Moving!

Hey all!!

I just wanted to post a quick update here to let you  know that I have officially moved the site to a self-hosted one 🙂 You will now see all of your updates, emails and posts from www.theoliveblogger.com .

What a process this has been…phew! I had no idea there was so much work and so little sleep involved in this virtual “move”. I hope you will continue to follow my journey and enjoy the posts and pages I have to share with you ❤

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest as well to have access to the other sites and bloggers that I share this adventure with!! You can access my profile here: Follow me on Pinterest

And remember, Everybody needs a little creativity in their lives ❤

 

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Using Apps to Make Money from your Shopping! (Yes REALLY)

I don’t know about you guys, but I use every option available to me to make money for the things I normally buy…Let me start off by saying that this post is NOT paid for by the companies, I just want to give you my own personal opinions about a couple of the apps and sites I use on a regular basis to earn cash for doing what I would have done regardless (i.e. groceries, gift shopping etc)!! Forgive me for the long post, but I PROMISE it is worth every word!

There are soooo many options out there that advertise “earn easy cash” or “make money fast” that have some funky loopholes to them…they may want you to spend $50 to earn $5, but the ones I am sharing are ones I have personally been using for some time now with great results and no funky terms. Let me just say quickly here that you also NEED to sign up for any points program your local grocery store has too!! The amount of free groceries we have earned from our weekly shops is insane…if they offer a program (i.e. PC Plus where I am) take advantage of it! We save our store points for our annual Christmas Party and on average get about $150-$200 worth of groceries from it!

The first one is CheckOut 51…pleassseee tell me you have heard of this one?! It’s a great app that allows you to upload your regular grocery receipts  and earn a set amount based on the items you have purchased (for example, this week my offer list includes Fruit Loops cereal…something I buy for my hubby anyway, and it’s going to give me $0.75!). You can “cash out” once you hit the $20 mark and the app will send you a cheque you can use towards those new shoes you’ve been eyeing up but your hubby thinks are a little pricey 😉 So far on this one I am at $51.75 and this is one I have been using for about a year now. If you have kids you will more than likely earn double what I have as they always have formula, cereals and snacks on there!

Along the same lines is ZWEET, another app where you upload your receipt and you earn set cash back based on the items you are buying. I really like this one, although it is much smaller scale than CheckOut51, as it has your basics on there (at least one item a week). By this I mean your milk, or any fruit or vegetable, which means you can almost guarantee that you will earn a little cash back with every grocery shop. Sometimes with CheckOut51 I find I go a week or two without matching any offers. As I said, this one is a little smaller in scale and I have earned $5.25 so far, with only being active for 5 months. You also “cash out” with this one when you have reached the $20 mark!

Another app/site that I LOVE is Ebates!! If you do online shopping at all (even if just for your Christmas shopping like me) than you NEED to be using this site! There are hundreds of partner sites (i.e. Amazon, Walmart, JoeFresh etc) and each time you go through your Ebates account to shop at the retailer you earn a percentage of your purchase back in cash…uh hello, why would you not do this? Plus, they give you $10 just for signing up! I use this mainly for my Christmas shopping as that is when I am most active with my online purchases and I have earned OVER$50 in a season! Do you know how awesome it feels to get money for the thing I was going to buy anyway? And most of the stores have promotions on (double percentage, free shipping etc) that make it more than worth it to shop online…besides the obvious reason of wanting to stay in my pjs with a hot tea on my couch rather than deal with crowds!

This next one is a site I go on (which I just discovered recently) where I can fill out surveys and earn small amounts of cash. I have always loved filling out surveys as I like my opinion to count for something, but I hated that sometimes I could spend upwards of 15 minutes and not see anything in return (some sites offer you coupons for products etc). This one, DailyRewards, literally pays you for each survey you do on the site. They range normally from about $0.50-$2.00/survey which makes it more than worth it to click through while watching your nightly news! Only being on this one for a few days now I have earned $9.95!!

I also love VarageSale, which is a virtual garage sale site where you can list items you have to sell in your area. This one requires a bit more work but is more than worth it if you have a spring clean coming up! It is also great for finding little treasures yourself, we actually bought a beautiful light for going up our staircase for $30 which was an original retail of $350! When we recently had our walk-in closet done I realized we had so much clothing that we didn’t wear or need anymore, and from that alone I was able to sell over $65 of “stuff”!! I also used it to clean out my basement in the fall, listing things from extra bowls to small appliances and even a stainless steel garbage can we no longer used and made over $150 to put towards my hubbies 30th birthday party!

So let’s add that up…this past year I have earned $116.95 for using the above apps, not including my store points which is an additional $150 (min)!!! Also, if you add in what I sold on VarageSale I made over $330! What are you waiting for?! Do you have any favourites that I missed here, let me know below!

 

 

 

Foodie Friday- Delicious Coconut Cream Pie!

Ohhh my word, THIS pie!!! I decided to make this for our family Easter dinner (both families…so I made it twice!) as I wanted to try something different than my usual chocolate desserts…and I really wanted to make it from scratch! I have made a coconut cream pie before using one of those boxed mixes for the filling, which was WAY too SWEET, and I knew that I wanted a pie with a creamy coconut filling that wasn’t artificial tasting.

So my friends, I present to you, the ultra dreamy and creamy Coconut Cream Pie!!! It was devoured by both our families (thank God as I really didn’t want any leftovers to fill my tummy!!) and was really quite simple to make. The most difficult part of this pie is not eating all the custard filling before it makes it into the pie shell 🙂

Enjoy ❤

Foodie Friday Easter Edition!

Happy Easter everybody! I hope you get to take some time to spend with your loved ones over the next couple of days and fill your tummies with delicious meals!

