Back It Up

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This is your friendly Friday reminder to back up your phone’s photos.  I was thinking last night that I would be devastated if I broke or lost my iPhone and never had access to all 1,073 (!!) photos and videos again (I don’t regularly plug it into my computer).  Henry’s first 10 weeks of life have been documented mainly on my phone – not my nice DSLR camera!

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Speaking of which, I’m always impressed with the iPhone 4’s camera.  It actually has the same specs as the pricey point-and-shoot that I bought a few years back.  I rely on it for so much of my photography – and you can film HD videos, too.  What can I say – I’m an iPhone woman.  I’ll never switch.




The Husband and I have become obsessed with these freezer meals from Trader Joe’s – it tastes like decent panang curry from the nicest Thai restaurant in Charlotte.  The nutritionals aren’t great (full of sodium, predictability), but it’s a decent enough option for a fast dish.


Pumped up with some steamed greens.


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"Do what you fear and fear disappears." – David Joseph Schwartz <— I’ll be thinking this tomorrow at the starting line of the triathlon!



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 24, 2012, 2:27 pm

    I really should back up my iPhone, I have over 1,000 pictures on there too!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life August 24, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Great reminder about backing up! Isn’t terrible how we never actually print photos as much as we used to?!? I haven’t even finished my sons baby book and he’s 16 months old!!! Mom, fail!

    Good luck tomorrow, you’ll do great! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 24, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Great reminder!!! This also reminded me to back-up my laptop! Thank you! 🙂

  • Julie August 24, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the photos reminder. We must be on the same wavelength – I keep thinking that I need to do this (while I’m at work, then I get home & get busy in the evenings, & I forget). I have written myself a post-it for this weekend! 🙂

    Good luck on your triathlon. Have fun!

  • Erica { } August 24, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Eek! I *ever* back up my phone or computer and I keep meaning to but will definitely do so now! I’ve got 10+ years of pics on my computer that I would be devastated if anything happened to!

  • Lydia August 24, 2012, 3:08 pm

    If you have an iPhone 4S it backs it up automatically! I love the cloud, all my pictures are on my computer without me having to anything more than charge my phone at my house (which I do everyday).

  • Priyanka August 24, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Haha you know you are a new mum if you get the back up message from iphone. I love mine too, since it has all of my son’s pics and video since his birth. I just transferred all of them yesterday. The iphone helps take all the spur of the moment pics that are simply priceless.

  • kalli August 24, 2012, 3:27 pm

    the great thinkg about mac is you never have to back up again with the icloud 🙂 heaven on earth!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 24, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Oh I totally agree with you on that backup reminder! I just got an external hard drive a little while ago and have been backing up my iPhone and DSLR photos like crazy – mainly because the DSLR ones are in RAW format and are HUUUUUUGE so they take up a ton of space and slow my Mac down. In fact, it’s about time I back up another batch. Happy Friday!

  • Sara August 24, 2012, 3:52 pm

    I have 725 on my Droid Incredible. My husband has an iPhone 4S but I think the photos turn out way better on my phone than his. Maybe you should do a little tutorial on how to take awesome iPhone photos! Ha!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 24, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I need to back my iPhone up as well! I LIKE that quote–will be saying that at my half ironman tomorrow too! 🙂

  • Kattrina August 24, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 24, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Definitely back that phone up girl!!

  • Kristen August 24, 2012, 4:08 pm

    Aside from the regular iCloud back up, I use photo stream to automatically download my phone pics to my computer. That way, you don’t have to think about downloading, etc. If you use Mac, you can turn it on in iPhoto or aperture. If you use a pc, I think apple gives you a download to use photo stream. Seriously, life altering.

  • Abby August 24, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! My motto….stay strong and believe!

  • Johanna B August 24, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Make that race your b*tch girl! Go get ’em!!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 24, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Never backed up mine! Meh. No cute kid pictures here.

  • Amanda August 24, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I’m the SAME way with my iPhone! I swear it takes better pictures than my actual camera! I don’t know what I would do without it

  • Debbie @ Live from La Quinta August 24, 2012, 7:57 pm

    You can set your phone to automatically back up your photos to icloud. Thay’s what I do and I don’t have to think about it ( until I get a message that I’m using too much storage space, usually because of a video that needs to be uploaded to youtube–videos take up tons of space!).

  • Runnin4fun August 24, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I don’t usually comment,but I have to tell you…you have an adorable baby! Everytime you post his pictures,his funny faces crack me up! He is really,really cute.

    • Caitlin August 24, 2012, 10:04 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd August 27, 2012, 3:55 pm

    These may be stupid questions, buuuuut: Do you just plug your iPhone into your computer to back it up? Does it automatically transfer photos to your iTunes? Or do I need to DL some other type of iPhoto?

    • CaitlinHTP August 27, 2012, 4:25 pm

      i save it to my external hard drive so if my computer dies i still have access!

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