Be More ChillšŸ˜Ž

Ah, yes. It’s that time of the year again. Midterms are coming. *cue Game of Thrones Main Title Theme*

We, college students, are always stressing the extra mile. Sometimes to the point that we just push all our important tasks to the back of our mind in hopes that it will get done itself. Unfortunately, that’s never the case and sometimes we can’t avoid studying for that midterm exam, homework assignment, or big league project without a little help.

Here are 5 apps that can minimize your stress:

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What is it?

Loffee is a one-stop application for your Lo-Fi needs, with music for focusing on music for setting the vibe on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Personally curated, Loffee is a collection of music gathered from all the avenues of the world wide web while promoting and recognizing all the talent from around the globe. So sit back, relax and let Loffee make your day a little easier, one track at a time.

Review

Lo-fi is definitely a growing sensation in the music community. Everywhere on you Youtube you can guarantee there will be a lo-fi study live stream popping up in your recommended. This app presents a solution for when you just want specific playlists for your mood. Whether it’s positive, negative, lonely, or just for studying, this app has created a universe of lo-fi playlists to choose from.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Just Rain is a soothing audiovisual rain simulator. Listen to varying degrees of rain sounds from gentle drizzle to intense downpour — controlled by a simple drag of your finger. Just Rain also features stereo audio panning and a visual rain simulation. Use it to relax, to meditate, to study, or as a sleep aid!

 

Review

Who doesn’t like a little rain white noise to cleanse your mind? This app is awesome for when it’s a clear night and you just hear the pitty-patters of the droplets outside your window. The adjustments of the rain make this app even better than it should be. Along with controlling the type of rainfall you would like, you can also add soothing music in the background for a little more noise activity.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Relax Melodies is an app that lets you select sounds and melodies that you like, combine them and adjust the volume of each sound to create a mix. Add one of our meditations specially designed for sleep, lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Itā€™s that simple and it works. Create different and new mixes every time!

You will also love falling asleep to Sleep Moves, a unique concept of guided exercises done with a pillow to bring you into blissful sleep every night. These sleep-inducing programs have been approved by health and sleep professionals, including neuropsychologists and physiotherapists.

 

Review

I would put this in the same realm as the JustRain app except it pushes more outside the “rain” atmosphere. This app provides a diverse amount of sounds for you to listen to. You can choose from campfires, cat purring, bird noises, frog croaks, etc. This app is definitly up your alley if you are into ASMR.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Ever seen an adult coloring book and just wanted your release your inner frustration (Not to mention your inner child) by coloring in a coloring book? Look nowhere else then Colorify. This app is the digital version of an adult coloring book that compacts plenty of images for you to color. Whether it’s patterns or mandalas, you are not limited on ideas in this app.

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Review

I personally don’t feel like lugging around an adult coloring book everywhere I go. This makes it so much easier to just sit down and let you blow off any steam through coloring. The app gives you a bunch of coloring paged to choose from that fulfill all of your coloring desires. From floral designs to even mandalas, this app does not fall in short in the de-stressor category.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Similar to the Loffee app, this app broadcasts a range of lo-fiĀ hip-hop to work, study or just chill in the rain/sun. All of the songs that are broadcasted through his app are available through Bandcamp & Soundcloud for listening purposes. You could call it the “lo-fi” version of Spotify if you will.

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Review

As I stated earlier, this app has similar attributions to what Loffee can do. The only main differences that I identified were that it features play out like Spotify where you can favorite your tracks and randomize the song radio. It has a lot of really chill songs and haven’t been disappointed with the music options.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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šŸŽµSlave to the RhythmšŸŽ¶

Music. We listen to it. We dance to it. We fabricate conspiracies around it. We even make memes out of it.

Rhythm games have become on the rise, challenging their player’s sense of rhythmic action. Not to mention you can also discover some new music.

Here are 5 rhythm/music apps that will make you feel groovy:

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What is it?

CytusĀ is aĀ rhythm gameĀ developed byĀ Rayark Games, an independent game developer inĀ Taiwan.Ā The main gameplay ofĀ CytusĀ features the Active Scan Line, a black line that moves up and down across the screen.Ā The player taps circular objects, referred to as Notes, as the Active Scan Line passes over them, following the music.

App Features:

  • 200 songs and 400 variations, including many from famous composers around the world
  • Ā Beautiful hand-drawn art style (as illustrated in the screenshots)
  • Easy, intuitive Active Scan Line system and 3 types of notes
  • Different display modes allow player-friendly previewing of notes
  • More than 9 difficulty levels for more fun and challenges
  • Various music genres: Pop, Jazz, Trance, Hardcore, Drum N’ Bass and many more

Review

Gosh, how much describe my utter love and affection into a game like this one? I’ve always been a fan of games like DDR and StepMania but this game is on a whole other level. This app gives you over 100+Ā  songs (including Cytus II which is an add-on to the game) to play and each level has a different gaming mechanic.

