Canon Gifts for the Entire Family at Best Buy

Many photographers will pick a camera brand when they start their photography journey and remain loyal to that brand their entire career. Sure, some will switch or try other brands, but more often than not, they will stick with one brand. Brett chose Canon and has loved it. He actually started photography many years ago with a film camera, but when it was time to go digital, he started with a Canon Rebel. He has upgraded several times and now has a Canon 5d Mark III and Canon 7d.

If you were looking for a gift for a photography-loving family member, or for yourself, head to Best Buy for some great deals on Canon cameras and accessories!

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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From 12/7-12/20, you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy! Visit Best Buy to learn more.

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Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card.

 

Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Shower Head Giveaway

I have a fun giveaway to share with you guys today! But first, let me tell you all about this fun product…a Mickey Mouse Combo Shower Head!

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From Oxygenics, this combo shower head comes with two Mickey faces as the shower nozzle and a sprayer.

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Each sprayer can run independently from one another, or both at the same time, with various settings on each.

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The sprayer has a lever to control the water pressure and a non-slip rubber grip to make it easier to hold (and yes, there is a Minnie one too!).

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  • Use individually or together
  • 15 total spray combinations with Oxygenics pressure-boosting technology
  • Non-slip rubber grip
  • Comfort control lever easily adjusts pressure
  • Installs in minutes
  • Easy-clean nozzles
  • 3 powerful spray settings
  • 72″ hose adds length for easy cleaning in hard to reach places
  • Quality materials and superior construction to ensure long-lasting performance

Trent already loves bath time, but adding the Mickey shower head has made it even more fun. He gets to look up at this now!

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Plus, the option of the sprayer has helped in a few ways:

-It’s been a fun way for me to rinse his hair, which he normally hates because using a bucket takes longer and will always get in his eyes (I guess I haven’t mastered that yet).

-It gets him used to what the water is like during a shower…one more step towards independence, I suppose!

-He thinks it’s really fun to play with. We turn the water pressure down real low so it’s doesn’t get outdid of the tub and he’ll play with it the entire bath time…filling up cups, spraying toys, and yes, drinking from it. The hose is long enough to reach the length of the tub, so he is free to play wherever.

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Another plus is that it is super easy to install. Brett was finished in just a few minutes. He actually did it in less time than it took to fill the bath with water, so Trent was ready to play as soon as he got in!

The Mickey Mouse Combo Shower Head is available at Sam’s Club (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse). You can also check out the Disney Oxygenics website to learn more!

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Prize: Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Combo Shower Head

Eligibility: US Only, 18+

Ends: December 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

How to enter: Use the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck!

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May 2014 Walt Disney World Trip Report – Day 5

Welcome to our May 2014 Walt Disney World Trip Report! Click here to start reading from Day 1!

Today, we had just planned on going to Magic Kingdom in the evening, so we woke up a bit later and had breakfast at the food court, then hung out by the splash area for a while.

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Trent liked giving me minor heart attacks as he ran around the outside of the splash area, which tends to be a little more slippery. Thanks goodness for water shoes!

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I was pregnant during this trip, but that didn’t stop me from playing too – I just had to be careful…a word Trent doesn’t have in his vocabulary yet!

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Brett grabbed lunch at the food court and we ate it in the room. Since I had yet to see the new Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom and Brett said I really needed to see it, we headed over to MK just before 3pm. We found a nice spot at the end of Main Street and waited for the parade to start. There were some nasty clouds off in the distance and at about 3:05, they announced that the parade was cancelled for the safety of the performers. While I understand the reasoning, it never ended up raining…at all…so I never saw that parade this trip. Luckily, Brett had already taken so many amazing photos of it for me to see.

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We found out the next day that it stormed pretty badly at all 3 other parks, there was even hail at Epcot! We were lucky that we were in the one park that didn’t get any rain. Just shows how big WDW is!

Backing up a bit, this was us at our parade spot…I was holding this umbrella not because of rain, but because of sun and heat! IT was so hot and the sun was just beating down on us, even with those yucky clouds right there…gotta love Florida!

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They did have the band do a quick trot down Main Street before calling the whole thing off.

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We didn’t want to leave MK after making the trip out there, and plus we had Fastpasses to use, so we headed over to Haunted Mansion. Either it blew away or someone stole our makeshift stroller cover/poncho while we were in there :(

We then hit up the store for some treats. The apples always look so interesting and yummy, but I never buy one…

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We rolled Trent through the line and told him to pick out the treat he wanted.

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And when we had to roll away from it to get to the register, he started flipping out! Luckily, the cashier was super quick and Trent was enjoying his M&M Rice Krispie Treat in no time.

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Actually, he only wanted the M&Ms….

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We strolled around for a bit, letting Brett take some photos.

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I love when Brett and I get photos of the same thing, just from different perspectives. Here is Trent peeking at the castle through the railing….

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…and I got him from the other side!

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By this time, it was getting late and Trent hadn’t napped yet…and he was letting us know how unhappy he was. Brett coincidentally took the opportunity to go take photos elsewhere while I walked around the hub 50 times waiting for Trent to fall asleep. I tried sitting down in a corner by the water fountains, but it was a little too loud there…however, I spotted this very brave bunny who was not scared of me one bit.

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Success! (after about 30 minutes)

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After he finally fell asleep, I went and found an outside table in the corner of Pecos Bill’s to sit and relax with the iPad and an iced coffee Brett brought me. My pregnant feet were tired!

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Brett ventured around the park to take photos and the sky eventually cleared up.

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When Brett came back, we walked towards Tomorrowland where we sat until Trent woke up…just in time for our FP for Buzz Lightyear!

