The New and Improved My Nerdy Mom!

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Coming soon, the new and improved "My Nerdy Mom" site!

I haven't intentionally ignored this blog, it's just that I've barely had time to keep up with all of my responsibilities, as mother, full time employee and part time business owner.  I have been trying to change that, and fit in more time for myself.  I'm calling it "Balance."  You might think it's weird that working on my business is taking time for myself, but I don't!  Building my business and creating art are two things I LOVE to do!  It has been hard trying to find what things allow me to have my art time alongside all these other responsibilities... but I think I'm finally getting there!

I currently have another blog, called Crafted by Life Designs.  It's a fun place filled with crafts, crochet and knit patterns, tutorials, recipes, reviews and lots more.  It's been hard even trying to keep up with that, but through balance, I have been delving more into my creative side and have been working on some awesome charts for crochet, knit and cross stitch.  I've got it in a good place where I feel like I can stay caught up, and I'm finding that my crazy sporadic interests have also produced items which don't belong in that realm.

Because of that, I really wanted to dive back into the My Nerdy Mom project.  My goal was to have a place where you could learn some simple blogger techniques to build up your blog, for whatever purpose you use it for.  With all the changes in technology, it's hard to keep up with these tutorials, and I just don't have the time for it.  I do, however, have a great knack for graphic design!  I've been making some printables for the holidays, including cards, gift tags, and decor printables.  I've got what I'm considering my flagship product for the My Nerdy Mom Designs shop all fleshed out and under construction.  I've got plans and drafts for about 15 other cool things for you to print, display and present on your blog or in your home. 

I would love to say that the shop will be open soon, but I know as well as anyone that life can get out of control and things don't always work as we planned.  Just know that I'm working and I'll keep you updated with all the new and fun things as they come! 

I can't wait to share all of my new designs with you as I build up this new shop and blog! 

Don't Let your Babies Grow Up to Be....

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We all want our children to grow up and be successful.  We want them to thrive and become happy, healthy and wealthy.  But one thing that we do not want, at ALL is...

Don't Let your Babies Grow Up to Be JPEGS!

What I mean is.... we live in this great digital age.  We can take a picture, view it, and then immediately share it, delete it, or edit it.  Back when photography first came about, we only had the capability of taking it back to a dark room to develop and utilizing the limited editing techniques available to you there.  But in today's world, we have a ton of great options, but many people are either too busy, don't think about it, or just don't know what to do with all the great pictures that they take!

Today, I'm bringing you some great options for printing your pictures with good quality, and save you some money along the way!!!

Option #1:  Shutterfly

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I love Shutterfly because you can order your pictures in your pajamas!  They have so many great options and they're always running one special or another.  Here are a few deals to get you started!

50 Free Prints Coupon by Shutterfly

Save up to 50% on select Calendars, Prints and More by Shutterfly!

Option #2: Tiny Prints

This site is great for home decor, invitations, announcements and more!  They have some really cute announcements for babies, invitations for baby showers and birthday parties and more.  I've collected some coupons to get you started!

10% off your entire order by Tiny Prints

Option #3:  Easy Canvas Prints

How about some great canvases to hang on your wall?  Easy Canvas Prints makes it super simple to take your pictures and turn them into masterpieces on your wall!

50% Off Photo to Canvas Prints plus an additional $10 off orders $75 + Free Standard Shipping on all orders

Option #4: Blurb

You might just have a ton of pictures lying around... what should you do then?  How about make an entire book of your life?  I make a really nice scrapbook every year and have it professionally printed and bound so I can have it forever!

Option #5: York Photo Lab

I've not used this one as much, but sometimes they run some great deals!

40 Free Photo Prints

50% off entire order over $25 at York Photo Lab

And one closing note!  If you have a TON of pictures to print, why not take advantage of the 50 free prints from Shutterfly above AND the 40 free prints from York Photo Lab???  Sweet deal!

Questions?  Leave me a comment below!!!

The Best Cameras for Everyday Photography

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Hi there!  Nerdy mom here, bringing you a fresh new look on the latest and greatest cameras on the market.  As a photographer who started out with a simple point and shoot camera and today owns two DSLR cameras and a bunch of lenses, I have done a lot of research on the best cameras for photography.  Today I will share with you my pick of the best dslr cameras to buy, the best cameras to start with and the best cameras to take every day pictures that won't break the bank.

First up, lets talk about the affordable cameras that you should look at!   Let me start by saying that a camera doesn't have to be ridiculously fancy and expensive in order for it to take great pictures for you!  All it takes is knowing how to use it, and the right sort of settings and features to make it great.

