3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures

3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures

If you are like most people with a smart phone or camera, then you have hundreds, or thousands of pictures just sitting around on your devices. It’s time to do something with these!

3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures by Aduke Schulist

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1. Organize Them

Before you do anything else, stop and organize your pictures. This includes deleting repeats (Who needs the same selfie 50 times?). Delete any out of focus images, or images of scenery that you can’t even begin to place. If a picture doesn’t bring back a memory for you, then let it go.

I recommend consistency with how you organize. I like to organize mine by year first, and then event or date. It is easier to find my daughter’s 9th Birthday if I have it labeled “Aybra’s 9th Birthday” instead of some obscure date.

2. Back Them Up

I learned a hard lesson when my first child was born. My computer system crashed and I lost every single image that I had taken of him. I was only able to recover images that I had sent to my family. Since then I’ve been backing up my images every few months.

Folder Organization for Picture Storage and Backup using Google Drive

Google Drive is a great place to start. You can back up your images and access them from any device. The above image shows a peek inside my 2017 folder on my Google Drive.

If you use Amazon Prime, they offer unlimited photo storage. External drives are great, but I am finding online storage to be best for me.

3. Print & Display Them

As a photographer one of my passions is urging people to print and display their family portraits. Sure, digital pictures that you can share with your friends online are great, but seeing a portrait of your family in your home brings those memories alive.

If your photographer doesn’t offer prints, then you are in luck. Photowall is an online printing company that will let you print any image for display.

Family Picture on Canvas by Photowall

Canvas is one popular option that displays well. I recently used Photowall to print one of my family’s portraits (that I took myself!). I was a little nervous of the DIY frame, but it was a breeze to put together and my family portrait looks great sitting atop our piano. (I need to get some strong muscles to help me move the piano so I can relocate the image and hang it above the piano!)

Family Picture on Canvas by Photowall Review by Aduke Schulist

Yes, it’s large, but Photowall makes printing big affordable. Photowall doesn’t stop at family portraits though.

Photowall Has It

Photowall has all the artwork needed to decorate your bedroom, living room, kitchen, office, or even business. They offer some super cute motifs whether you just want to add a little color with a small canvas, or spice up an entire room with some fun wall paper patterns.

Here are just 6 of the thousands of patterns offered:

Patterns offered by Photowall

All products are made to order, environmentally friendly, fire-retardant, and won’t fade in sunlight. They have a satisfaction guaranteed. So, what are you waiting for? Start printing your pictures now!

When is the last time your had family portraits printed?

Smile Fearlessly with Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

Smile Fearlessly with Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

Long before I was self conscious about my weight, I was self conscious about my smile.  My teeth weren’t as white as they could be, and I had these white spots (from fluorosis) on my two front teeth that were the cause of much embarrassment. I used to cover my mouth when I smiled or talked because I was scared of what other people would think. Now, I can Smile Fearlessly thanks to Smile Brilliant and their Professional Teeth Whitening kits.

Smile Fearlessly with Smile Brilliant a Review by Aduke Schulist

Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

Each kit comes with everything you need to get a beautiful smile without ever having to step foot outside.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit

Included in the Smile Brilliant kits are two trays with the paste needed to make impressions of your top and bottom teeth. Detailed instructions are provided to help you get the best impression possible. They even include an extra paste in case of a bad impression. Once your impressions are done, simply let them dry overnight and then ship them off in the provided envelope. They go to a lab where your custom dental trays will be made and shipped back to you.

Smile Brilliant Custom Made Dental Whitening TraysThis entire process took about a week. Not only is it quick, it costs about 70% less than the cost of custom dental trays from a dentist. The trays even arrive with a hard shell carrying case.

Once your trays arrive, the whitening can begin!

This was the most complicated part for me. My first application was messy and my gums were sensitive. It took a couple of uses to figure out what was causing my gums to be so sensitive. I wasn’t using a lot of the product, but the tiny amount that was getting on my gums hurt. I realized that my toothbrush bristles were too hard and my aggressive brushing was causing micro-abrasions on my gums, which were then super sensitive during whitening.

