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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why I Love Shutterfly for My Canvas Prints

I am a big fan of canvas prints. I have given it as a gift to some of my closest friends. It is also one of my favorites when it comes to affordable home decor. They are versatile and good-looking. You will have endless ways to make use of them. Nonetheless, if there is one important thing that you have to do, it would be to make sure that you purchase your prints only from Shutterfly. It is my go-to online shop for my prints and personalized gifts.

Easy on the Wallet
One of the things that made me love Shutterfly is their cheap price. They are not necessarily the cheapest available, but in terms of value for money, you can never go wrong! They are budget-friendly, yet the quality is not compromised in any way. They even offer free shipping, but you must meet the minimum order to qualify for such. The company proves that great prints do not necessarily be expensive!

Endless Selection of Sizes
I also liked how Shutterfly has a lot of sizes available. Whether it is a small frame or a large
canvas print, they can handle it. Regardless of the size, the quality is impeccable. The
resolution is never distorted. You can get in touch with their team if you need suggestions when it comes to the size that is most suitable for your needs. Here is a helpful canvas sizing guide that you might find to be of help.

Framed for More Appeal
Aside from canvas prints, Shutterfly is also offering a diverse selection of frames. This is a good way to up your game and improve the appearance of the prints, providing it with a stronger appeal. With the right choice of a frame for the canvas, any photo can instantly turn into a masterpiece, which can transform your space into a gallery.

Unmatched Quality
With Shutterfly, you can expect that the quality of their prints will be hard to rival. I stopped
looking for other providers when I found Shutterfly as I am more than happy with their prints.
The quality of the canvas is top-notch, especially considering their price point. They also have a reliable support team always ready to respond to my queries. The prints are long-lasting, as long as you practice proper care and maintenance. They look more expensive than what they actually cost!

Lots of Freebies Await
Still looking for reasons to love Shutterfly? This is one thing that you might find compelling –
they offer freebies that are hard to resist. More than the tempting price-offs, they offer freebies, especially for first-time members. For instance, if you sign up for an account, you will receive free prints, magnets, and photo storage, among other perks! It is a good way to start your membership and discover more about what they can offer beyond canvas prints.
Do not look far if you are on the lookout for the best canvas prints! For sure, Shutterfly has got you covered!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Are Your Gardening Efforts Going to Waste?

Spending time outdoors is good for us. It helps to top up Vitamin D levels, brings down stress levels and when we’re spending time gardening, we hopefully improve our surroundings in a noticeable way. However, according to new research, lack of knowledge and foresight are causing the efforts of many enthusiastic would-be gardeners to go to waste. Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes and how to rectify them.

Not doing your homework
Not knowing the finer details like the difference between a weed and a plant, how and when to plant seeds out and how often plants need watered, are just some of the issues causing newbie gardeners to waste time and lose precious plants. A survey of 1,500 British homeowners found that one in five people aren’t confident in what they’re doing when it comes to gardening, and almost one in ten (9%) admitted they don’t know the difference between weeds and flowers. Overwatering is another common gardening sin that 32% of those surveyed had succumbed to.

Protecting your efforts
There’s lots of evidence that taking youngsters outdoors and teaching them about flora and fauna at an early age will not only set them up as successful gardeners of the future but can also aid their development too. Unfortunately, gardening is not a skill that’s taught in many schools, so to protect your gardening efforts you’ll have to do your own homework. Many colleges offer evening classes in the basics, and you may even find that your local garden centre offers free or low-cost taster sessions too. If you prefer to teach yourself, YouTube is a treasure trove of advice and how to videos, while you’ll find plenty of landscaping inspiration by following gardeners on Instagram. Once you’ve honed your skills, don’t forget to pass them on to the next generation.

Not having adequate tools
Are you well equipped for gardening tasks or does your tool collection leave a little to be desired? Could you save yourself some time by investing in tools specifically aimed at completing certain tasks? Maybe looking out for generators for sale would allow you to run your tools more easily without to-ing and fro-ing back into the house?  Sometimes not having the right tools for the job merely slows us down, while other times it can be downright dangerous or give substandard results. For example, ten per cent of those surveyed admitted they’d used a strimmer without a line inside, and 8% had accidentally blown the petals off their carefully grown flowers by being heavy-handed with a power washer.

Protecting your efforts
Gardening equipment can be expensive but well cared for tools should serve you for many years to come. Ahead of each project, consider what bits of kit you’ll need for the job and if you find your collection lacking, borrow from friends and relatives where possible. As we get older, friends and family can find it trickier to choose suitable gifts for us for special occasions. Why not suggest they gift you a tool off your wishlist or vouchers so you can pick up the perfect companion for your next project?

