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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week I bring you two wallpapers. Two different edits, to be exact, of the same wallpaper. I was under strict instructions to keep away from the iDevices for a couple of days, hence no wallpaper last week. 

I took this picture months ago. I don't recall much about it except that it wasn't mine. I love pineapple art, items, but cannot eat the actual thing. There's also something beautiful about it's exterior appearance. Pictures of (apparently) other people's pineapples is the perfect balance. 

As per usual, I imported in Lightroom and added different color layers in Mextures. 

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Last week concluded the rainiest week we've (Californians) have had in a while. A couple of days mother nature was just showing off by flooding some of our yards. One of those mornings was sunny enough to make the dew on the grass blades glow my way. I grabbed my camera and this came of it. 

I imported in Lightroom where I made certain areas darker. Transferred to Mextures app and back into Lightroom to sharpen it. 

Hope you all enjoy.

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

The last week, mother nature has blessed California with that which it needed most: rain and more rain! All the images that I have captured are mainly on phone because this is not the time to test my cameras resilience against the elements. I did manage take a couple of pictures of the mini roses on my front yard. 

Edited in Adobe Lightroom and Mextures (via) iPad. 

Enjoy

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is a throwback to last Fall. A dime of dozens in terms of beach sunsets I've managed to capture but this sandpiper bird makes it a little more special. It reminded me of the Pixar short Piper that was played before Finding Dory. If you haven't watched, it will be the most adorable six minutes of your day. 

The sunset provided beautiful colors that didn't need much in terms of editing. I tweaked small things in Lightroom and (of course) imported into Mextures. 

Enjoy.

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper started as a joke. My friend and I were making fun of something and somewhere down the laugh train we got into book discussions and the latest one I had suggested to her dealt with the main character's obsession with astronomy.

Of course, at first I had to make sure that it was usable as a homescreen and lockscreen wallpaper. I've spoken of my need for wallpapers not to distract/obstruct time or notifications. After I got the gradient just right, I worked on the patter in Adobe Illustrator. After adjusting it to my liking, I exported a copy and imported into Mextures on my iPad. Added some layers to darken certain parts and had myself a version I was content with. 

I hope you all enjoy as much as I. 

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

AirPods: An iPhone Addict's Review

The AirPods from Apple are a decent pair of wireless headphones for the cost.  While the hardware has pros (audio quality, ease of set up, wireless) and cons (lack of controls, potential for poor fit), there are other bluetooth headphones at various price points that may suit your needs better.  I love my Jaybirds and I also backed a pair on kickstarted that will also act as a personal trainer, https://www.getvi.com (pre-order). I will probably keep the AirPods and use them more around the office and home.  Its difficult to say yes or no to purchasing the AirPods. I suggest going to the Apple Store and trying them out before you toss $160.00 at Apple. The biggest thing to remember is these headphones are not for everyone and your usage will vary. There is a lot of technology packed into these little pods and that has me excited for generation 2.  

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Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

Our first wallpaper of the new year! It's been cold, overcast and a bit rainy in the Sunshine State. My camera and I have taken advantage of it and it's now your gain. I saw this single leaf refusing to fall and noticed it resembled a heart. A great reminder, always! 

I imported it into Lightroom where I applied a preset. It was a little too cold, a couple of layers in Mextures gave it the perfect amount of warmth and balance. 

Hope you all enjoy. 

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is courtesy of a post Christmas (mind) blank. There was so much commotion going on, that an easy last week (of the year) was necessary. 

A pattern I made a while back was used for this wallpaper. I assumed since I was halfway there, putting it together would be a cinch. I forgot how obnoxiously picky I tend to be. I lost count after 30 versions. I made the pattern bigger, smaller, I blurred it, I added a couple of more and nothing. I was hoping something would magically come together and wow me. HA! 

After I got it to the size where every app name would still be legible and not lost in each square, I imported into Lightroom where I sharpened the image and added some layers. 

Hope you enjoy the final product!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

In a folder, somewhere in my external hard drive, I have dozens of 'potential-wallpapers' photos. I had planned to dig in there for this weeks, but last night I made a trip to Target and this shaped glitter caught my attention. This idea popped in my head and it was successfully executed this morning! I had a couple of reindeer ones, but they just looked weird. Snowflakes were the better choice; represents Winter and Christmas all in one. 

I imported it into Lightroom and applied a preset and edited brightness/contrast/tint until I was satisfied. 

I hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS, IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS, IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

 

 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

A couple of times a month, if the weather permits, I try to take my dogs on a hike. There's a man made trail and across is one where it's just up to you and your luck. We've tried both but usually stick to the tiny dog friendly one. Whether a murky day or sunny, the view is always worth it. I always pocket my phone because I need to be fully alert for anything not human/dog friendly. And One of my dogs has really short legs (aka spoiled rotten) and always needs help uphill or to be carried for some portion (living the dream). 

Last weekend, it became a multiple people adventure. Knowing this, I packed my camera. There were a lot of plants but this cactus patch drew me in. I didn't take many pictures but knew I had a couple of good ones. The sunlight was just perfect on it. 

Very simple editing follow. Imported to Lightroom for basic tweaks. Then... you guessed it: Mextures. 

Hope you all enjoy!

Mextures Formula: CEGLBWS

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is another capture from our last rainy day. Just a random tree, some water drops and deep shades of greens that make for a great wallpaper. 

Yet again, same formula: Lightroom, Mextures and Photoshop for resizing. 

Mextures Formula Code: RXEGQSD

Hope you all enjoy.

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

 

 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week we're getting a little tropical. It rained here for a day and a quarter so... I took a picture to make it last longer. These beauties are from my dads garden. I visited for Brunch sometime that day and a quarter and couldn't stop staring at the hibiscus wall. Yes, there's a wall with red, yellow, and these orange ones. The man doesn't play around! I had my DSLR with me (totally planned) and snapped away.

I edited it minor stuff in Lightroom, transferred to iPad and imported to Mextures. I applied one of the guest formulas and I was content. Very simple but effective. 

Enjoy!

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

We've reached Thanksgiving week here in the States. This means nothing to many, an open day for gratitude and/or waiting for Black Friday sales to others. Whatever you choose to do, there's always something to be thankful for. We're able to come together with our loved ones with more food than can be consumed in one evening... for far too many both things are a dream. Even if it's just to bellyache, we have air in our lungs. For that and the million mundane things that we take for granted... be thankful. ♥︎

 

As a Thanksgiving treat, we're sharing two wallpapers this week. Our main one and a blank one (sans word) for your homescreen.

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper is a teeny tiny corner of the happiest place on earth. Disneyland, yes. It was taken two years ago right around Spring, when everything was at it's greenest. It was a large file, so it was cropped to remove fellow visitors and to give it a middle-of-nowhere look.

I imported to Lightroom and with a few tweaks and presets made the greens darker. I then transferred to my trusty Mextures and I applied a grain overlay. Very simple and a common process of mine, but quite effective. 

I hope you all enyoy!

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper is inspired by hilarious old ladies; The Golden Girls. It's one of my favorite shows and I like the idea of Blanche's bedroom (as wallpaper, not my actual bedroom). It's set in Miami and because of or in spite of, the room has a tropical theme. For the wallpaper, I worked with similar colors and different leaves. I've beat this horse enough but the first version was too cluttered for notifications/time. It was like a never-ending maze. One which you come out nauseated! I then toned down the color of the leaves and added a deep purple background. creature of habit alert. Mixed some gradients to give it some dimension and voilà.

I hope you all enjoy.

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

One of the things that screams fall is plaid. There really hasn't been much Fall-like weather here in California but we can still pretend with themed wallpapers. 

I found a tutorial for the pattern on YouTube and went through my typical process with the image. Photoshop to get the shade of blue "just right" and finished with Mextures app on iPad Pro.

Hope you all enjoy!

Mextures Formula Code: EMZBJAJ

IPHONE 6. 6S & 7

IPHONE 6. 6S & 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, 6S PLUS & 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This weeks wallpaper comes from the 2015 archives! There was a road trip to Big Sur and this was one of the hundred of images that filled my memory card. 

A quick Google image search with Big Sur provides images with the bluest waters. They're actually very accurate. As beautiful as it looked, I'm big on wallpapers not taking from productivity/functionality. After the initial Lightroom editing, I imported it to Photoshop where a couple of layers later I had my ideal wallpaper; simple with some oomph.

Hope you all enjoy! 

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

 

 

 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

This week's wallpaper comes from a pine tree in my parents yard. They don't particularly care for it's maintenance but it creates a shaded area, lets just enough sunshine through and it's not hard on the eyes. At this point they've made their peace with it. It's truly a beauty!

I pointed my camera towards the sunlight peeking thought the branches. It gave the image the perfect balance of light and shadows. I imported the image to Lightroom and added a film preset. I transferred to my iPad Pro where I applied one of the 'Guest' formulas in Mextures. 

I hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here

Yes, Reminders Can Be a Task Manager for Power Users

With so much going on in life, whether it be related to work, family or running the TEKSide Network, I have to stay organized. And until recently, I have always used a very powerful task management solution to manage all the things I need to stay on top of. That all changed for me when I made the decision recently to go native wherever it was feasible. 

