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Newsstand is totally news worthy

12 Sep

It’s no big surprise that I love my iPad, every chance I get I’m singing it’s praises.

There is an app that I’ve become very close with lately and I don’t think that too many people actually take advantage of it.



So what is it?

Newsstand is the place where all your digital magazines and newspaper subscriptions hangout.

Like most things from Apple, it has style. The Newsstand is just a clean, neat, and organized place to keep all your magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Nice little shelfs to organize all your periodicals the way that you want them.

From the Newsstand you can also subscribe to more of your favorite magazines and newspapers. The downside of the store is that it can be a little misleading. You’ll see that your favorite magazine is free to download to your Newsstand but you don’t actually get a magazine with that, you still have to purchase an issue or subscription.


Check your favorite magazines, some of them will allow you to download the digital edition on your iPad if you already subscribe to them in print.

The Magazines

I don’t get a whole lot of time to actually read magazines but there are a few that have become staples in my life.

I like the whole idea of having a digital magazine. In some cases it’s less paper waste and I like that I don’t have to worry about it taking up space and collecting dust in my house.

I’ve been a faithful reader of All You for YEARS and I have torn out pages all over the place of recipes and exercise ideas. Do I ever really pull them out and use them? Not often.

I love how instead of tearing out pages I can just bookmark the articles or recipes I want to save and I don’t have to worry about loosing them or finding places to keep them.


I have a few magazines in my Newsstand and they all have some different features. A couple are very interactive with things embedded in the articles and features that tie in social media. Others are just a basic digital version of the magazine with no frills.

I love that if there’s an article I think a friend might like I can email it to them or share it on Facebook or Twitter.


I have two magazines that have an awesome feature where I can enter a search term and it will pull matching articles from all the issues I have downloaded. That makes it easy when I can remember reading about a topic but can’t remember what issue it was in.

The more I use the Newsstand and digital magazines the more I enjoy them.

The one thing I really wish I could do is take notes. You can take notes and highlight books in iBooks, it would be a great feature to be able to take notes in an article or highlight just the specific part that is important to me. I guess I need to make a suggestion.

Have you started using your iPad to read magazines and newspapers? What do you think?

If you’re new to this digital stuff, give it a try and let me know what you think.


Apps I Love (Part 2)

17 Sep

My Top 5 iPad Apps.

Last week I shared my top five favorite iPhone apps. Today I’d like to share with you my top five favorite iPad apps. With so many great apps to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down but these are the apps that help me be productive and on top of multipule aspects of my life.

FiOS Mobile

I like this one because it helps me manage my DVR even when I’m not at home. No more forgetting to record my favorite shows. I can also delete recorded shows right from this app incase I need to free up some space on the DVR.

If I don’t want to disturb Bill or the kids by pulling the TV listing up on the TV I can always use the app to see what’s coming on later on my favorite channels. From the TV listings I can get more information about any show, set it to record or even change the channel. I like to sometime change the channel on Bill when I’m not even in the same room.

My Life In Mommyland

Another awesome feature of this app is the remote. It actually pulls the remote control up on the screen and offers full function. I live in a house with a husband and two little boys, the remote goes missing frequently and it’s nice to not have to go on a hunt for it.

My Life In Mommyland


I’ve recently started using this app and so far I really like it. Everything we do online needs a password and it’s getting increasingly more difficult (and it’s not very secure) to use the same password for everything. I like this app because I only need to remember one password and it remembers all the rest for me.

My Life In Mommyland

Not to worry, if your iPad is lost or stolen no one can access all those important passwords without having the password you set for the app.

My Life In Mommyland

Chore Pad HD

I have sung the praised of this app on more than one occasion and I’m still in love. While I’m pretty sure this app was meant primarily for setting up chores for kids, I use it to make sure that my household chores never become overwhelming and that everything gets done in a timely manner.

My Life In Mommyland

By doing a little each day, Chore Pad helps me keep my house in order.


This app has given me the ability to write my blog posts in more places. Since switching from a laptop to a desktop I had become a little less mobile with my blog writing, until this app. Now I can sit on the deck and enjoy a beautiful day while getting posts written. I’ve written while waiting for the kids to get out of activities. I’ve written while out of town.

My Life In Mommyland

BlogPress syncs with my WordPress site and allows me to save drafts locally (just on the iPad) or online. I can start a blog post while waiting for Cameron to get out of his swimming lesson and finish it sitting at my desk after bedtime. It’s really helped me get a little more consistent with my writing.


I have just about every e-reader on my iPad, but iBooks is by far my favorite. The interface is beautiful and more enjoyable than the competition. Sure, they all have the same features but I feel more at home with iBooks.

My Life In Mommyland

I haven’t read a regular book since I got my first iPad. I enjoy reading at night before bed and with a “real” book I needed to keep the lights on and I’d keep Bill awake. Now I can read all night long if I want to, in complete darkness, and not worry about keeping Bill up.

These apps are my favorite because they make my life easier and more efficient. I’m a busy mom and each of these apps helps me save time and probably even more importantly use my time more effectively.

Do you have a favorite iPad app?

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