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Ultimatest Grocery List

There are lots of great list apps to help people shop smart - particularly when it comes to the weekly grocery shopping. We use AnyList (iOS App), which is a great tool to share any type of list.

The only problem with this list Apps is understanding basic fundamentals; Do you need Trash Bags, Cleaning Supplies. Things that your not thinking about when your planning the weekly grocery shopping.

Usually you don't think about some items until you walk down the aisle and see it in the grocery store. This makes grocery shopping not so effective. If there was only a way to help think of these items.

Ultimatest Grocery List

Ultimatest List to the Rescue

That's why having the Ultimatest List is awesome. You can use the list to get a better understanding of what you may need to get at the store. Simply print it out, and use it as a reference guide as your

From their Website:

This is awesome, in fact, it's The Ultimatest

Below are the best pre-formatted grocery lists ever created. I made them just for you--and they're free. Print 'em out, hang 'em on the refrigerator door and mark 'em up before you go to the grocery store. We have comprehensive versions for both meat-eaters and vegetabletarians.

The shopping list is a great compliment to any electronic list program your using now. If your not using anything, then use the list as it's been constantly updated by thousands of people that use it every day.

Printable Calendars on TimeAndDate.com

It's that time of year, time to start thinking about making next year's Calendar. Thankfully the folks at TimeandDate.com make the process really easy. They have a great widget that helps you create all sorts of different calendar types. Simply design your calendar then download the results.

This is useful for event planning and software release scheduling.

Time And Date Website
Create Printable PDF Calendars

You can open up the PDF in Affinity Designer and other programs and add enhance the calendar even more.

There's a lot of other cool Date/Time utilities over at TimeandDate.com:

The "Make Your Own" calendar is the most popular thing that I use the site for.


Finding good matching colors is tricky, especially if you're looking for colors for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. COLOURlovers is a great site to find the perfect color for any occasion.

Description from their site:

COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles... All in the spirit of love.

COLOURlovers Website

There's color help for just about anything:

Drag and drop the image into Affinity Photo and you can create your own Swatch set from the colors. Just use the Color Picker Tool and build your custom Swatch Set. Check out this video by Affinity on how to do it.

Cloud Convert

CloudConvert is a powerful way to convert files from one type to another. It's very convenient and you don't have to install any software on your computer.

This site has been handy when I wanted to:

  • Convert a Movie to GIF
  • Convert an Apple Live picture to GIF
  • Convert a PDF document to ebook


Website Description

CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats.

There is no need to install any software on your computer! Upload your files to CloudConvert and we will do the job for you. Don't worry, your files are safe and only you can access them. They will be deleted again as soon as your conversion is finished.

Most conversion types support advanced options, for example setting the codecs of audio/video files. Also, we support batch converting and folder monitoring!

Free and Subscription Plans

The free plan allows you to convert 25 minutes per day. Think of a conversion minute as the amount of time that you spend on the site. Larger files will take longer to convert, so plan your time according.

If you plan on using CloudConvert a lot, there are a couple of Package plans available. You can purchase a block of time, or commit to a certain amount of time every month.

The block of time is useful when your converting a whole bunch of files and don't want to make a long term commitment.

Graphic Badges

Mozilla created a website called openbadges.me where people can design and Issue Open Badges. You can use the free online generator to create a badge for your website or blog. Badges also make great picture overlays.

It does take a bit of time to learn all the functionality of the online editor. Once you get it, making badges will be easy to do any time you need one.


Website Description

Open Badges are visual tokens of achievement, affiliation, authorization, or other trust relationship sharable across the web. Open Badges represent a more detailed picture than a CV or resume as they can be presented in ever-changing combinations, creating a constantly evolving picture of a person's lifelong learning.


Image compression is important when your sharing files. You don't want to email a large file if you don't need to. The problem with most image applications is that they don't have a good preview of what the image will look like when you compress it.

That's where JPEGMini comes in handy, from their website:

Get the smallest image file size without compromising quality. JPEGmini can optimize photos up to 28MP.


This is a very useful tool to help compress images for email or website development. You'll be able to see the before/after and decide if the compression is worth it.

In most situations, you don't really need the high-resolution photo unless your sending the image file to a printer.

JPEGMini Pro

If your using JPEGMini a lot, then consider going Pro, here are some features:

  • 128 Megapixels - Support high-resolution photos from the world's leading camera brands.
  • Lightroom Plugin - Fits perfectly in your workflow, enabling you to optimize photos without adding any extra steps.
  • Batch Resize -Drag and drop any amount of photos and have them resized to your specifications.

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

One of the neat features of HTML5/CSS3 is the ability to have gradient colors. You can fade colors or mix different colors to create all sorts of creative effects. All the major browsers fully support HTML5 and CSS3 gradient functionality. Chrome has supported

Creating gradient colors in CSS can be tricky. You have to figure out all the HEX values, the length of the color and then decide on the gradient type: linear-gradient, repeating-linear-gradient, radial-gradient, repeating-radial-gradient.

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator makes creating CSS gradients designs very easy.

Ultimate CSS Gradient

There are 115 gradient color designs to get you started. You can get inspired by selecting one of the designs and then change the colors and position to what will look good for you. There all sorts of configurations, including hue, saturation, lightness and more.

You can also convert an image gradient to a CSS style too! Useful if your trying to match a web design from a printed design.

There's a Live Preview to show what the gradient will look like.

Once you have the perfect design, simply copy/paste the CSS code into your CSS or web page.

Very useful site and it's free!

