CanvasPop

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How appropriate is it that I am off on my girls’ week full of crafting, relaxing, and spending time with my friends (including one of my favorite Pittsburgh photographers) and I’m stopping in to give one of YOU a chance to get your creative on?!??! Highly coordinated, as I do. ūüėČ But no, seriously. I’m¬†super¬†excited to tell you all about CanvasPop and how they helped me get our first real family of six photo up on our walls.

Ok, first some life rules. All of you have to promise me this in life:

  • Take pictures. Lots of pictures. Even when you feel sick, gross, or (yes) even fat. Because you don’t look like you think. Take this photo, for instance. One of my favorites, taken a year ago when I was fresh home from a night at the ER.

  • Share your pictures.
  • Print said pictures. Don’t let them just sit on your computer, phone, or camera.
  • Hang up said printed pictures. Enjoy them. Create a wall of photos that makes you smile.

So now, the part I am most excited about. Our first family of six photo now lives forever in our home on a beautiful 16×24 canvas from CanvasPop. Of course, the canvas doesn’t magically come to you via thin air. You have to take some actions…

  1. Go to CanvasPop.com and look around at all the options.
  2. Decide what canvas you are interested and what photo you’ll get printed.¬†We obviously chose the one of all six of us that made us smile the most!
  3. Upload your photo to¬†CanvasPop‘s super easy upload tool.
  4. Edit, if you’d like.
  5. Wait for your support agent to email you that your proof is ready for approval. It will look something like this: orderpreview
  6. Once you’ve approved, it’s off for printing. Patience (but their shipping is super fast, so you don’t need a ton).
  7. Open the adorable package.
  8. Hang canvas.

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It’s that easy. I mean, honestly, I probably wrote in way too many steps. I’m simply in love with the canvas (and my family).

And…there’s more. CanvasPop is so awesome that they are giving away a canvas to one of my readers! This giveaway will end in a week, so get in on this fast!

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Didn’t win but still want a discount? Use code¬†LILBURGHERS35¬†for 35% off (does not apply to shipping or gift cards and it cannot be combined with other discounts/offers) through¬†January 29. This is the cutoff to get canvases printed for Valentine’s Day shipping.

Happy picture time! xoxo

Show Me a Picture

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When you have twins, it takes a long time to get from place to place…even when they aren’t with you. “Show me a picture!” or “How are they sleeping?” followed by “ooo”, “aaah”, “No way are they sleeping through the night!”. I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy it (because people rarely ask about the big kids anymore, so I know the day will come when the novelty of the babies wears off too).

But what I haven’t learned is to be prepared with pictures. Sure, there are tons of pictures on my phone (you’re following me on Instagram to see most of them, right?), but they are never “enough” in my mind. It’s time I get out the big girl camera and actually photograph all four kids and better yet, PRINT those photos. Because while these pictures are cute…

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…I have no excuse to not have precious photos printed to share! This is when it’s probably a good time to admit that I have yet to print off photos of the girls to put in the three scrapbooks I received. Even better? They are already laid out and one came with tape, so all I need to do is print and post. Really.

Even better? I’ve been using Shutterfly for years to print my photos because they always have really nice deals for moms like us (yeah, I’m calling you out, too) who forget to print their digital memories. Someday Facebook isn’t going to be there and they’ll want the books. My big kids already do. That’s why I LOVE Shutterfly. I upload my photos straight through the app and then print and ship.

And when they have deals like this one: All customers enjoy 101 free 4×6 prints with promo code 101TREATS at checkout¬†you really have no excuse to not head over to Shutterfly.com¬†and get your photos off your phone big girl camera and into your hands, tucked into scrapbooks, and hanging on your walls.

You can thank me later – now go and print away! Still here? Share the link to this post with one of the pictures you are going to print. Be sure to tag #lilburghers when you do!

