lbg studio e-book Photography for bloggers giveaway

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to review the e-book Photography for Bloggers by {LBG STUDIO}.

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I was so excited with the opportunity because I am now at the point where I just need to figure out how my camera works. Since I started blogging I have upgraded 3 times with my camera and each time I saw a big difference in my photos. But I am now at the point where it is either learn how to really use my camera or settle with the pictures I am getting. I shoot with a cannon rebel t3i and shot almost entirely with my kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.5 before reading the e-book. I rarely used my 50mm f/1.4 lens that I had spent so much money on. I just never seemed to fully understand the lens so there it sat. I never used manual mode to shoot in and certainly never used it to focus with. I guess you could say I was completely scared of manual mode.

The first time I sat down to read the e-book Photography for Bloggers I picked up on a lot of her tips and tricks as far as photographing indoors and how to set up a scene for photographing handmade items. Then the next time I sat down to read the book I decided to finally dive into the camera settings section. I grabbed my camera and read through it more in depth. I would read a little then actually try it with my camera. Lo and behold I could actually see the differences between each photo when changing the settings. It was amazing how much I better understood my camera and its settings just by doing this. I highly recommend you doing it as well. Of course I had to read and re-read the e-book a few more times before I finally got to the point where I felt comfortable with all of the settings and remembered what they all did. In the e-book Vanessa also shares tips on editing and uploading photos to the web. Again, I played around with this a bit. I uploaded a picture how I normally would and then a picture edited and resized how she states to in the e-book and what a huge difference!

I now shoot in manual mode with my 50mm f/1.4 lens all of the time and I have seen a huge improvement in my photos. You may not have noticed as much as I have because you are not closely looking for it and critiquing them, but trust me there is a huge difference. What I love most about the book is that Vanessa writes in a way so that I can understand all of the photography terminology. Plus she shows lots of examples throughout the book on how to get the best natural lighting. She not only tells you how to use natural light and ways to reflect it, but also shows you exactly how she sets it up. For a hands-on/visual type of girl that I am seeing those pictures made a world of a difference to me. I honestly cannot tell you how much just reading the e-book has greatly improved my photographing skills…just see for yourselves. Below are two pictures. The first one was taken before reading the e-book and the second picture was taken after reading the e-book.

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IMG_3991Picture taken after reading e-book

Big difference isn’t it? Vanessa has been kind enough to give away one copy of her Photography for Bloggers e-book to one lucky winner. To enter, just enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Oh boy do I have an amazing giveaway for all of you today from Shabby Apple!


For those of that don’t know shabbyapple.com carries the most beautiful women’s dresses, little girls dresses, and even maternity dresses. Here are just a few of my favorite dresses that they carry.

Rosso

Love Me Do

Le Seine

Maple

Shabby Apple not only carries clothing but they also carry the most amazing accessories to go along with any outfit. They carry everything from shoes to scarves and from bracelets to belts to bags. There really is something for everyone at Shabby Apple! Just go and take a little peek for yourself. But I’m warning you ahead of time, you can spend hours just browsing their collections.

Spring Bloom Necklace

So are you all wondering which dress one lucky winner will be receiving? Well it’s the Spanish Steps dress! My favorite.

I know right?! It’s beautiful! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this dress! It’s dressy, yet casual. Simple and comfy on the top yet intricate and girlie on the bottom. Its one of those dresses that will look completely amazing on any body type and it could be yours!

So here are the details on how to enter to win the Spanish Steps dress. And lucky you, you have two chances to win! But first I must mention that those of you that enter must have a US shipping address and that there will be no exchanges for the winning dress. And like always make sure you leave a seperate comment for each chance to win.

First Chance: Head on over to shabbyapple.com and choose your favorite dress then come back here and tell me which is your favorite
Second Chance: “like” Shabby Apple on facebook and then leave me a comment saying you did so.

**Shabby Apple is also offering my readers a 10% off discount for the next 30 days! Just use the coupon code: twolittlehooligans10off **

Special thanks to Shabby Apple for letting me host this amazing giveaway and hurry on over there because the giveaway will end Monday January 16th, 2012.

Blue Sky giveaway winner.

Sorry I am a little late on this one, but I have had a house full of sick kiddo’s. It has been a tough few days, but thankfully they are on the mend. Anyways…

Congrats Doris Pop for being the Blue Sky giveaway winner.
I will be emailing you shortly for your info.

Another amazing GIVEAWAY from Blue Sky!

