Friday Fave: Google Photos

If you asked me what the most useful app on my phone is, I would say Google Photos. If you’re not using it, let me tell you why you should be. (And if you are brilliant and already using it, maybe some of the things I mention below will be new to you!)

I know there are hundreds of ways to back up photos out there, but I swear by Google Photos and feel the need to tell everyone I know (which is why I’m writing this now).

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Friday Fave: Podcasts -- Part 2

Last week, I told you some of my favorite ways to listen to podcasts. This week, I'm excited to share my favorite shows with you! Again, there are so many out there, but these are the ones to which I do (or did) consistently devote my precious ear time!

Cozy up, and let me tell you--in my words--why I love listening to each of these audio works of art!

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Friday Fave: Podcasts -- Part 1

For over five years, I've been listening to podcasts--WHICH I LOVE. I assume your reaction to that is one of the following:
A) YES! What ones do you listen to?
B) Okay... I've heard of those.
C) A pod what???

If you answered A... Hello, my fellow podcast listener! I will share my favorites here in just a moment.
If you answered B... Granted, I've been listening to podcasts for awhile, but the time I spend listening has increased significantly over time. There is a HUGE world out there when it comes to podcasts, and I truly encourage you to give them a whirl! It's easier than ever to listen, so I'm giving you some suggestions next week!
If you answered C.... In the most simple words, podcasts are audio shows (like a talk radio show) you can listen to from anywhere at any time. There are numerous apps and websites you can listen through. There are seemingly infinite numbers of podcasts out there on all sorts of topics in all sorts of formats with all types of hosts! Check out my suggestions on how to listen below, and next week I'll tell you about my favorite shows, which you might decide to give one (or more) a try!

First, here are a few general podcast notes--purely at my suggestions. 

  • Fave App to Play Podcasts: Stitcher -- While I originally used iTunes and listened on my iPod back in the day, my phone is an Android, and Stitcher is the first app I used to listen on my phone--and I've used it since! If there's something better out there, I'm certainly welcome to suggestions, but Stitcher is my favorite!
  • How I Listen: 2x -- My dear friend Daphne (who is even more into podcasts than me) opened me to the world of changing the playback speed (which she does with Apple and I do with Stitcher). Essentially, you can change the setting to let you listen at a faster rate. I quickly got acclimated to 2x speed, which sounds weird to others when they get in my car. It's my favorite, because I can listen more quickly--and thus listen to more! (Read more about this here.)
  • Where I Listen: Zenon Car (my car) + working out -- My car is my favorite place to listen to podcasts and where I get probably 95% of my podcast listening in. It was previously reserved for lengthier drives, but in the past six months or year, I've had my car always go Bluetooth audio when turning on. (Fortunately, my car is a 2013 model; if you have an older car, you'd probably have to figure out an auxiliary cord, or something like that.) Even though my drive to and from work is only about 10-15 minutes each way, that's that much listening time I get in every day (plus any other drives)! I also enjoy listening when I work out; it gives me an audible distraction from the horror that is working out.
    • Honestly, this one is totally up to preference. Some people listen at home (opposed to TV, etc.). That really doesn't seem to work for me, unless I'm cleaning (maybe). Some people listen at work; I generally end up not listening and missing the content then. I know a lot of people cannot listen while working out. It just depends on what works for you!
  • Where I Find Podcasts: Everywhere! -- As I mentioned above, I'll be sharing my favorite shows next week, so that will be a start if you need some suggestions! However, I've found out about podcasts from all sorts of sources. My fellow podcast-listening friends have given me lots of recommendations. Some celebrities and personalities I was already fans of have podcasts, so that brought me to some of them. Many podcasts also have guests from other podcasts and/or will talk (or post on social media) about their favorites. Social media, websites, podcast apps, and more are just some of the other places you might find out about podcasts.

Clearly, I could talk about podcasts all day! Next week, I'll tell you more about my favorite shows! Again, the podcast world is huge, and I can only listen to so much, but I suppose you could say I'm attached with my favorites!

