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If you are anything like me, then you take way too many pictures of your kids. I believe that you can’t possibly take enough because they change so fast. Even though we swear we are going to remember every special moment forever, I promise your memory will fail you once or twice as the years go by. While you probably don’t have your camera on you every second of the day, you most definitely have your phone… and I’ve found the perfect app to go with those pictures you take on the go!

Baby Pics is an app designed for new parents and parents-to-be to document all of the exciting milestones that they’ll never want to forget by adding the cutest artwork to your photos. While I am creative in some ways, I am not in others. (Thank goodness for friends who have Photoshop and put up with my incessant messaging and picture sending to make my photos just right!) The Baby Pics app is completely foolproof and has become my go-to for editing pictures of my kids. And, at less than $5, it’s such a steal!

How to Create Cute Baby Pics in an App

Getting started

Start by downloading the app via iTunes or Google Play.

From there, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Take your photo with the in-app camera or import a photo you have already taken.
  2. Choose the artwork you want to add and/or add text to personalize.
  3. Save and share!
Let your creativity go wild

The artwork is divided into groups to make your selection easy:

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DATES: Months (1-24), days of the week, due in, birthdays, weeks (1-42), weeks of pregnancy by fruit (Love this!), weeks of pregnancy by junk food (Even better!)

FIRSTS: All the firsts you can imagine from pregnancy firsts to big kid firsts, including first holidays

ON THE DAILY: Cute descriptions of your little ones such as Chubby Cheeks, Bath Time, and Messy Hair Don’t Care… to name a few

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PREGNANCY: The cute sayings and pictures in this section will have you taking pics of your belly just so you can use them!

HUMOR: These are exactly what it says… humorous! Poop Explosion, Party At My Crib, and Daddy’s Drinking Partner are just the beginning of these goodies.

BIG KIDS: This section covers milestones such as moving into a big kid bed, potty training, and the first day of Kindergarten.

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DOODLES: Add a variety of cute art to your photos when there isn’t any other more specific category to fit.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and besties are all taken care of!

Not sure what you are looking for? Browse through all of the options in the “All Artwork” section to find something you love or to get inspired.

More to love

Not only can you save the photos, but you can also print them directly from the app. Choose from two styles — square prints or retro-style prints — and two sizes. You can also print stickers and magnets, which I definitely see in my future!

I have so much fun with Baby Pics and find myself using it on a daily basis. The best part is going back through my pictures and putting artwork on old photos!

Here are a few of my Baby Pics favorites:

Wanna have some fun? Take the Baby Pics Challenge! When you join, you will receive a daily prompt with a new theme for seven days. Create your best pic to match the theme, share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag #BabyPicsChallenge #BabyPicsApp @babypicsapp

Have fun with this app! I certainly do!

What’s your favorite way to take pictures of your baby?
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The season for gift giving

Late spring and early summer are prime gift-giving seasons. Besides December holidays, the end of the school year and beginning of summer put the most stress on gift-givers. From teacher appreciation gifts to graduation presents to wedding gifts, May, June and July calendars fill up with events, parties and end-of-the-year good-byes that involve gifts.

HipChip

HipChip simplifies group gifts

Group gifts let parents and friends simplify the gift-giving season — at least a little. Moms juggling multiple teachers and coaches can keep all their gift lists in one app, and HipChip is the ideal app for gift-giving a variety of different gifts.

Group gifts usually start with an email. A class mom takes the initiative to send out an email or chats with other moms at drop off. A mother or aunt shoots off a Facebook message to other family members about contributing money for a large wedding gift. Conversations volley back and forth about whether to give a gift or gift card, and then there are discussions about the amount for the gift card or to which store it should be given.

Of course there are awkward pauses about money.

Some moms have a single child in school and are ready to contribute a significant amount of money, where a mom with twins in first grade plus two other children might want to contribute a smaller amount but doesn’t want to feel she’s being unfair. HipChip smooths out the kinks in group gift giving.

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How HipChip works

With HipChip, all you really need to do is figure out who you want to invite to your gift pool. Once you input the email addresses for the group gift invitation, HipChip contacts your friends and even sends a reminder as your “close” date nears.

The organizer can see who has seen the invitation and who has donated, which can be helpful when you aren’t sure if you have the right email for people in your child’s classes or on your child’s sports team. One fantastic thing about HipChip is that only the organizer knows who’s contributed to the gift and how much has been contributed, which can eliminate some of the gift-giving pressure.

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What HipChip offers

In addition to HipChip’s ease of use, the app offers a truly wide variety of gift card options. From restaurants and retail stores to spas and charitable contributions, gift givers will find forty — and counting — options for their gifts. Once a gift pool has been established, the money can be used on one card or split up to five different ways. HipChip is truly an app that will work for any gift-giving occasion on your calendar this year.

A gift from HipChip

HipChip is offering Savvy Sassy Readers $10 off their first group gift of $50 or more. The exclusive deal is just in time for end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts. Start your group gift now — the link automatically takes $10 off your group gift.

