Hey there! Just wanted to pop in and share some of my most recent, favorite photo editing apps you can use on your smart phones, ipads etc. I use them specifically for photos I post to Instagram. Since that’s my social media drug of choice. And, yes, I am addicted.
I shared Part 1 of my fave photo editing tips last summer and thought I would add some to the mix.
AFTERGLOW: (.99) Afterglow has some awesome filters and is super easy to use. But I mainly downloaded it for the shaped frames. There are a bunch to choose from including the above heart, circle, triangle, and geometric shapes. Super fun and much easier then opening up something in photoshop to get the same effect. You can also adjust the size of the frame and have a bit of space to move the photo around inside.
PIC TAP GO: (.99) Pic Tap Go is an app from the masterminds behind Totally Rad Actions that I have been using for… ever. They recently developed a photo editing system in app form which made me think… why didn’t they do this sooner?! But it’s here and that’s all that matters for a photo junkie like myself.
PHOSTER: ($1.99) This is a recent one I found and I love it. The name of the app is Phoster (poster + photo) where they have some cool, modern templates for making your own photos into posters. There are square and portrait options and you change the text in all the posters to customize it to say what you want. Can we also just say how cute my Myles is here!!! sigh…
I mentioned this app last time: PICFX ($1.99) but they have some new, interesting lens flares and light leaks so I thought I’d share.
FOR VIDEO: 8mm is such a rad video app with cool filters that make it look like you’re using an old school 8mm camera.
Rhonna Designs: My spunky friend and amazing designer has some gorgeous and inspiring quotes and phrases. Also, all sorts of overlays and graphics to jazz up your photos! Plus, she’s the best!
Square Ready: Is a great little free app for when you want to share for of the photo then a square and still have a white background or you can change the background to any color.
Bokehful: Another app to add some lens flares and bokeh effects to your pics.
Bubbleframe: A whimsical app where your photo looks like it’s a scrapbook page in a few seconds. Just cute circle frames and chevron and other patterned backgrounds.
View the FAVE PHOTO APPS VOLUME 1 HERE
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Today I am working on my Daily Dozen (taking 12 photos on the 12th of March.) Seriously, February flew by like crazy! I kept checking the calendar to make sure it was really this time again.
Join in the fun and link up to your pictures in the comments!!
Some Instagrams (@dearlizzy) last week.
Quincey is always scheming up something to keep my motherhood skills in check.
Even fairies have to practice piano.
Baby bump! (32 weeks in the pic)
Making faces on a fun Saturday.
Spring made an appearance on Sunday and we soaked up every single bit of sunshine!
Instax polaroids from our day.
We are a bit under the weather. So mean to get a cold when it’s been warmer the past couple days. Hope you are doing lovely!!!
Counting down the days to find out whether there’s a boy or girl growing in this tummy of mine! So excited! You will be the first to know, after I text my mom and my bff Mary.
Usually I am the annual procrastinator– running cards to the post office hoping that they arrive by Christmas. So although this is out of the ordinary, let me swim in this feeling of accomplishment… until my fingers get all pruney.
I ordered my cards through Tiny Prints and I was impressed with all the options (posted some of my favorite designs in a previous post) and with how fast I received them!
Just a little FYI: Today you can receive 30% off your Tiny Prints order sitewide. Tomorrow (Friday Nov 30th) and through the weekend it is 25% off using code WKDSALE1112.
It had to be in early October as I was laying on my bed with Lola–so sick! I was letting her play with my phone. Even though I deleted all the games off it (because I was sick of my kids declining any calls and searching for my phone in their toy bins) but Lola still liked to play songs on Pandora or my music list. She clicked on something and Frank Sinatra, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” came on. For many different reasons it lifted my sprits immediately. One of the reasons being that my late Grandpa sings exactly like Frank (I’m sure you’ve heard me brag about this before ; ) and among the other reasons that song combines so many childhood & present time memories wrapped into a big fat present for me. I don’t even know why I am telling this story… I think it’s because when you don’t feel good or sick or lonely or whatever is weighing you down search for that small thing to lift your spirits. For me, being so sick in October, it was Christmas music. So I embraced it & listened to those jolly tunes for hours. Just until that verging annoying version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” came on. But ever since then, I have been ready for Christmas. No matter how cheesey it sounds–it was my happy place. That & frozen junior mints. (just give it a try!)
Some of that seasonal fun has begun: Meeting Santa, shopping and crafting!
Last week I flew away with my man to California for a quick getaway! Sans kids. Yes, you read that right… we went to Disneyland without them. How mean is that?! !!
I hope they will forgive us someday. I think they will because I have noticed how aware Avery is of our relationship. Even today I heard her talking to Quincey as they were watching a Veggie Tales episode, “I think Daddy and Mommy are in love like them.”
Spending time as a couple is something I strive to make a priority whether it’s date night or stealing a moment after the kids go to bed. Life moves quickly and I don’t want the kids to grow up and we turn to each other… what’s your name again? I want to make the time to keep our relationship connected. Sure, there are moments when he rolls his socks in a ball and chucks them down the hall and other guy stuff that drives me nuts, but I’m sure I do things that bug him too. So it’s nice to know when he holds my hand and when kids aren’t around that we still like each other… a lot actually.
Here’s to reconnecting to the magic of Disneyland, the beach and the Dodgers game! !!!
