{infatuation friday}


  1. InstaFonts. ($0.99) This app allows you to add fonts to your photos in several styles, sizes and colors. I’m still trying to decide if I want to buy it (would I really use it that often?), but it seems interesting enough. I’d love to hear thoughts from anyone who’s tried it. This app is available in iTunes (linked above).
  2. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. I got the idea for this while perusing Pinterest last week. There was an actual recipe for homemade Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, and I seriously considered trying to make it from scratch. Of course, one look at my Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit was enough to change my mind. I threw all the ingredients together, added a teensy bit of extra cinnamon and nutmeg, then mixed in a handful of chocolate chips. It was darn good, I tell ya. Should I have claimed it was homemade? Probably so.
  3. Pumpkin Tea. I tried this earlier in the week when I was visiting the bestie. She knows I usually don’t add any sweetener to my tea, so when it tasted sweet I obviously had to ask. Turns out, the tea is naturally that sweet (I guess because of the pumpkin?), and pretty delicious. If you like pumpkin, I definitely suggest this.
  4. PhotoMage. (Free) This is very similar to Instagram in that it adds filters to your photos. The differences are that it’s not a social app (so your photos don’t have to be posted to a website or profile) and you can add text (in a really small font though) to the bottom of the photo. My dislikes: the tiny text can’t be enlarged and the photo has to stay in the one spot at the bottom of the photo. But for a free, non-social app, it’s not bad. Available in iTunes (linked above).
  5. PolitiFact. ($1.99) I haven’t downloaded it (Nearly $2 for an app? I don’t think so.), so I don’t know exactly how it works. My best friend got it as the free app of the day and showed it to me (I gave her the stink-eye for not telling me about it while it was free). This app can help settle political debates between friends or can let you fact check televised debates. (Because, let’s be forreal here, how often do the candidates tell the whole truth?) I thought it was pretty awesome and really wanted to download it, but I just can’t make myself pay that much for an app. (In case you don’t remember, $0.99 was a big deal when I broke down and bought Bubble Frame.) This app is available in iTunes, Google Play and Playbook.
  6. Pic Stitch. (Free) This app lets you add photos to a collage frame, then make adjustments to the photo (like adding filters or stickers, adusting lighting and so on) and change the color/pattern of the frame.  So far, I like it. And it’s free! Available in iTunes (linked above) and on Facebook. (Admittedly, I got a little carried away with the stickers and text. I think Hilary will love me anyway.)
  7. PopBooth. (Free) It’s like a photo booth, but for your phone or tablet! Now, I know some phones and tablets come standard with a photo booth feature, but this is a little different (otherwise, I wouldn’t even bother). This app allows you to add filters to the photos and offers the option of purchasing a photo postcard for $1.99. My only problem with this app is that it no longer offers the traditional photo strip layout. The latest update forced all users to use the box layout. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll offer both options. Available in iTunes (linked above). You can also follow PopBooth activity on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
  8. Poolga. (Free) My step mom told me about this app, but I haven’t had a chance to download it yet. However, the creators of this app are pretty straightforward; it’s art for your iPhone/iPad. The featured artwork varies in style, so check it out and find something you like. Available only in iTunes. You can also follow Poolga on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
  9. Oatmeal Skillet Cookie. I made this for my supervisor for National Bosses’ Day. She and a coworker loved it. I was glad it turned out yummy, since I’d never made it before. A few tips in case you decide to try the recipe: the blogger says to heat the sugar mixture on med-high heat, but I suggest low-med heat (my sugar crystallized quickly on med-high heat). Also, you may need to bake the cookie for longer than the recipe states (my cookie stayed in the oven an extra 10-15 minutes). Finally, your cookie will probably not look as pretty as hers (unless maybe you’re a pro at skillet-cookie-baking), so don’t worry too much about appearances. Mine looked not-quite-done on the edges, but I realized it was fine before I burned the cookie. As long as your knife or toothpick comes out clean, you’re probably in the clear. (These tips come from a gal who used a cast-iron skillet, if that makes any difference.)
  10. Red Riding Hood. Josh and I watched this last night. I’d heard good things, but he hadn’t. I was disappointed. The acting was pretty awful, the writing was cheesy and it was super-predictable. After we watched it, we had to cleanse our brains with some stupid humor by watching Evolution (which I do suggest).

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