Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Busy Life With Two Boys!

It's been two long months since I've last written a blog post. I even have a draft saved that I was working on the day before I went into labor and gave birth to our second son. Yep, we had another boy. We actually knew before giving birth we were having another boy, we just decided to tell very few people. Hopefully soon I can sit down and write his (and my oldest son's) birth story out, but for now, I just want to write about life with two boys. Our second son was born May 8th at 8:14 pm. We named him Casper Oliver! I think it has a good ring with Chester Arthur.
 I was seriously only in (active) labor for roughly 2 hours and only pushed a few times and he was out! 

Things have been crazy since he was born, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. The one night we stayed at the hospital, our oldest son got a pretty bad cut on his forehead from jumping around on the bed so he had to get glue on it. He now has a scar on the right side of his forehead that will make for an interesting story when he's a bit older. I've already had people asking if we're stopping with the two or if we're going to have more kids. I think this is the craziest question yet. Our second is only two months old and the adjustment from one to two kids hasn't been the easiest on anyone. I see some families going from one to two kids with ease, but for us, it just wasn't that simple. It was really hard on Chester.

 At first he pretended his brother didn't exist and refused to nurse with him especially if his foot happened to touch him. This was one of the hardest things. It took him forever to nurse for the first time after his brother was born and it broke my heart. I wasn't really ready for him to wean. Thinking back to that moment, I feel silly because he's nursing more and more now. It doesn't seem like there's an end coming to his nursing. Maybe when he goes to college or on his wedding day? Who knows. I will say that I don't need your comments about weaning him. It's not your problem. It's really not a problem at all.

I decided to hold off on potty training my toddler until after the baby was born because having so many changes happening around our home, I didn't think it was in his best interest to add something else on top of it. That changed yesterday when I took his diaper off to change him and he refused to have another put on. So I pulled his frog potty out of the bathroom, stuck it in the bedroom (where we were hanging out while baby C slept) and let him play video games while sitting on the potty. He had a couple small accidents on the floor, but has gone at least 3 times in the potty. I'm pretty excited and totally proud of him! So last night when I tried putting his pajama shirt on him and he requested his "creeper" (Minecraft) shirt, I figured, why the heck not. So we picked him up some "big boy" underwear. We let him pick it out and he picked Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is awesome! He had an accident in them and was so upset he started crying. I think I'm most worried about nighttime potty training since he's nursing a bunch at night still. Oh and we attempted the cloth trainers, but they're too much like a diaper for him that he just doesn't mind if he pees in them. So I'm sticking with naked time and "big boy" underwear.

I want to say that cloth diapering and babywearing a newborn are a little more difficult than I thought it was going to be. I'll be honest, I wasn't as thrilled about it as I thought I'd be and that makes me a little sad. I also kind of feel guilty. I have a beautiful stash of newborn diapers, but was just so annoyed a lot of the time with them. I guess it was because I forgot how often a newborn needs changed. I feel like the reason I wanted so many AIO newborn diapers was because they were so cute and covers and prefolds were so boring. The AIOs really didn't fit as long as I had hoped since baby C grew quickly! At 2 months he's already 16 pounds.

However I did like the snap down rise for the umbilical cord. That was pretty convenient. As for babywearing, I had 2 options. I have a ringsling and I have a Boba that has an infant carry you can do. I've never been a fan of wraps, so I didn't have one. (Although, now I'm wishing I had one for those beginning days.) I really just don't like my Boba so I didn't even attempt it. I managed to get the ringsling working for us up until he was heavy enough to put in the Ergo or the Tula. I'll be honest, while he was fresh out of the oven, I just carried him around everywhere instead of wearing him. I feel much more comfortable now that he's able to ride in the Ergo and Tula without  issues.

So what have these two months been like for us? Crazy! But I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love my boys and they bring me so much happiness. I look forward to blogging about our journey with these crazy kids and all the fun adventures we're going to have.
As most of you are probably very aware, World Breastfeeding Month is coming up in August. There are fun events (The Big Latch On) (or for us in Indiana we have Latch On Indiana) and of course I will be doing my breastfeeding series. It'll be fun talking writing about tandem nursing and the fact that I have now been nursing just about 3 years. Holy cow!
For now how about I just leave you with a few adorable pictures of the boys? Because everyone loves baby pictures!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Confessions of A Pregnant Woman! (Part 2!)

