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34 Dog Quotes, Captions and Messages To Celebrate Your Pup

July 10, 2020

You just took a DNA test — turns out you’re 100% obsessed with your dog. Isn’t that how the song goes? Anyway, you know it’s true. From taking 1 million photos of your precious pooch to printing almost all of them, you’re all about celebrating your furry friend. You definitely have some puppy pics in your Monthly Minis or Ongoing Photo Book Series, and there’s a chance you’re stumped on what to write on your text pages to really do your pooch proud. These 34 dog quotes will be a perfect tribute to your little barker and can serve as a great Instagram caption or a perfect cover for your pet tribute photo book. Get ready for some serious inspiration with these cute puppy messages. Funny dog quotes: “My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” –Elayne Boosler “It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor.” –Katie DiCamillo “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” –Josh Billings “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” –Franklin P. Jones “Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.” –Moby “The more people I meet the more I like my dog.” –Unknown “Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” –Samuel Butler “To err is human — to forgive, canine.” –Author Unknown “A well trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” –Helen Thomson “Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”  –Roger A. Caras Sweet dog quotes: “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” –Agnes Sligh Turnbull “A dog is love’s purest shadow.” –Angie Weiland-Crosby “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” –John Grogan “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” –Louis Sabin “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” –Mark Twain “It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” –John Grogan “A dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” –Jill Abramson “The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind.” –Theodorus Gaza Touching dog quotes: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” –Roger Caras “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” –Gilda Radner “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” –Charles Yu “I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” –Doris Day “When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.” –Bruce Cameron “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” –Roger A. Caras “A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart.” –Judy Desmond “No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” –Stanley Leinwall Loving dog quotes: “No matter how you’re feeling, a little dog gonna love you.” –Waka Flocka Flame “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” –Dean Koontz “The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” –Michel Houellebecq “You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” –W. Bruce Cameron “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” –M.K. Clinton “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.” –Unknown

Get Well Wishes: What To Write in a Get Well Card

July 10, 2020

Do you ever wonder how those Hallmark cards can be so touching? I’d be lying if I said I haven’t lowkey wept in a CVS aisle reading one or two really on-point ones. Perhaps even a few of those envelopes have made you ugly-cry as you’ve received a note from a friend or loved one. However, you don’t have to be a professional greeting card writer to get the perfect message across to a friend. Why? Because we're bringing you a how-to guide on writing “get well soon” cards that feel personal and unique. Whether you’re looking for a funny “get well soon” message to keep things light or a “thinking of you” quote that’s a bit more delicate, we have sympathetic sayings just for you. Here’s what to write in a “get well soon” card... Start with an individualized greeting If you are writing to a loved one who has just experienced a loss or is suffering in some way, you want to be sensitive to their situation. Stick to familiarities that are specific to the person you are writing to such as “dear” or a nickname that you often use for each other. Share some get well wishes These sentiments do not have to be over-the-top or extra. Short and simple thoughts from the heart will mean the most to a friend or family member. Think of ways to wish a person well according to their situation. If they have experienced an injury, wish them a speedy recovery. If they are going through a trying time, let that person know that you are thinking of them. Here are some specific sayings that speak to various “get well soon” situations... Recovery well wishes: “Hope you get to feeling better soon!” “I wish you well through this recovery.” “Take your time to recover and we look forward to seeing you soon!” In our thoughts: “We wish you strength in this difficult time. You are in our thoughts.” “You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.” “Take this all one day at a time and know that we are with you.” Sending love: “Sending my love your way!” “I miss you around here! Hope that you are healing at this time.” “All my best and love as you are going through this trying time.” Funny well wishes: “Even the germs can’t keep their hands off you!” “I don’t think this was the best way to get work off, but I miss you!” “Catch up on your Netflix this week so you can get back to work and we can compare notes!” Express something personal People love to reflect back on their friendships and relationships with personal stories and memories, especially when they are in pain. Writing down a memory will help give your friend courage and make them feel hopeful that they will get to the other side of their hardship. You can help assure them that you will stick by their side and continue to be their friend through thick and thin.  Offer up your help Sometimes it can be hard to know what you can do for a grieving friend, so try your best to offer any service they may be in need of. You can ask a loved one if you could bring them their favorite dinner or dessert. You can offer a listening ear. You can tell a friend that you will pick them up or drop them off for any commitments they may need to attend. When people experience changes in their lives, they might forget about other necessities, and you can be that lifeline. Show your love The most important thing you can do for a friend is share your love. People need to know that they are loved and supported in their trials. A simple “I love you” and “I am here for you” can mean the world to someone and can be the difference in making their burden a little lighter.  End with a warm closing This may sound simple, but it is the perfect way to wrap up a message and to help the receiver know that your message to them is genuine. Here are some ideas of possible closings... “Warmly,” “Love,” “Love always,” “Sincerely,” “With love,” “Take care,” “Best wishes,” “Thinking of you,” “Be well,” “Wishing you well,”

10 Moms Get Real About If Summer Homework Is Genius Or Ridiculous

July 10, 2020

Cue Alice Cooper’s song 🎶 “Schooooooooooools out for summer!” 🎶 Kids are looking forward to lazy mornings and late nights, playing with friends and swimming the days away. But many moms are worried that three months without school might put their kids at a disadvantage come fall, when the bell rings and school ramps back up again. The question remains: Is summer homework a good idea? Or should kids just get the summer off? This has been a hot topic over on our MomForce Facebook group, where parents have been sharing their tried and true tips and tricks on all things parenting. Hailey posed the question when she posted: “Any other moms have their kids do some school work during the summer?” Here’s what 10 moms had to say about how to handle summer homework for kids... “I try to encourage them to read outside, or do math with sidewalk chalk instead of paper and pencil.” —Gen “Maybe they can earn tickets when they can complete an assignment and the tickets would allow them to purchase a treat or prize out of a special bin.” —Melissa “Every day when my kids want to play on their tablets, I make them do 4 pages out of their math workbook.” —Nikki “Mine do math by working through recipes. Just find ways to learn on their terms and in fun ways so it doesn't even feel like learning." —Kim “They need the break. I need the break. They are only little so long and I think making tents and playing pretend with each other does more to develop the brain these summer months.” —Karla “Some days I'm not great at getting my son to do worksheets and writing, but those days I try to make sure we've done puzzles, an experiment or played board games to keep his mind sharp.” —Courtney “My boys are just preschoolers, but my aunt Zooms in twice a week to work on letters and numbers. It’s only 20 minutes and, of course, she makes it fun.” —Chandler “We've never done required reading or workbooks and, so far, everyone seems to be doing well.” —Erika “I like to have my older kids read to my younger kids that cannot read yet.” —Janelle B. “I think I look forward to summer break more than my boys. We read every night to the boys, but that’s pretty much it.” —Juliet Whether you’re on team workbooks or team playbooks, one thing is certain: The MomForce Facebook group has got your back! Hop on over to check out more ideas on how to incorporate learning into your child’s summer. Good luck, mamas. 

