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Having fun with Instagram

I have always been “snap happy”. I’ve been a picture person since I was young! Having a baby has sent that into overdrive. Like, 50-100 photos on an average day isn’t rare. One of my requirements  for my phone is that it has a GREAT camera. So many friends were getting blurry photos with their iPhones and other smartphones, I knew it would just drive me crazy. And, because my photos are taken on my phone, they are uploaded to Intagram and FB from my phone. Instagram offers a little “fun”, but I wanted to do a LOT more with my photos. I began searching and playing. Since I started doing more with my photos, a TON of people have asked me what apps I use. I figured it would be easier to direct them here than continue to retype my answers again and again.

NOTE: I am an Android user. Some of the apps are available on both Android and iOS, and I’ll try to note when it is. But keep in mind, I have never used the iOS versions of these apps!


“Labels” are the colored strips with text. They often look like something that has come out of a real label maker or text written on masking tape, washi tape, etc. I am picky with these, I don’t like it to look “junky”. Some of my favorite apps are…

labelbox Labelbox

  • 15 different labels
  • Ability to undo – but only to clear EVERYTHING you’ve done, and you have to
    shake your phone. (which, quite frankly, leaves you looking ridiculous in

  • [Available
    on iOS]


  • I couldn’t even begin to count the number of tapes
  • Divided by colors, then patterns (you scroll for miles)
  • All are semi see-though – meant to look like Japanese Washi Tape
  • [Available
    on iOS]


This is the trick to putting a bunch of related photos into one image for sharing via social media. I prefer ones that create square collages. Then I can quickly plug it into Instagram, which then shoots it out to Facebook and Twitter. I’ve tried quite a few, but it really comes down to two for me.


  • Super clean and quick
  • All the frames are divided by number of images
  • Can change the thickness and color of the frame around the collage
  • You can save to your gallery or send it straight to another app (Instagram,
    Facebook, editors, etc)
  • For iOS Check Out: Fuzel
photogridPhoto Grid
    • Some cool collage options (not all square/rectangle)
    • Funky borders available as well (patterns, etc)
    • Add text right in the app
    • [Available
      on iOS]
  • Editors

    Sometimes you want to do just a bit MORE. Maybe add some clip art, some “chalk drawing-like” text or images. A photo needs “touch-up” or even “blacked out” . Maybe even some silly arrows or talking bubbles? That’s when I go to my editor for the extra “ooph”. Now, I have a LOT of editors, and I use them all for different things. But I have a few I use more frequently for “common” edits or even more specialized features …


     Beautiful Mess

    • This one is a great one for cutesy borders, fonts, clips art, etc. It’s
      become my go-to and probably yours friends’ too!

    • It also lets you create images without a picture – use a blank background or
      one of the many patterns available!
    • [Available on iOS]
    • A little chalk-like clip art in the library
    • Some great fonts – sometimes I’ll leave my labels plank and add text from
      this app!

    • You can add stickers, frames, borders, layer photos, masks, draw and other
    • Also, create from scratch a brand new image!

    • [Available
      on iOS]
  • realbokehReal Bokeh
    • This adds a little “magical aura” to your images – it looks like light

    • It also lets you pick shapes, colors and placement!
    • [Available
      on iOS]
  • Examples

    Here are some examples of these apps in use!

    Used: PicArt

    label: labelbox
    Used: LabelBox

    collage: photo frames
    Used: PhotoFrame

    heart lights: real brokeh
    Used: Real Bokeh

    clipart: picsart
    Used: PicsArt

    Used: Beautiful Mess

    Happy Editing!

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 31: Final Countdown – 1 DAY!

    It's the final countdown to convention! How will you connect?! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogTOMORROW! The ASHA Convention is TOMORROW! Can you believe it’s finally here?! You’re flying or driving into Orlando any minute now along with thousands of people who share a similar passion for people. The excitement in the air will be thick, right along with the crowds.

    May I make a suggestion to increase your chances of finding friends over the next few days?

    Time For Selfies!

    Change your Profile Picture!

    If your profile picture is a logo, obscured, your adorable baby or pet… we won’t be able to recognize you! For just a few days, change it to a very clear picture of just your face. This will increase your chances of being spotted in the crowd and finding your social media friends!

    Post a Selfie!

    Each morning, post a selfie of what you look like that day! We’ll all love to get a sneak peak of your outfit, and it will give us all social clues for finding you! Hashtag it #asha14selfie just for fun! I can’t wait to see everyone’s style!

    Say Hi – MORE Selfies!

    Do NOT be afraid to walk up to a tweeter and say hi! Even if you can’t remember their name, use their twitter handle! Trust me, there is nothing more flattering than someone walking up and saying “Are you SpeechyKeenSLP??” And there is nothing you regret more than NOT saying “hi”. Be sure to take as many selfies with your twitter friends as possible – this weekend is sure to be one to remember!

