Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday #17


This week has been a bit of a rough one.  Let’s just say I’m glad the 30th is here tomorrow (pay day), but it is soon going to all be gone once again.  So. Many. Expenses.  But, I’ll work with it…For now, let’s focus on some good stuff – my faves this week (some affiliate and referral links are included):


I have been a user of Swagbucks for a while now but I often forget how easy it is to earn a substantial amount of bucks just by investing a bit of time each day.  For those unfamiliar, Swagbucks is an online reward system (others exist like MyPoints and InboxDollars) that rewards you for doing searches, making purchases and doing other online activities from their website.  I personally like Swagbucks because I can build up “bucks” pretty quickly (for example, this morning I was able to accumulate over 50 “bucks” in less than 1/2 hour while also checking my email, bank account, etc.  I have traded in most of my bucks for gift cards, which you can get pretty reasonably (450 bucks for a $5 GC usually), which means I can earn a $5 GC each week if I am investing a little bit of time every day.  Not bad.  I think I’m going to try banking my bucks for a month to get a PayPal deposit this time (2500 bucks for a $25 deposit).  We’ll see if I can hold out if I my impatience drives me to the Amazon GC to get a faster payout.  If you haven’t tried Swagbucks, give it a shot – it can’t really hurt.  They have some fun challenges during the year and if you are a gambling sort, they have a lot of “Swagstakes” where you can win substantial prizes.  You can also play online games, etc. for bucks.  If you click on any of the links here, it goes through my referral code and I can get a few bucks for you using it as well!

Lipton Bavarian Wild Berry Tea

Bavarian Wild Berry Tea

I know I’ve already included Lipton Tea (once iced) on my Thursday Thumbs Up in the past, but I have to say that this new Wild Berry Tea combined with some traditional Lipton Tea is my new favorite.  I am also going to try to the Cinnamon Chai during the summer while my hubby is gone (he doesn’t like spicy tea)!  I like this tea because it isn’t really sugary sweet, but it does have a touch of berry flavoring and it smells really good!  It will be a great summer drink and would be even better infused with some real berries…yum!


My final thumbs up this Thursday goes to the website Upworthy.  I read a lot of stuff on the internet.  A. Lot.  But, I have learned so much from the items posted by Upworthy over the past few months.  The items are usually videos, they are usually quite short and incredibly impactful.  I love that they cover a broad array of topics and although most of the items are educational, they are also personal and meaningful.  I can’t recommend this website enough.  I subscribe so I get an email with a list of what they call “Things that Matter” and they are easy to share on all your favorite social media.  Check it out!

So, that’s it for me today – what about you?  What’s your thumbs up going to this Thursday?

Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday #16 – Summer Edition


Welcome to Thumbs Up Thursday…I finished at one of my jobs for Spring semester today and only have a couple of weeks left at my other job and then its official:  “School’s out for SUMMER!”  So, I thought I would dedicate this Thumbs Up Thursday to summer.

First Thumbs Up goes to spray on sunscreen!

spray on sunscreen

And when I think about it, it is strange that I would pick this because Bean won’t let me actually spray it on her, so I have to spray it on my hand and then put it on her (which is probably safer than spraying it at her).  So, it really isn’t any different than the lotion stuff usage-wise, but for some reason I just like it a lot better.  First off, it doesn’t seem to be nearly as messy as lotion.  And second, it is nice and cool when you spray it, unlike the lotion that gets hot on sunny days in my bag.  Finally, it just seems cooler to me.  So, there ya go.

With the 90 degree weather we’ve been having for the past few days we’ve definitely busted out the sunscreen early this year!

Lipton Iced Tea Bags 


It is the simple things in life right?  These babies save me a ton of money each and every day.  We make multiple pitchers in a day usually and if we had to buy iced teas out all the time, we would go broke just drinking iced teas!

Dakaro Sangiovese Wine

2012 Dakaro Sangiovese

I tried this last night at our local wine bar, “Wine Time” and I loved it!  And it is really reasonably priced.  Definitely will be drinking it again!

There is a lot right now that I would give a thumbs down to (its been one of THOSE days), but I will hold on to the positives and leave it at that!

What would you give a thumbs up to today?