An Easy Print Canvas for me & one for you too!! {Giveaway!!}

Remember when I asked you to help pick out my family photo?

I am not sure why I even asked because I was pretty confident on which photo I was going to be picking out to get print onto a canvas for my living room. And to be completely honest, when I asked the husband to pick out photos that he liked so that I could share them with you all and get your honest opinions….well, I sort of didn’t like the outtake that he chose, so I picked another one. shhhh, this will be our little secret

Not long ago Megan from Easy Print Canvas contacted me and asked me if I would like to review a canvas from one of my photos or prints for my website. I told her I would, but wouldn’t it be great if I could give one to my readers as well.

Guess what? She thought it would be a great idea as well!

Let me just tell you that I L-O-V-E my canvas. It makes my heart smile each and every time I walk into the room & see it. The photo I tried to take of it doesn’t even do it justice, but I wanted to show you how great it looks against the red in my living room.

My canvas is 16×20 in size and when I finally get it on the wall (we are going to be doing some rearranging of furniture so I didn’t want to just hang it for a minute to snap a photo of it) I will be sure to share a photo with you. We opted for the image wrap for the side, but you could also pick the mirror image side or a solid colored one instead.

The website is super easy to navigate and uploading and customizing your canvas is really a breeze. One of the things that I like most is that they put a hanger for the canvas on the back so we don’t have to worry about doing that later and messing it up.

The only cons that I found were that it was hard to pick the photo I wanted to use and the fact that Easy Print Canvas doesn’t use Paypal as a form of payment. Hopefully they will remedy that soon.

Now onto the Giveaway for Y-O-U!

Would you like to win an 11″ x 14″ canvas for your home or as a wonderful gift? (Or you can upgrade like I did and get a larger canvas for a killer price!) leave a comment below telling me what photo you would have enlarged and put an Easy Print Canvas.

Want extra entries? (I know you do!!)
For each extra entry come back here and leave a separate comment.

1. Like Easy Print Canvas on Facebook and leave them a note on the wall letting them know that Domestic Extraordinaire sent you!

2. Follow Easy Print Canvas on Twitter.

3. Follow me, @DExtraordinaire on Twitter

4. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook wall.

5. Tweet about this giveaway making sure to include @DExtraordinaire and @EasyCanvas in the tweet

6. Follow Domestic Extraordinaire or sign up for my feed over in the right hand column there.

7. Blog about this giveaway on your blog.

There you have it eight chances to win a canvas just in time for the holidays.

Now for the legal stuff.
This contest runs from today,11-30-2011 through Monday, 12-05-2011 at 8 AM EST. This contest is only open to residents of the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) Winner will be selected at random and will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner so make sure I can get a hold of you! I was given a canvas to facilitate my review but all opinions expressed here are my own.

If you want to read other stuff (and this isn’t mandatory to enter the contest my boss just likes people to read the articles I write over there so she can justify doing things like paying me) I wrote check out the time I didn’t work out with Bob Barker and my reflections on being sixteen and pregnant

Helping to Power A Bright Future with a Giveaway


Sometimes I walk up to the playground and I just sit and stare at the school from the bench next to the playground. It seems so long ago that my girls ran out of those double doors and into my arms after the bell rang.

Its amazing to me that with school closings in our area, making the student size bigger, that the feeling can be the same.

McKinley is one of the elementary schools in my town. The one that I went to for my Kindergarten year and then my girls attended when we moved to this area in 2005. It was a school that I was confident for my girls to go to after talking with the secretary (who now happens to be a good friend) on the phone for 15 minutes when calling & getting information about registering.

I remember how she stayed later than she would have normally stayed so I could get a chance to get up to the school to register them and how she wasn’t upset when I didn’t have all the paperwork. How each member of the staff that we encountered that day was so very friendly and asked the girls about themselves and welcomed them to their school.

How when I visit I can always count on a hug from Mrs. Sullivan and I am always able to pop my head into Mrs. Ward’s classroom and say hello to all My First Grade Friends.