On our way to Buzz, Trent was sidetracked by this thing…

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Don’t let this photo confuse you, we basically walked right on.

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One day, we’ll figure out where to look for the camera. Trent must have been confused about what I was doing.

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After Buzz, Trent decided to grab two toys in the souvenir shop on the way out and not move without them. You should have seen how fast and swiftly he picked up two toys. Within a blink of an eye, I swear. Then he just stood there….standing his ground as only a toddler with the threat of a tantrum in WDW could.

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So Brett got him a Buzz Lightyear and had the cast member open it for him. Best $30 we’ve ever spent. Trent played with Buzz for the next few hours without making a sound or wanting to get out of the stroller. Why didn’t we buy him one sooner?

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We then made our way to get our FP spot for the parade, but not before stopping to get a photo of this magnificent sight.

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Trent sat and waited with perfection…thanks to our newly acquired Buzz Lightyear.

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The nighttime parade is his favorite.

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He enjoyed the parade and then we stayed in the same spot for Wishes. It was a little too close to the castle for many photos, but it sure was convenient.

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We took a stroll around to kill some time since we didn’t want to leave the park when 90% of the crowds would be leaving at the time. We wound up near the Chesire Café by the teacups, so I took the opportunity to try one of the new cupcake cups. I initially picked one flavor, but the cast member gave me one of each without charging me for the second one!

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They sure are pretty to look at, but we didn’t finish either one of them. They were just ok – nothing spectacular.

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After our treat, we slowly headed out of the park and back to Pop. Good night!

 

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Aubrey: 3 Months and More

Since we’ve been taking progress photos of Aubrey every week, instead of just sharing one photo every week here (we all know I wouldn’t remember to do it) I figured I would save them up and throw them at you all at once! :)

Here is her monthly photo at 3 months….and what is that I see? A SMILE!

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I say that because as smiley as she is normally, that smile immediately goes away as soon as she sees a camera. It gets replaced with a blank stare…like “WTF is that thing blocking your face, Dad?”

It’s been a struggle to take her weekly photos and some weeks we end up doing it a day or 2 late, but we’ll be glad that we stuck with it when we get to put them all together at the end of one year. We’ve been using our Pretty in Polka Dots Baby Age Blocks to track each week!

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She is still such an amazing sleeper. I am so so grateful…she lets us know she is tired around 7pm and I just walk her upstairs and put her in her crib, turn on her mobile, and walk away and she goes right to sleep, then she’ll sleep until about 7am, will drink a bottle, then sleep for another 1-3 hours. It’s amazing and makes me so happy that I stuck with “training” her to sleep in her crib. Naps, on the other hand, are a struggle. But I guess when you sleep for so long at night, you don’t need extra long naps during the day.

She now exclusively drinks from a bottle, but not by my choice. About a week or two after I went back to work, she decided she no longer wanted to breastfeed and would only take a bottle. So that means I am exclusively pumping…and it’s hard, I won’t lie. I definitely am not keeping up with her because I’m not producing as much as I did with Trent, and we have quickly depleted the backup I made during maternity leave, so I foresee formula in our near future, and I’m kind of ok with it. I mean, I would love to keep her with breastmilk only, but I’ve tried my hardest to keep up…Fenugreek, Mother’s Milk Tea, lots of oatmeal….which have helped a little, but not as much as I need it to. I thought I would feel like a failure,  but as long as I am still able to do as much breastmilk as I can, then I am ok with it and might feel a little relief, actually, at the thought of not having the weight of the world on my shoulders to make sure she had enough food.

She can roll over both ways really well. At first, when she could only roll one way, she would wake up often at night, but she learned to sleep both ways and now doesn’t wake up from it.

She tries to hold her own bottle and is oh so close…man, that would be so convenient! Right now, she’ll hold it, but she moves her head back and forth and doesn’t move her hands at the same time, so the bottle falls out of her mouth.

She loves her brother, and he loves her. She laughs at him and will even stop whining when he talks to her. He tries to put her pacifier in her mouth when it falls out (during the random times she has one in) and will tickle her and pat her head. I can’t wait for them to be able to play with each other more. :)

 

 

How to Make a Frozen Chocolate-Covered Banana with Nuts

Here is a “cool” after-school treat inspired by a treat you may have enjoyed in the Disney parks before…a chocolate covered frozen banana with nuts! This treat is often found in the many frozen treat carts throughout Walt Disney World, as well as the other Parks, I’m sure. A healthier, but still delicious, option!

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For this treat, you will need:

Bananas (that have been in the freezer for several hours)
1 cup refined coconut oil
1.5 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips
¼ cup light corn syrup
Skewers
Chopped nuts (optional)

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To freeze the bananas, peel them, carefully stick the skewers through them and then place them in a gallon plastic zip bag and into the freezer.

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Several hours was a good time limit for us, as we didn’t want them completely frozen and could bite into them easier.

For the chocolate coating, combine the coconut oil, chocolate chips and corn syrup into a microwave-safe bowl and melt at 50% power.

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The refined coconut is what makes this recipe work really well with the chocolate; it actually solidifies when below room temperature…meaning that once the chocolate hits the frozen banana, it will solidify and make a hard, crispy chocolate coating on the banana!

Once the mixture has melted, pour it into a tall container so the bananas can be easily dipped.

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This chocolate is so good that we used it for other things, like topping for ice cream, so making extra is definitely recommended!

If also covering with nuts, place the chopped nuts onto a plate next to the chocolate.

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Dip the bananas into the chocolate and then rolls the nuts on top.

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Enjoy!

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This article was originally written by me to be featured in an issue of WDW Magazine. If you’re interested in learning more about this fun online publication which features amazing Disney writers and photographers, click here!

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