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With the arrival of a new baby, the only thing that multiplies faster than dirty diapers are photos and video of that new little cutie. If you don't already store your photos, video, music and important documents on an external hard drive, now is a great time to start. It will save space on your computer, allow your collection to grow even if you change computers, and both you and your spouse can easily contribute. But one copy isn’t enough. Redundancy is key, and having an automatic online backup service will keep you safe should disaster strike. Don’t we hate disasters?

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But while online services can be an easy solution, whether free or paid, it’s important to know that not all online storage accounts are going to be good backup solutions. Check to see if retrieving your files will be easy and occur in batches versus downloading each image or video individually. Also, let your phone do the work. Set mobile device images to automatically upload to cloud storage or your computer so you have them all in one location. For example, if you have an iPhone photo stream, you can do this via iCloud to iPhoto, or Google+ App to Picasa Web Albums or Sugar Sync.

Here are the online photo services with mobile apps that we’re backing up at the moment. Happy Streaming.

CrashPlan: This free version allows remote backup to a friend or family member’s computer. Monthly plans (Crashplan+) include online storage from $32.99/year for 10 GB or $60 for unlimited space.

Pro: There’s free backup to remote computers, whole computer backup and restore. Gift subscriptions are available.

Con: Plans priced per computer -- two cost $149.99 a year, with unlimited backup.

SugarSync: This service syncs files from your computers and mobile devices to the cloud. It has photo albums you can share, allowing hi-res downloads without requiring your family and friends to register. One account enables both you and your spouse to contribute, keeping everything in a central place. From $4.99 per month for 30GB.

Pro: It has easy photo/video sharing, can sync from many devices to each other and to the cloud so you always have files with you, and offers 5GB free.

Con: It’s more pricey than others, you have to manually upload photos and video from camera roll unless you shoot it from their app, and there’s no full computer restore.

Carbonite Home: This service backs up your irreplaceable files – like photos,

documents and more – automatically, to the cloud. $59/year for unlimited storage

Pro: The yearly price includes unlimited backup, there’s a free 15-day trial, plus a Mirror Image backup (full computer restore) of your hard drive with the $99 Plus version (Windows only).

Con: There’s just one computer per plan, no external hard drive back-up for Mac users or features of the Plus or Premier plans, and no sharing like Sugar Sync.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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