Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Turn Any Image Into Your Own Paint-By-Number on Canvas with Crocart {Review}

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While there are a plenty of talents that I wish that I had, one that I have always especially yearned for is to be artistic.

Over the years I have mentioned my lack of artistic skills and have had friends beg to differ, pointing out various projects or crafts that I have completed. Alas, I correct them, I'm creative. I have the ideas and the imagination and can follow directions, but the actual talent to be able to simply pick up a paintbrush or a colored pencil and bring those ideas to life? Nope. Not going to happen.

Therefore, when I'm introduced to a company that has made it possible for me to produce a work of art more than worthy of being displayed or hung on the wall, I'm interested. Even more, if they make the actual process personal, fun, satisfying, and with a touch of nostalgia, then count me in.

It's no wonder I'm a huge fan of Crocart!

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A family-owned small business started to guide photographers and painters in their composition, Crocart has since grown into a website for all of us to create custom paint-by-number canvases that are ready to go right out of the box. Simply upload a photograph, select the size you prefer, and wait for your creation to arrive on your doorstep!

The ability to create my own paint-by-number, a favorite from my youth? Out of my own personal photo? On a ready-to-hang canvas? What more could I ask for?

When it came time to get started on my Crocart creation, it didn't take long for me to realize that the most difficult part would be selecting what photo to use. From vacation scenery to a family portrait to an adorable one of our pets, the options truly are unlimited.

When I finally decided on one of my all-time favorites of my children, I immediately appreciated that each step to ordering is simple and intuitive and that Crocart offers previews of all of my style choices.

Crocart styles

Whether you prefer more realistic or a bit more stylistic, one look at the outlines shows the amount of detail that is involved.

Crocart paint by number

At the same time, one click on the green tab in the corner allows users to not only see the outlines on the canvas, but that of the finished, painted product.

Crocart realistic paint by number
Right away I adored the look of the Realistic but there were 162 different paint colors involved. Yikes!

Once I had decided on the gorgeous Simple style, it was only another couple clicks before I had my canvas ordered and its creation underway.

Even better, it was only a few days later that a slim box from Crocart showed up at my door. And, while I of course had an idea of what my canvas would look like, I still felt my jaw drop when I opened the box and pulled out my work of art.

Crocart paint by number canvas

All of the details! Each perfect little line! Not to mention that the corners were secure and well-wrapped and Crocart even includes all of the necessary items for hanging your completed canvas with each order.

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As Crocart doesn't offer the option to purchase paint with their canvases, I was fortunate to pull out my craft bin and find a slew of colors that would work with the palette needed for my picture.

In fact, I took the suggested colors that they had listed for me...

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...and rearranged them into groups of similar tones (therefore making it easy for me to do one color and then add white or black to lighten/darken it into the next color). Once printed, it was time to paint!

paint by number canvas

Although I had assumed it would take me days upon days to complete my Crocart piece, I found that once I began, I had a difficult time stopping.

A few strokes turned into "just one more number" as I meticulously painted one section after another and thoroughly enjoyed the calming process of mixing and painting, mixing and painting.

Crocart painting

By the time I was brushing on the last few colors, I couldn't wait to step back and see the finished work.

Who would have thought that I would ever paint something this amazing?

Crocart paint by number review

While my canvas doesn't perfectly match Crocart's projection, I absolutely love the result and how I was able to personalize it just so. There is no wrong way to paint these beautiful pieces when the lines and colors are there as a suggested guidance. The whole thing is truly up to you!

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When it comes to a unique piece of art for your home or to give as a gift, Crocart provides options unlike any other site that I have seen. Where else can you find custom artwork that is going to have so much meaning — both in the image itself as well as in the pride of having painted it yourself?

I adore the idea of giving this as a gift to a couple for their first holiday after getting married and using a wedding photo or to parents to celebrate their new addition by using a baby photo. Graduation, housewarming, birthdays, Mother's or Father's Day... I can't think of a time that a Crocart canvas wouldn't be an incredible, well-received gift!

Available in four different size options that start around $42, you'll want to head over to today to find out more about their products and possibilities (and go ahead and upload some of your own images to see the previews)! You can also connect with this innovative company on Facebook and Instagram.

Other than the canvas that I received from Crocart in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product and this company.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bouncing, Throwing, Smooshing, Sitting, Endless Fun with the Super Wubble Bubble Ball {Review}

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There are some toys that have been around for generations; for instance wooden blocks, baby dolls, small cars, rubber balls, and more.

And, while there is of course a reason why these are beloved classics, that isn't to say that making a few changes or updates can't take them to the next level. Adding movable limbs to a doll or new, colorful designs to a set of cars, for example.

But what if you could take a well-loved toy and give it enough of a makeover that it takes it to an entirely new level? Providing not only entertainment, but active movement, tons of laughter, lots of creativity, and basically endless joy?

Then you must have taken a regular ball and updated it to a Super Wubble Bubble Ball!

Super Wubble

A soft, lightweight ball that can be inflated to gigantic proportions, the Super Wubble is super smashable and super squashable. Bounce it, throw it, kick it, smoosh it, smash it, sit on it — there isn't much you can't do!

As Super Wubble is made with a new super stretchy material called Xpandium, it is up to four times stronger and more tear-resistant than the original Wubble Bubble Ball. The result? Even more hours of stretchy, squishy, bouncy fun!

I had no doubt that my kids were going to absolutely love the Super Wubble and we all couldn't wait to get it out of the box and ready for play!

Super Wubble ball

Right away I appreciated how easy the Super Wubble is to inflate, as the included battery-operated pump is simple and intuitive (deflating is just as easy — perfect for not having to find a place to stash a full blown Super Wubble around the house).

