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Aug 07

Swagbucks Pays: For the Movies!


We all love going to the movies during the summer. Whether you prefer the biggest blockbusters or the sweetest romantic comedy, Swagbucks can get you into the movies for free! Swagbucks is a rewards site that gives you points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos & browsing articles. You redeem those Swag Bucks for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal — and yes, even to the movies.

My favorite way to use my Swagbucks is to save them up for Amazon.com gift cards for Christmas and Father’s Day presents for my darling hubby! This June I was able to get David a great weed wacker completely for free using my saved up Swagbucks! No money came out of our family budget and he was completely surprised.

Here’s how Swagbucks can help you can turn watching videos online into your watching movies in the theater for free: Earning 1,500 SB gets you enough for a $15 movie gift card from AMC or Regal Cinema! Whether you’re on the go, at home, or stuck at a desk, here’s how you can get your $15 movie gift card in just 1 week:

SBTV mobile on Android & iOS: Earn up to 36 SB per day watching everything from food videos & news to Hulu clips & music videos – 252 SB

Moviecli.ps app on Android & iOS: Get 18 SB per day watching the latest movie trailers – 126 SB

EntertaiNOW app on Android & iOS (US only) – You can also earn another 18 SB per day checking out news on movies and TV shows, behind-the-scenes interviews and celebrity gossip – 126 SB

SBTV on Desktop: Watch a little bit of everything, including Hulu clips & music videos, but with a higher earning cap of 150 SB per day – 1,050 SB

When you have a specific SB goal (like a $15 AMC or Regal Cinema gift card) and a plan of action, you’ll get gift cards faster and check out the newest action-comedy or Oscar-nominated drama without spending extra money. There are even more ways to earn SB online, so take a look around and see what works best for you. You don’t have to wait until the next blockbuster comes out to start saving up with Swagbucks!

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Aug 04

today’s 5 frugal things

I have been MIA for a very long time, please forgive me. I have been very busy, lately and yes I have been taking photos I plan to post along with my updates soon. I came along a blog that encouraged me to start posting my 5 frugal things, like right now. SO I am going to blog my today’s 5 frugal things I did. A small warning: we experienced a death of a close family member yesterday!

I know times like this is when especially need to focus on being frugal, so I am going to focus on 5 frugal things we did today.

1. We were tempted to invite (and pay) for my sister-in-laws  and her family’s lunch. but instead in the process of work errands we ordered pizza to go for a mere $27 it was awesome and feed 4 adults, 3 teens and 1 youngster. Imagine the costl if we took everyone to lunch.

2. I worked at the small county fair, but took the time to sit in on a handful of cooking demonstrators and learned a lot. I learned to make bread in a bag, and was totally surprised not only did I see them do it. The audience got to do it also and they bake our bread, ALL for free! yay love the fair! gotta love free a fresh homemade wheat bread! yummy

3. My garden is going to be beaming with ripe yummy veggies and strawberries.

4.  so far so good at keeping the job I know and love.

5. we are trying to use up what we have.

this week have been so hard, my husband lost one of his brothers to cancer after have so many years of fighting. I know he is looking down upon us and his is loving what we are planning. Love that stubborn dude a LOT!

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Jun 15

Swagbustuers Team Challenge

Swagbucks just announced a new Team Challenge: Swagbusters! From now through June 19th at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT, earn as many points as you can for your team & get bonus SB!

There are 4 teams, and all members who join and contribute at least 100 points to their team will be rewarded with more SB:

1st place team: 80 SB

2nd place: 50 SB

3rd place: 30 SB

4th place: 20 SB

Contributing points is easier than you think, and there are many ways to earn SB AND contribute to the Team Challenge:

  • Encrave – Discover great content, earn SB, and contribute 25 pts to your team!
  • Search – Grab rewarding search wins through the Swagbucks Search Engine & contribute 20 pts to your team!
  • SwagButton – Just by having the SwagButton on your desktop browser, you will contribute 15 pts to your team each day of the Team Challenge.
  • Swagstakes – Are you feeling lucky? Redeem your SB for a Swagstakes entry! Contribute 15 pts to your team.
  • Referrals – Spread the Swagbucks love! Contribute 15 pts to your team when you have a referral register during the Team Challenge.
  • Special Offers – Earn SB discovering Special Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Offers – Have a busy lifestyle? Earn SB on the go with Mobile Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Videos – Waiting in line at the grocery store? Watch SBTV Mobile anywhere and anytime! Contribute 10 pts to your team every time you fill up your SBTV meter.
  • Swag Codes – Redeem daily Swag Codes through the SwagButton browser extension or the Swagbucks Mobile App! Contribute 5 pts to your team.

Not a Swagbucks member yet? It’s how I get gift cards to spend on shopping, holiday gifts and more Amazon gift cards . And with many different SB-earning opportunities like the Swagbusters Team Challenge, you can get your first gift card even faster. Sign up here.

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Jun 12

An Update on ME!!

