Beautiful Kids on Canvas

Canvas Factory reached out and offered to send me a canvas with my two beautiful kids printed on it in exchange for a review and a giveaway. So be sure to stay tuned for the Canvas Factory giveaway, USA and Canada residents only.

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The canvas I received from Canvas Factory is very high quality and looks amazing on our wall. The kids don’t look too bad either. What I really liked about this canvas print is how easy it was to get. You just go to the website, upload your photo, make some adjustments if you want. They even have different filters for your pictures so you can make something color into a black and white photo or sepia, or whatever!

Having photos of our family up on the walls reminds us about the important things that bring us all together. In the photo we had printed, we chose our children. They are the world to us and seeing their love for each other is exactly what we need on our walls to see everyday. Being able to take a simple photo and then uploading it to the internet so I can get a beautiful canvas print in just a few days is amazing. I remember when it would take weeks or months to have something like this done. Now in just a few clicks it can happen almost instantly.

I love our new canvas print. The quality is perfect and it just makes me smile every time I see. I can imagine that I will be picking up a few more of these canvas prints from Canvas Factory once that refund check comes in.

WIN YOUR OWN CANVAS FACTORY PRINT!

To win your own 16×20” / 40x50cm canvas print from Canvas Factory you have to like St. Louis Dad on Facebook and comment on this blog post below and tell me what kind of photo you would print at Canvas Factory. I will randomly select a winner on Friday, February 23rd. So be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you! If the winner does not contact me in 24 hours I will select a new winner. Giveaway only available to U.S. and Canadian residents. No purchase necessary, like and comment to win!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Canvas Factory.

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Family Holiday Shopping with Verizon!

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The holidays are fast approaching and if you are anything like me sometimes you may be under pressure to find the perfect gift. Something that maybe is for the whole family? But is also cool enough that you’d want it anyway? I have two great items you can pickup from Verizon that will hit both of those check marks.

pixelWhen you are out and about one of the most important things you can have with you is your phone and if it’s slow it’s not going to help when you’re with your family and really need it. That’s where a new Google Pixel will come in handy. The Pixel is Google’s new phone and it is very fast. I got a chance to play with a Pixel 32GB and it felt so good in my hands. The touch response and overall build of the phone was amazing. I am also impressed with the camera launch time. Camera quality is important and the Pixel doesn’t disappoint but when you need the speed to capture those quick moments, how fast the camera launches is a test I like to perform.

From a quick launch of the camera to blazing fast web browsing speeds. I can really see the Pixel being a family favorite this holiday season. I think the kids might fight over who gets to pick the next game more than anything, and mom likes to control YouTube on the TV using the phone. So I think the Pixel will be a great choice for our family and if you’re like us, yours as well.

CanaryThis next item will be a great way to keep an eye on the house while you are out and about using your new Pixel. The Canary is a smart home security system that is very easy to use! After unboxing a Canary here at home I had no trouble getting it setup and monitoring my house. Getting the Canary app on my phone was just as easy and now I can get all sorts of alerts and notifications about different security events. There’s a video camera, air monitor, 90+ dB siren, motion detector, and other mobile alerts. Hook it up wirelessly or with an ethernet cable and store everything with AES 256-bit encryption. I am probably going to get a couple Canary’s to spread around the house. One is more than enough for an apartment, but I think we would be good with 3 in our home.

Home security is becoming increasingly important as we post our lives on social media. We are always so caught up in the moment that we don’t think about what our social posts are telling others. Maybe your innocent picture from the theme park is an invitation to someone that you’re not home. That’s where the Canary will come in handy and with Pixel, it will be like you never left the house.

So whether you are looking for something to take with you on the go or something that you can leave behind to leave you feeling a little safer, these two items would make any family happy this holiday.

St. Louis Dad was provided items to test and review for this blog post. This opinions are St. Louis Dads and in no way reflect those of Verizon. I want to thank Verizon for partnering with St. Louis Dad on this awesome holiday gift guide. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more great content!

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St. Louis Sports Trivia Game

stlouistriviaHey all you St. Louisan holiday and birthday shoppers! I grabbed this great game called You Gotta Know St. Louis Sports Trivia Game. It is perfect for any St. Louis sports fan, or any sports fan in general. It is a great gift that this St. Louis Dad recommends picking up this holiday season.

There are so many great questions to keep everyone entertained for hours. The game is pretty simple, it’s trivia! There are 125 cards with 500 questions. You ask questions and other people answer them. Keep track of the points and whoever gets to 21 or whatever number first wins.

