Friday, April 21, 2017

Get $28 to try Hulu THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this weekend is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $28 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $20 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds) 
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu 
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes. 

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

This is a great time to join because when you sign up for Swagbucks through the link above and get your 2800 SB from the Hulu offer, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of May. So that's $28 (2800 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 3100 SB, which means you make a profit of $23 total just for watching TV!

Adorable Free Printable Happy Birthday "Pun" Cards!

I love nothing more than a cute card! I also love cards that you can't really find in your typical store. I was browsing the web and couldn't find anything that I really liked, and when I did find something- it was too plain. I like color, and lots of it. I was stoked to print these on my new HP DeskJet3755 All-in-One printer
My 9-year-old and I are always saying puns. If you read the cards that I made above, you can get the idea of what it is. What is a pun? A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings. There are so many out there so the possibilities are endless when it comes to the sayings or cards that you can make. I love these!
When I made these, I had in mind that I just wanted to use the typical 5x7 size, because it is a good size and I like it. I bought the cardstock (Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets) on Amazon  and the Darice Smooth A7 Envelopes, 5.25-Inch by 7.25-Inch, Kraft, 50-Pack of envelopes on Amazon. (affiliate links- purchasing via my link will allow me to earn a percentage of the purchase.) 
I made a tutorial on how to make a watercolor card, and making this goes about the same. It is just creating your layers and placing the images where you want them. I am thrilled that I can offer these to you all! They are so cute! These are obviously blank on the inside so that you can get creative and write your own little note or message.
When you print these images, save to your computer via Dropbox HERE. These are 5x7 cards and JPEG images. Flip the image upside down in the image viewer. Place a standard size piece of cardstock in your printer and print. You will need to fold and trim. Nothing that you can't use a Xacto knife or big pair of scissors for! These make the cutest gift too! If you don't want to download them all at once, you can score them via the links below!
Do you think you will use these cards in the near future? I would love to hear! Thanks for reading! 
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How to Create A Watercolor Printable Card With Steps! Printable Freebies Included.

I love creating new things on my Paint Shop Pro program! I am a fan and I have been since high school. They have a new version called Paint Shop Pro X9. You can download this or use the free 30 day trial. The full NEW version is $79.99, and if you have an older version and want to upgrade, it is $59.99. This tutorial is easy for a beginner. I am going to give you step by step instructions! Have you ever wanted to create a watercolor card for someone, but you did not want the mess of paint? Have no fear! I am here to save the day! I am going to show you how to make this:
How cute is that? AND you can place any saying that you want on the front of it. The inside is blank so that you can fill it out with your own handwriting. I feel that makes it more personal than typing a message too! If you don't want to make it yourself, I am providing the download link to print it yourself too via the bottom of this post.
Now, after you download your Paint Shop Pro program, and open it- you need to head here and get your free brushes. Brushes are what make the card for this project. I often use that website because people create the neatest add-ons for this program.Check out the screenshots below for reference.
Now, download these brushes and unzip to your desktop. LEAVE THEM there for now.
Go to the program and click file > import> then custom brush. This is where you will bring the brushes into the program so that they are always there when you need them. You will not have to redownload them.
A box will pop open like the one below.
Click OPEN and grab them from the desktop and they will all load like you see to the left. Click ADD ALL and they will move to the right! Click OK and you are set. 
I made this greeting card a 5x7. I like the size. So go to FILE at the top left again and then click NEW. This box will pop up. See where it says units? Click inches and to the left make width 5 and height 7. Unclick the transparent box and make that white. You can choose a color by clicking the box. Now I am going to show you how easy that it is to make your card.
Clic the brush tool and find the brushes you downloaded, click one and you can play with the size where it says size at the top too.
Use the pallet to the right and choose the colors you want the brushes to be. Get creative. Click around and make your design. You can turn it around via the buttons you see circled at the top so that you can get it even around each edge. When you get it to where you want it, you can add your font. Your computer already has font installed, but if you want anything fancy or cute, head on over to a free website such as Find the font you want, download it and unzip to your desktop. Right click and click INSTALL. The font that you see here is Bromello.
After you get your fonts downloaded, you can start adding the text onto the card.
If you want the watercolor effect that I did, go to file, then click new (like you did when we made the 5x7 card image to start with) and instead of clicking inches like last time, click pixels and do 500x500!
Use the brushes and make a watercolor effect one on another like you see I did! You can play with textures on the right as well, but I recommend taking it easy to start out on. 
After you click that box, this box that you see below will pop up!
Click pattern at the top and the one you made should pop up. Click and make it and scale like I have it. Click ok and you are started. Type the font that you want inside of the card! Play with it and place it where you want. 
You are done and ready to gift your card! Save to your desktop. Now click and open it. If you want to print from here do this:
Rotate the image upside down. There is a good reason for this! Load your paper or cardstock into the printer. I used standard size. 
The reason I had you flip the image is so that when you fold the card, it is facing the correct way! Click fit to picture and 5x7. Click print.
Fold over and trim your card with scissors or a xacto knife. You can find these at any craft store.
Enjoy and gift your beautiful new card! The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do! Get creative with it! You will become addicted! Don't want to make it yourself? Don't sweat it- download the card freebie pack for a pdf of them all, or download each here. Freebies include:
Happy Birthday To My Sister, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To My Aunt, Happy Birthday B*tch, Happy Birthday Daughter, Happy Birthday Mom, Happy You Came Out Of Your Mom's Vagina Day and Holy Sh*t You're Old! There are a variety to choose from! Please remember these are all 5x7! I hope that you enjoy them all! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Like this post? Please share via one of the buttons below, RT or Pin this last image! Thanks for reading!

