10/31/15

Giveaway! CanvasPop 16x20 Framed Photo Print

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It's time for the
Thanksgiving Blessings
Giveaway Hop
from November 1-15

As we head into November, I am always mindful of Thanksgiving. There are so many blessings in my life, including my family, my friends, my health, my home, my readers (that's you!), and the incredible opportunities my blogging offers me. I'm also thankful for all the wonderful sponsors who offer fabulous prizes to my readers! The Thanksgiving Blessings Giveaway Hop is a fabulous way to find holiday gift ideas and win prizes that would make perfect presents for you and your loved ones. All the bloggers listed at the bottom of this post are offering giveaways and you can enter to win great prizes on every blog! 
My passion for the beach can easily be spotted in my master bedroom. My decor is covered with palm trees, so shooting some amazing palm tree photographs when I was on the island of Nevis was a dream come true. Every time I look at this print, it makes me feel like I'm still standing on that beach with the sea breezes blowing through my hair. CanvasPop took my favorite palm tree perspective shot and turned it into a gorgeous framed photo print!

CanvasPop printed my favorite photo on fine art paper and framed it in a black wood frame with a white mat for extra effect. There is even a piece of glass in the frame that will protect my beautiful shot. I am simply beside myself with joy! It is gorgeous and I'm extremely impressed with the quality.
It's so easy to do...just send them your favorite photo and they will enlarge it, frame it, and send it to your door. It was packaged incredibly well, with bubble wrap and cardboard to protect it during shipping. It arrived in perfect condition and ready to hang with a wrapped wire already attached to the back. The photo print is crisp and clear. I highly recommend CanvasPop!
Visit CanvasPop.com for quality art and home decor that you will be proud to hang in your home. They'll do amazing work with your photographs. They also offer canvas printing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee for life. A framed print is a great holiday gift idea too!
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DISCOUNT CODE for my readers: You can save 35% off your entire order by using the discount code WEIDKNECHT35. This discount code expires on November 30, 2015, so order today!

Win a 16x20 Framed Photo Paper Print with a 2.5" white mat!
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. The giveaway is open to readers age 18+ in US, CAN, and EU. Giveaway ends on 11/15/2015. Good luck!

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10/30/15

Fleece Photo Blankets for Warm Holiday Gifts

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Some people like to layer their clothes when it's cold, but I'd much rather wrap myself up in a thick, soft blanket. Collage.com took one of my favorite floral photos from my Nevis trip and turned it into my favorite fleece snuggle blanket!
The colors on my photo blanket are as gorgeous, crisp, and clear as the original photograph. You can use just one photo like I did, or you can use a bunch of different photos to quickly create your custom design. It's super easy to do with their online design tool and they will ship it right to your door, or you can create one for a holiday gift. You can even choose the size and fabric!
My blanket is super soft and extremely well made. The stitching is perfect all the way around the edges. It would be fun to make a photo collage of family photos or a travel blanket of all the places you visited this year. What a warm holiday gift idea!
Visit Collage.com for great personalized holiday gift ideas!
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10/29/15

Fire Prevention Month with Smokey the Bear #FirePreventionMonth

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Living in central Texas has taught me the importance of fire prevention. In 2011, my brother in law lost his house and everything in it to the Bastrop fire. It took a long time for them to rebuild. There was another large fire in the same area just this past month, but fortunately their property was safe this time. The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans. In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center). In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.

Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes. We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.

How can you help support Fire Prevention Month?

Learn how to build a SAFE campfire to prevent wildfires
Campfire Safety

See how easily burning debris can start a wildfire
Debris Burning

Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires
Equipment Maintenance

Safety is not only important indoors, but also around your property and community
Community Fire Safety

How to prevent and detect fires inside your home
Home Fire Safety

Understand why some wildfires are caused by careless behavior
It Could Be You

Take the pledge! Do it HERE!
Pledge to be smart when using fire outdoors so you can do your part to prevent wildfires.

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10/28/15

World Stroke Day is October 29 #worldstrokeday

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World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29. 
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the U.S.
A few months ago, one of my friends had a stroke and because of her daughter's quick thinking, she was able to get medical help quickly. Although she has a bit of vision loss, it could have been much worse. It's important to know the signs of a stroke!

