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A Deep Dive into Chatbooks with Co-Founder


Sitting with the co-founder of Chatbooks, Vanessa, in a noisy, yet quaint coffee-shop in Union Square, my eyes were opened to a new world. Guilty, as many in my generation are, of snapping hundreds of photos in any given week, letting them pile up on my phone’s SD card and never sharing them outside of my phone – many of us have promised ourselves when we have time we will organize them. With the emergence of the Cloud, and other electronic back-up devices, many have learned the hard way that in this digital age, you must back-up! Especially if you use a digital camera that requires a compact flash or SD memory card.  The best Micro SD cards have every type of memory card you can think of at affordable prices.


But what happens to all of those filtered selfies, vacation photos, and snaps of friends on a spontaneous night out? They often get lost in the cyber world. Never to be printed, and soon to be forgotten. A busy mom of seven, Vanessa contributes the idea to start her company to her family. “Scrapbooking was my hobby as a young mom, and my first three children have very well documented childhoods. But my seventh child didn’t even have one printed photo!” In this digital fast-paced world it becomes increasingly difficult to scrapbook, a tradition in her family for generations, so she needed a super simple way to translate all those iPhone photos to a tangible item to be shared with family and friends.


Founded in June 2014, about 1 million books were sold in their first year. Understanding the millennial tendency to spend more time editing their Instagram posts than curating a family Scrapbook, Chatbooks makes it easy by connecting the App right to your social media accounts, and My Favorites on your phone. For only $8 for a 60 page 6×6 book filled with your favorite memories, the decision-making is almost erased. Everyone can be a contributor to the creation of the memories, allowing multiple people to add photos to a new edition.

Looking to document a whole summer in one book, or add some extra flair, Chatbooks has an option to create a Custom Book, with added photos and a hardcover. For mindless magic, setting up the Chatbooks Ongoing Series service, you are able to create amazing books automatically, receiving notifications as you get close to 60 so you can edit or add captions. If you want the book as is, you can just sit back and it will ship as soon as it is ready, with no shipping fee! It is almost too good to be true.




While Vanessa attributes the business idea to being a mother, and not wanting to let the memories slip away, Chatbooks is the perfect solution to millennials and entrepreneurs everywhere. The ideal client is anyone with a smart phone, which according to PC Magazine, will be 70 percent of the global population by 2020. For small business owners, stylists, and artisans – it serves as the ideal solution to displaying your work to potential clients and employers.

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Images courtesy of Chatbooks

Top Apps To Help Enjoy Takeaway Food On A Restricted Diet


Ordering takeaway is something a lot of people take for granted when they are not bound to some kind of restricted diet. Whether or not it is by choice, limiting the ingredients you eat can sometimes mean you have to do a little more research than most into where you choose to spend your money, and on what dishes you can choose from.  Takeaway apps and other healthy lifestyle apps can help.

Fortunately, due to the increasing advancements in technology, more people than ever have access to a smartphone – which means apps. Smartphones can be the restricted eater’s best friend, as there are many apps out there created by innovative developers that are dedicated to helping take the fuss out of food. So, here are three of the best apps out there to make ordering a takeaway that fits different dietary needs a little easier.


Source: MyFitnessPal via Facebook

If you are on a calorie restricted diet, finding out the nutritional content of food is often an important factor for you. In the world of dieting and fitness, food that helps aid weight loss is said to have less calorie per bites in comparison to higher calorific options. By entering an ingredient into MyFitnessPal, you can quickly learn its nutrition profile, roughly how much of your macros it’ll contain and even whether or it is the best option for you. For example, if you’re currently on a low carb diet looking for a protein rich dish, you can use the app to weigh up your options and help you make the right decision. Alternatively, you can always wait until your order arrives, tuck in, and then track what you have eaten in the food diary to see your macro score for the day.


Source: Deliveroo via Facebook

The Deliveroo app is a useful option for people who want to be able to order from high-end restaurants in a particular area, but especially so those that cater to their particular dietary requirements. The online delivery service operates across towns and cities worldwide, so is a good go-to when visiting different places just as much as it is at home. Users can also filter eateries close to their location by diet style just as easily as by the origin of their favorite cuisine. For example, as well as being able to request a list of restaurants in London that serve Mexican food, users can also request to see vegan restaurants, or places that offer gluten-free options. Orders can even be placed in advance, which is a great feature if you are planning to eat with friends or stay late at the office. This way, rather than have to spend time trying to break down various dishes from a menu whilst everybody else has already placed their order, you can plan ahead to save yourself both time and a lot of hunger.

Is That Gluten Free?


Source: Is That Gluten Free? via Facebook

Is That Gluten Free? claims to be the #1 Gluten Free App currently on Apple’s App Store. According to the creators, Is That Gluten Free? has over 36,000 manufacturer-verified gluten-free products in its database. This app can really come in handy when you’re unsure whether or not an ingredient contains gluten. While most restaurants do clearly label gluten-free products from everything else, using this app can help give you a little extra piece of mind if you’re coeliac but still like to enjoy a Saturday night takeaway. One of the best features in this app is the immediate feedback response, meaning you do not have to wait around to find out whether or not you can eat something. Users also have the ability to add their own foods to the database, meaning they can recommend the best coeliac-safe takeaway dishes they have found to other sensitive diners. So, whether or not you are new to eating gluten-free, this app is certainly recommended.

So, there are our top takeaway apps to help enjoy takeaway food on a restricted diet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any more out there. New dietary apps are being developed every day, while existing ones continue to grow and expand their usability. If our concise list has sparked your interest, make sure to head to the Play Store and the App Store, where you can download our picks straight to your smartphone.

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Amp Up Your Camera Game With Limelens


Any photographer will tell you that the best camera is the one that is always with you. Cue Limelens, the company that is bringing personal, daily photography to a whole new level with their smartphone lens. Designed with the average person in mind, each Limelens makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photographs right from their smartphone or tablet. And at only $99, it’s a game-changer.

“While purists may argue about the limitations of smartphone camera capabilities, stand-alone cameras cannot compete with the portability of the smartphone and the public’s desire to share their photos instantly,” says Faye Jones, the Communications Director of Limelens. “Online photo sharing has become a way to express identity, rather than compete.”
And we couldn’t agree more. Jones goes on to say that his company has recognized that most people are choosing smartphones over conventional cameras for daily photography, and they have created Limelens with those people in mind.
Are you ready to take your smartphone photography (and let’s face it: your Instagram feed) to the next level? Visit www.limelens.com for more information.
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Amp Up Your Camera Game With Limelens: Photos courtesy of Limelens

Power Up With myCharge


In an age where battery life is nearly as important (if not more) as the model of the phone you are getting, it’s safe to say power supplies are a must. There are phone cases that double as backup batteries, but they are oftentimes bulky and unattractive, and turn your chic, widescreen phone into an absolute brick. The alternative? Backup batteries—and myCharge is here to save the day.
Fashion meets function with myCharge’s newest lipstick-size battery chargers for your phone that grant up to 15 extra hours of talk, text, and surfing time. All you have to do is plug your phone cord into the USB port on the charger and voilà—you can touch up your phone’s energy throughout your busiest of days.
These myCharge chargers come in various different colors and patterns so you can be fashionable, too. Plus they make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season! Gift it to yourself, or a friend—and never have them ask you to keep them company by a power outlet again.
myCharge also sells various other portable chargers on mycharge.com. Browse the shop to learn more and see which charger is perfect for you!
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Power Up With myCharge: Photographs courtesy of myCharge