Without a doubt, one of the kids is assigned an “about me” project at the beginning of the school year, and I always end up scrambling the night before for enough photos to send with them—or making a late night trip to the one-hour photo desk at the nearest pharmacy. Every time, I think how ridiculous it is that I never actually follow through with the good intention of printing the photos from my phone on a regular basis.
So, I thought I’d share my recent (mini) accomplishment with you. I printed some of my favorites and am enjoying them so much. I used an app called Free Prints that lets me upload and place an order directly from my phone. (Not a sponsored endorsement, by the way; my hairdresser told me about it so I’m telling you. . .) You get 85 “free” prints a month, and you only pay shipping. (It was around $8, I believe.) It’s a great mindless activity to do while I’m waiting in car line or at soccer practice, which is the only way I’m going to get this done. (If you want to use my invite code, feel free: eclark125)
I’ve given up on the notion of putting them in albums, printing photo books or even organizing them in boxes. I’ve just been sticking them in a pretty bowl on the coffee table or displaying a few in my office. The kids love going through them. There’s just some satisfaction from holding pictures in your hand that you don’t get by swiping a screen, don’t you think?
It’s funny how this is such a novelty for our kids now. My mom and dad have a big trunk full of family photos, and I still love going through it from time to time. Of course, some I’d like to burn (think spiral permed hair and oversized glasses circa 1989), but they’re fun for the most part.
Hopefully, this will be the reminder you need to print a few (hundred?) for your viewing enjoyment. . .