I have started to amass quite a collection of photos on instagram, some of them even pretty good. I was talking to a friend about this box at my parents house that holds all of these family photographs and how I love going through that box to find old pictures and letters. Holding the photos and shuffling through the stacks always last longer than you intended but is a such a rich experience. We don’t have that anymore with our traveling photo galleries on our phone and digital storages in the cloud. While we can share those great photos much easier I think something is lost in the handling and the story telling that comes from the box. While I am not going to start printing out all of my pictures anytime soon I was glad to get an opportunity to check out some options to have my instagram photos be a little more tangible. Enter the site Instajunction and their collection of products.
Instajunction is a site that allows you to turn your digital instagram photos into things like photo books, calendars, magnets, or Polaroid style cards. I had a calendar made as a gift to Beautiful’s dad for his birthday and it turned out great. The picture above shows Primo checking out the final product. The website was easy to navigate and connect to my pictures. Because I have a lot of photos it took some time to go through and pick the pictures I wanted, but that was a limitation of my indecision not the site. Shipping was quick and the calendar looked great.
When looking for gift ideas check out Instajunction and this weekend you can get 25% off your order with the following Promo Code: FRIEND25EZ
What do you get when you combine the creative tools of molding compound and the imaginations of kids with dinosaurs? So far at our house you get some pretty imaginative play. The folks at Crayola sent along the Dino Destruction Metropolitan Mayhem pack for us to try to make a video. We are entered into a competition with some other bloggers on the Crayola page so check out our video and the others and vote for you favorite. If you don’t want to head over and vote then check the video out below:
If you think you can make a better video you can enter yourself if by picking up your own Create 2 Destroy box and make a 15 minute video of your own. The most popular video gets $1000 gift card and your family on a Crayola box. Head over to Crayola’s Facebook page and upload your video.
The Create 2 Destroy Dad Bloggers Giveaway runs from now until November 13th, 2013, at which point Six winners will be selected and notified. As the contest is open to U.S. residents only, after being notified the winners will have 24 hours to verify their U.S. mailing address to confirm their prizes.
School is out and summer is a day or two old now but the boys have grabbed onto the adventure of this break with both hands. Segundo has been gone for a week now while primo only joined him this past Friday at my parents. Their cousins, my sister’s three kids, are there and my parents are pulling their typical crazy stunts like having five kids spend the week with them. So far they have spent a couple of days at house on the coast, camped in the back yard, target practiced with the BB guns, traveled to Mt. St Helens, and criss crossed the Columbia on the ferry. They are making treasure hunts for each other, cooking hotdogs on the fire, and having one the best times of their lives right now.
I remember getting to have those times with my grandparents on Mayger beach. We would spend all day in the river with our cousins and listen to crazy family stories around the camp fire until we couldn’t keep our eyes open any longer. While my boys are getting a much safer atmosphere then I had there is no loss in adventure closeness. Our boys are lucky that way, to have grandparents on both sides that not only want to spend weeks with them, but know how to make that time magical. There are more adventures to come this summer but these boys are already off to a great start.
I had the opportunity to check a cool site that takes your instagram masterpieces and turns them into magnets for you fridge or if you are lucky like we were and found an old metal card catalog to use as a coffee table then they would go nicely there. The website is called Instantgram and it is a super simple site to use to get some really great gifts. Navigating to the site all you have to do is click the Buy Now link, link your instagram account, and then choose the pictures you want to turn into magnets. The last step is the hardest part, especially if you have a big library. After choosing the photos you review your options, pay the fixed price of $17 and enter your payment and shipping information.
The boys love seeing the pictures and we have used pictures of them to hold up their own artwork or soccer schedules on the fridge. They show anyone that comes over their pictures and tell the stories behind each shot. In our digital age of millions of pictures hosted online there is something fun and valuable in holding that picture in your hands and sharing the story. If you are looking for a gift idea, or just want to get some sweet magnets for your self then check out Instantgram.
Above is a cool new game/app/software/educational tool called Pixel Press from creator Robin Rath. Basically you can design your own video game levels and then share those level with others. This is such a cool idea and great way to get kids of all ages into game design in a fun and accessible way. Check out the video above and head to their Kickstarter page and help get this project done. There is only about 2 weeks left to get this funded and it really is a great piece of software to teach kids math, art, engineering, and creative expression in dynamic way.
One of the covered Parios at the new house was a bit too low and presented a problem unique to parents of young boys. All of the metal bars supporting the cover were low enough for the boys to hang on and the suggestion from our realtor to just tell them not to was comical and unrealistic. One does not just tell a little boy not to hang on a metal bar that he can reach. So the awning had to come out but it was too cool to throw away and needed another use. First we set awning to the side of the driveway and the boys turned it into a slide and perch to look into the neighbor’s yard like little nosey busy bodies. They would get a running start and climb to the top. Then the game was jumping up so that their hands were just holding the top and yelling for their brother or friend to help them climb the rest of the way. They could all get up themselves but the fun was in the teamwork. Soon the game became keeping the other from running up the slide by body checking them off and it became apparent that this slide was no longer safe in the driveway. Plus those neighbors were getting a little tired of little boys watching over the fence as the gardened on a Saturday afternoon.
So we turned the awning around and found that it was a great shape for a soccer goal. We took turns taking shots and playing goalie. The height was perfect for Primo to tip shots over the bar like a young Troy Perkins minus the full back tattoo and I got to practice placing balls into the upper corner. As Primo blocked more and more shots I started kicking the ball harder and harder until the game ended in tears and wicked welt on my tiny keeper’s belly.
Yet another use was found for the former Pario cover as we flipped it back over and ran the hose over the top of one end for a super steep water slide. The weather has been warm here in Portland and the water features in the local parks haven’t been turned on yet so we madee our own water park in the backyard. The boys used a stool to climb up one side and then after checking out the other neighbors back yard slid down into a growing pool. Though it was too slippery to run up, the boys tried again and again only to slip and smash their faces into the cascading water. They would crack up and do it all over again.
There are more uses to come for this once Pario cover but we are getting a lot of mileage already. I think an elaborate fort is in the not to distant future, as well as a ball return for some solo baseball toss. What are some of the ordinary things your family has found new fun uses for?