Delivery Service Care Packages | Feel Good Friday

Leaving out care packages for your delivery service providers is not a new concept and has been around for a while. Each Christmas for several years I leave a gift card and note of thanks in our mailbox for our USPS driver. With the embarrassing number of items I have ordered online the last few months, I decided to hop on the appreciation basket bandwagon.

Since I am still primarily working remote, I have gotten in the habit of leaving my front door open for some additional sunshine. This provided me the opportunity on Monday to hear my UPS man say “Oh, this is the sweetest”. And then yelled a little louder, “Thank you so very much”.

That little moment left a permanent smile on my face the remainder of the day.

If you want to spread a little cheer to your delivery folks, feel free to utilize the graphic below. There are also about 1.5 trillion examples on trusty ol’ Pinterest. 🙂

Happy Holidays!


Chatbooks | Where All Your Photos Go to Live!

Let’s chat Chatbooks!

I became a customer in early 2017 and shared their product with you in an old blog post (below).  I needed to re-share their product with you again as this could make a great gift option for family or for you.   I actually have two cost savings options to share as well, but one expires in 24 hours so you’ll need to get a move on.

Chatbooks offers a fast way to get photos off your phone or social media channels and into your hands.  I use mine for my Instagram account.  I am very intentional on what photos I share in that space and I love the automated feature it affords me. If you are looking for a new way to get your photos off your electronic devices, I’d highly recommend giving Chatbooks a try.

How to Get Started:

  1. Create an account using my affiliate link to get a $10 credit linked here.
  2. Get 20% off your first order with coupon code: fauxhouse20
    • Our Faux Farmhouse is one of my fave IG accounts to follow.
    • 20% coupon code is for a very limited time, typically only 24 hours.


Original Post January 2017:


Chatbooks: Saving each Instagram account, 60 photos at a time.

I was introduced to Chatbooks by a friend in 2017 and was instantly intrigued.

  1. IG photo preservation that isn’t virtual
  2. Two options of books to preserve IG photos
  3. Automatic shipping
  4. CHEAP
  5. Easy options to change/manipulate an order before its shipped

The question I asked myself was: Do I find my Instagram photos to be worth saving outside of the Instagram app?

The answer was a definite, YES.


When sharing on Social Media I only share the photos that are most important to me and that (most often) have a story behind them.  Gone are my younger years when I shared every last photo I ever took of an occasion.  I find it to be less authentic and feel a point can be made and a bigger impact felt by sharing a few meaningful photos, or photos that capture the eye, or photos that are telling of yourself and your own personal story, or of others, in a positive, heartfelt way.   The photos (and I take a lot) that aren’t shared on Social Media platforms are uploaded on a monthly basis to Snapfish for storage, print and photo album creation, for my own personal use.

But, Instagram?   That’s where I like to post my favorite photos.  The ones that encompass who I am, what I believe in, the friendships I cherish, the family moments, the vacations, the scenery.   My IG photos tell a story.  With Chatbooks I get to preserve that story in the form of a book, forever.

About Chatbooks

Chatbooks started in 2014 by a husband and wife duo looking to preserve memories with little time investment.   The company has grown to employ over 85 individuals across the country but remain “small” in nature to provide a foundation built on people and individuals.   Their motto:

“Chatbooks exists to help people hold on to what matters.”

What Options Are There?

With Chatbooks you have several options.  I use the Chatbook Series option.


Series books are ongoing and linked to Instagram, Facebook or even your own camera roll favorites.  For every 60 photos uploaded, Chatbooks will create a new album, (or in their words, Volume) and send it to you for $8 Automatically.  Three days before shipment you get an email where you can manipulate some of the photos/captions by removing anything unnecessary.



 Chatbooks also includes the accompanying caption and the date uploaded.



Chatbooks has an awesome support center where all your questions can be answered at the click of a button:


I love my Chatbooks collection and I know I will love them even more as the years go by, their purpose evolves and the documentation becomes even more significant.


Life is big and beautiful and I ❤ to live it.

Ready to connect your IG, FB or personal photos for your own set?

