Enjoying the Last Days of Summer with RealTimes

I love hanging with my kids. While some moms were eager for their kids to start school again, I was hanging on to the last bits of freedom with mine. I loved having them home, and I really loved not having to get up super early and fight Chicago traffic. 🙂 This was a very busy summer which was tied up by my wedding, honeymoon, and a couple of other things, so we did not get to do a family vacation this year. We made up for it by having a few outings around Chicago.

Kids on Michigan Ave Bridge.

School started here about 2 weeks ago. We have been holding on to the last days of summer as long as we can. In the past few weeks we have visited Maggie Daley Park, enjoyed a trip to the beach, enjoyed downtown Chicago, and hung out in Millennium Park. My kids took a trip to Lake Geneva with their dad. And we enjoyed glow in the dark mini-golfing.

Our First Crack at Mini-Golfing

Mini-golfing was a lot of fun. It was the first time for us. And I must say that glow in the dark effect is pretty cool. 🙂 If you have never been you have got to give it a try. If you know that you are going I suggest wearing lots of bright colors, or white! It all gives off an awesome effect. There were 18 holes. We navigated around corners, hit balls into windmills, and laughed a lot! I’ll just say that we are not that great at mini-golf. 🙂 But we had a blast.

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And I have realized that I need to learn how to score golf. We had NO clue what we were doing so we just made up a scoring system. 🙂

Capturing the Memories with RealTimes

We are all familiar with RealPlayer. The program has been around for a long time. I have used it for years to play videos and capture web content. The software suite has been expanded. It now includes RealTimes (formerly RealPlayer) for your computer, RealTimes Converter, RealTimes Downloader, RealTimes Trimmer, and the RealTimes app.

The RealTimes app is available on your iPhone or Android phone. The RealTimes app allows you to get your photos off your phone and do more with them. Using it is easy.


RealTimes will automatically create a story for you from photos and videos in your gallery by based on the date. Once the story is created you can customize it using several options.


Using Automatic Remix you can automatically rearrange the photos. You can also add or remove content, re-order content, change audio, change color filters and transitions, and add custom titles.


Once your story is perfect, click the Save It button, choose a name for your video, and hit OK. From here you can upload your video to the cloud share on social media, or send to family and friends. Once my video was created using my smartphone, I logged into my RealTimes account and used the embed button to grab the code to embed my video below.



Stories can be created using video clips and photos directly from your smartphone, or by uploading items to RealTimes.com.

While the RealTimes app is free, there are several options available for premium accounts.  Free memberships provide users with 2GB of storage. However you can earn an additional 5GB of storage by enabling auto-backup.  With a premium subscription to RealTimes, you will get 25GB of cloud storage. And there is also an Unlimited plan available. With the new Family Account plan one person can sign up and invite 3 more people to sign up for a sub-account. This allows up to 4 RealTimes accounts for the price of one unlimited subscription plan ($9.99/month). The Family Account is great value for families!

Overall I like RealTimes and the ease of getting the photos off my phone and on to being shared! Check out RealTimes.com for more information or to sign up.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RealTimes. All opinions are my own.