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Monday, August 30, 2010

It's the Perfect Gift {Milson Road Review & Giveaway}

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As a mom I love to give and get personalized, sentimental gifts. The person giving or receiving the gift put a lot of time, energy and thought into that personalized gift right? As a single mom I am always trying to keep the memories of *Chucky* alive not only in him, but in our small family. Whether it is pictures, home videos, artwork or even little drawings that he put onto scraps of paper, I like to keep them and show them to him and talk to him about what was going on that day and why he was laughing or drew that specific picture.
Milson Road is a company that helps keep all of these memories and more in a special place. Milson Road takes your pictures and memories past, present or future and puts them into The Daily Portrait- a personalized, commemorative, time capsule of memories in an elegant, beautiful 18x20 inch print with a custom wood frame that captures the emotion of a special event in a tangible, contemporary heirloom-A one-of-a-kind gift that only gets better with time.

There are many special occasions to choose from:
-Baby Girl
-Baby Boy
-Twins
-Special Birthdays
-Weddings
-Anniversaries
-Graduations
-Bar & Bat Mitzvah;s
After you have chosen your occasion you then get to choose from 8 background colors as well as 11 frame/mat/plate combinations to personalize your frame.

The site is easy to use and navigate.
There are 6 steps to customize The Daily Portrait that you have chosen:{after you have chosen The Daily Portrait, background color, frame/mat/plate combination}
1. About the Special Birthday Recipient: -name- middle name- last name- gender- the name the recipient goes by(nickname).
2. About the Birthday: -which Birthday is it- what is the date of the current birthday(calendar is included)
-recipients place of birth- recipients parents names.
3. About the Event/Celebration- was there an event held- who attended- event type- event location- event city/state or country- recipients current residence.
4. They also have a section to put who gave the gift.
5. Choose your photos- you can either upload your own photo or choose from an assortment of photos that they already have selected to go along with The Daily Portrait that you have chosen.
6. You then preview and finalize your order or add special notes to the for the production staff.
Shortly after completing the above options you will be sent a preview of The Daily Portrait that you chose.

The Daily Report arrived and was packaged with a lot of TLC. There was a lot of bubble wrap-wrapped snugly around the frame and glass. What made it even more special was a sash wrapped around it with the Milson Road logo. Perfect for giving or getting as a gift!
Package arrived
Nice & snug in the bubble wrap
The sash
I chose The Daily Portrait for a Special Birthday for Chucky's first birthday. I also chose to go with the classic background, black frame, khaki and white mat and silver plate. We are extremely pleased with how it turned out! The frame is quiet substantial, the outer frame is a little over 21x28". The frame is beveled and the mats are heirloom quality. The hardware for hanging isn't a cheap and flimsy hook, it is a wire wrapped hanger{which says a lot about quality}. I have it hanging on the wall right as your walking into Chucky's room. It is the perfect spot because you can see it from the hallway and before you walk into his room.  
I also love the fact that he can look at this picture and see what the "current" events were or what celebrity shares the same day as his first birthday.

Bare wall.

Milson Road was extremely delightful to work with. I first chose the The Daily Portrait for a Baby Boy filled in the above information, uploaded my pictures and approved my preview. The next day I received a phone call not only from the company, but from one of the owners Mark Brown, he stated that the dates that I chose didn't go back that far and somehow mine slipped through. He was very kind and helped me to choose The Daily Portrait that was right for me. I then had a problem with the code that was given to me and went to the Contact Us page and thought that it would be faster if I used the customer service number that was provided. Little did I know that the number goes straight to one of the owners{Mark Brown}voicemail. Mark called me right back and helped me get my order finished and ready to go! *NOTE* None of which were Milson Road's fault!

From their site:





Milson Road. This has long been a sentimental favorite for us, so we felt it was the perfect name for our family-owned and operated business.

As our home-away-from-home during a time living in Australia, Milson Road represents memories of adventures, celebrations and special holidays spent with family and friends from near and far. Each spring, a large Jacaranda tree bloomed in a wild burst of lavender over Milson Road. This beautiful, annual event was always worth celebrating — and documenting — so we thought it only fitting to use its signature lavender shade and iconic branches to help tell our Milson Road story.


