SholdIt Scarf

A good scarf is key when traveling. It’s a comfort and can provide warmth. That’s why I love the Shold It Scarf. 

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As you can see their are multiple ways to wear this scarf.  I love the hidden pockets.

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When the package arrived, I was impressed by the images that illustrate different ways to wear it. I love to wear gray (see above pictures, I’m wearing a gray shirt and then my gray jacket here).

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This scarf is versatile and the perfect travel companion. You can fit your phone and keys in the hidden compartments.

Orange isn’t my favorite color, but would love one in black or purple. I think this is a great invention and love it!

*Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom Spark Network and relieved this product to review. However the opinions are my own.

Blickenstaffs Toy Store 12 Days of Christmas: On the First Day of Christmas… #blickenstaffs #christmas @blickenstaffs

Blickenstaffs toy store is hosting a fun 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series.

Today is the first day!

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Enter to win great prizes!

 Also, if you are heading down to the Gateway, be sure to check out the Lights for the “Starry Starry Nights Spectacular” it’s right next to Blickenstaffs

There are over  600,000 lights choreographed with the music of the Olympic Legacy Fountain.

Four show times nightly at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

Travel Tuesday: Disneyland Review

Disneyland Review

Our children are at this point in time at the most beautiful ages. They will turn 5 and 2 in January. The last few months have been magical with them. They are happy. They get along. They play nice together.

Where has the time gone? I realize how quickly they are growing and changing right before our eyes. Baby Girl is no longer a baby and looks much more like a three year old than a baby. She has long legs and pigtails. Our son has this innocence and genuine honesty about life and the way he views the world right now. The way they view the world right now is magical. We wanted to take them to Disneyland and freeze these memories in time.

Honestly, you have not experienced Disneyland until you have done so through the eyes of a child.

I love the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse holding hands at the entrance of Main street, right in front of the castle. It’s like this path that you walk from Main Street back in time and are greeted in 1955 by Walk and Mickey as you enter into Fantasyland.

Our son believed. At every turn and ride  there were questions. “Is that the real Buzz?” or “I’m terrified of Zerg” and then “Mommy and I defeated Zerg”. In line for Star Tours , he was convinced we were going to inner space (you see, outer space is much to far away and too long to be gone from daddy). Everything he saw and experienced was real as if he were living it and experiencing it as his reality. The hippos on the jungle cruise ARE REAl.

Our daughter loved “mouse” and meeting Minnie Mouse was a highlight. We were at the ….Jamboree and Minnie came out and walked around with the kids. She colored with them and gave our daughter a kiss. Honestly, it was priceless.

Our son’s favorite part, in his own words was, “Seeing Mickey, Minnie and Pluto. And going to Cars land. I loved that zippy ride. But mom, make sure you take your sun glasses off so they don’t fall again!”

Upon our return, both my husband and I experienced similar conversations with parents, “Oh, you went to Disneyland. Was it torture?!” Oh how we wanted to shake these parents and say, “NO! We had the best trip ever and it was magical and the kids were amazing and we met Mickey and Minnie and we at lots of churros and we went on the best rides…” But they just don’t get it. We know that our contrary words would be in vain.

We could write a novel about our trip to Disneyland but for the purpose of this post, we will break it down to a few of our highlights and will include in depth details in future posts.

Highlights from Disneyland

–       Meeting Mickey and Minnie

–       Halloween in Disneyland is a must! It was so festively decorated. We did the Mickey Trick or Treat that allowed us access into the park at 4:00.

–       Cars Land is just like walking into the Radiator Springs. It’s a must!

–       How kind and helpful everyone was.

–       The Photo Pass photographer: it is a huge deal as the parent with the camera to actually BE IN the pictures and have pictures of all four of us together. We were able to hand a  point and shoot camera to the Disney photographer and capture their professional pictures as well as our candid ones. This service is FREE and added so much to the trip.

We’ll be sharing more Disney tips and advice on Travel Tuesday. Stay tuned!

 

Cast your vote for the @tinyprints talent search

Last week I posted about the darling Tiny Prints Christmas cards we were in the process of creating. We were able to design ours and are very pleased with how easy the process was ordering the prints.

Love Tiny Prints, too?

My friend Hillory needs your vote. Her family is up for “cutest family” category and let me tell you, this family is even cuter in real life. Our children are the same age and we love having play dates together. Hillory plays single mom two weeks out of the year while her husband travels for work. She does all this with grace and a good attitude with her darling three girls in tow.

If you’ll please vote for them: go to the link below and click on “cutes family” and find their picture.

The main page looks like this:

 and then you click on the  “vote now” banner
It took a while for it to load for me, but it should take you to a vote for the categories page and then vote for their picture
You can vote for one picture, per category, per day. The voting is open from December 3rd ’til December 16th!
Thanks so much!

Travel: Emmy Week Highlights

A few weeks ago I traveled to LA, here are a few highlights:

Going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I jumped through the waves like a wild women. It was liberating and exhilarating!

Seeing the Santa Monica Pier close up. I see where Disney got their inspiration for California Adventure after being here.

