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There are so many options in regards to printing Instagram pictures–and let’s be honest–most of us have hundreds that we’d like to print…because they’re just so fun….but where to start?  It can be overwhelming, and trial and error is never cheap.  Today, I have eight recommendations for you; I’ve tried all but one of them.  And I can attest that each of them that I’m recommending have never disappointed me.  Ever.  And I keep going back over and over.  My number one criteria in printing IG pictures is that I want the application or program to pull right from my Instagram account.  I don’t want to have to e-mail the pictures to myself, save them to my computer, and then upload them to a site (ex. Shutterfly).  That is fine for a a large scale project like a photo book year in review–but for IG prints?  I can’t get behind that right now.

Here are my favorites!

1.  Foxgram.  You can order 3×3 or 4×4 bordered or borderless prints, magnets, or photo albums to fit the prints.  Each print is only .25 cents (magnets cost more) and come within a few days.  Once on the site you can sign in directly via your Instagram account to load in pictures (and this is soooo easy) or upload pics to the site via Facebook, Flickr, your computer, or Dropbox.

2.  Stickygram. This was the original site for Instagram magnets but now they offer phone cases, iPad cases, and magnetic frames.  Their products are a bit more expensive, but incredible quality.  My back door is covered in their magnets and it’s a pretty fun ‘toy’ for my five year old to play with and tell stories with.

3.  Canvas Pop. I have printed about ten of these canvases.  The quality and price are unparalleled compared to other IG canvases I’ve seen.  They are always running a discount, they’ll usually send you a coupon for $30 off  your next order when you buy a canvas and you just have to have one!

4.  Prinstagram. The possibilities here are endless.  Posters (I have one and it’s beautiful), prints, photo books, magnets, photo strips, greeting cards, business cards, t-shirts, calendars, and on and on.  This site has incredible product offerings.  They aren’t crazy cheap–but if you’re looking to make a gift for grandma or grandpa or someone else special consider their little tear away calendars.  They turn out fabulous and the print quality is spot on.

5.Origrami. First, I love the boxes these prints come in.  I’m a sucker for cute packaging.  And then, the prints and size options are great too.   Additionally, there is now an Origrami app so you can print pictures right from your phone–which is always a plus in my book!

6. MixBook. These are easy, soft-cvoer, IG books that pull right from your feed.  You can delete certain pictures if you’d rather not include them, and then design your own cover and title.  They start at $24.  They are a little tricky to find on the site, so just search “Instagram” when you head over.

7.  Postagram. This is a free app that allows you to create a postcard–again, pulling right from your feed.  You can add a message, address, and pay for postage right from your phone and then it will get sent to whomever you choose!  I think this would be fantastic for kids at camp, relatives who are far away, or to share a memory with a friend that visited over the summer.

8. Chatbooks. Also an app–and it’s pretty new.  I haven’t ordered my books yet–but they are ready to go when I feel like pulling the trigger on them.  Chat-book prints your entire IG feed in 60 page books for $6 a piece.  Currently I have 22 books that I can order; they won’t print a book until there are 60 pages.  Every 60 images (60 pages) Chat-book will send you an e-mail indicating that a new book is ready to ship.  You’ll have three days to go into your app and see if the new book is to your liking or if you want to edit something out of it.  One of the things I love about it is that your captions, date taken, and location show up–lending more of a story-telling aspect to it.

So–those are my favorite….right now.  They are always changing!  Do you have any favorites?  Tell us in the comments!

Happy Printing!!

Signature Maggie

It has been over nine years since I was a brand new mom. Most days, it feels like a lifetime ago. But this summer, as I have been watching my sister go through the transition to being a new mom, it has brought me back to those first days. It was amazing to become a mom, but it also came with surprising challenges…things that did not always show up in the “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” book.

