Apr 132017

To celebrate the beginning of Spring, Swagbucks is offering HUGE SB on Discover offers, so now’s the time to try out some of these products and services!

If you’re not familiar, Swagbucks is a site where you earn points (called SB) for checking out deals and products from different companies. Then you redeem those SB for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and many more. You can also earn SB for things like shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the web!

To take advantage of the Spring Into Deals bonanza and check out over 100 Deals that are now more rewarding than ever, just click here to get started!

Here’s just a few deals you’ll find:

  • Divine Eats = earn 50 SB
  • Church’s Chicken = earn 100 SB
  • Auntie Anne’s = earn 100 SB
  • 60 Seconds Home Life Insurance = earn 100 SB

They’re also giving you even more SB on their most popular offers for a limited time:

  • Uber: Need extra cash? Earn with Uber & Get $90 in Gift Cards! Sign Up and Earn 3,250 SB. Take your first passenger and earn 5,750 SB?
  • Puzzle Buzz: Get 2 Free highlights Activity & Coloring Books + Stickers and earn 750 SB
  • Just Fab: Get 2 paris of shoes for the price of 1! Take a fun fashion quiz and earn 200 SB. Buy 1 pair of shoes and earn 2,500 SB
  • Winc: Discover your unique wine personality! Sign Up & earn –2,500 SB on your first order. + Earn an additional 2,000 SB when you stay subscribed for 2 months.
  • eStories: Find your next favorite Audiobook and earn 2,000 SB!?
  • Degustabox: Receive delicious food straight to your door and earn 1,000 SB
  • Foodstirs:Introducing Foodstirs’ simply delicious Darling Daisy Cookie backing kit. Purchase a 3 month subscription NOW with code SB50 and earn 4,000 SB?

Check out all these great offers plus many many more! But hurry, this limited time offer is only good through April 16th. As a special bonus, if you sign up through my links this month and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a bonus $3 (300 SB) added to your account at the beginning of next month!

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Apr 132017

homemade flower 2

Well, I’m back.

I think.

In case you stopped by earlier this week (or last) and saw the posts, they were ones already scheduled to post.  I felt kind of like an impostor, telling you I was not going to be here, then having a few things planned to go up anyway.  Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the Lowe’s gift card offer, if that was something you were needing already.

Why the break?  Well, a few weeks back I had surgery. It was out-patient, but surgery all the same.

Pretty good reason, right?

In my head all I needed were 3 or 4 days before I would be back to feeling like my old self.  In some ways that was correct – the pain was very tolerable (thankfully), more of a stiffness than true pain.  Sure, there was a bit of soreness, but nothing moving slowly could not overcome.

While I tried to follow the Doctor’s orders – “Milk it as much as you can.  Sit back and let everyone else do things for you.” – apparently I did not follow it well enough.

Right as I was feeling like I was ready to get back to life as it had been earlier in the week, my body said, “Nope, sorry.  You need another week of slowing waaaaay down. You need to find a way to relax and let go of most of what you normally do in a day.”  This included being able to sit up, sleep normally, etc.

After ruling out low iron, internal stitches having come loose, low blood volume, and a few other things, I realized it could simply be stress.  While I felt like I had been handling the stress of moving, finding a new house/school/church/people/car/routines, and all the other changes happening, apparently that was not the case.

My body typically does not respond this way; in the past it has been associated with adding new foster kids.  However, once I knew what was happening (stress) I knew how to go about treating it.

breakfast sandwich tea

You need to find a way to relax!

While I can not go running or work in the garden right now, I can sit on the back deck.

For hours. And hours.  And hours.

I can listen to the birds sing before the sun comes up and (watch the kids) play there in the afternoon.  I knew being in the out-of-doors lowered stress levels, though I had never so obviously felt that fact till this past week.  I would walk inside and feel bad within 5 minutes.  I would walk back outside and feel better almost immediately.

Thankfully, my parents were able to come down for several days and help out around the house.  After all, I had not planned for that much down time.

And so, while I had planned ahead a few blog posts, I did not have enough finished up to cover the extra week (or two) of taking it easy.

Even now I am not fully back to my normal self, but I am learning not to push too hard and am improving day by day.  I am also learning that my kids’ dish washing skills are greatly lacking, hence the daily practice they now receive.

Here is a quick up-close photo of the Azalea bush blooms in our yard.  While this is not a bush I would normally chose to plant, that does not mean I should not enjoy the beauty if does bring a few weeks each year.

