Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Earn Double Cash Back with the Swagbucks Labor Day Sale

I am sharing the following information c/o Swagbucks, where I am a long-time member. This post contains my referral link and I may earn a SB bonus for sharing this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Happy Labor Day!

Are you trying to finish up your back-to-school shopping? Or, perhaps you're one of those early birds who is ready to jump in and start your holiday shopping.

If you are going to be doing any online shopping this weekend, you should check out this great deal through Swagbucks.

This weekend Swagbucks, an online rewards program that gives you cash back for completing online activities such a shopping online, is running a great Labor Day Sale on their site. You work hard all year, its time to treat yourself and put some cash back in your wallet while you're at it.

Earn Double Cash Back or more when you shop this Labor Day Weekend at your favorite stores including:

Old Navy
The Home Depot
Bed Bath & Beyond
Living Social
And many, many more!

Great shop discounts available now through September 5th!

Not yet a Swagbucks member? What are you waiting's so easy! Join now and start earning free gift cards.

Friday, August 26, 2016

College Kid Check-In: Girl vs Boy

Two of our kids are now living away at college. 

Our daughter, Shelby, is a junior attending a college about two hours from home. Here she is just after we moved her into her first apartment across the street from campus.

Our son, Connor, is a freshman living on campus about 30 minutes from home. Here he is on his rainy move-in day.

They are both just wrapping up their first week of classes so I decided to check in. I sent a text to each of them, asking how things are going. 

Here's how Shelby responded: 
After texting Shelby, she called me back within an hour and we proceeded to talk for almost two hours. Two hours! She told me in detail about her classes, teachers, and classmates. She talked about some of the assignments and projects she will be doing - even sending me a link to one of the articles she had studied in her journalism class. She described how she is adjusting to living in her own apartment for the first time -- what she's been eating and how she hasn't quite yet figured out what to buy at the grocery, how she's been sleeping, how fast their trash cans fill up and have to be taken to the dumpster, how often she has been washing the dishes, and how she finally figured out where the mailboxes are located. She talked about her roommates. We discussed her future plans and that she is thinking of adding some type of art minor to her program of study if she can fit it in. Shelby told me where she has been parking versus sometimes walking to class. We talked about the new job she will soon be starting and how she is a little nervous because she has never worked in the food industry. I was able to catch up on what some of her friends have been up to as well as hear about some of the new international friends she has met (including the "beautiful guy from Scotland" and the "hilarious guy from Taiwan"). As I said, this conversation lasted for almost two hours and this mama relished every second. This is such an exciting time for her and I love that she wants to share so much of it with me.

Here's how Connor responded:
He replied to my text with a one word response...."fine"

Yep, that's all I got from him. He's fine.

He moved away from home for the first time and began his first semester as a college freshman.

But, everything's "fine".

You gotta love it!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Watch and Earn with Swagbucks

I am sharing the following information c/o Swagbucks, where I am a long-time member. This post contains my referral link and I may earn a SB bonus for sharing this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


I often write about Swagbucks because it's such an easy way to earn gift cards. For anyone who spends a lot of time online, it really is a no-brainer way to get free stuff. 

Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you cashback for the everyday things you already do online. You can earn points called SB and score gift cards to your favorite stores just by shopping, watching videos and surfing the web.

So easy!

From funny cats to cooking shows, I spend a lot of time watching videos online. Swagbucks works with nCrave to bring you tech and celeb news, upcoming movie trailers, DIYs, make up tutorials and so much more. My favorite categories that I like to watch include Pets & Animals, News & Politics, and Careers. There are so many videos to choose're sure to find lots that will interest you - and, get you on your way to earning free gift cards.

Check out the Watch playlists and find videos to entertain yourself for hours and earn SB - 2 SB for 10 videos! You can watch on the Swagbucks website or with the Swagbutton web extension. You can even watch on the go with the SBTV mobile app.

Not yet a Swagbucks member? What are you waiting for? Sign up for your free Swagbucks account and start earning rewards today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Brooklyn

Welcome to "Movie Trailer Tuesday" - my weekly blog feature where I share movie/dvd recommendations by posting a quick blurb and movie trailer for you to check out. 

What have you been watching lately? Feel free to share in the comments below...


With hopes of a brighter future, young Eilis Lacey leaves her family behind in Ireland for a new life in New York City. At first, she feels utterly alone and homesick, but soon meets a young fellow and romance begins to bloom. Just as she is beginning to feel at home in Brooklyn, Eilis is called back to Ireland. There, she must choose between two very different lives in two very different places.

Okay...I have to say that this film was so, so good that it just may be one of my very favorites of all time. Definitely the best I've seen this year. 

Brooklyn received Oscar nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay as well as numerous other nominations. These are all well deserved!

The story is happy, sad, funny, sweet, romantic, and incredibly moving. I cried at least 5 times while watching (you know how I love a good tear-jerker). Everything about this movie appealed to me -- the time period, the setting, the characters, the story -- it's really that good and I highly recommend you check it out.

Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.