Google+ Auto Back Up

Yesterday my mobile phone went into a coma. Completely ‘bricked’ as they say. As in, now it resembles the usefulness of a brick. I had backed up all my mobile phone photos and other data before going to Queensland, and cleared my phone memory so that I’d have plenty of space to take more photos. Thank goodness for that. However, all the photos I had taken since then were gone. The holiday itself and, much less importantly, *ahem* the blogging content photos that I had taken! Food pictures, play pictures, craft pictures. There was some good stuff there and now it was all gone!

Surprisingly, I wasn’t rocking myself in a corner just yet. I think I was still holding out hope that I could fix this brick. AND I had a teeny tiny sparkle of a memory that I had ticked a box somewhere in Google+ … something about auto back up from my camera phone? I went to Google+ profile and LOOK! There they were. Every photo I had taken with my mobile phone, right up to the most recent picture from right before my phone bricked (damn you Kies update!).

I’m sure you’d like to know how to use this feature, one day it could save your head from an explosion. Here’s the deets.

How to Back Up Your Photos Using Google+

  1. Create a Google account, if you don’t have one already.
  2. Download the Google+ app on your phone (Android or Mac)
  3. Sign in to the Google+ app with your Google account.
  4. Follow the prompts to enable auto back up.

You’re done! Visit your Google+ profile to check your uploads and also double check your privacy settings. I have mine set so that the only people who can see my pictures is ME.

How do you back up your stuff?

Apps to help feed the family

Here are some fab apps to help you feed your family every week. When will the meal planning ever end….?!

Chemical Maze

Chemical Maze

My new favourite thanks to a heads up from a friend. Chemical Maze allows you to easily enter the name or code of any food (or beauty) ingredient and find out how it impacts on your health. The results can be surprising… and alarming! I like the simple smiley face/frowny face icons, which give you an idea of what to expect at a glance. There is plenty more detail beyond that though, should you want to know all the gory details. Available for Android and Mac ($AU7.49).

Planning with Kids Meal Planning App

planning with kids

I’m a big fan of Planning with Kids and was lucky enough to not only see writer Nicole presenting at Blogopolis this year, but also had the chance to meet her in person and pick her brains a little. Nicole has created this neat app to make family meal planning a breeze. My only criticism is that it’s not available for Android. Yet. Apple lovers, get thee here ($AU0.99).

Food Planner

Food Planner

I try to stick to Australian apps when dealing with food, it makes things so much easier when looking at measurements and temperature. However I can say that the Food Planner app is so easy to use that I couldn’t overlook it on this list. My favourite function is the ability to import recipes from the web with the click of a button. You can also add recipes to your meal plan for the week, and then add any items from the recipe to your grocery list. The biggest downfall for me was the HUZZAH at seeing as a nominated site to import recipes from….. then the FAIL when every recipe I tried to import received an error message. Luckily the imports from worked just fine, and there are plenty of US sites to import from too. Available for Android (free).

If you prefer the paper and pen style of planning you can read about the tools I use here. Don’t forget to check out my Top 5 resources for meal planning.

Do you use any meal planning apps? Please tell me about them in the comments below.

Home Organisation Apps

Thanks to my lovely neighbour mentioning The Organised Housewife’s ‘20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge’ I have become an organising machine! I had lost my home organisation mojo since becoming pregnant – the nausea and tiredness was overwhelming, especially while managing to keep up with all my teaching work. That was something that just couldn’t slip… vacuuming and home errands? Well, they kind of went by the way side.

Of course, being a geek I am always looking for apps that can help me in my daily life. That’s where these helpful little numbers come in handy:

Do It Tomorrow

do it tomorrow

This is such a simple concept, but I love it! Who doesn’t indulge in a bit of procrastination occasionally? With this app you have one to-do list….  if you don’t get it done today you can just flick that job to tomorrow. Easy peasy. The best part is that the task never goes away, so you can’t get away from it for long. Give it a try yourself, it’s available free for Android and iPhone.

