Friday, February 5, 2016

Frugal Friday with Marsha--January 2016 Online Earnings


For me to share my online earnings for the previous month is not what I normally would ever share in my Frugal Friday post, but things what they are right now, so here you go.

In January I received from:

Redstaghits--$38.87 paypal
Zubeezone--$2.80 paypal
Apptrailers--$5.72 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)
Swagbucks--$25 paypal and $25 amazon
Hausernet--$51.75 (back payment for 6 months of mail)
PerkTV--$5 amazon (Use my code 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points)

My list is so short and sure feels like I surely forgot to record something, but I didn't!
My total received in January was $154.14.

I paid out $17 to TrafficBrowser ($2 monthly but then I changed and paid $15 for a year so that I can surf 12 traffic exchanges at once instead of 10), $2.99 to Orbital Traffic, $3.74 to Squirly traffic, $2.50 to Hotflashhits, $6.90 to Postmanhits, $2.50 to Zubeedownlines, $6.99 to TrafficMagician, and $5.95 to TESurfSocial for upgrades.  This come to a total of $48.57.

This brings my total to just $105.57 for the month.

I've always had a goal of taking in a total of $600 for the month and this included retail pricing of items I receive free--samples, magazine subscriptions, items I get in for review etc.
I slacked off and haven't been keeping track of those things for several months.  From this day on I am going to start keeping track of that again and adding it to my total again.
I will try to come back and edit this post once I get a list of the items I got in January as well.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WIP Wednesday--February Already

I don't have too much to report.  I'm still having a hard time getting back to my little daily schedule  after getting off of it.

Thursday is my day to work on other UFO's.  I did finish up the smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity.

Friday I got out my coupon binder and pulled out all the expired coupons--which was all but a very few with no expiration date, instead of making yo-yo's.

Saturday I worked on cutting out coupons instead of working on my hexagon project.

Sunday I did actually work on a rug as scheduled.  I am in the process of stringing together the strips for the locker hook rug I am working on in rainbow colors.  It looks like a mess right now.  I hope to finished sewing up and get the strips cut apart this coming Sunday.

Monday is to work on the Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  I did get the fabric out and cut some more squares, but not many at all.  Some day I will have the squares cut to start making the blocks.

Tuesday is working on the doll bedding sets.  I did work some on one of the doll rugs, but mostly I worked on taking step by step pictures.  I want to try my hand at putting up a tutorial on thriftyfun on how to make them.

Here we are to Wednesday, which is my day to work on the soscrappy blog challenge color of the month.  I just looked and this month is brown.  Brown doesn't fit in my rainbow of colors, but I look forward to seeing what 4 patches and hexagons both that I can get made in brown this month.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug--plus more to sell
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug

2016 Finishes:

None yet!


I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Crown Coast Umbrellas for Quality and Affordability #CrownCoastUmbrella



Crown Coast Umbrellas are heavy duty 60+MPH severe storm rated, made with flex memory frame technology.
They feature a convenient automatic open and close canopy.  This is really convenient when getting out of and into a vehicle.
It's a full size umbrella in a compact case.  Each comes with an outer carrying case.
They are backed by a life time warranty (6,000 opens).  If there are any problems with your purchase it is either replaced or a refund given.

There are several colors to choose from: blue, white, yellow, turquoise, red, pink, green, or black.
I chose yellow, as you can see in my picture below....simply because that is my favorite color.

In my video I demonstrate the push button opening and closing as I try to show the flexibility of the frame.



Crown Coast Umbrellas are currently on a great sale on amazon.  Click HERE to order yours now!




Saturday, January 30, 2016

LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray Giveaway

**Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**



True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!

Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.

The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.

As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.

Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2

Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!
www.L2MOfficial.com



Be sure to check out the app to:
• Grab your pop star microphone because it’s sing-along night! Click the play button to watch the special sing-along music video for Girlz by L2M.
• Listen to the song High Tops by L2M and click to watch the “Meet L2M” video that introduces the next girl-pop power sensation.
• Download the “Girlz 4 Life” Activity Pack and to unlock your inner pop star! Kit includes Selfie props, a “Spot the Difference” game, making the Band DIY pop star instruments, Friendship Card and more!
• Click on LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack for a link where the film can be purchased!


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha--I Remember When.......


I remember when......
I was so excited to finally get the internet.  Seems like a lifetime ago back in 1996.  I was having one of my refund conventions and some of the ladies who came were talking about all of the good coupons they were getting by emailing off to different companies.

You know what I did.  As soon as we had internet, I started searching companies such as Nabisco, Kraft, Kellogg's etc to try my hand at getting good coupons in the mail.

When I searched Kellogg's, a site came up in search.  I don't remember the name of the site, but you took fun little trivia tests to win points.  Points that were then traded for gift cards.  You guessed it, that was the start to my internet addiction----the addiction of earning online.

I find it hard to believe that was 20 years ago!  Things sure have changed in the earning department.
Back then and for several years, the earning was super fun.  By that I mean I was earning by playing games, not writing or doing traffic exchanges or paid to clicks.

I sure miss those days.  If there are any sites out there now that you can just have fun playing games (mahjong was always my favorite), I don't know about them.  Do you know of any??
Swagbucks did have mahjong and I was ending my day with 10 games there before bedtime.  Sadly, they have taken that away.  I play whatever the free play game of the day is for points at GSN cash games.  That's just a few points daily, so it takes a long time to actually be able to get a gift card.
There are also some games on GSN itself that are for points that I can play----it's just that they don't have gift cards in exchange for points other than trying to win them with points and I don't have luck at that.  They do sometimes have some other cool prizes like decks of cards or an umbrella, then there used to be a book of the week and DVD of the week.  I should check to see what there is and get back to relaxing more at bedtime with some games there.