You can pick this game up from Amazon for pretty cheap. It’s a nice bargain for some great trivia questions specific to St. Louis.

So much history has happened here in St. Louis and wrapping it up in a game like this is a fantastic way to preserve that history. Over 500 questions that are about hockey, football, baseball, and more! You Gotta Know St. Louis is a perfect gift to add to your cart this year.

You Gotta Know St. Louis is the addictive sports trivia game made just for the St. Louis sports fan. With 500 questions, there’s something for everyone from the casual fan to the obsessed sports geek. Baseball. Hockey. Football. Basketball. Players. Coaches. Trades. Draft picks. Numbers and records. Buildings, ballparks, and arenas. It’s all here. Each card has a point value (based on difficulty) for easy “race to 21” game play… or just ask the questions to your buddies while you’re drinking beer.

If you are looking for something for that sports fan, or you’re curious to know what unofficial mascot appears on the 2011 Cardinals World Series rings prompted by its dash across home plate during the NLDS? Or what St. Louis native claimed the undisputed heavyweight championship with a split-decision win over Muhammed Ali in 1978? This game is for you.

My wife, she doesn’t know much about St. Louis sports trivia, but my buddies do. So this game will be great to play when we get together. Maybe my wife will learn a few facts as well. Who knows, I’m just excited to play!

This blog post was sponsored by You Gotta Know St. Louis Sports Trivia Game. St. Louis Dad was compensated for the content in this post.

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Football and Friends at 99 Hops House – Win $50!

hopshouseThis season of football has been pretty interesting on and off the field. It has lead to some debates among friends, but we are always able to come to terms in the end over a few beers and just enjoying some professional football.

Sometimes you can’t enjoy watching football at home while the kids are running around and getting in front of the T.V. So once in a while you have to take the enjoyment outside of the house and bring the guys along with you and turn it into a night out.

That’s where 99 Hops House comes in. Located in Hollywood Casino, St. Louis, this is a great place to sit back and enjoy a variety of beers (99 of them!) and some delicious food, all while watching some football. There’s plenty of space for all of your buddies or just a couple of friends. It’s important to get out of the house once in a while and spend some time with the guys. It’s important for moms to get out and it’s important for dads as well. With me and my team it’s a little easier to huddle up the gang and head out to grab some beers. For me, 99 Hops House is a touchdown. It’s just a short drive to get some great food and watch the game with my best buds.

Drinking a few, watching the game and joking around with each other is what we do best. Throw in some food and we’re gonna have a good time. As we get older it’s important to us that we find some time to hang out every so often. Football season brings us all together as the teams work their way to the top spots. We have our fantasy leagues but it’s the real thing that brings out the true excitement. This might be the perfect spot to keep that excitement coming week after week.

While you’re at 99 Hops House be sure to check out the burgers. They are so tasty and are labeled the juiciest for good reason. Pair it up with one of their 99 different beers and you will be set until 3rd quarter when ya might want to try one of their desserts. I did not know about this when I went to 99 Hops House the very first time so I didn’t try it, but I’m thinking me and the gang might give it a go during playoffs this year. It’s the 99 Hops House Passport Program. Purchase 99 different beers and get prizes along the way! It would be a great excuse to go out with the guys and try out all kinds of different beers. Plus we’ll be watching football. It doesn’t get much better than that (don’t tell my wife I said that)…

Just ask the server for details when you get there. Here is a little break down of what you get if you get yourself into the program.

10 beers: Free Appetizer at 99 Hops House
25 beers: 99 Hops House Bottle Koozie & Hat
50 beers: $25 food credit to 99 Hops House
75 beers: 99 Hops House T-Shirt and Set of Logo Glasses
99 beers: Dinner for 4 ($100 food credit) at 99 Hops House, 99 Hops House polo shirt with your name on it, and Priority Seats to 99 Hops House Special Events!

Win $50 to 99 Hops House from St. Louis Dad!

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So about this $50 prize…. You can win very easily a $50 gift certificate to 99 Hops House just by commenting below with your pick for the team that’s gonna bring it all home this year. Doesn’t matter if your team wins or loses, I just want to hear your pick! Then on Friday, November 3rd I will randomly select a winner from the comments below to receive the $50 gift certificate. Please use a valid email address so I can contact you for more information. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received then another winner will be selected.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE ENTERED!

St. Louis Dad was provided a complimentary gift certificate in exchange for this blog post, giveaway, and social media shares. While this blog post was sponsored by 99 Hops House, St. Louis Dad’s opinions and thoughts are his own. Check out 99 Hops House today and always be sure you have a designated driver if you are consuming alcohol!

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