Canvas Photo Love and Giveaway

Tracking Pixelphoto-canvas-review-at-walmart this year the holidays are going to be much different for our family. we will be busy getting ready for our baby girl that will be arriving the first week of January. I have to get all my shopping done ASAP, because who knows if this little girl will try to make her debut early. but being eight months pregnant makes long holiday shopping trips uncomfortable, and I get tired easily. so luckily, i’ve partnered with Walmart to share how i got some of my holiday shopping done right at home.

shopping for the grandparents is one of the hardest tasks of the season in my opinion. but one thing i know they love is photos of their grandchildren. Walmart Photo helped me to create the perfect gifts for the grandparents…and I didn’t even have to leave my home. plus, I also was able to order some extra canvas photos to spruce up my house. those bare walls really needed some photos. great-photo-gifts-at-walmart on the Walmart Photo website, you can choose the sizes of the canvas photos you need, the orientation – landscape or portrait, and if you want it to be a single photo, or a collage. there are lots of great templates to choose from. PLUS…even better, Photo Canvas’ are on Rollback until 1/3 with 11 x 14’s at just $24.96 and 16 x 20’s at just $34.96!  then just click and pay. You can choose to pick them up at your local Walmart store or have them delivered to your home. my Photo Canvases arrived safely at my home which was like Christmas morning opening them to see how they came out. seeing photos of my children on the canvas was the best. canvas-photo-collagehow-to-arrange-pictures-on-the-wall to wrap up the canvas photos in a unique way, i found a whale Christmas ornament that matched the canvas photo and used some rustic beachy twine and raffia to tie around some turquoise wrapping paper. it’s details like this that make it look like you were very thoughtful in putting it together. and what I am most thrilled about is the fact that i am getting my holiday shopping done early this year. it’s going to be so nice to just focus on the boys and our new baby. fun-ways-to-wrap-presents here are some of the other great photo gifts you can create at the Walmart Photo Center, from holiday cards to photo books to blankets. many of them are available for free same-day pick-up in store. perfect for last minute shopping and gifting!   best-photo-gifts-to-give-family

1) Photo Sweatshirts and Tees,  2) Personalized Mugs and Cups,  3) Photo Puzzles,  4) Photo Pillows,  5) Photo Phone Cases,  6) Photo Jewelry, 7) Personalized Photo Blanket, 8) Personalized Calendars, 9) Personalized Coasters, 10) Canvas Prints

shopping at Walmart Photo is super easy. there are over 3,500 Walmart Photo locations nationwide or you can order online. If you choose to go into the store to shop, you can easily transfer images from your mobile device in-store either using the Fujifilm Kiosk Photo Transfer App or connecting with a cable at the kiosk. you can even transfer images from Facebook or Instagram. it really is that quick and easy! walmart-canvas-photosphoto-canvas-choices-at-walmart


here is your chance to win a Walmart Photo gift pack valued at $50!!!!! just leave a blog post comment below and share what Walmart Photo gift you would create for someone this holiday season. be sure to include #sweepstakes in your comment! then, visit the Rafflecopter below to see how you could win! Good luck!

{ This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart Photo.}

Win a Custom Comfort Mattress

This is a sponsored post.

Merry Christmas! now that Christmas has come and almost gone, you know what that means….it’s almost the New Year. and why not celebrate the New Year with a new mattress?!!!!

if i had to pick something that made a huge impact on my life this past year, i would say hands down my Custom Comfort Mattress. remember when i wrote about getting it? it has made all the difference in my sleep life. i feel like i am sleeping on a glorious hotel bed every night of the week, and i still pinch myself as i fall asleep each night – i just can’t believe i am the owner of such a wonderful bed. my sleep has been the best it has ever been in my life. i don’t wake up tired anymore, my back never hurts, and i feel like i am wrapped in a cloud every night.

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if getting a wonderful nights sleep is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, then it’s time to invest in yourself. it’s time to pay a visit to Custom Comfort mattress. you will not be dissapointed. their beds are made with high quality steel spring frames and the materials are all natural. the foam that Custom Comfort Mattress uses is soy-based, so that it is a natural and lasts longer, and they are made without harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. plus, the Custom Comfort Mattress company is family owned, and they make the mattresses here in Orange County. i love buying products made in the USA, and the fact that they are also made right in my community is even more awesome!

