Beautiful room décor from Photos.com


PHOTO SOURCE: Photos.com Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: Photos.com Facebook page

I love decorating our home. I wish we had more space (and more $$) because I could turn our home into something beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, our home is very nice. I just know I could make it better.

A couple of years ago we put our condo on the market. We were told by our agent to remove all photos and artwork on the walls, that way a potential buyer could envision their photos and artwork on the walls.

I went along with that because I wanted to sell our home, but it did drive me nuts. I hate looking at blank walls.

I am a very visual person and I envision things to be a certain way. All the things we had on the walls were put there for a reason. Having to look at blank walls every day was not a pleasant experience for me.

We packed up all our photos, artwork and knick knacks and brought them to my father’s basement upstate (we have no more room in our storage room).

To make a long story short we did sell our condo and made an offer (which was accepted) on another home. Things eventually fell through (compliments of the mortgage broker who fed us misinformation) and we ended up not moving. That was almost two years ago. Our stuff is STILL in storage in my father’s basement. We moved up so much stuff that we can’t find things. Some boxes are labeled, but most are not.

Slowly I have trying to find things to put on our walls so I didn’t have to look at blank walls anymore.

I’ve been picking up a lot of canvas prints because I can hang the up with small tacks and not have to put more holes in the wall. So far it has been working out beautifully.

Did you know you can buy iconic images, as well as others, off Photos.com? Photos.com features images from Getty Images. Getty Images is renowned for their premium stock photography and videos that cover news, sports, celebrities and world events.

You can purchase famous images such as Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Roger Moore (James Bond), you can also purchase photos from famous photographers such as Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White and David Redfern.


You can browse photos by subject matter, photographer, color, room, styles and so forth. This will help you narrow down the photos to help you find the perfect one. You can also do a search for specific subject matter.

One of my favorite places is Grand Teton National Park. Photos.com has pages upon pages of photos you can purchase from Grand Teton National Park.

I love landscape photos. I spent hours – literally – going through all the breath taking landscape photos to find one I thought would make a perfect addition to our home. I finally picked out this image.

I’m sorry that the photos are not the best. They don’t do this photo justice. It’s hanging in our bathroom and I am unable to step away from it enough to take a good head on photo. I have to take photos from an angle.

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Check out the amazing detail of the canvas print and the stunning colors. It’s truly beautiful. I gaze at it every day. It’s on the wall behind the medicine cabinet so when I look in the mirror I see the print behind me.

I opted for a canvas print because I like how they look like they are popping out of the wall. Plus I like that I can hand them up with a tack or two and not leave big holes in the wall.

Canvas prints are also an affordable way to make an impact on your walls, plus they won’t break like photos in glass frames can do it accidentally dropped, knocked or hit. Canvas is also a cheaper option to framed prints.

You CAN purchase photos from Photos.com in frames. EVERY photo is available in canvas, paper, aluminum, acrylic and birchwood. Photos are available in multiple sizes so you can find the perfect photo to suit your needs.

Check out some other photos available from Photos.com.





If you would like to check out more visit Photos.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about the images available from Photos.com? Do you have a blank space in your home that you need the perfect photo for?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Personalize your “stuff” with Label Land (giveaway ends 2/1/15)


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As a mom I like to keep my home clean and organized. My teenagers don’t necessarily feel the same way.

I admit that my work desk is “organized chaos,” bu the rest of my home tends to be tidy and organized. I like things to have their own place in our home. If I find something out of place it actually bothers me – A LOT. If I see a DVD in our bookcase placed back the wrong way it actually causes me anxiety until I put it back the right way. :-)

I often joke with my husband that I need to label everything. That way I know my family knows where specific things go.

Take for example our bathroom closet. There is a bin of my stuff, my daughter’s stuff, first aid, and surplus stuff (to name a few). Sometimes my husband just tosses things into any old bin he sees in the closet, which totally messes up the order of things. I really want to label them so that everyone knows what goes where.

Labels are a great way to keep thing organized. They are also great at letting people know it’s your stuff.

If you have younger children or grandchildren in school you know how easy it is that their stuff gets taken by other students because they don’t know who it truly belongs to.

When our son was in Kindergarten I would get notes home from his teacher about how he had a hard time using scissors and how we needed to work with him on that skill at home. At home he cut  with scissors just fine. I had no idea what the teacher was talking about. It turns out she took all the student’s scissors (which we had to purchase as part of the student’s school supply list) and put them in a basket so they could all use them. Our son is left handed and we had to purchase him special scissors for left handed children. Because his scissors were mixed in with the rest of the classroom scissors he ended up with scissors for right handed people all the time. That is why he couldn’t cut well.

From that point on I made sure that ALL of his things were labeled (as well as our daughter’s stuff) and insisted that the teacher make sure he ALWAYS had HIS scissors at school.

Labels are a “must have” if you have children. They are great for labeling their school supplies so that there is never a question of who is the rightful owner of an item. It’s also a great way to identify your child’s stuff should they lose something. This would apply at summer camp too.

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If you are looking for labels you should check out Label Land. Label Land is your one stop shop for all kinds of labels including waterproof labels, shoe labels, clothing labels and bag tags.

I checked out Label Land. I really like the assortment of available labels. I especially like their assortment packs where you get several different kinds of labels in one set.

Take for example the Label Land School/Camp pack. It comes with the following labels;

  • 100 Iron on labels (white label with black text) – A must have for backpacks, jackets, swim suits and gym clothes.
  • 30 Medium waterproof labels – Perfect for water bottles, toothbrushes and food containers (they are 100% waterproof and dishwasher safe).
  • 3 Bag Tags – Great for backpacks and luggage.
  • 14 Shoe labels – Ideal for all kinds of shoes.

I wish I had these labels years ago. There were a few times my kids lost their jackets and backpacks at school. A personalized label purchase is much cheaper than replacing a jacket or backpack.

Label Land lets consumers pick out the design they want for their labels – from cute graphics to plain, solid colors – the personalize them for each child. They have girl, boy and unisex designs as well as cute designs for little kids and solid colors an camouflage for older kids.


They even give you the option to see what your labels will look like (you just have to image your name/personalization on them).



Label Land even has labels for adults which would be wonderful for elderly people who live in nursing homes to help protect their stuff.

If you would like to check out Label Land for yourself visit Label-Land.com. You can also check out Label Land on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Links to their social media sites are found on the right side of their home page.

Label Land would like to give a lucky reader one of their school/camp sets ($42.99 value). Thank you Label Land.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win these labels from Label Land?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Label Land will be providing the prize. 


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Unique Products from Map Is Art



This past Christmas (2014) my son asked us for a lamp for his room. He does have a ceiling fan light but it’s very bright. He just wanted a small lamp he could keep on his dresser so he can light up the room without it being too bright.

A lamp? A lamp doesn’t exactly sound like a fun gift idea. But if he wanted a lamp, we’ll get him a lamp.

I just didn’t want to get him any old lamp. I wanted something that I knew he would enjoy.

I was introduced to a company called Map Is Art. Map Is Art turns maps into coasters, canvas prints, clocks, prints, serving trays and you guessed it – lamps!


Originally I was looking at getting a canvas print of where we live. When I put in our address on the Map Is Art website I realized that the area we live in doesn’t look all that interesting. We live in the suburbs of New York City, but there is nothing interesting where we live to make the map look exciting.

Here is where we live (without the road names for our protection).


How boring is that? We don’t have any lakes, rivers, mountains or parks in the area to add interest and color to our Map Is Art print.

I put in some other addresses and they came up with parks, highways and lakes which adds more color and detail to the prints.

MapI still wanted to get our son a lamp. Then it hit me. He LOVES New York City. He loves it so much he wants to live there. Why not get him a lamp with the map of New York City (Manhattan)?

Map Is Art created a beautiful lamp for me out of a map of New York City. I could have had the major roadways labeled but it would have made the map look too “busy” and it would be hard to appreciate it as much.

Here is the map lamp from Map Is Art that we gave to our son. I took a photo of it in light and in the dark. The photos were taken before Christmas (we tested out the lamp before we wrapped it), so please disregard the holiday decorations.

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Map is Art Lamp 2

It looks much nicer in person especially at night. The map seems to “glow.”

I’m sure you can see why I went with a map of NYC instead of where we live. It has much more detail and color.

