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You guys. I have been bursting to tell you about this brand new service for months now! I was lucky enough to be chosen as a beta tester, and fell in love immediately, but I was sworn to secrecy. It was insanely hard to not immediately blog, tweet, instagram, Facebook and yell out the front door about BooksTo.Me!


In a nutshell: Each month, your Instagram feed is pulled, laid out in book, printed, and shipped to your house. Bam! Phone photos in a beautiful book for you to enjoy for years to come, and it is effortless!


You don’t have to remember to log into a website, upload your images, lay them out into a book, etc. It’s all done automatically for you! For a forgetful, scatterbrained woman like me, this is perfection!


What if I take a picture I don’t care to remember for all eternity, and therefore don’t want it in my book? Not a problem! Just add a simple little hashtag either to the photo description, or in the comments, and it won’t be added to your book. Whew! I really only need so many printed pictures of the food I’m eating;)

Do you know what my favorite part of this whole thing has been? My kids are excited about these books too! Now when I pull out my phone to snap a picture, they don’t groan, go running, or throw their hands up in front of their faces. Instead, they say “is this going to be in the next book?!”.

When a new BooksTo.Me book arrives in the mailbox, I have to beat my children off with the box so that I can flip through it first. Ok, I don’t really beat them off with a box, but I have been known to grab it, run to my room (undetected, of course), and open it there. They love these books as much as I do! In fact, I keep the books out where they can easily reach them, and almost daily I find at least one of them flipping through the books and excitedly saying “remember this?” or “Look at this!”.

BooksToMe Giveaway

Clearly I am in love with BooksTo.Me, and I think you will be too!

So the lovely people over at BooksTo.Me have offered up a fabulous giveaway for the Three Times the Giggles readers! You could win a 3 month subscription to the BooksTo.Me service, or win 1 month free – pretty awesome either way! AND they have an offer on their Facebook page right now – “Like” the page to get a code for 25% off your first book, so  you could go test it out right now (and you really should, because I know you’re going to love it).

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be e-mailed, and announced right here on this post on Tuesday, the 18th!

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Disclaimer: While I was provided books as a Beta tester for BooksTo.Me, all of the opinions stated above are my own and are true!

  • February 11, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Sara - one of my favorites is when my daughter took a huge bite out of her big pink cotton candy, her face was so cute!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 11:39 am

    Angie Lampietti - This is so cool! The smiles from my little preemie baby girl. She was a tiny itty bitty thing but at only a month old she was smiling. Her sweet little dimple and the biggest, most beautiful smile!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Emily - So fun!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Laurie - My boys making each other laugh.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Jessica G - I think my favorite moment is my bff’s husband dipping her during their first dance!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    Gretchen - So cool!! Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! Favorite memory…too many to name.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Jessica - This is such a great idea! I so rarely pull out my actual camera and I don’t have prints made often enough. Favorite camera phone moment….family beach picture last summer.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Ashley - I really want to try this! What an awesome giveaway! Follow me on Instagram @SynceremaReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    Jennifer Parsons - I am SO excited about Books To ME!!!!! Yay! Thanks for doing a giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Kathleen - My husband and daughter playing!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    jen - I’m in love with this idea!! <3ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    LISA - This is really cool! I love it, can’t wait!ReplyCancel

    • February 11, 2014 - 10:10 pm

      lisa - my fav moment is of my hubby and i laughing togetherReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Kelly - My youngest sons first wave bye-bye. :)ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:50 pm

    Julie - So cool! I finally just joined instagram and I love it! I’m so horrible about printing stuff so this is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Julie Smith - One of my favorite moments I caught with my camera was at a military homecoming. Just the love that was there was amazing. I even teared up it was so special!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    irene - Favorite moment caught with my camera phone was my nephew on his first plane ride.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    Miranda Glaeser - There are so many! Really just being able to catch so many “firsts” with my son has been amazing!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 1:25 am