Those wonderful years back on Milson Road. Friends and family members began requesting their own versions of The Daily Portrait to commemorate important milestones in their lives and to give as gifts on special occasions. When we came back to the U.S., The Daily Portrait came with us, and so did the passion to someday create our company, Milson Road.

We are proud to share The Daily Portrait with you and your family. With this one-of-a-kind gift you can capture the events of an extraordinary day, and consider that day saved — forever.

MARGARET & MARK BROWN
Founders    




                                       
The great thing about Milson Road is whether or not the special occasion has come and gone or if it is in the future they can help you out! If you choose to do one for a future birthday for example you just have to wait until that day has come because as nice as it would be they can not see into the future for that day's events. I think these make the most unique gifts.

Buy it:
You can purchase your personalized gift or gift card on the Milson Road website for $165.00.

Win it:
Thanks to Milson Road one lucky reader is going to get The Daily Portrait of their own to personalize!

Mandatory Entries:
Visit Milson Road and let me know which occasion you would like if you won.
Follow Ma21cuteboy {publicly}

{Comments like: enter me, pick me, I would love to win this will NOT be accepted!!
Mandatory entry must be completed before completing the Extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each entry to count & don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you should you win}

Extra Entries:
(1)"Like" Milson Road on Facebook and let them know you "Like" them in a comment!{leave your FB Name} They are also giving one away on their facebook page!!
(1)Follow Milson Road on Twitter {leave your Twitter ID}
(2)Enter the Zoodles Giveaway {3Winners} Ends/Entries Expire 9/3
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(1)Follow Ma21cuteboy on Twitter {leave your Twitter ID}
(2) Tweet this:{1x a day for extra entry-just don't forget your link;}

Win The Daily Portrait($165) from @DailyPortrait
http://bit.ly/bRnEr0  9/19

(1each)Enter one of all of my current giveaway's{left sidebar} for extra entries{just leave a seperate comment for each-Zoodles gets you 2 extra-ONLY Zoodles}
(2 each)Grab one or both of my buttons {leave a link where I can see them}
(1)Add Ma21cuteboy to your blog roll {leave a link}
(5)Add this giveaway into a Mclinky {leave a link}
(10)Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post {leave a link}

-Contest ends September 19th at 11:59 MT
-Contest open to residents of the U.S. Only{Sorry}
-Winner will be chosen via Random.org
-Winner will be notified by email as well as in a winning post on Ma21cuteboy
-Winner will have 48 hours after being contacted to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

*Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are those of my own and others' may differ. I would like to Thank Milson Road for the opportunity and for the amazing product that they provided me.*
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110 comments:

JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

WOW yours turned out great! Such a cool item!!

I would choose birthday(special because my brother turns 30 next month!!) and personalize it for him! He'd love it!

Thanks for the chance to win!

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Following your blog via GFC as JoeyfromSC

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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

Following your blog via GFC as JoeyfromSC

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RSS feed via google reader subscriber to your blog


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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

RSS feed via google reader subscriber to your blog


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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

Tweeted:


http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/22561762178

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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

Tweeted:


http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/22561762178

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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

I have your button on my blog(the main one)

http://www.joebloe1116.blogspot.com

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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

I have your button on my blog(the main one)

http://www.joebloe1116.blogspot.com

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JoeyfromSC August 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

I have you on my blogroll also(text)

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Betsy Hoff,  August 30, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

These are a really great idea. I would do one for my daughter's first B-day! bukaeyes@aol.com

Betsy Hoff,  August 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

I follow Milson Road on Twitter
bukaeyes
bukaeyes@aol.com

Mommy PR August 31, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

http://www.milsonroad.com/products/wedding

i would choose the wedding piece because our wedding was so gung ho fast, i would like a piece to treasure like this :- )

angela@mommypr.com

McKim August 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

I would get the Baby Boy one for my first grandbaby that is due any day now. I'm a follower on GFC.

JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

tweet:

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/22634507190

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

I added your 2nd cute button with the beating heart on my blog:

http://www.joebloe1116.blogspot.com

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

I entered the Zoodles giveaway

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

I entered the Zoodles giveaway

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*not sure if it only posted once or twice..I'll peep later..Blogger is trippin' lol

JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

Following Milson Road on twitter @JoeyfromSC

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

http://joebloe1116.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-custom-daily-portrait-from-milson.html

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

http://joebloe1116.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-custom-daily-portrait-from-milson.html

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

http://joebloe1116.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-custom-daily-portrait-from-milson.html

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

http://joebloe1116.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-custom-daily-portrait-from-milson.html

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

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JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Blogged about your giveaway:

http://joebloe1116.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-custom-daily-portrait-from-milson.html

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JoeyfromSC September 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

tweet:

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JoeyfromSC September 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

tweet

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JoeyfromSC September 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/22934910929

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JoeyfromSC September 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Daily tweet:

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/22993768284

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JoeyfromSC September 6, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

Daily tweet

https://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/23170653309

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JoeyfromSC September 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

Daily tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/23247139688

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JoeyfromSC September 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/23933683193

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

3 Boys and an Old Lady September 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

I follow and I would use it to celebrate the birth of my children.

tclarkusa at gmail dot com

3 Boys and an Old Lady September 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

Daily tweet
http://twitter.com/3Boys_OldLady/status/23934349485

tclarkusa at gmail dot com

JoeyfromSC September 10, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

Daily tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24113697242

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC September 11, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24240579684

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC September 12, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

daily tweet

https://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24282534687

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

Carly September 12, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

I would definitely want the Special Occasion For Baby Boy frame. I would love to have this done for the day my son was born and then hang it in his room. Such a cute way to remember the day and all the big events going on.
Carly
WordyOwl at gmail dot com

Carly September 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

I tweeted about this giveaway. http://twitter.com/WordyOwl/status/24290567235
Carly

JoeyfromSC September 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

Daily tweet

https://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24439189127

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC September 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24534619324

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC September 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

daily tweet 9/15

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24633671271

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

Contest September 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

I follow Milson Road on Twitter, @contestkim25
contestkim25@gmail.com

JoeyfromSC September 16, 2010 at 8:03 PM  

daily tweet

9/16

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24718833151

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

emtstacey76 September 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

I would choose the baby boy for my son's 16th birthday coming up! This is a great way to commerate a special day!

emtstacey76@live.com

emtstacey76 September 17, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

I am following you publically via google friend connect!

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emtstacey76 September 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

following ma21cuteboy on twitter (leescrossroads)

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JoeyfromSC September 17, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

daily tweet 9/17

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24815474033

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

jandsfox_143 September 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

I would do the wedding for our upcoming anniversary.
jandsfox_143@msn.com

JoeyfromSC September 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

daily tweet 9/18

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24900491713

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

jsc123 September 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

I would love to have the Anniversary Edition for my parents upcoming 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I am following via Google Friends Connect.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

jsc123 September 18, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I am a fan of Milson Road via Facebook as Jill Myrick and have left a comment.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

jsc123 September 18, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I am following Milson Road via Twitter as jlsc123.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

JoeyfromSC September 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I guess my 9/18 tweet is in moderation still lol

FINAL daily tweet 9/19

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/24957533343

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Crystal,  September 19, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

I would get one for my grandparents 65th Wedding Anniversary(this Wed.:))
cyclona66(At) aol dot com

Tylerpants September 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

I'd love to get one for baby #2, so either Baby Girl or Baby Boy. I'm a follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Bakersdozen September 19, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

I would choose this for a birthday. These look so nice. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

trixx September 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

I'm a follower. My friend is having twins so the Baby Twin one would be a great gift!

Ardy22 September 19, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

I would get one for my nephews upcoming birthday

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Ardy22 September 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

liked them fb and left comment

rich hicks
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wendy September 19, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

I follow you on GFC as wendy wallach and I would choose the birthday for my daughter.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Gianna September 19, 2010 at 10:58 PM  

I'd love the twins one for my twins :)
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Donna September 19, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

I would like the Anniversary one.I am a follower.
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