motherhood, Picture Taking Time


Raise your hand if you take one million pictures on your phone of your kids, your spouse, your food, or – and let’s be honest here – yourself. If you love Instagram, you’ll love Chatbooks.

After having a baby in October 2017, I knew I’d be taking so many pictures, but had no idea what to do with them – I didn’t just want them living on my phone forever, but I also didn’t want to make a hundred traditional photo albums by hand. Enter: CHATBOOKS.

You’re able to automatically link your Chatbook account to your Instagram, Facebook, Google photos, iPhone camera roll, or in my case, your camera roll FAVORITES. I chose favorites because as I took photos I loved, I would hit that pretty little heart on my favorites. Each month, I ordered a new hardcover book of my favorite baby pictures. I did this for her whole first year, and I love having this beautiful collections! When you subscribe to a series, each book is only $15 for hardcover, or $10 for softcover.

Click this link to get $10 off your first purchase!

For $15, the quality is awesome. I’d recommend you edit your photos to a fairly bright finish, just to keep the overall look of the books light, but other than that, you can add captions, locations, and dates to each picture if you’d like to. I have truly loved using this site for keeping up with memories. Try it out!

There are a few other photo projects I like to keep on my shelves, like my smashbooks (pictured below on the left, and deserving of their own post!) and a traditional scrapbook or two. More on that another day!

Picture Taking Time

Larabar September Photo Challenge

You all know by now that I love goals, lists, challenges, etc. So of course, a photo-a-day challenge for a month is pretty much right up my alley. Larabar is hosting this lovely little challenge over on instagram, and so far, my pupster Ryman is 2/3 of my photos. But I mean, she’s like, my child, so no surprise there.


Jump in anytime over on instagram, using the hasthag #SimpleRealJoyful! Follow me @megstermeter to see mine. Can’t wait to see your photos!

Here’s what I’ve posted so far…

Day 1:Β Simple

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Day 2: Morning

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Day 3: Stretch

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Life As I Know It, Picture Taking Time, Traveling Chick

Memorial Day Weekend {via Instagram}

Because instagram is just so fun, I tried to capture the sweetest moments of my family weekend in Wisconsin on my phone. Below you will find homegrown coffee shops; sunshiney creeks; sweet summer berries; a Milwaukee brew tour with one of my favorite ladies; Texas Hold ‘Em with pops; lots of pups to snuggle; a new baby with his great-grandparents; a chilly Lake Michigan; patio time; sweets and treats; and a whole lot of love! Click on any photo to get a closer look at the gallery: