Chatbook photo albums.

Once in a while I get head over heels obsessed with something.
Chairs, drink carts, Ben and Jerry’s…
My latest obsession is a “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea.


Before I start to gush let me first start off by saying I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by them in any way.
Now that I’ve made that disclaimer, have you heard of Chatbooks?
They are the most quick and easy way to make a photo album EVER!

Back in the day, 9 years ago, I got bit by the scrapbooking bug big time.
I would paruse scrapbooks stores and buy pretty paper, tools, stickers, you name it. I even subscribed to a scrapbook magazine and would study page layouts till the wee hours of the morning. The funny thing is it would take me an hour to complete one page. To this day I have 11 pages made of my first son. I didn’t even make it to his first birthday before I realized how impractical it was for me to scrapbook.  The time, the mess, the storage space.  Meh.  I have no photo albums made of our family or my kids.

Until now.


I made these Chatbooks completely with my cell phone.  All the photos came from my Instagram account (which if you aren’t following you should).  The Chatbooks app pulled photos from my Instagram account then I selected which ones I wanted to be printed in each book.  It literally took me less than 10 minutes to compile and order 4 books.


These books landed at my doorstep Monday and my little men haven’t put them down since then.  They have loved looking through the pages and reminiscing.


And get this…each book is only $6.00!

I’m thinking about ordering a set for each son to take with them when they leave the house (when they are 40).  Or, how cool would it be to use as a portfolio of all your projects?

Each Chatbook is $6.00, 60 pages, 6″ x 6″.
How can you say no to that?

Goodbye white sofas?

Have you noticed that through the years your decor choices follow your personality changes?
9 years ago when I had my first child I vowed to be that perfect wife, mother and woman. Dinner would be on the table at 5pm every night, I would raise children who had their hair in order, a clean face and certainly wouldn’t ever wear cartoon or superhero t-shirts.

Fast forward almost 10 years and that perfect life I thought was so important is completely unrealistic and ridiculous. (BTW, it was chips and salsa for dinner at 9pm).  I’ve somewhat grown up (certainly have a long ways to go) but I’m realizing more and more as I strive for that fairy tale of perfection I’m missing out on the beauty of imperfection.

That was a long story to announce after years and years of defending my two white sofa’s honor I’m thinking about replacing them with something else (see here and here). I will go to battle and continue to swear up and down that white slip-covered sofas are totally doable (and gorgeous), even with 4 men in the house, I’m just ready for a change. Something a bit more relaxed and less uppity. A sofa that doesn’t make people gasp then try and hide their shock that a women with 4 children would make such an insane decor choice.  Something you can lounge in and not be afraid to put your feet on.


I realize leather sofas are on both ends of the spectrum.  Many are completely hideous (but oh so comfortable).  Leather is just sort of the yoga-istic place I’m at in my life.  Sort of a … “Surrender control,” “That which is meant to be will be,” “C’est la vie,” mindset.  That sounds more 70′s then Zen.  Before you think I’ve totally lost my decor-chic mind (and my sanity) let me give you some visuals…

California House Home Tour Cup of Jo Living Room 9Source.





Sofa roundup 4men1lady1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Are you a fan? Favorites amongst the mix?

Throw Back Tuesday, Vintage Metal Carts

I tend to find something I like and then buy it up in excess, which my husband reminds me is also known as “hoarding”.
Case in point, when I went through a vintage school chairs phase.
Then there was that time I had 4 wingback chairs stock piled in my garage.
I also bought three dressers on Craigslist, not because I needed them, but because I thought they had great lines and I planned to refinish then sell them.
My name is Michelle and I have furniture hoarding tendencies.

Little by little I’m letting go of things.
I’m realizing I’m going to be an old lady one day surrounded, not by cats, but by 100 vintage school chairs.
Actually not that grim of vision if you ask me.

In order to clear out for my son’s bedroom makeover, I’m letting go of another item I have way too many of.
I love these vintage school metal carts. The more beat up, the better.

I’ve done almost every fathomable thing I can think to do with them.
I’ve repainted them and turned them in to bar carts…

PicMonkey Collage(See more here).


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I’ve also made them kid friendly…


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Tell you don’t want a vintage cart in every room in your house now.


$35. gets you a green metal cart, with some vintage rust.  Acrylic protector for top included.  The paper top is removable.  Local pickup in SLC, UT only.
Who’s taking it? Email me at: smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.