Canvas Champ 12 x 8 Canvas Review and 10 x 8 Giveaway 10/11/14


I am an avid picture taker and even though no where near a professional, I do enjoy collecting many memories throughout the years of my family.  My current mission is actually rounding up all pictures from both sides of my family to create a nice guest room and to share in the memories of generations gone by.  I've been slacking in getting pictures and prints up on my walls mostly due to all the moving around so the opportunity to review a canvas from Canvas Champ was ideal!

The canvas, although the appearance in my photo are not as vibrant as in person, it's spot on with the photograph.  The colors are perfect along with the lighting and the wrap around canvas and ready to hang hardware makes it even more appealing.  I don't know about you but I hate having to assemble the hanging hardware on pictures and since it's already attached, the only problem I had was to figure out where to hang it.  I cannot review the ordering process as I ordered via a person direct but after looking at the site, it looks incredibly easy ...so easy, I'm ordering this right now!



The process is so easy:

  • Select the type of print you want: canvas, peel & stick, photo boards, metal prints, acrylic prints or canvas banner.
  • Upload your photo and choose from the various options from layout to size.
  • Select display options, border and frame and any optional retouching and color finishing
  • Add to the cart
You can see a 3D view, on the wall view and in design view to ensure you are getting exactly what you want.



They also have a 100% guarantee so if you don't love your order, they will back it up!  Shipping is free for orders over $100 and they tout fast shipping.  I was AMAZED at the speed of delivery and my canvas was packaged to perfection with no damage.  The canvas at the top is just beautiful isn't it?  Canvas Champ has a repeat customer now!



The Giveaway:

One winner will receive their very own 10 x 8 canvas.

To Enter, please use the form below.

Giveaway ends 10/11/14 at midnight (EST).  US only please


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Homeschool English Tea Cakes with World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Review & Giveaway ($85 Value) - US - Ends 10/11


I'm starting a series of homeschool recipe days which currently has an English themed due to my dual citizenship and the girl's grandmother being from England.  The girls are enjoying selecting a recipe and then making it.  We have tried egg salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches, pork pies, strawberry scones and now English cream tea cakes minus the clopped cream.  So far, most have been a hit except the little tea sandwiches so I wonder how bangers and mash will go over.  This morning, we started our day making the tea cakes and setting up for our little tea party.  We also utilized our complimentary Prosperity Cinnamon compliments of World Vision.

Danielle is definitely in her element and is loving the idea of the Jane Austen/Regency period so she must get dressed up to include the traditional English type hat.


Jamie skips the formalities and just participates but was quite pleased with her recipe choice.  She also liked this recipe since we were using a product that will raise awareness about giving back.  The girls have a non-profit that delivers items to children with epilepsy and/or asthma so giving back is huge in our house.



Our recipe addition was our complimentary prosperity cinnamon we received from World Vision.  This world renowned sweet cinnamon from Vietnam is collected from the Cassia tree.  The villagers carve these beautiful boxes out of cinnamon bark and it contains 3 ounces of cinnamon.  The symbol on the box is the Asian character for prosperity.  


It's simply beautiful and a magnificent gift for those the have a love in the kitchen or Asian art.  If you have not heard about World Vision, they have a Christmas edition that is released every year with beautiful, unique and handmade gifts that are available to purchase in exchange for fighting poverty across the world.  The World Vision's Gift Catalog provides over 100 different ways to improve the lives of children through clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans.  There are many gifting options as well that includes helping those in the United States from giving food, backpacks with school supplies to disaster relief.  There are so many options to make a difference and give back from the smallest token at $20 to the very large gift donation of $39,000.





Our recipe was very easy:

1 cup of butter
3/4 cup of sugar
2 1/4 cups of flour
4 tablespoons of Bird's Custard Powder 300g
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 
Beat butter and sugar until very soft.  Add beaten egg, custard powder, flour and salt.
Knead on a floured surface.
Roll out and cut with a plain biscuit cutter.
Bake for 10 minutes or until a pale brown.



Add clotted cream or rasberry jam.  I had neither one so I just mixed powder sugar and almond extract together for a slight sweetened taste.


The girls had a lot of fun with their tea party once again.



The Giveaway:

One winner will receive the same gift I received.  A World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Box valued at $85.

To Enter:

Please use the form below.  Giveaway ends 10/11/14 - US only please

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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide.

Some World Vision Gift Catalog Facts:

  • The 2014 Christmas season marks the 19th annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog.
  • More than 100 meaningful gifts ranging in prices from $16 to $39,000 are available.
  • There are more than 250 items available online at www.worldvisiongifts.org
  • More than 30 gifts are in the catalog at $35 or less
  • Donors can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one.

