$300 Best Buy Giveaway

Best Buy has opened a new website, www.Printcopia.com To kick off this grand opening, you will receive 50% off any photo to canvas print purchase + free standard shipping.  If you didn’t win my last giveaway of a canvas print, this is a great deal to cash in on.  Just use the promo code BLOGLOVE2012 at checkout. Hurry though. There’s also a $300 Best Buy Give away running on their Facebook page.

printcopia canvas prints

Canvas prints make great holiday gifts!

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Stress Freedom Friday: Focus on Someone Else

stress freedom with compassion

It’s easy to fall into having a pity party when you think that nobody’s problems are as bad as yours. As sad as it may be, that’s not the case. There’s always someone with a situation that’s more severe than yours. I sort of feel bad taking a little comfort in that.

However, you don’t have to feel bad about someone else’s challenges or struggles (I was going to say misfortune but it didn’t seem right). Instead of just taking comfort in the fact that your life circumstances aren’t as grave as another’s, why not lend a helping hand?

Nothing takes the focus off of your own problems and stresses like helping someone else with theirs. You may not be able to do much but you can offer a word of encouragement, a shoulder to lean on or even just lend an ear. Show compassion for another.

One special needs parent to another can relate with each other much better. You never know when you’re going to need someone else to talk to or just vent with. Someone will pay it forward to you some day.

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Stress Freedom Friday: Reduce Stress By Getting More Sunlight

Have you ever just felt like you were so busy tending to the needs of your special little one that you couldn’t even take a break to get some fresh air outdoors? Keep going that way and after a while you may begin feeling a bit displeased with life or dare I say stressed. Sure, you love your child, but you also need to take some time to be someone other than a caregiver.

reduce stress by getting more sunlight

According to Discovery Health:

Sunlight triggers our circadian rhythms, our sleep-wake cycles. When sunlight hits the optic nerve, the brain cuts down on the release of melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep, and increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter tied to wakefulness and feeling happy. When the sun sets, this cycle is reversed, with more melatonin produced and less serotonin. The more sunlight the body receives, the more serotonin the brain produces. In addition, the body also creates vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. High levels of vitamin D help our bodies maintain high levels of serotonin.

Since stress is directly linked to depression, it seems that getting more sunlight is a good natural way to relieve stress.

Hmm, there really may be something to this. Other than the scientific research, I’ve noticed in my own life that I am just much happier in the summer time when the sun is shining bright.  I can’t stand the dark days of winter and usually rush to get home before dark so I can fill my home with plenty of light.

So, the net net of it is, sunlight is a free way to reduce stress so what have you got to lose? :-)

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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CLOSED: Photo Canvas Giveaway! – Winner Announced

The WINNER is: Shannon Sander!

Congrats Shannon. Please send me your mailing address on the contact form here.

You have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner!


What’s better than getting a gorgeous, ginormous sized canvas print of your favorite photo?

Getting a FREE gorgeous, ginormous sized canvas print of your favorite photo! ($67 value)

Easy Canvas Prints  has graciously offered to sponsor a 16″x20″ photo canvas print giveaway!  The photo canvas can include a photo of anything you like . Just imagine your sweet child on a beautiful canvas print.

Or maybe you don’t want a print of your child. The photo could be of anything you like. It could be a photo of your dog, your business logo, some flowers or whatever.

Enter the contest to win here:

Contest rules: This contest will run from Thursday, August 9th through Wednesday, August 29th (my oldest son’s birthday!). All entries via the Rafflecopter will be checked for authenticity. Contest open to residents of the contiguous 48 states in the U.S.

BuildASign.com and EasyCanvasPrints.com allow you to create customized business cards, banners and signs as well as canvas prints for the home. Their affiliated microsite, MagnetsOnTheCheap.com sells custom car magnets.

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