Imagine my surprise when I looked at the calendar this morning and freaked out because it is already December 5th!! With Thanksgiving being late in the month it feels like I am missing time that I need before Christmas. My Personal Handy Man (hubby) already
Everyone knows that it is REALLY hard to take good group photos. Some of the most common errors that can occur when taking group shots are people closing their eyes right as you are snapping the picture and people looking in different directions. This is
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Everyone knows that it is REALLY hard to take good group photos. Some of the most common errors that can occur when taking group shots are people closing their eyes right as you are snapping the picture and people looking in different directions. This is so frustrating for both the photographer and the participants because it means posing longer to perfect the shot. I heard a great tip from a photographer friend that he uses when managing large groups of people. (This can also work with two or more children). TIP: Have everyone close their eyes and then open them at the same time to take the picture! Great tip right? (This is one of those slap your forehead moments where you say out loud “Why didnt I think of that?” Of course this would work.)
This is a photo from my actual wedding when people were using their own cameras to try and get some good group shots. #FAIL
(Can’t You People Just Look Forward and say CHEESE!?!?!)
I will go take some pictures to demonstrate this great tip. . . . .
“Let me just – ”
So, here is what I found out about this tip.
It is not “just that easy” to utilize the open your eyes all at once strategy. There is still some training and explaining that needs to be done to get it right.
First of all, make sure that your photog subjects are all on the same page with the whole “Open on 3″ thing. Be clear about whether you expect them to Open On “THREE” or open on 1,2,3 “OPEN“.
Next, make sure that when your group does open their eyes all at the same time they know for certain where to look. Have everyone focus on the same fixed point before closing their eyes. On “Three” they open their eyes and immediately find the fixed point. Give yourself as the photographer a second before taking the picture. So, this means that they will be “on three” And you will be on 1,2,3, “Open”. (Got IT?)
And you want them to try to look as natural as possible so give them time to just focus their eyes. And if for PETE’S SAKE you find that some people do not have the skills to Open their Eyes like a normal person to take a picture, exercise a LOT of patience and just take your shots until you can find one that works.
And . . .
If all else fails you can just edit them out.
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*This is not a sponsored post. I received no compensation for this post. My ideas are my own. This year my youngest son knows THE Santa Secret. He has been asking me for the truth for a year (or two) but I have managed to hold him off. I didn’t want to ruin the magic for him but he finally told me to “give it up”. Now I have no little ones left in the house who believe. As a mom of adult and older children I like the challenge to find new and exciting ways to create that holiday magic! This year instead of the old traditional chocolate-a-day Advent Calendar, I am making each of the kids an individualized Advent Calendar! I found so many amazing and fun ideas on pinterest, blogs and other social media. I have about fifty that I want to make, but doing these for three older children will be really pricey, so I am doing one on a budget (of course).
The first thing I did was decide that instead of spending a day folding expensive papers, I would use paper lunch sacks. Then I designed some masculine looking labels (one of for each day until Christmas) to put on the bags.
You can get these for yourself from my printable advent tags!
I went to the dollar store and a few other stores to get 25 items.
Ideas for Tween Boys Advent Gifts:
- Flavored Chapstick
- lego mini packs
- New toothbrush
- Hot Cocoa Packs with Individually Wrapped Cookies
- Sports Cards Packs
- Seasonal Candies
- Packs of Mystery Lego Characters
- DIY Tea Mug
- Flavored Tea Bags
- Book light & Magazine
- Various Gift Cards
- School Supplies
- Hand Warmers
- Shower Gel
- Laser Pointer
- Cozy Slipper Socks
I filled the bags and sealed them with a stapler and the tags! (no peeking)
Lastly, I played around with some ideas of how to present the bags.
- hide them and leave one out every morning
- hide them and bring one out every night
- hang them like a banner from string and he can pluck one each day
- arrange them creatively on a shelf or table top
- hang them with clothespins from an over sized, wire lined frame
Ultimately I decided that it would work best for us to keep them on top of a dresser in my room and he can come in and get one at the end of each day but not mess around with them over the course of a month.
Have FUN Making your boy an advent calendar for December!