I switched to a toothbrush with soft bristles, brushed my teeth a little more gently, and was careful around my gum lines. The change was fabulous. Where before I could tolerate them only up to 45 minutes, I could now tolerate whitening my teeth for longer periods without any problems. Smile Brilliant recommends 45 minutes to 3 hours, but you may need to work your way up to those times.

Smile Brilliant Whitening Gel

When ordering your kit, you can choose between sensitive or non-sensitive. I recommend the sensitive kit option, even if you don’t have sensitive teeth. The sensitive kit comes with desensitizing gel which is used after the whitening process. This desensitizing gel really helped sooth my gums.

Before / After Photos
Smile before Smile Brilliant at Home Professional Teeth Whitening
Smile before beginning Smile Brilliant
Before Smile Brilliant Whitening System
Before using Smile Brilliant
Aduke Schulist Smile Brilliant Results after 1 Session
Smile Brilliant Results after 1 Whitening Session

Isn’t it amazing how much change is present after just ONE session? This stuff really gets in between my teeth – those places that most whitening systems can’t reach. Imagine what the full process is going to do to my teeth. I can’t wait to show you guys the full results.

In the meantime, you can enter to win your own Smile Brilliant kit below. Be sure to check out my social media channels for more:
Facebook: Aduke Schulist
Instagram: @AdukeSchulist
Twitter: @AdukeSchulist

Are you ready to Smile Fearlessly?

Head on over to Smile Brilliant to enter the giveaway. Entries without an email will not be valid as they need an email to contact the winner.

The Smile Brilliant giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for 1 week and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

Alternatively, use code adukeschulist15 when checking out for 15% off your order.

Happy Whitening!

Tooth Whitening Gel

NEW – 2018 Goals & Word of the Year

NEW – 2018 Goals & Word of the Year

I may be the most cliche person ever, but for 2018 I have decided my Word of the Year is going to be NEW.

Insert all that New Year, New Me stuff here… 

2018 Goals & Word of the Year by Aduke Schulist

This doesn’t mean I am going to go out and buy all new things, but instead it’s about changing some things to become new.

New habits
New jobs
New routines
New focuses
New resolutions and goals
New priorities
New spending habits
New hobbies
New responses
New experiences
New skills
New body and wardrobe
Even a new smile (stay tuned for how that is happening)

The new me is all about adding to what already works in my life. I don’t really think a person can change – we are who we are, but by adding to our assets, we can really become an improved person, and for me that New person is going to be a great one. One with new ideas, and new outcomes.

2018 Goals

With that in mind, I wanted to also share some of my 2018 goals. I like to make some fun ones and some serious ones, so there is a mix of both here

Fun Goals

Master the splits again – I used to be so flexible, and then I started aging, quit running/doing things that kept me flexible, and got fat. I don’t know if any of you guys are fat like me and into yoga, but let me tell you, it is hard to get your body into some poses when your stomach is in the way! One pose I can master is the splits.

Have beautiful hair – I tried out fun colors, and while I enjoyed them, they damaged my hair. I am working on getting my hair healthier and growing it even longer.

Aduke and Puppy Knight

Wear less t-shirts – My style is t-shirt and bootcut jeans. I tend to wear these because they are easy, but who am I kidding? A dress is just as easy to put on, or cute skinny jeans with a proper blouse.

Practice the Piano more – We were blessed with a piano during the Summer and I started online piano lessons. I have always wanted to learn, so it’s like a dream coming true. I have already learned how to play a few hymns and basic songs, but I want to get better.

Career-ish Goals

Book More Photography Clients – Since venturing into the photography business, I have had very few clients. A part of this is because I don’t advertise myself enough. I’ve already begun booking clients for the new year, so this 2018 goal is off to a great start already.

