How to Save & Organize Your Photos + MiMedia 500GB Yearly Membership Giveaway

A couple of days ago I was cleaning out an old drawer when I found one of my old cell phones. Mason immediately claimed it as “his” which I was fine with. He can pretend to text people and feel like a grown up. Since it was an old phone (think the models right before they all became touch screen and were no longer flip phones at all) he wasn’t sure how to use it. As I was teaching him how to use it I started looking through all the old pictures I had on my phone. There were so many. Most of these were from when Mason was under two. They were pictures that I had forgotten about but pictures they I loved. How could I not love them? They were of my sweet baby. Unfortunately they never made it off that phone, not to my computer, not to an external harddrive. They went no where and instead live on that phone. How sad is that?

When Emilia was born I vowed that things would be different, that I would finally catch up on printing my favorite pictures, saving them in safe places and ENJOYING them. With how many pictures the average person takes on a daily basis it feels impossible to organize them all which is why I was often deterred from the task. Saving and organizing them is key though so you don’t lose your photos, so you don’t lose your memories. When it comes to digital photos and saving them I believe in backing them up. Don’t just have them on your phone. That’s not enough to protect them. So what are you options for saving them? Let’s talk about how to save & organize your photos.

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Print Them

I would love to print every single one of the photos that I get. In this day and age it’s not possible to print every photo. Our homes would be filled with pictures before our kids turned 18. Just imagine how many pictures you take per day. Now imagine printing them and finding a place in your home for them. Instead pick your absolute favorites and print those. Still have a ton of pictures you want to print every month? Use a service like Groovebook which prints books of 100 photos for $2.99 a month.

Store them on Your Computer or External Hard drive

I often sync my phone to my computer to make sure that my pictures of are in two places at once. Unfortunately I know how fragile computer hard drives can be and have experienced the loss of photos due to a hard drive failure. It’s a devastating feeling to know that you’ve lost all of your important information from photos to videos and important documents. So what do I do? I store my photos in another manner as well. External hard drives seem to be a little more sturdy and are portable which is nice for when you’re traveling and need information from your desktop or previous computers. I like to save everything on my computer to an External Hard drive. If you’re counting, this is the third way I save my photos and videos from my phone, four if you count my actual phone.

MiMedia Cloud Service

The fatal flaw with syncing your phone to your computer is that if you don’t do it every day or automatically you still risk losing your photos and videos from your phone. So what’s a gal to do? Cloud Service. MiMedia is my cloud service of choice for multiple reasons. The first is that it has three different ways that you can upload your media into your cloud database, a desktop app, the website and a phone app. It doesn’t just do photos & videos though it also holds and stores documents and music. Everything you need all in one spot without the hassle of remembering to sync items, it does that automatically or remembering to bring an extra piece of equipment along. Since you can upload to your cloud from three different locations you can make sure you’re never leaving anything behind no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone and a windows computer, just have the app in both locations and you’ll easily be able to have access to everything you need.

Looking for a platform you can safely and securely share your media from? MiMedia is that platform. Not only does it store your items but it makes it easy to share them as well. You can invite your friends and family to MiDrive through email, then those who have access can upload their pictures and videos and even chat with one another.

How to Organize

When it comes to organizing your photos and videos, the key is being able to find the photos and videos that you’re looking for when you need them. The best and more efficient way to organize them are like so:

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I love that MiMedia automatically organizes your photos by the year and month they were taken. From there you can create collections for any special events. You can also mark your favorites for easy access or so you know which ones are “Must prints”.

MiMedia can also organize by the media platform you imported the photos from–Flikr or Facebook being an example.

It’s also easy to share right from MiMedia. My personal favorite feature is the “Surprise Me” feature where it will surprise me with a new video.

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It was adorable to see an old video that I loved when I took at the time but had completely forgotten. I’m so excited to use this feature more often!

 

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Ready to make sure that all of your photos, videos, music and documents are safe, secure and accessible from anywhere? Enter to win a 500GB Yearly plan from MiMedia valued at $80. MiMedia has a FREE account so make sure you sign up using the code “THEMOTHERHOOD”. For using the code new users will get a free 10GB MiMedia account, special promotions and information on contests, as well as exclusive access to try new features through an opt-in program.

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Peanut Butter Oat Muffins

I like to sleep in as long as possible every single day of the week. My kids love to sleep in during the week but LOVE getting up early on the weekend. Funny how that works huh? In an effort to get as much sleep as possible I try to make breakfast as quick and easy as possible. Pretty much everything in muffin form is a huge hit with my kids. I must say I’m pretty into muffins too. They’re easy to eat and portable. We always try to switch up the muffins we make and this time around Peanut Butter Oat Muffins sounded like something we could all enjoy.

peanut butter oat muffins

First things first, preheat your oven to 400F. Then whip up your batter. I’m pretty obsessed with my BlendTec and love using it at least once a day. Makes it worth the money I spent on it ;). So while  you could whip this batter up with a whisk I decided to use my BlendTec. One of the things I love about these muffins is that because they’re so easy to make you can easily involve your children. It’s so important to get your kids into the kitchen as often as possible. Have them help you measure out the ingredients, then they can just dump it all into the blender.

Pulse your ingredients: two medium bananas, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup oats, 3 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 2 large eggs and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, until all ingredients are combined.

peanut butter oat blender muffins ingredients

You don’t have to use liners but I decided too since that makes it easier to travel with. If  you’re not using liners now would be a good time to make sure you’re muffins don’t stick to the pan by spraying them with a non-stick spray. This recipe make about 12 decent muffins when you fill the muffin tins up about 3/4 of the way.

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Bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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Let cool before serving to avoid the muffin sticking to the liners.

yummy peanut butter oat muffins

I baked these right after Mason got home from school and he could hardly contain himself. He kept raving about how good they smelled. Luckily they tasted as good as they smelled. They’ve made for a quick and easy breakfast.

Peanut Butter Oat Muffins

Ingredients

2 medium bananas
2 large eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup oats
3 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in your blender. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Line your muffin tin or use a non-stick spray.
  4. Pour batter about 3/4 of the way up into each cavity.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
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Win The Stroller That Fits in Your Purse

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central.

As much as I babywear I have to admit that I’m a sucker for an awesome stroller. Not only are they great to have when you need a breather from wearing your baby but they’re also great for storage purposes. When it comes to strollers they can be a bit cumbersome so how compact they can become is an important feature for me. If it’s also an important feature for you then you need to know about the gb Pockit Stroller. It’s small enough to fit into a large purse which means you can throw it over your should and only use it when necessary. That’s perfect especially for city living when you can’t take a stroller onto public transportation without it being folded up.

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In the Kitchen

peanut butter oat muffins

Peanut Butter Oat Muffins

I like to sleep in as long as possible every single day of the week. My kids love to sleep in during the week but LOVE getting up early on the weekend. Funny how that works huh? In an effort to get as much sleep as possible I try to make breakfast as quick and easy as possible. Pretty much ... read more