Great Read!

I recently had the opportunity to read an amazing story that brought me so much inspiration. Tam Hodge wrote her story out in the book “And Now I Choose”

Tam’s brave story brought me through her struggles in life and how she was able to turn her life around. I was so impressed by her story and bravery for telling it but I also really loved her writing.
For those that know me I worship in my own way and have never really conformed to any church structure. I was impressed on how Tam had brought in religion with out any alienation. She was far from preachy. I really felt that reading her story was more like we were sitting and having conversation over coffee.

Definitely a great read for any day, but if you could use a reminder that life can change I highly recommend this read!

Referral Mania!!!!

Ok, so I have been asked by a few different people about all of the rewards programs I do. So I thought the easiest things on my part (and on anyone that is looking for programs to join) is for me to list them here (turns out I do a lot of different programs, so I am only doing my favorites). I will have each one listed with a brief description and a link through my referral. Please use the referral link to sign up so that I can get credit (where applicable), thank you!

This has become one of my favorite point earning programs lately. They are easy to accumulate points and I don’t find that the y clutter up my email. There are so many ways to can earn points, as simple as answering a single question everyday. You can also use them to shop through and earn points for online purchases. There are a large number of affiliate links to use and earn points for signing up for something. There are games you can play, surveys and so much more. Gift cards are fairly attainable especially the Amazon $5 (only 450 points!) There is a limit of two redemption per day and the cards take a few days to process, so just don’t be in a rush when you are ready to redeem!

Bing –
This is a program connected to Bing search. They give you points based on the number of searches you do each day. That is it!!!! So simple, just hop on their site and plow through a few searches each day and you are on your way. The thing I like about this program is that one of the rewards is for a Swagbucks code, so I feel like I win double when I redeem for that.

My Points – Referral is only by email link or Facebook, so if you would like the link I will need to email you separately.
This is similar to Swagbucks but is based around email notifications. You can earn simple points but clicking on an email link and viewing a website, you can also do shopping through this site and earn points that way as well. I have had a membership for uncountable years and still use this site all the time.

InboxDollars –
Another similar to MyPoints and Swagbucks. This is also email intensive at times. This you can request a check at a certain earning point, no giftcards.

Though these are not reward programs specifically I think they are still worth a mention in this list:

ePantry –

This is a service for cleaning products and other household use items. I really love this service as it takes away my guess work on financial planning. Based on a few questions it will schedule out the use on products and then set up shipments for you. These are completely adjustable on your end as well so if you didn’t end up using something as fast as they thought you would you can adjust the shipment for that product.
This company is all about the environment and worth a look. They do have a referral program where if you refer someone and they sign up they get $10 off their order and so do you.

YNAB (You Need A Budget) –
This is a budgeting software that I have really come to love. Their software is based off simple “rules” to help guide you. They offer free webinars and giveaway a free license in every webinar. They have some amazing support staff behind the product as well. I highly recommend giving them a try, 34 day Free trial!

Ok, so this is a good start to a list of places and things to go check out. I am working on another post about of savings apps I use and maybe more. stay tuned!

On to new things!

Ok, so first off I have decided I wanted to try using Amazon Affiliates program. Since I plan to reference items I buy on there and reviews of products I felt it was a good move for me. So my disclaimer starts now. I have listed myself as an Amazon Affiliate which means if you use a link I post to Amazon and purchase something I will get a monetary credit. I will be honest I have no idea yet how much that credit amounts to. I do know it is not large. I do appreciate if you are able to use my links when purchasing items 🙂

On that note I wanted to see if I could get some opinions going on something. I have recently been downloading some free color pages and worksheets that my three year old could do but many of them have this “Do A Dot” coloring concept. I have held off on those pages since we do not have the Do A Dot markers (basically they are bingo daubers as far as I can see). I have a link below to one of Amazon’s listings for these as well.

My thoughts are very torn and could use your opinions.

