As a mother, there is no such thing has having too many pictures. But we take pictures not just for ourselves but for our entire family. Since Social Media has a huge presence and readily accessible to most people, we post them on sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and yes, even our own blog’s contain family pictures. That is a ton of pictures floating all over cyberspace, no?
Recently I discovered Lifeables.Lifeables is not a typical photo storage site it is more of a Photo Vault that can be used to create “Moments” versus just photo storage. Lifeables can use social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter to collect all pictures that you have posted about your children, husband or other family members and collect them simply by adding a short profile on them.
So if I want to add any pictures I may have posts about my sister. I just enter her information like name and my relationship to her, and Lifeables will search my social media sites to filter content and collect pictures I may have posted about her as well as comments I may have made about. Then I can create a Lifeable of her. So if she got married a year ago, Lifeables will search for any moments I wrote about her or pictures I took of her and/or wedding events in the past year. I can then create a Lifeables of just her Wedding. Works the same with a family vacation. If I’m posting pictures of our family vacation in “real time” on Facebook or Instagram, Lifeables can create a Vacation Lifeable on our trip from beginning to end. If you notice on the Lifeables I created for my children pictured below, Lifeables has a magazine style to it. So a picture will be displayed along with a timeline on how long ago the picture was posted. Utilizing this feature is great especially if you have a baby/pregnancy or even to display a school year for a child.
Lifeables is currently in Beta but there are so many great features already available and more on the way. Users can easily navigate within the site to create a beta account and start creating their own collections. Every members will receive 5GB of secured storage for Free or w/ $20 yearly can access an additional 20GB. The timeless vault can be accessed by any family member or can be created as private which is solely at the discretion of the user. In addition, Lifeables will start working with vendors soon to allow users to create a hard copy of their creations in the form of family keepsakes.
I’m very happy with the site thus far. I love the professional style of a created Lifeable, but also that it takes so little time to create a 5 page collection that I can share with family members. If you would like to find out more about the site you can visit:http://www.lifeables.com/
Disclosure: Posts is compensated and in collaboration with Lifeables and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my & can not be influenced in any way.
I remember having our first child 12 years ago and all the excitement that came with waiting for our child to be born. For me, I was anxious to see her, hold her and find out what kind of child/person she would become. My water broke at 2 a.m so my husband & I rushed (it was a 35 min. drive to the hospital of my choice) into the car to have my daughter…except I looked over at my husband driving, and we was going 10 miles UNDER the speed limit. It had hit him- It was Time!!
At 29 years old he seemed very calm, but nerves had hit him. It was happening. In a few hours he would become a father! And unlike myself, he had very little experience with children. Like many fathers he figured I would lead in the right direction, but what he didn’t know was how important his role was going to be. Not just in the future, but from the first minute of her life.
Women are so eager to give parenting advice, but what about Dad’s?? I decided to ask my husband about his favorite parenting tips that he would give to new Dad’s.
Conversation went like this:
Me: Did you have a “Dad Aha Moment?”
My Husband & Father to 2 children: Honestly, it didn’t hit me that I was going to be a Dad until I was driving you to the hospital. I was becoming mentally prepared for it, but when the time came, it really sunk in. I had the “This was it!” moment. Women naturally prepare the entire pregnancy. Men prepare in real-time.
Me: What was the one misconception you had about being a New Dad:
Hubby/Father of 2 children: How can “that” come out of one small child? Seriously, I never knew so much can come out of one child. Vomit, poop…it’s never a good thing. And Mom’s are so comfortable talking about it. I remember you asking me: “Did she have a BM? How big was it? What color what it?” I thought all the questions was crazy, but then I realize you just needed to know for health reasons.
Me: What advice do you like to give to New Dad’s?:
My Hubby/Father to 2: Normally, I just tell them how much your life will change. But then I tell them just how much work it is. It doesn’t end when they become self sufficient. Diapers are only the beginning. And speaking of diapers, I remind them they will change them. Even if they are determine that they won’t…they have no idea what will happen if they don’t. Gag reflex or not, it’s coming and it’s not pretty!
Me: Do you think “Today’s Dad” is different than former generations?:
Hubby/Father to 2: Yes, but in a good way. My Dad was very hands on. I learned so much from him, but I’m still learning. `Times have changed so with so many mom’s going back to work, or even Dad’s becoming stay at home parents vs women, not to mention managing time, it’s not just Mom’s that are running around now, it’s Dad’s too. It is definitely a partnership, especially as the child gets older.
Me: How do you cope with the challenges of parenting?
Hubby/Father to 2:Drinking? I’m being funny, seriously though stress is easier to cope with if your working together to find a solution. So when Mom is stressed out, Dad needs to help find a solution to make life easier, or at least do-able. I’m pretty calm when it comes to messes or time management, so I rarely get stressed out. I’m always thinking: It will get clean eventually or we will get there as soon as we can. My only concern is to help you (Mom) not feel overwhelmed. Dad’s need to help create a solution, not create the problem.
