Giveaway: Shopkins Sticker and Activity Books!


Do your kids join the legions of kids who love coloring and activity books? With activities and fun ways to amuse themselves, the books can encourage creativity and help entertain kids as a low-cost, mentally-stimulating alternative to electronic devices. With the new “Adult Coloring Book” craze, adults are even joining in the craze! The fact that adults are now using it as a way to relax should help prove how beneficial these activity books can be.

Sizzle Press, an exclusive publisher of scented sticker and activity books for the Shopkins brand, creates sticker and activity books for kids to enjoy. Their recent release includes 10 different styles for fans to enjoy including “seek and find“, “create and play”, a general sticker book, and a fashion/beauty themed one. Some of the books even include 3D press-out supermarket characters! For added fun, all of the included stickers in the books are even scented.

Do you know someone who’s a fan of the Shopkins world? Make their day when you can gift them 5 of the new Sizzle Press Shpkins Scented Sticker and Activity Books! The winner will receive these books: Shopkins Seek and Find, Shopkins Seek and Find Surprise, Shopkins Fruity Friends/Strawberry Kiss, Shopkins Jumbo Sticker and Activity Book, and Shopkins House Party.


Sizzle Press has generously offered to send 5 Shopkins Activity Books to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on October 27th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools, and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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Get Your Halloween Costume and More from 3Wishes!


Whether it’s a Halloween party or an upcoming anime convention, having a cute cosplay costume available can lend itself well to lots of costume parties. Not only can you repurpose some of the accessories of your costume for use in other outfits, but it means that you’ll have a good ‘default’ option for any costumed gatherings – no stress or extra money required! Having a nice, flexible costume that’s flattering on your body and works for multiple events reduces some of the stress out of accepting the last-minute invite to a party this Saturday.

Along with lingerie, sells sexy and cute costumes that can work well for anime conventions, a night in with your partner, or even Halloween night. Offering next day shipping for your last-minute “crap! I need a costume!” moments, 3Wishes also offering free standard (and discreet, for your lingerie needs) shipping in the US. Along with straight-size costumes, 3Wishes also offers men’s costumes and lingerie and plus-size costumes and lingerie.


If you’re familiar with the Final Fantasy X-2 game, you’ll recognize this purchasable Yuna cosplay outfit. The outfit comes with everything, top-to-bottom (outside of the shoes), that you’ll need to successfully pull off the look from the iconic summoner. Available in Small through Large (US sizes 2-12), this outfit includes the top, cape, belt, shorts, suede pouch, arm bands, feather on a string hair clip, and hip wrap. This just means you’ll need to do your own hair, make-up, and find some good boots to work with the outfit.

For an affordable cosplay costume, the quality is pretty decent. The outfit isn’t going to overshadow a cosplayer who spent months meticulously making their own costume, but it’s easily recognizable, the stitching is well-down, the material is pretty comfortable, and the pieces aren’t falling apart. Compared to some pre-bought cosplay costumes that we’ve seen before, this one looks particularly good.

However, our costume didn’t include the Feather on String Hair Clip. As the box we received in the mail was particularly banged up, it’s possible it got lost in-transit. 3Wishes let us know that we could return the costume and receive a full new costume that included the hair clip as well, but it wouldn’t be possible to just send the clip.

The only modification that we had to make to the costume were the arm bands. While the model has particularly toned arms (as you’ll see from the photos), the arm bands did not fit the upper arms at all. I’m not sure whose upper arms these would fit. It’d be possible to substitute the current brown suede twine for a longer strand of brown twine to make them fit, but it’d still leave a large, uncovered area between the two sides of the arm bands. It depends on how much you want to look exactly like Yuna. You might need to pick up your own squares of brown suede to make your own arm bands if the sliver of skin would bother you.


As mentioned before, the costume is very comfortable. It’s also pretty true-to-size, and since most of the pieces are made with spandex, it’ll stretch out for a pretty forgiving sizing. The costume does offer some revealing spots (around the butt and stomach), so you’ll want to ensure you’re comfortable showing that skin or possible add a second layer of clothing underneath the costume.

At the price that 3Wishes offers the Fantasy Heroine Cosplay Costume, though, there’s really very little to complain about. The costume is decent quality, offers pretty much everything you need, is truly sized, and is pretty comfortable. I’m looking forward to seeing if all of the other 3Wishes offerings can provide just as much satisfaction as this particular one has.


