Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BestMark Mystery Shopper















Mystery Shoppers

We have all dreamed of being a mystery shopper.  Getting paid to do what we already do.  And getting the chance to ensure people provide excellent customer service. 

I have been doing customer service for over 20 years.  So I believe that if you are in the customer service business you should deliver excellent customer service or find another job.  Being a mystery shopper helps me helps others to provide excellent customer service.  
 
Performing mystery shops is a great way for you to make additional income while helping companies to enhance their level of customer service. BestMark offers 10,000-plus mystery shop assignments each month.  To apply for a Mystery Shopper position click here.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Work at Home Independent Contractor or Employee


 
 
 
 
 
Employee or Independent Contractor
 
This is one of the first  decision that you will have to make when you decide that you want to work from home.
 
Why you may ask?  Because this decision will impact your schedule, your pay, whether or not you have to pay taxes or have them withheld, if you will receive benefits, vacation, sick pay and the  list goes on and on.
 
Let's look at the pros and cons of both. 
 
Employee
 
As an employee you will usually receive the same benefits that you receive at a brick and mortar job that you are employed at. 
 
They will usually take out taxes for you, offer health benefits (depending on the company) . And you are usually required to work a set schedule often times set by them.
 
If consistency  in pay is what you are looking for, as well as benefits and you don't want to deal with paying your own taxes.  Then I would suggest you look for a work at home job that will hire you as an employee.
 
Independent Contractor
 
As a independent contractor you are usually required to pay your own taxes, they usually don't offer benefits, in most cases you are paid per minute per talk time ( this means you are only paid for the time you are actually on the phone with a customer).
 
The main benefit of this position is that you usually can set your own schedule.  If flexibility of schedule is what you are looking for you might want to look for a position that will hire you as a independent contractor.
 
 
There are some exception to the pay per minute per  talk time.  I worked at Arise and the hire you as a independent contractor but they pay per minute per talk and an hourly rate. 
 
So you have to decide what is best for you.  I have done both and there are pros and cons to each.  So sit down and figure out what you need to accomplish from a work at home job. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Legit or Scam? CheapCruises.com


 
 
 
We all love going on vacation.  And to me a cruise is the ultimate vacation.  Where else are you going to get: five star dining,  all the food you can eat, entertainment, accommodation, shopping and more all for one price (anything you buy on board is extra and some restaurants are not included)?
 
 
In finding an affordable cruise you might look online.  But with so many websites, how do you know which one is legit?
 
Well I wanted to share one with you.  It is called CheapCruises.com.  I had shopped around and they were the lowest.  It was so much cheaper then the other ones that when I went to pay for it I freaked out and hung up the phone.  I felt like,  here I was turning my credit card over to a strange lady off something that I found online.  I kept thinking that if it sounds to good to be true it is. 
 
So I did some research, I checked with the BBB.org (Better Business Bureau).  I even called and spoke to a nice lady named Cindy and she assured me that it was legit.  So I wanted  to share the information that I found with you. 
 
To read what I found on the BBB click here.  They have a  A+ rating.  Have you ever heard of  World Travel Holdings well CheapCruises.com fall under them.   They have been in business since January 1, 1986.  So to have been in business that long they would have to be legit.
 
Well I went ahead a paid for my cruise in full and we had a wonderful time..  I would definitely recommend checking out their prices before you book your cruise.  We got an ocean view room on Carnival Freedom and a 25.00 shipboard credit.  Cheapcruises.com charge us to much for our port charges when we booked our cruise so they refunded it back to us in a another shipboard credit without us knowing anything about it. 
 
I do not work for them nor do I receive any commission from them.  I just wanted to share my experience and hope that it will benefit other families.  If you have any questions about my experience please feel free to leave me a comment and I will try to answer it for you. 
 



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sam's Club



Dear Mommies'


You all know how  crazy I am about a good deal.  Well have a seat for this one.  I had to share this one with you.