Azalea bush pink flower



Apr 102017


To raise Tax Day spirits, Schoola is offering an early “return” at Schoola! April 10th through April 15th, buy 4 items and receive $15 in Schoola credit or buy 8 items and receive $25 in Schoola credit. It doesn’t end there! They are also offering See You In The Garden readers 40% off their order with code GET40.

Pair this up with the Free shipping on all orders over $25 at Schoola.com offer for an even better deals. (Keep reading for some other codes that may save you even more on top of these deals.)

Perfect timing! George has decided to edge up into the next size of pants, yet we are not quite into shorts weather.  I had hoped we would solidly be in warm weather clothes when he decided to do this.  Add to that, he has used his skills, yet again, to put holes in several of his pants.

We have had great results with Schoola in the past, and I was hoping to catch a good deal before reaching the point of buying new pants.  Seems my patience may have paid off.


Knowing these clothes are preloved, the selection varies.  There is no guarantee that what you are looking for will be there today.  Thankfully, the search features are easy to use and you will know in a matter of a few minutes if they have what you are wanting.  If your kids are anything like mine, that is faster than they would be able to get their shoes on to drive to a store and shop for new clothes.

I’ll take checking the computer instead, thank you very much.

I also appreciate the description of the clothes, which I have found to be very honest in their assessment.  A few times they even noted flaws, though I could not see them on the computer nor when the item actually arrived at my house.

Additionally, if you are wondering where all the money goes for the clothes you paid for, well, 40% goes right back to the schools who donated the clothes.  How awesome is that?!  Personally, I like this fundraiser better than buying pizzas or candles or any of the other overprices items which I do not need.  Clothes? Clothes, especially for the boys, I always need!

Here are some other offers from Schoola which may still be available. You might be able to combine some of these deals for even greater savings:

This post contains affiliate links.  If you click a link and purchase something, a small portion will be returned to me. I hope you find what you need and are able to save a few dollars doing so.

Apr 082017

concrete flower container with pic border

Contests. Giveaways. Sweepstakes.  No matter what you call them, these little gems can be fun to enter.  It is even better when you win and open your mailbox to find something besides bills.

However, in order to win, you must know about them and enter them.  While I can help a little bit with the first step, the second one is up to you!

Here are some giveaways from around the web. A few things these giveaways have in common:

  1. A garden theme
  2. They are open at some point in this month, though closing dates vary

I try to also have these common themes, though that is not always the case:

  1. They are not on major commercial sites
  2. The majority do not have thousands of entries (so the chance of winning it higher for you)

I hope you find something that peaks your interest.

To keep it all on the up-and-up, I wanted to let you know a few giveaways give me extra entries if you also enter.


Tidying up with Gardener’s Hollow Leg & giveaway!

Raise Your Garden has a very practical and useful giveaway.  I can think if so many uses. It doesn’t hurt that I can relate to grass being an unintended victim of gardening activities. (It drives my husband crazy!) So, perhaps this can double as relationship counseling.

Ends April 9, 2017

Rebel Gardens Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Giveaway

“Enter for a chance to win 5 different sets of seeds, set of garden tools and t-shirt. Seeds include: 8 varieties of non GMO tomatoes; 10 varieties of herbs including basil, oregano, cilantro; 8 varities of salad greens including kale, spinach, arugula; Other veggies including cucumber, radish, squash, onion, pepper”

Ends April 16, 2017

EarthBox® Complete Ready-to-Grow Kit

“Three (3) Grand-Prize Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22, 2017) and each will receive a FREE EarthBox® Complete Ready-To-Grow Kit (Valued at $99)!”

Ends April 21, 2017

Horticulture’s Spring Garden Giveaway

“Enter as often as you like from April 5 – April 30, 2017. Prize drawing will take place May 1, 2017.” Prize: 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder, $100 Gift Certificate to Bluestone Perennials, and a 1-year subscription to Horticulture magazine

Ends April 30, 2017

Botanic Garden Getaway

American Meadows and High Country Gardens are celebrating their love of plants by giving away a life-changing trip for two to one of our nation’s Botanic Gardens.”  There are weekly $50 Gift Certificate prizes, as well as the grand prize – AN ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP FOR 2 TO THE BOTANIC GARDEN OF YOUR CHOICE!

Ends April 30, 2017

LiveTrends Designs Giveaway

“…honestly, I think regardless of your age if you’re into plants it almost doesn’t matter the type. You like them all…..right?! Lately, I find myself getting more and more into succulents and air plants.”   Prize: One 7-piece collection set from LiveTrends Design.

Ends April 30, 2017

If you know of others, please leave a comment below. I will check it out and add it, if appropriate.

