Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Last week I read a book to some of my students ("March On" by Martin Luther King, Jr's sister) and learned that his birth name had not been Martin.  His father learned about Martin Luther and was so impressed he changed both his own name and his son (MLK Jr)'s name.  Isn't that interesting?  Here's a History Channel link if you want to read more about it.
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We've all seen various quotes from MLK, Jr.  "Hate cannot drive out hate..."  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and so on.  He was such a wise man.  That book that I read to students was phenomenal.  Today I'm sharing 7 of his lesser known quotes.  I found these and made them into graphics. These quotes don't make the rounds on social media as much but I found each of them to be important.  

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

How I Earned $300+ From Swagbucks

I tallied up my Swagbucks* earnings for the year....
 *Swagbucks is a site that lets you earn points for searching the web. These points can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or gift cards to tons of stores (Sephora, Amazon, Kohl's, JC Penney, Ebay, Best Buy, Walmart, etc)

In 2016 I got $334 from Swagbucks!  This year I redeemed for gift cards (instead of PayPal) and got $25 to Babies R Us, $25 to Sephora $284 to Amazon.

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Like I've always said about Swagbucks, it will NOT make you rich.  Do not quit your day job. But would you like an extra $300 this year?  YES! If you are wanting to save up for a new PlayStation, Macbook, Christmas gifts, new clothes, whatever, THIS is the way to do it.  Personally, I didn't save for a big ticket item this year but used the earnings to buy things for my classroom (hello teacher budget), gifts, and loads of books! 

Here's how I earned that $334:
--Do the "daily poll".  It takes 2 seconds. You can find the link to it on the left side of your screen when you log in.  Here's a screencap of my screen today (the green check means I completed all of those activities).

--Watch videos on Swagbucks' website. There are topics for all sorts of interests: pets, household, cooking, finance, travel, celebrity gossip, movies & tv.
--Take surveys.  Sometimes you qualify for one, sometimes you don't.  I don't spend tons of time here but do try to get a couple a month.  Today I completed one worth 65 points!
--Participate in Team Challenges---there's usually a reward for everyone even if you are on the losing team.  They are free and a nice way to get a little points boost.
--Shop via the Swagbucks links. If the Ebates payout % is lower, I do my online shopping through the Swagbucks link and earn points for things I was going to purchase anyway.
--Do the "NCrave" items.  They show up on the home page.  Usually pretty easy and they pay anything from 1-7 SBs each.
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Swagbucks is a great way for retirees, teachers, stay at home moms, and college students to earn some spare money.  I mean, who here would say "no thanks" to a few hundred dollars?

Now that I shared how I made over $300 on Swagbucks, can you do me a favor? If you join, would you use my referral link? One of the way Swagbucks offers it's users the chance to earn more SB is through referrals. It's one thing I've not been good at that I'd like to improve.  Here's the referral link.  Thanks!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Funnies: Coffee

Seriously. It's been our first week back to school after break. Which means it has been a heavy coffee week.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Swagbucks Alert!

Swagbucks alert!  I've told you about how I earn points, called SB, to redeem for giftcards and PayPal. *Last year I cashed out over $400!*  Previous posts have talked about SWAGO opportunities that arise, but I've never mentioned the Collector's Bills.

Every now and then they offer "Collector's Bills" worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web.

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  • 5 SB
  • 7 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11 SB
  • 16 SB
  • 22 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. If you collect all 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

They can be hard to get. Are you up for the challenge?!

If you aren't yet a Swagbucks member, you can join through my referral link HERE.
Swagbucks is a great way to earn free money and start saving for next Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Emoji Stocking Stuffers

Who doesn't love emojis???  It seems like kids of most ages enjoy them, my own kids (Kindergarten and Middle School) both do.  So as I've been gathering items for stocking stuffers, I've found myself grabbing lots of emoji things.

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Here are 16 emoji stocking stuffer ideas for you this year:

Emoji Stationery Set (Target, $1)
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Emoji Poop Lollipops (Michael's, $2.49)
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Emoji Antibacterial Hand Wipes (Dollar Tree, $1)
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Emoji Stickers (Michael's, $3.99)
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Emoji Paperclips (Michael's, $3.99)
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Emoji Lindt Chocolate (Michael's, $?)
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Emoji Lollipops (Michael's, $2.49)
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Emoji Poop Sticky Notes (Michael's, $?)
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Emoji Zipper Pouch (Michael's, $?)

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Emoji Stress Balls ($1 each at Michael's or set of 24 from Amazon for $18)
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Emoji Cup (Walmart, $2)
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Emoji Pez Candy (Snyder's Candy, $2.49)
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Emoji glow bracelets from here 
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This little poop guy and surfboard emoji were found in Target's dollar bins (aka the happiest place on earth).
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Finally, this emoji eraser set from Target is 3 bucks for 6 erasers.  You could give the entire set in a stocking or open it up and drop a few in each stocking if you have multiple kids---be warned though, they may fight over who gets the poop emoji!
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Need more holiday gift ideas? Check out one of these:
--55 Christmas Gifts for Tween Boys
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for 2-4 yr old boys (or girls!)
--39 Gifts for Senior Citizens
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for little kids (under 2 yrs old)
--Stocking Stuffers (non-candy) for 8-10yr old boys (or girls!)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday!  Here are 3 things I laughed at this week...enjoy!

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Raking In The Swagbucks (and giftcards)

There are 11 more Fridays before Christmas.
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I've already started shopping but still feel like I'm behind!  I got stuff for my secret pal at work, several of our grandparents, a niece and nephew, but still.  Just 11 more weekends.  Eeek!  Anyway, I've told you guys before about how I use Swagbucks (a free site where you earn points to redeem for gift cards or cash) to get gift cards.  I just cashed out my points for a $25 Amazon gift card and expect to get another one before Christmas.  Hooray for an extra $50!

Once you've joined Swagbucks, be sure to join the SWAGO game. It doesn't cost anything and is kind of like bingo.  You fill in squares by doing activities and then once you have enough squares for a "bingo" you can turn your card in and instantly get the extra points (called "swagbucks" or "SB").  You can earn between 5 and 300 extra points by doing the SWAGO game.  

Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:
  • Swago will begin on Monday, October 10th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Monday, October 17th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.
Good luck and if you have any questions, you can ask me here or on Facebook --> here.