The Year of You

small changes to a more balanced and blissful life

Apps I Love: Starbucks — February 15, 2018

Apps I Love: Starbucks

Okay, I considered not posting this one because until last week I thought everyone knew about the magic of the Starbucks app, but I was wrong so here it is.

Like so many of you, I love coffee.  Coffee is a warm hug in the morning to get my day started. I am pretty sure I have a coffee addiction, but I am okay with it. On days when I want someone else to make my coffee, I might head to Starbucks. On many of these occasions I end up talking myself out of it because I absolutely can’t stand waiting in line in the store or in the drive through. This is where the Starbucks mobile app enters the picture and completely removes this issues.

First, you need to download the app and set-up an account. Once you have the app, you select your location and you can order your drinks (and food) and then just drive to that location and pick them up. You simply select the drinks or food items on the app, checkout and show-up at the selected Starbucks location. You quickly park, walk in and your items are waiting for you…it is magic. The app will even tell you what time to expect your items to be ready.

It’s pretty much the best time saver if you insist on getting Starbucks and I forgot to mention that you can customize your drink (or food) the same way you would in the store plus (and this is a big plus for me) it shows you all of the nutrition facts for everything on the menu! I love knowing what I am consuming, and it helps drive my food decisions. Another great feature is that you can save your frequently ordered items as favorites and simply select those favorites and reorder in a flash the next time (including all of the customizations you make). Now, if they can only figure out a way so that I don’t have to get out of my car at all (and still order ahead)……you have your next challenge, Starbucks.

Apps I Love: Ink Cards — February 1, 2018

Apps I Love: Ink Cards

In the pursuit of finding balance, I have worked really hard to make boring or laborious tasks more efficient in an effort to give myself more time to do the things that I enjoy. In the Apps I Love series, I will share with you the Apps that save me time or just generally make my life easier. The first App I will feature is Ink Cards.

Ink Cards:

Let me start by saying that I am not a card person. I typically omit cards when giving gifts and I am known for this within my family.  Why you ask? I think most cards are overpriced and impersonal. I stumbled upon Ink Cards nearly 5 years ago and have really started using it regularly this year. Ink Cards is an app that sends personalized postcards through the mail.

To use Ink Cards, you simply download the app, select the card, upload a picture to the card (if you want), add text (if you want), select the address and checkout. I still love receiving real mail and I know other people do as well, it just feels so much more personal. This app saves me the time from having to pick out the perfect card in a store and then finding stamps (which I never seem to have).

Each Ink Card is $1.99 which includes the postage and they are really great quality postcards. I actually used Ink Cards this year to do my family Christmas cards because I didn’t want to deal with labeling addresses and buying stamps. It was so simple and because I purchased a bulk credit, the price was comparable to using other photo card services for holiday cards. Plus, did I mention that I don’t have to worry about buying stamps or doing the addresses?

Ink Cards has made me a bit of a card person now. It’s just that simple.