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Book Review: WILD

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this blog post, however I did receive a free copy of WILD in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Sometimes we don’t need a ton of experience or a pocket full of cash to achieve our goals. Sometimes, we just need determination, strength and courage…

Book Review, Cheryl Strayed, WILD, Hiking

Within WILD, Cheryl Strayed proves just that. After losing her mother, becoming distant with her siblings and a failed marriage, Cheryl decided to find herself. Where she found herself was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail walking over a thousand miles from California to the Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon/Washington state border. Along the way, she created bonds with strangers, overcame fears and obstacles of every sort. More importantly, she found her true strength and herself as well as the greater gift of healing.

I think we can all relate to Cheryl in some way, shape or fashion. Whether it’s an experience we overcame years ago or something we are currently enduring, she lets us know we’re not alone. She also encourages us to follow our passion, our dream, no matter how far fetched they may seem. It’s determination, encouragement and sheer will.

I would encourage you to go pick up or download a copy of WILD. For extra encouragement, WILD will be on the big screen this fall staring Reese Witherspoon. (The book is always a favorite over the movie!) I can’t wait to see how the movie is compared to the book. It may inspire you to put on some hiking shoes and hit the trail yourself!

Have you read WILD? Is it on your reading list?

Painting and Wine, Just My Style

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received free product in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Are you someone who has always been curious about painting but a little nervous about the attempt? Perhaps this is in your new years resolution? Painting and drawing has always been something that my parents and brother excelled at more than me. The most I can conjure up on a good day is a good ole stick figure, less the details – this is why I stick to photography.

Here in the DFW area, a small business called Painting With A Twist has become quite popular. The basic concept is to come in solo or with a group of friends. You are encouraged to bring wine, snacks and will receive step by step direction to create a masterpiece of your own. Last week, I attended Painting With A Twist in Arlington with a group of girlfriends. I couldn’t have asked for a better time! Wine, snacks, Nicole was selected to have “the bell” in class meaning whenever the bell is rung, you must take a drink. During all of this, we paint!

Each attendee is provided with an easel, canvas, brushes and tray of the paint that you will need.

PaintingWithATwistArlington1The class starts off with easy direction on how to create the masterpiece. It also starts off with wine. What a better way to relax than a glass or two?! What’s fun about this is on attendee is given a bell. Whenever that bell is rung, everyone drinks!

By the end of class, you will have this work of art created by YOU. (And yes, it will be a masterpiece, wine and all!)


Believe me, I was questioning how this would turn out and I couldn’t be prouder of my design! Take a look!


I decided to give my painting to my mom as a Christmas gift. It looked amazing in their living room with this candle light lite up. Also, it was perfect for the Vermont winter, bringing the outdoors in.


PaintingWithATwistArlington5This is a whole lot of fun and we are already talking about going back. If you are looking for something different, to explore your artsy side and relax, this is your place. Check out the website and see if there’s a location near you! There’s a new painting nearly everyday, the options are endless!


Easy Canvas Prints – Art For Your Home

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received free product in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a photography lover, I am always looking for just the right way to hang certain prints. Sometimes, a frame just isn’t enough. It either doesn’t fit the look I want or the photo needs more than just a frame.

Easy Canvas Prints is an online site that allows you to purchase exactly what you’re looking for. The site is extremely user friendly, step-by-step options and you will receive the print in remarkable time!

#shop #photo #canvasThe step-by-step feature provides examples of how big the print will be, the size of the wrap, image quality verification, style and color finishing (black and white or sepia).

#shop #photo #canvasThe canvas arrived much quicker than anticipated. The canvas was sturdy and thick and the image turned out great. The canvas was also equipped with a string ready to be hung on the wall. This is a great gift this holiday season and I’m really excited to be able to share this with my brother and his family. I hope they love it!

#shop #canvas #printsEasy Canvas Prints also has a strong background in giving back. Through their Giving Program – Canvas for a Cause, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the foundation of your choice. How great is that?! Head on over to Easy Canvas Prints now to see some of the options that you may be hanging on your wall (or loved ones) soon!

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