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By Kate Riley January 30, 2016

Weekend hellos! Not much happening in my world this weekend other than the assembly of a trampoline in the backyard. I protested for a year but was outvoted and now there’s a giant 8 x 14’ eyesore that I see from my kitchen window.

I breathe slowly in and out and remind myself it’s only for a few years…. just like that phase when ugly baby toys littered my home. The kids love it and it’s great exercise, but I’m a worrier when it comes to safety, we’ve all heard the stories. I sound like a broken record, “Kids, is it zipped up?” Fellow parents, have you ever had a trampoline? Ease my troubled mind.

This weekend is another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ featuring favorite projects and spaces from around the web, enjoy!

I love Erin’s beautiful basement makeover at Elements of Style.

 basement makeover elements of style


Sarah’s black & white bathroom renovation is stunning, how lovely is that tile medley!

black and white bathroom reno


Tour Jenna’s kitchen makeover with cheerful touches of color!

 cheerful kitchen reno jenna burger


How adorable is this kid’s cabin bed? Build it with Ana White’s plans and Jen’s tutorial at House of Wood.

 cabin-bed-house of wood


Joni shares a great resource for vintage images (and how to turn them into inexpensive artwork) at Lay Baby Lay.

 vintage print resource


Organize the kids’ bikes and scooters with this DIY rack, instructions at Her Tool Belt.

 bike scooter rack


Craft a charming wood block desk calendar with Brittni’s tutorial at Curbly.

 diy wood block desk calendar


Many thanks to Amanda who helps me scout out these projects around the blogosphere, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~ Kate

Our Legacybox

By Kate Riley January 28, 2016

*This post brought to you in partnership with Legacybox.

We live in such a busy world, it feels like the years fly by faster and faster. In December I made a promise to myself that in 2016 I’d complete three memory preservation projects. The first is to upload images to albums and print those albums so we would have a family library of memory filled books. Easy to do and I’ve got a few albums in the works right now, starting with our most recent vacation. The second project is to have quilts made out of the baby clothes I’ve saved. The third project was to digitize all the old videos and family pictures sitting in a closet for many years but I was totally overwhelmed by the task.

I was feeling very nostalgic thinking about when my kids were babies. This happens to all of us mothers of grown children! I love the ages my children are now, 12 and 10, my daughter is entering junior high next year, yikes! It’s all flying by so fast and I was thinking wow wouldn’t it be wonderful to go back in time and relive when they were wee little, if only for a day? Looking at pictures is one thing but seeing them as they were back then in video, hearing their voices, watching their mannerisms, it was something that was tugging at my heart for a long time.

Because this happened WAY too fast….

 grown up girl

I was approached by Legacybox to try out their service and when I went to their site I knew it was the answer, the closest thing I’d get to reliving those challenging but oh so charming years. Mine were born in a time before smart phones and digital videography, when all I had to preserve those sweet years were mini camcorder tapes.

The process was SO simple and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll confess I’ve been teary for days watching the videos, and my kids LOVE watching themselves as babies too, we’ve been laughing so hard at some of the things they said and did when they were little!

Your Legacybox arrives in the mail with a Welcome Guide and barcodes to attach to your pictures, videos, negatives, slides, they’re experts at transferring it all to digital format where it can be stored safe from fire, theft, etc.

 legacy box welcome guide

I had a big bag of camcorder tapes of babies playing and family get togethers and vacations dating back to the 90s. I labeled each one with a barcode and tucked them in the box.

 old video tapes legacy box

Matt had a box of old family photos he wanted preserved as well so we had those digitized as well.

 old family pictures

Pack it all up in the crushproof Legacybox provided (it includes shipping both ways), they confirm arrival via email and you get a personal contact if you have any questions. Wait a few weeks and find your old memories preserved on a disc, pop it into your player and watch your old videos. We’ve been watching ours all week, it’s wonderful to hear the voices of those who’ve passed away and to relive events from more than a decade ago.

 digitized family photos

matt mark

This is an add on option but so worth it, I also received a thumb drive with ALL of my images and videos stored in one place so it was easy to upload them to my external hard drive and cloud storage (I use both) for safe preservation.

 usb files

What memories do you have waiting to be digitized?

 legacy box

I’m getting my parents to do it, they have a bazillion tapes and photos that need this service, I know they’d love to relive their memories too, wouldn’t you?

The first 50 people to use the code FABULOUS at checkout will receive 40% off their Legacybox! Do this I promise you’ll love it, the preservation of memories is PRICELESS.

*This post is sponsored by Legacybox, all opinions are my own.