Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Friday is almost here, which in the Swag Nation means: Mega Swag Bucks Day!


There are so many great ways to earn bonus Bucks, making this Friday an Extra-Mega Swag Bucks Day. Here are 3 easy ways you can grab bonus Bucks:
  1. Friday is the last day of our High School Rivalry -- the winning high school gets 25 SB awarded to everyone who has contributed at least 1 SB.
  2. Speaking of high school, this weekend is the last chance to collect all the High School Collector's Bills & the bonus. Our University Bills (and a new bonus!) begins Monday the 26th.
  3. There is still a week left in August, meaning you can get DOUBLE SBs when you take Swagbucks' Email Surveys. It's easy to get relevant surveys straight to your email (and 2X the payout to boot!).

Shopkick's "Blue" Friday - Earn Extra Rewards and Save on 8/23

Shopkick, the free shopping rewards app, has named tomorrow (8/23) “Blue” Friday – meaning extra kicks and deals, many exclusive, across partner stores!

Get 200 walk-in kicks for visiting participating partner retailers: Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, ExxonMobil, Macy's, Old Navy, Sony and Target.

Additionally, deals live on Blue Friday include:
·         American Eagle Outfitters
-          15% off your entire purchase
·         Aerie
-          15% off your entire purchase
-          All Bras $20
·         Sports Authority
-          $10 off $50 or $20 off $100
·         Macy's
-          “Wow Pass” - extra 15% off
·         Old Navy
-          All Jeans on sale
-          All Uniforms on sale
·         Crate & Barrel
-          15% off sofa, sectional & sleeper sale
·         Wet Seal
-          All jeans: Buy One Get One $10
-          Flats & sneakers: Buy One Get One 50% off
-          Graphic tees: Buy One Get One 50% off

Kicks can be redeemed for in-store gift cards, song downloads, movie tickets, hotel vouchers, Facebook Credits to play games online, donations to charity and more.

***Shopkick is a free app available for down load on the iphone or android devices.  If you aren't already using shopkick, click HERE to get started today!*** 

Disclosure:  This information was provided to me by Atomic PR to pass on to my readers.  The links however, are my referral links.

5 Tricks To Creating Intricate Crochet Mosaics – Just By Using Basic Stitches

Video Tutorial on, Led By Crochet Artist Lily Chin, Provides Step-By-Step Instructions.

Lily Chin, named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years. She has worked with designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, from Racquel Welch and Vanna White to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of several bestselling books on the subject, and is also is the reigning champion fastest crocheter in the world. Lily enjoys teaching others her craft and has hosted classes from New York, where she lives, and around the world. 

With Fall quickly approaching, what could be cozier than fending off the brisk chill in a beautifully-designed sweater or blanket crocheted with your own hands? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crochet artist, it’s easy to create a complex-looking fabric using just basic stitches. A step-by-step video tutorial on shows anyone how to use the Mosaic Crochet technique to incorporate beautiful colorful patterns, while helping you improve your skills and make you a pro at mosaic designs. 
With an easy-to-follow teaching style, crochet artist Lily Chin walks you through the steps of creating designs that spring to life with color. "Mosaic crochet is a technique that looks complex, but it’s really easy to do.” insists Lily. “It’s based on the principles of mosaic knitting, where only one color is worked at a time, and in essence you do stripes of two rows of each color." 
Lily’s techniques make even the most elaborate patterns a breeze. Here are some of the tips and techniques that she reveals in her Mosaic Crochet video tutorial:
  • Work Down: Unlike knitting, which brings color upward, a crochet mosaic brings the color down through the stitches to create the pattern. 

  • The Ripple Effect: Beautiful patterns made up of zigzagged V shapes, also known as chevrons, can be achieved through using the most basic stitch. Double up to reverse direction and create a ripple.
  • The V Stitch: For a more intricate mosaic pattern, just add 2 stitches. While the basic technique only uses one stitch, the V stitch requires three stitches to create bold forked patterns.
  • Change Up the Basics: By alternating the basic techniques, the mosaic pattern can be changed dramatically to create stair steps patterns, quilt-like spinning squares, pinwheels, and basket-weave patterns. Depending on the types of yarn and needles used, the scale can range from tidy designs on a small pillow to larger patterns on a big blanket.
  • Punch Up the Design with Color: Learn how to create a mosaic effect with up to three colors, working one color at a time and crocheting downward to cover the rows of color.
To view the entire Mosaic Crochet video tutorial, log on to

Disclosure:  This information was sent to me by F&W  Media for the purpose of sharing with my readers.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Swagbucks High School Swag Code Extravaganza!

This just in: Swagbucks is having a Swag Code Extravaganza to celebrate High School week! from 5am to 8pm Pacific Time there are 10 codes total - get them all and you'll get 50 Swag Bucks in total! Check out the handy dandy schedule of events so you don't miss any of the fun!

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, click HERE to join me in earning gift cards for your time online - I've earned $260 from Swagbucks and you can too - it's free and simple.
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