College Tutoring & Business Coaching Idea Tracking Using iFlipTips – Q&A Tool, Organizer & Session Notetaker-Recorder

iFlipTips is a new study and training app for iPhone and iPad from TECHtionary. Useful for students, facilitators, and trainers, this app is invaluable for professionals in a coaching role. Not only can iFlipTips help you facilitate coaching sessions, but it can also help you record and organize client records, and send them notes of what you discussed afterwards.

Whether you’re engaged in business or life coaching, iFlipTips can help you prepare and record successful sessions. As a note-taking app, it allows you to create flashcards containing bite-sized pieces of information using different mediums.

The app is divided into two sections: iTips-Ideas Cards, which help you create training notes, and iFlipCards, which use a question and answer format. Each iTips-Ideas card or iFlipCard contains a box for text, an image, an audio recording and a video clip. Using different mediums, you can create notes for clients using a format that suits their learning style, and that they feel most comfortable with.

Some clients might prefer brief text notes covering only the most important points of the session, while others might prefer receiving audio or video recordings of key moments, or even the whole meeting. By sending them notes in different formats, you could help speed up their learning process, and increase the rate at which they retain information you discuss during their sessions.

iFlipTips’ folders system helps you organize your notes in a way that enables you to store and retrieve them efficiently. The folders are fully customizable, so you can create a filing system that suits your way of working. Potential methods of organizing your notes include using main folders as a calendar system, creating a separate folder for each week or month, then sub-folders for individual clients you will see within that time period. Ordering the folders in this way helps you organize session material in advance, and plan when you need to conduct mid-contract evaluations and reviews.

Alternatively, you can use the folders to organize notes and prompts structured around your methodology or framework. For example, if you use the GROW method, you could create a main folder for each separate session, with separate sub-folders containing prompts for each step of the framework detailed on individual iTips-Ideas cards. This can help remind you of useful questions at key moments in the session, and to stick to a boundaried framework. You could also consider organizing prompt cards by issue, creating separate folders for motivation, procrastination, indecisiveness, and so on, so you can reference relevant questions depending on what struggles your client raises during a session.

While iTips-Ideas cards can be helpful for making general notes about sessions, you can use iFlipCards to create questions and answers around key issues for your client. For example, you can prepare sets of questions before a session, then record the client’s responses during your meeting using brief text notes, or through the audio or video functions. This can be helpful discussion material during the session, and you can also share the notes and clips with the client via email afterwards, giving them material they can use for reflection in between sessions.

College Party 7 Deadly Sins Party Planning Using iPartyGram

With each new college term, even during breaks, college parties abound, as evenings draw in and the days get darker, what better time than the winter to plan a 7 Deadly Sins-themed party?

Organizing a party can feel like a part-time job in itself, so if you have a lot of studying to do but don’t want to sacrifice the opportunity to throw a great party, let iPartyGram help you with the planning process.

One of the great things about a 7 Deadly Sins party is that guests can really use their imagination and have a choice regarding their costume. As a refresher, the seven deadly sins are:

  • Lust
  • Wrath
  • Greed
  • Envy
  • Pride
  • Sloth
  • Gluttony

You and your guests can go to the party dressed as any one of these sins – or the more adventurous can try to include all seven in their outfit!

Sending invitations

Set the scene from the very start and create tailor-made invitations using iPartyGram. Using the app, you can send out invites via email, saving you time and money on paper invitations. Instead of just sending a plain message, however, the app enables you to make your own personalized invitations, complete with a background image and all the information guests need, and send it as a PDF.

When sending invitations, you can either allocate a specific sin to each guest, or let them choose their own. With a range of background images to choose from, choose one that sets the tone for the party. Receiving this kind of invitation will create a lot more excitement among guests than a plain group email!

Planning the party

Create even more of an atmosphere before the party by uploading pictures to iPartyGram. You can also nominate VIP guests to upload their own images. Invitees can log on using their special iPartyGram code included in their invite and view the pictures you’ve uploaded. These could be of past parties, or images that give guests costume ideas for the big night.

Preparing the house

Depending on where you’re holding the party, you can really go to town on the decorations and themes. If you are throwing a house party and have access to more than one room, try assigning one of the sins to each room, then theming the decor, food and drink in that room around the individual sin. For example, if you select lust to be the theme for one room, decorate the room in reds and pinks and serve snacks like Hershey’s Kisses.

If you don’t have sufficient space to assign a sin to each room, try separating the space you do have into different areas themed around each sin.

Food and Drink

Instead of serving the usual kegs and cider you normally find at a college party, try your hand at creating signature cocktails for each of the sins.

The food you serve is another opportunity to get creative: try offering guests ready meals or instant noodles in the ‘sloth’ area, spicy food in the ‘wrath’ section, and indulgent desserts in the ‘gluttony‘-themed room.

Planning a Seven Deadly Sins-themed party can feel daunting, but you also have plenty of opportunities to get creative and wow your guests. iPartyGram takes the hassle out of dealing with invitations and RSVPs so you can get on with the fun part: planning!

Poker Night Party Using iPartyGramPro For iPad/iPhone

Blackjack partyPoker is not just a weekly reprieve from work any longer. The card game is now an exciting bash to throw for all your guests too! With iPartyGramPro from TECHtionary, planning is convenient, simplified, and fun!