I think an appropriate title for this one would be something like, "Yes I'm STILL Pregnant!" or maybe, "NO, I'm Not Having Contractions Today." The most popular questions I have been getting lately are as follows:

"Are you okay?" -Yes, I'm 
fine. I'm 39.2 weeks pregnant, I'm not super chatty because I'm exhausted and I'd rather take a nap than talk to you. Just being honest here.

"Are you having contractions?! You're rubbing your belly. Does it hurt?!" -Oh my freaking goodness. NO! I'm not having contractions, you would know if I was because I wouldn't be sitting here. I'd be on my way home to get more comfortable and prepare mentally for popping this baby out!

"Oh my gosh. You're still pregnant?" Wait, what? It's that obvious?! This isn't necessarily always a question, more so a statement usually. Either way, it's annoying. You see my huge belly so it's safe to assume I'm still pregnant and honestly just want to throat punch you right now.

"When are you going to have this baby? I'm ready!" I'm sorry, what? YOU'RE ready? This can be extremely insensitive and is just so annoying that I really, really want to throat punch you. (Yes, I'm at the angry part of pregnancy now.) I mean really though, you're telling a woman who is at the very end of her pregnancy, waiting to meet her sweet little baby that she's been housing for months that you're ready for baby to arrive. You're not the going through the pregnancy, labor or birth, so just don't say things like this.

"Let's have a baby!" While I understand when people say this, they don't mean it the way I've taken it. It's just really hard to take it any other way though. Like the above question and response, I'm the one who's pregnant and I'm the one going through labor and birth. This isn't a team event. The only people that are actually helping me out are the people I've selected to be present during labor and birth. Even then, they can't give birth for me. While they're there for support and love, I'm the one actually giving birth.

So at this point, I may smile and nod at you when you say some of these kinds of things or ask the same questions that are asked several times every single day, I really would just love to be rude and walk away. There are a few I don't mind asking questions. My doulas need updates, because they're on call. So they need to know if things are changing. I usually try to give them a daily update whether something is happening or not, but sometimes I forget and they ask. Which is totally fine with me, they need to know. 
I know that people who are close to me are excited about baby's arrival and I understand that. I just really hate so much attention and when you come across a pregnant woman, people can't help but give her tons of (unwanted) attention. I find random strangers in public stopping to ask me how much longer I have. I just hate answering this question so often. A woman stopped me the other day at the grocery store while I was trying to wrangle my cranky toddler into the shopping cart and asked how far along I was. I told her 39 weeks then she commented about how she was (I think she said) 22 weeks. I simply smiled and said, "It's exciting" and walked away. I was too exhausted to carry on any kind of conversation. I heard her friend comment something about me or my belly as they left. At this point I wouldn't mind staying at home until after baby gets here. It's exhausting to go out and even more exhausting to talk about being pregnant. 

So a couple things to keep in mind. If I'm rubbing my belly or holding onto it, it doesn't mean I'm having contractions. A couple things it could mean: The baby is kicking hard and at this point since baby is so big, it's really uncomfortable and might hurt a bit. It could also mean that I just ate, so now I'm stuffed, which is also uncomfortable since I'm already feeling giant! It could also just be that I enjoy rubbing my giant pregnant belly because as much as I complain about annoying things people say, I have been enjoying pregnancy. I might also just be thinking about how close I am to having this baby and I imagine holding such a tiny little human being in my arms. Then it reminds me that I might actually miss this pregnant belly at some point when my baby is getting bigger and growing out of clothing.
Also, if we're riding in the car together and you ask me if I'm okay and I respond yes, please don't ask me twenty more times or ask me if I'm sure. If I wasn't sure, I would have said no. I'm fine! It's just that riding in a car is not an easy task these days. The seat belt is hard to adjust to make sure I'm comfortable and just riding in the car is difficult. Taking turns and even accelerating is kind of hard on me. So just ignore me in the car unless I'm screaming at you that I'm having contractions.
One last complaint is the fact that so many people want to be alerted when I go into labor. People I don't know well or people I'm not even really friends with. Some people I haven't talked to in ages. If I haven't seen you in the last month or so, chances are I'm not going to have anyone text or call you. I'm not trying to broadcast my labor and birth. There are only a handful of people I want knowing because I don't want tons of visitors unexpectedly. If you're one of those who are just really excited, I get it. You can either text me or my husband (I might have one or two others you can text or call) and we'll let you know when we're up for visitors. Having a baby is a very intimate moment. I want only the closest people there and even afterwards, it's still an extremely special moment for those involved.