How teachers that didn’t even have my girls in their class will ask about them by name and sigh when I tell them that Giggles will be a sophomore and that she is driving.

“She can’t be big enough for that.” they always say. And I always agree.

In some ways the school is very much the same, but in other ways it is different.

Last year it was rumored that grades K-3 were going to lose their PE, Music, and Art classes. The teachers could just do that stuff in the classroom and the kids always get out for recces.

Thankfully by some miracle we were able to hold onto PE, Music, and Art Classes for the little ones, but sadly something else had to go.

The Band & Orchestra Programs for kids in elementary school is no longer there. Sure, they can pick up band or orchestra when they get to one of the middle schools, but I just don’t think its the same.

I remember when my girls were entering 5th grade and how they were excited to be able to play in Band for the first time. How each week they would tell me about the day that they got to be excused from class with their fellow band-mates so they could go practice.

I knew that if I had a question about something, Mrs. Brawley would happily answer it, even when she was in another school that day. The kids loved her and we loved that when she said that the concert would be 30 minutes long, it was 30 minutes long.

Each year in May they have a huge Band Concert at the end of the year and all of the 5th and 6th grade bands from the entire school district get together to play the same songs. The kids get all excited as they get to play in the High School Gym and its really something that so many of them look forward to.

I remember the difference in what just one year made in how they sounded. It was phenomenal.

When Clorox and The Motherhood contacted me to ask if I wanted to be part of The Power a Bright Future Campaign I knew what school I wanted to share with you.

Now many may ask why wouldn’t I pick the middle school or even the high school to submit for this grant. The answer is simple. Elementary school is the foundation, the building blocks of a child’s education. So many times they are at the bottom of the list because the needs of the older kids come first.

We could have lost football or track or some other thing associated with the middle or high schools, but we didn’t.

I know that McKinley would benefit from a grant of $50,000. Couldn’t a school in your area benefit too?

Now a little something from Clorox

· Music, art and sports offer some of childhood’s most memorable experiences, but recently, budget cuts in schools nationwide mean many of these programs are being cut. We know these programs can be critical to a child’s educational experience, and can be just plain fun.

· Each year parents hold fundraisers to keep enrichment programs in schools. Now there’s another way to raise money for your child’s school: Power A Bright Future, created by the Clorox Company, will help brighten kids’ futures with school grants to help fund critical programs. Parents and teachers can help kids continue to learn and play by nominating their school programs for a Power A Bright Future grant from the Clorox Company.

· Since 1980, Clorox has donated $80 million to non-profit organizations and community programs with a focus on schools. This year, the company is awarding four grants, totaling $110,000, to help fund school programs that will brighten and enrich the lives of kids.

· There are multiple ways to participate and win. In addition to nominating your school and voting, participants have the chance to win a variety of daily prizes including supplies for your school and coupons for Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox® Regular-Bleach and Clorox2.

· As part of the Power A Bright Future grant program, Clorox is seeking nominations for school programs for a chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize grant or one of three $20,000 grants to help provide critically needed resources to school programs that enrich kids’ lives and create brighter futures. In November, four schools will be chosen to receive grants and the opportunity to impact the lives of children in their communities.

· For more than six generations, Clorox has been a trusted stain remover and disinfectant, ultimately helping to keep families healthier, cleaner and happier. Clorox wants to continue to celebrate these activities that help kids continue to learn, play and create. To nominate a new or existing school program, visit www.Clorox.com from August 12 to September 27, 2010 and choose the category that best represents your idea. The three categories include: Learn, Play or Create.

· Nominators will receive exclusive Clorox classroom tools and the chance to win coupons for Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox® Regular-Bleach and other great prize packs daily.

· Once the nomination period has closed, we will leave the voting up to you. Between October 4 and November 1, be sure to vote for your favorite nominee. To encourage votes for their entries, nominators will receive a “Promote-it!” kit with tips on how to encourage votes, like sharing on Facebook and an e-mail for friends and family members.