    So get settled into your room and get a good nights rest – tomorrow it all begins!

    Come find me tomorrow, I can’t WAIT to meet you!

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 30: Final Countdown – 2 days!

    It's the final countdown to convention! How will you connect?! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogWell isn’t that amusing?! It took me until now to realize I’m off by a day! Ah well, I’m sure you will all forgive me! Today will be all about finding people at the convention and helping those who aren’t around!


    Twitter will be your best friend at ASHA! There are a few rules to follow when tweeting at ASHA. If we can all be on board with these guidelines, we’ll all be happier!

    1. Warn Your Followers!

    Some people are just NOT fans of live tweeting. Others are popping in, halfway through the day, and have NO idea where you are or what your are talking about! A nice “FYI” tweet at the beginning of each day gets them onto the same page! I typically say something along the lines of“Heads up followers: It’s day 2 of #ASHA14 – I’ll be live tweeting throughout the day!”

    2. Give The Session Title First!

    People reading at home, or even those in other sessions, want to know what lecture/talk you are in! At the beginning of every session I give the title, speaker and session code! This helps for a variety of reasons. First, we can quickly know if it’s a talk on Executive Functioning, Fluency, Dysphagia, etc. That’s pretty critical information! Secondly, if we are REALLY enjoying your tweets we can look up more information on the speaker, or even jump over to that same session if the one we’re attending ends up being a snooze. And finally, it helps people keep different talks sorted – they know when you’ve switched, who is in the same talk, etc.

    3. Use the #ASHA14 Hashtag

    #ASHA14 is a community! We are chatting, following, meeting up – all through Twitter! To make sure we see all of your fantastic tweets from a inspiring talk at ASHA, be sure to include the ASHA hashtag!

    4. Use the Session # as a Hashtag

    As you can imagine, with a large community live tweeting, it can be hard to keep straight what session everyone is in. It is also hard to give credit to the speaker when you only have 140 characters to spread their smarts to the twitter world! At #ASHA14, every session is given a unique code.A great way to keep all of the tweets “organized” is to tweet #a followed by the session code. Twitter only recognizes hashtags that include a letter!  For example, one of my talks has the session code 1212. So, put #a1212 after tweets from my session! That allows people to search tweets from specific sessions, and even “chirpstory” them into one post.

    Happy Tweeting!

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 29: Final Countdown – 3 days!

    It's the final countdown to convention! How will you connect?! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogWe are just DAYS away from convention! Everyone is starting to arrive, excitement is in the air – thousands of SLPs and Audiologists are about to take over the Orange County Convention Center!

    Wait… thousands?! How are you supposed to FIND anyone?!

    I’ll finish off this series with a few of my favorite tips for finding friends and feeling a part of the group!



    Each year we create a map to help us find not only each other, but also important locations near by! I’ve made it editable, so please be careful not to undo anyone else’s work.  You are free to add your name to a hotel marker so we know where you are staying. Recommend a place for lunch. Mark the spot for your dinner meet-up. Get busy “pinning” my friends!

    If you want to add your name to the listing of an already “pinned” hotel:

    1. Be sure you are logged in to Google
    • Click the blue “edit” button in the white box on the left side of the screen
    • Click the existing hotel pin
    • Select the “pencil” icon at the bottom of that box
    • Type your twitter handle into the description box!
    • Click “Save”
    • If you want to add a pin to the map!
      1. Select which “layer” it goes in (within the white box on the left) – fun, food, etc.
      2. Make sure the “pin” is selected below the search box (not the hand)
      3. Place a pin on a spot by clicking on the appropriate location
    • Click “save to map”/”add to map”
    • Select the pin you JUST placed on the map
      from the white box on the left
    • Add your name or a description as needed
    • Hover over the name of the pin (in the white box on the left) – click the paint can. Now you can change the style of pin!
    • Click here to go to the map!

      – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP


      Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

      Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

      • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
        [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
        This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
      • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
        [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
        This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
      • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
        [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
        This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
      • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
        [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
        This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients.

    Day 28: Tip #6 – Upon Arrival

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogMy final tip of Pack and Prep week! We are just DAYS away from the convention! Tomorrow starts the countdown to opening session. I cannot wait to meet you – please come up and say ‘hi’! It’s totally acceptable to shout out “SpeechyKeen!” as well. I respond to both *grin*

    So, what should you do upon arrival to the convention? Here are a few ways I set up for a successful weekend of convention-ing!


    Plug and Play!

    Set up your charging station ASAP! Find an outlet, plug in your power bricks
    and set up everything to charge! This will make it a quicker process to plug
    things in and crash into your bed each night!

