GROOVEBOOK LOVE!

vscocam-photo-5GrooveBook Love! Today’s post is a little different.. a little different because I will be sharing one of my favorite products thus far!

It all started about five months ago, when a fellow co-worker introduced the product to me. As many of you may know by now, I enjoy a good photograph. I also must admit that I’m a little bit of a picture hoarder. My iPhone has always been my ‘memory keeper’ the place where my photo’s are kept, until I get that little message that pops up and states…”your memory is full.” Isn’t that just the worst moment?? Especially when you think your about to take that one good shot that you can’t wait to share with everyone! AND may actually be instagram worthy! sigh.. lol  Im sure that’s happened to all of us at some point. Most of us may just download our memories unto another piece of technology, like our computers, our usb’s or hard drives.. but most of us won’t even take a look at those pictures for a while… I find that so sad sometimes. It may just be the love I have for cherishing and keeping memories.

One day, my fiancé and I thought about the joy we find in going to our parents home and finding old printed photographs in our mothers keep boxes, or albums. Its such a sweet feeling of joy and awe, seeing our younger faces, the smiles, the clothes, the love you see in old photographs..  The more we thought of it, the more we realized that the day its time to have some little munchkins of our own, we probably won’t have those same memories for them.. All our photographs are in a computer or get lost in files! yikes! Thats no fun..! I decided that we were going to be future parents, that would have photo albums and keep boxes full of old pictures of how mom and dad used to look like in their younger days! lol  Thanks to GrooveBook, they will be helping us in this little goal of ours!

GrooveBook is an app available to Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad, and android phones, in which directly from your device you can upload the pictures you’d like printed, unto a cute little designed photo book.. Im seriously in love with them. Every month the cover is a different design, yet every month you can fill it with 100 of your favorite photos! The cost is very inexpensive, includes shipping and handling and makes a great affordable memory!  Each picture will have the date, time and place in which you took your photo and each picture can be removed with their perforated edges. Even makes great for  arts & crafts! It super cute, I love getting them in the mail each month.  These are my latest GrooveBooks.. aren’t they cute?!

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Every groove book will have these coupons in the back pages to share a code for a friend for their first free GrooveBook! NEAT!
Every groove book will have these coupons in the back pages to share a code for a friend for their first free GrooveBook! NEAT!

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Check out GrooveBook at their website Here for all their details and pricing! You won’t be disappointed! You will have some pretty neat photo books to share with your family and for yourself..

 Jen ❤

*this post is not for profit

HELLO 25.. HELLO ST.AUGUSTINE!

hello25I think Birthday’s are just another day to be thankful and to realize how much we are blessed. Usually my birthday’s consist of a nice family dinner and day out! Well this year, for the big 25 it was more than just a dinner and day out. Thanks to my lovely boyfriend and family, it was a Birthday weekend getaway! It was so great and special of him. Since Xavier and I started dating, I have always made comments on how lovely it would be to just take a drive up to St. Augustine, FL. Well about a month before my big 25, I made it known that for this birthday I really wanted to go somewhere that I had never been to before and to be able to share it with his and my family. I think he got the point because one, he told me to stop worrying about it and two, he secretly planned the whole thing. He got my parents and his family all on the same page and they agreed to make the drive up for my birthday for the weekend.

I think one thing we did learn throughout his planning is how hard it is for both of our families to keep secrets,haha. We had a couple of people slip throughout the process. My mom during the week, slipped and asked me how the weather was in St. Augustine. His Aunt mentioned St.Augustine in a conversation about hotel rooms. And our friend Anita during lunch made it known that we weren’t going to be here for the weekend. Needless to say, I kind of had an idea a day or two before the actual trip. haha, my babe at least tried. Don’t get me wrong, I was still pretty surprised. Surprised because even though I kind of knew, I was surprised that not only did my parents go but also his parents and his aunt and uncle and their daughters. It was definitely shocking that he was able to get both of our families together, since we’ve failed several times at doing so. With the exception of some other individuals that I wish could have made it. It was still so special to have the ones that were able to make it, get away with me and leave their busy schedules behind.

The night before the trip, midnight to be exact, I got my Happy Birthday wishes and a beautiful watch and a card stating that we were leaving for the weekend! He can be so sweet. So the day of my birthday we got our bags and headed to my parents house. Turned out we were driving up with them, so off we were! Xavier than let me know that his parents would be driving up the next day since they had to work. Long behold, after a 4 1/2 hour drive we were there! Xavier’s parents and aunt and uncle would meet us there the next day.

All in all y’all, it was such a great birthday weekend! It meant the world to me that my family was able to be a part of yet another birthday. Turning a quarter of a century old is a big deal after all!  I truly feel beyond blessed to have such a caring family, not just MY OWN but also Xavier’s. My family and his, are all so supportive of our relationship and have such loving hearts for both of us. I really feel thankful of everyone who put their time and effort on making this birthday special for me, especially Xavier for making the plans. Life can be overwhelming at times, but life can also be wonderful if we choose to make it that way. Life is also about all the little moments we get to experience and who we get to experience them with. This past weekend the moments were memories I will cherish for a life time. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! You all made me a very happy birthday girl.

And just so you all know, St. Augustine, FL is a beautiful little city! It is full of history, scenery, relaxation and so much more! Being known to be the oldest city, it is so incredibly cute and charming. There was so much to see and experience all in this little place. The views and the stories behind every thing you saw were remarkable. I highly recommend a trip to this charming little city! You truly will be taken back by all it has to offer. It is romantic, relaxing, exciting, and full of charm all at the same time. It was definitely a hot hot summer weekend, with much walking, but it was so worth it! We all fought through the heat and soaked up all that we had to see and learn there. I won’t tell you too much so you all experience it yourselves one day but here are some shots we took while there. Some of our stops throughout the city included: The Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, St. Augustine Lighthouse and museum, and a couple of the oldest churches in the city. Those were a few of our city stops to just name a few! Lets just say my camera was very happy there!! And so were we!! (unfortunately I don’t have too many pictures of Xavier’s family since we split up for some of the day they were there for different activities, but they very much were a huge part of my celebration!)

Again, a big THANK YOU to all my loved ones for making memories with me. Love you all. ❤

And to the Love of my Life… thank you for all your efforts in making this birthday extra special for me. Love you to the moon and back times infinity! ❤

-Jen<3

PS. I had an obsession with the beautiful doors

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Thank You for the wonderful memories St. Augustine, see you soon!  Thank you to my family and most importantly.. Thank you God for giving me yet another day & another year, to share with my loved ones and to enjoy this life you have given us!  I am so grateful.

So what places have you all visited recently? =)
*all images are property of La Vida, life as it comes