This picture represents a super exciting season in my life. My Lover and I just celebrated our 15 year anniversary. I know that may not sound super exciting to some, but to us it is quite the feet. To give you a hint, I am 32. For those who are new to my life, may I share our story.
It all started at the end of my Lover's senior year of high school. Oh man, was he the best looking, most amazing boy in school! I was best friends with his little brother when I officially met him. I remember he was working at pizza hut and I had been four wheeling and got stuck. Who was the knight in shining armor that came to my rescue? Non other than my Lover. I knew he was the one just two weeks into dating. When he dropped me off at home, I told him I loved him and ran up the stairs to hide my embarrassment;) We were inseparable from the beginning. Little did we know only a few months later, just 3, what was the plan of our future.
That super good looking boy that stole my heart was now to be my husband. And in a short nine months we were to have the most beautiful baby girl the world would ever know! Being married my senior year of high school was an adventure. Hey, I could call in sick for myself when I had morning sickness;) Obviously, we did not have much. That included wedding rings.
It was much to my surprise when my Lover got me a wedding ring for our anniversary. After 15 years I would not get asked if I was engaged all the time ;) The rings are laser etched into a super swamper tire tread. As you get to know us, that will make total sens. I can't even tell you how much I love my ring. I told you he is amazing! Now after two kiddos, 15 years, and multiple states, that boy I married is quite the sexy man and not only my lover but my bestest friend.
As a stay at home Momma I feel there must be some resources I have that can make money while at home. Just a little extra for our fun days and family outings you know? After a ton of research and trial and error, I have come into some great resources that have turned out to be legit. With the technological advancements with smart phones, a great opportunity to make technology work for the average person has opened wide. Here I have listed my top 3 apps that make money. For real, you make real money. After months and months, over a year to be honest, of using apps that claim to pay you to use them, these 3 have proved to be legit apps that make money.
The Ibotta app is my favorite by far. I have been using this app for a while now and I think I might be addicted. It is so very easy to use. Ibotta pays you to shop for your groceries and house goods and clothes. How cool is that! It is totally legit. You choose from many grocery stores like Safeway, Walmart, Sam's, Fry's, Target. Some others like Walgreens, Family Dollar, and PetSmart. As well as clothing from Aeropostale (spend $40 and get a $5 rebate), home goods from Home Depot, and Military Commissary. Or restaraunts like Chili's, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday (right now: spend $15 get a $5 rebate) and more. All you do is go here, create an account, unlock all the rebates you will use.
When you redeem your first rebate within 2 weeks, you get $10. The more rebates you redeem, the more cash rewards you get. You can not only build your cash with rebates but also with a team. For everyone that you refer, you get $5 and they help you build up to monthly levels. There are many levels you can achieve. You get to the levels by the amount of rebates your team unlocks and saves each month. They are about an extra $2 each that you get.
The first month, while trying to figure it out, I received $32 after grocery shopping just twice with my $10 for my first rebate. The second month, with one team member and grocery shopping three times, I earned $57.50. The months to fallow I have been up into the $60 range. All of these rebate amounts solely on groceries and I only shop at three different grocery stores (Sam's monthly, Walmart bi-monthly, and Safeway weekly). The months get better as you go because the app seems to customize the rebates according to what you unlock. I have not had the need to redeem any rebates for clothing or restaurants or other things yet but when I do I know my rebates will go up. I have heard of people getting rebates of upwards of $200+ a month with Ibotta.
How you prove that you bought the item is simple. You choose "verify rebate" and then select the store you shopped at. Next, choose the rebates you used at that particular store. If the receipt has a barcode on the bottom, you scan it and your done. Once the receipt is verified (within 24 hours) the cash is in your account. If there is no barcode, like at Safeway, then you scan the barcode on the unlocked rebate item that you purchased there and then take a picture of your receipt. You can also scan an item in the store to see if there is a rebate available it as well. And an area where you can create your own shopping list so it is all done in the one app.
You don't have to put in any personal information on Ibotta so there is no scare for lack of security. This is one reason why Ibotta was appealing to me, I don't trust an app with my personal information. With a $20 minimum you can transfer your cash into either your PayPal or venom. Or with a minimum of $25 choose a gift card from places like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Sephora, Starbucks, and more. You truly will love Ibotta.
