Wordless Wednesday: Ornamental

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Once upon a time I was a sentimental new mom and I made special trips to the Hallmark store to buy “Baby’s First Christmas.”

They’re still my favorite.

Your KidVid: Kyle@8

UPDATE: I’ve added a 20% coupon code and a giveaway – read to the end.

Yesterday’s post was just a tease for THIS:

This video was edited by YourKidVid, a new service that takes your video clips and edits them together into a great little WATCHABLE package.

If you’re anything like me, you have countless video clips you’ve recorded over the years, stored on your computer, your external hard drives, YouTube and Flickr and Instagram and Vine, and even (gasp!) still on your phone or your old camera. You know they’re there but you never watch them.

YourKidVid will take those clips and edit them down. They invited me to try the service and I was astonished to see the price: $29 for a simple video and $49 for a Premium vid like this one, with the fun editorial embellishments.

People, I used to do this kind of work for a living. It’s a giant pain in the ass. But the editors at YourKidVid must really love what they do. Or maybe they aren’t real at all, just some crazy magic fairy dust that POOF! turns your clips into a video.

The only problem I encountered was that going into my video archives to find the clips for this, I had to hunt around because I don’t have them organized well. Also, I found myself up until midnight, blithely tripping along memory lane.

How did he get so big? (Sniff.)

The site is easy to navigate and the upload process is also easy as long as you have a DropBox account (which is free). If you’re tech-savvy enough to get your clips off your phone/camera and onto your computer, you can handle the transfer just fine.

The one thing I think the site could use is a guide to choosing clips. I’m a former pro so I knew what to look for, but not everyone has already developed a quick eye for what works. I followed YourKidVid’s posted examples of videos they already made, and I appreciate that they have a blog where they tell heartwarming stories and make themselves seem more human (to throw us off the magic fairy dust trail, perhaps?) but I have a feeling those editors in their dark rooms with all their experience have a tip or two to share with customers about what kinds of clips make good building blocks for a sweet and snappy final product.

mama baby yourkidvid

In this instance, the final product is sweet indeed. I’m really happy to have tested it out to share with you. I have a 20% coupon code exclusively for my readers: YKV-45A

Best of all, I’m giving away a free Premium Video! Just leave a comment telling me about the cutest footage you’ve caught on camera! Winner will be draw at random from comments left before 11:59PM Pacific Time on 12/31/13. Remember to take lots of video this Christmas! (Psst! Hold your phone horizontally when you do!)

I received a free Premium video and compensation for my time to facilitate this feature.

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Song

OK I know this is cheating. But spoken words aren’t written words, right?

Holiday Calm

 

I’m not worried. It feels weird.

wreathThis is the time of year when a lot of us are overwhelmed: by things to do, gifts to purchase and wrap, events to attend, loneliness, even. On top of everything else we normally pack into our lives, holiday hustle and bustle (and children’s labor-intensive projects that are all due at the same time!) can tip our lists over the edge of madness.

This is also the time of year, for me, when come down with a nasty case of bronchitis. I don’t remember if it happened last year, but every year before that going back to high school, right around December 10-15, it would hit me, knock me out for days.

It was a clear sign to me from my body: slow the eff down!

I am happy to say that I have come a long way in the last few years – it is one small victory in a sea of internal strife (a phrase that my sophomore history teacher used to use all the time) – toward not freaking out when I have a lot to do. As my close friends and family (and even several hundred Facebook friends) know, I’m certainly not even past my opponents’ 25 yard line on this one, but I think I’ve at least crossed the 50.

I sat down at my desk this morning and cleared a tiny space among the piles of receipts and papers so I could type. I listed out what I remember that I need to do, and the places I’m supposed to go. I’m not showered or dressed yet. My house, of course, is mostly a mess. I have a deadline coming up on Wednesday for which I still don’t have a hook (writers, you know what I’m talking about).

And I didn’t freak out or get panicky, like I used to.

I’ve had the normal amount of coffee. I haven’t taken any drugs. It’s only 8:00 AM, so I haven’t had any wine.

Could it be personal evolution? A fluke? Maybe it’s true holiday spirit, not just the hamster-on-a-wheel urge to shop and wrap and trim and decorate. Whatever it is, I feel okay. It’ll all get done, or it won’t, and either way as long as everyone is alive and healthy, that’s the point, right? “Shit’s gonna happen whether you worry about it or not,” my physical therapist used to say.

I guess I’ll take it. I just hope this means I don’t get sick this year.