 

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

From the same team that made Cytus, Deemo is a hybrid of music rhythm game and the story of urban fantasy, with hand-drawn art, story-telling gallery and real instrumental feedback of piano key sound.

App Features:

  • 60+ Free songs in story mode
  • More than 220 songs in various music genres, many of which from famous composers
  • Simple and intuitive gameplay
  • Twitter and Facebook score sharing function

 

Review

Similar to Cytus, this game provides an interactive rhythm-narrative that guides you through a beautiful journey of instrumental emotional turmoil.Ā  It’s not only a fun rhythm game to play but you also get attached to the characters that they based this entire app around. It’s a pretty great experience that makes you want to come back for more. Don’t even get me started on the gorgeous artwork that is inhabited in there!

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


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What is it?

Geometry Dash is an arcade app that provides Prepare for a near impossible challenge in the world of rhythm. Push your skills to the limit as you jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages and spiky obstacles.

App Features:

ā€¢ Rhythm-based Action Platforming
ā€¢ Lots of levels with unique soundtracks
ā€¢ Build and share your own levels using the level editor
ā€¢ Unlock new icons and colors to customize your character
ā€¢ Fly rockets, flip gravity and much more
ā€¢ Use practice mode to sharpen your skills
ā€¢ Lots of achievements and rewards

Review

I have one fatal warning before playing this game. Do not play unless you’re ready to except instant failure the first few tries. This game does not hold any mercy towards anyone. It will take you at least the first 20 times before you can actually finish the first level.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

The Nightwave Plaza – a place to indulge yourself with the top aesthetic musical talents of the Vaporwave genre.Featuring a beautiful, constantly updated database of Vaporwave artists across the globe, the 24/7 radio station prides itself with its no after-track advertisements and full support page for all artists and producers trying to find an audience.

App Features:

  • 58+ different aesthetic background gifs to choose from.
  • Simplistic, nostalgic user interface
  • No advertisement breaks between tracks

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Review

If you’ve ever had the experience of Pandora radio, then this app is similar to that. This app is for those peeps who want to venture out into the new world of vaporware. It’s an infinite radio that plays music unless the majority of listeners decide to change it. This isn’t a rhythm game of sorts, which makes it the odd one of the 5, but this a pretty cool place to curate some vaporwave tunes.

Check outĀ the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Dynamix is a mobile music game that integrates arcade gaming experience into a mobile device.Ā With triple-dropping track design, you feel like playing different instruments while hitting different sides.

App Features:

  • 5 level options that suit your level
  • Rank Up to unlock more tracks, more than 20 tracks is avaliable for free version
  • Collect characters to help pass the difficult levels
  • Over 100 tracks by composers all over the world, including Taiwan, Japan, South
  • Wide range choice of music including J-Pop ,Trancecore, Chiptune, New Age and more

 

Review

This a real oldie yet goodie for those who are huge DDR fans. I couldn’t keep the app long but this is a pretty fun experience. Not only is the music bumping, but the different levels fluctuate the beat and stacks on more rhythms.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

šŸ”®Let Me Tell Your FortunešŸ”®

Grab your broomsticks, 20-foot long toilet paper, and pumpkin baskets, because Halloween is right around the corner. It’s that time of the year where you get to go all out on the pumpkin spice (and not look like a total hunger-prone pumpkin maniac) and have a reason to hang mutated-like spiders in your window without being questioned for it.

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to dive into the world of the mystic? Maybe learn about some tarot card reading? Or maybe you want to get into the magical world of numerology. Buckle up, ghouls.

Here are 5 apps that can mystify your life:

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What is it?

Mystic Mondays is a tarot for the modern mystic. The tarot can be used as an intuition tool to help you clarify your day to day questions and guide you towards better decisions for yourselves. When you go inwards, often times you already know the answers to your questions.

Fun Find: You’re can actually buy your very own holographic tarot card set on their website here!Ā 

Review

I have been using this app on the daily since I discovered it in September. It’s a quick and easy way to check what tarot card you’ve gotten for the day and even share with your friends on different social media. The app not only provides you your card of the day, it also gives you a description of the card’s representation as well. You can also log all of your cards for the day into the log journal to keep track of your fortune progress.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Golden Thread Tarot is a modern approach to an ancient tradition. The app’s belief is that tarot is not about revealing a fixed future, but giving you access to the self-knowledge you need to make better decisions and act with awareness.

App Features:

  • Your Mirror – as you save and store readings in your log, we build up data about you and your cards, making it easy for you to find patterns where they were once hidden.
  • Tarot Database – sortable and searchable database of cards, giving you details on meanings, keywords, suits, and number.
  • Guided Readings – use either digital cards or physical cards to ask and reflect on your questions.
  • Log Your Readings – save and store not only your cards but how you felt about them. Build a database of your thoughts and feelings and see yourself reflected back at you.
  • Illustrated Lessons – make learning the underlying foundation of tarot simple.

Review

I actually like this app better than the Mystic Monday app. This app has way more features to offer when it comes to tarot readings. You not only get your reading for the day, but the app also teaches you the basics/origins of tarot card reading itself.Ā  It also teaches you different ways of doing tarot reading based on your mood. It’s a pretty insightful app that really snags your attention when you first open it and I would definitely recommend.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

My Moon Phase is an app for tracking the lunar calendar. It has a sleek dark design which makes it easy to view information such as the current moon cycle, moonrise & moonset times as well as extras such as when the next full moon will be. If you’re interested in moon photography, you can also find out when the golden hours and blue hours are so you can take the most beautiful photos.

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Review

This is a pretty cool calendar app for those who are into formulating “spells” & “potions” around the lunar calendar. It’s pretty much an on the go moon phase app that notifies you of the moon cycles, distance, and even the best time for taking photos of it are. It can pretty much count as your daily calendar and weather app if you don’t want to jump back and forth between two different apps.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

The World Numerology app analyzes 18 different numerology readings created specifically for you – with instant access to your free 8-page personal reading, free daily forecast, and 3 free chart calculators.

Each report covers a specific area of your life. Learn more about your personality, talents, the way others see you, and why you choose the things you do. View approaching challenges and opportunities. Pinpoint your state of mind and emotions, and check your relationship compatibility with the people in your life.

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Review

This app reminds of a horoscope app but instead of your well-known 12 zodiac signs, it actually dissects your life path, your daily forecast, your yearly forecast, your chart calendar, your interactions with relationships, your inner reflections, and your proportional chart. It’s a pretty dope app that expands beyond the typical horoscope apps that give you the 12 sign forecasts. This app steps outside of that realm and instead observes your life path number.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

The DailyHoroscope is a free horoscope application updated on a daily basis with the best daily horoscopes. The DailyHoroscope is the most popular horoscope app on many major smartphonesā€‹. Tout being the most accurate and compelling horoscope app out there by its users.

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App Features:

ā€¢ Daily horoscope
ā€¢ Weekly horoscope
ā€¢ Monthly horoscope
ā€¢ Zodiac characteristics for each sign
ā€¢ Zodiac sign compatibility
ā€¢ Chinese horoscope for 2018 and 2017
ā€¢ Explore alternative Druid horoscope

Review

I am an absolute horoscope nutcase. I’ve researched a lot about the great unknown of horoscope and I am quite fascinated by how many people have caught on to it. This app feeds into the phenomena and gives you everything you need to know about your horoscope. Wanna know what’s going on with you in a year? This app tells you that. What about your Chinese horoscope? They’ve got it. They’ve got everything you can imagine in the horoscope realm.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

šŸ§ Work Smarter. Not Harder. šŸ’¦

How many times have you caught yourself off-task to the point that you just resort to your old fashion procrastinating ways? It’s so easy for us to distract ourselves with the technology that surrounds us, especially when it comes to having our phones.

It’s hard for some to get away from the distraction of our phone since it is so ingrained in our everyday life.

Thankfully, with the creation of productivity apps, motivation has increased over time.

Here are 5 apps that can help you stay on task:

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What is it?

If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither. The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone and will help you make better use of your time.

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Review

I love this app when I came across it. I enjoy gamification in mobile apps when they’re done right, and this is one of them. From the same creators that made SleepTown in my last post,Ā  this app once again enforces you to stay focus on a real-life task and keeping you off your phone. This cannot only be a self-motivation tool for staying off your phone but it can also be used for competition against your friends if you want to work together on being more productive.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Habitica is a productivity app that treats your life similar to a game and encourages you to stay motivated and organized in an RPG like style. Rewritten.

Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Flexible, social, and fun, Habitica is the perfect way to motivate yourself to accomplish anything.