I have been using Shopkick the longest. It has been covered in Forbes and Time Magazine. The cash earned is different than Ibotta, you turn your kicks into gift cards like Fandango, Walmart, Target, Sephora, Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Game Stop. Gift cards are still cash in my eyes, free money. I think this is a great app, super great for college students, as a way to earn things they may not have the available cash for like Christmas and Birthday presents for parents ;) This is a great app because it shows you deals, aka coupons, and sale items in different stores as well as earning money for what we do all the time, shop! You just go here to download the app, create your account, then look for deals and stores for kicks near you. Shopkick is one of the easiest sights to navigate through. Just opening the app daily will give you 1-3 kicks.
Oh, I almost forgot, if you save up your kicks you can use them to buy large items. They can get big like flat screen t.v's, Coach bags, Beets, tablets, Tiffany & Co, even a Vespa!
With Shopkick you can earn more kicks by inviting friends. When they use your referral code, link mine above, you receive 50% of their kicks earned in the first month. I got almost 600 when my sister signed up;) You can also fallow Shopkick Instagram page for chances to win $ and prizes. They also give out bonus kicks during big shopping times like black Friday. I live in a rural area, a good hour to the stores, so my kicks are not as high as they could be. No worries, I don't mind, I still love the app. But my sister. Oh man, she lives in the city and has made off like a bandit with Shopkick.
3. Google Opinion Rewards.
Google Opinion Rewards is an app that links right to your google play account, sorry Apple and Window users, it's only for android. You can download it here. You are given money for opinion surveys. These surveys last maybe 5-20 seconds. They range from 1-5 questions. You get any where from $.10-$.49 (or at least that is what I have gotten) depending on the survey. This doesn't seem like much but they add up. I have earned $22.16 over the last few months. The cash is good for up to a year before it disappears.
My brother, who is a huge computer super smart person, told me about this app. The surveys range from "did you visit any of these stores in the last week and what would you rate it" to "do you shop for your families groceries" to politics to sports. I am sure it differs on the person as to what they ask. Sometimes they ask what your household income is, I am paranoid and I don't like this question, so I either choose the 'choose not to answer' option or make it up. Sorry, but I do.
Now, the difference between Google Opinion Rewards and the Shopkick and Ibotta app is you spend your money in the play store. You can not withdraw the cash or get gift cards. I love this idea as I am not the person to spend my money on apps and games. But earning it this way to get a super cool upgrade packet fro my son's off road game, I can do that. There are instances from time to time too when I come across a neat app that will come in handy dandy and boom, I have my google play credits to use. You know those annoying adds on the free app that you just love? Wee, for $.99 of my google rewards to stop the annoying adds, I will do that too. Those games and apps can nickel and dime ya but not with Google Opinion Rewards, they have you covered. (No I am not an affiliate, I just thought that sounded catchy)
What I like to spend my credits on is movies. That's right, movies I can watch on my phone while we travel. I have a Samsung Note so my phone is huge;) And good music. My kids then connect to my google play and have all the music they want and I can control what they download. Oh yeah, win for Momma!
I hope that my endless search for legit 'pay you to use' apps pays off for you like it did me. Please do let me know how much you get;) And if you come across some great ones too. Have a fantastic day you guys!
Hi everyone. I have been using the First 5 app from Proverbs31 Ministries for well over 7 months now. There are great things and some I would change from it. But ultimately, I can't say enough about it. My sister turned me on to First 5 and I am so grateful for that! I feel I must share it with you.
Are you like me and you have a hard time getting up in the morning? Does there seem to be no time to spend with the LORD? Do you feel guilty when you realize life happened and the only time spent with the Creator was a few sporadic prayers throughout the day? The First 5 app is for you! First 5 is geared to giving a well rounded scriptural study basis for woman everyday. No matter how busy you are, these five minutes from First 5 are done in such a way, can always be squeezed in.
