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Have you tried Swagbucks yet?

Search & Win

I know a lot of you have tried the “Do Surveys for Money!” and “Submit for a free sample of blah!” gimmicks out there. If you’re like me, you haven’t had a lot of success with actually getting money or free samples from these sites.

Well here’s one that actually works.

I get the most Swagbucks from my searches. When I’ve got a lot to search the web for, I head straight for Swagbucks’ search engine. (It’s powered by Google but you have to look below the link to see if it’s a sponsored ad or not.) You get awarded Swagbucks at random for searching. I even use my Swagbucks search engine when I’m going to familiar websites like WordPress, Facebook, and Yahoo. I just type that into the search bar and then go to the site from there.

You can also do surveys on the site, take a daily poll, do tasks, things like that. And you’re actually awarded Swagbucks, unlike those other survey sites that say “Hey, we’ll give you a dollar!” and then, twenty minutes later, you find out you haven’t qualified for their survey.

Ahem.

Back to the point, just give Swagbucks a shot. Click here and go look around. I’ve already redeemed some of my Swagbucks for music prizes, and I’ve got a lot of other things from the Swagbucks store on my wishlist – things like a Wii, a Keurig Single-cup Coffee Maker, and a Dali poster.

This site really works! Try it out! (And if you join from these links, I’ll get a referral bonus when you use the search!)
Search & Win

See ya later, 2010!

Well friends, we’ve seen another year come and go. It seems like 2010 simply flew by. Here are a few of the highlights from my year!

January:
• We got a brand new set of tires on the car. That was fantastic since our old ones had no tread!
• My bosses showed me how much they appreciated my hard efforts by rewarding me with a handsome raise.

Tori's first oatmeal

Tori's first oatmeal

February:
• Tori saw her first Valentine’s Day. Daddy surprised us both with cute little stuffed animals, and Mama got a box of chocolate.
• Josh and I celebrated our sixth anniversary!

Winter Princess

Winter Princess

March:
• I officially turned 29 and had a great afternoon out with Josh thanks to Jose watching Tori for us. I even drank four whole beers!
• I decided to start blogging again. At least this way, one day when Tori gets a tad older she’ll be able to see the general things that crossed my stream of consciousness.

Smilie Baby at Seven Months Old

Smilie Baby at Seven Months Old

April:

Tori's First Easter

Tori's First Easter

May:
• I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with my precious baby girl, but it was a bit over-shadowed.
• In May I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite aunts – Aunt Judie lost her battle with cancer.
• Tori learned to crawl!

The Mardi-Gras Beads Jackpot!

The Mardi-Gras Beads Jackpot!

June:

Spaghetti

Spaghetti

July:
• Tori had a big time on July 4th watching all the fireworks light up the sky!
• Tori also learned to walk!

First Swim!

First Swim!

August:
• We celebrated Tori’s first birthday. Time has flown!
• I joined a gym to try and lose some weight. (To date I haven’t gotten very far.)

Birthday Cake!

Birthday Cake!

September:
• In September I became disappointed with my results and saw a personal trainer three times. (Note again: to date I still haven’t gotten very far.)

Sleepy Baby

Sleepy Baby

October:
• Josh, Tori, and I went down to Gulf Shores, Alabama thanks to his mom’s help so that we could welcome Ashley to the family. It was a simply gorgeous wedding.
• While we were in Alabama, we were able to stop by and see my mother – we hadn’t seen her since the previous Thanksgiving.

First Beach Trip

First Beach Trip

November:
• Josh turned the big 3-0!

Tori and Daddy

Tori and Daddy

December:
• We got a major windfall when we found out that many of our medical bills have been reduced.
• Tori’s second Christmas was a smashing success! She loves all her books, clothes, and toys.

All Smiles

All Smiles

Overall I didn’t see my friends enough and I’m disappointed about that, but I can’t say I’m surprised. After working 40 hours a week and coming home and seeing Tori, I don’t have much free time. And Tori, for some reason, does not like it when I make plans! She always refuses to take a nap before we go anywhere, and I try to protect her schedule as much as I can.

I think that pretty much sums it up!

As far as 2011. . . I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t think I’m going to make any. I plan on getting back on track at the gym, getting healthier, and continue digging us out of debt, but those are all standard, year-round goals for me.

I hope that you all have a wonderful 2011 and succeed in everything you resolve to do.

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She’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack . . .

I’m sitting here at my cozy desk once again. It’s good to be home, especially when you think that PERHAPS you’ve finally caught back up on your sleep.

Yaaaaay sleep.

Anyhoo, I had a great conference in Baltimore. I don’t think that I actually brought back any strong prospects BUT I had an amazing time. The topics they covered were interesting, the speakers were great, and the booze was even better. (These professional conferences – always trying to get you drunk and take advantage of you.)

I had a BEAUTIFUL view of the harbor from my 31st floor hotel room (which I learned later that, because of my boss’ platinum status, I could have gone and hung out in the Platinum Lounge to get free stuff at the hotel, but . . . eh). It was a lovely hotel room – even bigger than the one I stayed with in New Orleans, and with more pillows, too. You can’t go wrong with more pillows.

The only complaint I had was that the bed was TOOO soft. I sank into it and my back and hips were hurting within a mere half-hour. One night I got to hear Stevie Wonder playing at the amphitheater next door to the hotel from the balcony where the pool is – how awesome is THAT?! But that fun resulted in me forgetting I had a bed by the time I got back to the room much less feeling the softness of the surface on which I was sleeping.

By the time I got home I had a couple of numb toes from standing on my feet for three days straight (and I think honestly that I’ve bruised a nerve or two because I still can’t feel anything in the general toe-ish area there) and I was EXHAUSTED. That’s what those damn conferences do to you – they feed you, get you drunk, and then wear you down with all their little educational seminars and networking. Evil bastards.

I’m just glad to be back home in my own bed. Maybe this weekend I’ll be recuperated enough to do . . . something, but I think right now my preferred method of being is to kick back and watch some movies.

Speaking of movies? Watch Fracture. It’s the schiznit – I swear it.

OK, Loves – I’m off to work some more. I have piles and piles and piles of work in front of me, and today I’m ever-so-thankful that I can type faster than hell or I never would have gotten all this out.

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