A Mother's Day Present That Is Better Than Flowers - #VZWBuzz

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
— Chinese Proverb

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This is a #vzwbuzz post about mobile technology.



Mother's Day is May 11th!  Here is a fast and easy Mother's Day gift that you can do in 7 easy steps - even from your smartphone!  Personalized cards from the kids!

1.  Have the kid (s) draw a picture.


2. Take a picture of the drawing and save it to your smartphone gallery, computer or tablet.   Check out Verizon Cloud which allows you to store all your data in the cloud and easily sync across all your devices.

3.  Select pictures of your child with the person the card is for.  I take photographs all year long with grandmas, aunties, teachers and caregivers.  I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 3- lets me take pictures like a pro!  Thank goodness for that because as you can see I'm NOT a very good drawer.  Nobody I know REALLY has a tail OR three legs!  MY "drawing" (using that term VERY loosely) was made using the scrapbook feature on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

4.  Upload the drawing and photograph to your favorite web-based photo printing / sharing service.  I use Walgreens photo service because it's quick and easy and I can pick up my cards in an hour!  Check out the app here.  The upload is fast n easy with 4GLTE from Verizon!


5.  Add some thoughtful text, a blurb about the photograph or use a general greeting.  It's a nice touch to add the year somewhere on the card.  I put the year on all my cards so that when we look back we know the timeline.

6.  Place your order.

7.  Pick up your cards or have your photo service mail them for you.  Many web-based photo services offer that for an additional charge.  I.e. Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.

Life is about making memories.  And although flowers, chocolates and brunch are ALL thoughtful ideas - giving them a tangible memory will last a lifetime!

Wishing happy memories to all moms and the moms in your life or in your heart !

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Minted - A New Kind of Shop Built Around Artists

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

You may already be familiar with Minted for their fine stationary and invitation/announcement products, paperie, gifts and party decor.  What has me buzzing lately is their new collection of wall art and limited art prints.

What's cool and unique about Minted is that their community discovers the work of great indie designers and artists from all over the world and creates a place for them to get exposure.  As consumers, we get to enjoy limited edition and true artisan wall art and limited art prints at affordable prices.

After a recent move -we still have a lot of painting and decorating to do but I'm looking forward to it with the help of my friends at Minted.  Check out why I love shopping at Minted as well as some of my picks below.

Easy search:


Learn about the artist (my favorite part)



Design and Arrangement Ideas (I totally needed this)



Visual Size Options (thank gawd.  without a visual I'd be doomed)



This one's going in the office

This one for the bedroom

These are going to make me the best guest ever at some upcoming baby christenings.  Registry Schmegistry!

Art prints are printed in limited edition and are available on your choice of museum quality cotton rag archival paper with archival ink or acid and lignin-free paper with deluxe pigment ink. Minted's wall art is available in a range of colorways and styles and available framed or unframed (7 framing styles to choose from). Each art print comes with an artist’s card containing the artist’s statement and certificate of authenticity (LOVE that) and shipped in an acid and lignin-free sleeve.

Click here to find out more about the Minted story

Click here to learn about submitting your own designs

Click here to check out Minted's featured photographers

Disclosure:  Thanks to my friends at Minted for my shopping credit.  No additional compensation was provided and there was no promise of positive feedback.  All opinions are my own. Oh!  And I am not responsible in any way if you become addicted to Minted.com or to pinning their awesomeness to your Pinterest boards!