Not planning
Is pottering in the garden your thing? While there’s a lot to be said for taking things slowly and enjoying some downtime in the open air, failure to plan projects properly can mean that you overlook potential obstacles and end up with a space that lacks direction. In fact, 15% of those surveyed said their garden lacked character and was ‘a real mess’. Failure to zone off specific areas for kids and pets to roam can also result in damaged lawns and plants that leave an outdoor area looking unloved. If you’d like to tidy things up a little and give your outside purpose a sense of direction, a little planning will go a long way and ensure your time is well spent too.

Protecting your efforts
Sketching out your gardening goals will allow you to visualise how you’d like the end result to look as well as helping you to identify any jobs that must be completed in a particular order. This can also be a great way to break things down into mini projects that can be completed in an evening or weekend, this way, you can ensure your pottering is always heading in a productive direction and that you’re left with a space that’s a fair reflection of the time and effort you’ve put in.

Would you like to get to grips with gardening? What are your biggest gardening challenges?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gululu Go Interactive Water Bottle Launches Today

Did you know that the human brain and heart are made up of more than 73% water? There are so many reasons why water is important to the body. Its no wonder drinking water is so vital to every part of who we are. Water is one thing we absolutely cannot live without!

As a parent, you know first-hand how hard it is to get your child to drink enough water during the day. This is especially true if you've heard the "Mom I need a glass of water! I am soooooo thirsty" at bedtime. With two very active young boys, this is my reality. Hydration is a must!

When Dexter was younger he was so active and I would often forget to make him drink water throughout the day. His lips became dry and he would end up very thirsty at night before bed (once he slowed down for the day and was thinking about it!) So I created the "water challenge" where I would fill up a glass of water for each of us. I would yell "Water Challenge!!!" and he would run over to me and "race" me to see who could finish their water first. It was always a fun little game between the two of us not only because we were doing something good for our bodies but also because it was something we could do together!  I sure wish that Gululu Go would have been around then as I am sure he would have loved Gululu Go so much more than water challenge!!

You're probably thinking, 'what is Gululu Go'? If you ask me, it is a revolutionary interactive kids water bottle that not only makes drinking water fun for kids but also allows us, as parents, to track their water consumption! Its a game-changer in the fight to hydrate! Pretty cool eh? Watch this awesome video to learn more.

Gululu Go​ is the latest iteration of our innovative introductory product, Gululu. The Interactive

Water Bottle. Invented by Bowhead Technology, Gululu Go ensures that children stay hydrated
by engaging them to care for a virtual pet. As kids drink more water from their Gululu-Go, their
chosen virtual pet grows and makes friends. At the same time, Gululu-Go keeps parents
informed of their children’s hydration progress through a connected smartphone app.

Gululu Go, ​the new interactive bottle version - features the below new features:

● Speaker that enables the virtual pets to talk and play sound effects and voice

● Small Size - light, easy to carry and portable
● Special cap and Spout - attached to bottle and easier for drinking
● Latch for easy on-the-go scenarios
● Improved material - better Tritan inner layering
● Magnetic Charging Cable - more portable and still cool
● Emphasize on user experience

So since they just launched Gululu Go TODAY (May 24th, 2018) they are celebrating by offering 35% off your purchase. This is limited to the first 100 purchases so hurry now and grab an adventure for you and your kids! Their bodies will thank you and they will love it!

Just when you didn't think Gululu Go could be any more rad, let me tell you that by purchasing just ONE Gululu Go bottle, you are providing free drinking water FOR LIFE for a child in a developing country! 

*Please note Gululu Go Comply with COPPA - "children's online privacy protection act."

Do you have any tips or tricks to help your kids stay hydrated? Do you struggle with getting your children to drink more water? I want to hear from you!!!

**This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for writing this post but all opinions are my own. All quotes/ideas featured here cannot be used or reproduced in any capacity without my consent**

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March FRESH Yoga with Adriene Day One

"March" Day 1 FRESH-Yoga with Adriene,
     I started my yoga journey on January 8th, 2018 and I challenged my stagnant self to do 30 days of yoga. {You can read about that here} On day two I told myself that if I stuck with it for 2 weeks I would buy a new, fresh yoga mat.

     Well here we are, almost 3 months later and I finally bought myself a new yoga mat!! BOOYAH! I have only missed TWO days of daily yoga in the last 85 days! Once because I was being crazy town taking care of a sick kid and the second because we were on vacation on Good Friday and there was no way to get away with it in my hotel room. I did, however, make it up by climbing three monstrous flights of stairs at Avalanche Bay waterpark! That is something I never thought I would do!

