Upgrading to the new iPhone? Here’s how…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in How to...

My iPhone 4s has hit it's limit of abuse from me...speakers are broken, it won't connect to my computer anymore and the battery dies in 4 hours!  So, lucky me the new iPhones are finally here and I have one on its way for me!  Yay! 

I found this great article on a friends blog...he's a tech genius and he knows everything about the iPhone.  Follow him at allgaierconsulting.com/techtalk/

How to Properly Upgrade to a New iPhone upgrade-to-a-new-iphone

With the launch of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s right around the corner, now is the time for those who will be upgrading to prepare. In theory, you can simply turn on the new device, work your way through the short setup wizard and restore from a previous backup (whether via iCloud or iTunes), however in my experience, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier and quicker.

What to do on your OLD iPhone

1) Upgrade Your Old iPhone First

iOS 7 is now available, and it's free to upgrade! Your new iPhone 5c/5s will already have iOS 7 pre-installed, it's always a good idea to have the Operating System (iOS) on both old and new iPhone match. Making this happen is simple! On your old iPhone, go to Settings > General Software Update. That will get you on the latest version of iOS before migrating to the new iPhone.

2) Dump Your Photos and Videos

Reading the heading here too quickly, one would assume I am recommending erasing your photos and videos. This is NOT the case. Rather, it's a (very) good idea to physically connect your iPhone to your computer and transfer your old iPhone's Camera Roll (photos and videos) to your computer, then remove them from your iPhone. Not only is it a good idea to do this once in a while anyway, but it will help the speed up the migration process from your old iPhone to your new iPhone.

3) Backup Your Old iPhone

The last (and most important) thing is to backup your old iPhone one last time. I usually do this just before shutting my old iPhone down for the last time. There are two ways to backup your iPhone:

  • iTunes (backes up every time you connect your iPhone to iTunes)
  • iCloud (backs up once a day automatically over WiFi)

My personal preference is to backup to iCloud as a general rule because it's one less thing I have to think about it... it just happens automatically once a day. You are, however, limited to the storage allotment that Apple gives you (the first 5 GB is free, additional storage is available for purchase). Backing up to iTunes is also a valid backup option for two reasons: 1) you aren't limited on storage like you are with iCloud and 2) the backup and restore processes happen much faster (because it's local rather than over the Internet). Regardless of which method you use, you will want to backup your old iPhone one last time.

Note: backing up your iPhone will capture everything (settings, apps, data, etc) except for passwords. Those are not backed up, for security reasons.

What to do on your NEW iPhone

Once you have completed the three steps above, it's time to unbox your new iPhone and turn it on. If you backed up to iTunes, you will want to make sure you have easy access to the computer that you performed your last backup on. If you backed up to iCloud, you will want to make sure you have access to a fast WiFi connection (restores require WiFi). During the new iPhone setup process, it will ask if you want to restore from a backup (at this point, you still have the option to set the new iPhone up as a new phone without a restore). If you choose to restore, it will ask which method (via iCloud or iTunes). The rest of the setup is crazy straight forward.

If you chose to restore via iTunes, the restore will take anywhere from 5 - 20 minutes, depending on how much content (apps, data, movies, music, etc) you are restoring. If you chose to restore from iCloud, it will take longer, and will happen in two phases. Phase 1 will restore your settings then restart your phone. After the phone restarts, it will being Phase 2, which is re-downloading your apps.

Once the restore has completed, you are all set to start using your shiny new iPhone 5c/5s!


Getting your kids to Eat {Healthy Food}!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Kids & Family Life, Parenting Tips

Like every parent, I struggle to get enough fruits, veggies and lean protein in my kids bellies!  I always try to put fruit and veggies on their plates, but it is rare if they eat it all.  Lately, I've been having a tough time getting my Mr Max to eat breakfast...I know, this kid is six years old, weighs close to 100 pounds and you would never guess by looking at him that eating can be a challenge!  I decided that the one thing I needed to do is get creative with his food.

By giving them positive experiences with healthy food and by making their food fun, will help them eat it!  It changes their attitude about eating healthy too and that makes this mama REALLY happy!!

Here are 5 tricks and tips to get your kids to become healthier eaters:

1. Let your kids help you cook!

Involving your kids in preparing kid-friendly healthy dishes will be fun and very messy, but children are more likely to eat something that they have helped to prepare.  While your kiddos are assisting you, introduce them to portions, simple fractions and teach them how to use measuring tools.

2. Get Creative

Make silly food faces-See tons of ideas below

3. Take Children Shopping

Young kids love to play grown-up. Make a special trip to the store to let you your kids pick a new fruit or vegetable to try at home. Let them weigh their fruit or veggie of choice, bag it, and put it on the conveyor belt. Once home, let them help you present it to the family.

4. Plan a Family Taste Test

Slice a variety of apples such as, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and McIntosh.   To make it even funner, make different dips such as, caramel, marshmallow cream, whipping cream, yogurt, hot fudge, ect.   After each taste test, compare the various textures and tastes while you talk about your favorites.