My son LOVES his new lamp. He also knew right away that it was a map of New York City, which makes it even more special because he loves the city so much. It’s a great lamp too. It’s very well made.

The lamp does NOT come with a light bulb. You’ll have to pick up one for the lamp.

With Map Is Art you can have products made out of any address or location around the world!

Here is an example for London, England.


Here is the same map turned into a clock, serving tray and a lamp.




You might be wondering why anyone would want a glossy print, canvas print, lamp, tray, coasters or clock make from a map. My answer would be “Why not.”

These products would be a wonderful way to remember your honeymoon (have a Map Is Art product made up from your honeymoon destination). They would also make a perfect new homeowner gift. I think a Map Is Art product made from your childhood home address would also make a great gift for yourself or someone else.

If you travel these products would be a great way to celebrate your favorite travel destinations.

Map Is Art products range in prince from $10 – $89. The lamp, like the one we gave our son, is $59.

If you would like to learn more about Map Is Art, or give it a “test drive” (input the address or location you are interested in and see how it looks on the products) visit MapIsArt.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Map Is Art is looking to add to their product line. Keep an eye out for possible products like ties and skirts.

What do you think about Map Is Art? Does it look like something you’d want for your home or that you’d give as a gift? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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An awesome solution to an ugly problem


Baby Gate

If you own a home with a pet, or an infant, chances are you have this product in your home. It’s a popular safety item. If you don’t own one, and have stairs, you should really consider getting one. It’s a pet/baby gate.

I remember when we had gates up in our home. We had one to block the sliding glass door so we could let fresh air in but keep our kids from going out. We also had one to block the kids from getting into the kitchen and one to keep them in their room when I had to cook so I didn’t have to worry about them. We also used the same gates to keep our dog confined to the kitchen and hallway area when we were not at home or at night so as not to have a bunch of “accidents” all over our carpet.

That was many years ago. My kids are teenagers now and our dog will be 8 years old this year. Needless to say it’s been a while since gates were needed.

Let’s face it, safety gates are not exactly nice to look at. If anything they are more of an “eye sore.” Regardless they are a must have safety product if you have young children and/or if you have pets you need to confine to a specific area.

If you have stairs you MUST have a safety gate in your home. You don’t want your child or grandchild to fall down the stairs. That could have some serious repercussions.

If you are like me you don’t really want to have those ugly gates all over your home.

Baby Gate

A mom inventor came up with a great idea that will not only keep your children and pets safe, but also deal with the issue of gates being an “eye sore” in your home.

A mom named Janelle wanted something that could keep her two children from going on the stairs, as well as keep her dogs from going up/down the stairs too. She was tired of the typical safety gates that are available on the market. She wanted something more appealing that would add to her home’s décor, or at a minimum not detract from it. She also wanted something that wouldn’t require drilling and wasn’t permanent so it could easily be removed when not needed or not in use. That is when she came up with the idea of The Stair Barrier.

You can read more of her story on the “About Us” page.

There are plenty of safety gates on the market, but not many specifically designed for the bottom of the stairs. Not only that it’s not always easy to get gates to work with the various types of banister designs.

To solve this problem some people have created their own barriers out of items from around their home. Not only is that an inconvenience to do, and un-do, it’s also not truly effective.

The Stair Barrier was specifically designed to go from banister to banister. It’s a safe and non-permanent way to keep your child and/or pet off the stairs. In addition, Stair Barrier is available in different designs. Future products looking to launch later on this year include collegiate designs, different color options, additional fabric options and even personalization. They are also planning on added a banister to wall Stair Barrier.


The regular banister to banister collection is designed to fit stair way openings from 36″ to 42″ in width. The basic design is available in two different options – pet or home. There are also seven different personalization options. You can even choose your fabric and color to suit your home’s décor.

There is also a “wide” collection for stairs measuring 42″ – 52″ in width.

The Stair Barrier is also handcrafted in the United States.

Here are a few examples of the Stair Barrier.




When the Stair Barrier is not needed you can easily undo it and put it to the side without having to find a place to store it or anything else that might be inconvenient. Living in a tiny condo it was impossible to hide the gates when we didn’t need them. We’d have to stuff them behind larger furniture (like the couch) to get them out of the way.

