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My little boy.

Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, more about a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, side effects upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, advice Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when they asked if we wanted to try out their photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on her pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print our some larger pictures to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, buy a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, pill upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, ambulance Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when they asked if we wanted to try out their photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on her pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print our some larger pictures to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, buy more about a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, more about upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when Julie asked if we wanted to try out this photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on her pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print our some larger pictures to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, information pills a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when Julie asked if we wanted to try out this photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on the pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print our some larger pictures to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, physician a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, viagra 100mg upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when Julie asked if we wanted to try out this photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on the pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print out some larger pictures (via iPhoto) to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, look a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when Julie asked if we wanted to try out this photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on the pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard
Benjamin made his own family “memory book”

kid-made photo book

Alaina and I even decided to print out some larger pictures (via iPhoto) to hang around the house.

picture of a picture of bikers on Harley's

For you list-types, here are my thoughts about Groovebook:

Pros

  1. Same account works on multiple devices
  2. Print quality is great (depending on resolution of your original photo, though)
  3. Love the time/date/location stamp on the non-photo part of each page
  4. Simple interface in the app– relatively intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  1. App can only access your camera roll right now. Can’t get at all those other albums you might have. But there is a workaround.
  2. Picking 100 new pictures a month can feel daunting.
  3. All you see are square picture thumbnails– not the whole pic.

Overall

Groovebook is a cool photo app that makes printing pictures as easy as taking them, and we’ll probably keep using it.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’d like to try Groovebook completely free for a month, use the code BeautyAndTheBiker1

Do any of you use something like this already? How do you get your photos from your phone to your wall?

 

Smile!

Seth

 

 

this post was sponsored: Groovebook let us try their app/service for free for a month in exchange for writing about our experience using it. They didn’t tell me what to write, though, and these thoughts are my own.
Benjamin turned seven last weekend.

Seven. 

The years haven’t flown by. I don’t feel that way at all. I look back on the past seven years as a long, about it long road to where we are today. There was no flying involved. We just took it day by day, keeping ourselves busy with adventures, big and small. And through it all, we were together.

Fortunately for me, he still lets me squeeze him hug him and kiss him up, just like I did when he was a little guy.

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Thank goodness, because Read More…

What do you do with family photos?

Printed photos are a rarity for me. Lily & Cohen’s baby pictures aren’t in one of those frilly family photo albums. Well, page a few of them are. And there are some in frames. But most of the pictures are on my phone and computer… and backed up on two separate external hard drives… and various online photo services. But printing them always seemed like such a hassle. Have to crop them, upload them to some wobbly local photo shop website (or through iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, etc), select print sizes, glossy or matte finish, and on and on.  And, usually, you have to do that all from a computer.

Now, though, we have lots of pictures. A Ms. Single Mama/Beauty and the Biker reader, Julie, told us about an awesome photo app she’s been working on called Groovebook: a photo app for busy families. Groovebook prints a keepsake booklet of up to 100 pictures from your iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc) or Android device each month, sends it to you, and all they charge is $2.99 for shipping/handling. Seriously. So, when Julie asked if we wanted to try out this photo app for free (in exchange for sharing our thoughts about it), we said sure!

You can download Groovebook for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then, create a free account, and select the pictures you want this month. The pics go from your phone to your door with a few taps.

The kids love these little photo books. Each page is perforated, and tells the date, time, and location of each picture.

Lily tore out a bunch and put them on the pin board in her room.

groovebook photos on a pinboard Read More…

A surprise

He may have anticipated that one day he could love again. But I don’t think he ever expected to fall in love with her dog, price doctor too.

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They’re made for each other, these two. Just another piece of our serendipity falling into place.

Xoxo,

Alaina

I love…

We can smell spring on the horizon, capsule web in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, on the horizon, waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

Typically, I am not a morning person. But on this morning I was walking on air. Sunlight, that magical thing that alludes us this time of year in Ohio, also came that day.

We have been busy nesting in these past few months because I am pregnant. I have been waiting to tell you until the all clear from the doctor. Now at 13 weeks we can safely announce that there is indeed a little life growing inside of me at this very moment.

Like the birds singing, I had nearly forgotten the feeling of knowing life is brewing inside of me. Only this time, it is completely different. First of all, we planned this creation. That’s the first. And then there about a million others too hard to describe. While I was a happy mother to be with Benjamin, I was scared
We can smell spring on the horizon, ampoule in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, pill on the horizon, waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

Typically, I am not a morning person. But on this morning I was walking on air. Sunlight, that magical thing that alludes us this time of year in Ohio, also came that day.

We have been busy nesting in these past few months because I am pregnant. I have been waiting to tell you until the all clear from the doctor. Now at 13 weeks we can safely announce that there is indeed a little life growing inside of me at this very moment.

Like the birds singing, I had nearly forgotten the feeling of knowing life is brewing inside of me. Only this time, it is completely different. First of all, we planned this creation. That’s the first. And then there about a million others too hard to describe. While I was a happy mother to be with Benjamin, I was scared and fearful of what the future would bring with
We can smell spring on the horizon, illness in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, on the horizon, waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

They say it will be 57 and sunny on Friday… when we are 45, when the kids are 18 and off on their own, we both want to move somewhere sunny. It’s a must, a non-negotiable.

Look in the comments
We can smell spring on the horizon, cheapest in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, more about on the horizon, prostate waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

They say it will be 57 and sunny on Friday… when we are 45, when the kids are 18 and off on their own, we both want to move somewhere sunny. It’s a must, a non-negotiable.

Look in the comments of my last post to see who won the bag.

xoxo,

Alaina
We can smell spring on the horizon, pharm in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, generic on the horizon, waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

They say it will be 57 and sunny on Friday… when we are 45, when the kids are 18 and off on their own, we both want to move somewhere sunny. It’s a must, a non-negotiable.

Look in the comments of my last post to see who won the bag.

xoxo,

Alaina
We can smell spring on the horizon, more about in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, pills on the horizon, there waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

They say it will be 57 and sunny on Friday… when we are 45, when the kids are 18 and off on their own, we both want to move somewhere sunny. It’s a must, a non-negotiable.

Look in the comments of my last post to see who won the bag.

xoxo,

Alaina
We can smell spring on the horizon, see in spite of the four inches on the ground when we woke up to this morning.

WinterinOhio

Spring is there, order on the horizon, waiting to begin.

Thanks to Seth, I sleep in now more often than not. On one such morning I woke up feeling exceptionally happy. Not thanks to a refreshing sleep–my dreams had been too intense to allow such a luxury–but thanks to the birds. I could hear them singing outside of our window for the first time in months and months. Countless mornings without them had left me forgetting how beautiful they sound, as I do every Winter.

They say it will be 57 and sunny on Friday… when we are 45, when the kids are 18 and off on their own, we both want to move somewhere sunny. It’s a must, a non-negotiable.

Look in the comments of my last post to see who won the bag.

xoxo,

Alaina
How he leaves the fluffy towel for me and takes the stiff one for himself.

How he never, salve ever complains about all of the cleaning and housework and general maintenance and upkeep of a family of five.

How he listens to every detail of my day and then offers constructive, cialis 40mg positive advice.

How he looks at me in the morning.

How he holds me in the morning (and at night).

How he tells me he loves me every single day, over and over again. Just because.

How it still feels like we just met.

How he loves my son as much as his own.

How I would still marry him in a heartbeat if the opportunity came again.

How I have zero regrets when I am with him, there is no doubt that we are meant to be.

How I dreamt of him before I even knew him.

How I knew, in my heart, I would be happy single unless I found him.

How I refused to settle for anything less.

xoxo,

Alaina

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