5 Reasons You Need Picture Keeper Connect

This post has been sponsored by Picture Keeper and Share Your Photos. We all know I’m a photographer so this material is no stretch! I’m proud to write about this exciting Mother’s Day Giveaway! As always, all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

Here are five reasons why you ABSOLUTELY need Picture Keeper Connect! The perfect gift for loved ones or yourself! Enter the #giveaway for #MothersDay! #ad

Ok, y’all. You KNOW I’m always here to tell you the most wonderful gifts to give to others, or to yourself. Mother’s Day is coming up SO SOON, and I’m surrounded by mothers. I have myself, of course, my mom, two sisters, a sister-in-law, two mothers-in-law, one grandmother, and a bunch of wonderful friends. I feel completely ready to tell you the perfect gift now.


Picture Keeper Connect.

What items do moms cherish most? Photos of their loved ones! I don’t know about you, but I have hundreds upon thousands of photos that accumulate on my phone, and all other devices. Picture Keeper Connect allows you to store photos safely – to allow more space on all of your devices. If you don’t have storage, WiFi or data, that’s not a problem – because Picture Keeper Connect works anywhere. And because your files aren’t stored online, you maintain control of your photos.

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So what is it? It’s a memory device that allows users to backup files from their mobile phones, tablets, and computers. When it’s plugged into a phone, the USB drive copies photos, videos, and contacts from your phone to the device. When it’s plugged into a PC/Mac, Picture Keeper Connect will find and save photos and photos from your computer to the device – and it will skip duplicates. Also, Connect For Mobile uses a free app – available on the App Store and Google Play.

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Here are my top five reasons why you and your loved ones need Picture Keeper Connect for Mother’s Day:

1 – This is No-Fuss Backup! It’s never been simpler to backup your photos and videos, and I know it’s something I personally have struggled with in the past. Picture Keeper Connect allows you to simply download their free app, plug the drive into your device of choice, and launch the app. Then you can click “Start Backup” and let the drive do all the work for you!

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2 – You Can Get Creative! Now you can craft custom gifts and prints with your photos directly from the drive using the app. This easy gift-giving method adds a personal touch to birthdays, graduations, Mother’s Day celebrations, Christmas, and more.

You probably know by now that I think photos make the perfect gift for any occasion.

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3 – Keeping Calm. In an emergency, Picture Keeper Connect can help. Simply plug the drive into your phone or any smart device – and you get instant access to stored contacts and important phone numbers. Fast and easy.

4 – This is Fast & Flexible. You can view files on your mom’s phone, or share your own photos from your computer or phone. There’s no internet connection required. This allows for endless sharing WITH family and friends, and WITHOUT a data plan.

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5 – Enjoying Every Minute. That’s right. With the amazing Picture Keeper Connect, you can view, select, backup, and delete single items or entire albums with just the touch of a button. This is stress-free and gives you extra time with loved ones.

Don’t forget to check out the Picture Keeper blog for information on their amazing Mother’s Day Gift Guide/Giveaway here! I feel so lucky to have found Picture Keeper Connect, because it’s amazing for my family, for my photography business, and for gifts for loved ones. This is the best way to capture memories, and I know not everyone chose photography as a career like I have, but everyone has photos they love. Everyone has occasions to celebrate and remember. What photos will you choose?

What will your story say?

Now read on about Picture Keeper’s Amazing Gift Guide/Giveaway!

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This year for Mother’s Day, Picture Keeper has teamed up with nine talented Etsy Designers to showcase our favorite Mother’s Day gifts! Get Mom something she ACTUALLY wants this year! Check out these adorable Gift Guides that we’ve created!

Our •For Mom Gift Guide• includes unique items that every mom would love!
Our •Mommy-To-Be Gift Guide• is made up of sweet items for any expecting mommies!

Even more exciting news: THIS COULD BE YOURS! That’s right folks, we are giving away every single item in each of these Gift Guides.

TWO lucky winners will receive every single item in our Gift Guides:

One winner for the For Mom Gift Guide
One winner for the Mommy-To-Be Gift Guide


 

No purchase is necessary to enter or to win. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. The giveaway will run until 12pm EST on Friday, May 5th. Two winners will be chosen at random. Odds depend on the number of eligible entries received.

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7 Kitchen Items You Didn’t Know You Have to Clean

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Is it #SpringCleaning time for you too? Did you know about these 7 kitchen/household items that need to be cleaned with sponges? #ad #ScrubMyWay #TeamSponge

So, tell me – how’s your spring cleaning coming along?


Right now, we’re working on our Spring DEEP Cleaning. We’re doing it in waves and stages – kind of like how the weather has been – as it eases from winter into spring. On a day like today, with fresh air flowing throughout the house and with sunlight shining on the items of the house, it’s gorgeous and uplighting. HOWEVER, it also reveals the dust, dirt, grime, wear and tear of the previous season! For me, it’s the perfect day to put more thought and heart (yes, I’m for real!) into spring cleaning.