Here are a few things people have said lately that made me smile.
I've had a few friends comment on my belly picture telling me how beautiful it is. Obviously I don't want people to lie to me. If you don't think it's beautiful, don't say so. Just don't say anything at all. I was also told how great/lovely I look. Again, if it's a lie, don't say it. It's just really nice to hear that I still look great even though I'm housing another human being. I really do appreciate those comments and they really do make me smile even on a bad day. So if you have made a comment like this, I sincerely want to thank you. 

Alright, so I need to make a couple confessions, because that is after all the title of the post.

-When I say I'm hungry and want a snack, I don't mean some fruit or crackers. (Although I had some fruit earlier and it was delicious!) What I mean is go get me a burrito from Taco Belly because I'm not going to make it until dinner! That's what a snack means to me. Something smaller would be something to munch on. 

-While I'm not nervous about labor and birth, I'm a little nervous about having two kids! I wrote about this previously, but I think it'll be an adjustment going from one to two kids. 

-I can't wait to have our little one in our arms, but I'm totally okay with going "over" my due date. Honestly, this is because I really, really want to go to the GCDC. I know, a silly reason, but it's an honest one. I want to go get an awesome swag bag, join in breaking the record and hanging out with other cloth diapering mamas! It's what makes me happy, so whatever. No judging on how lame I am! 

-The weather has been absolutely beautiful lately, but since I don't have much energy because I can't move around as easily as everyone else, I prefer to stay inside (usually in bed) watching a movie or playing online. 

-Sometimes I use pregnancy as an excuse to get out of things I don't want to do. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's done it. 

Just a final thought here, please stop telling me what I should and shouldn't be doing. It doesn't help anything and just makes me irate. I will continue to pick up (and yes nurse- because I get crap for this all the time) my toddler. There is nothing wrong with either of them.. I know my limits and I never push myself. I think it's worse when I get "advice" on what to or not to do from people I don't even know. It's super obnoxious and weird. If I don't know you, just leave me alone. I'm going to end this on a positive note. The other day I walked into the kitchen and realized my husband had done all the dishes. This made me so happy because the kitchen is my least favorite room to clean. He's been super helpful even when I've just been annoying and I love him so much for all he does for me!

I hope I don't offend my family/friends who might have said/done some of these things. I do really love you all.

Question time!
What is/are the most annoying thing/things people said to you when you were pregnant? How did you handle them?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Confessions of A Pregnant Woman! (Part One)

I really wanted to title this something along the lines of, "confessions of a pregnant woman who's about to give birth any day now and is annoyed with everything and everyone" but that doesn't sound as good as the one I went with. Alright, so I'm not annoyed with everyone or even everything, but most people. I feel like at the beginning of each day I should post this:

Along with some pretty standard questions that I seem to always get. Let's run through some questions I've been getting from strangers, family, neighbors and anyone who sees I've "swallowed a basket ball".

-Do you know what you're having? Yes, it's a baby. At least I hope it is. It was looking like an alien there for a while. We'll see when I give birth though.

-Have you thought of a name? No, we thought about just naming the alien after one random person in the room.

-Oh my gosh, you're about to pop! OR You're so huge! How much longer? I've decided to stay pregnant forever.

-You look like you just swallowed a basketball. Well, that seems quite impossible, now doesn't it?

-Are you having contractions?! (Usually asked by someone close because I'm holding my belly.) No, I just ate so I'm a little gassy and might just need to fart. So you should probably not stand to close. Not to mention, this kid is dragging limbs across my belly, kicking me in the lungs/ribs so I'm just a tad uncomfortable right now.