Family Portrait Photo Session by Aduke Schulist
Recent Family Portrait Session

Meet more Blogger friends – I have so many blogger friends that I adore chatting with online, but have never met in person. I am making it a goal to get out there and meet more blogger friends – and who knows, I may finally attend my first blog convention.

Beautify my Instagram Feed – I always thought I would NOT be the person who has a beautiful Instagram feed, but the more I add styled photos, the more I love it. Follow me @AdukeSchulist to see my Instagram feed become beautiful.

AdukeSchulist Instagram Feed December 2017

Have you started thinking about your Word of the Year or 2018 goals?
Can you do the splits? 

December IPSY With Referral Rewards

December IPSY With Referral Rewards

It’s that time again.. where I share with you what I got in my IPSY bag for the month. I had some referral points available to spend and ended up using them for some face masks since I haven’t received any in my bags yet and am in love with them. Turns out Soo Ae somehow read my mind and ended up sending me some of their newest masks, so between that and this month’s IPSY, I am set for a while. 

December IPSY bag Review and Referral by Aduke Schulist

I would have posted this sooner, but I wrapped my IPSY and put it under the tree without peeking. Is that weird? It’s not, right?

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The bag itself this month was a big upgrade from last month. It’s a silver bag with sparkling trim. I always love seeing how they incorporate the season into the bag.

Bonus Items

Starting off, these are the items I got using my referral rewards. For every person that you sign up using your referral link you earn rewards. You can also earn rewards when you review the items in your bag. I chose two face masks.

December IPSY Referral Rewards

I am not really a fan of sheet masks because I find they fit my face awkwardly, but I am anxious to try this gram mask. It comes in two pieces, so I’m thinking that will mean a better fit.

Dead Sea Wash-Off Mask

Global Beauty Care made a second appearance in my bag with this Dead Sea Wash-Off Mask. I may not have ordered two masks if I had known that I would be getting one in my bag this month.

December IPSY Dead Sea wash off mask

Beauty Water

I am all about skin care lately. Maybe it is because I am aging, or just trying to take better care of myself, inside and out, but skin care – especially facial skin care – is my jam. I am slightly obsessed with all the cleansing, toning, and purifying things out there, so of course I am happy to get this Beauty Water by Son & Park.

December IPSY Son & Park Beauty Water

I’ve never tried this particular brand before, so I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

Lips & Eyes

Moving on to the lips and eyes… I usually get something lip or eye related (or both!) in every bag. My most basic makeup routine always includes lips and eyes so this is perfect for me.

December IPSY OFRA Liquid Lip and NYX Eyeliner

December IPSY PIXI

PIXI and NYX have both shown up a few times in my bags, and I’ve never been disappointed. They are both great brands. This month’s PIXI product was this eye shadow duo in Orchid Ornament. I tend to stick to browns/neutrals, so this is a little adventurous for me, but not on the wild side.

NYX sent an eyeliner in brown – a shade I usually don’t wear, but it seems to be dark enough that it will be ok. It swatched really smooth and stayed in place throughout the day, but I haven’t actually tried it on yet.

And finally, OFRA’s IPSY UNZIPPED liquid lipstick was in my bag. I saw somebody complain on Facebook that they always get the same shade of lipstick and I am seeing somewhat of a pattern with mine too, but definitely not complaining. I love the shades that are sent to me.

Get Your IPSY Now

That’s it for mine.. Another 5 great products (plus two bonus items).

What are you waiting for? You can get yours now by signing up here.

December IPSY bag and contents

Do you like face masks as much as I do?
What’s your favorite facial skin care product?

Plan Now for a Summer to Remember

Plan Now for a Summer to Remember
Sunglasses in Sand - Summer Weather
It is never too early to start preparations for a summer to remember.

