#Giveaway from UPrinting–A Rolled Canvas Print

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats, Sally!

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As you know, we’ve been dabbling in some attempts to take great pictures. We occasionally happen to snap a pretty decent shot of the kids, but usually only when they are in two different photos. One of these times, we’ll get it just right and have something worth hanging in the living room, but for now, we tend to print photos of the kids by themselves, and that’s ok, too.

Recently I was contacted by UPrinting to take a look at their rolled canvas prints, and I have to tell you, I fell in love with the idea. You pick an image that you like a lot (because let’s be honest, this is going on canvas, you’re going to want to keep it for a long time). Upload that image to their website and place the order. It’s a one business day turnaround (plus 2 for shipping), and voila! you have a “classier and more sophisticated” piece of art (or photo hanging) to place in your home.

UPrinting’s canvas prints start at $13.11 for an 8″ x 10″ and can be made as big as 40″ x 60″. If you’d like to stretch or frame the rolled canvas print, you can even get it with a 2″ border. The images are printed on “premium artist canvas material” and with soy ink (more environmentally friendly).

I know we’re excited about this because we’ll definitely take advantage of sealing up one of those great memories (like maybe ‘lil Man’s first birthday/smash cake photos or one of our wedding photos) and having it forever. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, head over to UPrinting to get your own canvas printing…or…you can enter this giveaway for a chance at a free print!

Rules:
1. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.
2. No prize substitutions allowed.
3. Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.
4. Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.
5. This giveaway will run through Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 PM and I will pick the winner using Random.org

How to Enter:
Mandatory: Leave me a comment–what picture would you get on a canvas print?

Optional:
1. Like UPrinting on Facebook (leave me a comment with your Facebook name, saying you did)
2. Follow UPrinting on Twitter (leave me a comment with your twitter name, saying you did)
3. Add UPrinting to Google+ Circle (leave me a comment with your Google+ name, saying you did)

Prize Information:
1 pc. rolled canvas print for one (1) winner
16” x 20”
With 2-inch border or No border
1 Business Day Turnaround
*Free shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only

Good luck!

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#PghToteChallenge Day 2 Thoughts

It’s Day 2 of the Tote Bag Challenge and we did pretty good. You’ve made a dollar, though, Tote Bag Project. Mr. Burgher just realized the diaper purchase went straight into a plastic bag. I can’t blame him, he’s constantly trying to balance coupons, two kids, and making sure he does everything just right. Forgiven, right?

I did question whether or not the pretzels I had as a snack today counted as a penalty, but since they were pre-packaged, they did not.

At work, I took a photo of a co-worker’s tote bag in action. He uses this tote to bring in his lunch, and I’ve always noticed it because it’s bright. It’s great to know I work alongside others who are thinking green!

Summary:
2 days into Challenge
$1 in penalties

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While you are here, why don’t you enter this giveaway for a set of felt play food? The artist will be at I Made It! Market Jr on Saturday, and we’d love for you to have a set of her goodies!

Felt Play Food #giveaway (I Made It! Market Jr.)

Update!

Random.org drew comment #17 as the winner.

Congratulations, Tom!

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Next Saturday, all of you should head down to Bakery Square and check out I Made It! Market Jr.! There are many reasons. It’s a great way to enjoy Earth Day. It’s Family Fun in the Square (and parking is free). Thirty artists will be selling handmade goodies–this time around, it is geared toward goodies for kids. AND, more importantly, because you really need to check out the handmade felt creations by Leslie of chikin feathers!

Leslie is a Pittsburgher, a mom, an accountant, and an avid crafter. She is handy at lots of different crafts, but will be showcasing her latest passion, felt play food, at I Made It! Market Jr. next Saturday. A few years ago, Leslie started hand stitching felt play food for her daughter (who wanted food that was prettier than plastic). Lucky for us, she is now marketing her wares, and let me tell you, they are gorgeous and see pays so much attention to detail! They are so awesome, I almost crawled through my computer trying to eat these goodies. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try?

