In the Spirit of #GivingTuesday

Did you know that Basenji dogs have genetic disorders that affect the kidneys and digestive system?

I do. Now.

My Nugget is a Basenji/Red Heeler mix. She is almost 2 years old, and she has digestive issues. And I just found out this morning that her bloodwork shows that her kidney function isn’t what it’s supposed to be, and that she will *most likely* develop Fanconi Syndrome, which can’t be cured, but dogs can live with it, if caught early and the correct protocols in place.

Right now, she’s off at doggy day care, playing her heart out. When she isn’t feeling well, you can tell, by the not eating, by the weight loss, but oh my god, this puppy is such a happy and friendly being, who puts a smile on the face of EVERYONE she comes in contact with.

It’s up to me (and the vets) to worry about this. And worry I will. I’m already having a time of it due to holiday stress, my meds not being right, my gut doing its thing, and oh, my needing to move to a new place ASAP, but right now, I can’t think about anything past this.

But the plan, for now, is to get her on a special diet for about a month, and re-check her blood to see where we go from there. “There” will be an internist in OKC. I’ll need $$ for the consultation, and $$$$ for the ultrasound they are going to do, to make sure other bad stuff isn’t happening.

I’m keeping *everything* crossed that the new diet will help quite a bit, but you know me, I don’t really do the whole “positive faith” thing. I’m more of a realist.


If you’re still here, still reading this, and you are the praying type, Nugget can use your prayers. Prayers, good vibes, healing white light, anything you’ve got. Maybe, if enough people can believe in the positive, it will outweigh the negative in me.

And also, since it’s Giving Tuesday , I’m hoping that you can help Nugget and myself out. There’s a lot more going on right now than I’m telling, but that takes a backseat to the health of my loyal companion. So while I’m trying to put out fires over that way, I’m asking for assistance to help with this new situation.

Firstly, if you’re the praying type, please do so. I find it hard to find faith in the Universe when it keeps kicking me.

If you are a healer, please send healing light to my Nug. She really is the best pup ever and deserves a full and fun life.

If you are neither, good vibes will help.

Also, if you’re looking for a way to participate in Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to the YouCaring fundraiser I’ve started to help with her vet bills. She’s going to need a very expensive ultrasound, not to mention the consultation, monthly blood work, etc, at least, initially.

I’m not going to ask for anyone I know to throw down $100 when I know most of them/you are in the same general boat as I am. But if you have $2 to throw in, $5, that would get us closer than where we are now.

To donate to Nugget’s fundraiser, go HERE. And if YOU can’t donate, perhaps pass this on to others who can.

Thank you.


Easy(ish) Money: A Quick Guide to Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and SendEarnings

Earning extra money for the holidays, savings, trips, groceries, etc. isn’t the easiest thing to do if you already have a full time job or two and no extra time or energy to go out and find someone else to hire your tired ass.

In the past few months I’ve made a couple hundred dollars doing extra stuff that doesn’t require a ton of time and energy. To be more precise, I’ve made enough money to buy a new smartphone, help pay off my car, and have a random ten bucks here and there if I need it.

How, you ask? By signing up for each and every survey-taking website I could get my grubby paws on.

Ok, not all of them, but a good chunk of them. I had to vet each website before signing up, and even after signing up for some of them. Some of them were just scams, some were just not useful. I’m still finding out that some of the ones I’m still signed up for are total crap.

But I’m not here to sling mud at those. I’m here to help you cut straight to the chase and hit the best sites. Oddly enough, there are some websites that are basically copies of one another (they have the same look, same setup, etc) and there are plenty of them where you will be offered the same survey.

The first three I want to talk about are very similar to one another. SwagbucksInboxDollars, and SendEarnings. These three are all very similar in style and in what you can do to earn money. InboxDollars and SendEarnings might as well be the same site: they have the same requirements, same look, pretty much the same everything. However, I’ve gotten my first payment from ID, whereas on SE I’m still working towards the basic goal.

(I was totally going to add screenshots of each site to this piece, but I’ve decided to scrap that idea since A) the SS are now lost in the ether of my work computer and B) this post has been languishing in my Drafts since late September. It’s just time to move on.)

Swagbucks is the best of these three, by far. It’s the most user-friendly, and the most entertaining. There are team events and plenty of videos to watch, offers to look through, games to play…In short, there are plenty of ways to make money off of this site. I think I’m almost at my 4th $25 pay out on SB, and it’s easy as anything. AND you can get paid via PayPal (which is EXTREMELY useful for these survey sites, so if you don’t have one, make sure you do. And while you’re at it, if you’re planning on signing up for a lot of survey sites or free samples, etc, make sure to set up a new email address that is specific to this project, otherwise your regular inbox will be flooded with nonsense daily and you might miss something).

Paid Emails: All 3 have these, but IB and SE have the bulk. You can click on the actual email for those two, or do it while on the site.

Offers(free and otherwise): I don’t do much of this–I’m abusing my inbox quite enough, but if you need a quote for car insurance or want a free trial of a music streaming service or something, you can make a little there.

Bonus Codes: With the Swagbucks app you will be notified that there’s a new code that can be found somewhere on the site or their social media. Type it in the code box and you get a few SB. It’s good if you’re social media-friendly with SB.

ID and SE have these codes, too, but you get extra spins for their consolation game or sweepstakes.

Referrals: Most of these sites have a reward for getting your friends to sign up, and you get a little extra when they make money.

Shopping, Grocery coupons: You can get $ when you shop online via their websites, and you can print off grocery coupons that you get credit for after you use them.

There are also games to play and videos to watch, but most of what I make is from taking surveys.

Don’t let the ads fool you. It’s rare that I get multi-dollar reward surveys. Mine are usually 25 – 50 cents. But then, my demo is usually all full up. You get better rewards if you act fast.

Real Talk: I would be greatly pleased should you choose to click on my referral links, but don’t join things willy nilly like I did. Some Offers on these sites give you $ for joining other panels, but just make sure to do your own bit of research to make sure the site is legit. Assume everything is out to get you and use the Google. Trust no one.

You can use all 3 of these sites on desktop,  but only ID and SB have smartphone apps, and Swagbucks has multiple apps you can use.

My Referral Link for Swagbucks

My Referral Link for InboxDollars

My Referral Link for SendEarnings

So that’s it. Go forth, get referred, give ME money, get YOU some money. Sign up, take a look around and see what kind of damage you can do. Let me know what you think. If you are a fan of any of these sites, or a non-fan, drop some knowledge in the comments.









Livin’ the LUSH Life

Y’all, I am exhausted. I have been so busy trying to make extra money and try new things to review  and signing up for all the sites in the land.

Like, seriously. You should see my inbox. I’m still trying to set up filters. I’m swimming in surveys and paid emails and offers.

But this blog post isn’t about all of that.

This one is about the goodies I’ve gotten from LUSH.

I was introduced to the lovely world of LUSH by a co-worker after I complained about my combination oily/dry/itchy/flaky face skin. “Try the Coalface Cleanser,” she said. “That’s good for just about anything.”*

(*I don’t remember the actual conversation, but that’s the jist.)


I looked at the site. Looked at the price. And walked away.

But then, she told me about the samples.

They are the nicest people in the land. If you order or go into their store, they pretty much will give you whatever they can slice or plop into one of their teeny little black sample cups.

So my co-worker says. I don’t leave my area very much, so I haven’t been to the “local” LUSH store. BUT I did get some samples when I put in an order recently.

I’ve been abusing my poor feet. Not taking proper care of them, injuring myself, standing on them all damn day. I decided they needed a treat. So I ordered myself

Twinkle Toessome  Twinkle Toes Dusting Powder.

Not even gonna lie, my feet sweat, and my shoes are funktastic. I’ve tried the Dr. Scholl’s sprays, the powders, but those are…well, not for me.

But this stuff? It GLITTERS. And smells nice. Rose and Geranium powder, the site says. Well, whatever it is, I like it. My feet LOVE it. Just a sprinkle in the shoes after I rid myself of them for the day, and a dusting on the soles before I start my day.

I’m twitching my toes right now. They do not feel gross. It’s really nice.

You know what else is really nice? This stuff:


Foot Soak And Fancy FreeFoot Soak and Fancy Free

My poor little feet were swollen one day, from the all-day standathon that is my job. So I went home one day, busted this guy into four pieces, and dropped one quarter in some warm water, and sat the hell down for half an hour.

This was amazing. My feet were soft, clean, not swollen, and more importantly, [temporarily] pain free. It was a little fizzy, a little girly…but it was definitely a “Calgon, take me away” kind of moment for me.

And those were just the two things that I bought and paid for. I also received four samples. One was a tiny sliver of the Coalface Cleanser that I’ve been using ever since. Dudes, that stuff lasts forever. And it got my face squeaky clean. It literally squeaked. And it’s evened me out a bit, as well. It’s fantastic. I’m eventually going to break down and buy and entire bar.

The second, which was gone in a flash, was the Beautiful shower gel. It was peachy and creamy, just like the description. Usually new shower gels that aren’t my St. Ives Oatmeal or my Dove Cucumber Melon dry out my skin and make me itch. This actually didn’t. It smelled awesome, too.

My cuticles are rough and sad and painful. Hangnails and whatnot. I’ve been trying to tame them, keep them soft and the opposite of sad and painful, but I haven’t found what I’m looking for. I used a combination of the apricot-scented Sally Hansen cuticle cream and the Lush Ultra Balm the other day.  I made my cuticles angry with that combination, I think. They were dry and ragged and red. I was so upset. Now, the Ultra Balm is kind of a universal tool. Use it to calm that ONE PIECE of hair that won’t stay down, or that one patch of dry skin that won’t stop itching. I haven’t used it for any of those things yet. I still have some left, so I will try it elsewhere, but definitely not on my cuticles.

However, I do believe I will use the Sympathy for the Skin to soothe those savage cuticles. This stuff smells like vanilla cream. There are other, more subtle scents, but the vanilla is what hits me first. I’m not a fan of the cloying, overly sweet vanilla scents, but this is a very straightforward kind of vanilla. It’s calmed down with a little banana and some lemon and sandalwood, so it isn’t just vanilla.

Next order, I’m getting some body butter and some Coalface. Not sure what else, but there’s plenty to choose from. And the folks working the LUSH phones are super nice and accommodating. They’ve got a customer for life.