8 inspiring ways to remember 2018
2019 is in full swing but we feel it’s still important to remember all of the special memories that were made in 2018. What better way to commemorate your year than with a unique Tinybeans photo book! Here are 8 inspirational ways to remember 2018.
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1.) Make a book with all of the photos with the grandparents
When grandparents are around, there is no shortage of photos with baby. Create an entire book dedicated to them and the influence they’ve made. The best part? This makes a wonderful “just because” gift!
2.) Celebrate all of your selfies of 2018
Nothing says 2018 quite like a good selfie. If your camera roll is full of silly selfies or photos of your baby with the Snapchat dog filter, this is a must-have book for your shelf.
3.) Create a book around 2018’s favorites
Did your child discover their favorite food, color, outfit, or toy in 2018? Make a book commemorating all of these special favorites! This book is one that can be treasured for years to come and will be fun to look back on when your child grows up.
4.) Relive all of your adventures with a travel book
Baby’s first airplane ride? Traveled hundreds of miles to be with grandma? Took a family trip to Paris? Document your entire year of travel in one book. One day your child will thank you!
5.) Admire your year through calendars
Our calendar template is the perfect opportunity to see your entire month all on one page. We recommend using the calendar template on the left page and use the four photo template on the right page to show off a few more favorites from the month.
6.) Create a picture book
Who says captions have to tell the story? Create a picture book using just the four photo template and let your 2018 images speak for themselves.
7.) Got a little fashionista? Document their #OOTD
Isn’t it so fun to look back on old photos to see how your parents dressed you? Create a book of your baby’s outfits of 2018 and give it to them when they are older. Who can resist those cute little baby shoes and tutus?
8.) Create a Mommy-and-Me or a Daddy-and-Me book
The bond between a parent and child is like no other – so why not celebrate it! Create a book with just you (or just your partner) with baby. We recommend using the first page as a dedication page where you can write your wishes for baby or what your favorite moments were in 2018.
Share your holiday memories!
The holidays are great for gathering with family, both near and far. But it’s not always possible to get everyone together. We’re all about keeping families connected, which is why we make it easy for you to share special moments. Is there someone who will be missing from your holiday table? Add them to your journal and they’ll still be able to share in the holiday magic.
5 ways to make Tinybeans photo books spectacular
In case you missed it: we launched brand new Tinybeans photo books! We think Tinybeans photo books are the easiest way to create keepsakes and gifts to share with the ones you love the most. We’re excited to offer more ways to customize your photo book to make it truly unique and treasured for generations to come. Here are 5 ways to make your photo books spectacular! Stay on the look out for future tips and ideas.
1. Include a dedicated page in the beginning
What better way to take personalization to the next level than by including a dedicated page? Whether it’s a dedication to grandma or for your little one to read when they are older, we think this is a great way to add a personal touch that will be treasured for generations.
2. Create a photo-a-day book
Photo-a-day books are a great way to showcase the individual months or seasons with a baby. We’re a big fan of setting one photo on each page with a small caption to allow the images to tell the story.
3. Create a yearly snapshot including every month
Choosing the calendar option on the page makes it easy to have a book with the year in review. These also make perfect gifts! We recommend selecting the calendar option on one page and your favorite image of the month on the following pages.
Take a photo of your child’s artwork and add it to your Tinybeans album. Sprinkle these photos throughout your photo book to tell the whole story about this chapter of your little one’s life. Plus, it will be fun to look back on when they are older!
5. Use captions to tell a story
Dig deep into your inner children’s author and let the creativity flow! Use a photo book to tell the full story about a recent family vacation, life with the grandparents, or the adventure of parenthood through our captions and text pages.
Teething baby? This will help you both
5 of our favorite tips to survive teething
Sure, that first tooth looks super cute, but getting there isn’t all smiles. Sleepless nights, early mornings, lots of tears…for both of you. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you, your baby and your nursery survive teething. Because baby’s first tooth, definitely won’t be their last.
1. Prepare yourself
No one likes to see their child in pain. But, there is a very good chance your baby is going to experience discomfort when they get their first tooth. Expect irritability, sleeplessness and tears. You will both get through it.
