Totally Unique Super Awesome Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

If you’re in charge of planning the big Valentine’s Day date, then I feel your pain. Much like New Year’s Eve, there’s a lot of pressure to get Valentine’s Day right. Perhaps you’ll join millions of others on Valentine’s Day and propose to your special someone. That makes the pick of the destination almost inconsequential. In other words, the ring will rule the night! However, if you’re not ready to pop the question, or you’re coasting along in a solid relationship, then you still have the opportunity for a unique date. Let’s stipulate for the record that you both have a favorite restaurant. You should be going there throughout the year. Don’t waste that date on Valentine’s Day! Here’s what you could do:

Candy

A perfect place to start your Valentine's Day date. Let the candy do the talking. Image Source: Flickr user fly

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Written by Rick B.

February 12th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

A Brief History of Chocolate

Sometime around 1900 BC, a Mayan was walking the trails on a typical hunting and foraging day. This Mayan came upon a tree with pods that contained a bunch of seeds. Now back then you could do with seeds what you do today. Plant them, eat them raw, or grind them up and ferment them. It was the “grinding and fermenting” of those seeds that literally changed the course of human history. Perhaps I’m being a bit melodramatic. However, that tree I mention is the cacao tree, and those seeds, the cacao seeds. You might know them better as chocolate. So yes, I’ll stick with my “changing the course of human history” notion.

While we don’t know the name of that first cacao farmer, we owe him or her a great debt of gratitude. Who knew (besides Willy Wonka) that chocolate could grow on trees? This being the week when billions of chocolates are bought, it’s only fitting that we step into the time machine and learn a little history. Sweet history, that is!

Valentine's Day

A classic Valentine's Day gift that never disappoints. Image Source: Flickr user Stewart Butterfield

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Written by Rick B.

February 11th, 2016 at 2:34 pm

6 Money-Saving Hacks for Winter

Winter is here. Of course, I say that as the windows by my office are wide open, the skies are blue, and I’m contemplating which pair of shorts to wear today. Don’t be a hater. It’s Los Angeles, and very soon, we’ll be deluged with El Niño torrential downpours. No one can escape winter completely. That is why it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your wintertime spending. Most of us will find our utility bills bumping up until spring. It doesn’t have to be that way. As with all things in life, iPoll has some money-saving hacks for wintertime.

Oven

Baking bacon in the oven can warm up your home. Plus, bacon. Image Source: flickr user: Joel Kramer

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Written by Rick B.

February 10th, 2016 at 12:22 pm

More Great Advice from Long Lasting Couples

Love is in the air. No, that’s not pollen. It is actually love. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re all focused on the many aspects of love and relationships. You might be just starting out with someone new or settled into a long-term relationship. No matter which end of the dating spectrum you currently find yourself on, you should appreciate hearing from couples in long-lasting relationships. They’ve made it work and to hear them tell it, this isn’t rocket science.

Marriage

This is where it all starts! Image Source: Flickr user Cody Ryan Reigle

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Written by Rick B.

February 9th, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Share the Love With iPoll Cash

True story: I cashed out my latest round of iPoll cash rewards for a hefty pair of Amazon gift cards. I was already loading up my virtual shopping cart with all kinds of fun things to buy a.k.a. things I didn’t really need. While all this was going on, my wife was doing a some order on Amazon herself, but she was focusing on the essentials. She’s a big fan of Amazon Fresh that delivers food items to your door. Then it hit me: Why not forward my Amazon rewards right to my wife? I did and scored major points.

Now, this isn’t an official Valentine’s Day present, but it does make me a hero for a day! I’ll stick with that. Of course, now the goal is to replenish my iPoll cash rewards account. Lo and behold, I woke up this morning with eight potential missions, three otential quizzes, and one potential survey. I don’t think my rewards account will stay empty for very long.

Food Delivery

Amazon Fresh is a great way to spend your iPoll cash. Image Source: Flickr user Kyle Brazil

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Written by Rick B.

