Smart Ways to Melt Winter Blues

by Katie on January 22, 2016

As always let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules for cell phone and device usage.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone6S  and am being compensated for my time.

DSC_0604I don’t know about you, but winter is really wearing me down this year! With 2 little boys who want nothing more than to play outside and get their energy out and the dreary, cloudy days we have been having… all I want is Spring!  Thankfully U.S. Cellular has come up with a list of some fun apps that will help beat the winter blues!

There are various ways you can get the most out of your device when you are stuck inside because of a bad winter storm. Whether you want to learn something new or be entertained, the right apps and our high-quality network that works when and where you need it will help you stay connected on a cold and snowy day.

Recommended apps: Here are some additional apps that will help keep both kids and parents entertained this winter:

Here is to hoping these apps help fill these long, cold, winter days!


As always let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules for cell phone and device usage.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone6S  and am being compensated for my time.

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Over the past couple of years, I have really started to take my health seriously. I have made some pretty drastic changes in both my eating habits and my workout routine to help achieve those goals.  I even trained for and completed my first half marathon a couple of months ago.

The holiday season is full of temptations and  parties, making it hard than ever to stay on track. Thankfully US Cellular has some apps that can help with that!

Between travel, shopping and out-of-town visitors, it seems the holiday season gets busier every year.  

Today, mobile devices and apps can make it easier to stay on top of health goals, even during the holidays. Access to the right data and monitoring apps can improve your chances of keeping weight off and enjoying the holiday season.

The latest devices, like the iPhone6S, offer enhanced screen sizes and resolutions. Paired with U.S. Cellular’s nationwide network mobile devices can be very helpful during the busy holiday season.

A recent U.S. Cellular Better Moments survey shows a growing assistance on smartphones for fitness and health. The survey reveals 22 percent of smartphone users keep track of exercise with an app. When it comes to healthy eating, 18 percent look up calories in their food, and 6 percent monitor blood sugar or other health conditions.

Whether you’re using the apps to track calories during the holidays or monitor a health condition year round, U.S. Cellular has the network and the devices to make the experience seamless.


    • Fooducate (Free for iOS, Android). First prize winner in the U. S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge, Fooducate goes beyond counting calories to help users lose weight and live a healthy life. Users can maintain a healthy diet by tracking the quality of calories, not just the quantity, by scanning over 250,000 barcodes to see a specific nutrition grade (A, B, C or D). Fooducate also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app, allowing users to compare calorie consumption and burning.
    • Since the holidays are stressful, we may need help monitoring blood pressure and the iBP Blood Pressure ($0.99 for Android and iOS) is a great one to use. This blood pressure tracking app uses colors to indicate normal or high readings. It also analyzes data, to create graphs that illustrate trends over time. Those on the road during the holidays can sync data across all their mobile devices to stay on top of stats while traveling.
    • For those that have joined the wearables fitness world or are thinking about trying one, Garmin Connect (Free for iOS, Android) is a great choice.  It also has a free app that collects personal health and activity data, and then uploads it to the mobile app via Bluetooth. Users will see what workouts or daily routine exercises are helping to reach their fitness goals. With access to health data and fitness stats, users will stay focused from Thanksgiving turkey to New Year’s champagne.
    • A fast, easy-to-use calorie counter and diet tracker that can help take those pounds off confidently even during the holidays is MyFitnessPal (Free for iOS, Android) With the largest food database and fitness data entry, users will know when their calorie output isn’t keeping up with their calorie input so they can make adjustments. The MyFitnessPal network also encourages users to connect with friends as they pursue their goals as well.
    • Another great app to help you track calories is Lose It! It tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, helping you manage your weekly calorie budget and ensure that you are consuming the proper foods. What I really like about this app is that it integrates with sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can stay connected with friends and family across country to keep your health goals on track during the holiday season as well.

How do you use your phone to stay healthy?





As always let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules for cell phone and device usage.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone6S  and am being compensated for my time.

IMG_1758Do you have people in your life that are hard to buy gifts for? My husband and my Dad are both difficult for me.  They both love electronics and like the newest technology, but I still did not know what they would like that would be different and fun. Thankfully US Cellular came to the rescue with some great gift ideas!

For passions ranging from fitness to gaming and everything in between, wireless accessories can be a great gift for loved ones looking to simplify and enhance their favorite activities.

For children getting their first wireless device this holiday season, be sure to check out the U.S. Cellular Parent-Child Agreement 

Wireless devices play an important role in our daily routines. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 38 percent of smartphone users play games on their phones daily, 49 percent check the latest news, 14 percent use GPS and 34 percent use their phone to help monitor their health.

Powered by U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network with national coverage, mobile devices such as Apple iPhone6S can work in tandem with cutting edge accessories to help you monitor your health and fitness, listen to your favorite songs or provide a more convenient and unique messaging experience.

Here are a few of the hot tech accessory gifts this year:

  • OtterBox Commuter Case ($39.99): With defense against drops, dust and scratches, along with two layers of protection, the OtterBox Commuter case is sleek enough to easily fit in your pocket while also protecting against the elements, perfect for everyday use or for the adventurer in your life.  
  • Belkin WeMo Insight Switch ($59.99): For the person on your list looking to simplify their life, the Insight Switch connects your home electronics to your Wi-Fi network, allowing you to turn them on and off from anywhere using your phone or tablet. It can also put your home electronics on a schedule as well as monitor your energy usage and send information to your phone or tablet.
  • Parrot Rolling Spider Drone ($99.99): For the fun-loving adult or child on your list, the Parrot Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone controlled by your smartphone. It flies indoors and outdoors with speed and stability, and you can take photos with its vertical camera simply by hitting the ‘photo’ icon in the accompanying app on your smartphone screen. Its detachable wheels make it easy to roll from the floor to the ceiling.
  • Samsung Gear S2 ($349.99): Perfect for the health conscious person on your list who wants to stay connected, the Gear S2 makes it easy to take charge of your health while also staying up-to-date on to what is important to them. The Gear S2 monitors daily activities, counts your steps, and measures your pulse as well as your water vs. caffeine intake. In addition to answering calls and texts, the Gear S2 also makes it easy to read an email, check out a map, listen to music or access your favorite apps right from your wrist.

I love the drone idea. What is your favorite gift idea on this list?


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