Shelly's Bits and Pieces: February 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Swag Code Extravaganza: Birthday Edition! (Canada and US)

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Swagbucks is celebrating their 9th birthday, Swagbucks is having a  Swag Code Extravaganzas, which is one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've earned over $900 worth of gift cards with Swagbucks! Although I usually turn my SB in for Amazon gift cards, there are so many other choices!!  What are you waiting for?

The celebration begins on Monday, February 27th at 12am PT and goes all day long! All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 9 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 50 SB!
Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!

SB Local Birthday Promotion!

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You've probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It's the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they're paying you to do something you'd already do online, and now they're taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/24 and running through Monday, 2/27, they have a killer deal running - here's how you can take advantage of it:

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you're new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at thousands of participating locations! If you spend $20 or more before Tuesday, February 28th, you'll get a 300 SB bonus! That bonus will be paid out by 5pm PST on February 28th.

As an EXTRA treat for their 9th Birthday, in addition to the 300 SB, you'll be entered in to a drawing for one of eleven prizes worth up to 9000 SB!

Finally, if you're also signing up for Swagbucks for the first time and use my link, that means you'll get another
300 SB bonus. We're talking about $7 plus for going out to eat, with a shot at up to $90 more!

Some more info about SB Local:
Soon after paying with your linked card, you will see the transaction show up in your Swagbucks Local Activity ledger. Your SB earned will be calculated on the transaction amount before taxes and tip. Swagbucks Local is currently supported in the following metropolitan areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Ventura County, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago. New cities added on a regular basis, and you'll get the 100 SB bonus for linking your first card even if you don't live in one of the cities listed above!

Birthday Swago

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Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points with each spin!

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Get $25 to try Hulu

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If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $25 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $17 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

1. Click this link.
2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds)
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of March. So that's $25 (2500 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 2800 SB, which means you make $20 total just for watching TV!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Empyrean Bedding Queen Sheet Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  These sheets were purchased at a discount to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions stated are honest and my own.  I was not asked to give a positive review.  Everything stated below is from my usage of the sheets.

Nothing makes me sleep better than soft sheets.  I want my sheets to be soft and smooth and I want them to stay in place!  Nothing is more aggravating than having to put your fitted sheet back on during the night, or every morning, but being married to someone who moves all night means that I am usually forced to do just that.  Since I am always hot, I want my sheets to be cool and breathable.  Finding everything I want in a sheet is often hard to do, but when I do find something close they are very expensive.  When I received the opportunity to review some new sheets, I jumped at the chance.

We received a set of charcoal gray queen sized Empyrean Bedding sheets.  These sheets were carefully packaged and gave the appearance that they were expensive.  When I opened the package, I was very pleased to find that these sheets were very soft and felt great against the skin.  The fitted sheet not only had deep pockets but also had thick elastic straps on all four corners which held my sheets firmly in place.  These sheets are made of a breathable microfiber and are my new favorite sheets.  All the moving that Chefy did during the night couldn't move the fitted sheet.  It actually stayed place.

After washing the sheets, I checked for pilling and am happy to report that there was NONE!  I highly recommend these Empyrean Bedding sheets.  I will be purchasing more sheets for the other beds in my home.  Want to try them in your home?  Simply enter the giveaway below!  No purchase necessary to enter the giveaway!

Clearance Sale on Empyrean Bed Sheets $9.99 - $22.99

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge (US & Canada)

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Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes!
They have one themed around Valentine's day - the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, February 13th.
Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.
2. Starting February 13th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!
Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th 11:59pm PT

Friday, February 10, 2017

Get 1000 SB plus 15% off your Valentine's Day order from ProFlowers

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Valentine's Day is here, and if you still don't have a gift picked out, Swagbucks and ProFlowers are teaming up to give you a great deal. Order through this link (you'll be asked to create your Swagbucks account if you don't already have one) and you'll get 15% off of your order PLUS 1000 SB, which is the equivalent of $10 in gift cards at Swagbucks. The 13th is the last day to guarantee delivery on Valentine's day, so order now!