2. Protect your baby, save your crib
A teething baby will chew on anything and everything, including their crib. Chewing on their crib rails can be harmful to both your baby and crib. Trend Lab CribWrap® Rail Covers are a great way to protect your baby and save your crib. These soft, machine washable, waterproof rail covers are easy to install and will prevent baby from using the crib rail as a teether.
3. The freezer is your friend
Pacifiers, teethers, towels, yogurt tubes, fruit for a silicone feeder…try putting them in the freezer. Cold feels great on a teething babies gums. It’s a relief any time of the day, but if your teething baby isn’t eating well, try before meal time to soothe gums before feeding.
4. Open up the medicine cabinet
Most parents don’t want to give their child medicine unnecessarily. It’s fine for a fever or after vaccinations, but for teething? Confirm the dose with your doctor, but don’t be afraid to give your child a pain reliever to help ease discomfort and get some sleep.
5. Expand your massage skills
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or your finger to gently massage your baby’s gums. Your loving touch will not only comfort your little one but will help counteract the pressure coming from the tooth below.
Good luck! Don’t forget to capture that first tooth moment on Tinybeans.
July Spotify playlist: Road Warriors
July is all about packing your bags and hitting the road for summer travel. However, travel often means the Frozen soundtrack is on repeat and you can’t handle the thought of another Kidz Bop song. Not anymore!
We’ve curated a playlist for the road warriors who want to jam in the front seat and sing like no one’s listening. The Road Warriors playlist offers a variety of hits for mom, dad, and kids that will turn your car into a karaoke bar! Yep, our mix has a little taste of the ’70s all the way through to today’s hottest tunes. It’s the perfect addition to your long car rides (or traffic jams).
No matter your age, we hope this playlist inspires you to spread sunshine and keep dancing. Soon enough, your little one will be singing all the words to The Jackson 5!
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Walk out your front door and into vacation
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Say no thank you to traffic and crowds and yes to a staycation!
Stroll into summer vacation without having to get on a plane or highway. There are probably a million things you see every day that you’d love to try but haven’t gotten to. So, spare yourself the aggravation of summer travel and plan a staycation. Trust us, it won’t be your last!
Ready. Set. Staycation!
1. Actually make a plan
Plan for your staycation like you would a real vacation. Create an itinerary with all of the things you want to see and do, including any reservations you may need. And, leave your everyday life out of it—escaping from errands, bill paying, etc. will help get you into the time-off mindset.
2. Make your stroller home base
When you leave in the morning, be prepared to make a day of it just like you would if you were leaving a hotel. A lightweight stroller like the Ergobaby 180 Reversible has ample storage and is as easy to fold as it is to push. Even better, the reversible handlebar gives parents the option to face baby one minute and let baby explore the world the next.
3. Stop and smell the roses
The families you always see enjoying a snack or picnic…let that be you! Put down a blanket, take off your shoes and connect with your little one. Don’t obsess about how soon you have to be somewhere else and enjoy a moment that you might not ordinarily have time for.
4. Venture out of your neighborhood
The best sprinklers. The most swings. The cleanest sandbox. Try a new playground or kid-friendly activity you’ve heard about from your mom friends in other parts of town. Take advantage of the fact it’s a work day to spend less time waiting for your turn and more time having fun!
5. Capture the moments
Don’t forget to document your staycation! Great memories last a lifetime, no matter where they’re made. Family and friends don’t care where you go, they just want to see the great time you are having. Bonus points if everyone is actually looking at the camera!
Interview with a Birth Photographer: Elise Hurst
One of the biggest trends we are seeing in 2018 is birth photography. Parents all over the world are hiring professional photographers to capture the precious moments during childbirth. A birth photographer can document the entire process so you can focus on the important tasks at hand. Most birth photographers can even shoot in any setting, including hospital, home, and cesarean births. We sat down with Elise Hurst of Elise Hurst Photography to learn more about birth photography and how you can prepare when booking a photographer.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have 3 children. I have a 4-year-old, 2.5-year-old, and a 3 month old, so I’m still in the beginning mom stages of life. My husband is a pastor. During the day, I mainly stay home with my kids. However, 3-5 times a month, I photograph women while they are in labor and having the biggest day of the life by bringing their little one into the world.
What got you into birth photography?
