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What to do with your children’s artwork…

How many of you get multiple pieces of art coming home every day in your children’s backpacks?

Or they’ve scribbled on some paper at home and they catch you sneaking it into the trashcan?

My 7 year old has been known to fish her drawings out of the trash, proclaim that was her best drawing ever and ask how I could possibly throw it away.

The latest and greatest…
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We all want our children to be creative but most of us don’t want our kids to be hoarders.  Everyday, there is at least one new masterpiece in our house and sometimes twenty.  I find pictures in my purse, stuffed in desks, in drawers and on bookshelves.  In the past, I tried to have boxes of art organized by school year, but those boxes just stacked up and were rarely opened.

And another one…
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My solution to my 7 year old art hoarder is Blinkbuggy!  We now keep the most special art pieces but we take pictures of the others. We take pictures with the Blinkbuggy App and they’re automatically uploaded.  At the end of this school year, we are going to create a Blinkbuggy printed album of her 1st grade art…which I’m sure will be looked at much more often than the pile of pictures that used to be in a box in her room.

The truth is that I really do love the art that my kids create and I’d love to save everything if I actually had room for it. Blinkbuggy allows me to keep it (in a slightly different form) and all of their creations and memories will be captured forever.

Check out my 1st grader’s most recent masterpieces (and yes, she has very high aspirations)…
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And one more of my favorites (if you can decipher the words)…
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As always, if you have any questions about how to capture your family’s memories, you can send questions directly to info@blinkbuggy.com.

Wishing you happy memories!

Julie Grijalva
Chief Corp Dev Officer and General Counsel, Blinkbuggy

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Resisting The Digital Divide

This morning started out like any other morning. Our morning routine typically consists of one or both kids waking us up at an outrageously early hour, one of us dragging ourselves out of bed, turning on the tv, making coffee and then turning on a computer to check emails or start working (Eventually, we feed the kids too). I’m not exactly proud of this routine. I’d like to say that each morning we sit with the kids for some quality time but the reality is, as for most parents, mornings are hectic, rushed and time starved to say the least.

But, today was different.  I don’t know why but when I sat on the couch to say a proper good morning to the kids, I forgot to get up and inadvertently got sucked into watching one of their shows (Busytown Mysteries, if you must know. Catchy theme song!). I ended up watching the whole thing and then realized that I didn’t once look at my phone or my computer. What a great feeling to just sit with the kids and enjoy with them something that they enjoy so much.  Sure, it was TV but we’ll fight that battle later.

Something from this experience carried with me through the morning. As I was riding the subway to work, I forgot to take my phone out of my pocket to read a book, check the news, play a game… anything that would keep me from engaging the world around me (I’m usually pretty grumpy from lack of sleep – thanks, kids!). My first instinct was to quickly look down at my shoes, dig in my pocket, pull out my phone and ignore humanity like I usually do. But this time, I hesitated and forced myself to look around.

And I was alone.

A subway full of people, and each one an island (poetic, isn’t it?). Every person was head down with their mobile device. No one was looking around taking in their environment. Granted, doing so too intently on a NYC subway can, in rare circumstances, get you in trouble but it struck me that people (and I include myself) are so intent on not engaging that we miss the world around us. Now, don’t misinterpret this as me being anti-technology. Far from it but, I realized a truth from both my experiences and it was best said by Ferris Bueller*:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So slow down, look up and take it all in.  That’s how memories are made.

Wishing you happy memories.

Liad Spiro

COO, Husband to Founder and enjoyer of kids’ cartoons

* If you remember Ferris Bueller, then we’re both getting old. Welcome to our generation.

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Remember The Most Important Moments: Part 1

Remember the most important moments: Top 3 things you want to write down in baby’s first month.

Part 1 of the Milestones series from Blinkbuggy’s founder and CEO, Emma Weisberg.

Mom_baby_feetThe first month with a newborn baby is hard! No sleep, lots of crying, diapers, feeding, burping…it can feel like a never-ending cycle. Thankfully, even though it can be hard to remember in the moment, there is also so much joy and love mixed in and a lot of stories to tell already!

