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A Few of My Favorite iPhone Apps for Newlyweds

17 Aug

I love my iPhone! I was in love with it way  before I met Dr. B.  When we met, lo and behold he had an iPhone too! *yeah*  So our love for the iPhone has grown two-fold in the past year.  Ok, that’s #AppleGirl crazy talk…but, I do love my iPhone.  I seriously cannot began to imagine my life without it, especially now that I’m a newlywed there a several essential applications that are a must:

1. Allrecipes.com:  I’ve been a member of the website since 2006, and I love the “recipebox” feature.  Now, they have the Dinner Spinner Pro application that syncs with your online recipe box.  From my research I’ve found that Allrecipes.com has one of the most comprehensive recipe databases on the Internet, which makes it easy to fins a quick recipe your new husband will love.

2. Zillow:   Zillow is a website where homeowners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and mortgage professionals can find and share vital information about homes, real estate, and mortgages.  It’s especially useful for newlyweds who are looking to buy a new house.  Given the state of the real estate market, there are so many properties available, that it can become an overwhelming process.  Zillow now has an iPhone application that is awesome!  Since Dr. B and I are selling our house, I’m always on the lookout for any potential competition.  With the Zillow app, I can literally ride down the street and the selling prices and comps for the surrounding houses appear on a map.  When you click on a particular house, if it’s for sale Zillow will give you details such as sq. footage, year built, listing price, etc.

3. Hilton:  If you and your new hubby travel, I highly recommend becoming a member of Hilton Honors. For each stay at a Hilton family property you can earn points towards free stays, upgrades, etc.  Dr. B and I are on the brink of becoming Gold VIP members, which will entitle us to free breakfast, free room upgrades, and free WiFi just to name a few of the benefits. The Hilton iPhone application allows you to make reservations under you Hilton Honors profile, view you account, and make reservation changes.  It’s fast, convenient and best of all, it’s free!

4. Yelp: Yes, I had to include Yelp on my list.  I love Yelp, as I attribute it to the success of my first date with Dr. B.  We used Yelp to find one of the best restaurants in St. Augustine…and the rest is history.  WIth Yelp you can discover restaurants that you and your spouse can enjoy together for the first time.  Yelp’s iPhone application integrates with Google Maps to give you turn-by-turn directions.  The user reviews are candid enough for you to make a good informed decision about which restaurant you and your loved one will eat at.

5. iMovie: Typical of most newlyweds, Dr. B and I like to capture those special occasions either with a picture or video.  iMovie allows you to make HD movies right on your phone using your pictures or videos you’ve captures on your iPhone.  You can then post your movie to the web to share with your friends and family.  Another great feature of iMovie is the ability to add music from your iPod collection to a movie (how cool is that?).

6. iPeriod: I’ve used iPeriod for about a year now, and it is by far my favorite application.  iPeriod  keeps track of your period dates, lengths, symptoms, and anything else that’s noteworthy. It will predict your future periods, alert you when your period is coming within the week, and alert you when it’s past due.  How handy is that?  I love knowing when my next 12 periods will occur, it helps when planning trips or special occasions.  I can also send Dr. B  a list of my next 12 periods right from the application, so he can update his personal calendar, and know ahead of time when my “crazy time” of the month is. 🙂

There it is, my “short” list of iPhone apps for newlyweds.  Do you have any smartphone apps that have helped you organize your newlywed life?  What apps can you Not live without?

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The Runaway Wife

6 Jul

My Shoes!

I’m a runner.

I ran track in junior high and high school. But, then I stopped running.  I started distance running in 2001, that was the year that my father passed away.

I remember that year very vividly.  I was visiting my best friend in Port St. Lucie and she asked me to join her for a walk around her apartment complex. I enjoyed the walk so much, that I vowed to continue the routine when I returned home.  One thing led to another, and soon I was running instead of walking.  I loved the feeling of strength an control that I felt when I ran.  I loved how powerful my body looked and felt.  I enjoyed the “running high” that accompanied every run, it’s was an awesome feeling.

That was the beginning, this is now.