In case you didn't know, Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for shopping, discovering deals (like this one), watching videos, taking surveys, and even surfing the web. Then you take your SB and redeem them for gift cards to hundreds of places including Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal.

As a special bonus to you, if you sign up through me through this offer and get the 1000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of March. That's $13 total PLUS 15% off your Valentine's Day order.

Get it now!

Baskets-n-Beyond Giveaway





Welcome to the Baskets-n-Beyond Giveaway

Sponsored by Savvy Sweeper's Tidbits



Baskets-n-Beyond is a NJ based basket company that ships beautiful baskets for any occasion, all over the USA.  Many of their baskets ship from NJ or Missouri.
(Coming soon:  Wine baskets from California)

I have known Michele for many years, have visited her shop and ordered baskets from her.  Her baskets are beautiful and stuffed full of great items that the recipient will love!

Baskets are the perfect gift for any occasion.

There are baskets for everyone in you life~!

The Sports Lovers



The One Who Loves To Be Pampered




The Chocolate Lover



The Cookie Monster!




There are baskets for every occasion!



Breast cancer awareness

Valentine's Day


and so many more~



Here are all of the categories to choose from! Check out all of the beautiful baskets Michele has to offer!




Categories



Visit Baskets-n-Beyond for all of your gift basket needs!


Enter to win a basket of your choice, worth up to $50!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.





This giveaway is being sponsored by Savvy Sweeper's Tidbits.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Shop Deals - US

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Still looking for the perfect gift to get that special person in your life? Do you Valentine's Day shopping through Swagbucks and get cash back for all your purchases!

The best part? Through Valentine's Day, select retailers are offering double cash back or more! Just click here to sign up for Swagbucks and learn more.

If you don't know about Swagbucks, it's a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, searching the web, and taking surveys! You redeem your SB for gift cards or PayPal cash.

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me and spend at least $25 in shop, you'll get a 200 SB bonus!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Collector's Bills at Swagbucks!!

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One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more!

Here's all the information for this week's Valentine's Day Collector's Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, February 6th through Friday, February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

5 SB
7 SB
9 SB
14 SB
21 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Missing Daddy


Five years ago today, the greatest man I ever knew, who was the first man I ever loved, my daddy, passed away.  The emotions I felt on that day are still inside me, reminding me that the one man I knew would shoot straight with me and still protect me with his life, is no longer with me.  Yes, I do feel his presence and I know that the love we had for each other will go on for eternity.  I just want to see his face, smell his cologne and get a hug, one last time.

You see, I feel cheated.  Daddy went into the hospital on January 26, 2012 to have a heart cath.  We  knew something was wrong when they brought him back up in less than an hour.  The doctor told us that he needed a bypass and they scheduled it for the next day.  Mama spent the night at the hospital and they sent me home.  Surgery got scheduled for 6 am and they said it would be a while, so Mama told me to just come in when my hubby went to work.  I did.  We waited hours for some info before they gave us an update.  Daddy had 4 blockages and would be longer than expected.  In the late afternoon they told us that the surgery had gone well and that he was resting.  The doctor sent us home later that evening and told us that Daddy was fine and that they would be removing his breathing tube during the night.  Mom and I reluctantly went home.

I woke up at 2 am and had a bad feeling so I called the hospital to check on Daddy.  The CICU told me that he was having an issue and that the doctor was on the phone with Mama.  I jumped out of bed and drove the normally 40 minute trip to the hospital.  I made it in about 20 minutes.  When I got there, Mama met me in the CICU waiting room.  Within minutes the doctor came out to tell us that there had been a problem and that Daddy had been put back on the breathing machine.  Later that afternoon, Daddy suffered another setback and was taken back to surgery to have his chest reopened.  For the next week, we spent day and night at the hospital, sleeping intermittently in the waiting room and going to sit with Daddy in the CICU about 15 minutes every hour.  They were keeping him on fluids and his body started to change.