    I cannot believe that I have committed to this yoga journey, stuck with it and am still enjoying it. I enjoy so much about it. I have loved the journey inward. I love getting to know my inner self more than I have ever before. I love wearing pants that haven't fit in ages. I love walking taller. I love walking more confidently and I love myself more than ever before.

   Oliver said to me the other day "Mom, you got new pants!" I told him that they were ones I bought awhile ago and never quite fit into. He asked me if yoga helped me and when I told him it did he said "good job Mom!" That was cool. Then, a week or so ago, while they were on Spring Break, he insisted that he wanted to do yoga with me. I told him he could but he'd need to be quiet. He agreed so I gave him a mat and we started a video. After a minute he quietly asked "when do we do something?" and then after about 3 minutes he quietly got up and left. I paused and asked him what was up and he replied "this is too hard. I can't be still or quiet for that long!" Once he left, I laughed quite hard! He is certainly a character and he loves to exercise so its fun to talk to him about my journey because even at 7, he gets it. He noticed the other day that my muscles are becoming more defined in my arms. He kept asking me to flex and make them "dance". Then once Daddy came home he wanted me to show him, too. HILARIOUS and humbling. Truly.

Today's Video, Yoga Morning Fresh was great. I did it shortly after waking and it not only eased into it but it burned some heat toward the end and I really appreciated the whole flow of it. Adriene continues to rock my socks and makes me motivated to face another day because I look forward to meeting her on the mat! That is an amazing, freeing feeling and one I don't plan to walk away from anytime soon, if ever!

Monday, April 2, 2018

I got a new yoga mat!

I promised myself if I stuck with my yoga journey for two weeks that I would treat myself to a new yoga mat. I really wanted the best of the best and I did a LOT of research before I purchased the Aurorae Classic 1/4" Thick yoga mat. It gets stellar reviews and even though it was a little more pricey than others I was looking at, I jumped on it. I didn't buy it until I was almost 3 months into my journey so I felt I deserved a nice mat.

What sold me {besides the amazing reviews} was their dedication to the environment and creating eco-friendly, nontoxic products. Their core philosophy really aligns with mine so it seemed like the perfect fit!

While I am not disappointed in my new Aurorae yoga mat, I wish I could change a few things about it. When it first arrived I thought it would be brighter than it is. The color is gorgeous but it does seem brighter online. Its not a deal-breaker but something worth mentioning. I also wish it was wider. I am really flexible and when I do certain poses, such as modified child's pose, my knees hang off the sides so I find myself not going as wide as I'd like in the posture. The mat is really slippery. They warned me about it and sent a rosin bag to rub on it. After more than 2 weeks of use, I am still getting use to it and I slipped out of warrior two today because I was sweating but again, I am sure that with time, this will not affect me.

This mat is far superior from what I was using but I thought I would mention that there are a couple, small drawbacks to this mat. Looking back, I think I should have splurged for the PRO cork/rubber mat but hindsight is 20/20.

I look forward to trying their accessories in the future and letting you know my thoughts!

*This was not a sponsored review. I purchased the mat myself*

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Why Basic Invite is anything but Basic!

How many times have you found yourself searching for the perfect invitations for your child's momentous event? Whether it be birthdays, bat mitzvah or graduation, I know you feel my pain. I have used so many online invitation sites but I have never really been impressed. Don't get me wrong, they all did what I wanted but it was time consuming and far from jaw-dropping like I had hoped.

I was recently introduced to Basic Invite and let me tell you, their site is jaw-dropping. Everything looks gorgeous and inviting! Funny, I know, but I am serious! I have a confession to make; I have a stationary fetish. I love love love stationary. I also tend to hoard it. I get some killer stationary but then I don't want to use it all so I rarely send it out. I need to start being better about that.

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Lets get real here. Really real. You can take an element of a flower on their stationary, for example and customize each individual component of it. They have so many colors to choose from. Swoon-worthy colors like Soulmate, Castaway and Cotton Candy. When have you ever had so much design control in your life!? GAME CHANGER!

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Tactile samples make all the difference. AMiRIGHT?!

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil - Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs. 

Now that we are in a new year many teenage parents are thinking about graduation. Have no fear, Basic Invitation has some of the best formal graduation invitations I have seen. Don't believe me, just see for yourself!

These invitations are so much nicer than what I had when I graduated from high school, heck college even a million years ago! They even have graduation thank you cards to match your invitations! Genius!

Now I know what you are likely thinking and you want to know how expensive Basic Invite is, right? Its not expensive at all. They are right along the same price point as any other invitation service but with so many more features.

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

I would love to hear your thoughts on invitations and ordering online. Do you find the process a hassle? Do you find your options lacking? Leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page.