    Bonus: If you don’t have enough outlets, pull out that power strip I told
    you to buy in week one and use it to keep things charged!




    This may sound crazy for just a few nights away, but trust me! Hang up
    your dress clothes, toss casual clothes and “unmentionables” into a
    drawer, set up toiletries in the bath and put your pillow on the bed.
    You are about to have long days and late nights, make your room
    work for you!

    Bonus: Repack your convention bag and place it against the door at
    night, and put your badge INSIDE! DON’T FORGET YOUR BADGE!



    Pick Up!

    Trace your path to the convention center, grab a friend, practice your route
    and pick up your convention materials! Things are crazy on Thursday, so
    picking up Wednesday is the best bet! The practice the route home again!

    Bonus: Don’t forget to walk your first day around the convention center
    to decrease the amount of time you are lost and wandering!


    What day to you arrive??

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 27: Convention “Carry-All”

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogPacking your convention bag SMART is critical to it being a tool, rather than a burden, at the convention. Here are some tips for packing (and re-packing) your bag to make sure it works for you and not against you…


    Everything has a place!

    Decide ahead of time where everything goes! Lay out what you’ll be
    bringing each day and then compartmentalize it appropriately.

    Bonus: Leave a space for “stuffing” freebies/purchases so it
    doesn’t interfere with your process during sessions



    Wrap It Up!

    Use a hair tie, rubber band or even some of these to keep those cords
    under control! Don’t waste your time untangling things!

    Bonus: Make sure you have 1 cord for every piece of tech. Don’t
    plan on sharing cords between devices! They may choose to die
    all at the same time!



    Repack Nightly!

    Each night of the convention, when you return to you room, spend five
    minutes dumping out your bag and repacking it. This ensures you don’t
    lose things, can find what you need the next day and get the most out
    of each day in Orlando!

    Bonus: This saves you time on the final day as you attempt to pack
    your bags  to go home – you won’t have to sift/sort or take up
    room with trash accidentally!


    So – what goes in my convention bag each day?
    • Pens – and quite a few!
      They always seem to die, or be permanently “borrowed” by a neighbor
    • Pad of paper
      Sometimes you just need to draw it out, scribble it down or give out information to someone else!
    • Battery Pack
      Don’t get caught ‘dead in the water’ with your tech! Be able to charge while you race between sessions!
    • Cords
      My power strip (of course) and one connector for my phone, battery pack and  iPad. I also pack some headphones in case I need to take a call or for listening to my iPod…
    • iPad
      This is my note-taking powerhouse for the weekend! Plus, I’m presenting from it for multiple session!
    • Keyboard and Stand
      For blasting out live tweets and propping up my iPad on flat surfaces!
    • Cellphone
      Not only is it my phone, it’s also my camera, internet connection, social media center, mobile hotspot… need I go on?
    • Flip
      I love my little Flip camera. It records video without slowing down a device such as my phone or iPad! You never know when you’ll see something funny or inspirational to record!
    • iPod
      Yep, my iPod! I voice record all of my talks and listen to them non-stop until I walk on stage! So feel free to tap me on the shoulder, even if I have my headphones on 😉
    • Business Cards
      I hand them out like candy – and often get a lot in return. Hint: Snap a picture of a business card BEFORE you put it in your bag! You never know when it might grow legs and walk off!
    • Chapstick, Water Bottle and Lotion!
      The A/C will be pumping something fierce in the convention center! Keep yourself hydrated with water, chapstick and some lotion for your hands!
    • Wallet
      For food, Starbucks and Exhibit Hall purchases of course! I also ALWAYS renew my membership at the convention – therefore I never forget!
    • Sweater and Scarf
      Pumping A/C also means cold drafts in rooms where you are sitting!
    How are you packing your bag for convention?

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 26: All About Apps!

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogThe tech you bring is only as good as the apps you have! Below are some of the apps I can’t live without when it comes to convention week(end)!


    This is my favorite note taking app on my iPad. There are plenty out there and everyone seems to like something different. This just happens to be my go-to app of choice! Whatever app you decide to use, practice BEFORE you walk into your first session! (for Android check out Papyrus or LectureNotes)


    I love Hootsuite for tweeting form multiple accounts, following hastags (like #slpeeps and #asha14) and scheduling tweets in advance! My only complaint is that I no longer get push notifications on my phone, so I also have Twitter running to get alerts.


    QR Codes are prolific at the convention, and the ability to scan and go is key to gathering information without slowing down your progress. Be sure to have an app to capture the information different people are sharing with you!

    Google Maps

    Navigating a new area, no matter how close to the center you are, can be a nightmare! I love Google Maps because it will give me driving, walking AND public transit directions! So, depending on the time of day and my mode of choice, it always has an answer for me. It also downloads the route, so if I lose cell coverage I’m not left stranded!

