Plant Nanny Helps You Drink More Water

In the last year I have made SO many healthy changes in my life – from getting my eating under control, getting on schedule working out regularly – even teaching POUNDFit Classes at my local gym. But there is one healthy habit that I still struggle with every single day… drinking water.

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They say you are supposed to consume at least half your body weight in ounces every single day. The problem is the only time I ever feel thirsty is when I am working out. I do not drink sodas or coffee – only water – but I literally will go hours without taking a sip. A friend of mine suggested Plant Nanny – a super cute free app that helps you remember to drink water. I have to admit… it has really helped.

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Plant Nanny is unlike typical apps that encourage you to drink water with alarms or funny water sounds that you can just tap off and go on with your day. With Plant Nanny you are growing a garden of plants – “watering” them every time you drink. If you do not water your plant, they can die… or at least get very very sad. You can set alarms to remind you to water your little guy every few hours if you need it. Plant Nanny was actually named a Best App of 2013, so I am not sure how I am just now discovering it, but it has certainly become one of my favorite apps in the two weeks I have been using it.

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So the way that it works is that you set up your account and decide how much water you should drink each day. Plant Nanny helps you calculate what is best for your weight, body type, and activity level. Then you get to choose your first plant – who will need to be watered just as much as your own body does in order to grow – and what size cup you normally drink. You even have to name your little plant

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I chose a Devil’s Ivy and named her Jezzebelle. Isn’t she CUTE?!

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Now in full disclosure I have to admit, it took some time for me to get used to watering Jezzebelle – or even remembering to drink myself. And a few times she looked a little… umm… sad.

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But I soon found my groove and not only remembered to water Jezzebelle, but remembered to drink my water every hour as well. And after just a few days I had a nice pretty little plant.

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Once your plant is full grown, you get to plant her in your garden, where you can harvest seeds to help your new plants grow. As you go you unlock new plants and garden accessories to add to your garden and can earn extra seeds to help your new plants grow.

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I have really really loved this app and I am doing SO much better with my water intake – way more so than with any other app I have tried. I still do not ever actually feel “thirsty” but I remember that I have to water my little plant to keep it happy. You can download Plant Nanny for free from iTunes or Google Play.  Oh, and now that Jezzebelle is happily in the garden making seeds, I am now tending to Spike… the cactus.

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School Of Dragons App Now Available

I recently wrote a post about the new series on Netflix, Dragons Race to the Edge. While I was in LA I got a chance to see their new companion app which brings the magic of Dragons right to your home!

This new impressive gaming experience brings DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise to life. Fans of the franchise can play School of Dragons on their web browser, Facebook page, and mobile device. The School of Dragons mobile game gives players the ability to continue their dragon training adventure from any place, at any time. Players can log in to their account from the platform of their choice and pick up right where they left off — they can access quests, in-game items, and game progress since all of these are synched seamlessly through WiFi.

SCHOOL OF DRAGONS APP KEY FEATURES:

  • Immersive How to Train Your Dragon world — Hiccup, Toothless and the rest of characters from the beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise guide players throughout the entire game.
  • Exclusive Content in Expansion Packs — Expansion packs are filled with action-packed fun, a plethora of exclusive content, exciting quests based on new education standards, never before seen characters, dragons and more. Icestorm Island: Arctic expansion pack launched 4/24 features a Groncicle dragon, an Archeologist Viking and an expansive new narrative that foreshadows the upcoming Netflix series: Race to the Edge. Race to the Edge: Expansion pack planned to launch, near Netflix series, in early July, intertwines game and show narrative.
  • Cross-platform, social gameplay — Players can experience the game through web browser, Facebook, and mobile (iPad and Android-powered tablets)! Enjoy seamless online and mobile gameplay anywhere!
  • Robust science education integration into game — Science has never been more fun than with School of Dragons! Farm, fish, and use basic and essential scientific principles to complete tasks in-game.
  • Extensive customization and socializing options — Players can customize their personal avatars with hundreds of different features, making possible thousands of unique characters in-game. Also, connect with fellow dragon trainers through exclusive Viking clans, chatting, messaging, and more!
  • Experience thrilling dragon-racing competition — Players can race against their fellow dragon trainers and see whose dragon is the fiercest in the Land of Berk!
  • Hours of entertaining, mission-based gameplay — Complete each mission in School of Dragons in order to become the ultimate dragon trainer and Viking adventurer.

Midge and I have had so much fun playing with this app! You can download the School of Dragons App now from the App Store!

