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Rita uses Nixplay to keep her parents up-to-date about their grandchildren
“Photos elicit so many memories and they allow for a bonding experience.”
Rita, who lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children, gave her parents, who live across the country in Washington, a Nixplay Frame so they can see how their children and grandchildren are doing.
“It was a way for us to share what was going on in the children’s lives with my parents remotely because they’ve never lived in the same town,” says Rita.
Watch how Nixplay helped Rita’s family stay close despite the distance.
Nixplay as a part of military people’s lives
When Sherra Humphreys’ daughter Rachel enlisted in the military, the proud mom immediately started thinking of ways to keep each other updated about everything happening in their lives.
â€œThe immediate thing I [thought of] was, â€˜oh, Iâ€™ll send you a Nixplay Frame and we can put a playlist on it, and we can update it, and it could play whenever you walk in.’â€
Watch this video to learn about the Humphreys’ story.
Ralph scans and uploads 300 photos of memories on his mom’s Nixplay frame
Ralph and his family had already displayed a lot of their photos around their homes, but they would need several more picture frames to accommodate the years’ worth of memories they had immortalized in print.
When Ralph, his mother, and his sister each got Nixplay Frames, part of their dilemma was solved: They can now display multiple photos on a single frame, saving space and reducing clutter. And in the process of scanning hundreds of family photos to display on their Nixplay frames, they gained a new appreciation for each other.
Watch Ralph’s story here.
Chris made Nixplay his family’s internal social network
Keeping in touch can be a challenge if you belong to a big family. This was certainly the case for Chris Hansen, who lives in Colorado but has family in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and Arizona.
After exploring several options for sharing photos, the Hansens decided to get Nixplay frames, which offered an easy and convenient way to keep the whole family updated in real time.
Get inspired by how the Hansens use their frames in this video.
Makaala shares how Nixplay keeps them close as Military family
When you’re stationed in a different country for several years, you miss so many holidays and milestones. The separation was especially painful for Makaala, a Navy Submarine Officer previously stationed in Bahrain, and his wife Lisa.
Each time Makaala left, he worried that his daughters, particularly two-year-old Kate, would not be able to recognize him the next time he comes home. Having a Nixplay Frame made it easier to cope with the distance.
“Because of our Nixplay Frame, Kate never skipped a beat when her daddy came home because she was constantly seeing his pictures,” shares Lisa.
Watch this video to learn why every military family should have a Nixplay Frame
Introducing Affirm: A New Way To Pay For Your Nixplay Frame
By: Mars Salazar
Here atÂ Nixplay, weâ€™re always looking for ways to help you find ways toÂ display your favorite memoriesÂ conveniently, easily, and most importantly, affordably. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve partnered withÂ AffirmÂ to give you a new payment option thatâ€™s more manageable on your pocket.
Affirm is a credit card alternative that gives you an easier way to pay for the things you love. With Affirm, you can pay for your NIX and Nixplay purchases over the course of a few months. Affirm will always show you the total amount of interest youâ€™re expected to pay at checkout, and they will never charge any fees.
Here are some advantages of Affirm:
You can choose a payment option that fits your budget perfectly.
Affirm makesÂ big-ticket purchasesÂ more manageable for your wallet. Youâ€™ll be presented with different payment options, and you can pick which option will best suit your current financial situation. No need to pinch pennies just to buy that item youâ€™ve been eyeing since forever!
Affirm lets you pay for your purchases on your own terms.
If your Affirm loan is approved, you can easily customize your payment plan and details. Choose from 3, 6, or 12-month financingâ€”whichever option works best for you. Youâ€™ll also enjoy 0% APR (annual percentage rate) if you choose to pay for your purchase within 3 months.
You know exactly how much you need to pay upfront, and there are no hidden charges.
Your Affirm interest rate and monthly payment plan will be provided to you upon checkout so you know exactly how much you need to pay each month. Affirm also notifies you when your payment date is coming up. No bill shock here!
Affirm is convenient and easy to use.
To use Affirm, simply click the â€˜Affirmâ€™ option during checkout, provide some basic information, and youâ€™ll soon get a real-time decision. No confusing paperwork necessary.
Affirm makes gift-giving easier.