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I can’t wait until my kids go to bed at night so that I can have some “me” time. With a glass of wine and some comic relief I thoroughly enjoy myself at NickMom.com. That’s right! You already know that nickelodeon has Nick Jr for the young kids, Nickelodeon for the grade school kids and teen nick for the older ones. Well, there wouldn’t be kids if it wasn’t for Moms and Nick loves us just as much so they created a place just for us! (No kids allowed). LOL Not only do I stalk their site, I also get NickMom facebook updates to know what I have to look forward too! (SO FUNNY) After you see their cartoons, videos, articles and stories you will know why I was inspired to write about my own funny experience in this post. I hope you enjoy it.
My #Motherfunny story took place a few years ago when my in-laws came to visit for the week of Christmas. I am not going to lie, things were a little tense. Usually when my MIL visits she takes over everything and I step out if the picture. She does the cooking, the laundry (even rearranged my entire kitchen a few times). I certainly don’t mind because I rarely cook any meals ever, so my kids and husband really like eating anything at all her signature meals.
This particular year I vowed to make a Classic Holiday Dinner with the sole purpose of once and for all being able to impress the compression socks right off my main man’s mama! The day came and I was ready to initiate the surprise. I asked my husband to take the kids and his parents out for the day. (This would give me time to orchestrate a Picture Perfect Family Feast). I was confident that I could rise to the occasion and pull this thing off.
The second my family pulled around the corner I grabbed my purse and dashed off. I had to get all the best ingredients for the dinner spread and get craft supplies to make the center piece. Being made to wait over 15 minutes in the line for Starbucks was depleting my Holiday Cheer. My nerves were kicking in and I NEEDED my coffee!
The overly friendly barista always makes me giddy, but today I was on a mission and not so easily distracted. I pulled out into the crazy Christmas stop-and-go traffic chugging my delicious soy and peppermint fuel.
I don’t know what happened, but by the time I carried in my bags in the house and closed the garage, I was running REALLY short on time but I knew that I could still do this! I blew the hair off my forehead, brushed off my hands and got ready to make this dinner happen. “Showtime!” I yelled, shaking my jazz hands in a blissfully quiet house. Suddenly ecstatic at the thought of being alone in my house, I smiled wide and pour a drink to stay hydrated.
Then I cranked up the holiday radio station and belted out a Christmas Song into my imaginary microphone “IT’S BEGIN TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRI- OH! #frth*! The dog ate the candy canes off the Christmas tree!!!!” I scream out loud. Making a move for the mangled tree I see the dog bolt out if the room as my foot slides through a warm pile of dog vomit. “NOOOOO”.
I yell the dog’s name but he knows what’s good for him and stays hidden in his bed. Normally I wouldn’t be so freaked out about a little vomit, except that now my Mother-In-Law will be totally justified in disliking my dog. (In his defense though, he hated the rug.)
While Holiday Vomit does smell minty-er than regular dog vomit, neither version are what I want to be dealing with right now. I am WAY too busy for this people. When I say I am busy I don’t mean that I may have to decide between going to my pedicure or missing my yoga class kind of busy. I am the kind of busy that means I am either going to clean up the dog puke or just roll the whole rug up and put it out with the trash kind of busy.
I have family coming over in less than an hour and I have to have everything done for dinner!!! Oh My God, seriously? I just spent all day slaving over every restaurant curb side in my town and I still have to delicately transfer all those individual foods to my own baking dishes so I can fool my mother-in-law! I survey the rug and decide to give it one good shot and if it doesn’t come clean I will go to “Plan B” and destroy the evidence.
I run to my china closet and get out one of the really good plates. (You know those heavy duty paper plates with the word ULTRA in the title?) I cut one in half with my craft shears and voila! I have the perfect sturdiness for scooping the red and white speckled vomit into the trash can. But even after all the scooping and rubbing an Ultra paper towel into little bits with rug cleaner, both the stain and the faint smell are still there! As I am on my hands and knees I hear the car doors shut in the driveway! GAAAAH! They are home early! At this point I am waving my hands and experiencing a SEVERE mini heart attack.
I can hear their jovial laughter approaching the door and right then a light bulb goes off in my head, although at that moment it is as radiant and miraculous as the star over the manger of the sweet baby Jesus himself. I get the best Christmas Miracle idea ever. I reach over to my wine glass and throw what is left of the heavy red wine on top of the stain! (GENIUS!) As my family walks in I pretend to scrub nonchalantly at the stain with what is left of my shredded paper towel. “The dog spilled wine on the rug” I cry out.