You are all familiar with Sam's Club, you can buy bulk items at a discount.  Well a normal yearly Sam's membership is 45.00 with a Sam's Plus membership being 100.00.  Wait for it, Wait for it..... For 45.00 you will get:

A one year Sam's Plus membership (100.00 value)
Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
$20.00 gift card valid for any in-club, online or fuel purchases
Threee Fresh-food certificates, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday July 27,2015 (a 22.94 value)
One rorisserie chicken (4.98 value)
Salsa (9.98 value)
Cupcakes (7.98 value)

This is a 142.94 dollar value for 45.00

To get this amazing deal click here.  You have 11 days from April 23 to redeem this.


Mommie Corner





I love magazines.  If I have a spare momment I love to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and read.  I love recipes, coupons, deals, and easy ways to lose weight (even though I never lose  weights, its encouraging to know someone can lose weight).

As much as I love to read, I don't have time for a book, so a magazine is perfect.  I can actually read an article and feel like I accomplished something for me.  And now that most magazines have a digital download where I can put on my tablet.  Its a win win.  I just download it on my tablet and take them with me.  So while I sitting at a doctors or dentist appointment I can just pull it out and read.

As much as I love magazines, I love deals more.  So I wanted to share with you a place that you can go and get deals on magazines.

 MAGAZINE DEALS NOW - Order any magazine priced $9.96 or less and save an EXTRA 20% OFF with coupon TWENTY - Magazines starting as low as $3.16 with coupon! Limited time offer so start shopping now and save!  To redeem this offer click here

Work at Home

 
 
 
Have you ever wondered if working from home, is for you?  We all have dreams of what working from home would entail.  Not having to fight traffic going to and from work, rolling out of bed and working in our pajamams, not having to pay a day care bill, being able to cook and clean our house while we are working.
 
 
But are these realistic idea?  I have been working from home for over ten years and I love it, but it is not for everyone.  It is true you don't have to fight traffic, and if you really want to, you can work in your pajamas.  But depending on the job that you have you will probably still have to pay a day care bill.  Most WAH (work at home) companies have a no background noise policy.  And they do audit (listen to your calls).
 
Most customers service jobs also require you to be at your desk, so you can't be at another part of the house cleaning or cooking.
 
I love working from home.  But it is not for everyone.  You have to be a self motivated, you have to treat this job as a real job just like you had before you worked from home.  If you are scheduled to work to have to work. 
 
Some people say that working from home is lonely or boring you are just in your home office by yourself.  If you feel like  this make use of the chat room.  Most WAH companies have a chat room destinated just for getting to know your coworkers, they have newsletters where you can send photos of your family, participate in contest, send in recipes etc.. Although this is not the same as physically getting to see your coworkers it does help. I also keep a magazine at my desk and between calls I read that.  I means as mommies how many time do we get to read a magazine.  For great deals on magazines click here.
 
If you are still not sure if working at home is for you, why not give it a try.  There are many WAH companies that hire people for seasonal work.  This way you can try out, working from home and see if you love it or hate it.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Meal: Chicken & Dumplings


I am the biggest slow cooker fan. If I didn't have a slow cooker my family probably wouldn't get as many hot meals as they do. With my busy schedule it's hard to do it all. But with my slow cooker I can run around like crazy and still have a hot meal waiting for my family when they get home. I wanted to share another weeks worth of recipes with you.

Not only are these recipes good, but they also save you money. You are not spending money eating out, and when you shop from a grocery list, that saves you money also.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breast (cut up in 1 inch pieces)
2 Cups baby carrots
2 cups medium potatoes
1 cup celery
1 cup water
2 10 oz cans cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon creole seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic
2 cups of baking mix
2/3 cup milk

Place chicken, carrots, celery and potatoes in slow cooker.

Mix the soup, water seasonings together, pour over chicken.

Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours (depending on your slow cooker) (I cook everything on low)

Stir the baking mix and mix together pour over chicken n slow cooker. Cook for 30 minutes more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Make Extra Cash




SURVEY COMPANIES FOR KIDS

I wanted to share with you some Survey companies that you can sign up for and have your children do.  These are actually companies that I use myself.  I wanted to share with you proof of payment that we have received for doing these fun and easy surveys.
This check is from Kideyez.com.