Planning to giveÂ NIX or NixplayÂ FramesÂ to your loved ones? Avoid theÂ holiday rushÂ with Affirm! You can order your NIX and Nixplay Frames weeks ahead of the holidays and pay for them in flexible installments so you donâ€™t have to brave the crowds doing their last-minute shopping.
Privacy in an open world: How much do Americans care about online privacy?
By: The Nixplay Team
Never in the history of mankind has information ever been so easily accessible. Whether youâ€™re looking for the latest celebrity gossip or a new scientific study, everything you need to know can be accessed online.
Unfortunately, companies looking to increase their sales know this as well. And theyâ€™re not afraid to use the latest technology to learn as much as they could about you.
To find out how privacy issues affect American online behavior,Â NixplayÂ surveyed 2,003 Americans in partnership with market research companyÂ InnovateMR. Below are some surprising findings:
â€œMemories of our friends and family are meant to be shared but privacy and safety concerns â€“ especially regarding our children â€“ are not something to be taken lightly,â€ said Nixplayâ€™s Founder and CEO,Â Mark Palfreeman. â€œAlthough social media seems to be the prime medium for sharing lifeâ€™s experiences, we created Nixplay as a safe place to share those intimate memories and most precious moments with family and close friends. With end-to-end encryption, Nixplay has taken every precaution possible to anonymize your content and keep it for your eyes only.â€
More information about the study is available upon request via Nixplay@MaxBorgesAgency.com.
Best Summer Vacation Destinations in the United States
By: Edward Cruz
The summer season is currently on full blast, and the hot sunny days mean itâ€™s time for a vacation! And if you live in the USA, youâ€™re in luck: There are so many summer-perfectÂ destinationsÂ that it can be difficult to decide where to go. Whether youâ€™re heading to the beach, going on a cross-country road trip, exploring a new city, or camping in the mountains, youâ€™ll certainly find your preferred activity in the United States, and there definitely will be no shortage of fun!
Not sure about which of the 50 beautiful USA states will be best for your vacation? Weâ€™ve got you covered. Here are some of the best summer destinations in the U.S. that you should add to your travel itinerary.
Manitou Island, Michigan
If youâ€™re looking for an undiscovered beach destination, then Manitou Island is the place to go. This breathtaking island offers an escape for those who are looking for solitude in nature. The place offers a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, paddling, kayaking, and camping. Visitors interested in wildlife will also find diverse flora and fauna on its beaches and wilderness areas.
You can learn more about the history of Manitou Island by exploring the North Manitou Village and the ghost town of Crescent, taking care to respect the privacy of those who are living on the island. Manitou Island is accessible only via a boat, but youâ€™ll surely have a great trip across Lake Michigan to get there as there are wonderful views in any seat on the boat.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Youâ€™ll never run out of things to do in Cape Cod. This part of Massachusetts offers every kind activity you could wantâ€”no wonder it is one of the top vacation spots in the country! Enjoy gorgeous beaches, dine on fabulous seafood shacks, explore picture-perfect lighthouses, or simply lounge on the sand while stargazing or watching the seals play in the waves. The shoreline also offers a range of outdoor activities like sunbathing, swimming, beachcombing, kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing.
Visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center, the townâ€™s main visitor facility that features a museum, bookstore, and an indoor theatre. Donâ€™t forget to add the Province Landâ€™s Visitor Center to your itineraryâ€”it features an observation deck with a stunning 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Outer Beach. Get your camera loaded with lots of storage as there are plenty of scenic surroundings in Cape Cod, and youâ€™ll surely love to shoot photos at its colorful downtown area.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is without a doubt one of the greatest cities in the world. People are drawn for its lively crowd, eccentricity, beautiful scenery, and rich history. The place has been a famous destination for foodies for its variety of great restaurants, as well as food markets where they do market-to-table demonstration by local chefs. Thousands of visitors also take a cruise on the bay for a tour of the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary and the countryâ€™s first lighthouse. Itâ€™s not all grim history at Alcatraz, though: the island offers the most breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline.
Summer is the most fun time of the year in the Bay Area. San Francisco offers many activities to do and discover during summer, with festivities, races, attractions happening almost every day of the week. The longer days of summer opens up more opportunities to experience everything the City by the Bay has to offer. And surely, nobody will go home without taking a picture with one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a selfie on San Franâ€™s famous cable cars and make the Lombard Street, dubbed the most crooked street in the world, your photo background!
Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City is aÂ family-friendly and affordable summer destinationÂ in the Mid-Atlantic. This resort town has ten miles of family-friendly beach, a famous Boardwalk, delicious bites, exciting attractions, and free events. The place receives up to 8 million visitors each year, making it one of the east coastâ€™s most popular destinations. Tourists flock here for its warm sands and the fun-filled water adventures it offers, such as swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. If you love the view of the ocean then this is the place for you!
Itâ€™s also worth noting that the Ocean City Boardwalk has long been a favorite American summer destination as it offers several amusement park rides, stores, and arcades. The place is perfect to explore on a bicycle or roller skates. Donâ€™t miss the chance to visit Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! Museum, where both kids and adults can discover and enjoy fun & quirky stuff, and ride the Boardwalkâ€™s Ferris wheel, where youâ€™ll get a picturesque view at the top!
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a destination that all Americans should see at least once in their lifetime. 6.38 million visitors flock here annually for the breathtaking natural scenery that stretches for 277 miles. You can explore the canyon as you wish, and we recommend taking your time as a day trip could be too short to truly immerse yourself in all the place has to offer.
The Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park. Visit Yavapai Point, one of the best spots to view the canyon. The Horseshoe Bend is another top attraction for tourists coming from the eastern end, offering visitors andÂ photographersÂ with stunning views. Havasu Falls may be difficult to reach, but youâ€™ll be rewarded with its famous jaw-dropping sceneries resplendent with turquoise-hued waters. Visitors must hike 10 miles into the canyon and 10 miles back up to the rim to get here, but the trip is well worth the effort.
Ready your travel bags and your cameras, because you donâ€™t want to miss out on the precious moments of this summer! Of course, we would love to remember every moment of our summer trips, and there is no better way to keep them withÂ Nixplay frames. These smart frames not only display a great assortment of your photos, but also play video clips of the summer youâ€™ll never forget.
10 Things That Should Be On Your Best Friend Bucket List
By: Mars Salazar
One of the perks of having aÂ best friendÂ is that you have someone with whom you can do all the fun things youâ€™ve always wanted to do. The best part is that itâ€™s never too late to make new memories with them! Whether youâ€™ve been joined at the hip since kindergarten or are colleagues-turned-BFFS, there will never be a shortage of new adventures to embark on and fun times to be had. Start with these ten activities you can tick off before summer ends!
Go on an impromptu road trip.
Gas up your car, stock up snacks, and make a playlist with all your favorite songs and podcasts. Youâ€™ll have all you need for a funÂ road tripÂ across a few state lines.
Stay up all night and watch the sunrise.
After binge-watching your favorite shows and movies all night long, prepare some tea or hot chocolate and head out to catch the last twinkling of the stars before the sunrise. Itâ€™s the perfect time for a heart-to-heart talk with your bestieâ€“youâ€™ll be closer than ever!
Hit the beach.
Make it a summer to remember by going to theÂ beachÂ with your closest friends! Pack some refreshing treats and put on your most flattering swimsuit for a fun day of sun, sand, and sea. If you can go snorkeling or better yet, scuba diving, thatâ€™ll be even better.
Try a restaurant youâ€™ve always wanted to dine at.
Maybe itâ€™s a fancy restaurant with a few Michelin Stars or a talked-about place with a cheap buffet. Whateverâ€™s on your shared foodie bucket list, pick one out and tick it off with your best pals!
Camping is a great way to learn more about yourself and your friends. Aside from polishing your survival skills, youâ€™ll learn a lot about each other when youâ€™re out in the wilderness. Build a fire, toast some smores, and get comfortable for a great chat with your buddies.
Visit another country together.
Exploring a differentÂ countryÂ will take your friendship to new heights. When youâ€™re out of your comfort zone, navigating around a foreign land, youâ€™ll learn to tolerate each otherâ€™s quirks and habits, both good and bad.
Attend your favorite artistâ€™s concert.
Going to a concert or a music festival with your buddies can definitely be counted as a highlight of your friendship. It can be a little expensive, especially if itâ€™s a major celebrity or an out-of-town concert, but the memories youâ€™ll make will be priceless.
