Top 10 Apps

Here are my top ten app picks: for life, adventure, and everything in between!

*All app descriptions from the companies that made them

Strava: Strava lets you track your running and riding with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends.

Nike Training: Up to you, as it should be. Drills focusing on HIT, yoga, and pilates will push you – hard. Audio cues will help you keep good form. And video guides and step-by-step images make following a breeze. Some of the best fitness minds in the world in the palm of your hand. They’ll stop if you press pause – for those times you need a breather.

Fooducate:  Eat better. Lose weight. Get healthy. SCAN & FIND HEALTHY FOOD. ASK, DISCUSS & LEARN. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. My note: With daily tips, recipies, and a built in food scanner, this app allows for the best. Fooducate empowers you to achieve your diet, health, and fitness goals.

Level: THE MOBILE MONEY METER. Spend smarter. Do more. Live better. Level Money provides you with a simple and clear picture of your finances. Draw a straight line from everyday decisions to savings and accomplish the things that matter. Level provides you with your Spendable – or safe to spend number – for the day, week and month.

GiveGab: Raise More, Engage More, Do More with Give Gab. GiveGab offers Unique Solutions. Volunteering Made Easy. Volunteering goes mobile with GiveGab’s new iOS app. Connect with friends to make a difference in your community.

Sweat with Kayla: Join the world’s biggest female fitness community and fast track your journey to Bikini Body Confidence today! Female personal trainer, Kayla Itsines, has touched the lives of millions of women worldwide with her Bikini Body Guides, helping them achieve their health and fitness goals with workouts completed in just 28 minutes. Get results now using: Weekly coaching recommendations for best results. Quick 28 minute workouts that require minimal or no equipment. Daily menus including recipes that you can tailor. Suitable for general, vegetarian and vegan eating preferences
Shopping lists to make healthy eating easy. Compare weekly progress pictures side by side privately, or share them with your friends to stay accountable. 300+ pages (and growing) of education content you can use to expand your fitness and nutrition knowledge. Participate in global fitness challenges and compete with your friends and share your results
Weekly workout trackers: No gym required, workouts are able to be completed from the comfort of your own home. Available in 5 languages (English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano). Sweat with Kayla has Apple’s HealthKit integrated. The app will provide step counting for all cardio type workouts. With the ability to workout anytime and anywhere, this app is perfect no matter who or where you are. Enjoy a beginner workout from the comfort of your lounge room, or an advanced workout in the gym and be supported by a rapidly growing, global community of women while you sweat! Take control of your health and fitness and download Sweat with Kayla today! SUBSCRIPTION PRICING & TERMS: Sweat with Kayla is free to download. All consumers are welcome to a free 7-day trial period.

The Outbound: WELCOME TO OUTBOUND “The app where travellers connect” Find like-minded travellers, no matter where in the world you are! Outbound allows travellers to discover and connect with other like-minded travellers. No matter what type of traveller you are, Outbound has you covered.

With Love from Kat: My note: A complete travel guide to many cities with main sections labeled: EAT, STAY, SHOP, RELAX, PLAY, and WEAR. It is the best new travel app on the market in my opinion.

VSCO: My note: The best filter and editing app on the market in my opinion.

Instagram:Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. Transform your everyday photos and videos into works of art and share them with your family and friends. See the world through somebody else’s eyes by following not only the people you know, but inspirational Instagrammers, photographers, athletes, celebrities and fashion icons. Every time you open Instagram, you’ll see new photos and videos from your closest friends, plus breathtaking moments shared by creative people across the globe. My note: If you don’t have it, get it, now. It is one of the best photo sharing apps on the market for creatives and commoners alike.

