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Appvent day 17 – Control your self too!

Yesterday I talked about controlling your kids screen time but we all know it's not just the kids that can spend too much time staring at the screen. If you don't feel like you have enough time in the day but aren't quite sure where it's all going then Rescue Time...

Appvent day 16 – One for the parents. Control your kids!

Today's app is not a business one but it's so useful I wanted to share it. It's called Screentime and it allows you to control your kids electronic devices so they don't spend the entire day on their phone or tablet. You can choose which functions on the phone you...

Appvent Day 15 – I can’t leave out Evernote

Well, you knew it was coming. Evernote is one of my 'can't live without' apps. It helps to keep my brain clear of drivel and lets me save lots of useful things I find round the internet in a way that I can find again easily. It's a bit tricky to explain in words so...

Appvent Day 14 – Assert yourself with Just not Sorry!

I was going to apologise for this app being only available on Gmail but actually, Gmail has transformed email and the way I work so I'm not going to! Instead I'm going to highly recommend anyone not using Gmail takes a look at what it has to offer. One of the things...

Appvent Day 13 – An easy way to find a font

Today's app is quite specific but it is also brilliant when you need it. I use it quite often when I'm building websites and thought I'd share so you can become a font addict like me! The app is called Fount (a pity combination of found and font) and it allows you to...

Appvent Day 12! The best To Do list ever

I mentioned Google Keep a few days ago as a list making tool. It's great for keeping track of things you need in lists to refer back to but today's tool is even better... ToDoist is a to do list on steroids. Let me show you how it works. Firstly you create an account...

Appvent Day 11 – Podcasts

A super quickie today as I'm nursing a poorly child.  Yesterday I shared Audible as a great way to listen to more books and use up 'dead' time like when I'm washing up or driving. I also spend a few hours a week listening to podcasts. Podcasts are hard to describe if...

Appvent day 10 – One of my very favourites!

It sounds a bit dramatic but audiobooks have changed my life. When I was younger used to read a LOT.  Then I had kids, you know the story... But a couple of years ago I discovered Audible. It seemed expensive at £7.99 a month when the library is full of free books but...

Appvent Day 9 – Days Counter

Today's app is a quickie as it's the weekend! But it saves me having to do maths on the spot when the kids ask... how many sleeps and it motivates me to get on with things! It's called Days Counter and it does what it says on the tin. It counts down (or in fact up)...

Appvent Day 8 – LastPass Password Manager

Yesterday I mentioned how easy it is to miss things at this busy time of year and I've heard anecdotally that there are more scams going on because we are all so busy we just don't pay proper attention. One way of being safer online is to use good passwords. Ideally...

Appvent Day 7 – PayPal

I'm spending money left right and centre at the moment. Christmas is rushing towards me and I am making the most of the convenience the internet offers to get some of the gifts bought in good time. Today's app is the PayPal app. I'm making lots of online payments via...

Appvent Day 6 – My favourite List App (Google Keep)

I use 2 different list apps. The first, and the one I am talking about today, is for things like shopping lists rather than to-do lists (which I will come to later in the month) and is another small bit of software that does just what it says and no more. And I think...

App-vent Day 5 – Focus with Forest

We all do it... you have 100 things to do, you write a list, get started then you think you'll just check your phone. 5(0) minutes of wasted Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Candy Crush (insert platform of choice) you get back to what you were meant to be doing. Somehow...

App-vent Day 4 – A little bit of inspiration when searching

Make your Google look beautiful! This is a tiny bit of software that makes a big difference. I nearly didn't add it in because it's really small but then I thought about how many times a day I oppened a new tab in Google Chrome (my recommended browser whatever type of...

App-vent Day 3 – RingGo Parking App

There are lots of little ways that tech makes life easier that we almost forget. With just 22 days left till Christmas and everyone in a shopping frenzy, one of the things I've come to rely on is my on-phone parking app. This nifty little app means I no longer need to...

App-vent Day 2 – An App for Brain Training

As it's the weekend I've gone for an app that's a bit of fun. Luminosity is a 'brain training' app which claims to improve the way your brain works. If you like having a game to play for a few minutes then their free version allows you to play just 3 of the many games...

App-vent Day 1 – First clear your head

Welcome to day 1 of my app-vent calendar! Over the next 25 days I am going to be sharing an app a day, kind of like an advent calendar but for apps. I'll be giving you and overview of what it does, how it works and how to set it up. I'll try and keep them free where...

Black Friday Deals

I’m pretty ambivalent about Black Friday. Firstly I’m not a big fan of black. It’s a gloomy colour. I’m also not so keen on the rise of consumerism but that’s a whole different subject. What I am a fan of is a good deal for a small business owner so this post aims to...