Friday, April 17, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- Gift Cards


This past week I've thought a lot about money. Not that I don't think about it a lot all the time, but this week was more.
I found myself upset that I had to spend all of my earned Target gift cards to buy cat food and cat litter.
I've come to the conclusion that I must be happy that I had them to buy the food and litter!

It really is great that I can earn the gift cards. Most of them are earned through running the apps on my phones. Swagbucks being my number one earner, and then PerkTV.
With those I take turns between getting amazon, Walmart, and Target. Amazon, of course, is used online through amazon. Recently I purchased a new cell phone battery and then a charger as well. Target cards have to be spent online or input into the Target app to be scanned and used at the store (which is what I do). The Walmart cards can be spent online, but they are also printable to be used in the store (which again is what I do).

What bothered me the most last week was that I had to spend all of them that I had. I'm more used to always having some available so when I see a good deal online I can gather my coupons and go spend my Target cards, usually getting more back for what I am buying. I didn't even bother to look up deals this week with nothing to spend. Yes, that is what bothered me the most.

As I said, it hit me just how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to earn the gift cards....period! They are very helpful all the way around.
Today I should have $10 in Walmart cards in my email. I'm heading there in a bit where I always buy what the Friday Freebie is on savingstar and the healthy choice item for the week if it's something we will eat. (Last week was asparagus, which we don't eat).

I did get the pleasure of a pretty good grocery shopping trip this past week. I had the Friday Freebie of the Tostitos snack on my Dillons (Kroger) card. I then bought a half gallon of milk for $1, 3-16 oz cottage cheese on sale for just .50 each, a 16 oz sour cream on sale for just .50, and 4 pot pies for mu .49 each after sale and digital coupon. I think I got a lot for just $5.38.

How has your week been frugal wise?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writer's Unite 4/16/15


Boy April seems to be flying by!  How did we already get to the middle of the month?

I've been keeping up with my blog fairly well, but still not writing as much as I should.  I only have one item at the moment to yet get a review written on.

I've only been writing once a day at bubblews, but hope to get back to writing at least twice a day there.
If you are a regular reader then you know that I am trying other avenues with the traffic exchanges to try to earn right now.

I'm not seeing a lot of people sharing from other writing platforms much.  It looks like a lot of my regular readers are mostly writing on their own blogs now.   How about you?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday 4/15/15

It's still been a struggle to find time for sewing at home.
All I did this week from home was to put together these purple 4-patches for the soscrappy challenge:

I guess I have to take that back.  Friday night was sit n' sew at the quilt shop.  I worked on my fractured pineapple quilt there, but I also worked a bit more on it the next day at home.  I'm sure pushing my time to get it done for the quilt show in July.
Yesterday was sewing club at church.  I helped some on the quilt that we are making that will go to auction to help raise money for our camp.  I also put together this small child's quilt top.
The blocks with the nursery rhymes painted on were already made and donated to us.
  Here is my UFO list.  Can I finish anything this month??  Oh, I do have to finish the challenge quilt for guild as it goes up on the 27th.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
Challenge quilt for quilt guild

I am linking up with the following blogs:
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Traffic Exchange Update

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I over scheduled myself for merchandising work today forgetting that I had a board meeting and a quilt show meeting this morning!  I didn't get up in enough time to get any more than my figures written down this morning before I had to leave for the day.
Anyway, here is my report after 3 weeks of concentrating on working in traffic exchanges.

I did it again last week--I didn't join a new one, but seen in email that one I've been a member of since 2008 was now awarding zubees while surfing.  Zubees are collected and then traded in for cash and prizes.  Since I collect them now at Traffic Royal, I knew I wanted to collect them somewhere else either.

This one is Traffic4Webmasters ---nothing spectacular about it.  You can earn the zubees while surfing and every so many pages you get a chance to win cash.  Every so many pages you receive a surfing ticket for the weekly drawing. (I barely got in on that, but did win it for 8 cents).
I was surprised to see that I could promote up to 30 websites and also 10 banners---this one doesn't have text links.   I later found out that I have a lifetime gold membership is why I can promote so much.
My guess is that's why I signed up for it all those years back--it was an offer that the first so many members got a free lifetime gold membership.
I am taking advantage of the 30 rotating while collecting the zubees.   I did have to take some time to delete sites that I no longer do, remove repeats, and then add in new ones.
It's all good.