 50+ Thank You Quotes To Upgrade Your Thank You Cards

July 10, 2020

“Gratitude turns whatever you have into enough.” While the source of that quote is unknown, they were really onto something. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to turn that frown upside down and to let the special people in your life know how much you love them. Maybe you’re feeling especially grateful for your spouse, your child, a neighbor, a doctor, a cashier, or an old friend — whoever it is, it’s always a good idea to say thank you. Find creative sayings to thank them for picking up their Legos so you don’t impale yourself on one. Think about thanking them for actually putting away the dishes and not just washing them. These 50+ ways to say thank you and express gratitude will totally take your card game (or Chatbooks game) up a notch. Loving Thank You Quotes: “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” —Anonymous “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” —Robert Holden “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward “It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” —Anonymous “Enough is a feast.” —Buddhist Proverb “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” — Karl Barth “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” —Epicurus  “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.”—Bethany Hamilton “Gratitude is the open door to abundance.” —Anonymous “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” —Randy Pausch Inspiring Thank You Quotes: “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” —Mark Twain “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” —Cicero “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust “If people begin to be more grateful, they will see the wonders of life.”― Lailah Gifty Akita “Through the eyes of Gratitude, everything is a miracle.” — Mary Davis “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.“ —Doris Day “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” -- G.K. Chesterton “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” —Germany Kent “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” —Rumi “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”—Charles Dickens “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.”—Vietnamese Proverb “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”—Estonian Proverb Funny Thank You Quotes: “God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.” —Ethel Watts Mumford “Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” — Oprah Winfrey “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” — Rumi “The thing I’m most grateful for right now is elastic waistbands.” — Unknown “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” —Gertrude Stein “The golden rule that always rocks, expect nothing, appreciate everything” - Unknown “There’s always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you’re not one of your creditors.” –Unknown “I don’t know if I should thank you or whoever made you such a nice person.” –Unknown “A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail. A best friend is the one sitting next to you saying “boy was that fun”. –Unknown “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.” –Unknown “Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. And if things don't work out, just take another shot.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour “I feel a very unusual sensation—if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.”—Benjamin Disraeli Religious Thank You Quotes: “There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.” —Helen Keller “O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” —William Shakespeare “Lord, what a relief to focus on what you think of me instead of what other people think. May I always keep my eyes on you.” —Karen O'Connor “We give thanks to God not because of how we feel but because of who He is.” —Ann Voskamp “Find time to thank God for all the blessings you receive on a day to day basis.” —Steven Johnson “But, thank God through the written word I can find joy, peace and comfort through life's trials.”  —Ruel Fordyce “Thank God for allowing you to see another day. No matter what, keep trusting, keep believing, be strong, have hope. The best is yet to come.” ― Germany Kent “The gift of life is the most valuable wealth.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita “I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.” —Jim Valvano "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?' " —William Arthur Ward  "Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks." —Thomas Goodwin "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." —Meister Eckhart

32 Happy Anniversary Messages That Will Make You Fall in Love All Over Again

July 2, 2020

Whether or not your primary love language is words of affirmation, everyone enjoys a heartfelt message from their significant other. Anniversaries only come around once a year, and these special moments deserve ALL of the romance. Struggling with what message to write on your card or use as a caption on your tribute Instagram post? These anniversary messages will melt hearts faster than a popsicle on the Fourth of July. Get ready for so many sweet sayings to include on the text pages in your Monthly Minis and more! For the romantic, mushy-gushy couple: To the most important person in my life: you make the stars shine, you make the world go round and I love you with my whole heart. Happy Anniversary! You’ve already made all my dreams come true, but here is to a life full of dreams with you. I love you! Happy Anniversary to my dreammaker. Thank you for giving me the love that I never thought I deserved, but that I cannot live without. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Everyday is the best day with you. This anniversary marks another year of best days with my best friend. For all my life, I will forever be grateful for the fortune I had in meeting and falling in love with you. Your love is the most important part of my life.  Of all the things I love about you, your sweetness, beauty and passion are the things that keep me falling in love every day. For the couple that keeps each other laughing: No one told me I would marry a musician, but your snoring is a symphony that cannot be described. Another year where I get to listen to your chorus each night. Happy Anniversary! You’re the “she” to my “nanigans” and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Before I met you, my life was a lot of take-out dinners and late night Netflix binging. Now, I don’t have to do that by myself. Happy anniversary to the person who made my old habits more fun! You’re the avocado to my toast, the ice to my tea and the FaceTune to my selfie… basically you make everything better!  Of all the fish in the sea, I’m glad I caught you. You’re the only person that doesn’t count after a friend tells me, “don’t tell anyone!” Thanks for being my best confidant. In school, I always hated group projects, but life with you is a group project that actually is successful! For the couple who has overcome obstacles: The journey to be with you was a difficult road, but it was a road I would take everyday for your love.  Through it all, I couldn’t imagine a life without you. Here is to another year of growing closer and sticking together through life’s toughest moments. Without you, I would never have grown into the person I am today. Let’s celebrate a year of growing strong together. You are my life partner, the one who gets me through the good and the bad, and I want to celebrate all that our love means to each other. For the couple who has been together for many years: Although we’ve been together for so many years, everyday is a new adventure with you. I have only fallen more and more in love with you since the moment we fell in love. Every new city, new home, new child and new day feels like a chapter to the greatest love story that I get to share with you. I know you are my one true love because even after all these years, there is no one that I would rather talk to at the end of the day and share my heart's desires. Life may keep moving around us, but I still look forward to forever with you. It still feels like we are at the beginning of our love because I never get tired of seeing you every day and every night. I’ll love you as long as the sun rises each day and the stars shine each night. Happy anniversary to my life-long best friend. I cherish the companionship, romance, strength and love that you’ve given me after all these years. I cannot do life without you. For the sweet couple: You are the most amazing person I have ever met. I know why they call you my better half. Your gift of loving and making others feel special is one that I will admire for the rest of my life. Happy anniversary to the person who inspires me daily. The best memories in my life have been with you. Let’s keep making memories for the rest of our lives. Your smile lights up the room and it lights up my life. Happy anniversary! I’ll forever be the luckiest person to have fallen in love and married you.  I’m so glad I found you and I cannot wait for another year together.