 

Movie Review: The Royal Tenenbaums

 

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The Royal Tenenbaums was directed by Wes Anderson in 2001. This charming film includes many major actors, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, and Bill Murray. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would recommend it to any Wes Anderson fan. The central concept to be gleaned from this movie is that every family is still a family, no matter how dysfunctional.  The Royal Tenenbaums is the tale of the three lives of prodigal siblings who, after experiencing significant success in their youth, hit rock bottom during their teens and continuing after their father who was the figurehead of the household, Raleigh St. Clarie, abandons them as well as their mother.  Starting with a brief history of how the Tenenbaums came to acquire their current residence, the three children (Margot, Chas, and Richie) learn that their father is being kicked out of their house. Margot, an accomplished playwright, was adopted by the Tenenbaums at age two then won a large grant for a play she wrote her freshmen year of high school. Chas is a mathematical whiz who has a ‘natural knack’ for understanding how global finance works. Chas is so successful that Royal steals from him. Richie, the only child who receives affection from their father, is a tennis pro as well as a struggling artist. Going out on regular outings with their father, he convinces the others to let them stay in their home later in the film. The final central character is Eli Cash, who lives with an elderly relative across from the Tenenbaums and is a pseudo-sibling of Margot, Chas, and Richie as they grow up. A majority of the movie is centered on their young adult years and the transition into growing up, something that evaded them despite their success. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who can understand the dialogue and enjoys satire. After a thoroughly enjoyable plot full of twists and turns, the film ends with Margot releasing a new play based on her family, Raleigh publishes a book involving a child he studies througout the movie, Eli becomes drug free at a facility in North Dakota, and Richie teaches a competitive junior tennis program at the YMCA. Royal has improved his relationship with all of the children before he dies with only Chas to accompany him at age 68. The final scene is everyone exiting the graveyard after the funeral and a sense of peace that settles over both them, and the enchanted audience.

Movie Review: Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette (Official Trailer) | Sofia Coppola

Many movies have been made about one of the greatest female villan figures in all of history. Yet, no movie has ever been made like this. The fall of once strong leaders through rebellion is something we see daily, whether it occurs through elections like the United States or through revolutions where rebels get put under house arrest while their ideas still roam free, as seen in Burma with Aung San Suu Kyi. Marie Antoinette is a fun movie to watch with breathtakingly beautiful scenery and costumes; though, it does have major historical inaccuracies and tends to take liberties involving the direct encounters, dialogue, and emotions of the characters. Made by Sofia Coppola as a drama, this movie shows a side to the French Revolution rarely seen and emphasized with: royalty. I would rate this movie an 8/10.   I loved the stunningly done Marie Antoinette, possibly more than I should have. Overall, the beautiful cinematography, dialogue, intrigue, and scenery more than make up for the lack of historical accuracy in portions of the plot. Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman both play the parts of awkward young teens thrust into royal responsibility remarkably well, with Kirsten carrying a large portion of the movie on her capable shoulders. Marie Antoinette is a fairy tale type world saturated with delicate color, as if a Hans Christian Andersen tale was brought to life. The overall tone of the movie is of a high society that cannot maintain it’s fake ways for long, which is perfect when set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. The music was not prevalent in the movie; however, when it did appear, in pop songs and bright beats, it brightened up the movie and set the tone better, if slightly awkwardly. Acting overall was convincing, though there were times when a bit more emotion could have been added to create depth to the ultimate character performance. In the end, Marie Antoinette is a wonderful movie to watch for entertainment, just make sure you understand a bit of the history behind her first.

Book Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day

 

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Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris, is an intriguing read. The book is separated into two main parts: before and after. Before his move to Normandy France, and after him journeying across the pond. Starting off by discussing his rural childhood growing up in North Carolina with his four siblings: Amy. Gretchen, Lisa, and Rooster. It continues to explain his relationships with others as he leaves Raleigh, goes off to New York, and eventually France. Moving to France was never a goal for him, as explained in the novel, but he journeyed there with his partner, Hugh. Without speaking French, the natural comedian David is allowed for many humorous moments to be – quite literally – lost in translation. Published the same year I was born, 2000, it has not lost its charm, or its intrigue over time. A collection of short stories and essays from the author, an American humorist, it captures the reader’s interest from beginning to end. It is not the best book I have ever read, nor has it impacted me in some deep, profound way; however, it is still a good read. Starting off in North Carolina, where David chronicles moments from his childhood, to how he ended up in France the same way people end up anywhere: by accident. The book hits real emotional points and feels as though you are speaking with a true confidant instead of reading another novel. Many people should be able to identify with the emotions of the writer throughout the story, which underlines one of the main points of the story: everyone struggles, some struggles are just more humorous than others. I would recommend this book for ages 14+ as long as the reader has an understanding of the negative effects of drug use because drugs and their effects intertwine with many plot points in the story.