{POTD} Weekend Highlights

Today I am resting after a few days of being busy and having fun.  Friday was my birthday so I went over to a friends house for a few hours to enjoy some poolside fun.  My son had an absolute blast.  He wore himself out so much that when we arrived home just before dinner, he crawled on the couch and fell asleep immediately.

CJ kicking back in the pool

CJ kicking back in the pool

Saturday dawned early and dark for CJ.  It was around 5am when he came into the master bedroom for something.  The alarm was set to wake us at 6:30am but once CJ woke me, there was no going back to sleep for me.  After breakfast at our local Denny’s which later made me sick we arrived at Legoland.   Legoland was pretty crowded but I expected it to be especially since it was a holiday.  The highlight of CJ’s day was building lego race cars and testing them on the downhill tracks which he could have done at home for free and getting wet.  I am so thankful I was able to get his ticket for considerably less and that I had a BOGO for the adult admissions too.

Legoland Entrance

Legoland Entrance

Yours truly in front of the camera for a change

Yours truly in front of the camera for a change

Lego racer building : The best part of the trip according to CJ

Lego racer building : The best part of the trip according to CJ

CJ and Daddy getting wet as they soak the passerbyers

CJ and Daddy getting wet as they soak the passerbyers

We ended out night with a display of fireworks and manuevering our way out of the parking lot and back onto the freeway home.

Fireworks over Legoland

Fireworks over Legoland

Then today when I finally crawled out of bed and made my way to my computer, I had a pleasant surprise in my email.  Earlier this past week I had left comments about a product giveaway over at PetaPixel and luckily I was the winner.  Just love getting prizes, especially when they are for my camera.  Can’t wait to try out my new a handheld tripod from QuikPod.

Stock photo from Quikpod website of Quikpod in use

Stock photo from Quikpod website of Quikpod in use

{POTD}Thursday Thirteen Edition #26

Thursday creeped up on me quickly this week.  Right now I am recovering from a rush drive down the hill to do a little shopping.  First I had to stop in Kohl’s, mott to see if I could find some amazing deals.  A few weeks ago my friend was able to score two KitchenAid Stand Mixers at around $60 each on the clearance rack.  I would love to find such a bargain but alas it was not meant to be for me.  I did find a pair of boots I have been eyeballing for awhile but their $60 plus price tag always stopped me.  Wednesday I found them on the clearance rack for $12.99.  Found a purse that was normally $52 for $25 and a pair of shoes for my son, on clearance of course, for $6.99.  During checkout I scored another $15 off my total for being denied a credit card.  Can we say an early Happy Birthday to me!

Then it was on to Costco before they closed.  I had less than 30 minutes to grab what I needed.  Shopping at Costco is a big deal for me because its approximately 65 miles one way to the nearest Costco.  But it is worth it.  I have insulated cooler bags I put all the cold stuff in to keep chilled on the drive home.  Very important since this is the desert and where Costco is located, it gets to be about 120 degrees or more during the summer days.  The only good thing about the high temperatures is that it drives all of the “Snowbirds” elsewhere for the summer.

So here are thirteen items I purchased at Costco last night.

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Some of those thirteen choices don’t look all that healthy now that I am puting them all on display on my blog.   In my defense, I usually buy my fresh fruits and veggies from the local markets.  If you would like to see what other bloggers have posted for their Thursday Thirteen, click on over to Thursday Thirteen and check them on out.  And while your add it, why don’t you join us.  Wishing you a scent-stional Thursday Thirteen!

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How to Protect Photos You Print at Home from Fading – Photography Tip

Technology is amazing!  No longer do we have to rely on sending our photos to a lab for printing.  We can do it from the comfort of home using our computers and printers.  This is especially ideal for those of us that love to scrapbook because we can print our photos just about any size for our scrapbooks.

But have you noticed that some time after we print our photos they begin to fade.  That’s because there is no protective coating applied after printing to protect the ink from the environment.

There is a simple solution.  Once you have printed out your photos, allow the ink to dry.  You will then want to apply 2-3 coats of an acrylic crystal clear gloss or matte spray (depending on your preference).  It is important to use an acrylic spray vs. a water based spray (which will make the ink run.)  Follow the spray manufacturers directions on use and allow a few hours for the photos to completely dry before handling the paper.

Using this technique will help preserve those precious moments for many years to come.

As I was checking my facts for this posts, I discovered that Krylon now makes a spray protectant specifically for protecting printed photos at home.  So look for it at your local retailer.