It dawned on me, late tonight, that I had received 3 Bare Minerals products this week, which had to be some sort of record for me. Now, I only got one of them directly from BM, but it was still 3 items!
Piggy-backing off my previous post, where I detailed how I got $50 worth of Sephora products for $12, I was able to get a free Bare Minerals eyeshadow yesterday. They were running a promo for their FAB members, where all you had to do was bring in the email, pick out the color you wanted (a $14 value), and that’s it!
So, on Monday I got my Bare Minerals Touch-Up Veil (they actually sent the wrong shade, but I’ll write about that later. It worked fine!) and Stroke of Light eye brightener and on Friday, I got my free eyecolor in “moss.”
I am happy with all 3 items, too! What a good week, huh?
And just a reminder that bare Minerals is back on QVC in a couple of weeks, so mark your calendars! I’m sure I’ll be just as disappointed as usual in the offerings for deeper skin tones (and the constant ignoring of their matte foundation), but you know I’ll be watching anyway! It’s a guilty pleasure. Plus, this may be the show where they bring back the deluxe sized Bisque. (It’s already back on QVC.com, actually!) I use that more than the foundation, and they only carry the deluxe size twice a year.
Here are the shows:
Monday, November 25, 2013 from Midnight – 2 a.m., 9 – 11 a.m., 3 – 5 p.m. ET
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I have a nice little rule; if you don’t have to pay for something, don’t!
With all these social apps I’ve stumbled upon, in recent months, I’ve gotten a ton of freebies as a result of doing things I probably was already doing anyway. You know, like watching TV, going shopping, searching the web; stuff like that! Email alerts, via SlickDeals, as well as saved Twitter searches also help. If you keep an eye out, you can find a deal for just about anything you want!
I completed an order at Sephora today. I don’t usually shop there much, but I used a variety of discounts and eGift cards in order to save just about 80% on my order.
1) I found a Sephora employee to share a 2013 Employee Appreciation code with me. (Thanks, Facebook!)
2) Then I remembered I took advantage of a Groupon deal a few months ago. I got a $10 eGift card for $5.
3) Then I cashed in some SwagBucks points for a $15 eGift Card. I got it in my email today, actually! Perfect timing!
4) Lastly, a friend sent me a $5 eGift Card from Wrapp on Facebook.
Putting my eGift Cards together would knock $30 off my order total. Then factoring in the 20% discount, and I ended up getting $50 worth of products for $12 and some change. Not bad, huh? And the best part is that I paid for this order using funds from doing surveys over at OpinionOutpost. So, no cash out of my pocket whatsoever. That makes it free! (more…)
I got an assist from Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney for this post. As I’ve stated before, I’m not the biggest fan of how pre-orders go down in today’s marketplace. That was reinforced Monday night, as I had to wait over 9 hours for my pre-ordered book to finally download onto my Nook Color.
When books from Cassie Clare or Veronica Roth are released (at midnight), I immediately download them and start reading. My tradition is that I don’t even go to sleep those nights. I just keep reading until I finish and then I crash. Yes, I am a binge reader.
So a wrench was thrown into my plans when midnight came and went, Tuesday, and I didn’t have Allegiant on my Nook Color. I refreshed. I logged out. I turned my device off and back on. I did everything I could think of, but the book would not download.
After an hour, I was desperate. I was able to start reading it on my desktop computer, which is so unnatural. I want to be wrapped up in blankets, in my bed, so I can get lost in the story. But noooooooo! (more…)
As I’ve shared quite frequently, I am absolutely in love with the Shopkick app. Getting points that I can redeem for gift cards just for doing what I was already going to do, shopping, is a no-brainer for me.
So, along comes Viggle where I can get points just for watching the TV programs I was already watching. Get out of town!
How the app (which is available for iOS and Android) works is that you check-in using your phone’s microphone, while watching TV. It’ll use the audio signal from your TV to identify what you’re watching and award you points — typically 1 point per minute — after the show goes off. You don’t have to leave your app open, either. Just check in and go back to whatever you were doing. When you accumulate enough points, you can cash them in for gift cards to popular retailers such as Starbucks, Sephora, iTunes, GAP, Chili’s, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Lowe’s, Papa John’s, CVS, and more! With the holiday’s coming up, might not be a bad way to get some extra funds to shop for gifts.