Meet the Sony 20.1 MP Digital Camera.  With a 5x optical zoom and a whopping 20.1 megapixels, this tiny little camera is capable of going anywhere with you easily (it would fit in your pocket! Not to mention your wallet- priced at just $88!)  It also has a built in 720p camcorder, which is great for getting videos of your family's sporting events, recitals, and more!

My next pick is the Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD.   I have always loved the Olympus line of cameras.  They've got a great user interface and hold up to the test of time.  The Tough line is wonderful, waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof as well! With 16 megapixels and a 1080p camcorder, this little gem is ready to go on your next adventure!

Of course this wouldn't be a complete listing if I didn't share with you a Canon brand camera.  Canon has stood the test of time and their dslr cameras are among the favorite cameras used by professional photographers.  The most recent point and shoot Canon has released is the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS    It features 20.3 megapixels, wireless interfacing, and both digital and optical zoom, a giant viewing screen and a CMOS sensor.  This is definitely a camera to look at if you want multi-functions (camera, camcorder, wireless interface, etc)

You may have wondered why I have left Nikon out of the mix?  Well, it's mainly because I was saving it for the big guns.  This is the camera that I lust over, that I will add to my collection someday, and that if you want to be a professional photographer, this is one you should look for too.  It's on the pricier end, so it's not a good starter camera for any budding photographer, but if you're established and you're looking to upgrade, in my opinion, this is THE camera you should be looking at.

It's the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video.  This baby has all of the features that you could want or need, but beware, you're going to become addicted to buying lenses!
Want some pictures with some creamy bokeh?  Look for something with a low aperture, like the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras.  You'll love this pancake lens.  For everyday use, I'd grab theNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Auto Focus-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens.

If you're looking for a simpler start, hands down, over and over again, I would look to the Olympus E system camera.  It's got a great user interface, they're affordable and they have amazing lenses.  I personally have two!  Here's the one I'd suggest as a starter for any photographer: Olympus Evolt E620 12.3MP DSLR with IS, 2.7-inch Swivel LCD with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens

It's got a great weight and user interface, and I guarantee that you'll love it from the moment you own it!  The lens that comes with it isn't bad, but I would recommend upgrading at the first chance you get.  My all time favorite lens from their series is Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras.  It gives a great creamy bokeh when you want it, but it's mainly perfect for every day use!  Unless I want to really zoom in on something, this lens pretty much lives on my camera!  The next lens that I would like to get is Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras- it's got the same great system as the short range, but you can zoom more.  And if you have a lot of money to throw around, don't forget the telephoto lens, the Olympus 300mm f/2.8 Super Telephoto ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras.

Good luck and happy camera hunting.  If you have any questions or suggestions for other great cameras, feel free to leave a comment below!

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30 Awesome Social Bookmarking Buttons

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I absolutely adore social networking buttons!  I usually have them strategically placed throughout my pages.  When used correctly, they can provide a whole new selection of readers, or keep bringing back ones that you have had. I find the best places to put them are top left or right, eye level with the top of your post, and at the beginning and end of your posts.  (Me saying this doesn't mean that you have to put them in all those locations, but those seem to be the most natural placements)

1.) Burnt Wood Social Media Icon Set

2.) Grass Texture Social Icon Set by Social Icon Studio

3.) Clear Bubble Icons by Web Treats etc

4.) Handycons 2 by Janko at Warp Speed

5.) Simple Glowing Neon Social Icon Pack by Social Icon Studio


7.) Vintage Polaroid Style Social Icons by Social Icon Studio

8.) Glowing Neon Social Networking Icons by WebTreats

9.) Glossy Black Comment Bubble Social Networking Icons by WebTreats

10.) Elegancy Speaks!  by Cheth Studios

 11.)  3D Glossy Black Button Social Networking Icons by WebTreats

 12.) Faded Round Stamps Social Icon Pack by Social Icon Studio

13:) Social Icons by plechi
14.) Social Icons by Tydlinka

15.) Glossy Space Icons by Web Treats Etc

16.) Free Clock Social Icons

17.)  Hand Drawn Social Media Shapes by Web Treats Etc

18.) Hand Drawn Social Media

20.) Social Buzz Icon Pack

23.) Social Media Icons Pack by Font Fabric

24.)  Upojenie Icons

25.) Picasso Social Media Icon

26.) Latte Art Social Icons by Cute Little Factory

27.)  Bulb Social Media Icons

28.) Social Media Ballons

29.) Yammy Social Media Icon Kit

30.) Green Thumb Social Media Icon Set

Want to learn how to install these buttons?  Visit How to Install Social Networking Icons on your Blog.

Don't want to take the time to figure out install?  Want something ready and premade that you just have to stick a link into? Check out NiftyButtons, where they have a link generator built into the site.  Want a tutorial on how to use that?  Check out my Nifty Buttons Tutorial for Blogger!
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