Saturday, April 30, 2016

Get ready for #MothersDay with #Swagbucks! (Infographic)

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Mother's Day is around the corner (Sunday, May 8th) and if you haven't started already, now's the time to remember all the little things the moms around us do every day and get them a token of your appreciation. Moms are creative, capable, and resourceful. Moms work hard! That’s why moms deserve the best and Swagbucks wants to make sure your Mom gets the best.'

Right now you can earn up to 35% Cash Back on gifts for Mom at her favorite retailers when you shop through the Swagbucks Mother’s Day Sale, saving you lots of pennies and allowing you to splurge a little extra on mom! 

Need more help shopping for mom? It’s no surprise that the Swagbucks community is packed with moms. So they surveyed their member base at the end of March to find out how moms view Mother’s Day. Swagbucks received more than 10,000 email responses and found the following:

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Blogging Tip - Feeling burnt out on blogging?

Everyone gets burnout on something every know and then, whether it's working out, a certain food, or a favorite TV show. But if blogging is more than a hobby and you get burnout, it could cause not only your earnings to take a dive, but your traffic as well.

Do you know the signs of blogger burnout?

  • Getting up in the morning and dreading signing into your blogging accounts.
  • Putting off important work because "you don't feel like it".
  • Getting annoying with everything related to blogging.
  • You have to push yourself to finish whatever you're working on as quickly as possible so you can get on with your day.
  • You don't do any blogging work for a few days and avoid it at all costs.
If you have any of these signs, you may be close to suffering from total blogger burnout. I know I've had blogger burnout quite a few times as a blogger. A few years ago for about 6 months, everything seemed to be the same with no exciting changes. So after a while, I started thinking "Why bother?". I decided that I would take a few days off. Luckily, my blog wasn't as big as it is today, so I could afford to take a few days off. Well, it turned into a week off, just enjoying family and friends, and reading. 

When I decided to return back to blogging, I had fresher ideas and felt like I could conquer the world with my blog. For me, it was like taking a mini-vacation, and it worked - I no longer felt dread when it came to posting and social media.

So how you avoid blogger burn out and not worry that taking a mini-vacation will hurt your traffic?

Spend a day just focusing on social media. Retweet, share, or repin things you like and your audience might like.

If your blog is associated with your Pinterest account, spend some time (or a lot) on Pinterest.
It may seem like you're just "wasting time" but you could also be gaining new followers and more traffic to your blog.

Take a day off. If you really have nothing planned for a day (besides checking email), take that day and decompress. Go for a walk or spend time with the family.

Schedule posts, social media, and newsletters ahead of time. This will free you up to take care of the ever-flowing inbox or requests.

If you can afford it, hire a virtual assistant. My sister is my unofficial "assistant", helping me when I need it. Having her help certainly takes off a bit of the stress of having to do everything myself. In fact, she's taken some of the pictures I've used on the blog. If you can't afford an assistant, use a calendar app to help you organize what you need to do.

Write up a non-serious post about something silly or funny. Even if you don't publish the post, you've expended that anxiety about not wanting to blog. Plus being silly or laughing to know to make you feel better..

If you still feel burnt out on blogging, take a step back and reevaluate why you're doing it. Sometimes, bloggers, reinvent themselves or their blogs as their lives change. If you feel your life has changed, maybe your blog needs to change as well.

Have you suffered from blogger burn out, and what steps are you taking to avoid it?

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Show your #TexasPride with Purex Fresh Bluebonnet detergent! {Giveaway - Texas}

I received a FREE product to facilitate this review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

There are Bluebonnets in a field across the street.

Springtime is Texas is probably one of my favorite things about being a Texan. The pretty wildflowers, the storms, and all the beautiful birds I didn't get to see over the winter have come out of their homes. It's a magical time. If you ever get the chance to visit Texas, I suggest you try coming down during spring. 

But let's focus on the wildflowers this time. Even if you've driven through Texas, you've probably noticed fields and the highways are filled with the stunning blue flowers called Bluebonnets. Purex knows what I'm talking about.