· For official rules and to nominate a school program, visit www.Clorox.com.

And if you got through all of that I have a surprise for you!

I will be giving away one Clorox Back to School Goodie Bag if you comment and tell me what program you would most like to see your school get if they were awarded $50,000 from Clorox.

Included in this pack will be:

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Dr. Harley Rotbart’s book Germ Proof Your Kids
Clorox Hand Sanitizer
Tissues
Fun stickers
Crazy cutting scissors
Markets/pencils/crayons

Now for the rules (because there always has to be rules you know!)

This giveaway is open to US residents only. (I know, I know my Canadian friends it is upsetting but you should be used to this by now).
This giveaway will end on September 7, 2010 and the winner will be randomly drawn the good old fashioned way of pen, paper and a big bowl.
Make sure you have a valid email attached to your profile or you can leave it in the comments.
If I don’t hear from you by September 8, 2010 I will have to pick a new winner on September 9, 2010.
If you would like an extra entry to the contest you can tweet about it using the hash tag #cloroxbrightfuture (make sure you leave the link to your tweet.

FTC disclosure-I was compensated for my time of writing this post and hosting this giveaway through Clorox and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own and I really do love my girls elementary school

Around My Neck

I wear a certain necklace around my neck each day.

Recently I have been wearing two necklaces thanks to her, but that is a story for another day

“Is it Lisa Leonard?” I get asked.

Nope.

“Oh right, its The Vintage Pearl” they always reply.

Wrong again.

My necklace, one that I put around my neck each day, even on days in which it feels like a weight due to my fibromyalgia was lovingly made by my friend Melissa of Cascade Custom Crafts.

She blames me for getting her into all of this.

I admit to only getting her started in scrapbooking.

If you have never seen my necklace, I would like to introduce you to her.

Why yes I said her, the only guy coming this close to my girls on a regular basis is my husband.

My Necklace Among The Cards

I know that your first thought is “Wow that is a beautiful necklace!” with a close second being “Why is it laying among those business cards?” with a possible third thought being “Hey look there’s my business card!”

Well friends, today I am happy to tell you that you can win a $25 credit to Melissa’s shop by participating in a little contest.

I swear it’s not hard and it should be fun.

See this photo?

Not As Many As You Would Think

These are the business cards that I collected from BlogHer, less one because my husband needed to write down a number and for whatever reason I let him use a business card out of my purse to do so, you know so he wouldn’t write on his hand again because I am so nice and gracious like that.

All you have to do is guess how many business cards are in that pile and you can win yourself a necklace of your very own.

Note my necklace isn’t pictured because I designed it myself and truth be told that isn’t the ‘bling’ it came with I just recently switched it out because I spilled ice cream on my necklace…you know while it was around my neck. True Story

Let me give you two hints.

1. I didn’t really ask for anyone’s business card unless I was talking to them for a good while.

2. For me going to a conference with 2,399 of my closest friends I was seriously disappointed when I counted how many cards I actually got. It is sad and pathetic and I probably shouldn’t be allowed to exchange business cards at another conference ever.

Now for the details

~This contest ends on Friday September 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. EST.
~You may only enter once.
~In the event that two people pick the correct amount, I will randomly draw a name.
~But people this is an open comment form so try to check what others have guessed before you put your guess in.
~If no one picks the correct amount it will go to the person that was closest & if there are more than one of those that are equally far away from the unsaid number of cards I will randomly draw a name.
~The winner will have until Monday September 6, 2010 to contact me if not I will randomly draw a winner on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. So make sure your email is connected to your blogger account or you leave me a valid email in your comment.

FTC disclosure The original necklace was purchased by me (well techinally the husband as it was my mother’s day gift). I was not compensated in any way and the opinions expressed are solely my own except for the ones that I shared that others shared with me and I am pretty sure they weren’t paid for their opinions as well but I can’t be sure because people are tricky like that. Also I didn’t steal any of the business cards, not that I would steal business cards and if I did steal them I would probably steal way more of them so that the number would be higher, because FTC the number is sad and low