Hailo

Atlanta is a great city, but it also seems like you can never find a cab when you need one here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stuck on hold after trying to call a taxi company for a ride to the airport, or failed to flag down a cab on the street to get home after a night out. Lucky for us Atlantans, Hailo (which is already in several cities throughout the U.S. and internationally) is here to take the frustration out of hailing a cab when you need one! The app gets you a ride from a licensed taxi driver in just two taps and lets you easily pay through your smartphone.

Hailo launched in Atlanta today, and to celebrate they’re hosting a Free Taxi Weekend from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11. Download the app for iPhone or Android and enter the promo code FTW20 in your account to save $20 off your first Hailo ride. With so many great sporting events, concerts and festivals in Atlanta this weekend, it’s the perfect chance to give it a try.

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I tested the Hailo app with a ride to happy hour tonight and was impressed by how easy it was to use. After I opened the app, it instantly showed me my location and that a taxi was two minutes away. I hailed the cab with my iPhone and the name of my driver, Fikadu, and his picture appeared a few seconds later. In less than two minutes a cab drove up. Fikadu said “Hi! Andrea?” and I jumped in.

I tipped my friendly driver from my phone and received an email receipt minutes after the ride ended – so simple and convenient. I think Hailo will be the way I catch cabs from now on!

This post was sponsored by Hailo. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.

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Online Dating

When you are over a certain age and have been single for a while, unsolicited advice about how to meet someone seems to come from everywhere. And the majority of this advice includes the phrase “you should try online dating!” Unwillingly to shell out another $59.95 a month for more eHarmony disappointment, I decided to give free online dating sites a shot. I created profiles for myself on OkCupid and Plenty of Fish to see what they had to offer (spoiler alert: not much). Let’s start with my experience on Plenty of Fish.

The quality of guys on Plenty of Fish seems to range somewhere between kinda creepy and serial killer. Something about interacting with people on this site makes me want to stock up on pepper spray and tasers. Most of the messages I received consisted of one or two words including – “Nice,” “You Sexy,” “SupSexy” and “Hot!” (I’ll note that my profile picture is from a baby shower, so it’s not like I’m wearing anything revealing). These guys think that you should be up for meeting them just because they sent you a selfie they took in their bathroom mirror. It’s gross. [click to continue…]

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Wine Down Wednesday with Mirassou

April 22, 2014
Wine Down Wednesday

It’s no secret that I love wine. Attending a few wine tastings has helped me learn the basics about wine, but I’m still far from a wine pro.  Luckily one of my favorite wineries, Mirassou, has a ton of practical information about wine tasting on their website and Facebook page. I first discovered Mirassou Moscato […]

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The Coupon Olympics

February 23, 2014
Coupon Mom Olympics

I started couponing about eight years ago. My first job out of college paid practically nothing and using coupons provided a way to stretch my budget. Almost everything I learned about coupons back then came from CouponMom.com, so I was excited to have the opportunity to shop in her Coupon Mom Olympics last week. Six […]

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My One Word Resolution

January 2, 2014
BOLD 2014

I’m still trying to wrap up my 30 Before 30 list, so I decided to forgo New Year’s resolutions this year. On January 1st the idea of choosing one word to define 2014 seemed to be everywhere from The Today Show to blog posts, so I was inspired to pick one for myself. My word […]

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Last Minute Gifts to Avoid

December 23, 2013
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It is officially crunch time for Christmas shopping procrastinators. There is still time to buy some last-minute gifts, but check out the infographic below for presents you might want to avoid – or they might end up returned or destroyed. It was created with guys in mind, but I definitely agree with some of the […]

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Five Gifts That Give Back

December 9, 2013
Gifts That Give Back

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The end of the year is also the most popular time for charitable giving. Almost a third of online donations are made during last two days of the year. I think a donation to someone’s favorite cause makes […]

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Third Life Crisis?

November 27, 2013
Third Life Crisis

A few years ago, I used to play the game Rock Band with friends and our fake band was called “Quarter Life Crisis.” The name captured that stage of working at low-paying jobs and figuring out post grad life pretty well. I also rocked the vocals. Now that I’m 30, it feels like I have […]

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