They say that your wedding day is the most important day of your life. It’s also probably one of the most expensive and stressful days ever. Luckily, technology has made it so much easier to plan such a momentous event. We’ve gathered some of these resources to help with your wedding planning.
For your all-around planning — Wedding Planner by The Knot
The Knot’s wedding planner app pretty much covers everything you need to plan your wedding. You can look for inspiration, create your budget and checklists, and even find vendors right from your phone or tablet. It’s literally your digital wedding planner, or at the very least, your wedding assistant.
For amazing wedding invites and thank you cards — Minted
Whether you need a website, save the date, invitation, or thank you cards for your wedding, or perhaps the program, place cards, menus for the reception, this website can connect you to many different independent artists that can get it done. You can have samples sent to you, and you can coordinate with your artist as much as you need to get the perfect designs.
For vendors you might need in your area — Carats & Cake
This site lets you look through different weddings and see which vendors were there. If you like any of the vendors you see, you can get their info from their profile. This website works through recommendations of real couples, and even if you don’t find someone you want to hire, you at least get to look at beautiful photos that can serve as inspiration as well.
For your registry and wedding gifts — Wedding Wire Registry (formerly Newly Wish) and Tendr
The Wedding Wire Registry consolidates all your registries from different retailers. You can create your retail registries and import them into your page, which you may then customize to match your wedding theme. This makes your wedding gift list more organized and easy to monitor, which is good for both you and your guests.
If you prefer to get your gifts in cash instead, Tendr is a really elegant and easy way to go. You can create a page for your occasion, and your friends and family can send you their gifts through that, alongside a beautifully designed digital card. Something that makes this even better is that you can donate a percentage of your gifts to a charity of your choosing.
For when you need help accomplishing different tasks — TaskRabbit
If you find yourself lacking hands when it comes to the wedding itself (perhaps last minute), you can use TaskRabbit to get the help you need. From decorations to emergency purchases, and even overall assistance, this app could help you get things done and get one less thing off your plate!There you have it: six resources that cover most aspects of wedding planning. Whether you’re already engaged and planning your wedding (a huge CONGRATS to you!) or just love looking at wedding-related things for your future special day, we hope this was able to help you find something useful.
5 best workout apps to try at home
Start creating healthier habits and close your rings!
Over the past year, taking care of ourselves has become a priority for a lot of us. Eating healthier, getting a good amount of sleep, being mindful, and working out will not just make us less susceptible to diseases now and in the long run, they also help relieve stress and avoid bouts of lethargy in our day to day.
As a beginner, exercise will always seem daunting — or even feel like a chore. This is why fitness apps are now more comprehensive than ever, offering guides for different kinds of physical activities to cater to people’s different needs and lifestyles.
Whether you’re a mom of a toddler who thinks she doesn’t have time for working out, or a workaholic who wants to spice up her rather drab routine, here are some of the best workout apps for iOS that you can try at home to help you start creating healthier habits.
US$ 9.99 per month / US$ 79.99 per year
Apple’s very own Fitness+ doesn’t require a separate app, but you do need an Apple Watch and either an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to access the workouts within the Fitness app.
You can choose from different sets of workouts: HIIT, core, strength training, yoga, dance, treadmill, rowing, cycling, mindful cooldown. There are also options to sort by trainer, duration, and music.
Apart from its seamless integration with the Apple Watch, the biggest draw of Fitness+ are the high production value, diverse set of trainers, and integration with Apple Music.
With 21 different personalities to choose from, you’re sure find one that you will enjoy working out with. My personal favorites are Bakari for HIIT, Jessica for yoga and mindful cooldown, and Kyle for core and strength workouts.
In each class, the trainer walks you through each move that you are doing. A brief warmup and cooldown are also included in every workout.
Having songs you love play in the background makes a grueling 30-minute HIIT actually exciting. It especially helps that the trainers encourage you to sing or dance to the songs during recovery.
US$ 14.99 per month / US$ 99.99 per year
Sometimes watching a video of someone doing push ups is not necessary. Aaptiv packs all the motivation you need to work out in audio-only classes tailored to your needs.
