I thought I was pretty techie. Pretty slick. Pretty with it. I was wrong. In the OLDEN DAYS (as in…last week), I would occasionally hook my iPhone to my laptop and use Lightroom to import my photographs. It worked fine, but I had to remember to do it, didn’t do it often enough, blah blah. […]

  • Kelly - did you know you can do a massive “delete all” in your inbox? You can. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Kelly, EEP! That scares me. I actually just ignore the count – that’s the glory of Gmail!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Been teaching that Dropbox trick in Phone Photography Project the last two rounds…it’s a good one. But what I’m really here to say: YES!!! Someone with more unread mail than me. Ha. I get heckled here a lot because I can’t seem to keep my messages under 2500 most of the time… I mean I could, but it’s so much easier to just read the important ones and deal with the rest… never. (I know, I know, I really oughtta deal with it soon)ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Elizabeth – I just ignore it. I love that I can search gmail for anything so I don’t look at the count – haha!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Henson - I love this post! I have dropbox, since I had an iphoto issue on my mac. We thought Dropbox was a great idea to organize and back up my photos. But I didn’t even know the tips you used here. :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Bill Meehan - other than one by one is there a way to delete all photos from iPhone ?

    • Lisa - Bill, not that I know of – maybe someone will chime in!ReplyCancel

  • cathy - Okay, I’m doing it. It says there are about 700+ images to go.

    You know the way I always did it was to just plug my phone in once a day an import the images to iPhoto. But I guess in this way, they will all be in one folder, right?

    I pay for DropBox every month because I need a ridiculous amount of storage space (videos from Cole’s concerts are in there and they are HUGE) and I used it to transfers stuff to my iPhone as needed. I’ll give this a whirl and see what happens. : )ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Cathy, yes, all in one folder. And I read that apple wasn’t going to support iPhoto anymore?ReplyCancel

      • Diane - Im a little confused as to why you wouldn’t just use iCloud and Photo Stream. I am doing this and works great with PL. Isn’t iPhoto an Apple program?
        Am I missing something that makes Dropbox a better option? Thanks so much for you tips.ReplyCancel

        • Lisa - Diane, I tried iCloud when I got my new iPhone, but for me it came down to being limited to iPhoto to use it. I LOVE the ease of accessing Dropbox like an offsite external drive via any program I want (finder, lightroom, bridge, etc.). But I’m sure it works great if you love iPhoto – amazing that technology gives us so many options now!ReplyCancel

          • Diane - Thanks heaps Lisa. Yes, I just use iPhoto.

  • Tanya - Question: does using Dropbox cause any change/decrease in photo resolution/size/etc?
    (I remember the ole smugmug days, they took your photos, decreased resolution or whatever they did, then when you needed the original back, it wasn’t available in original format…something like that!)ReplyCancel

  • Chris H - My biggest question is, I don’t want ALL the photos I take on my iPhone to backup, just the ones I choose. Because, you know, I don’t need all 45 selfies I take for the one acceptable profile pic…ya know?

    How can I set that up?ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Chris, if you delete the unwanted ones before you hook up to wifi, they won’t be there to upload. Or maybe turn off the background upload until you’ve culled, then switch it on?ReplyCancel

  • Sandie - Did you know you can also set up the Camera Uploads folder in Dropbox to be a watched folder in Lightroom? That way every time you open Lightroom, your photos will automatically be imported. I set it to MOVE my photos onto an EHD into a folder called Sort. Then I periodically go in and move them into my folder hierarchy. That way I can maintain my free Dropbox account.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Sandie, that is SUCH a great tip! Going to set that up!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Be careful ~ my dropbox is maxed out and they want me to PAY them money. Can’t do that. This is a great idea but I’m skeptical.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Melissa, yeah, all the good things cost $$, right? Totally worth it for me – love the ease and the safety aspect of it (offsite storage).ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I’ve been using Dropbox for a couple of years…weird thing is I could have sworn you were the one who turned me onto it.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Ha – not me, but I’m always happy to take credit! ;P LOLReplyCancel

  • Kim L - This is great – thank you! Now once I figure out that Lightroom folder structure thing, I’ll be on my way!!ReplyCancel

Because I’m the most boring person on the planet, I eat pretty much the same thing for lunch every day: A salad made with spinach, snap peas, tomatoes, carrots, pecans and grilled chicken. And if I did weight training in the morning (as I did this day), a hard-boiled egg. A friend mentioned she’s pressed […]

  • Katy - This recipe sounds a lot like speidies from upstate New York. Loved those. ..yummmyReplyCancel

I vividly remember the first time I had PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps. It was a girls’ night with my friends Kelli and Renee, and OMGAH. Then we moved to Erie, which was PF-Chang’s-less, so I went without for a few years. Then I discovered this ridonkulously simple recipe and now my life is complete problem […]

Now that we’ve lived here a year and I feel RELATIVELY CERTAIN I’m not going to run into our home’s previous owner, I can be honest: They were pigs not the tidiest folks. Before our movers arrived, we spent a good 2 days scrubbing, cleaning, removing glass from the garbage disposal, gum from under the […]

  • Cari Skuse - All I can say is “WOW!”