What a year 2015 has shaped up to be! I have been MIA except for a few product reviews and movies. I got a new job and started in January, the job was meant for me. If I could have choose the job, and the details it would have been this job. By all means I should have been happy, but there was a slight underlying sadness in me. I had not noticed, you know the little things that you sweep under the rug, or shrug off, like tiredness, but not being able to sleep, weeping,  all the classic depression symptoms. I had not really thought about it until, I was speaking to someone real close to me and she mentioned that she had her doctor up the amount of antidepressant medication. I had an appointment with my primary care provider for my annual checkup. While she and I were speaking I started weeping, over something silly, she actually suggested on a trial basis we up the dosage of my antidepressant. OMG it has made a world of difference!! I dont cry at TV commercials, and I am not tired all the time and I actually sleep at night time like a normal person. The needed sleep has given me back a bit of energy and improved quality of life for me AND my family. If mama is not happy no one is, sure is true in my house! So I am happy and my family is also so now I have a bit to give back to my blog, which I know has been suffering.

So with that long story not short lol, HI I am back. Leave me a comment to let me know how you are and if you are still around. I will update with details of the last 6 or so months over the weekend, but for right now I need to go celebrate my oldest son’s 16th birthday.

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Jun 11

Legend of Longwood: Movie Review


Crumbling castles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine all come together in this magical “quest” film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland.

Mickey Miller is a thoroughly modern 12-year-old New Yorker who has little enthusiasm for her mother’s plan to take her and her little brother to start a new life Longwood, a windswept town in Ireland. Their arrival in Longwood, however, coincides with the return of the Black Knight, a legendary ruler whose appearances always mean that something evil is going to happen. Realizing that she is directly linked to the story of the Black Knight, Mickey and her new friend Sean – along with Silver, the wildest, most untamable horse in the stalls of a nearby castle – set out to redeem the knight. But first she must save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the plans of a greedy, ambitious woman – a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!

Our Review

I really enjoyed the movie! I live in a house FILLED to the brim with testosterone, so movie not having manly men things is a welcome enjoyment to me! This movie dealt with beautiful horses and a legend that was fulled with history and family legends. I will be watching it again!

My 16 year old males opinion: “for a chick flick is was not bad!” My 16 year old is a man of very few words! Some times when dealing with the 16 year old male that lives in my house you must read between the lines! For instance, when he needed to get up to fill his drink, he paused the movie, so he really was interested enough to not want to miss any of it. AND he did not leave the room and not return to disappear in the man cave he spends a LOT of time it.

My DH said: he really liked the movie and there was not even any blood and guts in it!

We were sent the DVD for free for our honest review. 100% of the opinions are ours! I really enjoyed the movie.

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Jun 04

Nexium Level Protection™

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May 20

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club GIVEAWAY!!!

As Mr. Buffett said in a Forbes interview, “It’s never too early to help kids understand about money. Whether it’s understanding the cost of the new toy they want, or the value of saving money. Kids are exposed to money matters from a very young age, so why not help them understand it and develop healthy habits early on?”

Produced for kids 6–11, Secret Millionaires Club engages kids with basic lessons in business and imparts healthy habits from an early age. In the series, Warren Buffett is a mentor to a group of kids, helping them learn about the “business of life” through a series of adventures. Every episode offers valuable life lessons, and as Mr. Buffett reminds the kids at the end of every episode, “the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself!”

Mr. Buffett’s celebrity friends appear as special guests in episodes of Secret Millionaires Club, including Jay Z, Bill Gates, Shaquille O’Neal, Gisele Bündchen, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon and others who impart their own positive lessons.

Volume 1 episodes include: Be Cool to your School, Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be, Dude, When Pigs Fly, The Cost of Giving, Elena’s Shaqtastic Adventure (featuring Shaquille O’Neal), Avast Ye Downloads. Plus five additional animated shorts.

Volume 2 episodes include: Down and Out in Beijing, Listen to the Music, Paranormally We Don’t Do This Kind of Thing, The Final Financial Fronteir, Sweeeet!, Just Say Snow. Plus five additional animated shorts.

There’s also the all-new Secret Millionaires Club “Business in a Box” activity kits providing everything a child needs to create either a Lemonade Stand or a Car Wash, including a DVD with episodes from the series and a booklet with business tips from Mr. Buffett

My review: what a great video collection! Cute characters and ideas to inspire young people to take action and get something done!

Now the fun part a giveaway: 2 Picking Up the Pennies email subscribers will win a copy of the

Secret Millionaires Club, Volume 1 DVD (SRP: $14.93) to enter this giveaway sign up to receive update to Picking Up the Pennies via email (on the right sidebar!) and leave a comment stating you have done so and what young person in your life that would benefit  from the Secret Millionaires Club! 

Rules: 1 enter person, USA residents only and 18 years old and contest ends on May 31st at 11:56 EST. Good luck and thank you for reading!

Disclosure: I received free product to facilitate this review. 100% of the opinions are mine.

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May 20

Maya The Bee



Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

 My youngest son and watched this movie and it is soooo incredibly cute. I am not sure he enjoyed it as much as I did, yanno he is 12 and a young male teenager, so it was a bit young for him, but I did love it! I am sure anyone that is not a young male teenager would love it 😉 

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May 01

Dial Kids Hand Soap & Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash

Dial is gentle on babies’ and kids’ skin!

I will be back to tell you more about this product!!


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May 01

Digital Media Academy

The DMA Experience from Digital Media Academy on Vimeo.



Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child’s confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

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