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How I Lost All My Family Photos

How I Lost All My Family Photos

Memories are a fascinating entity in one’s life as they are embedded in the dreams, special moments and goals one has captured and can never be taken back or changed by anyone. That is why growing up we had a tradition where every Christmas we would go through all the photos taken that year and reminisce on the memories created.

When I got my own family I ended up assimilating that culture and continued saving all my family’s memories on my phone and as we approached December I was ecstatic as I knew we would be harking back on what a year we have had through our photos. Unfortunately, a week before Christmas I got mugged and lost my phone and with that, I lost all my family’s photos and any memory captured. They were more than photos to me; they were recollections of my children’s birthdays, my anniversary, family brunches and functions that is what I had lost.

Frustrated and angry I started to Google on ways I could recover my photos as Christmas was fast approaching and I did not want to tell my family I had lost all our photos. I was already picturing the disappointing look my wife and children would give me when I break the news to them. A determined soul never leaves any stone unturned therefore I spent hours in my laptop and constantly became aggravated as I did not find any solution.

Lost in thoughts of what I would do a friend of mine walked in and asked me why I looked so distraught and after narrating the story to him he was kind enough to give me tips on what to do so that I would never lose my photos again. He referred me to a few affordable sites where one can print digital photos online for free. My initial reaction to this was who still uses print and he opened my eyes to the growth print has had over the years and how it is not dead.

Well I know many will find this somewhat old-fashioned as they want to have their photo collage on their phone galleries rather than printing but printing saves you from loss of memorable moments like I did. Sites such as canvas printing, Free prints, Snapfish and AdoramaPix among others make it possible for one to print out their memories and even walk around with these photos on your wallet or even mount one in your house.

As we all embrace digitalism we should also embrace how digital has immensely modified print. If you choose to print your photos it gives you the opportunity to bring images together and create a scrapbook where you can edit your favorite memories and even learn a thing or two on how to better your other photos.

Personally, I recommend people to opt for printing their photos as phones and computers could easily get lost or corrupted but physical photos last longer as memoirs.

4 BEST PHOTO PRINTING SITES

4 BEST PHOTO PRINTING SITES

They are some old-fashioned fellows that appreciate the beauty of physically owning their digital photos but cannot afford to buy printers and therefore rely on other means of acquisition. With improved technology came various online printing sites for those that want to create prints of their digital photos at a cheaper cost.

Personally, I like walking around with a picture of my family in my wallet it’s more intimate than having it on my phone or computer. Christmas is in a few weeks and they are many people who would like to gift their loved ones with personal gifts and these sites offer various gifts options. Some of the frequently used photo printing sites are; Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, Zazzle and Print Studio.

  1. Shutterfly

If you want to cherish any of your memorable memories then Shutterfly is the best site for your prints. Shutterfly is the best site for creating photo books, sharing photos with family and friends and allows you to personalize your favorite photos. The beauty of Shutterfly is that prints cost as low as 9 cents for a 4 by 6 and their photo books cost $20.

Some advantages of using Shutterfly are;

  • Value for money as they offer prints at affordable prices for small sizes like the 4 by 6.
  • Good photo storage for those that want to free up space on their phones.
  • For existing and new users, they are so many promotional deals and offers on their app they can benefit from.
  • It’s the best for free prints, canvases and for printing photo books online.
  • Delivers to over 100 countries.

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  1. Snapfish

Snapfish is the best photo print website for standard prints, gift options and for canvases for any of your photos. The beauty of using Snapfish is you can easily transfer photos from your social media accounts be it Instagram, Facebook e.t.c. From Snapfish, one can also get to enjoy massive phone storage at full resolution which means when transferring photos from phone to Snapfish you do not have to worry about the quality of photos changing.

Some advantages of using Snapfish are;

  • Photo storage in the app.
  • Value for money as their print is affordable.
  • Amazing tools in the app for basic editing, eye correction or any editing you would want to perform on your photos before printing.
  • Specializes in print at home products like cards and calendars.
  • They offer 50 free prints for a month for those that will sign up to their app.

  1. Walgreens

If you want a last minute photo print or a gift card with your favorite photo made for you this festive season Walgreens is the site for you although its famous for pharmaceuticals its also good for photo prints. Walgreens offers a same day pick up for photos free of charge with no restrictions but is only applicable in the US. However, with speedy prints, the users pay more as they receive high-quality photo prints. Just like in Snapfish, one can print from their social media accounts and pick up the printed photos from their favorite Walgreen store.

