Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Idea! #CanvasPrint

How many of you out there have already started thinking about that perfect Mother's Day gift for your mom? I have actually been thinking and planning for a couple weeks now because while some people view Mother's Day as a not-so-big holiday, for me, my mom is someone I want to celebrate and let her know how much she means to me. Flowers and chocolate are nice, but I much prefer gifting something I know she will love, something special, and something tailored to her personal likes.

My mother is an incredible photographer, and she is always snapping shots of the family, landscapes, our pets, and anything else you can imagine. As you would probably guess, that means we have loads of pictures that would be perfect for a photo gift. Specifically, a canvas print made with some of her favorite shots! She has a few 8x10 prints she has ordered from a local photo printing shop, but I'm thinking a large canvas would be an awesome gift idea for her this year!

Another gift idea I love is a getaway trip. We have done this several times in the past and she always loves it. Sometimes a family getaway, sometimes just her and our dad, and sometimes we do a girls getaway with my sisters, myself, and our mom. Whether we plan it around an antique mall she'd like to visit, an upcoming Southern Gospel concert, or just a beautiful area to get into the country and relax, she always loves these trips! Sometimes we do just an overnight trip, but sometimes we plan for a few days where we book lodging, give her gift cards for restaurants we'll visit, and also give her a basket of goodies and snacks for the trip.

One more gift idea I've been pondering for her this year is some photography equipment. She has several "wishlist" items such as a new bag, straps, lenses, and more. Of course, we could put together a photography gift basket for her with some of the equipment she needs, and a couple canvas prints of her favorite pictures. Now there's a special Mother's Day gift she'd surely love!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Eclectic Home Decor Ideas

Make a Statement with Eclectic Décor

Eclectic décor is not a hodge-podge of mismatched items placed haphazardly in a room. In order for an eclectic décor to be visually appealing, it should adhere to a specific theme. The items you include in an eclectic room can come from diverse time periods and represent different cultures, but there needs to be a common thread unifying the items.  With the current trend being one that supports eco-friendly, organic and healthy living, a décor theme of eclectic organic could ideally represent your lifestyle choice as well as your décor preference.

Modern Simplicity

A modern décor or a rustic modern décor ideally support an eco-friendly lifestyle. Minimalistic decorating is a feature of modern design. Taking a decorating cue from nature and incorporating natural items in your décor is a good way to showcase your lifestyle preference. Furniture made from wood and metal is an excellent option for a modern, eclectic décor. Home decor stores oregon is an excellent resource for natural furniture that complements an eclectic décor.  Furniture that focuses on sustainability as well as function and beauty would be a great choice for an eclectic, natural décor.  Unique chairs and tables constructed from natural products, chemical-free upholstery and decorative accessories that showcase the beauty nature has to offer can give your home the personalized look you desire.

Eclectic Bedroom

Your bedroom can become an eclectic, personally unique oasis with the inclusion of furniture made with sustainability in mind and bedding that supports your eco-friendly lifestyle. When you’re focused on living a healthy lifestyle, acquiring the proper amount of sleep should be one of your priorities. An eco-friendly mattress and eco-friendly bedding is the ideal foundation for a good night’s sleep. Choosing wood or tile flooring can also help make your bedroom a healthier place.

Live plants in quirky containers can enhance your eclectic décor. Rugs and pillows made from natural material can help make a room feel cozy. Add eclectic elements to your décor that provide a glimpse of your personality or showcase your interests.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Earn Free Gift Cards With Swagbucks!!

All throughout April, you can earn large bonuses when you sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $200 in Amazon gift cards and PayPal cash!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Furnishing Your Living Room

Tips for Furnishing a Living Room

When you shop for living room furniture and accessories, keep the purpose of the room forefront in your mind. Typically, this is a room where a lot of living will happen. It’s a room where family and friends will gather for fun, togetherness and much more. You want the furnishings you select to be compatible with your lifestyle and with the activity level of your family.

Make a General Plan

Before you buy your first piece of living room furniture, sketch out a plan depicting the final layout of the room. Measure the space where you plan to put seating, tables and the entertainment center. Be sure to leave plenty of room for easy traffic flow through the room. This is essential if you have young children who will be running and playing in the room. It’s good to have an unobstructed flow through the room whenever you entertain or when elderly family members with mobility issues visit.

Choose a Style

Browsing through living room furniture in Mesa is a good way to discover what types of furniture appeals to you. A small conversation area that leaves an open play area for the kids might be conducive to your lifestyle. A large sectional sofa with oversized ottoman might be ideal if you have children or teens that love lounging while watching television. Comfort is a key element in a living room where the family spends a lot of time.

Make Practical Choices

If you’re furnishing a living room that will be a place for kids, pets and adults to hang out, you’ll want to select furniture with upholstery that is stain-resistant and tough enough to withstand pet paws and energetic kids. Even if you’re not worried about the kids or pets staining the upholstery, there’s always a chance of spills occurring when you entertain guest. A lot of different activities may go on in the living room. Therefore, you might want to create some individualized spaces. Depending on your lifestyle, your living room might need a reading nook, an entertainment area and a space for adults to relax.

Furnish the living room so that it will be everyone’s favorite room in the house. Opt for durable and practical if you have small children. You can go for elegance after the kids grow up.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago Spring Edition Is Here! #Swagbucks

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th 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, March 12th 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 & 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 & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th 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 January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks And Earn!! #SwagbucksMarch

Want some extra boost for your budget this month? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $140 in Amazon, eBay and Walmart gift cards, and even PayPal cash!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Win $10,000 On Monday! #Swagbucks

On Monday, February 26th, Swagbucks is putting up over $10,000 that you can win playing fun trivia games! SwagIQ (available for iPhone and. Android) is a live, multiplayer trivia game show you play from your phone! 

Each weekday, Swag IQ broadcasts a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. If you don't have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up for one here and then download the app!

In celebration of Swagbucks's 10th Birthday, they're going to broadcast 4 shows throughout the day and give away at least $10,000! It will likely be more since the more people who sign-up via SwagIQ prior to each game, the bigger the grand prize! 

1st Game Show: 1:00 PM Eastern Time/10:00 AM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $1500. 
2nd Game Show: 4:00 PM Eastern Time/1:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $2000. 
3rd Game Show: 7:00 PM Eastern Time/4:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $2500 
4th Game Show: 10:00 PM Eastern Time/7:00 PM Pacific Time. Grand Prize: at least $4000 

To play SwagIQ, download the app to your iPhone and Android today.

It's really easy to play, too: 
The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one. Get it right; you get SB and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.   

Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have a bonus SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get those SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.  When you get to the end of the game, you can claim all of the SB that you've earned. 

You can use all the SB points you earn playing SwagIQ to get PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and more!