Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Shows to Stream with Your Spouse

A house divided.  That's us. My husband has very picky tv preferences and I don't.  For example, I have watched Grey's Anatomy since it's first episode over a decade ago.  My husband won't watch Grey's unless he's walking through the room mocking me.

Nevertheless, we have found several streaming shows that we both agree on!

Older Shows


cast of friends, jennifer aniston, courtney cox, david schwimmer, matthew perry, matt leblanc, chandler, phoebe, monica, ross and rachel"Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA......I'll be there for youuuuuu"
Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Phoebe.  This show is always good for a laugh!  We like to watch episodes (on Netflix for now!) when we need a short show that's going to be funny and not too serious.

The Office

michael scott, the office the injuryWe were late adopters to The Office fandom.  Regardless, we made our way into loving the show and have seen every episode.  Be sure to watch "The Injury" when Michael Scott accidentally George Forman's his foot.  It's my favorite.

leslie knope Parks & Rec

Leslie Knope for the win!  We love Parks & Rec reruns. Enough said. Currently Netflix is streaming Parks and Recreation! 

Andy Griffith

A classic!  Surely everyone has seen this show, right?  Our entire family enjoys watching episodes together. It's a nice calm, humorous half hour show. You can buy the Andy Griffith Seasons on dvds on Amazon or stream on Netflix! 

Packed to the Rafters

This show is now off the air but the 6 seasons are available on Hulu.  It was from the 2000s so while it is not a totally current show, it is still pretty modern.  The premise is that an empty-nester couple soon become NOT empty nesters as various members move back in.  It's Australian too so you get the benefit of those cute accents.  Episodes are around 40 minutes and a mix of comedy/drama.

Current Shows

Jack Ryan

john krasinskiThis AmazonPrime show is based on the Tom Clancy books and stars John Krasinski (the guy from The Office). My husband and I both really enjoyed this show. It is action packed and you will have to pay attention! Don't try to watch this while also budgeting or doing housework. You've gotta focus here. Currently there is only a season 1 which consists of 8 episodes. Watch "Jack Ryan" now so you will be caught up for season 2!

The Handmaid's Tale

aunt lydia, june, aunt lydia and juneDo you live under a rock? No.  Okay so you've definitely heard of this hit Hulu show based on Margaret Atwood's book of the same name.  We found the most recent season to have some slow moving spots and the constantly dark scenes are hard to see and get annoying.  But yet we love the show and it's depiction of a fictional dystopian society that is yet based in reality. Atwood has said that she made Gilead by using true things that had really happened around the world. Gilead itself is fiction but it is made up of pieces of very real things.

bradley whitford, nbc new showsPerfect Harmony

Bradley Whitford (who you may know from The Handmaid's Tale referenced above!) stars in this brand new NBC comedy!  There have only been 3 episodes so far but we enjoyed them.  Whitford plays Arthur Cochran, a professor who tries to turn a church choir into singing competition winners.  Whitford's dry delivery of his lines make Perfect Harmony an easy-to-watch show that my husband and I both are liking!  We stream this on Hulu but if you want to catch it live, it is on Thursdays on NBC at 8:30 EST.

*links may be affiliate links. full disclosure here.*

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

How to Give More to Charity {without spending more}

Do you ever feel like there is so much need in the world, it's overwhelming?  Me too.  Natural disasters abroad, local people in need, hungry children, financially strapped elderly people, refugees starting over from scratch, and shelters with empty shelves. I want to help everyone, want everyone to have enough food, everyone to have their healthcare needs met, everyone to have a blanket and soap.  Sometimes the sheer volume of need can be sweltering. But where to start? We're not billionaires, we are not trust-fund-babies, we are not powerful politicians.

To paraphrase Teddy Rosevelt: I have to do what I can, with what I have.

When budgeting, we have line items for the mortgage, gas, etc.  As Christians my husband and I believe that we also need to have a tithe to our local church as part of our regular giving. (Malachi 3:10 ; Leviticus 27:30)  But that doesn't always seem like enough.  Enter my new plan:
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I have long posted about how I make extra money online. Rakuten (ebates), Swagbucks, Microsoft, and Ibotta are my favorite money-makers. {Read: 4 Easy Ways to Make Money Online for the details}

Instead of using that extra money for things like Sephora and Amazon treats for ourselves, we decided to use the extra money towards increasing our giving.  We still do our regular tithe off our income but also are taking extra money we earn / come across to boost organizations that are in need.

I earned a bonus at work and bought feminine hygiene products off our local shelter's "most urgent" wishlist.  We used Amazon charity lists to send Spanish books and word searches to a group that provides Hispanic Senior Citizen programming.  We gave financial contributes to Raices, a group that helps provide legal assistance for refugees and immigrants.  I sent a bullhorn to Faith in Texas from their Amazon Charity List so that they can continue their public demonstrations calling for social justice in the name of Jesus.

I can't 'save' everyone but right now there are some senior citizens enjoying their day with a book we provided.  
There are women at a shelter who don't have to worry about their next cycle because the shelter has plenty of hygiene items. 
Somewhere in America is an immigrant who now has access to legal services to help them navigate tricky paperwork. 

Yes, this is just a drop in the bucket. But if we all add drops to the bucket, do you know what happens?  The bucket fills up!  

If you use ebates/amazon/ibotta/etc, will you consider committing to donate your earnings (or part of them) to those in need?

One more thing:

One super easy way you can make a difference is by shopping with Amazon Smile.  Simply go to and select which charity you want to benefit. Each time you shop on Amazon you go to and the charity you selected will receive a tiny % of what you spend. It's not much. But every little bit helps!