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(I know that ‘lil Man is going to be drooling all over these, and ‘lil Miss A will be feeding her babies yummy treats. Can’t blame them!)

Hopefully you’ll be able to make it out to I Made it Market! Jr. next Saturday (April 21) in Bakery Square from 12-4 PM. Stop by Leslie’s booth and tell her I sent you. Pick up some of these goodies for the ‘lil ones in your life! If you can’t make it on Saturday, Wildcard in Lawrenceville carries some of Leslie’s products, and she’ll be opening up her Etsy Shop soon. She will be expanding to felt notebooks, childrens games, hair accessories and other felt items as well as eventually offering patterns for sale!

But, because Leslie is so great, she has teamed up with me with a giveaway of a set of her felt play food! One of you will be lucky enough to receive a set of felt play food–the pancakes and strawberries (pictured above)! Leslie will ship the set to the winner after Saturday’s show.

Here are the details:
-Readers have until 11:59 PM on Friday, April 20 to enter. The winner will be picked via random.org, notified by e-mail, and will have 48 hours to reply.
-Leslie will send the winner their goodies.
-Entries can be earned by:
1. Mandatory–Comment on this post. Which of the felt foods is your favorite?
2. Optional–“Like” I Made It! Market on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment telling me you have (include your Facebook name).
3. Optional–RSVP for I Made It! Market Jr. on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment telling me you have (include your Facebook name).
4. Optional–Enter another I Made It! Market Jr. giveaway hosted by any of the other bloggers who’ve teamed up with the artists, come back here, and tell me which one(s) you entered! (1 comment per each.)

Lots of chances to win, good luck!

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Here are the other bloggers and artists who are participating:
1. Gina is hosting a Very Merry Glass night light giveaway. (You can bet I’ll be throwing some money down on one of the ellie night lights!)

2. Dawn is hosting a giveaway of a personalized set of a onesie, a blanket, and four burp cloths from Grace in Abundance.

3. Dina is hosting a Gillie Beans Boutique roll-up crayon case giveaway.

4. Michelle is hosting a giveaway of a photography session with Anne Lopez Photography–go enter!

As more bloggers and artists enter, they will be listed here. Good luck!

Have Pets? Get Mr. Chewy! #Giveaway

Our dog, Rowdy, is not just a pet, he’s a family member. Keeping him healthy requires attention and care…and sometimes some money. That’s where our savings mind kicks in. Thanks to Mr. Chewy, Rowdy’s medicine for the next three months was bought on super savings.

When I started browsing the Mr. Chewy site, my mind first went to buying some food, but when I stumbled upon the Frontline treatments, I knew exactly what I wanted to pick up. We were out of flea medicine, and the savings were too good to pass up.

The site’s categories, brand listings, and suggestions based on “cat” or “dog” really helped steer my shopping. Should I have had questions, there even was a live chat that could be used. And can I mention unique? When I go back to my account on Mr. Chewy, I am greeted with a “Woof” instead of the standard “Login” or “Welcome” of other sites. Love it!

I placed an order for 3 months of Frontline and picked up a few treats for Rowdy (and some for your pet), then went to check out. Check out was straightforward. I was stunned when I selected my shipping options and realized 1) I had spent enough to get free shipping and 2) it would be at my house the day after next. You see, I placed my order late on a Monday evening, so I never imagined I would get the box in two days. Sure enough, it was waiting for me when I got home Wednesday!

One other thing I love about Mr. Chewy is that they have a sweet referral program that give back. If you place an order at www.mrchewy.com and use my referral code BECK4218 at checkout, not only will you get 10% off your first order, but Mr. Chewy will donate $10 to an animal loving charity of my choice! (I chose the Best Friends Animal Society).

I’d love for you to consider using Mr. Chewy for your next pet supply order. To entice you, I am also hosting a giveaway of a few extra treats I picked up plus a $25 worth of pet food coupons from Mr. Burgher’s stash.