  1. Adoramapix

Many know of Adorama the company that deals with both camera gear and educational resources for learning photography, well Adoramapix is its affiliate. Looking for quality prints then Adoramapix is the site for you as they use upgraded software’s to print at very affordable prices. The beauty of Adoramapix one can order for order bulk prints at $0.99 for a pack of 100 instead of spending $2.95 on a single print. It, however, does not have other products other than cards, photo books, and calendars.

CONCLUSION

With the festive season fast approaching each of these sites offers unique options you can choose from whether its quality prints, low prices for prints, in-home printing service or conducive pickup station. However, before settling for a site make sure you have an idea of what you want than settle for the site that offers the design and idea you want.

Golden Rules You Must Follow to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

Golden Rules You Must Follow to Save at Bed Bath & Beyond

Since 2015, Bed Bath & Beyond has tried to wean shoppers off their 20% off coupon addiction by making paper coupons less available.

Luckily, they’re not very good at it. Coupons abound and the paper ones still don’t expire.

So put on your game face and get ready to stiff-arm all the glorious floor-to-ceiling gadgets you’re forced to walk by just to get that one (75% off!) throw pillow in the back of the store. Self-control and knowing how to wield your coupons is key to winning at Bed Bath & Beyond. Now, for the rules:

1. Don’t shop without a 20% off coupon!

Even though paper coupons technically have an expiration date, they really don’t expire when you use them in-store. Plus, you can always find one.

Legit ways to get more coupons:

  • Sign up for BBB’s email newsletter and get a 20% off coupon.
  • Sign up your husband, your mom, or your cat for emails and get their 20% off coupon. Bed Bath & Beyond will send as many coupons as you have email addresses.
  • Sign up for mobile texts and get a 20% off coupon. Mobile coupons do expire, so use this one first.
  • Sign up to get them in the mail.
  • Sign up every time you move to get exclusive coupons.

2. Use mobile coupons first, then online coupons. Save paper coupons for last

Since mobile coupons expire, use them first and leave your hard-copy coupons — current or expired — at home for later. After you use mobile coupons, use your online coupons so all you’re left with are paper coupons that don’t expire.

3. Some stores allow you to use up to five 20% off coupons in a single transaction

Stack. Build up your stash. Repeat.

Some stores allow you to use a 20% off coupon for each eligible item, no matter how many items you have. Others cap it at five coupons for five items in a transaction.

Some may limit how many you can use altogether. (Fingers crossed you can use at least five!) If your store manager won’t play ball, ask if you can do multiple transactions.

4. But you can’t use more than one coupon per online order

There is a silver lining here because you still have options, even though you can’t use expired coupons online and you can’t use multiple coupons in a transaction (unless you have a 20% paper coupon — you can double those up online by entering the code on the paper coupon).

Option #1: The “Workaround” — This is the only option that doesn’t require you to go in-store. Buy each item separately online so you can use one coupon on each item. This only works if your items are all over $29 because you’re gonna need the free shipping!

Option #2: The “Buzzkill” — Select “Reserve Now” for your items online, and when you go into the store to pay for them, use your coupons! Your card will be charged $1.00 to do this, but the charge will automatically disappear within 24-48 hours.

Option #3: The “Adjustment” — Buy your items and use one coupon. Then head into the store with your receipt and your coupons and request a coupon adjustment. Speaking of which. . .

5. Bring your coupon back to the store with your receipt to get a coupon adjustment

There’s no official policy on this, but the company has been known to make these adjustments even if your receipt is several weeks old.

Or, call Bed Bath & Beyond’s number (1-800-462-3966), and they’ll adjust the order over the phone as a one-time courtesy.

6. Don’t buy anything on the coupon-exclusions list. At all.

And try not to cry when you read the list.

There are a lot of items and situations where you can’t use your Bed Bath & Beyond coupons. Certain brands and certain entire categories like diapers, wipes, formula and baby food are on the no-can-do list.

But dry your tears because you can save up to 80% on many of these items when you use Ninja coupons, KitchenAid coupons, FitBit coupons, diaper coupons, wipes coupons and more to shop retailers like Kohl’s and Target. Download the KCL app to get started.

7. Use your coupon with a rebate to save more money.

Look for high-end brands you can use your 20% off coupon on — like Sonicare, Calphalon, Homedics, Noritake, KitchenAid and more. Some of these even offer rebates.

For example, once I saw a $350 KitchenAid mixer with an instant rebate of 10% ($35) plus a mail-in rebate ($50). That brought the stand-up mixer to $264.99. Since I can add in the 20% off coupon, I got myself a $212 mixer. That’s a savings of $138, and it’s in the range of the lowest prices we see on this mixer.