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Family Gift Idea: Canon from Best Buy

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

One of my ultimate Christmas wishlist items for a family has to be a camera. There are so many memories to capture, and there are way more smiles and tears to capture that shouldn’t have you shelling out lots of cash to a photographer (provided you promise to get in some of the pictures yourself!). With the latest and greatest digital cameras, like the¬†Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy, you can take beautiful pictures every day right at home.

Think of all the memories you are going to want to capture this holiday season. I know my digital camera will be out to capture moments my phone is simply too slow to keep up with like…

‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†Capturing Arianna’s face when she sees that Santa is bringing her Barbies
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†Sneaking up on Evan as he’s sneaking candy from his stocking
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†Setting up a timed photo to be sure we get a family shot (I tend to stick behind the camera, but that needs to change)

If you are in the market for a camera that is easy to use and will let you capture your moments, then might I suggest you head to Best Buy to check out what they have to offer this year. You see, Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories.

One of their options tops my list – the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. We have the T4 and I can understand why the latest model from Canon is one of the best-selling DSLRs out on the market. According to Best Buy, “this camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression”.

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Source: Best Buy

What should you know about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i? 

‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†It captures Hollywood caliber full HD video
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†You’ll have continuous autofocus while taking HD video
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬† ¬†The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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And even better, right now (through December 20, run fast!) you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. (*offer valid 12/7-12/20)

Seriously, I may have been asked by Best Buy to give you these deets, but I longed for a¬†good camera for enough years and can’t wait to break it out and start really shooting the memories again. If you look back on this blog, you’ll understand. Those phone photos are¬†ok, but there is just something about putting a real camera body and lens in your hands and snapping away. Trust me. And I can testify, the Canon Rebel series is easy to learn on and will withstand years of use so you can capture memories for years to come.

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Getting Her to Smile

Arianna.

Every single day, you make us smile (and yell, and scream, and laugh, and make blueberry noises, but most of all smile). The thing is, it’s hard to get you to smile when I think it counts. Like when I want to take a cute picture of you.

Tonight, I might have cracked the code. When I whipped out the camera to take a shot for an upcoming review, I decided to take a picture of Baby Princess Tiana. That made you very happy. “Look at how she smiles for the camera”, you exclaimed. Yes, yes she does.

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After seeing how glorious of a photo Tiana produced, you asked if I would take some photos of you. These shots were silly faces  like this (and these), not quite a smile for the camera, but close.

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You turned the tables and asked to take a few shots of me. I braced myself, remembering the day last week when Evan somehow Spiderman’ed the camera off the island and carried it around the kitchen saying it was heavy for far too long before I realized what he had in his hands. Was I really about to put all that responsibility in the hands of my four-year-old? Luckily, I have a strap (covered in a beautiful print from Marine Parents!) and a tad bit of faith in my kid. I forgot to switch it off manual, but you did a good job anyhow.

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And when you were all done, you let me take a few more shots. While it’s not the beautiful smile you wear day in and day out, it’s a start.

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Kiddo, I can’t wait to share my love of taking photos with you…now if only we could find that point n’ shoot!

Jumping in Muddy Puddles

Sunday made for the perfect day to go enjoy some time down by the creek.

‘lil Miss A got to do one of her favorite things, jumping in “muddy puddles”. Sadly, she couldn’t do her other favorite thing, fish, but she got in plenty of practice with a stick.

‘lil Man popped himself a squat on the creek bed and played with muddy rocks, no jumping for him!

We took several photos, and you can head over to Flickr to see the rest of them!

The Trouble with Photographing Kids

This photo cracked us up. You see, we are trying to get the kids to pose “long enough” for us to snap a few good photos in manual (and get full use of our DSLR). Well, ‘lil Miss A refuses to pose for the camera except when we are absolutely not ready. Tonight, she had her own little shoot with me, but chose not to really smile. As I crawled over to ‘lil Man, she popped up in my face and said, “CHEESE”, pushing me into the shutter button. The camera and the photographer CLEARLY were unprepared, but oh what silly faces the “film” caught.

Hopefully this photo gave you a few laughs tonight…we’re having “one of those nights” over here that we really needed a laugh, and this did the trick.