So, here are the details on the giveaway and how you can enter:
* Giveaway runs from 1/24/12 to 1/31/12; winner will be selected using random.org based on entries before 12:00 AM 2/1/12
* If you win, you will be e-mailed and have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address so I can send your goodies out.
* Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post giving me your pet’s name and favorite treat.
* Optional Entry: Follow Mr. Chewy on Twitter and leave your Twitter name below. (only 1 entry)
* Optional Entry: Like Mr. Chewy on Facebook and leave your Facebook name below. (only 1 entry)
* Optional Daily Entry: Tweet about this review and leave the link in the comments below. (1 per day)
* Optional Daily Entry: Share this review on Facebook and leave the link in the comments below. (1 per day)

Like the site says, they have the brands we love, are cheaper than going to the store, and ship for free right to your house (if you order over $49). What’s not to love?!?! Good luck!

(I was given a code to order products from Mr. Chewy, but these opinions are all my own. Thanks, Mr. Chewy!)

Purex and Jockey: A #Review and #Giveaway!

Even though Mama Burgher is on a nice getaway where she can literally open a door and smell the ocean, she is also quite excited to share her thoughts about two products with you! Jockey and Purex teamed up to bring us busy mamas a nice refreshing moment in our busy days. I was sent a Jockey Tech Terry sports bra and a bottle of Purex Crystals Tropical Splash and was asked to see how they paired together. Even better, they are giving you a chance to try them out, too!

After a workout, wouldn’t it be great to still smell fresh? This is the premise of the pairing of Jockey and Purex. Usually, sports clothing soaks up the moisture and smells of working out, leaving you feeling a bit “out” after your workout. Thanks to Purex’s technology, the Crystals fabric softener don’t use oils to soften fabrics, so it is safe to use on products (like Jockey’s Tech Terry sports bra) that use wicking technology to stay dry.


At first, I was skeptical of how the Crystals would outlast a good walk. When I got my box, I was incredibly excited about the opportunity to test out the new (at least to me) scent. I pried open the bottle of the Tropical Splash Crystals and took a huge whiff. Amazing! It was a “take me away” kind of moment. Next, I took a look at the Jockey sports bra, and I was so excited. There was a holder for a key (smart!) and the material just felt like it would be supportive and keep me dry. Unfortunately, I was not able to give the bra a shot–I ordered an XL, but it looked (and felt) a bit more like a Medium. Fair warning, I think this bra runs small!

Just before heading to the beach, Mr. Burgher made sure the Crystals were used for my clothes. My suitcase smelled awesome when I unpacked it! My friend S and I took a nice walk on the beach, and I still smelled fresh when we got back. I’d say they work!

Time to give you a shot at these products! Purex and Jockey would like to give you a chance to try the same products I received–a Jockey Tech Terry Sports Bra and Purex Complete Crystals Softener (a perfect match)–for free! All you have to do is enter my giveaway below (which ends on January 26 at 11:59 PM) for a chance! Say you don’t win and still would like to try this out? Head over to Jockey for a 20% coupon for a Jockey sports bra.

Alright, ready for the giveaway? It’s easy to enter. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite workout. You can also get up to 2 bonus entries per day if you share this link on Facebook or Tweet about it (and leave me a comment with the link below). Winner will be selected at random after January 26 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!

My Memories: A Review and #Giveaway!

Hope you’ve been enjoying all of our memories from our recent trip to Williamsburg! These pictures are about 1% of all the great ones that you know will have to go into a scrapbook. Speaking of scrapbooking, today I want to tell you about a nifty piece of software, My Memories Suite. I literally did a dancey-dance when I found out our blog had been chosen to do a review…but the even better news…and a GIVEAWAY!

