone away and compete with them on this app too. Jumping from platform to platform, avoiding aliens, grabbing a jet pack, it’s all fun!
 
Sometimes they just want to be mellow, coloring pictures. This is the app for that. They choose a scene and color it by tapping first a colored pencil and then the area of the screen to fill. Once all the white space is filled, a party horn plays.
 
Your app store is right on your iPhone, or you can visit the app store on iTunes.
 
What are your favorite apps?

A Pound A Day

Posted on May 15th, 2011 by Jean

I’ve lost 3 lbs. in 3 days, and this is what I’ve learned so far.
 
The SparkPeople Diet Tracker App is awesome! Download it, tell it your current weight, your goal weight, and go. It’s easy to track your calories burned and consumed. Sparkpeople is also online. I just signed in and was surprised to see that all of my input from the phone app was already updated online. So when your kids steal your phone to play Angry Birds, you can still update your records.
 

(Screenshots left to right: Calories Eaten/Burned, Glasses of Water Consumed, and Food Eaten.)
 

 
If you buy Orville Redenbacher’s 100 Calorie Smart Pop, you’d better buy extra popcorn for your family. The first three packets I nuked were confiscated by my daughters and husband. When I finally was able to eat my share in peace, I found it to be very tasty especially with a sprinkling of chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.
 
 
Thomas’ 110 calorie whole wheat bagel thins are fairly good. They’re chewy, filling, and not terrible. Hubby won’t eat them again even though I topped his with butter and cream cheese. Other flavors include plain, raisin, and “everything” (with onion, sesame and poppy seeds).
 
 
Freshness is key. A slice of fresh lemon in my water puts me in the right frame of mind. The color, scent, and flavor say “healthy” to me. Adding a slice of fresh cucumber to your water is a treat I learned from the salon at Mandalay Bay. Fresh cilantro in my salad adds a burst of flavor and really livens the greens.
 
 
What products do you turn to when you want to lose a few pounds?


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