Turn Photos into Moving Images with Plotagraph

I absolutely love time-lapse photography. I just don’t have a lot of patience for it, or the people I’m with don’t have a lot of patience for it. That’s why I’m excited about this new app called Plotagraph+.

Plotagraph+ is an image animation app that lets you turn your still images into moving pictures, and it’s so easy anyone can do it.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Plotagraph to make incredible moving pictures like the one below from your still photos.

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Tips for Road Trips with Your Puppy

Our family took a drive from Kentucky to Florida this week…and we took along our 6 month old puppy. Zelda was a champ. She did a great job, and she really loved hanging out with our kids while we were in the car for over 15 hours in two days.

I thought of a few ‘rules” for traveling with a puppy, so I thought I’d share them here.

Tips for Traveling with a Puppy

Tip 1: Be patient
Traveling with a pup is much like traveling with a child–everything takes (at least) twice as long. So…be sure to be patient and understand that things are going to take longer. This is difficult for me, but I think I did an okay job.

Tip 2: Be prepared
The more prepared you are for traveling with your dog, the better your trip will be. I made a list of things that I was either happy we had packed or wished we would have packed on this last trip. These will all be in our bag on the way home after vacation is over.

  • Small treats
  • Cleaning wipes (we had a puking issue)
  • A long leash/tie out
  • Portable water dish
  • A long lasting chew bone

Tip 3: Be proactive
Puppies are just getting housebroken. They aren’t necessarily “car broken.” Don’t wait until the dog tells you she ha to go…stop often enough that she can go on your schedule. The more proactive you are about this, the less likely you’ll have an accident inside the car.

Teamwork also works. We take turns going inside with kids so one of us can walk the dog the whole time. It definitely takes longer, but refer to rule 1.

I hope these rules help you with your road trip with a puppy.

What tips do you have?

Birthday Surprise! Nintendo Switch!

My son recently turned 12, and he really wanted a Nintendo Switch. We looked everywhere for one, but they were sold out everywhere.

His birthday passed, and we couldn’t get it for him. Until one day…

I love his response (and his brother’s response). Makes me smile every time I watch it.

What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given?

My Despicable Me 3 Review

Last Friday we took the kids to see Despicable Me 3. We opted for this one over Cars 3 because we thought it would be more interesting for the parents. Not sure about that, though. We still haven’t seen Cars 3, so who knows.

Here are my thoughts on Despicable Me 3:

  1. 80s Music for the Win: One of my favorite parts was the soundtrack, especially the 80s music. Since the Villain is stuck in the 80s, the music gets a thumbs up from the parents. Who can argue with Bad, Take on Me, 99 Luftballoons, and Into the Groove? There are also eight Pharrell Williams and a few Minions songs stuck in there, too (unfortunately).
  2. Minions Bore Me: I found myself just wishing the minions parts of the movie would get over. They almost never help with the plot, and it seems like cheap filler content to get the movie up to a respectable 90 minutes.
  3. Great Villain…questionable plot: Balthazar Bratt is a former child television star (from the 80s) and is stuck in the past and bent on world domination. The character is great. His jumpsuit, shoulder pads, and parachute pants complement his mullet and give some new humor to the franchise. The plot, however, was iffy. I don’t want to give anything away, but when you bring in a long lost twin brother with a secret, you’re pretty much out of great ideas.

Summary:
Overall, the movie wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would be. It could have been the fact that we waited forever to watch it because when we arrived at the theater, there were only 4 seats left. So we sat around for the next showing. By the time we got in the theater, I was sleepy. I may (or may not) have fallen asleep during part of it. But I don’t think I missed anything.

If your kids like Minions and the other Despicable Me movies, they’ll probably like this one, too. You might not, though.

Have you seen Despicable Me 3? What did you think of it?

Do You Remember “The Greatest American Hero”?

Who remembers “The Greatest American Hero”? I know I do. I used to watch it when I was a kid.

I often feel like Ralph, the guy who got the super hero costume and lost the instruction manual. Can you say “Trial and error, baby?” So often it feels like my life is like that. I guess you’ve got to keep plugging away.

Hopefully my errors are comical to others. At least they can get some laughs out of my mess ups.

Did you watch the show?

Read more about the Greatest American Hero on Wikipedia.