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Create a website as your resume in ONE CLICK: Strikingly

June 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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I wouldn’t believe it unless I had done it myself, but you can seriously create a website that will serve as your resume in ONE CLICK with Strikingly.  And, it looks AWESOME!

Strikingly pulls the content from your LinkedIn Profile, loads it into a single-page template, and incorporates sleek design elements with background images from their library. I’ve tried it (see my site here), and yes it’s that easy.

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Not only does your site look good online, it’s also responsive to mobile devices. In other words,  you don’t need to hassle with creating a resume in Word anymore.

Founder and creator David Chen set his goal to give anyone the capability to build a website in 10 minutes or less. In my experience with the Strikingly dashboard and user-friendly interface. That is absolutely true, but it was so easy to make changes, add new content, rearrange the flow, and edit photos, I spent an hour having fun playing with the features!

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The cost of the site is $0 if you use their Strikingly domain. YourName.Strikingly.com. Should you want to use a custom domain, you’re looking at $96/year that includes email service and the ability to build another website. The Pro version ($192/year) gives you three sites, access to the app store, embedding capabilities, and other features worthy of the cost.

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Strikingly isn’t just for resumes. The platform can also be the foundation for your company website and serve you analytics. Coupled with the fact that it’s also mobile-optimized makes Strikingly the perfect solution for businesses that can’t afford web development.

Go to Strikingly.com to create your online resume now. Then offer up a note of thanks to their team on Facebook. Trust me when I tell you, they will love to hear from you!

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How to get to the best beaches in Los Angeles:   Our Malibu Beaches App

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

Here’s the quick scoop on the beaches you hear about in Los Angeles:

  • Santa Monica is over-run with tourists and inland-dwellers who trash the beach.
  • Venice is cleaner, but touristy and crowded. I prefer to eat and shop when I’m in the neighborhood.
  • Marina Del Rey, just south of Venice, has a very quiet and beautiful beach, but parking is challenging.
  • Manhattan Beach is a bit of a trek south if you’re just in town for the weekend. It’s by far my favorite.
  • Malibu beaches are the prettiest and the hardest to get onto…UNTIL NOW!

People frequent the first four because they’re accessible and seem to be open to the public.

What most people don’t know about California beaches:  They’re ALL PUBLIC.  You are free to pull over on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway that runs along the coast) and pop in wherever you want.  Set up your umbrella, sprawl out towels, build sand castles with the kids even if it’s in front of Steven Spielberg’s Malibu mansion (he fought the state for a long time about entry point laws).

Tourists and locals will be happy to discover the Our Malibu Beaches App that designates every entry point for you to get onto a Malibu beach, which is the hardest part!

 

 

If you’ve been directed to a certain beach, use the List feature to find it and get all the details.

Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, pack EVERYTHING you could possibly want, even toilet paper.  Some of them will be a hike to get to and you don’t want to have to go back to the car.

This App is part of a larger group called Know What that has a library of other guides that might be useful around you!

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The easiest and fasted way to get the new iPhone

September 16th, 2014 No Comments

iPhone 6 at Radio Shack

 

If you’re like me and DYING to get rid of your temperamental iPhone 5, you’ll appreciate how easy Radio Shack’s system is for you to make the switch!  I learned this trick randomly when I was picking up an extension cord in Atlanta a few years ago.  For some reason, they don’t advertise it.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go into your local Radio Shack and choose the model iPhone you want.
  2. Put down a $50 deposit which they will return in the form of a gift card.
  3. Sign your declaration of intent.
  4. When it arrives, you have 3 days to pick it up.
  5. Sell your old iPhone on the spot.  If you have a 5 or 5S, you will get over $100 for it.

That’s it!  No line, no hassle, no FedEx sticker saying you missed the delivery on your door.

Just to give you an idea of the cost of the new iPhone 6:

I chose the 64GB iPhone 6 (not the Plus).  With my upgrade the phone is $300.  My iPhone 5 will trade in for $110 (or possibly more).  Now my phone is $200!

