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The July Referral Bonus - $5 per Referral

It's summertime, and Swagbucks has brought a $5 bonus! 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 8/1/17. 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 ev

Easy, Cheap, and Simple Makeup Tips for Moms

Makeup can be a very powerful accessory and a full 86% of women find that makeup improves their self-image and confidence. However, it can be all too difficult to develop an easy and affordable beauty routine when you are a mom -- it's hard to wrangle your kids some days, let alone find the perfect lipstick color! Well no worries, here are some tips and tricks on simple, practical, and affordable makeup tips that any mom can squeeze into her morning routine. YouTube is a Mom's best friend We can't all be professional makeup artists to the rich and famous. Most of us can't even be rich or famous. However, YouTube is full of helpful makeup tutorials for any occasion. When you don't have time for a makeup makeover at the department store, find some step-by-step YouTube videos and experiment with a new look. Focus on your eyebrows Well-groomed brows are the first step in looking put together. So if you can't do much else, at least try to trim, pluck, and

Your Guide to Westside Daze Fireworks In West Kelowna

Park in “town” and walk down to watch the fireworks at Gellatly Bay on Friday, June 30; please also consider carpooling. That’s the message from the City of West Kelowna, which will close Gellatly Road to vehicle traffic from the yacht club exit to Boucherie Road, starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until approximately midnight, to accommodate the crowds expected along West Kelowna’s waterfront to watch the 15 minute spectacular starting at 10:15 p.m. on the eve of Canada’s 150 th Birthday. With fireworks postponed in Kelowna, the Gellatly Walkway closed for repairs, and Canada celebrating a milestone birthday, City of West Kelowna staff want to ensure the area can accommodate extra crowds. Here’s what you need to know: Beginning at 8 p.m., Gellatly Road from the bridge over Powers Creek to the intersection with Boucherie Road will be closed to vehicle traffic, the section will be cordoned off with barriers and staffed at both closure points. Closures will

Kelowna ranks No. 16 among the U-Haul Top 50 Canadian Destination Cities

    U-Haul International, Inc., the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage, is pleased to announce the top U-Haul Destination Cities for 2016 with the return of its annual migration reports. Kelowna ranks No. 16 among the U-Haul Top 50 Canadian Destination Cities . Kelowna saw a 9.5 percent increase in year-over-year arrivals, rising 8 spots from last year and continuing to be one of the busiest Canadian markets for incoming U-Haul trucks. U-Haul Destination Cities are ranked according to the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul truck rentals to a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities do not account for departing traffic and thus do not necessarily reflect growth like U-Haul Growth Cities. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community. Stay tuned for more migration trends news. U-Haul unveiled the Top 10 Destination Cities in countdown format beginning June 19 wit

Family-friendly places and activities to keep cool this summer

Beat the Heat and Have a Blast Doing it With the school year quickly coming to an end comes warmer weather and more quality time to spend with your little ones.  This summer however, make sure to check the forecast and take special precautions before heading out on your family excursions. "With this summer proving to be hotter than usual, it is a good idea to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve for when a scorching day hits the city," says Noel Straatsma, Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto. “Luckily, with so many activities to choose from, enjoying a day with family while remaining protected from the sun has never been easier." Here is a list of fun, family-friendly places to keep cool when the hot weather arrives: ·          Have fun with your family this summer and get your hands a little dirty at The Children’s Garden in Chimney Court . Part of a fantastic urban regeneration project, it helps connect kids

Five Businesses Your Elementary School Aged Child Can Start This Summer

My sister and I have a rule – never pass a lemonade stand without buying something.  As a mom of three teenagers, I understand the importance of teaching kids at an early age to learn what it's like to make their own money. The problem is, as parents, we often get caught up in the fun of doing an activity with our children and don't take advantage of these teachable moments. Your children's first “business” is a great time to teach them the difference between revenue and profit and to talk to them about how to split their earnings with their siblings and friends and other "co-workers."   With my sister JJ Ramberg, who is the host of  Your Business  on MSNBC, a program which covers entrepreneurship, and the founder of the company  Goodshop , I recently co-wrote the book  The Startup Club , a fun early-reader book about a group of kids who start a business and all the ups and downs that go along with it.  Our intention was to create characters

