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Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Challenge: Box Sherman Tank!

So, we did this for my son's birthday.

Apparently, if one has a box fort, one requires a vehicle as well. My son cheerfully informed me that I should now attempt to create a tank. Not just any tank, but a Sherman tank. And it has to be able to move, and have a working cannon. In case you didn't know off the top of your head, this is what a Sherman looks like.


So, I needed a framework to start with, because I lack the skills to start from scratch. I used our wagon. Pic courtesy of Amazon, because I didn't think to take one pre-project.


Here's the result.

 
 

Win a Free Print from Canvas Factory, via Mom's Gone Bronson!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a print from Canvas Factory in order to give you my honest opinions. The photo used was my own, your pics, quality and designs will vary depending on your resolution/quality/choice of print etc. Your experiences may differ to mine. Thank you. 

I have always loved photography and have always seemed to own a camera. I remember the days when you had to walk to the shop, hand over your film and wait few days for your photos to be processed - never really knowing if the quality was good or bad until you got them back. 

Now, of course, we can take photos on our phones, cameras and other devices and see out pictures instantly and even edit them almost as quickly and have them printed out in moments - this is where Canvas Factory comes along to brighten my day. 


Original photo taken in my back yard.

Personally, I love to see my photos in print. I love to make photo albums and love to display pictures on the walls. I like the fact hat I can look back at old photos of my family, myself, my dad, in print. Of course social media was not a thing back then, but nothing online is safe and if a site closes tomorrow, all your pictures are going to go with it and it is nice to know there is something to hold on to. 

I was recently asked if I would like to try out Canvas Factory for a print of mine and, after utilizing their services before, I jumped at the chance to say yes. The site is very straightforward and easy to use - you just upload your high-quality photos to the site, choose your settings and canvas type, background, layout and size and pay the cost to create your artwork. 

Once ordered, your canvas print is shipped directly, and securely, to your door within a week or two and you can proudly display it on your wall for the world to see. 

I uploaded a photo that I took earlier this year in my back yard and was eager to see what it looked like in print and on my wall. I chose to wrap the photo around the canvas, a black background, fit the photo to the frame and crossed my fingers that the quality of the image was good enough for a 16x20 print. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Groupon Coupon: Vacay, Play and Save!

Summer is a great time for family fun, but I have four kids, so outings can get pricey. An actual vacation? Impossible. But guess what? There's another way.
Anytime I can save and still have a great time, it's a win-win for me. Groupon Coupons are the ticket, in more ways than one.
 
I can stock up with my choice of 71 deals at Target, then it's time to plan the outing. Fandango has the inside track on movie bargains,  letting me see all the summer blockbusters without busting the bank. For a real family vacation, Expedia and Hotels.com both have a nice long list of Groupon Coupon ways to get there and stay there for a reasonable rate, like $35 off two or more nights, or 50% plus 10% off a room. And there's so many merchants available...all your faves, from Walmart to Babies R Us to Bed Bath and Beyond! So get off the Ipad and into a fun family experience AND stay within your budget with Groupon Coupons.

I received compensation for this post. My opinions and enthusiasm are my own.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Box Fort Nerf War - Cheap and Easy Party Fun!

Sooo...my son follows a YouTuber named Papa Jake, who does seriously intense carboard box fort challenges. He wanted a military style birthday party to begin with, but after watching several videos, he requested his own box forts and Nerf war.
Challenge accepted.
   

This was a surprisingly quick, easy and cheap undertaking. I found most of the materials at my local dollar store, from the American flags to helmets to the heavy-duty duct tape to the moss. We did already have an arsenal of Nerf guns, so that might add an extra level if you aren't so equipped.

 I just slit the one side of the box and then taped up all the flaps to form the curved shape. I cut the openings with an box cutter. It was a fairly sturdy structure,even as simple as it was. I think it's because I used strong moving boxes. Results may vary otherwise.


I found the "ammo crates" at Target, in the bargain area.We have a ton of darts thanks to Amazon deals, which I recommend, particularly in this scenario.


I wanted something that would stay together, but was flexible enough to be picked up and tucked into the garage. This worked perfectly.


Did they hold up in actual warfare? See for yourself.