8. Combine the $5 off $15 coupon with other coupons in the same transaction in-store.

And then there’s the other Bed Bath & Beyond coupon — the one that gets you $5 off entire purchase of $15 or more.

In the past, you could find these in the catalog. More often though, they’re showing up in your “My Offers” area as you make purchases. (Or when you call customer service to ask a question and they lovingly bestow a coupon upon you because they can tell you’re coupon-obsessed. Yep, that happened.)

Generally speaking, you can’t stack this coupon with a 20% off coupon. However, the last time I was in-store, the store manager told me he lets customers combine a 20% off coupon with a $5 off $15 coupon in the same transaction, as long as you have the items to back it up.

Review: AirportParkingReservations.com

Review: AirportParkingReservations.com

The AirportParkingReservations.com offers an easy way to search available parking opportunities at over fifty U.S. airports, as well as four Canadian ones. I recommend using the site particularly for the former, as it encompasses most U.S. destinations – from the well-known JFK to parking at La Guardia, and even smaller airports such as Burlington, Vermont.

Usability

All in all, the site is very simple to navigate. Straight from the homepage, you can enter your departure airport, destination airport (the latter is optional), and your travel dates. For example, let’s say you’re interested in LAX parking rates, say from October 1-5, 2011, from noon to noon. Entering these dates and times into the search form provides with over forty results. Initially, they are sorted by price, but you can also arrange them by parking type, company name, star rating, and distance.

In this case, the parking rates ranged from $7.95 to $30 (USD) per day. While the first price, which is very reasonable, stems from the Airport Center – LAX airport parking, the latter is rather expensive and is when you park in the Central Terminal. In between, you will find prices for parking at the Marriott Hotel nearby, for example.

Features

The AirportParkingReservations.com  website will also indicate whether a certain parking lot is sold out or not available at all for the dates and times in question. Last but not least you can view all the results on a map.

Should you have any questions regarding your booking, there is always a live help service. In addition, you can also make a reservation by phone.

The AirportParkingReservations.com even has a mobile app where iPhone and iPad users can book directly. Payments are made by credit card or Paypal. Should your travels change at any point or you need to cancel your reservation, be sure to contact the company through the Customer Service link at the top.

Blog

What’s great is that the website goes far beyond just arranging airport parking. The company blog provides up-to-date entries on different airports so that you are always informed about the latest developments. Most recently, they have covered the flight reductions at Denver airport, as well as the increase in traffic at the South Florida airports. No matter whether you choose to book parking or not, this information is useful to travelers, especially those looking to save big.

On the blog, you can also browse news and updates by airport code, so be sure to know the ones you are interested in. In fact, this goes for the website as a whole – airport codes make the search a whole lot easier? No worries if you do not know yours off the top of your head, they have a list for you to look it up, just scroll to the bottom and on the left click on “Airport codes”.

Also, should you be looking for a place to stay in addition to your parking spot, the site will direct you to their partner website, parksleepfly.com. In AirportParkingReservations.com, you can search for pre-flight accommodation as well as parking opportunities. This way, you stand less chance of missing those horrible early morning flights.

All in all, a service that makes a vacation what it should be: a vacation!

Priceline Vs. Hotwire: Which One to Choose?

Priceline Vs. Hotwire: Which One to Choose?

Hotwire and Priceline have become the first stops for millions of vacationers and business travelers planning a trip. The two widely used travel booking sites have a lot in common, including how much they claim they can save you. But they also have some key differences. These similarities and differences can help you choose which site is the best for you, the next time you make travel plans.

Priceline

The older of the two sites, Priceline (NASDAQ: PCLN) was established in 1997, making it something of a venerable institution by Internet standards. It is probably best known for its Name Your Own Price feature and second-best known for its goofy TV ads with the actor and Star Trek icon William Shatner.

Priceline or Hotwire Which Is Better?

Independent rating services give both travel site close grades but differ as to which one belongs on top. Here’s how they have stacked up lately.

J.D. Power’s 2014 Online Travel Agency Satisfaction Report gave Hotwire 795 points and Priceline 792 points, out of a possible 850. Both were judged “Better Than Most.” The highest scorer was Travelocity, with 804 points.

Reviews.com’s 2015 travel website ratings gave Priceline five stars and Hotwire four stars, out of a possible five.

