Richard’s Birthday : Event

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This past weekend we laughed too much, ate too much and celebrated a man who you can see has been blessed. Richard, (one of the biggest Tigers fans) celebrated 70 years with his friends and family on a hot evening in Jenison, MI. I guess you could say that he married one heck of a woman because the desserts made by her were phenomenal! Take a peak and get a glimpse of this wonderful event. Will you wish this guy a happy birthday? Comment below!

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Organizing Your Photos

When I graduated high school my Grandma gave me an album full of childhood photographs she had kept. These were photos I hadn’t seen and she had hidden away until that moment. We all take for granted (myself included) the fact that we don’t have to print our photos anymore because for a lot of us, it’s right at our finger tips. The biggest thing I’m guilty of these days is taking photos but never printing them.

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(photos from the album my Grandmother gave me)

Yesterday I spent 20 minutes deleting 500 photos off of my phone that were duplicates, blurry, photos and selfies others did when I wasn’t looking. I had already uploaded my favorites to places like Facebook and Instagram. I had over 500 photos stored on my phone. That was just from the past 2 months. Crazy right? I’m pretty sure with social media outlets being a place to put photos it’s a huge reason why we never ever do anything with the photos on our phone. It’s just plain overwhelming. Can I just tell you something?

Less is more.

So if you are overwhelmed with all of your photos – remember that simple truth: less is more. You don’t have to document every tiny moment or every tiny thing. Just the highlights will do. Your kids, your spouse, and YOU will appreciate the gift of quality over quantity if you embrace this!

Here’s my sad truth

4 Years ago we had pushed our computer to it’s limits and it stopped working. You know, that computer that contained the PAST TWO YEARS OF OUR FAMILY PHOTOS saved on the hard drive. As any panicking person would do, I asked around if the hard drive could be recovered. My husband and I decided that we would try putting it in his parent’s computer to see if it would work for recovery. Well this didn’t happen quickly and we waited on it. During this time my In-laws sadly experienced a flood in their basement and the hard drive was destroyed. Now I don’t know what was on the hard drive entirely but I’m thankful that I had printed photos and kept them in albums for a while (until it got costly). Sadly I missed a couple months in there.

I’ve learned my lesson and it’s taught me one thing. BACK UP EVERYTHING!


Learn from me, I’m telling you my new secret

 How I organize our photos.

Step 1. Put a Computer File Folder System in Place (see images below)
Step 2. Gather ALL of your digital images and put them onto that external hard drive, in order by date and folder (I recommend storage with 2 Terabytes).
Step 4. Back them up

Take a peek at my File Folder Organization System

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As you can see, everything is organized by Year, then Month, My favorites, and raw (all the rest).

A few KEY tips for you to remember as you organize your digital photos:

  • Gather all images from all over the place (laptops, phones, computers, CD’s, USB’s, etc) and put them onto ONE harddrive: your new most prized possession!
  • It’s helpful to create the entire file folder system on the Harddrive first, then drag your images into the properly organized folders
  • You have to remember to also back those images up! I use SmugMug to back up my Favorite Images but you can use other platforms like Dropbox and google photos (plus they are free).

Happy Organizing My Friend!

Kara

Change of Watch Event

When I heard “Change of Watch” My mind went immediately to Jon Snow and the nights watch (Game of Thrones if you’ve been in a cave missing out) Well this event is not even close to that but let me tell you a little bit of what happened this past Saturday night.

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If you are like me and have never heard of the US Power Squadron let me fill you in a little bit. The Grand Rapids Sail and Power Squadron (GRSPS) is the Grand Rapids area’s Boating Club. They focus on safe, smart and fun boating experiences. GRSPS members have access to some of the best resources available to recreational boaters. Whether you own a sail boat, fishing boat, ski boat, pontoon etc. GRSPS can enhance your boating experience. GRSPS offers free vessel safety inspections (If you own a boat, you would be ridiculous not to take them up on this offer), introductory boating safety courses and an extensive curriculum of boating education courses. In addition, GRSPS members hold monthly and annual social  events (such as “The Change of Watch”). Follow their Facebook page to find out other upcoming events.

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The Change of Watch Event recognizes those who volunteer many hours of time to such a great cause. If I could name them all I would because I met so many great people dedicated to help individuals be safe on the water.

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Bruce and Mary Blinkhorn were sworn in as new members and Mary was sworn in as the new Administration Officer and now has the title of lieutenant commander.

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Not from West Michigan? Don’t worry there are other Power Squadrons around the United States. Click the link to find one near you.

Vendors: Watermark Country Club // DJ Eddie Kleinfeld ekleinfeld@me.com