Fall Swago!

 


The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big “Swago” promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and 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 so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

Wedding Wednesday – Dance Off!

A few more shots from our wedding – all the dancing!  I am so glad we went with a DJ, I’m so excited we got to dance.  I do wish the dancing had lasted longer into the
evening, but it was hot – so I get it!    I know we were dancing to “Girls, Girls, Girls”
in some of these photos. 

ten-five-seventeen

It is hard to believe we are so far into fall.  The kids have settled into good routines with school, but us as parents on the other hand – yeah….we are working on it.  Throwing a honeymoon into the middle threw us off a bit, but we are catching back on quick.    Life has been good, although work has been stressful and busy.  We try to keep work at work as best we can, but sometimes it creeps into home life.   I did want to type out  a quick blog post to tell everyone, we are still here and kicking!  

We have hit our 1st home Carolina game, battled a cold (me), and babysat for friends.  We have plans to attend a few more Carolina games (we are season ticket holders), we took Katie to Biltmore & hopefully we can hit up a brewery and IKEA at some point this fall.  We need to get Katie a new bed frame, and get Jonathan one too (he is quickly outgrowing his loft bed).

It may be fall, but you know South Carolina – if we don’t hit 90 everyday until damn near the end of October it wouldn’t be normal.   Y’all know I love the hot weather – but I’m so ready to open the windows and air the house out a bit!    I would love to take the kids to pick pumpkins, but closer to Halloween.  I think carving pumpkins is so incredibly gross – but the kids love it – so I think I’ll leave that task to Jake!  

What is on tap for you this fall?   Cider Mills, breweries, pumpkin patches?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding Wednesday!

Just a few shots from when we were doing our vows to one another.  We wrote our own, and didn’t let the other see/hear until that day.  Such a special moment between Jake and I, and I am so glad we did it.

a transition point

Jake and I have found ourselves in a bit of a quandary.  We love our church we currently attend and have attended for almost 2 years.  We love the services, the friends we have made in our Sunday School class and the overall atmosphere of the church.  However – we are not fond of our new pastor.   We know that with any transition such as this, that there are changes made and you have to give it time.  Our new pastor came around Easter of this year when our old pastor (who we loved) retired.  We have tried and tried, but find ourselves wanting to skip because we just don’t like the way he preaches.  Having been through several pastor transitions in my home church in VA, I know that some people will just “suck it up” because it is their home church and they don’t want to change.  We have adapted to some changes in regards to service times, the way that the children’s space is run – but we cannot get past the fact that we are just not fond of the pastor.   One of the other things that sits with us, is that our church is on the far side of the city – about 25 minutes away on a Sunday morning – but on a weekday evening – much more with traffic.  We are not able to do things in the evenings because by the time we got home from work to go there, it would be too late.  Leaving our jobs early is not an option.

However, the challenge in finding a new church is that Lexington has a lot of options, so so many in fact.  We want to be able to “plug in” to small groups, and Wednesday night suppers and be active in our church in a way that we cannot with our current church.  But we are faced with this scary prospect of “church shopping”.  We are fond of contemporary services with bands and praise music, and if you can wear jeans its a plus (in our minds, god doesn’t care what you wear, he cares you are there).   We have gotten a list together, and researched their websites.  We have listened to sermons & podcasts of different activities and our next step is just getting out there and going.

I guess in some ways I wanted to type this all out to “get it out” and ask that others pray for us in this transition.  It is hard to leave behind something, and maybe it is more so the people for us – we adore our Sunday school class.  While I guess it is possible to just go to that portion, and skip service – I feel like we would be doing ourselves a disservice.  And also, we would be unplugging ourselves from so many opportunities to mission to others.   I’d love to hear from others that have been in a similar position as us, so give me a shout if you have been through something similar.

 

 

 

Swagbucks & Disneyland!

Swagbucks, the online rewards site where you earn cash and free gift cards for the everyday things you do online, has added Disneyland eTickets to their lineup of rewards!

If you haven’t used Swagbucks before, here’s how it works: You get points (called SB) for things like online shopping, discovering new products and services, answering surveys, watching videos, and even searching the web. Then you redeem those points for gift cards from places like Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and now you can redeem them for tickets to Disneyland!

For you Disney fanatics out there who are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, Swagbucks is a great way to stretch that travel budget further. You can earn while booking your hotel, get gift cards for travel and restaurants while you’re away, or just offset the cost of the tickets using your SB points!

Here’s some information from their FAQs about it:

How will I receive my eTickets?
These are electronic tickets that will be delivered to you via email.

