The App That Can Answer Almost Anything*


*This is a collaborative post*
It would appear that there is now an app for everything. Perhaps you yourself are fond of using them? Or maybe you're sat reading this and you haven't a clue what an app is? An app is an abbreviation for the word application. It's basically a piece of software which can be downloaded onto a device such as a mobile phone. Designed to make life easier or provide you with information at the touch of a button or swipe of a finger, these days there are apps for booking dental appointments, for booking classes at the gym, for tracking how many steps you've taken that day, and even to tell you when you're due your period!

I've tried the Lady Cashback app which allows you to not just save money when you shop but to earn cashback too, always a plus! And I've also got an app which I use for scheduling my social media. I highly recommend this. But it would seem that I'm a bit behind the times with regards to all the others.

My colleague mentioned an app that she uses which is designed for vegetarians and it sounds fantastic. It tracks your location and then notifies you of vegetarian restaurants in your vicinity. There's one for vegans too. Most recently I heard of Ask Bongo, Australia's largest SMS information service. Known as 'the smartest monkey you will ever meet,' Bongo can answer questions on literally anything. Current business development manager, Caroline Thompson, says that the idea came about after a flippant comment was made by one of Ask Bongo's founders when he needed to find out a piece of information. He thought it would be great if he could just send a text with the question, and thus Ask Bongo was born.

An ideal solution for when you're stuck helping the kids with their homework, cheating at the pub quiz, finding out the football score or when your train is due. The possibilities are endless as like it says on the website, 'Bongo is a monkey that knows everything about everyone!'

Obviously as an SMS message information service there will be charges involved so it's vital that you check with the bill payer before trying this app. Of course as with everything, there are also terms and conditions so I highly recommend that you have a read of these too.

Are you a fan of apps? Do you live your life by them? What are your thoughts on an SMS information service like Ask Bongo?


Until next time...


Planning For The Future*



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How often this month have you sat down by yourself and thought: what will I be doing next year? When will I have children? Will I get a puppy? We spend a huge chunk of our lives looking to the future rather than living in the here and now. It’s human nature to look to the future and hope for a better world, or dream about what our lives would be like if we won the lottery tomorrow.
Dreaming about the future is one thing, but acting upon our thoughts and planning aspects of the future is something which many of us haven’t quite got the hang of yet.
Now, that’s not to say that you need to go home and compare funeral directors or quit your job in hopes of a new career path. It just means that we should spend some of the time that we think about the future actually planning for it. You will never make your dreams for the future come true by doing nothing. You need to get up and take some action to follow your ambitions. If you plan on working somewhere different or taking a new career path, or maybe even running your own empire: you need to start planning. It’s not enough to wake up one day, quit your job and move on- it takes preparation and work to achieve what you want in life.
Your Job
If you are feeling unsatisfied in your career and feel as if you could be more use to the world somewhere else; you need to make a plan. What exactly do you want to do as a job? Write down the top 3 options you can come up with if you struggle to pick one. Next up; take some time to find out what qualifications you would need to go into these career paths, and how long the qualification will take to complete. Once you know, you can start looking at courses, price things up and start saving up. If you decide which one you want to do- take a course online alongside your full-time job. You’ll be earning a secure income while training to do something you love. And once you have qualified you can start looking for new opportunities.
Your Life
If you plan to get married, have children and live in a big house by a certain age: you can’t just sit down daydreaming about it all day, you need to act. If you already have a partner; make sure you show them every day how much they mean to you. Make them feel like the most important person in the world and give them all of your time. Things will happen naturally and you will eventually get a home, get married and share your first child. If you don’t; get yourself out there and don’t be scared to meet new people. You’ll never find the love of your life if you never go out and make the effort to get to know people.

*Contributed by Sam Jones



Is Virtual Reality The Way Of The Future?*





*This is a collaborative post*


Whether you get along with technology or not, there's no denying that it just keeps getting better and better. Take virtual reality for instance. It's no longer just something to be associated with recreation or computer games, it now plays a very huge role in the real estate business. What once would surely be dubbed as fantasy or science fiction has now become a very real thing.

If you aren't perhaps au fait with what virtual reality is, then it's basically a computer generated simulation, a creation of something or in this case, a 3D world, which doesn't actually exist yet looks as if it does. By simply donning a clever virtual reality headset which looks rather like a giant pair of googles, you can actually experience this 3D world for yourself. If any computer whizz experts out there have a way of better explaining this then please feel free to comment below! :)

Whereas once upon a time you'd have had to walk into a model village or home before deciding if a property or proposed renovation was for you, these days you can pop on one of these remarkable headsets and instantly experience new surroundings. It puts a whole new spin on the 'try before you buy' concept.
The founders behind Render 3D Quickly know this and as such have created an architectural rendering service with both residential and commercial customers in mind. 3D rendering enables you to really visualize your architectural project without even having to leave the comfort of your own home, office or wherever it is that you might be.

Take note if you're planning a renovation or perhaps just want to experience a three dimensional walk through of your forthcoming project, as this incredible piece of technology could be just the ticket for you. By tapping into and utilizing the latest cutting edge rendering soft and hardware, experts at Render 3D Quickly can produce high quality 3D architectural renderings at an affordable price. Services include 3D floor plan renderings, 3D interior renderings, 3D exterior renderings, 3D aerial renderings and 3D architectural models.

If you want to experience the benefits of virtual reality then why not request a free price list from the largest virtual reality real estate rendering team in the world!? And if you work in this field of expertise and haven't already adopted this technology then it might be wise to look into it as vr real estate seems to be the way of the future. In a world that keeps moving ever faster forwards, you don't want to get left behind.

