iPod/Ipad/Android Apps

Free Apps for the iPad, iPod and Android Devices

Free Personalized Postcards Mailed

Free Personalized Postcards

Send Free personalized Postcards

Like them on Facebook and create two free personalized postcards.  They will mail them to whomever you like.  Even the postage is free. It’s pretty easy to use, too!  Just browse your Facebook photos.  Crop it.  Enter your custom message.  Select your recipient and enter the address.  You can send 1 free Personalized Photo Postcards through the Facebook interface.  Download the free app for Android or iOS and you can send 5 more for free!  In total, you can send 6 postcards to loved ones or friends.

As much as I Instagram things, I’m definitely gonna download this one.  It will be a great way to keep in touch with my family back home.  They live 2000 miles away.  I miss them and this will be a cute way to share our lives up here in the frozen tundra.

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Connect the Dots Dinosaurs – Free app – Android/iOS

Free App – Connect the Dots Dinosaurs

Free App Connect the Dots Dino Download this free app for the Android or iOS device of your choice.  In Connect the Dots Dinosaurs, you tread through prehistoric eras with, connecting the dots on realistic looking dinosaurs.

Here is how to get the full version of this app for free.

  1. Download the free trial version from Google Play, the App Store, the Windows Store or the Kindle Fire app.
  2. Open the game and click Upgrade.
  3. Click and hold the green arrow for 3 seconds to reveal a secret code entry window.
  4. Enter the code FREE4DINO

Awesome!  Now you have another app to keep your child (or you) entertained.  Connect the dots activities teach young kids logic and order, so it’s also educational!

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Free Calorie Tracking App: MyFitnessPal Review

MyFitnessPal Weight Loss and Calorie Tracking App

MyFitnessPal Weight Loss App

I have been using the MyFitnessPal Calorie Tracking App since January and can honestly say that this is the best weight control app I have ever tried.  I have tried SparkPeople and was a huge fan for a while.  I have also tried Calorie-Count’s website and app and liked them, too.  If you are also on MyFitnessPal, feel free to send me a friend request.

All three of them do what they do quite well.  They each have a huge database of foods to draw from.  They all have excellent support forums.  They also each have a website and app that works with iOS and Android.   They all tell you about how many calories a day you should be eating based on BMR and have customizeable goals.   They will also let you track calories burned through exercise.  Both Calorie-Count and SparkPeople have virtual achievements you can earn based on your progress.  Calorie-Count will even assign a healthiness grade based on your food choices for the day.  MyFitnessPal will tell you, based on your day, how much you will probably weigh in 5 weeks if every day was just like that one.  It can be a real eye-opener!  I quickly discovered why I could not only NOT lose weight, but was rapidly gaining.  I didn’t need near as many calories as I was eating and my diet was nutritionally void.

SparkPeople will create a weekly menu for you, however I am not a big fan of this feature or their support.  I got turned off to SparkPeople when their menu plan for me continually included Yoplait Yogurt as part of their “vegetarian options.”  Yoplait contains gelatin (as do most yogurts), and is not vegetarian.  I got in touch with their support team who basically told me “just to eat something else then”.  It seemed to me that including options from companies that (I believe) sponsor them was more important than accurately producing an appropriate meal plan for me, so I moved on.  It just seemed odd their licensed dietitians couldn’t figure out what is, and is not, vegetarian.   Their meal plan also lacked variety and I found it included the same thing over and over.

Both MyFitnessPal and Calorie-Count will let you create weight loss tickers, but MyFitness Pal actually lets you use your own photo.  I find it much more motivational to see a smaller version of myself kissing my hubby than one of the pre-set images.  You can set your ticker to show how much weight you’ve lost or how much you have left to go.  It’s more rewarding for me to see my current progress rather than how much of a climb I still have.  In fact, my ticker, which shows the final marker at 21.8 pounds, only shows my short term goal.  After I reach that goal I will set another one.  Taking things in baby steps seems to help.


Basic badge that shows how much I have lost.

I love the tickers! This actually a photo of my husband and I that I use for the background 🙂  The heart shows how much weight I’ve lost and how far I have to go.

MyFitnessPal has a few cool features that really makes it stand out from the crowd – and why it’s become my favorite.  Adding foods with my iOS device is easier than any of the other apps.  If your mobile device is camera-enabled (and most of them are), you can scan the bar code on whatever product you are eating and it instantly imports that food directly into your food diary.  With the other apps, I found myself sifting through 100’s of nearly identical items to make sure I was adding the right one.  In frustration, I would end up giving up entirely within a few weeks.  They also seem to have a much larger database of foods.  It is a rare occasion that I can’t find a food in the database by scanning the bar code.  They even have a HUGE selection of restaurant food which seems to be pretty updated!  TacoBell’s newest menu items were on there before I could find them on the other websites.  With the other apps, I found I frequently had to create a custom food, which frankly, can be quite cumbersome.  In short, compared to similar tools, MyFitnessPal is the easiest to use to get to the core functionalities, like tracking calories.

MyFitnessPal will also integrate into other fitness related apps as well.  I haven’t had the opportunity to use this feature yet, but have been eyeballing the Withings and the FitBit Aria Wi-Fi Scale.  When you weigh on these scales, it uploads it to a website for easy tracking.  MyFitnessPal can automatically import their data into the MyFitnessPal app.  It also works with the following fitness applications:

  • BodyMedia FIT
  • Digifit
  • Endomondo Sports Tracker
  • EveryMove
  • Expresso Exercise Bike
  • FINIS Swimsense
  • Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
  • Fitbit Tracker
  • Netpulse
  • Runtastic
  • Runtastic Pedometer
  • RHYTHM Pulse Monitor
  • Striiv Play Smart Pedometer
  • Tictrac
  • The Withings Wi-Fi Scale

And they seem to always be adding more.  I’m pretty sure that the last time I looked, there weren’t that many!