    Looks great. I can never get my old grout that clean, even using bleach and my handheld steamer.

    This time when I grouted in my kitchen (we replaced the floor) I used the grout from Lowe’s that has stainguard in it (sold in buckets to be specially mixed with their colors). It has worked great and the grout is still clean!ReplyCancel

I love happy customers…and love even more when they share pictures of their art once it’s displayed! Renee recently ordered a 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvas of my vintage starch crate for her laundry room, and was nice enough to send me a picture of it on the wall. It looks so great with her other accents, […]

We graduated from high school together (ugh, I know, RIGHT??) but didn’t run in the same circles, even though there were only 360 kids in our class. Several years after graduation, on Travers weekend in Saratoga (a BIG DEAL in our hometown), he didn’t want to go out…I didn’t want to go out…but our friends […]

  • Cynthia - Happy anniversary! It seems like more and more, the world would have us believe that happy marriages are a myth. I love hearing stories like yours that prove that idea wrong. Congrats on 20 years!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Happy Anniversary! Loved reading this. We are coming up on 20 years as well, except that we DID start dating in high school. First date was Sept 15 1989 and we’ve been together ever since!ReplyCancel

  • Addie - Happy Anniversary you guys! Great post! Hubby & I also went thru school together but weren’t friends! I remember actually disliking him in high school! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Rocco LaTorre - Congratulations you two goofballs! You guys always made me smile in elementary school, middle school, and high school. It is so fitting that you are together and spreading joy where ever you go. Best wishes for health, happiness, and continued success.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie C - This is such a beautiful story, Lisa!!! Travers weekend at Saratoga. Ha. Congrats to you two! You have something very special. All the best…ReplyCancel

In one of the many articles floating around these days about introverts (holla!), I read that we tend to over-think. That we leave a party and agonize for a week the whole next day about something stupid we might have said (or didn’t say, but should have said, or might have said…). That’s me. x10. […]

  • LeAnne - Hi Lisa!

    I just sent my one and only off to college! It was a tough couple of weeks (and understatement) but she has grown tremendously in those 2 weeks and now, now I just miss her. (BTW, I am allowed to text and snapchat).

    I decided when she was a junior to have as much fun as we could for her last 2 years of high school. We went to NYC, Cozumel, Paris, London, San Francisco and drove across the county gerring her car. I relaxed and enjoyed her as a person.

    The other day she told a friend – my mom and I used to butt heads, but now we are best buds. Be still my heart!

    My philosophy was that my job was to prepare her to be a responsible adult – and I think I (we) have done that.

    The kiddo came home for Labor Day – we enjoyed every minute of it – and this time when she left is was not with the heavy gut wrenching pain, but looking forward to seeing how much she has grown when we see her again.

    Chin up – and enjoy these last few years as much as you can!

    • Lisa - Oh my gosh, that’s so helpful LeAnne!! I am so jealous of your travels – Vic and I want to do so much with them these next 3 years. Passports are on the to-do list, and I think you just bumped it up in my head a bit! Love what she said – that’s amazing! And it’s such a relief to know the pain does subside a bit…ReplyCancel

  • Becky - As one whose daughter just left for college and have always secretly worried about every weird horrible thing that could happen to her it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I too have spent much of the last couple years trying to enjoy time with her traveling, doing things just us, etc.

    What I’m trying to say is I understand your fear and emotions and the key is to enjoy the time. Mine’s been gone 3 weeks and I won’t see her for a couple more weeks :( but thanks to facetime, texting etc we keep in contact which does helpReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Becky, thank you for that. I’m really trying to focus on enjoying the time, rather than counting it down. Hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Cari Skuse - Lisa, I totally understand where you are coming from! I have the same introverted tendencies as you — I over think everything and worry. I have tried to become better at stopping the conversations in my head and for the most part I am doing better, but some days are just bad!
    I am currently reading two very interesting books that you might like. The first is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. I just started it, but I found it very interesting and reassuring to find that there are other people like me with all the same personality traits, and that those traits can be an asset instead of a hinderance.
    The other book is “Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood.” I’m not saying that you have issues with Aidan, but it talks about letting go and letting your teen learn to make their own decisions so that they can be the responsible adult that you want him to be. I have a hard time letting go of power, so this is a real hard process for me from switching from the parent of a child to the parent of a teen!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Cari, my friend Margie always recommends the Love and Logic books and site; I’m going to take a look at that! I’ve been re-reading my favorite John Rosemond book about teens, sounds like it’s similar: changing from parent to mentor.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie- Australia - I have a quote for you Lisa. ” worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”. Having said that yes it is painful when they leave home, but yes like all things in life over time you adjust, & you make the most of the times you do spend with them.ReplyCancel