I would love to be a midwife someday but I wanted to be a part of the birth process right away. I started after my second son and I knew that with a newborn, I couldn’t go back to school right away so I decided to do birth photography so I could still be a part of the process. Plus, birth photography is one of the only ways you can be in the room without a certification so it’s a good lesson. However, let me tell you… I broke all the rules. I bought a nice camera and a week later I photographed by first birth. It was an amazing experience. A few of my friends were pregnant so I asked if I could photograph their births. It became a business after that.
How many births have you photographed (estimate)?
What has been your favorite moment that you’ve had while shooting?
One that gave me adrenaline was about a month before my sister-in-law gave birth. She contacted me and wanted me to shoot. However, I live in Texas and she lived in Denver, so she was about 7 hours away. I offered to help her find a local photographer as it might be too tricky for me to get there in time. She insisted I do it, so I said I would try, but you never know. When the day came and she said she thought she was in labor, I started to look for flights to Denver. Sadly, 2 flights were overbooked so I thought there was no way I would get on. The next available flight was the following morning but there is no way I could wait that long. I decided to take the flight anyway but as I was headed to the airport, it really set in that I would not be making it. I told my husband I would just drive there – at was 6 PM already (keep in mind that I was 28 weeks pregnant myself). I get in my car and I drive. I get there at 1 AM and my brother texted me saying she was 9.5cm dilated when I pulled into the parking lot. I walked into the office and she starts pushing. It actually took her awhile to push but it was just so down to the wire. She finally had my nephew at around 4:30 AM. Even though I traveled quite a bit, it was so sweet to watch my brother become a father and for him to get a taste of what I do for a living.
What is the hardest thing about shooting births?
Birth doesn’t play out how we think it does. Demise is definitely the hardest part – whenever moms lose their babies, its heartbreaking. The 2nd hardest is the time management – I get calls in the middle of the night even though I have 3 month old. My husband helps me balance everything. His amazing support is everything. I have a special ringtone when moms call and he’s very encouraging when he hears it. He has a flexible job so if he has to come home early, he can. We also work with a college group that help babysit if I need them. We’ve had them sleep with my newborn at the hospital while I’m busy shooting.
Why do you feel birth photography in important?
It’s just like your wedding day – it’s a huge, informative day in your life. I feel like it should be documented and so often it isn’t. Although you have some memories, it’s hard to remember some of the details. Most of the time when you don’t have a birth photographer, your partner is clicking away and is never actually in the photos. You get the pictures but you don’t get the whole moment. The pictures that are my favorite are the partner supporting the mom in labor – you can see it in their eyes how much they admire and adore the mom in this moment. You just don’t get that same moment when the partner is taking the pictures.
What are some things pregnant mothers should know before booking a birth photographer?
Birth photography is not cheap. I know that sounds silly but it’s not like a mini-session, it could be a marathon. You’re asking us to step away from families and holidays to go and photograph your birth. We’re on call for 5 weeks (usually from week 37 to delivery)… you just never know when it’s going to happen. Even with scheduled c-sections, I’ve had people deliver early. Just like a wedding photographer, these are important moments you can’t redo, so to have a professional to do this, it is important. We are on call emotionally and physically for you. It’s 100% worth it. If money might be an issue, contact your photographer as soon as you are pregnant so you can pay it off. Also, interview your photographer. You don’t want someone you don’t mesh well with.
How can moms or the families help make your job easier on the day of delivery?
I’m documenting everything during delivery. I’d recommend that people should put the phone down and enjoy the moment so I can document everything. I know you want that picture to send to relatives, but wait an extra hour to take the picture, you’ll be in the pictures yourself and you’ll be there in the moment. I will take many pictures and send them to you before I leave the hospital.
What does your typical day look like when mom is about to give birth?
It always starts off by thinking who is going to take care of my kids. Once I get my bags packed, camera charged, snacks ready to go, and a change of clothes by the door, I get the ball rolling. My babysitter’s on call so they will come over. For hospital birth, the mom gets checked in and I’ll come when they are 6-7 cm but it depends on their history and how fast they are progressing. I’ll listen to the phone and if they cant talk through it, I’ll listen to my gut and head over there. For home births, I just go sooner since they aren’t being checked. I’ll show up when the midwife comes in.