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Use the invitation section of the app to send personalized PDF formats guests can print out. Specify when and where it takes place, by what time to R.S.V.P., and indicate notes and reminders (see the Party heading below).There’s lots of themed backgrounds to chose from for the invitations, or take a picture of a playing card to be the set for the invite. Keep everyone’s email private when sending your contact list invites in mass – add recipients in the ‘bcc’ box and your name in the ‘to’ box. ipartygram-main-calSelect a dozen people to be your VIP guests and help out with preparations. VIP guests can also post pictures through Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and email to raise hype, like you, and guests can view these via the personal ID code registered to party members. This party-circle of images can get people excited and document the event as well! For instance, tape a video of yourself with fun trivia facts about card games or things people can do to help out with the party, and post them online.

If you want to add décor to you party – stick playing cards all around the room with a little tape on the back. Then, send separate directions for an easy headband guests can create for costume ideas. Just take a 2-inch wide strip of construction paper, bend it so that it makes a loop, and staple the two ends together. Make your own card out of construction paper, or staple a real one to the center of the band. Guests can try mini cards around the entire band for variation if they want.

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If you want to make playing more interesting with antes, get a few friends together, and cut out 50 circular cardboard shapes in three different sizes (to total 150) to stand in as poker chips. Color the three shapes differently – 1-value, small in yellow; 5-value, medium in red; and 10-value, large in black. Ask a few guests if they’ll bring a deck of cards so that there can be several games going at once. You can either host this party at an outside grilling station where they have multiple picnic tables and field space. Or you can compromise with several sheets or rugs laid out to separate game spaces. And you don’t have to play just poker, especially since there’s no pot or prize played for (unless you want to get creative with the rules agreed upon in the different groups) – look up the directions for games like BS (super fun with a crowd and multiple decks), 7-card stud, 3-card draw, or ask others for suggestions during alternating dealers.

Any music is appropriate for poker night. So opt for a real jukebox type of interaction from the crowd. Let everyone know they can come up and switch to their own devices, or chose from the set.

Sustaining snack food to counter that light-headedness is the craze at typical poker gatherings – with all that concentration and blaring music, you’ll need to replenish that energy! Ask enough VIP guests to bring either a few bags of chips, microwave appetizers like potato skins, pizza-bites, or pretzels, pixie sticks and a bag of mini chocolate candy bars with a crunch to them.

Then, mix 4 gallons of Root Beer with 2 cups of chocolate syrup. Add a jar of maraschino cherries to the mix. Let the sugar fruit sink to the bottom and stir well. Stick it in the fridge for a few hours before the party to deliver a sugarplum buzz. Set all these food and beverage items on a cute paper table cloth that you’ve drawn and colored card designs on. You can do several card images, only card symbols, line the sides with cards and poker chip pictures, or make a huge portrait on the center. Remember to provide napkins, paper cups, and a giant trash bag next to the serving table.

Pick-Up

Poker night is generally messy by nature – plan on paper towels for spills, a dust pan for crumbs, and a few giant bags for debris to make this clean-up session smooth.

With this app, you can make detailed preparations for the entire festivities while commuting or waiting in long lines. This way, you can enjoy the party too when the time arrives!

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Sweetheart Match Party Planning Using iPartyGramPro

PrintIt’s that time of the year again. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, people are in a whirlwind of emotions – faint and frightened, hot and heady, romantic yet reserved, intrigued yet isolated. It’s a very confusing time for people in different stages of status. So the perfect solution to this mix-up is to throw a fun, heart-pumping party! A sweetheart match is a blind-date of sorts that takes singles out of the turbulent toss-up of an equation, and has them paired up many times throughout the night! With no pressure to say the right things, act accordingly, pretend-to-be or reveal flaws, this gathering is a carefree zone of flirting and frolicking!

Yes, party planning has a reputation of being timely, costly, and uneventful for the planner. But with TECHtionary’s helpful app – iPartyGramPro – putting together a bash is laid-back like lounging on your porch after a long hard day of work.

Virtual Meet-And-Greet

ipartygrampro-ipad-3The invitation section of the app makes inviting people simply effortless. Chose from any one of the many backgrounds provided in the app, or take a picture of something that specifically reminds you of love for this holiday. Then, include details about when it is, where it is, and what the details of the party are like the concept of blind dating! You can set R.S.V.P. deadlines so that no one is left unmatched up. Then, assign VIPs out of your invited guests to help you post images that get anticipation for the party started! For example, someone will snap a smiling shot of themselves with the tag ‘I just aced my Geography exam, and I’m lookin’ for someone to celebrate with!’ Guests can log in with their special ID code to view this comment and picture so that they are reminded of the whole idea for the party. In order to keep privacy for guests, enter your name in the ‘to’ box and theirs in the ‘bcc’ box – this is useful for sending invites to your contact list at once. Or, send each person a separate PDF so you can specify who is able to bring a plus one, if you want couples to be a part of the celebration but not take part in the mix-match set up.

