Tools for Tracking Loved Ones

Here’s the first excerpt from the new book, The Bigger Book of Apps! Stay tuned for the pre-order extravaganza starting in a week or so. 🙂 My wonderful husband is a crazy Ironman triathlete-turned avid camper, and he’s frequently on all-day bike rides or multi-hour hikes. When I haven’t heard from him in a while, my worry gene kicks in. …

VPNs: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t care enough to ask

I have a confession to make. Although I fuss at you guys to avoid public WiFi, I’m guilty of resorting to it every once in a while when my hotspot is spotty or if I’m just being lazy. It’s just so easy to connect to the free network and start surfing, right? But I feel guilty about it every time, …

Apps that Save Me Money

I feel like I’ve been hitting it out of the park with apps that help me save money lately. It’s like I have people coming up to me and saying, “Shut up and take my money!” These apps do more than save money, but I’ve focused on that feature for this post. HEY! Because I saved so much money recently, …

Temporary Email Addresses to Manage Spam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A page you visit teases you with an offer for a wonderful tip sheet, white paper or other resource, all for free if you just enter your email address. But your email address is one of the most valuable facts about you, and every time you give it out, you risk exposures …

How to Get Noticed in Email

In our house-buying/house-selling processes, there’s lots to keep up with. D.J. and I have missed a couple of important tasks that the agents had to remind us about. This is part of a series of tools via @BethBuysAHouse . We’ve acted on the first requests most of the time and didn’t need to be reminded of anything more than once. …

Using Canva for Brochures

Continuing on the theme of #BethBuysAHouse, here’s a quick and easy way to create a brochure that looks like it was professionally designed. My favorite graphic design tool, Canva, has thousands of templates you can use with a click. Their magazine templates are wonderful for creating rich brochures. I wrote and designed our “house story” within a couple of hours …

Using Magisto and Animoto for Quick Videos

Two of my favorite video tools are Magisto and Animoto, and I use them all the time to stitch together images and video clips to create share-worthy short videos. Both are available on both smartphones and the web, and both have pretty good versions starting at $60 a year. This is part of the series called #BethBuysAHouse. The posts all …

Photo Apps for Special Editing Needs

As smartphone prices sneak higher and higher, the biggest beneficiary is the camera. Snapping a quick pic with your phone can produce a beautiful shot for even the most untalented photographers. But sometimes you still need a little extra editing to make a photo pop. Here are some great apps for very specific looks. NOTE: Add to my list! Which …