July 30, 2014

Chatbooks and Instagram- Code For First Book Free

Chatbooks Review

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I am in LOVE with a new product. I was hesitant at first because I thought it may be a commitment for someone on a budget. There are no strings attached. You can subscribe and unsubscribe as you wish. Chatbooks is a FREE app. Once you subscribe to your Instagram series, the app collects your feed with the caption and time stamp. There is one picture per page in a 60 page, high quality, photo book. 

Here is what I LOVE about Chatbooks:

  • Flat rate per book = $6
  • One picture per page- 6" x 6" book
  • Time stamp and captions included (and easily edited for spelling errors or more/less explanation)
  • 3 day grace period to edit the book prior to shipping
  • No shipping charges
  • Ease of use of the app
  • Priceless value of journaling
  • Joy that it brings to my boys when they get a new book and reminisce 
  • Change the cover picture of each book
  • Once Instagram series is subscribed, Chatbooks will download all of your photobooks and create volumes
  • Volumes are numbered chronologically with dates on spine of the book
  • Encourages me to post more
  • You can exclude photos that you don't want printed!
  • Videos show as the still shot, if it is too blurry, toss it
Chatbooks Review 
Check out my son on their homepage!! So honored! ;) 


The code is good for your first book free in their Instagram subscription. You MUST subscribe to the Instagram series for the code to work. Must be a first-time subscriber. 

Step 1:
GO HERE (from your phone) Download the app

Step 2:
Subscribe to Instagram Series (within the app)

Step 3:

Go through your pics and edit captions, choose covers for your books and exclude any photos you do not want printed.

Step 4: 
Use this code at checkout for your FIRST BOOK FREE: MOST12


I'm not sure how those sweet messages humble me so quickly, but whenever I need a better perspective, the Holy Spirit whispers truths to me and leaves me with such peace as I watch them. They brought me here so late tonight, though.

Our lives are approaching another turning point. Soon, our oldest son will leave the comfort and care of us 24-7 to attend school. No, he is not going to boarding school, but my heart aches now, thinking about the possibility of never seeing him or his loss in interest for me and the rest of the family. I know he needs to grow up, that this will be good for him and me and everyone. I know that he will do fine. I know this step is necessary, but knowing these things doesn't always bring the comfort that you need. The comfort I need comes from the knowledge of my Savior Jesus Christ. It comes from the purpose of life. Of where we are going. There are a million things to worry about when you do not have faith in Christ. I have to remind myself of this frequently.

Our family watched a favorite movie recently called, Nim's Island. I heard a quote that has been ringing in my ears ever since, "Trust is the key to adventure." My husband candidly throws the nickname "Adventure Amber" at me when I am behaving just the opposite. I have been working on this weakness and that silly movie brought such truth.


I just need to trust more. I feel like I have always been taught to avoid trust. This will keep your heart safe. You will be free of the aches and pains that may result if trust broken. Trust seems to be the foundation of relationships. Without it, what defines the relationship? Trust also works hand in hand with humility. For, if you do not trust others, you are seemingly independent of another's help. Accepting help is a part of humility.

I hope to show more trust in those around me. More trust in the Holy Spirit I have been blessed to receive after baptism. More trust in my own thoughts and plans and ideas. And I hope you see a change. A good one.

July 11, 2014

Friday the 13th


Hello Blog World! I came across this journal entry in my phone from almost a month ago! I can't believe it has been a month.

June 13th: 

Drove 15 under the speed limit tonight. So many times, I drove down that road over the speed limit, racing to get somewhere. A place so many have called home over the years.

Listen to your heart came on the radio. The lyrics applied, sort-of.
The kids chattering faded into the song.


I am sad.


Not sad because of change. Change is good. Sad because knowing that someone who would do anything for me or a member of my family, is moving more than a day's drive away, which really translates into $$ between us. Sad because our kids may grow apart as they will be forced to make other friends, sad because I always dreamed of raising my family close to our family and now it seems we are going where life takes us. We are all led down different paths that should lead us back together for eternity. So really, I shouldn't morn this day. Friday the 13th. I should cherish the moments of the past and look forward to the future.

**All these pictures are from recent Cousin events. =)

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