Saturday, August 19, 2017

How to get started Reviewing Products for free online

A big question I get asked often is, "How do I get free stuff to review?" I started doing product reviews a little over 10 years ago. I was pregnant with my first and my hubby was deployed so i had a lot of free time and it helped pass the time while I waited for my hubby to get online! Now with Instagram and social media so popular people post their freebies and product reviews all over the place and it is amazing what people get. The thing to remember is that it takes time to build up social media following as well as a reliable reviewer status with companies.
1. Best advice is to sign up with reputable companies. Be careful as now there are many scams and fake review sites. Make sure the websites you sign up for how a verified following and check social media for reviews and comments.
2. Also start small. Take the campaigns that may not be fun and glamorous. It helps companies a lot when you do campaigns successfully and they will keep track of your review status and the more you do the more that will get offered.
3.Always make sure to complete tasks. A few companies will let you slide if you miss a couple activities but many will also drop you or stop offering campaigns if you do complete all the requirements of the campaigns.
I have a page dedicated to companies I have worked with to do product reviews here. Also I would like to highlight some of the best companies I have worked with to do reviews with. I posted the best and easiest companies to get started with as well as a get started guide for each company.

Pinch Me 
Pinchme is very easy to get started with. Simply sign up and verify your phone number. They will then ask you to fill out your profile. They use your profile data to compile samples that will be relevant to you. You have to confirm selection of samples which are generally released on Tuesdays at noon. After you receive your samples ou must complete a short review and questionnaire. You must complete in time to continue to receive samples and stay in good standing. I have also received full products from time to time with Pinchme so always check your email for special surveys.

Smiley360 is a product reviewing and social sharing website. Anyone can sign up with them. After signing up make sure to connect social  media accounts and complete your profile to 100%. Your first mission is a social sharing mission. This is a beginning mission where you learn to utilize the sharing functions and get you ready to start missions. Complete this mission promptly as it will show smiley360 our serious and they will start to offer you product review missions. Check your dashboard regularly since they will send a survey first to see if you quality for an offered mission. When you get approved for a mission make sure to complete the mission to earn enough points for your mission badge. This will keep your account in good standing. 

Bzz Agent 
BzzAgent is another product reviewing and social sharing website. This is similar to smiley360. Anyone can sign up and you complete a profile and link social media accounts. With BzzAgent it is best to check your dashboard often as they will put surveys up which they use to match people to campaigns. Always make sure to complete the surveys on your dashboard. When you get accepted to a campaign you must complete the campaign tasks. The more tasks you complete with quality content the higher your BzzScore will be which will increase your chances of campaigns. Also at the end of the campaigns you will has a final survey and make sure you complete it as it is part of the campaign requirements.

Influenster is a great community based product review website. Anyone can sign up. Once signed up make sure to connect all your social media accounts. Influenster will send you surveys which will see if your a match for their campaign. If selected they will send you a voxbox. This is a box filled with goodies for your campaign. 
Click here for an example of a voxbox I have received from influenster. 
Make sure when you get your voxbox you check it in and do all the requirments to earn your badge for that campaign. Also it is imperative you complete the final survey emailed to you after the campaign is complete. This will keep you in good standing so you can continue to receive voxboxes.

The websites above are the best to get your foot in the door and try out and see if you enjoy doing product reviews also follow my survey & product testing website list and my blog to keep up to date with the best product review opportunities. Also feel free to leave other companies that you have worked with in the comments to help others learn about them. Also if you have any questions feel free to use the contact me link and I will get back to you.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

New cash back grocery savings phone app Fetch Rewards

I utilize quite a few phone apps that you earn cash back when you grocery shop. We are a family of seven so every little bit of savings adds up at the grocery store in this house. I recently started using a new phone app called  Fetch Rewards This is a new cash back app where you earn points on purchases that you can redeem for a MasterCard virtual code or other gift cards. I usally redeem for amazon or itunes gift codes since I can always use those. Rewards redemptions start as low as 3000 points which is a $3 reward.
 If you use my referral code: M5AJC  you will get 1500 points when you sign up which is half way to your first reward. I have cashed out a couple times already and very pleased with the app so far. The gift card redemption codes arrive right away so there is no wait for our reward. I like this app because they have many brands of products you can earn rewards for.

