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Some women have it all together. They can keep an immaculate home, have well-rounded, clean and polite children, a healthy marriage, and a productive work environment. Some of them even manage to work out every day, do arts-and-crafts with their kids, and have adorable baby books and photo albums on the coffee table. You know these ladies. You’re friends with them, but you are secretly (or not so secretly) jealous of all they seem to accomplish in a day. I am not one of these women, as much as I wish I was.
My kids are (semi) clean, usually very polite, and I’d say they are about as “well-rounded” as most kids we’ve met. I love my husband, and I’m happy to say he still seems to adore me as much as he did when we first met. That’s pretty much where it ends. My house is a constant wreck, and some days I feel like I’d need to stay an extra 3 hours at work just to catch up. I can usually get a handle on the issues at work, but dang that messy house. And forget about all the “other stuff” like making yearly photo albums, or at the very least, a baby book for my little ones.
Don’t get me wrong, I take the photos. I even go so far as to post the photos to my social media pages to share with my family and friends. That’s not the issue. My phone and hard drive are LOADED with thousands of photos of my family. The content is there. The desire is there. The funds are hit-or-miss. Maybe it’s the motivation that’s lacking.
Like most people I know, I complain that I don’t have enough time to do this or that. “If only I had more time, I’d get it all done”. Then, I’ll catch myself on Facebook, Instagram, or the biggest offender, Pinterest. Time-suckers. So, maybe it’s not the amount of time that’s the problem. Maybe it’s the time-manager. Either way, if I lost my phone and external hard drive, I would have very little photographic evidence that my children and husband exist.
Then, one day, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed (ha,ha), I came across an ad for Chatbooks. This. This was the answer I had been waiting for! With very little effort (or money) on my part, I can get all of my favorite photos printed into adorable little books (60 pages/photos each) and shipped to me! I can make the changes I want to make fairly easily (if I don’t want a photo of last night’s dinner in my family album), right from my phone or computer, and the captions print with the photos. At this time, they are just $8-15/book (depending on soft vs. hard cover), so I figured I can budget $15/month and get a little gift to myself in the mail every month.
Of course, this won’t work for everyone. I’m a sharer, so my Instagram or Facebook feed usually contains all the content I would need already. If you’re a more private person, this isn’t for you. However, there are now SO many apps and programs available for creating easy, gorgeous and fast albums. It’s just a matter of finding one that works for your liefstyle. If you’ve found one that works for your family, please share in the comments!
Also, I’m not affiliated with or paid by Chatbooks.
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