Homeschool British Themed Recipes: Pork Pie


We started on a little road of discovery all about Britain.  I'm a dual citizen (by descent) since my mom is from there thanks to a changed law that recognizes the maternal link.  I'm also an ardent Jane Austen fan and that is slowly creeping into my daughter's interest.  I instantly fell for a quirky movie based on the love of Austen titled Austenland.  Low and behold, my younger who is a self-proclaimed 'mini-me', loves it too which has inspired all this new found interest in England.  We previously had our first tea party with homemade strawberry scones followed by a luncheon with finger sandwiches which didn't go over well since they are not egg fans.  Our latest dish was pork pie which was very tedious to make and required me to learn what ramakin dishes were as I had no idea what their official names were.  Luckily Walmart had four but remembering how the Walmart here is not too good as I've opened spices that were already opened along with a couple of other incidences, I decided to remove the lids on each dish to make sure they were not cracked.  Of course, one was so I'm glad I checked as it would have been a real damper to find I was out a dish.  


So, with only three dishes on hand, we proceeded to make our British Pork Pies.  I called my mom since she's the resident expert in this area and when I told her what the recipe entailed, she proclaimed it wasn't like the pork pies she grew up with and that they ate them cold and they had a gel substance inside.  I can honestly say I can do without the gel thank you very much!  So here are our pictures of the long process but very condensed:


The dough is made after the pork and bacon mixture have been prepared and is cooling in the refrigerator.  It was a basic flour and lard recipe and was simple to make.




The skillet included onions, garlic and green apple:
Half the pork butt and thick bacon mixture is pulsed in a food processor and returned with the other half.   It does not look too appetizing!


My two girls are the pickiest eaters ever but they really enjoyed the pork pies!  It was a win!


Not quite like the recipe picture but it was still good!  Want to try it?  Here is the link for British Pork Pie recipe.


Our Homeschool Lesson: Making Scones for Our British Theme


I love Jane Austin mostly because I was introduced backwards via movies instead of books first.  Maybe it's because I'm a dual citizen by descent or not but all things British have an enormous appeal to me.  My mom and dad were married there while my dad was in the Air Force and I've been there a few times thanks to work (picture above).  I adore Austenland, a quirky movie about Jane and Mr. Darcy but in a different way.  My younger one, who is proud to be a junior version of myself, likes it too.  As part of understanding how learning is picked up better when it interests children, I couldn't ignore going down the British route to teach.  As a spur of the moment idea, I decided we would bake scones, have a high noon tea (chocolate milk) and printed off some educational sheets.

 

I found this wonderful recipe but changed it up a bit to go a little organic.  I used King Arthur Flour, Wholesome Sweeteners, butter and strawberries.

2 cups flour
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
4 tablespoon half & half
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 diced strawberries

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3 tablespoons of milk or half & half

Preheat oven to 350.  Add first four ingredients to food processor.  Process until butter is blended into pea-sized pieces. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.  Stir sugar, cream cheese, egg, half & half and vanilla into mixture until blended.  Gently stir in strawberries.

Generously flour surface and roll dough into a flat shape.  Cut scones with a cookie cutter and place about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake 16-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Stir glaze together.

When slightly cool, glaze scones.










Announcing Another Grandchild and Win A Wish from Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers

I participated in a Huggies® and Mom Central posting opportunity in which I received a gift card from Huggies® in exchange for my honest opinions.


If you are a regular to my blog, you know that I have children and that I've always stated what a Huggies® family we are.  Not only did I use Huggies® with my two younger ones but my oldest uses Huggies® exclusively too.  I didn't use Huggies® with my oldest as she's 26 and have no idea what I used all the way back then!  I have tried many brands and I do have a second favorite but I always turned to Huggies® for the reliable protection and unbeatable skin care which is why I eagerly wanted to share Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers with you.  I also wanted to share that I'm going to be a grandmother again!  My oldest is due early November and in spite of her newly discovered ovarian cancer, we know her little-one-to-be saved her life as the tumor wouldn't have been discovered if it weren't for him.  As she progresses towards her second child, who are close in age to my second crew of children, we are happy to continue along the Huggies® line of products.

As snug and as happy as can be with a dependable, dry Huggies® on!
We all love those adorable soft hugs from our babies, not to mention as they grow too, so why not have make sure the second hug is just as soft?  Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers has a new Gentle Absorb Liner that provides a cushiony layer of protection with hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows keeping your baby's skin dryer. Huggies® has changed and improved over the years with such great new features such as a wetness indicator so no more putting that finger inside the diaper to feel if it's wet.  For the newborns, there is an umbilical cord cut out to help protect that sensitive healing spot that we all worry about.  The diapers also feature a cottony-soft inside and out to help keep your little one comfortable as well as a unique stretchy Snugfit waistband that is flexible and pocketed to help keep the messes inside and not all over the bedding or your arm.  