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Repost App now allows you to switch to multiple Instagram accounts

May 7th, 2014 No Comments

Repost Instagram app

 

Switching back and forth between Instagram accounts is a HUGE pain in the butt.  My first thought was that we should  file this issue under #WorkingGirlProblems (people who post for themselves and their small business or clients).  Then it occurred to me, the ability to motor multiple accounts would be useful for parents with young children. When you follow your kids you can see what they post but not who they follow.  With this app, you can jump to their account and see the feed of images they are viewing posted by other people.

Whatever your need to switch, you can now do it with “Repost for Instagram,” not to be confused with InstaRepost or many other competitors.  Hallelujah!

To my knowledge, Repost is the only app that allows you make the switch without having to log in and out.

Red Cactus, the company that produces this app, also makes a few others that I like: InstaQuote and PicFlow.

 

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Go go gadget chargers

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments

 

 

I’m obsessed with this new website/instagram Photojojo. Technically it’s a website for photographers, but I have found some many useful things I like in their store. When I see their latest post, I actually say to myself, “Wow, what a great idea!” They sell the most handy accessories for all the crap that bunches up in my purse, mainly chargers and anything with a cord.  Here are two of their great solutions to less mess!

All three will be on my gift guide this year.  BRILLIANT!

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Last Minute Luxury Hotel Rooms + Discount Code

February 28th, 2014 No Comments

Banyan Tree Bangkok

I wrote about the Hotel Tonight app a while ago.  Have you used it yet?  I check in on it every now and find tons of luxury hotel rome available for a steal! I’m dying to try it for my next trip.

Here’s how HT works.  At 12pm on the day you’re looking to stay, you go on the HotelTonight app and find the a list of the best possible deals on hotels (because they’re last minutes).  It’s a bit risky, but the reward is big:  you can stay in a beautiful place for a fraction of the cost.  They index all of the major hotel chains in countless cities across the globe.

I think this is a great idea for someone traveling on business who has a budget to stick to for their room rate.  Or a Vegas trip where you don’t stay in your room that often.  I instantly thought of my time in Bangkok when we stayed at the Banyan Tree (above).  We wouldn’t have cared about the hotel as long as the room was nice.

Book before March 31 and use my discount code: Mary25 for $25 off your stay.

Safe travels!

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In which your dream wedding ring comes true

February 26th, 2014 No Comments

DeBeers recently launched an app that lets you design your own engagement ring and matching eternity band.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but isn’t the man supposed to drop down on a knee and surprise you with a ring that he picked out?

Just writing that I realize that probably only happens in the movies now.  My friend Tony and I were just discussing how his soon-to-be fiancé “finally decided on what she wants.”

Designing the ring yourself is certainly more practical.

I read an article in the NYTimes called “With This Torch, I Thee Weld”  about jewelers who work with couples so they actually make each other’s rings with their own two hands.  Since then, that fairytale gets played once in a while in my mind.

As I always say, to each her own happily ever after.  I certainly think this app has the best interest of you and your prince charming in mind.

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Never lose your list: Wunderlist

February 12th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Wunderlist

 

Every time I make a list, I lose it.  With  Wunderlist that’s not humanly possible!  Very simply, it’s your to-do list that never gets lost.  You make as many lists as you want and they sync them across all of your devices.  Everything you could ever want to do with a list (share, print, alerts, etc), the app gives you the ability.

There are three different levels of usage which can be divided out by price:

  • Free: perfect for one person
  • $5/month Pro : if you need to share and communicate with a small group of people
  • $25+/month Business

They paid plans offer deeper organization, like sub-tasks for big projects, storing documents, and secure collaboration.

In my opinion, tt’s so much nicer to look at and easier to use than Google.  So don’t worry, you don’t have to be a techie to work it out.

(Photo by Kelly Fajack)

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