Some of My Favorite Things: Unroll.me

One of the great things about the community of bloggers on the internet is that someone is always trying something new and sharing about their experiences. For me, this is a great way to discover new ways to make my life easier in some way, plus someone else has tried it first so I know it works! Since I’ve had good luck learning about new things from fellow bloggers, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things as well.

How unroll.me makes my life easier

Today I’m talking about unroll.me . I read about it first over on Coconut Robot, but didn’t join right away. A few weeks after reading Kacia’s post, I decided to check it out and I am so glad I did!

Unroll.me helps manage your inboxes, particularly all those sale emails that clog your inbox daily. (Loft and Children’s Place, I’m looking at you.) You enter you email address, allow unroll.me to access your inbox and it scans for promotional emails. Take 60 seconds to go through all the mail it found and sort through it. Not only can you add it to your daily “roll up”, the best part for me is that you can unsubscribe from all these mailing lists with a single click.

I’ve been really enjoying using unroll.me for the last few weeks.

The highpoints:

  • I’ve definitely unsubscribed from some places I have no desire to receive email form (for example, VA wineries that we used to visit when we lived back east, or Georgetown ticket office because I once bought tickets for a UConn v. Gtown game).
  • All of the daily sale emails, plentiful over a holiday weekend and in the back to school season, are in one email. If I don’t have time to look at them, or I don’t want to be tempted to hop over to the Tory Burch website, I can just ignore the email entirely. Or I can scan the “roll up” and only read the emails I want to read.
  • Less stress. Even if the majority of the emails are promotional, seeing a 3 digit number in my inbox stresses me out. I feel the need to at least look at the emails to ensure I’m not missing anything. (It’s a compulsion, what can I say.) I’m not one of those who can just ignore the little red number on her phone. It needs to be clear. This has helped to keep that inbox number manageable.

The lowlights:

  •  It is a little wonky with gmail. The majority of my promotional emails go to my old yahoo address and it works well there, but with gmail I definitely see more mail slip through or see emails both in my inbox and in my roll up. Not a huge deal and it is getting better over time, but if gmail is where you receive most of your promotional mail, you might not find it as useful as I do.
  • It does take some massaging. The first week, it took some time for it to catch up with all the promotional mail. It doesn’t prevent new messages from coming to your box, so you’ll see still some messages. For example, if you sign up on a Monday and there is no Kate Spade messages in your inbox, you may receive a Kate Spade email on Tuesday. Then when you receive your roll up the next day, you’ll get a notice that they’ve discovered new messages in your inbox and would you like to review them. From there you can choose whether your Kate Spade email is added to your roll up, remains in your inbox or if you’d like to unsubscribe. (Why would you unsubscribe?)

So there you have it. One of my favorite things. I hope that unroll.me can help to make your life a little bit easier, as it has mine.

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Recipe for Social Media and Quick Breads

Seattle Bloggers Visit Allrecipes.com in SeattleI recently attended a Seattle bloggers event at Allrecipes in Seattle.  Allrecipes is a social recipe site. For those who are familiar with Ravelry, it is basically the Ravelry of the food world.  It was started by a group of University of Washington graduate students and has grown over the last 16 years.

To be honest, before the event, I was unfamiliar with the site. Most of my recipe hunting is done through Pinterest these days so I wasn’t sure I need another time-waster resource. One thing I don’t like about Pinterest though, is that it is often difficult to determine what recipes are good and what are duds. Number of pins doesn’t really mean anything, but I pin a TON of things that I never make. Allrecipes allows users to rate the recipes, comment on it and share any changes they may have made.

Sunday I was looking at my remaining CSA share and wanting to get ahead as much as possible for the week. I had cut up much of the veggies to roast, but I had several remaining zucchini. I downloaded the iPad app and searched for “zucchini.” Many recipes popped up and I filtered it down to zucchini bread – perhaps my favorite baked good. After searching through the recipes, I found a great recipe for zucchini blueberry bread. Since I had a pint of blueberries from the CSA as well, it was an easy choice. I reviewed some of the comments, could see that it had been made 10,000 times and was highly recommended.

I will say I encountered a few issues, none of which were the recipe’s fault. I mean, did you know vanilla extract can evaporate if not used in a timely manner? It can. Did you also know that you can use maple syrup as a substitute? Also? You may want to double check how much oil you have in your house before starting. Issues aside, I pulled everything together and out came two beautiful loaves.

Verdict? Delicious. I wish it had a bit more zucchini flavor, but I think that might be because I just used the 3 small zucchini I had instead of measuring out the 2 cups shredded zucchini. My other substitutes did not seem to affect the flavor much or at least not in any negative way.

Having had such a great experience with Allrecipes.com, I’m super excited to use it for the next few months to find some new recipes for our CSA. (One can only eat roast beets so many weeks in a row.)  I’m looking forward to being able to build a virtual recipe box filled with recipes I know have been tried and tested, especially when so many look so yummy. Apple-berry pie, anyone?

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Trying to Find More Hours in the Day

On Facebook last week, a fellow working mom posted the Business Week article Work-Life Balance: Late Nights at Home Now Common. I almost laughed out loud as I read the first paragraph because it fit me (and my husband) to a tee: This productivity is great! But I feel so, so tired. Like I should be under the covers […]

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Asking the Hard Hitting Questions

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Lila is in the why phase. Which should really more accurately called the why, why, why, TELL ME ABOUT IT, why phase. Most of the time this results in questions like: – why does the sun set? – why does Lucy not know the alphabet? – why is that dog walking there? -why does Cal […]

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Binge-surfing through Netflix

I read an article today that discussed the term “binge watching” being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Back in the day, I could binge watch with the best of them. I may have watched the first season of 24 in approximately 24 straight hours. I watched the first season of Mad Men on such […]

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Breastfeeding a Toddler (Yes, we still do that)

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Lucy toddles over to me on her chubby 19 month old legs and plops herself into my lap. She immediately rotates her body, props her feet up on my leg and reclines to look at me. “Milk?” she asks as she makes the sign. This is breastfeeding with a toddler – the ability to ask […]

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Enter the Plague

Our house has been a house of plague this past week. It’s had an odd run, managing to slow roll through the whole house and stretch out for more than a week. It all started last Saturday when we went to the Seattle Children’s Museum for a birthday party. We’d never been and the girls […]

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Bucket List

Splash Park

As I mention in the last post, when we returned from vacation two weeks ago, A and I felt a little down with nothing to really look forward to. We had front loaded all of our vacations for the summer and now, just work and the day to day of life. We decided to come […]

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Keeping Up Appearances

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I think we can all agree that at this point I am a) barely a blogger and b) never going to be able to catch up on everything that’s happened in the past (gulp) two months. So let’s hit some highlights and just go from there. 1. We went to the Oregon coast for the […]

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Shining Our Light Brightly

Over Memorial Day weekend we traveled to Vancouver for a short get away. We liked Vancouver when we went for Lucy’s birthday, but really went because it was the location of Raffi’s Beluga Grads tour kick off. I remember listening to Raffi when I was little, maybe not when I was Lila’s age but definitely […]

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