14 Apps for All

ROW 1:

Amikasa – Design your dream interior by recreating and styling your rooms using furniture and decor from real brands. Then use augmented reality to see how furniture really looks in your room before you buy.

Baby Loggy – A simple and intuitive way to track your baby’s care that helps you track breast feedings, bottle feedings, milk pumping, diaper changes, sleeping times, bath times, growth measurements, medications, milestones, notes, and more.

ROW 2:

Calm – Bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life by experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with guided meditations, breathing programs, and Sleep Stories. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress.

iHandy Level – Use for picture alignment, angle measurements, angles of slope, verticality of a wall or furniture, roof pitch, and much more.

KonMari – Start tidying up your home using the official app for the KonMari Method and create an ideal life that sparks joy.

ROW 3:

magicplan – Lets you create professional floor plans simply by taking pictures to generate complete job estimates, view your space in 3D, plan DIY projects, or furnish your home.

Orai – Be empowered to speak with confidence when on stage, in front of a room, or in everyday life.

OurHome –  A simple way to organize your family. Kids will be motivated to do chores and take responsibility while parents can reward them for their effort. There’s a shared grocery list and a family calendar to keep everyone coordinated.

ROW 4:

PRÊTE – The first members only concierge service to access the best blowouts in your city (currently in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, and Chicago). As a member you’ll get access to the most exclusive salons and stylists to book blowout appointments.

Recycle Coach – Never lose track of collection, set reminders for collections, search the ‘What Goes Where?’ database for detailed disposal instructions specific to your area, and keep track of upcoming events and drop-off dates.

Sephora – Learn how to apply the latest techniques like a pro or customize your look with Sephora’s new color match and virtually try-on recommended products from all the brands you love. Get your daily beauty fix with insider access and exclusive offers.

ROW 5:

SmartyPlants – Add a plant by entering its name and taking its photo, the app will detect if the plant is part of our growing botanical database and suggest a few care reminders for that species. You can also create your own reminders in just a few taps. Once you’ve added your plants, SmartyPlants will notify you when each one needs to be watered, fertilized, pruned, repotted, rotated, weeded, misted, mulched, flushed, propagated, etc.

Sway – An ‘interactive meditation’ experience, Sway uses your phone to track movement and provides feedback to help you gain focus and improve your attention. With six unique levels, you will learn new techniques to be mindful in everyday life situations and subtly practise mindfulness anytime and anywhere.

Think Dirty – The easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop, just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, track dirty ingredients, and shop for cleaner options

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5 Favorite Food Blogs of the Moment

Coffee & Crayons is a newer find for me, one full of Jessica’s self-taught journey in food photography. Along with some delicious recipes she also shares bits and pieces of her life as a mother – the good days and the bad.

Recent Favorites: Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich, 10 Minute Toasted Sesame Chopped Noodle Salad, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Summer Ice Pops

 

Cotter Crunch is helmed by Lindsay Cotter, a gluten-free nutrition specialist who focuses on fueling active people with real food. Because so many of her recipes are grain-free, many are adaptable to my type 2 diabetes lifestyles as well. Lindsay is clearly passionate about what she does and that enthusiasm and dedications is 100% contagious.

Recent Favorites: Creamy Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits, Creamy Fig Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Cups, Honey Mustard Baked Fish and Veggies (One Pan Meal)

 

My Baking Addiction appeals to my gigantic sweet tooth – the one I’m not supposed to have – and baker Jamie clearly relates to my love of sugar. With autumn fast approaching my baking game is about to go up a notch, and I can’t wait to dig into these recipe archives.

Recent Favorites: Cinnamon Roll Blondies, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart, Cherry Fritter Cake

 

Running to the Kitchen offers everything from butter-laden to paleo recipes and everything in between. I love this kind of site because it’s realistic for most of us – a moderate amount of healthy fuel with occasional indulgences. Gina clearly agrees and has a backstory worth reading over as well.

Recent Favorites: Yogurt Tahini Mediterranean Carrot Salad, Pistachio Crusted Flank Steak with Peach Puree, Toasted Muffin Summer Fruit Panzanella

 

Shutterbean‘s Tracy Benjamin dabbles in a lot of areas – everyday life, organizing tips, the occasional decorating post, photography, and food. I love that she admits that she’s constantly thinking about food, which is probably the #1 reason you should be a food blogger!

Recent Favorites: Hippy Banana Bread, Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka, Herbed Goat Cheese

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Print Edition: August 17

Crashing Waves by Kym Fulmer

 

And So It Begins by The Novogratz

 

The Lungs by Lyon Road Art

 

Summertime Travel Skateboard by Telegramme Paper Co.

 

Into the Mystic by Ann Marie Coolick

 

Summer Color Form by LEIF

 

Banana Split by PLTY

 

This Just This by Debbie Millman

 

Geo Light by Lou and the Twin

 

Moon Phases Full Moon by Color Watercolor

 

Make Your Own Future by Telegramme Paper Co.

 

Haven by Helo Birdie

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July Favorites

1/ Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
I’ve been using this super affordable, very refreshing face masque a few times a month since seeing Jessica recommend it on her site. Just slather it on, wait 15-20 minutes for it to dry, then wipe off with a warm washcloth. It smells so good and has been key in drying up pesky pimples.

