Customized Wall Décor at a Discount

I can’t tell you how many years we lived in our home with blank walls. Decorating was not my thing. It’s not because I didn’t like wall décor. Quite the opposite, actually. I just didn’t like having to make decisions about what I wanted because I DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE! What I did know is that I liked to make it personal, as much as possible. With CanvasDiscount.com, you can make customized wall décor, make photo canvas prints, and so much more! All for an awesome discount!

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Customized Wall Décor

When I was asked if I would like to partner with CanvasDiscount.com, it was an easy yes! My husband has a new office at work and the walls are bare. I knew immediately that I wanted to have a picture of the two of us printed for him to hang on the wall at work. The finished product turned out beautifully!

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This beautiful picture from CanvasDiscount.com is part of their metal photo prints line. The prints in this line range in size from 8×8 all the way up to 20×20. The particular print above is 12×16 in size. Also, just so you know, the picture was taken with an iPhone! You don’t have to be a professional photographer with fancy cameras to get gorgeous photo canvas prints.

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Photo Gifts, Photo Canvas Prints, and More!

If you’re like me, you like to give personalized gifts. When my kids were little, I used to make photo gifts for the grandparents. They got things like coffee mugs, photo blankets, etc. At CanvasDiscount.com you can make those things, plus personalized children’s books, a photo phone case, a photo puzzle, and more! Simply take your favorite pictures, upload, and order! My favorite item, and something I will be ordering soon, is the photo pillow! I totally want to have a pillow on my couch with a picture of my cat Roxie on it!

 

So…How’s the Quality?

Not only did my item ship very quickly, but it’s perfect! Like I said, I used an iPhone photo, which is totally fine. The nice thing about this site is that if your image won’t work for the size canvas print you are trying to order, they let you know! So no worrying on whether or not you are going to get a blurry canvas that you won’t want to hang on your wall! You really can’t go wrong with the metal photo prints! This may be going to my husband’s office, but I plan on ordering more in varying sizes for a truly customizable photo collage wall!

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Ice Storm Tool – Must Have

I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live, but here in Michigan, it has been up and down this winter. One minute it’s -40 degrees and the next minute it’s 55 degrees. My kids have already had five snow days due to the ice, snow and the cold temps. It’s crazy! Around 2 am last night, we had freezing rain that lasted HOURS. And yes, the kids were off school today because every inch of the ground was covered in thick ice. This ice storm tool is a must have if you live in an area that deals with harsh winter weather.

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When I finally woke up this morning (best part of school being called off…you get to sleep in), I looked outside and this is what I saw. Everything was covered in a thick layer of ice. To be completely honest, I freaked out. Since I am still in physical therapy from the knee surgery I had in October and I am having a second knee surgery in April, I am very nervous about falling on ice.

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What to do About the Ice?

I was feeling pretty helpless. We needed to get rid of the ice. With more rain, sleet and snow coming, there was no way it would be good to have the snow fall on top of the ice that was already there. We would never get rid of it. The kids and I got bundled up and headed outside to figure things out. This steel ice chopperice storm tool is a must have. I used the ice chopper to lift and break up the ice. The kids then went behind me and shoveled up the ice. It’s definitely an ice storm tool you need to have.

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Must Have Ice Storm Tool

Besides the steel ice scraper that is an ice storm tool that is a must have, you also need a telescopic ice scraperice storm tool to clear off your car windshield. Clearing the windshield on my Explorer is hard enough with my short arms, but add in the thick ice I was dealing with today, and it’s impossible! Unless you have a telescopic ice scraper. I’m telling you, I fought getting one for so long (why??? I have no idea), but when I finally got one, it was life changing for me. At least life changing during the winter!

Restarting Keto Difficulties

Just before Christmas, I decided to go back to the Keto diet after a short break. Since I was following a low carb diet on my break from Keto, I really didn’t gain too much weight. In restarting Keto, I was hopeful that I would pick up where I left off and finally make it to my goal weight. However, that is far from what happened. After reading and rereading a bunch of info online, I learned a lot about restarting Keto.

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Our Keto History

Making the decision to start the Keto diet was difficult for me. Eating fat goes against EVERYTHING I have ever learned about dieting and losing weight. I kept seeing friends losing a bunch of weight with this diet, so finally I decided to jump on board, dragging my husband with me. Starting out, I weighed myself every single day because I was terrified of gaining a bunch of weight and ending up being a Keto failure. As the days, weeks and months went by, I began losing weight tremendously. Totally, on Keto, I lost about 90 pounds. My husband lost 125 pounds. We looked and felt amazing.

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2018 was a crazy year for me, medically. I ended 2017 with tremendous gallbladder pain (not caused by Keto) and I started 2018 with surgery to remove my gallbladder. Fast forward six months later and I fell and damaged my already damaged knee. Three months after that, I had knee surgery (part one). I had hit a Keto plateau and I felt it would be easier, recovery wise, being on a diet that was less restrictive and that required much less planning. So my husband I took a Keto break and did Weight Watchers.

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Restarting Keto

We always planned on restarting Keto. I had read that some people (not all) have trouble when they start Keto again with losing weight. Both my husband and I were very strict and the scale wasn’t budging. In fact, it felt like our clothes were getting tighter. I refused to weigh in because I didn’t want to stress with the scale this time around. Instead I just stuck with what I was doing, drank my water, and hoped things would turn around soon enough. Only things never turned around. Talk about feeling very discouraged.

So…Now What?