Do you participate in group gift giving or prefer to give your own gift?
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joya logoSome times, sending a still photograph just isn’t enough; it just doesn’t quite capture the scene. Some times, a loved one wants to see the baby babble, toddle or play in action for themselves. Joya is a mobile app designed for iPhone that makes it easy to share videos of everyday moments to stay connected with family and friends.

There are no install or signups required to use Joya and it so easy – anyone can use it. Joya makes it easy to decide who to share your videos with too, videos can be sent over email or text message with a private link. And you never have to wonder who is watching your videos, you will receive messages every time your videos are viewed. Best yet, there is no size limit on your videos that you can share with Joya so take your time and make sure you get every moment captured.

Recently, I have been experimenting with taking video using my iPhone 5. I love the idea of capturing my kids in action and sending it to family and friends who don’t get to see them as often as they would like. I love that Joya makes sharing my videos so effortless.

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To add a new video, you simply click the yellow + button in the top right corner. Then you select which videos you would like to share.

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Joya is easy to use. To share a video simply tap on the videos you want your family and friends to see and they will automatically get a link via email or SMS.

Features of Joya:
  • Free
  • Stay connected with family and friends!
  • No video size limits
  • Easy and FAST
  • No install or signups 
  • Know when each video is being watched

Joya is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

For more information log on to Joya now.
You can also find Joya at the iTunes store.
You can also find Joya on Facebook.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I remember asking my mom if she had my baby book because I wanted to start looking into timing of my milestones and see what I looked like at different ages.  The answer I got was a “well…umm… hmmm..” and with uncertainty I followed that answer up with a “you do have my baby book right?”

I very vividly remember seeing my older sister’s baby book and how each of her milestones were marked with dates and pictures and so what is with this response?  A few minutes later, my mom, looking very somber, appears with an old book in her hands!  Woooh, you found it!  “Well, yes babe, I found it, but… ” excited I grab the aged pale pink book and open it.  Getting even more giddy, I flip open and on the first page is my name and birthday and how much I weighed written out in a beautiful cursive!  “Oh Mom, this is great!” and I look up and she still has this saddened look on her face.  Still confused I turn the page… EMPTY!  I flip to the next page… EMPTY!  Wait, what?

Well it didn’t take much longer after that for it to set in that my poor baby book had only had the first page filled out… DOH!

My parents had what I had always heard as the “When the second kid comes around, you are so busy, that we didn’t have time to write down and scrapbook a picture at each event.”  Oh man!

From that day on, I vowed that I was not going to let that happen to my children!  I mean how busy could you possibly be?

My daughter was only a month old when I realized, that is was going to be crazy hard to make sure I kept track of all her milestones and pictures.  It took me a few months to complete, but after my daughter’s first year, working on it with all my free time, I finished her baby book.  Wooh!

Fast forward to our second baby!  Two in diapers and you can barely find time to get yourself showered.  Let alone transfer all the pictures and milestones you’ve captured on your phone (our primary camera these days) to your computer, printing them out and writing in the book.  WHO THE HECK HAS TIME?

Oh man, is my son going to suffer from the same no baby book syndrome that I did?

Guess what?  They have an app for that!  No, I’m serious!  Its the best thing to happen to busy moms and dads in a long time!  And its FREE!  Even better!

The Story of You App is a digital baby book where busy parents can record milestones as they happen and add pictures.  The app includes six different design templates, its Facebook integrated (SERIOUSLY AWESOME), and includes pre-built time lines and milestones from first words to the first step.  There is even room to create your own!  “And since no two  families are alike, their templates can specify single, adoptive and same sex parent households” According to the co-found Mike “JB” John-Baptiste.  How fabulous is that?

The best part is that when you’re finished, you can post it to your Facebook wall, email it to family and friends or print out a hardcover version to give as gifts to the grandparents!

Its SOOO EASY!

  • 1.) Download the FREE APP HERE
  • 2.) Open the app and they guide you through the rest!
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Four simple steps to get it started and its just a few clicks to add your child’s name and pictures and lastly pick a template and voila, its created for you!

Then its a matter of adding each of the milestones:

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Some other great features this app has that I’m loving:

Milestone reminders: You will receive relevant reminders to add data as specific milestones are approaching.

One Click Printing: They offer beautiful hardcover books through a simple process done right inside the app. Change the colors and content of your baby book and print different versions for various family members and yourself. **Available in February**

Sharing: After you’ve finished your baby book, you can share it privately via email to family and friends. Although your book is best viewed on an iPad, even loved ones that don’t own the device can view the book via our secure website. Even better: You don’t have to wait to finish your book to begin sharing. Special moments can be shared at any time via email or by posting them to Facebook.

Finished product is awesome!

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From one busy mom to the other… download now and get started!

DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW

Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsored post. The above opinions are my own.

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