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Friday Find: Sticky9

Friday Find: Sticky9

As an Instagram lover, I’m always loving the gorgeous pics that come through my feed each and every day. There are loads of things you can do with your Instagram pics, and a few weeks ago I stumbled across ‘Sticky9‘. A simple and yet creative way to bring to life your snaps! Formally known as ‘Stickygram’,  Sticky9 allows you to create gorgeous fridge magnets out of your beloved Instagram snaps.

Simply log into Sticky9, connect your account and away you go! For $15.99 (including free worldwide postage) you can create 9 of your own magnets. Alternatively, you can create a nine piece jigsaw of one larger photo for the same price. It’s so simple, and looks just gorgeous on your fridge!

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Here is a snapshot of the ones that I have created. I have tried both the ‘classic’ and ‘jigsaw’ collections…

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Ella has just loved playing with them and showing every visitor that comes through the house. I think that it is a simple, cheap idea that can help bring your photos to life!

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Best of all, you can create your own magnets for a discounted price! I have a ‘frienduldp’ code that I can share with you that gets you %15 off your first order. When you create your magnets, you too will receive a code that you can share with friends. It will help you earn credits that you can use towards future orders. Simply use the code below:

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Happy Ella After readers are once again lucky enough to be given the chance to win your own Stick9 set of collections. Next week we will be giving away a set of classic and jigsaw magnets valued at over $30! Stay tuned for this great giveaway and start selecting your favourite Instagram snaps!

kate

 

 

 

 

New Giveaway! Tinybeans Photo Book!

New Giveaway! Tinybeans Photo Book!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to review the beautiful Tinybeans Photo Books by creating one for Ella. If you missed the review, click here. If you are anything like me, you take hundreds of photos of your little ones, and if you are smart…use the Tinybeans App to store, keep track and share them with loved ones. The problem is, that even though we can flick through these snaps on our mobile devices, there is nothing quite like a printed book of photos. The team over at Tinybeans, have cleverly linked their app with the ability to create beautiful, personalised photo books. If you use the Tinybeans App, it is so simple to choose your favourite snaps, and have the book delivered directly to your front door!

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What is even better, is the fact that Tinybeans are giving Happy Ella After readers who use the Tinybeans App, the chance to win your own Photo Book filled with three months of your chosen memories. This is valued at over $50 Australian dollars, and includes postage direct to your door.

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If you know anyone who uses this sensational app, then please forward this giveaway on to them. It’t the perfect way to celebrate and hold onto the photos of your children. I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be able to function as a snap happy parent without this app, and the photo album has really brought them to life!

This competition is open to readers world wide. Entry is via Facebook, accessible through the link below. Entry into the competition is acceptance of the terms and conditions as set out in the app link. The giveaway will open Monday 17th March at 7am AEDST and will close on Monday 31st March at 6pm AEDST. As always, readers will need to ‘like’ both the Happy Ella After and Tinybeans Facebook pages. Entrants can also earn extra points by sharing what they love about Tinybeans in a comment below.

Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE TINY BEANS PHOTO BOOK COMPETITION!

kate

 

 

Friday Finds: Tips for photographing your children

Friday Finds: Tips for photographing your children

If you are like me, you are a click happy parent. Click in the form of taking happy snaps wherever and whenever. I must admit that at times, I border on taking too many shots. My husband is forever telling me to enjoy my daughter through my own eyes, rather than through the eye of a lens. I do however, think that in this day and age, we are so lucky to have devices that take fantastic photographs. Whether you use a beautiful SLR or an iPhone, the products that are available in this day and age can make any old photo look professional.

That said, there are some simple and effective tips that every parent can keep in mind to help them take fantastic photographs of their children. I was recently reading this fantastic post from Joanna Goddard at ‘A Cup of Joe’. Joanna, a magazine-writer-turned-blogger who lives in NYC with her husband and toddler son, shared six tips to help parents take gorgeous photographs of their children:

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1. Use their crib – At this young age, children are always in their cribs and why not use them as a setting for a gorgeous shot? Not to mention the fact that it will keep them to a confined space, so you won’t be chasing them around the house!

2. Shoot from overhead – If you are a regular Instagram user, you will see the evidence of this simple rule. Overhead shots bring a new sense of interest to a photo and draws the eye to the activity that your child is involved in.

3. Use their toys as props – another simple yet clever idea. Taking snaps of your children with their favourite teddy will bring a smile to anyone’s dial.

4. Shoot over the shoulder of another adult – A gorgeous angle that can only be taken at a young age!

5. Get down at their level – it’s amazing the difference that this strategy makes to a photo of a toddler. The world at their eye level is a very different one, and photographing from their perspective really adds to the shot.

6. Use the light – light can either make a break a photo. Moving a child into the light makes all the difference!

To read the full article and see some gorgeous shots using these tips, please visit Joanna’s blog post here.

Happy Snapping!

kate

*The above image is taken from Julia Goddard’ blog and is linked to it’s original source

Growing Girl

Growing Girl

I saw a fantastic idea on Pinterest last year…a great way of tracking your child grow by using letters describing their age. It all started out great, with Ella lying still and looking adoringly up towards the camera. You see, I soon realised that after each month, it was getting increasingly difficult to  a. lie on the ground, b. lie still, c. not eat the letters and d. actually get a shot that was not blurry. Not to mention actually remembering to take the shots!

Whilst I was creating Ella’s photo book over the last month, I came across some of these shots and decided to share them with you. I must admit, that I left out a couple of months…we were clearly too busy having fun! None the less, this idea is really adorable, and if you can do it, is a great way to show your cheeky little one changing each month.