April Swago is here! 700 SB Bonus

Swagbucks has one more bit of April fun - it's the return of Swago! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 700 SB ($7) bonus!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Steak 'N Shake Bonus Days

If you love Steak 'N Shake, you can get a 15% cashback when you purchase Steak 'N Shake gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which is a site that gives you cash back when you buy gift cards to your favorite retailers.

The cash back is paid in the form of SB points on Swagbucks, which you can turn into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal. You can take advantage of this deal by clicking here, and if you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you can create one there so you get your SB points for your purchase!

This is a limited time offer that's good through this April 30th or until supplies run out, whichever happens first! GET IT HERE.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Traveling With Your Pet While Using Online ESA Letters

Are you planning to travel with your emotional support animal any time soon? If so, there are a couple of things you need to know before getting to the airport or train station that will significantly reduce the stress associated with traveling with an animal.
What You Need to Know About Using an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letter
Nowadays, airlines are required by regulation to accommodate reasonable requests from passengers to fly with a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) or Emotional Support Animal (ESA). Likewise, you are required to contact the airline early enough (at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure) and to have a valid ESA letter.
A valid ESA letter must fulfill the following requirements.
  • Must not be more than one year old.
  • Must be on a professional’s letter head.
  • Must be obtained from a mental health professional.
An ESA letter should state that you suffer from a mental health-related disability that is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV). Rather than attesting to a mental illness diagnosis, the letter should also indicate that the mental illness considerably limits one or more major life activities.
The manual states that airlines should not require the letter to mention the specific diagnosis or mental health disability. The letter must, however, indicate that the diagnosis is included in the DSM-IV. The ESA letter must also attest that the presence of the pet is required for your treatment or health during the flight and/or at the destination.
The individuals writing online ESA letters must be licensed mental health professionals and you must be under their care. The mental health professionals should clearly indicate their specific mental health profession, such as clinical social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.
Tips on Traveling With Your Emotional Support Animal
Traveling by plane
Make sure you have your ESA letter with you to prove that your pet is in fact an emotional support animal without whom you cannot function normally.
Different airlines have different rules regarding the steps you need to take to fly with your emotional support dog. So make sure you call the airline before going to the airport and inform them that you’re planning on traveling with your emotional support dog.
The Air Carrier Access Act requires airlines to let you travel with the pet. Nonetheless, coordinating with the airline saves time and potential hassles at the airport.
Traveling by car
When traveling with your emotional support dog by car, especially on extended road trips, it’s a good idea to for you to map out your trip. You and your pet will be better off if you can find out where the closest dog-friendly restaurant, hotel, or rest shop is.
There are numerous dog-friendly restaurants and hotels across the US, but there are some that have a no-pets policy. Note that they aren’t legally required to allow pets in the restaurant or hotel because they are covered by the Fair Housing Act or Air Carrier Access Act, so an ESA may not help here.
Anya S. Smith is a dog lover and shelter volunteer. In addition to handling selected range of vet-approved and recommended products, Anya blogs about pet related topics such as traveling with pets and online ESA letters.