To get started:

  1. Create an account using my affiliate link to get a $10 credit linked here.



We Grow As One

I am super excited to share with you a series of posts covering some of my favorite local Omaha Metro businesses as part of the #WeGrowAsOne campaign.  Growing our economy starts with supporting our own local businesses and Omaha has quite a lot to be proud of!

Having lived in Omaha for 11 years, I find myself more and more attracted to the small, self-supported and locally grown operations and businesses.   It’s no small task to build a business.  I have seen the highs and lows that it involves having married an entrepreneur myself.

On this journey, I will be posting highlights of a few of my favorite local businesses.  I hope that at the end of this series you have grown in knowledge on the incredible entrepreneurs we have in the city of Omaha and find yourself visiting them, using their products, or at the very least seeking out local businesses in your area.

Cheers to this next adventure!

First National Bank of Omaha is sponsoring this post, but all thoughts are mine.

Wine and Junk Run | October 24th, 2015

October 24th marked my friend Sara’s first Wine and Junk Run hosted by her shop SW Iowa Primitives, Antiques and Furniture.


What exactly is a Wine and Junk run you ask?  Similar to a Poker Run where you pay an entry fee, receive a flyer of participating stops where you either draw a card or receive a stamp to mark your attendance and slowly make your way back to Stop 1 where there is typically food, drink and prizes.   They are a great way to fund-raise money typically for a great cause and always a guaranteed good times with friends and new friends you make along the way.   This particular run consisted of vehicles and stops at various Primitive and Antique shops/boutiques and a few wineries.

Jessica and I made our way down from Omaha at 10am to catch the 11am signup and were well on our way by 11:30am.  Oh what a day we had.



Stop #1 Wabash Wine Co. Shenandoah


This location has been open for 10 years and now includes a restaurant.   We stayed for wine sampling of 5 different wines, all of which were either sweet red or whites.   No dry for me!  Jess bought a bottle of sweet red, we signed the guest book and made our way out to Stop #2!



Stop #2 Ray ‘s Shabby Cottage, Shenandoah, IA

A lot of neat furniture pieces and many other goodies can be found at Ray’s.  Definitely check out their facebook page (linked above) or stop in if you are near Shenandoah!



Stop #2.5 Emerald Isle and a random school house.

Because we wanted a beer and a bite to eat.   As for the school house stop, don’t ask.  Does there need to be a reason other then we are just a bunch of kids at heart with random ideas for entertainment?


Plus, Hunter is Jessica’s niece. We thought it was fitting.




Legit study sesh


Stop #3 Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyards, Thurman, IA

We definitely had the most fun at Sugar Clay Winery in Thurman, IA.   Beautiful location, friendly and accommodating owners, fairy-tale like setting.  The perfect package for an afternoon with girlfriends.



Because who doesn’t love a good tree huggin’?


We sat around an imaginary camp fire and enjoyed everyone’s company, despite the looks of pure un-enthusiasm from this crew. 😉  They were having a great time, I promise.


Ms. Sara, Jess and I.

Janice, Erin and Ardie (Three Generations)


We spent a solid amount of time here, proof in the off the wall photos.



And then it was time to move on to Stop #4.

but not before we paused briefly for some senior photos. 

Again, don’t ask.  We do what we do and that’s reason enough for us.

Perhaps wine had something to do with it as well…


Stop #4 Mitzi Mo’s Boutique, Glenwood, IA


She has TONS of cute stuff in her store.  From chalk paint, to jewelry, to baked goodies and a little of everything in between.  Definitely worth your time to swing into this quaint little store off the town square in Glenwood, IA

Stop #5 Vine Street Cellars, Glenwood, IA

Vine Street Cellars in Glenwood is located right on the town square and is a very clean, fresh and sophisticated winery.  We liked our visit, as did Janice, Erin and Ardie. 🙂



Stop #6 SW Iowa Primitives. Emerson, IA

The last stop took everyone back to Emerson for some delicious food cooked by Troy and Sara as well as prizes and fun for all involved.   Jessica and I were unfortunately unable to make the stop due to a Halloween party and costume change I had on my agenda, however, the entire day was a success!

Rumor has it Sara is making next years run even bigger and better with more stops at shops and wineries.   Make sure to join in on the fun next year!