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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The Only Things I’m Certain About

I’m certain about death and taxes, love and life, rainbow sprinkles and mashed potatoes.

I’m certain about death and taxes, love and life, rainbow sprinkles and mashed potatoes, and that I was handmade and homemade and home-grown to be a mama, writer, photographer. And I’m certain I’m even-tempered, but only as even-tempered as someone who is HIGHLY sensitive to the changes and the shifts, the tastes and the smells, the FEELS… oh, the FEELS – like fingernails lightly down your back, or staring into space for five minutes after an evocative episode of This is Us.

Ok, they’re ALL evocative. For me, it’s the doctor character. And William. Sweet, sweet William.

I’m certain about legacies.

Sometimes I feel it coming – these changing tides – even while they’re still being born and unfolding, and I have to type fast before they implode. Or I have to race to a computer or phone before I explode. Today is a mix, like sun and clouds.

I’m certain about loss and grief, but not about the paths they take. I’m certain we have to rise up to move through paths and waves, and probably not as seamlessly as we’d like. Life’s greatest challenge. I once wrote a piece about grief that has since disappeared, but I think of it every now and then. Since I can’t get it back, I can rewrite it and give it to you right here and now. So let’s ride the waves together. FTSF Topic: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes ..”

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I once wrote that grief is like “the princess is in another castle” theme from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. games.

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Just when you have confronted demons, fought valiantly, been sucked through warp zones, and fought on in endless pursuit of fireballs, feathers, mushrooms, and frog suits, you arrive at the castle level to fight the next big bad buy. And you do it, and you do it in style. You fight so hard and so well, only to be rewarded with a simple message printed across the screen.

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So then you leave to enter a brand new world – full of brand new demons, and one brand new big bad guy at the end of the castle at the end of this world. You defeat the brand new bad guy, only to be greeted with the same disappointing message.

When does it end? Where is your reward? Where is your princess?

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Eventually in the game, you get to the real end, you defeat the final bad guy, and you get your princess. For keeps, this time. It doesn’t work that way in real life, although we certainly do have our rewards – like learning to unlock new layers and worlds within your own heart and mind. And finding yourself to be stronger and smarter than you ever thought possible.

The problem is that grief doesn’t have a set endpoint – there is no final big bad guy you can defeat, and then expect to never be challenged again. You will most likely continue to unlock new levels and worlds – through warp zones and not – collecting gold coins and stars, new weapons and new rewards, only to find yourself once again at the doors of a gated fortress.

It’s disorienting, isn’t it?

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My life has been full of such fortresses. After my father passed away suddenly from a heart attack when I was just about four-years-old, there was that first night without him. And then there were subsequent nights of resisting but having to let my sister and my mom out of my sight during day to day life. There were the weekdays that I waited for him to come home from work. There was the year following his death which I have mostly blacked out from memory. Therapy. A fear of loud noises.

A new home, a new dad and new siblings. A new school – the start of kindergarten.

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When I thought I was past a lot of my anxiety and grief, there were new challenges in young adulthood – going to college and falling in love. Moving several times. Becoming a mom to a girl who looked like me. And to a boy who reminded me of me.

A challenging time for me was being pregnant with Des – a baby due right around my father’s birthday. It wasn’t until Scarlet approached her fourth birthday that I began a new grieving process. My father had passed away three weeks before my fourth birthday, so I breathed a huge sigh of relief when that day passed, and we sailed through her fourth birthday party happily and whole. I then had a calmness I hadn’t thought possible, until a new trigger revealed itself – signing her up for kindergarten. I showed up on the first day of registration, as the first parent there, and my heart was pounding in my throat and my chest was constricting. How could I be back here – so far and so grown, but still shaking at the thoughts of change?

We defeated that bad guy, and now it’s Des’ turn for kindergarten.

Where is my next castle/challenge/bad guy? I don’t know what it will be and how it will hit me. I know I will probably live my life with challenges, but hopefully with gaining new skills, weapons and tools too. Moving through, as I also move on.

I’ll live my life fully and effectively, until I get the next message – “Great job, but your princess is still in another castle, and probably always will be.” And then I’ll stop, reassess my tool belt, add new weapons, and learn to move through.

This brand new world, until the next one comes along.

This week’s Finish the Sentence Friday topic is “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

What are you certain about?