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Click, Color, Capture – Photography Challenge Linky – Week 1: Red

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Click, Color, Capture Photo Challenge!

Welcome to Week 1 of the Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted byEast9thStreetA Helicopter MomNap Time Is My Time and Sunshine and Sippy Cups!  Our color this week is RED.

Cupcakes, Valentines Day, Baking, Red

“When life gives you lemons… just bake some lemon cupcakes.” – Unknown

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s never really been a good experience for me. But – there’s nothing that a great cupcake can’t fix, right? These little beauties started with the new Fun-da-Middles mix from Betty Crocker, with a little bit of extra creativity thrown in. Recipe will be posted later today – so stay tuned!

Weekly Photography Tip

Our first photography tip comes from Rebecca Cooper who blogs at Simple As That.  A professional photographer, Rebecca has written a eBook called, 40 Top Tips for Better Photos that contains easy-to-follow instructions with lots of images to guide you!  Since most of want to capture images of our children, this first tip is one that is easy to apply.

No More Cheese Please. While it may seem to do the trick, asking your child to ‘say cheese’ will yeild a smile that is just that…cheesy. Try engaging your child in a conversation about something they are interested in (ie. an upcoming birthday, their favorite tv show, a recent family trip, what you’re going to do after pictures) and be ready to catch that winning smile. While it may take a little more time, that beautiful smile is always worth the wait!

Want to participate in our challenge?  It’s super easy!  Here’s how It Works:

  1. Take a picture the represents the color of the week.
  2. Write a blog post that features your picture and link it up.
  3. Visit other people’s posts and hopefully find some inspiration!
  4. You can put the button and link code on your blog if you wish but it’s not a requirement.


uDraw Your City Kids Art Contest – Win $10,000 & More!

Do your kids love art?

I was a little artist as soon as I could hold a crayon. I remember my mom taking college courses when I was really young, and how much I loved drawing along side her while she did her projects for Art Appreciation classes. So it makes me really proud that my nephews are little art lovers too  – I might not be so great at helping them with their math homework but I can definitely jump in when it’s coloring time! And the oldest one is super excited to enter the new uDraw Your City Contest!

UDraw Game Tablet

uDraw Your City Contest

If your kids are creative too – help them enter the amazing uDraw Your City Art Contest today! One lucky winner will be chosen – and will win a $10,000 cash prize for their family, plus another $10,000 as a donation to their school’s art program! So amazing, right?

What Does Your City or Community Mean to You?

That’s the question that uDraw wants you to answer with your artwork. Read more…

Creativity and imagination can be found in every city, town, and community all over the world. Everyone can be an artist – no matter who you are or where you come from! We want you to embrace that creativity and artistic inspiration to show us “What your city, your town, or your community means to you.”

A few Details:

  • This contest is open nationwide, for kids ages 6-17.
  • The entry period lasts from September 1st to October 31st – so hurry and get YOUR families entry’s in!
  • Entries can be submitted online or by mail.

More about uDraw

In addition to the Grand Prize, another Runner Up will receive a uDraw Studio Tablet, uDraw GameTablet games, and an HD TV so you can turn your television into an art studio! Have you seen the uDraw tablet yet? It is a super cool accessory for the Nintendo Wii, that allows your kids to use a little drawing tool on the tablet to create their own artwork right on the screen! We don’t have it yet, but I’ve seen it at a friends house, and it is really awesome. It’s on my Christmas list — {I’m saving up those Swagbucks for Amazon certificates to get it almost free!} – and I am 100% sure that the kids will flip when they see it.

Enter to win today!

To enter and see official rules, visit You can upload the image online to enter, or print out a submission form to mail it in. Either way – Good luck!! If you do enter, I’d love to see YOUR child’s artwork – feel free to stop by on Facebook to share a picture on my wall!

{Disclosure:I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of THQ and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.}