The beautifully designed UI helps make working out less daunting. Upon signing up, you are asked what your fitness level is, what kind of workouts you’re interested in, length of classes that you prefer, what equipment you have, and one healthy habit the app can help you build. Choose from foam roll, work on your core, master the plank, do squats, do push-ups.
Based on your answers, you then get a weekly personalized coach plan. There are also guided programs, team challenges, and playlists of great music.
Nike Training Club
If being in a virtual class isn’t your cup of tea, Nike Training Club has a good selection of routines that you can easily follow.
You can search workouts based on your needs. Whether you’re looking to improve endurance, mobility, or strength, routines with dumbbells, or those that target specific muscle group, the app has you covered.
One of my favorite features that’s not available on the other apps mentioned here, is the use of the Apple Watch’s haptics. This allows you to focus on doing each rep, instead of looking at your screen to check the time. Getting your form right — including your neck’s position — is important in maximizing results.
My other favorite feature: The app is free!
US$ 12.99 per month
While Peloton is known for its high-end treadmill and indoor bike, its app can be downloaded by anyone. It offers different classes that don’t require any of their equipment.
No matter how busy you are, you won’t run out of options with thousands of live and on-demand workouts to choose from. Like Fitness+, Peloton workouts are accompanied by great music and energetic trainers that make exercising fun. Emma Lovewell and Adrian Williams have made strengthening my core a lot more enjoyable.
The leaderboard on the app shows other users who are simultaneously doing the workout with you. If you join any of the live classes, you might even get a shoutout from the trainer.
The app also lets you filter classes by duration, class type, instructor, or music. On days when you feel like doing cardio with Britney Spears or yoga with Elvis, know that those are options.
With more than three million members, challenges within the Peloton app help motivate you to create healthy and consistent fitness habits with other users. The Annual 2021 challenge, which tracks every active minute on all Peloton platforms, has more than one million participants as of writing.
US$ 4.99 per month / US$ 35.99 per year
If you want to virtual classes but don’t need a charismatic trainer or great background music, try Wondercise. At more than half the price of a paid subscription, this is the workout app that offers all the basics, whatever your level of fitness is.
Using its live motion matching technology, the app analyzes and maps your movements as you train by using a compatible wearable, including the Apple Watch.
Wondercise identifies how closely your movements match those of the onscreen trainer. The more similar your movements are to the trainer, the higher your score will be.
Finding a class that suits your needs is easy. Recommendations that are served to you are tailored to the fitness level and goals you indicate when signing up. This saves you time from scrolling through all the available workouts.
There is also wide range of exercises that you can try that are not available on other apps. Apart from HIIT, core, and strength training, you also get access to tai chi, MMA, kickboxing, and pilates.
Note: All five apps work seamlessly with the Apple Watch. This means that when you start a workout on your phone it automatically syncs with your Apple Watch and records your heart rate and active calories. Apart from Fitness+, all other apps can be used without an Apple Watch.
Signal and Telegram are trending instead
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.
“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.
Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.
Ultrahuman is an all-in-one fitness app
Workout, meditate and sleep soundly
Staying physically and mentally fit is extra challenging during a pandemic, but it’s become essential now more than ever. Ultrahuman is a fitness app launched that offers a very convenient platform that targets the three main health points: physical exercise, meditation and sleep. It helps you stay fit from the moment you wake up until you go to bed!
This newest app, which debuted on CES 2021, features different content per category. It includes home workouts and yoga programs from world-class athletes and professional trainers to focus on your physical strength. You can choose from various workouts — from running and yoga to weightlifting and HIIT. The app is designed for all fitness levels.
With the app’s biofeedback technology, you can also track your heart rate and calories burned in real-time.
There’s also content focusing on mindfulness, including guided meditations, bedtime stories, calming meditation music, nature and sleep sounds, breathing exercises, among others. Manage stress and anxiety better by improving your mental health and sleeping patterns with the help of this series.
You can also listen to “brain music”, a section where you can find songs curated by “neuro-musicians” that aids focus, sleep and productivity.
Ultrahuman also partnered with UCLA, Mindsize, and Unified Mindfulness to bring the best of mind science and technology together.
The app is available on iOS and Android, and is already rolled out across 50+ countries globally. It’s been recognized by Apple as one of the top apps they love. Apple Watch users can also integrate their app to track their health progress real-time.
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