I’ve found some new (and revisited some old) favorite things lately, so I thought I’d share with you some things that I’m really enjoying right now. So, first up:
Checkout51: This is an awesome little app that I was just introduced to last week. It’s so easy. All you do is browse through their list each week, go shopping, then take a picture of your receipt and submit it, and you will receive cash back for certain things that you buy that were on their list. Last week, I got $4.00 back for things that I would have purchased anyway such as a gallon of milk, tomatoes, and bananas. I know! It’s so exciting! And if you combine this offer with your paper coupons, you are really in business at the grocery store! Woo-hoo!
Snap by Groupon: This is the very same thing as Checkout51 and it works exactly the same. The lists are just a little different each week, but I was still able to rack up $4.00 on Snap last week too. Happy days at the grocery store…and seriously, how often can you say that??
Swagbucks: I did this a long time ago, and just recently revisited it, and I am so glad I did. If you open a Swagbucks account and simply change Swagbucks to your default search page, you can earn points when you search. You can also earn easy points by answering the daily poll. If you really get serious, you can also earn points by watching videos, completing surveys, signing up for offers, and other things. Once you get a certain amount of Swagbucks, you can cash them in for gift cards to your favorite places like Wal-Mart or Amazon.
LoseIt: It’s another app. It’s one of my favorite apps though. It’s a diet app which helps you count your calories daily. You can log all of your food intake as well as any exercise you do throughout the day. I love this because it really helps me to see a log of what I’ve done that day. And when you exercise you get calories back, so it’s almost like this cash system. Of course, for some odd reason, I’m super motivated by “banking” calories so that’s really helpful in this system too…you don’t actually get to do anything with your banked calories, but it’s really cool to get to the end of the day and find that you still have extra calories that you didn’t use. Burning fat baby!
Samaritan’s Purse: I really can’t say enough good things about this ministry. I have been impressed by this ministry many times, and now, I think they are shining brighter than ever before. Samaritan’s Purse is an organization developed by Franklin Graham which sends aid to people who need it most. Right now, they are helping with the Ebola crisis. Unfortunately, the hospitals in Africa handling this crisis are full and are now turning people away. This means that unless family members are willing to let their loved ones die a terrible death alone, then they must care for them at home. To do this without spreading the deadly disease, Samaritan’s Purse has developed an at home kit that helps protect these caregivers from the sickness. They are asking for donations to help fund the project and to get more of these kits to people who need them. Our family is donating to this very worthy cause, because it’s something we can do to help. It’s small, but we care and this is something we can do. I’d love for you to go check it out as well and see if it’s something that your family can do. Click here to see how you can help.
Essential Oils: I’m new to the essential oils thing, but I have a friend who sells doTERRA and I tried them on Lydia and I am a fan! I am so impressed! Currently we are using the DigestZen with Lydia (it’s made a HUGE difference!) and I plan to try the OnGuard next to keep all these winter time sicknesses away from us!
Books that I’m loving right now: I’ve gotten myself into reading several books at a time, but it’s okay because they are all so good! I love No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannan. It’s about children living in crisis in Asia. It’s a free book through Gospel of Asia and it’s so worth your time to read. I’m also really enjoying Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo. This is a book about balancing the brain of kids who have neurological disorders such as ADD/ADHA, dyslexia, asperger’s and other neurological disorders. I’m reading this because we’ve discovered that our son has something called dysgraphia, so I’m trying to find out the best way to help him. The kids and I are learning the catechism and we are reading through the book Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade. I love, love, love this book, and I also love the songs by Holly Dutton that go along with it. Finally, Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends is totally a hit. I’m reading this to the kids right now, but it’s a great book for all family members. Such great information. I’m planning a full review of each of these books when we finish them.
So that just about covers my favorite things for this month! Hope you can check them out!