Giveaway: Print Your Phone Photos Instantly! INSTAX SHARE SP-1 Smartphone Printer!

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Society, as a whole, has come happily and willingly towards an entirely digital age. Nowhere is that more prevalent than when it comes to photography. While most people had their photos constantly printed at their local photo store, almost all photography is taken digitally anymore – and very little of it makes it to print. The fact that printing photos are such a novelty is exactly what the Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-1 is going to impress your friends.

Wirelessly connecting with your cell phone, this printer allows you to instantly print out any smartphone photo with a cute, classic “Polaroid” look. Credit-card sized and high-quality, the image is the perfect size to share with friends or keep as a momento to decorate your own space – but imagine how awesome it’d be to take a group photo with friends then instantly print out four copies for all of your friends to have their own copy. Each photo prints in about 15 seconds.

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As if that wasn’t enough, you can get creative with this smartphone printer. The app offers multiple templates to allow you to print off even more information alongside the photo. The Social Network template allows you to print photos off of popular social networks with the number of likes and caption included. The Real Time template includes the date, place, weather, temperature, and humidity with your photo. The Limited Edition template is great for sharing with friends – each numbered copy will be the only numbered copy ever made! The Square Template allows you to add colored borders and text while the Standard Template is the simplistic and classic Polaroid design that people will love.

It doesn’t matter what phone you have either. INSTAX SHARE SP-1 is compatible with both Android and iOS phones.

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Of course, as with any film camera, the INSTAX SHARE SP-1 requires film to print out these amazing images. The film isn’t hard to find, though. I’ve seen it at Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and more. It’s pretty easy to pick up.

I bet you want to pick up a INSTAX SHARE SP-1 printer of your own, don’t you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. You can enter to win one today!


Fujifilm INSTAX has generously offered to send an INSTAX SHARE SP-1 printer to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on September 21st at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools, and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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Make Your Own Canvas Print for Less than $4 and Less than 30 Minutes!

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All of the inspiration from this post comes from Trendy Thrifting. She did a fantastic post about her DIY canvas. This is just an alternative method borne of her method. There are tons of methods for a DIY canvas print that you can find on Pinterest.

This is what I used for my canvas print size of 18″x24″.

What I Used:
Loctite Spray Adhesive ($4.38 at Lowes). Trendy Thrifting says this is THE adhesive to use as other adhesives may dissolve your foam. For that reason, I went straight for it. This can will cover a LOT of canvases, and I was very liberal with application. You can NOT find this at most local craft stores. They kinda scratched their head and looked at me when I looked. As far as I can tell, you can find this at home improvement stores such as Menards, Lowes, or The Home Depot. It was located near the paint section. There are multiple times of this adhesive; I purchased the General Performance bottle.

20″x30″ White Foam Board ($1.73 from a craft store). Partnered with a 40% off coupon that Jo-Ann’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels almost always have available (try the RetailMeNot smartphone app to easily access the coupons).

18″x24″ Staples Engineering Canvas Print ($1.99 at Staples). You can order this in-store with help of an associate, or if you’d rather get it all done at home, you can order it on their online platform. You can choose to pick it up in-store or have it delivered to your home. In-store pick-up is free, so I’d recommend that. Unless you want to pay a rush fee, it seems like they will take at least 24 hours to make your print. Mine was done 5 hours earlier than expected (they e-mailed me!), so I went in and picked it up early too. Engineering prints were NOT designed for photos, so there will be warnings about how your photo wasn’t designed for it, but it still usually prints just fine.

Items You Already Own (Free!). Depending on what you’re doing with it, I also found it helpful to have Scotch tape (any tape type would work), an Xacto knife, scissors, and a ruler handy.

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Things about Engineering Prints You Should Know:

