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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

New Year, New Laws: 2016 Edition

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I know we’ve been talking a lot about New Year’s resolutions, but it’s for a good reason—and quite timely! This year, iPoll asked us all about our resolutions..and the picture it paints isn’t pretty. Only 12% of respondents proclaimed complete success on their resolutions from last year, with almost half of us admitting failure…from well-meaning attempts to complete and utter catastrophe.

But you know one resolution that you really do need to keep this upcoming year? It’s the resolution to avoid breaking any new laws!

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Written by Rick B.

January 6th, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Get Your Car Ready For Winter

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Winter is finally here! Technically, it arrived on December 22nd, but just recently things have started to get serious. Here in sunny California, I actually had to put on a jacket to walk the dog (gasp!). This is not a good thing. Before I get slammed for mocking the cold, I grew up back East and know what a harsh winter actually looks like. It’s one of the reasons I’m living in sunny California! Since winter struck a bit late, you also might be a bit behind in safeguarding your home and modes of transportation for the season. So if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get your car ready for winter. Here’s the iPoll checklist to follow:

Winter Driving

This is exactly the kind of situation you want to avoid. Image Source: flickr user: Rich Moffitt

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Written by Rick B.

January 5th, 2016 at 8:05 am

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Mobile Army Monday: Follow Up On Surveys For Fast Cash

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Hollywood loves a sequel. It a movie is a hit, they figure they can cash in on it all over again with a follow-up. On some level, that makes good business sense. However, creatively, sequels are often a letdown. That’s because, despite your love for a particular set of characters, there might not be any story left for them. On the other hand, when you can plan out a film franchise like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, then you know you won’t be wrapping up your story with one film. What does any of this have to do with iPoll? Well, I discovered that a survey sequel can be every bit as rewarding as the original survey. That means, when given the chance, you should always follow up your surveys to earn fast cash.

Chips On Display

That would be a lot of chips to work through. Are you up for the challenge? Image Source: flickr user: Steven Pisano

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Written by Rick B.

October 5th, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Pros and Cons of Listing Your Property On AirBnB

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It’s a fairly simply concept. Folks who are traveling on a budget want to avoid the costs of hotels. You have a home (or room in that home) that can welcome guests. Travelers pay you money. They don’t stick around forever. According to their mission statement, AirBnB provides “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.”book your space will pay through AirBnB. They skim off a service fee and then pay the host once the trip is concluded.

Everything is copacetic, right? For the most part, it is, but if you intend on putting your home up for availability on a site like AirBnB, you need to be aware of the pros and cons. Where could you find such valuable information? Keep reading!

 

Vacation House

If this is your beach house, you could fetch a great price on AirBnB. Image Source: flickr user: Banzai Hiroaki

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Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home?

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You could be sitting on a gold mine and not even know it. No, we’re not suggesting digging up your back yard to look for shiny nuggets. Instead, we’re talking about your home’s value. Even if you’re still paying on that mortgage (and who isn’t?), you could still find value in your home. That can come through refinancing your home loan. Perhaps one of the reasons you were able to buy that house was because you got a great deal on a loan in the first place. Good for you! However, there could be an even better deal out there. Once you’ve proven that you make your payments on time and you haven’t built up a lot more debt, it could be a good time to refinance your home loan. Here are some of the things to consider:

 

Home

There could be a lot of equity to use in your home. Go find it! Image Source: flickr user: ilovebutter

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Written by Rick B.

August 5th, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Follow The Reminders To Cash Rewards

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What do you do to remind yourself of something? Some folks like to tie a string around their finger. I tried that once, but then needed another string to remind me to a) look at the first string and b) what that first string was all about. Other folks swear by unique visualization. For instance if you have to pick up milk and butter from the store, you visualize something outrageous like elephants in pink tutus swimming in a pool of milk while juggling butter sticks. I get so caught up in creating these amazing images that I spend too much time on Photoshop trying to make them come true, and completely forget to go to the store. In the end, the most effective way for me (and probably most people) to remember something is to get a reminder on your iPhone. That is the quickest path to remembering, and in the case of iPoll, the quickest path to cash rewards.

Animals

I often use elephants to remind me of things. It works. Image Source: flickr user: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Written by Rick B.

August 3rd, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Clearing Out The Clutter Will Change Your Life

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Doesn’t everyone love the feeling of getting rid of junk? Although nobody likes moving, it is one of the few times most of us ever really clear any clutter out of the house. But even if you’re not in the process of moving, why not try to take on some of that clutter now? One messy drawer isn’t the end of the world, but when that clutter begins to spread through your home, it can have a direct impact on your quality of life. Clutter takes up space you could be using to showcase things you care about. It can be distracting and even cause stress. Before the summer is up, make it a goal to get rid of some of the clutter in your life. Try renting a small dumpster. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can fill that bin up with all the unwanted stuff you’re hanging on to. Want more reasons for clearing out the clutter? Consider these benefits:

Messy Garage

If your house looks like this, you could benefit from some decluttering. Image Source: flickr user: Unnar Ymir Bjornsson

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Written by Rick B.

July 23rd, 2015 at 4:34 pm

6 Tips To Take The Stress Out Of Moving

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If you’ve moved a few times, you probably hope you never have to move again. Between packing and unpacking, you could find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I have boxes I still haven’t unpacked from my last move and that was 12 years ago. Clearly, these are things I can live without. I look forward to someday getting to those boxes. Who knows what treasure I might find… But I digress. If you’ve got a move coming up on the horizon, then we’ve got some tips to take the stress out of moving.

Moving

If a scene like this is in your future, don't stress! It will all be over shortly. Image Source: flickr user: cambodia4kids.org

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Written by Rick B.

July 22nd, 2015 at 3:14 pm

How Downsizing Your Home Will Save You Money

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In honor of the release of Marvel’s Ant Man, let’s talk downsizing.  But not everything–just your home. Apparently, building and moving into tiny homes is a thing now. At least according to the slew of tiny home shows on HGTV. Although I look at those tiny homes and think, “Not a chance of me moving in there,” they do hold a lot of appeal for smaller stature people without a lot of stuff (or children). But you don’t have to move into a tiny home in order to benefit from downsizing. In fact, many folks are hopping on the downsizing bandwagon as way of simplifying their lives and saving money. Is downsizing your home right for you? Consider these benefits:

Downsizing

This is what downsizing your home could look like. Cute, right? Image Source: flickr user: Krystian Olszanski

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Written by Rick B.

July 21st, 2015 at 5:51 pm