Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CanvasPop Coupon and Giveaway



Sexy Nerd and I have a tradition of turning our travel photos into canvas prints for our home. We lounge in our loft across from a photo we took underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Our guestroom greets visitors with a colorful print of the picnic lawn and duck pond near my favorite museum. As far as a souvenir goes, you really can't top it. However, when you travel at every opportunity like we do, your trip photos can quickly outnumber your wall space (and budget!)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 2014

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, 2014
(Or was it at the Grand Canyon?)


This was taken...ummm...somewhere, 2014
(in Utah, maybe...?)

As you can see from my ramblings above, it's crucial to organize your travel photos while the trip is still fresh in your mind. Before my location details got any sketchier, I ordered a photo canvas from canvaspop.com to surprise Sexy Nerd.

I've used several photo canvas companies over the years. The thing that makes CanvasPop stand out in my mind is the assortment of creative layouts available. I was able to order a canvas that showcased more than a dozen photos. I also like how foolproof their online software is. When I attempted to use a low resolution image, there was a warning that it probably wouldn't turn out well with the layout I'd selected. How disappointing would it be to receive a blurry, pixelated canvas? Oh, it would be the end of the world!

Doesn't he look thrilled with his surprise? It arrived last week and the timing couldn't have been better, as I was sick in bed with the plague flu. It cheered us both up.

Thank you, Mace.

When I was feeling better, I added details about each photo to the back of the canvas.




I had the perfect spot for this latest canvas.

Before
(Why does that wall need so many light switches? We never even use any of them!)

After
(Much better!)

See how vibrant the colors are? The photo canvas brightened up the entire hallway.

We love our CanvasPop item so much that I asked if they would be willing to sponsor a giveaway for my readers. They agreed and also threw in a special coupon code. If you place an order, use LAMBAROUND35 to save 35%. I've searched online and the closest promo code I could find was only 30% off - it's the best deal out there!

Of course, you could always save your money and just win one instead...

CanvasPop Giveaway
Prize: 16x20 canvas print with a 0.75 inch frame, shipped for free

Note my strategic photo placement. In the upper right, Sexy Nerd is dumping his Great Sand Dunes sand all over the other photos. Not to worry though - I'm on the lower left, aiming my London cannon to stop him!

Rules and Ways to Enter
Multiple entries are welcome (leave a comment on this post for each entry method you complete).
Entries will be accepted through midnight on Monday, April 6, 2015.
The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be notified by email.

Entry options:

  • Leave a comment on this post
and/or 
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and/or
  • Follow me on Pinterest (especially if you enjoy photos of pretty houses!)
and/or
Good luck, everyone!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cheesy Chicken Ramen Recipe



If you love boxed macaroni and cheese, but agree that it takes too much effort to make (yes, I am unbelievably lazy) and that it costs too much money (cheap frugal too!) this is the Ramen noodle recipe of your dreams.

All you need are 4 ingredients...and really, you could make do with only 3 by substituting a second packet of noodles for the baggie of pasta.


Cheese Chicken Ramen Noodles
Serves 4
  • 1 packet of Chicken or Creamy Chicken Ramen noodles
  • 1 bag of Moderna Vermicelli, 7.05oz (or just a second package of noodles - this Ramen tweak makes an already budget-friendly meal even cheaper though!)
  • 3/4 C milk (I've made this with skim, 1%, and 2% - just use whatever's on hand)
  • 1 C shredded cheese (again, whatever kind you have is fine)
1. In a 1.5 qt or larger glass bowl, add the Ramen and vermicelli with enough water to cover. Microwave on high for 6 minutes, stopping to stir halfway through.

2. When the noodles and vermicelli are tender, drain any remaining water. Add the milk, stir, and microwave again for another 2 minutes.

3. Add the shredded cheese and Ramen seasoning packet, stir, and enjoy the chicken-y, cheesy goodness.

Who needs Kraft when you have Cheesy Chicken Ramen?

And, of course, don't forget to try my popular Chicken Curry Ramen Recipe.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The U.S.S. Sexy Nerd

A few years ago, Sexy Nerd decided he needed a boat. Not just any boat, of course - he planned to create a homemade, folding boat!

Here he is, trying to paddle from the shore:

 

Here, his dad tries to give him an unexpected, helpful push:


Here is Sexy Nerd, caught off balance and falling (almost) overboard:

 Whoops!

So, did Sexy Nerd's folding boat sink or float? Take a look:



video
For the record, I thought my music choice was mean and only played it to Sexy Nerd as a joke, but he loved it!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Wood Chandelier (How Did They Know?!)

My lovable, wacky boss finds it concerning that the internet knows so much about all of our lives. Google a product and suddenly ads for the exact same thing appear on every website you visit. If I search for something at work while logged into my boss's Gmail account, it affects my browsing when I go home, though I'm using a completely different account on a completely different computer. The internet even knows who-knows-who.

Well, my boss is going to be FREAKED OUT by this one.

I was browsing through old design magazines last night, trying to get ideas for the house we're building. I was reading an old issue of Country Living, from 2007 or so, and came across a photo of a kitchen with the most amazing wooden chandeliers. Where a typical chandelier would have dangling, sparkly crystals, this one had wood hanging from each light. They were perfect for our mountain home! The article detailed where to buy everything in the house, from the valences down to the throw rugs - everything except the darn light fixtures!

I opened my Gmail this morning and found a link to this:

Yes, it's the exact same one from the nearly decade-old magazine.

My boss may burn her computer after this.

P.S.
The chandelier of my dreams? It's on sale for $1,240.00. So much for buying a dozen of them.
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