My Favorite Podcasts

Podcasts have absolutely blown up in the last few years, and it seems like everyone has created one now. With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find one that you actually like listening to! To help you out, here are my favorite podcasts to listen to on boring commutes (or at work, or at the gym…lol jk):

  • How I Built This – Stories about how successful business people got started, failures they’re glad they made, and the lessons they learned along the way.
  • TED Radio Hour – An hour’s worth of discussion about a multitude of topics such as: our interactions with animals, what work means to us, or how easily we can be manipulated.
  • Kalyn’s Coffee Talk – Great advice and life lessons that seem more like a laid-back chat with a friend.
  • Car Talk – A podcast for car enthusiasts, the hosts focus on helping people diagnose their car’s problems. It’s fun to play along and see if you actually know as much about cars as you think you do!
  • Skimm’d from the couch – The founders of Skimm sit down with female leaders to discuss their business and life lessons.
  • Serial – Each season focuses on a different criminal case-the first is a murder, the second is a military disappearance. If you liked Making A Murderer on Netflix, you’ll love this podcast.

Let me know your favorite podcasts in the comments below!

Apps I Love: Milanote

I know I’m not the only one that adds things to my to do list that I’ve already done just so I can immediately check them off. I’ve tried so many ways to keep track of to do lists, whether it’s keeping them in a physical notebook or downloading an app. Because I have this overwhelming knowledge of to do list options, I figured I would share my most recent find!Read More »

Why Physical Keyboards Matter in a World Full of Glass

Once upon a time, there was a world where having a full physical keyboard was a very big deal. You no longer had to use T-9 to text, and you could fill the entire 140 character limit with ease! Keyboards quickly became the norm, and trying to type on anything else seemed like a ridiculous idea. Today, the scene is a little different. Most people are complacent typing on glass, their fingers never truly getting the satisfaction of feeling a button click down and pop back up. For these people, I feel sorry. After seeing the glorious physical keyboard on my BlackBerry, they almost always exclaim, “OMG is that a keyboard?! On a phone?! Oh man I used to love my BlackBerry.” And as my new favorite commercial states, I reply, “I still do.”

Most people are very familiar with the BlackBerry keyboard. Almost everyone has owned at least one BlackBerry in their life, whether it was for personal or work. Unfortunately, glass screens became more and more popular while the keyboard faded away.

Or did it? I think the physical keyboard is more important now than ever. With numerous glass screen options out there, BlackBerry is our only hope for those of us that love to “click” keys. While the KEYone that I’m currently using boasts an amazing keyboard, the KEY2 has upgraded even more. For those of you who “used to love your BlackBerry”, the KEY2’s keys were modeled after a Bold 9900!

It seems like typing on glass is something we put up with because that’s what phone makers are giving us. As noted in my very official research study via a Twitter poll, when people do have a keyboard, they absolutely love it.

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If you’re one of those people who “used to love your BlackBerry”, but are now attempting to type on glass, it’s definitely worthwhile to check out the KEYone, or better yet, the KEY2. Because your fingers deserve it.

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10 Hidden Benefits of Amazon Prime

Okay, I’m not going to explain Amazon Prime, because if you don’t know what it is…how are you even on the internet?! But for the millions of people who have Prime, the free 2 day shipping is an awesome feature, and likely what first got them hooked. But did you know there are tons of other benefits that come with being a Prime member? Here are 10 benefits you should know about and start using ASAP! Check them out, and let me know what you’re most excited to use!Read More »

BlackBerry KEYone Review

Now that I’ve owned the BlackBerry KEYone for two months, I thought it was time to write a complete review of it. I think the fact that I haven’t switched to a new phone yet is a very good sign! Read More »

The Best Travel Apps

In one week I’ll be headed to Colorado for a ski/snowboard trip (or for me, a drinking and shopping trip), and in March I’m headed down to Florida for a race/beach trip! With all this traveling, I need something to help me keep track of flights, hotel and car rentals, and what to pack! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite apps to help me do all these things are more. Check it out and don’t forget to let me know your favorite way to keep track of travel plans!

TripCase: This is a great overall travel app to keep track of flight, hotel, and car information for multiple trips. Each trip is separate, so it’s easy to see all the specifics for your individual travel plans.

Airbnb: Why would you rent a plain, boring hotel room when you can rent a cabin in the mountains, or a penthouse?!

Turo: Like an Airbnb for cars, Turo lets you rent cars from their owners. This means you can likely get something far more unique for a similar price. My favorite part is that you pick the exact car you want, so you don’t end up with “something similar” to the car you actually wanted. I rented a Ford Flex with AWD for Colorado, and am looking forward to renting a fun convertible for Miami!

Lyft: Parking at the airport is almost more expensive than the flight itself, so it’s much easier to have someone else drive you.

Google Keep: I use this to keep track of everything I need to pack for each trip, so I don’t forget pajamas yet again!

Google Maps: For finding the best breweries, coffee shops, and things to do in new cities.

New Year, New Phone (Again)

A new year means a time for people to have an excuse to reinvent themselves. Some people work on their fitness, some people will change their style or hair color, but I use it as an excuse to try new technology. After trying out the Pixel 2 at the end of last year and really disliking it (which you can read about here), I knew I needed a different phone, but didn’t know what direction I was headed in. In typical Lauren fashion, a new opportunity was presented to me. An opportunity with a keyboard and long battery life (without paying $29 to replace the battery). Read More »