April 1st Follow Up- New Year’s Resolution

We are officially heading into the 4th month of this year and I can’t believe how quickly 2017 is going!  It’s just zooming by!  It’s time to check in with my New Years Resolutions. I can honestly say that for some of them, it’s probably the longest that I’ve ever stuck with a resolution, while with others, I need to get my behind in gear!

Resolution #1- Be healthier in 2017.  With this resolution it was 2 fold… both being physically healthier by losing weight, and by being mentally healthier.  For the weight, I was off to a great start.  At one point I was down 13 pounds… alas, I quit trying os hard, went back to my old eating habits and gained about 5 pounds back.  My goal for April is to get back on track with my food journaling!  For my mental health, I’ve had some great experiences and breakthroughs as well as some set backs. I’m really coming to the conclusion that for me my mental health is going to be an ongoing journey.

Resolution #2– BLOG MORE!  I have been making a genuine effort to be more consistent in my blogging this year, and I am succeeding!  In January I did 11 posts,  12 posts in February, and 15 in the month of March!!!  In addition to blogging more, Mr. Mouskaholic and I added a YouTube channel back in February as well as increased social media presence!  You can now subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (Check out all the handles at the bottom of this post!)  I really want to keep up the momentum that I’ve built in the past two months as well as keep up with our monthly (for right now) YouTube posts!

Resolution #3- Earn more Swagbucks in 2017. In March was $60 (double the amount of what I earned in February of this year).  That is ahead of last year’s average of $48 per month and overall my yearly average is still a little higher than last year, at $55.00 per month so far!  If you are interested in learning more about how Swagbucks you can go back and check out my 3 day series that I published in the middle of March!

Resolution #4- Continue to have new experiences at Disney in 2017- Okay, so we know that Pandora will be opening at Animal Kingdom, so that will be a new experience.  I am also looking forward to “Happily Ever After,” the new night show at Magic Kingdom!

Resolution #5- Book more trips with Charming Travels LLC- I was able to book a VERY last minute trip for a family in March, as well as some other trips that had been booked for a while!  With the new summer specials that came out I am hoping to get my summer sales up, while saving some money for my clients!!

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Resolution #6- Run a Half Marathon- I STILL haven’t even started to work on this goal yet.  The weather is finally getting nice though, so I’m running out of excuses to start trying.  I am thinking this month I will register for a 5k to motivate myself and get in gear!  This should also help with goal #1 of being healthier!

So that’s my resolution update!  Here’s to keeping at it!  How are you doing on your resolutions?

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Fun Fact Friday- Eve (from Wall-E)

Fun Fact-  Did you know that the character Eve from Wall-E was designed in part by the same person who designed the iPod, the iPhone, and iMac!

“I wanted Eve to be high-end technology – no expense spared – and I wanted it to be seamless and for the technology to be sort of hidden and subcutaneous,” Andrew Stanton, Wall-E’s director, told Fortune. “The more I started describing it, the more I realized I was pretty much describing the Apple playbook for design.”

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Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton began working on the ideas for the movie in 2005 and asked Steve Jobs (Apple CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar at the time) for consultation work, and Steve sent him Johnathan Ive.

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Jonathan Ive and Steve Jobs

Ive is a quiet man, but consulted and worked with Stanton on the design, offering his suggestions.  So the man who brought us groundbreaking designs like the iPod and iPhones has placed his thumbprint on a small piece of Disney history.

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Musical Monday- Beauty and the Beast Throwback

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Okay, the long awaited Live action version of Beauty and the Beast FINALLY hit the theaters this weekend (and broke some records doing so…largest opening for a PG rated movie ever)!  I haven’t seen it YET, but am definitely going soon.  Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies from you childhood (in fact it made #7 on my top ten favorite animated Disney movie list)

So today’s Musical Monday shall honor the original movie.  In the movie, Mrs. Potts (voiced by Dame Angela Lansbury) sings the title track.  So below is the scene from the movie with Mrs. Potts performing the song.

Disney songs being recorded by pop artists is almost a “tale as old as time.”  The song “Beauty and the Beast” was recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the radio and the end credits of the movie.  I’m sure that this song was played on the radio and annoyed my parents much like “Let it Go” annoyed me, but it is a classic, and one of my all time favorite Disney songs!

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Episode 3 is now available on YouTube

Mr. Mouskaholic and I had a blast recording Episode 3 for our YouTube Channel this past week!!!  The episode is now available to watch on YouTube!

Topics include-

  1. Disney News – Pandora opening, “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom, and Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon
  2. Mr. Mouskaholic’s Favorite Ride at Magic Kingdom- Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. Viewer Questions- We respond to a viewer’s question about Guardians of the Galaxy taking over Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure!
  4. Travel Tips- Taking an Uber! (you can also check out my past “Tuesday’s Tip on this subject here)

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Swagbucks 101- Update

Okay, back in June of 2015 I posted my “Swagbucks 101” on how to earn Swagbucks.  The website however is ever changing and evolving, so with that comes updates.  I’ve updated the original post, but now it’s time for another update.  My last two posts have been about Swagbucks, so I figured I may as well go for a full update!  So here it is… pin this, soak it in, and start earning towards your Disney trip!

