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My Favorite Piece Of Artwork


My favorite wall art in our home is this piece - the framed birth announcements of my two children. 

Even though my children were born two years apart, I used the same birth announcement template on Shutterfly, although obviously one is blue and the other pink. I absolutely cherish these announcements so I wanted to do something special with them. 

I took them to my local Michaels, where they always seem to have big promotions on framing. The woman in the framing department helped me pick out the mat and frame to match. It was not cheap, but it wasn't overly expensive. I estimate a little under $200 but well worth it to me. This hangs on the entrance to our family room and every time I pass it my heart melts just a little bit. Bless these babies of mine. 

What did you do with your children's birth announcements? 


Win it! Epson All-in-One Printer

UPDATE: Congratulations to Bonnie P. for winning this printer! Check our our current giveaways here

This week we’re giving away an Epson Stylus NX515 all-in-one printer. How is this mommy, baby or daddy related? Who doesn’t like to print photos of their kids? I’ve used an Epson printer for the past two years and really like it. I bought a “Grandma’s” keepsake photo album and I’ve been meaning to print some photos of Reese to send to her Great Grandma Barbara.

If you don’t have a printer or need a new one, then here ya go!

With the Epson Stylus you can:

  •  Print, scan, and copy 
  • Print photos from your PC or simply insert your memory card and print borderless photos with one touch! Also, Epson's instant-dry ink provides beautiful photos that are smudge, fade and water-resistant.  (This is awesome!)
  • Share one printer with multiple PCs, wired or wirelessly; print, scan and share memory card files between your PC and printer, wirelessly with Wi-Fi and Ethernet built in

I like that you have the ability to also send photos and other documents as an email attachment pretty easily.

The printer originally retailed for $149.99 but compliments of Epson, one lucky reader will win a printer.

 To enter:

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Post a comment in the comments section of this post (not on Facebook) about why a new printer would be most useful for you.
  • NOTE: you must leave your email when you comment. It will be kept private and not shared with anyone. We need it to alert the winner. Entries without emails will be disqualified.
  • Follow @EpsonAmerica on Twitter and on Facebook. Not required for entry but it’s a nice gesture if you really do like them.

Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 1. Rules and regulations found here.


Win It! Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frame

Update: Our winner has been chosen! Thank you to all who entered. Be sure to check for new giveaways every Friday!!

Our giveaway this week is the Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frame. It is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or family members when a new baby comes into the family. Believe me on this one! We gave similar frames to each set of grandparents when Baby Mo came along and they love, love, love them!

The beauty of these frames is that you can email photos to the display from anywhere. No uploading from an SD card or USB. You assign an email address to the frame and then when you want to send a new photo to the frame, you just email it to that address. The photos are delivered quickly over the AT&T network. It is simple and instantaneous! Watch this video for a demonstration.

Clayton and I gave my mom and mother-in-law frames like these when Baby Mo was born and they LOVE them. My mom keeps hers by her bed. Every morning, she wakes up and rolls over to watch the photos of her beloved grandson. Sometimes she'll watch the entire photo collection all the way through twice! My mother-in-law keeps hers in the living room and does the same thing at night before bed. In fact, when I text her a cute photo of Baby Mo, she texts back, "So cute. Can you send it to the frame?"

We are giving one of these frames away for this week's contest. No children required. Here is how to enter:

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Post a comment in the comments section of this blog post (not on Facebook) about your favorite way to share family photos. A link to one of those photos is also appreciated because we like cuteness too! Not required of course!

Contest ends on Thursday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!


First Pregnancy - A Time To Remember

When I first told my husband I wanted to take maternity photos to remember this joyous time in our lives he chuckled at the idea but being the supportive guy he is, he went along with it anyway.

We used a a great photographer Charlie at Nucci Studio. We weren't exactly sure what we were looking for and gave Charlie creative permission to guide us and tell us how to pose, where to look, etc. Josh and I had fun posing, laughing and bonding during our photo shoot. If you live in San Francisco, I can't recommend Charlie enough. He's talented, knows what he's doing and his fees are very reasonable!

If hiring a professional photographer isn't in your budget I recommend asking a good friend who enjoys taking photos (and takes good ones) to shoot some of you (and your husband if he's into it).

We ended up with a ton of photos to remember our first pregnancy by. Many show a little too much skin but here are some of my faves I can share. I was 36 weeks pregnant.