5 Free Image Sites For Your Blog

5 Free Image Sites For Your Blog

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As a blogger, I am constantly looking for professional, high-quality stock photos to use in my posts.  I find myself using the 5 sites below most often so I thought I would share those with you today.

Most of these sites offer free stock photos for commercial uses with no attribution required. This means you aren’t required to give credit; however, I strongly advise you make it a practice of giving credit where credit is due anyway.  Here’s my list:

1. Pixabay

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Pixabay is by far my most-visited free image site. It’s very easy to navigate and filter to what you want to see, and not to mention they have more than 400,000 images.

 

2. Unsplash

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Unsplash allows 10 downloads per day.  The images are free, high-resolution stock photos.

 

3. Pexels

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Pexels is another site I frequently visit depending on my image needs for the post I’m authoring.  Its photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required (but I suggest doing it anyway to cover your bases!)

 

4. Visual Hunt

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Visual Hunt is a site I recently stumbled upon when searching Google for free stock photos. What I like about this site is that it has a very clean and colorful layout with many different categories.  Again, most of their photos are on a CCO (Creative Common) license which means you can do whatever you want, but you do need to check the information on each image to verify it follows CCO. As I stated at the top of this post, I heed caution and give credit when unsure.

 

5. ISO Republic

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ISO Republic is another one of my go-to sites for free stock photos.  What I like most about this site is that whenever you click on an image of interest, it automatically suggests related images for you.  You also have the option of receiving more free stock photos by email every day.  ISO Republic also has a very nice layout and category menu to choose from as well.

 

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#CleanOldFashionedHate #UGAvsGT

#CleanOldFashionedHate #UGAvsGT

I’ll always sing “Glory, Glory” and wear my red and black with pride, but today’s #UGAvsGT game made me realize how glad I was that this season had finally ended, and all that is left is a mediocre bowl game. As an avid #UGA football fan, I am not used to them losing games that they should be winning.  We lost to Vanderbilt, people. VANDERBILT!  We lost with 4 seconds left on a Hail Mary pass by the #Vols.  We were clobbered by Ole Miss, who got clobbered today by Mississippi State.  Florida has had our number for several years in a row. And now, Tech, the team we aim to kill every season, beat us in the final quarter. Enough is enough.  I’ve guzzled down an average of one to two extra beers per game this season because I just can’t watch the bad football being played.  But hey, at least the 2 hour drive south to Lexington was fun – we won that one with 3 seconds left.  That was great!

My #GeorgiaBulldogs played their hated rival, the Georgia Tech Sillynannies today and somehow found another way to lose. Was I shocked that they would lose? Not really.  Was I shocked that they lost it in this fashion? Not really. Blowing leads has been Georgia’s specialty this season.

Georgia started off very hot with their ground game.  Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel ran the ball very well with the opening drive, but the drive stalled.  Michel ran it well over 150 yards today – if I had to pull anything out of this loss that was a positive, that was it!

Tech took their opening possession quickly down the field and managed to go up 7-0.  The triple option is hard to defend, but #UGA made #GT look like a professional team with the way they started off covering it.

#UGA quickly answered back and tied the game 7-7.  I quickly realized at that point that it was going to be a back-and-forth game all day long, and I was right for the most part.

#UGA took a 13 point lead and kept it most of the game, until the 4th quarter.  They have had all kinds of trouble this season in the 2nd half – especially against bad teams.  I won’t mention #UT or #Vandy in this conversation.

Jacob Eason played as I expected a true freshman to play in his first rendition of the rivalry game. He threw a pick at the worst possible time, though, and I don’t necessarily blame him because it was clearly a bad call on the offensive coordinator’s call. Why he elected to throw the ball on 2nd down when #UGA was trying to run out the clock was beyond me. Just plain poor coaching. But, the QB is going to take the heat for it because the ball is in his hands.

I was very surprised how quickly the tables turned in this game.  #GT scored 14 unanswered points to win the game 28-27.  I’m disappointed in the way this season turned out, but I am not overly surprised at it.  We have a brand new head coach and a true freshman QB at the helms.

Fans are going to be called for Kirby Smart’s head early on, but I think that giving him one season to turn things around was asking too much of him. Mark Richt was a solid coach. He took the #Dawgs to bowl games year after year, but could never win the big games. I think the coaching change was necessary, and I also have high respect for Kirby. We have very good potential even with the threat of Chubb possibly leaving early for the #NFLdraft.

