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Amazon Prints is REALLY worth the try! $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #AmazonPrints

Wow, graduations, weddings, Father’s Day and so much more. It truly is picture-taking season. I love taking photos and I wear my camera like a fashion accessory. I am always on the lookout for new services to print my photos,  so I was very intrigued when I learned about Amazon’s new photo printing service called, Amazon Prints

Have you heard about it? If not, let me tell you about some of the great perks. Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print whatever photos they want and get free delivery. Prime members also get unlimited photo storage! If you are not a Prime member, you can still get 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos. Prices for prints start as low as $0.09.

I am a Prime member so I am super stoked about using Amazon Prints. I used to use another photo printing service and if you did not order regularly they got rid of your photos in storage. That was a real pain. I like that I can store my photos, as many of my photos without worrying about them being deleted.

I can do more than print photos with Amazon Prints, I can create all kinds of photo gifts. It is so easy to make photo calendars, wall decor, more than just prints, photo books, cards, photo books and much more. I really find this to be very convenient and easy and that is something I appreciate, because my time is valuable.

Now for some more great news! You can enter the giveaway below for your chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! There are $1000 of Gift Cards to be won!

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Print and Share Photos Easily with Your Own Personal Photo Lab!

Do you take a lot of photos? I sure do! I love my DSLR and how easy it is to share, save and edit my photos instantly. While it may be ideal to share your photos through email, social media and online photo sharing sites with your family and friends, there are benefits to being able to print and share photos at home.

Imagine taking a rare family photo with all your aunts, uncles and cousins at your holiday gathering. Sure, you can tell most `you will post the photos to Facebook and that will be good, but what about Aunt Harriet who does not have a computer and thinks if she tries to use one her identity will be stolen? Wouldn’t it be nice to send Aunt Harriet, Uncle Earl and Aunt Ethel home with that rare group photo? It sure would be, and it can be hassle free!

All you need to do is insert your SD card or use Wi-Fi Direct and print from your smart phone with the Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab.

This unit was so easy to set up, we inserted the 1 ink cartridge and let it go through a 4 minute set up. Then I inserted my SD card and it was so easy, my 7 and 9-year-old were able to select their favorite photos and print them. The pictures were great quality, the colors vibrant and the image was clear and sharp. Check out our video review below:

 

This compact unit is small on size and big on features! It uses MicroPiezo inkjet technology to create detailed prints at 5760 x 1440 dpi at up to 5 x 7″, ideal for snapshots and family photos. You can also set the layout to print multiple photos to one page. You can use 3.5 x 5″, 4 x 6″, and 5 x 7″ paper, as well as No. 10 envelopes, for producing your most common and convenient photo sizes. It is fast, capable of producing a 4 x 6″ photo in about 36 seconds.

Have a big family? No worries, everyone can go home with a copy without having to reload the printer because it can hold 50 sheets of plain paper and 20 sheets of gloss photo paper. It is versatile and will power up with the conventional power plug included or you can use a USB 2.0 cable to connect to a USB port.

You can do some photo editing directly on the printer like cropping, removing red-eye and more. There is only one ink cartridge to install and the dye based ink is rated to last up to 200 years in album storage. The photos are scratch, water, smudge and fade resistant.

I will be inserting a video review of this printer so you can get an up close and personal look at the unit. While you are waiting, would you like to enter our giveaway for your chance to win one of these awesome units of your own? You can enter by using the widget below. We added the PM-400 to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings!

Giveaway:

Epson is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab. Thanks to Epson for the review product and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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Amazon Prime members can now share their Prime Photos benefit with up to 5 friends or family members! Plus an opportunity to win a $500 gift card provided by Amazon.com #PrimePhotos #FamilyVault

Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. Now, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos is free for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos.

 

 

 New Prime Photos features include:
  • Family and friend access to Prime Photos, at no additional cost: To ensure all the great moments and memories are preserved, regardless of who captured them, Prime members can now share their Prime Photos benefit of unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for videos and other files with up to five family members or friends.
  • Simple, private sharing through the Family Vault: Family Vault members can add their favorite photos and videos individually with a click or swipe, or set their account to automatically add all their photos and videos to the Family Vault.
  • Smart search technology: Prime Photos’ new search technology makes finding photos based on people, places, or things a snap. Gone are the days of customers wading through thousands of photos to find a specific image. Looking for pictures from a vacation or wedding? Search for “sunset” or “wedding” and relevant photos will show up. Customers can also browse photos of individual family members and friends in the People view as well as search and filter by location or date.
  • Photo printing with free delivery for Prime Members: Customers can now order photo books, cards, and prints directly on the web from their Prime Photos account. Offering a variety a ways to preserve memories, Amazon Print products start at just nine cents a print, and ships with free delivery for Prime members.

