Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mt. Swagmore Collector's Bills

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One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus!

Here's all the information for this week's Mt. Swagmore Collector's Bills.

How Do I Get Collector’s Bills?

It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, November 7th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm PT/Monday, November 14th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
  • 5 SB 
  • 10 SB 
  • 13 SB 
  • 22 SB

What happens when I get a Collector’s Bill?

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 4 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Is it possible to collect the same Collector’s Bills multiple times?

Yes, you could collect any of the Collector’s Bills multiple times.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Get great deals when shopping for home decor!

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Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of people are already getting started on decorating their homes for the season. If you're in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here's how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you're not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you've joined through my link this month), you'll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year. I was able to buy Christmas gifts we normally wouldn't have and pay bills that would've gone upaid.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Is your home ready for the holidays?

I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

The holidays are coming up quick! Thanksgiving is mere weeks away with Christmas and New Year's being a month away. When it comes to the holidays, time tends to go by quickly!

But is your house ready for family and guests? How can you tell if your home is holiday-ready?

Do you have the essentials every guest is going to need?

Before your guests and visitors arrive, ask them if they are going to need anything special. Stock up on toiletries, extra blankets, and anything else they may need. But don't forget about your family's needs in the process!

Do you have enough time to clean?

If you live a busy life, odds are, you don't. "Volunteer" the kids, family, and friends to help get your home ready for the festivities. Turn it into a holiday cleaning party!

If that's not an option, new york city based Handy.com is a home cleaning service that offers next-day availability done by people who take pride in taking care of your home. They offer tons of services including but not limited to furniture assembly, interior painting, TV mounting, moving help, hanging pictures & shelves, and of course, home cleaning. They even have a handy (pun not intended) app that lets you manage your bookings wherever you are!

Can your home handle excess traffic, decorations, and craziness?

The holidays are known for being insane! How can you tell if your home can physically handle that insanity? Make sure to check fuses. Make sure any heating system you use (central heating or space heaters) are working properly. Replace any work out rugs that may slip when walked across. Keep small decorations high enough where little fingers can't reach them. Keep guests informed of any issues that happen.

Are you ready?

That's an important question! If you aren't ready to deal with the stress of the holidays, it can be difficult to make sure your house is! Once in a while, take some time for yourself. Get away from the craziness for a few minutes and decompress. You'll feel a lot better!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Feed your hunger with #FarmersPantry (Recipe)

I was NOT compensated for this post. I received FREE Farmer's Pantry products to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

If you're from the south, you love cornbread. You pretty much eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But there are times you don't feel like making it but you know you crave the taste!

Farmer’s Pantry, the proudly American new snack brand, debuts the first in its line of exciting new snacks: Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps. They have created hearty, crunchy snacks made with wholesome ingredients you can identify, grown exclusively on American farms.

Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps come in 3 flavors - Jalapeno, Original, and Honey Butter. Bite size bags are also available in Original and Jalapeno!

Looking to put Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps to use this holiday season?

Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisp Recipe 
Courtesy of Esther Lilli, from an Italian family recipe circa 1880

2 cups Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps, crushed
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 small onion, diced small
2 stalks of celery, diced small
2 pounds of Italian Sausage – casings removed
½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 small potato, mashed
1 cup chicken broth or chicken stock

Cook Italian Sausage until done, but do not crisp. As it cooks, use a wooden spoon to create small pieces. Remove from pan and set aside.
Saute garlic, onion and celery in olive oil until golden brown (about 8-10 minutes on medium heat).
Remove from pan.
Add all ingredients and mix in a large bowl.
Grease a baking pan, and cook at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Serve hot, or cover and heat the next day.

This is great for Thanksgiving!

Be sure to follow Farmer's Pantry on Facebook and Twitter!

You can purchase Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps on their website or use their store locator.

This Texas girl loves her cornbread! But I don't want to always have to make it every time I want some. Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps are a great little "cornbread" snack! Seriously, they are delicious! My favorite by far is the Honey Butter. It tastes like sweet crunchy cornbread. I had to stop myself from devouring the entire bag.

My sister's favorite was the Jalapeno. I love spicy and apparently, so does she. The Jalapeno bite size goes GREAT with bland tuna! It adds a spiciness and tang to it. It may not look appetizing, but it was yummy!

Like I said, it doesn't look appetizing at all, but it was so good! 
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#hipSsister - Live Life Hands Free!

I was not compensated for this post. I received HipS Sister FREE to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

When it comes to a busy life, we always wish we had more hands. We always want our phone & essentials close by, but when you're constantly carrying something like your phone or bag, it can make doing tasks kind of difficult.

hipS Sister Waist Pack is a great way to "live life hands free"! hipS Sister is considered a modern day fanny pack, but it's not only fashionable, it's also functional and flattering! It fits snug against your body to give you full protection against moisture without adding extra bulk.

Available in 4 different sizes for women (XS to Plus) and 4 different sizes for men, also called HSX/Unisex, (0-8 to 24) and a variety of colors and styles! You can even find Sparkle Sister, for those want to add a little glitter wherever the go.

They also have hipS Sister apparel including shirts, hats, and pants. I'm really digging the She's The Change Sport Tank!

This would make a great gift idea for the fitness guru in your life!

You can follow hipS Sister on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

You can purchase hipS Sister Reversible Left Coast Orange/White for $19.99.

Wearing my hipS Sister Reversible Left Coast Orange/White!
I run but I always had my phone in my hand. That made it difficult to run because I was always afraid I would drop it or be distracted by it, I would fall. Plus it's hard to work out with a phone in your hand, even if you are using Bluetooth ear buds.

Not to mention it's not easy to take cards, keys, or an ID on runs. Where the hell am I supposed to put them? The hipS Sister comes with 2 convenient zipped side pockets!

For someone with wide hips & a butt, it was surprisingly comfortable! My phone, ID, and card fit perfectly (if a bit snug) and everything was secure. What I love most, besides being totally hands free, is that it moved with me. It didn't ride up or down. It wasn't bulky at all!

Yeah, running & working out just got a lot easier!
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