The Trio

You’ll need minor preparation to gear up the party. A fun hot and cold beverage and food idea is easy. A playlist of hard and soft music for dancing and mingling is vital. And typical pink and red themed decorations are perfect! Think about cleaning up, before hand, so the next morning is a breeze. Set out trash bags and other bins for recycling all around the allotted space and aside the concession stand especially.

Snacks

Set out plates of easy-to-heat spicy hot wings (the spicier the better) with cool ranch dipping. Then, for drinks, make both a hot cider and an icy pitcher of peppermint-colada.

ipartygram-4For the cider, mix 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ a cup of caramel topping, one gallon of apple juice, and 3 sliced peaches or plums. Let the flavors marinate together while simmering in a pot for 10 minutes if you have a hot-plate, or in a microwave-safe container, slightly uncovered, in microwave for 5 minute sections. Cool for 3 minutes in-between the 5-minute periods, stir, and then proceed to heat. Do this three times throughout the full 15 minutes. – WARNING: bowl will be hot! Approach each interval with caution and an oven-mitt of some sort. Handle with care!

Then, for the coloda, mix a can of sweetened-condensed milk with a gallon of cranberry juice. Steep 3 bags of peppermint tea for 5 minutes in the thickened mixture (or add 2-3 drops of extract if you have it on hand). Crush and add ½ a bag of peppermint candies and 3 cups of ice – you can do this with a giant 5-gallon plastic baggie, covered with a washcloth, and beat with the bottom of a flat heavy binder or book of some sort, if you don’t have a blender.

Set out some themed plastic cups (for the cider), paper plates, and napkins. Heat up the cider whenever it gets cold, very briefly for a few minutes. And keep another pitcher on hand in the fridge when the first one runs out. The cider warms you up and loosens that tense disposition to date-night, and the icy refreshing drink rejuvenates your mind-set in-between different parings. These food and drink combos give a tingling sensation to your senses that co-mingles with the butterflies fluttering around in your stomach all night!

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Everything from Kay Perry, Kesha and Lady Gaga to Cypress Hill, Stevie Wonder, and Def Leppard is appropriate! To make those slow-dances softer but fun, try some of The Penguins, more specifically ‘Earth Angel’. Or try ‘Blue Moon’ by The Marcels. Those will really kick in some emotional connections while still being playful. And of course, have a bowl with pieces of paper for every person’s name so that you can randomly match people at intervals in the party. Have a sequence that everyone follows, so it’s not awkward and more light-hearted – kind of like a dating palooza! For instance – introduce yourself, your major, where you’re from, and then leave the last question for different favorites’ topics or revealing embarrassing dating moments to break the ice.

Interior Design

Dress the room in shades of pink, red, and even purple so the theme is instantly recognizable. You can have a lot of creative input with these colors. Ask a few select friends to cut hearts out of construction paper, in varying sizes. Use pipe cleaners – little furry pieces of flexible material that you find at craft stores – to mold these shapes, or make other romance-related items like lips, eyes, flowers, etc, and hang them around the room. Drape long sparkly scarves along windows. Or, dye cloth table covers in the different colors with buckets, water, and an outside space – following the directions on the different dye packets – to get an almost tie-dye effect for Valentine’s Day.

With this app, mastering the art of party-throwing is like making those grand grades in school – it ups your G.P.A. or Great Planning Ability!

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College Study App – IQ Award Finalist iFlipTips Announces Major New Release Called iFlipTipsPro

iFlipTips and iFlipTipsPro Version 4.5 for Apple iPhone and iPad

Current Version is Available via iTunes Now  Click here for iTunes Apps

BOULDER – Boulder County Business Report (BCBR) finalist for its annual Innovation Quotient (IQ) Awards, Techtionary just announced a new release of its iFlipTips college study and corporate training iPhone/iPad mobile app available now on iTunes. “iFlipTipsPro is an exciting way for professionals to create multimedia presentations and personal corporate libraries.   iFlipCardsPro is the fastest way for professional trainers and users alike to create multimedia study ‘flipcards’ for fast access Q&A learning,” noted Tom Cross creator.   Details can be found on the iFlipTips website at http://ifliptips.com or immediately on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/techtionary.com/id379186267

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Key Features Include:

iFlipTips allows users to capture information and file it fast with unlimited Library Folders and Subfolders.:

1) iFlipCards lets you make unlimited Q&A flipcards, flashcards, and capture audio, video, text and take/use pics and answer with pics, video, text and audio.

2) iFlipSlides is an easy to create and build slide shows and presentation.

3) iFlipTips is a simple to use, notecard builder with text, audio, video and pics.

iFlipTipsPro also includes:

4) iFlipCal organizes study, meetings and other events into a calendar with reminders and the only calendar with70 unique icons.

5) iFlippads are unique multicolored post notes with multimedia image editor and doodlepads which can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and email.

Archive – both versions have Archive to remove active cards, slides and tips to a separate file area

Here are some user comments:

“We have used the iFlipTips app for a while now, we can thoroughly recommend it.” TheAppWhisperer.com #1 mobile app review website

“By having access to iFlipTips, I can get the latest sales and support tips, feature updates, patches/fixes and other corporate info which improves coordination and communications between staff and our customers. Simply put, I am more successful and effective.”