However, in 2018, Top Ten Reviews gave Priceline 6.60 points and Hotwire 7.13 points, out of a possible 10, placing them fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Hotel Booking Services category. In this case, the highest scorer was Hotels.com, which is also part of Expedia Group.

The Bottom Line

Hotwire and Priceline offer similar services and are judged by outside reviewers to provide comparable levels of quality. In order to choose which is best for your needs, you might have to try them both and see which one offers you the best deal for your money. That’s likely to be a matter of personal preference, including whether you’re much of a William Shatner fan.

Sam’s Club offers Same-Day Delivery with Instacart

Sam’s Club offers Same-Day Delivery with Instacart

Sam’s Club is launching a same-day delivery service with Instacart. It starts on Tuesday in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and St. Louis. Some deliveries will be within an hour.

Shopping at Sam’s through Instacart doesn’t require Sam’s $45-a-year club membership. But those customers won’t get the lower member-only prices and the regular special discounts, the company said. Sam’s members will be saving their membership number before checking out to get the lower prices.

It was an easy decision to include non-members, said Sam’s spokeswoman Carrie McKnight, because that’s already allowed in its warehouse stores. Non-member shoppers are charged 10 percent more at the checkout.

In the competitive online grocery business, Instacart vice president Sarah Mastrorocco said adding “valued and respected brands” such as Sam’s Club helps it reach new customers. The two companies plan to expand to new cities in 2018. It’s not free. Instacart offers a monthly or annual membership fee that lowers delivery costs.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, Instacart has a long list of retail choices for its customers: Instacart works with Sprouts, Aldi, Whole Foods, Kroger, Central Market, Costco, Tom Thumb, Natural Grocers, CVS, Petco and Sam’s Club.

While Whole Foods is now owned by Amazon, a couple of years ago Whole Foods made an investment in Instacart, and the two brands still work together in most markets.

Auto Parts Warehouse Review

Auto Parts Warehouse Review

Can you ever imagine a single day without a car or other vehicles? The answer must be negative. We love to move with our cars or vehicles. But the problem is the parts of the vehicles need to be changed regularly. Otherwise, an accident can happen, any time. Vehicle parts are available everywhere. But the problem is most of the parts are not high in quality and that is why those cannot perform well in the vehicles.

You can buy the parts from any reliable online store like the Auto Parts Warehouse. This online store has a very large collection of all types of vehicle parts and it also provides the home delivery without any extra charge for shipping. Some products provided by the Auto Parts Warehouse are:

Interior Accessories for Vehicles

For the interior beauty and decoration of the vehicles, different types of accessories can be used and you can buy those from this online store of vehicle parts. The carpets, dash accessories and different types of mats like the floor mats, cargo mats, etc. can be bought from the Auto Parts Warehouse. The gauges and meters are very much necessary for any type of vehicles. You will be able to buy various types of those accessories from this online shop.

If you want to drive your vehicle more comfortably than you have to use a driver friendly steering wheel and shifter. To get these things you can rely on the Auto Parts Warehouse. Seat covers and belts are also available for this famous online store. For making your car more beautiful you can use various types of interior lights which can be bought from the Auto Parts Warehouse.

Exterior Accessories for Vehicles

Various types of exterior accessories must be used for all the vehicles and Auto Parts Warehouse provides all types of exterior accessories. It offers different types of car hoods, bumpers, grilles, and all the accessories for these parts. Window visors, mud flaps, door skins, deflectors, and other external accessories are provided by Auto Parts Warehouse. Stylish car covers are very much necessary for cars. You will be able to find stylish car covers to the product list in this online store. Most attractive products provided by the Auto Parts Warehouse are the anti-theft accessories for the vehicles.

Fresh Direct’s Floral Delivery Service Review

Fresh Direct’s Floral Delivery Service Review

My love of the NY-based grocery delivery service Fresh Direct is WELL-documented on this blog. Given the number of groceries I buy for recipe testing, cooking classes, as well as our own personal meals (and the fact that I don’t drive), I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult life would be without them. Apart from the convenience and the amazing quality of their food (especially the local produce & meat), I love that they occasionally add some really fun options to their site.

Like their new local floral delivery service!

I’ve always wanted to be the sort of woman who regularly keeps gorgeous fresh flowers around the home. The truth is that I am not that sort of woman. I’m more the sort of woman who buys fresh flowers, enjoys them for a few days, and then keeps forgetting to throw them out as they sit withering and drying and crumbling into dust all over my coffee or dining table. Way more Miss Havisham than Martha Stewart.

They finally get thrown out and then months and months pass before I even think to buy another bouquet.

