Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Daughter's Blankie

Dear Frantic Mama friends,

My latest publication is about...well, it's about a lot of things: motherhood, babies, nostalgia, guilt, treasures. And Pavlov's dog [kind of].

You can read it over at Mamalode. I would love it if you did. I would love it even more if you then shared with me what treasures you are hanging onto from your own or your child's babyhood.

Hint: This little lady might take center stage in the essay.

One of my sweethearts.

~Julia @ Frantic Mama 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Amazon Prime Photos has all new features! Plus an opportunity to win a $500 gift card provided by Amazon.com

Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with taking, sharing, saving, and printing photos, so I'm excited to share with you that Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience. 

Amazon + Photos = Awesomeness (right?)

Prime members can now share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Sweet!

The best part is that Prime Photos is FREE for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos.

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. I am so excited to try out the Family Vault and Family Sharing because my family lives all over the country. I LOVE seeing my sister's kids in the photos she shares with me.

The free unlimited photo storage for Prime members is also pretty awesome-- I hate it when I end up with 1,000 photos on my phone and then it won't let me take any more pictures! It always happens at the worst time, too (basketball game, anyone?).

Prime Photos is available to use on computers, iOS and Android phones, and tablets. You can download the Prime Photos app using this link: www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos. 

This little video shows Prime Photos in action all across the country:

Now you can enter a giveaway for an opportunity to win a $500 gift card provided by Amazon.com. I hope one of my readers wins!!! Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway.

I'd love to hear if you try out Prime Photos and if you think it's a great as I do.

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway! All opinions are my own.
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~Julia @ Frantic Mama

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide :: 2016

Winter is upon us here in Minnesota, which means the holidays are fast approaching. Today I'm sharing five fun, easy gifts that you can find online or at a nearby store for your friends and loved ones.

1. Chatbooks Photo Books

One product I'm obsessed with is Chatbooks. If you are an Instagram fan, this is for you. They compile all of your Instagram photos into adorable little books. They are basically photo books for people who don't have time to make photo books. They do it FOR YOU.

This is an example from the Chatbooks site. 

2. National Geographic Kids Books

It's no secret my kids love animals. So do I. That's why we all love National Geographic Kids books.
Below, you'll see my son and daughter poring over the "Weird But True" book, full of fascinating, random facts about the world [example: "toenail clippings from 100,000 people are stashed in basement freezers at Harvard." What?!]. Their beginning reader books are favorites at our house too. (Available on Amazon).

3. Old Camp Whiskey

I'm a country fan, and Florida Georgia Line is one of my ultimate favorite bands. The best news? They recently developed their very own whiskey, Old Camp. With undercurrents of pecan and peach, it's GOOD right on the rocks. Makes a great gift for...anyone (over 21 of course!).

Image from Old Camp.

4. Sephora Gift Sets 

I luuuuurve Sephora. It's actually a little dangerous for me to spend too much time on their website or in their store. Sometimes, however, you just can't stop me. 
During the holiday season, Sephora has an entire section online devoted to Gifts Under $25, which is a nice price point when shopping for friends, sisters, moms, and any other girly-types you know.

This little "Smashbox Try It" kit is a great example of some of their current gift sets ($22, Sephora).

5. Cookies [of course!]

Last but certainly not least, if you find yourself on a super tight budget this season (we've all been there!), homemade cookies (or, hey, even semi-homemade) always hit the right note, I think, for friends, teachers, neighbors, relatives, mail carriers, school bus drivers, and more.

I made these cute packages for family and teachers last year.
I loved them and I hope the recipients did too!

That's all I've got for now. How about you? What are some of your favorite things to gift? 

~Julia @ Frantic Mama