Bits and Bytes: March

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Supplies: Amour by Forever Joy Designs, Worn Paper Edges by Lynn Grieveson

Every month, I hunt for great finds on the Internet and share them with you on a Bits and Bytes article here at The Daily Digi. I look for great tutorials and articles on everything from photography to inspirational scrapbook pages to sites that are just interesting. It one of my favourite posts to write because there are so many amazing sites to share!

1. Motivated Moms App

Are you familiar with Motivated Moms? It my “secret” weapon for staying on top of household chores. The site offers a chore calendar that simplifies home maintenance so that no one day is spent on cleaning.

This unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavours with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes. Initially offered in traditional ‘book’ format, it is now a printable chore list in e-book format for readers to download and print, as well as an app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and Android.

The system is designed to help you complete chores and tasks throughout the year so that you don’t spend your entire day doing housework. To help you organize your priorities, the printable chore lists has the daily necessities listed as chores, and the less frequent duties listed as tasks. If, while pursuing other goals, you miss the tasks scheduled for a particular day, you don’t have to ‘transfer’ those tasks to the next day. Just remain focused on completing daily chores and do the weekly scheduled tasks as they fit into your schedule and family lifestyle. The tasks you miss will come up again on another day.

I was thrilled to learn that there is a Motivated Moms app – and for various platforms. I can check off the to-dos and even assign them to family members. It’s so handy!

2. 25 Romantic Free Fonts

This site put together a list of links to 25 great romantic free fonts. I was surprised that I had a number of them already – but this visual list made me see them in a whole new light!

3. Selective Colour

I am not normally a huge fan of selective colour in photographs, but I thought this one was neat. It made me think of ways to use selective colour for vacation photos.

4. Take Better Pictures with Your iPhone

This site provides a great list of ways to improve your smartphone photography. I saw it pinned many times on Pinterest and when I checked it out, I was astonished at the quality of the photographer’s smartphone photos!

5. 100 Family Conversation Starters

This site provides a list of 100 family conversation starters.

The main purpose of these questions is to foster healthy relationships with my kids and challenge them to think about why they have their opinions and why they make the choices that they do.

I think they’d be so useful in Project Life, to fill in journaling spots. Even outside of scrapbooking, they’d make for a great addition to dinner conversation with the kids. Very thought provoking!

6. Shadowing Wood Grain Paper

This tutorial teaches how to shadow wood grain paper to make it look like it was actually cut wood. Check it out!