Ways to earn Swagbucks 101

  1. nCrave Activities– This is one of the easiest way that I’ve found to earn Swagbucks- on the Swagbucks home page there are categories along the left hand side of the page. Click on the link that says “Watch” and you should see the the world “ncCrave”. You can click on this and it will take you to an entire page of activities. The activities that have a circle and arrow will auto run, so you can just leave it running on your computer for about 10 minutes and earn up to 1-3 Swagbucks. Different offers are worth different amounts.  I run these almost all day and earn between 50-100 Swagbucks per day with this and the other activities.  Occasionally there are nCrave activities worth 5-6 Swagbucks!  I jump on those whenever they’re available!

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  1. Surveys– Under the “answer” tab on Swagbucks down at the bottom are paid surveys. When first getting started using the surveys I would recommend doing the little 2 point surveys on the right hand side. They take a while to get through, but what you’re doing is pre-qualifying yourself for the larger surveys. When you’ve gotten those done your chances of getting surveys that you’re qualified for increase. You may start some surveys and get disqualified after 5 minutes (you’ll still get 1 sb in that case), but I’ve also had plenty of surveys where I’ve gotten 50-150 Swagbucks within 30 minutes, and just last week I got 60 Swagbucks for a 3 minute survey. I mean if you’re bored anyway why not try it.

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  1. SBTV app– If you have a smartphone you can EASILY earn a minumum of 10 swagbucks per day using the SBTV app on your phone. All you have to do is install the app(s) and let the videos play! You can earn up to 10 sb per day using the app, and often you can earn bonus Swagbucks after you’ve reached the initial 10!  In addition to the Swagbucks TV app, there are additional apps that are very similar where you can also earn 10 Swagbucks per day. I have unlimited data on my phone, so that isn’t a concern of mine.  If you don’t have unlimited data, do make sure that you are on wifi, because streaming videos will take its toll on your data plan!  Below are a list of the available apps you can use to earn swagbucks on your phone-
    1. SBTV
    2. EntertaiNow
    3. IndyMusic
    4. Lifestylz
    5. MovieClips
    6. Sportly

  1. Swagbucks TV – Also under the “Watch” link is SBTV.  Video sets are worth 1-3 Swagbucks, and will always tell you how much they’re worth.  I’ve found that some browsers and computers will allow you to watch all the videos in succession without clicking, while others are more finicky and you have to click on each video.  It’s still easy to click through and watch the Swagbucks add up!  I usually do this while I’m watching tv.  They’re easy to click through without paying attention while you’re watching tv or a movie!

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  1. Games– Under the Play tab there are 3 games you can play and earn Swagbucks. When you get a game over keep playing, becaus every 2 games you play you get 2 Swagbucks, up to 10 Swagbucks per day.

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  1. Searching the Web– Okay so Swagbucks in addition to all of its other features is a search engine.  It actually has significantly improved in the past few years.  The search engine now goes through Yahoo and the quality of the searching is better. On my laptop, I have Swagbucks set as my default search engine, so any time that I search it goes through Swagbucks with the chance of me earning some bonus Swagbucks.  Sometimes you’ll get little search wins worth 4 or 5 swagbucks and some times you’ll get larger ones.  Just last week I got my largest search win yet- 100 Swagbucks!  It was AWESOME!
  1. Special offers– Under the earn tab there is a special offers link. Sometimes there are random videos to watch that’ll take between 30 and 90 seconds, and sometimes there will be things where you can earn 15 sb for liking a page on Facebook. There are lots of different tabs across the special offers page. Usually the radium one and peanut labs have the best offers.

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  1. Coupons– If you like saving money (which let’s be honest, who doesn’t) you can print coupons right from the Swagbucks website! Click on the “Shopping tab” and then click “Grocery Coupons” and you’ll find the exact same coupons that you find on coupons.com are available on the Swagbucks website. If you print your coupons through Swagbucks you will earn 10 sb per coupon redeemed! It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get them, but they’ve always come through for me! (sometime I’ll even print some that I know I won’t use, and take them and leave them by the products at the grocery store.  That way others can benefit from saving money, and I get the 10 Swagbucks!  Win-win!)

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  1. Shop and Earn- Do you shop online??? If you are an online shopper try using Shop and Earn through Swagbucks! (It’s also under the shop tab on the left hand side) All you do is click on shop and earn, and click the store that you want to shop (they have tons… I mainly use Kohls, Groupon, and Home Depot). It will redirect you to the store you’ve selected and you just do your shopping like normal! Usually they’ll give you at least 2sb per dollar spent. Sometimes they will run specials where you can get 4 sb per dollar or even 8 or 10 sb per dollar!!! I’ve earned a lot this way! I always buy my Groupons through the shop and earn! They will not post immediately, usually shop and earn points will be award one month after the purchase date.  This is especially great when doing Christmas shopping!  You can shop from the comfort of your home in your PJ’s with a cup of coffee AND earn Swagbucks while doing so!