“As a college student, I can create iFlipCard Quiz and answer card easy and fast and I can have them with me anytime where I can use them right up to the exam.  College students need a simple app to replace their 3×5 cards writing Questions on one side and “flipping” them over to see the Answer(s).”

“The iFlipCal keeps me organized and on time and makes my life a lot easier.”

“This really overcomes the problem when team members say, “email, what email, I never got the email providing a tool to help them see all the steps involved in the training, event and social activity and stay organized, not just endless emails.”

Bottom-line: “Strategically, the faster you can communicate, the faster you can change, and those corporations that change the fastest will be the most successful.”

Corporate training and studying for college exams is an increasingly demanding and complex. iFlipTips was developed and will continue to be an innovative solution for trainers, customers, students and users.

We will also provide tutorials, webseminars, blog and newsletter to help improve use of iFlipTips, iFlipCards and FlipQuiz’s and other ideas on sports management, social media practices and technology.  The app is designed to help clients seeking easy-rapid ways to build mobile “self-help” and “just enough and just-in-time” tools for their sales, support channel partners and others.

iFlipTips is part of a suite of communications and collaboration tools designed to improved personal time management and customer communications.

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Party Invitations and Guest Lists Using iPartyGram

iPartyGram is a new app from TECHtionary that enables you to create events and send stylish, digital invitations to guests for free. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars designing and printing professional invitations, then taking the time to mail them all, iPartyGram lets you create beautiful customized invites, and send them to multiple guests at the same time via email. Perfect for weddings of all budgets, iPartyGram is an easy and fun way to complete one of the most important steps involved in your wedding planning.

The iPartyGram app is also perfect for managing your guest list, as you can use the app to select VIP guests. This could be special members of the groom and bride’s families, the best man, the bridal party, and whoever else you’d like to include. When VIPs log in to iPartyGram, they can add their own photos to the event for other guests to see.

When sending invitations through iPartyGram, you can include detailed information about the venue, and separate notes and instructions. This is the perfect time-saving opportunity, as you can provide your guests with information about the dress code, menu and any gift requests in one go. Doing so helps you save time sending further messages or answering multiple questions later.

As you can create as many invitations as you want per event, and send each invitation to multiple people at a time, you can send out separate invites to separate groups of guests. For example, the invitations you send to the groom or bride’s main parties might also include details of the bachelor or bachelorette parties, while invitations you send to friend and family who have volunteered to help out on the day might include different instructions.

As well as choosing the information you want to include in your invitations, you can also customize their appearance, choosing the background that you think suits your wedding the most. Whether you want a traditional-style invitation, or would like to do something a bit different, the wide range of styles available with iPartyGram means you’ll be able to find the image that’s right for you.

Once you’ve sent the invitations, you need to find a way to keep track of your guests’ RSVPs. To do this, you can use one of TECHtionary’s other apps, iFlipTips, which enables you to store information on digital flashcards. Simply create one folder for confirmed, one for declined, and another for outstanding, and you can easily view which guests you still need to chase. Alternatively, you can also try creating a spreadsheet and color-coding it according to whether a guest has said yes, no, or you’re still waiting to hear.

Finally, you can use iPartyGram as a record of the build-up to your wedding. Guests marked as VIPs can add photos, so you can show guests the edited highlights of your bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as images of your wedding preparations. It’s a lovely way to keep the whole wedding party involved in the run up to the big day, and set the tone for a fun event with friends, family and each other.

Spa Party Anytime Using iPartyGramPro for iPad and iPhone

Summer Spa Party Using iPartyGramPro For iPad/iPhone:

With summer here, the sun is unrelentingly hot and everyone is vying to escape the heat. The pool can only be blissful for so long, until it starts to wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Even in more natural waters like lakes and beaches, your skin and scalp suffer major repercussions from the rays, algae and salt. No matter what your plans are for the summer, your body will be thirsting for relief. But between all the clambakes and margaritas, long days and late nights, lounging by the pool and loitering in the summer sun – not to mention summer jobs, internships, and a heap of other responsibilities – finding time to pamper is near impossible. So bring the spa to your next bash – it’s the perfect way to welcome the summer heat while rejuvenating.

Here’s what you’ll need in full –

½ can of frozen pineapple juice from concentrate

3 cups of water

1 cup of frozen grapes

1 watermelon (small-medium)

1 cup of lemon sherbet

2 cans of tuna (or deli meat and cheese)

½ cup of light ranch

5 cucumbers

8 ounces of baby tomatoes

About 3 cups of olive oil

1 lemon

6 cups of mayo -or- 12 beaten eggs

You’re Invited!

Planning a party can seem intimidating because of the extra time and details typically tied to the task. But with iPartyGramPro, partying, pampering, and planning are as sweat-free as relaxing at the spa. Using the invitation section of the app, send PDF invites that guests can print out. Indicate details like when, where and R.S.V.P. times with the preset format. You want to make sure that wherever you host this event, you pick a location with a readily available sink nearby. You can also include a reminder for your guests. For instance, let them know the dress code is swim suits only! Add to the note section informing guests that they must wear flip-flops of some kind because hard surfaces can get pretty slippery during this party. Then embellish the theme with one of the many backgrounds from the app, or take a picture of a cocktail next to slippers for a clear and intriguing indication of what the party is all about. Put your name in the ‘to’ box and recipients in the ‘bcc’ box to keep everyone’s email private while sending the invites. Chose a dozen people to be your VIP guests; they can post pictures of other spa/party icon-combos via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and email in order to build anticipation for the event. Each member of the party will receive a personal ID code to access all the pictures leading up to the event. Also, inform your VIP guests to come early and bring some items. Divide the list above equally.

