Best online photo journals for families

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By Portia Stewart

We have thousands of photos of our kids, but rarely do we get a chance to organize them into scrapbooks and photo albums. From documenting milestones to the everyday moments, online photo journals are the new scrapbooks. Online photo journal apps are your private diary telling the story of your child’s everyday moments in photos, videos and notes. These apps allow you to share your kid’s moments with your own private social network – this means close family members like grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles. Here is a list of the best online photo journals for families.

Tiny Beans

Tiny Beans Daily Photo Journal


Tiny Beans is a website and iPhone app that captures your child’s memories one day at a time. Photos and videos are easily uploaded and shown on a calendar. Invite grandparents or other close family members and they will receive email notifications when you’ve uploaded a new moment. If you are an avid Instagram user, this app may be for you. You can upload a photo on Instagram and hashtag it #tinybeanskids and it will automatically be uploaded to your personal Tinybeans Journal. Tiny Beans is a free app available online and on iTunes. The apps for iPad and Android will released soon


Kidmondo is a comprehensive website that documents in-depth information about your child. In addition to sharing your child’s photos and videos, Kidmondo also keeps your child’s growth charts, dental records, monitors your child’s food intake, and keeps track of medical and health records. Information on doctor’s visits, medical treatments, and immunizations are all in one place. Another great plus is that you can easily order a beautifully printed book version of your online photo journal. Sign up is free!



Tweekaboo makes it easy to share everyday photos and notes with your private social network. Grandma and grandpa can even comment on the photos. For the big milestones, you have the option to share with your extended social network on Facebook and Twitter as well. You can even order prints directly from Tweekaboo. Tweekaboo is free and available on iTunes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.



Animoto makes it simple to create beautiful HD videos to share with family and friends. This program is fully connected to all your photo-sharing and social media accounts. Grab images from Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, or Instagram. Choose from 50 beautiful video designs, animate with typography and add music from over 1,000 soundtracks. You can post your video on Facebook and tag family members. You can also post to Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and 44WordPress. There are several pricing plans for Animoto. Animoto Lite comes free of cost and allows for 30 seconds of video time. Animoto Plus allows users 10 minutes of video time and costs $5 a month. The app is available for iPhone and Android users.

How are you recording all of your family’s special moments? 


DSCN6557Portia is owner and writer of Sugar Tot, a mom blog specializing in toddler tech and creative play. She is a mommy to a nonstop, sugar-filled two-year old, Baby D.  She is constantly seeking the latest tech toys and creative adventures to do with her little crazy person. No stranger to exploring awesome cities, Portia is a San Francisco native turned Orange County transplant. You’ll find her discovering kid-friendly places all over Southern California on her blog. Her background is in 
public relations and marketing. You can find her on TwitterFacebook & Pinterest.



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