Everyone just stares at me for a moment looking quizzical. I can see by my Mother-in-laws expression that she thinks I hate her rug. No dinner is going to make up for this. “We are going out to eat!” I say cheerfully. “The drinks are on me.”
Jump into the crazy mom fun @nickmom on twitter where your new best friends can sympathize with you needing a freaking break and where all of us will love to hear the funny things that your child says each day! Get in on the fun and the action with me and other FAB mamas at the #Motherfunny paradise created by nickelodeon made just for us. Find me there @dapperhouse so we can commiserate. See you there!
I like to bargain shop on Black Friday so I have been looking at the ads and making my lists. This weekend I ran up to Walmart to check out the store so that I would have a better idea of where things are located and what will be in stock. While I was in the electronics section looking for things on my list, I happen to see an end cap display for a cheap wireless plan for Smartphones. I thought it was too good to be true but went over to check it out. I FREAKED over their Unlimited Plans for only $40 per month! My eldest son had accompanied me and after we spoke to the helpful and knowledgeable sales associate, he decided to switch to this plan with his existing i-phone 5 because it is $60 cheaper than what he is paying now!!
So I have to backtrack a bit here. My husband and I have had numerous conversations over the past 6 months about getting our tween son a cell phone. Life is busy and it would help our entire family out if the tween had a cell phone too. Not to mention that because of his age he is spending more time away from home and we want him to have 100% access to his family at all times. ( I want to have access to him 100% as well.)
My husband wanted to get our little guy a Smartphone for Christmas. Our tween has already had an ipod touch for a year and has been responsible with it. The ipod touch can do everything that a cell phone can but doesn’t allow calling! So, it just makes sense to find him a cheap wireless plan.
I decided to take a look at the phones that were available with the Walmart Family Mobile Plans. Turns out that you can use your existing phones like my older son did, or you can buy their new phones starting at only $30. I chose a mid-priced Smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit because it had all the cool features that are important to kids these days.
Then for the plans. The UNLIMITED PLans (talk, text & web) was the lowest priced rate plan I had ever seen for only $40 per month!!! There is a $29 Talk & Text Option too!!! Best Wireless Plans EVER!! ( I am even changing my personal cell phone plan over to this ASAP.)
So, I called my husband and let him know about it. He was on board and made a great point that because the phone is pre-paid we won’t have to deal with the outrageous “accidental” charges that surprised us every month with our first two kids. And I thought the it would be a great lesson in finance and responsibility for our little guy to help earn the payment for his phone bill each month as he sees his older brother and sister pay for theirs.
At first I was excited and kind of disbelieving. I asked a LOT Of questions about the TOS and plan and I got my answers. Once I was actually at the counter paying for the phone and plan I was ELATED that this “good” decision had only taken me 20 minutes and only cost me $133. WOO HOO!!! Fast, Easy and Inexpensive just the way I like it! (Best Wireless Plan EVER!)
Even writing this I am floored that I got an an the Lowest Price Rate Plan AND a smartphone for this cheap. I can hardly WAIT to see his little face when he opens this on Christmas! This is why I love Christmas!! seeing the looks on my children’s faces when they are feeling happy & blessed!
I am really relieved that I took care of the big gift for my youngest son. Here is what’s left for me to hunt down at Walmart on Black Friday. . .
(The Power Washer is for my husband who has ALWAYS wanted one. The camera is for me because mine is old and broken and I HAVE to have it for both my jobs. Oh, and the laptop is for me because again, mine is old and broken and shuts down every 20 minutes. The screen is broken and the letters are worn off. So I need some great deals!) Merry Christmas to ME!
In the comment section please tell me some great deals that I should look for when shopping the day after Thanksgiving. THANKS!
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Campus Book Rentals was one of the ways that I saved money while in Grad School over the past couple of years. I finally graduated but only in time for my son to go into college. It is time right now to register for the Winter semester and books are right around the corner! We registered at the last minute last semester and he bought books at the local bookstore. (YIKES!) With what I am able to get for selling back his books I can rent the ones from Campus Book Rentals for cheap!
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