Earn Free Money Online

anime girl on computer

These are real ways you can earn money online or getting free items with little effort. Please join these sites by clicking on the provided links. I will keep adding to this list as I find them.

This first site is called InboxDollars. If is actually easy to earn cash quickly on this site. In two days I had earned $8 with little effort. To get a cash payment you need to earn $30 and can be put on a check or prepaid visa. You can also redeem them for e-gift cards. You can earn cash quickly by installing apps and doing surveys.

This next site is called SwagBucks. This one I do for fun. When I do dishes I run the app on my phone to show videos on it. They play each video, one after the other, earning me points as I do nothing. They also list codes on their social media sites to earn more points. I also do surveys while watching TV to keep earning more.


Online Shopping

anime girl wearing glasses with brown hair on computer and kitten in lap

Saving money has been a big thing lately. I also like to try to get things as cheap as possible. Below is a list of places to shop online for next to nothing! Even better is no shipping if you follow my directions and shop through the links provided. As I find more sites, I will upload them to this list.

This first site is called thredUP. Save $10 off $10 on your first and second orders. They offer children’s boys and girls, teen girls, ladies, and women’s plus sizes clothing. Get free shipping if you do not spend more than the free money offered. This is name brand clothing! I got several shirts from here for nothing.

Our next site is called Yerdle. They are an up-cycle site. When you sign up after clicking the link you get 35 yerdle dollars to spend on the site plus free shipping of the first item. It will be 100% free if you do not go over that amount. Any additional items start with a $4-6 shipping fee. There is almost everything on this site.

This site is to earn money back for your shopping you would have done online anyways. Ebates is easy and they even have men’s and women’s plus size clothing stores. I use this every time I shop online and have earned several gift cards in return. Bonus is that they also list online coupons for many stores to get a discount.

Do you like to read? I love to read and thanks to Amazon Kindle App, I can read hundreds of books for free. I downloaded it to my phone and use it like an e-reader or tablet. What is great is that you do not have use the internet if the book is already loaded to your device. I load several books at once while using free WiFi and then read them at my leisure.

Saving Money on Food

anime girl shopping grocery store

Trying to make ends meet on a shoestring budget is hard. It is even harder when you are allergic to an ingredient found in many food items. Most food is so overly processed that the ingredient list scares me or I have to cook it from scratch. I started couponing to make every dollar count and then I turned to my phone. My husband got me a Samsung Galaxy S4 for my birthday a year ago and while checking out the free apps, I found some great ones for shopping. You can even do multiple off these apps for the same shopping trip to get even more money back!

First app I am going to talk about is called Ibotta. You do your shopping and they list items you can get a rebate for. They even have store brand items! Even better is the team feature. You can team up with your friends and family on Facebook to earn even more money back. They also do other stores as well, such as Best Buy. If you have not already tried this app then please use referral code yqayyb to get $1 added to your account to start.

Next app is called Snap by Groupon. With this app do your shopping and they list items you can get a rebate for. They even have store brand items occasionally. Right now they even have offers for meat purchases. I have a harder time earning with this app because offers can go quickly.

This next app is called Shopmium. This app runs the same as Snap but they only do name brand items and instead of waiting to earn a certain amount back, they will give it back right away. Right now for everyone who joins with referral code YAEUFMVV can get a free Lindt Chocolate bar.

My next favorite app is called Checkout51. This app always has an offer for fresh produce and name brand items. There is no referral code to join this one.

Savingstar is my next app. This one is mostly for the name brand items and they have similar offers to those offered in the newspaper coupons. They also offer savings for online shopping. There is no referral code for this one either.

This next app I think is just amazing. It is called Receipt Hog and they will process any grocery receipt to earn coins. Earn so many coins and get cash back. That means even if you buy stuff that was not shown in any of the other apps, you can still earn money back. The referral code is in the link for this one.

This next app let you earn money buy walking into the store. You heard me correctly! With Shopkick you can earn money just walking into the stores to do your shopping.  And if you get bored one day, you can check out the photo albums different stores post for hidden points. Some stores do not have the walk in option, instead you have to scan certain items in the store. When I used to work at Best Buy I would get free points for just going to work every day. The only downside is this app does not give cash, only gift cards.

