A Wedding Picture…Canvas love

It’s hard to believe that in August it will be eight years since I said I do to my man.  It’s incredible how time flies when you’re having fun, when you’re having kids, and when life is busy.  Remembering days like that gets harder and harder as time goes on.  Thankfully I’m still holding strong to those memories.  There was awhile though, where looking at those pictures were difficult.  I suppose that is probably one of the reasons why i never got any to hang in the house, or put in a frame on the mantel. It’s a ridiculously long story and one that I probably won’t talk about; but the point is I don’t have anything hanging around my house.  Canvas has always been something I’d admired, but it was always so expensive.  Pinterest has some pretty cool ways to create canvas prints, but I have a feeling that would stay on the boards for quite awhile and would never get done.  When the chance to check out Easy Canvas fell into my lap I jumped at it.  And where else could I start but the wedding.

Not only was this option easier than doing it myself, it was affordable and I could be sure that I would have a professional looking product that reflected that amazing pictures of that day.  It turned out to be a rather easy venture with a self-explanatory process and quite affordable.  The first picture/pose I tried to upload didn’t work for the Canvas.  It couldn’t really be edited properly to get the look that I wanted for the size that I wanted.  But once I chose an image that fit well within the size of canvas that I wanted we were good to go.  The customer service with Easy Canvas was wonderful.  I say they are the place to go  for Custom Photos on Canvas.  I was so pleased with how it turned out.  The colors were gorgeous.  And everything I loved about this picture in digital form shone through in the canvas version.

But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there.  For all my mailitary peeps out there EasyCanvas.com is also BuildASign!  They have an absolutely wonderful program where they provide free Welcome Home banners for our returning troops.  What a blessing for our military families.  I know that if I was in need of this it would be a wonderful blessing.  One less thing that I would have to worry about, think about, and try to find the time to do with three little ones running around and all the other things that a spouse is doing to prepare for the return of their soldier.

Make sure to visit EasyCanvasPrints.com and BuildASign.com to get more information about either program.

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15 Favorite Apps for Kids!

 You know that pinterest cartoon where the crazy stick figure is pounding their computer because they must pin everything?  Aside from that being a perfect representation of me and pinterest, I also happen to be a crazy app lady.  I’m constantly scrolling through apps, downloading them, sometimes deleting them, but mostly loving them.   The Mil-Spouse’s (with a husband gone a lot) best friend is the IPhone with Apps.  It really is.  It really is horrible, but I’m proud to say that I only pull it out during long Grocery Trips or car rides, and when Phillip is sleeping…oh wait…I sort of was implying I rarely pull it out.  I swear its not out all the time.

Anyway, I’ve found some pretty amazing kid apps through other mom recommendation, random searches, and opportunities to review so I thought I would share some of them.

What is so wonderful about most of these apps is that they are free.  The ones that cost are relatively cheap at .99.  That I can handle.  Free is probably one of my favorite words, so if I can get something that makes a shopping trip easy AND its free, then I’m good to go.  These are some of our favorites!

1. Princess Coloring Book – free
this is a darling app where you can color princesses, mix and match the dresses and maneuver through a maze.  My three year old had a lot of fun playing with it.

2. ABC Mouse – if you subscribe to the service (which I love, see review here), make sure you download the app! They’ve done a great job with the app.

3. Franklin’s Bumpy Buggy – .99
This was an app I was able to review for free.  It is another darling Nickelodeon appThis is an app that would be good for older kids, probably about 4+.  The reason why I say this is because you have to tilt and move the phone to make the race cars go the way you want them to.  The graphics are great, the sounds and characters are straight out of the cartoon, which kids surprisingly pick up on.  If you’ve got a little Franklin fan this is the game for you.

4. PBS Kids app – free
A great app brought to you by PBS.  You can watch whole episodes of some shows, like Curious George and Arthur, and they rotate them out.  There are clips of some of the other shows on PBS kids. 

5. Disney Jr. Appisodes – free
A very similar app to PBS kids, however there are less shows to watch, unless you are a Comcast subscriber.  You are able to enter your Comcast information and have more access to episodes.

6. Toca Boca apps – We love love love these apps! My four year old loves them, and my seven year old daughter loves them too. My nine year old likes the cooking one. There are a variety of kinds to choose from and you can also bundle them up.

a. Toca Pet Doctor b. Toca Kitchen Monsters  c. Toca Hair Salon d. Toca Beginners Bundle

7. Dora Ballet – 1.99
More expensive then I originally wanted to spend on apps for the kids (I really wanted to spend nothing!).  I decided to get it on a day when my daughter was sick.  She absolutely loves it.  I’m sure any of the Dora apps are wonderful.  She plays it over and over again.

