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My families photos are stored on Smugmug and have been for over 10 years!

I have amassed thousands of photos all organized in beautiful galleries that I can customize.   Privacy controls let me manage who is seeing my photos while at the same time allowing me to have other family members upload photos to my site as well (for those pesky, Christmas Calendars!).  Easy ordering of prints, full-resolution downloading of my photos, awesome photo editing, great video capabilities, unique gifts and fast uploading of photos.


Creating, scheduling and managing well wishes got a whole lot easier for me once I discovered Cardstore a few years ago.  I love the quality of the cards!  I love how I can schedule cards up to a year in advance but also quickly create and send out additional cards as needed.  Read my complete review of Cardstore!

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I discovered while living in Spain for the year.  I used to book apartments rentals, hostels, motels, and hotels.  I love how easy it is to search and how easy it is to tweak my search.  A big bonus for me is that the website opens each property that I click on into a new tab in my browser.  It may seem like a small detail but when I am comparing multiple properties it’s easy for me to forget which ones I’m still debating and which ones I don’t want to book, especially when I have to use the back button. is my go-to for accommodations.



Circle Cut Out Amanda

 I am a lover of campfires and road trips, long summer days spent outdoors and long winter nights reading by the fire. I blog about living far from family and ways to keep connected. And on an given day, I may regret living far from family while also being thankful for where I am.  Find out more!
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