Back to Traffic Royal.  I am still LOVING this one!  I was disappointed to find out that the days that I had won the face your opponent in surfing that I hadn't gotten the 4 cents.  I went to the page and found out that to win, no matter how much or how little your opponent surfs, you must surf 500 sites to qualify for the cash.  Crud!
I now am surfing a minimum of 500 sites there daily (doesn't take long at all) and if my opponent does the max for the contest of 750 sites, then I do that too to share the prize.
I know this sounds like a lot, but as I am surfing I am collecting lots of credits----some cash---zubees---stickers (which are points to trade in on yet another website)----drawing tickets or pennies at the Magical Downline builder website-----and having fun while doing it!

This is getting long so I will say that I am still having lots of fun with all of them, but not making much.  My total earned this week was just a bit higher than last week at $4.50.
I did get one referral to Gladiator Hits that upped me in the top 25 there.
I'm in hopes of getting referrals other places as I continue to put my sites out there.

I am including the banners for each of the traffic exchanges that I am doing.  Easyhits4u isn't figured in my weekly earning, but I am surfing 100 sites a day for 3 cents each day.
***If you would like more details on any of these, please don't hesitate to email me at***


GladiatorHits - Traffic That Defies The Competition

ProTrafficShop - Tune-Up Your Traffic - Bringing You World Wide Traffic From the Heart of India!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Recycled Hexie Quilts--Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts

Recycled Hexie Quilts--Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts is by Mary Kerr and is chalk full of great ideas on how to use those hexagons you find in grandma's hope chest, at those estate sales, the ones handed down from Great Aunt Matilda.

The book is dedicated to the quilt makers of yesteryear, those who love and support us today, and to those who have gone before us.

It's set up in to 12 chapters covering such things as Hexies in Sashing, Playing with Edges, A Simple Border, and Mixing It Up.

I took the book to 2 of my sewing groups as well as my quilt guild meeting to have some of the other quilters look through it and let me know what they thought.
It was an outstanding thumbs up from everyone with comments such as:
"This book is fantastic!"
"This is a wonderful book."
"I really like what they have done here."
"I just got a really good idea on what to do with some of mine."
"I could sit and look through this book for hours."
It also brought back many childhood memories with some of the gals.

This is not a pattern book.  It's an idea book.  Many quilters came together sharing their designs and ideas throughout the book.  Colorful and vivid illustrations with the info on who owns, made, quilted, etc. each one.

Here is an example of 2 pages:

I was given a box of fabrics cut into hexagons.  In other words, I have a forever project of my own with them.  I also have picked up some nice ideas of things to do with the thousands of them that I am making!

Disclaimer: Schiffer Publishers sent me this book for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. Affiliate links included.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha--Frugal Vacation?


I made my husband, yes, made him, buy one of the cheap vacation packages while we were at the State Fair this past September.  You know, the package where you have to sit through a 2 hour sales presentation for a time share or a resort membership.

The package was $139.  We procrastinated knowing we really couldn't even afford that.  Then the salesman knocked the price to $99.  Yes, we jumped on that.
Our package includes 2 night at the Palace Hotel in Branson, Missouri. (I was just looking at our reservation and it says 3 nights?)  It also includes 2-2 day passes to Silver Dollar City.

Why did I insist on buying it?  I want to take what I will feel like is a REAL vacation for a change.
I know tons of people take advantage of these packages. In fact, there was at least 3 other booths at the fair for other resorts selling packages so you can easily do this yearly.

We will be renting a car too though.  None of our vehicles are safe on the highway for that long of a trip.  That will be another $150 to $200 added on to the cost of the trip.

We will have a full breakfast provided at the hotel and will have to have our own meals otherwise.  We will pack up a lot of foods--sandwich supplies, fresh fruits and veggies, our own drinks, etc.  I'm sure we will splurge though and eat out as well.

All in all I think we are looking at about $400-$450 total for our vacation.  That's not too bad.

Our trip is scheduled for May 5-7.   I'm really looking forward to it!

In the past the closest we've come to what I would call a real vacation was the year that I saved all my change, which then paid for a 3 night cabin rental at a nearby RV park.  That was lots of fun too!

Otherwise, we have packed up some things and a mattress and camped out on the living room floor of my middle daughters house for a few nights.  Activities in their town with them included going bowling and going to the water park.  Otherwise it was watching movies with them and playing games on the wii.  Don't get me wrong, that was an awesome time too.