There are opportunities for bonus points through promos (DirecTV subscribers get a ton), viewing ads, and live trivia through the app. I’m told that if I casually use the app, I should earn a gift card after about a month or so. That’s pretty good. And, like I said, I’d be earning that freebie just for doing what I already was. When I’m on my computer in the evenings, my TV is always on, even if I’m not watching it directly. Still counts! I’m gonna play with this app for a while and see what’s up. It definitely speaks to my lazy side as I don’t have to leave my house to use it like with Shopkick.
It seems that, in the past year, the company has altered their strategy a little. Apparently after a huge launch, where gift cards were easy to earn, it’s now much more difficult. I can see where that’d be frustrating for early adopters, but it can’t be as bad as CheckPoints, can it?
I’ll check back in, with another post, after I’ve earned a reward. Does anyone else use Viggle?
Hey everybody! Guess what season it is? Yuuuup, it’s PUMPKIN SEASON!
I look forward to fall every year simply because I get to overdose on limited edition pumpkin offerings. Last year, I went to a Pumpkin festival that is held annually here in Central Ohio. It’s taking place again this week, but I haven’t 100% decided if I’m going to go or not. (I’m definitely going to see Carrie, though!)
If I don’t make it, I will have had enough other Pumpkin-flavored products to completely tide me over for the season.
As pictured above, I’ve already gotten my hands on some Limited items from Pop Tarts and Eggos. The Pop Tarts are literally so good, that next time I get paid, I am stocking up on them. My current box is good until July 2014. I think I’ll be ok hoarding a few more boxes. And the Eggos are delish as well! But I won’t be stocking up because I know how to use Bisquick to create my own using Libby’s Pumpkin or a related item that’s available year round.
I haven’t grabbed a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard yet. I went at the end of September and they told me it’d be back in October. Well, it’s October!
I’ve heard Trader Joe’s is a treasure trove of delicious Pumpkin items, including Pumpkin Bread Mix, Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Ravioli, and even Pumpkin Macarons! So I will have to make a special trip and see for myself. (Besides I need more Cookie Butter)
I’ve been looking for the Limited Edition Yoplait (Light) Pumpkin Pie yogurt, but I’m not sure it really exists. And I think this despite seeing advertising and pics of it on Twitter. They even have a special page for it on their website. I’ve checked all the available stores in my area and nothing! I live in the 15th largest city in the country. I figure it should be around here somewhere, right? Well, someone on my Facebook page, directed me to the Yoplait’s product locator page, and voila! Now I know where, in my city, to go to get these. I’m going in a few hours!
Anyway, I’m enjoying my fall, so far, thanks to my #ALLPUMPKINEVERYTHING lifestyle. Is anyone else as obsessed as I am?
About a month ago, I wrote about how much I was enjoying using the Shopkick app. I explained what it does and how easy it is to use. Basically, you get points (referred to as “kicks”) just for walking into stores. That’s it! And you can get even more “kicks” by scanning barcodes of items, while in store, or using a certain credit card for the in-store purchase you were already going to make.
I’ve only been using Shopkick for about a month, and I’ve already earned enough points for a variety of rewards! I could get a $10 gift card to Target, Starbucks, Macy’s, Old Navy, Papa John’s, iTunes, Sephora, Fandango, and much more. But on this particular day, I decided to go with a $10 gift card from Fandango. I want to go see the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie again. And I’m bringing my brother along as well. I always drag him to see my YA book-to-movie adaptations. He’s so agreeable. Love my brother!
But really impressed me with my interactions with the Shopkick app today was how quickly I got my promo code, after cashing in my points. It was immediate! Like, the page loaded, and 5 seconds later, they directed me to my Rewards page! I’m so used to SwagBucks, where after you redeem points for rewards, you will wait a minimum of 3-4 days. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some SwagBucks, but I absolutely hate the wait for my rewards. Especially for PayPal cash. I have to wait a week for that.
So, I was able to immediately hop my on my computer and buy tickets for a show tomorrow. Very quick process!
Seriously though, using Shopkick is like getting free “play money.” If you haven’t jumped on board, what are you waiting for? Start earning “kicks” and see what you can get!
So, standing ovation to Shopkick for such a pleasant app experience. I don’t only use my blog to complain about things. I sometimes issue praise, too!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I have an inexplainable obsession with CMT’s “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team.” I don’t know why, I just love it. Everyone has their TV guilty pleasures. Some of y’all watch Honey Boo Boo and/or Duck Dynasty, or even the Kardashians, so stop judging me! This isn’t nearly as bad as those!
In any case, the show is back tonight with Season 8! I don’t even mind that I have to relocate, within my house, just in order to watch it. (Looking at you, Time Warner Cable. Stop taking away channels and increasing rates!)
