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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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Why Everyone Needs A Great Camera

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Photographs can speak a thousand words. The miracle of what it is to take a photograph has been an invention which sets us apart from all generations before us. 150 years ago no one would be able to simply take out a camera and snap a quick selfie in the street, but these days it is as common as brushing our teeth.

People Love to take photographs because it is a way to store memories and it is also a form of art. Because of this you will want the best quality camera you can get, such as Blackmagic Design because it will allow you to keep the best photos for the future. A great camera can make a huge difference to your photography, and this is why so many people fork out the big bucks to get the best technology out there that they can.

Social Media

One of the biggest places we plant our photography these days is social media. And because of this manufacturers have started to make cameras which are great quality but also allow for easy uploading onto social channels. Instead of having to take out the SD card and plug it into the laptop and then move that over to your phone, you can take the photos straight off the camera. Many cameras have built in WiFi these days to make it much easier to take a snap and upload it to Instagram.

In the Dark

One of the downfalls of trying to take a photos with your phone once the sun goes down is that you lose 99% of the detail you wanted. Remember all those times you tried to take a photo of the moon or a night sky? You likely end up with a black screen and some white dots. However, by using a great DSLR camera, you will be able to change your settings, zoom into the object and take a photograph which reflects what you can see in real life. It means that the nest time you want to show your friend a weird glowing moon, you can.

It makes you look good

By pulling out a camera from your bag rather than a battered mobile phone, you are going to look a lot cooler taking photos than you would otherwise.If you want to make a statement and get people to notice you, wear a small camera around your neck and when you come to take photos you will get a better image and also look much cooler.

Detail

Although mobile phones try their best to input features which allow you to zoom, carry out long exposure and macro, they just don’t work the way a camera does. Mobile phones are great, but they are not solely made for their camera and this means the features are lacking. If you are serious about taking great photographs and using all of the features, you will want to use a proper camera to do it. Imagine how amazing it would look to take a long exposure shot of a river and have it look like silk? You certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve that detail on a phone.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad. Image

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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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Getting Legit with The IRS

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How Does The IRS Use The Information They Collect Through The Site?

When starting a new business, one of the best resources you can find online is www.irs-ein-tax-id.com. There you are provided all of the documentation necessary to get your company up and running, from applying for a federal Tax ID to getting an employer ID number. Since the site connects directly to the IRS, how does it all work? What can you do on the site, and is it secure? Let’s take a look.

Sending Your Details to the IRS

Because there is so much information that you have to provide to the IRS when starting a new business, it’s essential that you fill out the forms correctly and in full. Thankfully, with technology being so convenient these days, the IRS accepts these papers electronically.

You can submit through the organization’s website directly, but the fact is that it can be hard to find the right link. www.irs-ein-tax-id.com is a much better solution because it is solely designed for business tax forms, meaning that you don’t have to search through pages of other tax information to find what you need.

What Forms Can You Fill Out Online?

At its core, this site has a three-step process. First, you have to pick out the business entity you are going to have. The available options are:

  • Sole Proprietor
  • C-Corporation
  • S-Corporation
  • Partnership
  • LLC
  • Non Profit
  • Trust
  • Church Controlled Organization
  • Personal Service Corporation
  • Estate of Deceased Person

Once you’ve determined the right entity, then it’s as simple as filling out the forms (which are cultivated for you automatically) and then submitting them to the IRS with the requisite fee.

Is it Safe?

Yes, irs-ein-tax-id.com is protected from hackers and uses a comprehensive security system to ensure that your data does not leak from the site.

So, whether you need to apply for a partnership Tax ID number or you want to become a corporation, you can take care of the entire process online through www.irs-ein-tax-id.com.

Legal Info & Disclaimer

Govt Assist, LLC acts as a “Third Party Designee” as described in the instructions to Form SS-4 to help clients obtain Federal Tax ID Numbers from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) in a timely manner. Govt Assist, LLC only works on behalf of its clients and is in no way affiliated with any governmental or regulatory agency, including the IRS. Govt Assist, LLC offers a paid service in which its employees or agents will prepare and submit your Employer Identification Number Application (“EIN Application”) to the IRS on your behalf. Alternatively, for no charge, you can visit the official IRS.gov website and complete your EIN Application on your own. Govt Assist, LLC does not review the information submitted on your EIN Application. We are not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. We cannot provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion or recommendation about legal issues, and our communications are not protected by the attorney-client privilege or as work product. For legal advice, please contact an attorney or law firm.

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