I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with Gigasavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Win a Trip to Barcelona with Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood!

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i am so excited to partner with one of my favorite Hollywood restaurants Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood. i have written about the fun our family has had dining at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood before, and now i have some exciting new news!

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood is sending a lucky fan and a guest to Barcelona to attend Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Global Music Festival! i have always wanted to go to Barcelona….so this is really exciting.

the prize includes round trip economy airfare for two to Barcelona, Spain from LAX airport in Los Angeles, CA, a four night hotel stay for two at Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona on July 23, 2015 through July 26, 2015, two general admission tickets to Hard Rock Rising Barcelona, two tickets to a guided city tour of Barcelona, and a $200 Visa gift card to be used toward airport transportation and spending money. a prize package valued at over $4,999.

About the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Global Music Festival

The Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Global Music Festival will showcase this dynamic lineup of incredible musical talent at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival. it is the perfect way to bring legendary rock stars and emerging artists together on Hard Rock’s global stage. the festival will feature 16 hours of live music across two full days and an unforgettable site which embraces the magic of Barcelona’s beach-front venue.

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the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Lineup will include Multi GRAMMY® and BRIT award winning American Rock band, Kings of Leon who will perform songs from their six multi-platinum albums. this will be their first show in Barcelona since 2008. also performing will be Columbian musician superstar, Juanes, rock legend and multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Lenny Kravitz, Swedish club DJ and global artist, Avicii, former member of the electronic supergroup Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello, will all be part of the star-studded lineup at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona. Additionally, Hard Rock Rising Barcelona will feature an exciting lineup of international talent including Spanish rock-alternative band, Vetusta Morla. you better get your passports ready!

pre-sale tickets for Hard Rock Rising Barcelona will only be available on March 23 to 24th. tickets for the general public will be available starting March25. click here for additional talent announcements, ticket information and event details.



How Enter the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Win a Trip to Barcelona Contest

the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood “Win a Trip to Barcelona” contest runs May 2nd, 2015 and ends May 13, 2015 at 8:59 p.m. PST. during this promotion time…

visit the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood locations located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard or Universal CityWalk and post a picture of yourself inside the cafe or post an image with Hard Rock merchandise on your personal Instagram account tagging the @HardRockLA account and using the hashtag #SendMeToBarcelona. entries must include the Instagram handle and hashtag to be eligible to win.


send a self addressed stamped postcard to the following address during the promotion period: Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd, Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Trip Giveaway, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 105, Hollywood, CA 90028 and such postcard must contain your contact email for prize notification purposes.

limit one (1) entry per person, per social media account; up to two (2) total entries are eligible per person, one (1) via Instagram and one (1) via postcard. posting multiple images on any individual platform does not increase the odds of winning. the individual who owns the associated social media account the entry is posted from is considered the official entrant, regardless of any additional individuals who may appear in the image. click here for official rules and conditions.

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Get 4 Giving This Holiday Season with Etnies!

I have partnered with etnies to bring you this post.


if you have been a reader of Popsicle Blog for a while, then you probably know how much we love etnies over here. from cool crib shoes for the baby, to toddler and big kid shoes – etnies Kids has so many styles of adorable, and durable, shoes to choose from. we LOVE etnies for this, BUT there is so much more that we love about this brand. etnies goes way beyond cool style!

Giving back is at the core of etnies culture. did you know that etnies donates thousands of shoes to at-risk children and the homeless on an annual basis? how awesome is that!

plus etnies is always helping our very own community of Orange County and Southern California.
• this December, they will host their annual etnies Holiday Festival, where 500 at-risk kids in Orange County are treated to a day of skating demos by pros, Santa (on a skateboard, of course!) and a the gift of brand new etnies shoes.
• they will donate 2,000 pairs of shoes to the homeless at the Los Angeles Mission – every year!
• they have created and built the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest as a resource for the community
• their impact is felt around the globe. etnies believes “The Planet is Our Playground”
• Happy Feet, Happy Forests – For every pair of etnies Kids shoes sold, a tree will be planted. etnies’ “Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree” reforestation program helps kids see that their happy feet means a happy forest.

and that’s not all….

etnies wants to partner with you this holiday season.

