Monday, December 31, 2012

Win a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker!

Let's start off 2013 by winning!

Click the ad up there, enter & get your chance to win a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

I love, love, love my slow cooker and could always use another one so I am off to enter!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

How YOU can pay for the Holidays 2013!

For the past couple years I have done programs on the 'net to help pay for the holidays. Also helps pay for other things through out the year.

I want to share with you what I do to help offset the cost of the holidays.

I will not tell you about any programs that I do not have experience with and know that they do pay. 

The first program I do is Swagbucks.
Search & Win
I love, love, love me some Swagbucks.

It's a search engine that you can earn "bucks" on to turn into prizes.  You do searches, you win bucks, you cash out.

You can also do the daily poll, the No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO), surveys & other opportunities.  They also now offer shopping.

I average about 450 points every two weeks which I then cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card.  That's the best deal in my opinion but they offering all kinds of gift cards and Paypal options plus goodies you can cash out for.  Totally up to you.

At work, my homepage is Swagbucks & I search everything.  EVERYTHING!   I would definitely check it out!

Next up: Opinion Outpost
I've been a member since 2009.  Love it.  It's surveys only.  They pay in points which you can turn in for a check, PayPal, Amazon gift cards, or even donate to charity.

Remember, you will not always qualify for surveys but if you do not, Opinion Outpost will give you another chance to earn 10, 20 or 120 points by "opening" a virtual door to see if you won that way.  I have won quite a few points that way.

In 2012 I may almost $100 dollars through Opinion Outpost.  I cashed my points in for Amazon gift cards.

Then we have MyPoints.

I have been a member of MyPoints since 1998.  I usually earn a few gift cards a year. 

This year I earned enough gift cards to cash out for a $25 g/c to Target & a $10 g/c to Shell...the Shell we put in our oldest child's stocking as he bought his first car this year.  Nothing better than free gas!

MyPoints definitely pays and I've never had an issue with them for anything.  Great customer service.

You earn simply by reading some emails, doing a few surveys and if you want, doing offers.

It doesn't get any better than that!

If for some reason you click on the link & decide to join & they ask you for a referral name, will you use my name: mkw70.  If not, it's cool.  I just like spreading the info so we can earn our "cash" for the holidays!

Last but not least: Send Earnings

I've been with them for about 2 years.

Same concept as the others.  Do searches, offers, read emails, click surveys, earn points.

I took a backseat on this one this year so I didn't earn much but I did manage to eek out a $30.00 check.  Not too shabby for just "fartin" around with it.

Send Earnings is definitely a program that I will vouch for any day.

Hopefully some of these you will check out.

And, hey, if you know of any, let me know & I will join.

I love earning free does my family.

Leave me a linky in the comments!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

#Win! Kitchen Aid Mixer!!

Click the box.

Easy Entry.


Get a chance to win.

Easy Peasy, Cottage Cheesy!

No Rest for The Weary!

Christmas Day 2012 has come to an end.
Mine was fabulous...thank you for asking. Ha!

It's now time to start saving for next year.

I have been a member of Send Earnings for awhile.
They do pay.

It's clicking on emails (easy), doing surveys (you're already killing time on the net, earn some moola while doing it), search (why not!) & of course, offers.

I have gotten paid by them & what's a better way to make some cash then by sitting on your tush doing it. Click the box & join peeps!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kelloggs Rewards ~ Have You Signed Up?

Save up to $20.00 on your favorite Kellogg's Brands and More!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Portable North Pole ~ A Must for Your Little One

My littlest one is 6.
He is my believer.

We do the Elf on the Shelf...his name is Chipper.
We sit on Santa's lap.
We leave cookies & milk.

I don't want him to ever doubt the "magic" of Santa.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out Portable North Pole.

I am so glad I was able to give it a go.

Cheeks needs a little more help in staying off the naughty list.  Not only does it reinforce the need to stay on the nice list, it's also fun as all get out!!!!

And as a plus, each time a Portable North Pole product is purchased, 5% of the sale price will go directly to affiliated children’s hospitals in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France.  Total score right there. 

I was able to personalize the video Cheeks saw.  I uploaded a photo of him, gave some info for Santa to relay to Cheeks and hit send.

Extremely easy & quick.

Portable North Pole has several "packages" to pick from.
Check 'em out!

Portable North Pole’s standard Santa’s Video (Suggested Retail: Free)

A FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus, filled with magic and exciting discoveries for your loved ones. Includes a brand new story and a sneak peek at never-before-seen North Pole locations!

Portable North Pole’s Downloadable Santa’s Premium Video (Suggested Retail: $6.99)

Santa has your children on his good list and he has taken the time to send a message of holiday greetings! Little ones will delight in their direct, personalized premium video messages from Santa Claus, featuring their own photos and personal details. Premium downloadable videos include more than five minutes of Christmas magic, a clip of Santa's riding on his sleigh and even a personalized Christmas carol!

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Phone Call: (Suggested Retail: $3.99 for one call or $6.99 for three calls)

Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa’s call will last approximately two minutes and you can choose between 14 message options.

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Interactive Letter (Suggested Retail: $19.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind personalized interactive letter sprinkled with a pinch of Christmas magic! Available in Red or Green, each letter is printed in color on soft double-sided, first grade quality paper and includes up to 10 personalized items about your child or loved one.