Swagbucks Mother's Day Sale - US

It may not seem like it, but Mother's Day will be here before you know it! Swagbucks is jumping on it early and offering double cash back (in the form of SB points) at several of your favorite merchants. If you haven't heard of Swagbucks, when you shop there you get cash back in the form of SB points for every dollar you spend. Then you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and more! Sign up here to get started 

Plus, if you've signed up through my links at some point this month (or do it now), you'll get a $2 (200 SB) bonus added to your account when you spend $25 or more through Swagbucks Shop before the first of May!

You can earn SB in all sorts of ways, including discovering deals and trying new products/services, watching videos, taking surveys, or just searching the web!  

Get your shopping done early AND get points for it! Offers last until May 14th, 2017.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Travel Guide- How to get ready for your Luxury Trip

Preparing for your luxury trip is a vital aspect of the entire experience. The decisions that you make during the early stages of the planning process will have an impact on how successful your trip will be. Consider factors such as the places that you want to visit, things you will do, the number of days available and an overall schedule.
Prepare a Budget
  • A budget sets the pace for your trip with fairly accurate estimates of how much the trip is going to cost you. Include travel expenses such as plane tickets, hotels, insurance, visa fees, transport within your destination, meals and extra cash for splurging on things you like as well as emergency funding.
  • Research activities that you are interested in and how much they cost. Being as accurate as you possibly can while figuring out the various costs involved makes it much easier for you to prepare for your trip.
  • Many destinations provide special rates and discounts for tourists. Look out for special offers and take advantage of any opportunities to reduce your costs.
  • Keep your travel plans within your budget and remember to find out the conversion rates for different currencies if you plan to travel abroad.
Travel Arrangements
There are websites that you can use to look for reasonably priced flights to different destinations around the world. Try the websites of airlines as well or any resource that can give you insight into other transport costs such as train ticket prices. If you are still unsure about how to go to your destination, online sites can help you gather various travel times and estimated costs of different modes of transportation. Find Luxury Link hotel suggestions here.
Luxury Hotels
From luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts, the options are virtually limitless. Luxury travelers who value personalized service and attention to detail can look forward to the endless of products and services that luxury hotels have to offer.
At a luxury hotel, staff not only responds to your needs but anticipates them as well. Service quality is differentiates brands and determines the ideal choice for any luxury traveler who wants a memorable and comfortable trip.
Tentative Schedule
  • Set a schedule early if you are planning to visit numerous locations during your trip. Try to figure out how much time you are likely to spend at different locations as well as the attractions that you have prioritized on your list.
  • An itinerary is a useful guide but being behind schedule by a few minutes is not something to be stressed out. Being flexible is essential for ensuring that you have an enjoyable time.
  • Share your travel details with family so that they know where you will be and how they can reach you if there is an emergency.
Check on the weather at your travel destination. Go through websites and blogs for packing suggestions and recommendations. Pack light by choosing clothes that you can easily coordinate. Keep the airline safety regulations in mind while packing. If you are currently on prescribed medication, remember to pack enough for the trip as well as items such as a charger for your phone, electronics and books.

Frank Smith is a locally based travel consultant, freelance writer and blogger. She says one of the secrets to a fulfilling career is enjoying what you do. Her hobbies include reading autobiographies and playing video games with her sons. Find out more about Luxury Link here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cleaning Hacks For Your Kitchen

Studies have shown that the kitchen is that room in the house that has the most germs. Considering this is the place where food is prepared, it’s clear we need to focus the use of our elbow grease just a bit more in this area. It’s not the most exciting household chore to do, but it just has to be done - although that’s not to say we can’t take a few shortcuts when doing so!

Check out these nifty cleaning hacks for your kitchen:

1. Lemon: to clean dirty pans and baking trays
Squeeze a fresh lemon into a basin of hot water with baking soda and soak pots, pans, and baking dishes in this solution for a few minutes to let the grease slide right off.

