Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Favorite Money-Making iPhone Apps - 2014

From time to time, I like to do a post about my current favorite ways to make money with my phone. Who doesn't love a little free money?  All of these are really easy to use (I probably spend a few minutes of effort a day on this...really, not hard at all).  The following list of apps is how I'm currently making anywhere from $3-5 a day with my phone.  Not big money by any means, but a little extra pocket change never hurt anyone!

You can see my past iPhone app posts here. Keep this in mind though when looking at old posts:  these apps frequently change, including their potential earnings, how to use them, and what rewards you can earn.

Great resource for finding ways to make quick, easy money with your phone!

Note:  Most of these include a link to download on an iPhone, so if you're an iPhone user, it might be best to open this blog post on your phone...many of my links will take you right to the app store to download!

PerkTV - This is probably my favorite money-making app right now.  I'm fairly new to it, but I've already made about $20 in a week with this one.  It's easy peasy - sign up for an account and watch videos to earn points.  Here's the kicker though - you can have videos playing on 5 devices per account at a time, and they constantly stream for hours on end without having to start each one.  So dig out those old iPhones! :)

This app has the best selection of gift cards to purchase I think I've ever seen - I'm using mine for Walmart and Amazon (hello, free grocery money!), but there are a ton of choices.  One note though - make sure you watch your data usage, especially if playing on multiple devices.  You don't want monthly data overages just to make a few bucks.

Another fun app that's tied in with Perk is the Perk Pop Quiz app.  It's just like it sounds - you answer trivia questions for money.  If you need a quick time-killer, might as well make some money with it!

You can sign up for Perk TV here, and use my referral code 16e05400 for 50 bonus points!

Viggle - I've been using Viggle for over 2 years now - and we have a love/hate relationship.  If you invest a little time in it you really can make some money with it.  The bad news is, it's constantly changing.  It seems like just as soon as I get used to the way they do things, a program ends or changes.  But, commit a little time, and it can be an easy money-maker.

Viggle is kind of like Shazam...let your phone/tablet listen to your tv to see what you're watching, and earn a point per minute you watch it (so check into a 30 minute show at the very beginning, and earn 30 points).  You can earn bonus points on certain shows.  I check into music too - you can earn 25 points per song (up to 20 per day).  You trade in your points for gift cards (again, these have been really scarce lately, but if you catch them at the right time, they have a few great ones, like Best Buy, Starbucks and Amazon).

I joined Viggle Nation a few weeks ago on Facebook that has been an amazing source of info and help with Viggle...I've easily doubled my earnings per day with the hints they give.

Click here to download Viggle!

JunoWallet - This app has several different things you can do to earn money - download apps, like pages on Facebook, watch videos, etc.  It's fairly straight-forward, and can be a really good way to make easy money on your phone!

Click here to download, and use the code LL731974 to get an extra $0.25 in Junocredits when you sign up!

Ibotta/Checkout 51 - I put these two in the same description because they're almost identical apps.  Both of these list various grocery items...add the items to your list within the app, and if you buy that item, you can scan its bar code and your receipt into the app to prove you bought it and get a certain amount of cash back!  They both often have generic items that I personally buy every week (milk, eggs, apples, etc.)...so you're pretty much guaranteed to be able to get some kind of cash back from your grocery trip.  Once again, free money!

You can download Ibotta here.

You can download Checkout 51 here.

Checkpoints - This is another one I have a love/hate relationship with.  To sum it up quickly, you check into places via the app for points.  If you're at a grocery store, you also have the option of scanning barcodes on certain items to earn points.

It's really easy to use, but depending on where you are, there might not be a lot of places to check into.  We'll get lucky occasionally and have what they call "gold star check-ins"...you get 5 times the amount of points for checking into these.  It's worth looking to see if you live in an area with lots of check-ins!  Even if you don't, scanning the barcodes at grocery stores can really earn you points quickly.  They typically have a great selection of gift cards to purchase with points too!