Summer Refreshments

Try a simple slushy cocktail to keep your guests cooled down throughout the party. Blend a ½ can of frozen concentrated pineapple juice, 1 cup of water, 1 ½ cups of crushed ice, the chopped meat of one small-medium sized watermelon (save the juice for later, see below), and 1 cup of thawed lemon sherbet. Make a few choppy blends until the mixture is icy but smooth. Stir in a ½ cup of frozen grapes. Pour into a pitcher and serve this with some large plastic cups and bright colored straws.

Then, keep the healthy theme going with a light appetizer. Mix two cans of tuna with ½ cup of light ranch. Then, cut 1 skinned cucumber into ¼ inch slices. Add 4 ounces of well-chopped baby tomatoes. Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture on half of the slices. Top these with the remaining halves of the cucumbers. This filling can be prepared in a number of varieties by adding either boiled eggs, finely chopped pickles, or whatever you like to eat with your tuna. If fish is not your preferred meat, use ranch, sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced deli meat rolled and a fitted piece of cheese for each sandwich instead. This tasty item is budget-conscious, easy to make and akin to little bites of salad in finger food form. No plates are needed; just set out a few stacks of napkins along with a tray of these.

 Relaxing Yet Energetic

In order to bring the tranquil ambience of a spa with the thrill of a party, play around with one or more colors of Ecobulbs that brighten up the room in an exaggerated way. Ecobulbs last longer than other energy saving bulbs and use less energy than standard bulbs. You can find them at most any hardware stores for around five dollars, and they come in neat colors like green, pink, blue and more. This is also a great opportunity to use a playlist of feel-good music. “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs, “When It’s Over” by Maroon 5, and “Celebration” by Earth, Wind and Fire, and some music favorites that remind you and your guests of past summers is a perfect selection for this theme. Make sure the space is adorned with pillows, bean bags, and/or towels for comfortable seating since this is a party that’s 2-parts sitting to 1-part dancing. You’ll also need a sheet to spread out across the floor in order to make cleaning up easy. For the tablecloth, pick one up in a cute design at the dollar store or have your VIPs get creative and paint a summer-friendly collage. If you want to be super festive, sprinkle an array of brightly colored bath salts and soap-confetti (skip confetti if on carpet, even with a sheet) to enhance the fragrance and fun of the party.

Spa Preparations

Home spa remedies have a reputation for being ineffective, laborious, expensive and messy despite being advocated as a hassle-free alternative. But the following recipes are soothing summer-damage solutions that work for just about everyone suffering from seasonal fatigue. For this party, you mostly need the same basic ingredients you are using for the appetizers and drinks, which makes it convenient, easy on your summer savings and simple to make, apply and clean. Make the batches before each step, and alternate partners in application with each round.

Hair Care

Since the sun and chlorine/salt make hair weak in appearance and stature, try this easy recipe using 2 well-chopped and peeled cucumbers plus ¾ cup of warm olive oil to restore health to you and your guests’ hair (makes about 12 batches). Heat up the olive oil in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time for about 2 ½ minutes or until it’s warm but cool enough to handle. Apply ¼ cup of the mixture from scalp to ends using your hands. Cover with a plastic grocery bag and fasten at the nape of the neck with a loose knot. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water in sink. *Note: You can buy a medium sized bottle of generic extra virgin olive oil at your local grocery store for less than five bucks!

Then, follow this cleansing treatment with a deep conditioner to heal deep into the core of those cuticles. Mix the juice and seeds of one lemon into a little over 1 cup of oil. Apply about an eighth of this per person from root to tip and wrap hair in a steamed towel. Thoroughly dampen a medium-sized towel, place folded and flattened in a gallon-sized plastic baggie, and heat for 30 seconds at a time for about 3-4 minutes or until the towel is steaming hot. Bag will be extremely hot, be cautious while taking out. Wrap the hair into the towel so that the scalp gets even coverage of the heat. Leave this on for 20 minutes. Rinse in sink with warm water.

Conclude the hair treatment with a smoothening conditioner for sealing the hair. Prepare either 6 cups of mayonnaise or 12 beaten eggs (whatever’s on hand). Apply ½ cup (or 1 egg) per guest, from root to tip. Allow this to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. – You can switch the light ranch for mayo in the tuna recipe above, if you want to keep the same ingredients going through! –

Skin Care

After you’re finished with the hair portion of the treatment, move on to the skin. For sensitive skin and sunburns at any stage, try this invigorating concoction. First, mix 1 well-chopped cucumber with about ½ cup of watermelon juice (remainder from earlier). Crush a ½ cup of frozen grapes, thawed. Add the grapes and 2 cups of warm water to the cucumber and watermelon. Stir well. Ladle this over any exposed skin. Let this sit on the skin for 15 minutes and rinse with a damp sponge.

