Tillamook Loaf Love Tour + 3 Children’s Hogle Zoo Passes

For our afternoon adventure we headed over to our local Fresh Market to check out the Tillamook loaf love tour. I mean come on, who doesn’t love free cheese samples?

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It was fun to see the cheese van. Very tiny. Not sure if they really drive it or not.
The kids were wearing orange and blue, perfectly matched with the Tillamook brand! (I promise, it was not planned)

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We got to try some yummy cheese samples that H & J loved.
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The gals working there were really cute with the kids and gave up fun props like lips and a mustache
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As a mom, I was excited for coupons!
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We were thrilled to find Huckleberry ice cream (or favorite to eat in the Tetons)

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We bought three different flavors and had a Tillamook ice cream party back at our house.

Best.

Ice Cream.

Ever!

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I’ve got three children’s zoo passes to the Hogle Zoo. All you have to do is comment below by answering

“What is your families favorite Tillamook product?”

Best PHOTO apps

Yeah, it’s the iPhone 4.

Ever since Apple upped the ante with the iPhone 4 — and then blew that out of the water with the 4S — the iPhone has reallytaken off as a worthy alternative to a point-n-shoot camera. It’s perfect for those who want something that is both efficient and effective — something Lifehack readers yearn fro in a lot of their tech gear.

There are hundreds of photo apps out there (I should know…I think I bought most of them) that take your iPhoneography to the next level. I’ve picked top 10 camera apps for iPhone, but then I realized that there is so much more to taking pictures on the iPhone than just taking pictures, so as a bonus I’ve included my top 4 favorite apps to edit and enhance photos just to round things out.

Let’s get started…

  1. Camera+ $0.99. This is my go-to app to take pictures. I wish I could set it as my default camera app. What’s great? The in-app photo edits and fast sharing. Yeah, man.
  2. 360 Panorama $0.99. Want to make easy, peasy awesome looking panorama shots? Here you go. You’re welcome.
  3. GridLens $0.99. What to take a series of shots laid out in a cool frame or grid? This is the app. Maybe one picture divided or several different shots over a few seconds, it’s just tap and go.
  4. Hipstamatic $1.99. One of the leading “toy camera” app to let you give your iPhone shots different looks with software lenses, filters, and films. Its’ cool.
  5. Retro Camera Plus Free. This is a simple way to get those Hipstamtic style shots without spending a penny. I really like the Soviet-era camera styles included. Gritty and real is what those shots are, gritty and real.
  6. Snapseed $4.99. This might be the most expensive of these apps, but it’s also the one with the most robust editing suite as well. It’s like Camera+ meets iPhoto. Bonus…it’s a universal app that is awesome on the iPad too.
  7. Mattebox $3.99. Maybe a little pricy for a “basic” camera app, but the focus lock, white balance, and ISO displays make this a nice app for taking well composed shots.
  8. Instagram Free. Instagram is more than a photo app (or a Facebook property) it made photo sharing more social. Snap, tweak, share. Feel the love.
  9. Camera Awesome Free. From the folks at SmugMug, this app focuses (hah, hah) on composition and processing to make for great shots. Hey it is free, so always worth a try.
  10. 8mm Vintage Camera $1.99. This is the only pure video app in the list. What you get is an easy way to shoot “vintage” looking movies with your iPhone. It’s easy and the results are awesome.
And, of course, let’s not forget the default app — Camera. It’s the app that you can get to quickly from the lock screen. Just because Apple included it with your iPhone doesn’t make it any less of a great app. Grid overlay, HDR pictures, and even focus/exposure lock (tap and hold on a spot until the square pulses). It’s a solid app folks.

Editing, tweaking, and extra:

  1. Diptic $0.99. Diptic works like Grid Lens, except it doesn’t take pictures, just allows you to arrange existing pictures into frames. Before Grid Lens, this was my favorite way to make a photo collage.
  2. WordFoto $1.99 Overlay words onto a photo to make a word collage. Makes for awesome photos to share for fun.
  3. iPhoto $4.99. Until iPhoto came onto the scene, Snapseed was the only way to do serious photo editing on your iPhone (or iPad). iPhoto on the iPhone is a little cramped (so is Snapseed, by the way), but the features are great. Well worth the money.
  4. Magic Hour Free. There is a period of time just before and just after sunrise/sunset when the light is amazing. Photographers and film makers schedule their entire day to make the most use of Magic Hour. Now, do you know exactlywhen magic hour is where you are? Probably not. With is this app you will and …well, the results are awesome when you tap into the sun low in the sky. Try it.

