So, a few months ago, I said I’d give Viggle a go. It seemed simple enough. Open the app, and use its mic to check into programs that were airing on my TV. And for certain shows, there are Viggle Live quiz opportunities to earn bonus points. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is, but it’s not a very rewarding use of my time.
I wrote that initial post back in mid-October. And since then, I’ve managed to accumulate 35,000 points. Sounds like a lot, right? On SwagBucks, 35k is $350! On Shopkick, it’s $140! So we’re talking big money!
On Viggle, I think 35k points translates to about $14. My math is a little rusty and I originally wrote this post at about 2AM. A few days ago I checked the Gift Card section and saw that there were $5 Fandango Gift Cards for 15k. Yup. That was it for me. So I redeemed some of my points to get one. I tried to do another one immediately afterwards, but the app told me I’d already gotten one. (I forgot that one can only redeem one gift card brand per day) So then I was stuck with 20k points. The only available reward that I could afford was a 1-day Redbox Movie Rental. Yippee?
Now, I wasn’t a die hard Viggler during these past 5 months, but I did check in almost every day. To have only really earned enough for two $5 gift cards really isn’t a good use of my time. Especially when I can spend just an hour or two per day on SwagBucks and acquire a $5 gift card, to my retailer of choice, every 5 days! You read that correctly. I earn enough on SwagBucks to, on average, cash in for a $5 gift card every week. Every. Week!
So 5 months? No thanks!
And let’s talk about how most gift cards aren’t even in stock at any given time on Viggle. They don’t have Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Starbucks, or any of those retailer cards readily available. Every so often, a desirable $25 gift card will appear in the app (and for something like 60k points), but if you aren’t quick — as in taking action within the first few minutes — it’ll go out of stock and you’re SOL. Like, I said, not very rewarding to me. I don’t know many people who have the patience to, after they earn a bunch of points, continually open and refresh an app in hopes that a Gift Card reward will appear.
I just now redeemed another 15k of my points for a second $5 Fandango code. That leaves me with about 5k in points. I’m not trying for more rewards on this app. 5k is negligible. So, I’m just going to delete it.
I hear that back before Viggle got really big, it used to be easier to get rewards; more on par with how SwagBucks and Shopkick are for me now. The OGs all over the Internet and social media are constantly posting about it. It’s a shame, too. It’s a great idea that would probably be a lot more popular if it weren’t so hard to earn rewards.
After my long layoff from workouts, it’s taken a little kick in the booty to get me back on my grind. I decided to go with a workout I hadn’t done before in P90X3. I also chose it because I bailed on P90X two workouts in, a couple of years ago, and because these workouts are just 30 minutes long. I need to work my way back up to where I was before with the occasional 45-60 minute workouts.
I’m just not wired like the folks who can work out forever every day. Unless I’m doing a fun workout, once I get to the 45 minute mark, I become extremely aware that I’m working out and don’t enjoy or maximize whatever time is left. I envy folks who can do hour plus workouts. I just don’t have the attention span. I’d rather work really, really hard for about 30 minutes and get it over with. And it’s working with P90X3! That’s what I want to talk about today.
The past week, I’ve felt really blah going into the time I’ve slotted for my workouts. I even contemplate not doing it at all. But that passes, and then I talk myself into just hitting play and half-assing it. I figure any effort is better than none. But, by the time I finish the workout I realize that there was no slacking on my part during the workout. I still ended up going all out!
How does this happen? I might have an idea. Tony Horton basically has us doing exercises and moves for about a minute apiece. Just about anyone can give their all for 60 seconds, right? So before you get to the point where you’re not feeling the workout anymore, it’s time for a break or to move on to the next exercise. Plus, for me, Tony Horton is hilarious. His sense of humor distracts me from even realizing I’m doing a workout sometimes, and he helps the workouts just fly by. Before I know it, there are just 5 minutes left and I’m pushing to finish strong!
Whatever you’re doing, Tony, keep it up! You’re helping me get through my winter funk a lot more easily than I anticipated! Thank you!
“And, what’s the deal with Valentine’s Day?” – said in my best Jerry Seinfeld voice.
Why are people so angry and bitter? Let it be known that I usually hate the word “bitter” used in conjunction with anything having to do with Valentine’s Day. But, you know what. I do know why people are all bah-humbug (yes, I know, wrong holiday) when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Brands and card companies have turned the holiday into a couples thing instead of simply a love thing.