As I plan for my newest grandchild, it's time to open up an old post I wrote in which I made a Huggies diaper cake for my first grandchild.  This time, I'm using Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers in a Beatrix Potter theme and will stack the sizes since Huggies ® Little Snugglers Diapers are available in five sizes from Preemie (up to six pounds) through size 3 (16-28 pounds).  With a suggested retail price of $11.99 for a jumbo pack to $22.99 for a BIG pack, I can't go wrong and the other beauty is, they are available in grocery stores and major mass retailers nationwide so wherever I shop, I will be able to find them.  Although my favorite place to shop is Target, which I had done weekly while we lived in El Paso, but we just moved across country so now I have to find my nearest Target and fast!  My oldest loves Target too and has a registry for her baby-to-be.
As part of my participation in this project with Huggies® and Mom Central, I received a $50 Target gift card which I used to purchase two packages of Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers online as I forgot to capture my prior week's purchase of Huggies® for my other little one.  If you haven't shopped online via Target, you are missing out!  There are great shipping deals and other specials they routinely run and if you live in a congested area like I do, shopping online beats fighting traffic!

If you know someone who is pregnant or if you are, don't forget to submit your wish to Huggies® as for six months, there will be one lucky winner per month with a prize value up to $5,000!  All you have to do is create, if not already done, a registry at Target and then click on the Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers Make a Wish to learn more and enter!  I just did so hurry and enter and as a bonus, you get to sign up for a free sample after you complete your wish entry.  The registry is fast and easy and really lets you set up what you want and need to help others give you the perfect gift!  Target provides suggestions or you can browse on your own and what is wonderful, Target will even allow your gift givers to ship the gift to you!


LeapTV Pre-Order is HERE!

This is a sponsored post from LeapFrog and MomSelect but the opinions are of my own.

If you have children, you probably have heard of LeapFrog.  My children and grandchild are big fans of LeapFrog's array of educational products and from the LeapFrog family including the LeapPad, LeapReader Interactive Map, Letter Factory DVDs, LeapReader Book Sets, Touch Magic Learning Bus and Leapsters that we own and now we can't be more excited to learn about the latest LeapFrog product is now available!  This is sure to be a huge hit with kids given that it's made for kids and provides education and action.


LeapTV provides three opportunities to play from body motion, pointer play and classic controls.  Just swivel one end of the controller out with a simple click to play in pointer play mode.  For body motion, no controller is needed and your child will be able to use the camera mode for playing fun games like Sofia the First.  Classic controls might be a favorite to the little video game avid who's used to pressing A and B buttons for fast paced gaming.  The three modes of play will surely be a hit among the little ones and why not offer up educational value while they play?  I know my kids love playing games and I gravitate towards the ones that will teach while engaging their attention in fun play.

Check it out the LeapTV behind the scenes video here and don't forget, you can now purchase the new LeapTV during the special pre sale!

Get Ready for LeapFrog's NEW LeapTV Gaming Console Coming September 2nd

This is a sponsored post from LeapFrog and MomSelect but the opinions are of my own.


As I previously wrote, if you have children, you probably have heard of LeapFrog.  My children and grandchild are big fans of LeapFrog's array of educational products and from the LeapFrog family including the LeapPad, LeapReader Interactive Map, Letter Factory DVDs, LeapReader Book Sets, Touch Magic Learning Bus and Leapsters that we own and now we can't be more excited to learn about the latest LeapFrog product releasing on September 2nd called LeapTV!  This is sure to be a huge hit with kids given that it's made for kids and provides education and action.

Mark your calendars because on September 2nd, LeapTV Gaming Console will be available for pre-sale!  If you haven't heard about LeapTV, check out the great LeapTV YouTube video:


My Grandchild's Finding Nemo Birthday Party

My oldest decided on a Finding Nemo theme for her daughter's third birthday.  She did a great job making everything herself with the help of a printer, her Cricut and lot of ingenious ways to create the perfect Finding Nemo party.  She did a great job and I was very proud that she has picked up my love of party planning and will give her daughter memories to last forever.

She made this cake and as you can tell, her daughter enjoyed blowing out the candle:


She created the Hershey candy bar wrappers by designing them and printing them on her printer.  The inner liners hide the candy bar.  I purchased a bulk supply year's ago from a buyer on E-Bay.



The background was a shimmery material purchased at either Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  All the cut outs, banner and signs were made using the Cricut and the Finding Nemo cartridge.  Didn't she do a great job?



She made cake balls and dipped in white chocolate to make the clam shaped bowl full of pearls and used a small bucket from Michaels and Goldfish to make shark bait.  Again, a great idea!


Frito Lays Potato Chips were the perfect sand dollar long with some lost treasure and a plush Nemo from Disney.


She also designed and printed the water bottle labels.



This is my youngest enjoying the party!  I embroidered personalized Nemo shirts for each of the girls and she made them chevron skirts to match.



Here are both of my younger children really loving this party!





Overall, the party was a hit! My grandchild loved her gifts most of all as you can see by her expression of receiving a baby doll.  My oldest did a great job with this party and can't wait to see more ideas!  She's a natural!

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