There are many more apps I could have included — like light meters and light boxes – but these are the top 10 camera apps for iPhone that I actually keep on my devices. Did I miss a great app? Let me know in the comments.

Tris Hussey

Tris Hussey is a technologist, best-selling author, teacher, Canada’s first professional blogger, and general Internet Rogue. He has written several books on social media and technology including Create Your Own Blog (1st and 2nd editions), Using WordPressSam’s Teach Yourself Foursquare in 10 Minutes,WordPress Essentials (video lessons), and Sam’s Teach Yourself WordPress Themes in 24 Hours(forthcoming in late 2012 with Catherine Winters). You can read Tris’ posts on TrisHussey.com, theFutureShop Tech blog, and other sites around the Internet.

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I’m going to Jackson

The Dalton Gang 2011

The Dalton Gang 2011

Our family has been going to Jackson for about 25 years.
How is that possible, you may wonder, since we’ve only been married 11? Good question.

Well, you see, both of our parents are friends and very early on in our childhood our families started going to Jackson Hole together. I must have been 10 or so?

The summer I fell in love with Jon was when we were in High School. I think I was 17 or 18. We had a foreign exchange student that year from Denmark (surprise) and she had fallen a crush on Jon’s brother. So, Jon and I ended up spending a lot of time together drinking Dr. Pepper and making fun of his brother and our foreign exchange student. Thankful that brother ended marrying someone else, but it sealed the deal. For me. I love that Jackson is part of our love story.

It’s became a tradition for both of our families. My parents have gone almost every year unless we were in Denmark. We stay at Colter Bay and have a lot of memories up there. It’s only been the last few years all the Dalton’s have started going again. But it sure feels good to be up there in that majestic place. It’s been so special to take our own children there and share this little bit of heaven with them.

Believe it or not, we’re missing a brother and sister and their two kids in this picture above. Plus we’ve had two more babies join us.

I lose track how many we are now…29?  And counting.

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I hope to post some Jackson tips on bike rides and some of our favorite trails for hiking!

JULY Mom of the Month: Heather Von St. James – one tough mother fighting cancer

Meet our JULY Mom of the Month: Heather Von St James.

Mesothelioma Didn’t Break Me

It is one of the most eventful times in a woman’s life when expecting a child. The pregnancy was very normal with each movement and kick of my little bundle of joy.  Lily, my little daughter was born on August 4, 2005 and I was so excited as I counted her ten tiny fingers and toes.  Throughout everything in my life, I was surrounded by those who meant the world to me – “my village” as I refer to them. My husband, his family, my parents and many dear friends were there through the pregnancy and Lily’s entrance into our world.  There was so much to look forward to as we all witness each new chapter in this life – it all seemed perfect.

Although I would have loved to spend more time home with Lily, I returned to work when she was about a month old. I was not feeling physically up to par as yet and just blew it off as a case of the “baby blues” from just giving birth. I had not an ounce of energy, felt totally fatigued and breathless. No doubt, something was wrong and I needed to contact my doctor for a physical.  After the visit and various testing, diagnosis revealed much worse than stress and the blues of a new birth.

The news was devastating. Here I am with a three-and-a-half month old baby girl, a joyous time in my life and I was slapped with the reality on November 21, 2005 that I indeed had malignant pleural mesothelioma.  Cancer. A word no one wants to hear. As it turns out, I came into contact with asbestos when I was just a child 30 years ago. This cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos and it disturbed the lining of one of my lungs.

If bad can go to worse, my doctor gave me a total of 15 months to live with this disease unless I began immediate treatment. What was I to do – I had a new baby and loving husband to think about. This was supposed to be a new and happy chapter in our lives. I can’t imagine them going on without me and knew I had to do whatever I needed to and beat this monster that is disrupting my happy family and “my village.” With the severity of mesothelioma, we knew we had to get the best treatment possible.

My folks stepped up and offered to care for Lily in South Dakota where I grew up so that I could seek the help I needed. I was informed that one of the best mesothelioma doctors was in the Boston area so my husband and I were off to seek his help. I underwent a procedure known as an extrapleural pneumonectomy on February 2nd, 2006 which is a removal of the affected lung and all its surrounding tissues. Recovery in the hospital was 18 days followed by an additional two months before moving on to the next steps involving radiation and chemotherapy.

