• #ad Anyone else have kiddos obsessed with music? I am so impressed with how well Ben is playing his @babyeinstein Magic Touch Piano! The sheets of music are color-coded, so he matches the notes on the cards to the keys on the piano and it is so cute! I never played an instrument, but Jason played in the marching band through college and both of our kids love playing with instruments. I can’t wait to see if they decide to pursue an instrument as they get older! You can find this cute little piano at our favorite place, @target. #ignitecuriosity #babyeinstein #benjaminp
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  • I can’t believe I’m officially in my third trimester for the (99.9% sure 😬) last time. It’s such a bittersweet feeling... getting so close to meeting the final member of our family, but to know I’ll never get to experience the joy of seeing the tiny heartbeat in the first ultrasound or feeling the sweet kicks (and punches and dolphin flips). Ice cream, sno cones and the AC are my best friends right now. It’s also crazy to me that I still have another season to go before we welcome this sweet baby at the end of Sept or early October! #photobyblaire •
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  • #ad When your mom spends too much time in @target so you just jam out while you’re waiting. I usually make them put back whatever toy they’ve latched onto in the store, but this @babyeinstein Magic Touch Piano is so cute! It doesn’t have any keys or buttons – they actually press the wood and it makes noise. Ben keeps saying “Please open mama?!” so I can’t wait to get it home and let him jam out there, you know, with the sound on the lowest setting. 😂😂 #ignitecuriosity #babyeinstein
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  • My favorite traditions at 28 weeks: sno cones + this stretchy dress. #photobyblaire •
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  • Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night? #happilytristahome
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. #happilytristahome
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  • If you need me I’ll be here taking a nap. JK. I’ll be in the car, curled up with my maternity pillow eating milk duds... hopefully taking a nap at some point. And I already changed into a comfy tee and some shorts that won’t button for the 6 hour drive. 🤣🤣🤣 How’s your Monday going?
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  • this. kid. He just melts me with how freaking adorable he is. Then he will go and say something like “Mama I want my binky NOWWWW” and then I remember he’s just as crazy as he is cute. 😍😝 #benjaminp
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October 30, 2018

the best way to backup your photos

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iphone with photo appsAnyone living in the modern age has struggled with the best way to make sure your photos and videos are backed up. Before I had all of my files set up to backup automatically, I used to lose sleep over what would happen if I lost Blaire’s baby photos, or the videos of her first day of life. Knowing all of those memories are living safely on a cloud give me such peace of mind.

Six years ago I used to manually put everything I wanted to back up onto an external hard drive. But then cloud storage came about and eased any worries I had about everything that could possibly go wrong with my hard drive. Cloud storage gets rid of the possibly of something happening to your hard drive because it’s not stored on a physical drive. Most cloud storage solutions also have some type of auto upload feature, meaning they’ll update whenever your phone is locked, connected to wifi, etc. 

Please keep in mind these are all for personal photo storage. Most offer differing business plans. 

1| Amazon Photos – for Prime Members

Cost: Free for Prime Members
Includes: Unlimited Photo Storage / 5GB Video Storage
Compatibility: Desktop (Mac or Windows), Fire Devoices, iOS and Android
Directly Upload Camera Role: Yes.
If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, you can try it free for 30 days. We love Prime Photos because we can add up to 4 family members to share the same account. Meaning Jason doesn’t have to pay anything additional to cover his phone. Another pro, it uses software to identify what is in each photo saved, so you can search through photos based on what the software sees. 

2| Dropbox

Cost: Free for 2GB or upgrade to $9.99/mo (or $99/yr) for 1TB
Includes: Photos, videos and any other types of files
Compatibility: Dropbox apps are available for Apple and Android Devices, there is desktop software available for Mac and PCs, and devices can also access Dropbox via web browser. 
Directly Upload Camera Role: Yes.
You can sign up for Dropbox here

3| iCloud

Cost: Free for 5GB, $.99/ month for 50GB, $2.99/month for 200GB, $9.99/month for 2TB. 
Includes: The ability to back up your entire device. This includes photos, videos, notes, calendar, contacts, apps, reminders, messages, etc. 
Compatibility: For Apple devices including iPhone, iPad and Mac. 
Directly Upload Camera Role: Yes. 
If you link your devices as a family through iTunes, it’s nice to be able to share the same iCloud plan if you choose the 200GB or the 2TB plan. 

4| Google Photos

Cost: Free and unlimited space for “high quality” photos and videos. Free for 15GB of space for “original quality” photos and videos. Various plans to upgrade as you need more space. 
Includes: The ability to back up photos and videos.
Compatibility: The Google Photos app is available for both Apple and Android devices.  
Directly Upload Camera Role: Yes.
I am not a fan of Google photos because I prefer to keep the full version of my photos and found it to be a better value to use Amazon photos. I do believe Google Photos was the first to use software to identify what it sees in each photo. With Google photos, you can search through photos based on what the software sees. 

Okay, so with all of these options, what do I do?

For personal photos and videos I use Prime Photos. I pay for 5gb of storage for videos, which cost $9.99/year. For business photos, videos and files, I pay for Dropbox. 

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    • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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    • This summer hasn’t really felt like summer yet. 🤨 So when we have an 85° day we make the most out of it with a trip to the pool! How’d you spend your Sunday Funday? #blaireandben
    • another day, another doctors appointment for someone in our crew. today it’s Ben. he was up overnight saying his ear hurt — a double ear infection for him. luckily the kid loves taking medicine and hasn’t let his ears get him down! as long as he’s up moving around they’re fine, but the second he lays down... 😭😭😭. hoping our poor buddy is feeling better tomorrow. do you feel like you need a frequent flier card for your pediatrician? just me? okay. #blaireandben #itsfinewerefine
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    • Last night was our first night in the new house. 👏🏻 We still have lots of stuff to bring from the old house and then lots of cleaning over there before the final walk through and closing next Monday. Then we can focus on getting this house unpacked and organized. But first, I would like a nap. 😴 #blaireandben #happilytristahome
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    • Childhood... drinking a frosty in your teepee. what. a. life. We had a slow weekend. Literally vegged out at home 95% of the time and it was marvelous.  #blaireandben
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