We went 10-3 last season, which included a bowl win. We are 7-5 at this point with a possible bowl game in January. I hope the #Dawgs can pull together, forget about this loss, and try to get to 8 wins. I’m looking forward to the 2017 season.  We’ll have a sophomore QB with a year’s worth of experience, and a head coach with an okay first year in the #SEC.

My head is held high and I still get goosebumps whenever I see Sanford Stadium and the sea of red. I love the late Saturday afternoon sun with Uga sitting in his doghouse.  It’ll never get old and it’ll always be a special time when the #Dawgs take the field.

Here’s to a season that started off great, but quickly went down the drain, and the promise of a better 2017 season. GO DAWGS!

 

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Why I Hate Black Friday

Why I Hate Black Friday

Don’t get me wrong by the title of this post.  I love the #Christmas season and the holidays in general, but I cannot stand #BlackFriday. Why? Well, I used to work in a mall during high school and part of college, and always had to work extra hours on #BlackFriday.  Sure, there were plenty of people who were having the happiest of holidays by scoring some major deals, and then there were some that behaved worse than their kids ever did just to save money on something the recipient probably wouldn’t use much beyond the day they unwrapped it.

When I worked in the mall, there were times when I saw people running as fast as they could to get their next deal. RUNNING. RUNNING IN A MALL.  It’s pointless.

The thing that gets me every year is that people are too focused on scoring the best deals that they forget what #Christmas is all about. I’m definitely not saying that every shopper doesn’t get the true meaning of #Christmas, but I bet if you asked most of them why they give gifts to each other, their response would be something along the lines of the recipient being upset if they didn’t get anything for #Christmas.

Yesterday, we all gathered around our Thanksgiving dinner table and expressed how thankful we are for what we have, and not even 24 hours later we are shoving old ladies to the ground to be the first to get an outstanding deal on useless crap.

It’s not just the crowds of people waiting overnight outside for a store to open, or the hours spent trying to find a parking space.  It’s the whole thing that I refuse to participate in any longer.  Sure, I want to find great deals for my wife and kids for #Christmas, but I’m not about to go push and shove people, or camp out overnight, or spend 12 hours shopping in a day. How ridiculous!

There are so many people in this world that need our help.  They are without food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Shouldn’t we put our time to better use by giving away what we don’t need any longer?  I think most of us could say that half the crap in our houses sit for 365 days a year unused. It’s better use of our time to help others in need. The 12 hours you just spent shopping your heart out you could have been spending donating clothing or food to the needy.

I know what you are probably thinking:  This guy thinks every #BlackFriday shopper has his or her priorities out of line. That’s not it at all. Some people do spend a lot of time and money buying for others rather than themselves.  That’s great, but I still think the majority of us could have put that time and money to better use.

I know I would feel guilty giving a gift to someone after I pushed or shoved someone out of the way to get it. Giving a gift is more than going out and buying it for someone. It’s all about the attitude and the intention behind it. I wouldn’t want to accept a gift knowing that the other person was rude to someone just to get it for me. I’d rather not be a part of it.

Our attitudes in everything we do shape our world around us. Our kids are watching every move we make. I know there are some moms and dads out there that don’t care that their kid just witnessed them run another shopper over to get to a good deal before another shopper – and some parents let their kids do the shoving.

Let’s take a look at this news story.  #BlackFriday shoppers in Modesto, CA began fighting on Thanksgiving Day (of all days to fight over stuff!!).  This ridiculous behavior was caught on camera. This isn’t the image we should be relaying to our kids, dads!  As dads we have to be the bigger person. If it means I have to beat the living crap out of someone to get my kids a toy, then my priorities are in the wrong place!

Here’s another story right out of the state where I was born and raised: Georgia.  We have shoppers in Bainbridge, Georgia fighting at a Wal-Mart over towels and toys. I just can’t justify this kind of behavior with the true meaning of #Christmas.

My kids have a lot to be thankful for, and they know it. They are still kids and do their share of begging and whining for crap they don’t need. Sometimes I give in and buy it, other times I don’t.  When I don’t buy it for them, I give them a solid reason as to why they didn’t get what they asked for that time. Sometimes they pout like that little bratty girl in the Willy Wonka movie. I really don’t care. I care more about molding and shaping them for doing what is right in life than being in the “in crowd” by buying them a toy.