So, first things first. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been ADDICTED to taking pictures. Anyone out there remember 110mm film? Intro my first personal camera (because, uh, no, my Dad wouldn’t dare let me touch his Canon 35mm SLR. I moved through various 110mm, 35mm (heart my precious Canon Rebel), point and shoot digital cameras, and finally Mr. Canon. Our hard drives are full of thousands of pictures.

And what do we do with all those pictures (besides make our relatives and friends droll over baby cuteness via the blog)? I scrapbook. But I have a HORRIBLE confession to make. I just finished ‘lil Miss A’s 2010 album and hope to work on ‘lil Man’s baby book in January. But that means I am still at least a year behind.

Well, for some relief, I’ll be able to use this friendly Digital Scrapbooking Software to make quick pages that are printable at home, through DVDs, calendars, cards, or even albums. While I don’t think I’ll be using My Memories Suite to completely replace my scrapbooks, I think it will be a great opportunity to include more than just one “epic” photo and create an album geared to an entire experience. (This is key when the hard-copy books are already about 3″ thick and only include 5-6 pictures from each month.)

Like this page I made–it’s a quick way to share with ‘lil Miss A how proud I am of her growing up into a ‘lil lady.

This page took me about 15 minutes–and the toughest part was choosing which photos to include on the page. The scrapbooking software had a feel similar to working with any Microsoft product (Movie Maker especially), but it did take a minute or two to get used to. That and deciding what page templates to work with…there are a number of decently nice free templates (entire albums, actually) that come with the software, but there are 100s you can pay for on their site, including some free kits and deals for under a dollar. Once you have your backgrounds and embellishments pick, it’s really just “drag and drop” and journal! Quick, easy, and DONE!

I would love to share this product with you, and My Memories has been kind enough to provide me with a code that will get you the newest version (v3) absolutely free! I don’t even have this version yet–it will be released in a few days, so that’s even more exciting news. (If you want to see some info on v3, check out this video.)

So, how can you get My Memories Suite? First, if you simply need it now, then click on the banner below, “add to cart” and enter my special $10 off code in the Enter Coupon/Promo Code box (you’ll get the software for just under $30): STMMMS41011. Please copy and paste that code to avoid any issues!

But, if you are interested in the giveaway, then stick around! Here are the rules.

1. The giveaway will run until Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 PM EST. Any comments received after that will not be eligible for the giveaway. The winner will be chosen by comment # using Random.org. Once chosen, I will put up a winner post AND e-mail the winner. They have 48 hours to respond to me in order to get their code.
2. In order to receive the software, you must provide your e-mail address when you comment. (There’s a field for that.)
3. 1st mandatory entry: Visit www.MyMemories.com and chose your favorite digital paper pack or layout then leave me a comment telling me which one you like best.

Easy, right? Ok, I know you want more chances. For additional entries you may do the following:
* Follow the My Memories Blog on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment below letting me know you did so. (+1 entry)
* “Like” My Memories on Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know you did so. (+1 entry)
* Follow My Memories on Twitter and leave a comment below with your twitter handle letting me know you did so.
* Share this post with your friends via Google+, Facebook or Twitter once per day and leave a link to that share below. (+1 entry per day for each site)

Can’t wait to share this with you, good luck!

Disclaimer:I received one digital copy of MyMemories Suite from MyMemories in order to give the review above. I was not compensated in any other way for my opinions (which are all my own!). Thanks to MyMemories and to all participants in this giveaway!

Purex Complete Crystals Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I was accepted to be a Purex Insider (a nice name for people who get to test out Purex products and provide reviews). Lucky me, this means I will occasionally be sent products to test and review here on the blog. Lucky you, this means I will be hosting some giveaways from Purex! Just to be clear, the opinions below are mine (and Greg’s). We were not paid to be part of this program and the only “reimbursement” received was in the form of product to test. Purex has also graciously provided for a giveaway for you, our readers! Enjoy.

