I’ve been out of blogging commission for a few weeks due to lots of craziness around here. My oldest brother, Adam, just recently had open heart surgery. You can read about it on my sister-in-law’s blog here and my mom’s blog here. Thankfully the surgery went well and he’s recovering at home.
I’ve also started back at work after taking 8 weeks off. I’m also doing a little more photography and hope to continue to do more as a business in the future. Hopefully I can incorporate a photography element into the blog soon.
In addition to this, I’m also in charge of “creative activities” at our MOPS group at church. I’ve had a fun time coming up with crafty projects for about 50 women, but it’s been a little time consuming. I plan to share what crafts we’ve done so far on the blog!
Enough with excuses, I just wanted to share about how I love getting free things. Here are 3 ways that I’ve been using the internet to score some great deals!!
I know pretty much everyone knows about Groupon, but just in case you don’t…check it out!! You basically buy coupons which end up saving you lot’s of money. You can get a daily e-mail with a Groupon for the day for something in your area. There is usually a time limit on the coupon, so you have to act fast. I scored a very cheap Moby wrap (which I LOVE) at our local cloth diaper store using a Groupon. We also got one for the Gap and got some cheap jeans for Reid. The other great thing about Groupon, is you can check out other cities. So, if you know you are going on a trip, you can check for Groupons for local restaurants and shops in that area. Pretty sweet! Oh yeah, and if you refer friends, you get $10 when they purchase their first Groupon!
I have yet to use this website, but as soon as I need to buy something online, I will. Basically, you get cash back when you shop online. If you are wanting to buy something from a certain store, go to ebates and see if you can shop at that particular store through them. Most stores are listed. Then, buy what you need to buy and you will get a certain percentage cash back depending on where you shop! And yes, you also get perks for referring people. So, when you shop online, why not go through Ebates and earn a little extra? Pretty cool.
I know I’ve talked about Swagbucks before, but I’ve now earned $30 at Amazon.com for literally just searching the internet using Swagbucks instead of Google. There is no catch, a potty chair and a pair of cute shoes for Lula are in the mail right now free because of Swagbucks. (The potty chair is for Reid. just kiddng.) Maybe you already use Swagbucks but just don’t seem to be earning enough to cash in for a giftcard. I will share my secrets. Basically you get swagbucks randomly awarded for doing searches. You can cash in those bucks for rewards, I like to spend them on giftcards. Usually Swagbucks rewards you within the first 5 searches for that day. So, if I’m going to my gmail account, instead of just going to gmail…I go to swagbucks and do a search for gmail and then click on the link. I do this for every website now, it’s just a habit. Also, make Swagbucks your homepage, then you will use it more. Another way to earn more bucks, is to participate in their surveys. These take a little time, but you can earn some major swagbucks if you are serious about getting those free giftcards. Lastly, refer people! You will earn the bucks that they earn, up to 1000. It’s really pretty awesome if you like free things and want to save money on Christmas shopping this year!
Do you have any websites you love that help you earn free things? Please leave a comment and share!
It all started with my “going to the hospital” attire. I guess I really liked that shirt. Here I am on my way to have Lula (left) and Jane (right). My pregnancies with both girls were identical except for the fact that Jane was born early. Lula was breech and then turned at the last minute. Jane was also breech and also turned at the last minute.
We should have known something was up with skinny red-headed baby girl #2 (a.k.a. Jane) was born.
Both girls were delivered by Dr. Ray at Overland Park Regional.
Lula thought it would be cool to refuse to nurse for 3 entire months. Jane apparently also thought that was a great idea, so far at 2 months she will only take a bottle-and both are/were very lazy little eaters…I guess that is how they keep their slender girlish figures.
|jane-1 day old|
|lula-1 day old|
In addition to not nursing, Lula loved to spit up constantly. At first, we thought Jane would be different….but she now is constantly a fountain of milk.
The ultimate similarity, though is that BOTH girls have hip dysplasia. We were so sad when Lula was diagnosed with it and never thought we’d be going through this again. The Dr wanted to screen Jane for hip dysplasia just in case because apparently it’s hereditary. We found out a few weeks ago that she does indeed have it. On Wed, Jane was fitted with a Pavlik harness. This is the device that will fix her hips. Lula had to wear hers for 3 months and it’s looking like Jane will have hers on for 3 months as well. Although it make life a little complicated and it’s not the cutest thing in the world, it solves the problem, so we are blessed that there is a somewhat easy solution to the hip dysplasia and for wonderful Doctors that caught it early in both girls!!
|jane – 8 weeks|