Additional new features include: Image Search, People view and Places view. And Prime members can now order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars directly from their Prime Photos account. Download the new Prime Photos app HERE!

Enter below to win a $500 Gift Card!!! Good Luck!!!

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The Easy Way Showcase Your Special Moments

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My entire life, I’ve loved doing arts and crafts projects, especially collages. After vacations and other big events, I enjoy compiling photos to make a collage full of memories.  I mean, what better way to cherish the moments than have them frozen in time in a personal collage? So naturally, after a summer full of traveling, I knew a collage would be happening in the near future.

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I started going through the hundreds of photos I took this summer and selecting the ones I thought should go in the collage. Around that time, I heard about PosterMyWall from a colleague who thought I would love it.

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I heard all about the amazing templates, including a category for family collages that are on their site!  Suddenly, my project seemed so simple. I still had to finish sorting through my online albums, it took me a bit to decide which images to select. The actual uploading of the images and customizing my design only took a few minutes!!! With the site’s online tools (we’re talking backgrounds, images, filters, etc.), I designed and purchased a 24×36″ poster collage.

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The collage arrived fairly quickly, and everyone loved it. My family loved talking about our summer adventures when we opened up the package! Now we use PosterMyWall to create similar gifts for friends and family. If you want to see what other products PosterMyWall offers, check out this page.

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Update: I have to say when I was ordering, it kept telling me that I did not have enough photos, but I had so many photos selected. I kept adding more until I did not receive the warning. When I got my poster, the thumbnails were so small and so many of them made it so busy. I really was not happy that all the photos were so small. I would not pay attention to that if I ordered again. I would add much less so that you can see the photos.


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Design A One-Of-A-Kind Hexagon #Metal Photo Print

Do you love taking photos like I do? Do you have an awesome shot from a recent trip? If you do, you might be happy to learn that AdoramaPix has these amazing Hexagon Metal Prints that are so different and really make your photos pop! Just take a look.

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AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

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With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation Time coming up, these would make a great gift! Mommy Ramblings’ readers can take 25% OFF Hexagon Metal Prints by using promo code PXHEXMTL25 when they check out. Offer expires June 15, 2016.

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You can find more fun gift ideas HERE.


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How To Save & Share Your Summer Memories

Are you capturing lots of  sweet summer memories on your digital camera? Looking for a way to turn them into beautiful keepsakes to treasure for a lifetime?  AdoramaPix helps people do just that with their custom photo books that let you display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail.

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Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

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You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE!  Good news you can save 25% on AdoramaPix square photo books (6×6,8×8,10×10,12×12) when you use the promo code pxusfam25 at checkout. Offer expires 9/30/15 so keep capturing those memories and then use the code to create your summer memory book at a great savings!

 


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Rachael Hale So Sweet Kitten & Puppy Love Bedding Review & Giant Giveaway For 4 Winners!!!

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This one if for all the animal lovers.  Have you ever seen the Rachael Hale line of bedding?  If not, think big, and I mean big puppies and kittens.  Oh and think pink, very pink!  Perfect for girls who love puppies and kittens.  As a world leader in animal photography, the Rachael Hale® brand has captured “the world’s most lovable animals” in images that can be seen on a wide range of products across more than 60 countries around the world.This includes Rachael Hale greeting cards, calendars, stationery, bedding, apparel, giftware and more.

Check out these adorable bedding sets featuring puppies and kittens. This Rachael Hale® sets are a dream in easy care minimum iron cotton rich percale.

 

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Rachael Hale So Sweet Kitten Duvet Set

Rachael Hale Puppy Love Duvet Set

Rachael Hale Puppy Love Duvet Set

Rachael Hale So Sweet Kitten Quilted Comforter Set and Duvet Set feature an adorable kitten that will melt your heart along with pink flower accents.  The comforter and duvet are reversible with kitten design on one side and pretty flowers on the other.  Girls will love the way they can switch things up whenever they want a change. The comforter and pillowcases are easy care 225 thread count percale (60% cotton and 40% polyester). 

Rachael Hale So Sweet Kitten Reversible Quilted Comforter Set

Rachael Hale So Sweet Kitten Reversible Quilted Comforter Set

The So Sweet Kitten Duvet Set features the same easy care percale and thread count as the comforter set.  The single bed set features the duvet and one pillowcase.

The perfect accent piece is the 18″ by 18″ So Sweet Kitten Cushion that is also made of the same easy care percale.

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Now for the puppy lovers, the Puppy Love bedding is golden as in adorned with adorable golden Labradors.  The sweet puppies are hard to resist and the comforter and duvet are reversible with the puppy design on one side and heart design on the back.

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Rachael Hale Puppy Love Twin Reversible Quilted Comforter Set

Accent the bedding with the 18″ by 18″ Puppy Love Cushion.

