Hey Everyone!

I love the holidays. It’s so much fun being with family, friends, and loved ones and being happy.
So in the spirit of the holidays, I teamed up with 11 other DC blogs to giveaway some really cool stuff!

For more info, check it out here:

Today is my day! WAHOOO!!! So who ever wins my day today will receive a 8×12 image of their choice AND a free spot in Alejandra Costello’s Productivity Program! Who doesn’t love to be organized, productive and have a beautiful piece of art hanging in their office?

Register here for the contest
Follow @abpanphoto and @colorcoded on Twitter.
If you don’t have Twitter, toss A B Pan Photo or Alejandra Costello a like on Facebook.

Good Luck!

12 Days. 12 DC Blogs. 12 Amazing Prizes From DC Businesses!

The first Washington DC Multi-blog Giveaway of its kind!
For the 1st 12 days of December, 12 Washington DC area blogs have gotten together to do a massive giveaway of great prizes from local DC businesses, culminating with a grand prize and donation to the World Food Program.

You can win close to $1,500 worth of prizes and everything kicks off on December 1st.

Note: You can enter every contest starting on Dec 1st, and each contest runs until December 12th.

So we kick the contest off with a $100 Coupon to Coco Sala. Coco Sala has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in the city and it looks like Michele Obama agrees (She was just there a few nights ago). Check back for my giveaway on Dec 1st and in the meanwhile read my review of Coco Sala here.
Follow @365thingstododc on Twitter.

Two turtle doves (Dec 2nd)
On Day 2 of our giveaway, DininginDC is giving away 2 tickets valued at $150 to the Friday Night Game Roast to be held on December 9th (7-10 p.m.) at Todd Gray’s Watershed. Be sure to stop by Dining in DC to enter to win starting on Dec 2nd.
Follow @diningindc on Twitter

Three French Hens (Dec 3rd)
On Dec 3rd head over to Delectabelle.com to win a $30 Brunch for two at Founding Farmers excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity, good at either location + $100 gift certificate for Granville Moore’s. Mark your calenders for Dec 3rd!
Follow @delectabelle on Twitter for more updates.

Four Calling Birds (Dec 4th)
On Dec 4th, win I’m Not the Nanny is giving away 4 sets of 4 tickets to the Spy Museum! If you haven’t been, or absolutely loved it on your first trip, here’s a chance to get your hands on some free tickets. Remember, Dec 4th!
Follow @thienkim on Twitter.

Five Golden Rings (Dec 5th)
On the 5th over at Justice Fergie you can win a $25 gift card to Yola, 1 lb of Counter Culture Coffee, a bag of 6 chocolate macaroons and a Silly Cow hot chocolate from YolaDC
Follow @justicefergie on Twitter.

Six Geese a-Laying (Dec 6th)
Starting on Dec 6th, head over to The Capital Cooking Show to win lunch for two at BGR The Burger Joint – $25 gift card + Dinner for two and golf at the H street country club
Follow @capitalcooking to stay updated.

Seven Swans a-Swimming (Dec 7th)
On the 7th, Abpan.com is giving away an amazing 8×12 HDR Professional Photo of the winners choice and a free spot to Alejandra Costello’s Productivity Program in DC. $300 Value.
Follow @abpanphoto to stay up to date.

Eight Maids a-Milking (Dec 8th)
On Dec 8th, head over to 365ThingsDC to win a Free Holiday Home Cleaning valued at $139 from Maidsinblack.com
Follow @365thingsdc on Twitter for updates.

Nine Ladies Dancing (Dec 9th)
On the 9th Johnna Knows Good Food is giving away a $100 Gift Card to Chik DC that is good for any of the great food they sell.
Follow @JKnowsGoodFood on Twitter for updates.

Ten lords a-Leaping (Dec 10th)
Girl Meets Food on Dec 10th! Win two dozen cupcakes from Posh Pastries and a $25 GC to Black Finn DC.
Follow @girlmeetsfood on Twitter to stay updated.

Eleven Pipers Piping (Dec 11th)
On the 11th Mommy2k is giving away 4 tickets to a show of choice to the Rock and Roll Hotell and 4 tickets to a show of choice at Red Palace
Follow @iamkeonte to stay updated on her giveaway.

GRAND PRIZE: Twelve drummers drumming (Dec 12th)
For the Grand Prize, win the “What Micky Eats Holiday Bundle” of over $200 worth of dinners from 5 Washington DC restaurants. What Micky Eats has graciously offered to give a $1 donation to the World Food Program for each entry for her contest up to $200.
Follow @whatmickyeats on Twitter.

Register to win here.

Note: If you tweet about this, please use this hashtag: #12daysdc

Disclosure Information
I am participating in this giveaway thanks to 365 Things to do in DC. There was no monetary compensation for writing this post. The prizes were generously donated by local businesses and the people mentioned.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of talking to a local photography club in McLean, VA and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was great seeing people’s reactions to my photography and hearing the comments they had. Usually, I only get feedback online, so it was a very nice change of pace.

I’d like to say a special thanks to Shawn for allowing us in his home and for everyone who came.

Hope to do it again some day!

A few months ago, I was contacted by Easy Canvas Print to see if I wanted to get one of my images printed on canvas. For some reason, I had never even considered canvas as an option. I always thought it was for paintings, more than anything else. I was also afraid that the colors wouldn’t turn out very well. People have said that they thought my images looked like paintings, so why not give it a try?

All I can say is, WOW. I have never seen my image printed on a mat material but I loved it. The colors are so vivid and the image turned out exactly the way I imagined it. My camera wasn’t able to capture all the details and colors like how I wanted it to but I love it. Did I say “love” enough in those sentences?

What I didn’t expect was how light weight it was. It was so easy to hang with just a thumbtack and trying it out in different places in my office.

I got the 16×20 gallery wrap because I thought it would look the best. My only regret is that I didn’t get something bigger!