Where can these eTicket be used?
These eTickets are specifically for use at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, and cannot be used at Disney World in Florida, or at any Disney Stores or other Disney resorts. Tickets cannot be used for admission to special events (ie. Mickey’s Halloween Party).

What type of eTickets does Swagbucks offer?
2 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, Park Hopper Adult (ages 10+)

What happens if I redeem for the wrong ticket?
These eTickets are non-refundable. Please make sure you are redeeming for the correct ticket and pay close attention to the type of ticket you are selecting, as there are different tickets depending on the amount of days you wish to attend the park, the type of ticket (one park per day vs. Park Hopper), and the age range the ticket is for (adult vs. child). Adult tickets are for ages 10 and up.

Also, please keep in mind it may take a few business days for you to receive your eTicket, so be sure to give yourself enough time when redeeming before you plan to visit the park.

WW – the way he looks at me

I was looking back through our wedding photos a few days ago, and I was struck (again) at some of them.  I have looked at them dozens of times, but one thing stands out in all of them:  The way that Jake looks at me.   He looks at me like I am the one person he has been waiting his whole life for and truth be told, there are some photos of me looking at him the same way.  He is, he is the man that I  wanted and what my heart needed.  He is the man that God led me to, in the right time and space.  For some looking at this photo he looks terrified…LOL – and I get it.  This was the moment they opened the doors and I started walking down the aisle.   He started tearing up and I had the biggest smile on my face (trying not to cry!).   I knew I was walking down that aisle to my best friend & the love of my life.
I’m so glad that you picked me Jake – I love you babe!

The way you look at me with that spark in your eyes shows me just how much you love me
and remind me of all the reasons I love you.

Swago for 200mil!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is nearing $200,000,000 in cash and gift cards given back to it members. Since 2008, they’ve rewarded members for things we all do online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, answering surveys, and searching the web.

$200,000,000 is a huge number, and to celebrate they’re holding a “Swago” promotion starting Monday, September 11th at 9am PDT!

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Tuesday, September 19th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and 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 so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will not be available to use until 9AM PT/12PM ET on Tuesday, September 19th and will end at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Thursday, September 21st.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That’s enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store to the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

Wordy Wednesday – Magnolia

Visiting Magnolia, and the Silos in Waco was a dream come true.  I just kept looking at this place that I have seen countless times on TV and thinking “am I really here?”.   We met some wonderful people there, including a woman who worked there who once lived in Columbia!  She found out it was our honeymoon, and had a cupcake delivered to us while we were talking to her!   We had such a wonderful time, and I am glad that we got to go and shop here!

Tuesday Texas Tour

So – we didnt exactly plan on visiting college campuses while we were in TX, it just sort of happened.  The 1st full day of our honeymoon we visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (aka: SMU).  Well, we missed our 1st turn and ended up driving through campus and saw their athletics facilities.  So we decided that after visiting the museum we would drive back down there.

We ended up walking down to their football stadium, and was so surprised at how close we could get to it!   We then cut through the campus to get back to the car (if we were going to pay $8 for parking, we were going to use it up!).

 

On Sunday we decided to head to Fort Worth, and went to the Fort Worth stockyards, and while on that side of town we decided to hit up TCU – Texas Christian University.  Mainly because Jake thinks their mascot is pretty cool, they are the Horned Frogs.   This campus was also pretty open, and beautifully maintained.   We did hit up their bookstore, where I was surrounded by lots and lots of purple.  I guess its better than being surrounded by Tennessee orange or Michigan State green!    We did see a handful of student athletes, and were able to peek in the windows of their athletics center, where they have a huge Hall of Fame.  Kinda bummed that part was closed, as it looked really neat!

 

Lastly, we hit up Baylor.  This was one of those “if we are close to it we’ll go”.  Literally, you drive into Waco and BOOM its right there.  We went there on Tuesday evening after we left Magnolia.  We drove around campus a bit, and then wandered over to the stadium.  It is pretty big, but only has half of the capacity that Williams-Brice (at Carolina) has at roughly 45K.    They have a nice statue commemorating RGIII’s time at Baylor.  They also have what I think is one of the coolest tailgating features ever.  You can buy (for probably an insane amount of money) a “sail-gate” spot, where you can just dock your boat and come to the game.  What is this life?  This is awesome.   They have a “berm” on the one end of the stadium, which is probably their student section (I didn’t look this part up), and the stadium itself has the shape of a horseshoe, which being in Texas, seems appropriate.