Facts about Strokes:
  • Someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
  • In the U.S., stroke is the No. 5 cause of death overall, killing nearly 130,000 people a year.
  • Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of long-term disability.
  • About 800,000 people have a stroke every year.
  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
  • When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
How to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. (the warning signs):
F - Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T- Time to call 9-1-1 - If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Download the mobile app! www.StrokeAssociation.org/warningsigns

Join the @American Stroke Twitter Chat!
It will be hosted by @iHeartRadio on 10/29 at 12pm CT. The hashtag is #StrokeChat. Hear other people’s F.A.S.T. Songs, share your own, and join us for a great discussion about stroke. You could even win a prize!


10/27/15

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (October 28-November 3)

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Giveaway! TheraFit Shoes

TheraFit Shoes Giveaway Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2015 Open to US

Shoes can make or break a day. If my shoes hurt my feet, I just want to start the day over. It's even worse if my back starts hurting because of my shoes! Feet are our little treasures that we forget about until the moment they remind us with aches and pains that they are there. One of the easiest way to take care of our precious footsies is to wear comfortable shoes at all times. Especially when you are on your trips or exercising or running your daily errands. When feet are in comfort – we accomplish so much! TheraFit shoes have been designed with your feet in mind!

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Each TheraFit shoe has been designed using a patented technology to accommodate our feet in arch support and heel comfort. Wearing such shoes on the daily basis will improve lifestyle and well-being of our feet. The company's goal is to provide a footwear that protects and relieves us from arch  and heel pain, plantar fasciitis, pronation and many other foot pain symptoms. If you or your loved ones feel discomfort wearing their pair of shoes – it is time to look for a new pair that will change how your feet – and ultimately you – will feel every day.

We would love to give away a pair of Therafit Austin Clogs for the comfort you desire and your feet deserve.


Prize – A Pair of TheraFit Shoes, Austin Clogs, $120 Value
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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on November 4, 2015

Giveaway! Old Barn Rescue Wall Decals #home #decor

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I've been searching for over a year to find the right wall decor for above our master bed. I finally found it! Old Barn Rescue makes a huge array of hand-drawn vinyl wall decals. As I looked over their selection, I came across "I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4" and knew it was the perfect one.

It arrived in a thick cardboard tube in perfect condition. Since my walls have an orange peel texture, I had some concern about whether it would lay flat, but Old Barn Rescue decals are very high quality. It takes just a couple of simple steps to apply the decals to the wall, from taping it, rubbing it, and peeling away the transfer paper. The hand lettering is simply gorgeous and it looks fantastic!

Old Barn Rescue offers a lot of different vinyl decals, including inspirational verses, love verses, design graphics, children's decals, plus sayings for various rooms in the house, like the laundry room, the kitchen, and the entryway. They even have personalized decals and car decals. In addition, they have beautiful upcycled decor and clothing. These decals are wonderful gift ideas and I highly recommend their decals!
Visit www.oldbarnrescue.com to shop their beautiful collections. 
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Win an Old Barn Rescue Wall Decal!
The winner will choose any wall decal, valued up to $36. The giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 11/8/2015. Good luck!

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10/26/15

Monster Pile-On Preschooler Toy by HABA

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Monsters don't have to be scary to young children. After 25 years as an early childhood educator, I have a really good eye for toys that preschoolers, parents, and teachers will love, and the Monster Pile-On from HABA checks off all the boxes.
Monster Pile-On comes with an assortment of wooden monster characters, colored wooden dowel blocks, monster cards, a monster base, and a booklet with lots of fabulous ideas for creative games to play. It's designed for ages 2 and older.
Things I love about Monster Pile-On:
All of the pieces are incredibly durable and will last for years.
It can be used for open-ended play or to play several specific games.
The pieces are chunky and designed to be held easily by tiny hands.
The monster's faces are smiling and friendly.
The pieces can be used for stacking, sorting, matching, counting, and color recognition.
It's excellent for developing hand-eye coordination.
It can be used for solitary play or group play.
It can be played with in a variety of ways.
Monster Pile-On is perfect for either girls or boys. It's a wonderful gift idea for a child ages 2-6 and is an excellent choice for an early childhood classroom. I definitely give Monster Pile-On my stamp of approval!
Order Monster Pile-On at www.HABAusa.com and check out all their affordable, high-quality developmental toys, games, costumes, and more!

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