Thanksgiving means families gather together just to be together. It’s the one holiday where the focus really is on the family and not on presents or others. It’s my favorite holiday for that very reason.

Lost In The Details!

Sometimes we can get too caught up in the details and the plans and forget what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s taken me a while, but now I try very hard to focus on my family being together and forget the details.

Who cares if we don’t have homemade pie or mashed potatoes? Will it matter if the green beans came out of a can? No! But it will matter if you get so caught up in those details that you don’t have time to spend with your family…quality time.

preserve memories forever grandparents

When I think about Thanksgiving, I remember my Grandparents coming over.

With 2 teens and 2 tweens in the house, I make sure that the memories we are making now revolve around our family and not the food or fighting or anything else.

Preserving Family Memories

So, now that you are focusing on the family, you want to preserve the family memories, don’t you? I bet the last thing you think you have time for is creating a video. WRONG! I have a little trick for you….. Animoto!

Animoto has created a  holiday Busy Parents’ Guide video with tips and tricks to help you capture and preserve those holiday memories.

Chaotic Life, Easy Movie

This Thanksgiving, we had a few added chaotic moments. Everyone was sick and I ended up in the ER the week before. But, even with all the chaos, I had time to create this video on Animoto because it didn’t take long at all.

Animoto Mobile Version

The best part of Animoto? You can also create mobile videos on your smart phone. You can create the videos with your family in the car on the way home from Grandma’s while the memories are all fresh in your mind. Your kids can each create their own video and send to Grandma as a thank you.

Animoto Free Video Code

Like my video? Make your own and enter to win a prize!

Animoto has graciously offered the code busyparents to my readers, which is good for a free video download.

And that’s not all! When you use that code to download a video between now and December 15, you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of “Capturing Life Through Better Photography” (MSRP $70) by Tamara Lackey, the woman featured in this episode of “Busy Parent’s Guide: Photo & Video Tips for Parents for the Holidays.”

Additionally, you can use the code clever until December 15 to receive 20% a year of Animoto service. All rules and requirements regarding this sweepstakes can be found here.

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #CleverAnimoto

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