Sep 252016

What I love about Swagbucks is they offer tons of easy ways to earn SB, which are points that can be redeemed for free gift cards! SWAGO is their version of Bingo, and is a fun way to earn easy SB by completing tasks on their site.  This week they’re running nCrave Swago which is just like regular Swago except all of the squares are nCrave activities to complete. Like regular Swago, complete as many nCrave Swago squares as you can to get the biggest SB Bonus possible. You’ll get a new nCrave Swago Board each day so come back each day to complete your nCrave Swago Board and claim your SB Bonus. 

You’ll want to read the following because nCrave Swago will work slightly different than regular Swago.

  • Starting Monday, September 26th at 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT through Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT head to your nCrave Swago Board and hit “Join”.
  • Each square on your nCrave Swago Board will contain an nCrave activity to complete.
  • Once you complete the nCrave activity in a particular square the square will change color signifying the nCrave activity is complete.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your nCrave Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and SB Bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern each day so choose wisely.
  • Each day you will have a NEW nCrave Swago Board which will appear at 12:01am PDT/3:00am EDT. This means that you must submit your nCrave Swago Board before 12:00am PDT/3:00am EDT each day to claim your SB Bonus. Yes, that means you will be able to submit your nCrave Swago Board 4 times, once each day.
  • The game ends Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT so make sure to come back to your nCrave Swago Board EACH DAY to complete nCrave activities and claim your SB Bonus.  

This is a new take on SWAGO for me, a new board each day for four days straight!.  At various times in the past I have been able to submit different board pattern all depending upon the time I have available.  nCrave is a one of the places I go when I do not have a lot of time, but am looking to earn SB.  They have a variety of video and article on various topics.  Most are fairly quick to watch or read and they change often.  


Where can I find my nCrave Swago Board?

The URL for your nCrave Swago Board is: If you visit your nCrave Swago Board prior to 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT on Monday, September 26th you will still see your Swago: Pie Fest Board.

When will nCrave Swago begin and end?

nCrave Swago begins on Monday, September 26th at 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT and ends Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT. Each day at 12:00am PDT/3:00am EDT you will be given a new nCrave Swago Board to complete.

When will I receive my SB Bonus for playing nCrave Swago?

Once you hit the “Submit” button each day you will receive your SB Bonus instantly.

How many nCrave Swago Board patterns can I submit each day?

You may only submit one pattern each day. Once you hit “Submit” you will receive your SB Bonus and the game will end for you that day.

What happens if I forget to hit “Submit” before the end of the day?

You will not receive your SB Bonus. You must hit “Submit” before the end of the day.

Will manual credits mark off action items on my nCrave Swago Board?

No, manual credits of any sort will not count towards your nCrave Swago Board.

Will my SB Bonus from my nCrave Swago Board count towards my Daily Goal Meter?

Yes, your SB Bonus from your nCrave Swag Board will count towards your Daily Goal Meter.

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Sep 222016

child running into fountain

Goodbye, Summer.

We have enjoyed all the blessing and surprises you have given us. The days at the pool, trips to the park, bike rides, camping trips, farmers’ markets, reading programs, extra sunshine, and chances to kick off our shoes and run bare footed through the grass.  You will be missed.

Hello, Autumn.

We are looking forward to what you will have in store for us this year. Will there be pumpkin pancakes and roasted sqaush, days jumping in leaves and drives to see the leaves change, canning up tomatoes and other produce to last us through the rest of the season?  Or will it hold changes that we have yet to be aware of, things we can only guess at and trust will bring other new adventures?  Will we look back and say, “It was a great season full of old friends and comforts.” Or “It was a season of stretching, of trying new things and letting go of what has passed?”  Whatever is to come, may happen with the grace and beauty I have come to love during my favorite season of the year.

Happy First Day of Autumn 2016.
boxes of pumpkins on barn wall

Sep 202016

red bicycle

… continue from Part 2

After a good night’s sleep, I was still dreading the morning bike ride to school.  Yeah, I needed more than 8-ish hours of sleep to forget my feelings of the day before.