Then, finish this skin treatment with a lotion using 1 well-chopped cucumber and 4 ounces of tomatoes, chopped and crushed. Add 1 cup of oil to the mixture, and then apply to exposed areas of the skin. After rubbing it in, let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse with a damp sponge. For more information on homemade spa remedies, you can visit onlymyhealth.com.

Quick Clean

When the party is over, cleaning up is fast with the help of your VIP’s. Assign tasks to each pair, and you’ll find that a spa party doesn’t have to be a drag to clean. Fold the sheet inward towards the center so that all the decorative salts and any oily drips/pieces of food are kept on the sheet and not the floor. Empty debris into a trash can and stuff it in the hamper for some washing a.s.a.p.! Sweep the confetti up if any. Wash any dishes used for preparing the recipes in soapy warm water. And make sure a trash bag is set up at the refreshment table during the party.

TECHtionary has you and your crazy-full summer schedule figured out when it comes to party planning, creating an app that enables you to host any event swiftly with leisure. Do all your planning, invites and promotions for the party while you wait, travel or are just sitting there on the beach soaking up sun. Aside from the no-fuss benefit of using this app to plan the party, one of the best things about preparation for the bash is it’s centered on all of the same ingredients that are yummy to eat and wear! Almost all of the remedies can be applied by hand and made right before application. It can also be a flirty twist from other spa gatherings since men and women can both be invited to join in. In fact, it’s a great way to be active about the issue of skin cancer, since it is the most prevalent form of cancer in America today. So make a point of appreciating the natural splendor that is summer, subtract the stress associated with party planning, and celebrate warm weather and health with your buds this season!

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Party Invitation App – iPartyGram – Independent Review

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Here are the features:
– Unlimited party app for iPhone/iPad
– Organize and invite guests via Contact Lists
– Post Party Pics to Facebook, Twitter and Email
– Use Invitation Designs included or create your own Invitation Design
– Secure Party VIPs can post pics
– Secure Party Guests can only view
– New Party Tips & Ideas on website
– Pro Version has an integrated calendar with more than 180 unique icons to describe the event.

Here is an Independent  Review by J.H

Have you ever been missing out on something for a long time, something your friends may have had for months, and then, all of the sudden, you finally find it for yourself. You’re thrilled! You wonder how you could have been without this for so long. This is exactly how I felt after discovering iPartyGramPro. Are you the socialite type who’s always entertaining other people? Do you like to have smaller, more intimate gatherings? Do you find planning a party stressful or hectic because of organizational problems? If any of this is true of you, then there is no doubt iPartyGramPro will be invaluable to you.

This app is the easiest way to get parties planned in today’s cyber world. To get started, all you have to do is click on Plan Parties. From here, another simple click on a + sign allows you to add parties Yes it’s that simple – which is the name of the game with this professional little app. IPartyGramPro is definitely one of the easiest to use apps out there. With its intuitive design, anybody can figure out how to use all its features within minutes of downloading.

Once you have added a party, you can easily add all of the following: Party name, host name, date & time, where the party is to be held, notes and email/contact #. I personally made use of notes, because it is the perfect way to give you guests some simple directions or options such as “bring your own drinks,” what type of entertainment is going to be available and proper dress attire, such as semi-formal or casual. I put this app to use last night for a small gathering and my guest really liked seeing the extra notes, as it didn’t leave them guessing about what kind of food to bring or what they should wear.

I really loved the option of adding photos, as I’m an avid photographer. Once you’re done setting up your invitation, you’re able to view your parties and invite guests. This is very easy to do by simply adding friends from your contacts list. You can designate someone as a VIP which allows them to add pics to the party. As is typical of Techtionary.com’s apps, integrated tools and features round out the entire experience. iPartyGramPro acts as a cool, feature packed sketchbook and all around great notepad which adds a nice touch to the app’s total package. There is of course, a built in calendar for keeping track of your parties.

I wouldn’t mind to see buttons for the “View Parties & Invite Guests” and “Plan Parties” text controls on the opening screen. I also in favor of a different icon for the app (just don’t care for the college girl on the dance floor look) in general, plus a different background for the main screen in general just because I think this would increase appeal to everyone, besides just catering to one single audience stereotype. I just think it would make it a bit more versatile and it would be more marketable, since all types of people are party planners. This of course, just my opinion. Otherwise, this program gets five stars from me and its one I’ll definitely be using for a long time to come. Sometimes you have buyer’s remorse after you download another cookie-cutter app. iPartyGramPro is just too versatile and feature packed not to have around on your iDevice. You’ll find yourself using it all the time. This app fills a niche that’s been cracked for a long time, and does so with style. I love it!

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iPartyGramsPro 3.1 Released – called the “Coolest Party Invitation Pic App” for iPhone and iPad Now Available on iTunes

BOULDER – Techtionary just announced a new release of its iPartyGramsPro party invitation and picture sharing app for Apple iPhone and iPad available now on iTunes. “iPartyGramPro is an exciting way for party-wedding planners, event organizers and partygoers to plan, invite and provide a private party picture sharing experience,” noted Tom Cross creator. According to TheAppWhisperer, the #1 Mobile App Reviewer, “iPartyGrams is the coolest party planning app for iPhone/iPad designed to help you organize and plan your next party. It allows you to select invitees from your contacts list and send them an invitation within the app. You can also send additional details about the party to your contacts and receive their replies too. This app is particularly useful if you are inviting a lot of people to one event and want to manage all the replies.” Click on the icon to the left for the complete review and video.

