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All You Need Is Love And A Dog…and PicMonkey!

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Several of you have asked what I use to create the cute images like this one that I recently shared on Facebook and Instagram. The answer is PicMonkey!
PicMonkey is a FREE online photo editor that comes with all kinds of cool fonts, overlays, special effects and other design tools. You can upload your own photos and graphic files, or use the large collection available in the PicMonkey library. It works right in your web browser so there is nothing to download or install.

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Use PicMonkey to create Valentine’s Day cards, frame-able art prints, online graphics, party decor and more. No special technical or design skills are required…you can just jump right in. I own and am trained in PhotoShop & Illustrator but find using PicMonkey to be faster and easier about 99% of the time.

Check out this FREE PicMonkey Tutorial on how to add fun overlays to your photos!

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Go HERE to check it out for yourself. Set up a free account and use it for as long as you like. Once you’ve used it for a while, you’ll probably want to upgrade to PicMonkey Royale, which unlocks even more amazing features and tools for just pennies per day…but that’s optional and FREE PicMonkey will knock your sox off!

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Custom Softcover Photo Book $1.99 ($16.99 reg)

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Don’t miss this great offer from York Photo to snag a custom 8X8 photo book at 88% OFF regular price. Choose your favorite theme from 50 different designs and then personalize each page with captions, clip art and your favorite family, pet or travel photos! You’ll pay just $1.99 ($16.99 reg) plus about $2.99 for shipping.

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It’s super fun, fast and easy to create the perfect photo book and you can also snag 40 free prints upon registration. Shipping for your order starts at $2.99. Use York Photo promo code YOURBOOK when you order by 2/25/15. Go HERE to start browsing design themes and create your own unique photo book.

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What Makes YOUR Dog Great? Show Us for a Chance to WIN! #GreatDog2014

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Pet parents, you already know your dog is great, but here’s a chance to boast a bit AND a chance to win free dog food, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan!

It’s a super fast and easy Flash Giveaway and I’ll be randomly selecting 3 winners to each receive a coupon for a free bag of Purina Pro Plan Dog Food ($17.99 value).

Great Dog 2014 Flash Giveaway — 3 WINNERS:

Did your dog learn a new trick, tackle the stairs or (finally!) make friends with the cat?

  • Show us what made your dog great in 2014 by sharing a photo on Twitter!
  • Make sure to use the hashtag #GreatDog2014 AND tag @WoofWoofMama
  • Tweet by 11:59pm ET on 12/20 to be eligible to WIN!

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and is void where prohibited by law. Not affiliated with Twitter; sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Want the chance to WIN even more?

Enter the Incredible Dog Challenge Sweepstakes for a chance to WIN a Trip for 2 + $500 PetSmart Gift Card!

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Get Creative This Holiday with PicMonkey Royale FREE 30 Day Trial!

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I’m often asked what I program use to create my blog graphics, Facebook images and for editing photos. The answer is PicMonkey Royale!

While I do know how to use PhotoShop and Illustrator, and own them both as well, I’ve been using PicMonkey for a couple of years now and find it fast, easy and fun…plus it’s the least expensive quality graphic design and photo editing tool I’ve found! It’s web-based and works in your browser, so there’s nothing to download or install. You just login and use all the fabulous fonts, overlays, backgrounds, filters, frames, textures, touch ups, special effects and more.

While the free version of PicMonkey is ok, here’s all the extras you get with the Royale version:

  • 50% more Frames, Fonts, Overlays, Textures and Effects
  • Twice the Touch Up tools
  • Extra layouts and customization in Collage
  • Absolutely, positively, not a single ad

Whether you need to edit some family and pet photos, make a photo collage, or want to create your own original holiday cards, invites, menus, signs, newsletters and decor, PicMonkey Royale is the way to go! It’s also great for creating gift tags and labels for DIY holiday gifts, cookie exchanges, dog treats, and any other homemade gifts you’re proudly giving to friends, family and neighbors this year.

Be sure to snag this rare FREE 30-Day Trial Membership. With PicMonkey Royale, there is no obligation. You can cancel anytime…but I don’t think you’ll want to once you try it. If anything, it’s super addictive and you’ll keep finding new ways to use it every day!

The best photo editing features for free.

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Capture Every Holiday Moment with a Camera from Best Buy #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason @BestBuy

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The holiday season is officially in full-swing and you’ll want to capture every single special moment with friends, family and the fur kids. Because pets and the kiddos won’t stay still for long when there are presents to open and toys to play with, you want to make sure that your camera is fast enough to catch ALL the action. Because we live in the Instagram age, you’ll want to upload and share those special shots with your online friends and family, too. And if the cat decides to climb the Christmas tree this year, you’ll want to be ready to record the whole thing…your Princess just might be the next YouTube sensation!

Like many folks we know, you might be in need of a camera upgrade — but not to worry. Head on over to Best Buy, the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your most important memories. Because they’ve got such an extensive camera selection, it might seem overwhelming, but the experts have helped us choose three cameras to highlight for you.

These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, allow you to shoot fast, capture quality images, and all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. Upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories!

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Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

  • A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
  • This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  •  Also available in red or gray

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Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

  • A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
  • This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
  • Also available in White or silver

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

  • A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
  • This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage.
  • The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself. And make sure you never miss a moment.

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Giveaway: WIN a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Package ($599 Value)

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Canon Rebel Giveaway

The holidays are coming and we’ve got a very special gift for our pals…a DSLR Giveaway and the winner will receive their prize in time to capture all the best moments and memories of the upcoming holiday season!

Are you a pet parent who LOVES taking photos of your fur kid? How about video…could your dog or cat be the next YouTube sensation?  Having top quality photo equipment can be pricey! That’s why we’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway.

One lucky person will win a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit, valued at $599.

“Featuring Canon’s newest DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor – plus cutting-edge technologies like Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and even a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor – the EOS Rebel T3i offers the best of EOS photography in a compact package.” [Full Product Details from Canon]


Enter to win a CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.

Open Worldwide.
Ends at 11:59pm ET on October 28th, 2014.

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