Stuff that makes my life easier: Web Apps

Hello, everyone! Trying out different ideas with my blog I wanted to post my first series and I’ve decided that I would share things, for home, work, cooking, etc. that ┬áhave made my day-to-day life easier. Today I want to post about the web apps that have made my life easier in general.

These are basically all management apps for keeping track of the things that I need keep track of: Shopping lists, recipes and time and tasks. If you are trying to keep track of any of those things, I highly recommend you get these. There’s all free, btw =) (and in no particular order).

Lazymeter

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Works for me! If you are also a lazy, scatter-brained artist, check it out.

Lazymeter is a task management app in its simplest form which is probably why I love it so much. It has four main categories notated by buttons: play, pause, stop, and done (or a check mark). When you load the app it goes to “play” by default and it shows you your day-to-day tasks only and you can add more to do that day if you want to and you just check them off as you do them. At the end of the day, if there are tasks you didn’t do, you can hit pause and it reminds you to do them the next day or you type in new reminders for the next day or some day in the near future. I like type recurring tasks into the pause area a couple days out.

The stop area is from things you want to eventually and you can move them to pause of or play whenever you feel like doing them. I check this only every so often when my play (or pause) area is blank.
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Here’s a shot of my Lazymeter list! Lol, jk.

Lastly, the done area gives you an idea of how productive you’ve been by tracking you progress in completing your tasks overall.

I really like the simplicity of this app because I feel like, even if I have a lot to do, it doesn’t overwhelm me with tasks; it only shows be things for that day. Being the scatter-brained artist that I am, it can be hard for me to follow any sort of schedule. When you load Lazymeter (and in the screenshots) you’ll notice that it doesn’t use any times; only dates. I love this feature because it allows me to remember to do things, but I don’t have to try to keep a schedule – I just do them when I do them.

Lazymeter is currently only a web app, but there is a mobile version so it can be accessed on your phone. You can create a login or log on with your Facebook account.

Gojee

Gojee is a web app (or site, if you will) that indexes food and drink recipes from all over the place and can filter recipe search based on what you have, what you rave or what you don’t have or don’t like. Anyone can search for recipes but if you create an account you can add to your “favorites” list and refer back to those recipes later.
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My Gojee. Sorry about the view from my huge monitor.

I think what I love about this site is the design and, if you input any ingredients in to the search criteria, it tells you what ingredients you still need if you find a recipe you like. I love it; but I don’t love that there’s no mobile app yet =(

Ziplist

Ziplist is an app (web, iPhone and Android) that lets keep and oraganize your grocery list on your phone through your Ziplist account. I find this app wonderful because I can just pull out my phone when I’m shopping and see everything I have put on my list categorized by aisle. Not only that, but if you want to get really specific you can categorize items by store and you can scan the individual bar codes of items your frequently buy. As you shop, you just check things off and hit the “Check out” button (of the mobile app) and it clears whatever you’ve already bought.

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Here’s a shot of my Ziplist. Love, love, LOVE this app.

Beyond that, Ziplist also indexes a ton of recipes and can hold your favorite recipes for you. You can also make new ones. Oh, and you can add coupons!! What I find really awesome though, is if I ever want to make something and I want to make sure I get the ingredients while I’m out, it will add the recipe ingredients to my list.

So there they are! And those are really the only three that I use regularly. I’m not too big of having tons of apps; after a while I feel like having too many is a little counter-productive but these really help me out.

I hope you enjoyed the list and I hope you check them out if you think they might help you too! If you have an app you LOVE, let me know in the comments =)

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go…

If you’ve known me for any length of time you know that I’m writing a novel. If you didn’t know, I’m writing a novel lol. Though I still can’t decide if this novel is going to have illustrations in it or not, I drew some stuff last night for the first time since…December? Anyway, I’ve been drawing for years. I started drawing manga (Japanese comics) in high school when I got the idea for my book. Lately though, I’ve been trying to “Americanize” my style in case I decide to add illustrations to it.

The Book

The book I’m writing is a religious fiction/fantasy/macabre story about a girl that who see “monsters”; let’s just call it “RS” (those ARE the initials). I know some people will know what that means, but since I intend to publish this within the next two or three years, I don’t want to revel too much, especially since I’m still in the first draft.

I have decided this though: I am going to write something for this book each day (except Sunday, of course) until the first draft is done, then I’ll revise until I’m ready to release excerpts for review. Following God knows how many drafts, my goal this book in or before 2015.

To date I have written over 5,000 words along with some of the more critical points in the story line. Not that impressive yet, I know, but I soooo excited about making progress on this! Especially because I was really struggling with getting the first draft of the first chapter done; now I’m in the middle of the second. Success!

The Art

You can see some of my old “Japanese” style drawings (from 2004-2011) on my personal art network which I started waaay back in 2005 =)

Here’s some new stuff.

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My main character in my “American” style

I’ve been studying all sorts of comic techniques for this! The faces are the hardest thing because they change a lot but the bodies don’t really change too much from style to style.

Anyway, I wanted to share my progress with you because I thought of this, which I have on one of Pinterest boards:

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I need to print it out and hang it by my desk.

