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Saturday, 22 May 2010
Put a little Swag in your Bucks - with Swagbucks!
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook or Twitter, you have probably seen me post something about winning "Swagbucks". I was introduced to Swagbucks a couple of weeks ago and I've been hooked every since.
Swagbucks are points that you earn and then, when you have accumulated enough, you can "buy" different things with them. I'm saving up for amazon gift cards myself.
It's really easy to earn Swagbucks. The easiest way is to use their search engine to do your internet searches. You can either download their toolbar (which earns you more Swagbucks) or you can just go to their website to do the search. You don't get points every time, but many times you do. I've earned as many as 32 Swagbucks for just one search! I'm all the time doing a search and earning 12 or more. You can also earn Swagbucks by befriending them on Facebook or Twitter. Every once in a while (like just a few minutes ago) they will say something like "Enter this code in the Swagbuck code box by 9:30 pacific time and you will earn 7 Swagbucks." They also have Swag code hunts every once in a while, and they have a daily poll where you win points just for answering their questions of the day.
I have only been a member of Swagbucks for a couple of weeks now and I've already earned over 730 Swagbucks. A $5 Amazon gift card only costs 450 Swagbucks and I can buy two at a time, so I'm waiting until I've earned 900 bucks before I redeem them. I hopeing that I can purchase some neat things for my Compassion kids that won't cost me any money so won't dip into the Tinkel family budget.
There are all kinds of companies that deal with Swagbucks. You can get nearly anything with them - gift cards, toys, school supplies, electronics, books, magazines, posters...the list goes on and on. And, it's all free! Want to get in on the fun and help me out a little as well? Just click on the banner at the top of the page or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. If you end up joining Swagbucks after clicking on one of the links on my page, I will earn a few extra Swagbucks as well. Then, you can tell your friends and you will earn bucks by telling them. Thanks ahead of time and have fun!
Friday, 21 May 2010
Anyone for some Lobster?
Topic: Homeschool Product Review
No, not real lobster, but Lobster Network lobster!
Now, let me tell you, that when I first heard that we would be reviewing something from Lobster Network I wondered what in the world it was. Now that I know what it is, I know that it is great, but it is still hard to explain! Let's just say that it is kind of like Craig's List, Facebook, and Mozy all wrapped in one...but then again it's not. Oh well, I guess the only way to get you to understand is to just tell you another one of my stories . So, here goes!
Scene 1: Picture it. You're sitting down with a colleague, Sally, during your one hour lunch break:
Scene 2: Picture it. Two homeschooling mom's sitting and chatting during a play day.
Scene 3: Picture it. Husband and wife filling out insurance forms.
Do any of those scenarios sound familiar to you? Do you wish that you and your friends had a way to inventory all of your stuff so that you could loan and borrow from one another (what a deal in these economic times!)? Do you long for a way to sell your stuff to people who really want it and need it? Do you need a way to inventory all of your stuff and to keep it safe from disaster or computer crash? Well now you do! And guess what? It's all in one place and it doesn't cost a thing! It's called "Lobster Network".
Lobster Network is a really neat website. First of all, after the easy registration, it gives you a place to inventory whatever you want for free. You can inventory expensive items, books, homeschool materials, ...anything you want. It's private and secure. No one has to know that anything is there at all...unless you want them to! So, why would you want them to?
That brings me to the next great thing about Lobster Network. You can make public (allow other members to see) items that you would be willing to loan out, or even sell to someone. "But wait a minute!" you shout. "I don't want just anyone borrowing my stuff!" Well, that's where the comparison to Facebook comes in. Everyone doesn't have to see your stuff. You invite your friends and family members to Lobster Network and you form "communities". They can be private communities or public communities. That way, you only "show" the things that you have to borrow or sell to people you know and trust!
Now things are starting to get interesting. Aren't they? You've inventoried your stuff and invited friends and family and now your ready to start wheeling and dealing! You can even post things that you don't have, but would like to borrow or buy. That way, if anyone sees that you are looking for that item and they have it, they can notify you. The folks of Lobster Network have thought of everything. They even have reports that you can print out as to what you have loaned out and when it is due back, what you have borrowed and when you have to return it, what you have inventoried, or, you can even use it to keep track of things that you've loaned out to people who are not part of Lobster Network!
See how neat Lobster Network is? You can just use it to inventory, or you can loan, borrow, buy or sell and you can do it with people you know and trust. Are you convinced? I am! I love it. All you have to do to join in the fun is just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above and go at it. Still not convinced? I understand. It's hard to believe that something like this could really be true. But, don't take my word for it. Other TOS Crew members have tried it out as well and you can find out what they think by clicking here. Happy Home Educating!
