Sunday, July 27, 2014

Need Free Back to School Clothes and Other Free Stuff? Check Out instaGC!

School is right around the corner, which means that it's that time of year again to shop for clothes, shoes, and supplies. Before you let out a big sigh, let me clue you in on a pretty amazing website where you can get some (or all) of what you need (and more) for free!

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That's right. That was not a typo. Today, I'm excited to share with you a little gem called instaGC. With instaGC, you can earn points redeemable for gift cards, right from your living room, office, bedroom, bathroom, or wherever you have a computer or laptop.

It's super easy, unlike other survey websites (that often turn out to be total scams). You sign up, confirm your email address, and then take a little tour. The tour is very brief, yet comprehensive, and allows you to get a feel for the website. Once you're finished with the tour, you're on your way to complete tasks and start earning points! You can watch videos, listen to music, and take surveys to earn cash. It's really easy, and it doesn't take long to earn points if you complete the most recent tasks. Some opportunities require you to start a free trial, and if you choose to complete them, you can cancel before the trial is over (as long as the requirements don't say otherwise).

For an Amazon gift card, every 100 points is equal to $1. Some of the offers available are worth 100 points or more. Of course, there are offers worth less, but you get to choose which opportunities you wish to take advantage of. Some surveys may even be taken daily!

The best part about instaGC is that for Amazon gift cards, you're paid as SOON as you cash out. You must verify your account via a phone call or text message, but after that, you're golden. The payment threshold for cashing out is only $1, so you don't have to complete opportunities forever. It's really as easy as that.

If you'd rather have money to spend elsewhere besides Amazon, you can choose from dozens of stores and restaurants, including Barnes & Noble and Applebee's. Alternatively, you can request a check (which is mailed within two weeks) and have cold, hard cash on your hands.

Finally, instaGC is not only open to United States residents, but it's also open to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, and France.

So far, I'm loving this website. What are you waiting for? Sign up with instaGC now!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Get Blog Pictures That Stand Out With an Inexpensive Twist on a Light Box

I've never been much of a photographer, and being that I use my phone to take all of my pictures, I often need some tweaking to get my photos looking nice.

Recently, I started getting tired of the "ugly" photographs I was taking. Perhaps my feelings were induced by too much Pinterest browsing (there are some amazing pictures on there), but I digress. I remembered a Light Box tutorial that I saw awhile back, and decided to do something similar, although without the lights. Essentially, what I created is a backdrop box--a place where my products can sit so that the result is a plain white backdrop. Not only does it make the picture more appealing, but it also makes it much easier to edit.

Now, "light boxes" are made with fabric, and, well, lights. My "backdrop box," on the other hand uses white paper (from my son's art canvas) and sunlight from my front door.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pearl Paradise: Tahitian Keshi Pearl Stretch Bracelet Review + Giveaway

When you think of pearls, chances are you imagine a strand of perfectly round, "white," shiny stones. Contrary to popular belief however, pearls come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Formed by mollusks, these organic gems vary widely in appearance.

* Product and/or service provided for review without cost.

Recently, I received my very first piece of pearl jewelry, the Tahitian Keshi Pearl Stretch Bracelet. I have absolutely fallen in love with this piece.

10 Ways to Remove Negativity from Your Life

For years, I lived with negative emotions on a regular basis. At times, I allowed these emotions to control my actions, which led to even more negativity in my life. It took years before I realized that my way of thinking was affecting my day-to-day life and my interactions with those around me.

I began practicing mindfulness a couple of years ago, but I wasn't fully immersing myself in the concept. Up until seven months ago, I was still learning to get a grip on my emotions. Once I realized, finally, that I was in complete control of my life, I grabbed the reigns and started living.

There is always a silver lining.

It's been a long journey, but here I am, seven-months later, reaping the rewards of a life-changing decision. Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity. You need to choose which energy you wish to radiate.

Today, I want to share with you the steps I took to regain that control, in hopes that you'll find the same peace that I've worked so hard to achieve. Keep in mind that this is not a "one and done" kind of thing. These steps need to be implemented in your daily life in order to see (and maintain) positive results.