More than 50 party ideas, tips and fun on iPartyGrams website – click here.

iPartyGramsPro has no annoying popup ads.

Details can be found on the iPartyGramsPro website at http://ipartygrams.com or immediately on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/techtionary.com/id379186267

Key Features Include:

1) Unlimited party app for iPhone/iPad

– Organize and invite guests via Contact Lists

– Post Party Pics to Facebook, Twitter and Email

– Use Invitation Designs included or create your own Invitation Design

– Secure Party VIPs can post pics

– Secure Party Guests can only view

– New Party Tips & Ideas on website

2) iPartygramPro Version has an integrated calendar with more than 180 unique icons to describe the event

3) Easy to use iPartyPads provide for reminders, notes, and quick ideas which can be shared with party goers, event, wedding and meeting planners. iPartyPads are unique multicolored post notes and more than 130 backgrounds included and users can take pics and use as backgrounds. The iPartyPad multimedia image editor can be used to create sharable art drawings, postit notes, dooglegrams or scribblegrams.

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iPartyPads can be shared/posted to Twitter, Linkedin Facebook or email.

 

The app is designed to help party hosts create invitations, send invitations and involve party VIPs and guests seeking easy-rapid ways to send invitations, receive guests and allow guests and VIPs to either view party pics and videos or VIPs to add pics to the party.

Here is an independent review of iPartygram. “With a variety of different background photos and images available through the app, you can choose an image that suits the theme or occasion of your party. You can add all the information you need to the party invitation and it’s the perfect opportunity to let guests know if the party has a certain dress code, theme, or whether they should bring their own drinks. You can also use the “Notes” and “Reminders” sections to give guests a date by which they should RSVP, saving you the hassle of having to chase people up later.

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When sending invitations to guests, you can select the box marked “VIP” if you want that guest to be able to upload their own photos to the party section within iPartyGram.

You can either send the invitation to each guest individually with your own customized message, or send the same PDF file to multiple people. To keep each individual’s email address private, enter your own email address in the “To:” field, then enter the other recipients’ addresses in the “BCC:” field. That way, when guests receive the invitations, they only see your email address, and other guests’ emails stay hidden. The graphic format means that guests can easily print out and take the invitation with them to the party, so they have all the details on hand.

When guests receive their invitations, it contains a unique ID number. To access the party details, all they have to do is download the iPartyGram app or log on to the website, and enter the ID number in the Guest Login section, then they can access the party details and, if they are VIP guests, upload their own photos.

iPartyGram is a versatile app that makes the party planning process simple, quick, and cost-effective. It allows you to spend less time on practical tasks, like sending invitations, leaving you with more time to focus on the big event.”

iPartygram also provides tutorials, webseminars, blog and newsletter to have more fun at parties and improve use of iPartygram and other ideas on parties, party planning, party management, social media practices and simply better parties.

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iPartygram is part of a suite of communications and collaboration tools designed to improved personal time management and customer communications including iFlipTips, ScribbleGrams, Pictagrams, iCompactMirror and iMakeupMirror and others.

Company

iFlipTips http://ifliptips.com, iPartyGrams http://ipartygrams.com along with CrossPinPoints and other cloud online solutions from TECHtionary (http://techtionary.com). Other iPhone/iPad apps include iPartyGrams, iMakeupMirror, iCompactMirror and Pictagrams all available on iTunes.

Techtionary is the developer of iPhone/iPad apps including iPartygrams, iFlipTips http://ifliptips.com – flip/flashcard study app with calendar and stickynotes, iPartygram http://ipartygram.com – party/event planning and pic post app with calendar and sticky notes, iMakeupMirror-iCompactMirror iPhone4 personal makeup mirror app and Pictagrams – picture post app. In addition, Techtionary developed CrossPinPoints, iSportsCal, iComcal and iREcal are all integrated MARCOM-marketing communications solutions designed for small to large business manage small to large marketing efforts. Twitter accounts include @beautyapps, @techtionary and others. Techtionary also businesses maximize their social media marketing and teaches professional development courses in social media which are approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for attorneys and Colorado DORA for real estate professionals via Social Business College http://socialbusinesscollege.com/. Additional sites include: http://imakeupmodel.com, http://crosspinpoints.com, http://techtionary.com and many others.

Thomas B. Cross is the creator of unique marketing communications and an avid social media expert focusing primarily on Twitter with @techtionary https://twitter.com/#!/techtionary and @beautyapps account https://twitter.com/#!/BeautyApps, CrossTalk blog, Linkedin and CrossPinPoints (online marketing communications solution). He posts daily to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and CrossTalk blog. He assists businesses maximize their social media marketing and teaches professional development courses in social media which are approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for attorneys and Colorado DORA for real estate professionals via Social Business College http://socialbusinesscollege.com/.