I’m so excited to have been given the chance to review and host another giveaway for Blue Sky. This time I was sent a few products from their new line of calendars and planners from Egg Press for Blue Sky. I’m telling you, these planners are simply beautiful! The new collection comes in a range of sizes, colors and formats to suit all of your needs.

And will be available in all Target stores beginning November 1, 2011, just in time for the Holidays.
These planners offer plenty of writing space while still giving you a modern look and feel with lots of bright colors. Plus, they are still small enough to store in a purse or bag. If you are anything like me I cannot go anywhere without my planner.
The pages are uncluttered and so fresh looking.
And are set up in a simple but very usable manner.
This is one of my favorites in the collection. It is the Egg Press Heartflower Weekly/Monthly Planner 5″ x 8.” It comes in a durable wire-o binding planner and is the perfect size for storing in a bag, but still has plenty of room for keeping track of ones busy schedule.
I love how they paired the bright yellows and greys together in a wire-o binding. I’m a big fan of being able to fold my planners over when out and about instead of having the whole planner open all at once. I have found that I like to use my planner for everything. And with all of the recent home improvements lately I have been using by planner to store all of my paint chips and fabric swatches in. It works perfectly to have everything in one convenient place. That way I am not juggling a bunch of different books when I’m in the stores shopping and can spend more time juggling these 3 kids of mine.
And for those of you that prefer to use a larger calendar they also offer desk pads, spiral wall calendars and tablet calendars. They come in the fresh modern looking designs just like their smaller planners.
This is the Egg Press Garden Monthly Calendar. It is perfect for use on a desk, wall or in a binder. I can totally picture this calendar in one of my fabric 3 ring binders, how cute would that be?! So are you just as excited about these planners as I am? Want to win one of your own?

You have 2 chances to win!
**Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each chance to win.**

1. Head on over to Blue Sky to see which planner from the new Egg Press line would work best for you and your busy life.

2. “Like” the Blue Sky Face book page.

Giveaway will end Sunday November 13, 2011.

My Memories Giveaway Winner.

Congratulations to…
Heidi at Mom’s Crafty Space! I already know that you are going to love it!
For those of you that didn’t win, I still have a little treat for you. The wonderful people over at My Memories are giving my readers a $10 discount towards the My Memories SuiteV2! Just simply use the coupon code: STMMMS15303 during checkout and you will receive $10 off My Memories Suite V2.

Below is a video showing you more of what the My Memories digital scrapbooking software is all about and the amazing things that can be made by using it.


Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway from My Memories.

Last week I was contacted by My Memories to see if I wanted to try out some of their digital scrapbooking software…Um yes! But I will admit, I was a bit nervous at first. Even though I know my way around this blog I am horrible with computers, really… horrible! But I was willing to give it a try. I downloaded the software (which was so easy to do) and within minutes I was making collages. I know that the main focus of their products is to use for scrapbooking but I couldn’t help myself and make some collages. I have Photoshop and use it all the time for cropping and enhancing photo’s but every time I try to use it to make a collage or a card, I just cant! No matter how many times I have tried it never works right for me, but with this scrapbook software collages were so easy to make…honestly! The hardest part was choosing which template to use. But once I had my template picked out all I had to do was start adding my photo’s into the layout with one simple little click. The software automatically changes the size of your pictures so that they fit into the chosen spots perfectly…love that!!

So here are a few collages that pretty much sum up our life the past week here. Canning and baking everyday or preparing the veggies to do so. It’s funny, looking at the pretty jars make canning look so fun and pretty…but lets face it, it’s a lot of work! And with 3 little kids at your feet while your trying to do it all makes it for a CRAZY time! But it is one of those things that needs to be done in order for me to stay home with the kiddo’s.



But each year it gets easier and easier as the kids get older and older and are able to help this momma out. Oh trust me, there are lots of fights, messes and craziness going on here, but I would rather have that then the kiddo’s not be involved.

What, you don’t have your food and feet in the same place? Those of you that received one of those loaves of zucchini cake, sorry. Geez, I guess I shoulda left that picture out. But I have a feeling, none of you really care.

I love having the ability to add the pictures in with one simple click. But the best part is that since my photo’s are already on my computer it saves so much time and honestly only takes a few minutes to put one of these together. The digital scrapbooking software has a ton of different fonts to choose from along with embellishments, different papers and even spelling check! Oh yes, this software was made for me.



And since I couldn’t help myself I even put together a little business card for my etsy shop. I foresee myself using the My Memories digital scrapbooking software for this blog. Which is so easy to upload onto blogger by the way. All you have to do is save your creations onto your desktop and then upload them as you normally would an other photo into blogger. I know you all saw this post and yes I used digital scrapbooking software to create those collages as well. I guess you could say I’m a bit collage obsessed now.

