Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sweet Shot Tuesday

Sweet Shot Day

So the other morning I was up much earlier than I would have like to be. As I looked out my kitchen window (during a rare period of no rain) I saw that the light from the rising sun was hitting grandpa's old shop in a beautiful way. I quickly grabbed my camera and headed outside to try and capture the lovely image. This is what I got.

This one is SOOC.

And this is the same shot edited to look like an old-time photo. I thought it turned out kinda neat :o)

For more "Sweet Shots" visit My 3 Boybarians.


Monday, March 29, 2010

iheartfaces - Dramatic Black & White

This weeks challenge at iheartfaces is Dramatic Black & White. Ever since their "Hands" challenge a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about different "hand" shots. I really wanted to get some pic's of Little P's hands, but had never gotten around to it. When we were at the beach a few weeks ago, Hubby and Little P were standing hand-n-hand looking out at the ocean. I thought it would be a great shot, so had them continue the "pose" for a few minutes while I snapped away. I think as I got to this shot, Little P had had enough! But I still think it's a great shot :o)

For more amazing Black & White shots, visit iheartfaces!


Menu Plan for March 29th

This week we will be having..............

Monday - Kids will be at their aunts. Hubby and I will pick something up while shopping.

Tuesday - Split pea soup with bread and cheese

Wednesday - Spaghetti with salad

Thursday - Pot roast with carrots and potatoes

Friday - Potato bar

Saturday - Beef enchiladas with beans and rice

Sunday - Not sure what our plans our yet :o)

For more wonderful menu plans, visit Organizing Junkie.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photobook Review

So last month I stumbled across an offer for a completely FREE photobook (meaning the book AND the shipping were FREE). I didn't share it with you all right away because I was a little skeptical of the offer. After all, how good can the quality be if you can get it for free? The deal is, you can get one completely free book per month. So what's the catch? The catch is there are advertisements in the book. The site claimed they are easy to remove and "family friendly". My experience: They were easy to remove and they were for the company I got the book from, so hard to say what the other advertisements can be like. (On a side note: I thought it was a little "low" that the coupon on the advertisement had an expiration date of two days after I MADE the book, so three days before the book even SHIPPED!) Overall though, I'm happy with the book. The shipping took FOREVER, but I think that was the post office, not the company. So here are the pros and cons as I see them:

  • FREE
  • Decent background/layout selection.
  • It's FREE!
  • Pretty easy to use the site.
  • Decent quality.
  • And did I mention, it's FREE
  • Background/layout selection. I know I put this on the pro list too :o) While the selection is decent, it's not as extensive as some of the other photo sites out there and some of the backgrounds weren't to my liking (sculls, flames and such). However, I still consider it a "pro" because it's free :o)
  • Image size is a little small. Unless you go for the book that has full page pictures, the images are a little small. I didn't measure them, but they look a little smaller than a 3 x 5 print.
  • Text. I didn't like the fact that the front of the book has your title, but also says "My Hotbook" or something like that (depends on which layout you get I think). Also there was a text only layout page, but it only gives you a line or two, not a whole page. You can add captions to your photos (I didn't do this, so not sure how it turns out).
  • Shipping. They appear to use media mail shipping, which is not a priority as far as the post office is concerned, so it can take a while. Also, the shipping and postage info is listed on the back of the book. They simply put the book in a clear plastic sleeve and mail it to you (like some magazines). This also makes it more vulnerable to damage (it is a soft-sided book).
  • There are advertisements in the book. They say they wont be printed on the same pages as your pictures, are family friendly and easily removable. If you don't like the idea of ads, you can purchase the book for $3.99 + shipping (not sure how much shipping is).
Like I said, overall I'm happy with it and will most likely order more :o) My thinking is, as I take pictures each month, I'll put the ones I especially like in a separate "to print" folder and at the end of the month I'll make a FREE book with the pictures that I've set aside. This way I get "printed" pictures without having to spend an arm and a leg.

The website is www.hotprints.com. They also have a calendar that is a similar deal to the photobook, but I haven't checked it out.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Sweet Shot Tuesday

Sweet Shot Day

This is my sister-in-law holding Little Bit up at my in-laws. The framing isn't quite perfect (Bits moved her head at just the wrong moment, lol), but I really loved the way my SIL is looking at her and the effect of the sun. For more Sweet Shots, visit My 3 Boybarians.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sweet Shot Day

Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians is having a Sweet Shot Day. It was hard to pick just one :o) I have several shots from our beach trip that I love, but I decided this one would be it. I just love how beautiful the colors came out.

Sweet Shot Day


Monday, March 15, 2010

Menu Plan for March 15th

Here is my plan for the week:

Monday - Potato soup (kids will be at Auntie Robyns)

Tuesday - Sweet & sour meatballs

Wednesday - Chicken pot pie

Thursday - Crock-pot potatoes for potluck

Friday - Burritos or tacos

Saturday - Steak, roasted red potatoes and salad.

Sunday - Something for fellowship/small group

For more wonderful menu plans, visit Organizing Junkie.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Menu Plan for March 1st

Last week went pretty well. We ended up eating out one night and had dinner at the inlaws another night. So I'm rescheduling a couple of meals for this week. Tonight will be just hubby and I, the kids are going to have dinner with their Aunt, so we are having something they don't like :o)

Monday - Yumm Bowls

Tuesday - Spaghetti (from last week)

Wednesday - Fried Rice

Thursday - Beef Tips over rice

Friday - Enchiladas

Saturday - Black Bean Soup

Sunday - Leftovers, a new recipe or something for Fellowship.

For more menu plans visit Organizing Junkie. I hope everyone has a blessed week!


Hilarious Outtakes at iheartfaces this week!

This week is Hilarious Outtakes at iheartfaces and that is definitely one I can participate in, lol. Here are my entries. (This week you are allowed up to five)

These first two were from a day late last summer. Not sure what's up with Little P's face in the first picture! And the second I was trying to get some pictures of Peanut when Little P decided he needed his picture taken again.

This one was from trying to get "school" pictures at the beginning of the year.

I was trying to get a picture of my girls with my grandmother at my cousins wedding.

This was from just the other day, trying to get a group photo of all four of them is challenging!

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