15 Girlfriend Photo Book Ideas She’ll Totally Love

June 30, 2020

Let your girlfriend know that you love and appreciate her with a timeless photo book. If you have an anniversary coming up, her birthday is around the corner, or you just want to surprise her with something special, Chatbooks has got you covered. Whether it’s an ongoing photo book series, a layflat book, or a personalized photo book of all of your adventures together, a printed collection of your precious moments is the perfect way to say “I love you.” You will get MAJOR points for this thoughtful gift. Check out these creative girlfriend photo book ideas for the next time you’re stumped on a gift... Photo Book Series Let your love live on and on with a Photo Book Series. Create a private IG account where you can share your most precious pictures, and connect the account to an Instagram Photo Book Series. Not only will you receive a book every time your Series hits 60 pages, but you’ll also be able to write about your photo ops in the captions so you can remember all the details. Luxe Layflat Photo Book Looking for a big, fancy book that’ll do your pics justice? Opt for a layflat photo book, which features super thick, beautifully saturated pages. A layflat book is great for special occasions like a birthday or Valentine’s Day. Our Love Story  Create your own standard photo book where you can share your love story from start to finish. Add in all the photos you have together from the beginning of your relationship until now. Use this as a journal of sorts of your relationship and how it has grown over time. A Year in Review What better way to reflect on your year than by reminiscing about all of the good things that happened in your relationship. Choose one of our adorable year in review covers and let your photos tell the story. This will be a treasure for years to come.  The Highlight Reel If you are an avid picture-taking couple or have been together for years and years, it may be hard to create a single book with all of your photos. Use this as an opportunity to highlight some of your greatest moments together. Use photos from the trips you’ve taken or pictures that showcase the goals you’ve reached as a couple.  The Daily Book You’ll always remember your first kiss or the day you got married, but what about the little, everyday moments that make your life so sweet? Think doing dishes, making dinner, going on walks around the neighborhood, watching movies, etc. Capture those moments and print them in a book. Selfies Looking for a no-fuss theme for your photo book of you and your girlfriend? Follow Kimmy K’s footsteps with a bound kook of selfies. Include selfies from your big trips, anniversary dinners, and just cute little moments spent at home. All of Your Travels Travel photos for spring? How groundbreaking. You’ve definitely thought of making a travel photo book featuring all of your fave trips, but have you actually gone ahead and made one?! Now is the time to relive your best travel moments with a cute book! Congratulations Book  What incredible things has she accomplished as of late? Maybe she graduated, started a new job, or ran a marathon. Whatever it is, use this book theme as a way to celebrate her and add photos of her hard work all along the way.  Her Favorite Things Show off how well you know her with a book of her fave things ever. Add photos of her family, friends, and loved ones with extra pictures of her at her favorite restaurants and watching her favorite movies.  Quote Book  Start a note on your phone of the funny things she says and create a photo book of moments together mixed in with text pages of all of her funny quotes. This will be such a great memory-keeper to relive those hilarious moments together. Inspirational Quotes  Create a book full of her favorite, most inspirational quotes. Maybe they are quotes that remind you of her, quotes that she lives by, or phrases that she repeats.This book will serve as a great pick-me-up whenever she’s feeling down. Date Nights  Don’t let yourself lose track of all of the fun date nights you’ve had! Collect all of your photos from your group dates and your one-on-one dinners, and put them all into one photo book. Dreams and Goals  What are the dreams and goals she constantly talks about? Make a list of those things and use this book as a way to motivate and inspire her to reach for those goals. Add photos of her work along the way and text pages to cheer her on. This will give her the confidence to keep reaching for the stars. Adventure Book  Keep track of all of the things you’ve done as a couple that were outside of your comfort zone. Did you go boating, 4-wheeling, or sing at a karaoke night? Make sure you document those moments and add them into a book full of fun adventures featuring just you two.

Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest Shares Photo Hacks That'll Elevate Your Pictures

June 30, 2020

If you love home decorating, then odds are you'll be obsessed with Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest (if you're not already). Her blog features photo after photo of dreamy interiors and her Instagram feed is a true visual feast. It's not only that Emery has a great eye for design — she also knows how to take a killer picture. And it turns out that she relies on some super neat photo hacks to get her pictures looking just right. Emery teamed up with Chatbooks to share her pro tips on how she nails the perfect shot, and she dished all about her go-to photo hacks to get those pro-level pics. Looking to take more creative photos of the family? Or maybe you want some extra special portraits to serve as covers for your Photo Book Series? Whatever the reason, these genius photo hacks are guaranteed to upgrade your snapshots... And watch Emery's photo hacks tutorial in action below! 1. Add rainbows. Looking to add some interest to your shots of the family on the couch or around the kitchen table? "Hang a prism in the window for magical rainbows," says Emery. The prism will scatter light and color around your setting for a little extra touch of magic. 2. Play with shadows. If you're shooting in an overexposed or sunny area, use shadows to your advantage. Emery likes to use shadows of trees and flowers to make her outdoor shots look extra artsy. She'll also use shadows of people to add another layer to sunny pictures. 3. Hold items close to the camera as you shoot from far away. Playing with depth is a surefire way to nail a more creative shot. One easy hack: "Hold florals close to the frame to create depth and frame the photo," Emery says. This is a nice way to bring natural elements indoors, and the blurred out, close-up flowers add a bit of extra dimension. 4. Put a disco ball in a sunny spot. You might have seen this pro blogger trick making its way around the Internet, but Emery vouches for this super easy photo hack. Just buy a small disco ball — this one is \u002410 on Amazon — and stick it in the corner of a light-filled room to scatter freckles of light all over your shot. 5. Shoot towards the sun. "Keep an eye out for sun flare to add atmosphere," says Emery. If the sun is bright overhead, don't fight against the light. Instead, shoot your pictures so that the flare can add a bit of distortion for extra dreamy pics.

