Friday, December 19, 2014

Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway

This year we're participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we'd love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They've put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They'll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You're invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

How it Works

  • Giveaway will run from November 20th - December 20th.
  • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
  • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
  • You may also enter the "find the bean" scavenger hunt to earn extra chances to win! 3x a week we will hide the Holiday bean on Visit this entry page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the new CLUE to find the hidden Holiday bean! When you find the bean, make sure to enter your answer (the link to the web page you found the bean on) in the form below to earn your extra chances to win. Clues will also be posted on Facebook so make sure to like Bumblebean.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • Click on the button below to enter and see all the cool prizes! Check them out!

REMEMBER, the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The entry page link is below. LIKE Bumblebean on Facebook to see updates and who wins!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Tree Photography {Written by Cassie}

If you are looking for an amazing photographer...check out Cassie's website {HERE}. Recently, Cassie took a few photos of her daughter by their Christmas tree.
Here are some tips from Cassie...
Christmas Tree Photography

Have you ever wondered how to take a picture in front of your Christmas tree without a flash?

If you have a camera that will allow you to manually control your settings you will be able to take a photo just like this too!
Here are the settings to the pictures I took of my daughter in front of our tree.
I have a Nikon D7000 camera. 
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/30
TIP: Make sure there are no distractions in the picture like cords, vents, or windows. This allows for the focus to be on your subject in front of the tree.

If you would like more of a silhouette picture of your children in front of the tree, here are the settings.
First turn out all the lights in the house except for the tree. Make sure you are using a tripod or something to steady your camera. You will get a long click. This will allow you to have a beautiful tree in the picture.
ISO: 160
Aperture: f/1.4 or 1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/15

{And this one is my looks like a painting. Cassie is so talented! Way to go Cassie!}


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Joseph Smith FREE Printables {Written by Emilee}

Every year it has been a tradition in the Lytles home to celebrate Joseph Smith's birthday. For more information about Joseph Smith, go {HERE}.
Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805. My sister, Cassie asked if I could create some birthday tags for their celebration. This year, they are heading up to Salt Lake City to see the Temple Square lights on Joseph's birthday so they won't have their traditional breakfast. Here is a photo of their 2013 celebration...

I wanted to create some simple yet classy birthday tags in a pioneer theme. Here is what I came up with. If you would like to print these off, feel free. Please use them for personal use only.
Thank you and enjoy!
Go {HERE} for the FREE Printables

Enjoy and Happy Birthday Joseph Smith!!!

Wisdomantics Board Game/Interactive DVD Review & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

Are you looking for a fun game to play with your family on Sunday afternoons?
I have the perfect game! It is called...



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Teacher Appreciation Gifts + Free Tag Printables {Written by Emilee}

This year, my son is in Preschool and loves it! My sisters have been perfect examples of giving teacher appreciation gifts so I wanted to give his teachers something sort of homemade. 
I thought...hmmm...what do women like? And, what could I get that is simple and easy since I'm running out of time...
Well, I love getting soap from Bath and Body Works and I had some extra containers around the house from our last visit. So... I decided to add a bow and create some cute Christmas tags to go along with it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Pin it to Win it Giveaway {Posted by Emilee}

Happy Holidays! We're so excited to bring you this fun giveaway that you can participate in right on Pinterest! We're celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a giveaway of 12 prize packs for 12 different winners! The prizes will consist of amazing products for mom, baby & kids! It's so fun to enter and you can share with family and friends for more chances to win - check out the rules below on how to enter. Giveaway will run from December 11th to December 22nd.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Deals to help YOU save + give back with their holiday cards {Written by Emilee}

This year, sending holiday cards won't just spread the festive spirit to your friends and family -- it can also raise funds for your favorite cause! works with thousands of online retailers, including stores to help you with creating this year's cards, and donates a percentage of your total purchase back to the cause of your choice.

In the lead up to the holidays, most people are sending cards to their loved ones. There are more than 110,000 causes to choose from on Goodshop and more than $11 million has been donated to date.

To top it off, Goodshop offers the latest deals and coupons to help shoppers save on their holiday shopping!

Here are some deals from stationery stores and other places you can get started on your cards.

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