The age requirements for Kideyez is 6 to 12 and you can sign up multiple children.
This check is from Panelpolls

This is a survey site that the whole family can use.  The have surveys for Moms, Dads, children and teens.  My whole family have done surveys with them.

With both of these companies you have to have 10,000 points to redeem for a check. That is the equivalent of 10.00.
I hope you sign up for these, I think it will be something you will enjoy.  I know we do. And a little extra cash is always good.


More Surveys for Kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Make Money Working from Home


You can make money working from from home. The key is to find skills that you already have and use them to work from home.

BOOKKEEPER


Are you good at organizing your family finances? Do you have a strong knowledge of math and are willing to learn accounting software. Do you have (or willing to purchase) a computer and high speed internet.

Earnings: About 17.00 per hour and up to 40.00 for tax preparation.


TRANSLATOR


As business grow globally, the need to communicate in different languages expand. Are you bilingual do you speak Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese or any other language. Then this might be the position for you.

To find work check out websites like Bulter Hill Group, Languages Unlimited or Translatorscafe.com it is a free online directory.

Earnings: about 12.00 per hour


VIRTUAL ASSISTANT


If you are your families, secretary and calender and keeps everyone going in the right direction. Then this might be the position for you.

To find work check out FancyHands.com, Zirtual.com

Earnings: $10 and up


ONLINE TEACHER OR TUTOR


Many people because of busy schedules are turning to online tutoring. If you love Reading, Math English and have a knack for explaining things. Then this might be the position for you.

To find work check out Aim Academics, Coursebridge.com, Promise Cyber School.

Earnings: $9.00 to 50.00 per hour (certified teachers earning the higher amounts)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DIY: Homemade Hair Butter & Liquid Washing Powder

I am the most untalented person you would ever want to me. I cannot do anything so when I find something that even I can do I have to share it with my mommies.

So what is it that I have learned that I can do? I can make hair grease from scratch, liquid washing powder, stain removers and etc. So I wanted to share with you some of the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) recipes that I use in my house.

Homemade Hair Butter


1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
3 T Jojoba Oil or Apricot oil
20-30 drops of Sweet Orange Oil

You mix all of the ingredients together. The Shea Butter is hard when you get it, so I soften mine in the microwave. This hair butter really helped my hair to grow. My hair is relaxed but my friends who have natural hair loved this hair butter.

Liquid Washing Powder


1 Bar of Soap ( I use Fels-Naptha)
1 cup Washing Soap
1 cup Borax
Hot Water
Cheese Grater
5 gallon bucket

Pour in 4 cups of water in a large pot. You want the water to get hot but not come to a boil. While the water is boiling, use a cheese grater to grate the soap. Add the grated soap to the water and stir with a wooden spoon until it dissolves. Pour this into your 5 gallon bucket, add your Borax and Washing Soap. Stir until dissolved. Cover and let sit for 24 hours.

This mixture will look clumpy in the morning just stir it real good and it will be fine.

Some people dilute this mixture by filling gallon jugs with have water have detergent. I don't I use about a cup of this per load. You can also add scented oil. But I like the scent just with the ingredients mentioned above.

Now that I am making this I will never go back to buying it.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Just for Free


My friends call me cheap. But I like to look at it as being frugal. So I thought I would share with you some of the sites I have found out about, to get things Free. Who doesn't like free?

FREE UNDERGARMENTS


Join the victoriasecret.com mailing list and you can receive a coupon for free undergarments.

FREE CONTACTS


You can request a free trial pair at dailies.com, soflens.com and acuvue.com ( I actually did this with Acuvue and they emailed me a coupon to take to my eye doctor).

ShopAtHome.com


For a chance to see movies before it opens to the public go to: landmarktheatres.com or seeitfirst.net.

