Saving Our Memories Using Shutterfly!


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Shutterfly Yearbooks! Easy & Affordable!


    For those of you that use Shutterfly already I'm sure you know of their huge selection on items you can customize yourself that help you enjoy and preserve memories of all types! Also including Shutterfly YEARBOOKS! If this is your first time hearing about Shutterfly its time you get ordering so you can see what keeps us going back (I use my account all the time...with 4 kids running around I'm always snapping pictures!) The quality is stellar, the ideas can be as unique as you are and the options are endless! I've put pictures on coffee mugs, magnets, books, you name it! I have never had anything ship late or arrive damaged and I'm always excited to see the orange shutterfly boxes coming to my door! Remember Christmas and birthdays as well! After getting good with the site I started to make things for people and its much more meaningful than aimlessly buying something at the store because you don't know what to get....if all else fails, sentimental always works! So now that you know a little about my love for this company let me show you whats so exciting about their yearbooks!!

This year they have a brand new style called Best in Class, and parents can now order directly online!

Easy to make Specially designed page templates make it easy to capture school year memories. Just add photos and we'll arrange them for you. Or customize it just the way you want.

Easy on your pocketbook With prices as low as $6 per Yearbook, you can be book smart and pocket wise. Enjoy savings of up to 70%.

Made to last Our award-winning photo books are printed in color and professionally bound.

Flexible orders. Fast delivery. Purchase only what you need and have them delivered to you in two weeks. Plus, your Yearbooks can be re-ordered anytime

Get a quote- Their quote tool calculates how much your Yearbook will cost.
Get account credits- Pay for your Yearbook order online. Your account will be credited.
Make your Yearbook- Checkout when you're done. Your books will arrive in two weeks. It's that easy.

For help making a yearbook you'll love you can click the following links!
Tips and Tricks
Shortcuts & Ideas
Photo List
Schedule & Timeline

To Win an 8x8 – 20 page hardcover photobook plus US standard shipping promo code (expires 4/31/2013) Enter Below by leaving your email and what you like about the yearbooks! Giveaway will end March 23rd 2013.  I will use a random number generator to pick a number (I will match the number picked with what number your comment was on the list and then email the winner)

*Winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email or another winner will be picked!

*Must be 18+ to enter!

Don't forget to make it a school year to remember. Shutterfly Yearbooks are the easiest way to preserve school memories

DISCLAIMER: this post was sponsored by the above company in exchanged for my honest opinions!
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Busy Days

I've never completely understood the phrase "working mom", whether you work out of the house or not I can almost guarantee your days are filled with many responsibilities and countless chores so that's a pretty redundant phrase!! Although I have had many new things happen in the past few months and I am back in the work field!! After what felt like oodles of training I was hired to the u.s.p.s. as a rural carrier...I basically load up my jeep with all the mail and packages of the day and drive on all the back roads I never knew existed. It's been a good time so far so I'm hoping that continues to go well, with a family of 6 you almost need both parents working these days!! My other time consuming endeavor has been to take up quilting!! I feel that it's beginning to be a lost form of art in the younger generations so I want to learn before there's no one left to teach me besides google!! Although the Internet has been useful in some cases it helps to have "in-person" help. So far I picked material, kind of learned how to use the sewing machine, got the tools I need to cut blocks and have sewn 18 "9 blocks" together! So I'm still a ways away from completion but I have enjoyed it this far and hope to have a finished product to show you soon seeing as how my computer time goes down when I use it as sewing time! Any input or advice on the quilting adventure is welcome and appreciated!!
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Comfort Zone with D.A.P.


Comfort Zone with Feliway  Diffuser (for the cats) and Comfort Zone with D.A.P. Diffuser (for the dogs) both mimic the pheromones emitted by cats and dogs that send a signal of comfort, helping animals feel at home in their environment. When your pet senses the pheromone, she feels secure and comfortable, reducing her fear reactions and her urge to act out destructively through chewing, scratching or house soiling. It’s also a great product to help pets adapt to surroundings when introducing new family members or traveling!

Click below to hear Wilson the Cats story!!!

Pheromones emitted by animals through their skin and glands are natural chemicals that help them to communicate with others of the same species. In mammals, the vomeronasal organ, a structure close to the nasal passage, receives these pheromone signals. When animals receive pheromone signals, there is an involuntary behavioral effect on those animals. There are many types of pheromones, and different classes have different effects. For instance, some serve social functions among animals, while others serve sexual functions. Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) products mimic the “appeasing” pheromones secreted by nursing mother dogs, sending a signal of comfort and safety to her puppies.
When your dog or puppy senses the pheromone, he feels secure and comfortable, reducing his fear reactions and his urge to act out destructively through chewing, excessive barking or house soiling. The diffusers work by using a heating element to disperse the pheromone into the air. Once the pheromone is present, the pet breathes it in, and the pheromone attaches to a receptive organ, called the vomeronasal organ located in the nasal cavity. The vomeronasal organ then signals the brain, via nerves, and a sense of well-being is established.