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etnies would love to reward YOU for giving back! all you have to do is  snap & share a pic of you giving back to your community or your favorite cause (such as volunteering, donating clothes, shoes, time, etc.) and you could win $500 in prizes! to enter, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #get4giving (*it must include hashtag to count) and it will automatically upload to the “Get 4 Giving” gallery. or you can upload it here. the picture with the most votes will win the $200 grand prize!  (contest run December 5, 2014 through January 5, 2015).

Celebrating Holiday Decorating with Kmart

popsicle blog holiday house i have been busy decorating my home for the holidays…it is one of my favorite things to do for Christmas. i have partnered with Kmart to bring you this post about my holiday decorating traditions, because i definitely have a particular way of decorating for the Christmas holiday.

the above photo is a picture of my home decorated for Christmas. i get so happy just looking at it…because Christmas decorations bring me so many wonderful feelings of the season.  i personally love decorating with traditional Christmas colors, red and greens of course. and i like my decor to be traditional but have a vintage feel as well.

these glass Christmas ornaments are one of my most prized holiday possessions. i have collected them throughout my marriage, and love the unique details each one has. some have glitter, some have a dash of fur. they sparkle and twinkle when the lights are on, and are the focal point of my Christmas tree. everyone knows to be careful with them, and the boys have so much excitement as they pull each one from the box and place them on the tree. once they finish decorating, we usually make hot chocolate and enjoy the view with Christmas music blaring. then they head up to bed in their new Christmas jammies that i got them.  i always give my boy pjs on December 1st so they can enjoy them all season long.

once they are in bed, i rearrange to tree so that i can have the ornaments look just right. i hate to be picky, but i love my tree to be set up a certain way. so without making to boys feel bad, i just rearrange it once they are asleep. yep, i do this very year LOL.

beautiful glass Christmas ornaments

however, i do have to say, that at least of these special ornaments breaks each year. it’s a sad site. luckily, i replenish my collection each year with one or two new ornaments. it is always fun to pick a few new ones that are special to the years activities we’ve done. they add a special memory to the holiday memories we have each year.

Kmart knows a lot about holiday decor. they have everything you need to decorate for the holiday, and no retailer is better prepared to help you deck the halls than Kmart. i checked out their holiday selection online and found some festive decor that i would love to add to my home. these are my faves….

kmart holiday decorations

Pre-lit Pine Christmas Swag – decorating the mantle is a must, and i love that this swag is pre lit. so much better than wrapping the lights around the greenery. and since it is artificial, you can use it for years to come. a great investment.

LED Flameless Candles i love candles, but get nervous having burning flames around my Christmas decor. that is why i like these Flameless Candles, plus they smell like vanilla.

Die Hard Christmas Lights – The new DieHard LED holiday lights at Kmart come with a 5-year warranty, stay cool to the touch and never flicker. If one light goes out, the others stay lit.

Kurt S. Adler Wooden Advent Calendar we have one similar to this, and the boys enjoy hanging the ornaments up on it each day as a countdown to Christmas. i love the vintage design of this one by Kurt S. Adler.

Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer Lawn Decoration

The Christmas Tree Company 24″ Fresh Christmas Berry Fraser Fir Holiday Wreath i have an artificial tree, so this fresh wreath is the perfect way to get that fresh pine smell in the house. did you know you could get fresh pine wreaths at Kmart? neither did i!

Sandra by Sandra Lee Merry Holiday Shatterproof Ornament Pack
Wilton Gingerbread House Kit
Kurt S. Adler Christmas Stockings
Radko Glass Tree Ornaments

and now is your chance to show off your holiday decor!!!!

Best Dressed Home Sweepstakes!
to celebrate the uniqueness of this holiday tradition, Kmart are launching the Best Dressed Home Sweepstakes to capture how you and others across the US are decorating for the holidays.

Kmart BestDressed Contest

Between now to December 26, visit Kmart’s Best Dressed Sweepstake page and upload a photo of your home decked out for the holidays for a chance to win Shop Your Way points. 60 people will instantly win $50 in Shop Your Way points and 1 grand prize winner will win 1 million Shop Your Way points. so go take some pictures of your holiday home and enter today! good luck.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart.