RockMyRun – Our Favorite Running App

One of our favorite things to do on the blog is share products that we love. Let me introduce you to RockMyRun.

This is hands down one of my favorite running apps.  I have a lot of music on my iPhone but sometimes I just want to mix it up.  This is where RockMyRun comes in.  They have millions (maybe not that many) of playlists featuring every genre imaginable.  You can filter by genre, time, BPM and length of workout.  I am totally motivated my music so having upbeat fun songs to listen to helps me push myself a little harder.  Plus it gives me access to songs that I wouldn’t normally purchase.

Here are some of my favorite mixes.

Girls Night Out

Runchat Fan Mix

Fight to Fit

Best of 2013

Mixes are available for streaming if you have WiFi or unlimited data.  Or you can download them to your phone and have access to them whenever you want.  They have two different levels of membership.  Here is the explanation according to their website. 

RockMyRun offers two tiers of memberships: Standard (free) and Premium. Standard memberships have access to standard mixes, get 1 download of any standard mix per month and unlimited listening to standard mixes in the RockMyRun app.

 

Premium memberships come in 3 lengths: monthly, quarterly and annually. With a premium membership you get access to ALL the mixes available at RockMyRun. You receive a number of downloads based on the length of the membership: 3 downloads per month for monthly, 9 downloads per quarter for quarterly and 36 downloads per year for annual. These downloads do not roll over to the next month – they are use or lose.

If you happen to be looking for some new jams for your workout, you may want to check out this app.  If you see me dancing as I’m running down the street, you’ll know what I’m listening to.

RockMyRun didn’t pay us to say nice things about them.  We just dig the app and thought you might too.  

 

Apps We Love Part 2: Dots: A Game About Connecting

photoLast night, a photo like this turned up in my Instagram feed.  The culprit, my long-time bestie Kara. Within about 20 minutes she received a message cursing her existence.

Why?  Because of an awesome and addicting name called Dots. I wish I were joking saying that I spent the next 1.5 hours playing it while trying to follow “House of Cards” on Netflix. Not an easy task.

The good news is, according to an article on salon.com Dots might actually make you smarter.

More recent research confirms that cognitive perks picked up from gaming are skill-specific and not general gains in intelligence. According to research published in open access journal PLOS ONE by Adam Chie-Ming Oei and Michael Patterson of Nanyang Technological University-Singapore, playing video games for an hour each day can improve subsequent performance on cognitive tasks that use similar mental processes to those required in a specific game.

So in honor of summer, late bedtimes and nights of lame TV, waste more than a few precious hours of your life playing this game. Or just consider it working on your IQ.  Whatever makes you feel better.

Any hate mail sent to me will immediately be forwarded to Kara.

 

Apps We Love

Between the three of us, we use a lot of apps.

A looooooot.

This list could go on for days.

Since we are all iPhone/iPad users, we are going to talk about apps offered in iTunes. The are obvious apps like Pinterest, Facebook, MyFitnessPal and Angry Birds, but you already know about them. So let’s talk about our secret (or not-so-secret) loves. Honestly, we are just scratching the surface.

FavApps

Sarah’s Favorites

Paprika Recipe Manager

Why I love it: In addition to sorting your recipes by category and creating shopping lists like any good recipe manager should, Paprika goes above and beyond by consolidating and sorting your grocery list for you. Have a recipe that calls for 7 cups of broccoli and another that calls for 3 cups? Bam. Paprika puts 10 cups of broccoli under the Produce section of your grocery list without you even blinking. (And hey, you’re eating lots of broccoli. Good for you.) AND Paprika is supported by TONS of food sites, so you can browse recipes in the app itself, then save them directly to your recipe box. Finally, you can meal plan with it, too. Worth the $5 price tag? I believe so, dears. I believe so.

Cost: $4.99

PBS

Yes. Okay. Having a PBS app on your phone or tablet may make you a little self-conscious. It can look a little pretentious, I suppose. But I’ll tell you what — PBS programming is always so refreshing. There’s none of the over-edited, uber-scripted, lowest-common-denominator nonsense here. Most anything you pick, the content itself is typically high quality. Not only can you watch Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife to your heart’s content, but you have access to just about everything PBS broadcasts anywhere. My picks? I love watching America in Primetime and Market Warriors.

Cost: Whatever your annual pledge happens to be.

Lose It!

I like keeping track of what I eat and how much I exercise. I feel that when I do, I make better choices over all. Lose It! has made that process so easy that I hardly have to think about it. They have a very large selection of foods to choose from, including national brands and restaurants – same goes for the types of exercise you can log. You can set goals and budget calories, as well as keep track of macronutrients that you are getting.

Cost: Free!

GasBuddy

If you are one to roadtrip, then this app will be a favorite for you, too.  It locates all gas stations nearest to you and finds the cheapest ones.  It seems like a small thing until you’re in the middle of Missouri – and you still have a looooooong way to go – and you discover that this exit has gas about 15 cents cheaper than the next one.  You’ll thank me.

Cost: Free!