Shopping in SC (Haul)

As I mentioned in this post; when I was in SC last week I basically got spoiled. But before my routine resumes and the only shopping I ever do becomes grocery store shopping again; the girly girl in me couldn’t resist sharing my haul with you =)

First, my mom took me to out to the Hilton Head Island Tanger Outlets – the only two big outlets in the area (which are small compared to the stuff I’ve got up here). The outlets are split into two parts with each being a collection of different shops and restaurants; of course we hit both of them.

When we set out I was actually looking for a simple black blazer; one of the staples in my wardrobe that I really miss having. Alas, I didn’t find the one and so didn’t end up getting a black blazer this time =/ In fact, I tried on a lot of things but being practical and keeping a list of what I already have so that I don’t buy the same thing twice, I ended up getting something new from BCBGMAXAZRIA:

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress (I forget what it’s called) and “Montana” Skirt in Deep Violet.

I took this pic with my phone so it’s not the best quality but all you really need to know is both fit perfectly (00 and XS, of course). Yay! Being as petite as I am, finding things that fit off the rack is extremely rare so I grabbed them. Also, these were a steal if you consider the retail prices of designer clothes – Success x2!

That day, I also stopped in the local Target and picked up some makeup products I hadn’t tried:
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Almay Intense i-Color Combo with Intense i-Color Mascara for Brown Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Fierce & Tangy

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 330 Grey Area

I like all of these…I LOVE the Color Tattoo eyeshadow. I have reviews on Beautylish if you’re interested. Buying makeup makes me happy because you don’t have to try it on.

I also brought these two things home with me from Banana Republic:
BR haul

Both are also perfect =D

I wanted to review these two on Fit Review but I have no idea what either of these are called; I found them on the clearance rack so I don’t even know if they’re discontinued or not. BR’s sizing has been hit and miss for me so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that they were a perfect fit.

As you can see, my hauls are not super extensive. I would say that I’m a practical woman – I love clothes but I hate clutter, duplicates, and buying things in a style that I’m hard ever going to wear. I also have a rule for shopping since when I was younger I thought I had too much stuff: When something new comes home, something old leaves. So when I brought in four new pieces, four that I don’t really wear anymore got donated.

Texture and Citron

First design post!!

I just added this design to my company site’s portfolio. I designed this card last month and this very design and client were used to inspire January’s Shape 5 Joomla template, which was super exciting for me; as it always is when I get my designs to reach past an audience beyond my own business and clients.

Sam's card

This design is copyright to the client. If you like it, you can check out my company site, Three TEN Seven Design which has this and a bunch of other stuff =)

There and Back Again

Home again! It feels so good to be back. It was great visiting my parents and my sister and my friends but I am happy to be home where winter is continuing into March instead of ending at the end of February =D

The flight both ways was amazing. It isn’t very often anymore that I get to fly; it’s even more rare that I get to be almost two miles up where the earth reminds me of a circuit board and the mountains look like crumpled paper. I love flying for that reason; it puts things in perspective for me and each time I get up in the air I think of how much I’ve missed it and how long it’s been since my last flight. I later found out that my dad bought me window seats on purpose because he knows I love to look down on the smallness of the earth. Little things like that mean a lot to me and it being Valentine’s Day, I found myself thinking about those little acts of love that make me feel warm inside.

When I arrived in SC I was super tired and at times, super bored; in the small town where I grew up there isn’t a lot to do and I hung out at my parents’ house most of the time. It was nice though, to be there because I got to see the changes that had taken place in my absence. My mom had had her kitchen upgraded, my three cats had been spoiled and a wall between the kitchen and living room had come down. Similarly, my old church – which I attended this past Sunday – grew and were beginning to plan mission trips for the summer, which I was glad to hear. One of my friends is now expecting a baby girl in June and another may get married next year! This all was reassuring to me because I felt that when I suddenly moved last year, a had left a lot of loose ends; but when I got back, I was pleasantly surprised that God, in his infinite awesomeness had tied them all up for me and that what I feared finding, was nowhere to be seen =) In fact, I had received closure and by the time I left, I knew – without a doubt – that I was coming home, where I belonged.

But the day before I left, on Sunday at my old church, I felt that I had grown out of SC and I wasn’t moved like I am here. But I still gained one thing: a lesson about prayer. The message that morning was about Joshua’s prayer that the sun would stand still as the Israelites took the Amorites – and it did. The moon and sun stopped that day; actually, the earth literally stopped turning. (Joshua 10:12-13) The rest of the message was about how and why this huge prayer was answered – Joshua had more faith in God than himself; his faith in the provider was greater than what was being provided. The lesson I left SC with was this: I need to have stronger faith in my God than myself or whatever I’m praying for. When I get home, I thought, and pray for things, I need to completely and whole-heatedly trust Him to answer my prayer and I need to continue to trust Him (and NOT myself) in handling whatever happens from there.

Additionally, I spent time with my friends, went shopping (you can expect a haul post soon), had lunch out a lot and essentially got spoiled, but I retained my lessons from 2011 about humility and had that one last kick of meekness to go home with.

Some “highlights” from the trip:

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Delta Company. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC

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Delta Company graduation ceremony. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC

Christie in her blues

My sis in her blues. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC

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I tried to let Max in my room with me but he wouldn’t hold still.

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Just one of the stores they added since I left =D

Also, my sister has safely make it to South Korea! She’s getting settled in and I’m excited to see what her new life brings =) Thanks, those of you who prayed <3 and Happy Valentine's Day!