Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Turn Photos into Work of Art

In the age of smartphones, almost everyone became an instant photographer. From the food we
eat to the landscapes that unfold in front of our eyes, we use our phone to take pictures of almost
anything. These pictures, however, should not just stay on your phone. You can use them for
Shutterfly’s personalized gifts or you can turn it into a piece of art. If you want to know how to do the
latter, keep on reading and learn from the insights we will be sharing in the rest of this post.
Edit the Photos
Post-processing is one of the most important to give an artistic flair to your photos. The good news is
that you can do so right on your phone and without the need to have extensive design knowledge.
You just need to download some of the best photo editing apps, such as Snapseed and Adobe
Photoshop. With the use of these apps, you can make adjustments in the photo depending on how
creative you are.
Print It Out
It will be hard to see the artistic value of your photo when it is just stored on your phone. With this, a
good idea is to have it printed. You will have endless selections on how to print it. One of the best
would be on a canvas. You can print out photos in canvas with varied sizes and make a small gallery
out of it. Look at the canvas prints by Shutterfly to have an idea of what we are talking about.
Frame It
The right frame will also be important when it comes to adding an artistic element in your photos. A
frame will be art in itself, which is why you have to choose wisely. It should not overpower the
photograph. It should also match the d├ęcor or the look of the room where the framed photo will be
placed. Wood is perfect for a rustic and modern appeal. Metallic picture frame, on the other hand,
will be good if you want to be modern and trendy. For gallery walls, you can opt for a frameless piece,
such as canvas prints.
Let there be Light
Make your house look like an art gallery or a museum using the right lighting to draw attention to the
photo. When lighting photos in your home, make sure that it will not damage the material, especially
if it has no glass. If you want the focus to be on the art, choose ceiling-mounted accent lights. Track
lighting, on the other hand, will work if the photo changes from time to time. This will offer flexibility
as you can easily adjust the focus of the light beam. Pictures lights, which are mounted on the frame
itself, will be a great choice for creating an intimate environment.
Even the simplest photos can become a work of art if you know how to transform it into a masterpiece,
which will be possible by taking note of the things that have been mentioned above.

Do You Have A LEGO Fan In Your House?

Do you guys have and LEGO fans in your house? I do and let me tell you, I love LEGOS! They are one of the only toys that can really keep a kid's attention, no matter how big or small they are! LEGOs are actually one of the few toys that I enjoy playing with my own kids. I mean really, they are one toy that is enjoyable for everyone! You can make whatever you want, and you can play together or by yourself, that is what makes them so great! 

I don't know if you have heard of these yet or not, but they are something that most definitely needs to be on your radar for the holiday season. They are LEGO Advent Calendars, and they are SO adorable! They are so cute, and a great way to count down to Christmas! I have even heard of moms buying these bad boys on clearance and then using them as rewards for good grades, chores, etc. I love that idea, and I especially love the idea of getting these LEGO calendars for a deal! I am a clearance lover!!! You can check on Amazon, and they always have some good deals on these types of toys, and sometimes Walmart can have some really great LEGO deals too! 

We are always working on building our collection of LEGOs, So I am always on the lookout for any kind of clearance, deals, sales or anything like that. Another great place to find second hand LEGOs is at yard sales, that is where I have stocked up on a ton! If you have large consignment sales in your area, definitely check these too! If you have a little person in your life (or a big person, who am I kidding!?!) who loves LEGOs, definitely keep your eyes peeled for good deals like these! Good luck, and happy building! 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #EaseTheDay #CollectiveBias

As many of you guys know, 2018 has been a really big year for me. It has been during this year that
I have really gotten serious about losing weight, exercising, being healthy, and trying to live my best
life! I have really been paying more attention to what I am putting into my body and that means
everything, from foods to medicines and more. I have been trying to live a more conscious lifestyle,
and just take better care of my body overall.

One thing that I have made a change with in a big way is the way that I deal with occasional
constipation. I have recently made the switch and started using MiraLAX® to deal with occasional
constipation, because I really like how it is gentle on the body.

I have used laxatives in the past that were, ahem, not so gentle, and it can really make for an
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I absolutely LOVE these! They are a great way to get the relief you need. You can actually use
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when you need them.

If you are looking for a great way to use your MiraLAX Mix-In Pax, I would totally recommend
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Disclosure: I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #EaseTheDay #CollectiveBias

7 Tips for Transitioning from Dog Parenthood to Cat Parenthood

Dogs are the most common house pets around the world. Which means that most people who have had pets in their lives are likely to have had dogs in the family.
Going into cat ownership with dog parenting experience is not the best idea. Cats have needs that are different
from dogs. As an experienced dog owner consider some things before getting a cat.
Dietary Difference
While dogs can have a very varied diet, cats are obligate carnivores. This means that if they do not get meat,
their health can deteriorate fast. Feeding your cat, a vegan diet is a definite NO. Debating that a vegan diet,
along with supplements can support your cat, means that you really should not be getting a carnivorous pet.
For your cat’s source of taurine, you need to give them fish. Cat foods claim to be balanced but making their
food at home is always a better option.
Scratching Needs
Your cat may not expose their nails when interacting with you. But their nails keep growing constantly.
You either have to keep them trimmed or have to give them a scratching post. A cat scratching at your
furniture is out of necessity. To avoid this damage, you can make them a scratching post or look for
discount pet items for cats online.
Toilet Setup
Toilet training your dog and toilet training your cat are very different. Cats come pre-programmed to doing their
business in sandy areas. Potty training your cat can be as simple as setting up a box with kitty litter. The only
time a cat misses their litter box is if they are sick or if the litter box is too dirty. You need to frequently clean the
litter box.
Climbing Area
Cats love to climb. By not providing them with space to climb you put your furniture and curtains at risk. Giving
them space to climb might be as simple as cutting holes in cardboard boxes and stacking them up.
Separation Space
Unlike dogs, cats need their personal space. You need to have a covered set up for your cat to use as a cave.
Without such caves, your cat will start hiding under any furniture they find. This leads to unwanted surprises on
cleaning days.
Medical Attention
Some vets that handle dogs great may not be able to handle cats well. Before taking your cat to a vet ask
around to find vets that are more cat-friendly. Cats have different vaccine requirements as well. Ask you
r vet the full details of what vaccines your cat needs and stick to the schedule.
Leave of Absence
Explorative nature of cats takes them to far away destinations. As a first-time cat parent, you might be gripped
with panic when your cat does not return. Before jumping to conclusions give it a few days. Cats go on long
walks but they come back when they are hungry or tired. Keep some food out to lure your cat back home.
However, if you are scared of losing your cat, there are ways of preventing them from going out of the house.
Once they reach a certain age they will no longer want to leave the comforts of home.


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