The Stair Barrier just rolls up to the side so that you can use your stairs when you need them. Plus it’s easy to remove and lightweight so you can take it with you where ever you go. For example, if your child or pet is going to spend the night at grandma’s house and she has stairs you can quickly and easily remove the Stair Barrier from your stairs, roll it up, tote it to grandma’s (it’s lightweight!) and quickly set it up on her stairs.



As a parent, pet owner and home owner I can certainly appreciate the value of the Stair Barrier. We don’t have stairs in our condo (we have them out in the hallway in the common area) but if we did putting up a gate or barrier on top of and at the bottom of the stairs would be a must. Not only for safety reasons but also because I’d like to keep the pets from going into our bedroom when not at home (if that was the case).

I really like this idea. I love that you can easily attach it without making it permanent and I love that you can personalize it. I’m curious to see what new colors and designs they’ll have available later on this year.

If you would like more information about the Stair Barrier please visit TheStairBarrier.com. You can also check them out on the various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (other social media links found at the top right of the company’s home page).

What do you think about the Stair Barrier? Do you think it’s a “must have” product in your home? Do you use gates to prevent children and/or pets from getting up or down the stairs?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.



*I have partnered with the Stair Barrier to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Earn special rewards from Rite Aid to celebrate the New Year

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It’s a new year – a time to think about making positive changes in our life and doing what we can to ensure that 2015 is one of the best years yet.

For some people kicking off a new year means making resolutions to eat healthy, exercise, lose weight and eat right. For other people a new year might mean a new look (different make up, new hair do…), learning a new skill, getting a new job or finding their soul mate.

Rite Aid would like to help you ring in the new year with special rewards. Rite Aid can’t help you find the love of your life, but they can help you to stock up on vitamins, make up and other products to help you with your new years goals.

The campaign is appropriately called Happy YOU Year.

The promotion runs through January 24, 2015. For every $50 you spend on participating products using your Wellness+ Card, you can earn a Unique Reward Code – up to 5 codes ($250 spent)*. These special codes can be redeemed for fun rewards such as a night out bowling or 7 day resort stay. How awesome is that?


Participating is easy. Simply look for participating products in the store or online. When you spend $50 (it can be done over time – you don’t have to spend $50 each time) you’ll get a special code on your receipt.

When you have the Unique Rewards Code visit www.RiteAid.com/YouYear to upload your rewards code. Each rewards code is worth 50 credits.

If you are going to purchase products to help you kick off the new year, why not get rewarded for them too? There are A LOT of participating products. You can find a list of them here.

Rite Aid has some wonderful rewards too like a professional photo shoot (3 rewards codes), personal trainer session (3 rewards codes), beauty treatment (2 rewards codes), Rabbit TV movie & TV streaming service (1 reward code), concert tickets (4 rewards codes), 2 night hotel stay (5 rewards codes) and something I am hoping to save up codes for – a 7 day resort stay (5 rewards codes).

You do need to have a Wellness+ card. They are free and you can get one from the cashier when you checkout. Just make sure to sign up for the card FIRST so that you can take advantage of the Unique Rewards Code.

You can learn more about the Wellness+ card and all the great perks it affords you here – www.RiteAid.com/Wellness.

To find a Rite Aid near you visit RiteAid.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Happy You Year


*I received a free rewards code in exchange for my participation as part of this Rite Aid campaign. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

*In-store and riteaid.com purchases with wellness+ card between 12/28/14 – 1/24/15 is required. Reward is valid while supplies last and is subject to promotional availability. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Limit of one (1) redemption per reward category per customer name/email address, (1) per household, one (1) per booking group. Reward credits acquired through purchase (or received through twitter or blogger promotion) are limited to 250 credits (5 Unique Reward Codes). Only one Unique Reward Code received outside of purchase is allowed per account. The value and types of rewards will vary dependent on the geographic location and vendor fulfilling the reward. Unique reward codes and credits towards rewards shall expire at 12:00AM PT February 25, 2015. Additional reward specific restrictions as well as promotional terms and conditions apply. See riteaid.com/youyear/terms for complete details.