This app features more organic options. SHRINK lets you earn points towards your cash back plus you can get cash back on items, even store brand ones. Right now they even have baby food. Please use referral code HSJBTF if you do not already use this app. You can also use the code to unlock offers for brands to get extra points with each section.

Last app for my groceries is called Healthy Deals- BerryCart.  This is the go to app for vegan, organic and healthy food choices. This app also lets you try to win free items when you give helpful reviews on select items. The referral code is in the link.

My personal story.. Pt 2

When your start telling a story, little tiny other stories pop up that want to be told. Like I remember touring the Tower of London for school and seeing the ravens hoping around the courtyard. I remember one day while driving through the British countryside we stopped on the side of the road to pick berries. I remember going to the beach and it was so cold. The shore was just rocks, bits of seashells, and the water freezing. I brought home shells from that trip and kept them for years until they broke in a move. I remember being apart of Missionettes and Royal Rangers. I liked the Rangers best because they go camping. I remember a teacher giving me a book to try to encourage me to learn to read. I remember going to a New Year’s Eve party and my parents realizing children were not supposed to have been there. The officer’s wife put on Beauty and the Beast for us and I decided I would become like Belle.

My getting ready for the day in my Civil War clothing.

My getting ready for the day in my Civil War clothing.

I remember being in Girl Scouts with my best friend and earning lots of badges together. I still have my sash to this very day. I remember refusing to dissect a chicken leg with my hands. I refused to touch a single part of that thing and yet I won the contest to identify all the parts first. I remember doing a class assignment about the zoo and read about the Columbus Zoo. I wanted to become a zoo keeper and was lost when I gave up that dream. I remember putting on rain boots to go stomping through the marsh near our home looking for crawdads. I remember being let out of class one afternoon so that we could all watch a solar eclipse but since I was a kid, I was more interested in talking with my friend. I remember doing Civil War reenacting with my family and more than once hated the experience. I still have my finger-less lace gloves that I used to wear for it. These were the last of the good memories until my sister was born.

I used to have braces, but they were not maintained and broken in many spots. My mother when upset would grab my jaw and squeeze causing my mouth to fill with blood. My cheek is still scared in several places from being grabbed so often. I remember the first Christmas without my father. Our class was making Christmas ornaments for a tree to be donated to charity. All classes in my grade were doing this. I went to my teacher and begged for one of those trees so we could have one. I got my wish and still have one of the ornaments from that tree. I remember trying to make a friend but gave them up when they threatened my brother when I refused to try smoking. I remember refusing to ride the bus because of bullies and would bike ride the miles uphill to and from school as long as the weather was clear. Our second holiday season brought no Thanksgiving dinner until I begged a local church for help. That same winter a ice storm hit and the city was without power for a week. We lived in homes owned by slum lords and shared a home with over 60 mice. I remember the number because that is how many we killed with traps.

This was before I became sick.

This was before I became sick.

I remember getting my two Yorkies back after the divorce was final from my father. They looked like skeletons and were very sick. I remember being heart broken when we had to put them both down for health reasons. I also remember losing my best friend to a lie. I started to become someone I did not want to be: a drone in some office. I became an avid reader to escape my life. I gave up the things I loved to become the person my mother wanted me to be. I had my breakfasts and school lunches taken away when my mother’s new boyfriend said I was fat. It was horrible trying to hide the cans of slim fast from everyone. I would stay inside from recess so that when everyone was gone I could drink it with no one around. I began to hide and steal food because I was so hungry, I even used all the allowances I earned to buy food. In the name of weight loss, my mother tried to think of ways to get me active but did not care about the pain from my previous illness made this almost impossible. I began taking sharp objects and tracing the same lines up and down my arms until I actually made a scar from doing it to deep a few times. Once my sister was born life became almost unbearable.

My 16th birthday. My sister does look cute too.

My 16th birthday. My sister does look cute too.

