Friday Finds: Cleverbug, Awesome Year & Deals!

February 1, 2013 at 5:49 am

Pure Wow made my day again! I love cards – real cards the postman carries – but I often remember birthdays late and have to send (lame) e-mails or call. Enter Cleverbug. What is Cleverbug? It is an iPhone app that syncs with your Facebook account, it alerts you when your contacts’ birthdays are approaching, prompts you to create custom cards for folks you might…

Remember *69 to See Who Called You? I Do

January 31, 2013 at 5:37 am

I was chatting with a couple on the bus this week (I know, I know… I am officially a Midwesterner… Carry on) about how everyone (including me) was glued to a cell phone or tablet and we were reminiscing about reading a book or newspaper on the bus. Then, I saw this list of “50 Things Replaced by Technology” on Mashable. I remember calling a…

KonaKase Winner, A Winter Lesson, Less Sitting & Some Deals!

January 29, 2013 at 5:48 am

Thanks to all who entered my KonaKase Give Away! The winner is: Mic! (and all other entrants who posted on the blog entry, etc. will get some GU and other goodies if you email me your mailing address at erica@ericafinds.com, too!) It was icy here in Chicago this weekend and my friend Michael posted this awesome infographic on Facebook. (I know today will be 60…

1st Race of The Year: Watching Out For Mental Traps!

January 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

I ran 20+ races last year (and in the teens for the last 15 years or so), but I still find the first race of the year to be (mentally) challenging. “What if my ‘age 40 mojo’ is gone?” “What if I bonk?” “What if it just seems hard and not fun?” “What if I am slower than last year?” I found this awesome list…

Friday Finds: Gyft, Fighting Winter Blues & Deals

January 25, 2013 at 5:43 am

OK, here’s a new app that I can really use (and you probably can, too!) I can’t say that I am a huge early adopter, but now that I put the Starbucks app on my phone and automatically collect rewards and can easily reload to get my coffee without a card or cash, I am SOLD on that convenience. Enter Gyft – a digital gift…

Strange Ways to Stay Healthy & Lazy Calorie Burn

January 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

So, as you know, I write a lot about running, health and wellness, goals and motivation and resolutions (especially at this time of year)… I LOVED these infographics (from 2 really cool sites Daily Infographic and Cool Daily Infographics) on “strange” (a/k/a common and pretty easy to do in real life – YAY) things to do to stay healthy and “lazy” ways to burn calories.…

A Friend’s Find: Commitment Devices & the “StickK” + the 30×30 Project & more!

January 22, 2013 at 5:45 am

Many thanks to my friend, Don (an awesome runner, fellow goal-setter and avid learner) for sending me this great idea with links to the Freakonomics website article and Freakonomics Radio podcast on “commitment devices.” I write a lot about goals, and in thinking of how to achieve my goals in 2013, my friend Don mentioned using “commitment devices.” What is a commitment device? Wikipedia summarizes…