February 8th, 2016 at 2:34 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Growing Up

How often do you take a trip down memory lane? I would hazard a guess that it’s several times a day. It might be a short hop as you pass a picture in your home that reminds you of an event. Or it could be a long journey as a “throwback Thursday” post on Facebook prompts you to call an old friend or cull through your photo albums. We all have those seminal moments from our formative years that stick with us. It’s good to bring them out and share with others. That was the idea behind iPoll’s latest quiz. Here are some of the 8,500 responses that earned a coveted spot on the web page.

Playground

This is where the childhood memories come to play. Image Source: flickr user: guilherme jofili

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Written by Rick B.

February 5th, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

Are you cheering on the Broncos or the Panthers? That’s an easy choice to make for anyone living in Denver or Charlotte. However, for the rest of the country, we have to pick a favorite. It just makes watching the game more fun. On the other hand, it could be all those yummy Super Bowl party snacks that make watching the game more fun.

Just how hungry do people get during the Super Bowl? How about 1.23 billion chicken wings and four million pizzas hungry? That’s a lot of hungry. It’s also a day fraught with temptation. Your healthy New Year’s Resolutions could fly right out the window. Thankfully, there are some alternatives for Super Bowl party snacks that are healthy and won’t blow out your diet. If you’re invited to a party, then you might want to bring some of these along. If you’re hosting, then go ahead and put them out. No one will know that you’re giving them healthy!

Party Snacks

It looks like there could be something healthy on this table... maybe. Image Source: flickr user: Personal Creations

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Written by Rick B.

February 4th, 2016 at 8:54 pm

What Makes a Super Bowl Commercial Super

Do you have five million dollars to spare? If so, then you can run a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl. That might seem like a lot of money, and it is. However, it doesn’t include the production costs. You can easily run up another couple of million, depending on the spot. Is it worth it? There are plenty of companies who will attest to the benefits. Some you’ve never heard of before the Super Bowl spot became an overnight sensation and huge business (I’m looking at you, GoDaddy).

The added benefit is that all kinds of pundits will pick apart the commercials the day after the big game. This means companies get a second airing of the spot. If they do their job right, that spot will go viral and could mean millions more views. That’s a lot riding on 30-seconds. Bottom line: They better get it right or heads will roll.

Here’s what you need to make a Super Bowl commercial super:

Snacks

Not all of the Super Bowl ads are on TV! Image Source: Flickr User Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

February 3rd, 2016 at 2:08 am

Get to Know Charlotte, North Carolina, Home of the Panthers

If you should happen to find yourself in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week, the opening and closing of any conversation should be, “Go Panthers!” Yes, the Charlotte Panthers are going up against the Denver Broncos for the big gridiron match-up that is the Super Bowl. As a visitor to Charlotte, you’ll find that this “International Gateway to the South” (as they like to be called) has a lot going on.

Note: In the interest of fairness and fair play, I’ve already profiled the Mile High City, Denver. As it happens, during my tenure as your intrepid correspondent, the Broncos already made the trip to the Super Bowl and I got all the scoop on Denver. So today, it’s all about Charlotte.

Charlotte

That's a little Panther action right there. Image Source: Flickr User Matt Trostle

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Written by Rick B.

February 2nd, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: Everybody Wins with iPoll Cash Rewards

Anna B. from Arizona. Lindsay G. from New Jersey. Jennifer R. from California. What do these three and seven other iPoll users all have in common? They were the winners for the week of January 22nd. What did they win? A sweet infusion of $25 into their iPoll cash rewards account. How did they do it? They each took about two minutes to enter a quiz. Two minutes. Twenty-five dollars. We should all earn that much every two minutes!

This week is all about winning. More to the point, it’s about one team winning. (I know… you’re thinking Puppy Bowl. Actually, with that event, we are all winners!) It’s Super Bowl week, and whether you’re a football fan or not, you won’t be able to escape the buzz about the teams, the games or the commercials. Of course, with iPoll, everyone comes out a winner. You just have to get in the game. By game, we mean taking a few minutes to answer a quiz, complete a Mobile Mission, or take a survey. Certainly not a lot of effort, but the reward can be amazing.

Peanuts

This is one grocery store that is serious about football. Go peanuts! Image Source: Flickr user Brandon Blahnik

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Written by Rick B.

February 1st, 2016 at 8:56 pm