Santa’s Little Helpers are at our house. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent my two youngest kids some t-shirts, hats, and ornaments. Aren’t my little helpers cute? As you can see in the photos on this page, Santa’s Little Helpers have been helping around the house. I think they’ve made Santa’s nice list this year. BTW, Santa’s Little Helper is available now on DVD and Digital HD — just in time for the holidays.
Hello parents. I just want to let you know about a promotion for Collage.com. Right now you can get a 51% discount off their hardcover photo book (20-page, 11.5″x8″). I have two things to say about that. First, that’s not a typo. It’s really is 51%, and not 50%. It’s an odd discount, but it is what it is. The second thing I like to say is that I love photo books. I love getting them and I think they make wonderful gifts for relatives and close friends.
(Vampire via 123RF.com)
For the past week, I’ve been downloading images from 123RF. They’re a stock photo company with over ten million stock photographs and vector illustrations. That’s a lot of images. I love all the photos and illustrations they offer on their site. And thanks to 123RF.com, I’m giving away subscriptions to three readers of my dad blog. The winner can use the images for their company, blog, or school.
Check out the wrapped canvas print below. I love the texture of canvas and I love the canvas print Easy Canvas Prints sent me for review (they’re also giving another one away on my dad blog, but you have to use your own photo). I received a 8×10 wrapped canvas print, which is fine for my home office. However, if you’re going to display the canvas in your living room, I would suggest going with a larger size. I ordered my canvas with a 1.5″ thickness for a gallery look. If you plan to frame your canvas, you should select the standard .75″ thickness. I also ordered my print with a mirror image for the borders (photo image mirrors around the edge of the canvas print). I love the look of mirror image around the borders. Other border options include image wrap (photo wraps around the edge) and border color. Optional color finishing include sepia, and black and white. Read on to find out how you can win a wrapped canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints (Facebook | Twitter).
Over Labor Day weekend, I played around with BeFunky, which is an online photo effects application. BeFunky simplifies photo editing and effects for dads and moms. The BeFunky photo app features over 190 special effects. Dads and moms can also use BeFunky to add elements to their photos (such as speech bubbles, cool effects, and frames). BeFunky also includes tools for adjusting colors and brightness (auto or manual adjustments). BeFunky is easy to use (just one click for each filter — unless you want to change the default filter settings). According to their website, BeFunky (Facebook | Twitter) offers unlimited photo storage. BeFunky is free, but if you want to be able to save in high resolution, you need to upgrade to Premium (resolution up to 2500 x 2500 px) or Professional (up to 4000 x 4000 px resolution). Premium membership is $25 per year (or $5/month) and Professional membership is $100 per year (or $15/month).
I’ve only used BeFunky for a few hours, but I am impressed. Their web service is much easier to use than Photoshop and their Premium and Professional memberships are certainly affordable. As I mentioned before, BeFunky has over 190 photo filters. I’ve highlighted some of the special effects below. The first photo is the original photo I uploaded to BeFunky.
My little girl is turning five this week. Like many dads and moms, I feel like the five years went by way too quickly.
Then I snap out of it and realize the Little Monkey has been tormenting me for over 157,788,000 seconds. She’s so cute and very bright, but she’s also incredibly stubborn and very emotional
like her mom. If I should try to console her when she’s in one of her terrible moods, the little monster would rip my heart out, grind it up in a blender, drink it like a smoothie, and burp. Then she’ll put on her sad face and has the nerve to tell me I don’t love her because I don’t have a heart.
Like many dads and moms, I shoot a lot of photos of my kids. I use a Canon PowerShot A540, which is a point and shoot camera a few generations old (the latest version is the PowerShot A1100 IS). The PowerShot A540 is a nice little camera, but sometimes the exposure is a little off (it can’t be me because I’m perfect). Luckily, I can adjust the lighting and colors with a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements when I need to post incorrectly exposed photos on my dad blog. For the dads and moms who don’t have the know-how or time to use photo editing software, there is a company call Editingg (Facebook | Twitter).
Even though Little Disney’s health problems has reduced my life span by about 50 million years, I love him with all my heart and spleen.
The good news is that Little Disney is off the GN (gastric nasal) feeding tube. The doctor said he has been on it too long. The GN tube is only suppose to be a short-term solution (one or two months). Our little one had been on the GN-tube for five months. Even though he has been gaining weight with the GN tube (he reached the 30th percentile), the doctor said it was time for the G-tube (gastric feeding tube). The G-tube requires drilling a hole into the tummy and inserting the feeding tube directly into the stomach.
To remove all fingerprints and smudge marks, every computer given away on my dad blog is licked clean:
The tween in training has been driving mommy crazy lately. Check out the note the little drama tween stuck on her door: