Turn Instagram Pictures into Photo Books with Chatbooks

I finally found a cute and affordable idea for printing my Instagram pictures! There is even a code to get your first Chatbook free.

Hello. My name is Rebekah and I am terrible at putting together photo albums.  Can you relate? I have thousands of pictures on my smartphone and tons more on my computer. I have hopes and dreams of creating photo books online, but I am so far behind. I've made plenty of them, but then babies happened and all my progress came to a screeching halt. I haven't abandoned my dreams for organized photo books. However, I have found the perfect compromise between my dreams and doing nothing (which is what I have been doing). Introducing Chatbooks! Chatbooks is a free app that you can download on your Apple or Android device. Then you can … [Read more...]

You can wash disposable swim diapers???

You can wash disposable swim diapers and use them again??? It is true! Find out how.

Cloth swim diapers are a fantastic green and frugal option, but what if cloth swim diapers make you feel a bit squeamish? Or what if you already have a pack of disposable swim diapers? I have a fantastic frugal secret to tell you... You can wash disposable swim diapers and use them again! I first shared this tip in 2010, which was my first year of blogging. Over the years, that post has become super popular and super controversial. The backlash was so bad that I wrote an entire post about it titled The Day The Natural Living Community Turned On Me. Washing disposable swim diapers isn't a good frugal choice for everyone. (Trust me! Many … [Read more...]

My Video Went Viral! {sorta awesome podcast 13}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

My newest episode (#13) of the Sorta Awesome podcast was released today. As always, Megan and I shared our "awesome of the week" and answered listener questions. You can click here to listen in your web browser or you can search for Sorta Awesome in your podcast app to listen on your smartphone or tablet. This episode was the most difficult episode that Megan and I have recorded. Hands down. No contest. There was problem after problem, which Megan skillfully was able to edit out. However, I'll give you some insider dirt. It started with some panicked text messages when my internet cable fell behind my refrigerator. (Hint: I needed … [Read more...]

Sweet and Creamy Macaroni Salad

This delicious sweet and creamy macaroni salad recipe is perfect for your next summer picnic.

Looking for the perfect side dish to take to your next summer picnic? This sweet and creamy macaroni salad recipe is a big hit with my extended family. Give it a try and let me know how you like it! Sweet and Creamy Macaroni Salad Ingredients: 3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 8 oz cheddar cheese cubed 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped 1/4 cup onion, chopped 15 oz Miracle Whip 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk 3 Tablespoons mustard 2/3 cup white vinegar Directions: Cook the macaroni, drain it, and then rinse with cold water until the macaroni is cold. Add the chopped cheese, green pepper, and onion after the macaroni … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Picks for Summer

From my kids' favorite summer activity to my tip for great beach hair to this fabulous campfire treat, here are 5 top picks for summer!

This post contains affiliate links. Inspired by this week's Sorta Awesome podcast episode with Megan and Kelly, I'm sharing my top 5 picks for summer. I'm covering my best beauty tip, a fun beach read, one of my kids' favorite summer activities, an amazing campfire treat, and how to stay organized and intentional all summer long. My Top 5 Picks for Summer! 1. My hair hates the beach, but coconut oil helps! For years I resigned myself to the fact that my hair would always look like a frizzy, hideous mess when I went to the beach. Then I discovered coconut oil and it was a complete game changer for me. Honestly, I use some on my hair year … [Read more...]

ePantry: an Online Source for Natural Products I Can Trust (free organic candle + $10 credit)

ePantry: an online source for natural products I can trust (use this link to get $10 off)

The most important step I have taken towards natural living was to simply replace the products I am already using on a regular basis with something safer and more natural. Yes, it is wonderful to add supplements to your diet or use essential oils, but the first thing you should do is make sure that your current routines are safe and natural before you start adding new things to your routine. When I started my journey towards natural living, the first thing I did was buy the safest baby bath products that I could find. Then I concentrated on my cleaning products, and finally I moved on to my own bath products. I'm not making a perfect … [Read more...]

The Awesome of My Life {sorta awesome podcast 09}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

My third episode (#09) of the Sorta Awesome podcast was released today. As always, Megan and I shared our "awesome of the week" and answered listener questions. You can click here to listen in your web browser or you can search for Sorta Awesome in your podcast app to listen on your smartphone or tablet. Before you listen, I have 2 podcasting announcements. 1) There is now a Facebook group dedicated to Sorta Awesome. Megan and all of her regular co-hosts are in the group and we are enjoying the discussions happening there. Join us! 2) Reviews and rating are a huge help. Would you be willing to leave a review for the Sorta Awesome … [Read more...]

Happy 3rd Birthday, Noah!

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Every year I write a letter to my children in honor of their birthday. This is Noah's birthday letter. (This post contains affiliate links.) Happy 3rd Birthday, dear Noah! You were in full blown toddler mode this past year. It has been a delight to watch all the ways you have grown. Highlights from this past year: Throughout this past year you have called me Mama, Mommy, and Mom. You are certainly too little to be calling me Mom, but you hear your sister say it all the time so I can't blame you. ;) There are a couple of things you have stopped doing over this past year. First of all, you've slowed down on your thumb sucking. You … [Read more...]

Before & After Photos: Desk and Closet Makeover (with Sauder furniture)

Fun Before and After Photos of a Desk and Closet Makeover using Sauder furniture

"NATE!!! Guess what! I just got an email from Sauder and they want to send us some furniture!!" Yes, that was me freaking out a couple of months ago when Sauder Woodworking Co. contacted me about partnering with them on a sponsored post. Why the big freak out moment? 1) Sauder Woodworking Co. makes amazing furniture. 2) I used to work there!!! It truly is a small world, folks. The person who contacted me had no idea that I had previously lived in Ohio and worked at Sauder Woodworking Co. for 3 summers when I was in college. She had no idea that my sister and aunt had also worked there. She didn't know that I grew up with Sauder … [Read more...]

The Day the Natural Living Community Turned on Me

It is time to start celebrating the natural living and green baby steps of those around us!

This post contains affiliate links. Last May, Erin from The Humbled Homemaker shared a post I had written in 2010 about washing disposable swim diapers.  She has a large facebook following and the post took off like wild fire. The Facebook post received 1,113 likes, over 300 comments, and 3,932 shares. All of that attention on Facebook resulted in my highest blog traffic day ever up to that point. Over 16,000 different people visited my blog that day. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for me, because it was also the day the natural living community turned on me. The comments came pouring in... Many, many, MANY people thought … [Read more...]