Wubble ball inflation

In a matter of minutes, it was time to Wubble and my girls couldn't have cared less that it had just rained. They pulled on their boots and were out the door ready to see what they could do with their own smooshy bubble ball!

Wubble ball play

Talk about fun!

Super Wubble review

While my kids initially treated the Super Wubble with the utmost care and caution, they soon realized that just because it is extra soft doesn't mean that it is extra fragile.

Instead, they took to bouncing, throwing, smashing, sitting, rolling, volleying, and much more and marveled at the strength of the Super Wubble throughout all of their play. Aside from coming into contact with sharp objects like tacks, broken glass, sharp fingernails, branches or concrete, I don't see this magic ball popping anytime soon.

In the meantime, the current favorite Super Wubble activity is making all sorts of "interesting" faces by crushing oneself into the ball. The fun never stops!

Super Wubble fun

Still skeptical on this ball's strength? See for yourself how Super Wubble holds up on their YouTube channel where everything from a pineapple to a bowling ball to a shopping cart to a cinder block are dropped onto this giant ball!

When it comes to adding a unique, one-of-a-kind toy to your household (or to give as a great birthday present or gift for the upcoming holidays), the Super Wubble is one that won't disappoint. Kids of all ages (as well as adults) are going to be clamoring for another turn and the laughter and smiles can't be beat!

To make a purchase or find out more about the Super Wubble Bubble Ball, visit and connect with all things Wubble on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

This review is part of a sponsored campaign for Wubble Ball but all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Upgrade Your Bathroom for Free with the Charmin Essentials Toilet Paper Swap! {#CharminEssentials}

This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

When it comes to shopping, I often find myself torn between buying the best quality or opting for the biggest value. Do I go with the name brand canned corn or will the store label, which costs less, taste close enough? Do I buy my kids the generic markers for school and hope that they don't dry out or stick with the ones that cost a little more but will most likely last longer?

Fortunately, this decision doesn't have to be made when it comes to shopping for toilet paper. We're all able to stick to our budget and shop with value in mind (but without having to sacrifice on softness or quality) thanks to Charmin's newly launched Charmin Essentials Soft!

Charmin Essentials Soft toilet paper

Just as claimed, Charmin Essentials Soft proved that it does take softness to the next level. Right out of the package this TP resembles nothing else but a cloud!

Charmin Essentials Soft TP

After having tried Charmin Essentials Soft, the whole family agrees that it is indeed a great fit in our household and just what we need in all of our bathrooms.

But hold on, there's more.

Charmin doesn't want you to just take my word for it, they want you to upgrade your current toilet paper with their new Charmin Essentials (along with Charmin Essentials Soft they have also debuted Charmin Essentials Strong for families that prefer extra strength) for FREE in their #CharminEssentials TP Swap Program!

#CharminEssentials swap

Participation is easy! Simply tweet your TP swap request to @Charmin using the hashtag #CharminEssentials and #Promotion, and Charmin will send you a free roll (see terms and conditions here). This opportunity ends on September 30, so send out your tweet today! What's better than free?

Sold at a comparable price to other leading bargain brands, the unveiling of Charmin Essentials Soft and Charmin Essentials Strong is a welcome relief for shoppers everywhere. Who doesn't want to receive more of what they want in their toilet paper while staying at a comparable price to the product that they currently use?

Find out more by visiting Charmin Essentials Soft and Charmin Essentials Strong, while connecting with all things Charmin on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Keep Motion Sickness Away with Dramamine® for Kids {#AdventuresInMotion}

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This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Although I love seeing that my children have inherited some of my positive qualities, there are times when I feel as though karma is in full force when I see my complete lack of patience or inherent need to argue my point come through in them.

Another of my genes that has unfortunately been passed down to both of my children is my motion sickness. It is bad enough that I can't glance down in the car, set foot on an airplane or even consider getting on a roller coaster without worry of being ill, but now my own children experience nausea and dizziness from them as well?

I guess now I can add guilt to my feelings of queasiness.

Fortunately, I know that I can turn to my own personal motion sickness relief savior (and the #1 pharmacist recommended brand), Dramamine®. I never travel without my nausea-minimizing miracle worker, so it was an obvious next step that my family would also be devotees of Dramamine® for Kids!

Dramamine for Kids

The only medicated motion sickness relief product formulated just for children ages 2-12, Dramamine® for Kids treats symptoms of motion sickness on the spot and prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness.

It only took one time of Big Sister E vomiting on a tour bus in Europe before Dramamine® for Kids became a must-have in her travel bag and it wasn't long after that before she was asking for it by name prior to field trips involving long bus rides. Why spend time feeling the unhappy symptoms of motion sickness when you don't have to?

Plus, as Dramamine® for Kids comes in a convenient travel case and contains a safe, precise dose in a fun, chewable grape flavored tablet, I never have to worry about her finding a glass of water, having trouble swallowing a pill or needing to pour out any liquid medication. Instead, just chew one tasty dose and she stays feeling great and ready to go, go, go!

Dramamine for Kids review

While Little Sister B hasn't quite gotten to the point where she needs her own case of Dramamine® for Kids, I can already see her symptoms increasing as she ages and know that it won't be too much longer.

Apparently the family that travels together, feels queasy together? Thanks to Dramamine® and Dramamine® for Kids, we're all able to knock out motion sickness and continue on with our lives with ease!

Dramamine for Kids motion sickness

When it comes to motion sickness, I don't want to just leave my kids to deal with it, I want to prevent it as much as possible. Without Dramamine®, our lives would be spent feeling much more uncomfortable and nauseous — which is why you'll never find us traveling or visiting theme parks without it!

Do you have a child in your life that suffers from motion sickness symptoms as well? You'll want to head over to (and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter) to find out more about Dramamine® for Kids as well as their other high quality, effective products.

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