Review

Game design majors/gamers are going to have a field day with this one. This habit tracker makes the mundane tasks in your life similar to that of an RPG quest. I find the idea thrilling because not only is it considered a task manager but it’s also a system that rewards you with pets, equipment, and more rewards.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Fabulous is an app takes a holistic approach to motivate you to be more productive and have higher energy. It’s more than just a habit tracker, or a way to create new rituals; it’s your own personal coach and happiness trainer.

  • Smart-targeted health advice for healthy living
  • Scientifically grounded approach to instill healthy habits and mindfulness into your daily rituals
  • Atkins & HCG diet inspired weight loss program where you can stop counting calories
  • Ā A personal 1:1 coach that will motivate you to be more productive and achieve your goals
  • Integrated fitness programs for a healthier, fitter lifestyle
  • Incremental goals that start with getting you to fall asleep faster. Youā€™ll eventually create an entire morning ritual
  • Beginners guide to exercise and a workout plan, meditation, yoga, stretching, and a lot more

Review

Fabulous is a heartwarming app that’s main focus is to incorporate better habits for yourself. It really tries to look into what habits you mainly want to work on and build a schedule plan around it. I like apps like this because it not only focuses on one habit, it creates ultimately different components for you such as meal plans, morning rituals, and weight loss regime.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here & theĀ Android versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

OmniFocus manages everything in your busy life. Use projects to organize tasks naturally, and then add tags to organize across projects. Easily enter tasks when youā€™re on the go, and process them when you have time. Tap the Forecast view ā€” which shows both tasks and calendar events ā€” to get a handle on your day. Use the Review perspective to keep your projects and tasks on track.

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Review

OmniFocus is a pretty big program that’s central interface in Apple products. I’m not a huge Apple user so that is the only downside I can find with this app, but with it comes everything you can think of. Errand records, email management, project enlistments, and even tagging your own tasks to help you stay organized.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here!


 

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What is it?

Done helps you create healthy routines by helping you set goals, tracking your progress, and then motivating you with streaks/chains. Unlike so many other habit apps, Done lets you set a goal and track it multiple times a day, not just one time per day.

Done can help you both build and quit habits/activities.

After setting tangible daily, weekly or monthly goals, Done will help you track your habits and activities and tell you when you’ve met your goal. Done also keeps track of Streaks or Chains when you’ve met your goals in consecutive periods.

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Review

I love the progress report on this app. It’s has a simple user-interface that keeps you inspired by tracking your motivation streaks and visualizes your motivation trends over time. This app has really helped me stay up to date and organized with getting daily goals done, such as homework,Ā  chores, bills etc. I would recommend this to anybody who is down to kick off the bad habits in your life.

Check out theĀ iOS versionĀ here!

 

šŸ‘New Skill, New You

As a college student with little times on their hand, how do you find the time to try anything new nowadays? We have enough time to work on 5 projects, 3 essays, 2 presentations, and only enough to grab that cup of joe before your back on the run again to work or class. How can we possibly make time for that karate class that meets during your work hours or take up coding as a new skill when you don’t have enough free time in your schedule?

Thank heavens we have our phones to help with that problem.

The app store has never disappointed me in finding something new to learn or expand on with a newly obtained skill.

Learn a new language? Maybe pick up JavaScript coding as a new useful tool to put under your belt? Or maybe you want to spice up your cooking in some way?

Here are 5 mobile apps that can help you gain some skills while you’re on the go:

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Duolingo is a multiplatform language learning app that teaches up to 37 languages with a range of 81 different language courses.Ā  The app lets you decide you’re skill level for your chosen language and formulates a learning tree that you’re working to conquer over time.

While going through the learning nodes, you will acquire several lessons over time that include bite-sized translation practices, speech exercises, word matching, and several other activities to make the language stick.

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Duolingo also utilizes its reward system in its app the requires you to gain rewards after passing levels with its in-game currencyā€””lingots”ā€” to purchase bonuses like outfits (for your little owl friend) and extra lessons. The app also had a leaderboard feature to it that you can use to face off against your friends OR if you’re more of the solo learner type, you can use the practice function against bots or by yourself.

  • Fun Find: I discovered while scavenging through the different languages that they also have Klingon and High Valyrian for those Trekkies or GOT thronees who want to learn how to spit some mad Klingon or High Valyrian game.

 

 

Review

The app is overall beneficial in walking you through the basics of wording and exact translations. The lessons pass you at a certain point, and that really motivated the completionist inside of me to finish them all with a 100% rating. It doesn’t overwhelm you with too much information and it follows you at your own learning pace. I do enjoy the gamification set up in the system that it’s in. It’s doesn’t get old quick and it keeps you consistent with your lessons.

