Paperless App to Store Tiny Moments

Until we find the perfect app – or better yet, build it ourselves – we are eagerly scouring the web in search of simple solutions for storing and sharing stories about our kids. Our most recent discovery is a favorite and is in list form. Who needs yoga when they have a list?

It’s an iPhone app called ‘Paperless’. There’s a limited FREE version but if you’ve recently held a bake sale, you might splurge on the upgrade for $2.99. The app lets you make a list for just about everything and apply cute icons to your custom named list. Cool. Look at the example lists below: one for Ethan and one for Natalie.

How It Works: After you create your list, create a sub list, first by year and then by month. Each month, store those sweet nothings that kids say as they say them … or if you can recall them later. If a cute photo will help you illustrate that memory, shoot it and store on your camera roll.

Congrats: you’ve just organized AND stored a memory. There’s timer for a cup of tea in your future for sure.

Be fancy: email the sweet nothing to Grandma or back to yourself. Transcribe it into their diaries or cut and paste into a photo book. Hot shot.

Here’s what I recorded for Ethan: 2013 – April
● Playing checkers with dad at Aunt Julie’s cabin and picking up on strategies quickly.
● Curious about how buildings are made
● Leggos and transformers
● No front teeth!
● Mine Craft all-the-time
● Two square!!
● Talking and asking lots of questions. Loves when he can stump us!
● “Mom, who is the 22nd President?” Ummmm.
● Teaching your sister how to play two square on a Sunday morning

Four Simple iPhone Camera Tips

  1. Use Your + Volume Button as a Shutter on Your iPhone…Taking a picture by holding your iPhone with just one hand is an easy way to get out of focus images. Fix it by holding your iPhone with two hands horizontally, and then push down the + button usually reserved for raising the volume. Now you’ve got a stable picture! 
  2. Add a New Photo Album…If you find that your photo album selection lacks a little pizzaz, feel free to add more using this simple trick. Go to the Photos app, click Edit in the top right corner and then click the Add button that shows up in the upper left side of the screen. Now just title the album whatever you want and you’re golden. 
  3. Want to look at the most recent image you shot? Open up the camera app and slide the screen from left to right. It’ll show the last picture taken, and you’ll be good to go.
  4. Man, those red eyes in that shot look horrible, right? If only you had some kind of way to tweak your shots so that they looked perfect. Turns out you do, all baked into iOS. Just hit Edit on any image, and you’ll be presented with your tools along the bottom row. They’re not super extensive, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.

Creating Holiday Cards Can be Fun AND Easy!


A holiday card is fun and easy to make IF realize this tiny fact, Mom: it’s a CARD. We are not choosing a doctor, writing a resume, or creating the family budget for the year. We are finding/taking a photo, writing a message, addressing labels, and sending off some warm wishes before December 22nd so you can get onto more important holiday to-do's, like the 14K gold mani/pedi you've been putting off.

  • Choose an easy subject. Some subjects are easier to manage than others: Taking shots of kids is fairly easy if you are prepared. Dogs are difficult. Cats are worse–unless they are asleep. Trying to capture a family shot at this point is no picnic, unless you really know your camera and have a tripod. This year, I am preparing my idea, preparing the kids, and taking three shots. If their eyes are open in all of them, I’m one and done!
  • Use just one photo. This is just a personal preference. See the card with many photos below.? HOURS to make. HOURS. Is it better than the others?
  • Skip the writing. Really, it’s okay to do this. Format a generic message, with the family name. I am a HUGE proponent of the hand-written card, but not during the Holidays.
  • Choose the card layout/color FIRST, then dress your subjects to match!

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{Organization} Where to Store Your Camera

“A place for everything and everything in its place." That’s how we sisters were raised.

If we had a penny for every hour we spend organizing our world, we’d be able to buy out Harpo Productions. But we’d be even RICHER if we had a dime for every hour we spent looking for all those ‘organized’ items. How do our children do it? They can make the remote disappear faster than a mint julep on Derby day, the little darlings. Argggh! There is no way to avoid this part of mommyhood but you can exert a tiny bit of control over your camera storage so let’s discuss.
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