One of our favourite topics of discussions is about Apps for the iPhone and iPad. Here in the office we have done a survey of our favourite ones that we want to share with you.
The App Epicurious is one of our favourites. Search through over 30,000 delicious and professionally made recipes created by renowned chefs. You can save your favourite ones, email them to yourself or friends and create shopping lists. This handy little app can be used on the iPhone or iPad. We love that it will find recipes for you depending on what you have in the fridge and that you can see how many people have made a certain dish and what percentage of those would make it again.
Another absolute favourite is MapMyRun, this handy app can be used to measure pace, distance, calories and stats on any run or workout. All the data is synced securely on their website, letting you go back and see how much you are improving week on week. On the website itself you will find a database of over 26 million routes, sponsored challenges and a community of over 5 million fitness enthusiasts. The app can also track your run in the background so you can listen to music on your iPhone or iPod at the same time.
The Evernote app turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into a tool for remembering anything and everything that happens in your life. Notes, ideas and recordings can all be put into Evernote and synchronized to your iPhone or your laptop. Everything you do on your phone and on your computer gets synchronized to your Evernote account on the Web. We find Evernote most useful for these things – to jot notes, create to-do lists, clip entire Web pages, manage passwords, and record audio. Try it you’ll be hooked!
We love a good pancake, but unfortunately sometimes there isn’t enough hours in the day to make a complicated recipe and get all the ingredients, so after many hours (OK a few emails) we have found the easiest and yummiest recipe out there ( full details onhttp://www.jamieoliver.com), tested on a fussy 2 year old, tired 4 year old and 44 year old and i’m pleased to say went down a storm with everyone asking for more, with a few tears thrown in (by the 44 year old) when they realised that all the batter had gone. Children wont even notice the pear in them, as they just add a lovely sweet taste. The favourite topping requests were -
- Bananna and toffee sauce
- Mango and papaya with some greek yogurt and honey
- Peanut butter and strawberry jam
- Lemon juice and sugar
These are the fluffiest, loveliest American-style pancakes ever. My girls ask me for them all the time and I get big brownie points whenever I make them. The recipe couldn’t be easier to remember and what’s brilliant about it is that it works like a charm every single time. You can have fun with it by switching up the fruit; strawberries, apples, blackberries, blueberries and bananas are all delicious in these pancakes so feel free to swap out the pears for any of those. The batter will keep as good as gold in the fridge for a day or two if you have any left over.
1. Put the flour, milk,eggand salt in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Once combined, grate in the pear, core and all then stir it through with a spoon.
2. Put a large pan on a medium heat and add a knob of butter. Once that melts, add the batter, a spoonful at a time to the hot pan. You’ll need to cook them in batches, cooking them for a few minutes until golden on the bottom, then flipping over and cooking for a few minutes more until they’re done.
3. When they are golden and fluffy, serve them right away with a dollop of natural yoghurt and some runny honey drizzled all over the top.
TIP: If you sweeten the batter, thicken it with just a little more flour then pour them into a Yorkshire pudding or muffin tin as they also make the most delicious muffins.
This week Sarah has been up in the big smoke doing one of her favourite things….shopping, the Pure London show is run to showcase new fashion brands for each season and Rightbag managed to grab a ticket to check out some fabulous new, stylish laptop bags, funky ipad cases and beautiful Kindle cases. She managed to snap up some gorgeous women’s laptop bags in some beautiful colours and textures plus the the must have Kindle case for S/S 2012. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for the new products appearing on the website. (Picture taken from the A/W 2011 due to the highest secrecy levels for the new products) sshhhhhh don’t tell anyone!
To top our exciting week after being in the paper, Sarah our founder, decided to enter Rightbag into Theo Paphitis’s (from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den) Small Business Sunday competition on Twitter. Any small business can enter, you just have to tweet Theo your business link between 5.30 – 7pm and he will personally select his 6 favourite businesses and re-tweet them to his 217,000 followers. This was only the second time Rightbag had been entered, with this week having over 1,000 businesses entering and we won! How amazing is that!
We had over 200 tweets of congratulations to our Twitter account @Right_Bag and a 600% increase in hits on the website that evening. We are were very surprised since we are such a young business and feel truly honoured to be part of such an elite group.
Last week we invited the local paper to come and visit us at Rightbag HQ, once they arrived they were very excited to see all our wonderful women’s laptop bags, funky iPad cases and stylish kindle covers we had on display for the picture, plus they got to hear about all the exciting things we have lined up for the year ahead. We even managed to get the lovely journalist Richard, interested in a Kindle case for his dad!
See the full article here -http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/business/9497872.Sarah_bags_herself_a_niche_in_laptop_market/