MyFitness pal has calorie tracking apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phones.  I use the iPad app.  My husband uses both the iPad and Android apps.  Of course, you can always just use the website, too!  However, you don’t have that really unique way of entering food by scanning the bar code – which is convenient since I don’t generally have my computer in the kitchen or dining room. The site offers a free place to blog, join groups and message boards which is not available on the app.

No matter which way you choose to use the program, you can still interact with your friends, encourage them when they fall off the wagon, and give and receive praise!  If you like, you can even integrate your account with Facebook so that it updates Facebook when you lose weight or update your MyFitnessPal status.  That is optional.  I find that it’s helpful because then my non-FitnessPal friends can also see my progress and frequently give me encouragement.

If you are looking for a complete weight-loss app, this is an excellent one.  Of course, MyFitnessPal is completely free, as well.

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Free iPad Game for Cats

Free iPad Game for Cats

Buttons playing the free ipad game for cats

Check out this free iPad Game for Cats by Hiccup.  We have 5 cats and they all enjoy it.  I have even seen all of them gathered around the iPad on the floor taking turns chasing the laser.  Buttons, my son’s 9 month old kitten, absolutely loves it!  In fact, if I take out my iPad for my own use, he immediately jumps in my lap and tries to play it.  He acts like it’s his toy and becomes very excited.  His antics over this game are absolutely hilarious.  Buttons will paw at it and jump in the air for half an hour at a time.  Kittens need to be entertained or they become bored.  While fun, you may not have time to play with them when they want to play.  This makes for a bored cat who can become destructive.

When Buttons seems like he is looking for trouble, I just break out my iPad and turn on Game for Cats.  It’s entertaining for him and me.  The free version of the game comes with a laser pointer that the cat can bat around on the screen.  When they tag it, it makes a jingle bell like sound and scores points for the cat.  Obviously, the cat doesn’t care about the score, but it’s fun to compare your cat’s score with your friends’ cats’ scores.  Game for Cats has an option to boast about how good your cat is by sharing on Facebook.

Game for Cats also offers an upgrade to get a butterfly and a mouse screen.  However, those are not free.  The upgrade is only $1.99, so that’s not too bad, but the basic version is free to use forever.  My cats played with the laser for months before I decided to get the mouse and butterfly versions.  Buttons just enjoyed the laser so much, I wanted to see what he would do with the mouse.  He adores it, as well, and actually looks for the mouse under the iPad when the mouse runs off the screen.

Buttons enjoys this game so much and gets completely carried away.  For that reason, I don’t suggest this game to anyone that doesn’t have the new iPad with the glass.  My iPad 3 has the gorilla glass and has never been scratched, but previous versions may be prone to claw scratches due to the design of screen.

Oh!  It’s also a distraction for teenage girls, apparently.  My son’s friend found the game and played it herself for an hour.  LOL.

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CollageIt Free Photo Collage software for iOS

CollageIt Free Photo Collage software

CollageIt Free Photo Collage Software for the iOS

Check out this free photo collage software I found from CollageIt.  I used it to make this simple collage from photos of our recent Disney trip.  The top left is from Magic Kingdom.  My son relaxing in the hotel on the bottom left and the image on the right was the view from our hotel room.

This program is great for sharing your photos from your iPad and iPod.  CollageIt is so easy to use, too!  Import photos from your camera roll or photo albums and select the template you want desire.  They have a Mosaic, Grid, Centered or Manual template.  Then just save it to your device.  You can also share it to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Flickr with just the click of the button.  You can also send the files via email. All of the templates allow for customization as well.  You can change the widths, heights, borders, colors and choose whether you want your collage to have a solid or gradient background.  If you are really into customization, the Manual template allows you to start from scratch and build your very own collage.

You can use anywhere from 1 to 9 photos in your collage.

I think I am going to make a collage of all the free samples I have received next!  LOL.

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PayDragon – Free Grocery Shopping App for iOS or Android

PayDragon

PayDragon

PayDragon is a mobile grocery checkout app that works with Android and iPhone devices.  I got it to work on my iPad 3, too.

It’s a free download.

For iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paydragon/id505835812?ls=1&mt=8

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paydragon

PayDragon is a very handy app that you can use to help restock your pantry just by scanning a barcode.  It’s simple to use.  You scan the barcode on your favorite items.  If they are available, you may purchase them directly from the app.  There is no minimum purchase and 2 day shipping is free.  There are thousands of items available for purchase from PayDragon as well.  It works with many non-perishable items.

I just used PayDragon to purchase some Crave treats for my cats.  The prices are a tad bit higher than what you would pay in the grocery store, but ever since I moved to Minnesota, I have been looking for an alternative to dredging through 2 feet of snow to go shopping in the winter.  It’s worth the small price increase to me to have the convenience of free grocery delivery.

It is so simple, too!  I don’t have to keep lists anymore if I use this!  As soon as I see I am running low on a non-perishable household item, I just scan the barcode and have it hit my doorstep in two days time.  If you don’t have an item on-hand to scan, you can also search for it with the handy search function.

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