40+ Happy Birthday Quotes That’ll Make You Wanna Celebrate

June 30, 2020

Let’s face it: Your birthday is more like a birth week and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You also apply the same devout rules around birthday celebrations to anyone in your family or friend group. Odds are you’re known for throwing an epic birthday party, and you likely have the most thoughtful Instagram caption for that cute birthday tribute post. A true birthday fanatic always has a few go-to quotes and sayings in their repertoire, just in case you’re filling out a DIY card or adding some text pages to the Photo Book Series you’re about to gift a friend. That’s why we compiled a list of the cutest birthday sayings. Whether you are looking to crack a smile or make them shed a happy tear, we’ve got the quote for you. Here’s to another year full of happy memories and plenty of Chatbooks to reflect on all the good that has happened... Sweet Birthday Notes “Your birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey. Be the shining thread in the beautiful tapestry of the world to make this year the best ever. Enjoy the ride.” “The world is a better place because of kind and generous people like you. I’ll never forget your years of support and encouragement. Please take a day off from saving the world, and have a blast! Cheers.” “Be happy! Today is the day you were brought into this world to be a blessing and inspiration to the people around you! You are a wonderful person! May you be given more birthdays to fulfill all of your dreams!” “Happy Birthday. Wishing you nothing but blue skies, warm sunshine and bright smiles on your special day!” “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sammy Hagar “My warmest wishes! This year, may you shed less tears and have more laughs.” “Wishing you tons of happiness on your birthday. May your cake be sweeter than ever and your gifts bring you smiles.” “Happy Birthday. From start to finish, may your special day be the most delightful one yet!” Birthday Messages That’ll Make You LOL “Happy Birthday! You know, you don’t look that old. But then, you don’t look that young, either.” “Happy birthday to someone who is smart, gorgeous, funny and reminds me a lot of myself… from one fabulous chick to another!” “Best friend: someone whom you can be yourself with, someone who you can have pointless conversations with, someone who still likes you even when you’re weird, someone who forgets to buy you a birthday gift…that’s why I came up with this. Happy Birthday!” "Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake, friend, so dig in!" “Thinking about you on your birthday. May it be a day of blissfully being too full to move, going to the gym for three hours the next day, and reorganizing the closet to fit all of your new gifts.” "Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you. Happy Birthday, friend!" “We thought we would get the right amount of candles to put on your cake this year, but quickly ran out of space. Happy Birthday!” “Another year to prove that older doesn’t really mean wiser. Happy Birthday!” Funny Birthday Messages “Happy birthday to one of my best friends. Here’s to another year of laughing at our own jokes and keeping each other sane! Love you and Happy Birthday!” “On this special day, I raise a toast to you and your life. Happy Birthday.” “You look younger than ever! Happy Birthday!” “Make merry, celebrate and dance because your birthday only happens once a year. I love you.” “For all the years we have been friends, you have always been perfect at sharing and caring for others. As you turn one year older, I wish you the very best in life.” “You’ve been there for me through all my ups and downs, and I hope you know I’m always here for you too. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. I hope you have a great birthday and the year ahead is the best yet!” "Happy Birthday, friend. May your day be as beautiful as you." “Having you, as my friend is a privilege, but having you, as my best friend is the best thing in the world. Happy Birthday, sweetheart.” “To my truest friend: On your birthday, I hope you get a big return on your investment of love and charity. You spend so much time giving to others and sharing that wonderful joy with the world.” Birthday Quotes for Him “Sending some love to the most charming man in my life. You always bring the best out of me. I do not know how you do it, but I love you for that. Happy Birthday.” “Happy Birthday to a great guy! You do so much for others. I hope you can take some time for yourself on your big day. You deserve it as much as anyone, and more than most.” “It’s your birthday, but I’m the one who should be celebrating the most. My favorite person in the world was born on this day.” “Here’s to you on your special day, Handsome! You are the definition of what a man should be, and you deserve to be celebrated! I hope your birthday is full of love and joy.” “Best wishes on your day, Good Lookin’! I am so lucky to have you be a part of my life. You are what every man should be: kind, loving, hard-working, and smart. Let’s celebrate!” “The most loving birthday greetings to my steady rock! Thank you for being the man that I can always count on.” “For the guy who can charm me from across the room with just a smile, I hope this day brings everything you want and more!” “Out of the over 7 billion people that inhabit this world, you’re my favorite. Happy Birthday!” Birthday Quotes for Her “The day you were born was a lucky day for so many people. You enrich my life so much and I love you more than you might know!” “Closing the doors on the world so we can be together is where I find the most joy. Happy Birthday!” “You are the most wonderful thing that has ever happen to me in life. Have an awesome bday, my love!” “Happy Birthday to the sweetest girlfriend ever! You deserve all the success, happiness and love in the world. Let’s celebrate this special day of your life together.” “I wanted to give you all my love for your birthday, but there’s no box big enough to hold it. Besides, it’s already yours.” “I know you have enough breath to blow out your candles, because you take mine away every day.” “Happy birthday to the prettiest and most loving woman I know. Today being your special day, my wish for you is that all your dreams come to pass. Have a happy birthday filled with sweet surprises.” “Happy Birthday, pretty woman! You deserve the best!”

16 Unique Engagement Photo Ideas You’ll Just Have To Try

June 29, 2020

Engagement photo shoots can be so fun, but they can also be a little daunting. You and your partner need to be on the same page about outfits, poses, locations and the overall vibe of the shoot. There’s a chance that you don’t even really know where to start. But have no fear! At Chatbooks, we know ALL about photos and holding onto what matters, and your engagement pictures are important!  These photos might appear on your wedding invitations, be used for your save the date, or they might even be displayed at your reception. On top of getting you both to keep your eyes open in the winning shot, you want to make sure all of the pictures reflect your relationship. These 16 unique engagement photo ideas will be the perfect fit for you and your significant other... Opt for a memorable location undefined Maybe there’s a beautiful hiking trail where you had your first kiss, or perhaps there’s a cute cafe where you first met. Whatever your place is, choose that as your backdrop for a beautiful and memorable engagement photo shoot. Include your kids undefined If you have children, they deserve to be included in this special moment. This is a great way to show everyone how important your little family is to you. Don’t be afraid to get silly undefined The thing that made you fall in love with them in the first place was their sense of humor, so be sure to show that in your photos. Don’t be afraid to take some goofy pictures that will make you and your S.O. smile, laugh and fall in love all over again. Go for a greenhouse undefined Natural greens and florals can serve as an amazing setting for photos. The natural light will bring out the shine in your blowout. And if you live somewhere cold or rainy, this is a great option for staying dry and warm during the photo session. Include your pet undefined You may have a third love in your relationship and that third member walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. Bring your pet in on the photoshoot for some adorable moments. Head to the mountains undefined Even if you have to drive to find the perfect backdrop, mountainous pictures will be a timeless addition to your photo selection. Get fancy undefined Choose your best and most *extra* outfits to celebrate. A photo shoot with you and your significant other dressing to the nines make for some super memorable pictures. Stay casual undefined If your personality is chill and low-key, then don’t do anything that makes you feel out of place. Go for something understated and let your love do all the talking. Take a close-up undefined Sometimes all you need is a simple photo of you and your love’s happy faces. Don’t worry about getting the perfect backdrop. Just choose the best picture that shows how happy the two of you are. Play by the water undefined There is nothing more romantic than a walk along a shoreline. Find a beach or a lake where you can snap some photos of the two of you walking barefoot. Take a moment to play and run through the water for some beautiful candids. Stay home undefined They say that home is where the heart is, so try a home photo shoot. Cuddle up on the couch or hang out around a backyard fire pit for cute, casual pics. Romantic snow photos undefined Nothing is more romantic than a light snowfall in the winter. If you live in a place where it snows (or even if you don’t), take some time for a winter snow photo shoot. You’ll love the romantic lighting and beautiful pictures. Coordinate your outfits with the scenery undefined For vibrant engagement photos, wear colors that coordinate with your scenery. Pro tip: Consider matching your engagement shoot colors with your wedding colors for on-point invitations. Go urban undefined Find some city backdrops for your urban photo shoot. Graffiti and a bit of grit make crisp, formal outfits look that much cooler. Find a field undefined Stumped on a setting? Go classic with a romantic field photo shoot. Channel your inner Jane Austen with a walk through tall grass, holding your love’s hand. Stick to a studio undefined Nothing is more classic than a studio photo shoot. The natural lighting and stark colors will create a classy, modern vibe.