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Just like going back to high school, I would never want to go back to being a newbie mom again, but if I did…these are a few things that I would tell my “new mom” self…

    1. Throw out any and all expectations of yourself, your baby, your parenting, and the cleanliness of your house. You do not have enough energy to waste on feeling inadequate because you fed your child baby food out of a jar.
    2. You will not realize how sleep deprived you really are until your baby starts sleeping normally. This could last five years, so when you back up out of the garage and smash your rearview window or inexplicably fall asleep in the middle of a conversation, you have a legitimate reason.
    3. It can be terribly lonely caring for a newborn who just cries, eats and poops. Say it out loud and reference #1.
    4. It is okay to want time away from your baby, and it is also perfectly normal if you can’t wait to get back and breathe in that “top of a baby’s head smell” again. You know…that delectable combination of baby shampoo and spit-up…
    5. It is okay to start rocking an invisible baby back and forth in the middle of Target when you actually get away by yourself. Reference #2.
    6. Buy yourself a new postpartum outfit before you lose all of your baby weight. It is worth the self-esteem boost to get out of your maternity clothes and out of the probably outdated clothes from a year ago.
    7. Hire a babysitter and go out on dates..often. It sounds cliche, but the ability to have a normal conversation with your spouse is priceless.
    8. You will think your baby is disturbing everyone else wherever you go. No one cares other than exceptionally grumpy people, and well…phooey on them.
    9. Your hormones (and sleep deprivation) will send you over the edge…over and over. It is perfectly acceptable to stare blankly at the wall (or at HGTV) and cry for no reason. Reference #1.
    10. Don’t lose your friends in the swirling fog of new motherhood. Hang onto them for dear life, and grab some new ones that understand what you are going through. Have playdates for your two-month-old so that YOU have someone to hang out with that talks back to you.

My list is obviously unique to my experience…no C-section or preemie or adoptive birth…so I would love to hear what bits of wisdom you would send back to your “new mom self”!

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I always love finding new online shops to exercise my PayPal account.  I thought I’d pass along a few of my favorites to you.  Some  are for the kiddos, some are for the mamas, some are crazy cheap, and some are more of the ‘this is what I want for my birthday’ variety.  Happy shopping!

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Signature Maggie

I woke with a start to the sound of insistent beeping. Disoriented and confused, I sat up and looked across the hospital room to a nurse huddled over my daughter’s IV, and only then did the last 24 hours come flooding back to me. Madi’s puking in the middle of the night, which turned into a trip to urgent care, which turned into a trip to the emergency room, which turned into emergency surgery to remove her infected appendix.

The day had been a blur, everything happening so fast that I barely had time to process until the nurses told me they were going to take her into the operating room. As soon as she rounded the corner, I fell apart, crying all the way into the waiting room. My bravery gone, my positive demeanor demolished, all I could do was nervously sit and stare at the electronic board where her number was displayed…In Surgery…In Surgery…In Surgery…

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We had the best possible result; the surgery went smoothly, her appendix was not ruptured, Madi was incredibly brave, and the hospital staff was professional and kind. But it was also terrifying to watch your kid struggle, and not be sure what the outcome was going to be.

Back to 3 a.m. All of that residual terror was washing over me, and I felt tears bubbling up again. But instead, I turned to my practice….of gratitude. I firmly believe that gratitude for God’s gifts is a practice, just like yoga. It is not something you ever perfect, but you have to work at it, day after day. My goal? Turn an occasional thank you into a regular habit and ultimately into a way of life that overflows with gratitude in both good and bad, in times of blessing and in times of pain.

So I lay there, watching the nurse work on Madi, and I started to work on my practice by thinking about God’s gifts…

  • Conscientious urgent care doctors that sent us directly to the ER
  • An amazing Children’s Hospital ten minutes from our home
  • A husband who works five minutes away from the hospital
  • Free WiFi in the hospital so Madi could FaceTime her best friend
  • Plenty of kids movies to distract the kids in the ER
  • Family to take Parker and Fiona away from the hospital
  • Cassie, the awesome nurse who explained the entire IV process to Madi
  • Having time to play chess with your oldest kid
  • A capable surgeon who inspired Madi’s confidence
  • Lots and lots of ice cream cups
  • Borrowed cell phone chargers
  • Visitors to raise our spirits
  • Doritos at midnight
  • A non-ruptured appendix
  • Emotional and prayer support from my social media “peeps”
  • Patience…lots of patience…

I started to calm down, and was able to doze back off to sleep for a few more hours. Yes, today we dealt with appendicitis, and who knows what tomorrow will bring. But what I do know that day by day, one bit of gratitude at a time, I will be able to face whatever comes my way.

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