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Archive for March, 2016

My AdoramaPix Hex Print!

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My readers get to save! 25% off Hexagon #Metal Prints! Use promo code: PXHEXMTL25 expires 06/ 15 /2016

When I first saw these metal photo prints from AdoramaPix, I was so intrigued by the concept.  I have to say I’d never really considered printing photos on metal, but now that I have my print, I think it is such a natural and great idea.  The process of designing and ordering my hex print (9.5″ x 11″ is the size I have) was really simple on the AdoramaPix website.  I was able to upload my photo and simply zoom and crop it as I wanted right with their interface.  I could also apply some very simple filters like choosing to make the photo black and white, but I had already done my normal color optimization previously and was happy with how the picture looked.  I did take a few minutes to fool around with zooming it to different degrees to get the crop just right, since there wasn’t a lot of extra space above my kids’ heads and I wanted to try to cut off as little of their faces as possible.

I knew I wanted to hang my print on the wall in our hallway, so I decided to go with the floating mount.  Honestly I was a bit confused by the photos on the AdoramaPix website as to exactly how this mount would look and work.  Somehow their images made it difficult for me to tell how large it was and how a picture hook would be able to attach to the back of the print.  Still I liked the photos of ones that were on the wall with the floating mount, so I decided to take a chance and am glad that I did.  The mount is basically like a small wooden frame on the back of the middle of the prince. The inside edges have slanted ridges which gives a spot for the mount to grip onto a hook or the head of a large nail.  I used a large picture hook (I found that my smaller picture hooks weren’t quite wide enough to fit around the mount portion).  The picture hook is working fine, although it does cause the print is slightly be tilted away from the wall, so next time I might use a large headed nail instead.

Enough about the mount, let’s talk about the metal print itself.  I absolutely love this print!  the metal sheet is fairly thin and lighter than I expected, so it really doesn’t need a huge hook or nail to support the weight.  The colors and photo details are vibrant and exactly as I would expect for any other type of professional photo print. I’m so pleased with the hex shape – it’s something a little different and breaks up the monotony of all of the rectangular picture frames on the other side of my upstairs hallway. I may have to consider getting a few more hexes to make a cool a honeycomb style photo collage.
I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.


Adorama Pix

This looks like such a cool picture system and I’m really hoping to try it out for myself!  You can customize your own images to be printed on these metal panels, which can be wall mounted or used on tabletops.


AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

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My readers get to save! 25% off Hexagon #Metal Prints! Use promo code: PXHEXMTL25 expires 06/ 15 /2016

Ellington Home Quilted Mattress Pad & Protector

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I was in need of a new mattress pad for our master bedroom bed, so I was happy to try out this Ellington Home extra soft mattress pad.  The pad comes in a nice zippered-closure plastic case and I like that there is a sample of the material on a hangtag so I can feel how nice the fabric is before even opening it up.  There is a waterproof layer with a bit of a plasticy feel that goes up against the mattress and the other side is a soft quilted fabric that gives a bit of extra cushion to the mattress.  Having the waterproof layer as part of the pad is a big plus to me, because it means that my expensive mattress is protected from staining from sweat or even if one of our cats chooses to throw up while on our bed (not ideal, but any cat owner knows it’s a possibility!). I really like that this mattress pad is hypoallergenic, forming a barrier across which dust mites and other allergens cannot pass. My husband and I both have fairly severe seasonal and dust allergies, so I’m always looking for good ways to cut down on our allergen exposure and this is a really nice way to limit this exposure while we sleep.

I was quite pleased with how easy the pad is to get on our fairly deep queen sized mattress.  The elastic portion that stretches over the side of the mattress has plenty of stretch and material – it would have easily even fit on a deeper mattress!  With the soft padded portion on top, I cannot feel anything from the plasticy layer when I’m lying on my bed at night (some mattress protectors I’ve found that the waterproof portion can have an uncomfortable texture) – I just feel my comfortable foam mattress, which is exactly what I want.  The stitching and fabric seem to be good quality and quite durable and I’m looking forward to using this for a long time to come.


I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.