Laura Dondero

I'm a TV addict that loves to cook. I like Disney and Harry Potter probably more than an adult should and hate working out. I graduated from St. John's University in 2009 and am currently living and writing in sunny Southern California.
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Jun 26, 2013

Score Big Discounts on Mystery Vacations with GetGoing [Web Spy]

Traveling isn't always affordable for everyone, though. But the good news is that there are a lot of great deals out there, and the awesome website GetGoing has a lot of them.

Jun 19, 2013

Swizzle Gets Rid of Spam and Annoying e-Newsletters Forever

Swizzle features a free service, known as the Swizzle Sweeper, that cleans out your inbox by allowing you to unsubscribe from unwanted emails in just a few easy steps, and also combines all the daily emails you actually want to look at into one concise, easy-to-read digest (called The Daily Swizzle).

Jun 12, 2013

Finding the Apartment of Your Dreams Just Got Easier With Apartment List

Apartment List pulls apartment listings from hundreds of different websites and puts them all in one place. Start out by typing in the city you're looking for a place in and Apartment List will show you a Google Map with all the apartments in that city.

Jun 5, 2013

Easily Find a GIF That Perfectly Captures Your Random Emotions with Giphy

Animated GIFs – you know, those funny or cool little animated images of short clips from TV shows, movies, etc. – are everywhere these days. But where can you find all of them in one place? Giphy.

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May 29, 2013

Roaming Hunger Helps You Find ALL The Food Trucks

Hungry right now? Use Roaming Hunger's map feature to find the nearest food truck near you. You can narrow the search by what type of food you're looking for (sweet, savory, vegetarian), or sort by the most-liked trucks in town.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep with [Web Spy]

Just enter in what time you have to wake up in the morning, and will calculate the best times for you to fall asleep in order to ensure you get the most restful night's sleep possible.

May 22, 2013

Goldbely Delivers Your Favorite Hometown Treats Anywhere in the Country [Web Spy]

What I wouldn't give to be able to satisfy my cravings, no matter where I am. That's why I was so excited when I discovered Goldbely, a website that curates the best local foods in the country and ships them right to your door.

May 8, 2013

Access Your Web History Anywhere You Are With Archify [Web Spy]

I hate it when I'm trying to show someone something I came across online a few days ago, but I don't have my computer with me and can't remember the website. Or just as bad, when I am on my computer but didn't think to pin, bookmark, email or save the site.

May 1, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

Try Glasses on Virtually With Ditto [Web Spy]

To get started using Ditto, all you'll need is a webcam (built-in or external) and a standard credit card sized card to use as a measurement tool. Answer a few questions to help Ditto determine your face shape and what you're looking for.

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Apr 17, 2013

Share Your Current Favorite Song With This Is My Jam [Web Spy]

Choose your jam by completing a quick registration then searching the site for that one song you just can't get enough of right now. This Is My Jam then pulls the cover art for the song, and you can customize the background and a caption if you'd like.

Apr 10, 2013

MixShape Makes Your Spotify Playlists Work Perfectly for Any Occasion [Web Spy]

It's true that listening to music can make any situation better. But creating playlists can take time (and I tend to get sick of hearing the same songs in the same order, over and over again), and relying on an online radio (like Pandora or Spotify) means you have little control over what plays.

Apr 3, 2013

Symcat Turns Your Web Browser Into a Doctor’s Office [Web Spy]

After you type in your symptoms, the site then runs them through its database, which uses actual patient records to diagnose your ailment.

Mar 27, 2013

Let Winston Read the News to You [Web Spy]

I'm usually in a pretty big rush in the mornings, so while I'd love to be able to sit down and watch 10 minutes of news or check headlines online, I don't usually have time to do so. So when I heard about the launch of Winston, a neat app that narrates the day's top stories to you, I knew I had to try it.

Mar 13, 2013

42Goals Charts Your Progress to Reaching Goals [Web Spy]

It's a lot easier to stay on top of your goals when you keep track of your progress. Instead of getting discouraged when you don't feel like you've made any visible progress towards your goals, seeing improvement will help motivate you to keep working at them.

Mar 6, 2013

The Hunt Helps You Track Down the Clothes You’re Obsessing Over [Web Spy]

I hate it when I'm flipping through a magazine or browsing the web and I come across a fabulous dress or amazing pair of shoes that I just HAVE TO HAVE RIGHT NOW, but I can't find any information about the brand or where I can get them. The obsessive-compulsive shopper in me can get a little out of control trying to find them...

Feb 27, 2013

Beathound Helps You Find New Music You’ll Love [Web Spy]

Like any college student (or anyone of our generation living in the digital age), I have a ton of music in my iTunes library – and I'm always adding more. I love finding new music from artists I've only recently discovered as well as those I've listened to for years, and the super-awesome website Beathound helps make that a whole lot easier.

Feb 20, 2013

Rezhound Helps You Score Hard-to-Get Reservations [Web Spy]

Rezhound was created on the idea that restaurant reservations actually open up fairly often, and uses other people's changing plans to your advantage.

Feb 13, 2013

Make Planning Your Meals Easier with Food on the Table [Web Spy]

Choose what you're in the mood to eat for the week (i.e., chicken, beef, fish, etc.), and Food on the Table will them recommend a personalized weekly meal plan, full of easy recipes that fit your tastes and that include on-sale items.