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Twin Duvet Set:

  • Set includes 1 twin reversible duvet cover and 2 pillowcases.
  • Duvet Cover – 69″ x 88″
  • Pillow Cover – 20″ x 28″
  • 225 percale thread count
  • Popper closure

Double/Queen Duvet Set:

  • Set includes 1 Double/Queen reversible duvet cover and 2 pillowcases.
  • Duvet Cover – 83″ x 83″
  • Pillow Cover – 20″ x 28″
  • 225 percale thread count
  • Popper closure

Twin Quilted Comforter Set:

  • Set includes reversible comforter and two pillowcases
  • Comforter – 69″ x 88″
  • Pillowcases – 20″ x 28″
  • 225 percale thread count

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We were very impressed with the quality of the fabrics and the cuteness factor in this bedding.  The comforters are a medium weight not too heavy not too light but good year round.  If you have fallen in love with these sets, you are in for a real treat!.  Dissero Brands is sponsoring and awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! 4 lucky blog readers are going to win:

Rachael Hale Puppy Love/So Sweet Kitten Bedding Prize Pack:

1 Twin Comforter Set (choice of Puppy Love or So Sweet Kitten)

1 Duvet Set (choice of Puppy Love or So Sweet Kitten in winner’s choice of single/twin or double/queen size)

1 Cushion (choice of So Sweet Kitten or Puppy Love)

Rachael Hale Puppy Love/So Sweet Kitten Bedding Bonanza Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens Review & Giveaway!!! {Giveaway Ended}

I was absolutely ecstatic when Tamron contacted me to do a review on their AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens.  My Canon 60D is more like an extension of my arm.  Rarely, am I anywhere without my camera.  Most of the time I shoot with a 17-55mm, and zooming requires me to change to my 55-250 mm.  This is good, but not great when you are on the beach and don’t want to chance changing lenses with blowing sand and surf.  On our recent vacation, this was a huge hassle, because I either had to chance changing the lens or try to make it work with one or the other.  Now with this Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens, I am able to have the best of both worlds in one lens.

One instance where this lens would have been great, was last year.  My friend and I were on a walk and saw a black bear that was down the road.  My Canon 17-55 mm could not make him more than a black blob in the distance.  This lens would have been perfect.  I took it out today and was very impressed with the lens.  First it is light, which is great because I usually walk with my camera.  I love the range, it really can’t be beat.  The images are sharp, crisp and well focused.  I would not use it as my portrait lens in my studio but as an all around lens, I am very impressed.  I cannot wait to really put this lens through the paces. I look forward to the ability to capture images that would have required me to change lenses.  If you are looking for a great all-purpose lens that will go the distance, then you should try the Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens .  The auto focus works great and the vibration compensation mechanism is flawless.  Compatible mounts are Nikon, Canon and Sony.

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He came all the way down, he gets some apples.

What’s that?

Aha!!!

What’s out there?

I can see clearly now.

Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon

The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon is a 15x high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using the more compact (APS-C) digital size image sensors. The focal length of this lens is equivalent to approx. 28-419mm in 35mm format. Designed as an “all-in-one” lens, it will meet almost all photographic opportunities without changing lenses.

The addition of PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic autofocus motor helps make this lens lighter, short and slimmer than any previous lens in this category, and provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.

The VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism allows the use of shutter speeds that are much slower than otherwise possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur. It automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for camera shake when shooting a moving object. This feature is a must in a lens with this longer range of focal length.  This lens will focus down to 19.3″ (0.49 m) throughout the zoom range.

This lens is designed exclusively for DSLR cameras with smaller-size sensors. It is NOT compatible with 35mm film cameras and DSLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24 x 16mm.

Compact, lightweight 15x zoom lens
For use with Canon digital SLR cameras
For APS-C image sensor cameras
Vibration Compensation (VC) system is incorporated into the lens
A new level of compactness, performance, and speed is achieved with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design
Special Glass Optimized for Digital SLR
Three hybrid aspherical lens elements and two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements are used to accomplish effective compensation of on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations, a critical factor to enhance the optical quality in digital photography.
Di-II Series Design
Design has been improved by adding a gold-colored band between the focus and zoom rings to enhance the appearance and make it stand out as a Di II lens. The rubber patterns of the zoom and focus control rings have been improved at the same time to compliment the digital camera design style and to provide better handling.
The Give-Away:
Tamron is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own Tamron AF18-270mm
f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD AF Lens.  Thank you Tamron for the review lens and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US Residents.

Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD AF Lens  Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:
 

Mandatory Entry– Tell me how this lens would benefit your photography.   Leave your answer as a comment on this blog post.  (If this entry is not done, all others will be deleted.)

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Good Luck Everyone!!!  Give Away Ends November 4th at 12am EST.   Winner will be selected by Random.org.


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