2. Vinegar + Baking Soda: to wash away grease and odors in the dishwasher
Fill the dishwasher-safe container with vinegar. Then, let the machine run through a hot-water cycle. Do this two or more times and lastly, sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher, leave it overnight and run an empty cycle the morning after.

3. Onion: to clean grill grates
All you’ll need to do is to take half a white onion - peeled - and rub it along the grates of your hot grill. This will de-glaze the grill grates, and add flavor to your grilled dinner.

4. Dish Soap + Baking Soda : to clean all parts of your refrigerator
Mix a teaspoon of your chosen dish soap, baking soda, and 3-4 cups of water. Use this to wipe clean your refrigerator. You can do it with a microfiber cloth or a dish cloth. Either of them works totally great.

5. Lemon + Salt: to deep clean wooden cutting boards
Coarse salt and a lemon - just rub these on your wooden cutting board to remove hidden bacteria, grime, and other germs.

6. Vinegar: to steam clean the microwave
You can’t exactly fit a microwave into a dishwasher for cleaning, so do this instead: Heat a bowl of water and vinegar mixture in the microwave for 10 minutes in order to steam clean the interiors of your microwave.

7. Vegetable Oil + Baking Soda: to get gunk off of the kitchen cabinet.
Blend baking soda and vegetable oil and use it to scrub your cabinet doors. It’s an inexpensive yet effective way to clean and shine your kitchen cabinet.

8. Lemon: to freshen up the garbage bin
Simply cut a lemon in half, and shove it into the garbage bin where it can absorb foul-odors.

9. Socks: to clean floors
When you’re feeling too lazy to mop and sweep the floors, just put on chenille socks to walk around in all day. You’ll be picking up dust and dirt off of the floor while doing virtually nothing.

10. Microwave: to sanitize the kitchen sponge.
Kitchen sponges have been found to be the kitchen item with the most germs, so sanitizing them regularly is an absolute must. Simply zap your kitchen sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes and it should be good to go!

The kitchen is where most of the food we feed ourselves and our families starts out from, so cleaning it should be top priority. With the cleaning hacks presented above, doing so should be quick and easy!

zen jewelz- Spiritual Jewelery and Bracelets {Fertility Bracelet Review}

Between my close friends and I, it isn't a secret that my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant. It is a monthly letdown. {Cue the it will happen when it happens comments!}. I recently discovered zen jewelz. If you haven't heard about them, it is spiritual jewelery and bracelets. Check out more about them from the energist and designer of zen jewelz, Jen.
Gemstones are minerals from the Earth, also known as healing crystals. Ever since discovering them, I tune into their energy and notice just how precious they are. They are used as a form of healing and as a tool to bring forth certain spiritual qualities within ourselves, such as wisdom, luck, health, creativity and much more. Clearly these are gifts to be shared.
Stringing together enchanted pieces, I choose only the highest quality of gemstones. Then, using Reiki and the Native American tradition of smudging, I cleanse and charge the energy of each stone. Every finished piece offers a specific energy to support the wearer on their personal journey.
zen jewelz offers a special Fertility Bracelet on their website and I just had to get my hands on it.  I almost cried when I received it. It is packaged SO beautifully!
 This zen jewelz Fertility Bracelet by ZenJen is so pretty! I am just in love!
 The bracelet has a charm- Kokopelli, a symbol of fertility in Hopi legend, brought well-being and conception to the people. It also has a sterling silver Faith barrel on it. When I look at it, it gives me faith that one day I will have another baby with my husband.
 You are probably wondering what these stones has to even do with fertility. Moonstone and Rose Quartz attune the biorhythmic clock. These therapeutic quality gems powerfully affect the female reproductive cycle and are excellent for PMS, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. They are a beautiful combination! I wear it everyday.  You don't wear it at night but to wash your stones you can do so in warm soapy water and dry. The fertility bracelet comes in three sizes. Small, Average, and Large. 
Did you know that this bracelet was seen on Real Housewives of NJ? I thought that was pretty cool. If you are wondering how much this will cost you it is only $149.99!  The The zen jewelz Fertility Bracelet by ZenJen will make the prefect gift to! I can't wait to see if this gives me a boost! Who knows, maybe I will have a special announcement for you all soon?  Visit them on their social media below while you are here! Thanks for reading!
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*The Small Things was sent a complementarity bracelet to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own*