Cyber Monday is going to be INSANE at Swagbucks.com – they’re having a Swag Code Extravaganza all day long, which means that you can get 70 extra Swag Bucks if you snag all of the codes throughout the day! Be sure to get to Swagbucks.com bright and early so you don’t miss a second of the fun!

 

I dunno about you, but I could use another 70 Swagbucks!

 

Don’t know about Swagbucks? Stop by and check it out today! Tell ’em I sent you! 

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Weekly Shout Out- One Year in the Life Art Journal

 

So, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I like collecting Art Journal ideas. I have a whole category dedicated to it over there *points to the right* and a whole board dedicated to it on Pinterest. I don’t get to actually do much with mine at home, but I’m working on it at school with my class.

I gather my ideas from a lot of different places, but this one is another of my favorites. There’s not a post for every day, but when there is a post, it’s totally worth the wait! Besides, it makes me feel like I can tackle it, too! 🙂

Now, for those of you reading this that don’t know me, let me first say that I draw stick people. I am NOT an artist. I usually pick colors I think will work and it turns out HORRIBLE when I’m finished with it. That goes for my clothes, too, while we’re on the subject. The difference is that I don’t let it stop me. I’ll pick up those crayons or markers again. If I really hated the pages I put in my journal, I try them again. I am addicted to doodle books because they help me focus on little things at a time. I’ve also come to have some fun with stick people. I showed my class my stick ninja the first week of school and I’m here to tell you he’s become the icon of our class. LOL

So, go pick up a pencil and a spiral notebook and doodle something. You just might surprise yourself and it’s amazing how good it is for your stress level, too! 🙂

My new love…

I got this text message from Target the other day and, this morning, I got a minute to look at it. It was a link to an app you can load on your phone called ShopKick. The text message said “get a free $2 gift card for signing up using this link!” which was good enough for me! I could always delete it if it was horrible, right?

Well, I can tell you that won’t be happening. Shopkick is an app designed to reward you for window shopping. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT… Window shopping! It’s pretty simple! You load this app on your phone and take it with you when you go shopping. When you walk into any store listed on your app (and there are tons! Not just local ones, either!), just open the app and BAM! You get points! If you scan items in their bonus list, BAM! You get more! When you earn enough points, you can trade them in for gift cards! In some places (*coughcoughBestBuycoughcough*) you actually get rewards for using your Best Buy Rewards card to make a purchase! That’s right! You get points for buying the stuff you bought, you get Rewards points to trade in for merchandise credit from the store AND you get “kicks” from ShopKick which you can then turn into a gift card for said store.

I love saving money, but THIS, my friends… THIS takes that to a whole other level!

So, stop in here (which is my link. I get points when you join using my link!)  and sign up today! It’s totally worth the download! 🙂

Monday Shout Out: makeandtakes.com

As a crafter, I love crafty things (duh, right?). As a mother, I love things that keep my kids busy. When the two come together, it’s just magic to me!

Enter a new find: makeandtakes.com! This little blog has lots of different craft activities, from Wordle to coloring pages, and then turns around and once a month talks about books that her kids love! She even has a Youtube channel dedicated to sharing her weblogs, complete with cute kids!

 

Win-Win!

Throw in recipe sharing and adult crafts and this just screams “hang out here and click stuff for a while.” Go on, see if you get sucked in, too!

Monday Shout Out – Cozi.com

I found this little gem through flylady.net and I didn’t think it would be so darned helpful. I’m a calendar lover, so I had a lot of fun setting it up. Of course, being able to do everything this little site/app/awesome resource can do is AMAZING!

First, you go to the site (you can do this through the app, which is available in the App Store AND GooglePlay for Android, the web, or a web browers on your tablet) and set up your account. From there, you can import calendars from a ton of places. If you school system publishes a compatible calendar (you’d be surprised which ones do!), it will download into your Cozi calendar and save you all that date entering! If you have a Google calendar, just link it to your address and BOOM! imported! It even color codes these calendars so you know where the information came from! IF you’re like me and use the calendar connect feature on your Android to keep up with quick-hitting dates and times (I have this sync’d with a google account so it loads the dates onto my google calendar), it will automatically import those dates through your connected account! The thing that makes this even more awesome? You can set up users on your account so you can connect a FAMILY CALENDAR with all the users connected to it! Dad has a hair cut scheduled on Wednesday, he adds it to his google calendar and BAM! Loaded on the Cozi calendar! Mom knows he’s got an appointment on Wednesday and adjusts freak-out times or dinner times accordingly. PTA meeting on Thursday? If it’s on the SCHOOL calendar that’s imported into Cozi, BAM! Loaded in your Cozi calendar and everyone knows about the meeting!