2/ Lady Bell Bell Peppers
This is the first year I’m growing peppers since moving back to PA (they were disastrous in Oklahoma), and the four plants I have in pots are doing great! Each one has about four peppers that should be ready to pick in a few more weeks.

3/ SOO AE My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch
Plumping lip glosses have never been my thing, but this slippery little lip mask intrigued me with it’s promises. While I only noticed minimal plumping, what I loved was how it left my lips feeling super smooth.

4/ Duster Kimono
This kimono accidentally “fell” into my cart last weekend at Target. I don’t have a ton of color in my wardrobe and that blue just called out to me to dress up jeans and a tee or a sundress.

5/ Chenille Plant
This chenille plant on my back porch is the best thing I planted this year! I love its personality and unusual fuchsia flowers that resemble a cat’s tail.

6/ Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
These wipes are my first foray into using micellar water, which is touted as a makeup removing magnet. They’re really gentle and seem to do their job well – exactly what I look for in all of skincare products.

7/ Feya Candles
All of their candles smell amazing (I’m burning the lemongrass sage right now) and their mission is based on giving back. It’s a win-win that I’m happy to take advantage of!

8/ Sseko Rue Ankle Strap Sandals
These sandals are responsibly made, super comfortable, AND give back. I also love that the accent on the toe strap can be switched out with any number of different designs – it’s like owning several pairs of shoes in one. Great if you’re into a capsule wardrobe.

9/ Dove Purely Pampering Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals Body Wash
My Grandma gave me a bottle of this last month and I’m am in love with the scent as well as the way it makes my skin feel. My home has hard water which can dry my skin out, and this body wash is so moisturizing that even if I forgot to put on lotion after a shower I hardly notice.

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Make Note

ROW 1: Color Index Lined Notebook // I’m Light Notebook   ROW 2: Extra Large Rollbahn Spiral Notebook // Moglea Painted Seashape Notebook // Papier Tigre Ruled Notebook   ROW 3: Shinola Medium Hard Linen Journal // Public Supply Extra Large Soft Cover Dot Grid Notebook // Paperways Large Notebook   ROW 4: Splattered Notebook // The School of Life Set of 3 Minimalist Notebooks // StudioSarah Notes Notebook

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College 2017 Roundup

Next month marks 19 short years since I first set foot on the University of Oklahoma campus, halfway across the country from home without knowing a soul. While I was admittedly miserable for most of my freshman year (culture shock!), my four year experience is the reason I became so adaptive which has helped lead to the many amazing experiences I’ve had since 1998. Now each summer as kids are about to head off to their next chapter, I’m struck by how easy shopping for college has become – XL twin sheets on the end of every aisle, pre-packaged kitchen essentials bundled all together, and entire sections of big box stores converted over to displaying everything you could possibly need. It’s got me thinking about what pieces I might pick up for my own dorm room or first apartment if I were able to magically revert back to being 18.

 

Acrylic Hanging Display Frame // Bath Towels // Art Bag // Basic Striped Hand Towel

 

Bathroom Countertop Catchall // Bathroom Shower Caddy Tote // Bathroom Vanity Canister Jar (Set of 2) // BedShelfie

 

Mini Trash Can // Bookshelf Ladder // Brass Ball Incense Holder // Bronze Folding Hamper

 

Chevron Rose Throw Pillow // Chinois Green and Ivory Chevron Bath Mat // Clear Ghoststand for MacBook // Crosley Cream Canvas Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player

 

Cut Ceramic Planter // Frans Floor Pillow // Giant Copper Bulldog Clips Set // Gold Paperclip with Marble Stand

 

Grid Highball Glasses (Set of 4) // Indigo Deskpad // Rose Gold Task Lamp // Mongolian Faux Fur Throw

 

Le Baton Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mugs (Set of 2) // LE-43 Wireless Bookshelf Speakers Set // Leaning Ladder Mirror // Metal 3 Drawer Rolling Cart

 

Mexican Serape Blanket // Retro Metal Smiley Dustpan // Oval Coral and Gold Ceramic Soap Dish // Mag End Table

 

Pompom Dot Shower Curtain // Sage + Lavender Essential Oil Spray // Splatter Dye Pillowcase Set // Subtle Tie-Dye Sheet Set

 

Taupe Woven Wall Hanging // Tripod Mirror // Two Tone Speckled Stoneware Bowls (Set of 4) // Unbleached Cotton Laundry Bag

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18 Places to Find Free Art

Gratisography

Art plays a huge role in our lives, but when it comes to decorating it can end up at the bottom of the list. (You know, after things like furniture.) I did some digging and rounded up 18 resources that will cater to all of your art needs with vintage illustrations, LIFE photography, and more! A few are a little less polished than others and require more digging for that perfect image, but they’re all treasure troves of legal art free-ness. Think outside of the 8×10 and consider printing large scale black and white engineering prints, repeating the same print in one frame, embellishing with further editing, or adding elements like paint or embroidery.

 

Picography

 

The Graphics Fairy

 

LIFE Photo Archive

 

New Old Stock

 

Kaboompics

 

Jay Mantri

 

StockSnap.io

 

Public Domain Photos

 

Unsplash

 

Morguefile

 

Library of Congress

 

Life of Pix

 

The British Library

 

freestocks

 

Good Design is Good Business

 

Agence Eureka

 

Negative Space

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