Motherhood is a 24-hour joyous but stressful task which I welcomed with open arms. I never dreamed I would also be battling to save my life from the curse of mesothelioma cancer. My fight paid off as I did eventually fully recover – I am now cancer-free.  It was a tough battle as my parents had to raise Lily through some of the best moments every mom cherishes – and it was these moments, that I experienced in the hospital through photos that made me determined to win this battle.

Along with the visions of that beautiful baby girl, it was my “village” of family and friends that gave me the strength to reach for the stars. I knew I needed to fight this cancer out of my body and be here for those I loved – those who loved and supported me through it all. Never take life or anything in your life for granted. Despite the curse of cancer, giving into it is surrendering to it. Life is precious and your “village” is worth the efforts in the love and support they offer.

Heather Von St James is a 43-year-old wife and mother. Upon her diagnosis of mesothelioma, she vowed to be a source of hope for other patients who found themselves with the same diagnosis. Now, over 6 years later, her story has been helping people all over the globe. She continues her advocacy and awareness work by blogging, speaking and sharing her message of hope and healing with others. Check out more of her story at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

You know it’s a bad day at the office when…

You know it’s a bad day at the office when you have to send out the following email:

 

Ok Gents –

I hope you can all catch the essence of the humor as well as the not-so-funny entonations of this email.

I am sure we all like surprises, of certain type and variety.  That said, I feel pretty safe in saying that no one likes lifting up the lid of the toilet to find a nice offering awaiting them there.

 

So, I hate to outline something as grossly obvious as this (pun intended), but I am going to anyway:

·         Please flush the toilet when you use it.

·         Please use adequate toilet paper so as to do the job and not clog the plumbing.

·         If you clog it, unclog it.  Don’t leave someone else to be your plumber, janitor, mom, etc.

·         Employ a pre-flush or flushes (aka: courtesy flush) if necessary.  If you don’t know what that is, see HERE.

·         Leave the fan on to keep the odoriferous emanations within the office in check.

 

Please let me know if you have anything further.  Sorry to be so blunt, but hopefully future atrocities can be avoided.

 

Thanks,


5 Things To Look For When Choosing A DSLR Camera Bag

I love photography. Over the last two years, I’ve saved to buy a new lens and am now in the market for a camera bag.

When choosing a camera bag there are 5 things you should look for.

1. How does it protect your camera?

2. Is there room for additional lenses?

3. How big or small do you need it? Is it for day use or for travel?

4. How does it function? Is there room for other items like an iPad or note books?

5. What’s the price? 

 

1. How does it protect your camera?

Is it made of protective foam? Does it insulate the camera? What if were to fall?

Some camera bags are protected on the side, but not on the top. Be sure to look at all areas. Feel around, test it out.

 

2. Is there room for additional lenses?

Will you be shooting with just one lens or is there room for additional lenses?

 

3. Is the camera easily accessible?

How big or small do you need it? Is it for day use or for travel? If you’re like me, your juggling three things with a kid in your arm and unzipping a camera bag to get it out is a very involved process.

 

4. How does it function?

Is there room for other items like an iPad or note books? Will you use it as a purse or just as a camera bag?

 

5. What’s your budget?

There are some ok camera bags out there between $34 – $45 and increase with gadgets and whistles. For me it comes down to cost per use. If it’s something I will use everyday for the next five to ten years, then it’s worth paying a little extra money upfront and know that it will last. Versus the last camera bag we purchased and the zipper didn’t even last three years.

 

If you’ve ever shopped for a camera bag, they are all black and boring and not very versatile.

My last camera bag was a more triangle shaped one, but the zipper broke. I’ve had the square ones, but they are bulky.

I found this Swiss Army one at Best Buy that I like, but it’s still pretty industrial and rather boaring.

CaseCrown makes one that’s leather and nice, but not my style.

(CaseCrown bag pictured above)

The camera bag that I WANT is from Shoot Sac. It’s called the tote and shoot. It’s pretty much amazing. You can tell it’s been well tested because they have thought of everything. I wrote about it back in 2010 when it was first announced (http://www.danishmama.com/2010/04/tote-and-shoot/) and have been following along with their updates.

Wouldn’t you love to take this for a test drive? I sure would! *sigh*

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