Monday, March 17, 2014

Rugged Individual

Joel has started a new review site with a friend of his. They aim to review outdoor gear and pick a "best of" in lots of categories. My favorite review is the one about socks. Ever wanted to read a two page review of socks? This one is worth it.

Take a look at their site and maybe you'll learn something about awesome outdoor gear.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints

Stephanie at Easy Canvas Prints offered me an opportunity to review their product of a canvas print from a photo. I was really excited to see their product because we just paid for professional photos of our extended families at Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

The set-up is very simple: you go to their site, upload whatever image you want to print, and they have many options for how to change and upgrade your photo. Sizes range from 8 by 8 inches to 30 by 40 inches, which is quite nice.

I tried the 8 by 10 inch option, which is approximately $40 retail. I didn't do any upgrades on the product. The site is overall well designed with clear instructions, though I do think there are too many ways to upgrade in different stages of your order process.

There are different options for what you want the edges of the canvas print to look like- you can wrap the photo around the edge or do a solid edge, making it look more like a frame.

The canvas print came quickly and was packaged well. I thought the quality of materials involved was very nice.

Based on current home printers and the pixelation of the print I received, I think this service would be best suited for either a very large canvas or just one person's face, or both. Because it's a textured surface, eight people on an 8 by 10 inch picture is too small for the medium.

The pricing means that if you buy a large canvas, this is really an heirloom, high end gift. If you compare prices to Walmart, you will find that the smaller sizes are more expensive on Easy Print, but as the size of the canvas gets bigger, the prices become almost identical at the biggest size.

If you would like to order a print today, Stephanie is offering a 50% off promo code.

Thank you to Stephanie for this opportunity! The print I ordered is a great gift for my family. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Our daughter Emlyn is 10 years old and has loved animals with a tender heart her whole life. She went to Zoocamp last summer and learned how to feed and take care of some exotic animals and of course loved it, even the horribly smelly monkey cage.

She is looking to get a pet, and of course always looking to earn money, and she is starting a pet sitting business. If you are going out of town or just need a break from your pet, let us know and she can help you out!

Fish $0.50 per week
Birds $3 per week
Reptiles $5 per week
Rodents $6 per week
Dogs $10 per week
Cats $5 per week (I come to your house and feed)
No snakes, mice, or rats

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sick again

From the draft archives:
October 10, 2007

Denali came downstairs at 5:15 am. I took him back upstairs and tucked him in.

Then he threw up.

Now I'm in mom-of-sick-child mode. Towels, blankets, resting on our thankfully leather couch.

I am frustrated because this is the third week I will miss ladies' class. I really wanted to go this week. I'm convinced this is Satan because this is one of the only reasons I would stay away this week.

So I'm calling you out Satan. You better enjoy this week of me not going to class because next week I am going.

Weird Dreams

Last night I was sleeping with one of my arms straight out from my body. I kept dreaming that I was loading or unloading the dishwasher. Eventually I had to move my arm so that I would dream something that wasn't dishwasher...

Flylady and Shiny Sinks

Some time ago, back when I was a brand-new mommy, I couldn't take care of the whole house like I wanted to. I didn't know what my priorities were and I didn't know the best way for me to maintain a minimum amount of order.

Some dear friend recommended Flylady to me. She is a real person who has been in real life. She knows how it feels to be overwhelmed. She had excellent advice for me and I recommend her to you if you feel overwhelmed at life.

One of the things she taught me was to "shine your sink". If you clean out your kitchen sink every day, you will feel better about your whole life. If you have an accomplishment, a place to stare at and smile, you can tackle the big stuff.

You might laugh to find out that the way I interpreted "shine your sink" was to start putting all the dirty dishes on the counter instead of the sink. So my sink was in fact clean, but that didn't mean that there were no dirty dishes.

After 10 years of parenting, and 10 years of pedaling along life's highway, I think I might be ready to put the dishes back in the sink, but to really take care of those dishes every day. Or at least every week. Or when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Star Wars Raffle to Benefit Amy P.

We have been raffling off amazing things for Amy Peterson, my sweet friend who is raising money to go to Russia to get her Multiple Sclerosis kicked to the curb. You can read all about her journey here.

According to you, the internet, a Star Wars raffle should be next. I listen to my constituents, and so we will do the Star Wars raffle.

The grand prize is a vintage



It's awesome. Brand new, in the box, the best Star Wars toy you never knew you could possibly own!

Come on, how cool is that? You shoot things, you blast things. With your replica of the Millenium Falcon. So cool.



Second prize for this raffle is a Darth Vader savings bank. He talks! He scares you! It's very daunting. (Turn up the sound on your computer to watch this movie)


And finally, third place is not one, but TWO Super3D Star Wars puzzles. Ever wanted to see Darth Vader and Chewbacca in Super 3D? This is your chance! 


Raffle tickets are only $5 a piece. Each ticket you buy will get you a spot in the raffle. And please share this on your facebook page. It turns out Facebook won't let me track those shares, so I can't put you in the raffle for sharing, but I can thank you from the bottom of my heart. There will be three winners and I will announce them all next Saturday morning.