Cupcake Digital Releases New Official #TheNutJob App

NutJob_AppYou can probably tell by now that I am a little bit more than excited about the new movie – The Nut Job – coming to theaters on January 17th. The previews all look hysterical and frankly – I am ready for another great movie that wont make me cry. (love you mean it Saving Mr Banks) This week Cupcake Digital – one of my favorite app companies – released the official app for The Nut Job, and I got a chance to try it out first hand. We LOVED it.

Cupcake Digital, Inc. announces the arrival of the official app for The Nut Job movie. The app features an interactive story based on the hilarious animated family film during which Surly the squirrel goes on an adventure of a lifetime when his independent nature gets him kicked out of the park and into the big city. He then becomes an unlikely hero when he spots Maury’s Nut Shop just in time to help the park animals get ready for winter. The app allows kids to experience this high-stakes, nutty caper in an interactive format that includes four fun activities so kids can participate along with the movie characters. The app is available for an introductory price of 99 cents on the Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store.

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My favorite part of the app is the game Whack A Rat.  Remember the old Whack A Mole arcade game? Yes, it is just like that.  I used to play that game for hours at the arcade.  Talk about stress relief. I have stepped away from my desk on more than one occasion in the last two days to pound some rats on my phone instead of firing off a “colorful” email or Facebook status 😉

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Easy Holiday Meal Plans from Cooking Planit App

One of my favorite things about our house is the huge open floor plan – making it the best house to host our family’s holiday festivities.  There is nothing I love more than seeing my home filled with all of the people I love the most.  Being the host however also means being the cook… which we all know is not exactly my strong suit. Which is why I was excited to have the opportunity to check out the new Cooking Planit App.

cooking planitCooking Planit is a mobile app and website that provides a solution to simplify the planning, shopping and cooking process and provides home cooks with step-by-step instructions to create full meals, organizing the meal planning process, leaving every dish ready to serve at the same time. These recipes will leave the host/hostess stress free with prep, cooking and finalized meals all finished at the same time.

Cooking Planit is truly fool proof.  You can create meals, save recipes, search for meal ideas… and everything has pictures!!! Totally fool proof.  There are over 500 chef-tested recipes and meal pairings, so you won’t get bored eating the same things over and over.  And Cooking Planit syncs your account in the cloud so that you are free to use all of your devices in any combination that works for you. For example, you can plan your meals on the web at www.cookingplanit.com, use the shopping list in your iPhone app at the grocery store and then cook using your iPad version in the kitchen. It even has voice control which  allows you to move forward and backward in recipe steps without having to touch the screen while you are cooking… how cool is that?

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iPad Mini Giveaway Plus New Slice App

slice app logoI order a lot of stuff online.  Most all of my holiday shopping was done online, but truthfully I order stuff all year long – either for personal or business.  I even have Amazon on my task bar because I seem to be shopping there almost daily... not to mention all of the shipping that I do. Whether I am sending or receiving, my inbox is full of order notifications, shipment confirmations, etc. Slice, a new app for iPhones and Droids is an online shoppers best friend – pulling together all the purchase and shipping information from your email inbox into one place so you can:

  • slice appTrack All Your Shipments – Get push notifications when a package is shipped, out for delivery, or has been delivered, even track your packages on a map.
  • Get Price Drop Notifications – Slice will send you push notifications when the price drops for one of your purchases so you can recoup the difference! You can even get cash back from Nordstrom, Best Buy, Walmart, Crate & Barrel, Buy.com, L.L. Bean, HSN.com, Bonobos and many more!
  • Notification of Recalls – Slice will automatically try to match up product recall information from the CPSC with your purchases and alert you when there’s a possible match.
  • Keep Your Budget and Purchases Organized – ok this part *I* need! – Back up email receipts to facilitate returns, exchanges and warranty claims. Keep track of your Groupon, LivingSocial, Bloomspot, Amazon Local and Gilt City vouchers. Don’t miss out on redeeming a daily deal because you forgot about it!
  • Discover Your Thingerprint – Want to know your Shopping DNA? What do you shop for most? Slice thinks that “what you buy says a lot about who you are”… think they would call me a Wino?

Sound awesome?  Let me make it even more awesome and tell you that just for signing up for Slice, you can be entered to win an iPad Mini! You can sign up for Slice here, and then enter the RaffleCopter giveaway below for your chance to win. We’ve even teamed up to give you extra chances to win – who doesn’t want an iPad Mini – so be sure you use them all!

Giveaway ends January 10th! Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. This post is in conjunction with other bloggers and giveaway is organized by The Art Of Random Willynillyness. Other rules and details can be found here.