Me: Have any secrets to share on the challenges of parenting?
Hubby/Father to 2: Never let your wife/mother of your children be 100% responsible of anything. Always help at least 25% (if not more) of something. If she is the main cleaner in the home make sure you clean after yourself and help pick up. Dad’s can do dishes, vacuum, even laundry (if she lets you). If shes the main cook, make sure you have a few dishes up your sleeve just in case. It’s perfect to surprise her with when she’s been swamped with chores or at work. Speaking of cooking, if Dad is not a good cook, get a nice grill and a waffle maker. Making Saturday Morning waffles is easy, cheap and a big lifesaver for the mother of your child. Another secret, be the support system for her. Let her cry, be mad at you and whatever you do, if she is sleeping in…don’t let anyone wake her up! Believe me, it won’t be good to let something wake her up from a deep sleep.
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When: September 20, 2012 from 12 pm EST to 1pm EST
Who: Poncho de Anda, TV personality and father of two
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About 2 1/2 weeks ago I stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for The Niche Mommy Conference. I knew that with that powerful combination, the conference could only be class act event. Fortunately due to sponsors of the vent like Huggies & Time to Play, I had won a scholarship that would allow me to stay at the conference hotel while attending the 4 day/3 night event.
Once arriving at The Roosevelt, you can instantly feel the beauty & splendor of the historic hotel. People like Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Jack Benny, Bob Hope once used the same revolving door I had the opportunity to experience. In 2005, the Roosevelt underwent a 145 million dollar restoration project which brought back all the historic elements that has made The Roosevelt iconic to the New Orleans area since the late 1800’s.
Whether I spoke to someone at the front desk, a bell hop, or someone in catering, the staff was always impressive with their information they provided me and desire to help me at any cost. In fact, I had won an infant car seat (thanks to Britax) and brought the car seat on my last day to the bell hop area. Not only did they store the car seat for me while I resumed my Sunday Brunch, but a gentleman even carried the car seat outside the hotel, down a block and into the parking garage where my car was located. He did that all with a smile and ready to converse me me about how my stay had been.
From mosaic tiles in the lobby floors, the chandeliers, to the handmade plasterwork in the elevator all the details play a pivotal role in splendor of The Roosevelt. Although the hotel has underwent a few name changes over the years, it is now aptly named because something that grand, would happen “Only At The Roosevelt”.
A few pictures from my stay:
Did I tell you the food catered by The Roosevelt for The Niche Conference was truly amazing?!?! I wish I could have taken a picture of breakfast, lunch, & dinner I had there-Truly Top Notch! Wheater someone was gluten free or kosher, they also catered to specific diets at any of our combined dining events.
Little League Football is big in many areas. Although cost is always an issue, many parents manage to put aside a small amount money for their son’s (or daughter’s) opportunity to play the game. In addition to the initial league costs, many parents have to also purchase additional practice jerseys, practice pants, game pants, socks, cleats, and items like chin strapss and mouth guards. But after a few weeks of after-school practices what can parents anticipate they will experience as Football Mom’s or Dad’s?
Although you have already experienced a few weeks of after school practices, you & your child will devote many weekends at your local football park or possibly even travel to other parks if that is the case. If you have other children not in football, this will be very difficult as you may need one child to me at ABC School, while your Football Child has to be at a game for 7:15 a.m the same day. Work schedules are not even factored in, so make sure you check with your employer & your football schedule to see if the 2 can possibly be scheduled apart from another.
Aside from the football expenses don’t forget that many ball parks have entrance fees associated with them. Home games can also have fees attached to them. Adults in my local area cost anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00 per adult!! Either bring your own cooler with snacks & beverages or be ready to shell out some extra funds for ball park food. Who can resists a chili cheese dog at a football game?
It’s Not the Coach, It’s the Game:
Coaches can be loud, but their voice is amplified throughout Game Day. As a Football Mom or Football Dad, you have to understand that the football helmets can muffle a coach’s instruction to a player. Also players and coaching staff can get very emotional and passionate so their reactions may seem harsh, but in that moment, they are probably not even aware of what they are doing or what they may sound like.
Your Child Will Make A Mistake:
Don’t become one of those parents that are vocal about every other child’s mistakes, but not acknowledge your own child’s. Be a support system to other parents, as well as their child. Both parents & child can feel pressure if they make a mistake on the field. The only way a child will learn is if they make a mistake. The key is being able to correct the mistake in the future. Try to keep your facial and vocal expressions to a minimum when a team isn’t doing as well as they could be. We love when we are winning but screaming to have a child replaced by another child is not good sportsmanship. Color commentary can be heard by other parents and problems can always arise.
Is He Hurt??
Children will get hurt, but they will also bounce back. Practice safety techniques with you child and always encourage your child to tell you how he is feeling, even when not playing football. The most important way to prepare your child for getting hit & tackled is to have him attend practice!! I can’t stress this enough. If they don’t practice with team members, they will not be able to take hits from a complete stranger. Go to Practice & don’t make excuses, it’s for their safety!!