11 Fun Snack Ideas for Your Next Family Campout

Everyone loves snacks, but knowing what snacks to take with you on a camping trip where space is limited and refrigeration is nonexistent can be tricky. Should you try packing a cooler and bring your cold snacks, or should you just stick to non-perishables? And how do you deal with kids who are picky eaters? If you’re drawing a blank when it comes to camping snacks, here are 11 fun snack ideas to get you started. 1. Apple “Cookies” The worst thing about packing apple-based snacks isn’t that apples are heavy — it’s that they turn brown if you keep them out too long before eating them, and no one wants to eat brown apples. Instead, pack whole apples, an apple corer and a sharp knife in your kitchen kit, and make apple cookies right at the campsite. Simply core the apples, slice them into big, flat circles, then top with peanut butter and your favorite dried toppings — raisins, chocolate chips, coconut shavings or anything else your heart desires. They’re a healthy little s

June Swago

Swagbucks is holding their monthly Swago promotion starting Tuesday, 27 June at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.    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 pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus! Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Vacation Time for Stay at Home Moms? Consider the Micro-Vacation

We are in the heyday of the American vacation -- at least as far as talking about them . It seems like every day there is another news article or study about how not enough Americans are taking time away from work and how it has a negative effect on productivity and efficiency at the office. One study, for instance, shows that those who don’t take "sanity breaks" at work experience significantly more stress than those who do, both at home (48% and 41% respectively) and in the office (73% and 68%). It has also been tied to the radical decrease in CEO tenure , only 5.5 years today, down from 10 years in 1990. But for all the talk about vacations that is going around, one population has been left out of the conversation: Stay at home moms! Despite the fact that being a stay at home mom often has equal or even more demands as a full-time job, stay at home moms receive none of the perks of a job, including sick days, lunch breaks, and, yes, vacation time. In fact, there

The Best Investment You Will Ever Make: Purchasing Your Own Home Owning a home and getting a foot onto the property ladder is the ultimate goal for most young adults, but in the last decade or two it’s become more difficult than ever to do so. The recession had a huge impact on the property market and the ability of people to get hold of much-needed credit- meaning purchasing a home became out of reach for many. However now that things are easing up again, and government grants and schemes are available for many first-time buyers, purchasing a property might be something that has become possible again. If you’re considering it, here’s what you need to know. Check Your Credit Score Getting a mortgage requires you to have a good credit score, so you really need to know where you stand before making an application; you can see more info about this online. Make sure that everything looks right, and there’s nothing on your credit file that you don’t recognize. You should also contest anything you believe to be unfair, for examp

Outdoor Fun For The Whole Family

Take advantage of all the summer months have to offer, from exploring the wilderness to keeping busy in your own backyard. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor essentials for all your adventures: Bass Pro Shops Eclipse 8-Person Dome Tent​ With this 10-person tunnel tent, you don’t have to limit your annual camping trip to just family. This roomy, easy-to-setup tent gives everyone plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Take advantage of Bass Pro Shops’ site-wide Star Spangled Summer Sale with up to 35% off. H2OGO!™ Slide-n-Splash Bowling Combine the best of both worlds with this universally fun game. Designed to get kids moving and out of the house, parents will want to join in on the fun, too. INTEX Explorer K2 Kayak Head out for a great day of boating with the family in this inflatable kayak. Easy to inflate and navigate, it’s a perfect introduction to kayaking, but also great for seasoned pros.

New YULU games, perfect for family game night!

According to NPD research, games and puzzles are up 18 percent, the largest category in toys last year. Family games are showing no sign of slowing down. In the wake of mega-hit action games like Wet Head and Pie Face, the popularity of games is definitely on the rise. Break Free  and  Safe Breaker ,   part of the   new Spy Code game line from YULU Toys, are joining the trend this June. With a   great mix of action, strategy, skill and luck, they're perfect for any family game night gathering!    Break Free First, players handcuff themselves together and insert a maze into each handcuff. The game includes three maze colors. Each color represents a different level of difficulty, making each round unpredictable. Using the lock pick, players must try to pick the lock on their handcuff as quickly as possible. The fastest to break free from their handcuff receives a token that corresponds with the maze color. There are points on the back of each token, the pla