Here are our efforts….

Six Months (this one is my favourite! look at that hand under her chin!)

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8 Months – wriggly worm

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Nine Months…

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Ten Months…

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A super cute idea…if you can keep them still!!

kate

A year in photos, a mountain of memories

A year in photos, a mountain of memories

Whilst Ella has had a epic sleep this morning, I’ve been able to tackle some washing, clean the house and start to sift through the mountain of photos that we have amassed since Ella was born. Over 5000 shots have been taken (is that normal?), and since acquiring a new computer, I thought it was time that I went through the snapshots and edited it down to a sensible amount. Needless to say it’s been a pretty amazing, challenging and joyous time and looking through these photos has made me pretty emotional. I started this blog because we simply do not store photos like the way we used to. I have back ups or back ups of photos, downloaded from my camera with the hope of making a photo album each year. I am determined to stick to this and hope that as her birthday draw closer each year, I can take the time to sift through them and choose the best ones to print and keep. Here’s hoping that she continues to have a long morning (or afternoon) sleep every now and then, so I can get the chance to look through them and smile….

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And for those of you who might be wondering how I went? Well so far, I’ve reduced over 5000 shots to 292….a pretty good effort I think! (Mind you, that doesn’t include shots taken since the end of January though) 🙂

kate

*Photo collage was created using ‘Photo Collage’. For more information, click here.

Friday Finds: Instagram is online!

Friday Finds: Instagram is online!

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Today I discovered that Instagram has gone online! This is fantastic! It means that you can browse those gorgeous pics directly from your home computer or laptop when you are not out and about. If you are a (newish) Mum like me, you sometimes find yourself at home in your pyjamas at midday. Sometimes, my phone is dead and I have time to do some work on my laptop, or browse Pinterest or Etsy (cue  sighs from my husband). Instagram has finally gone online, and this is a great decision that brings this fabulous tool to the world of the www. A funny thing, that it started out as an app, and eventually moved toward being available on desktops and laptops. The demand must have been there, and although it is not a ‘life changer’, I for one, and really happy that they decided to make this move….

For those of you who have not yet ventured to the land of Instagram….get on it! We are coming up to a year of life with our gorgeous daughter and it’s lovely to browse through some of the following pics to see how she has changed. This is  a (small) selection!

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To follow us on Instagram, my username is http://instagram.com/katekorber

My account is private, so please don’t be offended. I only accept followers who know Ella and myself.

kate

*Images are taken from my personal Instagram page.

‘Tiny Beans’ – Watch your children grow

‘Tiny Beans’ – Watch your children grow

As with Instagram, I am a big fan of super simple ways of capturing daily memories of Ella growing up. Being able to capture photos on my iPhone has become something that is almost a reflex. Any app that can transform a somewhat hopeless amateur shot into a masterpiece is high on my list of Mummy friendly apps!  Then there comes the debate about sharing photos, and to what extent do we share them with the world. As a parent who is an avid lover of techno gadgets and anything starting with the letter ‘i’, I know that Ella will indeed be a well captured baby. I also know that being the first Grandchild, her family are always asking for current snaps and images that show her smiling, laughing, staring, slob erring….any old thing really. Never before has it been so easy to share our photos of daily moments with family and friends, and with social networking mediums such Faceboook, Twitter and Instagram, parents can share to their heart’s content.

The issue of ‘over posting’ of photos however, is a topic that is gathering momentum. As a new parent, I am happy to share photos of my gorgeous girl, but am conscious of bombarding people with more and more pics each day. There are some people in my social networking world who are only too happy to see a daily shot of Ella rolling around the floor or wearing her Essendon Beanie, but I also know that there may be some people who must curse the FB phenomenon of endless babies popping up every hour in some sort of cute pose or outfit! On behalf of new FB parents everywhere, we are indeed sorry! However I want to continue to share in the delight of capturing my gorgeous grow grow each and every day.

Tiny Beans is an app that came across my Mac desktop via the fantastic blog – Babyology. I have been looking for a way to be able to share a private photo gallery online with my family, so that they can still get their daily ‘Ella fix’ without needing to bombard all my FB friends at the same time. I mean, I know she is cute, but we are indeed biased like all parents!

Tiny Beans is just fantastic. It is a simple app that allows parents to capture moments on their smart phone and upload them to a daily calendar photo journal. This journal can then be as private or public as you like, with the ability to invite people to view, edit and add to the photo journal. You can access Tiny Beans either on your phone or with your log in online. You can even log in as a FB user.

Tiny Beans can also be linked to your FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts. When posting a picture to Tiny Beans, you have the option of sharing it on FB, or simply keeping it private to the journal. If you post a pic via Twitter or Instagram, you simply need to add the hashtag #tinybeanskids to also add the photo to your own Tiny Beans Journal. Tiny Beans also has a great range of  filters to enhance your photos, rather than needing to use a third party app. Those who can see the journal can add comments as well.

For those of us who love using technology to follow our kids grow each day, Tiny Beans really is a fantastic way to share the journey with your loved ones in an intimate way. Ella’s Nanna loves checking in each day to see her little ‘sweets’ – and even sends be a subtle reminder when I have forgotten to upload a daily snap! Which reminds me….I need to upload one for today!

Tiny Beans is available via the iTunes store

To visit the Tiny Beans website, click here

To view the Babyology Tiny Beans review, click here

Images via www.tinybeans.com and a screenshot from my iPhone!