With First 5 you can:
What I would change: *update! You can now set your alarm for different days and at different times! woohoo!!!!*
This is my personal experience with the app. Everyone I know who use it, loves it. The ladies, 4 I believe, have such wonderful hearts and are so knowledge-full. So, how do you get it? It is free for android and iPhone/Mac users. For android go to google play here or apple users you can simply go to apple app store here. Sorry but there is no app for windows phone as of yet:( I sure do hope you guys check it out, it is such a blessing!
*note: I am not an affiliate with Proverbs31 Ministries or First 5. I truly just love the app and want to share it with others. In no way am I compensated for this post in any way!
I look at choosing my homeschool curriculum this way. I have a favorite book, one that I find myself regularly reading over and over again. Well, an author I return too. I find that the older I get, the more addicted I become to the written word. As I read his works of greatness, I am constantly finding pieces of them that I see anew. My mind is lead on a new adventure in a new way. Almost always I realize a piece of the book that I did not recognize before. I fall in love with the book in a new way each time.
After 125 years, studies show that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to remember what is learned and store it in the Procedural Knowledge tank. This is the type of knowledge for math. Makes since as math is a building tool and much review makes mathematics very successful. The encoding or retrieval of stored knowledge, is done through relative learning and repetition. The learning of a subject as it relates to knowledge already learned thus keeping it in the forefront of the mind. This is what the pure definition of learning is according to the Department of Psychology at the University of Berkeley: "a relatively permanent change in knowledge that occurs as a result of experience; that learning changes the individual's fund of knowledge".
This is the learning style that I have found to be so vital with schooling my babies. I am constantly amazed at how they each interpret their books. What they drawl out of their studies. How they each come out with a totally different diagnoses of what excited them when we read together. When I first started teaching my babies, I thought that learning a curriculum was all about the amount of information they would get out of the lesson. Making sure they get through everything and do good on the tests. After all, I thought, isn't test scores how we know they are learning? Blah!
Now I am realizing that it isn't the quantity but the quality of their retention; which can not be determined by a "test". It's not what they study so that they ace get an A (see my post on grading here) but what they drawl out of their studies. What they remember months later verses the blank glazed over "what you are saying is not computing" teenage stare. Just as I have found as I get older and learn how to learn, repetition and the love for learning is the key. Students are not cattle. They can not be herded though their school years with a bombarding of meaningless facts and dates. They need to know why their studies are important, piece them together.
When searching for a curriculum, finding one that instills the desire to return to the stories in history, relate the science of physics or biology or geology with what their talents or gifts are. To want to use the math they learned while you are at the store. A curriculum that instills the adventure and the draw to come back. These are the curriculums that will instill a retentive knowledge in our students. One that builds upon itself. The amount of dates and highlighted information they know for standards or a test or a grade will not get them through life. But the stories, those stories that hold place in their hearts will. The stories that draw them in again and again. The stories that impact the way they see others, they see the world, they make their choices, they lead their lives. The way they succeed in higher learning. These are the stories, the sciences, the mathematics, and the information that is true learning.
I want to encourage you to not be bogged down by the one size fits all idea of how to home educate your student. Rather your student is
There is a curriculum for them all. The most important thing is to spend time evaluating and reevaluating your student. Every student changes with each year. One curriculum might fit them one year while as they mature, another will fit them the next. Don't get stuck on the one curriculum for all time, maybe that will happen but don't force it. As always, enjoy the time you have with your kids. You only have 18 years with them. Every moment, treasure it in your heart. I guarantee you that no matter what curriculum you choose, being called to homeschool, what you give them will be enough. Don't let the frustrations or standards or worries choke out the joy of being with your kids and them being taught by you:)
*The curriculum listed above are just a few that are available. Do your research and match what is right to your student. Mix and match and have fun! I am not an affiliate with any of the curriculum mentioned. I have however, either used one of the above curriculum or have a very close friend who does.
*"How Students Learn...and how we can help them" by John F. Kihlstrom, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Walking Tacos...great for camping or large cookouts with family and friends. We love them for when we host UFC throughout the year. Also, such a fun idea to do with little kids. Picky eaters think these look fun and will eat them up;) My teens love these as does my 4 year old niece;) No mess clean up and perfect for the big game day you guys!
Update: As one of my amazing readers ideas, Walking Tacos are great for to go meals. Thank you Amila! Visit her yummy recipes at Food Corner here.
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)