When my sister was born I lost having a bedroom because her nursery was in my room. I became her babysitter when my mother and her boyfriend spent more time online instead of caring for her and night time care giver so that I could get some sleep at night. My sweet 16 birthday did not include any friends and all our family was more interested in seeing my sister who was turning 1. Many of my birthday presents that year became hers. Over time I adored her and loved her. It was hard when I was kicked out while still in my senior year. After I graduated I became lost. My boyfriend lied to me constantly and while on medication for ammonia, put alcohol in my drink because he wanted to party. I don’t remember much from that time. Even when I was admitted to the hospital with my first anxiety attack, he showed up drunk to drive me home. I was wrestled into the car by him and his drunk friends. I fled when fights broke out when everyone was drunk. I still loved him and brought him with me to see my father. I learned about the lies my “fiance” was hiding and kicked him out. I was so lost.

A month later I got a call that my mother was having heart surgery. I flew home to take care of my sister and I found out the damage her parents caused her. When I left she too suffered and developed separation anxiety. I found out she was autistic and she could not handle sudden changes in her life. I took her under my wing and treated her like she was a princess. I had her even convinced at one point that she was a Disney princess that had not been discovered yet. I made sure she had clothes, toys, and I gave her treats often. I took on a job at a local motel and regretted it. All the other staff quit so I was in charge of not only doing the night audit but all evening duties. I worked from 7 pm till 7 am for 7 days a week for months. When we finally got one staff member trained I worked a few less hours but still with no breaks. I started having trouble staying awake during the drive to work and one day fell asleep before I could walk out the door. I was fired for not showing up to work but I feel like if I had got behind the wheel that day I would have killed someone. I signed up for college and moved into the dorms that fall.

I had just one roommate and right away we hated living with each other. When I could not stand it anymore I moved to a single dorm room. I was happy but then the stress of breaks and summer started. My family did not want me to come home and my step-father was upset that I could not stay in the dorms full time. I tried to find alternative housing but it never went well. I was homeless and could not do anything about it. I could not even get enough loans to pay to stay for a second year so ended up leaving. The salvation army gave me an apartment and I became even more lonely. As long as I worked less than 20 hours I could keep my apartment and take classes downtown. I began to loose myself on the internet. The “friends” I had in my life were a small church group and I felt like an outsider to them. I was ready to die and hoped that I would do so in my sleep. I would take sleeping pills, a few more each time, and hope that I would not wake up.

If I kept on smiling, I could pretend to be happy.

If I kept on smiling, I could pretend to be happy.

My last ditch effort was to try to host a birthday party for myself in my apartment. When everyone said they could not come one of those “friends” stepped up and invited me out to dinner for my birthday. I was happy and dressed up for the occasion. When we arrived at the restaurant and I horrified to discover she brought me to another guy’s birthday party and sitting all around the table was the people I had invited to my party. My old roommate (who was now a great friend) looked at me with pity the whole night. Everyone had gifts and cards for this guy, but I had to sit through the ordeal since that “friend” was my ride home. When I got home I was in tears and was considering doing far worse to myself then pills. I had met a guy online and on a whim made a to call him. I wanted someone to talk me out of hurting myself but I was in so much pain. As I told him about the night he was as shocked as I was at the hurtful nature of the evening. He sat and talked with me for hours. At the end of our call I set up a meeting with him to meet him face to face. When I met him I never wanted to leave him again.


To Be Continued

My personal story.. Pt 1

This is not a post about weddings but a post about me. I had many people tell me to write it all down but I just never got around to it.


My life is a soap opera. The cast of characters changes once in a while but most of the time they keep coming back. One of my earliest memories is a ghost buster birthday party in Arizona where I was born. I cannot remember if the party was for me or for my year and a half younger brother, but I remember being happy. Things start going downhill after that. My dad was in the air force and we moved a lot. In fact I have moved more in my life than my age.