Today I am sharing with you a yummy dish you can prepare ahead of time to enjoy through the week, and by making simple adjustments you can get multiple meals from it! It all started with an excess of chicken thighs in the fridge and my hubby telling me he didn’t want the “usual” chicken dishes we make…oh boy! I accepted the challenge and by the time he got home that night I had a hearty, simple meal on the table (which was gobbled up quicker than clean-up)!

The nice thing about this dish is that you can change it up a bit if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, and can really customize it to your picky eaters. A nice Hearty Chicken and Dumplings (with my own little cheats for time) is exactly what you need to transition you from this cold winter weather to the freshness of Spring!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did (and by we, I not only mean me and my hubby but also my mom and a colleague who I shared the leftovers with…that’s how big this recipe is!). Nom Nom Nom!

Foodie Friday~ Creamy Carbonara

Oh here we go!! Spring in the air calls for a classic Pasta Carbonara…a yummy pasta dish with bacon, cheese, eggs, and peas (well in MY version anyway!). It is probably one of the easiest pasta dishes to make and it tastes like you spent hours making it! Sooo much flavour in only 15 minutes of time.

Many people may shy away from it because of the “raw” egg factor, but I promise you they cook once they hit the steaming pasta and hot bacon mixture! It is sure to be a yummy hit for your family this weekend, and like I said it only takes 15 minutes from START to FINISH (what could be better!).

With Spring comes BIG changes!

With the gorgeous temps today I feel inspired to share with ya’ll one of the projects going on in our household this past month! I don’t know about you, but warmer temps combined with glorious sunshine make me motivated to tackle the biggest projects in the house (typically ones that I have pushed under the rug for 5-6 months!).

Before the holidays my hubby and I had discussed the idea of “gifts” and what we wanted to do (we ALWAYS set a budget…I guess that comes from working in the financial industry for me). And this year we both decided that we didn’t want to “waste” our hard earned money on things we would just put into a drawer and pull out in 5 years when we do a garage sale…so what did we decide to do? A “custom-built” walk-in closet! Ooo, this was something I had wanted for years, and knew it wouldn’t be too difficult to convince my hubby (I may have used the “If we get the closet done just think of how much more space YOU will have, my stuff will be soooo organized it’ll leave tons of room for you!“). It isn’t that far of a stretch…I SWEAR he does have more room now…I just still have MORE 🙂

Anyways, check out the pic below for a sneak peek at before… YIKES! Please don’t judge me…I swear to you I am organized in other areas of my life…just not in there…ha! I will be doing the final post/page in another week or two, I am just getting the final touches (i.e. nicer bins for storage, shoe bins, tie holders etc)…if you’re gonna do it you may as well do it RIGHT the first time!

 

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Foodie Friday- Classic Oatmeal Cookie with a Twist

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I am, I am!! I have been sick all week with my “yearly” cold/flu and it’s a bad one! So bad in fact that I have missed two days of work and am really not looking forward to going back tomorrow seeing as how I still feel like a zombie! But, enough about sickness and more about this COOKIE!

You likely have everything you need to make this one right now…how perfect for the cold weekend ahead! You can bake em up tonight and enjoy them over the next two days with your morning cup of tea. I usually make these cookies with chocolate chips but this time I had some nice dried cranberries left from my Christmas baking so I thought I’d throw those in instead…you can really add in whatever suits your taste or occasion (try hard shell chocolate eggs for Easter)!!

So go get your sifters ready and prepare yourself this delicious Oatmeal Cookie NOW!

Evey body needs a little creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy

Foodie Friday- Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

*A day early…YIPPIE!!!*

 

Hey ya’ll!! I am so sorry I was unable to post last week (or even give an update)! We were in the process of having our services switched over and were without our WiFi for a couple of days. On a positive note, we are saving soooo much money a month from this one little switch…*hint* it includes an Android box!!

Ok, enough with the boring stuff (maybe I’ll post up about it in a couple of weeks), but for today we will be making my Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry…Mmm Mmm! I whipped this one up using things I had in the pantry already, mixing the sweet and spicy to create a dish that both me and my hubby loved! Thankfully when I make meals I always make more than I know we will eat in one sitting, it lets us devour the dishes we LOVE, and saves some for lunches the next day! Win win!

So click away friends, be inspired and remember, you can switch out the meat and veggies for ones you have on hand at home…be creative! After all, everybody needs a little creativity in their lives ❤

Foodie Friday -Hearty Sausage and Kale Soup

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been in such a soup kind of mood lately! With it being the middle of winter, the cold grey days are starting to get to us. There is nothing like coming home to a quick soup that tastes like it has been simmering for hours.

This Hearty Sausage and Kale soup was created accidentally a few weeks ago when I realized I had taken nothing out for dinner but still wanted something loaded with flavour. Luckily for us we always seem to have at least one bunch of kale in our crisper, and since we make our own sausage, we always have some links in the freezer! So I grabbed some of the sausage, defrosted in super quick, and got to work on this yummy, flavour packed soup!

Enjoy ❤

 

Party Time!

With it being such a gloomy day today, I thought I would reach back in my vault of crafts a little bit and share with ya’ll how to make a fabulous Birthday Number out of paint chips!

This was a task I had taken on for my nieces 2nd birthday back in October, telling my sister in law I wanted to make a special number for her cake and goodie table. The theme was Bubble Guppies so I went with nice hues of blue for the ocean effect…I think it turned out GREAT! And do you want to know the best part? You only need to buy one thing…yup ONE! Take a look at the page and get started on your very own number (or word, or design…) for your next event!

Everybody needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy!