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How I Make Money With Swagbucks

This post contains referral links. What is Swagbucks? Swagbucks is a shopping site/search engine that allows you to earn Swagbucks (SB for short) for your activities. There are a ton of ways to earn on this site. As a disclaimer, some of them require you buy things, or give them your email address, etc. I do not personally participate in most of those. As with anything online, please use your own judgement as to what info you want to provide. I have been a member of Swagbucks for a long time, but I haven’t always used it to its fullest potential. Now I’m earning on it like never before, and I want to help you do the same. How do I get started? Go here and sign up! There are mobile apps for Swagbucks, but I recommend signing in from a computer to perform most of your tasks. From there you will be taken to your dashboard. Here is where it can get confusing because there is a lot going on, and it can be overwhelming. Not to worry, I’ll give you everything you need to know!   The Toolbar Along the top of your screen you will see a…

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Must Have Tools for a Plant Based Life

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Plant Based Beginnings Let me begin by saying that you do not need to be a vegetarian, vegan, or plant based eater of any type to be welcome at my blog. I share the things that make me happy here in the hopes that you might find something of value. If you are a meat eater, you are still very welcome here. If you are curious about a plant based diet, or just want some cool information that really can apply to anyone, then I hope you’ll continue along with me here. My personal journey toward eating a plant based diet is far from finished. I still struggle with adhering to it and not going after the junk food. I still have some dairy products though I am working on eliminating those as well. I’m by no means perfect, but I do believe that a plant based lifestyle can help you feel fantastic. When I am sticking to it I have a ton of energy, and just feel like I know I should all of the time. [bctt tweet=””Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” ―…

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6 of the Best Health and Fitness Snapchat Accounts

Instagram Stories Vs. Snapchat If something looks a little bit different when you open Instagram, that’s because they have released their new Instagram Stories. Anyone who has taken a peek has probably noticed that it looks a whole like another popular social media tool. The comparison between Instagram Stories and Snapchat cannot be denied. The major difference is the lack of filters in Stories, and many say that it is easier to use than Snapchat. Personally, I’ve never found Snapchat that difficult to use, but I know that a lot of people really feel like it is geared toward teenagers. I have yet to share my own story on Instagram, but I have watched a few. One things that I don’t like about Stories is that everyone who posts a story shows up in your list whether you want them there or not. I follow a lot more people on Instagram than I do on Snapchat, so the feed size is very different. I know that I don’t have to watch them all, but on Snapchat, I just let them run until I’ve watched them all. My list on Snapchat is curated to the people I really want to watch.…

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4 Great Books about Minimalism

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. If you’ve heard the word minimalism in relation to a lifestyle, then you might be curious about how to get started, or what it even means. You probably think it’s just about getting rid of your stuff, and while that is part of it, it certainly isn’t the only piece of the equation. When I first learned that this was a lifestyle that people were consciously embracing, I wanted to know everything I could. I wanted to see how other people did it, and what it meant to them. So I started with reading whatever I could get my hands on. Here are four of my favorite books to get you started on your minimalism journey. [bctt tweet=”“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker” username=”emmycaitlin”] You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too – Tammy’s blog Rowdy Kittens, was my first exposure to minimalism and I have continued to follow her journey and read her books and blog posts. This book sounds like it’s going to…

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Happier This Week July 31st, 2016

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.   Well, we’ve made it to the end of July. Anyone else think this summer is just flying by? My kids go back to school in less than a month and then it will be time to get back into our normal routine. I’m probably one of the few parents who prefers summer, and I’m never ready to send them back to school. Maybe that’s because I know it is one step closer to them leaving home. This year that feels even more true since they will both be in high school. But summer isn’t over yet, so here are some of the things that made me happier this week. Driving Remember last weeks post when I told you my oldest son got his learner’s permit? Well, he swore he wouldn’t drive even though he had it, but his dad and I have managed to get him behind the wheel just a little bit. His dad only owns manual transmission vehicles, so he kept him in his field learning how to drive with a clutch. Thankfully he lives out on a road that doesn’t have a lot of traffic,…

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Happier this Week July 24th, 2016

I’m going to start a weekly feature where I talk about things that made me happy over the past week. It might be an event, a product, or something simple, but I want to take the time to be mindful of the good things. There is only one month until school starts back up.Both of my boys will be in high school this year, which is truly hard for me to wrap my head around. I decided to take Friday off work to spend some time with them while it’s still nice. That didn’t really go as planned, but I did take my oldest to experience a teenager right of passage. He got his learner’s permit!!! I have a seriously hard time believing that I am old enough to have a child that can drive. But here he is signing his temporary permit! Truth be told, he doesn’t really want to drive, and didn’t want to get his permit. I’m finding that some teenagers just aren’t into the idea like everyone was when I was getting my license. I think there is some fear there, but I also think that the ability to connect with friends through social media lessons…

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Five Books That Will Make You Happier Today

Books are just about my favorite thing. I have recently started donating my paper books as I read them, and only buying for the Kindle (read about that here), or borrowing from my library. Here’s a little list of five books that I recommend to get you a little happier every day. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero – This book was gifted to me by a friend, and I loved it so much I bought the audiobook too so that I could hear her read it. If you need someone to give you a little kick in the pants to make the most out of life, this book will do it. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Everyone kept raving about this book…even Oprah. I finally decided to check it out and now I understand what the fuss was about. This book requires and open mind to the story, but if you give it that, you will get some great lessons. [bctt tweet=”“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” ― Paulo Coelho” username=”emmycaitlin”] The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – This was another book that just kept popping up in conversations, so…

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Make Money Using Your Phone

These days most people have a smartphone. Why not let that phone work for you? I do a variety of things on my phone that allow me to not only save money, but also make money. Cricket Wireless – My first big savings was with the phone itself! I was out of contract, and have a perfectly good iPhone. So rather than enter back into a pricey contract to get the newest phone, I decided to look for some savings. I ended up taking my phone to Cricket Wireless. I went from $67 a month to $35! I have unlimited talk and text, and 2.5 GB of data for $40. Auto-pay saves me an additional $5. My service hasn’t been any different than what I had before and their customer service is great! If you’re interested in switching, you can use my link and get a $25 credit!  Swagbucks – One of the biggest ways I use my phone to earn is by using Swagbucks. I just started really taking advantage of this site right before Christmas this year, but I had enough to get a $25 Amazon gift card to help with Christmas, and my goal this year is…

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Why I’m Giving Up My Books

I love books. I know that a lot of people say that, but I really love books. I’m an introvert, and I spend a good bit of time alone. Books are my sanctuary. I always take a glance around when entering a home to see if they have books. They’re great conversation starters if you’re socially awkward like I am. They make me feel safe, and I have always had shelf upon shelf of books in my house. I also have baskets, and stacks, and for a while I had a toy-box filled to the brim with books. There will never be enough lifetime for me to read everything I want to read. [bctt tweet=”“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges” username=”emmycaitlin”] Naturally when Amazon first came out with the Kindle, I wanted one. My first Kindle was a hand-me-down and I instantly realized how great it was. I’ve never enjoyed reading on a computer screen, and the Kindle gave me the technology without the eye-strain. So many classics are free for Kindle, that while I was in school it kept me from having to buy a lot of my books.…

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So How Do You Declutter?

Minimalism is about so much more than getting rid of your junk. But it is a big part of the beginning. Minimalism is about living intentionally, and so your posessions should be things that serve a purpose in your life. Eliminating excess is a natural place to begin this journey. So, how do you declutter? Well, that’s entirely up to you really, but let me give you some ideas. I mentioned in my post What Is a Minimalist? that I started with one cabinet. I figured I’d just toss some things out and call it good. I was not prepared for the emotional experience that it turned out to be. That one cabinet was symbolic of all of the things that I had acquired as a type of padding in my life. I had all of these things so I must be doing OK right? I quickly realized that I didn’t even know what all I really owned. I had allowed my fear of not being able to provide for my kids turn into an over consumption that actually could impact my ability to provide for them. I’d medicated my guilt with stuff. I’ve included a picture of the cabinet so that…

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