Click here to download Checkpoints, and use the referral code lflambert for a bonus!

Field Agent - This is a fun one...you basically get to be a secret shopper and earn money doing it!  It pays really well (usually a few dollars for only a few minutes of your time), and I think it's really interesting to see what's going on "behind the scenes" in stores.  We've also gotten free meals and even a free grocery trip for participating in shopping trips.

Click here to download Field Agent.

Swagbucks - I've written about using Swagbucks before to earn money through lots of different activities...searching the web with their search engine, printing coupons through their site, watching videos on their page, etc.  It has gone down some, but it's still a great way to earn easy money.  I've liked using their app lately too!  It's an easy way to use their search engine, browse their offers, and take surveys that earn Swagbucks (can be used to buy different gift cards, including Amazon).

The Swagbucks TV app is good too...it's very similar to the Perk TV app I discussed above, and seems to earn a little more than that app (but I don't think this one can be run on multiple devices).

Click here to download the Swagbucks app and here to download the Swagbucks TV app!

Anything I'm missing guys?  Comment with your favorites that aren't listed here in the comments - you're welcome to leave a referral code too!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recipe - Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles

Sometimes, my biggest kitchen failures turn into the best recipes.

Does that ever happen to y'all?  It always kind of feels like a small victory when I can turn an absolute mess of a recipe into something that's not only edible, but actually really delicious.

Take The Pumpkin Roll Disaster of 2014 for example.  Talk about a mess.  The cake crumbled everywhere, it was too mushy, the filling was too thin when I mixed it.  Big, ol', hot mess.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles...are you kidding?!?  I need these right now.

But, miraculously, I was able to salvage it.  I threw a couple extra ingredients in, and Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles were born!  I think we ended up enjoying them more than we would have a Pumpkin Roll...so I'll call that a win.

Here's the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles...are you kidding?!?  I need these right now.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles

1 box Pumpkin Cake Mix (see below for alternate recipe if you can't find this.)
1/2 of a 14oz can of pumpkin puree
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 cup coffee
1 cup cinnamon chips, divided
1 8oz block cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup finely chopped almond bark
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp coffee extract (You can find this next to vanilla extract in the spice aisle.)


Mix together cake mix, puree, oil, egg, coffee, and 1/3 cup cinnamon chips in a large mixing bowl until smooth.  Bake according to directions on package.  Let cool enough to handle after baking.

Crumble prepared cake in a large bowl.  Add in cream cheese.  With your hands (I promise this is the easiest way to do this), knead together the prepared cake and cream cheese until well-blended.

Using your hands, roll cake mixture into 1" balls.  Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment/wax paper.  Cool in refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours...I did this overnight.

Once cake balls are cooled, prepare coating.  Mix together almond bark, butter, coffee extract, and half of the remaining cinnamon chips.  Microwave this mixture in 30 second increments, until melted and smooth.  Mix in remaining cinnamon chips to temper this mixture (this will make your final coating shiny and hard).  

Roll cake balls, a few at a time, in the coating mixture with a fork.  Hold coated cake balls over the mixture and shake off excess coating.  Place coated cake balls on parchment/wax lined cookie sheet.  

Cool in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, or until coating has set.  Serve immediately (we tried these a few days after I made them, and they just weren't as good.  I'd recommend eating them fresh!)

**If you can't find pumpkin cake mix, spice cake works - just use the whole can of pumpkin puree and omit the oil.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles...are you kidding?!?  I need these right now.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

2.5 Years

Emma Ramey,

You are two and a half today!  It feels weird that we're almost to 3 years old...that sounds so old.  You are such a little person now, and I'm so proud that I get to watch you learn and grow every single day!

Here's what you're up to at two and a half.


As of yesterday, you weigh 35.2 pounds...in the 95th percentile for weight!


You are 37.5 inches tall now.  That's in the 85th percentile for height.

