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GrooveBook is coming with me to the White House @groovebookapp

how-to-groove-bookI downloaded a new app on my phone called GrooveBook and I’m very excited to give it a try when Braeden and I attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House in a couple of weeks.

You can upload 100 of your favorite photos from your phone, send them to GrooveBook, pay $2.99 shipping and they will send you a photo book with those photos. The date and location is printed on the back of the photos and they are perforated for easy sharing. You could choose 5 of the same photo to be placed in the book and then when you are bragging about the photos, rip one out and share it with a friend or family member.

I mean how cool is that idea?

I know my Mom would love to have a GrooveBook in her purse to take to Church and share with friends. I’m going to need to have a few of these things printed me thinks.

groovebook-screenshotI’m going to go ahead and give it a try before we head to DC just to see how it turns out. I downloaded the app and signed up within three minutes, it’s so easy to do. You have to type in a code at the end and we have one just for our readers.

After I signed up I picked 100 photos from my phone to upload and have made into a book. The process was easy, a green check mark appears when you have selected a photo for upload. Then it goes through and adds them to a book. Now my phone is on a wireless network right now and it did take about five minutes so I would say you should probably do this where you have WiFi and not over the normal data 4G.


Be sure to check back here after our visit in Washington, DC to see what our GrooveBook looks!


Braeden is attending the Kids’ State Dinner at The White House (Delaware winner)

Braeden’s reaction when he first read the letter saying he won.

If you have not heard about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner then get comfortable because you’re about to get schooled.

Our son, Braeden (age 9) who I talk about often on this site entered the contest in early May. We received paperwork about it from his 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Buckingham at Keene Elementary School. When I read over the contest I thought to myself it would perfect for Braeden to enter. When I brought it to his attention he immediately was interested in entering. He has a myriad of diet related issues and restrictions so when he was thinking about a recipe he also thought about what he would like to eat.

He created a recipe which he named “Tortilla Bowl Deluxe” and it includes a tortilla bowl, sliced grilled chicken, diced avocados and tomatoes, orange sweet pepper, grated Monterrey Jack cheese and salt and pepper to taste. On the side he recommended a tropical fruit selection including pineapple, melons and mangoes.

“I wanted to make something healthy, but it’s also colorful and it’s fun,” Braeden says of his recipe.

braeden-mannering-tortilla-recipeHis recipe won and he will be representing the State of Delaware at the Kids’ State Dinner held at the White House and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, July 9. Braeden, along with 53 other winners representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia were notified earlier this week and today the news went viral.

We will be arriving early into Washington, DC the morning of Monday, July 8th and have been given a very full itinerary of amazing events to attend.

Since the news broke this morning Channel 6 Action News reached out wanting to interview Brae and the office of Senator Carper reached out to say that Senator Carper would like to meet Braeden while we are in DC. The news has been so excited for Braeden, for our whole family, all of our friends and even co-workers are supremely excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Braeden and for the all of the other winners. I want to offer a big congratulations to all of the kids who entered and to all of the kids who will be attending the dinner. All of you should be incredibly proud this is something you will remember fondly forever.