Here are the 5 best apps for making memories!
If you’re like me and feel like you’re running 24/7 but still want to make the most of your family time together, here are 5 great apps I use to help document my family and memories! I’m also NOT being sponsored to write any of this. I just wanted to share with others to help them make their own memories a little easier to keep track of!
1. 1SE – 1 Second Everyday
I LOVE this app! To be honest, I forgot about it for a little while and even though I did, I was able to jump right back in and fill in the days I missed! The concept of this app is to add 2 snippets of photos or videos each day and then it creates a little slideshow for you! My favorite thing about the app is that when you select the day, it automatically shows you your videos and photos from THAT DAY so you don’t have to scroll through a bazillion photos and videos. After you’ve made your video, you can save it to your camera roll or upload it to social media!
It’s FREE as well!
Check it out on the app store or here’s the website: https://1se.co/
Free Prints has been a blessing when it comes to printing my photos from my phone. Even though I’m a professional photographer, doesn’t mean I don’t want to remember those awesome candid moments I capture with my iPhone. FreePrints is a free app that basically gives you 85 free prints a month. The catch? You pay the $10.99 shipping fee. If you go over the 85 prints, each print is 0.09 cents extra. Yea, I could go do these other ways, like go to Walmart or CVS but I can print photos from Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos, and other places all from my phone and have them shipped to my door, so to me, it’s worth it!
Check out FreePrints on the app store!
3. Google Photos
This one is a no brainer! This is cloud storage across all the devices you have Google set up and connected to. What I like about this is that you can make your own digital albums to keep together from a trip, party, or some event. I use it to keep track of the best locations I use for photography, family vacations, and birthdays or events. You can even share to family and friends and social media of course. Another thing you can do is create a physical photobook from the albums you create. I haven’t ordered one yet but I think they’re a great option for snapshots.
Here are a few screenshots!
Google Photos is of course free! 🙂
4. FaceTune 2
Ok! So this is a newer app I’ve started using and I think it’s PERFECT for the hobby photographer or everyday person. You can edit your photos more extensively without having a pro program like Lightroom or Photoshop which is nice! You can remove blemishes, smooth out your skin, blur the background, brighten your eyes, whiten your smile, etc. It’s actually a pretty neat app that I’m impressed with! Here’s a quick edit I did of just myself tonight at the computer.
You can see my face is smoother and has more of a glow, my eyes are a little brighter, the background is a little blurred, and the blemishes and moles on my cheek and chest aren’t as noticeable. Not perfect like photoshop, but great for everyday purposes!
This app ISN’T free though. It’s a $5.99/per month subscription or a yearly rate of $69. But honestly, it might be worth it if you love posting a lot!
Check it out on the app store!
This last one is an app, but it really isn’t. While apps are great at preserving memories, don’t forget to make them. I know first hand how hard it is to put the phone down and just simply live in the moment without technology. We’re all on our phones more than we think or care to admit.
Set a timer on your phone for 30 mins or 1 hour and turn your notifications off, or put your phone on silent and put it in another room and SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS. Give them your FULL ATTENTION. Nothing on your phone is as important as those sparkly eyes looking up at you, begging for a friend to play with. We all fail at this sometimes, my husband and I included, but try every day to make it a point to carve time out to give your kids that one-on-one attention. It will mean more to them than they realize.