Thursday, November 29, 2018

Inbox Dollars Tips: Search with Inbox Dollars

Young Richard Tracy knows that using Inbox Dollars search will earn him easy money for doing something he was already going to do.

I've been taking surveys with Inbox Dollars for several years, but I only recently explored all the other ways of making money with Inbox Dollars
One of the easiest ways is by using the Inbox Dollars search page. When you log into your account, there is a menu bar at the top of the main page. Choose the search option, and, voila, you will be earning for searches you were going to make anyway. It's that simple!
I find that the Inbox Dollars search works better on my computer than my phone. The page sometimes takes forever to load on my iPhone's Safari browser. So I generally play the mini-games on my phone instead. Yes, Inbox Dollars has games that they pay you to play! Who knew?
I'm currently stuck on level 23 of the bubble monkey game. Those stupid skulls suck, and so does my manual dexterity, let's be real.
The search page and the games (especially my beloved bubble monkey game) are just two reasons why Inbox Dollars is my favorite paid survey app. It's much more than paid surveys, and it is a legitimate survey company, unlike some I have had the misfortune of dealing with.

~Cie~

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Prime Pantry

My Prime Pantry Order

Disclosure:
I am an Amazon affiliate and a Prime Pantry subscriber

If you use Amazon to shop, you may have heard of Prime Pantry. You may be wondering what Prime Pantry is, and whether or not it is worth it to sign up for the service.
For a fee of $4.95 per month, Prime Pantry subscribers receive free shipping on any order over $10. Prime Pantry specializes in shelf-stable goods such as canned food, spices, baking needs, and household necessities such as paper towels and freezer bags. For fresh foods, you will want to consider Amazon Fresh.
Is Prime Pantry worth it?
Overall, the answer is "yes." My life can be a bit chaotic, and going to the grocery store often falls more into the "pain" than "pleasure" category. Spending less than $5 per month for the convenience of having shelf-stable items delivered to my door is worthwhile to me.
"But do you pay more for the products you get with this service?" you may be asking.
I find that most of the products are comparably priced to items in the grocery store. You will find some that are a superior value, such as the two cold brew coffee concentrates found in the above photo. I got both of these for a little more than I would pay for just one bottle of cold brew concentrate at King Soopers, and there is more flavor variety to choose from.
The baking soda was comparably priced with what I would find on the baking aisle at King Soopers.
I was angry with myself about the vinegar. For some reason, I thought that 64 ounces equaled a gallon. It is, in fact, a half gallon. So, I ended up spending more than twice what I would have spent on a gallon of vinegar from King Soopers.
Overall, Prime Pantry gets my enthusiastic recommendation. It's only $4.95 per month to give it a try, and you can cancel anytime. Give it a look by clicking on the banner below.

~Cie~




Monday, November 19, 2018

Cheesy Cinema Review: Hold the Dark


Netflix' Hold the Dark is fascinating conceptually, and the cast does a stellar job of playing their roles. But when the viewer comes away from a film saying "why the hell did any of that happen?" it isn't a good thing.
I haven't read the book that this film was based on. Maybe if I had read the book, I'd understand the film better. However, a well-executed film would not require the viewer to have read the book to understand what is going on.
I feel that the film tries too hard to avoid being Another Werewolf Movie and doesn't do enough to ensure that the viewer understands the reason why All The Spooky Weirdness is transpiring in the first place.
I wanted to like this movie. I wanted it to live up to the hype and the stellar cast. It did not do so.
I wish that Netflix hadn't changed their viewer rating system from stars to a thumbs up/thumbs down. I would have given this movie three stars with Netflix' previous system. As it stands, I didn't rate it. The performances were too good for it to merit a thumbs down, but I came away too befuddled for it to merit a thumbs up.
One should not have to rely on search engines to find an explanation for why events transpired in a movie. Arguably, I did have to do this for some events in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, which I found frustrating, but I understood the majority of the plot in these movies and would give both of them a solid thumbs up despite the various points of confusion. Since my reaction to Hold the Dark was "well, that happened, but why?" I cannot say the same for it.
Hold the Dark left me hungry for more, and not in a good way. It was the kind of hunger one has after eating a not vomit-inducing but unsatisfying deli sandwich from a service station because there isn't anything better available.
Cheesy Rating: 2.5 out of 5 wedges
 

~The Cheese Hath Grated It Cinematically~


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kitchen Helpers: Velesco Silicone Baking Mats plus Bonus Recipe


Practical, inexpensive, and reusable, Velesco silicone baking mats get the hat trick when it comes to kitchen must-haves. I mostly use mine for baking and opt for Reynold's Wrap for a quick clean-up after making a messy dish like honey-mustard fingerling potatoes, but you could use your baking mat for sheet pan dishes as well as baked goods.
Honey-mustard fingerling potatoes couldn't be easier to make. All you need is a bag of fingerling potatoes (a little over a pound). Cut the potatoes in half and place in a large mixing bowl. Chop up a small to medium size onion and place it in the bowl. Squeeze honey mustard dressing over the lot, and mix until well coated. Pour onto a sheet pan lined with Reynold's wrap or a baking mat and bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Delicious and super easy, the way I like it!

~Cie~


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Caregiving Techniques: Slide Sheet + Sly Speaks: Devalued Professions


SMART Slide Sheets, Patient Not Able to Assist

This series of videos from MedCo Technology is helpful for both professional and home caregivers. They offer techniques to minimize the likelihood of injury to the caregiver.
Most injuries in both institutional and home settings happen because the caregiver is rushed. Institutional settings, particularly long-term care facilities, are often understaffed. Many times at-home caregivers are without help and may be caring for other children if the handicapped loved one is a child, or for children as well as an aging parent.
Caregiving tends to be a profession/skill which is devalued. It is seen as something which uneducated people do, and tends to be seen as a “woman’s profession.” “Women’s professions” tend to be paid less well than so-called “men’s professions.”
Modern society will remain mired in misery until people in all walks of life and in the devalued helping professions and situations are seen as worthwhile, contributing members of society, which they, in fact, are.

~Sly Has Spoken~

 Image copyright juliahenze
Purchased from 123rf.com

Become a McCormick Taste Panelist

Hello, Delivered Ones!
If you enjoy cooking and taking surveys, you'll want to follow this link to become a McCormick Taste Panelist.
The online surveys generally take less than 15-20 minutes to complete, and there may be opportunities to participate in focus groups in your area. 
If asked who referred you, my name is Cara Hartley.
If there are any complaints to be reported, my name is Cindy Lou Who.
Participants in the online surveys are entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. There are five winners per survey.
McCormick is a trusted company which has been around for many years.
I am not an employee of McCormick and have received no compensation for this post.

~Cie~


Monday, November 5, 2018

Inbox Dollars

As you know, I recently rescinded my previous positive review of Quick Thoughts. Please do not join this program. It is a rip-off.
Instead, I would like to suggest that you join Inbox Dollars.
https://www.inboxdollars.com/r/1828389465/76
Inbox Dollars is one of the longest running paid surveys programs for a reason. They provide plenty of survey opportunities, and even if you don’t qualify for a survey, you qualify to spin the prize wheel. You are able to cash out at $30.
Give Inbox Dollars a try. It receives good ratings for a good reason.

Note: edited 12/14/2018 to correct my error re: reported cash-out amount