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I recently polled my Facebook friends to see what came to mind when they think of me, or my blog. Some of the most common responses fell around photography, making fun memories with my kids, advocacy and Disney.

It’s true, I’m a rock star when it comes to photographing my kids. When it comes to backing up my photos, I’m borderline obsessive. But when it comes to printing, enjoying and displaying said photos, I’m a failure.

Watching my children play is like magic. Raising biracial children. A millennial mom blog.

There are certain times of the year this becomes extra apparent to me. Mother’s Day is one of those times. I love sentimental gifts and displaying our photographs and it’s the time of year I really try to get on the ball and print something for myself, and especially for our moms.

I’ve sworn to get better through the years. I have a great system for organizing my pictures. All I need to do is drag those folders into a digital photo book program. That last step has just been too much for me. The idea of choosing which photos I like best, arranging them the way I like, adding cute little embellishments here and there… It doesn’t happen often enough.

Well Shutterfly reached out to me to try their new Make My Book Service, which basically allows you to dump in up to 800 photos (I thought I would easily break this limit but I didn’t even hit 400), tell the designer how you want to arrange them (you into embellishments or nah?) and how many photos you want them to use (ALL of them or only the best?). They can also watch out for duplicates for you.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Listen, I was really worried about trying it out and telling you about it in time for Mother’s Day because like I said, I drag my feet when it comes to designing photo books. I’m a procrastinator. And this just isn’t one of those things you want to wait to do when you’re trying to make something special for mom.

But I sat my booty down and did it, and it was easy, and I didn’t die, or cry, or anything like that. The Make My Book designer did the hard part of arranging all the photos and they were in order like I liked. I just went back and changed the layout of a few pages because I like fewer borders and more photos. And then boom! Done!

The best part is forgetting you ordered it, then you get a bright orange package on your door and know exactly what it is. You open it and squeal because there are your sweet family’s faces on the cover staring back at you.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

My daughter nearly snatched it out of my hands as I opened the book, and we both sat, smiled and laughed as we looked at all of the memories we made over the last year.

I left the book on the counter waiting for my husband to see it when he got home. He was telling me a story and the hard book stopped him in his tracks.

“Oooh!” he said as he opened it. “That’s a good picture!” He said, pointing to a photograph we took together before a football game last year. Watching him look through the memories was just as fun as looking through it myself.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

My husband isn’t on Facebook or Instagram and doesn’t read my blog. So he doesn’t get to see most of the photos I take through the year.

“Now this is a gift,” I thought. “One we’ll always cherish.”

It’s also a gift that will keep on giving. Photo books are like brag books for grandparents (not to mention parents). I’m excited that the hard work is done and I can re-order the book for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day (though I’ll probably slip in a few more photos of other cousins and such). One personalized gift, three happy moms.

What are you giving your mom or mother-in-law for Mother’s Day? Do you like personalized gifts?

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“I like this one!” My 5-year-old daughter told me as we shopped for picture frames for my dad’s Father’s Day gift. She was in charge of helping choose everything this year, and assembling the presents. A big responsibility my little one was excited to tackle.

He always requests photo gifts for the holidays but I’m never on the ball when it comes to ordering them. I’m a procrastinator and I just can’t get it together.

Nothing changed this year. Here we were shopping for picture frames the day before Father’s Day, and we were planning to give him his gift in a few hours since he was coming to town. I hadn’t ordered the photos to go in it. I didn’t even know which ones I’d be choosing. But I had a secret weapon this year.

A photo printer.

As someone who’s obsessed with preserving memories through photographs and video, I’m surprised how long I went without one of these in my life.

I selected a few photos I took earlier this year of my dad and my kids together, and Lil’ J put them in the frames.

“Aww,” she sighed looking at her picture.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“I don’t really like this picture,” she told me.

She looked cute to me, but I wanted her to like the picture she gave to her Grandpa Poppy.

“Well if you want I can take another when he comes over today,” I told her.

She immediately perked up and changed into a pretty dress for the occasion.

My dad visited us for a couple hours that afternoon before driving back to Dallas. Before he left Lil’ J reminded me she wanted a new picture for the frame and as promised I snapped one real quick on my DSLR.

Biracial girl and creole grandpa

Two minutes later I was handing my daughter a vibrant 4×6 photo to replace in the frame.

She loved the photo, and I loved the convenience. No more 1-hour photo lab. No more late gifts (I hope).

Lil’ J worked hard to undo the frame latches, put in the picture and replace the backing. Then she beamed with pride as she handed the newly framed image to her grandpa.

What a sweet moment across three generations, and a touching milestone for her.

I’ve gone a little crazy since then printing out my favorite photos from the last few years and putting them in my kids’ memory boxes.

How to photo coasters

Then I started making photo crafts I’ve been pinning on Pinterest for ages but never had the discipline for all of the follow-through.

I had my husband pick up some bathroom tiles from Home Depot and BOOM… Less than an hour later we made some new photo coasters with some Modge Podge, pictures and felt on the bottom.

I even went a little funky and made some photo magnets for my husband’s garage gym storage cabinet using sports drink lids. Who knows what I’ll do next!

Gatorade lid photo magnets

Seeing my dad’s and daughter’s face light up at a simple photo exchange was enough to make me realize how important it is that we don’t keep our photos hidden away on our computers, but print and cherish them in our hands as well.

I’m using the Canon PIXMA MG 7720 printer which is Wi-Fi enabled, a breeze to use and produces gorgeous photographs up to 8×10 in size.

Now please excuse me while I go fill the rest of my home with photos of my family.

Do you hang a lot of your family photos? Have any creative ideas for me?

*Making and cherishing memories and milestones with my family is so important to me, which is why I’ve partnered with Canon on this post. All opinions are my own.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.

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