I am sure you have been in my shoes before. There you are standing over the washing machine, waiting for the rinse cycle so you can toss in just the right amount of fabric softener. Your time is wasted in waiting, so you decide to buy a “fabric softener ball” that automatically dispenses the liquid for you. There’s the one time you forgot to add the ball and the time release won’t work. Or the time the ball failed and didn’t release at all. Or, all the sudden, you have overfilled the ball. There is fabric softener all over your hands, your clothes that haven’t been washed (or just came out of the dryer), and creating little rust spots on your washer lid.

Not wanting to waste any more time, I gave up on fabric softener a few years ago when I was pregnant with Ari. Since she was born, I haven’t been able to use fabric softener on her clothes because she has sensitive skin (and frankly, I am still lazy). When Greg became a full-time SAHD, he took over doing the laundry and never asked about fabric softener. Now that we are a few years removed from using the liquid, I was excited when I was selected by Purex to review their new product, Purex Complete Crystals Softener.

This new softener comes in three great scents–Fresh Spring Waters, Lavender Blossom, and Tropical Splash that are sure to complement your favorite laundry detergent. I love the Fresh Spring Waters we tested because it reminds me of the smell of springtime in the mountains.

It is a 92% natural product that comes in a crystal form–not liquid. That means it is not oily (I hated the way other softeners would leave a “film” on my washing machine and clothes) and is better for you and your family. While I haven’t tried it on Arianna’s clothes, yet, I am fairly certain her sensitive skin won’t even notice a difference–mine doesn’t. Ok, I lie a little. My skin notices that my clothes are softer, and for days longer. As I wrote this, I was wearing a PJ shirt for the third night in a row and not only was it still soft, it still smelled like it was fresh out of the laundry! That’s because, according to Purex, the Crystals are “infusing fabric with freshness” and help clothing maintain a “naturally soft feel”.

As a mom, I love that it is safe for all clothing–even babies. It doesn’t harm the flame retardant materials that Evan’s clothes are made of and keeps even our toughest denims feeling fresh. Even our “running gear” and my PumpEase don’t loose their wicking ability because there isn’t that oily leftover. I also love that is reasonably priced (from $3.99-$5.99 depending on your stores), and available where I shop.

So, how does it work? Remember I mentioned waiting for just the right time to throw the liquid in the washer? Well, with Purex Complete Crystals Softener, you don’t have to! You just put the crystals in the washer with the clothes, start the cycle, and forget about it! When you are done, you are left with clothes that smell fresh and feel soft for days longer than the competition.

Ok, I admit, I didn’t benefit from the time saving or get to smell the laundry FRESH out of the washer, but Greg (my SAHD/Husband) did, and here’s his take on the new Purex Complete Cystals Softener:

“It gives your clothes a light, airy fragrance that sticks with your clothes. It was very self explanatory, just pour the Crystals to the allotted line on the bottle and added my clothes and I was done. An instant soft freshness. I may be wrong, but the clothes did feel softer when I took them out, even from the washer.”

Well, babe, you are right. Our clothes are softer and fresher, indeed. We are hooked and will definitely be buying more Purex Crystals Complete Softener!

Want to scoop up some Purex Crystals Complete for yourself? Enter my giveaway today! Follow the rules below and I will hook 2 readers up with a gift from Purex and me!

Purex Crystals Complete Softener Giveaway Rules:

1. There will be 2 winners of the contest. Winners will be selected at random using the number generator from http://www.random.org. Contest runs through Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST. I will notify winners via e-mail of the prize won and will send it to you. No purchase or obligation necessary by you to participate.

2. Mandatory EntryYou must comment below. Please include your name and e-mail address (the e-mail stays hidden) so that I will be able to let you know you won.

3. Optional entry: Follow me on Twitter (@mrsgregwillis) and comment below. If you already follow me, comment!

4. Optional entry: Share this post on your Facebook or Twitter (one entry per service per day) and let me know you did so by commenting below. Use the buttons or this text: “I want to win the Purex Crystals Giveaway by @mrsgregwillis on 3/28! http://wp.me/pZH8r-7n”

Good luck!