Just plug it into the room in which the dog has recently urinated, chewed or displayed other signs of stress, for ’round the-clock' control One diffuser bottle lasts 30 days and covers up to 500 - 650 sq. ft. Refills are available wherever Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® products are sold Sprays are available in 75 mL bottles, perfect for traveling.
                 Meet Rocky, the pictures you see here are of "puppy Rocky" and he was adorable and actually a good puppy. Move up to 6 month old Rocky....he chews the kids favorite stuffed animals, any type of hard toy and not daddy's but ALWAYS mommy's new shoes which almost brought me to tears may sound over the top but I never buy myself new things very often because I'd rather shop for the kids and I love shoes. So after wearing a beautiful pair of wedges once and then finding them destroyed was heartbreaking!!!!! Someone must have known I was ready to snap because shortly after that incident I was told about Comfort Zone. I was skeptical at first because by what other dog owners told me I either had to crate him after he chewed something or just wait for him to "get out of the stage"!! I could not afford to wait for that to happen when he was eating $10 in toys every other night! I love the company of my dog when my kids are all napping and my hubby's at work or when I'm up late. A pet is a wonderful thing to have but I cannot stress to you how much I disliked him at times before Comfort Zone. I followed the instructions and put the warmer in my kitchen.....Rocky always sleeps on that floor at night and its close to where he commits his chewing offenses!! After the 1st month his chewing did decline but it wasn't gone. his attitude was also better when company came over.....he use to jump all over new people and that seemed to be declining as well. Month 2 passed and Rocky stopped chewing shoes and toys. He was even better with people coming into the house and wasn't as hyper. Month 3  Rocky chewed nothing and had no excitement accidents in the house. Which I really wasn't planning to fix with the Comfort Zone but something, somehow in the past 3 months made it stop. My main concern was the chewing which to this day I haven't lost any more shoes since Rocky's 2nd month with Comfort Zone!!!! HAPPY MOMMA HERE!!!  MY TIPS: Remember each pet is different, you may notice a huge difference in your pet after 1 month of use or you may have to keep at it steady for 5 months. BUT seriously the refills each month are cheaper than losing a brand new pair of shoes or your toddler's favorite toy each week and ITS NOT HARD, you put the refill in the warmer and change it after 30 days....sooo much easier than trying to get a trainer to fix your problem!! I did 3 months to be safe and bought 2 back up refills in case I see any habits start to come back. I have waited ONE month WITHOUT using the comfort zone at all.........I have yet to see any stress related destruction happen. Below is a picture of Rocky tonight with the vet recommended product that saved our relationship!! :)   P.S. Rocky just turned 1 this month!!

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Ends December 31st 2012
3 people will win $10.00 off coupons on any (one) Comfort zone Diffuser or spray! This is for the Dogs product only!! Not Cats!
To Enter comment below with your email address and what your pet's bad behavior is!!
*I will use a random number generator to pick a number (I will match the number picked with what number your comment was on the list and then email the winner)

*Winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email or another winner will be picked!

*Must be 18+ to enter!


DISCLAIMER: this post was sponsered by the above company in exchanged for my honest opinions!

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Minted.Com Holiday Cards!

Its that time of year again to whip out the camera and snap some awesome shots so you can create your own personalized holiday cards!!
Here's MY story: So I am the type of person that sends Christmas cards out every year no matter how busy I am, but in a rush I use to just pick up those packs of mixed cards you see in your local discount store and figured they'd do the trick. Thing is...they don't. As the holidays came and went I started noticing how awesome some of the cards were that people sent me and how boring mine were in comparison. Not Cool because I am not a boring person. I wanted nice writing and cool pictures and pretty envelopes!! I wanted people to get my card and say "Wow, this is neat!" and by them remembering my card they should also remember the message it came with! I know some of my friends do theirs at supercenters and they turn out okay too but I needed something simplier...I have 4 kids...theres no way I can make my Christmas cards and keep my sanity intact at a store. Then came Minted! I can now do everything I wanted to and more from my computer chair!  I can make cards with unique shaped edges, add my kids pictures to it or have no picture at all, pick out my font design and its size! I control the thickness of my paper and the color of my envelopes and can even make return labels to jazz my card up even more!! A professional will even check over your creation and fix or let you know of any problems and make you a proof to see!! The quality and designs are great, the customer service is excellent if you need any help and the price is right! So if your looking to wow your friends and family with a card this year and show them your not a "boring christmas card picker-outer" its time to start your holiday cards with Minted!!!
P.S. The style above is what I picked out! Its bright and beautiful and has plenty of places to add your own touch to it! I also decided to not have it like a traditional card but to have a family picture put right on the back (so its only front and inside!) and I picked out silver envelopes instead of "boring" white and made some return labels to spice it up even more!! I hope you enjoy making your holiday cards as much as I did!! Remember to be creative...especially since you can be!! ;) 
About Minted:   At Minted, we love the idea that our products will find their way into your most personal celebrations, and we don't take that honor lightly. That's why we only use fine paper stock, rich inks, and crisp printing methods. A haven for paper lovers, we print our designs on a variety of thick, luxurious stocks. We guess you could say that quality is an obsession for us. We stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We are proud to offer a stunning and exclusive assortment of holiday cards, Christmas cards, and wedding invitations sourced through our global community of indie designers. Whether you're looking for non-photo or photo cards, modern or vintage designs, Minted allows you to customize a design to be uniquely yours.
We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of indie designers that people may not have access to through traditional retailers. Our goal is to use technology to allow our community to discover the work of great designers from all over the world. And at the same time, create a place where designers can get exposure and build their careers.
Minted holds monthly design challenges for stationery, invitations, calendars, and other categories and all graphic designers are invited to enter. The Minted community selects the best designs in a highly competitive process, which gives us a top selection of the freshest, finest cards in the world. Winning designers earn cash prizes, a place in the Minted collection, and commissions on all sales of their designs
 If your as interested and new to this company as I was please read on to learn more about Minted, I really like so much of what they do, how they do it and what they accomplish with each and everyone of our orders!
DISCLAIMER: this post was sponsored by the above company in exchanged for my honest opinions!

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