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For the love of Instagram: How to make the most of the app and your photos

I have a serious crush on Instagram.  As far as social media platforms go I think I would place Instagram above  Facebook and Twitter as my favorite social media platforms.  As my interest (or addiction) to Instagram has grown so has the ways in which I like to utilize it.

Whether you are just venturing out into the Instagram world or are looking for new ways to utilize your own Instagram pictures, here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your Instagram pictures.

Social Sharing

instagram feed isn’t the only place you can share your photos.  The
Instagram App allows you to easily share your pics  via Facebook,
Twitter, Tumblr, Flicker,  and Four Square, however you aren’t limited
to those platforms.

Since photos are saved to your picture gallery you can share your Instagram pictures anywhere you can upload a photograph.

 If you are a blogger consider using Instagram and a few creative photo apps to create photos for your blog.

Create a Photo Journal

 One of the things I’ve recently discovered doing with my Instagram shots is actually printing them out (iPhone Photocube Printer) and putting them into a Smash Journal.  
I particularly like to make travel journals this way, however it also is a great way to keep a photo journal.  I’m also thinking of making one for each of our children which will include funny things they say and special memories.  Need some more ideas?  Read: Stuff to do with all those Instagram Shots.

Create Photo Gifts & Products

 In addition to sharing your pictures virtually, via social media platforms, you can turn your Instagram pictures into real works of art or just print the photos to use and share  the old fashioned way.

Become  an artist and you 
can curate your own Instagram gallery and allow others to purchase your pictures.  Another
alternative to is Canvas Pop where you can also turn a picture into multiple split canvases or select from various frame styles and sizes.  While you’re at it, don’t forget to purchase your own art and create your own custom wall art for yourself or gift to others.

Casetagram allows you to take your favorite Instagram pics and turn them into an iPhone case. 

Postagram allows you to send real or virtual postcards using your Instagram pics. I particularly like this for my travel photos (alternative to purchased postcards), but they also work great as a thank-you to a hostess for a great party you attended, or use them to create thank-you notes for your children.  Your first 5 Postagrams are currently free, so give it a try!

Printstagram allows you to print virtually anything using your Instagram photos. 
My personal favorites are the:

Memory Box where you get tiny prints in an archival box. This is a great way to showcase your children’s artworks and favorite childhood things.  Just take a picture and you’ll have it forever.  Alternatively, just get an  memory box full of everything you’ve ever taken on Instagram and sort it by year. You’ll have an instant photo record of your year and you won’t have to worry about what losing your pics if Instagram ever gets taken down or changed by Facebook.

PhotoSquares come in 2 sizes and can be used in scrapbooks, photoalbums or Smash Albums.

Mini Books are 3.5 x2.4 books of your favorite pictures.

Take better pictures

The ultimate way to get the most out of your pictures is of course to take better pictures to begin with.  If you have an iPhone the smartest thing you can do is learn to master your iPhone camera technology.  Lets face it, most of us take the majority of our pictures using our iPhone.  Why? Because it’s handy, its easy to use and its always on us! 

From practice and watching what friends do I’ve seen  SOME of my iPhone pictures take on an almost professional quality. Who doesn’t want to take pictures like a professional? If you would like to learn to take better pictures grab Alli Worthington’s ebook,  iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide (currently only $5) and you’ll be taking better pictures after one Chapter!

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

Do you enjoy using Instagram? What are your favorite tips?

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iPad Apps for Moms

I think the time has come to share my favorite iPAD apps for Moms.
There is only one catch:  After reading my list you have to let me know if I missed any.  Yep, adding apps to your iPad is that addicting. Sort of makes up for the unfortunate name.



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iPhone Apps for Road Warrior Wives
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3 Top iPhone Apps for Road Warrior Wives

If you’re married to a Road Warrior, chances are he has his Road Warrior gadgets down. But, do you? Gadgets are equally important to Road Warrior Wives and here is my list of Top 3 iPhone Apps for Road Warrior Wives.

Keep track of your man using Trip Tracker. Enter in the flight info (including tail number for those who are lucky enough to still fly private in this economy) and the app will keep you posted and alert you when the flight is delayed or has landed! My kids also enjoy looking at the map and seeing exactly where Daddy is during his trip: A bonus feature for homeschooling Road Warrior Wives!
Knocking Live Video
This app is not only FREE but amazing. Using this app you can stream live video to any recipient you choose (who also had the app installed on their phone). Currently there is no audio but I can think of many great uses for this app. Now Road Warrior Daddy doesn’t have to miss Baby’s first steps, Sally’s ballet recital, or Timmy’s turn up at bat! Also, the kids can see Daddy on the road, at his hotel, conference, driving through the mountains etc.

iVideo Camera
Sometimes you won’t be able to send Daddy live streaming video because he will be on a plane, or in the middle of a meeting and won’t be able to answer the “knock” from Knocking Live Video. If you aren’t able to stream live video you can choose to record video using iVideo Camera which has 4 video camera settings including my favorite, “breaking news”. Once the app is installed the user can record up to three frames per second for a full one minute, at a resolution of 160 x 213. Using this camera app you can then share your video via email, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, SMS Link or TwelveSeconds. At .99 cents its a great buy even if you don’t think you will use it that often.

Are you married to a Road Warrior? If so, what are your favorite apps?

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5 must have iPhone Apps for Moms

The iPhone just may change my life as a wife, mother and, dare I say it, homemaker. I know everyone doesn’t have an iPhone and I know that it might not technically be a need, but it really should be a requirement for modern day moms. And by requirement I mean they should give you one along with the formula when they send you home with your baby.

My kids are still picky little eaters but assembling lists is now oh so easy (and fun) thanks to Grocery IQ! With this ingenious app I can create grocery lists for multiple stores and even email my list to Big Daddy! You can enter your lists manually or, the really fun way, by scanning the UPC code. The scanner is truly addicting and fun. I’ve never had so much fun at the grocery store then when I was scanning my way through the aisles one day! It is available for the iPhone and the Droid, check it out here.

My Hipstamatic App makes me look and feel like a really artsy photographer. I still cannot believe the quality of these pictures—-from a camera phone! Using this app you can take stylized images (on your camera phone) without using photo shop or a photo editor. It makes documenting your daily life (and children) fun and easy!

Things is a list makers dream iPhone app. It works how you think, is easy to customize and tracks daily to do items and projects. I’ve scrapped most of my handwritten lists and truly enjoy using this app. Try it. You’ll be amazed. An honorable mention for this category should go to Home Routines for your daily routines, which I highly recommend having. If you are a follower of Fly Lady, many fans also love this app and customize it to go along with their Fly Lady Routines.

With Shazam you can stay on top of the latest music trends and impress your teens (or other Moms) with your savvy music know how. Here’s how it works:When you hear a song you like, or that your hip teen adores, you hold the microphone toward the music and Shazam will scan the song and give you the artist info. Easy!

Words with Friends is the best way to pass the time when you’re waiting, or hiding from your children in the bathroom…not that I’ve done that. I love playing Words with Friends and I may or may not have about 12 games going right now… Using the app players take turns playing (and you can also chat through the app). You can take minutes to play or days. The app lets you know when its your turn…There are two versions. One with ads and one without. Surprisingly the free version with ads isn’t annoying at all. The ad shows up AFTER you finish your turn.

I hope you liked my list and found a few new apps. I’d love to hear what your favorites are.

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For E

E Tells Tales, teaches, sews, has an etsy store and turned me onto the Hipstamatic iPhone App.

So, this is for E….

I love playing with the Hipstamatic app!

Thanks for turning me onto it.


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