I’m setting the over/under on episodes, until I go to the squad’s website to spoil who makes the team, at 2. I can never just watch it play out. I have to spoil it every year because I have no self control. The final squad has already been selected, as the season officially opens this weekend, so I can quickly look up any questions I might have. Again, don’t judge me!
Florida retirement communities are a great place to hang your hat.
Just go ahead and type “Florida Retirement Communities” into your favorite search engine and let me know how many results you get. Go ahead, I’ll wait here. Dude, there has got to be more retirement communities in just South Florida than all the other damned states combined. So when my grandparents told my parents to help them find a retirement community in South Florida what do you think my parents said? My parents of course told them no problem. Then they promptly picked up the phone and said, “Jessica, you need to help us find your grand parents an awesome but reasonable retirement community in South Florida”.
Now when I reluctantly agreed to this seemingly easy task, I thought it would take me a half hour max of surfing the web to find them a few awesome options that they could visit with my grandparents. Then I would be off the hook, right? Wrong. Again, see above, There are thousands of options. So I reluctantly had to become a pro at spotting the trash from the awesome. I knew what activities look for, golf or no golf, what clubhouses rocked. I even got good at picking out the best layouts for the possible model homes that they were considering.
Yeah, so after about three days of visiting websites, some of which looked older than the residents at the community, I found some great options. Then came the reading of the reviews and deciphering whether or not the review was actually written by someone that lived there. Then came the phone calls. And every single person that picked up the phone said I sound too young to be considering a retirement community. I know it was a joke, but seriously do you guys all get jokes from the same book? Anyways, I found an amazing community for my grandparents and they are super pumped about moving in. Mission accomplished.
Burger King certainly isn’t blazing any trails with the announcement of their new $1 “French Fry Burger.” People who have been putting their fries on their burgers for years have all but scoffed at idea.
I don’t combine my fries and burgers when I’m at home, eating at a table, and settled. But sometimes, if I’m on-the-go, I don’t think I’d mind. In fact, it seems like a really convenient idea. Almost a no-brainer!
WHY HAS NO OTHER MAJOR FAST FOOD CHAIN THOUGHT OF THIS YET?!
I mean, I’m by no means crowning Burger King “King of Fast Food” (see what I did there?), but I like the move. And, to be honest, I’m not sure any other chains have the cut of fries to pull off something like this. The old Wendy’s fries (which were far superior to the crap we’re stuck with now) would have been perfect. McDonald’s fries are probably a little thin. And that’s not me being critical. They’re my favorite fast food fries. I just think a “French Fry Burger” would be best implemented with a thicker fry.
So, perhaps I’ll revisit this post after I try the “French Fry Burger.” I’m all for more ideas from fast food joints, even though I’m still not buying/eating chicken wings from McDonald’s.
P.S. Does BK’s burger come with cheese? Because I don’t do cheese-less burgers. Just saying.
Now, I know I said I was going to take some time off before I started blogging again, but dangit, I’ve got something to say!
I attended the opener of Ohio State’s 2013 season, on Saturday. There’s just something about sitting in 90 degree heat and 80% humidity, with 105,000 of my closest friends, that makes me look forward to this time of year. Nah, I’m a college football addict. I’d sit through just about anything to see my Buckeyes play!
And while I enjoyed myself at the game, I did come away with one huge gripe, and it wasn’t related to the weather or the team’s performance. It was how I had absolutely NO CELLULAR SIGNAL for the majority of the game! That’s simply unacceptable! And especially on the heels of Ohio State promoting their efforts to improve connectivity within and around the stadium. FAIL!
Now, most of the talk was around improvements provided by Verizon for their users. They set up 300 antennas, around the Horseshoe, that were the equivalent of eight cellular towers. However, the Verizon subscriber I was sitting next to, and another one I spoke with after the game, said they couldn’t even send text messages! If that’s what passes for improvement, I’d hate to see an announced setback! Ohio State should immediately demand a refund.
I didn’t expect my connection troubles to magically disappear for the first game. But I also didn’t expect expect things to be markedly worse than last year! Seriously, Verizon, get it together! How is Ohio State going to request fans, inside the stadium, tag tweets and Instagram photos with #TheShow (so they can show up on the big video board) if we can’t even connect to the Internet?
I understand that infrastructure adjustments take time, but don’t promote instant improvement if there indeed isn’t any. That’s all I’m saying. Do better.