Make A Pregnancy Diary And Turn It Into A Video Production!

Here is a great way to record your passage through pregnancy to the birth of your beautiful baby – create a video production from still shots.

While making a standard video of your nine-month journey would require a lot of editing to turn it into an often-watched item, having just a 6-8 minute snapshot is sure to be watched over and over again.

Most of us have seen some great videos posted on YouTube and Facebook – events and activities people want to share with their friends and even the rest of the world. There is now an excellent piece of technology that shows you step by step how to finesse your video showcase and then upload it to these sites. This is such an easy way of sharing your photos in a way that tells a story.

Here, in a nutshell, is what you need to do to prepare your own video presentation about your pregnancy. Firstly it might be nice to have a baby photo of both mum and dad scanned, along with perhaps a wedding photo if applicable. Save these pictures to a folder on your computer that you create for the project. Then start taking photos of various stages of your pregnancy – quite often you can get a digital image of an ultrasound picture of your bub in utero!

As you prepare your nursery, photos of this can be included, along with those from a baby shower if you have one. As mum’s tummy grows, more photos should be added to the file. Take notes of any milestones, i.e. the date of the first ‘flutter’, first kick, first time dad felt the baby move. All precious moments. This information can be added as signboards throughout the video presentation.

The collection of photos will culminate in photos of a beautiful new baby, and some very proud parents.

To compile your video record of the pregnancy, most of us will already have the basics installed in our computers. If you are running Windows XP the software to create the ‘bones’ of the project are there now, free. If you have saved your pictures to a dedicated file, it will take you no time at all to bring the project together. This is a really nice way for mum to fill in those last weeks of waiting, waiting.

Each photo will become a ‘frame’ in your video presentation. The software allows you to have each frame timed differently, with special effects like fading into and out of each frame. It is really easy to do and a lot of fun.

But to make this project (and it won’t be your last!) into a really polished video, purchasing a copy of a product such as Video Showcase Creator is well worth it. With this application, you get step-by-step instructions (on video too) that show you how to add some finesse by adding a theme (baby, Christmas, birthdays etc), and adding some royalty-free music clips.

This software also shows you how to upload your video to sites like YouTube – so you can share your story with as many people as you like!

As your child grows you will use this new skill over and over again – it could even be the start of a home business for you if you choose to make these type of videos for others!

Personalised Diaries Will Be Treasured All Year

Personalised diaries are a tremendous way to get your company name and logo remembered for a long time. These are the most functional and portable planning tool. They look really elegant and professional and bring a great pleasure to everyone. They also have a long lasting life and durability. They are gorgeously packaged and can be embossed and printed with the slogan or company name and make an excellent gift, for your clients and guests on different occasions, including any meetings, conferences, seminars, or other events. These items will help you get respect for your business, thus enabling you to interact with your customers in a more purposeful and valuable way.

1. Personalised diaries include photo for every week of the year, year planner page, 54 pages, durable transparent polypropylene cover and white metallic spiral binding. They provide many ways of getting your message or company logo noticed at your business meeting. These items are quite ideal for placing your brand up to get a maximum attention.

2. They come in an extensive variety of styles and sizes with a choice of exquisite colours. They are ideal for personal, company or promotional use. They are renowned worldwide for their design and quality and you can use them as business gifts or incentives. These diaries with your brand name can easily create popularity and brand awareness among many people.

3. They are available in massive range and are all reasonably priced to suit your budgets. Personalised diaries look really impressive with shiny flimsy card covers. They always make a nice gift for your sales team to hand out at Christmas and can market your business identity quite effectively.

4. They are available in a many colours including black, red, burgundy, blue, green, and tan. You can give them to your staff, clients or delegates as a way of appreciation. They are ideal promotional item, to put your name in front of your valuable customers almost every day of the year. These diaries will also help you to mark your presence anywhere, anytime.

5. These items are quite trendy and practical. They look quite stunning and allow an elegant way to make an authoritative impression. They all have fabulous designs, vibrant colours, and with your company logo and credentials, on top of the cover, these diaries make an ideal corporate gift. These are highly reliable promotional products, which will help you achieve all your marketing objectives.

Personalised diaries are great for recording information and are quite commonly used by students and teachers, at school. These items are quite ideal to fit any marketing budget and with the help of your logo, you can really transform them into a powerful personalised item. This will help you make a great first impression on your valued customers and clients. They provide many opportunities to spread your company message across a significant area to target your audience, and enable you to establish a good reputation for your company or organisation. They also help your business to succeed in a competitive global market.

The Food Diary Anchor

A personal diary is a record of the important events of the day and your feelings. As you read over the entries you made in the past, you can relive some of those events. In fact some diaries have been the resources of books penned by people.

A food diary is no different except that the entries are the types of food you eat each day.

Why is it good to have a food diary?

This is especially useful if you are on a weight loss program. It also shows you when you ate and what you ate at particular times of each day. It tells you if you have eaten too much or if you have eaten the wrong type of food.

It is a good tool to help you lose weight.

How do you start a food diary?

Begin by having a book which you can write in as well as put in pictures. Personalise it. You can decorate its cover so that it looks attractive. On the first page you may want to place your photograph, to record how you looked like before beginning your weight loss program. Record your weight and your measurements, arms, chest, waist and hips.

It would be good to have columns where you enter the week, ( week 1 & the dates), the day, meal times, the type of food you ate, the quantity, estimated number of calories, the type of drinks and the quantity. You can also have an optional column for the cost of the meal. This will help you to have a clearer picture of where your money went to.

At the beginning of each week record your weight and your measurements. Note the time that you weighed yourself and took your measurements. This is important because you want to weigh and measure yourself at the same time each week. Then it will be a consistent record.

What benefits will you get out of keeping a food diary?

Firstly, it is a record of your weight loss journey. It will show your achievements along the way. There will be a record of when you first lost weight and how much you lost.

The purpose of recording the types of food and drinks you consumed is to let you know which types of food you like to eat and whether or not they affected your weight loss progress. It will also let you know if you have over eaten ( the number of calories), and if you have eaten too many times in a day!

You will also know if you are eating the right type of food at the different times of the day. Are you eating too much meat and too little vegetables and fruit? How many cakes did you eat during that week? How was the food cooked? Steamed, fried or boiled? Did you eat out or at home?

An analysis of your food diary will tell you if you are eating the wrong types of food and where your extra weight is coming from. It will show you where you need to cut down on the high calorie food or fattening food.

By looking at your food diary for a couple of weeks, you can begin to plan your meals. You can decide on what you will eat for the following week. You can decide what type of snacks you will have on which day, whether you will have fish or chicken for dinner, whether you will have a salad or sandwiches for lunch.

You can plan if you want to bring food from home or buy out or eat at a cafe.

By following your meal plan, your weight loss program will be more structured and consistent. It will be easier for you to adhere to.

If something happens and you cannot keep to the plan, you should note it down in your food diary. Record what took place and what you ate.

When you achieve a midway target, for example losing 5 lbs at the end of two weeks, highlight that achievement. Put a picture or an avatar there to congratulate yourself.

After you have lost 10 lbs, take a photograph of yourself and paste it in your diary. Then you can compare the first photo of yourself at the beginning of your diary and the latest one. The difference will be obvious and this will be a big motivation for you to continue with your weight loss.

Do not forget to write down your feelings when you learn you have lost weight. At the same time you can also record how you felt when you had to stop eating your favorite ice cream and chocolates. Reading these at a later period will make you remember your weight loss journey and the milestones along the way. In the future, your food diary can even be a reference for a friend who wants to lose weight.