A Better Way to Share Your Memories: How to Make a Photo Album

People desire lives full of meaning, adventures, and great memories. We look forward to travel, visits with family, and any chance to escape from the daily grind. But once those short days are gone, it’s almost like they barely happened.

Now that most of us carry a fantastic camera in our pockets in the form of our smartphones, we “capture” more memories than ever before. But most people don’t turn those recorded moments into anything more than a quick post on social media and they are lost to the ever-refreshing timeline of our feeds.

There’s an incredibly simple way to make all those moments more meaningful and to keep them accessible so they can warm our hearts: make a photo album.

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Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 7 – Adventures

There’s more to Christmas (and life) than gift-wrapped boxes under the tree.  Sometimes the best gifts are not things, but experiences.  I have no idea what gifts I received 5 years ago for Christmas, but I do remember that year we took a trip to the mountains and it was so cold the snow tubing place shut down.  Experiences often stay with us longer than the warm glowing feeling we get from opening a well-chosen gift.  So if you really want to make an impact this holiday season, consider giving one of these adventures as a gift.


Winter Ziplining

Walking Food Tour


Brewing Class


Camping Weekend

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Whitewater Rafting


Cupping Class




Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 6 – The Home

Your home is your castle.  “A man’s character emerges in the building and ordering of his house.”  These gifts pamper your home and give you something to look forward to when you walk through the door after a hard day at the office.

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Westclox Retro Clock; Armillary Sphere; Handsome Dan Leather Head FootballFluance Fi30 High Performance Wireless Bluetooth Wood Speaker; Pendleton Yakima Camp ThrowApartment Therapy Complete and Happy HomeThe Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be BeautifulStadler Form JASMINE Aroma DiffuserNatural Root Wood Bowl; Ikea JÄPPLING Armchair


Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 5 – The Bookshelf

These bookworm gift ideas cover the range from old fiction favorites to some of the highest rated books from 2015.  The nonfiction choices will help you upgrade your cooking, bar tending, gardening and letter writing skills.  The fiction selections will take you on adventures in today’s world and the streets of worlds past.  The book darts are an excellent tool for marking pages to remember or passages you want to return to.

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James Bond 007 Series;  The 12 Bottle Bar;  Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction;  The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual;  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up;  The Art of the Personal Letter;  The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories;  The Complete Sherlock Holmes;  Tasting Beer;  Joy of Cooking; H is for Hawk; Book Darts

Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 4 – Every Day Carry

These every day carry gifts will help get you through each day in style.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change;  How to Win Friends & Influence People;  Casio Watch;  Dockers Handkerchiefs;  Field Notes Pitch Black Notebooks;  Fisher Bullet Space Pen;  Hei-Matau Bone Necklace;  Marshal Wallet Slim Lambskin Wallet;  Burt’s Bees Lip Balm;  Cinnamon Cocoon iPhone Sleeve;  JVC HAFX32B Marshmallow Earbuds;  Buck Knives Solitaire Pocket Knife