A couple weeks ago, I did a blog post on my conversion to the native email application on iOS. I explored and learned how to make use of all the available features of Apple’s robust mobile operating system and was able to find a way to get all the features I like in the 3rd party clients and find easy workarounds for getting those same tweaks and features in the iOS Mail app. 

I decided to take that same approach to task management. Can the Reminders app be the powerhouse task management application I need it to be? Yes. It can. With a little help from iOS Notes, Reminders can be a complete solution for managing all your tasks and projects. 

When I think of productivity. I think of these 3 steps. 

  1. Capture
  2. Process
  3. Do

Capture:

So I am taking that same approach to using Reminders. I created a list called “Inbox”. This is where all task creation starts. Getting tasks into this list is easy. I set “Inbox” up as the default Reminders list. So whether I enter a task through the keyboard or through Siri, adding todos is a breeze. Creating quick check lists from the clipboard is also easy. Copy any amount of text and wherever there is a line break, a new task will be created. This is very intuitive. See the screenshots below for a better idea. 

Process:

Twice a day, I process my Inbox. I go through each task and assign the alerts via time and/or location and set the occurrence and the priorities. Here are a couple notes on occurrence and priorities. In regard to setting up repeating events, Reminders is more robust than any other client I have used. I like how delaying a task to another day, delays only the current task and not all other future repeated tasks. That’s not the case with some of the other task managers I have used. If you want to change the due time for all repeated tasks, that can be done by going into the task settings and making the change. In regard to priorities, I use this method for how I choose to mark the priority of a task:

  • ! (things I want to do)
  • !! (things I need to do)
  • !!! (things other people need me to do)

This system has worked for me for a very long time and it takes the thinking out of the task creation process. 

If a task can make use of the app link shortcuts, whether they be links to contacts, notes, emails or web pages, I simply reformat the task starting with the reminder and then rebuild the task with the shortcut in place. Once you have your shortcut, rename the task, assign it to a list and fill in the details. (One note: I found that you should move the task to it’s appropriate list first, and then pull the list up, find your task and edit it there. There is a bug in Reminders that forgets task details if you move it to another list.)

One other thing, the use of location alerts inside the Reminders app is so easy to use and because it uses built-in map data to fetch locations, set up is extremely efficient. 

Do:

Reminders also makes task completion a breeze. Simply go the “Scheduled” view in Reminders and all your due tasks will reside there and be grouped by the day they are due. This is my default view for taking action. Notifications also play a role in making Reminders a complete task management solution. With notification actions, you have options to snooze for an hour, a day or complete all without even going into the app. 

The one thing that sets apart Reminders from their more power-user friendly 3rd party counterparts, is in regard to handling multi-task projects. This can be achieved in Reminders in a couple of ways. The first of which is the easiest to do. Just turn each unique project into it’s own Reminders list. Each task within the list will be able to have it’s own unique due date and priority level. The other way (which is the path I have chosen), is to make each project a single task and use an app shortcut to link the task to a particular note that has all the related tasks in a note in the form of a checklist. I prefer this method because it helps keep my Reminders database cleaner. 

 

Summary:

I use Reminders because it is built into the OS. It’s quick, reliable, and it’s now available everywhere I am whether it be on my wrist, in my pocket, at my desk or even in my truck via CarPlay. The “Up Next” widget is iOS 10 is another bonus as it takes your calendar and reminders into consideration and provides you a convenient chronological overview of your next event or task. I used Omnifocus for years and spent the first 9 months of this year using 2Do. These are wonderful applications and are worth every penny. But in my quest to eliminate to unnecessary, Reminders and iOS 10 came just at the right time and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this has all worked out. 

Your Weekly Wednesday Wallpaper

If you like what you see, you can send props to Bee via Twitter. Also be sure to check her personal blog as well.

So now onto this week's wallpaper submission:

I was cleaning up my iPhone Homescreen and wanted a new wallpaper. I looked through websites I often visit but wanted something other than a simple gradient. Yes, this was serious business. A couple of days after I came up with a pattern with watercolor brushes in Photoshop. Layers of various colors and grain later ... your weekly wallpaper. 

It's still simple enough that it doesn't take attention or obstruct on your main screen. Hope you all enjoy!

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6S & IPHONE 7

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

IPHONE 6 PLUS, IPHONE 6S PLUS & IPHONE 7 PLUS

For a shared library of all Bee's 6 and 6s wallpaper submissions, click here. 6 Plus/6s Plus here