Related Post: How I Made $334 With Swagbucks
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day: Celebrating Workers

Happy Labor Day!  More than just a day off work (yay!!), parades and picnics, Labor Day is a day to honor our progress as a country towards fair & safe working conditions.  We also honor those who fought to bring us these labor rights, some of whom lost their lives in doing so.  Here are 3 short blurbs from various websites to provide a little background for Labor Day.
"In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages." 

"Only in the 1930s did the tide turn for workers. With Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House, allies in Congress, and the first female cabinet member in Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, a series of reforms were implemented. In 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act that established the eight-hour day and five-day week for wage-workers. But don’t solely thank the politicians."

[Martin Luther King, Jr's statement] “'There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American whether he [or she] is a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer,' said King."

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Funnies

Friday Funnies are here!!  See which one you most relate to:

Monday, July 29, 2019

4 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

There are oodles of ways to make a little extra money online.  I've written about several of them before but thought it would be helpful to compile it all into ONE post.  Here are some of my favorite ways to get a little extra money in my wallet:

cash back online

This used to be called eBates. Which makes sense because it sounds like "rebates"--you know, cash back?  But then they inexplicably changed the name to this Rakuten nonsense.  Goofy unrelated name? Yes.  But, then again, I'm the idiot who named this blog Zucchini Summer when it has nothing to do with zucchini, nor summer.  So.  I guess we'll call it even.

At any rate, Rakuten/Ebates is a legit way to get some cash back if you are shopping online.  They do have a shop-in-person way to earn as well but I have not tried it and therefore cannot vouch for it.  The online is legit though.  You simply go to the ebates site, click the link to the store you want to shop at, and boom. A % cash back will be credited to your account.  This is CRUCIAL if you are Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping!  Around that time of year you can often get 10-50% cash back!  The rest of the year tends to run 2-8% depending on the store.  Ebates/Ratuken will pay you quarterly via PayPal or check.  You can even earn cash back by using the ebates Ratuken link to Turbo Tax when you file your taxes!
Join and they will give you a bonus $10 after your first eligible online shopping trip!  Here's my referral link.

You're sick of me talking about this, aren't you?  Swagbucks was my first "money online" venture and it really does work. It's free to join and use.  You earn points called "SB" and then can cash them in for gift cards (Sephora, Kohls, GameStop, Best Buy, Starbucks, etc) or PayPal cash.   I've earned the equivalent of $1,700 doing Swagbucks.  I average about $300 a year though some users get much more.  You earn those points by searching the internet, answering a survey, doing the daily poll, and so on.  Most recently I cashed in points for a $25 PayPal payment that I am donating to charity*.  

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Again this one changed names.  It used to be called Bing Rewards but now is just Microsoft. You click the search links and earn on your desktop. I actually love the daily "trending" scroll. I click and get the main headlines for the day AND some points.  I earn $5-10 a month using this. No referral links but you can try this to see if you can get an account up and running. You can redeem points for Hulu, Starbucks, Sephora, Xbox credits, and more.

cash back receipts

This app sounds like you are saying "I bought a..." really fast. My friend told me about it and I've been using it for a little over a year now.  When you shop at a store (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, etc) you upload your receipt and get $$ credited to your account.  You can often get .20 for any item and then larger rewards on other things.  For example today I got $2 back when I bought a Neutrogena face wash that my dermatologist recommended.  It sounds small but it all adds up!  I've earned over $100 in the past year.  Be careful to only buy products you were going to buy anyway, or that end up being cheaper than store brand after the discount....otherwise you may wind up spending more than you're saving!

If you would like to join, you can get a $3 bonus by using my referral code: fnupyjf.  

*Raices!  Help those seeking asylum in the United States, including children and families.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Funnies

I'm back with three new funnies that made me laugh this week!  Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

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paris hilton funny, erase people from your life, painting a wall

Friday, June 28, 2019

Giveaway: Canvas Factory

Look at this amazing photo canvas that I received from Canvas Factory! This gorgeous doggo is our beloved furry family member.  He's a 3 year old Golden Retriever.  We might be just a *little* dog crazy around here.

Canvas Factory's website was super easy to use.  First, you choose what style you would like. I chose the canvas.

Next, you upload the photo. I was able to drag and drop easily.  The photo loaded and then I was able to click and drag it to exactly how I wanted it to display on the canvas. If you want your photo less centered you can move it over.

Finally, you choose if you want the wrap (where the photo goes around the edges) which is what I chose.  You can also just get a color on the edges, or a mirror edge.

If you'd rather display several photos at once, they had some neat looking collage options.

Checkout was a breeze and I loved seeing that they accept PayPal in addition to major credit cards. Here is a screenshot of my cart.  You can see this canvas was originally over $100 but on sale for $45.

As soon as I submitted the order, I got a confirmation email.  Production is quick!  2 days later I had a confirmation that my canvas was shipped via UPS!

The finished project is fabulous! I was nervous and not sure what to expect but once I opened the box I knew Canvas Factory was LEGIT.  The picture turned out great. My husband is already wanting to order a print for a friend and another one for us.  We just loved how this turned out.
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Look at this handsome boy!

Obviously we did a print of our beloved doggo but this would be stunning with a vintage (or new) wedding photo, family photo, newborn baby, or a scenic photo from one of your vacations.  Thanks to the generous folks at Canvas Factory, they are offering one of my readers a chance to get their own free canvas!  (Size restrictions apply).  See below to enter.


One lucky winner will receive a coupon code for their OWN free canvas print!

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Fine print: Open only to U.S. or Canada Residents aged 18 or older.  Giveaway fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor: Canvas Factory.

This post is sponsored by Canvas Factory. I received a free product for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.