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Totally Unique Super Awesome Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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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

Tips For Planning a Toddler Birthday Party

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Last year our little one turned one. We pulled out all the stops. There were so many balloons that nobody could walk around. The three-tier Mickey Mouse theme cake was custom made. There was a big banner. The house was jammed pack. Did the kid say, “Thank you?” No. Did he remember any of this? Doubtful. Well, it’s time for number two, and we’ve decided to scale things down. Still, there are some tips I will embrace to make sure this party is a smashing success in the annals of two-year-old birthdays.

Kid Party

Simon Says is always fun at a party. Especially with ninjas. Image Source: Flickr user Steven Depolo


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Written by Rick B.

January 26th, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Start Your Holiday Shopping With Your iPoll Rewards

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Was it Hunger Games last weekend, or simply box stores with cheap flatscreen televisions offered on Black Friday? I stayed far away from the crowd, as was wise. The funny thing was, those folks could have probably scored the exact same deal if they waited until Cyber Monday. In fact, some analysts are predicting that Black Friday might become a thing of the past as more savvy shoppers are making their purchases online. And this is where your iPoll rewards can come into play.

I have purposely let my rewards account blossom. All those wonderful Mobile Missions and surveys have been racking up dough for the last couple of weeks. Now I have quite the tidy sum ready to cash out. Thankfully, iPoll has made it easy to select a reward. You can now do that right on the app. Here’s what you can pick from to redeem your iPoll rewards:

 

Holiday Shopping

Happy to report this was not me on Black Friday. Image Source: flickr user: djLicious

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Written by Rick B.

November 30th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

The Most Valuable Vintage Video and Arcade Games

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In the world of video arcade games, which came first? The pong or the pac? If you guessed that Pong predated Pac-Man, you would be correct. The first Pong arcade game hit the scene in 1972. Pac-Man didn’t show up until 1980. However, for the true first video arcade game, you would have to go back to 1969. That is when mega game maker Sega put out Duck Hunt. It was a video shooting gallery, but it didn’t have much staying power. It really wasn’t until Space Invaders came along in 1978 that the video arcade industry really took off. Within just a few years, that industry was earning $8 billion. (That translates into 32 billion quarters. Wow.)

While the arcades were racking in the coins, home gaming consoles were also gaining in popularity. It would be years until the industries flipped, with arcade games now being considered relics while home video consoles dominate the market. So while we’re on the subject, now is the time to go through your closets, drawers, garages, and attics in search of those vintage video games and arcade consoles. Who is paying what for what? Read on!

 

Video Arcade

This is where all your quarters will eventually end up. Image Source: flickr user: Sam Howzit

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Written by Rick B.

November 10th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

How To Throw The Ultimate Tailgate Party

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Believe it or not, there aren’t many things that can truly be called 100% American. A lot of our food was inspired by cuisines from around the world. But while we didn’t invent pizza, we sure perfected it! As for music, the main genre we can take claim to being the originators of is jazz–and that’s cool, daddio. In the sporting world, most of our professional sports started out as versions of games borrowed from Europe. That is certainly true for football. However, there is one thing associated with football that is uniquely American. That would be the tailgate party.

No one is quite sure how this all started, but tailgating has become just as important for many as the actual game itself. You can show up at a game and make the rounds of tailgaters. Chances are you’ll be invited in for a brew or a brat. The best way to show your appreciation is to host your own tailgate party. Doesn’t take much effort, and it’s a great way to show off your team spirit. Here’s what you need to do to throw the ultimate tailgate party:

 

Tailgating

Are you ready for some tailgating? Image Source: flickr user: paul joseph

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Written by Rick B.

September 11th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Great Grilling Tips For Your Weekend BBQ

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With Memorial Day Weekend in our review mirror, we can officially claim that summer has started. Yes, the calendar tells us that June 21 is the first day of summer, but who can wait that long to start grilling? This is the weekend to fire up the barbecue and get your grill on. Let us assume that you’ve already settled the great “gas versus charcoal” debate. Personally, I prefer the gas, just because it is easier to light and is more consistent. However, if someone I know wants to put the effort in charcoal grilling, I’ll be right by their side with my empty plate. Beyond which fire method to choose, there are plenty of other great grilling tips you should embrace. These could all be game changers!

Summer Grilling

If this is what your summer looks like, count me in! Image Source: flickr user: Jem Stone

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Written by Rick B.

May 29th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Home Space-Saving Hacks You Can Do Yourself

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Let’s face it; we don’t all live in mansions and even if you did, I bet you would still run out of space. Whether you’re a casual “pack rat” or a full-on hoarder, storage space is always at a high premium in your home. That is why making the most use of that space is crucial for keeping you organized and allowing you do get going with your day. A good place to start is with some bathroom space-saving hacks. But once you’re done with the bathroom, what about the rest of the house? Fear not, we’ve got the hacks that will open up your space. Plus, they’re affordable and an easy DIY project.

 

Pegboard Storage

Now that is some serious pegboard storage. Image Source: Flickr user regan76

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Written by Rick B.

May 6th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

How to Make a Living Working the Flea Market Circuit

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The short answer to the question posed in the headline is, “Yes.” The more nuanced answer would be, “It depends on how much effort you put into your stall.” When it comes to selling your stuff, you have three basic options: Yard sale, sell as an online vendor or operate a flea market booth. If you’re going into the resell arena, I would suggest online sales and flea markets to be your best options for making money, or even an actual business, out of this endeavor. Yard sales can be fun, but they have low traffic, and you’re only doing it for one weekend. So, that leaves flea markets. The good news there is that working the flea market circuit in your neck of the woods could turn a decent profit and make a living.

Selling Stuff

You could be making money at a flea market. What are you waiting for? Image Source: Flickr user jay8085

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Written by Rick B.

April 2nd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

How to Earn Easy Money Then Beat the Odds in Vegas

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True confession time: How often have you dreamed of winning big in Vegas? Actually, you don’t even have to limit yourself to Sin City. You could dream of being a winner at any casino. Just imagine rolling the dice or hitting blackjack and have stacks of chips pushed your way; it’s a nice dream. Unfortunately, the harsh reality for the vast majority of players is that the house always wins. Still, if you’re planning a trip to a city or if you’re taking a cruise that offers gambling, you might want to bolster your chances at success by embracing the following tips for beating the odds to earn easy money.

Casino

One spin and you could be a millionaire- or not. Image Source: Flickr user Ted Murphy

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Written by Rick B.

March 31st, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Beyond eBay: Save Money Online and Other Benefits of Opening a PayPal Account

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First came eBay, then came PayPal. In order to deal with massive amounts of incoming bids, the online auction site had to come up with a smart way of processing and paying for orders. Before long, PayPal had become the largest online payment processor on the planet; that’s an impressive achievement. Thanks to PayPal’s system, other merchants across the Internet have begun to accept them as an approved method of payment (you might have noticed the PayPal icon popping up among the payment options at sites other than eBay). It appears that other online retailers are beginning to take note of the benefits of opening a PayPal account.

PayPal Home Page

PayPal makes paying easy. Image Source: Flickr user IvanWalsh.com

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Written by Rick B.

March 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am