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chatbooks

14.01.17

I was browsing Facebook today, when I came across a video that resonated with me:

I love photo books but have absolutely no time to make them. I still haven’t finished GB’s baby book on Shutterfly and he’ll be three in March. So I decided to give Chatbooks a try.

Chatbooks links with your Instagram, Facebook or iPhone favorites to automatically populate a photo book. When you get to 60 photos, your book is made. 

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You can go in and exclude any photos you don’t want to have printed. I post a lot of food photos, apparently, and obviously don’t need a printed book of all the food I’ve eaten, thank you.

You can also edit your cover photos, choose not to include your Instagram captions, etc.

Chatbooks @ohbotherblog

And then… you order your book! The standard book comes with a soft cover and costs $8. You can upgrade to a hard cover for $5.

Chatbooks works on a subscription system as you fill your books: you can indicate if you want books immediately sent out once filled, 1 a month, 5 a month or 10 a month. 

Chatbooks @ohbotherblog

I spent about an hour this morning setting up my account and excluding all of my Instagram photos from the past 5 and a half years (that’s a lot of food photos). Because I had about 15 books’ worth of photos, I signed up for the “5 a month” subscription to get myself caught up. If’/when you want to change your subscription level, you can do that at any time.

You can also order individual prints and seasonal books!

Chatbooks @ohbotherblog

We all know we post our “best” photos on social media, so looking back, these seemed to be a pretty fair representation of our life for the past five years.

If you’re a hot mess like me, I have a feeling Chatbooks will work for you. Give it a shot!

*Disclosure: these links to Chatbooks are “Friends” links. You’ll get your first book free and if I get five friends to sign up, I’ll get a free 5-year subscription to Chatbooks!

the great outback give back

08.11.16

I’ll be honest: as a mom of two young kids, I don’t do much dining out. My kids are not quite fit for public consumption. But when a representative for Outback Steakhouse reaches out and asks you to do a sponsored blog post in exchange for some Outback swag, you sell your soul for some bloomin’ onion.

To celebrate Outback Steakhouse’s grand opening in York at the West Manchester Town Center (380 Town Center Drive in West Manchester Township), the restaurant is hosting a Charity Give Back event tomorrow, October 9, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties. A portion of sales for the day will go directly to the organization.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
11am–10pm
Ribbon cutting at 4pm

As a restaurant owner myself, I found it super interesting to do a little digging into the history of Outback Steakhouse. Four friends–Chris Sullivan, Bob Basham, Tim Gannon and Trudy Cooper–opened the first Outback in Tampa, FL in 1988.

“It was in very bad shape, and it smelled like alcohol,” Cooper said. They laid down the cheapest flooring they could find — wood reclaimed from an old basketball court. And the decor? “I was collecting things out of antique stores — bullhorns and sheep shears, some dirty rugby equipment that a friend had,” Cooper said. “The night or so before we opened, we sat here with a six-pack of beer and hung decor, literally screwing stuff to the wall.”

Things started off so slowly, “we used to have to get our employees to park in the parking lot to make it look like it was busy,” Basham said.

Holden, I’m sure, would appreciate Outback’s “no rules, just right” philosophy, so when we decide to venture out for dinner again, perhaps we’ll take a trip down unda’.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters: For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.bbbsyorkadams.org.

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