16 Popular Wedding Flowers for Your Big Day

June 29, 2020

Roses are red, violets are blue, peonies are expensive, and dahlias in a bouquet are, too. Wedding flowers are an important part of the planning process, and quite frankly can be the most overwhelming part. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular and beautiful wedding flowers that are sure to make your bridal pictures pop. From alternatives for the expensive varieties to unique and understated bouquets, we’ve got you covered. These common wedding flowers will make you swoon... Standard Roses undefined A rose is a classic wedding flower, and for good reason! Roses symbolize love, passion and beauty. These romantic flowers are available year-round and come in all colors. Garden Roses undefined Garden roses have a dense petal count and appear more “fluffy” than the standard rose. These flowers are quite fragrant and are great for spring. Tulips undefined Tulips are becoming more and more popular as wedding flowers. These flowers are great for spring and can stand alone in a bouquet without any other arrangements, or pair great with chrysanthemums or daffodils. Tulips are quite inexpensive, come in many varieties and are available in almost every color. Peonies undefined Peonies look great in a bouquet and they come in multiple pink hues. These flowers are expensive, so save a little cash by opting for peonies in the bridal bouquet and baby's breath in the bridesmaid arrangements. Baby's Breath undefined Baby’s breath is a symbol of everlasting love and is a favorite garnish to many bouquets and corsages. This is an inexpensive adornment for everything from table displays to flower crowns. Dahlias undefined These large flowers are a great floral statement piece. The round petals with pointed ends give a certain elegance that can only be found in these flora. Dahlias come in many colors and are popular in the summer. Lilacs undefined One of the more fragrant flowers, lilacs are wonderful for a spring wedding. These are known for their signature color, but you can find shades of purple and white to add as perfect adornments to your centerpieces. Hydrangeas undefined For a very feminine and bold display, don’t forget to include hydrangeas. These flowers are full and delicate, so a little goes a long way. Common colors for hydrangeas are blue, purple, green, white and pink. Ranunculus undefined Ranunculus are full bloom flowers similar to the peony, but they come at a cheaper price. These flowers are perfect for a spring wedding and add texture to every bouquet. Sweet Pea undefined A lovely bridal flower, sweet peas are fragrant and delicate. These beauties pair well with other florals, or can stand alone. Sweet peas come in a variety of colors and are inexpensive when in season. Lily of the Valley undefined Known to symbolize the return of happiness, this flower is one of the more traditional wedding flowers. The spring bloom has been featured in some iconic bouquets — Princess Diana and Grace Kelly both had Lily of the Valley flowers included in their floral displays. This flower also pairs great with a lot of greens. Calla Lilies undefined Traditionally cream or dark purple in color, these florals are classy and elegant. The trumpet-shaped blossom looks great in a centerpiece or mixed into a bouquet with some garden roses. Orchids undefined This exotic flower is on the more expensive side, but it’s still a great floral focal point for a simple and elegant wedding. Orchids are lovely to display on a wedding cake, in a bouquet or peppered around your venue as wedding decor. Chrysanthemum undefined The chrysanthemum flower comes in what seems like a thousand varieties. It’s also available year-round and is a great addition to a bouquet. Daisies undefined Daisies are a flower that will bring brightness and joy into your display. These widely recognized flowers are beautiful for every setting and come in a bunch of pretty colors. Stock undefined These understated blooms are known for their spicy fragrance. Stock flowers are a great way to bring more garnish into your bouquet.

30 Happy Anniversary Quotes to Inspire Your Relationship for Years to Come

June 29, 2020

As the earth takes another trip around the sun, you grow older and (sometimes) a little wiser. By now, you’ve learned the importance of hang-drying your jeans and investing in a REALLY good pair of leggings to wear as your second skin. You also know that anniversaries are important to celebrate, but finding the right words can be tricky. This year, make it a little more special by choosing a quote or message that describes your love. From romantic to funny, these quotes are perfect writing on a card, using as a text page in your Monthly Mini or posting as an Instagram caption to your relationship tribute post. Whether your quote is for your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other, these 30 quotes will be sure to inspire your love for many more anniversaries to come. Romantic Anniversary Quotes “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.” –Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets "In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine." –Maya Angelou "You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement." –F. Scott Fitzgerald “Sitting next to you is like taking a sip of eternity. The sun, the stars, the sky never tasted so good.” –Christy Ann Martine "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."  –Cassandra Clare “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” –When Harry Met Sally “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” –Vladimir Nabokov Inspiring Anniversary Quotes “Where there is love there is life.” –Mahatma Gandhi “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” –Mignon McLaughlin “When you meet the one who changes the way your heart beats, dance with them to that rhythm for as long as the song lasts.” –Kirk Diedrich “What really matters is that he will love you, that he will respect you, that he will honor you, that he will be absolutely true to you, that he will give you the freedom of expression and let you fly in the development of your own talents. He is not going to be perfect, but if he is kind and thoughtful, if he knows how to work and earn a living, if he is honest and full of faith, the chances are you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy.” –Gordon B. Hinckley "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." –Audrey Hepburn “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” –Robert A. Heinlein “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” –Aristotle Sweet Anniversary Quotes “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” –Alfred Tennyson “I would not wish any companion in the world but you.” –William Shakespeare, The Tempest “I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that was exactly like being found.” –Claire LeZebnik “Happiness is only real when shared” –Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild "The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time." –Julia Child "Our anniversary is just a momentary celebration, but our marriage is a timeless one." –Unknown "I'm much more me when I'm with you." –Unknown “A true love story never ends.” –Unknown “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” –Lao Tzu Funny Anniversary Quotes "A wedding band is the smallest handcuff ever made, I’m glad I chose my cellmate wisely." –Unknown “I love you more than I hate everything else.” –Rainbow Rowell, Landline “If you love ’em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; If you love ’em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you’re in love.” –Miles Davis “She is the only evidence of God I have seen, with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry.” –St. Elmo’s Fire “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” –Rita Rudner “Marriage is the bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.” –Ogden Nash “Love is being stupid together.” –Paul Valery

5 Recipe Photo Book Ideas Perfect for The Cook In Your Life

June 25, 2020

Storing your favorite recipes just got easier with these creative recipe photo book ideas! Make a book that includes photos of your favorite moments spent gathered around the table, and include scanned recipe cards for the dishes featured throughout. Use these suggestions to guide your own recipe photo book creations, whether you’re looking for a way to organize your own recipes or you’re giving this photo book as a gift to the foodie in your life. And if you like to cook a lot, consider setting up a food Photo Book series! Just share all of your food pics and recipe card scans to a private Instagram account or save them to a folder on your phone to feed into photo books that you’ll receive on the regs.  Personal Favorites What better way to keep track of your favorite recipes in real time than with a private IG account where you can post your favorite recipes and how they turned out? This also gives you space to add in details like how long it took to bake those cookies in your oven and how much extra flour you had to add for the perfect dough. And be sure to check out our to-die-for designer covers that are a perfect addition to any food-focused Series book! Home Sweet Home Nothing beats a great meal that reminds you of home. There is no better gift for a bride- or groom-to-be than a recipe book that has all of their family favorite recipes that they can recreate with their new little family. This book theme also goes for the recent high school grad who is learning to live on their own for the first time or the family member or friend who is constantly traveling. This is a perfect bridal shower gift, graduation gift, or farewell present — you can even invite other relatives to send in their own favorite recipes for an extra personal touch. Foodie Scrapbook Whether you are always cooking at home or eating out most nights of the week, this photo book is for you. Hold onto photos of your family gathered together at your favorite restaurant or at home for a birthday party. This photo book is perfect for the food-lover who wants to scrapbook all of their fave foodie moments without having to break out the scissors and glue sticks. Food Journal Gift There’s no better way to encourage your spouse to cook more (hint, hint) than by creating a photo book of all of their best dishes. What are their favorite dishes to create and share with your family? Where do they get their cooking inspiration from? What are their best tips and tricks for perfecting burgers on the grill? This will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come and a fun gift for your kids as they start to explore the kitchen more and more. Favorite Quarantine Food  A lot of people are looking for ways to remember this very unique moment in time. There have been a lot of ups and downs and, tbh, a lot of them have probably happened around the kitchen table. Consider a quarantine food journal. Maybe most of what you highlight is take-out (that counts, too) or maybe it’s a lot of really easy meals that you had week after week. This is one way to catalogue the wild ride that has been 2020.