FREE BOOKS


Via Amazon.com ( I usually type in free kindle books and whatever category I like, i.e free kindle kids books) you can also check out ebooks via your library, bookbub.com


FREE STARBUCKS


Starbucks this is my guilty pleasure. But the can be an expensive treat. So to pay for my addictions to Starbucks I signed up via my smartphone for Starbucks rewards. You just download the app from the Play Store. You put money on it via a credit, debit or gift card and pay for your purchase via your phone. You will earn stars for your purchases (and if your Starbucks is in a Kroger like mine is give them your Kroger card also that counts toward the points you earn on that to) You will also recieve Members only rewards and a free drink on your birthday. I have only been a member for 2 months and have already recieved a free drink. (mmmm) (Starbucks taste even better when its FREE)

FREE MAGAZINES


Visit sites like freebizmag.com, valuemags.com or rewardsgold.com. No credit card required.

FREE MUSIC


Go to sites like spotify.com, pandora.com or accuradio.com. You can also use these sites on your smartphone. (just remember if you are streaming online music you will use your data)

FREE MUSEUMS


Sign up for goldstar.com. If it is in your area you can find deals on musicals, comedy clubs and museums. (there might be a service charge about 5.00)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Work at Home Companies





1.  Aro
2.  Arise
4. Amazon
7.  Convergys
13. Next Wave
14.  Verafast
15. Asurion (scroll down to view WAH jobs)
20.  Sitel
21.  Site Staff
22.  Support
24.  Kaplan
25.  FirstData
26.  IBM
27.  UnitedHealth Group
28.  Intuit
29.  Humana
30.  About.com








CHAT JOBS

These position are great for ones that have children at home.  Since its chat background noise should not be a  problem.


21. Needle
23.   Uber


DATA JOBS

24.   Virtual Bee
25.  Scribie
27.  QuickTate


ONLINE MODERATORS

Online Moderators monitor the behavior of ones posting in blogs, chat rooms and make sure they are following the rules set up by the Administrator.

28.  Live World


SEARCH ENGINE EVALUATORS

This is a great position for ones who don't want to be on the phone.  You are responsible for keeping search engine up to date.  You must be good at browsing the internet. 

30.  Leapforce
31.  Appen

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bath & Body Works


Dear Mommies,

I just had to share this with you. I am a huge Bath & Body Works Fan. I go every time they have their sales.Which are June and December by the way, and the had a Semi Annual December 26, which I just found out about this year.

If you are a fan like me, then you know the drill. Go to the store to buy your favorite scent, only to find out it is discontinued. So you go around smelling new ones, until you can't smell, anymore.

Well that is exactly what I did. But I found my new scent, one that I would never have thought I would love. It is Wild Madagascar Vanilla. I am not a vanilla fan at all. I would never have even tried had not the sales rep suggested it. She said it is not like your regular vanilla scent, and boy was she right. I love it, love it. So if you are a vanilla person, or like me you're not a vanilla scent person give this one a try.

Please drop me a comment and let me know if you like it or not.




To get cash back on your Bath & Body Works online order click here.

Just for Mommies: Time Saving Tips

                                                                           



Dear Mommies,


If you could add another couple hours in your day?  Would you do it?  I'm not really sure if I would or not.  Because that would mean I would  have to work longer.  So instead of working longer, I just need to make the best use of my time.  So I thought I would share with you some tips that I use to make the best use of my time. 

                                                                 


1.  Pick a day to do all your errands: I don't know about you, but I feel like I spend my life running errands.  Only to find out  that I forgot something. And have to run back to the same area I was just at.  So now I do all my errands on one day and I make a list.  I even try to make that list according  to areas.  It is a master list, so if next week I have to run errands I just pull out my master list and put a check next to the ones I need to do today.  And then I cross it off.  I love crossing things off, it gives me such a sense of fulfillment. 



 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Make Ahead Slow Cooker Meals: Beef Recipes



Dear Mommies (and Daddies),

I wanted to share with you another week of Make Ahead Freezer Meals in a Slow Cooker, plus one of my favorites that's not a freezer meal, but one that my family loves. The idea behind this is:

1. Shop for the week
2. Prepare the recipes in gallon freezer bags.
3. Freeze them.
4. Take out a bag from the freezer, the night before.
5. Thaw the bag overnight in the refrigerator.
6. The next morning, empty the contents into the slow cooker to cook all day.
7. Eat and Enjoy.