Find a favorite hiking spot.
If you and your friends are an outdoorsy bunch, you probably already have a favorite hiking spot by now. Itâ€™ll be nice if you and your friends can go there at least once a year to have a great time outdoors.
Join a race together.
Athletic buddies should ignite their competitive tendencies and join a race together! Donâ€™t feel pressured to finish first, but train hard and make an effort to beat your respective personal best records.
Visit an amusement park together.
Amusement parks are always fun to visit, but itâ€™s just better when youâ€™re with your best friends. Youâ€™ll have a blast lining up for the rides and trying all the snacks youâ€™ll only get to eat there.
Nixplay Frames: The Perfect Complement To Wedding Photography
By: Tracy Dorr
Having been a professional wedding photographer for over fifteen years, Iâ€™ve seen all types of photo albums to suit every style and budget. These beautiful storytelling devices become cherished heirlooms, treasured by families over the years. But as digital photography continues to evolve,Â wedding photographersÂ would inevitably provide their clients with an increasing number of images.
Every year we shoot more and moreâ€”rarely under 1000 pictures per wedding. Social media and websites like Pinterest feed the bridal brainstorm, making it easier than ever to generate ideas for interesting wedding poses and add personal touches to the coupleâ€™sÂ wedding. This necessitates more photos, and the traditional albums are simply unable to adapt to that quantity of images.
While there is still a valid argument for selecting the best images to feature in book format,Â Nixplay FramesÂ broadens the conversation by offering a unique option: a digital showcase for a large number of images, letting you relive all of your weddingâ€™s highlights over and over.
The nice thing about Nixplay Frames is that they can complement the traditional photo album. It doesnâ€™t have to be a competition: You can put the choicest selections in the photo album for display on your coffee table, and save the lighthearted candid shots for your Nixplay Frame. There are plenty of images that, though memorable for the bride and groom, may not warrant being printed in an archival album or as a large wall print. The Nixplay Frame can be their home.
Since Nixplay Frames can hold so many images, itâ€™s gratifying as a photographer to know that your photos will be seen, lived with and appreciated. We work hard to create something beautiful that will last forever, and itâ€™s disappointing to see images stored on a hard drive or USB, never being printed and eventually forgotten. I personally appreciate the Nixplay frames for providing a satisfying counterpoint.
The framesâ€™ Wi-Fi capability adds another immensely attractive feature. Unlike a traditional photo album, these frames can easily adapt to your household as it changes. You can continuously add pictures from your phone or device to your Nixplay Frame, interspersing new images with yourÂ wedding photographs. It lifts the limits of a traditional album and makes it a very easy piece to live with.
If youâ€™re still thinking of getting a Nixplay Frame, I advise you to take the plunge. These frames are the perfect complement to a professional photographerâ€™s work.I am personally thrilled that larger sizes are being offered. I just received the 15-inchÂ and Iâ€™m thrilled by the larger screen. This gives skilled photographers a way to showcase the finer details of their work. The bigger the screen and the higher the image quality, the more impact your work will have on the viewer. I relish the opportunity for people to see my work on a bigger scale so they can appreciate the quality and detail that I labored over.
6 Questions to Ask When Organizing Childrenâ€™s Artwork & School Papers
By: Lisa Luken
Summer is now in full swing! Itâ€™s the season of summer camps, family vacations, andâ€¦fixing the piles of yourÂ childrenâ€™s artworkand school papers theyâ€™ve accumulated in the past school year.
While itâ€™s exciting to see how theyâ€™ve developed and what theyâ€™ve learned over the past year, it can also be overwhelming to decide what to do with the mountain of papers that have landed on your dining room table. Unless you intend for that pile to remain there until itâ€™s time to clear the table for Thanksgiving dinner, youâ€™ll want to get it organized in an intentional, methodical manner.
You know you canâ€™t keep everythingâ€”If you do, youâ€™ll dilute the value of all the pieces. After all, itâ€™s better to look through a carefully curated collection of special milestones, versus a stack that consists primarily of fill-in-the-blank worksheets and weekly spelling tests.
The key to creating an intentional collection is to ask the right questions while sorting through the pile. This helps you decide what to keep and what to toss. Here are 6 questions to help you carefully create a collection worthy of preserving and sharing.