Contact & Social Media

Contact: Tom Cross

Email: cross@gocross.com

Website: http://ipartygrams.com

Twitter: @techtionary & @beautyapps

Phone: 303-594-1694

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Mardi Gras Party Planning Using iPartyGramPro

mardigra572XSLife for college students feels like a balancing act – we’re juggling classes, studying for exams, tending to family obligations – not-to-mention a social life! Whew! It’s a wonder we manage time for sleep! While we care for our varying matters, we still have a duty as vibrant young adults to party! Planning such events, however, can be utterly time consuming – although, now, creating an event that’s memorable and fun can be simple and quick with iPartyGramPro. This app from TECHtionary allows all your events to come together easily and enjoy them yourself too!

If you’re looking to liven up your Mardi Gras Celebration this year, develop more excitement for the event with a pre-bash party! It’s a fun way to get pumped for the big event while throwing an original gathering guests’ can revel in!

Bring Awareness

ipartygram-4Throwing this type of theme involves unique invitations and photos that will create lots of hype before the big night! Use the invitation section of the app to design one that gets people excited about the fiesta up front. Search ‘mardi gras’ and use images from the internet to take pictures, which will be the background for your invite. Or pick from the variety of backgrounds available on the app as well.

You can establish RSVP deadlines, enclose details about the event like time, location and notes or reminders that you find necessary to provide guests with. Since most people have plans for this day (2/12/13), and many cultures have different traditional ceremonies related to it, it’s good to have this party at least a week ahead of time.

The invitation section also allows you to send individualized memos in PDF format to multiple guests, or send one to every person on your contact list – in order to keep their emails private from other receivers, put your name in the ‘to’ box, and their names in the ‘bcc’ box.

The guests then type in the code they receive with their invitation to view pictures before and after the event. To instill even more anticipation for the party, you can post pictures of costume ideas or other holiday related images via Facebook or Twitter to create a madhouse of energy for your party. Even assign VIPs to post some of their related pictures so guests can get doubly excited for the event.

The event is linked to parades and is generally celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, where people can indulge before lent – although many cultures celebrate this particular event for three days to three months prior to! Remember to include the typical dress code involved, and push people to get creative! Masks, beads, and colorful glitz and feathers are normally associated with the attire for this event.

Set-Up

There are three things that make a party fabulous – a solid concession stand, venue appeal and lots of dancing! Chose selections that aren’t only appropriate for this type of bash, but accentuate its’ thrill more!

Try these easy and cute party drinks a few hours before the party that won’t burn a whole in your pocket –

You’ll Need… Prepare
– a jar with a lid- purple food coloring- 1 c. granulated sugar- 2 small bowls

– a pkg. of small plastic cups

– 2 gal. grape juice

– 1 canned fruit cocktail

– 1/2 bg. of grapes

– 4 limes

– edible gold dust

1. Start with 3-5 drops of food coloring (I add more for a dramatic hue) into the granulated sugar – but add more or less to get preferred color – and seal the jar to shake vigorously. *Hint: find more recipe ideas like this on allrecipies.com.2. Fill 2 small bowls, one with the colored sugar, and the other with water.3. Dip plastic cup into water, then immediately trace the edge with the sugar. *Hint: tilt cup at an angle, then twist it to get more application of the sugar. Repeat these steps for all cups.4. Fill a large punch bowl with 2 gallons of grape juice, 1 can of fruit cocktail, half a bag of grapes, and 4 sliced limes (with the skin left on them).

5. Give the punch a quick stir, and leave the bowl in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to serve it. Then, add a few shakes of the gold dust to give it some extra sparkle.

 

The best thing about this festive cross between a sangria and cocktail is that you can make it with just about any other items on sale. For instance, try salt, green food coloring, fruit punch, canned mandarin oranges, apples, and lemons for a different twist! You can also get the cups, bowls, and dust at the dollar store!

Then, ask two friends to provide some snacks! All you’ll need to top this party off is a couple bags of chocolate chips and some kind of spicy finger-food item. Anything decadent is just how Mardi Gras is done.

Add streamers or confetti in glittery purple, gold, green or turquoise for a simple and festive décor. A lot of costume thrift shops or even craft stores sell abundance of brightly colored feathers and masks that you can hang everywhere for added effect. If you want to go even further, cover surfaces with plastic table cloths, cut small slits for tying twine into, and weave some chunky beads into the ends for more fun!

Deliver

4ipartgram2When the time comes, and the beverages, snacks and decorations are set, it’s time to establish the entertainment for the night! Rock out to a mixed playlist of tunes so that you can keep the energy for the party going throughout.  Think about flow and transitions with the list – it will make for a more linear and interesting soundtrack for the party. Or assign one of your VIP guests to DJ, and focus on the musical heart of the party.

Make sure to assign certain songs at intervals, marking the ‘parade line’ while encouraging everyone to participate in dancing, and see how long the line can get! It’s a fun way to engrain memories and collect loads of unique pics to relive the party by! Also, get little Maracas or hand shakers of some sort at your local party store for some festive noise to accompany the dancing!

After-Party

When it comes to the morning after, and the event must be cleaned up, have certain maxi-sized trash bags for recycling aluminum, paper and plastic! Have a few friends stick around to help with the mess, and box away neat items like any feathers used, or unstained table cloths, or masks that can be used for another party some other day.

This is a great way to keep spirits up until Mardi Gras, without all the expense of a typical college party.