Top 6 Productivity Tools for Students and Professionals

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Posted 23 Sep 2014 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

Keeping your life organized is supposed to be easier with technology but sometimes it can be very overwhelming instead. We’ve put together 10 web and smartphone tools to help you stay organized and keep you on your toes.

Calendar – The first thing needed for organization is a calendar. In addition to a trusty paper calendar (never needs charging!), we highly recommend Sunrise. It is free and syncs with your existing calendars and several apps such as Asana and Evernote. They recently implemented real time sync with Google calendar. The web calendar and the apps are easy to use and are nice to look at too. Sunrise for iOS Sunrise for Android Sunrise for Web

Happy 2014!! Woot Woot!!

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Posted 12 Jan 2014 — by HarriMac
Category Announcements, Featured, Soulville, Technology

Happy New Year everyone!! We hope that this 12th day of 2014 finds all of you having an awesome year so far. There are about 353 days left in the year so how will we spend them? We at ThePinkC know we’re up for an adventure! This random posting and barrage of fall posts might be our continued pattern this year. Life happens and we’re trying to enjoy life so we hope it works for you all to see some infrequent posting. We’re not Ellie, even though we try to keep her vision going, and we’ve had to admit this to ourselves. But we hope that you’ll enjoy the content we do have to share and will give us feedback for what you wish to see in the near future.

Mobile Apps for Teachers and Students

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Posted 15 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School

We love to play with apps and utilize them for being more productive. We also love to share what we think about them with you. Today we have about 25 apps that are perfect for students, teachers and parents to keep track of everything and help you through the school year. We’ll recap a couple we’ve covered here before (new features!) and bring in a few we haven’t covered before to bring you what we consider the best of. If you want more productivity apps or other great apps in general, feel free to go back through our archives. Enjoy!

2013 – Tribute to Ellie

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Posted 08 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured

Ellie, the founder of ThePinkC, passed away three years ago this week. So today we’re posting a tribute to Ellie written by her lifelong companion Boo Bear. Boo Bear is no stranger to ThePinkC or technology so we hope you enjoy!

Boo Bear, Rattle Bear and Ellie

Boo Bear, Rattle Bear and Ellie

Emergency Kit on a Budget

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Posted 01 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School

Being a student doesn’t exempt you from being prepared in case of an emergency. A time of emergency is not the time to dig out this list, it is before things happen. We’ve discussed the items you should include in an emergency kit before, but we wanted to talk today about some ways to get those items and keep them stored on a budget since back to school shopping sales are a great time to pick up some items.

What's in my (House Ditch) Bag
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1) Utilize a dollar store! I can’t emphasize this enough. Many items that you need for a kit can be gotten at a dollar store including flashlights, canned foods and can openers.
2) Students always need food to eat. If you use a food pantry or a food bank to get some of your monthly food anyway, put aside a couple canned items or peanut butter from the box in your kit. Build it up as you go!
3) You need to put your kit items in something. Now that you’ve moved in for the term or the year, you might have an old backpack, duffel or 20 gallon tote you aren’t using. That is perfect. You might even have left one at home because you got something new. If you don’t have one, check out used sales on campus or find something that is sturdy enough not to fall apart as soon as you pick it up.
4) Grab cans of food from home that have been on the shelf for a while but still have a good amount of life left (a year or so).
5) Sometimes student health services will be giving out free first aid kits at events during the year. Grab one and that is a good start to what you need!
6) Buy either 50 cent gallons of water (which you have to worry about where to store) or use water bottles you have already.
7) Check out the back to school and normal grocery store sales to stock up on canned items if you weren’t able to find ones you wanted at the dollar store.
8 ) Buy non-OEM chargers as a backup for your phone, laptop and tablet chargers and put that in your kit. They usually are cheaper and still work like an OEM charger.
9) If you’ve got old clothes that you were going to leave at home stick some in your kit so you have a change of clothes. You’re not worried about what happens to them so if you do need them in an emergency, you can toss them afterwards. This includes old sneakers and those old high school sweatshirts.
10) Keep a sleeping bag in your closet to use as a blanket in winter. when it is an emergency, grab it and go. A cheapie that is for 40 degrees or so will work.
11) Order free samples from companies. They’ll take a few weeks to arrive but they are free.
12) Use a combo weather radio/flashlight with a crank. It does 2 jobs in one and doesn’t need batteries. It also takes up less space which is vital for a student.
13) Keep cups from places like subway (clean them first of course). It gives you something to drink out of.
14) If you buy sandwich meat, keep the plastic container. Those are great for holding things like your first aid kit or a sewing kit and you’ve already paid for them!

What tips do you have for getting cheap items for your emergency kit?

Join us next week for a Tribute to Ellie!

5 Must Haves for College

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Posted 25 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured, Soulville

Whether you are new or a seasoned vet to college, there are some things you’ve got to keep up with while in school. We’ve got a list of things that can help you get through the best times of your life!

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Free Software Pack – 2013

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Posted 18 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Geek Girl, Reviews

For several years we have provided you with recommendations for really cool software. Our annual software pack represents a solid set of programs that we think everyone should own for every day work and pleasure.  This software is good whether or not you are a student, faculty, parent or someone who is just trying get things done on a budget. Let us know in the comments how you like these and if you think we should have included something else.

Make the Most Out of Your College Days

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Posted 11 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured

Many times we start new experiences and have so much we want to get out of them. But then we forget. Or we change. Or something else happens. Either way, we sometimes get some of our goals accomplished and others fall by the wayside. Well what if you could keep track of everything you want to do and add on or alter the list as your college experience winds up? We’re not talking the ever popular “Bucket List”. It’s not even the ubiquitous five year plan (which is useful but might be overly detailed). We’re talking more of a set time period to accomplish all the things you want to do in a more defined time period. A few years back I started doing the 101 in 1001 – set 101 goals and give yourself 1001 days to do them. But every college experience is a different length. And hopefully some of you are almost done! So we recommend the following instead:

The Back to School Series is Back!

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Posted 11 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Announcements, Back to School

Once again, we’ve put together 8 really amazing blog posts to help you get ready for going back to school whether you are a student, a teacher or a someone helping others getting ready for school. Of course you don’t have to be preparing for school to get something out of the Back to School Series – there is something here for everyone! Now sit back, grab your favorite beverage and get ready to dive in starting later this afternoon. We hope you enjoy!

sWaiting for the school bus
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