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?

Southwest living room dreams.

(This is a sponsored post for the Dyson DC59 Motorhead, written by myself).

We are nearing the finish line with our master bedroom makeover.
I had a minor set back with a stencil which gave me  fits this weekend but other than that, it’s close to done-zo!
I can’t believe I allowed our room to be a dumping ground for close to three years! No order, no decor, bed on the floor.
Such as life as a parent. We always put ourselves last.
At any rate, it feels so good to finally have a bedroom where everything has a place and is lovely.

Finishing up that room has inspired me want to tackle and update other rooms.
Our living room is one of many rooms on my radar. It’s currently lovely, but I’m dreaming of a new look.
Having spent 10+ years in the desert I’m longing for some southwest flair reflected in my life.

Southwest Living Room Chic1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

I’d love to wave my magic wand and make it a reality but I’m still trying to cast a spell on my stenciled wall.

When I get the decorating itch I recall a statement Nate Berkus made that goes something to the effect of, “People, clean up your spaces!”
When going out and buying all new furniture isn’t feasible, I swear there’s no quicker way to satisfy the decorating itch than cleaning house.
Get rid of clutter, scrub surfaces, move around your current furniture (it’s also great therapy when you’re really mad at someone too).

The Dyson DC59 Motorhead is on my radar as a cleaning tool people swear by and one that I’d like to try.


The major exclamation feature of the Dyson DC59 Motohead is that it is cordless.
I have actually caused a small explosion at my outlet by ripping the cord out of the wall from across the room from frustration that the cord wasn’t long enough.
Now someone is speaking my language.


My mom has a Dyson vacuum so I know they make a good product but I’m guessing someone in Dyson’s engineering department got a pretty nice bonus for coming up with this design.  Life would be some much easier being able to use ONE vacuum to clean the carpet, hard surfaces, stairs, high spaces and my car (and did I mention it’s cordless?).

The exciting news, we’ve collaborated with the “Ultimate Addition to My Dream Spaces” campaign and are giving away one Dyson DC59 Motorhead.  This product is valued at $600. and one lucky reader from this campaign can win it.  All you have to do is check out the Dyson DC59 Motohead then leave a comment on this blog post answering the question,

“What Dyson DC59 Motorhead feature is your favorite?”

Last day to enter is August 20, 2014.  Good luck!

Reducing allergens in your home.

*I am a Filtrete Brand blogger ambassador and was compensated for this post.  All opinions and selection of additional products used in this project are my own.*

This season has been BRUTAL on my allergies.
I think I sneezed at least 30 times in a half-hours time at my son’s game.
Any my eyes…don’t even get me started on those. I’m about to scratch them right out they itch so bad.
My 3 year old told me my eyes were “bleeding” the other day. Of course they weren’t but they were completely red, swollen and bloodshot from allergies.
Luckily I have a couple weapons in my back pocket when it comes to minimizing allergens.
The first is my trusty neti pot which I use religiously morning and night. If you don’t know what one is, Google it.

The second thing that’s really important is using the Filtrete Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter.

I know what you’re thinking…you’re being sponsored to say that. It could be a total placebo effect but I honestly believe it helps improve our indoor air. Filtrete air filters help reduce allergens such as pollen, dust and mold spores in your home’s air just by running your heater or air conditioner. With homes becoming more energy efficient they are also becoming traps for pollutants. Did you know indoor air quality can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air quality?


Here’s a side by side shot of our old air filter compared with the new.


It’s probably one of the cleaner air filters we’ve pulled because we use our heater/air conditioner least in the spring but none the less, you can still see the amount of dust and crud that gets trapped in a filter which you could otherwise be breathing. Uh, no thank you.


The other benefit of regularly changing your air filters is that it helps capture some of the dust in your home.

 Read more about Filtrete Air Filters on their site, Facebook and Twitter.