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Keeping it clean with Scrubbing Bubbles

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Scrubbing Bubbles®. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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I hate to admit this but my husband and I felt compelled to clean our entire condo from floor to ceiling and pack away all our holiday decorations the day after Christmas. It’s not that we don’t have holiday spirit (we do!) it’s just that we have the time off from work, our home has been decorated since the end of September (Halloween decorations followed by Thanksgiving then Christmas) and the unseasonably warm weather has given us a bit of “Spring Fever” even though it’s just the start of Winter. The weather has been so warm here in New York that we’ve had the windows opened.

I tend to be a bit of a “clean freak” to begin with. I like my home to look clean and tidy as much as possible.

I don’t mind cleaning, per say, except for two rooms in our home – the kitchen and the bathroom. The bathroom is my least favorite room in our home to clean.

There are four people in our home, and we only have one bathroom. Needless to say it gets dirty quickly and often from soap scum in the shower to toothpaste all over the sink.

Not only do I want the bathroom to be clean, I also need for it to be free of germs and bacteria. That is why I appreciate products like Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner. It not only kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, it’s also good on most bathroom surfaces. It even helps to deodorize the bathroom by killing odor causing bacteria. It cleans and disinfects. To me that is a complete clean.

I don’t have as much time to clean as I used to now that I have a part time job outside of our home. Because of this I need to clean with products that can tackle my cleaning needs with one swipe and not multiple cleanings. I also appreciate products that are dual purpose and can allow me to clean most surfaces with just one product and not multiple products.

Scrubbing Bubbles Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner is a multi purpose cleaner that I can use in the shower (especially soap scum and left over shaving cream that seems to get all over the tub) and clean the bathroom sink.

Scrubbing Bubbles Multi Surface

To use you simply spray it on the surface, let it foam, then wipe it with a damp cloth. I found with my bathroom I just need to spray and wipe. I leave it on the shower walls and shower doors a bit longer because the soap scum doesn’t like to come off as easily as other dirt and grim.

I can clean my entire bathroom in roughly 10-15 minutes instead of the 30+ minutes it used to take me because I had to switch between products and wipes.

Recently Scrubbing Bubbles® conducted a survey about what goes on behind closed doors – closed BATHROOM doors that is. The results might surprise you (they sure surprised me!).

Don’t get me wrong, my bathroom is not always clean, even if I try to keep it that way. Take for example our tub. Sometimes we have to resort to cleaning our dog in the bathtub. We do take him to the groomer to get bathed and trimmed, but there are times when we have to give him a bath at home. Not to sound gross, but our dog has a sensitive stomach. He also has long hair (unless he’s freshly groomed). Let’s just say diarrhea and long haired dogs are NOT a good combination. Needless to say I make sure to clean our shower IMMEDIATELY after we get him out of the tub.

Here are the results from the survey.

  • 1/4th of Millennials would rather eat a fry that fell on the floor for 10 seconds than clean their toilet – Gross! Not me. I hate cleaning the toilet but I hate dirty food even more.
  • 60% of people surveyed flush with their toilet seat up – I admit that I do that sometimes.
  • 47% of those surveyed admit to leaving hair all over the bathroom – Not willingly but my hair does fall out when I comb it. I try to clean it all up but sometimes I miss some.
  • 42% of the survey takers don’t clean their shower curtain – We have shower doors which I clean. I didn’t know you could clean a shower curtain.
  • 80% of the survey takers clean their homes at least once a month – I clean weekly. I hate it but it has to be done.
  • Two-thirds of those surveyed clean their bathrooms at least once a week – I’m one of the two-thirds
  • 43% of the men surveyed admitted to urinating in the shower – Eww… I don’t plan on asking my husband or son this question.
  • 40% wash their pets in the shower – We have to. We have no place else where we can wash our dog.

As you can see from this survey, a lot goes on in the bathroom and it’s important to keep it clean and sanitized. With Scrubbing Bubbles Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner you can clean, sanitize and deodorize your bathroom quickly and easily with just one easy to use product.

I tried the product in our bathroom and so far I am pleased with the cleaning results.

If you would like to learn more about Scrubbing Bubbles Multi Surface Cleaner visit the Scrubbing Bubbles website. You can find the product at many retail locations.

Have you tried Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Cleaner yet? If so, what did you think about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

How often do you clean YOUR bathroom?

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