Clothing Size:

In some things you wear 3t (mostly pants), and in some things you wear 4t (mostly shirts).  Yes, that's right- my two year old is wearing lots of 4t now. :)  I learned a long time ago to not buy too far ahead for you - there's no telling how big you're going to be in any given season.

You're still wearing a size 8 shoe, but they're getting kind of snug.


Almost nonexistent now!  You were wearing diapers only to preschool up until a few days ago, when your teacher told me you've been using the potty there for a couple of weeks now. :)  I was beginning to wonder why I never had to replace the diapers in your backpack.  So you're now only in diapers at nap and nighttime.  You wear a size 5 diaper when you do use them.


You eat 3 normal meals a day, although you'd just eat snacks all day if I let you.  You are such a grazer!  Your favorites are fruits, pasta, and cheese.  You absolutely hate any kind of sauce...we learned quickly to never order foods with condiments on them or you wouldn't eat it.  Not sure where you get that from...I don't think I can eat a meal without some kind of dipping sauce (no, really).  You also love milk still!


You still have gorgeous blonde hair and blue eyes!  I'm expecting the hair to change in the next couple of years...your Daddy's hair was blonde until he was 4 or 5.

You have lots of curls that make me never want to cut your hair for fear they'd go away.  I seriously have hair envy.  You'll only let me put a bow in your hair to keep it out of your eyes - for some reason, you're absolutely opposed to wearing it in a ponytail!


Knock on wood...still great.  I was a little fearful you would stop napping when we started school, but you still take a 2-3 hour nap every day, usually from around 2-5 in the afternoon.  Your bedtime is 8-8:30 at night, and you usually sleep until about 8 in the morning.  When you wake up, you always need a little bit of "me time"...if I go in to get you too quickly, you're kind of grumpy, so I always let you wake up and play by yourself for a few minutes!

Fun Stuff:

You love anything related to travel right now - cars, trucks, airplanes, fire trucks, etc.  You got a little car set a few weeks ago that you play with all the time!

You're still such a water baby.  You take it as a personal insult if we skip your nighttime bath - and you let us know you're offended.  We play in your water table almost every day.  And we're trying to squeeze a few more pool days in before it gets too cold - you love it so much!

You can absolutely melt our heart now (you've always been able to - now you can vocalize it).  A few of your favorite sayings...

"I love you all day."
"You're back, Mommy!" (If you've been at school or away from me.)
"I just want Mommy." (Again, if I've been gone, it's all she will say for a few minutes after I get back.)

You love reading.  You bring us books all the time to read.  Your favorite books are your Disney princess books, Elmo books, your Paw Patrol book, and anything Mickey Mouse-related.

You're earning your nickname of Monkey lately.  You climb all over us, the furniture...everything really.  You're so funny too - we tell you when you're being "monkey-like" that it's time to take you to the zoo and live with the monkeys, so when you're being silly now, you'll say, "Let's go to the zoo!"  And if Daddy is being silly, you'll tell him he's a monkey and needs to live at the zoo.

You absolutely love school.  It's been so great for you to be around other boys and girls your age, and you barely notice that I've left in the mornings now!

You and your daddy have the sweetest relationship.  He's definitely your go-to if you want to play.  Every night when I walk Hardy, the two of your are "hiding" from me behind a pillow on the couch, and I have to find you.  It's so cute!

You are funny...like really, really funny.  You crack Daddy & me up all the time.  I think it's because you're just so honest about everything - I love hearing your take on the world.

We love you so much!  Happy half birthday!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Create It Thursday #73 (Plus Features)

Thanks for coming back for another week of Create It Thursday fun!

Did you guys check out the great ideas from last week?  They were awesome!   Here are a few of my favorites.  These are on the Create It Thursday Pinterest board and the Lamberts Lately Facebook page too!

A big huge thanks to everyone who shared their ideas last week!  If you were featured above, grab a button:

Now it's time for this week's party!
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