Thanks for reading and post your comments if you have any thoughts to add to this.

Do A Dot Art Marker Rainbow, 6-pack

Learning the Gift of Giving

After a late night quick chat with and old friend I decided to try to take Connor (now 3) to the dollar store and let him pick out gifts for family. I was very excited about this idea and was prepping him all morning about a special adventure he and I would go on together.

I left work a bit early to make sure I could go pick up Connor and get through the store and then back to pick up Evan (3 months) by the normal time. Since the dollar store was just down the street from the daycare I wasn’t too concerned.

When I picked up Connor he was so excited to see me, and I reminded him he and I were going on a special adventure and he was even more excited! I explained to him again that we were going on a special adventure where we would pick out presents to give to other people. He was still pretty excited, but I was getting a bit worried about how he would handle not getting things for himself.

We were out to the car by the time he realized that we did not have his brother with us, after reassuring him that we would come back for Evan and that he and I were going on a special adventure just the two of us, he was OK.

We headed out to the dollar store and he was so excited to go shopping. I grabbed a cart and expected him to ready to rome, but no… he wanted to ride in the cart. He immediately saw teddy bears and was very interested in them, I asked him if he wanted to pick up a teddy bear for someone on his list and he decided he did. I listed out the appropriate recipients (yes, I was leading him a bit, but as his first shopping trip for others I wanted to make sure he kept the recipients in mind). Connor wanted to get the bear for his brother Evan.

From there I figured I would try to go down the list of people and just walk through the store and ask him questions to help him figure out what to pick out for each. I started with one of the Grammas. Connor’s immediate response was PURPLE! I started to push the cart around to find something purple and he spotted a glass figurine that he thought was fabulous! I asked him if he wanted to get that for Gramma, but Nope! we went through the list and he seemed unsure so we put it back to maybe come back after looking around.

Then, there were socks. FUZZY SOCKS! There was infact a variety of colors but I had spotted the purple, so we went that way. After several pairs made their way into the cart, I forced a movement to keep going. Otherwise I am pretty sure everyone would have ended up with socks.

We hit a few more sections and picked up items for everyone on the list. Overall only a limited issue with wanting things for himself. Since he did such a great job, I did end up letting him pick something for himself.

We got in line and I had him help put all the items on the counter and then he used the money to pay. My attempt at working on counting was ignored but he was very excited to get coins back.

This was a great experience for Connor and I to have some special time just us and it was so wonderful to help him learn how great it is to give to others. It will also be very fun to see what everyone thinks of the gifts he picked out for them.

Next on the project list for Connor this Christmas is to color some paper so we can make gift tags for the gifts he just purchased.

Lessons I learned;

Let him guide me, try to guide him less and see what he does.

Try to encourage him to walk through the store.

Maybe work with a smaller list and do more than one trip. This way we can focus on indivitials better and not have a list of people to think about.

I am so proud of the little man!

Here is a picture of the items he picked out to get for the people on his list, some really great choices, and a few interesting ones. Turns out the socks were mostly child sizes (sorry to those that get a pair).

Gifts Galore

And his prize…a travel coffee mug for his morning “Coffee”, such a grown up sometimes.

Connor's Prize

Time for change

I recently decided it was time to end my Thirty One business. It was a hard decision for me because I truly love not only the products but the message the company represents. I have loved every second of the last (nearly three years) of working through such an amazing company.

That being said, I was not able to keep up with the sales any longer and had to make a decision. At this time I cannot keep this business of mine going. It is really what is best for my family right now to let it go. I put my last order in and started working on selling my “stockpile”.

It was sad for me to post the end but I am grateful for all that I was brought in the last three years because of this company. I have met some truly amazing women that have been great at guiding me in not only my business but also some great personal guides as well.

I hope to some day return to selling but for right now it just isn’t right for me or my family.

I want to thank everyone of my supporters whether you are a customer or a fellow seller. I appreciate all you have done for me.