Five Cool Text Graphic Tools

There are lots of cool websites online that can help create cool graphics. These are useful when you want to convey a simple message and want to draw some attention to it. These are very useful to catch attention in Slack, Facebook or Twitter posts.

Here are five cool graphic tools that I have found online, bookmark these so that you have them when you need them:

Text Craft


Design your own logo or text for your website, blog, YouTube videos, screenshots, forum sig., artwork, Minecraft server, wallpaper, computer games etc. Textcraft is a free online text and logo maker and is also compatible with iPad and Android tablets.

Website: https://textcraft.net/

Pixel Speech Bubble


Write some text and click the create button to make your own pixel speech bubble graphic.

Website: http://pixelspeechbubble.com/

Cool Text


Cool Text is a FREE graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work. Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a form and you'll have your own custom image created on the fly.

Website: https://cooltext.com/

Mega Cool Text


Introducing the Cool Text Generator for Nicks lyrics for the Internet, you just write your cute Nickname in the form, then copy and paste it on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+. We have all the lyrics you are looking for you to write a funny nick, different and Nice Nick.

Website: http://megacooltext.com/

Cool Fancy Text Generator

Cool Symbol Fonts

Cool Fancy Text Generator - Create Cool Font Text is a handy tool that helps convert normal text to different cool stylish text with many cool font styles. Just click on a style to copy it to the clipboard and paste it anywhere you want.

Website: https://coolsymbol.com/cool-fancy-text-generator.html

Five Web Productivity Tools to Maximize Your Productivity

Here are the five online productivity tools that I use just about every day. picmonkey


PicMonkey makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design because we want you to rock the universe. We want your images to show your creativity, your style, your spot-on brilliance.

I currently have the Royale Membership ($33 a year) This is simply an awesome tool to touch up images and create Collages. I use this tool to create my photo collages where I email my daughter's photo of the day. The good thing about PicMonkey is that it's 100% web based - which means that it works the same no matter what platform I am using.

Here are the key features of the Royal Membership - Advanced touch up tools, 1,100+ graphic overlays, 2x more effects and filters, Premium fonts, Edit from Collage and No Ads.



This online service says that they are "The World's Most Accurate Online Grammar Checker." - probably true. Grammarly's writing app finds and corrects hundreds of complex writing errors -- so you don't have to. Millions of users worldwide trust Grammarly's free and premium products, which are also licensed by more than 600 leading universities and corporations.

This is a great tool to have! It's almost like someone double checking my writing. I find this very handy when I have to send company-wide emails. Grammarly doesn't catch everything, but it forces me to proofread what I am writing. This works with any HTML page that has a text area.

I purchased Hemingway, but I find Grammarly to be more accurate and a lot easier to use.

I currently on the Free version, and don't have any immediate plans to use the Premium plans, although it's very tempting!

Google Alerts

Google Alerts

By creating a Google Alert, you can get email notifications any time Google finds new results on a topic that interests you. For example, you could get updates about a product you like, find out when people post something about you on the web, or keep up with news stories.

Stay on top of news that you care about! Google Alerts will send you daily email summary of whatever you choose. Interested in what Donald Trump said last night? How about a product review of camera you're thinking of buying? Google Alerts is a powerful tool that lets you focus on what you want and not get distracted by a lot of news clutter.

Here are some suggested Alerts to set up:

  • Your hometown
  • The car brand that you are thinking about buying: BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World, Sint Maarten...etc
  • Famous Person to You: Phil Schiller, Carl Yastrzemski, Peter N Lewis

This is a free service provided by Google. Why not let the power of Google work for you!


MBTA trains

We're building the next generation commuting app focused on your commute and the information you need to make it better. Data-driven transit, designed and built for Boston. Tools for Commuter Rail riders.

Every morning I need to know the status of the train that I need to catch. As soon as I park my car, the first thing I do is bring up the MBTAtrains.com website. I then quickly figure out the current location of my train. That determines if I need to run or sprint to catch the train. The other commuters heading to the platform may look at me weird, but thanks to MBTAtrains.com, I know how much time I have.

I have found that the MBTAtrains.com site to be accurate and reliable. They use the train GPS locations and predict when the train will arrive at the next station.

MBTAtrains.com is currently a free service.

Evernote Plus


Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the place you write free from distraction, collect information, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world.

I use Evernote on my Kindle Tablet for reading and writing. I also have it on my iPhone 6s Plus, but I find my Kindle HD 7 to be the perfect size for reading and writing.

I upgraded to Evernote Plus ($24.99 per year) so that I can read notebooks offline. While other people on the train are playing Candy Crush, I am reading the latest technical information on the just announced iPhone. This is the advantage of using EverNote Web Clipper.

Google Birthday Cake


This morning when I logged into Google.com I noticed that the google logo changed to birthday cakes with candles. My first thought was - Hey! who's birthday is sharing my birthday? When I mouse over it, it said 'Happy Birthday Christopher.' Wow! Pretty cool for Google to do that!

Google isn't super intelligent (yet!) as I volunteered my birthday information when I signed up for an account. I just didn't think that they would every apply it.

I checked Facebook and Twitter and take advantage of the information and wishing me a 'Happy Birthday' in some creative way. In particular, I am surprise that Facebook didn't do anything - being a social network.

So, if you have a Google account, be sure to check out google.com on your birthday for a special birthday wish just for you!


I will highlight a fun Internet site every Saturday. The basic premise is to highlight sites that I regularly visit for a variety of reasons. All site recommendations are mine and are unsponsored. By highlighting these websites, I hope to provide value to those who may not know of the sites or who might be interested in visiting the sites. I also want to share the sites that I find valuable in the hopes that others will find them just as beneficial.

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