Photowall – Beautiful and Easy Home Decor

Thank you to Photowall for sponsoring our newest fun canvas and this post! All opinions are that if littlecrunchy.com

 

Few things get as many compliments when it comes to come decor as a beautifully done mural wall or huge stunning canvas. Not only is their size impressive, but they tend to pull you in and you can’t help but admire them. They can change the mood of a space and thus your mood very quickly! As such, we have a few huge canvases that we love! When given the change to review anything on Photowall.com it took weeks to pick just the right thing as we love so many things on their site. I badly want to try their mural wall paper but alas, we just moved yet again, the 15th military move in the last 19 years. Canvas works best for us at this point. Given the space we have in this 100 year old house, we had to get creative!

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We choose to do something a bit different with our canvas…. you see like many lizard owners, the back of the tank can be a pain to decorate given the wires and the unsightly top of common pet tanks with the lights. Our lizard Cass deserved something beautiful too. When we first got this bearded dragon the kids put in large toy dinosaurs to keep the new pet company. This works well and the beardie loves climbing on them. So now Dinosaur is the tank theme. So too would be the background. Photowall.com has so many themes to choose from, finally we settled on one! You can buy just the flat canvas, or add the canvas frame that you wrap the canvas around. Buy the frame! I am so glad we did!

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We ordered, and in 3 days DHL delivered us a long thin box, (Free 2-3 Day Shipping on US orders!) all the way from Sweden. I have to say, every experience I have ever had with a Swedish company has been fantastic, this one was too!

What I didn’t expect though was that putting together this large canvas would be so easy. No tools! I kid you not! It all went together super quick and it was fun. I felt like a child on Christmas morning with this box. I took photos and husband put it together so I could get the photos. How lucky am I? 19 years of being a team together. We had put metal frames together for other large canvases and honestly we messed those up in the past, we expected this to be a pain to figure out but it wasn’t. It is really simple! I am so happy about this and near jumping up and down over how awesome it goes together and the final results. We need to find places in this little old house for more canvases from this company! Maybe we will replace some of the older ones we have actually.

On to the photos to explain better than I can for our more visual readers:

 

Photowall Review Canvas Frame Building Easy big long box

Everything arrived in a very secure, very long, box!

Photowall Review Canvas Frame Building Easy

You roll out the canvas face down to work on building the frame on the back!

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Placed all the wood correctly just to see how it all lined up.

Photowall Review Canvas Frame Building Easy sticky wood

You peel off the sticker from the wood and press it to the edge of the canvas and pull the canvas tab up on the corners. Simple to do. Though it would be easier on a hard surface than a rug, it still worked out beautifully!

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Photowall Review Canvas Frame Building Easy

Photowall Review Canvas Frame Building Easy

To make sure even the ends are tucked and perfect there is sticky tape, really easy to pull up, at the ends of the wood. Comes together beautifully.

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So once all the sides are stuck you fold them inward.

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The metal bracket fits in the corners for stability and as the holes are already pre-drilled with it arrives, the plastic screw pieces just twist right in. No tools needed!

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Some of our little ones came in just in time to help turn the screw pieces in place. Super easy!

Photowall Review Canvas so beautiful home decor dinos

And places where we envisioned it, at the custom made size!

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Bearded dragon tank setup

There are thousands of prints and ideas to help your house feel more like a home and give easy area a personality you will love on photowalls.com and they customize things too so you can get a huge family portrait if you like too with really quick shipping. I love this company and think you will too!

 

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Growing Up At Christmas: Mastering Parent Duties During Your Child’s Pre-Teen Transition

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The pre-teen years are notoriously difficult to get right at Christmas. Your son or daughter’s interests can change massively between summer and winter. This is especially if this was the year that they graduated to middle school. Unfortunately, the days of Barbie dolls and cartoons are fading fast.   

 

This transitional period is the perfect time to help your child grow up as they edge ever closer to their teenage years. Here are just five killer ideas that will work wonders throughout the festive period.

 

Buy a grown up gift. Given that the days of childish toys are evaporating, why not treat them to something more grown up. Personalized name necklaces are a particularly good option for girls while boys may be better suited to bracelets. Choose a present that they can enjoy for many years to come and highlights your love as a parent. If nothing else, that ability to let them feel that they are growing up is sure to generate smiles. What else could you want from those gifts?

 

Teach them responsibility. If kids want to grow up, they should learn to act in a mature manner. You still want to do it in a loving way that will spark excitement. A pet can transform your family dynamic forever. The choice between a cat, dog, or something else will hinge on personal circumstances. As long as you have the time and resources to take suitable care, though, this can be the greatest gift for your entire household.

 

Encourage appreciation. As children reach this stage of their development, they should also gain a sense of perspective. They won’t always get what they want, but they are far better off than a lot of kids. The festive period is a great time to give back and, while it shouldn’t impact your Christmas Day, it’s a vital aspect of the holidays. Hopefully, you thought about this before Thanksgiving too. Even if you didn’t, it’s not too late to get involved. The satisfaction and warmth gained from helping others are truly wonderful.

 

Let them take charge. This period of your child’s life should also encourage them to learn the value of money. Putting them in charge of their gifts by setting a budget and letting them buy what they want can do this in style. Better still, you know that they will be left with presents that they actively want. Combine this with a small surprise gift to create that December 25th magic, and you’ll be sure to gain a winning outcome.

 

Get them involved. Christmas is a time that should be spent with family. Do this in a productive manner by getting your child to help out with simple aspects of the dinner. Doing this will emphasize that sentiment like never before. Apart from spending time together, they’ll be starting to learn the basics of important life skills. If nothing else, the positive reactions gained are sure to fill your child with a sense of pride. Achieve this, and things won’t go far wrong.

 

Job done.

 

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Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays #Giveaway $150 Gift Cards

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Thanksgiving STEM Activities – Guest Post

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Tips for Hiring the Right Pet Sitter

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Learning to Let Go: How To Raise Independent Children

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miacademy.com Homeschool Review – Online Learning Games

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The Things Kids Really Want

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4 Smart Ways Large Families Can Save Money

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Letting Go While Holding On

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Falling Into Fashion: Transitioning From Summer Into Autumn

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What to Do If Your Child Doesn’t Want to Play Sport

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Build Confidence in Kids: Where to Start?

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Sending Money-Smart Kids Off To College

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4 Ways to Deal with Bullying In Youth Sports

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A homeschool moment that made Mommy snap!

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Family Vacations With A Twist

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Two’s Company: Great Dates For Parents Taking A Break

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Switching to Baby Formula? Here’s What You Need to Know!

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