Anything you can earn online helps.  I did get in the cat food and cat litter that I ordered from amazon.  Now to save up again.  I am truly in hopes of always having enough to order it there, but we also need ink for the printer.

Speaking of coupons----I have started to at least buy the Sunday paper each week again.  Today I am going to actually get those cut out, at least the ones for things I might be buying.  I also hope to start getting back to the groups where people share good deals as well.  Wish me luck!

I hope you've had a good week.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Add Fun to Your Gift Giving with the aMAZEd Money Maze by aGreatLife




The aMAZEd Money Maze by aGreatlife really does add lots of fun to your gift giving both for yourself as well as the recipient.

When my Money Maze came in, everyone in the house was fighting for their turn to try it.  By everyone I mean 5 grandchildren ages 6 to 14, my husband, my oldest daughter, and a friend that was over.

I chose my 14 yr old grandson to help me make the youtube video below.  Once he solved the money maze he chose to fill the bank with Hershey's Kisses.  Once someone solved the puzzle, that was their prize.



I took this shot of the oldest granddaughter that is living with us giving a try at figuring out the maze.

I think you can see that this does make gift giving fun for all.  Cash or a gift card can be put inside, or candy is a good idea too.
The gift doesn't stop once they get their "prize" inside.  They can still use the maze as a bank.

I know there hasn't been a day at my house that someone hasn't picked up the Money Maze to work the puzzle.  It's fun to watch them.

This makes a great gift for pretty much any age.  It's recommended for anyone ages 6 and up (my 6 yr old grandson has had a number of fun tries to figure it out).  Even adults will enjoy it.

It comes with this guarantee:
If anything goes wrong with your Money Maze Puzzle, or you decide it’s not just for you or if you experience any defects on the product  and if you have any questions, kindly send us a message. We take full responsibility and are committed to 100% customer satisfaction.  If you are not 100% satisfied with our product, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to make sure to help you in any way we can!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wip Wednesday--At Least Some Progress

I tried really hard to get back to the schedule I have written up for myself on getting projects worked on, but it didn't work very well.

Thursday is set to be any UFO and I decided to get out the hexagon flower table runner that I worked on at the last quilt retreat.
I ended up very frustrated, to say the least.  If you remember, I had already started hand embroidering the blanket stitch around the edges of the flowers since I didn't have a sewing machine with the blanket stitch.
Since my new machine has the stitch, I started sewing the blanket stitch around a flower.  It looked good, so as I sewed (like a dummy) I was stopping to take out the hand embroidery.  Well.....in the end, the stitch was totally whacked out.  It worked fine on my sample cloth, but I am assuming something about going through the layers including the applique paper, didn't work.
UGH!!  As you will see in my photo, hours and hours later I decided to just try a straight stitch around the inside and outside of the flower.  Worked fine on the outside, but even the straight stitch through the layers of the flower didn't work right.  My thread kept breaking  :(
I will plug along with it, but it's put up again for awhile.

Sunday is to be my day to work on rugs.  Saturday instead of getting out hexagons, I chose to try to start yet another rug. (Yes, this would be why not much gets done and I have so many UFO's)  I had looked through a book titled Upcycled T-Shirts that a gal at quilt guild had.  I swore that inside I had seen the idea of making a latch hook rug with t-shit strips instead of the yarn pieces.
It turns out that the idea must have come to me while I was looking at the book, because although there are lots of cool ideas in the book, this wasn't one of them.
I will cut the rest of my strips down to bits before I put this away yet today, but so far it looks like it will be a neat rug.

Monday was our community sewing project day at quilt guild.  I sure thought I was going to get a lot further along on the 2 pink quilt tops I had made.  I only ended up getting the smaller pink one sandwiched and tied.  So, Thursday's will really need to be my day to finish these as they do have to be done by the meeting on February 22 when the agencies that are receiving them will come to our meeting to pick them up.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug--plus more to sell
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug

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
Yo-Yo Table runner
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
Autumn wall hanging
18 Hot pad bowls for Christmas gifts

What will be my first 2016 finish?

Here is the Upcycled T-shirt book for anyone else who is interested in making cool things with those t-shirts:



I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Friday, January 22, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha--Something For Everyone

I'm still working on just what I want to post each Friday, but who knows, maybe I will always just mix it up.  Today I have decided to go through some offers and hand pick some.  There should be something of interest here to everyone.  Maybe you might find 2 or 3 of interest!

Have fun!



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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Entering is simple---just visit their facebook page HERE and share a photo of you enjoying your favorite sport.
Each month through June, 5 photos will be chosen as semi-finalists.  Those photos are then voted on by the fans and one winner each month will win $250 plus an entry into the grand prize of a trip to Vegas.




Disclosure:  I was sent samples of product in exchange for sharing the contest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday--A Little Off Track

I got off of my schedule this week....which I will talk about later.  I did get in some sewing and craft work though.

Let's start with the blue 4 patches that I am working on for the soscrappy blog challenge this month.  I am now ready to start squaring them up, which I hope to work on today yet.

I also finished the 2 child's quilt tops that will be finished at our work day at quilt guild on Monday and be given to various charities.


That was the extend of my work this past week other than a doll rug I worked on yesterday while traveling on a bus for a day trip with family.

Otherwise, hubby is on vacation this week and we started as soon as he got off work on Saturday to pull carpeting up.  We bought laminate flooring, but after seeing the wood under the floor we decided we will refinish it instead!  Most of the carpet is out now, but I took this picture along the way.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug--plus more to sell
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt


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
Yo-Yo Table runner
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
Autumn wall hanging
18 Hot pad bowls for Christmas gifts

I am linking up with the following blogs:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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