We were stationed in England for 4 crazy years and this started forming who I really became. I was in the British school system at first. I remember the uniforms and getting into trouble. Do not eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich as one sandwich or with your hands. I remember the other students hating me for being American and school dances being lonely. During school prayer, I prayed to be someplace else. When that base closed my father was stationed to another near by. This meant taking the public buses to the school on the base. That year a hurricane hit. Our school was evacuating and they put all students onto 4 buses. The one I was put on was driven by a selfish man. After an hour of trying to take us all home he made us all get off and find our own way home. I remember walking trying to find my friends house but never did. I was told I finally in the middle of the night knocked on a door and told them I was American. They contacted the base and the MPs brought me home. I was scared of storms after that.

When I transferred to the schools on base from British schools I was way ahead of many kids in the subject of math, but way behind on reading. I was taken out of classes to get special learning time to try to catch up. It did not work. When we were transferred to a third base I was in the 3rd grade. My parents decided to put me back a grade to try to catch up and that landed me in Mrs. Lord’s class. Thanks to her I loved school again and came out of my shell. Most weekends we spent visiting different castles and driving in the countryside. After school we had indoor swim lessons and I was happy again. I wish that had lasted. That second round of 3rd grade was the last I would ever see of Europe.

We moved to Missouri where I made my one and only childhood friend. We stayed here almost 3 years and my family started to fall apart. My had was sent to Desert Storm and my mom started the ground work for leaving him. I never knew they were fighting, but I knew things were not OK in our family. I knew I could never do right by my father’s eyes and my brother could do no wrong. When my father came home we were all locked into our bedrooms and the police came. They escorted my father way and this is when life went horribly wrong. That birthday my father poisoned me. I am allergic to salt and my cake was spiked with a hardy dose of it. The reaction I have to it is nose bleeds and blood even coming out of my ears. The dose was so high it went on for days and the school suspended me until it would stop when they found out. I never went back to that school, never had the chance. That same day my father denied access to the bank accounts to my mother, turned off all utilities to our home, and then called children services. When they called to my mother to find out what was going on we fled that night.

Our first stop was my grandparents. We could not stay because my grandfather had a temper. We then fled to my mother’s friend in Michigan only she was crazy and almost killed us by putting fabric softener in the well water when the plumber told her she needed to soften her water. Then we fled to Indiana to stay with a cop’s family. We lived in her basement for a little while and then we moved to Goshen. I loved that school. I had an amazing Japanese teacher who showed me anime and it had an indoor pool. But my birthday came around and I broke down crying during gym. I still loved my father and for some reason he ignored my birthday. My mom’s boyfriend at the time (a cop who was cheating on his wife with my mom) was abusive to me and I learned what kind of family I had. I had a father who did not care about his daughter, a brother who became violent and tried to kill me several times, and a mother who loved abusive men. I tried many times to get taken away by children services but it never happened.

One day I woke up with a swollen ankle and I was taken to the emergency room. They said it was self inflicted and I was crying out for attention. Children services was going to investigate but to stop them I was placed into a mental hospital on suicide watch. I spent months in there because I refused to go home. That is a sad thing when a child would rather stay in that horrible place rather than go home to her family. When I finally went home I had another problem. This time both my legs became swollen and I could not walk. After a day or so of this my mother finally took me to the hospital. I was dying. My kidneys had failed, two valves in my heart were no longer working properly, my temp was 106, I had problems breathing due to bronchitis, and my legs were useless. I had a simple virus that could have been treated with a simple antibiotic treatment long before this, yet my mother never sought care for me. My brother had it before me and she got him care. As I write this I cry again because this event will forever damage me. That little virus robbed me of many things, one of which is the ability to ever have children.

I spent years trying to become normal again. I had to start out in a wheel chair and up until I graduated high school with crutches. I had to visit children’s hospital often to check in with a cardiologist and a rheumatologist. I had to suffer though bi-weekly blood draws and passing out once from them. My mother took it all in stride and often told me to “get over myself” and just do things. She never understood that just walking was like stabbing myself with each step or feeling like my heart is going to beat of out my chest if I got to worked up. She never really cared. When that boyfriend took her money and ran off with his wife, I thought things would change. She never could give up those type of men.