Have you ever tried a virtual reality headset? Or do you perhaps work in virtual reality real estate? I'd be curious to know your thoughts.




Tattoos And How They Tell Our Story - Guest Post By Mia Taylor



Expressing yourself and your thoughts, beliefs, and opinions has never been easier than these days, when people are encouraged to fearlessly speak their mind. Some do it through music, writing poetry, or their fashion choices, while others express themselves through getting tattoos, which is a unique form of body modification. Each tattoo in this world has a story to tell, and if you want to know what are the messages people try to send through their tattoos, just stay with us and keep on reading. Here are some of the most common stories our tattoos tell.

They celebrate our strength and encourage self-love



Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people actually decide to get a tattoo for a deeply personal reason, which means that these tattoos aren’t just a matter of a trend that’ll pass sooner or later. On the contrary, tattoos indeed have a meaning which can be linked to some important events or crossroads in one’s life, or even as a permanent reminder of one’s success and achievement. Many people choose to get a tattoo to face with their deepest fears, and try to embrace them in order to live a happier life. Besides that, tattooing a part of the body you’re ashamed of or you don’t like is also a great way to deal with your insecurities and start appreciating yourself, with all your good and bad sides. Tattoos can really help you to love yourself and celebrate your strength, and that’s exactly what makes them so powerful and worthwhile.

They honour our loved ones



Apart from teaching us to love ourselves and embrace both our flaws and good sides, tattoos are often done to honour our loved ones. Black and white tattoos are probably the most popular ones since these are quite realistic, which means that they depict people you love exactly as they look (or looked) like. Apart from the portraits, you can also opt for verse tattoos that pay tribute to your loved ones, as well as for copying their handwriting and turning it into a script tattoo. Honouring people who are no longer with us is one of the most common reasons to get this type of a tattoo, which is one of the best ways to always remember him or her, by looking at your tattoo every single day. Some people also honour their pets through getting a tattoo, which shows a strong connection between a human and an animal that lasts a lifetime.

They tell a lot about one’s personal style



Apart from getting inked for deeply personal reasons stated above, many people these days love making a fashion statement by getting tattooed, which tells a lot about their personal style and lifestyle in general. Expressing your attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs through body modification is exactly what more and more people all over the globe started embracing as a legit part of their life. That’s completely fine as long as they’re happy with it, but the truth is that some of them actually regret those decisions later in life. On the other hand, the majority of people stand behind their choices no matter what, which is what really shows the strength of their character. As for the current trends in tattooing, we can say that intricate Japanese tattoos in Sydney are a major hit, whereas dotwork tattoo are adored in the USA.
Rihanna is absolutely head over heels with her Egyptian goddess Isis, as well as Jourdan Dunn, an actress and fashion model who also has this motif tattooed on her body. As you can see, the era of tattoos inspired by Egyptian culture hasn’t ended yet, and it seems that it’ll keep going strong for a long time.

Even though the aforementioned reasons are the most common ones that inspire people to get a tattoo, it’s important to say that there are so many unknown reasons that encourage people to get inked and remember a certain event, person, or a thought in their life. No matter what motivates you to do it, just be sure you think it through carefully, and you’ll definitely get a unique mark on your body you’ll never regret choosing!


Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.



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Quality Not Quantity - and Other 3 Word Wisdoms*




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If you are a shopaholic but you want to save money, there are 7 mantras that will certainly help you to reassess your needs and avoid overspending. But what about the philosophy behind those mantras?

3 word phrases are often all you need to understand the basic principles of good shopping habits. In fact all good things seem to come in 3 because there are 3 phrases that really underpin the whole lifestyle.
Quality not Quantity
Some things are worth spending a little more money on initially to get you the best long term deal. Clothes are the best example of this. Throwaway fashion is such a booming industry right now but you can guarantee that if you bought half the clothes for the same money, they would last twice as long (if not more!).

Instead of buying lots of wear once cheap clothes, investing in a wardrobe of high quality basics like white t-shirts, good jeans and proper shoes is well worth it. You can always accessorise your outfits to give the impression that you are wearing lots of different things. Be warned though, once you have switched to high quality clothes, there’s no real turning back!
Invest to Save
Investing on one thing to save on another is a good bit of money magic. Appliances in the home are the best example here, though the effects aren’t as easily tangible as your clothes. This is because you are saving on electricity, gas or water rather than having to actively throw stuff that is no longer worthwhile out. However, investing in an efficient appliance will quickly show up on your decreasing bills.

For example, you might have a really inefficient water heater that costs a lot to run each month when you could invest in a tankless gas water heater and save money each month. This change over might cost a lot to start with but when your monthly energy bills come down, you will quickly see the results.

Don’t allow yourself to be put off by expensive items that will benefit you in the long term. If you have the money to invest now, make the most of it and save later.
Don’t Buy Happiness
Or rather, don’t try to buy happiness. It’s impossible; you can’t do it. Happiness is one of those things that you can’t really quantify or apply a specific list of musts to achieve (though someone did try). You just know whether you are happy and what makes you happy. And throwing money at it isn’t necessarily a good way to go about it. Because, whoever you are, debt will make you unhappy.


Finding cheap ways to bring your mood up isn’t just a good way to keep you in pocket, it’s
also the best way to appreciate life. A candle lit bath or a film night with friends are both cheap and relaxing but they also don’t come with a burden of more stuff from the shops. Similarly, a country walk with your dog (or a borrowed dog) will bring you close to nature, get that sunshine on your face and boost your mood too.



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