Pocket Planes

I don’t have too many games on my phone or iPad, just a few to pass the time while I wait in line or some such.  Pocket Planes is one of those games that’s perfect for such times. You basically manage your own airline, and while that is perhaps the least fun-sounding game, I promise you it’s more enjoyable than you might think.  It can be as simple or as involved as you choose, and since the planes fly in real time, it’s easy to set down while the planes are in flight and come back to it later. Bonus: It’s a great way to vent frustrations when you yourself are traveling; their flights may be delayed, but yours are running completely on time.

Cost: Free!

Tracey’s Favorites

Duck Duck Moose

Everything by Duck Duck Moose Games. I am not exaggerating when I say we have nearly every one of their apps. The kids love them. Itsy Bitsy Spider and Park Math are used a lot at our house. My 4.5 year old has started to outgrow them but my 1 year old loves them. She can find them on the iPad all by herself and get them started. Her big brother will often join her to “help” when he hears the music. Aunt Erika may have also spent a lot of time playing Puzzle Pop the last time she was here.

Cost: I believe most of them are $1.99

Endless ABC

Kids drag letters to spell words. My favorite word is “Pester”—once the word has been spelled, the “R” starts nudging the grumpy cartoon at the end of the word. Very cute.

Cost: $0.99

ProCamera

I use this app almost every time I take a picture with my phone. I feel like it does a better job focusing and metering than the built-in camera. It also has features like anti-shake, rapid fire and a full-screen trigger. It’s isn’t free but I think it does a better job of maximizing what your camera can do.

Cost: $4.99

PicTapGo

All of my fellow photog buddies already know that Totally Rad Actions are the greatest thing ever. I use them all the time. Well, guess what? Now, they have an iPhone picture editing app. There are great filters that are fully adjustable and layer-able. Also, you can save recipes, crop and export directly to Facebook or Instagram. Yup. I love them. Let me share a few of the shots I’ve taken using Pictapgo and ProCamera.

pictapgo

Cost: $1.99 (You are basically robbing them by only paying $1.99)

Micheals, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby

I’m not sure I’m allowed to lump all of them together but I’m going to. Each app will automatically download coupons to your phone. This means that almost every time you walk into Hobby Lobby you can use their “40% off one single item” coupon even if you forget to print it out at home. For realz. It’s the best.

Cost: FREE!!!

Finally Domino’s Pizza and Jimmy John’s.

Because sometimes I’m lazy and I really just want to order food on my phone without talking to anyone. The Domino’s app has a pizza tracker so you can tell when your pizza is being prepared or when it is in the oven. You can even send encouraging messages to the pizza chefs. Then it tells you when your pizza is done. Plus, if you haven’t checked them out recently, Domino’s pizza has come a long way. Pretty good and with this app, extremely convenient.

Cost: Free. However, they will make you pay for your pizza/sandwich. Bummer. I know.

Erika’s Favorites

A Beautiful Mess

I’m a cheapskate, and I like my apps like I like most everything else in life: free! So you know that if I’ve paid for any app, then it’s gotta be worth it. And, guys, this one is worth it. C’mon, $0.99 ain’t gonna break the bank (I hope). This one’s a newbie still, but I’m sure many of you have already heard of it. It’s just about the cutest, little picture-editing app out there. You can add filters and borders, as well as text and doodles. And if you want to help the bloggers-who-developed-it’s cause, you can buy upgrades and get even more (and arguably cuter) filters/borders/doodles.

Cost: $0.99

Urbanspoon

If you haven’t heard of this app, I would bet you’ve been living under a rock. But, juuuust in case you have (been living under a rock) and haven’t (heard of this app), I’m sharing it with ya. Mostly because this app comes in super handy when you just cannot, for the life of you, decide where to eat. Which happens a loooot over in this here household. My husband and me, bless our hearts, we’re both really bad at making decisions. All I gotta do when we can’t decide on something is grab my phone, give it a little shake, and this app tells us where to go. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that, I tell ya!

Cost: Free!

Waze

This app comes to you from my husband — let the record show that it was he who discovered this app for us. But thank the heavens he did! If there’s one thing that I hate more than paying for apps, it’s a traffic jam. And this app has everything I need to avoid those. It’s like Googlemaps on steriods! It’s a user-based app, where anyone can report accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, construction sites, current drive times, and police officers on the prowl. This app also finds the cheapest, closest gas stations to you, navigates for you, and let’s you connect to facebook. My favorite part, though, is that you get to create your own “Waze”—think “Mii” on a Wii system. Just, stop what you’re doing, and get this app right now.

Cost: Free!

Word Seek

If you, like me, love word games, this app is the one to have! You just swipe scrambled letters on the screen to see how many words you can come up with. My family loves to gather around the iPad and play together—it’s a mess of everybody’s fingers trying to swipe their words first. It’s simple and fun… two must-have qualities for any game app. (You could buy the ad-free version for $1.99, but why bother when there’s a free version that’s just as fun?)

Cost: Free!

Map My Tracks

My husband and I love this app! If you do anything even remotely exercise-ish, this app is for you. We use it most often when we ride our bikes or when we are snowboarding. It tracks elevation changes, speed (average, slowest, and fastest), routes, and distance. Plus, if you have a speed or a pace you’re particularly proud of, you can show it off to share it with your friends. And, ladies and gents, I paid for it, so you know it’s a good one. 😉

Cost: $1.99