    RobynBrown - This looks really great.ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Abbe - This looks awesome. I can’t wait to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Meridith - I am going to start these books as soon as our first baby is born in May- perfect timing for a wonderful product like this to come out!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Mary Clark - Love this! Can’t wait to share with my clients. I’m always looking for simple ways to encourage them to print their photos!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Jessica R. - Our daughters first at-home haircut! Fun memories!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Daniele S. - My favorite moment I caught on camera was my younger daughter waving bye to her older sister on her first day of school.ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    Cavin - This is such an amazing service. I’d be honored to win this!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Jamie B. - My one year old daughter photo bombed me asking for food. It looked like she was smiling for the cameraReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Jen W - What a great idea. I need more automation in my life!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Essie - I love this! Most of my pictures are taken via Instagram, and I made a book out of them last year with Shutterfly. This is MUCH easier!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Amy - Looks so fun! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Amanda Johnston - Great idea! Some of my favorite photos have been with my phone, especially all the ones I captured of my sweet Lydia.ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    Rebecca - Really cool concept!! I do a photo book each year for Ian and he absolutely loves looking through them, I’m certain he’d be a big fan of this!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Angel - This is awesome! What cool books. I would love to win this! :)ReplyCancel

    • February 12, 2014 - 11:26 pm

      Angel - My favorite thing I’ve photographed on my phone would be my kids relaxing while they don’t notice I’m taking their photo:)ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Kathy Odom - What a great idea and a wonderful giveaway! Great way to save and share memories…..I like to have something I can put my hands on if you know what I mean. Saving pics to a computer is fine but I’d love to have a book.ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Carrie Tungate - My favorite phone picture I have captured is of my 3 kids dressed up for church; my son didn’t want to be in the pic so he is frowning & my daughters are smiling looking adorable! It’s hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Emily - Such a great idea! All my favorite pictures always seem to end up on IG but I never seem to do anything with them.ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Terri Bryant - Awesome giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Anna - My most favorite camera phone pic was of my two boys walking up a hill holding each others hand…. Priceless…. ;)ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Emily - Some of the first photos when my kids were born were captured on my camera phone :)ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    Nikki - Gah! This is awesome! Favorite moment? Pictures of my oldest sons first day of kindergarten, but that’s just one of many!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Rebecca @ A Beautiful Ruckus - I take a lot of photos of my kids covered in food. For some reason, those always crack me up the most! It would be hard to narrow it down to one of those though!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Becky - Oh I would LOVE to win this, I have wanted to do this sooo bad!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    Sarah - This is such an awesome idea! Even better that i can skip those awful selfies :)ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    Shelby Lewis - When my baby was first learning to pick up food…she was so cute with a little purple puff stuck to her cheek!ReplyCancel

Snow days are rather fun, when they happen one or two at a time. When they come 3, 4, or even (gasp!) 5 days in a row (and yes, tomorrow will be our 5th snow day this week), they become a little old. Ok, they become a lot old. They become “bang your head on the table and then go throw on a striped ref shirt and find a whistle, cause your kids are going at it again” old.


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It sure is pretty to look at though, so at least there’s that! (That was the morning of Snow Day 3.)

So Nick, in his infinite wisdom, saw that I was looking a little crazed by the night of snow day #3, and offered a little help for the next day. He offered to create a game for the kids to play while he was at work, and I said “YES!”.

Snow Day Game - Three Times the Giggles

Daddy’s Game Board Rules:

* No starting the game until he’d left for work (he was buying me as much time as he could, bless his heart!)

* For the boxes that said “pic”, I would need to snap a picture and text it to him for it to be considered “done”.

* Boxes with an “L” meant Lily should participate, if her 3 year old self was willing.

* Activities must be done in order and together!

* Cleaning up as we go must be done – no trashed house at completion of the game! (My favorite rule probably.)

* Mommy was allowed to hand out “Sad Brads” (frowny faces, and no reason behind the name, it just rhymes) to anyone who was excessively whiny, uncooperative, etc. 3 Sad Brads and you’d have to do a chore before you completed the game.

* The game had to be completed by 3:30pm!

The kids had a ball today! I never had to hand out a Sad Brad, and I rarely had to break up a fight (which is saying something considering this was day 2 of it being too cold to go outside for long, so we were all breathing the same air for far too many hours).

Playing the Game

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Multiple race heats to figure out which matchbox car is the fastest!

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Draw a snowman family!

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Predetermined chores – dusting, window washing and vacuuming

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Bowl a game together on the Wii

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Build a snowman!

For this one, Nick scooped up a 5 gallon bucket of snow and left it by the back door for me. All I had to do was scoop some out when it was time, and within a few minutes it had softened enough to form into balls. The boys got a kick out of this one!