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  1. Swagbucks Goal– On the Swagbucks homepage you’ll see your daily goal meter at the top of the page. Swagbucks sets a daily earning goal for you based on how many swagbucks you normally earn.  If you hit the daily goal you generally will receive a 10% bonus back.  For example, your goal is 50 Swagbucks, your bonus is 5 Swagbucks.  When you hit the goal your bonus Swagbucks will be awarded by the 5thor 6thof the following month.  If you hit the goal 7, 14, 21, or the entire month in a row there are additional bonuses!  In the past I have hit the daily goal every day for 30 days straight and received a 300 Swagbuck bonus in addition to my daily goal bonuses!

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So there it is!  My updated Swagbucks 101.  If you haven’t signed up, do it!  Click below and you can get started with $5 for free.  Think of all of the sweet sweet $ that you can save for your Disney trip!

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How to redeem your Swagbucks for use at Disney

Okay, so yesterday I once again talked about Swagbucks, and here I am talking about it again!  Start Swagging and Save for Disney.

I mentioned that my go to for redemption of my Swagbucks is Sam’s Club gift cards.  I use the Sam’s Club gift cards to purchase Disney gift cards, and better yet, they’re at a discount!  But what if you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership?  Below are ways you can redeem your Swagbucks (virtual currency) to help pay for your trip, or have spending money for your trip!

  1. Redeem your Swagbucks for Rainforest Cafe gift cards, and treat yourself to a great meal at either Disney Springs or Animal Kingdom!  There are Rainforest Cafe locations on Disney property, and Rainforest Cafe is one restaurant that you can redeem your Swagbucks for!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.58.31 AM
  2. Redeem your Swagbucks for Starbucks gift cards.  There are Starbucks locations in each of the 4 theme parks, as well as 2 locations at Disney Springs.  Treat yourself to a daily cup of coffee, or even breakfast at the parks by redeeming your Swagbucks for Starbucks gift cards!  When we get close to our trip, I often will stop getting the Sam’s Club gift cards (because I know I won’t have enough for a Disney gift card) before our trip and switch to getting Starbucks gift cards!  They always come in handy!  When we do Disney, we are GO GO GO, and Starbucks fuels us!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.14.17 AM
  3. Redeem your Swagbucks for Southwest or Delta gift cards to help pay for your flights!!  I personally have used my Swagbucks for Southwest gift cards, and that is my airline of choice.  I love flying Southwest because they offer two free checked bags.  (I am sad because they’re leaving my local airport!!!)   ** A word to the wise ** Check how many forms of payment you’re allowed to use before you cash in for your gift cards!  Southwest only allows four forms of payment, so I suggest waiting until you have a considerable amount of swagbucks before redeeming!  Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.12.32 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.57.38 AM
  4. Now I know what you’re thinking… I’m not flying to Disney, I want to drive!  Guess what!!! There are gas gift cards available on Swagbucks!  So you can use the gas gift cards to pay for gas on your way to Disney, OR you can use the gas gift cards throughout the year, and put the money that you’re not spending on gas towards your Disney trip!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.11.45 AM
  5. Still looking for different ways to save for your Disney trip?  Let’s say new shoes or clothes for the whole family for your trip!  There are Nike gift cards available as well as many department stores!  You can “Just Do It’ with all new shoes, or even some vacation apparel from Walmart, JC Penney, Target, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, KMart, Sears, or Kohls!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.15.42 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.49.19 AM
  6. Need new luggage or other trip necessities?  You can cash in your swagbucks for any of the above listed department stores for your new luggage, OR you can order just about anything on Amazon!  A few years ago I found a great 5 piece luggage set on amazon for about half the price of the department stores, and saved up my Swagbucks for amazon gift cards!  You can get other Disney essentials on Amazon too!  Rain ponchos, Minnie ears, autograph books, shirts, and lanyards are just some of the examples that you can get for your trip for FREE with your Amazon gift cards that you’ve earned on Swagbucks!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.13.20 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.57.58 AM
  7. Don’t wanna mess with any of the stuff that I listed above?  How do you like cash and prepaid visa cards?  Guess what, you can redeem your Swagbucks for those as well!  Swagbucks redemption center is offering Paypal gift cards (which you can put in your Paypal account and move right to your bank account) as well as prepaid Visa cards!  Hello spending money!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.13.51 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.55.39 AM

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today and get to swagging and start saving for your next Disney trip!   Check back here tomorrow and read my updated “Swagbucks 101” on how to earn swagbucks! Sign up now with the link below and get started with $5 free.

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