However, it does have a few tweaks that you, the user, have to work out more on your end. The speech recognition feature still has a ways to go and doesn’t really give you that tool to teach you pronunciation fully. I would also like to mention that you should not rely on Duolingo wholeheartedly as your only resource for learning a new language. Although the mechanics are great, it doesn’t get into the concept of grammar and give you that face-to-face encounter that you would experience in real life.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


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What is it?

Grasshopper is a freemium coding app that teaches you the beginner essentials to Javascript coding. It was created by Google’s Area 120 group that aimed to make coding more fun than we imagine it to be.

This app challenges you to write real Javascript through the extension of visual challenges and puzzles. Real-time feedback is given to you while you engage in the challenges and they also give you a load of tips and tricks to utilize while you approach coding.

 

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Review

I am by no means a coder myself so when I learned about this app, I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated by it. However, this app understands that you have never touched a piece of HTML in your life and walks you through the process with step by step instructions. It actually makes coding, dare I say, fun to do. It uses user-friendly language while discussing the lessons and does it’s best to pinpoint any mistakes you have while coding.

I will say that the app is friendly with the user, it also has its limitations. While Javascript is the industry-standard program that companies use, the app doesn’t explore any other elements outside of that of that realm. For users that may want to travel outside that realm and into something different like Python, you won’t find that in this app. As the app states, it is a coding app for beginners so exploration of other programs will be up to the user’s end.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Sidechef is a cooking app that features over 11,000 recipes with filtering mechanics, meal planning, ingredient delivery, step-by-step photos, videos, in-app timers, and more. They call themselves an “end-to-end cooking platform” that essentially means the app can help you through the entire cooking process.

When maneuvering with the app, you can work it alongside with your meal preferences and your diet. You can also create quick, easy shopping lists for your grocery store runs or have the ingredients delivered to your front door.

Review

I really wished I would have discovered this app before I got into college. Boy, would this have bettered my cooking by the long run. Pinterest is a great website to nab all your easy go-to recipes but this app can be the Goliath of cooking. It’s got it all. The recipes, the delivery of ingredients (if you want to pay extra), the visual step-by-step guides, and even tips to better your dish. This app welcomes a range of skillsets, beginners to professionals, to try out their spectrum of recipes.

The only downside I would find with this app is that it doesn’t provide all the nutritional facts that you need. The app has certain recipes that you cannot trade out ingredients unless you know the replacements for it. You’ll have to do your own personal research outside of the app to discover what you will or won’t like.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


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What is it?

Bivy is an adventure app that is used to record, track, and share different trails that people have ventured through. You can find new adventures near your location and follow the adventure details of others who have also traveled through those trails

You can keep track of all your locations you visited along the way and rate the travel on the app, notifying other users of your experience. 40,000+ adventures are fully mapped out for users to look at.

The app has over 17 different adventure types, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, and several more. The app also has a built-in profile feature where you can share your location with friends to make it safe for your travels.

Review

As a person who doesn’t know a lick about adventuring outside, this app made me realize all of the range of options for travel out there. I would call this more of a “summer” app that you can play around with. This app is pretty open to people looking for an adventure but doesn’t know where to start. I haven’t been able to traverse huge mountains or kayak across lakes but the app offers you to explore the location around you. I also really enjoy the tracking feature that marks you speed and distance traveled so far, this motivates me a lot while traveling!

I’ve found that the filter features can be a bit wonky and sometimes can’t filter specific factors that you would want to incorporate into your adventure. It’s sort of frustrating because you can find one type of adventure but not another.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Lumosity is a free brain training app that stimulates your brain activity through fun and interactive puzzles. It offers over 40 games that test your critical thinking, memory, and problem-solving skills. This app also challenges your mental muscles through a range of activities that require your focus.

With 40 brain games to train your cognitive and academic abilities, you can also explore different modes that curate around what you enjoy and what you may need to work on. You can poke around workout mode which picks out games that tune with your habits and preferences.

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This app relies a lot of its core assets on 100+ leading researchers, clinicians, and teachers from across the world. The app expands it’s training tools based on recent human cognition discoveries.

Review

This app is a blast when you need one of those brain workouts. It sounds weird to say that your brain needs to work out to stay active, but based off of this app it really does test the cognitive abilities that you use in your everyday life. I like how the exercises and puzzles are catered to your preferences, whether it’s memory enhancement or attention span adjustment, this app makes it’s your brain workout enjoyable.

The one issue that this app has is that over time, it grows old fast. Once you’ve mastered the first 10 or so games, you sort of grow bored with it. That’s the challenge with apps nowadays is that they need to keep up with their audience’s learning curve along with their attention.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!