Think about it. Almost, if not all, of the advertising you see is for couples. That was not the message Valentine’s Day had in my household growing up, and I’m grateful for that. It wasn’t just about couples in a romantic relationship. It was about everyone you loved, be it a friend, sibling, pet etc. So yes, that included your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/boo-thang, whomever, but potentially so many more people in your life. I gotta say that I enjoy that message more. Growing up, we all got V-Day presents for each other. I got them from my parents and my brother, and we gave them to each other and yes, even our pets. It was just all about love!
And, if you’re a brand, why wouldn’t you want to emphasize love, in general? Wouldn’t that lead to more profits? I feel like so many people are anti-Valentine’s Day because they think it’s all about couples and they feel left out. If it were celebrated more like it is in my house that’d equal more money for retailers and more happiness for everyone else. Maybe my family was just ahead of the curve?
Everyone loves somebody, even if it’s just yourself. So, don’t be mad, sad, or upset on Valentine’s Day. Spread the love! After all, “what the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
Happy Valentine’s Day, all! xo
I did this last year, so why not do it again? Exactly!
I didn’t think the selection of Super Bowl commercials were that great as I was watching the game. The day after, I still am underwhelmed, but that didn’t stop me from having some favorites.
Here is a list, in no particular order.
Coca-Cola: Going All the Way
Budweiser: A Hero’s Welcome
Budweiser: Puppy Love
The calendar year has only just begun for me. January 2014 was an extension of a terrible 2013 in my household. After being diagnosed with heart disease in late 2012, my father deteriorated all through 2013, including multiple hospitalizations. Knowing there was no cure, and that his particular type of heart disease would eventually take his life, our family banded together and took care of him. We were all caregivers, so his remaining time was as comfortable as possible. We accomplished that and my father has gone home to be with The Lord.
I spent a lot of quality time with my Dad that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But, in the process, my commitment to fitness fell by the wayside; especially from August on. I usually fight hard to avoid the late summer/fall slump, but it got me this year, and that’s perfectly fine.
So, I am now officially starting my 2014. And what better way than with a new fitness program that I haven’t fully committed to before? I dabbled with T25 a couple of times and it looks like a good challenge. I’m also intrigued by P90X3. (It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Beachbody programs, even though I’m no longer a coach.)
In the next couple of days I will decide which program to dive into and purchase. (Feel free to chime in with any suggestions/recommendations.)
I’m also going get more back on track with my nutrition. Staying up to make sure my Dad was ok around the clock (I had the graveyard shift) or spending extended hours in a hospital visiting, doesn’t tend to help with eating right. So I’m going to slowly overhaul what I put in my body, starting with more water! Gonna down a glass/bottle first thing when I wake up and keep myself hydrated throughout the day. I’ve been drinking tons of Mt. Dew in recent months. And while I’ll still allow myself to drink it, I don’t want to consume the quantities I have been! It’s my favorite pop!
So here’s to a much better year!
So now that the New Year’s celebrations have come and gone, I started to think about putting together a list of “resolutions” for my blog. (My overall resolution is still TBD)
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
1. Post more! I completed that #31WriteNow, in August, and then completely fell off the posting wagon. So shameful, especially since I had plenty to say. Many a time, I said “I should blog about that…” but didn’t. I’ll be better in 2014! I promise!
2. I said I was working on an updated set to my Couch to 5k podcasts, which I fully intended to create and share last year. I didn’t even get started. But I will do that this summer, so that everyone (myself included) can use it once Spring comes along.
3. Find a new theme. This one cool for like a minute, then I saw a bunch of other blogs using it as well. I typically try to use a theme that not a lot of others are, so I’m going to work a little harder to give my blog a more unique look; even if it’s a premium theme.
4. Share more updates on my fitness journey. I fell into a fall slump last year. With my father being ill, and myself keeping such strange hours, I put my workouts aside. I’ll be officially back on Monday!
5. More makeup reviews. With the way I hoard makeup, I should be talking more about it. And not just when I resist the urge to buy things from bareMinerals’ QVC shows. I’m not beauty expert, or beauty blogger, but I know what I like. I plan to share!
I think that’s it for now. If I think of other things, y’all will know!
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
*I used affiliate links in this post.
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?