Things We Love: Wunderlist App Review

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Every now and then, Michelle and I want to share with you some “Things We Love.”

As minimalists, lovers of unconventional living, and very intentional about most things, we also believe in sharing information that has had a big impact on our lives. There’s often a misconception that minimalistic and simplistic living means cheap, or owning nothing, which is not the case. For us, it means being very intentional about the things we purchase, own, or use.  Something that benefits/supports your life that is free is an added benefit. We see these “things” or services as tools to live the life that we want. Often when we buy or use “Things We Love” they follow these principles:

  • Does it Meet a Need or Fulfill a Want?
    This is a question we ask before making any purchase or adding anything to our lives. It’s probably best that things meet your needs vs. your wants. However, if it does both, then it’s even better.
  • Functionality
    The more multifunctional/versatile, the better. For example, a backpack that can hold my laptop and comes with it’s own rain-fly for unpredictable wet weather is extremely multifunctional and versatile.
  • Value
    Regardless of cost, does the item or service give you what you wanted and more? I often use this reasoning with Michelle who sometimes focuses mainly on cost. For example, I’m willing to invest in a nice computer (Apple) that may cost more up front, but will last longer than computers from other brands (that also have that other operating system).
  • Affordability
    It’s always a good practice to buy something you can actually afford. Avoid using credit or loans as much as possible.
  • Ease of Use/Excellent Design
    We love simple, straightforward, intuitive design. Things should just work the way you think they should. For example, if you buy a can opener that doesn’t open cans – we should be able to agree that it’s poorly designed.

So every now and then, we will feature a product or a service that has helped us to live simply and intentionally. We hope that this information will help your lives and we ask that you help us:

  1. If you end up using something we shared, let us know how you like or don’t like it.
  2. Share these posts with others if you like it (on FB, Email, Twitter, etc…)
  3. Share with us “Things You Love.”

Thanks,
J&M

Our First “Thing We Love”: WUNDERLIST

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What Is It?

Wunderlist is an amazing application that helps you make “To Do Lists.” It’s a task manager and a great one at that. You make lists and add “to do” items to those lists. You check these items off as you go. It’s that simple.

Main Features

Wunderlist

First of all, we love it for all the principles we mentioned above but here are some of the main features:

  • Works on a computer desktop and with a smartphone. It syncs any changes you make.
  • Works with a wide range of operating systems/across platforms. For example, if you have a Mac computer but and Android phone, it will still sync between both.
  • Extremely easy to use and setup
  • Lists can be organized by priorities. You can move one list higher than another.
  • You can set deadlines and reminders for items within a list.
  • You can view all items from any lists based on when you set a due date for them.
  • Anytime an item is added, modified, or completed, you receive a notification (with an option to turn off notifications)
  • You can use the “inbox” feature to create tasks that aren’t connected to a list. Just simple reminders.

It Gets Better

Here’s what makes Wunderlist even more AMAZING to us:

  • You can share lists with someone else as long as they have a Wunderlist account.
    (ie. Michelle and I share a grocery list. She adds brussel sprouts to the list, it shows up on my phone, computer, etc…)
  • You can share one (or more) list(s) with multiple people.
    (ie. We can add anyone else to the grocery list if we wanted.)
  • You can assign a person to each item within a list.
    (ie. If brussel spouts is in our grocery list, I can assign Michelle to pick them up, or she can assign me to pick them up.)
  • You can create notes and sub-lists for each item as well, in case you need to add more details to the task.
  • You can view all tasks assigned to you as one list.

Assign People

Best of All

It’s FREE!!! There is a pro version for large businesses and organizations (which is worth the affordable pricing), but most of the best and most important features are free. Especially for individuals, families, and small businesses.

How to Make the Most of It?

  • Check Wunderlist first thing in the morning and a couple of times throughout the day.
  • Set reminders and due dates for tasks with time constraints.
  • Create daily tasks or notes using the inbox when on-the-go. Sort as needed later when you have time.
  • Use different lists for different aspects of your life, ie. grocery, financial reminders, work related, birthdays, etc…
  • Share certain lists with others for collaboration and project management.

How Do I Get It?

Let Us Know

- Do you use Wunderlist? Do you like it? How would you make it better?

- What other task management Apps do you like that have helped your daily life?

- Any questions about Wunderlist?

Our First 7 Days in France: A Tale of Two Bags

First 7 Days

France…

Land of wine, cheese plates, cafès, beautiful parks, the iconic Eiffel tower, museums, history, art, lovers, magic…and now, lost luggage.

It started off as a typical travel hiccup. We wait at the baggage claim for an hour. No bags. Bummed but not too concerned, we make a claim, give our address to Air France’s bag service and start our adventure.

Day 1 – 3: Paris

France-Trip-2014-Jedd-and-Michelle-01What can I say about Paris? Aside from the crazy traffic and impossible intersections, I love it. Old, beautiful history everywhere you look- full of details. In the center of the city, building after building could easily be the most iconic building in a city in America. Here, it’s just another building. Michelle’s Uncle gave me the condensed history of France in our ride from the airport to their flat in Paris. Will need many years of studying to fully grasp everything he shared. Her Uncle (Michelle’s father’s brother), is originally from the States and has been living in France for over 40+ years after moving here after college. He met a wonderful Parisian woman and raised their family in Paris. They’ve been incredible hosts and introduced me to the ever-important cheese plate course. I asked, “Are baguettes and cheese each day a typical thing in France?” Answer: “Yes!” Me: “Awesome!” Continue reading

Paris in Pictures: Part 1

Originally posted on Intentional Travelers:

After 24+ hours of traveling and over 8 months of planning and waiting, we finally made it to Paris.

Our bags did not.

But that’s OK because we made it safely, and it’s my first time to Europe and Paris. Michelle told me I was going to love it. And I do. I love the combination of the beautiful, historical buildings with the modern, urban lifestyle of parks, subways, and museums. Everywhere I look there is a sense of wonder. And the food! Love those cheese plates and daily baguettes. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to travel.

Here are some of my favorite pics from our first couple of days in Paris. They remind me of that classic vintage, nostalgic Paris that I’ve seen in movies, what I want to believe Paris is like. I’m hoping over the next couple of weeks, I’ll get a better understanding of France from the people…

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The Next Adventure

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Au Revoir, America.

Today Michelle and I head out on a month and a half long adventure across the Atlantic to a place I’m told is called Europe. It’s the first time for me, and the first time we are traveling to that continent together. Our destination(s): France and Switzerland where we will be tourists, Help X volunteers (more to come about this), and visiting the Alps with family. The best part? We are doing this through miles that we’ve earned through Alaska Airlines (more to come about this as well).

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We’ll be blogging about the whole experience (naturally) here and at Intentional Travelers, sharing pics, and hopefully capturing footage of Michelle’s ability to speak French, and my sad attempt to try.

- J&M

 

Intentionally Healthy

Intentionally-Healthy

When we first arrive to Jamaica for Peace Corps and a recent photo from a friend’s wedding.

“You look good.”

“Wow. You’ve lost a lot of weight.”

“You look stronger.”

“You lost some weight around here.” (a friend says as she points to the sides of my stomach)

These are the comments I’ve been getting from people who haven’t seen me for two years while we were in the Peace Corps. Apparently, I look different now since we’ve returned, which begs the question:

What did I look like before?

In all seriousness, the comments have been nice and flattering. I am probably in the best shape of my life, at least since my high school days. I actually probably weigh around the same as I did in high school as well. But the most important thing is how I feel today.

I feel healthy.

Like many, college was the start of my decline Continue reading