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GrooveBook {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a picture taking fiend.  Okay I used to be.  Well, I still am…  Just in a different stage of life with my picture taking.  See back in the day I actually took photography classes.  I’m talking college level photography classes.  I used (still own ’em) fancy cameras.  As in plural.  More than one fancy camera.  There are even some fancy lens to go with those fancy cameras around here somewhere.  The Audi and I traveled to these exotic places.  To Belize.  To Europe.   And I took pictures.  I liked to photograph architecture.  Or beautiful scenes.  Not people.  I detested people pictures.  Well, then we had children.  Our exotic vacations became trips to a certain magical theme park.  Nothing wrong with that.  We are loving this time in our lives.  Our vacations are now magical, because our children are having a magical time.  Do I have time to whip out my fancy camera on our magical vacations?  No.  The kids are way too fast for that.  Who has time to mess with the camera of my dreams when the kids will bolt?  I have to snap pictures In. The Moment.  What do I always have on hand?  This:

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Pay no attention to the fact that I have a few text messages that haven’t been viewed yet.  Also, pay no attention to the fact that I have over 60,000 emails…

So now I take pictures with my cell phone.

Hey, it’s still fancy, does a good job, and I preserve the memories!  🙂

Before GrooveBook my photos would just hang out on my phone.  Until I had no memory left.

Now I get them put in a book once a month:

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What’s GrooveBook you ask?  Well, here you go…

 

The app is so easy to use.  You just upload your pictures each month (up to 100 photos) right from the convenience of your very own phone.  Then you get a dandy photobook instead of a full memory card.  Plus, each book is only $2.99 and that includes shipping!

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More?  A way dandy cover!

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I cannot wait to see which cover I get this month.

Try out GrooveBook for FREE!

Use coupon code ‘SMITH11’ and get your very own FREE GrooveBook!

Ready for the giveaway?  It’s a great one!!!  🙂

One very lucky winner is going to receive 12 months of GrooveBook!!!

An entire year of GrooveBook!!!  How dandy is that?!

(Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.)

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 *This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, August 18th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by GrooveBook.  I received 12 months of GrooveBook for doing this posting and giveaway, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Fabness Canvas {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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This 4th of July, my husband’s side of the family got together to take some family photos. There were 15 of us, six under the age of 10, and our photographer was also in the pictures, so, needless to say, it was a bit of a circus. As usual, our small family photo was a joke–there wasn’t one picture where we were ALL looking at the camera and smiling–but with some clever photoshopping by my hubby, we were able to craft a perfect (enough) family photo. In looking for ways to show it off, we came across Fabness Canvas and thought a canvas wrap of our photo would be the perfect way to display it!

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Fabness Canvas is an easy-to-use online canvas printing site.  The process is simple. First, you pick a canvas style. You can choose one single picture on one canvas, one picture on multiple canvases (SUCH a cool look, in my opinion) or you can pick multiple images on multiple canvases.

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Then you pick whether you’d like a gallery wrap (where the picture wraps around the sides of the canvas) or a solid color wrap. Next, you upload your picture or choose one from their Art Market. Once your picture is uploaded, you pick your canvas size and edit the picture if need be. You can add a background color, rotate and zoom in on the picture and even add effects like making it black and white, sepia, half-sepia, etc.

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Finally, you get to preview your canvas in a series of rooms to see how the size and orientation will look over a couch, crib, bed, etc. Once you’re happy with your canvas, you enter your shipping and payment information and you’re done!

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It’s really that simple. Just five steps and totally fool-proof. I think the only annoying thing was that I had to create an account to check out,  but that took all of 30 seconds, so it really wasn’t a big deal.Our canvas arrived in about 10 days nicely wrapped and protected. It came with sawtooth hangers so we could hang it whichever way we wanted. The hangers were easy to attach to the canvas backing and are good quality.

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 My hubby and I are so pleased with our canvas! It looks great, feels great, and even held up under my 2-year-old (accidentally) stepping on it! The canvas is thick and the print quality looks superb. For the quality of print you get and the customization options, the prices are more than fair, and the process was just SO EASY!  These would make great gifts for family and friends, and they’re always running deals on their Facebook page, so connect with them and get a deal (and a head start) on your holiday shopping! Then, enter below to win a 10×15 Custom Canvas!

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Enter to Win a 10×15 Custom Canvas from Fabness Canvas!

 

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of November 4th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fabness Canvas, but all opinions are strictly my own.

MailPix Brag Book {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a bragger.  I’m totally a big bragger.  I love posting pictures of my cute kids, talking about our fabulous weekend date, my husband’s raise, and being overly obnoxious when I win board games!   I know its sometimes the quickest way to lose friends, but isn’t it fun to brag?!