    Google Drive

    Remember back when I told you about how I set up my schedule? Well, Google Drive on my device gives me quick access to my schedule! I also have another spreadsheet on my drive that is my “shopping list” for the exhibit hall! I preload some items in, then take note of products I want to “come back for” as I browse!


    Finding a good restaurant can be tough – it’s like Russian roulette with your GI tract! Yelp is where I always go to find a nearby restaurant that has good reviews. I also love that many list whether or not they are ‘child friendly’, since the #ASHAbaby will be along as well!

    The ASHA App

    If I have downtime, want to find out more information, need a map, etc then I turn to the ASHA App. This app has had some significant upgrades (along with the program planner) and is much more user friendly than in years past. I love it as a “backup” for all my pre-planning!

    What apps will you be using?

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 25: Tip #3 – Prepare Your Tech!

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

    Your tech is going to be your lifeline at the convention! A place for notes, pictures, access to social media and finding friends. Make sure it’s in tip-top condition to improve your chances of it holding up. Here are a few things I make sure to do before the first day of ASHA…


    Clean Up!

    Take all those downloads, images, videos, etc off of all of your tech.
    Leave a cute picture or two to share with other, but get the rest
    backed up and off your device! It’ll protect them in case (heaven
    forbid) your device is lost/stolen, and frees up space for quicker
    processing and all the pictures and video you’ll be taking at ASHA!

    Bonus: No one can accidentally find THAT picture…. oops!




    Make sure you have the latest operating system and that all of your
    apps are up to date! The last thing you need is an app crashing on
    you when you need it most! And, you’ll ensure you can get the apps
    you are learning about in all the techie sessions!

    Bonus: Less alerts on your main screen! Boo yah!



    Dirty Tech – Gross!

    Clean up your tech! As in, physically clean it! Make sure it is free from
    client germs and sticky residue. Use a soft cleaning cloth (like you may
    use with glasses) and a gentle cleaning agent. My favorite is lemon
    essential oil – leaves my iPad and phone smelling yummy too!

    Bonus: You’ll feel like you got brand new tech for ASHA! Winning!


    Tomorrow we talk “must have” apps!

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 24: Tip #2 – Packing Up!

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogI am the queen of packing my suitcase for maximum capacity. I always teeter on the edge of that 50 lbs limit! But I know I’ll be bringing a lot home with me, so I have to be super smart about how I pack up my suitcase for ASHA. Here are some tips I’ll be following…


    Roll and Stuff!

    I roll all my “casual” clothes! This removes any extra “air” and makes
    them as compacts as possible! This gives me room for bigger things!

    Bonus: Stuff your shoes with your “unmentionables”, socks, etc.
    The inside of a shoe is such wasted space in a bag!



    Air Packed for Liftoff!

    I take smaller clothing items (scarves, tank tops, etc) and put them
    in a small ziplock. I push out all the air and create mini “packs”!

    Bonus: Use the ziplocks for repacking items, or for bringing home
    spillable items you collected on your trip!



    Leave Room for Goodies!

    Pack as little as possible, so you have plenty of room to bring home
    some ASHA Swag! Does your airline allow you two bags? Do it!

    Bonus: I plan on packing a smaller suitcase, then placing it inside
    a larger one and checking it! Less to haul there, more room to haul
    goodies back home to Colorado!


    How are you packing your bag for convention?

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

    Day 23: Tip #1 – Toiletries

    Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

    When packing, toiletries can be the bane of my existence. I’m not even being overly dramatic here. They spill, they add weight, you can not longer carry them on unless the bottle is under 3 ounces. Ug!

    But if you know me, you know I travel a LOT! Typically once a month at least. So, I’ve had to come up with some strategies for my toiletries. Here are a few of my favorites…


    Hit Up Target!

    Go to the travel bins in the pharmacy at Target (or Walmart) and pick
    up some $.97 travel bottles. Transfer only as much product as you
    think you will need – don’t over pack, and don’t overfill!

    Bonus: Throw out any bottles you emptied! This will save in weight
    on the way home – freeing up space for some conference purchases!



    Double Seal!

    Take some plastic wrap, lay it over the top of your bottle, then screw
    the lid on! Drop it in a small ziplock, and you are doubly protected!

    Bonus: Stack the plastic wrap and put it in the ziplock while in the hotel.
    It’s then available to reuse if you choose not to toss a bottle or two!



    Stay Organized!

    Organize your smaller ziplocks by types of products! This keeps
    everything easy to find and easy to unpack then repack!

    Bonus: I write what goes in the back on the outside. This makes
    it easy to make sure I have everything when I head home on Sunday!


    What is your best toiletry tip?

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP