App of the day: Any.do for Chrome

Any.do is a task organizer with a very clean design. Any.do is a winner of Apple’s 2012 “intuitive touch”, and Android best app 2012, for its clean & simple to use design and innovative features. It syncs information between your computer and mobile devices, so you have your to-do list with you all the time.

We live in exciting times. Our day-to-day is filled with more possibility and promise than ever before, and we simply experience more life in every moment.

As our worlds become fuller, the struggle is not to manage one’s life but instead to derive more happiness from it.

Email, Calendar, Tasks, Notes – are not mundane tools. They’re the lenses through which we focus our lives. At their simplest, they make us more efficient. At their greatest, they create a fluidity that completely changes how we see and interact with the world. That spectrum of possibility excites us here at Any.do, and we’re working to push its upper bound even further.We believe there is an untapped richness to the everyday, and we are the company that builds the apps that bridge people to it.

Productivity through play. Control through balance. Good day, every day.

The message from Any.do Team is so beautiful and inspiring that I had to share it. Don’t we often take the work too seriously? Don’t we get so overwhelmed with the fast rhythm of life and everyday tasks that we forget to savor the moment and enjoy what we do. I know that for me calmness comes from control, from knowing my path, knowing what I have to do and enjoying the sense of accomplishment when tasks that seemed scary and impossible at first, are done. And after they’re done, I know that I’ve learned and grown so much by not giving up and standing up for the challenges.

Any.do is available for iOS, Android and Chrome. I’m going to walk you through the desktop version available through Chrome Web Store.

This is what you see when you open Any.do from your computer. You can drag and drop tasks to form the agenda. I love the ‘Someday’ option 🙂 Don’t we all have the things we need to do, which we postpone to ‘someday’? Well, seeing them in your schedule everyday makes you want to get them done and out of your sight. Search and delete options are also available. This is the Time View.

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Here is the Folder View. It is useful when you want to separate personal tasks from work ones, or if you’re working on a specific project and want to see all completed and new tasks in one place.

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This is a New Task window. You have the option to select the Folder, the due date, set a reminder, urgency and recurrence. You can also add notes, create sub-tasks and add attachments.

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This is the Settings pop-up menu. You have the option to turn on/off the desktop notifications and that’s basically it.

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In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Few weeks ago a beautiful, inspiring and strong young lady contacted me and shared her story with me. Her name is Heather Von St. James. Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma 8 years ago – a rare and preventable cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her beautiful daughter, when she was given 15 months to live. After the life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, Heather made it her mission to protect the innocent victims and spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

Heather and Family

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium. The only known cause to mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The sad fact is that asbestos is still not banned in all countries across the world.

Mesothelioma is dangerous because it commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

September 26th, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day and in honor of it, I want to share some facts and help spread awareness and I do believe that together we can help the victims and change the regulations related to asbestos.

  • Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral that is classified as a known human carcinogen, because of its association with mesothelioma.
  • On average, 30 million pounds of asbestos are still being used in the United States today. The substance can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
  • Asbestos is used as building material in several developing countries throughout the world, including India and Brazil. Industrialized nations such as China, Russia, and Canada also continue to mine and use asbestos as material for consumer products.
  • This year 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma and 200,000 people will be living with asbestos.
  • The EPA estimates that there are asbestos containing materials in most of the nations approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial buildings.
  • Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live.

What can you do to help? – Re-blog, share and spread the word on social media to raise awareness. One way you could do it is through Heather’s awareness page. You can also make a donation through MARF (Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation) donation form. For more information, see mesothelioma.com.

App of the day: 500px for Chrome

Get inspired. Lose yourself in an endless supply of breathtaking photos.

This is the phrase you see when you open 500px.com and the website does exactly what it promises – I easily lose track of time when browsing magnificent, beyond-beautiful photos on their website. Now that I found 500px at Chrome Web Store, this experience is even more enjoyable.

You can either browse the pictures without registration or you can create an account and upload your own photos and interact with the community. Registration through social media accounts is available and is very easy. Another great thing offered by 500px after the registration is 14 days trial of “Awesome” plan, which allows you to upload unlimited amount of photos and other great features.

App’s design is very clean and easy-to-use. There are ‘Popular’, ‘Editor’s choice’, ‘Upcoming’ and ‘Fresh’ feeds. Once you find the photographer you like, you can follow him/her and his/her works will appear in the ‘Flow’.

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You can search photos by typing keyword. See how many beautiful photos I found of peonies.

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Have a beautiful and blessed Saturday!

xx,

Natella

I love bunnies. I have toy bunnies, I have bunny t-shirts, I have bunny decorations, I have done sooo many drawings and sketches of bunnies and I even had 2 real bunnies. Everyone who knows my love for bunnies, gifts me something with an image of a bunny. They are so adorable! 🙂

And now I want you to meet the new love I found on Instagram – Woody. Woody is a mini lop bunny living in Australia.

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For more cute pictures of Woody, follow him on Instagram.

xx,

Natella

Product of the day: Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray by Rene Furterer

When it comes to hair products, I always look for something that will give me results without weighing hair down or making it greasy. I already told you about my favorite serum, and now it’s time to tell about my second favorite product – Volumizing Conditioning Spray by french brand Rene Furterer from their line Volumea.

The shampoo and conditioner from the very same line has been on InStyle’s top beauty products, so you can imagine the whole line must be good. I haven’t tried all products from the line yet, but this one deserves a mention. It is lightweight, has a very nice smell (which evaporates shortly, so it won’t interfere with your perfume) and it does exactly what it promises – gives volume boost without weighing down. I have naturally wavy hair, and what I especially love about this product is that it doesn’t straighten or weigh down my locks. My curls are bouncy and after air drying hair they have that perfect ‘sexy beach waves’ kind of look.

Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray - One Happy BlogHere’s a little bit more info about the product:

  • DESCRIPTION

    This leave-in volumizing conditioning spray detangles, tames fly-aways and weightlessly pumps hair with natural looking volume from roots to ends.

  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS+
    • Natural Carob extract: Creates long-lasting volume
    • Cationic complex: Detangles hair
  • AROMA+

    Lemon, Thyme, Rose

  •  FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS

    WATER (AQUA), SD ALCOHOL 39-C (ALCOHOL DENAT), VP/VA COPOLYMER, DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM (DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM), DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), HYDROLYZED CERATONIA SILIQUA GUM EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE

  • DIRECTIONS

    After shampooing, spray all over toweldried hair. Do not rinse. Proceed to styling.