Exclusive web access (webcam required) will allow the child to experience:

· An virtual reality feature confirming that the letter was sent from Santa’s village post office

· A facial recognition feature that scans Santa’s records to confirm the child made is on the nice list

· A personalized premium video viewable online

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Nice List Certificate (Suggested Retail: $8.99)

Santa will go over all the personal information provided to make an official PNP customized certificate for your loved one to hang on their wall. The one-page certificate features Santa's official foil stamp and is personalized with the name, age, hometown and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Stickers (Suggested Retail: $5.99)

Santa's will create a colorful set of Christmas stickers for your loved one to keep as a fun souvenir, customized with the child’s name. The set includes 12 different stickers, each customized with one name.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Door Hangers (Suggested Retail: $6.99)

Santa’s elves will craft a festive door hanger for your loved one to hang on their bedroom door. Two messages available are available: (“Santa’s #1 Fan” and “On the Nice List”) and are printed double-sided.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Book (Suggested Retail: $24.99)

Santa's elves will create a one-of-a-kind Christmas book based on the personal information provided about your loved one. The book features 25 color pages and a soft cover. The story will be personalized with the child’s photos and up to 50 personalized items integrated into the story.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Puzzle (Suggested Retail: $12.99)

Santa's elves will prepare a fun and festive puzzle using a photo and the name of your loved one! Available in two themes: “Merry Christmas” and “Keepsake.” The puzzle, which features 20 rigid cardboard pieces, is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Letter (Suggested Retail: $14.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind letter for your loved one based on the personal information provided. Available in red or green, and printed in color on soft, double-sided, first-grade quality paper, each letter is personalized with name, age, gender, hometown and photo; up to 10 personalized items can be included in the letter.

Portable North Pole’s Christmas Coloring Book (Suggested Retail: $7.99)

Santa and his elves will craft a fun and festive coloring book especially for your loved one, customized with the personal information provided. The coloring book is approximately 20 pages, features a soft cover and is personalized with the name and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Placemats (Suggested Retail $10.99)

Santa’s helpers will create a personalized Christmas placemat, ensuring your loved one will think of you every time he or she sits down to the table! The soft plastic placemat is printed single-sided with the child’s name and photo and features rounded edges. Four messages available: “I Love Santa,” “On Santa’s Nice list,” “Santa’s #1 Fan!” and “Santa Believes In Me!”

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Carols (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!

Santa and his elves have a great ear for music! They're in the studio now recording a personalized Christmas Carol just for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 160 kbps, stereo and runs approximately two minutes.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Ringtone (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!

Santa and his elves are so tech-savvy! They're busy recording a one-of-a-kind ringtone especially for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 64 kbps, Mono and runs approximately 20 seconds. The ringtone is compatible with all major mobile devices.

Portable North Pole’s Mobile Applications (Suggested Retail $2.99 to $3.99) COMING SOON!

For iPhone, iPad and Android systems, the newly updated app includes access to premium personalized videos, an interactive Advent calendar, a call from Santa and other surprises that will delight all season long.
I finally let Cheeks see his video the other night.
He giggled his way through it.and looked amazed that Santa knew everything!
I am so happy I was able to participate in this.  I have reinforced the belief and it helped with a little reinforcement of discipline as well.
You can like Portable North Pole on Facebook & follow them on Twitter:
Find them on Facebook:
 Follow them on Twitter: @PNPSanta
Tell me, what do you do to help with keeping the magic alive during the holiday season?
*Disclaimer: While I was given a code for a free video, no other compensation was given.  My opinion is mine, 100%.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Ranger Rick Jr - Magazine for Kids

Do you have an elementary or even preschool child in the house?
If so...HOLLA YO!

I am so street, am I not?

Anyway, recently I was given an opportunity to review Ranger Rick Jr. magazine.

I am so glad I got this opportunity.
Cheeks is a developing reader and this magazine kept his interested and was easy for him to sound out the words as we read it together.

Not to mention, he learned so much about Lions in this particular issue.
Plus other Wacky Facts, like giraffes only sleep 6-10 minutes at a time.  Sort of like me, when Cheeks was little.

What's even cooler...if you have an iPad you can get the new Ranger Rick Appventures

Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures” is an innovative digital storybook series that spotlights a different animal in each app – from lions and pandas to penguins and other favorites – as kids explore an interactive photo story, play games, and create pictures, music, and their own tales. The premier Appventure features Ricky Raccoon and his friend Lars the Lion as they take children to the African grasslands to discover how lions live. The app was developed in partnership with Moonbot Studios, winners of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and makers of the award-winning app, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” 

Right now the app is available for only $4.99!
Total Spave!

Even better Ranger Rick Jr is available as a yearly subscription for only $19.95 with digital versions available for the Nook (my personal fave) & the Kindle.  Cheeks loves my Nook so I have already gotten the digital download.

Cheeks is still reading the magazine as well.  I let him read for a bit in a bed before lights out & we can hear him downstairs reading out loud & naming the animals almost every single night.

In my opinion...get the magazine.  Not only is it fun but it's educational.

Tell me, have you already gotten it or did you read any magazines by the National Wildlife Foundation as a kid?

*Disclaimer - I received a magazine for review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are 100% mine.