Three Essentials for Summer Entertaining

July 15, 2018

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Summer is heavily upon us here in Chicago.  We had rain yesterday that broke the heat a bit, but we've been steadily in the 80s and 90s.  You know me, winter baby at heart, but John absolutely loves summer.  He was born on July 5th, and he has a great time in the heat.  So I try to get on board best I can, and that means hosting and entertaining in our backyard.  Because summer is when everyone wants to come out for a get together.  We've been having people over casually a lot lately, so I picked up a few essentials that I wanted to share with you (a long form three on Thursday!) to help you make the most of your next summer entertaining event.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

July 12, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Spending Triggers (And What I Do Instead)

July 10, 2018

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I have my first month down using my 'anti-budget.'  If you don't remember that post, basically, in order to simplify my shopping ban journey, I gave myself a budget of $2,000 to use from June 1 until the end of the year.  It doesn't include the money I give to John each month that he handles bills with, or my health insurance and train pass payments, but it does need to cover pretty much everything else - including gifts.  Here's what I've spent so far:


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50 Facts About Me

July 9, 2018

1. I only wear dresses.

2. I get a headache if I don't get my coffee on time.

3. Which I only drink black.  And iced.

4. I don't like vacation, even if I don't have to fly.  I don't like packing or being away from Hawkeye or having to catch up on things when I get home.  I like my life enough that I don't want to leave it.

5. I have a real issue with red foods.  I hate cherries, raw tomatoes, and red bell peppers.  And red wine, if that counts.


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Swagbucks Update

July 5, 2018

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their July Swago Board, which runs from July 9th through July 16th at 9am PT. 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. 

If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. 
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, July 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin and Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner. 
The Spin and Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, July 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of August, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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