Happy listening!

Friday Fave: Water

I'm writing this from my couch with a cat beside me, the TV on, and a big cup of... WATER. I know, I know. What a basic thing; it's part of the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. However, I just LOVE drinking water. Give me a glass of water--with or without ice--at any time, and I am ALL about it. As soon as I get to work. Throughout the day. After a workout (or during, honestly). With every meal. Just for fun. Before bed. ANYTIME, I love a refreshing glass of water. It's delicious. Ahhhhhh!

Here in Louisville, I <s>believe</s> know we have absolutely amazing drinking water. I must thank Louisville pure tap® for that. Honestly, it makes me feel a bit snobbish when I travel, because no other water has yet to compare (though I'm certainly not picky).

That's all. I just love drinking water. (I also appreciate all of the other things water provides.)

Note: As much as I love water and, honestly, take advantage of the cleanliness of it, there are MANY people in this world--even here in Kentucky (this is worth a read!)--who do NOT have access to clean water. It is truly terrifying, sad, and a shame, and I couldn't post this without at least acknowledging this.

Friday Fave: College Football

I'm not one to pass up an opportunity, but when it's a Saturday during college football season, ALL I WANT TO DO IS WATCH. There's nothing like spending a Saturday at a game or going on a road trip to see one of my teams play.

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan--to a Michigan football alumnus (my dad) and my mom. From birthday, I have been a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, and my family usually heads to at least one game in Ann Arbor per year. 

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky--listening to that same Michigan football alumnus do color commentary for the Louisville Cardinals football games on the radio (and later on TV). That was before many UofL games were on TV, but we sure listened on the radio. When I went to college at the University of Louisville, my mom bought me season tickets at orientation. I think I've missed just one or two home games at Papa John's Cardinal Season since then. 

There's something about it. The spirit, the tailgating, the rivalries, the fans, the athleticism, the school pride, the ties, the competition, the uncertainty, the home games, the away games, the bowl games, the fun, the family, the friends... the football. 

You know how I'll be spending my Saturdays for the next couple months. Go Blue! Go Cards!


Michigan football vs. Indiana in 2016 -- As you can (or can't) see, there was a little snow.

Michigan football vs. Indiana in 2016 -- As you can (or can't) see, there was a little snow.

Louisville football vs. Purdue in 2017 -- There's nothing like a football road trip. (Follow us on Twitter:  @UofLSugarMamas !)

Louisville football vs. Purdue in 2017 -- There's nothing like a football road trip. (Follow us on Twitter: @UofLSugarMamas!)

Friday Fave: 1 Second Everyday

Projects requiring extreme consistency can be difficult for me, because... I don't keep up with them. (Haha.) Just over six months ago, I heard about a project I have consistently done. It's using an app called 1 Second Everyday (1SE). As 1SE claims, "Life is made of seconds." This app has a few functions, but the one I use prompts me to take a one second video every day. 

My goal is to make it through a year of using this app before watching my compilation. Thankfully, I have the app set to give me reminders, and I make it a point to make a one second video (or crop one second from a longer video) every. single. day. Some days it's me with family and/or friends. Some days it's at work. Some days it's me laying on the couch with a pet. It just depends, but I have enjoyed compiling the videos thus far. In about six months, I'll share my year with you all. (I started on January 7, 2017, so I'll reach my goal on January 6, 2018.)

Interested in 1SE? You can download it on the App Story or Google Play Store through their website. There are actually some other options/features in the app, but I have yet to mess around with them. I'm anxious to see your videos--and mine!

Friday Fave: Happy Birthday

I'm back for my second Friday Fave! This one is what I like to call a favorite "fun fact". Hopefully most of my Louisvillians know this. If you don't, that's upsetting, but at least you're here to learn.

Did you know the song "Happy Birthday to You" was written right here in Louisville, Kentucky?! Even more fun, it was written less than a mile from where I grew up in the 40214 ZIP code. (Shout out to The One Four!!)

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