One year we went for one night to Dodge City.  We left my daughter (don't worry, she was 16 years old) at the motel while we went with our $42 to the casino to play the penny slots.  The following day we made a day of it going to Boot Hill and then to the wax museum and the Teacher's Hall of Fame museum.  On the road we stopped at another museum as well.

Another time we only did things right here in our own town---a visit to the county museum, a picnic in the park, a trip to the Cosmosphere, eating at a nice restaurant, a trip to the local zoo over the week.

Those vacations are also fun and a much time needed away from home.

What kind of "cheap" vacations do you take?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Writer's Unite 4/9/15


Last week was the usual chaotic holiday week.  I love them for the family time though.  The reason for the holiday is also special.
I got a little behind in my posting, skipping writing anything on both Saturday and Sunday.
I have caught up now.  In fact, for the moment, all of my giveaway posts are taken care of.  I do still have 2 reviews to get written up.

I've only been doing one post a day on bubblews, then doing some interacting.  My heart just isn't in it.  I do want to stay active and help out those others who are still active there.  I don't know where these promised changes are though.....or what they are going to bring.  Time will tell, as I always say.

How was your Easter holiday and your writing week?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dial Hand Soap 24 hour Flash Giveaway!

One of Dial's newest hand soap is the Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused with Marula Oil.
It features the first formula with Micro Oil technology.  It brings nourishment and skin hydration to your hand washing experience.  It will gently remove the dirt from your hands and also leave them feeling smooth and refreshed.
It's infused with Marula Oil along with the Micro Oil technology to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin damaging free radicals.

I really enjoy using the new Miracle Oil hand soap.  My hands feel great even hours after using it.
I hope you will give it a try for yourself as well.

I am giving away 2 coupons for Dial hand soaps as shown in the photo below.  Simply enter using the rafflecopter form.

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Disclaimer: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

WIP Wednesday 4/8/15

You may have noticed that I didn't do a WIP Wednesday post last week.  Sadly, I had nothing to show.
I had finished the blue hexagon table topper.  I donated it to put into the silent auction for the upcoming quilt show in July.  Doh!  I forgot to even take a picture of it before handing it over.  I finished it while sitting at the quilt guild meeting.

This past week I have only worked on one thing.  It's my top for the challenge quilt for guild this month.  We were given a fat eighth of the orange and a fat quarter of the black to work with.
Yes, we could add other fabrics, the orange and black given to us just needs to be seen in the challenge.
I chose to only use those fabrics.  It couldn't exceed 30x30 inches.  Mine is 17 x 17 inches.
I think I did pretty good on it.  It sure beats the challenge I made 2 years ago.  I've learned a lot in these past 2 years.

I have yet to check out what the color is this month for the scrap challenge on the soscrappy blog.  The challenge for myself is to go there next and find out what the color is and get started so I have something to show you next month!  I am still putting the button at the bottom even though I am not linking up this week.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
Challenge quilt for quilt guild

2015 Finishes:

Locker Hook Rug
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
9 lined fabric bags
yellow crazy quilt lined bag
Pink hexagon table topper
Blue hexagon table topper

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Bella Organics Vanilla Mint All Natural Deodorant Creme Review and Giveaway

Make the switch to organic deodorant with Bella Organics and Love your body.

This is my first time trying any organic body product and I'm loving it!  I've been using the Vanilla Mint deodorant creme for over a week now and I'm very pleased with it.
Not only is the Vanilla Mint scent awesome, but this stuff really works.  It's a nice feeling knowing that I am using something all natural on my body.

After you have used anti-perspirant, be advised that it will take 4 to 15 days for your body to detox itself.  Anti-perspirants work by inhibiting normal sweat gland function.  As your body works to remove the toxic build up, an odor may occur.  Please do not block this natural process.
I've not had a stink issue, but you might.

Bella Organics deodorants work simply by fighting bacteria and providing a pleasant scent to the underarms.   It's a much healthier option even if it will NOT stop you from sweating.  Yes, I have experienced sweating.

It takes just a pea size amount from the jar for each underarm.  You simply spread it on evenly to your underarms.

I was sent the .25 oz trial size.  As stated, I've been using it for over a week and not much is gone from my jar.  It doesn't take much and your jar will last a long time.

Product Description:
Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic peppermint and organic tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

Directions for use: Scoop a pea-sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Rub onto each underarm until deodorant is applied.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil,  Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.

Size: 2 oz

Shelf Life: 12 Months

One lucky Marsha's Spot reader will win a full size 2 oz jar of the Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme!  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of the Bella Orgnanic Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme to try for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. Sponsor is supplying the prize.

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