They have a new detergent called Purex Fresh Bluebonnet detergent, formulated to combine a powerful clean with a fragrance even a Texan will love. Purex Fresh Bluebonnet's scent commemorates our Texas state flower. (If you want more information the Bluebonnet and it's history, this is a great reference!)

Purex Fresh Bluebonnet is only available in Texas and at participating H-E-B stores. (But I imagine that if you live in Texas and have an H-E-B nearby, you can probably find it.)

You can purchase Purex Fresh Bluebonnet detergent at participating H-E-B stores in Texas.

Bluebonnets. If you've never smelled a Bluebonnet, it's a sweet-smelling scent that you can smell even a few feet away from the blue beauties. True, it's not like smell a rose, but there is nothing like sniffing a Texas wildflower.

So I was excited to give Purex Fresh Bluebonnet a try, and let me tell you - my clothes smell so good. I've never used a detergent that made me want to get out into the Texas fields of flowers and sit, just listening to nature and looking at all the glory that the field has to offer.

But you probably also want to know if it the Dirt Lift Action does it's job. Yes, yes it does. I made the mistake of planting Impatiens in a brand new gray t-shirt, and ended up getting dirt and soil all over it. Not only did Purex Fresh Bluebonnet lift the dirt, it kept the color nice and bright! Some dirt lifting detergents kind of make the color fade, but not this time! I can go back to digging in the dirt without worrying if I can get the stain out or if the color will fade in the wash. (Sorry - not planting Bluebonnets this year.)

I want our Texas fans to have the chance to appreciate Purex Fresh Bluebonnet detergent like we do, so two(2) winners will each receive a Purex Fresh Bluebonnet FREE product coupon! TEXAS RESIDENTS ONLY. MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A H-E-B STORE. Enter below. Good luck!
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? #LearnWithOrkin {Giveaway}

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It's almost summertime and that means barbecues, gardening, and the occasional water hose fight. (Yes, I still love a good water fight.) There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

How well do you think you know your mosquito trivia? Take the “Buzzer Beater” quiz below to find out!

Do mosquitoes prefer adults over children? Orkin knows!

Be sure to follow Orkin on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Kids are natural explorers and want to learn about the world around them, but they need to do it safely. Thanks to the great folks at Orkin, one(1) winner will receive a Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit! It comes with everything pictured. Enter below. Good luck!
(Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#EarthDay & #ArborDay - It's not just for kids!

When it comes to Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 29), most families assume that they're great days for kids to learn about our planet and celebrate the beauty it gives us. While it's true that it's a wonderful way to teach kids about Earth and it's plants, we adults tend to look the other way and let the kids have their fun.

But this year, instead of just letting the kids celebrate, why not join in the fun as well?

So I decided that because I wanted to help the environment as well, I went in search of activities and celebrations that adults could do and enjoy, and maybe learn a few new facts.

1. Take a hike. No, seriously. Grab a couple of pals, find a wooded trail, and walk through it. Take pictures of plants or tree that get your attention.

2. Plant a tree. I know, everyone says that this time of year, but with all the building going on, we are losing more and more trees every year. Contact your city officials about planting trees, and if there's a local charity that helps.

3. Volunteer at a local community nursery or community garden. Even if you have your own garden, helping in other people's garden not only brings the community together, you're helping feed other people and you might meet a few new friends.

4. Hold an Earth Day or Arbor Day cleaning party. A great way to get the whole neighborhood to participate (and maybe clean up a park or field) is to hold a cleaning party. If there's a park or field that desperately needs cleaning, organize an event where you and your neighbors use a day to clean up an area and make it pretty for families again. (Be sure that if it's on private property to ask first.)

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5. Craft using materials found outside. It may not seem like the ideal way to get some crafting done, but you could end up creating something absolutely beautiful and you were eco-friendly about it!

6. Sit down in the park and talk. Just getting outside lowers your stress level a bit and can make you happier. Don't feel like sitting? Play games or walk around the park. Be sure to take a camera for those candid moments!

7. Start a recycle project. Even if it's only for your street, recycling can not only reduce your carbon footprint, it reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and saves energy. For more information, visit EPA Recycling Basics or Waste Management for more information.

Are you planning to do anything for Earth Day or Arbor Day?
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