The Dwelling Tree

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Better organized digital photos + 512GB Anywhere Giveaway!

Today I will be sharing some easy secrets to organizing all your precious digital photos. These tips helped me to get my photos in order! I am also thrilled to be giving away a free '512GB Anywhere'  with to keep all your photos safe and stored securely!  It allows people to upload files and folders and the same files on any device or computer (with an internet connection). Here is the link,WowDriveIf you are like me you have probably been wanting to back up all your photos and haven't done it- so enter today for this awesome giveaway! 

Organizing my digital photos used to be my least favorite thing to do. So I would put it off. Until my folder ended up looking like this:

...and this is cleaned up. For a long time my folder was just complete mayhem. Tons of pictures thrown in there, no organization, and even duplicate pictures.

It would drive me crazy when I needed to go find a picture. I would get overwhelmed. Do you ever feel this way about your digital photos, or is it just me?

The worst was when I wanted to print pictures or make a photo album. I had no system, so I would spend hours looking through thousands of unorganized, unedited photos. 

I finally found a simple method that has really helped me keep my pictures organized. Now I love looking through our picture folders and feel happy that our photos are well kept and safe.

Here is the process I have used to keep the photo clutter down so that we can actually use and enjoy our digital photography. I love that my folders are clean and organized and easy to access. Organizing by event and keeping them tidy in a month/ year folder really keeps my computer nice and clean. Do you have any additional suggestions?

Upload photos weekly
I used to wait until my memory card was full to upload photos. Now I try and upload my photos weekly, or at least monthly. It is so much easier to manage photos this way rather than waiting to edit and organize them all at once.

Delete unwanted photos immediately
I know it is hard to delete all those precious photos, but why hang on to blurry or duplicate photos of the same thing? I have started keeping my favorite clear photos and getting rid of the rest. It makes it easier for ordering photos or making a photo book as I know each photo is high quality and clear.

Edit photos 
I have been trying to edit photos as I upload them. I may brighten them a bit or crop them to my liking. Then if I decide to order a book or photos I don't have to spend hours editing my photos.

Organize folders by year/ month/ event

By Year:
By Month:
By Event:

This system is amazing. It is so simple, yet now I can easily find pics for family members or a slideshow. Rather than keeping all my photos in one big clump of a folder, I have started creating a yearly folder. Within that folder I have created a folder for each month. And within each month, I organize the photos by event type. All photos that don't have an event attached, I throw in a misc. folder.

Back up to cloud or hard drive 
I have learned the hard way. I have lost photos because I did not have them backed up to a hard drive. Sad day. Now I have an external hard drive, and I try to back up my photos pretty regularly in case my computer dies or is stolen. I have also heard great things about cloud storage, and will probably end up giving it a try, since even a hard drive can die or get stolen. I use the WD My Passport External Hard Drive and love it. For cloud storage, WOWDrive looks like a great option.

PS... I just realized I actually have a folder that is labeled, "Lillian playing with dirty water." Apparently that is just normal around here. (embarrasing....)

What tips do you have? Please share them below! 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Be Friends blog hop is live- come join the party!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 88th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Rebekah @ Butcher's Niche
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force
Kaelyn @ My Fair Daily

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Tiff today. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
I just loved this post by Ashley on how to successfully include your dogs in your wedding. I always love when weddings have their own personal touch, and doggies are such an important part of our lives! She gives really practical tips on how to make it happen. I actually think these tips are great for any sort of even dogs might be going. Anyways, whether you have a dog or not this post is great. The pics are awesome (I am a sucker for wedding pics!). She looked gorgeous on her wedding day, and had her furry babies with her. Love it! 

Ashley's blog, The Nashvillian, is a great blog full of awesome posts. BEAUTIFUL pictures and great posts. Go check The Nashvillian out and go follow Ashley

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dress up games

On Lil: Dress, Rapunzel Costume from The Disney Store
On Mom: Dress,
Lil has been wearing her Halloween costume for almost a week straight. She wants to be "Punz" this year (also known as Rapunzel). Rapunzel is her best imaginary friend. She often tells me I have "Rapunzel" hair (um, not sure where she gets that one), and repeatedly requests "her song" in the car, which is from the movie Tangled.

Naturally, she has been wearing her Halloween costume every day since she first saw it. To the gym, store, library. Everywhere. All day and night. I figure she can dress up all October. I don't really love Halloween altogether, but I am super fine with her dressing up to her hearts content. I know I am weird. I just hate the idea of her getting a giant bag of teeth rotting candy, and I stopped enjoying dressing up when I was around 20. I am so BORING. 

But, you are only two once, and why not wear as many princess gowns as possible before people start reminding you that it isn't appropriate to wear princess costumes to things like... interviews. I think kiddos should wear capes and ballerina skirts and cowboy boots as long as they can. Embrace the fun. I suppose that is why I loved Halloween as a kid. It is pretty darn fun to dress up like your favorite person. 

I was planning on wearing jeans today, but Lil pleaded with me to wear a dress. This one. This was our conversation:

Me: putting on jeans.
Lil: "NO mom, not jeans! Wear a dress. This one, it's soooo cute."
Me: "Fine. Just for a bit. I don't need to wear a dress today."
Lil: "Mom, you look so cute! I love the purple. A princess dress like me!"

Her little compliment melted my heart, because I did not feel cute. 

An hour later, as I am changing into jeans because I had no reason to wear a dress today where I was heading:

Lil: "NOOOOOOOO! Keep the dress. It looks so pretty!". 

She definitely made my day. Maybe she will start convincing to wear the dresses hanging in my closet more than once a year. I changed into jeans, anyways. She kept her Rapunzel dress on. All was well in the end. 

but... we did get some cute shots outside. Hubs was kind enough to capture us with a super-friendly (or crazy) squirrel. He kept coming up to us and standing a few feet away, chasing his tail and acting like a little dog... or something. We finally decided it was weird and went inside. I thought it might fly on my head. 

 I tried to get Lillian to jokingly model with me, but she was not in the mood. Normally she is a little ham.

Off to live some adventures. Actually, more like off to relax for a few days with my family after a few crazy weeks of illness and traveling. A movie night sounds good. And a glass of wine. 

We packed clothes for Lil, but chances are she will wear her Rapunzel dress all weekend. Definitely getting my money's worth!

By the way, I love this dress I ordered from eShakti for review. It fits so comfortably. I had such a good experience with them I ordered a second dress a week later, a beautiful red dress I cannot wait to wear at some point.

It is good I have a little girl who brings out the girl in me, too. Dressing up is indeed fun.

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