My other go to  grocery store money saving phone apps:
App: Ibotta
App: Berrycart
App: Savingstar
App: Shopkick
App:Walmart Savings Catcher

Be sure to check out Phone apps that will earn you money.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Head to the TOPCASHBACK website and sign in or sign up for an account. Then click here after you are signed up/in(make sure you are logged in. Order your free colored pencils from walmart and use in store pick up. Read all terms of the offer on the TOPCASHBACK page under Terms & Conditions and other useful information to make sure you do it correctly to get your cash back!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The top five morning wake up tips to have the best day ever.

Your day mood can easily be set within the first hour of waking up. You want to make sure you start your morning off right so you can be set up for a day of success and good vibes. Having a routine is a crucial way to start your day off right. With digital technology many people no longer have a productive morning routine. Often times our phones are in reach and when we wake up it is the first thing we grab! Try to cut that habit out and try these 5 simple tips to start your day off right.

Tip 1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you would usually set your alarm. No not 30 minutes before you leave! If you wake up at 7:30 to get ready for the day start waking up at 7:00 instead. The first week might be not fun but you will get accustomed to the new wake up and those extra 30  minutes will be worth it. This way if something comes up unplanned now you have extra time so you will not have to get stressed. This will also help with the next tips as well.

Tip 2. Drink warm water with half a slice of squeezed fresh lemon. This will help re hydrate your body after sleeping all night and is the best way to start your day. The lemon will help with detoxifying after your body fasting all night. If your not a lemon fan plain water is still great.

Tip 3. Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic technique. This was all over my pintrest board for the longest time.I finally tried t out and I am hooked. This is a great way to keep up with dental health. The oil pulls all the germs out from your teeth and gums. It also helps keep your teeth white and removes bad breath. I use Spectrum organic virgin coconut oil. I take a spoonful and when you put it n your mouth it turns into liquid. Then  you swish it around just like mouth wash for 10-20 minutes or less if your rushed. Make sure to spit it out not in your sink since the oil can clog it over time. After your done and spit it out rinse your mouth with water, Your mouth really will feel sparkling clean. Here is a link to what I use:

Tip 4. Always make your bed. I know I can fall into the routine of hey its not that important, I will just mess it up later. When your bed is make it presents an organized look that will help keep your mind organized and will prevent you from wanting to get back in and sleep a few minutes longer or can even do this while you are oil pulling.

Tip 5. Be Mindful. Since you got up 30 minutes earlier and have extra time use this for a mindfulness activity. This can include  yoga,guided mediation,silent meditation,breath counts,praying, journal or even just writing or thinking of three things your grateful for.

With these five very simple tips to jump start your day you will be set up for success. Try them all or try one  and see how much it impacts your day. Feel free to share any tips you have as well.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 2017 Birchbox Beauty Subscription Box Review

Box: Birchbox
Price: $10 monthly or $110 yearly
Category: Beauty Skincare Hair 
Cancellation Policy: If on a month to month subscription you can easily cancel via online account with a single click. If you are on a year long subscription you will need to email,call or online chat to cancel your subscription.

When I posted about the promo for Birchbox which included a $10 credit to the Birchbox shop when you sign up for a monthly subscription I decided to take advantage since I needed to order some more Benefit gimme brow anyways. ☺ Make sure to follow the blog to stay tuned for other hot promo codes like these when they are released. Birchbox sends 5 beauty, skin, or hair care samples monthly. Samples often vary for user. You also can choose one sample or a curated box too!
I love the actual boxes Birchbox comes in. This month was cute and reminding me of a southwest vibe. I got a mix of beauty,skin care and hair this month which I love the variety.
My goodies this month:
1. Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Gel Eye Makeup Remover- love the Marcelle brand thanks to many products tried through Birchbox. I wear mascara daily so this is a practical item for me. The gel is interesting but I like it and it is different than the usual liquid I normally use.

2.Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream- Huge Peter Thomas Roth fan and hyaluronic acid is a very hot skincare ingredient right now. It is supposed to be the best way to provide moisture to your skin and this cream did not disappoint.

3.Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum- I love blush and is also a make up item I wear almost daily. The serum is interesting texture for blush but it stayed on my face batter than powder blush so I am pleased.

4.Fave4 Up for Air Air Dry Cream- new brand for me which is why I love Birchbox. Discovering new brands without full sized commitment is the best. During the summer m hair is frizzy often and this helps control frizz.

5.Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray- My hair is very straight and it is impossible for me to get waves no matter how hard I try. I used this but no success on waves. Please if you have any advice on how to achieve waves with pin straight hair leave a comment!

Overall I loved my Birchbox this month and I am going to stay subscribed to get next month too! I missed my Birchbox and stopped because of product overload but going to treat myself for a couple more boxes.

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