FramedArt.com Review and $75 Credit Giveaway!

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Last month we took a vacation to Nassau, Bahamas. It was our first time there and it was quite a beautiful place. The ocean was SO clear and had the most amazing shades of blue and green that I’d ever seen. Flowers were blooming on many trees and bushes and would fall in our path as if they were intentionally placed there. We saw jelly fish, sharks, colorful fish, crabs, sea shells, iguanas and even fed sting rays! Despite all of the fun daily excursions we went on, the most fun we had may have been right on the beach where we were stayed. I snapped this picture with my cell phone one evening, on Cable beach, right outside of our resort.

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I adore this photo because it was a candid moment. My daughter was playing on the shore, splashing in the waves, the ocean and sky shows multiple colors of blue and it was simply stunning, so I decided to capture this moment in time. I snapped a quick pic and didn’t even realize at the time, that I had a seagull in the upper right portion of the photo. I couldn’t have staged a better photo. I love this picture.

Once back home, I decided to print the photo on canvas. I chose to use FramedArt.com for this task as they are great resource for prints & framed art. You can buy art of all kinds on the website and it’s very easy to search for what you are looking for, the site is broken up by, Rooms, Styles and Artists, or you can create your own art, which is what I did. It’s just three quick steps to create: 1. Upload photo, 2. Select the size you want and 3. Pick out a frame or canvas.

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There are multiple canvas sizes (10″x8″ all the way up to 42″x32″) and canvas options: print, museum wrap, gallery wrap or framed. Each option changes the price and the price is immediately updated so you can decide which best fits your budget.

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I decided to go with the 24″x18″, gallery wrapped canvas with 1.5″ bars.

Shipping was quick and the packaging was stellar. But the best part was my canvas! I took it out of the box and looked at it and I literally got chills. The vibrant colors of the ocean matched exactly to the way the ocean looked in the Bahamas. I was stunned. I couldn’t stop looking at it and was completely blown away. It totally exceeded all of my expectations. When I look at the print, it is as if I’m looking into a window of my exact view that day. It brings me and my family right back to our Bahamian vacation. I can’t say enough good things about my overall experience with FramedArt.com and I will absolutely order from them again in the future.

Here’s my canvas, isn’t it great? I keep moving it around the house, trying to find the perfect location for it.
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Now, as for my readers… I wanted to give you all the same mind-blowing experience that I had. I spoke to a Rep. over at FramedArt.com and they have been generous enough to extend a $75 credit to their website for one lucky reader. You can use this credit towards creating your own art as I did, or you can buy one of their many pieces of beautiful art. They have styles to fit everyone’s taste, I’m tellin’ ya, it’s a great site. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook as well.

ENTER TO WIN A $75 CREDIT TO FramedArt.com:

I’ll make this giveaway easy, all you have to do is visit FramedArt.com and tell me in the comments section of my blog post, the name of the painting you’d buy with your credit, or which photo you’d turn into a canvas. NO repeat answers please. One entry per person.

Giveaway: ends 614/15 at 11:59pm Central Time Zone. United States Residents Only May Enter. Sorry International Readers – I’ll have another one for you soon.

GOOD LUCK!!

Richfield’s Best Kept Secret: Wood Lake Nature Center

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One of my most favorite places to visit with my daughter is Wood Lake Nature Center. It’s located in Richfield, Minnesota, in the heart of the city. I say that it’s a best kept secret because even though I grew up just ten minutes from the nature center, I had no idea it even existed until I moved into the city. When I refer to it while talking to friends, many of them have no idea what I’m talking about.

Wood Lake Nature Center was one of the first nature centers built in the metro area, back in the early 70’s. It’s a great place to visit year-round and they offer several classes through the seasons as well. It’s a 150-acre natural area and it’s an amazing place to do some bird gazing.

We visited the nature center the other day and took the long path around the entire center. It was the first time we had taken that path and I have to tell you, it was the most enjoyable visit we’ve had to date.

Here are some photos from our morning:

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We ended up seeing geese and goslings, turtles, a BEAVER!!, a snake, tons of birds and simply beautiful scenery.

Here is an Instagram post I posted from last summer, raving about all we saw:

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So if you have some free time and are looking for something to do, consider visiting Wood Lake! Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with events.

Where is your favorite place to visit?

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