Seeing the sunset from Santa Monica

Connecting with the talented and lovely Marty Heebner, owner of Rebagz. Long time friend and mentor, Marty and I met three years ago at MAGIC. It was wonderful to see her again. It felt like a day hadn’t gone by since we met! Don’t you love those kinds of friends?

Volunteering at Project Green and being a sign holder for 10 hours but getting a blurry taken to prove I was there!

Learning that “submerged flowers” are not called “drowned flowers” by professional florists. Aren’t these lovely?

 

Unloading hundreds of beatiful Kaboo Bags. I already adore these bags, they are a local Salt Lake Company, but fell in love with this red one! The gals from Kaboo were there Denise and Katie and worked so hard!

Making new friends & roommates Rochelle Kretz Gaukel & Sara Spinski. Rochelle is the designer of What Ever Lola Wants jewelry.  Stunning pieces that are so lovely.

 

Working with the Jane Owen PR rock stars during the event.

Seeing Janice Dickinson, the first super model, in real life.

Sunset from The Huntley Hotel

An other major highlight was seeing my college friend Jenn Cook that I hadn’t seen for years. We went to BYU together but got to be friends in Jerusalem. We both did advertising and got accepted to go to NYC for internships. Only I chose to run off and get married instead. Sadly, I didn’t have my camera to capture our time together. But she’s amazing and love her. You should check out her blog from her New York days Keeping It Classy. You’ll be peeing your pants in no time.

It was wonderful to connect with old friends, swim in to ocean and make new friends.

Canon Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens
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Product Description
From the Manufacturer
True HD Performance | EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
For those looking to capture superb quality Full HD video, the EOS M Digital Camera offers a number of advantages. Offering a large APS-C sized sensor, the camera is able to deliver shallow depth-of-field for achieving impressive cine-style results and the ability to capture clean, high-quality video, even under very low-light conditions.
With the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, the camera is also compatible with Canon’s extensive family of EF lenses for boundless creativity.

Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS M Digital Camera continues Canon’s tradition of performance, quality and simplicity. The EOS M Digital Camera enables easy manual control of focus and exposure. It also automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.

Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Resolution & Recording Sizes
Frame Rates
Recording Time Based on 8 GB Memory Card Full HD
1920 x 1080
16:9 format
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 22 min. 24 fps (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD) 22 min. HD
1280 x 720
16:9 format
60 fps (59.94)
640 x 480 (SD) 1 hr. 32 min. 50 fps – PAL standard
Recording Time Based on 16 GB Memory Card
Standard Definition (SD)
640 x 480
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec. 25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 44 min.
1280 x 720 (HD) 44 min.
640 x 480 (SD) 3 hr. 4 min.

Built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment
The EOS M Digital Camera has an internal stereo microphone for high-quality audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the EOS M Digital Camera is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.

Video Snapshot
With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS M Digital Camera can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights “album.” With no editing required after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera’s shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can now be reordered or deleted.

Extraordinary Image Quality and Processing Power

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Perfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the EOS M Digital Camera’s sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS M Digital Camera’s accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
Versatile ISO Range for shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions
Thanks to its DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS M Digital Camera features a versatile ISO range of ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording and ISO100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting. The EOS M Digital Camera, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor’s remarkable noise-reduction technology, delivers outstanding performance in low light for incredible video and photos.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera’s CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor the EOS M Digital Camera can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like HDR Backlight Control, art filters, lens correction and much more. The brilliant “brain” of the camera, this engine supercharges every facet of image capture.

Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos.
The EOS M Digital Camera uses a hybrid AF system to deliver incredibly speedy and accurate focus. Its CMOS sensor has center-mounted pixels that are used for phase-difference AF. Phase difference AF is incredibly fast for general distance determination, while contrast AF is incredibly accurate, no matter the location of the focus point. By capitalizing on the strengths of phase-difference and contrast AF systems, the EOS M Digital Camera achieves precise AF, fast.

Sharp and Clear, with Tactile Controls

Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF
The EOS M Digital Camera comes with a newly engineered, Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. Using the same capacitive technology as today’s popular mobile devices, this new screen is touch-sensitive and delivers intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. The additional benefit of Touch AF makes it fast and easy to focus on any subject, by simply touching it on the screen. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million pixels), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.

A Comprehensive System Of EOS Optics

Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses (optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is required)
The EOS M Digital Camera features a new style lens mount, called EF-M. Besides the dedicated EF-M lenses, the camera is compatible with the entire family of Canon EF and EF-S lenses by attaching the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. When the adapter is used, the image quality of the lens is preserved, with no light loss or change to image stabilization.

From fisheye to telephoto and everywhere in between, Canon offers the most comprehensive lens collection on the planet, with the finest optics and most advanced technologies for whatever application is at hand.

When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, the camera’s Movie Servo AF feature takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Effects for Dramatic and Gorgeous Results

Handheld Night Scene mode
Accessible right on the EOS M Digital Camera’s Mode Dial, Handheld Night Scene mode captures nightscapes with bright highlights and detailed dark areas, delivering results previously impossible without the use of a tripod. By shooting and combining four consecutive shots at a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, the EOS M Digital Camera’s Handheld Night Scene mode makes dramatic nighttime photography simple.