As I’ve gotten older, running has grown to mean so much more to me than a runners high.  It’s a stress reliever, a mind clearer, weight reducer, my “me time”, and one of the things in my life I have complete control over (I think I have a Type A personality).  I pray at the beginning of every run.  It’s the part my day dedicated solely to God. When I’m sad I run until I’m happy.  When I’m confused, I run until I have the answer.  When I’m feeling anxious I run until I’m calm.  When I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I run until I feel right side up 🙂  I even ran two miles the morning of my wedding.  I run before every big event in my life.

Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m a runner.  I’m not competitive.  I’ve only entered one race, the Gate River Run, which is a 15k or 10 miles.  It was honestly a very good experience, but I still don’t have a desire to race.  I’m in love with the individuality of running, and the feeling of accomplishment that I get.  When I run, I am the captain of my ship.  As sailing vessels go, some days I sail far, long and effortlessly; and other days I sail out and back, and every step is a test of wills.  But, still I run…

Where I’ve run.

Every single place that I visit, I make it a mission to run.  It’s a wonderful way to learn a city, and get a feel for your surroundings.  I’ve run in New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Savannah, St. Louis, and Ft. Lauderdale, and Charleston, just to name a few.  Dr. B and  plan on visiting every state in the Us, and I plan on running in every one of them.

Me and Dr.B after a run

Number of Miles in a typical Run.

For the past 5 months I’ve averaged 4.5 miles a day, 6 days a week.  That’s anywhere between 25-30 miles a week.  There have been times where I averaged 8 miles a day and ran 40-50 miles a week. Those where the times I didn’t have a boyfriend, or much of a life for that matter 🙂

Running on treadmills.

I don’t like running on treadmills.  I don’t get the same results on a treadmill compared to running outside(taking into account head winds, and changes in terrain).  Treadmills have the added advantage of simulated hills and speed adjustment, but for me they still pale in comparison to running outdoors.

What I wear.

By far Nike makes the best women’s running shorts and tops.  But as far as shoes – I only run in Adidas Supernova Control.  I have a flat foot and I overpronate(bad combination) so they control my pronation and protect my knees.  I try to rotate wearing  2 to 3 pairs of shoes a week.  The months before I met Dr. B, I was rotating 5 pairs of shoes a week(talk about no life).

Marathons.

I have no desire to run one 🙂

Music.

At first I ran with a armband radio(remember those), then I became gadget savvy and purchased an mp3 player.  Then one day while out running my battery died on my MP3 player, and I had to run without music.  I actually enjoyed running without music.  The silence helped me concentrate on my running.   For my wedding gift Dr. B brought me the Nike Plus which tracks my runs through a device attached to my shoes.  The Nike Plus then syncs with my iPhone.  It also ties into the iPhone’s  iPod, so I run to a ‘Running Mix’ I created.  It feels different.  I feel heavier running with a phone attached to my hip, but I like the Nike Plus’ ability to automatically track my runs, compared to me manually tracking them.

Motivation.

Some day jumping on the scale in the morning is motivation enough to get out there and run (obviously I’m vain).  Other days, it’s not enough, but still I run…  🙂

Dogs and Cars.

I’ve only been chased by a couple of dogs, but  I learned (with the quickness) that if you charge back at them they run off.  Most dogs I encounter want to play with me, so they run beside or behind me.  One time I realized I was being followed by a car(it was 5 am).  Luckily I was in an area near a gas station and I ran there an hung out until I felt safe.  I read somewhere that it’s safer to run in the morning than in the evening, which works for me because I’m a morning person.  When I worked, I would get up between 5 and 5:30 and run (I know your giving me the side-eye for that one).

Running with Dr. B.

Dr. B  prefers the elliptical (he’s old and his knees leave a trail of dust when he runs  *Just kidding honey*  We run together one day a week on Saturdays.   When he isn’t in the mood to run we hit the bike trials, and he bikes and I run behind him in his dust.  I do enjoy running with my hubby.  I believe it brings us closer in a way that not many activities can do(who else will be attracted to me after seeing me sweat for like a man).


What physical activities do you do on a regular basis, how did you start?  Do you work out with your spouse?  The floor is yours…

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