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I was compensated for this review either through product or payment. I was not obligated to write a positive post. These are my true thoughts and feelings. All quotes made here are 100% my own

Friday, February 16, 2018

The End of My 30 Day Yoga with Adriene Journey #YWATRUE

The end is really the beginning. As I sit here today, still rocking my now-baggy leggings and my somewhat loose-fitting tank top, I am overcome with a lot of emotion. I will tell you about days 21-29 first and get into today's practice at the end.

Day 21 Finesse: I sit taller, walk better and find myself choosing to move over sitting still. I dance around the house more. I take the dog on a walk. I am choosing activity over remaining sedentary. I haven't chosen that in a long time. I have lost over 20 pounds at this point and over 12 inches overall on my body. Today's practice was a welcomed nice and easy one today!
Day 22 Release: Adriene always knows what to say because its always what I need to hear. Gosh I adore her!
Day 23 Balance: Hard balancing poses. They are fun but very challenging. My whole body shakes. Guess I got to shake it to wake it, eh?
Day 24 Be Kind: Lots of stretching and meditation. What a breath of fresh air. 
Day 25 Be Awake: Abs-oh my! Walk the plank, Arrrrggh!
Day 26 Be Still: The lizard pose was very difficult but I did it!! I am left wondering if I will be able to walk tomorrow?!!
Day 27 Be Free: My whole body is sore but I answered my question; yes I am able to walk today!
Day 28 Be Fearless: I am still so sore. Lots of legs today. I feel good
Day 29 Be Brave: What a day of self-love. It sure is amazing. I am really proud of myself.

Day 30 BE YOU: I only just finished my last day of this TRUE yoga journey so I knew I needed to sit down and get it all out. I was excited to don my clothes and hit the mat today. What I was expecting was not at all what I received. As she always does, Adriene welcomes you to the mat and sets your intention for the day's session. She is emotional, as am I as I start to cry a little. I cried because I DID IT! I decided to do something for me and I committed to it. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Hell yes! Then Adriene says she is going to turn off her mic and we were going to do our own thing. What? Wait a minute here! Well, Adriene always tells us to trust her so trust I did.

I am not going to lie to you but today was the sweatiest and my least favorite day of all. My mind wandered everywhere {for the first time in these past 30 days} and I just didn't feel connected to myself. Did I have a great workout? Yes. Did I feel like a lost soul? YES! I discovered that I am not ready to be left to my own devices yet. I found myself looking up at the giant 65" TV inches from my face too often and I was not able to close my eyes. Why? Well because I didn't want to remain standing in Mountain pose with my eyes closed in anjali mudra while Adriene was in Cobra. 

I wanted to hear her crack a funny joke. I wanted her to remind me to listen to my breath. I wanted to hear her go through the poses so I could relax and know what to expect in mere seconds. I just didn't feel as though I was ready to be kicked out of the nest yet. I did my absolute best to stay true to myself {no pun intended but that was good!} and move in a way that was authentic to me while following my friend through the poses. I sweat like crazy and, at the end, for the first time in a month I very much missed my new best friend tell me that she loves me and send me off on the day with a "Namasté". 

Once we bowed and I whispered "thank you, Adriene with much love. Namasté" I looked up and the screen was black and I read her final words. I started sobbing uncontrollably. I cried and cried-a big ugly cry. I cried for my commitment to myself. I cried for believing I could and then doing it. I cried because now I can plank/extension easier that I could at day 18. I cried because I see myself differently now. I am now capable of far more than I was a month ago and for that I am forever grateful. I am so overwhelmingly grateful for the spirit that led me to Adriene and I am most thankful and grateful for her Charisma. She believed in me when perhaps I didn't and together we grew in many ways. I jump out of bed in the morning looking forward to seeing my friend and hearing her lead me on a journey back to myself.

Adriene, you are one amazing goddess and I am incredibly thankful for all of the hard work that you put into your videos. You have absolutely changed my life for the better and I cannot wait to continue this journey with you. I love your sense of humor, your charm, your cute smile, Benji, oh Benji and I love fixing my gaze at your window locks. I am not sure why they are what I always pick, but it works. Thank you for coming to me at a time when I needed you most. Thank you for inspiring me to keep on keeping on and for making me want to continue showing up. You make me want to be a better person and that is something money cannot buy. 

When I came to start this journey I said "I took the first, albeit small, mental step to doing something positive for ME!" I had no idea at the time that what I thought was a small step ending up being a catapult straight to self-love, joy and a fulfilled heart.

What now? Don't worry, my BFF and I will be continuing right along with Love Yo'Self for February! Stay with me and tell me all about what you do to stay true to yourself. If you recently started doing YWA or with anyone else, I want to hear about it, too! Leave me a comment or send me an email.