Monday, July 16, 2018

Overland Trips Make a Great Vacation!

At one point, people loved to go to shopping malls and department stores. Now, many malls are shutting down. This is partly because Amazon has completely annihilated the competition. Online stores are putting a lot of brick-and-mortar stores out of business. However, statistics show that more people are interested in experiences instead of material goods. More people long to travel the world and enjoy amazing vacations. If you'd like to indulge in some unique travel experiences, consider the following tips for your travel excursions.

1. Lodging - For those that are looking to travel outside of the U.S., don't automatically opt for the four-star hotel. There are tons of vacation rental websites that showcase stunning private rentals. Enjoy exotic Italian vacation homes with stunning views. Some of these homes are easy to rent for less than $60 a night.

2. Transportation - If you've ever had a dream to go off-roading and would love to plow through the woods in a gigantic jeep, overland trips and similar options work perfectly. You'll be able to pick your ideal truck, try different tech tools and enjoy your off-roading dreams. Take a walk on the wild side and take this option instead of the typical economy rental car.

3. Food - Always make sure that you visit at least one popular restaurant that serves the local cuisine. Don't travel to another country and opt for burgers and fries. Expand your palate and try new dishes. Do some research to find out which restaurants are the hotspots in the area. Look at online reviews so that you'll know what you're walking into. Once you've experienced the menus of various restaurants, make sure that you return the favor and leave your personal reviews online.

4. Photos - No matter where you go, always have tons of pictures to savor the moment. It's also a great idea to document the trip through video footage. To take your footage to the next level, it's a nice idea to purchase a drone. Do a few test runs to learn how to operate it. As a vacation tradition, do a photo shoot with a local photographer. It's a great way to document your excursions around the world in a professional way.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chimney Repair Help

As great as it is to have a wood-burning fireplace with a brick-and-mortar chimney in your home, you still have to keep an eye on your chimney to make sure it doesn't need to be repaired. A chimney is part of your home's roofing system, which means it's exposed to the elements at all times. Bricks can loosen, mortar can wear away, and creosote can build up and become a fire hazard. A chimney will last for decades if it is cared for, but you still need to know when to have it repaired. Here are just a couple of signs that will tell you that time has come.
Loose Bricks - First of all, take a look at your chimney from the outside of your house. If you notice that the mortar between the bricks has worn away or that the bricks themselves look loose or dislocated, you will need to have it repaired. Loose bricks are especially dangerous since they can cause a lot of damage if they break away from your chimney and fall. This is especially common in older homes that have older chimneys, so stay alert and have your chimney inspected at least once a year to make sure that this isn't a serious concern.
Too Much Creosote - Creosote is a substance that is produced whenever wood is burned. Naturally, it tends to build up on the inside of chimneys. Some of it will look like soft, feathery ash and can be removed without much trouble, but some of it will look like sticky tar. This is considerably harder to remove, but since it can be a fire hazard, you will need to call a professional to clean it out. If you notice a lot of creosote in your chimney, contact a company that specializes in chimney repair Washington DC to fix the problem before you use your fireplace this winter.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks to Earn Free Gift Cards! #Swagbucks

All throughout July you can earn large bonuses when 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 the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, 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 August 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 250 dollars (in less than a year!) in Starbucks and Amazon gift cards and PayPal cash!

The July Swago Board Is Here! #Swago #Swagbucks

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 & 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, 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!