We moved to Ohio and she got a job as a secretary. She met a guy and he seemed to care for us. He paid to get my 3 year old braces off and when he took my mother out for dates, he would take us to the movies to have fun. Turns out good things never last long. My mother became pregnant when I was 14 and we learned he was still married. His family called my mother “home-wrecker” and never really warmed up to us. On my 15th birthday my mom went into the hospital. I will never forget because as a kid you never forget when everyone forgets about your birthday. To this day they never realized they forgot that year. My sister was born 3 days later and we lost our apartment. We moved in with him but he put the home up for bankruptcy so this was only temporary.

To Be Continued

1960s Hippie Inspired Wedding

hippie 1960s wedding styleboard

I enjoyed making this board. This one was just so much fun to plan and to try to anticipate what would go together. For other bridal needs, go to Candimere’s Mind Store. Enjoy!

  • Flower Child 60s Costume: This outfit looks perfect to be a wedding outfit for a hippie wedding. This comes with the top, vest and headband. I would recommend the headband I am showing below to match the flowers.
  • Mini Daisy Flower Crown Headband: Easy to put on and creates a instant stunning new hair style. Floral Headband with simply, sweet, elegant design, make you more charming.
  • Lily Garden Artificial Wildflower Bouquet: This bouquet is stunning for this theme. I wanted to pick something simple that you could either buy out right to use or make yourself.
  • Groovy Fun Flowers Pink with Brown Bow Pocket Invitations: This invitation fits right in with this theme. I just love the colors and all the bright flowers that could easily be copied onto a cake design.
  • Hippie Wedding Cake: I picked this one because of the colors and design. If this is too much for you, you can also try a hippie van shaped cake with daisies around it.
  • 60’s Party Buttons: I think some buttons would make a perfect wedding favor and would work for all ages and genders. You could use the ones I pictured or when you click on the link it will bring up many different designs. I suggest putting the buttons in a vase and suggest people take one or two to wear during the reception.


Want to take your wedding to the next level? Try out this album called 60’s Wedding Party – Celebrate in Style With Music from the 1960’s. I hope this post inspires you to create your perfect wedding.

Disney Brave Inspired Celtic/Scottish Wedding

scottish celtic disney brave inspired wedding styleboard

I spent many years in England and fell in love with the Scottish countryside. After watching the movie Brave, I became even more inspired to create this board. For other bridal needs, go to Candimere’s Mind Store. Enjoy!

  • Small Bridal Bouquet w/ Realistic White Roses and Tartan Ribbon: This stunning white bouquet looks as bridal as can be, and traditionally Scottish at the same time: Realistic white roses are in abundance, and decorated with delicate crystal pins in each flower. The stems are covered in pale green satin, and a beautiful Celtic tartan ribbon finishes this classic bouquet.
  • Long Sleeves Chiffon Dress: I love the look! This dress is perfect for any formal occasion. It is designed in floor length and has long sleeves. You would look gorgeous and elegant in this beautiful dress.
  • Stunning Purple Highland Thistle Everlasting Traditional Buttonhole Corsage: Would compliment any highland outfit. Comes with traditional pin for attaching to your clothing and protective box to keep safe. This buttonhole will save you time and money time after time. Made in Scotland.
  • Celtic Knot Wedding Invitation: Express your infinite love for one another with wedding invitations trimmed with an eternal Celtic knot. Delicately designed on a thick cardstock with an embossed border. Showcase your elegant knot with the ink color of your choice.
  • Sterling Silver Celtic Trinity Heart Pendant: This substantial, and beautiful necklace features a lovely open heart design intertwined with a bold Celtic Trinity knot. The Pendants Heart and Trinity Knot are joined together with interlaced and unbroken lines symbolizing spiritual growth, eternal life and undying love. The .925 Sterling Silver pendant comes ready to wear with an 18-inch sterling silver box chain that secures with a spring ring clasp.
  • Celtic Knot Soap: I prefer the McIntosh Apple scent but the link shows you all scents. Our beautiful Celtic Knot soap is decorated with a lovely celtic knot design. Sized to fit easily in your hand. We hand craft each of soaps especially for you!

Want to take your wedding to the next level? Try out this album called Celtic Wedding. A fresh, romantic Celtic collection of traditional wedding songs.