Does it contribute to the story I want to tell?
Approach the project from a storytelling perspective. Think of yourself as the chief storyteller, carefully choosing what to highlight and share about your childâ€™s progress in the past school year. Begin by listing three to five things that stand out in your mind when thinking about what they learned during the year. Use these an outline to guide your decisions.
Was this the year your child learned how to write her numbers? Keep one worksheet from each quarter showing how she progressed. Did he learn how to draw the horizon using depth-perspective? Keep a piece that illustrates this new skill.
Preserving the pieces that provide details for this progression enables you toÂ create a storyÂ for her year.
Does it accurately portray your childâ€™s personality?
As your child develops, her personality shines through. Maybe your child is a strong-willed, determined tot that always approaches classwork from an outside-of-the-box perspective. Maybe sheâ€™s a quiet rule-follower that hones in on the details of the assignment. Or maybe you are raising the next Walt Disney, having noticed a variety of cartoon characters drawn in the margins of all his assignments this year. Choose to keep pieces that highlight the facets of your kidâ€™s personality that were really brought out during the school year.
Does it document details about who your child was at that age?
With each school year comes new interests for your child. Was this the year she only wanted to do gymnastics and wrote about it in all of their writing assignments? Or was this the year he learned the â€œflossâ€ dance moves and only drew pictures of Fortnite and Minecraft?
When you think of your childhood years, what stood out as interests and trends for you? Use this as an opportunity to preserve the artwork and papers that reflect your childâ€™s interests for this school year.
Do you absolutely love it?
As with all simplifying projects, itâ€™s not always about choosing what to keep based on a certain set of criteria. Sometimes itâ€™s all about choosing to keep something because you love it. In my experience simplifying my own life and helping others simplify theirs, it can be easy to decide that you loveÂ everything.
Knowing this, I encourage you to choose only pieces that you ABSOLUTELY love. This keeps you from deciding that everything is worth keeping. Itâ€™s important to note that time is often your best friend when it comes to this question. When everything is recent, itâ€™s easy to love it all. But as time passes, youâ€™re likely to have an easier time deciding what stands out as pieces you absolutely love. This way, itâ€™ll be way easier to have an entire yearâ€™s worth of pieces to go through!
Do your kids absolutely love it?
When going sorting through your childrenâ€™s items, itâ€™s very important to involve them in the process. Just as youâ€™ve done with the previous question, itâ€™s important to ask your child which pieces they absolutely love.
Depending on their age, you might need to begin by helping them sort their items into three categories: â€œYes,â€ â€œNo,â€ and â€œMaybe.â€ After this, narrow down the â€œYesâ€ and â€œMaybeâ€ piles by selecting only the things they absolutely love. Itâ€™s always fun to see whichÂ artworkÂ theyâ€™re most proud of and to hear the stories behind what they created and why they made it. I suggest penciling these stories on the back of the pieces to make them even more meaningful.
Does it fit in your pre-chosen container?
Containers enable us to maintain limitsâ€”literally and figuratively. Containers can help keep our possessions manageable and tidy. Whether itâ€™s a plastic storage bin, a binder, or a file folder box, designate an â€œArtwork & School Papersâ€ container for each child.
Plan for what might come in in future years (hint: they bring home fewer crafts as they get older) and choose a reasonably sized bin that you can envision passing on to your child when they move out. Since youâ€™re the curator of the project, you get to choose what feels like â€œjust enoughâ€ to tell the story of their childhood.
If the container starts to get too full as pieces continue coming in, review the previous yearsâ€™ collections and decide if they are still worthy of keeping. As time goes by, the truly meaningful pieces will stand out.
As a final step in the process, I recommend creating a digital version of the collection. This is especially important for artwork that involves glitter, pasta, and other three-dimensional objects that donâ€™t store well.
Keep the digitizing process super simple by organizing the pieces according to your kidsâ€™ grade level, then take pictures of each item on a plain surface like a white poster board. Upload a copy to your computer or hard drive, but donâ€™t just leave it there! Share the images on aÂ Nixplay FrameÂ so youâ€™ll
immediately be able to enjoy your curated collection of your kidsâ€™ creations in your home. You can even share them with your friends and family all over the world through theirÂ Nixplay Frames!
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