If I am doing videos and pictures, I take pictures outside and introduce myself in the room or I step out. This all varies depending on how much support the mom has. If she has a lot of support from partner or doula, I’ll be a fly on the wall. If she doesn’t have a doula, I’ll be a little more encouraging. I’ve had moms say they prefer someone who is encouraging and talks her through it, but i’ve had moms who come in and not say a single word – all are okay. I stay about 2 hours after the birth or however long it takes for moms to have her skin-to-skin and first latch. We also wait until they weigh the baby after the first feed. I stay after the newborn assessment has been done and when the partner has had a chance to hold the baby.
If someone doesn’t have a birth photographer in their area but wants to DIY it, what pieces of advice would you give to those who want to have nice photos during delivery?
If you can’t afford it, i would suggest having a better camera than just your phone. Pass it off to a bring and stand at your head so they cant pictures of mom and belly but not everything.
Are there any must-have angles or photos a mom should have during delivery or pictures that you try to capture (dad’s first look, mom’s first look, etc)?
I love doing aerial shots and have a birds eye view of mom usually in labor. I usually do it when baby is on her chest and I almost get it every single time.
10 Baby Photo Ideas to Try From This Creative Mama
This blogger takes the most beautiful shots of everyday life with a baby.
Madelon is a mom of 3 who isn’t afraid to document the little details of parenthood on her Instagram, @madebylon.
Her Instagram page is full of adorable pictures of her children and life with family. After spending time scrolling through her feed, we became inspired by her creativity and aesthetic. Here are 10 photo ideas to try from her page.
1. Place props next to baby during nap time
Placing a prop near your sleepy baby adds a personal element to the shot. You can take this one step further by adding baby’s favorite blanket or toy which preserves the precious memory from this time in their life.
2. Stand over your baby and shoot from the top
This allows you to document your true point of view. There will come a time where you’re no longer looking down at them – you can appreciate this memory forever.
3. Take advantage of the natural light
Place your baby in a room with large windows in order to capture the gorgeous light and shadow contrast.
4. Take black and white pictures
It’s easy to get caught up in a world full of filters. We recommend resorting back to the classic black and white look. This allows you to focus on your baby in the shot and appreciate the simplicity.
6. Embrace the tiny details while they are still small
Unfortunately, those tiny baby toes and fingers won’t last forever. Take as many photos as you can of these small characteristics to look back on later.
7. Play around with using mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to get different angles in your pictures. Also, once baby is a little older, sit them in front of a mirror and capture what happens next
8. There is no such thing as a boring moment
Whether it’s baby napping, playing, or eating, each moment is worth celebrating.
9. Always be ready for the candid moments… they are the best!
We know parenthood isn’t picture-perfect, so if baby wants to play with paper towels or tries to eat the table, embrace it!
10. If all else fails, the selfie angle is always the way to go
We hope you never feel pressured to get every picture “right.” The memories you create don’t have to be magazine worthy. Go on, switch your camera to selfie mode. We believe selfies with baby are equally as compelling.
Don’t forget to upload your photos to your Tinybeans album!
Interview: Brittnie Storm – Newborn Photographer
Here at Tinybeans, we are always looking for ways to give you inspiration and tips for your baby photos. We caught up with one newborn photographer who produces some of the most creative and stunning work we’ve seen. Brittnie Storm is the artist behind Heaven Sent Photography. Here is her full interview, plus tips to help you find a photographer in your area!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Brittnie Storm with Heaven Sent Photography. My studio is located in Sheldon, Iowa. My husband Charles and I have two little girls aged 2 & 4. Merry Lou is 4 years old and Emmie Kay is 2 years old. Being a new mom totally fueled my fire with photography. As soon as my daughter was born, I couldn’t get enough photos! I picked up my brand new camera that my mother-in-law gifted me for Christmas and my business began to bloom from there. Outside of photography, I am a makeup junkie, a bookworm, and we love to soak up all the little moments we can with our children whether that be going to the park across the street, or out to Grandpa & Grandma’s farm to ride the side by side and play outdoors. Family time is the most important to us all! Our little ones are only little for so long.
2. How long have you been in photography? What’s in your camera bag?
I have been in photography for 3, going on 4 years now. I started really focusing on professional photography when my daughter Merry was 6 months old. My business took off from there to where I was at the point that I could successfully transition to a downtown studio in June of 2016.
