It is no secret that I LOVE my iPhone. One of the cooler things about parenting “now” vs. “then” is that my phone allows me to capture any moment at any time. How often when Chelsea and Conor were growing up did I curse not having my camera as some small-yet-amazing thing was happening RIGHT NOW. So I love that having my phone (which of course is permanently “on hand”) means I never miss a thing.
But what about the other stuff? The funny little sayings (that seem to always come out when you’re in the car, or on line at the grocery store)? Or the thoughts you have that bubble up as you’re cooking dinner?
Limetree is an app that creates a virtual “timeline” of moments in your children’s lives – photos and videos, as well as sound clips and even notes to your child. You can keep a separate timeline for each child, and both parents can contribute (right now the app is only available for the iPhone but if one parent doesn’t have it he can upload photos and videos to your computer and add them to the timeline).
I’ve been playing with this app for a few months, to make sure it was one I would actually use and happily recommend to you all.
Guys – I LOVE it. So often I’ll have a thought or watch Noah doing something adorable and want to jot it down or take a picture. I simply go to the app. Limetree time-stamps it and stores it in the cloud. And if I forget to use the app I can add a photo or video later, along with a caption and the appropriate date.
The site has a clean design and couldn’t be easier to use (trust me, if I’m saying this you know it’s true).
It was a little awkward at first, as it took me a while to remember that the app was there. But now it’s my “go to” and I’m already building a rich timeline of notes, photos and videos.
I think what I love most about this app is not about the “big moments” – first steps, first words, etc. I feel like, as parents, we’ve got those covered and well-documented.
It’s the small stuff – I’m talking really small. Hat hair. A crazy lego creation. A milk mustache. Those little moments might make it onto Facebook, or into your phone, but how about weaving them into the larger events? And maybe accompanied by a little note, telling your child how you felt that day, or what he said at the time?
That’s the essence of what the founders of Limetree have created – they call these notes the “bread crumbs that lead your mind back to that day in time”. I love that.
Future plans for Limetree include being able to create a photo album of your timeline, which is very appealing to me.
The app itself is free, and gives you 250 photos, 5 minutes each of video and audio, and unlimited notes and letters for one year.
But Limetree is giving me twelve (!!) Premium accounts to give away to my readers. The Premium account gives you unlimited photos, notes and letters, 4 hours per year of audio, and 2 hours per year of video – at a value of $36.99 for one year.
You can learn more about the app, as well as the unique philosophy of Limetree’s founders, on their web site. They also have a lovely blog – one of my favorite posts talks about the difference between preserving “memories” as opposed to “images”.
Simply leave a comment letting me know how you capture your family’s memories – not just the “big” moments, but the small, everyday ones too. Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, March 10th at 5 p.m. EST. The winners will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, March 11th.
Here’ s an example of something Noah said recently that went right into “the notes”:
Today you were talking about getting bigger. You said, “know what I can do when I get bigger?” I couldn’t wait to hear what you were going to say.
“Open the fridge.”
Good luck! Update: Arin, Sara, Susan, Rebecca, Lisa, Jenni, Amy, Maria , Angela, Jenna, Mari and Kristina are the lucky winners! Thanks for participating!
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I received a Premium Limetree account; the comments and opinions expressed here are – as always – completely my own.