Snow Day Game - Three Times the Giggles


Lily could just pick any book to read, but the boys had a specific assignment. Read certain pages in their children’s Bible, and answer two questions about the story.

Snow Day Game - Three Times the Giggles

20 Jumping Jacks, 20 Pushups and 20 Toe Touches

(Which Lily thought was a good time to tackle, climb, and cause general chaos.)

The game ended with the boys each having to clean up a certain number of items from a certain area of their room: under the bed, under their little table, and in their closet. The boys were so fast at getting back there and getting it done, that I didn’t get a picture!

I texted Nick at 2:45 and told him they’d finished the game, which was his signal to bring home prizes! Chocolate Milk for Lily, honey roasted peanuts for the boys, and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups for me (ooooh yeah).

Anyway, thought I’d share this with all of you ASAP in case you’ve been cooped up at home for far too many days (like me), and just don’t know else to do to keep your herd entertained. Happy gaming!

{And yep – my husband is awesomely creative, and I love him dearly!}

  • February 10, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Deb - Love the snowmen indoors idea. Especially because it’s been so cold.ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Julie Blanner - The snowman idea is great! We may have to do the same!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    jason sader - Thanks sharing this. I know we arent alone:) We have triplet boys that are 8. And a daughter that is 4. Exciting life!ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Megan @ Fiterature - I LOVE this! So creative!!!ReplyCancel

Ah, sweet, sweet Lily! How is it that she’s three years old already?! She turned 3 back on January 20th; I’ve just been slacking in the blogging department so am late getting these pictures and letter up.

Current Favorites:

Mickey Mouse, and I’m not talking ‘new’ Mickey, I’m talking black and white Mickey! She found some classic Mickey cartoons on Netflix recently and they’re her favorite thing to watch on there. She gets incredibly excited any time she sees Mickey Mouse (or Minnie Mouse) clothes, toys, books, etc. I think her mind is going to blow when I bring her to a Disney Store later this month!

Daniel Tiger – this PBS kids spin off of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood is also a favorite of hers, and I love the songs she’s learned from it!

Tea Parties – favorite gifts from her birthday? The two tea sets she received! The girl throws a fun tea party too!

Picnics – We gave Lily a little picnic basket for Christmas, and it’s a favorite of hers as well. She loves picnics so much, we just knew we had to throw her a picnic party for her birthday! Who cares that it was the middle of January?!

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We invited over a handful of Lily’s friends from school and church, laid out a blanket, had some classic picnic treats, and had some casual fun! Chocolate milk is Lily’s favorite drink, so of course we had some of that, and her picnic play set came with watermelon, so we found some of that. FYI, watermelon in January tastes about like you would expect – bleh.

My seriously talented friend made her adorable picnic themed birthday cake and some super delicious mini-cupcakes to go along with it! Food, fun and friends made the party a success!

And now, for my annual birthday letter….

Dear Lily,

Sweet girl, you light up my life so much! Your giggle, your almost continuous smile, the way you bounce around the house getting excited about the littlest things (like having oatmeal for breakfast) is just amazing. The way you shout “Mommy, you came back!” when I walk in the door from the gym in the mornings, or when I pick you up at school, or the church nursery, brings the biggest smile to my face!

Sometimes, when I peek in at you sleeping, my heart wants to burst. While you’re still my “baby”, I can’t help but notice how big you’re getting! You’ve grown and changed so much this year – vocabulary taking off, being independent when it comes to getting dressed (sometimes), playing on your own, asking to help when I’m cooking, and more. You’ve also started saying “I love you” more often, which makes me melt. And ooooh boy, the way you have your daddy wrapped around your little finger! Whew! He’s going to be in trouble when you’re a teenager.

Your make-believe side is so fun to watch and participate in too. Your brothers liked to pretend sometimes, but not nearly as often as you do, so it’s been a fun change of pace around here. I think my favorite though might be watching you and Daddy pretend together on Fridays, when your brothers are at school. You have such a special Daddy, Lily!

I can’t wait to watch you grow and change even more this year, and yet I also wish you could just stay this sweet age a little bit longer. My baby is growing far too quickly! 

I love you so much, sweet Lily!


Three Times the Giggles

  • February 11, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    Mardi - I don’t know if this is where I’m supposed to put this…but my favorite cell moments are when I catch my two boys together either playing or hugging each other:)ReplyCancel