First and foremost I feel like I should talk about my camera bag itself because I truly feel like anyone who is a photographer NEEDS a House of Flynn camera bag! The amount of detail they put into not only their bags but also giving back to the community is really amazing. I carry a full size Evermore and I can fit everything I possibly need inside! I primarily shoot with a Canon 5D Mark iii. My go-to lens is the Canon 50mm 1.4 or the sigma 35 art 1.4 lens. There is nothing sharper on the market than the sigma art lenses, in my opinion. I also shoot with a Canon 135mm f 2.0 or a canon 85mm 1.8, but I only ever use those lenses outdoors. I’m a total prime girl so all the lenses I own are prime lenses.
3. Why did you go into newborn photography? What do you enjoy the most about it?
I really got into newborn photography because I was absolutely fascinated by it. After we had our own daughter’s newborn photos done, I was so in love and infatuated by all of the images all over Pinterest as well as the images that our our professional photographer had taken, that I just knew that photography was a creative outlet that I would truly enjoy. I researched newborn photography and took courses online, both free and paid, and I learned as much as physically possible before I even attempted to take on a real live newborn myself. Newborn photography is a daunting task and I truly did not understand how much work it was until I started researching it myself. Newborn photographers have a knack for making it look easy!
4. Where do you pull your creative inspiration from for your shoots?
I have joined a lot of photography groups on Facebook and that is where I draw my inspiration from. In these communities there are photographers from all over the world. It really helps me to be able to see what is on trend as well as draw some creativity from these other artists! Sometimes it can be as simple as loving the way they used a prop to loving their perspective they shot the photo. Other times it can be more complex as to what they used for their setup. I also have tons of ideas from just seeing different backdrops. A lot of times I will pull images from magazines such as Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I find the littlest things to use for inspiration, it can be as simple as an outfit I find or a backdrop I am in love with.
5. What is your favorite professional photo you’ve taken and why?
My favorite image I have ever taken.. that is hard! There are always a select few that really stand out in my mind. There are so many different images that pull at different heart strings of mine. But this Pooh Bear image is probably right up at the top as one of my favorites. I melt when I catch a newborn smile and I was obsessed with Pooh as a kid. When Leo’s mom was pregnant with him, we were planning out his photo shoot and she mentioned that his entire nursery was decorated with all of her old Pooh Bear decor/toys that she had as a child. It meant so much to her to have a pooh bear image to be able to hang in his nursery. We never imagined we would catch a smile. But little Leo really brought this setup to life. His image is probably the one that sticks out in my head the most.
6. How should parents prepare for a newborn shoot?
I have found a tried and true method to really get a sleepy baby. This is the one thing that parents stress about and the most important thing that a parent can do is to NOT stress about it! Babies can tell when you are worrying, so do your best to stay relaxed and calm. I always plan a newborn session for 10:00 AM. I have found that this is typically the magic time for babies. I tell my parents to try their best to keep their baby awake for a couple hours before you come. I know that sounds like a daunting task, but it can make a world of difference for the session. Before you leave for the shoot, I ask my parents to give their little one a bath. This typically wakes the baby up, and it also makes for a clean and happy newborn! After that, it is important to put a little bit of lotion on baby. It is super important for parents to put their baby in an outfit like a zipper or button up pajama onesie… something that DOES NOT pull over the head. I also tell parents to avoid mitts with elastic as these can startle baby when being taken off. After all that, a very full feeding and car ride to the studio usually does the trick. Your photographer will take it from there!
7. Do you have any advice for parents who want to shoot with twins or triplets?
My advice for shooting with twins and triplets is to go in with no expectations so you can be blown away! A seasoned photographer will know how to work quickly and take advantage of each baby that is sleepy. Twins and triplets will require the same preparation than a single baby would – the hard work lies with the photographer.
8. When should parents plan to schedule a newborn shoot?
I always tell parents to plan schedule their newborn shoot in the second trimester. The earlier the better because this allows for the photographer to really customize your session. A photographers schedules fill up very fast – I always encourage people to book as soon as they can to really ensure for availability.
9. Since not everyone can travel to work with you, what kind of things should new parents consider when choosing a photographer?
