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How To Use Shutterfly To Create A Summer Memory Photo Book + Get Up To 30% Off Now!

Now that my kids are back in school, I plan on spending time on putting together a photo book of our summer memories.   I used to be the queen of scrapbooking but since having a second child, not so much.  I have created a couple of beautiful photo books in the last few years though and I just love looking through them and sharing them with friends and family, over and over again.

Photo book from a few years ago
Photo book from a few years ago

I am going to spend the next week or so looking through the more than one thousand photos I took this summer and will choose a few dozen photographs that represent our summer well.  Then, I am going to import those photos into my Shutterfly account.  What’s really cool is that I am not limited to importing photos from just my computer. I can also import photos from Facebook, Shutterfly, and even Instagram.  I just might  take more photos with Instagram now that I know that they can be easily added to a Shutterfly photo book.  I’ve been wondering what exactly I would do with Instagram photos besides share fun, filter-effect photos, so being able to add them to a photo book is just fabulous!

I was browsing the selection of photo books on Shutterfly today experimented with their new Custom Path feature.  With Custom Path, I can create a photo book based on one of many designs, add text, even use one photo for a two-page spread like in the image below.

I can also choose a hard cover, soft cover, padding cover, leather cover, or cloth cover for my photo book.

I have a few photo books and I never get tired of looking at them.

Shutterfly photo book
Two-Page Spread/One Photo


Find the perfect photo for a two-page spread might be a little tricky but I’m determined to pull it off.  This will be the best photo book yet!

Do you use Shutterfly to create photo books or do you create scrapbooks the old-fashioned way, with paper, die-cut shapes, and actual printed photos?

Right now (8/24/12) , Shutterfly is offering 30% off on 12×12 photo books, 20% off on 8×8 and 8×11 photo books, and 15% off on 7×9 and 5×7 photo books!  This is a limited time offer.

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Valentine’s Cards from Paper Culture for Haiti Relief

In the last year I’ve ordered cards from Paper Culture for several occasions. A friend’s baby shower, birthday parties, Valentines day cards and of course or annual family Christmas cards. I love ALL of the designs from this cool new personalized card site. The designs of the cards are amazingly sophisticated and stylish. The best thing is that they will address and mail the cards for you. They will also add a personalized greeting, which by the way has sent many compliments my way. And yes, I am happy to take the credit!

If you are shopping for Valentine’s Day cards, Paper Culture will donate 100% of this year’s Valentine’s Day Card proceeds to Haiti Relief. This is a wonderful way to send a Valentine’s greeting to your loved ones and to help send relief to those in need.

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My organizer.. my BusyBodyBook Family Organizer and Calendar

I never thought I would be one of those moms who was always on the go but now I am. My kids are 3 and 10 and they actually do things. How strange. They go to swim class, computer class, Cub Scouts, play with friends, and do other things that kids do. All of that means that I have to plan things. I have to know whether my husband or I are going to take our daughter to swim and gymnastics, and our son to Scouts and computer class. Without help I am not a great planner, but with my BusyBodyBook, life is easier.

Believe it or not, I have anxiety issues. Don’t laugh. My BusyBodyBook helps keep my anxiety and stress levels low. Having our schedules laid out in a grid format and with me all of the time (I take my BBB with me everywhere) ensures that I always know what’s coming up in the days ahead and that I know who, what, where, why, and when.

There are four columns on each weekly page. I have one column assigned to each of us and a "family" column at the end. When I need to show my husband what activities are coming up and that he needs to take our son to Scouts because I am taking our daughter to swim, I just open my BusyBodyBook and show him. No questions, no arguments, no doubts about the date or time.. just easy to read facts.

How BusyBodyBook helps me:

  • I can tell if events and activities overlap in time and can plan accordingly
  • I know which of us (husband or I) is available to take the kids to which of their activities
  • I can log and track past and future events
  • I can keep notes
  • I can keep and tear out a shopping list with the removable shopping lists
BusyBodyBook Family Organizer

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Can you tell I can’t live without my BusyBodyBook?

Visit the BusyBodyBook website to see the different BusyBodyBook Family Organizers, wall calendars, and weekly grid pads.

Moleskine notebooks, journals, and calendars + a coupon code AND a giveaway!

Where do your notes start?
My Moleskine notebook is the first place I jot down things from items to add to my grocery list, to to-dos, and random thoughts of which there are tons, important dates, gift ideas, and other ramblings. From there I usually add those notes to the appropriate iPhone app such as Shopper or NotifyMe.
Without my Moleskine notebook, my thoughts may never make it to completion. What a disaster that would be!

What is Moleskine?
MOLESKINE is the legendary notebook that has held the inspirations and ideas of everyone from Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway to famed author, Bruce Chatwin. Artists, authors, and geniuses of all variety have long appreciated the simplicity and superior functionality of these notebooks.

Moleskine notebooks and planners are available in several sizes.  The 3.5 x 5.5 in. pocket notebooks are the perfect size to carry in a purse or diaper bag and are great for jotting down your baby’s latest diaper change or that funny thing your toddler said during your playgroup.  I use the large A4 Folio Notebook for work notes and for jotting down thoughts I have while at home or in my office.

Moleskine notebooks, journals, and planners make great holiday gifts Get a pocket hard cover 18 month planner for $12.95 or my favorite Moleskine gift idea is the Volant Color-A-Day Monthly Daily Planner (photo above) which is usually $39.95 but our readers get 30% off by using the link below.

Use coupon code COLORDEAL, and get 30% off of the Volant Color-A-Month Daily Planner (no minimum, no maximum). The coupon is only valid on that item, and it’s good through 12/31/09. Use this link to go straight to the Color-A-Month planner page and automatically apply the coupon code to the cart.

Enter to win a set of these Moleskine items:

  • 2010 Volant Color-A-Month Daily Planner
  • Folio A4 Ruled Notebook
  • 2010 Weekly Notebook Planner

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Get Personalized with a Custom Address Stamp


Now that summer is over and the kids are back in school, I’m determined to be organized for the busiest time of year. Along with fall and winter come multiple holidays, social events, birthday parties and then as soon as you can catch your breath Christmas has come and gone. No more attaching return address labels on our family’s holiday cards until the wee hours. This year I plan to order a personalized return address stamp. I found these self-inking customized stamps that will be my new personal-izing assistant! Not only can these be used for return addresses, and look great on the back flap of an envelope I might add, but they can be used to personalize note cards as well. The personalized stamps from Three Designing Women (love the name!) are designed to personalize blank note cards, wine tags, gift tags, notepads and calling cards. You can also use these self-inking stamps with your own blank stationery or stickers. I love all of the unique designs and cute, modern note cards. They have something for classic tastes as well as modern design fans. The stamps are available at the Neiman Marcus website and you can also find coupon codes for Neiman’s here.

Products featured above:
Three Designing Women Square Stamp or Round Stamp, $48.00 at
Three Designing Women Retro Stamper Note (green and brown design), $13.25 for 10 at
Three Designing Women Blue Stripes + Brown Floral notes – 1 set of 10 $22.50 at

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