• She did it! She is done with kindergarten and onto FIRST GRADE in the fall. This year was weird. I found myself watching her walking into the school each morning, looking so little. I’d fight back tears because time is going so quickly... then we got all of this extra time together at the end of the year. The days haven’t been peaceful between her and her brother, but I am happy. Happy I had those extra hours with her. We’re excited for summer!! No. More. ELearning!  #happilytrista #kindergartengrad
  • We picked up the last of this little boy stuff from his preschool today. So here is his last day of school picture! He talks about his friends and his teachers almost every day. He can’t wait to go back in the fall 2 days per week! Swipe to see little Benny on his first day. ❤️🥰 #happilytrista #benjaminp #thebump #theygrowuptoofast
  • A random share but I put on this dress today and then felt like I had to take a picture. Little Ms. Sloaney with 7 months on the inside and then 7 months out here with us. ❤️
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  • ...when the hardest part of your weekend is deciding which part of the watermelon is your favorite: the one that tastes good or the one that feels good on your gums. 🍉 #happilytrista
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  • my sweet baby girl 🥰 #happilytrista •
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  • pictured here: a rare moment of these two getting along. 🤪 also those pictures on the back wall are some of my favorite things ever. they’re 16x20 but I feel like they look so tiny in pictures. maybe I need them to be life sized? 🤣🙌🏻
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  • I will be crushed when I can’t babywear anymore. Being so close I can see her every expression. She loves looking around seeing what her siblings are up to and what I’m up to. It has been so helpful with my anxiety. This past week has been really hard but I tweaked my medication dosing and am hopeful things will get better. #happilytrista •
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  • her hands 🤣 she is ready to pounce on everything and get it into her mouth ASAP... including the phone when it’s within reach. she has two tiny little teeth just barely poking through. she has FOMO from having two loud siblings home with us 24/7. she started biting me when she’s eating, I scream/yell/make a crazy noise. she cracks up laughing... then does it again. I can’t say that’s my favorite part of this stage. But gosh she is just funny and sweet and already so full of personality. 🥰
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  • I can’t get enough of her leg rolls. 📷: @ashleyrhempel 
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  • This photo is a very accurate representation of my children. Ben being crazy, Blaire is over it and Sloane is just along for the ride. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mama — in one way or another. I know this is a tough day for many, so I hope you are taking some time to yourself today. ❤️
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  • baby toes ✨ Sink baths will probably be happening all the time now that this girl is really getting the hang of eating! I forgot how good babies are at getting food everywhere. 🤣 #happilytrista
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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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    • How many kids do you have? Which transition was the hardest? It may not be the traditional answer, but for me, becoming a mama to one was the hardest. I had NO CLUE what I was in for.
The mom guilt.
How long it would take to leave the house.
The sleepless nights.
Breastfeeding.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
Adding Ben and now Sloane to our crew has been so much easier for me. It’s like they just fall in line with the crazy. 🤪 And I think being so much more confident in myself as a mom doesn’t hurt either. 💁🏼‍♀️ #motherhoodishard
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You can find @HorizonOrganic Chocolate Milk at @KrogerCo and you can even save $1 with this digital coupon (7/24/19 – 8/6/19). And you can stock up because Horizon Organic milk boxes are shelf-stable, meaning you can safely store them in the pantry. Shop now through the link in my bio. #blaireandben
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