Chore Checklist

chore checklistWant something with a little more detail? Try out Chore Checklist. It comes preloaded with a daily, weekly and monthly routine. You can edit these as you like, and add your own routines too. Chores repeat automatically, so you’ll never forget to do those house hold jobs again! The lite version is free for Android.

Do you use apps to help keep you organised at work or home?

Pregnancy Apps

I’m now 14 weeks pregnant and I think it’s been the longest 14 weeks of my life! We knew very early, too early. I think we know too much too soon these days. We’ve had a few bumps on our pregnancy journey so far, as most people do. The road seems much smoother now, and I’m enjoying feeling much less sick and a little less tired.

Of course I have turned to technology for information and support while creating and growing this baby. The first app to lend a helping hand was My Days Period and Ovulation. It does exactly what you’d think – tracks every nook and cranny of your lady business. If you can think of it, you can record it! I found it very useful for planning this pregnancy. The biology still has to be right, but at least we gave it the best chance by lining up the dates as much as possible. My Days

Since finding out we’re pregnant I have been using a couple of pregnancy trackers – My Pregnancy Today (Baby Center) and I’m Expecting. While I’ve been much less interested in constantly reading about the ins and outs of things this time around, I have really appreciate the short, sharp and shiny information in both of these apps.


Now, if only there was an app to help me hear my baby’s heart beat whenever I want. Surely someone has invented one of those?

Have you used any conception or pregnancy apps? What are your favourites?

Life is like a box of chocolates

Last week Pebble and I trotted off to a local blogging event, meeting other Adelaide food bloggers at the Steven ter Horst chocolatier shop. A blogging event in Adelaide? YES PLEASE! We caught up with Erin, Chantelle, Kirsty, and Natasha (and Natasha’s impossibly gorgeous niece).

We chatted about food, blogging, PR, the many millions that we’re earning from our blogs (bahahahaha) and the Eat.Drink.Blog conference to be held in Adelaide in November. It sounds AMAZING and is a great opportunity for food and wine bloggers. I write about food, don’t I? Do rainbow cupcakes and tuna mornay count?

Along with fantastic company, let’s not forget that we were at a chocolatier’s shop!!! Oh. Yeah. Baby. It was a cold and drizzly Sunday afternoon when were were there, but that didn’t stop the tiny but beautiful shop from being a buzz with people. Steven apologised to us for the wait, but he didn’t have to worry, we were quite happy to sit and chat and it really didn’t take that long.

I ordered a chai latte and a salted caramel chocolate truffle tart. SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TART. Yep, he had me at salted caramel. Pebble chose to stick with her ham sandwich, she’s a bit of a diva like that. She also dominated the table with her textas and drawing paper, making sure to command some attention for herself occasionally too.

Pebble getting her sticker on | Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffle TartSalted Caramel Chocolate Truffle Tart

I couldn’t help but order a small box of chocolates to take with me, as we were heading off to a family dinner and I had to share some of this divine chocolaty goodness (also, I just wanted to try some chocolates). Steven ter Horst doesn’t just make chocolate – he makes art. The chocolates looked like a beautiful selection of jewels, not edible delights.

Chocolate or Works of Art?

I waited until the buzz died down a little then took my time choosing twelve chocolates for my selection. I chose about eight, before I was having trouble making my final choices. Steven helpfully suggested a few, and gorgeous choices they were.

Steven ter Horst Chocolatier

My family happily helped clear the lot. I tasted two, the Eloise and the Chloe. Just two, you say? Well, yes, two is enough. The chocolates are so rich and decadent that you really only need a couple to satisfy that chocolate monster in your belly (especially when you’ve had a salted caramel chocolate truffle tart that afternoon).

Want to try some? Get yourself to Steven ter Horst, 221D Unley Road, Unley (parking at rear, thank you very much). And no, Steven didn’t pay me to sing his praises, I just really, really appreciate his fine work. I think I might be back soon to pick up a tablette (or two).

Delicious looking chocolate tablettes