Knowing the kids were tired from an emotional evening the night before (family therapy does that every time, even though it is held at our house and does not feel all that intense to me), I let them sleep a bit later, giving us 20-30 minutes to get ready for school and leave.  What was I thinking?!?!  ADHD remember?

George decided he needed lots of hugs before even getting started for the day.  And then he only wanted to get dressed half way before coming to breakfast.  After begin sent back several times, he finally was dressed and downstairs.  Breakfast of the day – cereal.  Quick and easy, right?  WRONG!

George is a talker.  The more you rush him, the more topics he finds to talk about.  Even his verbal apraxia does not slow him down.  Add to this the need for movement, and you now have a very chatty child exploring how drops of milk affect his cereal, over and over again.  The absolute latest time for leaving has come and gone … and he still has not brushed his teeth, gotten his shoes on, packed his lunch, etc.  Meanwhile, this introverted mom is standing there nagging and beginning to fume as all her attempts at getting him to school so he is not late are completely ignored.

Jack, still asleep but not needing to actually be at the location George has to be at, yet unable to be left sleeping alone at home, is woken up and given the simple task of putting on his shoes.  “Leave me alone.  I am sleeping.”  Further prodding to get up only results in a very familiar strain, but with a new twist, “Why do we have to go. Can’t he walk by himself? I am sleeping.”

So much for my consideration for his sleeping and allowing him to stay asleep till 1o minutes before we needed to leave.  Hey, I did not even care if he was still in his pajamas while we rode.  My standards of dress for Jack’s mornings are pretty much, “As long as it is not indecent, it is acceptable.”

Once everyone was on board with the concept of actually leaving to get George to school, it was already past the time he was supposed to be inside the school building.  In one final attempt to get us there before lunch time I told the kids I would be leading and they just needed to keep up.  HA!

Along the way, I would glance back to see where the kids were in relation to myself.  Usually the answer was, “nowhere near me”.

At times it looked as if they were taking a leisurely Sunday ride to enjoy the leaves.  Other times they would stop to say “hi” to a random neighbor whom they had never seen before, but which it was now vitally important for that particular neighbor to not only hear them, but also acknowledge their salutations.  Other times one would decide to not cross a main road because there was a car going 35 mph 6. blocks. down. the. road!

Did I mention we had left home when the morning assembly had already started? And I was in a hurry to get him there before lunch time?  Yeah, that meant nothing to the kids apparently.

By the time we got to school, Jack decided George needed supervision on the other side of the parking lot in order to park his bike at the bike rack.  What neither of them seemed to realize is that this ‘helping’ only makes them both slower.  Of course, then came the inevitable argument out of Jack as to why he could not park his bike in the very middle of the entrance walkway.

We entered the building and I made George go to the office to sign in late.  When the Principal mentioned that we were not really late, I corrected him.  I was cross enough at that point I was not going to let George get any slack.  We were supposed to have been at school 45 minutes ago, in time for him to be early and enjoying the library before the school day began. We WERE late; I did not care what the clock or Principal said.  It all went over George’s head, though; time is something that does not exist in his world.

… to be continued. Yes, there is even more fun to come.

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Sep 192016
Views Of The Garden: Finding Beauty In The Mundane

Even the most beautiful of gardens will still require things that may not be so beautiful – buckets, gloves, shovels, wheel barrows, pots waiting to be used, compost piles in the process of breaking down, etc.  Whether these items must be seen or hidden in side a building or container, they are all a part […]

Sep 192016
Earn a 300 SB Bonus with SWAGO Pie Fest starting today!

Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple, Boysenberry, the list goes on! Craving pie? It’s time for SWAGO: Pie Fest! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used […]

Sep 152016
Views Of The Garden: Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Herbs are a great and simple addition to any garden, even this one build for children to explore.  Their various shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and scents all add fun variety without much extra effort. For those varieties which tend to spread, burying a pot to plant them in often works well.  These pots can either […]

Sep 122016
One last hurrah to summer and earn gift cards

What’s your favorite part about county fairs? Is it the rides, the food, the games? I love it all! Well, except the part where it costs money for all the food and rides and games.  I could do without that part.  With just over 14 weeks till Christmas and several online purchases coming up this […]