When choosing a photographer for your newborn photos, make sure you choose them for their style. Every photographer is different. It is so important for you to research and find the photographer who offers what you are looking for. If a photographer has a simple and clean style, then lots of colors and props would not be their specialty. The same goes for a photographer who has a rustic style, their specialty would also not be colorful and bright more than likely. So find the photographer whose work would best fit your style and fit the walls of your home. When choosing a photographer, consider what you are getting with your experience. Many people think that because they receive more time or more images with one photographer over another that they aren’t getting as much. This is simply not true. There are many photographers who focus on quality over quantity. Would you rather have 10 absolutely stunning, beautiful works of art, or 30 pretty decent images that you feel you could have taken yourself? Sometimes people are confused by time also. Just because you get more shooting time with a photographer, does not mean that you get more images. Many seasoned photographers can get through a photoshoot very quickly because they have a workflow and know how to work with their subject. Just because you only receive a 30 minute session, doesn’t mean you will have less photos than someone who receives a 2 hour session. It is truly all about finding the right photographer for your wants and needs! If you want a beautiful baby album and wall art for your home, find a photographer who specializes in a full service experience and will be with you every step of the way! If you are more of a DIYer and love to have the digitals to be able to print on your own time, find a photographer who offers the digitals images for you to purchase. But most importantly find a photographer who’s style you love and who’s work will fit flawlessly into your home.
11. We’ve had lots of people ask us how to take quality baby photos in their home with their phone. Do you have any expert tips/tricks to getting the best photos without a fancy camera or a studio?
Lighting is the most important factor with photography. Find a place in your home with beautiful natural light. Whether in front of a sliding door or a big window. Don’t position your subject in the direct sunlight, instead step back or to the side about 3-5 feet to where you are in the shadows or the light. Your light should be at a 45 degree angle. From there you could use an ottoman or a bean bag to position baby. It is important to have the room be very warm, your little baby is used to being inside a natural heater that is 98 degrees, they like a warm room temperature above 75 degrees. White noise or a heartbeat machine do wonders to drown out noise as well. And photographing your newborn under 14 days old is key. They haven’t adapted to the outside world yet at this point.
But honestly, leave it to the professionals. I promise it is worth the time and the investment. Your little baby is only going to be little for a short amount of time. They really do grow so fast and I talk to way too many parents that regret not having professional images taken of their little baby! It is crazy how fast they grow in that first month.
12. Do you know of any iphone/android apps that are great for picture taking or editing?
This I am not sure! I use adobe lightroom and photoshop to edit all of my photos, I know these apps are available for download/purchase through the app store and would be a great place to start!
13. Do you have any advice for those who want to make a DIY-style home studio to take photos of their baby?
If you still really want to attempt a DIY-style shoot in your own home, make sure the room is a balmy 75-80 degrees. Use blankets and clothespins to pull your blankets tight to avoid any wrinkles. Baskets and swaddled shots are much easier to attempt than trying to lay a naked baby on a blanket and pose them. Having warm blankets or a small heater going near your setup will keep baby sleepy. Use natural light but stay out of direct sunlight. And keep it simple! Don’t go overboard with props and pinterest ideas. The most timeless images are the ones that take the least amount of effort. You can find tons of newborn photography props, blankets, and clothes on etsy. But above all, if you aren’t comfortable photographing your newborn, don’t. We take safety very seriously when photographing newborns and children and many photos are actually composites (meaning they are 2-3 images stitched together to create 1 image). If the pose or image looks complicated and hard to accomplish, it probably is and we suggest you do not attempt it. Just keep your posing simple and don’t shoot up the nose of a newborn.
14. What is the best email that people can reach you?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org but people can easily reach me through my “contact me” tab on my website www.heavensent-photography.com as well.
Journaling Tips – Editing Your Photos
Did you know there’s a whole range of frames, stickers, filters and effects you can use for editing your photos and enhancing your Tinybeans Moments?
To access the editing tools just hit the ‘New’ button to add a moment in the usual way.
Then tap the ‘Edit Image’ button and you can play around with all the features to create your perfect moment. Have fun!
If you have any more questions about how Tinybeans works just let us know in the comments – we’ll get right back to you and include it in future Journaling Tips.