I know I showed you just collages, but My Memories offers so much more! You can make scrapbooking pages, photo books, calendars, cards and even videos. Luckily, My Memories is offering one of my readers the very same software for FREE!

To enter the giveaway, head on over to My Memories and see what you would create with the software and come back here and let us know.

For two additional way to enter:

*Follow my memories on facebook.

*Become a follower of the my memories blog.


Giveaway will end this Thursday August, 25 2011.

Blue Sky Giveaway.

I was contacted by Blue Sky a few weeks ago wondering if I would be interested in sampling a few of their products along with conducting a giveaway on my blog. I am usually hesitant about doing such things, but once I had a little peek at their products I was sold immediately, plus I knew that you all would love the chance to sample a few of their products as well.

Have you heard of Blue Sky? If not, Blue Sky is a new line of calendar-based organizing products designed especially for busy, modern households. The collection includes 14 different products – most featuring dated calendars and all under $10 – that can be mixed and matched to meet the organizing needs and lifestyles of busy families. Their new line will be available for purchase in Target stores this July.

Here is the bundle of samples I received in the mail the other day (insert squeal)! Oh yes, I love these checklists, note pads and planners. I cannot wait to wrap open those door pads! I foresee lots of fun notes for Daddy from the kiddo’s with these.

The colors are wonderful and I love nice clean simple designs of them.
How cute is this grocery checklist?! I just wish my coupon organizer was large enough to hold this pad. I just may need to make a new one now.
And this is the greatest little “notebook!”
It is full of checklists and pockets. Plus it is small enough to fit right inside of your bag. Oh and there is a whole section that is just orange…does it get any better then that?

Then there is this great weekly/monthly planner. Now I’m not going to lie here, I love my Erin Condren planner and I still use everyday. I have nothing negative to say about it except the price was a bit steep. So if your not willing to pay the $50+ that I did on a planner, then this is the one for you!
It has more then enough room to write all of your activities/appointments for the day.
And even has an extra little space for notes each week.
I love these pages. A monthly calender and your to do lists all in the same place. How convenient is that?!

So who would love to sample a set for themselves? You have two chances to win. Giveaway will end August 1, 2011.

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment.

2. “Like” the Blue Sky Face book page for an additional entry.

**All the opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. I was contacted by Blue Sky to simply sample and conduct a giveaway. They did not asked me or require me to write a review. I however choose to do one, because I felt that many of you would be interested in their products.**

Sorry I’m a little late on this one…

Giveaway winner was #15
Adriane said…These are lovely! I think my favorites are the white and pink chrysanthemum rings…so cute!

Congratulations Adriane, I will be sending you an email shortly!

And besides this little munchkin, the exciting news around here is that our little farm stand is open for business!

The garden is overflowing with fresh veggies and needs picking everyday. We are already getting waaay more fresh veggies then this little family of ours can consume. So whatever we don’t eat ourselves goes straight into the farm stand. Each year my goal is to make enough money to pay for next years seeds and plants. But really, I’m just happy that nothing is going to waste. It is actually amazing how many customers I have on a daily basis. But I guess when you sell cukes for 10 cents you are bound to get some business. I even have a few customers that like to stop by before I pick the garden to place their orders. So if I’m not crafting and blogging as much as I normally do then this is why. Veggies this beautiful cannot go to waste and a farm stand this cute needs to be well stocked!

Giveaway from my new etsy shop.

After much debate I decided to open my etsy shop again. But this time instead of selling my handmade baby items I will be selling some cabochon jewelery. I have had such great feedback and requests for selling them, so why not. Hopefully in the near future my shop will turn back into what 2 little hooligans first was…selling accessories for baby and mom. And who knows maybe someday I will have two etsy shops. I really never ever would have thought that I would be reopening my etsy shop to sell jewelery, but here I am. Funny how life changes our plans sometimes, isn’t it?

So If you like cabochon jewelery as much as I do, please check out my etsy shop.
Then come back here and tell me what your favorite item was.
Because I will be giving away any item currently in my shop to one lucky winner.

And just in case you were wondering, all of my jewelery will come neatly packaged in a sweet little homemade drawstring bag…because I just can’t help sewing something.
Hope you all can find something you would love to wear!

Giveaway ends July 21st, 2011.

Review winners.

The lucky girls are…

Danni girl
Jennifer~Mi Vida Loca
Suburbs mama

Thanks girls, I will be in contact with you shortly and can’t wait to see what you think of them!