Feb 6, 2013

Clean Up Your Facebook Profile with SimpleWash [Web Spy]

You may have heard that a lot of employers will check the Facebook profiles of potential candidates. Now that many of you are getting ready to enter the professional world with internships or entry-level jobs, now is probably a great time to start cleaning your Facebook page of anything you wouldn't want them to see.

Jan 30, 2013

Get Honest Opinions From Your Friends with YouTell [Web Spy]

Sometimes, it's hard to make decisions and it's nice to get a second (or third, or twelfth) opinion. The problem is you can't always trust your friends' answers to be 100% truthful, especially when they're worried about your feelings or making you angry (case in point: the age-old "does this make me look fat?" question – there is no right answer to that one).

Jan 23, 2013

Thoughtback Ensures You Don’t Forget Any of Your Brilliant Ideas [Web Spy]

We're all used to being bombarded with random thoughts all day long, such as motivational quotes, daily reminders, and more. I'm always getting ideas for things I want to buy, ideas for the book I want to write, and more, so I usually scribble it down in a notebook before I forget about it.

Jan 16, 2013

GAIN Fitness is Like Having a Personal Trainer in Your Computer [Web Spy]

Just enter in what kind of workout you're looking for (full body, arms, core, etc.), your main fitness goal (fat loss, muscle gain, etc.), whether you're working out at home or at the gym, and how much time you have, and GAIN Fitness creates a custom workout for you.

Jan 9, 2013

Astrid Helps You Manage Your To-Dos [Web Spy]

One way I like to stay on top of my resolutions is by making a list to remind me of my goals and track of my progress. While the basic handwritten list works just fine, a virtual version, such as Astrid, provides useful benefits that make it a better choice over the usual pen-and-paper kind.

Jan 2, 2013

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution With “Start a Resolution” [Web Spy]

Start a Resolution helps you keep that resolution by keeping you accountable. The person who signs up right before you do is assigned as your "coach." Your coach is in charge of motivating you, checking in on your progress, etc. via comments on the site.

Dec 19, 2012

ThisIsWhyImBroke Has the Most Unique Gifts for Everyone on Your List [Web Spy]

Unfortunately, I'm still not quite done with my shopping, and those that are left on my list are the ones I have no idea what to get them, since I always want to get something unique or unexpected. But my new discovery, ThisIsWhyImBroke, helps with that problem!

Dec 5, 2012

The Useless Web is Your Gateway to Completely Pointless Websites [Web Spy]

The Useless Web is, as its name implies, a compilation of useless sites all over the web. When you visit the site, you'll see it's made up of only a few words: "Take me to a useless website please."

Nov 28, 2012

Shopilly Will Revolutionize Your Online Shopping Experience [Web Spy]

Simply sign up for a [free!] account with Shopilly, which comes with your own personal email address, and use that email address to sign up for accounts or mailing lists of the stores you shop at.

Nov 21, 2012

Get Personalized TV and Movie Recommendations With Matcha [Web Spy]

Matcha gives accurate, personalized recommendations from over 200,000 movie and TV titles available for streaming on sites such as Netflix, iTunes, HBO GO, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more.

Nov 14, 2012

Discover FatWallet’s “Black Friday Deal Finder” [Web Spy]

Whether you like to get up early in the morning the day after Thanksgiving to score the doorbuster sales at your favorite shops or you'd rather surf the web for the best deals, it's hard to beat the prices you find on Black Friday.

Oct 31, 2012

Make Unbiased Election Decisions with ElectNext [Web Spy]

It's so easy to be influenced by friends' and family members' beliefs, as well as what you see in debates or on TV commercials. But how can you be sure you're making an unbiased decision?

Oct 24, 2012

Drinkify Finds the Perfect Drink for What You’re Listening To [Web Spy]

Drinkify tells you exactly what you should be drinking while listening to a specific music artist. Just type in any musical artist or band, and Drinkify will tell you the perfect beverage to accompany your music choices.

Oct 17, 2012

Target Your Workouts With Workout Finder [Web Spy]

I stop working out for one reason or another -- whether it's because I wasn't able to fit it in my schedule or I got too lazy and/or frustrated with the lack of tangible results as quickly as I hoped.

Oct 10, 2012

Find Tonight’s Perfect Dinner with [Web Spy]

Get started by first answering a few quiz questions about your taste preferences, dietary restrictions, pantry ingredients, current food cravings, and kitchen skills.

Oct 3, 2012

Keep Track of What You’re Watching and Discover New TV Shows with trakt [Web Spy]

I definitely watch way too much TV, so it's probably a little sad how excited I was when I learned about trakt, which helps you keep track of all the TV shows you're currently watching.

Sep 26, 2012

Get Your Paper Edited For Free with DocuToss [Web Spy]

Rather than ask your parents, roommate, or grammar-guru BFF to take time out of their busy lives to read yet another one of your papers, you should give DocuToss a try.

Sep 19, 2012

See Your Day at a Glance with Sunrise [Web Spy]

Sunrise is, quite simply, a daily email outlining your tasks for the day. Now, before you complain about yet another daily email to have to go through each morning, listen closely: Sunrise may be the most important of all those other emails.