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7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

The last trick or treaters had barely gobbled their last sweets before we were dusting off our Christmas jumpers and blasting Mariah Carey. Whilst we’re not hanging our lights just yet (although give it a few days), there’s no denying Christmas is on its way and we are using every resource available to get us feeling festive.

If you’re feeling like this is all a bit early and you’re still dreaming of sipping Pina Colada’s on the beach in July, here’s our favourite apps to get you into the festive spirit.

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ElfYourself

This is the first app we download once it hits November because, let’s face it, it guarantees laughs all round. A great one for families to enjoy. The app allows users to superimpose their photos on Christmas elves. A custom dancing video is then generated which can be uploaded to social media or emailed to other family members. We use it as sort of a ‘pre-Christmas-card Christmas card’, just to remind distant family members that Christmas is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about presents.

Reindeer Cam

A great one for the kids, Reindeer Cam allows users to watch Santa’s official reindeer live feed including feeding time (which is done by Santa himself!). There is nothing better to get you in the Christmas spirit than watching a group of reindeer going about their day, playing in the snow and being fed by the one and only Father Christmas. Users can get on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by writing a letter to Santa which he will respond to!

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Santa Booth

Although now fairly outdated (we predict Snapchat’s filters will soon do something similar!), Santa Booth is a great app for some family-friendly holiday fun. Users can put Santa’s image over theirs using ‘the latest technology from the North Pole’. It can be done with other characters including Mrs. Claus, Elves and reindeer, Although not as high tech or hilarious as Elf yourself, it’s easy to use, great for kids and you can even ‘Santa’ your dog.

PriceSpy

For the savvy Christmas shoppers out there, PriceSpy is one of the best apps for taking the stress out of Christmas shopping, allowing you to sit back with a glass of mulled wine and an entire wheel of Camembert. PriceSpy conducts real-time searches to make sure users get the best price online. Products can be compared side by side and there is even a barcode scanner for when you spot something in-store that you feel you might get for cheaper. Some people may call it stingy to get the cheapest version of family’s Christmas presents, we call it economical.

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Inkly

A little like Moonpig, Inkly allows users to send printed gifted cards to friends and family with their own handwriting inside. Users can create unique designs, upload photos of loved ones (because who doesn’t love a personalised card?), and create collages. The app can use photos from Instagram, Facebook or Dropbox and has a number of pre-made designs for those of us who are short on time or…creative energy. The best part about this app is that the cards can be ordered straight from your smartphone or tablet, so there is no excuse for not making someone’s day this Christmas.

Christmas RADIO

The moment that first Christmas song comes on the radio is a special one but why wait? Christmas RADIO allows users to enjoy a huge variety of Christmas music from over 50 stations including Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio and Kristmas Kountry. North Pole Radio broadcasts directly from the North Pole. Christmas RADIO allows users to listen to and enjoy Christmas music whenever they like. It’s an immediate mood booster and bound to get you excited for the festive season.

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Epicurious

Christmas foodies rejoice! The Epicurious app allows users to find the world’s best recipes (including Christmas dinners!), watch food videos and cook amazing meals throughout the holiday season. The app has a whole section on holidays, parties and seasonal cooking and is perfect for those who need a little extra guidance when it comes to cooking the ever-stressful Christmas dinner. The app also allows users to create shopping lists, gives users a timer so they know exactly how long to cook various foods for, and helps users with seasonal ingredients. Perfect for anyone who wants to impress their friends and family this season!

Featured photo credit: Rodion Kutsaev via unsplash.com

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5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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    ohlife

      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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