Friday, November 04, 2011

Photo Art People Photo Canvas is THE PERFECT Gift #HHEvent

Starting November 14th, we will be hosting the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Blog Hop with lots of holiday and home goodness! Find out about some great gift ideas to make yourself and some neat things for your home during the season. Each of the 30+ blogs participating will be hosting a giveaway that you can enter. Here at Artsy Chaos, we are beyond thrilled to have Photo Art People as a sponsor for the event.

A photo canvas is the perfect gift for so many people on our gift giving list we cannot wait to share this amazing company with you! Every year, I try to put a lot of thought into the gifts that I give and it's not always easy. It is just so much more meaningful (in my opinion) to give a gift that has true sentiment behind it. I remember reading once that if you make something with real love, it will shine through every time. Picking out a photo, a memory, a moment in time, can really be the perfect gift when made into personalized photo canvas gifts.

Photo Art People is a company which not only makes photo canvases but carefully specializes in them. They can help you be creative. Want a sepia tone in your photo? They can do that. Need help editing the colors or maybe removing red eye? They can do that too. Or maybe you'd like to turn a family heirloom photo into a canvas. Photo Art People can work with regular photos and old photos too, not just digital ones. What we found extraordinary is the time they take to find the best part of the photo to turn your snapshot into a real piece of memory art. Hey, they also make custom sizes too so nothing is out of the question!

We were so excited to be able to review a 16x20 canvas print. It wasn't too difficult to pick out a photo since the hard drive that contained all of my digital photos died a few months ago, taking my photos with it. Insert sad face and tears here. After selecting the photo, we sent it off and waited for the magic. We were informed that our photo had too much yellow/green in it so that was corrected as much as possible as well as evening out some of the skin on my beautiful teens' faces. Let me tell you, it did not take long at all from the time the photo was sent until we received a very lovely canvas in the mail. I could not have been more pleased with the customer service, the quick and safe shipping, and the final product. 

Our canvas has a new home in our entry way on the wall of photos and it fits in perfectly. I would not hesitate to order another from Photo Art People for Christmas photo gifts.

Now, you must be sure to come back on November 14th to enter to win a photo canvas of your very own from Photo Art People! You don't want to miss it!

And in the meantime, check out Photo Art People and the amazing promo that they are offering. Right now, you can use code "2for1" and get a second identical canvas FREE when you buy the first at full price. FREE!! This is an amazing deal for the grandparents on your gift list!

We have also been authorized to offer another amazing discount only for Artsy Chaos readers! Use code WRedfe30 for 30% off a single canvas!!
*One code per order. It cannot be used in combination with any other discount code. Code should be used at checkout on and when “update total” is clicked the discounted price is calculated before charging.

We received a sample from to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are those of the editors and owner of Artsy Chaos. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sore Throat?

It's that time again!! Yipee!! Sore throat season is upon us. Ya, strike that "yipee!".

Have you felt that scratchy sore feeling yet? We hope not. However, we do have good news in case you have. Pine Brothers lozenges are back and making their debut this fall! The original "softish" throat drops are once again available. Want to learn more? Of course you do and you can, soon, right here at Artsy Chaos. Watch for an upcoming review!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Real Girls Read Discovery Girls Magazine

A good portion of my daughter's childhood was spent reading Discovery Girls Magazine. This month, Discovery Girls was awarded a 2011 Mom's Choice Gold Award and they definitely are deserving! They are also the recipient of the 2011 National Parenting Publications Award. Discovery Girls is about girls, for girls and even by girls. It isn't about turning your 8-year-old into a little makeup wearing fashionista but about real girls with real issues. This mom totally approves.

We have had the privilege in the past of reviewing some magazines and books from Discovery Girls which you can read about HERE. The magazines are full of advice, fun quizzes and timely stories for girls ages 8-13. Recently, we were sent the 10-year Collector's Edition to review. My daughter's eyes lit up when she saw it in the mail pile. Now keep in mind, my daughter is 16 but she still to this day loves Discovery Girls.

The Collector's Edition boasts 10 years of the best Fun Quizzes, Embarrassing Moments, Helpful Advice and Sticky Situations. My daughter's favorite was always the embarrassing moments. This issue is packed with a past issue timeline, real readers, bloopers, crafts, hairstyles, growing-up advice, school stuff and so much more. A definite must-have for any lover of Discovery Girls Magazine! If you have a daughter, niece, cousin or any little girl in your life between the ages of 8 and 13, we highly recommend Discovery Girls Magazine for them.

Come back on November 1st and you will get the chance to WIN a prize package worth $70 from Discovery Girls as part of the CouponCabin's 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz multi-blog event!! Don't miss it!!

No compensation was received for this article and all opinions are those of the editors and owners of Artsy Chaos. A complimentary sample of the described product was received in order to facilitate this review. 

Reader Comments, a Winner and a #Recipe!

Recently, we posted about the Jacob Bromwell All-American Flour Sifter. The comments were amazing from you all!! We asked if you had any recipes or foods which have been passed down through the generations.  Karieann even shared a recipe for Pumpkin Bars in her comment and they sound amazing!

Paul's Pumpkin Bars


4 eggs
1 2/3 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool before frosting.
To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares.

We'd also love to try Jennifer's crustless apple pie with a sugar cookie topping, Deb's noodle pudding (what is noodle pudding? sounds interesting!), and Tammy's chicken and dumplings! YUM!

Thank you to Jacob Bromwell for the fun with this review and giveaway and congrats to our randomly selected winner, Melissa, who has a family recipe for pork dressing. We really enjoyed reading all of your wonderful comments!