The taste of eggnog and the smell of sprinkle cookies are still fresh on your mind. In fact, they are still lingering in the pine-scented air, wrapped in a warm blanket of Christmas carols and draped with twinkling lights. The holidays are just getting started and yet by now preparation for the new year is also well underway. It is never too early to start thinking about the promise of warmer weather and summertime adventures. Some may argue winter is actually the best time to start making plans and preparations if you expect to enjoy an epic summer to remember. Everyone wants to be prepared when the hot sun sneaks high into the sky. Therefore they are not bamboozled and left on the sidelines while friends and family members journey to memorable vacations, host the ultimate backyard cookouts, or lounge in the crystal clear blue waters of a pool with a refreshing pina colada in hand.

If your perfect summer consists of any combination of tan lines on your skin, sunglasses over your eyes, sand in between your toes, and messy-but-somehow-perfect beachy waves in your hair, then do not delay in setting the foundation for your dreams of sunshine and relaxation. Here are four manageable and straightforward ways you can begin putting a plan into action for a Summer you will surely remember:

Summer Action Plan
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  • Get friends onboard. When you confirm plans with friends and loved ones it amplifies the sense of excitement. Start discussing your expectations now so you can plan accordingly. Invite people to join you who are apt to enjoy similar situations and make sure you listen to their input and advice and incorporate some of their ideas into the plan.
Diving into Summer
Jump into Summer with family and friends ready to embrace each day.
  • Start working on a base tan. Once it is swimsuit weather, you do not want to be the person covered from head to toe sitting poolside or on a sandy beach due to fear of overexposure to the sun. Having and maintaining a good base tan lets you seamlessly transition from Winter and Spring into Summer, and you will not spend your time preoccupied with worries about sunburns. Remember, however, sunscreen is ALWAYS a summertime essential.
  • Shop in the offseason. If you are looking for the perfect bathing suit, a great beach bag, an inflatable you can lounge in with your summer drink and the year’s must-read Summertime romance novel, then shopping in the offseason will almost guarantee you will get a great selection of products for more affordable prices
  • Start getting in shape now. When the customary outfit changes from comfy sweaters and boots to t-shirts and shorts, of course, you want to shed the layers with confidence in your body. Starting a diet and workout routine now is the perfect way to help you achieve your body-weight goals for the summer. Plus, it’s a fabulous New Year’s resolution!
One Stop Summer Shop

There is one Atlanta-based leisure and recreation company that can help you down the path to creating a summer to remember: Rec Warehouse. Rec Warehouse is in the business of selling “fun for less” with an unparalleled selection of merchandise like above ground pools, hot tubs, tanning beds and misting fans, outdoor kitchens and patio furniture and even swim spas and game room furniture. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Rec Warehouse has helped thousands of customers, just like you, create an at-home, vacation-like oasis, to fulfill all their summertime desires.

Elite 10 Stand up Tanning Booth
Elite 10 Stand up Tanning Booth

You can find the Elite 10 Stand Up Tanning System at Rec Warehouse showroom locations or online at recwarehouse.com.

Rec Warehouse can assist you with purchasing the perfect tanning bed for your year-long base tan. They have options which include both regular and stand up tanning systems and even a more compact version which is mounted in your doorway and plugs into a standard household electrical outlet. Rec Warehouse carries tanning bed options with the most cutting-edge RVL technology. RVL stands for Red Visible Light, and it helps stimulate and promote the production of vitamin D and collagen. RVL encourages oxygenation and restoration of the skin’s natural cellular activity speeding up collagen and elastin production which is a fancy way of saying it keeps the skin’s appearance younger, longer.

You can always visit one of the three conveniently located Rec Warehouse showrooms in Norcross, Jonesboro, or Kennesaw, GA. However, if you want to shop from the comfort of your home in your pajamas with a warm cup of hot chocolate, Rec Warehouse has a robust website and a great selection of quality products available to purchase online as well. Regardless of how you like to shop, Rec Warehouse has industry-leading products at affordable prices, helping you maximize your summer experience. Visit them today to learn how they can make your next summer one to remember.

What’s your favorite Summer time activity?
Do you like to hang out poolside or get in on the action?