My Favorite Apps

I’m fairly new to the smart phone world. If I hadn’t gotten married to Brad, I would still have a phone that only called and texted. So for all you twelve-year-olds out there that are dying for the newest smart phone, I made it through middle school, high school, and college, and you can too!

That being said, I really do enjoy my iPhone. I think I appreciate it even more because I waited for so long to get one. I find myself always looking for good apps, so I thought I’d share my favorites with you. Among the obvious are Facebook (I actually still like to look at Facebook better on my laptop), Twitter (I rarely look at Twitter on my laptop anymore), and Instagram (the app I was most excited for when I got an iPhone). Most people have those three, so I’ll focus on my other favorite apps that you may not have!


Swackett is a weather app. I like it because the graphics are cute, and it tell you the high, what it will actually feel like, and what you should wear that day. It also gives you fun facts! Here is today’s: 69% of teens have their own computer. There ya go! Fun fact for the day! In addition to the cute-ness and fun-ness, you can also look at the hourly forecast, the forecast for the week, and the radar. If you’re looking for a weather app that is cooler than the one that comes on the phone, check out Swackett.


A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess app is a photo app created by the bloggers Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess. (If you haven’t checked out their blog, you should. It’s one of my very favorite blogs!) (And they live in Springfield!) I’ve tried a lot of different photo editing apps and haven’t liked one as much as this one. You can add filters, borders, text, doodles, and phrases. I’m really cheap, so I don’t like to pay for my apps normally. This one is 99 cents, but it was worth it.


Yoga Studio

Last summer my brother and I went to a yoga class twice a week. I was hesitant at first, but I ended up really liking it! I haven’t wanted to spend money on a membership at a yoga studio here in Springfield, and you have to pay for the classes at Missouri State. I had tried several different yoga apps at home, but couldn’t get into any of them. Yoga Studio costs $2.99, but I downloaded it one day when it was free. There is a variety of ready-made classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels that simulate actually being at a yoga class. The classes are 15, 30, or 60 minutes, and you can choose to focus on flexibility, strength, balance, or a combination. Yoga Studio was just what I was looking for in a at-home yoga app.



Brad and I decided to get Spotify Premium and it was a great decision. It’s $10 a month, but we definitely get out money’s worth. Any music you could ever want to listen to is right there on your phone, and you can download playlists so you can listen when you are without wifi or 3G. It even has a radio feature like Pandora does. (I’ve currently been listening to Relient K’s new album, Collapsible Lung.)


Hobby Lobby

I make way too many trips to Hobby Lobby. Having one just down the street has been dangerous this past year. Luckily, stuff is always going on sale. But if it’s not on sale, you can whip out your Hobby Lobby app and pull up a 40% off coupon! Things like yarn rarely go on sale, so that’s usually what I use it on. It’s really come in handy!



Pulse is a news app. It features news stories from a variety of news sources and you can create your own menus of topics. For example, mine are news, technology, science, fun & humor, women’s lifestyle, women’s health, and entertainment. I like that I find news stories from a lot of places, rather than having to visit each website.


Of course there are a lot of other apps that I use, but this would become a really long blog post. Let me know if you try any of these apps and how you like it!

Did we just become best friends?

Sometimes I like to believe that I could be best friends with celebrities.

It’s not like I Google image her everyday or obsessively try to contact her. My imaginary friendship with her is very casual. I follow her on Twitter (like I would any other friend), I listen to her album on repeat until I’ve got all the songs memorized (I would totally do this if my friend was a recording artist), and I defend her if anybody starts talking smack (because that’s what true friends are for.)

Maybe someday one of my celebrity best friends will decide to quit the biz and relocate to the Midwest. This is what I expect from my fantasy friendships:

Zooey Deschanel:

My best friend and I would open a little cupcake shop, because I feel like Zooey Deschanel just looks like she belongs in a cupcake shop. Our shop would be full of cuteness and happiness all the time. We would live in a loft located in a hip part of town with three funny guys. She would, of course, ask me to write for Hellogiggles. We would make crafts and go shopping and she would tell me that I still have cute hair even though I can’t rock bangs like her. Then she would introduce my real-life best friend to Joseph Gordon-Levitt & they would fall in love. Our friendship would be totally adorkable.

Miranda Cosgrove:

Miranda would be my younger sister… and not the annoying kind that only wants to steal my clothes, but the kind that I would be happy to lend my clothes to. I’d be the coolest older sister and drive her and her friends around. We’d sing to the radio with the windows down and we’d eat gummy bears, because Miranda love gummy bears.

Emma Watson:

Emma would be an awesome friend for so many reasons. She’s smart, stylish, has a British accent, and is friends with Rupert Grint. She would reminisce to me about her HP days and give me the dish on all the cast. She’d fly me to London and show me all the cool sites where true Londoners hang out. Then she would give me one of her Burberry coats because she’s just that nice.

Taylor Swift:

I would help Taylor with all of her boy drama. (Then again, in pop music, heartbreak equals an awesome new song…. so maybe I won’t steer her clear of bad boys). When she inevitably does get her heart broken, I will help her come up with words that rhyme with that tool’s name and write a song about him. Then we’d write a song about how cool we are, be best friends for life, and adopt a puppy.

A girl can dream, right?

Bucket List

So I’ve been milling over what my first real post should be about. I mean I can write about anything, but that seems so overwhelming. And I don’t want my first post to be terrible because then I’ll get discouraged and never write in here again, which is even more discouraging because I failed to keep up with my new year’s resolution after just three days.

Okay. Enough of that. Here is my first real-life post.

My bucket list. Like everyone, I’ve always had a few things in mind that I would like to do before I kick the bucket, but I’d never written them all down. I guess I secretly felt like if I wrote them all down then I would have to do them. Some of them are dauntingly intimidating and some are just unrealistic. As you’ve probably figured out, I have a fear of not accomplishing my goals, so I think I have been afraid to make these actual, concrete goals for my life. But I think it’s time to forget all that and start checking these items off my list. So here they are……..

  • Go on a cruise of around Italy and Greece
  • Make another quilt
  • Make a dress (preferably designed by me as well)
  • Visit Sweden again
  • Live somewhere other than Missouri
  • Get married and have kids
  • Buy a car
  • Go to all 50 states
  • Be a compost-er
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Graduate college (this may be my next one to accomplish!)
  • Own a dog
  • Go to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park
  • Read the Harry Potter books again
  • Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Pay off my student loans within 5 years of graduating
  • Make a sock monkey
  • Have a blog (done and done.)
  • Color my hair

Some are more extravagant than others, but I hope to accomplish them all. I’ll let you know when I check off the next one.

Happy New Year


I have recently become an avid blog follower. Fashion, DIY, health, weddings… The internet is endless. With all of this blogging I’ve been considering starting a blog of my own. I usually talk myself out of it with excuses like, “No one cares about what I have to say anyway,” or “I’ll get bored of it and quit in a week,” or “I should probably be studying instead.” But I decided to go against my better judgment and start a blog, even if my mother is the only person to read it. I’ll think of it as a place to compile my thoughts, interests, and creations.

There should be plenty to blog about in 2012. I am graduating from college in May, moving out of my apartment at school, and starting the next phase of my life, whatever that may be.

So hello, 2012. Glad to see you.

Katelyn Rae