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(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.)

Spring Celebration Announcement (And A Giveaway)

This Spring I am celebrating a lot of things but the biggest one is that my little sister, Amber, is coming into town! She lives in New York and we (my family, my brother’s family, and our mom) live in Illinois so we don’t get to see her that often. We saw her two years ago but before that it had been probably over 10 years since I had seen her. To add to the celebration she is coming into town as my nephew turns 4!

What are you celebrating this Spring? Shutterfly has announcements for all of life’s celebrations including birth announcements and graduation announcements. They also have ways to capture your memories with photo books.


One lucky reader will win a Shutterfly 8” x 8” photo book


(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment for each one  you do)

1) Tell me what you want to make a photo book about

2) Like me on Facebook

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Subscribe to my blog (button is in the upper right corner of the page)

5) Tweet: “Enter to win a @shutterfly photo book from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

Giveaway ends May 17, 2011 at 11:59pm central time.


Are you a blogger, too? Click here to register for a chance at 50 free announcements!

Disclosure: This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Lulu Photobook Review and Giveaway

Hands-down my mom’s favorite items to receive as a gift are those with pictures of her grandchildren on them. When I had the chance to review a photo book for Lulu.com I knew it would be the perfect gift for my mom’s birthday. I spent hours gathering pictures online of my mom with her four grandchildren and then I used Lulu’s studio to create a custom hardcover book.

Lulu’s studio was easy to use. Once I chose my book size I chose a theme for the book (which was just the background design of the pages). The pages were already designed but I loved that I could change the layout of them easily.

Once I inserted the pictures and had the layout perfectly I then added text to some of the pages. Afterwards, I previewed my book and published it.

Here are some pictures of the final product:

The cover

Dedication page


Page with picture and text

The book turned out beautifully! It looked professionally bound and was printed on high quality photo paper. I really loved that I could completely customize the design and layout and easily switch pictures around while I made it. Another great feature about Lulu.com is that people can create a book and then sell it on Lulu.com.


One reader will win a hardcover 9X7 photobook (20 pages)

How To Enter (leave a comment for each one):

1) Tell me who you would make this for

2) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy by email or RSS

3) Tweet: “Enter to win a Lulu.com photobook from @aliciamarie112 at www.MakingTimeForMommy.com”

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

6) Follow @luludotcom on Twitter

7) “Like” Lulu on Facebook

Giveaway ends December 4, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received a photo book from Lulu.com to review. All opinions are my own.)


This post is linked up to Things I love Thursdays.



Take lots of pictures? (Giveaway!)

I don’t know about you but I love to take pictures of my family. I take pictures of my boys at play, at the zoo, and even after a messy dinner. I then upload all the pictures to my computer and now have months (ok, shamefully over a year’s worth) of pictures waiting to be printed. And then once I print them they just sit in a box because as much as I’d like to say I scrapbook I haven’t done a single page yet. All these good intentions I have and wonderful ideas of things I can create with my pictures and there they sit on Snapfish just waiting to be printed. Sound familiar? Well if so, then you are in luck….


Vistaprint is offering one lucky reader a personalized, 12×12 photo book! No need to print out your pictures! The winner can choose from hard cover, leather cover or linen cover for their book. It includes 26 pages and a variety of layout and design options and free shipping. The value of this giveaway is over $50!

Vistaprint also offers products such as birthday invitations, custom t-shirts, and personalized mugs.

How to enter:

Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy (by RSS or email)


in your comment below tell me what special person or event you would love to make a photo book for.

Giveaway ends July 21, 2010 at 11:59pm. I am sorry but this is only open to U.S. residents.

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated in any way for this post. The winner will receive the photo book from Vistaprint.)