Just in case you’re not big on connecting calendars, this program will also keep MULTIPLE to do lists updated for you, MULTIPLE shopping lists updated for you, and give you “Journal” space where you can add videos and pictures to your account to remember things that have happened!  You read that right, folks, you can add a task to your Honey Do list, then take a picture of Mr. Man working on it and upload it into your journal with a cute “I love my handy man!” story! I haven’t used this feature very much, so I’m not sure about social media sharing, but I really hope that’s where they’re going here. It’s really an awesome program and since it’s FREE (did you not hear that? FREE, I SAID!) it’s totally worth every second you spend playing with it!

Go on and get yours today! 

Weekly Shout out

This week, I wanted to share something that I think is really pretty cool. I’m sure you know about it by now, but just in case you don’t, let me tell you about Swagbucks. This really neat website gives you points for doing things like… searching for something online or playing a game. It gives you points for taking a daily poll or, heck, sometimes just for having the right code!

Now, you’re going to ask: why do I care about points?

Well, a few couponing sources have mentioned this little benefit: you use the points to buy stuff. You guessed it, peeps! You get points for not spending any money (and if you do spend money, you can get points that way, too!) and you apply those points towards getting really cool things… like gift cards to Barnes & Noble or Amazon! You can give them away as gifts at Christmas and SAVE MONEY ON PRESENTS (because you didn’t actually BUY the gift card, you earned it!)! Or, you can horde them and reward yourself for being awesome! Either way, it’s totally a win-win!

Next,  you’re going to ask: Tiff, how do I get these points you keep yacking on about?

Well, Nelson, the answer is simple! You use their search engine and if the machine chooses your search, it gives you points (just put in the code to make sure you’re not a bot in disguise!). If you play games on their site, it gives you points. If you answer a daily poll, there’s another point. If you print their coupons and use them while shopping, there’s more (10 points per redeemed coupon!). If you take part in any surveys, there’s some more. If you don’t mind taking them up on some of their special offers, there’s more!

Then, there’s the fun part. They hide codes every day. Sometimes it’s on Facebook. Others, it’s on Twitter. Sometimes it’s in their blog and sometimes, it’s right there on their homepage! All you have to do is find the code (or pay attention to people like Jason at FreebieShark who’s pretty good at posting when there’s a code out there… though he won’t tell you what that code IS…) and put it into the little SwagCode box at the top right corner of their homepage when you login.

There’s even a toolbar you can download on your computer and an app on your phone so you can earn even MORE points by searching!

I am not a dedicated searcher (though I call myself an idiot for not being one…), and I already have almost 600 points! That’s just since about April! With a little more work, there’s no reason why you can’t save yourself a boat load of money every year, just earning points for cool stuff at Swagbucks!

Oh, and I linked my referral page here at all the links because you can earn points that way, too. You earn the same points as anyone you refer does and it doesn’t cost them a single point! So, sign up today using my referral link, then refer some more of your friends! Even if they only get 500 points a year, that’s 500 extra in your account! whoo-hooo!!! Just make sure you tell ’em I sent ya… ok? (*points to the links*)

Really quick Sunday drop-in post…

Give with Target

To share an awesome way for your school to earn money (or MY SCHOOL TO EARN MONEY)! Target is giving away $2.5 million in Target gift cards to schools to buy supplies! Every 25 votes for a school is a $25 gift card for your school!

It’s really easy! You load this app on your facebook account, find the school you want to donate money to and vote for that school! You can vote every 5-6 days (it’ll tell you when you can vote again, even!) through August 31st!

If you don’t have a school to donate to, please consider giving your vote to Marshpoint Elementary School in Savannah, GA. We could use the money!! 🙂

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