I think the older we get, the more fun it is to show off our kids because they’re just so darn adorable for being nothing but themselves, and we like to think they got it all from us :).
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I think these “Brag Books” by Mailpix are such a fun way to carry around your treasures and show them off to anyone and everyone!  I can’t always tote around my heavy binders of scrapbooks, or bring up my blog at the next high school reunion, but I could whip out my new brag book that I made on Mailpix!  These brag books can be made in 4×6 or 5×7 size, and filled with 5 to 40 pictures.  They are professionally spiral bound, and a clear cover in the front protects the pictures inside from scratches and from fading.

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To be honest, I had a distraction device for my rambunctious toddler in mind when I put this together.  I wanted to fill it with people he recognized and memories of his (like his birthday, playing with grandma, last Christmas) to grab his attention while we are trying to teach him the importance of sitting still in church for an hour at a time.  The process of ordering was actually pretty fun, and fairly easy to figure out.  MailPix has several templates of themes to choose from, which change the layout of the pictures and can arrange multiple pictures on one page.

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The book turned out great!  My favorite feature is the clear protective first page to keep everything from getting smudgy.  “Rocket” sat admiring pictures of himself, his parents, his cousins, and his brother for an amount of time that I didn’t expect.  Eureeka!  A distraction device for my church diaper bag!  God bless you, Mailpix.  As you can imagine, Mailpix specializes in much more than just cute brag books.  They can tackle anything from photo calendars and mugs to large photo books, prints, enlargements, greeting cards, etc.  They’re pretty much a one-stop for anything involving your pictures.  Personally, I love that they grant you unlimited photo storage when you sign up on their site.  In this day and age, when everyone is running out of storage on their blogs and looking for alternate places to store their pictures, I’m relieved that my pictures can be safe with Mailpix.

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Is your head surging with ideas of the next brag book you want to put together?  A book of your grandkids school pictures to keep in your purse?  A book of your last vacation to keep out on your coffee table?  A flip book of your artwork to carry around as a portable mini portfolio?  These are so useful in so many ways!

For the giveaway prize today, one winner will be able to create their own 40-page 4×6 brag book, and only pay the $4.99 shipping!

Connect with Mailpix!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MailPix

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mailpix

Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/mailpix

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mailpix/

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, February 22th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by MailPix, but all opinions are strictly my own

Happy Thanksgiving from Banjo and Ruby!

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Getting her to actually look at the camera was never going to happen. Pine needles are just too, too interesting to look at. Camera? Mom? Not interesting enough. But pine needles…


I’m so very thankful for my family even though everything is not always picture perfect.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Heritage Makers with Dana Muse {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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“The photos you take tell the stories of your life” –Heritage Makers

How true!  My mom always says that if you didn’t take a picture, it didn’t happen.  And I completely agree!  Events where I never took any pictures have practically been erased from my memory.  That’s kind of a scary realization, so I’ve always been a picture-taking-fool around anything momentous, or anything I want to remember in the future!

“Heritage Makers can help you preserve and showcase those photos in beautiful, published keepsakes that are uniquely yours and easy to share.”

I couldn’t have said it better!  Heritage Makers lets you use the pictures on your computer to create beautiful projects that you’ll love sharing and showing off (and perhaps giving as gifts!)  There are so many lovely things to make, including professionally bound books,

personalized greeting cards, and lovely wrapped canvas prints.

Some exciting new products at Heritage Makers include Ornaments, Metal Prints, iPhone cases and Leather Bucket Bags!

 

Dana Muse is a certified founding consultant at Heritage Makers and a longtime friend of Dandy Giveaway!

Dana, from Heritage Makers, is offering one lucky winner a new customized Love Mug!  Thank you Dana!

Retail price is $29.00.  These mugs are different from others because you can add your own photos and text!  The inside is black and the outside is white, made from 11-oz high quality ceramic.

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Purple Trail {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Christmas is ridiculous at my house!  We have DOZENS of fun traditions that make Christmas magical, from “Santa-look-a-like” contests with shaving cream, to having a sleepover in the basement on Christmas Eve.  One of the very first Christmas traditions of the year begins months ahead of time, and involves my mom trying to think of this year’s Christmas card.  She does such a great job, and they always turn out so creatively adorable!  In fact, I once ran into a stranger at college who told me she recognized me from our family Christmas cards up on their fridge every year—I guess our mother’s were friends, but we had never met.

Now that I have my own tiny family, I want to keep up the tradition of sending out memorable Christmas cards every year!  Purple Trail has a number of lovely Christmas cards to choose from!

I had a chance to look over some Christmas card samples from Purple Trail, and I was so impressed; the color printing was quite vibrant, the paper was a sturdy cardstock weight, the graphics were clean and creative, and time and attention has been put into tiny details that make these cards stand out above others.  It seems like creating your own custom cards would be a simple and speedy process if you were pressed for time, but you could also customize a number of things to make them look just how you imagined.  I would be happy designing our Christmas cards from practically any of Purple Trail’s 2012 designs.  So many of them are just my style.

  Whether you’re a Christmas card junkie, or this is the first year you’ll be spreading Christmas cheer with family Christmas cards, you’ll love today’s giveaway!

One winner will receive $40 towards any product at Purple Trail!

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