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My Personal Top 10 Apps

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There are just some apps everyone should have on their smart phone, and I have favorites in many of the categories that are necessary. Here's a peek at my most used, recommended and favorite apps I've used this year 

10. Pinterest

Although I admit I don't use this one as often as I do some of the others on this list, this one is my top pick for inspiration. I use this app to find recipes, DIY projects, home improvement ideas, and most often for finding inspiration for photo shoots. (I'm also a photographer! Check out my photo site here.) 

Pinterest is an app everyone has heard of, and most have even created an account for. Guys and gals alike find inspiration and ideas from fellow Pinners. Search for a topic to see what others have posted or create your own board to Pin ideas to. Arrange them by category so others can be inspired as well, then share on your selected social media site of choice.


9. At Least One News App of Choice

Stay current, educated and involved in what's going on in the world. You can always find content on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media sites, however I believe it's important to have a news app on your phone to check as well. I bounce around between AP, CNN, and a local news station's app depending on the story.


8. The Weather Channel app

Although my phone came with a weather app, I prefer The Weather Channel's app because of it's accurate radars, forecast and location specific features. This one comes in handy if you're planning your day or your week ahead, and I find it works as well as many of the other options available.


7. Mobile Banking & a Budgeting app

Depending on the bank you use, I highly recommend downloading their app. My bank allows me to check my accounts, transfer money and even deposit checks virtually by taking a photograph of the front and the back of the check. 

Mint is the best budgeting app I've ran across and it's completely free. Simply connect your accounts, define which type of purchases go into which category and you have a budget you can easily stick to. 


6. A Music Streaming app

Take your pick of the several music streaming apps out there. My choice is either iTunes radio or Spotify. I also have friends that are convinced Pandora or Songza are the best option. Regardless of which you choose, this one is a must for music lovers. I listen several times throughout the day. With Spotify you can create your own playlists, so you'll always have a genre of music for the mood you're in. 


5. For Females Only.

This tracking app allows you to simply and confidentially record days, moods, and actions that affect your hormones and monthly fun ;) I won't get into too many details, as there are several that offer different features, but the one I use is iPeriod and it does the trick. 


4. Food & Recipes

After researching apps to help plan Thanksgiving dinner, I found my favorite food and recipe app to be The Food Network's In the Kitchen app. I've used this one to make some delicious Sangria, the best green bean casserole I've ever made or tasted, and a few other desserts that are great for dinner parties. 


3. A Productivity app, or three.

Evernote, Penultimate, Any.Do

Penultimate was my absolute top pick for apps several months ago, then they did an update and I just can't get back in the groove of the way it works. It was best for handwritten notes and journaling, however the changes they've made have pushed it away from it's originality and it's now more similar to other apps that use the same technology. Oh well...

Evernote is great for organizing websites, recipes, and ideas you gather and may need to refer back to at a later date. Penultimate also backs up to Evernote for simplicity. 

Besides the built in Reminders app on my iPhone, Any.Do has my heart for best productivity app. This simple, modern and clean designed app keeps my on track and lets me set reminders for what needs to be done next. When you've completed a task, simply cross the item off and shake your phone for a fun way to feel that accomplishment.


2. Social Media of Choice

Well, there's Facebook. And Twitter. Then there's Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and so on... I'm not necessarily suggesting you keep all of these updated, but maybe pick a few to be active on and just know that the others exist. It's good to know what's out there, what's current, and how people are connecting. Although many of these sites are used for frivolous memes and status updates that are often irrelevant, also consider that Facebook alone has 864 million daily active users. (Oct. 2014)


1. Dropbox

Since I've been working in technology and an Apple fan girl, which is only about three and a half years actually, Dropbox has continually been at the top of my list for most useful app. Think of it like a jump drive/flash drive in the cloud. I use Dropbox to backup my photos, store files that I may need access to from various devices, and easily share folders with family and friends. 


So, what do you think? Do you have all of the apps I feel like everyone should have or did I miss a few? Let me know what your favorite apps are too!