How to Organize Your Photos

For the past 3 years (since I had my first child), I have been struggling with ways to organize the thousands of photos (yes, really - thousands) that I have stored on my computer. Please tell me that you have this problem too. 
I have read countless posts on how to manage your digital photos and they have some great tips, like 'delete outtakes that aren't frame worthy or you know you'll never really use'. It's a fantastic suggestion; however, I can't do it. I can't bring myself to delete the silly outtakes of a kiddo photoshoot gone wrong. I feel like I would be deleting one of my kids… totally irrational, I know. I just can't do it.
So, all month, I have been transferring photos to Google Drive. It's my experimental solution to my current photo problem. You see, I have a MacBook Air and it appears that I have exceeded the data storage with all of the photos I have stored on here… I know this thanks to a little reminder message that pops up each time I try to load more pictures into iPhoto from my camera. 
Organizing All of your Photos Online
Now, I could go buy an external drive, but then I would have to keep track of that and transfer files again once I found a certain photo. Keep track of things is really not my thing. True story: I lost my wedding rings last week. Don't worry I found them… mysteriously hiding under my 3 year old's bed.
The best solution I found was Google Drive. I already use it to store documents and printables, so why not photos + there is an app for your phone too! Now I can access my photos wherever I am. You can also use Microsofts rebranded One Drive for this, but chose Google because I already use it so much. If I ever reach storage capacity with Google, I can always buy more storage. It would kind of stink, but it's worth it in my opinion.
With the location of where to store all of my photos decided, I am now trying to figure out how to organize the actual photos. I could organize them by occasion, by subject, by year… what is the best way... Maybe all of them?
The great thing about Google Drive and One Drive is that you can have folders within folders (a feature that I had always wished was available in iPhoto). So, currently I am organizing my photos by year / month and then occasion within each folder. Not hating the results so far.
How do you organize your massive amounts of photos? Any tips to better photo organization?

Fixing your Blogger Search Box

If you have the Blogger search box widget, then you've probably got a few issues with it. As in, it's not working. at. all. I had no clue that my own search box wasn't working until I received an email earlier today from my cousin, Abbey.

I have worked a few designs into her blog in the past (she's a food blogger over at Everyday Champagne), and she emailed me recently that her search box on her blog was not working at all. I tried a few different things and found the same results every time. Nothing worked.

My own blog search box didn't seem to be working either. Bummer. After doing a little research, I found that forums were filled with Blogger users complaints that this had been occurring for months. Yet, the problem had still not been fixed. A little more digging and I found a solution.

You can quickly fix this problem, as follows.

How to Create a Working Blogger Search Box
1. Go to your Blog Layout page and click 'Add a Gadget' on your sidebar (or wherever you want your search box located).How to Fix your Search Box on Blogger
2. Choose 'HTML/JavaScript' in the pop-up window. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.How to Fix your Search Box on Blogger
3. Copy & Paste in the following code into the 'HTML/JavaScript' pop-up window:
<form action="http://YOURBLOGHERE.blogspot.com/search" name="input" method="get">
<input value=" " name="q" size="45" type="text"/>
<input value="Go!" type="submit"/>
</form>

Be sure to enter your own blog address where you see the highlighted address and you can adjust the width of the text box by changing the highlighted number.
How to Fix your Search Box on Blogger

4. Just save your work and You're done! Now that wasn't too hard was it?
How to Fix your Search Box on Blogger

Let me know if you run into any issues and I'll see if I can help you out.

Happy Blogging!
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Let's Wrap it Up

This weekend, I am cohosting a bridal shower for my husband's cousin. I can't share a lot with you just yet, but I will surely have plenty of pictures and details next week. What I can share with you is how I wrapped her gift. 
DIY Bridal Bouquet: Make the bouquet part of your gift wrapping, so you don't forget it
I'm not sure if this is just a southern thing or if bride's all over the country are doing this, but a bow bouquet is a must where I come from. It can be as simple as tying / taping all of the bows on bridal shower gifts together or you can get a little fancy by adding a paper plate. The bride will then use the bow bouquet (also known as a ribbon bouquet) as a substitute for the real thing when walking down the isle during rehearsal. 

Y'all didn't know I was the fancy type, did y'all? Normally, I would just bring a paper plate with me to the party, but 2 little munchkins have taken every brain cell I have and turned my memory to mush… I was afraid I would forget the paper plate and ruin the party! Okay, so the party would not have been ruined. 
DIY Bridal Bouquet: Make the bouquet part of your gift wrapping, so you don't forget it
Anywho. I thought I was being pretty nifty with the idea to make the paper plate apart of the bow on my gift. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but I won't forget the plate now + I won't forget to actually make the bow bouquet at the party with this little reminder sitting on my gift. 

There's my tip for the day. Anybody else have any last minute tips to pulling off a fantastic bridal shower? 

Linking up with Chits & Giggles and Little Bit of Class, Little Bit of Sass for Wedding Wednesday today. 
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