8. Angry Birds Star Wars  .99 Cents – probably our favorite of the Angry Bird Series

9. Angry Birds Go .99 cents – This is the version of the game where you can purchase little cars and they get sucked into your game when you put them on your iPad camera!

10. Angry Birds Free 
Any of the Angry Birds free are fun.  When my kids get tired of one version I simply look for another one.  They are fun and silly, and there is always a couple levels to play on the free versions.  Easy for little kids to understand and they like to watch each other play it.

11. Dino Dan Camera – free
This is a fun little app for your own Dino fans.  You hold your phone out and can see Dinosaurs no one else can see.  My five year old thought it was pretty fun.  I was kinda bummed that there is only one type of dino you can see in the pictures, but what else do you expect from a free version.

12. Minecraft {Pocket Edition} $6.99 – While we are a fan of the Minecraft PC version (we have a private server set up), the iPad version is great. Make sure for the newer versions you have the wifi off and they kids aren’t accessing open multiplayer games.

13. LEGO Ninjgo {The Final Battle} free – There are tons of LEGO games to choose from, and this is one of my kids’ favorite Ninjago games {available on ipad and iphone}

14. LEGO Movie Maker free – a cool way for older kids to make a stop-motion LEGO movie.

15. LEGO Batman DC Super Heroes $4.99 

Hope this list helps you out!  Stay tuned for more to come! Do you have good apps that I haven’t listed? Leave them below please.
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Leading Lady Supports the Military!


          I’m totally giggling in my head right now about the title of this post…I hope someone else does too!  Once again I’m bringing you an awesome discount from Leading Lady.  I’m a huge fan of Leading Lady and have been using their bras since I was pregnant.  As a well-endowed chicadee I’m always looking for bras that I like.  There are very few pretty bras for us gals that don’t cost a million dollars.  Thankfully there’s Leading Lady.  This time around I was able to try out two different kinds, the seamless padded wirefree bra and the Lace Underwire Full Figure bra.  I was kind of nervous about the wirefree one, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it provided a lot of support.  It was really comfortable and it was really seamless.  A+ across the board.  The Lace Underwire bra was also amazing.  Dainty and beautiful and comfortable.  I really liked it.  If you’re looking for a beautiful bra for a full-figured lady this would be an excellent choice.  And as always, the customer service provided by Leading Lady is always par excellence’.  I’m never disappointed with that or the ability to fit myself without having to go into a store. 

Leading Lady is a premiere intimate apparel company dedicated to creating comfortably functional, remarkably affordable, stylish and easy-to-wear bras, camis and sleepwear. A family owned and operated business, Leading Lady has been expertly tailoring nursing and full figure bras for top brands and retailers across North America for more than 70 years. Leading Lady’s comprehensive line of nursing and full figure intimates – including sexy stretch lace wire-free and underwire bras, supportive and seamless sport and yoga bras, and cozy sleep and leisure bras – can be purchased directly on LeadingLady.com.
Leading Lady is proud to celebrate “Leading Ladies” everywhere through its products, programs and philanthropic activities. Leading Lady is committed to supporting military families, as well as a variety of organizations and issues relevant to women across the country. Follow Leading Lady on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

         I’m also proud and happy to say that Leading Lady is a supporter of the military and I have a special discount that goes through tomorrow (I know I’m sorry its so short, but this storm has me all behind).  The Leading Lady Military Discount will score you 20% off when you enter the code MBLOG20.

I was provided samples for my review as an ambassador for Leading Lady, but I was not compensated for positive feedback.  The thoughts and opinions stated here are my own.

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Month of the Military Child Giveaway!