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was asked to try out Lobster Network in order to review it on my blog.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Men's Monday Meme - I've Read a Couple of things Lately
Topic: Men's Monday Meme
I've read a couple of interesting things lately. Things that have made me really think. Things that have made me wonder what this world is coming to, or maybe what have we become.
The first was when I read a retweet from one of my friends on twitter. It was about a lady who was an advocate for giving our children more freedom. She asks why we aren't the way we were in the 60's and the 70's. We would let our kids ride bikes all over town, We'd let them go to the park by themselves. It wasn't a crime to leave your 12 year old at home for a few minutes while you ran to the store. This advocate claims that the crime rate today is less than it was back then, but we shelter our kids and we don't let them learn on their own. Her organization proclaimed last Saturday as "Leave your kids at the park alone Saturday". You were to drop you kids off at the park for a half an hour or so and say goodbye. You weren't to go and watch them from behind a tree or anything else, you were to LEAVE! I really made me think about how we treat our kids these days. Are we overprotective?
The second thing that I read was a question that a lady posted on a forum. It seems that there is a bus stop close to her home and everyday she sees the same "older" lady waiting there for the bus. Occasionally she has said hello as she pulled out of her driveway but that was the extent of their relationship. One day, as she was pulling out with her kids in the car, the "older" lady came up to her window and asked if she was going "by the shops". Apparently you can't go anywhere in this town with out going by the shops, so she said that she was. The women then explained that she had missed her bus and asked if there was a way she could catch a ride to the shops and she would then ride the bus home. The mother then promptly answered "No! I hardly know you." The lady was taken aback and responded "I'm a mature lady", but the mother refused. After telling her story, the mother asked the forum if she were right. Some on the group were aghast that she would do something like that, others defended her decision.
Okay, here is my Men's Monday Meme question(s) for the week.
Are we being overprotective? Are we so cautious that we have lost sight of what it means to be kind and generous and outgoing with one another? Are all of the warnings correct or have we become a worrisome society? Or, should we be more wary these days? Have times changed and there is no going back? What are your thoughts?
As usual, here are the rule reminders.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Why We Do What We Do!
I know! I know! Today's Wednesday and not Thursday. But I couldn't wait. I saw this and had to post it.
This is why Sarah and have chosen to be missionaries to the low income folks with BCM International and why we have chosen to sponsor and correspond with children through Compassion International. As you are watching this, please be in prayer as to what God may have for you to do for Him.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
The Results Are In!
Topic: Homeschool Product Review
Pre-note - Okay folks. I realize that the emoticon is of a cigar. But remember some time back when I first used it? I thought it was a firecracker ! So that's what we're going to think of it as again!
Anyway, back to the topic. The ballots have been tabulated and the results have been posted. Here are the:
2010 Homeschool Crew Seaworthy Awards
Favorite Language Arts Product : Educational Diagnostic Prescriptive Services (EDUDPS)
Favorite History Product :Bright Ideas Press (All American History and Mystery of History)
Favorite Science Product:Nature Friend Magazine
Favorite Math Product: Math Mammoth
Favorite Online Math Product: Mathletics
Favorite Handwriting Product: Zeezok Publishing (Presidential Penmanship)
Favorite Fine Arts Product (art, music, etc.): Artistic Pursuits
Favorite Pre-school Product: Time 4 Learning
Favorite Elementary Product: Critical Thinking
Favorite Upper-Grade Product: Professor in a Box
Favorite College Prep Product: Cerebellum/Standard Diviants
Favorite Special Needs Product: Super Star Speech
Favorite Health and Beauty Product: Virginia Soaps and Scents
Favorite Christian Product: Grapevine Studies
Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed: StudyPod
Best Homemaking Product: Sue Gregg Cookbooks
Best Customer Service: Great Software Tools
Best Online Resource: ABCteach
Best e-product: Growing Healthy Homes: Nutrition 101
Best Office and Technology Resource: Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown-Ups)
Best Homeschool Resource:Apologia Press: The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
Best Map Resource: Home School in the Woods
Best Book, Novel or Magazine: Sarah's Books
Best Children's Book: Children's Bible Hour: Season's of Faith Series
Best Hands-On Resource: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
Most Adaptable Resource: Sue Patrick Workbox System
Most Unique Resource: Lobster Network
Most Family-Oriented Product: Family Mint
Kid's Choice: Maverick Books: Hank the Cowdog Series
All Around Crew Favorite: All About Spelling (All About Reading)
Do these align with what the Tinkel household thought? Well, almost. I'm going to be posting my "Tinkel Homeschool Top 10" (if I can narrow it down to that) list later. Congratulations to all of the winners!