Apr 042017

I knew they would go fast but I didn’t realized how fast.  They are currently SOLD OUT!

If you are looking to do some  home improvements, yard work, earn the 200 SB Bonus, or buy a gift for Father’s Day (it is never too early to plan ahead), here is a deal that might be right up your alley.  This deal will run through 4/14 unless they sell out before then!

First, if you have not yet done so, sign up for Swagbucks using this link. 

Secondly, click on “Shop” in the left hand menu.  Find, “MyGiftCardsPlus” in the list of stores. Purchase at least a $25 Lowe’s gift card and you will earn a $2 (200) SB bonus AND get 10% back.

You will be on your way to earning 300 SB and another bonus of $3 (300 SB).

At that point you can either redeem your SB for a variety of $5 gift cards or continue to earn points, called SB, for a larger gift card.

To recap:

  1. Sign up for Swagbucks using this link. 
  2. Go to MyGiftCardsPlus in the Shop section.
  3. Purchase at least a $25 Lowe’s gift card.
  4. Earn a 200 SB bonus for spending $25 in the Shop section and 10% cash back. (250 SB on a $25 gift card.)
  5. Earn another 50 SB, if needed, by taking a survey, doing your Daily To-Do List, or watching videos. Receive the 300 SB bonus for new Swagbucks members who earn 300 SB their first month.
  6. Redeem your 800 SB ($8) for a variety of gift cards or continue to earn for larger ones.
Apr 042017

It’s April, and Swagbucks has an early Easter treat in the form of a $5 bonus! Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here’s how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 5/1/17. You’ll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! (Don’t worry, I will help you know about ways to reach this goal as the month goes on.  However, it is very possible to reach this goal within a day or two.)

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you’ll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but you’ll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and earned 1753 SB ($17) last month – even with a week away from home for Spring Break and another week away from the computer due to health reasons.

I added those SB with some remaining from the previous month to redeem for a $25 Amazon gift card.  Part of that gift card was used yesterday to purchase a school book for next year and part was used this morning for a small gift and a new wallet for my husband. Shhh, it’s a surprise!

I am already on my way to earning my next gift card; though this month I might put some of it into PayPal. This morning’s survey, To-do List, and nGage activities have already netted me 204 SB ($2).  It may not be a lot by itself, but added together, it is a nice extra each month.

*You must receive your shopping SB before June 1st.

Mar 282017

kids-garden-2Instead of leaving everyone hanging, wondering why there are no new posts, I decided to purposefully take a blogging break for the next week or so.

I am currently under the weather and need to focus on getting better.  I thought I had been taking it easy, getting better, but it seems I need to be doing even less.

In the mean time, hope you are having fun with your Spring gardening adventure.


Mar 262017

concrete flower container with pic border

Here are some giveaways from around the web. A few things these giveaways have in common:

  1. A garden theme
  2. They are not on major commercial sites
  3. The majority do not have thousands of entries (so the chance of winning it higher for you)

I hope you find something that peaks your interest.

If you know of others, please leave a comment below. I will check it out and add it, if appropriate.


My Busy Green Garden – curteosy of Picture Book Builders. She also includes an interview with the author, which is an insight you do not normally find with books you read.

Tidying up with Gardener’s Hollow Leg & giveaway! – Raise Your Garden has a very practical and useful giveaway.  I can think if so many uses. It doesn’t hurt that I can relate to grass being an unintended victim of gardening activities. (It drives my husband crazy!) So, perhaps this can double as relationship counseling. Ends April 9, 2017

Mar 202017

The Spring Reading Team Challenge begins today at 8 am PT.  Have you joined yet?

During the last Team Challenge, not only did I learn a few time saving tips from my team mates, but also earned 683 SB (over $6) plus a Swag Up Rebate on my next gift card purchase.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to join a team and learn more about Swagbucks. As a bonus, if you are new to Swagbucks, you can earn up to a $5 bonus for signing up under me.

Feb 252017


The Prairie Home Companion listener statistics – interesting insight concerning the listeners of this long running, nation-wide radio program.

I have listened to this program for more than 10 years, well before I was anywhere near the median for age.  However, even at the beginning of my listening, I met some of the other numbers:

  • I have a college degree,
  • play a musical instrument,
  • have gone to a public meeting on town affairs,
  • and have a passport.

As time has gone on, some of the other numbers have come to represent me as well.

This begs the question, does listening to the program incline me towards these activities? Or is it that certain personalities, who tend toward these activities anyway, happen to also enjoy the program? Either way, I plan to keep listening.