What does that mean for you? For me, it means cleaning the items we may not get around to on a normal basis – whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly. This is about letting in fresh air and sunlight, and eliminating those deep-rooted sources of germs, dirt, grime, etc. When Cassidy and I do a thorough assessment of what needs to be cleaned in our kitchen, I used to get rather shocked! He’ll tell you how many times I said, “Wow.. I had NO idea I had to clean that.” Or, “Wow, that gets REALLY dirty.” The good thing is that I’m going to tell you about some kitchen/household items that get REALLY dirty.

The better news is that they can all be cleaned/fixed with Scotch-Brite™.

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I’m on #TeamSponge, as you may realize! I use Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges – the GREEN ones – which are for Heavy Duty cleaning. Use them to remove tough, baked on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges. They are great for kitchens, garages, and outdoors. Use them on pots, pans, and oven racks! Also, use them on grill racks, tools, tires, sinks.

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Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges – the BLUE ones – are Non-Scratch. Use them on non-stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tiles, windows, and dishes, of course. You can safely clean non-stick cookware, because they clean without scratching. Scotch-Brite™ has the right tools for every surface, and makes it easy to keep your home inviting, comfortable, and clean – so you have more time to enjoy it! They have a wide selection of high performance tools that make it quicker and easier to clean each room of your home. Find the blue & green sponges in the cleaning aisle of Walmart:

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Right now there’s an Ibotta offer for Scotch-Brite™ sponges! Check it out here:

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AND, check out the Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes for a chance to win a $20,00 kitchen makeover! For real! What would you do with a $20,000 kitchen makeover? I can think of SO MUCH for our wonderful kitchen!

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Yesterday, we had a special brunch with three of our kids’ six grandparents. After everyone had left, and the dishes had been soaped, rinsed, and put away, we used that opportunity to see what else needed to be cleaned or deep-cleaned for the week. Did you know just how many kitchen and other household items can be cleaned with sponges – and not only that – but should be cleaned with sponges? These useful and colorful kitchen staples are used for much more than dishes and counter tops.

See what they can do!

Is it #SpringCleaning time for you too? Did you know about these 7 kitchen/household items that need to be cleaned with sponges? #ad #ScrubMyWay #TeamSponge

1 – The blender gasket. Boy, this one is important! And I had NO idea about it. I ignored it constantly while just cleaning the obvious inside of the glass part of the blender. Think about how many smoothies, purees, and other recipes your blender helps you with! Help it back with Scotch-Brite™. The gasket or the rubber ring alone can carry salmonella, E. coli, yeast, mold, and probably much more. So, unplug your blender, take the pieces apart, and clean them with a sponge and warm soapy water.

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2 – Food storage containers. I have to admit that I always “think” I’m doing a great job with these, until they’re dried, and I can see that the rubber seals are still harboring germs when not washed properly. How do you do it better? Use warm/hot, soapy water and make sure you really clean the area around the seal – and any grooves where the cover attaches to the bottom part of the container. This is key! I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was thoroughly cleaned, but it wasn’t.

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3 – Fridge compartments – especially the vegetable drawer – and with a bonus tip! Fridge compartments as a whole are prone to mold and decay. The germiest spots in the fridge are probably the vegetable drawers and/or meat compartments. Remove the drawers, rinse them, and wash them thoroughly with a clean sponge and mild dish soap. Dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Here’s your Scotch-Brite™ bonus tip: Line the bottom of your vegetable crisper with dry sponges, and replace them when they get wet. This will help keep your vegetables at their peak freshness! Pretty cool, right?

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4 – Rubber spatulas. Is this another one you think you’ve got nailed down? I know I did! Apparently, they’re a top germy place in your kitchen and household because of improper cleaning! Wash them in warm, soapy water often. They get dusty!

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5 – Knife blocks. Boy, do these get germy. And we have new ones we want to take great care with. You have probably been chopping, paring, slicing, and dicing foods all winter. You probably wash your knives with great care – but then re-contaminate them when you place them back in the knife block. Remove your knives, turn your knife block upside down to get rid of crumbs, and then wash the block by hand in warm, soapy water with a good sponge and a small brush for the slots.

6 – Can openers. In this house, I’ve been known to use a can opener and then put it straight back in its drawer! I’ve also used our electric one without washing after. Wash both (unplugged first) with warm, soapy water after each use.

7 – Reusable grocery bags. I know, right? I never considered this one! The canvas ones can be washed in the washing machine, but many can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. Then, let them air dry.

*Bonus places: Dishwasher doors, dish towels, tops of cabinets, kitchen faucets, and knobs and handles. These are all places surrounded by food and germs, and subject to a lot of human touching. And for one last sponge-related tip: you can protect sensitive surfaces from frames, vases, and other decor by gluing small squares of sponges to the bottoms of items. This helps prevent scratching! Brilliant, right?

So, tell me – was there a household item in this list that you didn’t know had to be cleaned?

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