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Abby’s Apps: ShopShop (with Tutorial)

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Title: ShopShop

Cost: Free for iOS

What It Does: Lets users create color-coded shopping lists, add items, and cross off items. It also keeps a history of items the user has added in the past for quick addition of regular items.

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What I Like: ShopShop is one of the handiest third-party apps Brian and I use. It lets us use Dropbox to sync our shared shopping lists between our iPhones. Side benefit: When we have gotten separated at a store, I have refreshed my list to see what things he has crossed off so that I could estimate his location.

What I Dislike: In the rare event when we both edit the same shopping list at the same time, Dropbox gets confused and creates a conflicting changes file with one person’s edit. It still shows up in the ShopShop app, so we just have had to combine the lists and then delete the conflicting list.

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

Synced Shopping Lists Tutorial with ShopShop for iOS| Abby's Apps at StairStories.com #31Days
Bonus Tutorial: How to set up syncing & sharing
1. Person A (me) syncs her ShopShop account with her Dropbox account. Tap the “Three bar” button in upper left corner > Choose Settings > Turn Dropbox Sync on > give permission for ShopShop to access Dropbox.

2. Person A goes to Dropbox on her computer and shares the whole ShopShop folder with Person B (Brian).

3. Person B syncs his ShopShop account with his Dropbox account. (See step 1 for directions.)

Now both people can add and cross off items from the lists.

I also have a third device, my iPod Touch, that syncs the same lists through my Dropbox account. The iPod stays in our kitchen or adjoining laundry room for various uses, including conveniently updating our shopping lists when phones are not handy.

Reviews of iOS Apps | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com #31Days

This is a part of my 31 Days series, Abby’s Apps, linked up here.


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Abby’s Apps: Introduction

Reading about technology is a hobby of mine. Science Mom calls me “Techie Daughter” and both of my parents (and some coworkers) refer many of their computer technology questions to me. Sometimes I have to do some research before I can help, but then I end up learning something new, too. Thanks to their questions, I have learned how to jailbreak an iPhone (before I ever had my own), a few obscure Excel formulas, the ins and outs of syncing a Windows phone or a Blackberry with secured Exchange server, and many other tricks.

I like trying and using apps, especially ones for iOS. In addition, I enjoy sharing my favorites with friends and family, so I decided to share them for 31 Days. Most of the ones on my list are iOS apps because I have an iPhone, but I will do my best to include a link when an app is available on other platforms.

I realize there are several usages for the word “app” in the English language. For the purpose of this series, “app” is a shortened form of “application” and refers to software applications.

Please join me tomorrow for the first app review post!

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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 31

This is the end of of 31 Days with the Nester and 1238 other bloggers. I plan to resume weekly posts like Lows & Highs and Insta-Friday. I also plan to add a weekly random question post. Other posts will continue to be as I feel inspired and find time to write.

Did you dress up for Halloween as a kid? Do you dress up for Halloween now?

My siblings and I did dress up for Halloween, but I remember thinking, “So we dress up in costumes, go to see the neighbors and they give us candy… How is this different from most days?” We liked dressing up so much that we had a collection of costume clothes that we wore on wild, imaginative adventures in the backyard.


I had not dressed up for Halloween in years, but was invited to a costume party this year. Brian was Waldo and I went as Carmen Sandiego.* I have short, blonde hair, so many people did not recognize me at first (in person and in photos). It was easily the most fun costume I have had as an adult!

*Carmen and Waldo, hard-to-find globetrotters who wear red, are much more popular couple costumes than I first realized.


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 30

What is the most adventurous activity you have ever done?

I traveled solo to Seoul to meet friends for vacation and tourism around South Korea. I flew from Tulsa to Dallas to Tokyo to Seoul. On the flight from Dallas to Tokyo, I helped a Taiwanese man change the video screen at his seat from Spanish to English. He was haphazardly pressing buttons but clearly could not read Spanish so I offered to help. He looked at me confusedly and I realized he did not speak much English either. I pointed at the display and asked, “May I help?” He nodded and I tapped at the screen, finding the menu marked “Idiomas” with only a few mistakes. On the way home, I had another adventure but it takes longer to tell than I have time today.


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 29

How did you get your name? What does it mean?

My parents told me they gave me the only name they agreed on at the time: Abby.

Not Abigail, just Abby, because Dad thought Abigail sounded prissy and he did not want a prissy daughter. It did not really help, but he did try and I was eventually nurtured out of the prissiness.

I get amused when people occasionally call me Abigail. It does not bother me – I view it as a nickname. If they ask, though, I smile and tell them I’m Abby, not Abigail, but they can call me either one.

Abby comes from Abigail which means “my father is joy” or “my father’s joy,” depending on how you translate the original Hebrew.

If you don’t know what your name means, I suggest these two sites:


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 28

I really thought I had today’s post all written and scheduled to post at 6:00 a.m… It has been a busy weekend with meeting my nephew for the first time, partying at a wedding (where I saw no bouquet throwing!), taking a four-hour road trip, and catching up with two different friends. I have had a marvelous time! Bonus question: How was your weekend?

Actual question I intended for Day 28: What is one smell that brings back a childhood memory?

The smell of coconut reminds me of sunscreen and summer and swimming at the lake or pool. As far as I remember, all sunscreen smelled like coconut in the 80’s and early 90’s. To this day, that olfactory trigger is why I avoid coconut-flavored drinks. They taste the way sunscreen smelled.


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 27

Do you have any random, weird, or obscure talents?

I have very dexterous toes. I have friends who call them “finger toes.” Others call them “weird” or “freaky.” Among other things, I use them to…

  • open and close cabinets and drawers
  • pick up laundry, papers, pens, leaves, or anything else I want to pick up when my hands are full
  • give foot massages
  • pet dogs, scratch behind their ears, rub their tummies, and play tug-of-war
  • toss or move things


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 26

What do you collect?

My tangible collections are journals I have filled (dating back to the early 90’s), children’s and young adult books I enjoyed as a kid, and interesting glass bottles.

My intangible collection is hundreds of stories, real and invented, mine and others’. I remember the plots and characters and can retell them or listen to them over and over. I have loved stories for as long as I can remember.

We are nearing the end of the 31 Days Challenge, so make any question suggestions and I will do my best to answer them before the end of the month.


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 25

What has fear of failure stopped you from doing?
Skydiving, singing solo in public (singing is definitely not my gift!), diving from a high board, flying with a jet pack or in an ultra-light, bungee jumping, stopping a speeding train like a superhero. I have no interest in trying any of these things, though!


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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 24

aka Lows & Highs: 10/17-10/23/12

What was a low point from your past week? What was a high point?

Low: Fall allergies are giving me headaches and congestion, which can make it hard to be alert and focused.

Only a few hours old!

High: I am an aunt! My nephew, Eli, was born on October 18 and looks adorable in the photos! I get to meet him on Saturday. He and my sister are both fine and went home the next day.

Question asker’s note: You can change “past week” to “today” or the weekend when asking family or someone else you talk to all the time. I have dear friends who share lows and highs over dinner with their three kids and anyone who happens to be visiting.


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