Then like boring, responsible parents we changed our flight to arrive home six hours earlier because we didn’t want to get home at midnight and miss kissing those munchkin cheeks goodnight. I will be regretting this decision come Wednesday… ; )
Life lately is all about family… and wacky pants.
That usually entails yummy food too. But back to family. I swear there is a constant power struggle with the worky stuff I want to do and being a mom. There are so many fun creative things swirling in my brain and then there’s these cute faces looking up at me with their sticky hands and constant craving bellies. How can I resist? But I did use my Cameo and freezer paper and paint polka dots onto a pair of my jeans. When I was done, which took HOURS, Collin asked: “Are you going to wear those?” Uuuuhhhh, that was the plan. And I have 3 nearly finished mini albums to share. So, I guess that creative pull is winning too.
I’m never one to apologize for not blogging something cool so that’s not what I am doing here, not at all… Okay, maybe a little.
Have I told you that one of my silly dreams is to live somewhere where we could ride bikes everywhere? We live up on this mountain and the roads are steep. But I would love to ride to the store or to get a treat or to Avery’s school. I think it’s because our lives are so busy and we are hurrying here and there… It would be amazing once in a while to just slow down and ride our bikes instead. Recently I opened up the notepad app on my phone and wrote this wish. Take that The Secret… let’s see if you can will that to happen!
Of course half way through the ride someone didn’t want to wear their unicorn helmet so I got to. We biked to a splash park and went swimming and shopping. It was over 90 degrees and I was pulling two kids in a bike trailor up hill–both ways. (wink) It was one of those cross this off my summer list of things to do, since summer is fading away.
While listening to the Disney Channel on Pandora yesterday I started painting on a couple canvases that have been laying around forever. It must’ve been that broadway version of Kiss The Girl that brought out my inner ar-teest.
I used acrylic paints in yellow, vanilla, white, with a pop of magenta and turquoise. Then instead of brushes I used credit cards… actually they were old gift cards that probably have 2.05 balance on each… and just went for it. It was kind of fun but when I was done I thought, well, I could hang these in the closet. But when I wasn’t looking Collin hung them up. They honestly would’ve never made it on the wall. But how cute is he? Then he quoted, “Your art is the best art of all the art.” (name the show)
I bought this love seat from a cute girl with the plan of re-upholstering it. I just can not choose a fabric I like. I was thinking a turquoise with tufting and a few pops of random colored buttons (for the tufting) but I can not decide. Seriously, I have a hard time choosing something at In-N-Out burger and Collin just laughs… there’s burgers or burgers and fries.
Avery girl! One of her best quotes–Auntie Em: “Avery can I have some of your energy and gumption?” Avery: “I pooped out all my gumption.”
Making brownies yesterday just so I could lick the bowl.
Lola babe and her itty bitty bun.
When deciding what to do today on the sabbath we thought we could stay at home while the kids compete for Olympic gold medals in their unique events. High pitched squealing, food spills or my personal favorite: waiting for the opportune moment when I have dinner all cooked and then all cleaned up to say, “I’m hungry.” That sounded fun and all but instead we packed them up and headed up to the mountains where there are less rules and no nagging momma.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO giveaway is still open.
.. as I soak up every last bit of this glorious summer.
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I guess I could say that I’m not really a dog person… but that’s not true because I once had Mookie, a Pomeranian, and he was a baby to me! I love him so much but Mookie didn’t really love the baby additions to our family… at all actually… so my brother adopted him and they are two peas in a pod!! So, gratefully he’s happier still being the one and only.
Since I currently have three little girls I feel like I am puppy training I wasn’t too keen on the idea of adding another one to the mix. But Collin has kind of obsessed about getting a dog and I was dragging my feet until one day that changed. Collin does so much for our family and he is really unselfish. If he wanted he could have brought a dog home himself but he wouldn’t do that. My mind changed while thinking of what I could do for him and something that would make him over-the-moon happy. Something that is also a sacrifice from me because I will be doing a lot of the puppy care while he’s at work. Something that puts his wants ahead of mine. You can tell by the movie that he was pretty excited about the new addition.
The puppy has actually been really easy. Surprisingly!!! The breeders said he will probably cry at night because he’ll miss his brothers but he’s been fine. Sleeps like a log. He loves to be outside and when he’s inside someone is holding him so when he cries to get down because he has to pee then we take him outside and he is already catching on. Phew. (We researched crate training and are doing that when the girls aren’t holding him.)
We are still figuring out a name for him so let me know if you have any ideas…!
This puppy has a piece of my heart now.
WATCH THE VIDEO of Collin’s reaction!! I die laughing at :45 “Look at that face.” hahah! and “It’s a boy, right?”
What do you expect for a boy puppy in a house full of girls?! It didn’t take long for one of them to start dressing him up in bows.
I flew home from Chicago and caught some nasty flu bug. But that’s ok since my body needed an excuse to relax for a bit… and sit on the couch and watch THREE hours of Bachelorette. Now that I think about it– what a waste of my life. ; ) But somehow I got hooked and was Team Jef with-one-f all the way. We also watched some of the coverage of the memorial service for the victims of the shooting in Colorado. Breaks my heart. Prayers for the families and friends who lost loved ones.
Hope you had a nice weekend! I did manage to clean up after the CHA tornado that destroyed my office before I surrendered to my couch and was out for the count. So I am excited to make something splendid this week!