HDR Backlight Control mode
The EOS M Digital Camera’s HDR Backlight Control mode ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too dark. By shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures (underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed) and then combining the images, the final result maintains detail in both the shadow and highlight areas, ensuring the backlit subject is properly exposed.

Seven Creative Filters, plus new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect
Adding to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS M Digital Camera are seven different creative filters that can dramatically alter the mood and visual effect of any particular scene. Creative Filters include Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and new filters: Art Bold Effect (makes the photos look like an oil painting, with subjects appearing three-dimensional), and Water Painting Effect (photos are altered to look like a water-colored painting). Since the filters can be applied to the image after shooting, it’s easy to try several effects on the same shot. These creative effects can also be applied to video, for additional imaginative fun.

Multi Shot Noise Reduction
To enhance its already admirable high ISO shooting capabilities, the EOS M Digital Camera features an intelligent Multi Shot Noise Reduction tool that reduces noise even further than the camera’s sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor alone. With Multi Shot Noise Reduction activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots, merges and aligns them. This eliminates more noise than the traditional Noise Reduction filter, with little or no apparent resolution loss. Moving subjects are even optimized to minimize subject blur! Thanks to this clever new feature, high ISO shooting has never looked better.

EOS M Digital Camera Body
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens
Neck Strap EM-100DB
Battery Pack LP-E12
Battery Charger LC-E12
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
EOS Digital Solution Disk, Camera Instruction Manual and Software Instruction Manual CD

{Travel Tuesday} Trick or Treat with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland – Book Your Adventure Now!

Halloween + Disneyland = Spooktacular! The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Spookier 

September 14 kicks off Halloween Time at Disneyland.

Disney is knows for their extraordinary hospitality & how to throw a party. When I first heard that Disneyland decorated for Halloween, I thought, “Oh fun!” But after looking over their media material I’m saying, “WOW!” Get excited!

Mickey’s Halloween Party where you can Trick or Treat with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland!

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

On select nights, come to the Disneyland Park in costume to trick-or-treat in the ultimate “neighborhood” — after regular park hours! Pose for photo ops, ride Halloween-themed attractions, enjoy entertainment exclusively for Party Guests and more.

About the Party at Disneyland Park

This event — on select nights, after regular park hours — provides plenty of frightful fun for boys and ghouls of all ages!

Ticket Includes

  • Admission to the Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.
  • Complimentary parking for one vehicle. Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.

Entertainment

  • Special trick-or-treat stations with candy and healthy goodies.
  • Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Party Guests.
  • Dance parties, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.

Attractions

  • Access to nearly all attractions, including all the Halloween-themed Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday attractions.

Costumed Disney Characters

  • Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villains.
  • Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.

Save on Tickets

  • Save when you buy tickets in advance!
  • On select nights, Annual Passholders save $18.
  • No ticket is required for Guests 2 and under.

 

Alive Expo Green Pavilion Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels benefiting Project Green held during Emmyweek

Alive Expo Green Pavilion Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels benefiting Project Green held during  Emmyweek

The Alive Expo/Green Pavilion Emmyweek Gifting Suite is happening next week. The Green Pavilion is the non-profit organization of the Alive Expo.

Project Green was started by two women to give back.

I’m heading to LA this week to help at the event. I’m excited to be apart of this Green event.

 

DISNEY FRANKENWEENIE MONSTROUS SWEEPSTAKES: Win a Trip To Disneyland

Hello friend,

I wanted to share a fun contest with you!

With Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE opening next month Disney has a fun contest going on called FRANKENWEENIE MONSTROUS SWEEPSTAKES.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a 4 day/3 night vacation for four to the Disneyland® Resort and Disney California Adventure Park to experience the world of Tim Burton and FRANKENWEENIE during Halloween Time!!! Disneyland looks magical for Halloween!

 

Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes:

With Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE opening next month Disney has a fun contest going on called FRANKENWEENIE MONSTROUS SWEEPSTAKES.


Enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes for a chance to win a spooktacular vacation for four to experience all the fun of Halloween Time at theDisneyland® Resort. Plus, don’t miss The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit only at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park, where you can get an up-close look at the amazing world of Frankenweenie through sets, puppets, props and more. And for a limited time Guests will be treated to a special 4D extended preview of the film at the Muppets Vision 3D Theater before Frankenweenie comes to theaters in 3D October 5th!

 

Visit www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps to enter the Monstrous sweepstakes and you could win Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort for some frightfully family-friendly fun!

 

Dates:

August 23 – October 7, 2012

 

Entries:

Online: www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps

Mobile – Text EDGAR to DISNEY (347639*) to enter for a chance to win. *Msg and data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

 

Prizing:

One (1) Grand Prize – A 4 day/3 night vacation for four to Disneyland® Resort and Disney California Adventure Park to experience the world of Tim Burton and Frankenweenie during Halloween Time.

Five (5) First Prizes – An Autographed Frankenweenie movie poster

 

“Like” FRANKENWEENIE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frankenweenie

 

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

 

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