While every mom experiences the first month differently, having talked to many moms (and having been through it myself!), one thing is universal: the desire to have written more things down.

So learn from our regrets. Here are 3 of the top memories you’ll want to be sure to write down in that first month. Right now it may seem as though you could never forget the details of the day your baby was born, but trust me, you will be thankful that you wrote it down. And, in twenty years, your baby will be thankful too.

  1. The story for your baby’s name.

Write a note to your little one explaining the story behind their name. How did you choose it? What does it mean? Was it easy or hard to decide upon and was everyone in agreement? How about the other ‘contenders’ – what other name(s) did your baby almost have? Looking back, it’s hard for us to even imagine calling our babies something other than their names now, but we had some doosies!

 

  1. The birth story.

No matter how it goes, there is always a story to be told about the day your baby arrived. Who was there? Where were you? Did the baby arrive early, late or just on time? How long did it take? What crazy, unanticipated events ensued?

 

  1. The stats.

Don’t forget to mark down the stats! Date and time of birth. Length and weight. Hair and eye color. The name of the doctor or midwife (or taxi driver!) who delivered your baby.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the “Remember The Most Important Moments” series coming soon.  Until then, Happy memories!

Emma Weisberg

Founder & CEO, Blinkbuggy

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That 80’s Vibe!

For those of you who are old enough to remember the 80’s, you well know that there are some things best forgotten. Like what, you ask? Allow me to remind you.

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The horror.  The horror.

I’m sorry I had to do that to you.  The big hair, the leg-warmers, the parachute pants and, of course, the massive shoulder pads are all things that most of us who lived through those dark times would rather forget. But there is one thing from the 80s that cannot be denied: the music! Yes, it was cheesy, but it was impossible to ignore and, let’s be honest, it was good! That’s why I just had to share this amazing transformation of the Game of Thrones theme song by Steve Duzz to a tune that would feel right at home in the 80’s.  Enjoy!

Liad Spiro

COO, Husband to CEO, Blinkbuggy user, and rehabilitated mullet-sporter

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Blinkbuggy Reflections: Put your hands together for the details!

I’ll begin with this: I have no musical talent whatsoever. I can’t sing, don’t play any instrument, and can barely manage to stay with a beat.  Pretty sad for the son of an opera singer. Nevertheless, I’ve always loved music. As the saying goes, music moves me (that does not translate into good dancing skills). It’s hard for me to classify my taste in music other than eclectic. In the “old days”, I would walk into a Tower Records (remember those?), head straight for the listening stations and spend an hour listening to samples of different artists. Continue reading

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Blinkbuggy Feature Update: Inviting Friends

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers!

It’s been a while since we posted here.   That’s because we’ve been very hard at work making improvements to the Blinkbuggy site and experience (This is true, but maybe not the whole truth – read: rug rats running us ragged).

One of the main areas we’ve focused on is sharing with friends and family.  We all have certain memories that bring a huge smile to our face and we love sharing them and spreading the joy they bring to those closest to us.

We’ve redesigned the friend invitation feature on Blinkbuggy to make it much easier and more intuitive to share memories with current Blinkbuggy members or invite friends  to join Blinkbuggy and share.  Continue reading

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Blinkbuggy Reflections: Bringing Life to the Past

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers,

I must admit upfront that this post starts out a little heavy, but I hope you bear with me.

When I was 22 my dad died.  It was sudden.  I had just graduated college and was trying to figure out my way in the world. I remember the call from my brother telling me the news like it was yesterday, the shock of it, the hole it ripped in my world, the inescapable weight of the loss I felt.

I remember being told that as long as I remembered him, he would always be alive and with me and I do believe that, in essence, it is true.  But as I get older and as the years since he passed continue to add up, my memories of my dad have started to fade. With each passing year, those that remain become less clear, less an accurate representation of who he really was and more a faded mosaic of distant and disparate memories that fit together loosely to form my current “memory” of him.  I can look at pictures, see his face, see his smile and “remember” his great sense of humor but I can’t say that I really “know” him anymore.  That’s a hard and upsetting thing to admit. Continue reading