  • Standard (and cheap) engineering prints only print in black and white. You do not need to make your photo black and white. Their system will do it on its own.
  • Your photo will not be crisp and very high-quality. It will look good, but it isn’t going to be as crisp as an actual photo print would be. Remember, these are printing on printers that weren’t designed for serious photo quality.
  • They may look like canvas, but engineering prints are honestly just really-light paper. For that reason, as soon as you get it home, get it unrolled and flattened to avoid the paper fighting with you later when you start your DIY canvas. This also means you need to be careful with your paper as you can easily crease it or tear it.
  • If possible, try to view your photo in black and white before submitting for an engineering print. You want to make sure that you enjoy the appearance of the black and white version.
  • Choose a photo with a higher resolution. The higher, the better. Printing off Facebook or off a cell phone picture is going to make the photo look even lower quality. Shoot for at least 2000×2000 pixels for the smallest size engineering print (18″x24″). You can always choose lower-quality ones, but be prepared for your engineering print to match that quality. (To be fair, though, $1.99 is not a high price to pay to experiment and find out if you can tolerate the quality. Some of my favorite photos were taken on my lower-quality cell phone.)
  • I’ve heard that some Staples may refuse to print photos as an engineering print. If you think about it, this makes sense. They can offer these prints so cheap because these prints are designed to only use a slight bit of black ink when printing enlarged floor plans and design plans. Printing a photo uses WAY more ink. If this is the case, please respect your Staples’ stance and order elsewhere. However, if it seems that the employee is just trying to tell you that it may turn out a bit pixelated, say that you’d like it printed anyway. This is the difference between the employee trying to help you get high-quality prints or them telling you that their policy doesn’t allow printing photos on engineering prints. If they won’t print it, I’d recommend Photojojo who will print and ship you the largest size that Staples offers for $25. You can also try other office supply stores such as Office Max.

Alternatively, you could order a 24″x36″ print and use the same foam board size, and make sure that the edge of your photo doesn’t have anything important on it. That way, you can just do a “large wrap” around the sides to utilize the entire white foam board and, honestly, make this entire process easier. You’ll be skipping every step about trimming the foam board which makes this way easier.

You can do this DIY canvas in a larger size. Staples prints Engineering prints in 18″x24″, 24″x36″, and 36″x48″. Most craft stores sell foam board in 20″x30″ and 32″x40″. To go with the largest size available at Staples, I recommend checking out Trendy Thrifting‘s original post as she uses home foam insulation from a home improvement store instead of craft foam board (but I think it ends up costing a bit more that way as you can’t use a coupon from most home improvement stores).

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How To Make (Takes 30 minutes at most)

  1. Get all of your supplies. Depending on if you need to trim your foam, you’ll have more or less supplies.
  2. If possible, have straightened your engineering print before-hand. Staples will roll them up and rubber band them after printing them. I left mine out flat overnight underneath my foam board with a couple medium-weight objects on it. In the morning, the engineering print wasn’t trying to “roll up” anymore. It stayed flat which made everything so much easier.
  3. Decide how large you’d like your DIY canvas to be. I used the size of my engineering print and kinda eye-balled it. If you want to be professional, you should get out a ruler and measure out the size of your engineering print. Remember that you need some excess “edge” of the engineering print to wrap around your canvas, so if you have a 18″x24″ print, you may want to trim your foam board to 17″x23″.
  4. Use the Xacto knife to gently trace a line where you’ll be cutting the foam board. You can press hard, and it will actually cut it, but I find it easier and more accurate to press lightly, fold on the crease, then lightly cut the other side as well. Then the piece just comes off really easily.
  5. Decide on placement of your engineering print. You’ll want the print face-up with the foam board underneath it. Check the edges. You’ll need to be able to “wrap” the print around the sides to tape on the back, so ensure that you have enough print left on the edges. If not, retrim the board.
  6. Lift up the bottom part of your print and use your spray adhesive liberally. Ensure the print is where you want it, and gently press down. The adhesive doesn’t “adhere” right away, so you have some wiggle room to lift up and reapply if it turns out it’s slightly crooked. No matter how much of the ‘adhesive” I sprayed it one spot (I even had a tiny puddle in one area), it didn’t seem to wrinkle or soften the paper, so you can apply pretty liberally. Smooth from the inner area towards the outer edges to ensure the print is smooth.
  7. Lift up the upper half of your print and repeat the process.
  8. Finalize that you like where everything is, and let it dry for a bit. I let mine dry for an hour, but I doubt it needed it.
  9. Flip the DIY canvas print face-down, and fold in the edges. Go one side at a time. Make sure you have a nice, smooth crease at the edge of your canvas, and pull it slightly taut. Tape down one spot at a time until you’ve finished an entire edge. Pretend you’re wrapping a holiday gift, and that’s about the type of folding you’ll be doing. I preferred the tape as I find the adhesive to be a bit unwieldy in small areas, but you could use the adhesive if you have a lot of excess print that needs to be folded. I only had an inch at best.
  10. That’s it! Now you put it on the wall!