5. Play Fun Games That Involve Healthy Eating

Children who have fun with healthy foods are more likely to want to taste them.  I like to roll dice at the table and whatever number it lands on is how many bites they need to eat of the certain food.  It gives them control and there is no power struggle when it comes to eating their food.  My kids love this!!


I made this funky breakfast the other morning...I just used what I had in my house.  Nothing fancy at all...but a silly face made with bacon, eggs and bagels made my kids day off to a great start!

funnyfacefoodThe rest of the pictures are from Jill from meetthedubiens.com.  She's obviously pretty amazing and has inspired me to do this for my kiddos!!

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{Baby Boy} birth announcement

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Graphic Design

Here's an idea for a fun birth announcement...Isn't he a cutie?!? I created this announcement for a client and I decided that I would like to keep this sweet little baby forever!! I can customize a birth announcement for you for $40 (digital file only)...email me if you have more questions!!



Subway Nursery Art {baby birth information}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life

I recently made this for one of my friends for her new sweet baby boy.  It makes and adorable piece of art and will add a personalized touch to any nursery or bedroom.  I can customize this for you with your baby's birth information and with your specific nursery colors.  I can create it any size and style that you prefer.  The cost for this is $25 (digital file only).  Email me with any questions or orders at elliebeandesigncompany@gmail.com.



Kneaders French Toast Recipe

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes


Here in Utah we have a delicious cafe called Kneaders Bakery.  They have the most amazing french toast, omelets, sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts.  Whenever I eat at a restaurant and I love their food, it is my quest to find out the recipes and try to reproduce them in my kitchen.

Last year I was in charge of my family's Thanksgiving breakfast.  I decided to make a variety of different breakfast options and one of the main dishes was the glorious Kneaders French Toast!  My family was amazed and raving the entire day about it...I just smiled because it is soooo simple.  You can also make it the night before, so it is the prefect dish for Christmas morning or a special first day of school breakfast!

Kneaders Chunky Cinnamon French Toast

1 loaf Kneaders Chunky Cinnamon Bread cut into 8 thick slices (you can substitute this bread for any type of cinnamon swirl bread recipe)
8 eggs
3 cups milk
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter

Butter a 9 x 13 glass baking dish generously. Place the bread flat in the baking dish. Mix all remaining ingredients, reserving the butter.  Dip the bread thoroughly in the egg mixture, then place flat in the baking dish.   Cut butter into pieces and dot over the top. Refrigerate over night or at least one hour.  Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 8.

Kneaders Caramel Syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup light Karo syrup
Blend together and heat on stove top until sugar is smooth. Serve warm.

I like to add fresh strawberries and make homemade whipping cream to make this french toast perfect.  Enjoy!! Your family will love you even more after you make this for them!


{Your Smile} Quote…free download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design

I'm absolutely in love with this quote and I can think of a few special people in my life that I could give it to.  I'm kind of a romantic at heart and I really want everyone to have true, sweet love in their life.  I hope that everyone reading this has a person in their life that does this for them.  Whether it be a spouse, child, lover, or a bum on the street...I say peace, love and happiness to all!

This will print out perfectly on 8x8, 8x10 or 12x12...Download for free below!



Letters To My Lovelies…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life, Parenting Tips

I have kept a notebook in my drawer that I named "Funny Things My Kids Say".  My girls have their fair share of funny sayings, but this book is mostly full of Max"isms".  He started talking full sentences at 12 months and since then all he talks about are body parts, swear words, telling jokes or asking questions that are so funny, but very inappropriate.  I have absolutely loved looking back at this notebook because I forget so easily all the sweet and funny things that my kids say.

One of my favorite quotes was when Max was barely three, a kid asked him "Why are you black, Max?", and he said without hesitation, "I'm not black, I am brown...why don't you know your colors yet?" He is so clever and witty and he keeps me laughing my ass off! I know that when my kids are all grown up this will be a precious book to look and laugh at.  

Last week I was asked to write a letter to my 12 year old daughter by her church leaders.  I was supposed to write about what my hope was for her future.  I wrote this letter and it made me cry.  It made me realize that I need to put these words down on paper A LOT more.  I've always been encouraged to write in my journal but at this stage in my life I think it is even more important to write to my kids so they can remember their childhood.  Also, if something were to happen to me I would want my kids to have letters from me, to remember how I felt about them, the love I had for them, my words of encouragement and my hope for their lives.  

With some hesitation, I decided to attach a copy of the letter that I wrote to Madison.  I hope it will inspire you to write something like it for your sweet ones.  I know these letters will one day be cherished, so I decided that every Sunday I would write one letter to one of my kids or to another loved one...i will put it in a file box so it will be kept safe, or if they are old enough I will give it to them.

I'm very excited to do this and I hope you will join me in this endeavor!  I have created several labels in a variety of colors to customize a notebook or file box for your specific situation.

Microsoft Word - My Dear Sweet Madsy.docx

I got this great patterned file box, binder and notebooks all from Target...all you need to do is print out your label of choice (5x7 or 4x6), cut it out and put it on.  It it easy, cheap and cute!!

To save the label of your choice,  just right click on the image and hit "save as" and save it to your computer.
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