A very tech savvy friend of mine told me about Chatbooks a couple years ago and I am so thankful for her because it has been such a fun way to capture moments as a family. I have quite a few now and we love looking through them.

Chatbooks is an app that takes your Instagram photos and puts them into mini books of 60 photos for $8 (soft cover). You can create a series like I have done, and once you hit 60 photos, Chatbooks will notify you that a book is complete and ship it to you automatically (don't worry you have a couple days to make edits). You can also use different hashtags to create different series. For instance, I use the hashtags #sammycreates and #jjcreates to make separate books of their artwork. It is super easy to set up -- trust me, if I can do it, you can too. Technology and I do not get along. You can have multiple contributors as well, if you want other friends/family contributing to a book or a series.

Another helpful tip (also from said tech savvy friend) is to create a private Instagram account that is linked to your primary account, and use the private account to generate your books. This way your friends are not inundated by photos of your kid's art projects that you think are amazing, but in reality is just a bunch of scribbles that your kid says is a giraffe. If you link the two accounts you can easily toggle between the two.

The Chatbooks website has loads of information and tutorials. If you are interested let me know! I can send you an invitation and you will get your first book of a series for free.

Hello again!

My friend told me about this great ministry and I wanted to pass along the info to others local to the Fairfax/Centreville/Clifton area. Gracing Spaces, a ministry run by Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Clifton furnishes homes for those in need in the area. The team at Gracing Spaces is looking for household items, and can always use baby items. For parents out there who are drowning in baby/kid stuff like we are, please consider donating here.

For more information check out their website, or their Facebook page for photos of projects they are working on.

Hi friends!

While I am on maternity leave and in the thick of raising three little ones, I thought I would share some mom/parent related information for anyone who is interested. It has been ages since I have used this thing and I am a bit rusty (like how to I change my header image? no clue...), but here goes.

For parents out there who are looking for play mats that are not covered by our favorite spectacled penguin, here are two lovely options that friends have recommended to me. They are not cheap, but made in the US, and started by moms, how can you not love that?! FYI - No, I do not own either of these, I still insist on swearing under my breath as I pick out play doh, rice and what I am hoping is chocolate out of my cheap Target rug I adore, but maybe one day...

Featured on Shark Tank these play mats are so lovely. They are multiple pieces that you connect together, which I am not a fan of, but the colors and the prints are beautiful.

This one started as a Kickstarter campaign and it's two sided with fun tracks on the back that my boys would LOVE.

That's all for today, friends. 💕

AN UPDATE: Little Nomad is offering a $10 discount, use MIN10 at checkout. 😊