12 Creative Anniversary Photo Book Ideas

June 25, 2020

Anniversary gifts can be oddly tricky. You want something that feels romantic and personal without being cheesy. Of course, there are flowers (that die) and dinners (that you can’t exactly hold on to). That’s where an anniversary photo book comes in handy. When it comes to being married, capturing the wonderful, big, small, and in-between moments is all part of the fun. These 12 photo book ideas are sure to bring back some of the happiest memories of your life and will be keepsakes that you will cherish forever. Whether it’s an ongoing photo book series book, a standard photo book, or even some prints of the life you’ve created together, you will love looking back on your love and how it’s grown. Our Top 10 Moments  The birth of your first child, your first trip outside of the country, and your first move together will absolutely make this list. What a fun way to reflect on how far you've come while also looking forward to all of the fun moments and memories you have ahead of you.  Our Favorite Places Where do you most often vacation? Where do you dream of vacationing? Favorite apartment you lived in? This is the perfect place to capture all of those things. Keep track of your favorite places in one book. Then and Now Share your best moments of 2005 and how they compare to the biggest moments of 2020. Whether you were high school sweethearts or you didn’t meet until you were 35, you will treasure this keepsake.  A Year in Review Sometimes reflecting on 13 years of marriage can feel like a daunting task. Instead, what has happened in the last 365 days that has helped you grow closer, appreciate one another more, and give you hope for what is to come? This “year in review” photo book is perfect for that coffee table centerpiece.  What I Like About You Twenty years of marriage calls for a list of 20 things you love about your significant other. Use text pages to write out what you love most about their work ethic, how they help around the house or their creative tactics for making you laugh even when you're sad. This will serve as a constant reminder of all the good you are fostering within your relationship and how much good there is to come.  What Makes Me Happy  This book may be a little more time intensive, but it's so darn cute. Create a private IG account where you keep track of all of the great things that your spouse does for you and all of the things you appreciate about them. Maybe you look for something every day or every month that really sticks out as a reason for why you love each other. This will be such a fun book to reflect on.  Oh the Places We’ve Lived Seven moves in the last 10 years calls for some serious reflection. The places you have called home are a huge part of your story together. Print those pics! Thanks for Sticking with Me Perhaps a more sentimental and personal approach to a photo book is reflecting on all that you have helped one another with over the years. Perhaps it was a tough pregnancy, illness, or job loss where your partner really showed up for you. What about those moments made you grateful that you had each other? Share your thoughts throughout the pages.  Books of LOLs What better way to soak in all of the good times than with a photo book highlighting all of the photos you have of the two of you laughing together. Looking at those photos will make you smile that big over and over again.  How We Met Create a photo book detailing the story of how you met and how your relationship has grown. It’s a super fun way to keep your love alive. The Important Moments Creating a photo book of all of your memories over the years wouldn’t be the same without adding photos of your wedding invitation, Christmas cards, baby announcements, etc. Scan little bits and pieces of your life and let them live on forever in a beautiful Chatbook. Photo Prints Want your memories to be on display 24/7? Opt for photo prints! Print a photo from every year of your marriage and tape it on your fridge for the whole fam to see.

10 Awesome Photo Book Ideas for the Special Grandma In Your Life

June 23, 2020

You and grandma might love Tiktoking together, or maybe you bond over her best recipes as she tells you about her life as a young girl. Whatever role your grandmother takes on, you know you love her to pieces. Grandmas are the best babysitters, treat-givers and storytellers, and it's time they get a little extra love. Send a Chatbooks photo book over the river and through the woods so that you can show grandma how important she is to you. Not sure how best to curate and create a book that the grandma in your life will cherish forever? You’ll love these 10 photo book ideas for grandma almost as much as she loves online shopping for her grandkids. And for the gift that keeps on giving, set her up with a Photo Book Series. Personalized cookbook Even if the cooking skills in the family end with you, grandma deserves to have her recipes immortalized on paper. Upload her recipes and take pictures of her best dishes. As a bonus, scan some of her handwritten recipes to add a personalized touch. Grandkid spotlight While you might get frustrated with your mother’s grandchildren every once in a while, her love for those little ones never seems to end. Create a photo book with pages dedicated to the grandkids and their different accomplishments so that grandma can show off her pride and joy to all visitors in her home. Retro photo album If grandma used to rock an iconic '80s hairstyle or if she was a beauty queen back in the '60s, make her a photo book of her vintage pictures complete with all the big hair you can find. Grandma’s garden Does your grandmother have a beautiful garden that all the neighbors admire? Take some pictures of her pretty flowers and fill a photo book with brightly colored images of her work for her coffee table display. Family reunion Perhaps you have a big family and you get together every few years for a beach trip or a weekend at a cabin. Maybe your family is more intimate and you enjoy traveling together often. Whatever the case, put all those pictures to good use by creating an album to print and send to grandma of all your family activities. Quote book If your grandmother is the queen of “live - laugh - love” wall quotes or cross-stitched grandma-isms, a quote book might be what she needs to put a modern twist on her love for all things inspirational. Find or make some hand-lettered designs and upload them to a photo book. Love stories Share grandma’s stories of dating and romancing in a time before modern technology by printing old pictures from her early married years as an homage to her relationship. Friend photo book Grandmas need friends, too! And perhaps your grandma is the Blanche in her Golden Girl gang. Collect pictures of grandma and her ladies doing their fave things together and make a couple of books that they can each have to share and reminisce on their long-lasting friendship. Grandma’s favorite places If your grandmother loves to travel or even lives somewhere with beautiful landscapes and sights, collect images from her favorite places — whether it be the New York City skyline or a panorama of the Grand Canyon. Best-of book Get all the kids and grandkids in on this one and ask them to find pictures of their best moments with grandma. Ask them to write a little caption about why they loved these moments with grandma and what they think are her best qualities.

