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Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

By Guest Post

I really love middle school kids. I have two of them! If you have been through middle-school parenting, you may have noticed what I see: Strange things seem to happen to a tween’s brain the first day they walk into middle school. One might sum up their main goals in life this way: To b... Read More

How to Photograph Christmas Lights with your Phone

By April Davis

Here's a quick and easy guide to taking better cell-phone pics this Christmas!  Taking decent pictures in front of Christmas lights can be a challenge, but with a few of these tips you'll be the coolest kid on Instagram. 1. Avoid Using the Flash Flash gives red eye, and really downplays t... Read More

10 Easy Things We Do to Get Ready to Go Back To School

By Erin Oltmanns

If you’re looking for how to create an amazing “command center” in your home that will keep your home moving efficiently and includes a 10-step paper management system...well...then you’ve come to the wrong place. No one celebrates the last day of school more than I. In the summer we t... Read More

Win Your Instagram Printed in a Book!

By Rachael Herrscher

GIVEAWAY TIME! Win your ENTIRE set of Instagram photos, printed into volumes! Just repost the image below on Instagram and use the hashtag #ChatbooksWinstagram2 to enter! If private, please comment on this post after reposting. Winner will be announced this Friday June 20th 2014. Good luck! C... Read More

iPhone 5S Giveaway + The Coolest New Photo App

By Rachael Herrscher

Studio Design app is thrilled to announce it hit 2.5 million users, AND just launched a new updated app in the iTunes App Store!!  Waahooo!  It’s pretty freaking amazing, so check it out if you haven’t already.  Hint: Tap the remix button on a design you love, and see what happens. (WARNING: ... Read More

How To Set Family Safety Settings on iPhone and iPad

By Rachael Herrscher

Does your child ever have your phone in their hands? Do you have a family iPad? Does your child have an iPhone or iTouch? If so, you need to read this. I had often worried about what my children could accidentally (or knowingly) stumble upon when playing on our devices. Often, our kids grab our p... Read More

Sunflower Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper

By Erin Oltmanns

Let’s savor the last third of summer with a sunny desktop wallpaper and iPhone wallpaper that will keep our feet firmly planted in what just might be the best season of the year. I’ve seen FAR too many “last trip to the pool” Instagram posts for my taste. And, ladies, let’s stop filling... Read More

Summer Desktop Wallpaper

By Erin Oltmanns

I’m a sucker for a perky desktop wallpaper. So naturally, it’s time for another summer desktop wallpaper —and a version for iPhone and iPad too! Between my phone, iPad, personal laptop, and work laptop I’m rocking a digital gallery of bright and inspiring wallpapers. Of course, no two are th... Read More

Why I’m Doing the June Photo a Day Project

By Erin Oltmanns

June is almost here and it’s the perfect month to tackle a photo a day challenge! May is crazy...what with all of the end of the school year madness and Mother’s Day shenanigans going on. The June Photo a Day Challenge from Fat Mum Slim is the perfect way to capture and chronicle your life right... Read More

Shopping List App: Buy Me a Pie Review

By Erin Oltmanns

I like lists. A Lot. I’ve tried a number of “to do” apps and web tools, but I always come back to a good old fashion written out list. I’ve been pretty happy with this hard copy method except when it comes to the grocery list. Now, I don’t want to go all infomercial on you and mak... Read More