Everyone who sees my phone always comments on how many apps I have! There really is an app for everything, and I thought I’d start sharing some of my faves with you lovely lot!

1. Whisk

Once upon a time I was the most terrible terrible cook. I would burn pasta, accidentally serve raw chicken – name it and I’ve probably done it! However since I started working from home a couple of years ago I’ve had more time to start practicing and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve only recently discovered Whisk, and I love it! It has recipes from loads of different websites and magazines – including BBC Good Food and Delicious Magazine – and you can easily search the recipes by ingredient, difficulty or time. You have your own little cookbook you can add all your favourite recipes to, which you can share with your friends and family, and once you find a recipe you like you can add all of the ingredients to a convenient shopping list! It really has made planning, shopping for and cooking meals an absolute breeze.

2. Rollercoaster Tycoon

There’s not a huge number of mobile phone games that I don’t tire of quickly, but I am completely obsessed with Rollercoaster Tycoon (to the point where I’m averaging about a theme park a day – tragic!) Unlike some other PC-to-mobile games, this one is exactly the same as – and just as good as – the original, and I cannot put it down!

3. Snapseed

I have tried soooo many different photo editing apps, but always go back to Snapseed. It is so easy to use, and has loads of different effects and filters that make your photos look amazing. I love using the Drama filter for landscapes and scenery shots, and it has a useful little setting where you can apply all of your previous edits to a new photo, making a nice uniform collection.

4. Headspace

I am quite an anxious and tense person, and have tried loads of different techniques and apps in an attempt to combat this. I love Headspace’s guided meditation sessions – I’ve tried a few of these before in different apps but have always found the narration a little repetitive and even annoying (not what you want when you’re trying to relax!) The guy who narrates Headspace though is fantastic, and there’s loads of different packages covering everything from depression, sleep, productivity, relationships and loads loads more. It is a subscription app but I think it’s worth every penny.

5. Spotify

Of all of the (many) music streaming apps, Spotify is my all time fave. As well as the usual chart and genre playlists, you can also browse playlists by mood and event – e.g. workout playlists, dinner party playlists, playlists for sleep. Another little feature that I love is Your Daily Mix where Spotify pulls together 6 different playlists featuring your favourite artists and others like them for you to discover. It’s always bang on and I love seeing what has been put together for me. For some of my favourite songs, head over to my Spotify page.

Katie xx

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