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?

My new fave mascara.

You’ve probably gathered that I’m no fashionista.
Having 3 men under my supervision has depleted any time I have to play dress up, curl my hair or doll myself up everyday.
The one thing I am particular about is makeup. I look like the walking dead without it.
If it’s just a quick trip to the store I might gamble and think I can go incognito with just a hat but I always seem to run in to someone and regret that decision.
I can’t live without my foundation…not a lot…just to even out my tone…never leave home without it.

The latest makeup craze…it’s all about the eyelashes. Some look great but some are just way too fake for my liking.
I’ve considered eyelash extensions but let’s face it…I’m lazy, would miss my next appt, then have tini-broken lashes.
I was recently invited to a makeup party and was introduced to my new favorite mascara.
It’s called 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique and it’s pretty awesome.
Here’s how my lashes normally look with my grocery store mascara (major airbrushing included):

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Check out the difference with the 3D Fiber Lashes:

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The 3DFiber Lashes comes with two applicators…


You first apply the Transplanting Gel (which is pretty much black mascara).  Next you apply the Natural Fibers (which is fibers made from green tea).  Last, you apply one more coat of the Transplanting Gel.  Voila!  Super long, super thick lashes.  No, like they made a SERIOUS difference.

I’m not making any money by plugging Younique…I’m just in love with this stuff people and I wanted to share it with you.  I am hosting an online party with my new friend Brooke who writes the popular blog: Mom Explores Michigan who also fell so in love with it that she is now selling it.
You buy, I get mascara.
So buy away, but no pressure (maybe just a little). :)

Go here to see more.

I heart NY.

I was finally able to fulfill one of my life long dreams of visiting New York City this past month and I did it with the ZINK hAppy team to talk crafting, printers and bui-ness. Crafting aside, I have had an infatuation with New York City from the time I was a little girl.  The minute I stepped off the plane I was star-struck.  It was like meeting a celebrity for the first time…I did far too much big-eyed, OH-MY-GOSH, flapping-hands.  As much as I tried to play it cool and act like I was a native New Yorker it was so obvious I was just an annoying tourist.  Seriously, I couldn’t take enough obnoxious selfies in front of everyday, New York-y things like taxi cabs, steaming sewers and landmark 5th Ave stores that I couldn’t afford to shop in.  Half way through the trip I was starting to get on my own nerves about how pathetic I was probably acting but I just couldn’t help it.  Get a load of this ah-mazing city!

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I’ll be back NYC…I’ll be back.

A huge thanks to the wonderful ZINK hAppy team,
Leslie and Amanda,
Tanya Memme from Sell This House,
and the wonderful blogging team:
Becky at U Create Crafts,
Carmel at Our Fifth House,
Jeana at Surf and Sunshine,
Jennifer at Makobi Scribe,
Stephanie at Somewhat Simple.