As I celebrated my fifth Mother’s Day this weekend it was a bit surreal. In some ways I still feel like I am twenty-four, but I know I have matured leaps and bounds in my five plus years as a mom. I have been pregnant and given birth three times, put my heart and soul into raising these children, endured two deployments, survived a severe car accident and gained a lot of life experience. And all of that “life experience” typically means that I am exhausted and there are not enough hours in a day to properly document all that goes on in our lives.
One of the things I wish I had more time to do is taking and making videos of our growing family. My picture and video taking spurts come and go and I know that I need to be more consistent so that I can share my children’s growth with my husband overseas and to have as a keepsake. I had the opportunity to review a new mobile app by Magisto this week and it caught my attention because it creates a little video memory without me actually having to do any editing. I always aspire to vlog and take more videos of my children, but the editing portion deters me and this app makes it easy to create something to cherish or share with family. Although you cannot control what clips it puts together, it seems to do a decent job and it is perfect for sharing with my husband and family who are spread all over the country.
The first video I made using this app was from some clips I took at my daughter’s ballet class this past week to share with my husband. She just started the class this spring so he has not been able to see her in action and she is really excited about an upcoming recital they are working towards in June. I was excited how the app took the four clips I selected, put them into an easy-to-watch video and you have to admit the music and effects give it some pizzaz.
For a little background, my daughter typically wears a leotard to class, but on this particular day she wanted to wear a skirt. And her panda shirt. And footless Hello Kitty tights. What can I say, she takes after her mother’s fashion sense. I always cringe at pictures from my childhood and ask my mom how she let me out of the house, but she said I was creative and she was not going to stop me. I smile as I think of her words while I also let my daughter express herself the way she wants. As mediocre as the video footage is that I took, I am happy to have this little keepsake for my daughter to see years down the road so she can ask me “how did you let me out of the house wearing that“!
The app has been fun to play with and is something I will definitely use on occasion to make condensed compilations of video to send to grandparents and to Daddy when we are apart. The more clips you upload the longer it takes for the editing to “magically” happen, but it is worth it. Another video I made which I shared in the beginning of this article is a little memoir I made of my five-year-old daughter who gave me the gift of motherhood and who inspires and surprises me daily.
Now through the end of May you can use the coupon code “MomsRule” for three free downloads on Magisto! You can download the app for iPhone, Android or create an account on the web. To top it off they are running a contest through the end of this week (May 17th at 11:59PM EST) where you have a chance to win many fantastic prizes. That only gives you a few days to enter, but if you use the code above you have some free downloads and you can just upload old videos and photos and the app will do the rest!
From now until May 13, 2013, all Magisto-created movies that include the hashtag #MagistoMoms in their title will be entered to win special prizes. Videos will be shared and available for viewing on a Mother’s Day-themed social scrapbook that will be hosted on the Magisto website. The users whose Movies get the most Likes on Magisto will win the following prizes:
- Grand Prize: Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet
- Second Place: Joan Osborne’s new CD + handwritten lyrics to ‘Born to See You Through’
- Runners up: 50 runners up will receive 1-year Magisto Pro upgrades
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Magisto. I received a promotional code for premium features to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.