iPhone Photography: the visual guide. Review and Giveaway.

You all know that I love to take photos.  I used to take them with my DSLR… that was before I got my iPhone.  My poor Canon sits and collects dust most of the time now.  I pull it out when I’m taking photos for a tutorial or when we’re taking family photos.  Let’s get real though, lugging that bad boy around in my purse is just not convenient.  My iPhone on the other hand…

What in the world did I ever do without it???

Seriously!?!  I use my iPhone camera each and every day, at least several times a day, and if we’re buddies on Instagram then you already know this.  How could I not with kids as funny and cute as mine, LOL!  I have always loved to take pictures, ever since I was a teenager really.  I come by it honestly, my dad is the same way.  I remember how exasperated we would get on family vacations, waiting for my dad as he stopped to take photo after photo of flowers and landscapes.  Now I am that person!  The iphone has changed my life as far as my love for photography goes.  I can document our daily lives, all of the sweet moments with my kids, the funny things that they do, things that inspire me… I always have my camera with me and it fits in my pocket.

I’ve just finished reading iPhone Photography: the visual guide, by Alli Worthington. You may know Alli because she is one of the co-founders of the amazingly successful Blissdom conference.  Have you gone?  It’s amazing!  Did you know that she is also an accomplished eBook author? Her eBook iPhone Photography: the visual guide is a really great tool for anyone who is trying to figure out the whole iPhone photography thing.  Alli likens her book to a cookbook… you can skip around, pick it up, put it down, read it however you want.  It’s full of colorful images that were all taken and edited on an iPhone and it’s broken down into easy to read sections:

  1. Tips for taking the best pictures with your mobile phone
  2. Wisdom from the experts
  3. All about Instagram (I love me some Instagram!!!)
  4. The toolkit
  5. Backing up your pictures

The tips are useful without being technical.  The tips from the experts are helpful… I learned a couple of things that I will apply today!  I use Instagram several times a day (ok, I’m addicted to it) and even I learned something new in the section about Instagram.

 from iPhone Photography: the visual guide

I have to tell you that my favorite part of the book was the section called “The Toolkit” where Alli writes about her 10 favorite apps to do it all on the go, and she should know… this girl travels a lot!!  Part of the fun of my iPhone camera is all of the apps that are available.  I could fill my phone up with them, but I try to keep it to several that I know I will use.  Sometimes this means downloading several, playing with them for a few weeks and deleting those that don’t get much use.  The Toolkit listed some of my faves, but it also introduced me to several that I immediately downloaded and cannot wait to start using!

This book is a great investment if you want to learn how to better your iPhone photography skills.  Right now you can get it as part of The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle.  It normally sells alone for $9.97, but this week only, you can buy Alli’s book as part of the eBook bundle and get iPhone Photography plus 96 more eBooks and eCourses for only $29.97, plus you get $140 in free gifts!  

 from iPhone Photography: the visual guide

Alli has kindly offered up a copy of her book to giveaway to one lucky Southern Institute reader!  This giveaway is open to anyone who can download a pdf file and will be open through Saturday night.  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below!  Many thanks to Alli for writing a fun and informative book and being so generous!

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Spring Has Sprung at Land’s End!

One thing that I love about living in Nashville, as opposed to up north where I grew up, is how early in the year it starts to warm up!  My allergies don’t appreciate this, mind you, but my spirits do.  I love love love it when the temps get warm enough for us to put our winter clothes away and break out the shorts and t-shirts, and Land’s End is usually where we turn if I’m not making the clothes myself.

I cannot believe how big this girl is getting!  She just turned ten but it feels like she aged about three years in the span of one year’s time.  She’s growing like a weed and becoming more of a little lady, but she’s still a little girl.  It’s so hard to find clothing that is not too “old” for this age.  Everything looks like it’s designed for a tiny woman, not a tween girl, and that really bothers me.  Land’s End is one of the few companies that carries clothing that is made for girls and is still good quality.  I guess that’s why we are loyal customers.

Their knit collection is really great!  This season they have introduced the Knit Kit, which is a collection of mix and match knits for girls that are comfy and cute and take the hassle out of dressing the little girl in your life.  Abby loves to wear this outfit!  I think it’s adorable.  I love this shirt.  In fact, it’s exactly like something that I would make for her if I were to sew a t-shirt.  I love that pocket!

If you are dressing a little girl and you’re looking for colorful, quality clothing that will stand up to her adventurous spirit, Land’s End will surely have something that you’ll love.  They are almost always having a great promotion too, so don’t waste any time… head on over!



You Gotta Getta Cuppow!

Here in the southern part of the country mason jars are used for everything!  I’m a yankee girl.  I grew up in the north, right outside of Chicago, where the mason jar is not held in such high esteem, and let me tell you that us northerners just don’t know what we’re missing!  Mason jars are the best!  I use them for storage, to can our figs, as vases, to give gifts, and of course the whole family drinks out of them.  That’s why I LOVE the Cuppow!

No, it’s not a grown up sippy cup.  I know that’s what you’re thinking.  I’ve heard it before.  This is eco-friendly.   It’s reusable.  It’s BPA free.  This is the freedom to drink out of your favorite glass on the go!  If you’re like me than the mason jar is always the glass that you drink out of at home, and now you can take it with you if you have a Cuppow!  The Cuppow just replaces the disc in your mason jar lid.  It acts just like the lid of a coffee cup and it comes in a regular size a a wide mouth size.  It even comes in orange and blue!  I made my first batch of iced coffee for the season last week and I’ve been a happy girl, cruising around town with my iced coffee and my Cuppow in hand.  Seriously cool.  You could even modify the fabric cuff tutorial by making it to size and adding a button and an elastic loop… viola, you have yourself a little cozy!

You know you want a Cuppow!  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and you just might get your wish!

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