30 Bible Verses About Love That Are Perfect for Your Wedding Vows

June 22, 2020

While you’re on the hunt for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, we’ve got you covered with the perfect Bible verse about love and devotion to pay homage to your relationship. Whether you hang it on your wall as a family mantra or you recite it in your vows, one of these wedding Bible verses will surely inspire your love for years to come. Maybe you want a classically romantic Bible verse, or one a little less common and totally unique. Whatever it is, you’re bound to find a favorite in this list... 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." Ruth 1:16-17 “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." 1 John 3:18  “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Jeremiah 31:3 “Love yesterday, today and forever.” 1 John 4:11-12 “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Psalm 143:8 “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."  1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” Galatians 5:13 “Through love serve one another.” James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Jude 1:2 “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I think of you.” Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times.” Psalm 126:3 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Song of Solomon 3:4 “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”

This Free Father's Day Card Will Give You All the Feels

June 15, 2020

With working from home and a lot of places still under some level of quarantine, there's a chance that you have yet to pick up a Father's Day gift with your kids. Odds are that a DIY gift is the most convenient, but the idea of opening a bottle of glitter or doing some elaborate art project just seems like WAY too messy for life right now. That's why we designed a free Father's Day card with a super cute quote just for you! Just print out the card, have your kids color in the cute cover, fold it in half and include their message on the inside. Dad will definitely appreciate the hand-made effort and you'll love that there's zero clean-up involved with this little project. And we'd love to see what your finished card looks like (and how much Dad loves it)! Take a pic of your cute DIY card, post it on social media and tag us @chatbooks so we can admire your Father's Day gift. Print your coloring page here!

10 Black-Owned Wedding Businesses to Support

June 11, 2020

Planning a wedding can be hectic. There’s the photographer, the dress, the venue, and let's not forget the details like the groom’s cake. We’ve compiled a list of some stellar Black-owned wedding businesses that will turn your special day into one you will never forget. Photographers After your wedding day, the photographs and videos taken are all you will have to remember that special moment in time. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite photographers. If these aren’t local to you, ask other brides in your area for recommendations.  Pharris Photos - Dallas, TX A husband and wife team specializing in wedding photography. Terri Baskin - Washington DC Photographer who’s works has been featured in Essence and Inside Weddings Sheronda SeaWright Photography - Philadelphia, PA Wedding and engagement photographer, specializing in capturing candid as well as portrait style images. Amy Anaiz - NYC Editorial Wedding photographer with accomplished prior career in advertising and commercial photography. Wedding Planners  A competent wedding planner can take much of the stress off of planning your big day so that you can enjoy the ride! Here are a few of our favs! Michelle Norwood Events - New Orleans, LA Understated elegance with a New Orleans personality. Joy Proctor - Seattle, WA Editorial design for socially conscious couples. Named top event designer by Harpers Bazaar Guerdy Designs - NYC / Miami One stop shop for all your wedding party planning. Floral Designer / Cakes Flowers complete the look and the cake is the cherry on top!  The Perfect Creation - Marietta, GA Floral artist specializing in large scale celebrations as well as uniquely personal floral design. Brooklyn Blooms - Brooklyn, NY LaParis Phillips’ startup floral shop mixing fashion and flowers to create floral masterpieces. Cakes by La’Meeka Custom wedding cakes, clients include Ne-Yo, Phaedra Parks.

17 Best Friend Photo Album Ideas That’ll Make You Both Smile

June 11, 2020

Let’s face it, a picture is totally worth more than a thousand words. Couldn’t an entire novel be based on your funniest bachelorette weekend photo? And I’m sure there’s a picture of you and your best friend that feels like it explains a lifetime of late night chats and so many text messages. That’s why when you give a friend a photo book, you’re essentially saying, “Hey! I wrote a dictionary-sized tome about how awesome we are.” And you can format the story of your friendship in so many cool, creative ways. How about a year in review of all the things you helped each other get through in 2020 thus far? Or maybe a book that features all of the photos from your fave trip together? Whatever it is, Chatbooks is your one-stop-shop for the perfect photo book that you and your bestie will cherish forever. Oh, and if you two are truly inseparable, then set up a Photo Book Series from a private Instagram account so that your epic selfies together can stand the test of time. Here are some best friend photo album ideas you’re bound to love... Year in Review Highlight your best year yet with photos and memories of all the epic things you and your bestie accomplished in 365 days. Nothing will put a smile on both of your faces quite like flipping through a book full of all the happy memories you have created together. If you haven’t seen our Rifle Paper Co. Year In Review books yet, you're missing out. They are to die for and would be a perfect fit for this bestie book! Through the Years Whether you’ve been BFFs since birth or your friendship is relatively new, collect all of your memories to date and put them all in a Chatbook. Include photos of ticket stubs or funny pictures from your 8th grade sleepover. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be a hit for you and your bestie.  Girls’ Trip  Reliving your favorite trips with your BFF over and over again is half of the fun. Create a photo book with pics from all of your fun trips and relive your most memorable getaways. Your Favorite Places Where do you always shop? Favorite Korean restaurant in town? Best place to get an ice cream cone at midnight? This photo book is a perfect way to reminisce on all of your favorite places and give you ideas of places you can go and things you can do when you spend time together. Not only is it a memory-keeper, but it can also be a guide for your future adventures! More Than Friends BFF turned significant other? This is the perfect way to convey your lifetime of love. Compile your photos together from the very beginning of your friendship and let them tell your super cute love story. Best Friend Siblings  If you’re related to your best friend, you’re pretty darn lucky. Siblings may be hard to love sometimes, but you know that they always have your back. This photo book could include photos of both of you over the years. From bath time to high school graduation, this photo book will be full of precious memories. Best Friends on the Court/Field There are few things better than the bestie who played pee wee tennis with you and stuck around to play against you in intramural sports in college. Show off your friendship on the field or court with this fun, themed photo book. Be sure to include pictures of your iconic jerseys, trophies and major high fives after epic games. Mom BFF I don't know about you, but my mom has always been my best friend. What better way to celebrate her and your relationship than by a photo book that beautifully pieces together images of you two throughout the years. Celebrate mom with this memoir that will warm her heart and definitely earn a spot on the coffee table. Bachelorette Party  From bridal showers and bridesmaid dress shopping to crazy bachelorette parties, prepping for your best friend’s big day is an important job. Let her relive all of the fun leading up to the big day with a photo book recap of the festivities. This is a perfect wedding gift and a great way to show her that you care! High School BFF  Nothing beats a high school bestie who has been with you through it all. A perfect high school graduation gift or a college send-off present for their bookshelf: a book full of high school memories that will last a lifetime.  Road Trip Is it even a road trip without a few car selfies? Throw these into a photo book along with some shots from random rest stops and a few natural attractions and you will have a keepsake that you will cherish.  Animal Lover  Everyone knows that dogs are a human’s best friend. Why not pay tribute to your bestie pup with a photo book of your relationship together? Include pictures from the first day you picked them up, that time they ate your lipstick and everything in between. Don’t shy away from creating a book for any of your pets — cats and ducks can act as BFFs, too!  Favorite Memes These days, it’s hard to find a pair of friends who don’t have a running thread of their favorite and funniest memes. Why not keep them around for good? Upload images of your favorite memes into a photo book and keep the laughter going. Extended Family Connections Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents can all play a role as friends and best friends in your life. Let the fun from family reunions and yearly lake trips live on with photo books for all of your extended family members who are dear friends, as well.  Bucket List Book At one point or another, you and your best friend probably made a bucket list. Maybe you had a bucket list of summer accomplishments? Or perhaps your list featured all of the countries that you wanted to visit before you turned a certain age? Either way, making a photo book of all of your current bucket list items is a really fun way to have a visual to go along with your list. It’ll probably make you more excited to check the items off, too! All of Our Favorite Things Similar to all of your favorite places, use this book theme as a way to keep track of all of you and your bestie’s favorite things. What are your go-to coffee orders? Your classic car freshener scents? The perfumes you wore this summer? Use this photo book as a journal to keep track of all the things you both love. Most Embarrassing Moments It’s hard to celebrate all the normal stuff without making space for all of the crazy things that all best friends participate in. Use the text pages to write in all of your crazy and embarrassing moments mixed in with photos. You will love this fun and funny keepsake. 