After lots of thinking and soul searching, both my husband and I decided to go back to Weight Watchers. We can still eat low carb on Weight Watchers; we can still avoid sugar, if we choose (and I do); and it’s very doable in any and all situations. Like the last time we did Weight Watchers, I am having knee surgery (part two) in April. My husband travels a lot for work and while Keto was something he could do just fine, Weight Watchers provides him with a lot more options.

Could we have stuck it out with Keto and had things turn around, possibly. I think my biggest search history on my phone lately has been, “not losing weight on Keto second time“. However, I just wasn’t feeling it this time around. I still wholeheartedly believe that the Keto diet is a good diet. We are meant to eat low carb and low to no sugar. But, with that said, I just couldn’t keep feeling like it wasn’t working. The stress I was feeling because I was stressing out about restarting Keto, was not worth it anymore.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

My husband and I don’t always celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not because we don’t love each other. Quite the opposite. With Christmas just happening and both our birthdays a week after Valentine’s Day, we just don’t find the need to buy gifts for that particular day. There are those times where we feel the need to truly show our husbands why we love them. Not the mushy, “I love you so much” gifts…no…instead we want to get those hilarious and unique Valentine’s Day gifts!

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Finding the Right Gift

Gift buying can be stressful sometimes. I know when I am purchasing a gift for my husband, I tend to stress out. Not because I don’t necessarily know what to get him, but because typically, if he wants something, he buys it. I can’t tell you how many times, right before Christmas, I will tell him to stop buying things right now! One year I made him a DIY Date Night Jar. I kind of want to make another one with things that we are into now.

 

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While chocolate is always a great gift for a man or a woman, it’s not that unique. Especially for Valentine’s Day. Think about all the things your significant other likes. When you want to get a unique Valentine’s Day gift, you want to take those specific likes and find things that they probably wouldn’t buy for themselves, but once they have it, they can’t imagine living without it!

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts

How many times has your significant other come home from a long day of work and all they want is a nice cold beer? However, the case of beer they picked up at the store the night before is still sitting on the kitchen counter and never made it in the fridge. There goes that nice cold beer. Or does it? With these beer chiller sticks, they can have a nice cold beer whenever they would like!

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For the bourbon lover…while not always appropriate to drink a glass of bourbon at any given moment of the day, get the bourbon lover in your life this delicious coffee. This dark roast coffee is aged in a bourbon whiskey barrel. Now that is something they will enjoy.

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Does your husband have a man cave where he likes to hang out with that guys? If not, does he want one? The answer to that is probably yes. This hookey toss game is fun, competitive and something that can keep the guys occupied for hours. For those of you with little ones that just love hanging with dad, this game is something they could play too!

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One thing my husband and I love to do is play games. This Lightening Reaction Reloaded game is something I definitely want to play with my husband. The person with the slowest reaction time, gets a lightening shock. Tell me that doesn’t sound fun?!?

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Poo-Pourri is one of those gifts that more for you than him, but trust me, he will like it too. As soon as he reads the bottle, he will want to try this out. He will not believe that Poo-Pourri will be able to contain that toilet stink. But it does!!

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To me, if you choose to celebrate Valentine’s day with gifts, you don’t need to spend a lot. A small token of your love, dinner out, movie in…that’s all that is needed. These unique Valentine’s day gifts are a fun little gift idea that your significant other will love!

If your significant other is looking for Valentine’s day gift ideas for you, get a few ideas from visiting these posts:

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Gifts for Her – Holiday Gift List

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Workout Apps – Do They Work?

Since having knee surgery in October, I have been going to physical therapy two to three times a week. Getting back to the gym and working out normally is something I would love to be able to do. However, I would love nothing more than to be at the gym again. With a second knee surgery in April, it will be a little while until I can get back to working out the way I used to. I’m not letting that discourage me though! Workout apps to the rescue! I may not be able to do 30 or 40 minutes of cardio right now, but I can work on my core!

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Do You Work Out?

Prior to October, I was working out three to four days a week. I loved how I was feeling and felt like I was getting into pretty decent shape. That all stopped on October 10th when I had knee surgery. From that point to the present, I have been in physical therapy, working hard to get as strong as possible for knee surgery part two that is scheduled in April. So, as you can imagine, I am really looking forward to getting back to my normal workout regime.

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Workout Apps

Like I said before, I am dying to get back to the gym and do my cardio routine. Since that’s not possible right now, I started looking through the App Store to see what workout apps were available. More specifically, apps that were available to work your core. Guess what! There are TONS of workout apps. Someone told me about the Sworkit app. The  main app has a membership cost to it, however, they have an ab & core workouts app. That is the one that I have on my phone and have been doing for two weeks now.

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So How Does it Work?

When starting the app, you choose one of the three workout types to focus one; your abs, your back or your complete core. Next you choose how long you want to work out for. Since I have very little time and, embarrassingly, my abs and core are very weak, I have been focusing on just 5 minutes a day. Let me tell you, my abs and back are feeling it! Best of all, I feel like I am doing something again!

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The main things I like about this app is the fact that a voice tells you what each exercise is (along with a visual of how to do the exercise), and then you have a countdown for each exercise. So, when you are just about to give up, you can see that you only have 8 more seconds! The exercises change, so you aren’t always doing the same thing over and over again, day in and day out!

So…while I would love to get back to the gym and do what I normally do, I am very happy that there are workout apps available to use when the gym can’t be a reality at the moment! A word of advice, and you may already do this, but when you are looking at the various workout apps in the App Store, gravitate towards those that have a lot of reviews. I’ve found, with these apps especially, that the more reviews, the better!