I also constantly get questions about labor and birth that drive me insane. Questions about what we plan on doing with our son while all that's going on and unsolicited advice about what we should be doing. Yes, I'm still nursing my 2 year old. He still wants to nurse and I'm comfortable (for the most part) with him doing so. Please stop telling me wean him because it really makes me want to slap you. Our son will be present during labor and the birth as he is part of our family and I want him involved. No, this will not traumatize him. He's been very much apart of this pregnancy from day one, going to appointments and whatnot. We've even watched a few homebirth videos together. He's excited for his baby to get here. Of course I'm concerned about jealousy issues, which is why I've had him part of this whole pregnancy from the get go. Please stop telling me how my son is going to react to the new baby. The two people who know him best are his parents. Not anyone else. 
Stop commenting on my size. Seriously, it's extremely rude. I understand that for a tiny figured woman I look ginormous. I really do. It's still not acceptable to comment on. It's also extremely rude to comment on my eating habits or suggest I'm not eating as much (or as little) as I should be. I eat when I'm hungry, which is pretty often, just ask my husband. I think he's gaining as much weight as I have. I have actually gained less this pregnancy than I did with C's. Not because I'm not eating how I "should" but because I eat differently. Each pregnancy is different so comparing the two and making judgement because I'm "not taking care of myself" is just ignorant. I hate to sound so mean in this post, but I'm at the point in pregnancy (39 weeks you guys!) that I really just don't have patience and I can't just always smile and nod when people get on my nerves. I should note that I have no issues discussing certain things with close friends and family. Most of the time anyway.
Now I want to get a few confessions off my chest. This will be the fun part that not many pregnant women talk about because a lot of it is probably embarrassing. Heck, I don't care. I'm 39 weeks and about to give birth any day now. 

-I rarely shave my legs, but I do occasionally get to them because I don't want crazy hairy legs when I give birth. I'm pretty sure my husband has commented on several occasions about my crazy hair. It's not that I can't shave this far in pregnancy, because I totally can. It's just a bit tiring so I do it when I get around to it. Which is probably once a month!

-If I could stay in bed all day, I would. Partly because I'm extremely uncomfortable lugging this huge belly around, but also because I'm lazy. Making a human is exhausting. While nothing is medically or physically "wrong" with me, I just get tired easily and would prefer to stay in bed all day in my pajamas.

-I say I don't want help with certain things, but when someone offers I rarely ever decline. For example, my sister has come over to help me with 2 loads of diaper laundry that I just refused to fold. She's also helped clean up here and there because I'm just super lazy and don't feel like doing it. She's been pretty awesome.

-I wouldn't mind going one day without discussing pregnancy. My husband reminded me it's just the first thing that comes up because it's obvious and noticeable. This is very much true, but does not stop me from wanting to throat punch people because I'm just annoyed with all the questions and smart remarks.

-Sometimes I avoid seeing certain people because I know they're going to jump in my bubble and rub all over my belly like when they see a puppy on the street. I really wonder how many of those people run up to a guy with a beer gut and rub on his lovely belly.

-I always have the most hilarious comebacks to annoying/stupid questions that I constantly get, but I'm too nice to actually say them to someone in person. A lady at the grocery store asked what I'm having and of course I wanted to use the awesome response above. However, I just smiled and answered her. I'm just not very confrontational and have a hard time actually being "mean" when I really wish I could.

-I eat and drink what I crave. There will be times I have Taco Bell twice in one week because it's delicious and I want it. I drink Pepsi because I crave it so bad. This doesn't mean I'm completely unhealthy. I try to drink at least 1-2 cups for every one Pepsi I drink. (It doesn't always happen though.) Oh and *gasp* my Pepsi usually has caffeine. I just know not to overdo it and drink water to stay hydrated.

-I'm way too oversensitive about certain things and I know it. But whatever!

I figured I'd add a recent belly shot for you all. This is me practicing with my new ringsling (which is gorgeous in person). I actually won it (I'll write up a review when squishy gets here) from Willow Tree Ring Slings!

So that's basically it for this round. I love being pregnant, I really do, but people just get weird and annoying when it comes to pregnant women. To change the tone a bit, I'm loving having my two doulas for this pregnancy! They really have made this journey less stressful. I'm not nervous about labor or birth at all and I'd like to give the two of them credit for this. The one thing I'm nervous about is having 2 kids now instead of just one. It'll be quite a journey, but I'm ready! I want to take a moment to thank my awesome husband for listening to me always complain about what people say, because I know he just doesn't care anymore, but he pretends to listen. Of course I want to thank my doulas for being absolutely amazing and wonderful! This birth is going to rock because of them! I also want to thank my sister because she brings me Pepsi when I have none and helps me do things because I'm lazy. She's just that awesome. 
Here's hoping I can get a few more of these posts in before the baby gets here, but like I admitted several times, I'm lazy. So we'll see how well that goes. For now, I'm going to go lay in bed and hopefully fall back to sleep. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to get up at 6 am (after only 4 hours of sleep) so I could do laundry and write this post. Also, have a very happy Easter (if you celebrate)! Eat tons of candy and delicious food and enjoy that family time.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Winner Is....

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Aden + Anais Swaddle Review and Giveaway!

When I had my son 2 years ago, I had no idea these swaddle blankets existed. We asked for a set that matched his bedding for my baby shower. They were adorable, but I noticed the difference in size compared to the ones we brought home from the hospital. They were so small that we couldn't use them as swaddles for very long. My son was born 8 lbs 6 oz, so he was a decent sized newborn and only grew bigger pretty quickly. I attempted to use the swaddles (the ones from my baby shower and the hospital) for other things, such as nursing covers or a blanket to put over the car seat, but the size was an issue. After my son was over a year (and obviously past the point of swaddling) I saw people talking about the Aden + Anais brand. So I decided that I'd love to use them for baby two. So when I found out I was pregnant, I looked into Aden + Anais more. I'll be honest, at first the price tag really turned me off. I'm kind of cheap in the way that I don't want to spend a lot of money on something that isn't exactly necessary. However, I kept hearing amazing things about the brand, so I knew I just had to try them out.

So before first use (as with pretty much everything that touches baby) you'll have to wash the swaddles in cold water, with like colors and tumble dry on low heat. DO NOT add bleach and do not iron them, ever! The first thing I noticed was how incredibly soft they are! They have to be THE SOFTEST swaddle blankets I've ever felt. The swaddle blankets I used with my son are described as "swaddling your baby in extreme softness" but they are not nearly as soft as the A+A swaddles! The swaddles we used before are made of polyester while the Aden + Anais swaddles are made of 100% cotton muslin. I love that they are pre-washed so you don't have to worry about them shrinking. This happened with our other swaddle blankets. There are so many great features about the A+A swaddles that I love!

First is the generous size of the swaddles. They're giant compared to swaddle blankets I've used in the past. This means that swaddling your baby will be much easier than if you use smaller sized swaddles blankets. This also means less frustration when you're attempting to swaddle. Being a first time parent is hard, especially if you've never had much interaction with a newborn. When we brought our son home, we had no idea how to swaddle. So the small size of our swaddles made this extremely frustrating. The size of them also means that they are going to have multiple uses. They can be used as a nursing cover, a way to cover your car seat or stroller (and example would be carrying your infant seat in from the car and it's raining), a changing table cover (or wherever you change baby), a burp cloth, a tummy time blanket and so many more. You'll be able to use these long after you're past the point of swaddling. My toddler hates using covers during nap time, but sometimes it gets a little chilly for him. The Aden + Anais swaddles are big enough to cover him, but not too heavy that he'll get to warm and want to kick them off. 

Another important quality of the swaddles is that they are breathable. This is important because it helps prevent your little bundle of joy from overheating. Not only are they extremely soft right when you pull them out of the package, but they only get softer as you wash them. Which is hard for me to imagine because I'm already impressed with how soft they are! Aden + Anais have exclusive prints designed specifically by them. 
They have the most adorable prints! I reviewed the Jungle Jam swaddles which come with a monkey print, a giraffe print, a bird print and an elephant print. They have tons of great options to choose from on their site!

Aden + Anais have kindly offered to let me host a giveaway for their swaddles in winners choice of print! To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. (Open to the US only)

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You can purchase the swaddles on their site in three different options: a 4 pack for $49.95, a 2 pack for $32.00 or a single swaddle for $32.00.

A little side note I wanted to add was how you pronounce the name because I know I struggled with it at first. They put it on their Facebook page in their "About" section so you know! It's pronounced AY-dun and uh-NAY.

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I received this product at no cost to me for reviewing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not compensated for this review.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Is It Spring Yet?!

Lately the weather has been teasing us. One day it'll be shorts and tank top weather, the next it's snowing! I know I'm not alone in saying that it's time for winter to be over and for spring to finally get here. Just Saturday we were having nice 60 degree weather. We took C to the park and he was able to comfortably wear shorts and a t-shirt. The next day it was back down to 40 degree weather and all we wanted to do was stay inside bundled up. Tuesday (I guess that would be today since it's 1 am now. Ha!) we're supposed to be back up in the 60 degree weather so we're absolutely going to be out at the park that day. It's so nice after being stuck inside all winter (because this winter has been unforgiving with the cold temps) to finally get outside and run around. Not only was I getting cabin fever bad, C was as well. It also helps us stay on a decent sleeping schedule because when we take him to the park, or even outside, he gets worn out from all the running around we do that he's ready for bed at a decent time. I'm not even going to start about what our sleeping schedule has been like recently because it's just been horrific. I will say that when he went to bed Saturday night at 10:30 and slept until 10:30 the next morning, it was better than waking up on Christmas morning!

Since I have the biggest pregnant belly that you can see from space, I didn't do much playing. I took my camera along to get some cute pictures of him having a blast. I think my camera is probably my absolute favorite accessory. (I love it even more than my cloth diapers, but shh! Don't tell them that.) We're headed back out to the park tomorrow today for the nice weather, so I'm sure I'll be taking more pictures. We actually found a park where we're comfortable enough letting C go up by himself to slide down the slides and whatnot. Call us helicopter parents, I just call us paranoid. I just always fear he'll get too close to the edge and fall. Obviously kids fall and get hurt, but I really would rather him not fall from that high up and end up with a broken bone. So having this park and not having to worry about him falling is pretty nice.
Not only am I looking forward to all the nice weather that spring and summer will bring, I'm looking forward to our baby's arrival. While I've been hoping for a May baby, I'm not entirely sure baby C will wait that long. I guess only time will tell. My Mom joked that I'm going to go into labor on Easter. That would be awful! I want to enjoy a nice delicious Easter dinner while pregnant. I mean, being pregnant eating great food is probably the best! Although, since I'll be tandem nursing, I think eating a lot of delicious food will be equally awesome and I'll be able to eat a ton and still lose the weight. (The best part about breastfeeding right? I'm kidding of course.) I'm really getting to the point of being anxious waiting for baby C to get here. There's still so much we have to get done though. We need to move, get a dresser for baby's clothes and reorganize basically everything to make things less crowded. This is a lot to attempt to do before our baby arrives, but I'm up for the challenge. I'd rather be all moved in to a new place before baby gets here than have to try to move everything after baby has already arrived. Even though I won't be able to move anything really, even the light stuff, I can direct people where I want things to go. That's pretty exciting. We had actually planned on being moved already, but it's been difficult trying to find a place with the right criteria. I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you how time consuming and difficult it is trying to find a new home.

So that's pretty much where I am at this point. Just trying to have patience and hope everything works out the way it's supposed to soon. I've also been trying to take it easy just because of the way I've been feeling. I get super exhausted and feel like baby could just fall right out. Yesterday (Monday) was 34 weeks so we still have a while to go before I'd be comfortable with baby being born. Like I said though, I'm crossing my fingers for a May baby. Maybe I should be crossing my legs for a May baby instead. Hehe.
Are there any other Mamas due soon? When is your due date and how are you feeling? Are you ready for baby's arrival or are you enjoying the last stretch of pregnancy. I've enjoyed it up to the point of not being able to move around very easily because I'm so huge!

Also, don't forget there's a giveaway that's ending. If you haven't entered, do it now. There are low entries so your chances of winning are pretty great! Be on the look out for another review coming up soon. I'm working on that now and I think you'll enjoy it a lot. As always, thanks for reading my little blog and hope you come back soon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints Review and Giveaway!

I've always had a thing for photography. In high school I took a photography class and also a photoshop class. I even entered a contest in my photoshop class and was one of the top three winners. I won a cash prize and had my photo displayed in a college. So it was no surprise that once my son was born I took tons and tons of pictures of him. Soon enough I had picture frames full of photos all over my walls and a couple photo albums filled with pictures of C! As he got older I scaled it back just a bit since I was running out of wall space. (Also, I'm pretty sure nobody cared to see twenty photos of him sleeping even though I did!) That is until I got my new camera, then the photos kept coming.

For Christmas C got a Radio Flyer Wagon with his name on the side from my dad and brother. A few days after, we had a decently warm day for it being winter. So I grabbed my camera, stuck C in his wagon and went out on a walk. I captured him at the perfect time with a giant smile on his face, his nameplate showing with a great tree in the background. It quickly became my favorite photo of him. I just had to get it printed. I figured what better way than to do a review and possibly an awesome giveaway. Everybody wins!

Easy Canvas Prints lets you turn your favorite photos into some amazing wall art. They have so many sizes you can choose from so you can add your favorite photo to that perfect place on your wall. The smallest size is an 8x8 and you can get all the way up to a 30x40!
Standard .75" wrap.
It all depends how big of a canvas you're in the market for. After choosing which size you need/want, you choose the wrap thickness or add a frame to your canvas if you'd like. (I just went with the standard wrap for mine.) Next you can either upload a photo from your computer, Instagram or Facebook. This is pretty convenient so you don't have to search through all the photos on your computer. I really like this feature because I have so many photos on my computer! Once your photo is uploaded it will let you know if the quality is poor, fair or good. This is another great feature so you know if you need to choose another photo with better quality so you're happy with your product.

Standard wall hanger.
Then you can choose whether or not you want a standard wall hanger of canvas stand. I personally love hanging it on the wall to keep it out of toddler hands! After that you choose one of three boarder options. You can choose a color boarder or just have the photograph wrap around. Next is color finishing and optional image retouching. Now all you do is add it to your cart and select if you want all mounts or not. Next you go to your cart for checkout, add all your information and select shipping which is free for the US! (Excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
The process was extremely easy to order my custom canvas print. It didn't take me long from start to finish to complete and order my canvas. It shipped to me via UPS and was actually shipped sooner than my original estimated shipping date, which is always nice to see. They are extremely fast at Easy Canvas Prints! It was processed and shipped in about 13 days (that includes weekend days) and I ordered it on a Friday. As soon as it arrived, I opened it up to check it out. I was extremely happy with how it turned out. The quality is absolutely amazing! They took my favorite photo of my son and turned it into an amazing piece of art for me to hang in my home. 

If you're looking for a quality product with great customer service, you should definitely check them out! Their website is so easy to navigate, so if you're looking to check your order or contact them, it's all right there easy to find! They have a great section for pricing and design options if you'd like to check that out before beginning the process of designing your canvas. They also have a section where you can get ideas of what to have printed on your canvas, which is nice because it gives you ideas of where you could hang your canvas. There is also a section for customer stories where you can read how they liked their canvas or who they ordered their canvas for. I would absolutely order from them again especially once my newest addition to the family gets here. I'm going to enjoy showing it off to any visitors we have in our home.

I'm not the best at making things even, but it looks amazing!
Last but certainly not least, Easy Canvas Prints has graciously offered one of my lovely readers their very own FREE 8x10 Canvas Print! This is such a great deal and an amazing giveaway. Not only are they offering one reader a free canvas print, they're also offering 50% off canvas prints with FREE shipping to the US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Just click the link to take advantage of this wonderful offer. Be sure to enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter form and good luck everyone! 

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**Note: I received the above mentioned product free for review for my blog. I was in no way compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.**

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