On February 2, 2012, Chefy brought Kat up to the hospital.  She had been begging to come see her Gdad so he finally gave in.  I took her back to the CICU and stayed as she held her gdad's hand and told him she loved him.  We watched his brain waves react to her and noticed his heart rate increase as she talked.  Her visit lasted less than 5 minutes, but she was satisfied.  As Kat went out, the nurse came in to check on Daddy and I rubbed his hands and his cold feet.  They were keeping his room cold to lower the chance of infection and only his hands, lower legs and feet were uncovered so I could touch him.  I started to notice that his heart rate was starting to drop and I started freaking out.  I was screaming and calling his name.  Within 2 minutes, his heart rate went to nothing and they had to revive him.  Mama and I sat down with Kat and talked to her to explain what had happened.  We prayed together and Chefy took her home.

Mama and I had a restless afternoon and night.  We had been moved into a family room by the doctor and we did a lot of crying and praying.  Mama and I took turns going back to sit with Daddy.  I noticed that his brain waves no longer were reacting when I talked to him and his heart rate remained low.  About 2 on the morning of Feb. 3, 2012, I came back into the family room after checking on Daddy.  Mama and I started talking and we both knew that he was no longer with us, so we asked for his doctor to come talk to us.  She verified that Daddy was no longer viable but that they had been keeping him alive for us.  We told her that we wanted to call in everyone so they would have the chance to say goodbye.  Everyone came that morning and it was time to say our final goodbyes.  My sister in law and I stayed with Daddy and I held his hand as the machines were disconnected.  That was the hardest thing I ever did.  As I said, I was cheated.  I didn't get to hug and kiss my daddy that morning before his bypass surgery, and I did't get to tell him I loved him one last time.

Sometimes it seems like Daddy has been gone for a long time, and other times, the pain is so raw, it feels like just yesterday.  My daddy was a minister and I know he was a great Christian man.  I know I will see him again one day.  I would not want him back here with me if he was suffering, and I know that God doesn't make mistakes.  My mind knows that, and deep in my heart, I do too.  BUT today, I just want my daddy!

I miss you Daddy and will always be your Baby Girl!!


Swago: Shopping Edition

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Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. With Valentine's Day around the corner, why not do your gift shopping online and earn cash back while you're at it?

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB ($2) Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

Shop Swago will begin on Monday, February 6th at 9am PDT/12pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have a limited amount of time 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.
The game ends Thursday, February 9th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Earn SB in your neighborhood with SB Local

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I receive SB for sharing.



You've probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It's the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they're paying you to do something you'd already do online, and now they're taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/2 and running through Sunday, 2/5, they have a killer deal running - here's how you can take advantage of it:

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you're new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at thousands of participating locations! If you spend $20 or more before Monday, February 6th, you'll get a 300 SB bonus! That bonus will be paid out by 5pm PST on February 10th.

If you're also signing up for Swagbucks for the first time and use my link, that means you'll get another
300 SB bonus. We're talking about $7 plus for going out to eat!

Some more info about SB Local:
Soon after paying with your linked card, you will see the transaction show up in your Swagbucks Local Activity ledger. Your SB earned will be calculated on the transaction amount before taxes and tip. Swagbucks Local is currently supported in the following metropolitan areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Ventura County, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago. New cities added on a regular basis, and you'll get the 100 SB bonus for linking your first card even if you don't live in one of the cities listed above!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Nike Bonus Days are back!

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If you love Nike stuff or know someone who does, you can get 15% cash back on all Nike Gift Cards during Nike Bonus Days on MyGiftCardsPlus! MyGiftCardsPlus is a great site where you get cash back for buying gift cards - the cash back is paid out in the form of points from Swagbucks, which is a great website where you redeem those points (called SB) for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal... and Nike!

So to recap, you can get 15% cash back (in the form of SB) on Nike gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which you can then use on Swagbucks to get more Nike gift cards!

Click here to take advantage of this great deal!

Share The Love and Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks in February!

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February is a month of love, and getting a $5 bonus from Swagbucks is their way of showing it! Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link.

2. Earn 300 SB total before 3/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned almost $1000 which I redeemed as gift cards from Amazon!

*You must receive your shopping SB before April 1st