Tag: monthly subscription services

Sample Swap, Parcel Post and Giveaway

Hi friends! I have some exciting news for all of you. Yesterday I created a facebook page for my reviews. This will be a compliment to my youtube channel and I will post articles, videos and any other reviews I make. In addition, I will post any giveaways I can offer you my wonderful readers. If you are on facebook and can like my page I would greatly appreciate it.


https://www.facebook.com/smilingldsgirlreviews

My first such giveaway is starting today 4/9/14 and will be open until 4/22/14 which is Earth Day.  This is sponsored by the great people at Ubox that make care packages for college students (and students of any age).  They are a great bang for your buck and a wonderful company.  http://www.ubox4u.com

The giveaway is for a bamboo ipad case.  Click on this photo to be taken to the giveaway or this link http://tinyurl.com/lt9xjnn

ipad case giveaway

I have also recently entered my first sample swap!  It is a great way to get rid of items in boxes you can’t use and get to know fellow subscription junkies.  To make your own swap go to https://www.facebook.com/SampleSwapShop

So please check out the facebook page, the youtube video and the giveaway and please take a look at u

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Photography Lesson

Today was a really fun day.  For years I have been less than satisfied with the photography on my blog and that is quite shameful for a Wagner as everyone in my family is a good photographer.  My Brother, Dad and Grandpa have all spent time as professional photographers and they each have different styles but are very talented. My brother is perhaps the most successful and has done a lot of skateboard and other sports photography.  Recently he did a shoot in Iceland for Nike as part of the Nike Poler shoes.

So, like I said photography is pretty intense in my family and I never felt I was very good at it.  Usually I hoped that the content would be good enough to outweigh the crappy photos.  Clearly if I’ve grown in readership for nearly 6 years there is some truth to that but recently I got the opportunity to do a guest blog for my friend over at The Little Ferraro Kitchen which will be posted on Nov 13th!!

I knew if I was going to guest post on her site that my photos needed to match up with the quality on her blog, so I bought a nice camera and my Dad instructed me as he did the amazing food photography for the post (seriously you guys will be blown away).

I’m super excited and working with my Dad made me want to keep learning and trying to get better.  Yes, my photos may never be as good as his but I can improve and learn more.  So, I asked my friend Kristi Linton if she would give me a lesson today and she agreed.  Fortunately I had received 2 subscription boxes that were good test subjects for me to practice on.  We went over backdrops, lighting, using mirrors and flashlights, tripods and even took some photos on the floor next to the kitchen glass door and I think they turned out pretty well.

These items are from:

Cheryl’s cookies-  Great prices and delicious cookies.  They have a quarterly subscription cookie service and individual orders.  This tin I got on discount as an end of Halloween sale http://www.cheryls.com/

Bklyn organics- $15 box you can order through their etsy shop . Included personal note and only one month required.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BklynOrganics

Flicker box- This is a fun candle box.  I liked all the scents. Not too overpowering. $25 a month. http://myflickerbox.sqsp.com/

I am excited to keep learning and getting better.

Cheryl's cookies.  The best sugar cookie you've ever had.
Cheryl’s cookies. The best sugar cookie you’ve ever had.
Flicker box
Flicker box.  I think this photo turned out particularly nice.
Bklyn Organics box
Bklyn Organics box.  Included a personally written list of items. 

 

Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson.  Also me sporting Poler hoodie
Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson. Also me sporting Poler hoodie