But a service like this could be pretty great. Because I always remember to buy groceries (naturally) and it’s easy enough to pick something lovely and seasonal and add it to my basket.

This weekend, I decided to test out the service to see just how it works in real life and took pictures so that I could share with you in case you’ve also been thinking about trying it. Find out about Fresh Direct Here.

 

Why Should You Want Beachbody on Demand (BOD)?

Why Should You Want Beachbody on Demand (BOD)?

BOD could be the thing that puts the pizazz back into your exercise routine.

Who doesn’t get bored with the same ‘ol workouts?

We all do.  It’s part of it.  You have to mix things up sometimes to keep exercise interesting.  If you look forward to your next workout about as much as your next colonoscopy then you need to change something up.

There are SO. MANY. WORKOUTS. to choose from with a BOD membership.

If you can’t find at least a couple of programs that get you all warm and tingly when you’re not looking hard enough.

A Bit of Advice – Never decide a workout isn’t amazing because it’s ‘old’.  You’ll miss out on a ton of great programs if you do.  Make sure your bias against a workout is because of something OTHER THAN the production date.

There are a ton of reasons to sign up for Beachbody on Demand.

Here are the best ones…

#1-Free Trial

Free trial! You’ve got nothing to lose.

Sure, you’re going to get even more email than you did before you signed up but let’s be real, you didn’t worry about that when you dished out your email to that restaurant for a free burger last week.

#2-Meet Someone New

Now’s your chance to meet an instructor you’ve been wondering about. Try out a workout with a host you don’t know yet.  Maybe they’ll inspire you in the way you’ve been looking for.

Or maybe your friend has been telling you how amazing Shaun T is and you’ve never seen it for yourself.

This is your opportunity to find the instructor that makes your bell ring.  We all need to find the program or person who motivates us.

#3-Find Out Who DOESN’T Fit Your Workout Style

Find out which Beachbody workouts and instructors you DON’T like. Not every instructor or video will be a perfect match for you.

Knowing what doesn’t work is as important as knowing what does.

For example, if you find out you love TurboFire (but nothing else) you can buy the series and feel confident in knowing that you’re getting a program you’ll actually do because you’ve already tried it.

Or maybe you’ll discover Tony Horton makes you want to punch yourself in the face sometimes.  This is your chance to figure it out so you’ll know which workouts to invest your money in (and which ones to avoid).

My advice:  Don’t decide who you love based on one series or one routine.  Try the same instructor in more than one series before you decide he/she isn’t for you. 

Each series has a different mood/style and your opinion and experience with the series will affect your impression of the instructor.

#4-Finally–Access to the Extras!

Remember all those empty slots you found when you bought the last video series from Beachbody?

Ever wonder what’s in those ‘Deluxe’ titles that you don’t get in the basic set?  Now you get to find out what all those missing workouts were about!

That was the first thing I checked for (the elusive missing workouts) after I signed up for BOD (I think I’m always hacked off about those other videos that you have to pay extra for).

#5-Closed Captioning

Clear sound and picture, and closed captioning! That’s right—you can read the entire workout and listen to your own music.  Figure out what plugs or wireless gadgets you need to connect your device to your TV and enjoy!

There’s also a list of equipment you’ll need and the length of each workout under the information for each program.

Shutterfly Review

Shutterfly Review

It’s a breeze to manage your team, class, or group with the Shutterfly Share Sites.

Share photos and access your calendar – anywhere, anytime. Easily make last minute updates to the calendar, and send notices to your site members right from the app. Share and view photos and stay connected with teammates, classmates, friends, and family while on the go.

The app and website are both kept in sync when you make updates.

KEY FEATURES: 
• News: View the latest activity on your site.
• Photos: Share pictures and view pictures posted by others.
• Calendar: Manage your site calendar. View date, time, and location of each event.
• Maps: Get directions to a game or other event.
• Members: Access your Share site member list and add new members on the go.
• Key Contacts: Access important contacts. Click a phone number to call or text.
• Roster / Class List: See the list of players/students and access parent contact info.
• Snack Schedule: View the snack schedule for the season, and sign up to bring food or drinks.
• Sign-up Sheets: Access your sign-up sheets on the go and sign up for volunteer activities, driving duties, booth shifts, or to bring items or food.
• Availability: See how many players you will have for your next game and update on the go.
• Email: Easily send emails to your Share site members.

WHAT’S A SHARE SITE?
Shutterfly Share Sites are photo-sharing websites that are free, fun, and easy to make. They’re a great way to privately share photos with friends and family, a sports team, a class, or other groups.