10 Boyfriend Photo Book Ideas That Are Oh So Cute

June 11, 2020

Buying your boyfriend flowers or chocolates might not have the same effect on him as it does on you. If you’re looking for a sweet, personalized gift he’s bound to love, consider making him a photo book! You can include pictures from your first date, scan movie tickets and dinner receipts from memorable nights, and even add text pages with sweet poems that remind you of him for a super creative gift. And if you’ve already given him a custom book, consider starting a private Instagram account just for your joint adventures and you can print all your memories into an Instagram Photo Book Series. Here are 10 ideas for how you can make your photo book special and meaningful. Then and Now  If you have been dating for a while, this could be a fun way to compare your experiences together over a certain period of time. Where were you in July of 2015 compared to July of 2020? Set up your book so that each page shows the same date but years apart. This also lets you relive fun memories together.  A Year In Review An annual album is a fun way to reflect on the last 365 days together. Whether it’s January through December or Summer 2018 to Summer of 2019, this is a really fun way to think back on what this year has taught you both. Be sure to use text pages to add details to certain memories and to express your love. And check out our designer year in review books, too! Private IG Series This is a fun way to capture memories as they happen. Every time you do something together, take a photo and upload it to a private Instagram account. Create an Instagram Photo Book Series so that every 60 photos get printed into a book and sent right to your doorstep. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.  Birthday Book How old is he turning this year? 25? 32? 47? Use your photo book to write down 25 or 32 or 47 things that you love and admire about him. Be sure to add photos along with text pages for a fun picture book that commemorates his special day. Monthly Minis Instead of a year’s worth of photos in one book or a single book for his birthday, create a Monthly Mini series where you can add all of your best photos into a book each month. It’s the perfect way to show how much you care over and over again.  The Highlight Reel Whether you’ve been together for years or this is a new relationship, use this photo book as a way to capture your best moments together. Consider moments like the night he asked you out, the weekend he met your parents, and the first time you said I love you. If you don’t have photos of every single moment, then write out what you remember on a text page and include cute selfies of the two of you in a neighboring collage page. What I Like About You  Fill a book with all of your favorite things about him. Does he play with your hair when you’re tired or hold your hand when you get scared? Maybe he washes your car because he knows how much you hate doing it yourself? Whatever it is, what better way to tell him than in a photo book that will live on forever.  Significant Places Where did you go on your first road trip? First date? Where’d you have your first kiss? Compile photos of all of your favorite places — whether you are both in the picture or not — and create a keepsake out of them all in a book. DIY Yearbook Remember those pages in your yearbook about who is most likely to… succeed, be a billionaire, be best friends forever, etc.? What wonderful things is he most likely to do or accomplish? Write them all down on text pages along with some of his best headshots to create his own mini yearbook. The Bucket List What are some of your favorite activities to do together? Add photos and text pages of those memories, and be sure to add photos of some of the things that you have been dying to do together. This book can serve as inspiration to start saving up for that vacation or planning that backpacking trip.

42 Dad and Daughter Quotes That’ll Make You Smile

June 9, 2020

With Father’s Day fast approaching, finding or creating the perfect Father’s Day card is probably near the top of your to-do list. But nailing a sentimental, non-cheesy card can be a tall order. We did the dirty work for you so that you can sit back and relax, making sure to spend your energy celebrating dad. Here are 40+ of the best father-daughter quotes that are sure to make your card a hit. Whether you’re looking for sweet, funny or inspiring father-daughter sayings, we’ve got you covered. Also, keep these quotes in mind the next time you make a Photo Book Series for dad — you can use cute quotes as chapter pages to break up your memories over the years! Funny Quotes “If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.” —Cathy Ladman “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” —Ben Sirach “A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows daddy will get her some later.” —Unknown “It doesn’t matter how manly you are, when your little girl wants to have a fairy tea party, you have to join!” —Unknown  “My fingers may be small, but I’ve got my daddy wrapped around them” —Unknown  “My daughter got me a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug. So we know she’s sarcastic."—Bob Odenkirk “Remember: What dad really wants is a nap. Really." —Dave Barry “Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks." —Jim Gaffigan “Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.” —Chris Martin  “My sisters and I can still recite Dad's grilling rules: Rule No. 1: Dad is in charge. Rule No. 2: Repeat Rule No. 1.”  —Conner Schultz “I gave my father \u0024100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.” —Rita Rudner "One of the greatest things about daughters is how they adored you when they were little; how they rushed into your arms with electric delight and demanded that you watch everything they do and listen to everything they say." —Michael Josephson “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” —John Sinor “Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half — especially if he has a teenage daughter.” —Guy Lombardo “When fathers struggle with being authentic, they leave muddy footprints on little girls’ hearts.” —Tina Samples Tender Quotes  “Dad. He can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard.”  —Unknown “When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” —Hugh Jackman “There’s a girl who stole my heart and she calls me daddy.” —Unknown  “The love between father and daughter knows no distance.” —Unknown  “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” —Euripides  “Daddy, no matter how big these hands grow, I’ll always be your little girl.” —Unknown  “Dad. A son’s first hero. A daughter’s first love.” —Unknown  “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” —Marinela Reka “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” —Michael Ratnadeepak “A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” —Dr. James Dobson "You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero." —Stanley T. Banks "There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself." —John Gregory Brown  "Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian and simply being there every time I need a hug." —Agatha Stephanie Lin "Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter." —Joseph Addison  "The happiest moment of my life was probably when my daughter was born." -David Duchovny  “It was my father who taught me to value myself.” —Dawn French Inspirational Quotes “Fathers, be your daughter’s first love and she’ll never settle for anything less.” —Unknown “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.” —Unknown “In the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown.” –—Unknown “Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad.” —Unknown “Dads hold our hands for a little while and hold our hearts forever.” —Unknown “When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter.” —Unknown “The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.” —Elaine S. Dalton “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it. —Clarence Budington Kelland “To her the name of father was another name for love.” —Fanny Fern "I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." —Terri Guillemets “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”—Enid Bagnold