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Showing posts with label photos. Show all posts


HTC OneX Smartphone: A Day in The Life (GIVEAWAY - ends 1/31/2013)

I have been having way too much fun with my new HTC OneX smartphone!
As a member of #TroopOneX, I am roaming my streets capturing what inspires me.

I never was a gadget girl..but I think I may have turned into one.
This phone is sleek, hold a battery charge like CRAZY, and fast.
My favorite thing to do with it...snap photos -
I have to tell you that the photos the camera on this phone takes are really good.
My husband even commented on that - and that is amazing in itself!

So...yes, I have been enjoying this phone...
 but I also get to give one away to you! 
This HTC OneX is optimized for AT&T service.
The giveaway is for the phone..it does NOT include service.


We Know How to Make a Mess

Since I began blogging I have been a member of The Secret is in The Sauce (SITS).
I have learned a lot and made some great friends because of SITS. They provide us bloggers with networking, education...and some FAB opportunities! Right now they have one happening in conjunction with the Clorox's Bleach It Away Program. 
One of the perks is the chance to win a Canon Rebel T2i! 
Oh yeah...mama needs a new camera!
Mine has been painted, dropped, and all in all been "worked!" 

To get in on the deal, we simply had to write a post based on this prompt:
"Spending time with friends and family can lead to fun and memorable moments, but also some very messy ones. Tell us about the messiest moments that you’ll always remember!"
When I first became a mother a little over 10 years ago, I was filled with feelings of overwhelming love, and I'll be honest there was a lot of frustration and uncertainty in those first few months - possibly years even.

This little boy of mine was the light of my life and pretty much spoiled beyond belief. After all, he was the only boy - the only heir to the "family name."

I was very guilty of buying him new toys and gadgets and pretty much taking him any place I fancied would strengthen our bond, teach him something, or open his eyes to a new experience. Most of the time, things worked out as planned...but sometimes they did not.

Try as I might, my boy was not "that interested" in drawing or painting or doing artsy projects. Oh the horror! This mama could not have that. I tried just about everything. Finally I discovered what would be the "thing" that changed his mind...bathtub crayons.

What could go wrong? He loved his baths. I loved art. Now I would simply marry my love with his love and we would both be happy...and hopefully this new found love would extend beyond the bath.

And guess what...it did.

I was in the kitchen.
He was in the living room.
I heard "Mama, come see! Mama, come see!"
I hurried into the living room...

And there he was standing in front of the freshly painted, once-blank wall with crayons spread all over the floor. I looked up and I saw that I finally had it - a gorgeous piece of art...all over my white walls. 

So, yeah, my little plan, it worked...just not as I expected. It was gorgeous and I just had to admire it. He did exactly what he was told to do...just not quite where he was expected to do it. The joy of children!

This was not the first mess we made together. Nor was it the last. In fact I always say half of the fun is in making the mess. That is where the fun begins and the memories are made in my house anyway!

What's your messy moment?

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out www.BleachItAway.com.  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.



This Life is Full of Magic Moments

Since I received my first camera at age 10, I have been mesmerized by the story that photographs tell. In recent years I have been trying to create a timeline of my past, piece together the places and faces in the shoe boxes, peel and stick albums (ouch!) and envelopes - no dates, no locations and often times no idea who everyone is.
Sadly all of my family's older generation has passed on, long before I even understood the importance of these pieces of history. My parents and I have tried to fill in the blanks, but it is a long (and emotional) process.

Now, as a mom, photographs hold a special place in my heart...a way to capture a sweet smile, a silly face, and even a tantrum for the future. I have watched how quickly those special moments in time slip away, and have documented everything I can.
I treasure each photo, every moment, every smile and tear...

...Like these when my mom came to the hospital after Jules was born.
She came toting a baby photo of my son so we could all compare the two.
...to re-live how my son beamed when he held his baby sister for the first time.
These are moments not to be missed, or sometimes through the magic of photography, moment to be relived...honestly I had completely forgotten my mom brought that photo of Joe to the hospital (I do get a pass, right? I had just given birth!).

But, I confess, I have not kept up with the organization of my photos (Oh how I tried).  My major goal is to get all of my photos organized and tagged so that my children will have the pieces of their past, those magical moments in time that are our family's history in one place and ready "to go." That also, means I need to stay on top of organizing current photos.

This becomes an even bigger challenge as photos are now spread over my smart phone, Facebook, (3 different) emails, and Picasa. My tendency is to put them in a folder marked "to be filed," or never move them to "a safe place at all"...and then forget where, why, who, etc. about the moment. I always say I am going back to organize...
but then more photos come and it all seems overwhelming.
 Now there is a way to help make organizing my digital moments easier!
ThisLife, "the Magic Box that gathers,
improves and organizes your photos/videos for you
in a chronological timeline while keeping them all safely stored in the cloud,"
has come to my rescue!

ThisLife offers so much, but some of my favorites are:
  • Gathers the disconnected Moments through bulk imports from social services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, and Smugmug. Moments via Email and desktop uploads can easily be dropped into the Desktop Uploader.
  • Improves photos using the only self-adjusting algorithms in the world that apply just the right amount of photo correction based on what is actually needed. Color is balanced, contrast adjusted, highlights corrected, noise eliminated, and red-eye removed. We improve videos by applying the same algorithms used by Hollywood studios to remove the shake caused by hand held cameras.
  • Organizes Moments by displaying them on a timeline with face, date, and location tags. The timeline is completely searchable by person, date, location, or media type, and a scrubber bar at the bottom of the page allows for easy scrolling through the strand.
After signing up for the free trial, I was surprised and
delighted to see so many moment that I had forgotten about come through ThisLife ...
in chronological order, tagged with a who, what, and when!

You can try it yourself now!
ThisLife's Adventure Box free trial for 6 months,
which stores up to 20,000 photos! 

Be sure to check in with ThisLife on Facebook
 and follow ThisLife on Twitter for ideas and tips and new information!
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