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Keep Your Family Organized with Google Family

May 22, 2018

Google has finally introduced the concept of a “Family,” where you can still keep your own personal accounts but also have a way to link all of your family members’ Google accounts so that sharing calendar events, notes, and photos is extremely straightforward. Google Family Calendar Before the introduction of Google Families, my husband and I would have to create calendar invites on our personal accounts and invite each other. With this…

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Make the Most of the New Gmail Snooze Feature on iOS

May 9, 2018

Gmail on iOS has an awesome new feature that allows you to snooze emails! You click a button and the email will be hidden until your selected date and time, at which point it pops back into your inbox. This fits perfectly into the Getting Things Done (GTD) model if you’re using that, as it allows you to defer action items to a later point. Even if you’re not using GTD, the…

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Simple Collaborative Christmas Shopping List

December 15, 2016

This holiday season I wanted to make sure my husband and I kept close tabs on how much we were spending on Christmas gifts. With a lot of people on your shopping list, it gets really easy to overspend. I created a quick Christmas shopping list that both my husband and I could edit at the same time using Google Drive. It was important that he have a copy of the list…

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Own All the Latest Gadgets by “Renting”

December 9, 2016

Back in June of this year, I really wanted to get the new Kindle Oasis that came out. It was going to be even more expensive than the Kindle Voyage that I already dropped $315 on, but I really wanted it! I liked the new one-handed design and the battery that was built into the Kindle cover. I was able to exercise a little bit of self-control and didn’t buy the Oasis…

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Why You Should Turn Off Your Phone Notifications

July 21, 2016

In keeping with my minimalist principles, I’m a big proponent of keeping phone notifications to a minimum. I currently only allow notifications from Messages, Mail, and Things for iPhone. I recently turned on Facebook Messenger notifications because I started using that app a lot more, but if that starts getting annoying I’ll probably turn them off. Whenever I install a new app and it asks me to turn on Notifications, I quickly…

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Tell Siri To Add Reminders to Things for Mac

June 24, 2016

  Something I’ve been using a lot lately is this handy iOS feature that allows me to tell Siri to add a reminder for something and that reminder gets automatically pulled into my Things for Mac app. In order to do this, you have to first make sure you’ve ticked the “Show reminders…” option in the Preferences section of Things. Then to add a Reminder, all I do is hold down my Home button…

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How I Saved Over $300 On Books Completely Legally

June 23, 2016

  I surpassed my yearly goal of reading 30 books and it’s only June. I definitely sandbagged that challenge. I started realizing how expensive this hobby would be if it hadn’t been for my “secret” to saving hundreds of dollars on ebooks: the public library. Most people know that they can borrow eBooks from their local library, but they don’t actually do it because they think it’s inconvenient. In this post I’ll…

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Monthly Book List: March 2016

April 7, 2016

Books I Read in March Title Author My Rating Goodreads Rating 1 The Intellectual Toolkit of Geniuses: 40 Principles that Will Make You Smarter and Teach You to Think Like a Genius  Robledo, I.C.  3.68 2 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  Kaling, Mindy  3.84 3 The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage John, Daymond  4.28 Book of the Month…

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Tackling the Chores You Hate the Most

March 29, 2016

I’ve always HATED doing laundry. I hated it so much my husband and I have tried out multiple different laundry services over the past years. One of those included a wash-and-fold pick-up and drop-off service and another involved dropping off your laundry in a locker. All the services cost us about $80 a month! A big part of why I hated doing laundry was because we lived in an apartment building where…

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The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Constantly Get Promoted

March 19, 2016

In a previous post, I talked about how one of my goals for the month of January was to lock in a promotion that my boss had promised me in the summer of last year. I didn’t achieve that goal then, but I’m happy to report that I did accomplish it in February! I got promoted to Senior Technical Program Manager, which came with added responsibility and a nice pay raise. This is…