So why did I spend time writing this post tonight? Because I feel that the meaning of #Christmas seems to never be about what it’s supposed to be about – the birth of Jesus Christ. As a dad, and also as the spiritual leader of my household, it is my responsibility to instill the right values and behaviors in my kids. They watch me so closely that it’s scary. Everything I do that I think they don’t see, they end up do seeing. If they are watching me 24/7, then I need to teach them why we celebrate #Christmas as well as why we give to others.

There is a very good side to #BlackFriday, though. Today is the day of the year many businesses make the majority of their yearly income, and those working on Black Friday often get extra income that helps out their families. We do need to support our small businesses, and if we can help their bottom line by shopping on #BlackFriday, that’s fantastic.

#BlackFriday is not all bad, even though I’ve sort of painted that picture with this post. Our economy is improving, and today is a day that helps boost it a little more. I’m 100% for supporting our economy and boosting it. Black Friday is one of those days that may help a business stay open for at least another year.

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on #BlackFriday.  Do you like to shop on #BlackFriday? How do you teach your kids about the way to behave during the mad rush for savings?  Have you ever been a part of a scuffle or a fight during #BlackFriday shopping?  If you have a good story, I’d love to post it in a future blog post.

I’m not a Scrooge or a Grinch by any stretch of the imagination – just a daddy who wants to teach the true meaning of giving and #Christmas to his family. There is nothing wrong with that. And there’s nothing wrong with #Christmas shopping up to a point where greed and anger take over the joy and happiness of giving to others.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and have a very Merry #Christmas!

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Product Review and Giveaway: Illumibowl - Motion-Activated Toilet Night Light

Product Review and Giveaway: Illumibowl Motion-Activated Toilet Night Light

*I was given two free Illumibowls in exchange for an honest review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.

How many times have you or a family member had to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom?  There’s nothing more irritating than having to turn on a blinding light to go, or to get up with a potty training toddler who is half asleep.

I have to be honest.  I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night several times a week. It’s dark in the house and the last thing I want to do is stub my toe or wake my wife up by turning on the blinding light.  I am very relieved to have been able to test out #Illumibowl .

The #Illumibowl is a motion-activated toilet night-light that turns on as soon as you walk in the door. It runs on 3 AAA batteries and has 8 different color settings. #Illumibowl securely attaches to the side of the toilet bowl and is easy to clean with its plastic covering. #Illumibowl also automatically turns off after two minutes – how cool is that?

I am planning on installing #Illumibowl night lights in all four of my bathrooms. This means we will never have to worry about trying to find the bathroom or the toilet ever again.

This is the very first giveaway on Go Ask Your Daddy and I’m pleased to announce I have two of these to give away!  Don’t miss your chance!  The giveaway starts 11/26/16 at 12:00 a.m. and runs through 12/3/16 at 12:00 a.m. All you have to do to have a chance to win is follow @goaskyourdaddy on Twitter and tweet “@goaskyourdaddy I just registered for the #illumibowl giveaway!”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you who are reading my blog have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is a day to come together not just to stuff ourselves silly, but to also spend time with our family and friends who make our lives meaningful and worthwhile.

I love making new Thanksgiving traditions and continuing old ones with my family. When I was a kid, we always watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then went to my grandparents’ house for a HUGE feast.  You probably know by now that I grew up in Georgia. Let me just say that people down south know exactly how to throw down at Thanksgiving dinner.

One fond Thanksgiving day memory is the football game we always played in the back yard after dinner. I’m not sure how we had the energy to run around for hours after stuffing ourselves with turkey, but somehow we found it. Now that I’m grown and have 4 kids of my own, keeping the afternoon football game going is something I’ve looked forward to continuing. Living in Ohio, the weather is not always the warmest this time of year, so getting outside to play is not as easy as it was in Georgia.

No matter what your traditions may be, take the time every day to tell your family and friends how much you love them and are thankful for them this Thanksgiving.

God bless all of you!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

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My Kid Just Said

My Kid Just Said…#49

During the car ride home from dinner tonight, my kids were talking about Santa Claus and how they had to each be nice to get something for Christmas.  The conversation went a little like this:

10 year old son:

You have to be nice, not naughty, just like the song says.

8 year old daughter:

I don’t want to be nice.  I want to be naughty!

10 year old son:

But, if you are naughty, all you’ll get for Christmas will be a lump of coal.

8 year old daughter:

Maybe I like coal…

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