I thought I would go with a beef theme this week. I just feel I same money if I do a theme. I can buy in bulk and make several recipes. You will see my reference creole seasoning a lot in my recipes. This is my go to seasoning. I usually use this in place of salt. I put it in EVERYTHING. It gives you food such a good flavor. Once you try it I know you will be hooked.

Chili


1 1/2 pound of ground beef (I usually use ground turkey, but this is beef week!)
1 onion chopped
1 can of green chilies
1 can of diced tomatoes (I use the ones with the oregano & basil in it)
1 can of tomato sauce
2 cans of kidney beans do not drain
2 cans of pinto beans do not drain
2 T of chili powder
1/2 cup of salsa ( I use hot, but use you prefer)
1/4 cups jalapenos (optional)

Cook the ground beef in a pan. Chop the onions, celery and jalapenos. Add these and the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Pour the beans in there with the liquid. Add your spices. I am a big fan of creole seasonings so I always add a dash. Oh, and a dash or two of hot sauce. Can you tell I like things spicy? Cook on low for about 6-8 hours depending on your slow cooker.I cook everything on low. I turn it on about 6:30am, and I'm back home from picking the kids up at about 3:45pm.

You can also do this recipe by preparing ahead of time and putting in a gallon freezer bag and following the steps above. Chili is usually my Monday meal, so I make it up, put it in a freezer bag, put it in the refrigerator, and then put it in the slow cooker Monday morning.

Beef Stew


1 pound beef stew meat
1 1/2 cup onions chopped
1/2 cup celery chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots chopped
4 cups beef stock or water with bouillon cubes
1 can of tomato sauce
1t salt
1t pepper ( I use red pepper flakes)

Lasagna


1 pound ground beef
2 garlic gloves minced
1 cup water
2 can tomato paste
1 t salt
1 t red pepper flakes
1 t creole seasoning
1 cup of salsa
16 oz of shredded Mexican cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook the meat until it is no longer pink. I add all my seasons while my meat is cooking. I mix the tomato paste, water and salsa to make a sauce, add your meat. In your slow cooker put sauce at the bottom of the slow cooker, then a layer of noodles, then the meat sauce, cheese, I usually put some creole season in between my layers. Repeat layer ending with cheese. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. You can make the ground beef ahead and mix it with the sauce mixture put it in a gallon bag and freeze. You just have to make sure that it is good and thawed the night before you intend to cook it. If you are going to freeze and make this ahead just take it out 1 day or 2 before. You will be surprised at how good this is.


Taco Soup


1 pound ground beef
1 small onion
1 package of taco seasoning
1 package of  ranch dressing mix
1 can of green chilies
1/2 cup jalapenos (optional)
2 cans of pinto beans
2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
1 can of corn
1/2 garlic powder or minced garlic
2 dashes of hot sauce (optional)
1/2 cup salsa

Beef and Mushrooms


3 pounds beef stew meat
1 can cream of mushrooms soup
2 cans of mushrooms liquid included
1 packet of onion soup mix

Serve over mash potatoes (my favorite) egg noodles or rice.


And now, my favorite meal...

Breakfast Casserole


1 bag of frozen hash brown potatoes
1 pound of sausage
16 oz of Mexican shredded cheese
1/2 onion
1/2 green pepper
6 eggs
1/2 cup of mile
1/2 cup of salsa
2 T creole seasoning
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)

You cooked your sausage. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spay. Put a layer of potatoes, a layer of sausage (once my meat is down I usually mix my chopped onions and green pepper to save time. You could actually replace the onions and green pepper with the salsa. I've done it a million times and no one could ever tell the difference. A layer of cheese. Repeat layers ending with the cheese. I actually add a few shakes of creole seasoning, salsa and hot sauce between my layers. End with a layer of cheese. Then beat you eggs and milk and pour over the mixture. Cook on low through the night. You will wake up to a wonderful meal. his is also great for when you have company.

Please let me know in your comments which recipes you tried which ones you like and which ones you didn't care for,