Well April is almost over, how did you show your appreciation to the Military child in your life? We did a lot of family tim with the kids, which we try to do anyway when Daddy’s home. I think once the kids are older we’ll really be able to do something specifically special for them in relationship to their military service. Its kind of hard I found when they are five, three and six months old. LOL! I never really thought much about it, but their concept of our military life is fairly innocent and my three year old has no concept of it really – other than recognizing the “army men” walking around her everywhere (Yes, all uniforms are Army men). If you would like more information or to search for ways to assist the military child in your life please check out my ‘Military Resources’ tab. As a close to the month of April I have a wonderful review and giveaway of two wonderful products geared toward the military child. And let me just say, first off, that was so honored to be a part of these two items and, now, share them with you.
 The first item is Cooper and Me and The Military. I absolutely love this book, but I love the story behind Cooper and Me almost more. Here’s a little bit about the Cooper and Me books. In 2010, 11-year-old Alexa Peters, along with her mother Monique Peters, found a meaningful way to turn her passion and love for writing and drawing into an opportunity to “give back” to other kids. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me. The story of a little girl’s fears about starting school evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children. As retold in Cooper and Me, Alexa’s own story had a “happy ending” – a clever, compassionate solution that involved taking a small replica of her beloved pet to school with her. The first book introduced the family’s real-life dog, Cooper the Labrador Retriever, and the mother-daughter team began imagining a series of stories featuring Cooper that would engage little kids while guiding them through the ups and downs of daily life. In addition to the original Cooper and Me, four more story books are set to publish throughout the next twelve months, all containing relatable life lessons inspired by Alexa’s experiences, with illustrations based on her drawings of Cooper. To enhance the fun and learning potential of the series, each Cooper and Me story is accompanied by three original, infectiously upbeat songs and narration. The music is written and performed by Bridget Mason Doran, a music educator and founder/owner of Tiny Tunes. Team Cooper was further expanded with Jennifer Scarpa, who brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience from public school programs that address social/emotional learning. Jennifer and Monique met while collaborating on other education projects and soon realized they shared a vision for helping children develop the skills and resilience to handle various life experiences. To ensure the series reflected Cooper and Me’s core mission, Monique and Jennifer set up an educational advisory panel to oversee the development of the books’ supplemental learning components for children and adults. The panel consists of Karen Lunny, who also serves as editor, Ann Mele, and Carolyn Olivier, all educators with a passion for early childhood learning. The Team Cooper creative team is rounded out by Nicolette Pappas, a contributing writer to the Cooper and Me series, and Christie Holmes, our art director, also known as the Iconista. Christie has retained the charm and spirit of Alexa’s original drawings as she has extended their use to the website and other graphic applications.

What an amazing story. Cooper and Me is also dedicated to Philanthropy and that is another amazing part of the Cooper and Me Story. This is a sweet little story that is great for lots of ages. My five and three year old sat and listened to the story and both were able to understand what they story meant and how it related to them. They recognized the uniforms and both commented on how that was like Daddy. The drawings are simple and sweet, with great colors. I love this book and its a great addition to our military books for children. I highly recommend you add this book to your collection. One reader will have the chance to win this book below. Buy it: You can buy a copy of Cooper and Me and the Military here for $12.95

The next it is a new item from a company called Troop Paws. I was contacted by Troop Paws to review a new product aimed at Military Children. Here’s a little bit about Marlene and the Troop Paws company.

 I understand the importance of giving back, which is why for years now I have been baking cookies for the troops as a sign of support for our servicemen and women. My passion for our brave troops led me to a factory that manufactures uniforms for the military. It gave me the idea to create a stuffed animal for military families and friends. The courage of family members left behind is so admirable that my hope is that loved ones find strength and comfort in this personalized keepsake. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation and Treat The Troops.org.

For years Marlene has been devoting her time to making life for our men and women serving overseas, a little sweeter! I really love that not only is this company is devoted to Military members and their families, but it doesn’t stop there. She just keeps paying it forward by donating a portion of the proceeds to Treat the Troops and Folds of Honor. Please check them out as well. Here is what I received from Troop Paws:

This is an alternative to some of the other similar items out there for kids. I’ve seen lots of things that are like this, but NOTHING like it. I love that it is a dog first off! My kids thought it was pretty darn cool – a dog with daddy’s uniform. And the little place to put a picture is the perfect height for my little guy on the floor. Its a great size, perfectly huggable, and way bigger than similar items on the market. It come with a collar and its own dogtag, with the Troop Paws logo on it. It is really super cute, amazingly made and it truly is a great product. It is available in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine camouflage. Each one with an clear pocket for your Troops picture. Buy it: You can head to Troop Paws and order one for $29.95. If you are Navy you may be able to find yours at your local Naval Exchange.

But it:  If you don’t win or would like to go ahead and buy one for you or a friend TroopPaws have offerend a special discounted price to my readers but clicking here!

Win it: One lucky Cammo Style Love reader will be able to win a Troop Paws puppy in their respective branch camouflage. Good Luck!!
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