FIVE WEBSITES TO MAKE A BUSY LIFE A LITTLE EASIER

Running this blog, as well as working full time and travelling a lot, means anything that helps make my busy life a little easier is worth it’s weight in gold. I’m not trying to say I’m some high powered business woman, but I am always trying to schedule time to complete projects, get my life in order and just generally live a more organised day-to-day routine. So today I wanted to share with you five websites that could make our busy lives a little bit easier – because let’s face it, we’re pretty much online, whether it be our phones, tablets or laptops, for a good majority of the day.

1. Lyst

Lyst is a shopping platform based here in the UK and New York, which partners with hundreds of shops, including ASOS, Shopbop, H&M, Zara, to allow customers to be able to tailor their shopping experience each time they use it. From initially logging on you choose a number of retailers which you would shop from normally and this brings together everything each store has to offer, including what’s new in that very day. If you like a Ghost dress for example, which I did this morning, it shows me the price Ghost charge for it, but it also brought up what the department stores had it up for sale at as well – saving me the hassle of searching online for the best price. It’s a real personal shopping experience and what I like the most is that, if you Lyst something and keep it for another day (like I have with this beautiful blue embroidered pinafore dress from Topshop), the website will then alert you if it suddenly goes into sale. This is such a great idea, especially nearer Christmas time or when the new season starts and shops go mad getting rid of old stock. Plus, unlike other referal platforms, you shop through list at one checkout and then the team sends your order on to each retailer, which is time saving itself.

2. Bon Appetit 

We’ve all been there, when the clock hits 5pm, you still have no idea what’s for dinner and inspirational ideas are few and far between. If you have to see another packet of Super Noodles you suspect you’ll die, and the worst bit is, you’re cooking for your new boo who’s decided date night should be at yours. Fear not. Bon Appetit will email a recipe every single day of the week so you can either work from that, or look back at all the other recipes and see if there’s anything which whet’s your appetite. What I love about this newsletter service is that every day has a different theme so you can expect things like Meatless Monday’s, Quick Main Thursday or perhaps Weekend Brunch. Never again will you have to struggle to find an idea for dinner.

3. B

I was recently introduced to this new service by Yorkshire Bank, and as a customer of there’s, it’s definitely something I going to get to help me manage my spending a little better. Basically with B you get a savings account and a debit account (you can also get a credit card but I’m happy without). You then download the B app on to your phone and tablet and you can start managing your money a whole lot better. The clever thing about B is that it groups your spending into categories (food/travel/going out) so you’re really able to see where you waste spend the majority of your cash. You can also sort out budgets, and group money into categories so if you’re food shopping, for example, you can see how much of your budget you’ve got left for food for the rest of the month and to check you’re on track. It’s a slightly more fun way of managing your money.

4. Sweaty Betty

Not only do Sweat Betty offer gorgeous workout gear, if you head over to their website, you can download a whole heap of absolutely free exercise videos, from ballet to high intensity dance to yoga. There really is something for everyone, and it’s great if you don’t have a gym membership and you want to squeeze in a workout first thing in the morning without having to leave the house. These videos are over 40 minutes long so you know you’ll be working out long enough to be working up a sweat. I’m keen on giving the Ballet Bootcamp a try this week, so I’ll let you know how I get on.

5. TaskPandas

OK, so not the most glamorous of websites, but TaskPandas is a great concept designed for those who need a job sorting without any idea of how to go about it. Tasks can range from Ikea furniture assembly to proof reading a presentation, and all you have to do is post said-job to the TaskPandas market place and you will receive bids from people in your local area who are able to help you. You then select a winner, pay by card or Paypal to the website and authorise your TaskPanda to carry out the job – only when the job is complete will the site release the money, which gives you the knowledge your money is in safe hands. I think this is such a great idea, and something I might use when it comes to doing my tax returns later this year.

So there you have it, five websites which might just make your busy life a little easier. Have you got any websites or apps you’d recommend for a busy lifestyle? Add them below so I can check them out and have a great week ahead guys.

*Partnered Post with Lyst. Please find my disclaimer here.

About the author
Victoria is the editor and founder of award-winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. When she's not scouring Pinterest for the latest in home decor inspiration, she's out shopping trying to recreate the looks herself.

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