We are announcing our very first Pin it to Win it giveaway! We love Pinterest, who doesn’t? Our favorite Pinterest board is our Blast from the Past board. It is entertaining to look back over the past decades and relive some of those memories… or laugh at ourselves, what were we thinking?
To celebrate the month of May and of course, Mother’s Day, we are giving away a tranquility gift basket and a $100 gift card to preserve your family memories. We want YOU to win with these easy steps.
Just follow YesVideo on Pinterest and pin any image from our site using the hashtag #MomMemory in the description of your pin (so we can find your entry). Ta-da! It is that simple and now you have entered to win the prize with a value of $180 to treat yourself this spring!
There is no limit of entries into the giveaway. Remember to always use the hashtag #MomMemory within the description so we can track it and give you credit. All pins must point back to our site, either at yesvideo.com or blog.yesvideo.com to count.
The giveaway ends on May 31, 2013. This giveaway is solely sponsored by YesVideo. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pinterest.A winner will be selected by random from the hashtag #MomMemory on Pinterest.
Every once in a while, one of my friends with children younger than mine will ask me a question about my kids’ development – when they started doing this or that, what their first words were and when they said them, or how potty training went with so-and-so. I am always shocked to realize that I’ve forgotten so many of the little details of my children’s younger years.
How often have you said the words, “I will never forget this moment!” only to discover years down the road that the details of that event have faded in your memory?
The forgotten trip
I had a particularly poignant experience with fading memories regarding a trip I took to Mexico when I was a young, single adult. That trip has been a living reminder of the importance of photos and videos in keeping my memories alive.
My college roommate and I decided to take a long weekend getaway to Mexico the summer after my sophomore year of college. I had spent the previous summer on a study abroad in Mexico and I was confident that I could be a great tour guide.
As soon as we arrived back in the US, I rushed in to the one-hour photo and dropped off my roll of film to be developed. I couldn’t wait to see the pictures of our adventures. I was horrified to discover later that day that my entire roll of film had been eaten by one of the developing machines and not a single photo could be processed.
Crushed, I went back home and went on with my summer. Now, years later, I have few memories of that trip. If nothing else, my trip to Mexico proved to me that my memory is visually linked. Trips that I took before that year and the countless trips I’ve taken since have stayed alive in my memory for two reasons: 1) I take many pictures and 2) I regularly take them out to view, enjoy, and remember.
The not-forgotten childhood
Determined that I wouldn’t let another memory be “lost,” I have been diligent with taking photos and videos throughout my kids’ growing up years. Although so many of the details have faded (When, exactly, did AJ start walking?!) there are other treasures whose memories will live on and not be forgotten because I captured them on film.
How else would I remember just how silly my 2nd daughter’s “crazy eyes” eye trick was (she can no longer do this)…
Or how would I remember the somersault she taught herself to do in my mom’s spa?
Those little, everyday moments caught on camera, and especially those caught on video camera, remain vivid in my memory. But those memories are only refreshed when I pull out the photos and videos and actually view them.
This year, I am embarking on a project to keep more memories alive. I’ve got hundreds of short clips of my kids singing, dancing, taking their first steps, performing at concerts, and countless other ordinary activities. As my kids get older, I want to remember those early days and I know the best way I can do that is to relive the moments that we shared together.
It may be a big job to gather all of the little video clips I have, but I can’t wait to have them made into a DVD with YesVideo and watch them together as a family.
Do you have video clips or photos that are stored away somewhere that need to be brought out, organized, and enjoyed again? Join me in keeping your family memories alive in 2013!
How many of you have shoe boxes full of old photos tucked away in a closet somewhere in your house? I know I do. We pull them out sometimes and go through the stacks with our kids. They love seeing themselves as babies and seeing Mom and Dad back when we were young. The hairstyles. The clothes. Good times.
My intent is not to knock photographs. They are special and unique in their own way. That being said, I prefer video over photographs to preserve my memories. It’s nice to look at a photograph of loved ones. Take, for instance, my Grammy pictured here, who passed away in 2005.
She looks like any other Grammy in this photo, right? It’s a bit dark and shaded, so you can’t make out her features all that much. It was taken at my wedding in 2001. Seeing this brings back a fond memory and makes me smile.
Now watch this video. It’s super quick, just 26 seconds.
I recently found these clips of Grammy from 2002 at our baby shower. My sister took the time to interview everyone in attendance. THAT is my Grammy. Her voice. Her small smirk after she says “Well, she says she’s having a girl”. Her saying “I don’t give advices” has become an epic quote in our family.
Wow! Beyond just a photograph, seeing the video invokes a much deeper feeling of nostalgia. I found myself holding my breath as a watched and my heart began to hurt a bit. I miss my Grammy and love seeing her smirk and hearing her voice.
Photographs are great. Videos are… deeper… more powerful… more REAL.
Video cameras are so accessible these days, most of us have them right inside our smart phones. I encourage you to start capturing moments, both small and large, on video. You will cherish being able to see and hear your loved ones long after they have passed on. I know I do.
Have you been putting off all that spring cleaning? We don’t blame you! But it isn’t too late to get started. When you are clearing out your closet and come across that dusty box of old home videos… CVS/pharmacy and YesVideo can help.
CVS is offering 25% off your ENTIRE home video transfer order when you place your order online. But you’ve got to move quickly! This offer ends on Saturday, April 21st.
Place your order online, then tell us how many tapes you have and enter the code DVD25 at checkout. Send your tapes to YesVideo, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll enjoy your home videos on DVD and can share them privately online in about 3 weeks.