Easy Canvas Prints is a company that takes digital photos and prints them on canvases. I love them because I can print really great summer pics of the kids and give them to relatives that live far away. I think that photo gifts are great for grandparents and great-grandparents.
This brand new Easy Canvas Prints deal offers UNLIMITED 11×14 canvases for $9.99 each! That’s 90% off of the original price. All other canvas print sizes are still 85% off. What a great deal!
You can have them directly shipped to the gift recipient too! To check out this deal, and the other deals on their site, visit Easy Canvas Prints.
Y’all know I love a good side Hustle. Recently I found out about Hatch. And I’ve already earned $5!
Hatch rewards you with e-gifts just for sharing your thoughts and feelings about companies you use, to make your life (and the lives of others) better! Through a variety of activities (like surveys, product tests, in-store mystery shops) that you can complete on your own time, you can earn more than many other survey sites.
Most activities pay an average of between $5 and $10, although some have gone as high as $200. Your time = more money.
We pay you money, not points. You will receive e-gift codes to use for anything you want. Use each e-gift alone, or rack them up and spend them on something big! There is no minimum to “cash out”.
Most activities take up to 5 minutes to complete.
Complete short surveys answering a few questions, upload photos and videos, take us on store shopping trips, and buy a product and give us a review. These are all activities that you can do in Hatch!
There are new activities every day!
Hatch is used by the world’s leading brands.
No gimmicks! No ads! You complete activities and you get paid.
Signing up is easy and safe. You must be 16 to download and you only need to provide your location and some other general demographic information. Your personal, identifiable information will never be shared with anyone.
As a Gen X parent, I never quite understood why we “had” to fill our kids afternoons and free time with 10,000 activities (sports, club meetings, scouting, etc.). My brother and I didn’t have tons of stuff each day after school. By the time I was in the 5th grade, both my parents worked, and frequently we were left home alone for a few hours after school a couple times a week.
We did our homework, played, read, and did chores. Even before that, there were plenty of times where we were home without structured activities. We still had scouts, soccer (my brother did AYSO for one season and decided it wasn’t for him), Key Club, Choir, JV Football. Many kids in my generation were latchkey kids and filled their afternoons with free and imaginative play.
Free play is an incredible learning tool for kids. It fosters imagination and gives kids opportunities to discover and explore. There are all sorts of toys that encourage free play- dolls, food toys, blocks, legos, to name a few.
My two love Playmobil. Playmobil is a German company that has been around since the 1970’s. They have so many different sets and types of toys- everything from princesses and fairies to knights and safari sets.
Recently, my son and daughter started pulling out some of their people as well as some of the animals and created their own adventure. Enter Carl the Mongoose and Mr. Chicken. Carl is a Meerkat, and Mr. Chicken is a Bald Eagle, but the names have stuck. Other characters include The Birdkeeper and The Man with the Gray Hat, and Cleopatrick (my daughter named her). All of these people are from various sets, Cleo was the only one that sort of resembles her name, as she came from an awesome set of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.
The animals and their people have all sorts of adventures. They have run a food truck, run a zoo, been on a cruise, gone on safari, hunted for wild animals, opened an iron and gold mine, run an orphanage (we have a lot of little kid Playmobil people), gone to college, gone to preschool, and taken a road trip to the “ocean” in Ohio. We paused the game for a bit to look at the US map to discover there is no ocean in Ohio, but they could go to Lake Erie instead. It was deemed the “Lake Erie ocean beach” adventure.
These adventures give the kids a chance to explore themselves and work on interpersonal relationships, even if it’s as a talking Bald Eagle and his keeper.
Even in these crazy times where nothing is certain, give your kids some time to play and explore. Taking a “brain break” (which is what the big kiddos teacher calls them) throughout the day for some playtime may help your kids more than you think.
Right now we are all home together, trying to scramble into some sort of routine of distance learning, being quiet while we all learn/work, breaks, and trying to play after school is over without making too much noise while grown ups work. It’s tough. It’s crazy. The house is messy, we’re frazzled, and we weren’t “with it” last week to follow our meal plan. But we got through it, and we’re trying again this week.
We’re all learning. And that means we should grant ourselves grace.
Be kind to yourself. Wash your paws, wear a mask, flatten the curve. Have a good week!
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Photo books, memoir books, or cookbooks make great holiday gifts!
I’ve written about Field Agent before, but I’ve got an awesome update!
The new referral program pays you money for telling your friends about Field Agent.
For every new agent that uses your referral code, Field Agent will pay you 10-percent of what they earn until they reach $100. There’s no limit to the amount of referrals you can give out. The more, the merrier!
My Referral Code is abxbnqx. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do! I did 3 audits at our local Walmart today and earned $12 for 15 minutes of work.
Last summer, I wrote about all of my side hustles. You can read the article here.
Well I got another one to share! I’ve actually had this one for quite a while (about a year and a half), but I’ve always been hesitant to share it. Recently, I have been approached by more than a few people who are looking for ways to make money, and I decided that I was finally going to let the cat out of the bag and share perhaps, my favorite side hustle of all.
Field Agent is an app you can download for your smart phone. It’s different from secret shopping apps and websites, in that you are only shown assignments in your area, that you qualify for. All of the assignments are self assigned, which means that if you want to job you can apply for it you don’t have to email and hope they pick you- which is my big gripe with most secret shopping/audit companies.
The other thing that makes Field Agent different is that when you select the job, you have a specific time allotted for you to complete the task after you apply and are approved. The time varies based on what type of job it is, but it’s usually 2 to 4 hours from the time you choose the job and you are approved.
Jobs can be as simple as a photographing an end cap at a store or can be as difficult as photographing the exterior of the home to help out an insurance company.
The key to doing these jobs well is to be discreet. You’re not gonna walk into a store and loudly announced you’re here to do an audit, or that you’re here to do a secret shopper. All jobs can be completed with the use of a smartphone, as you will do the job while you are in the store in the app, and photograph using the app as well.
All jobs can be completed with the use of a smartphone, as you will do the job while you are in the store in the app, and photograph using the app as well.
I tend to do assignments when my big guy is at school, and it’s just me and the little one, although if there are higher paying gigs on weekends, I will gladly take both kids if it is a simple task.
I’ve taken a lot of time away from this year and have not been using the app to earn money as often as I should. But now that my big guy is back in school, I have been doing assignments like mad. I have earned about $40 in the past week and a half. And that’s just one to two hours a week.
They pay either through EFT to your bank account. It takes only a few days for the money to be transferred into my bank account, and then I can spend (or save) it how I please.