Apps You NEED to Download

Apps You NEED to Download

With new apps coming out daily, it's hard to get lost in the app store madness.

I'm not a diehard app user and rarely do I find apps that are actually worth mentioning, but this past summer I've found some extremely helpful apps that are definitely worth sharing. I'll be showcasing the apps I've been using recently, and while they've been out for a while, I think they're worth the download!

1) 1Password

I was actually forced to download this app by my parents, but as it turns out, it's actually helpful. 1Password is a password manager, an app that keeps all of your passwords in one secure place. If you're anything like me, I have way too many subscriptions to websites or accounts for random websites. Instead of trying to remember what my eight digit password would be, I can just open 1Password and it's already filed for me. It really helps me stay organized and secure, which is nice. Definitely worth the download if you're always trying to remember odd passwords with no luck.

2. Waze

Again, it was highly suggested that I download this app by my parents (who knew parents were so helpful?) Now I use this app almost daily. It replaces the iPhone Maps app, and does it so much better. My favorite feature of Waze is that it alerts you when there are police around your area. The app is so easy to use and has so many helpful features that it's a no brainer for me. It even will take you a different route if there is traffic the normal way. I even like the design of the app more than Apple's. This app would be extremely helpful for people who are traveling long distances or just exploring their own city (A.K.A everyone.)

3. Polaroid Zip

So in order to use this app, you will need to have purchased the actual Polaroid Zip photo printer. But if you're in the market for a super cool gadget and a new photo app, this one is for you. The Polaroid Zip printer does exactly what it sounds like. It prints polaroids via Bluetooth from your photo library. This app allows you to edit the picture before printing which is super cool and helpful. It also allows you to change the orientation of the photo in order to get the best photo. This app is super easy to understand as well so it is a win/win.

4. Venmo

Okay, so I'm a little late to the bandwagon. Seriously, though, this app is awesome. With Venmo, I can transfer money directly from my bank account to anyone else. Now I don't have to feel guilty when I'm out of cash and my friend has to pay. A common theme with these apps was the simplicity of the actual app, and this one is just as easy to use. I definitely recommend this app to anyone who goes out with friends and often finds themselves either paying for others or letting others pay for you. The coolest feature on Venmo, is you can request money from others as well. Now if your friend forgets to pay you for dinner, you can just request that money from them without seeming rude.

Hopefully these apps are just as useful and interesting to you, as they are for me. What are your most used apps? What is the coolest app you have?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Nintendo announced some new game titles on June 11th, 2019, and here's what I'm most excited for!


I always look forward to Nintendo Directs, especially since I got a Switch. I like knowing what games are coming up and when. This direct was particularly exciting because my favorite game, Animal Crossing, finally announced its next sequel!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be here for the Nintendo Switch by March 2020. A lot of people are disappointed that it won't be here until next year, but I'm still excited nevertheless. The extra months will probably be spent perfecting the game and adding in final details, and I'm more than okay with all of that! I'm just glad that this title finally has an official release date.

Similarly, I'm also looking forward to the next Zelda game. Unlike Animal Crossing, this one didn't get an official release date yet, but Nintendo did confirm that it's still very much in the works. I'm willing to wait for "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," personally. As I said before, video games take time. It would've been nice to at least get a teaser, but I'm not too disappointed overall. I'll still be the first in line for the new Zelda game once it DOES come out.

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