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by Amanda, Smile.ly Community Manager My bookmark bar has gone through a lot of changes since I first logged on to the Internet—via AOL—about 14 years ago. When I w...
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by Amanda, Smile.ly Community Manager

My bookmark bar has gone through a lot of changes since I first logged on to the Internet—via AOL—about 14 years ago. When I was younger, my favorites list consisted of PBS and Disney Channel sites. As a teenager, I loved fan websites and online forums for my favorite celebrities and tv shows. Now, as an adult with less free time to surf the web, I love sites that help me with the little things in life in a fast and fun way. The following are some of the websites currently listed in my bookmark bar.

Musicovery

When it comes to music, I need all the help I can get in finding songs I like. I discovered Musicovery via StumbleUpon, a free web surfing application that recommends sites based on your interests. Having already been familiar with music playlist sites like Pandora and Grooveshark, I almost continued musicoveryStumbling before I spent some time figuring out what Musicovery does. It's easy to deduce by its name that it is a music discovery website (music+discovery=musicovery), and yes, it generates personalized playlists for you. Musicovery goes one step further than Pandora and Grooveshark, though, in that the site lets you choose the mood of your music. Feeling energetic, calm, positive, dark? You decide where you fall in the spectrum and the songs that pop up will reflect your chosen mood.

A Day's Outing

A Day's Outing LogoMashable introduced me to A Day's Outing, a website and iPhone application that makes it possible to plan a day trip on the actual day of the trip. It lets you balance both being spontaneous and creating a plan. Simply fill in the blanks for where you’re going and what you want to do, and the website puts together options that can be done all in a day’s time. When I tested the site, I plugged in my hometown and was impressed with the results! When I clicked on one of the suggested events, the Soulard Farmer’s Market, I got the address, hours of operation and contact information, as well as a Google map for easy navigation. Apparently, the site can also inspire city natives to go on a staycation in their own towns! 

Food on the Table

I found out about Food on the Table from a friend’s post on Facebook. Although I only have to worry about making meals for myself, I instantly appreciated this new website that makes planning family dinners as Food on the Table logoeasy as pie. Food on the Table has you select your grocery store so it can suggest meals based on the store’s weekly sales. Once you choose the meals you want to make, the website lets you print a grocery list and coupons. I don’t know how much more efficient meal planning can get! At this time, Food on the Table covers 20 states and 30 major grocery store chains, but they’re constantly working on adding others. Whether they currently service your state or not, the site still works great when you don’t know what’s for dinner. 

What websites are in your bookmark bar?  

Amanda bio photoAmanda is a Community Manager at Smile.ly. When she's not updating her Google Reader with more food blog feeds, she's cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and watching her favorite television shows that always end up getting canceled. And after spending most of her life getting lost, she loves her iPhone specifically for the Google Maps app.

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