Before I dive into this post I want to start off by saying this is NOT sponsored, everything mentioned here is from my own experience. So far I’ve made quite a bit of money just from shopping online (which I do anyways!), and I wanted to share it with others.
I signed up for Ebates back in 2011, but I hardly used it. Over the last few months I’ve been using it non stop! I installed their extension for Google Chrome, so anytime I’m shopping online it reminds me to activate it to earn cash back. This was a huge issue for me and why I never used it, I always forgot about it, but since I’ve been so active with using it, I’m up $41.65 lifetime cash back! Since this was only something I had been doing recently I’ll get all of that sent to my PayPal account this month, and they send out payments every couple of months and even if you’re only spending $20 or so it quickly can add up.
Since I am huge into planning and buying things at places like eBay, Amazon, and Etsy, earning money for doing what I’m already doing (spending money) is wonderful! It’s seriously amazing. You can even install an app on your phone, which I’ve used here and there as well.
I’m excited to see how much I can earn for the entire year! After the year is up, I will definitely make another post sharing how much I’ve earned. This website has seriously been my go-to for a while when it comes to online shopping, and I hope it becomes yours too!
If you haven’t already heard, today Starbucks released a new drink called the Unicorn Frappuccino. The drink is available from April 19th to April 23rd.On their website it’s described as “magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.” Saying this drink is magical is a huge understatement.
The base of the drink is a fruity mango blend that is SO good, and is swirled with a sour blue magical drizzle. You get a very nice mix of sweet and sour. If you’re not a huge fan of sour, you may not be a big fan of this drink but I promise you the sour drizzle isn’t super over powering. Seriously, I can’t recommend this drink enough.
I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this drink actually was. There’s enough sour drizzle in it that you get the taste of it, but it doesn’t overpower the mango blended into the drink (I actually would have loved more of the drizzle, but I also really enjoy sour things). I think my only real complaint is the whipped topping.
Although the whipped topping with the sour dusting is delicious, I found it didn’t really match the overall flavors of the drink. The whipped cream tasted a bit weird when mixed with the blue sour drizzle, but just for the looks I’d probably still order the drink again with the topping. If you plan on going non-dairy with this drink, you won’t miss too much without the whipped cream (besides the pretty dusting).
Overall I really enjoyed the drink, and my only regret is not getting a bigger size than grande! Depending on where you live and the size you get, the drink is about $5 (mine was around $5.60 for grande) and it’s oh so worth it! I’m only saddened that this drink is only out for a limited time, but I do hope Starbucks brings it back in the future because I totally believe! If you’ve tried the drink, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comment section.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a weird (or awesome?) obsession with stationary and all things office supplies. You’d think because of this I’d work in a office, but I don’t (which I am fine with). I’m constantly buying new notebooks, journals, sticky notes, pens, and more. I love it, and I can never have enough. So I thought I’d show some of my recent purchases that I am loving!
First up is a set of 3 journals I picked up at Target. They were on clearance for $8 for the whole set, and I couldn’t resist. They read: Be silly, be honest, be kind. Write without fear, edit without mercy. Think less, do more. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll write in them, but I thought they’d come in handy … if anything, the covers are nice!
Next is some diamond pens! I picked these up on eBay for $1.64 each, and they were so well worth the shipping (ship overseas) and the price. They’re not only super cute, but they actually write pretty well. You can pretty much find them anywhere online.
Probably my favorite recent stationary purchase is a set of 4 planet sticky notes. They are even more gorgeous in person! I love to use sticky notes to jot down random things I want to remember, and what better to write on than the moon? I picked these up from Wish for $5 with shipping.
Here’s a close up of the moon, one of my favorites in the set!
Overall I am very happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to buy more haha.
“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.” – Rory Gilmore
Recently I heard about the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge which apparently has been a thing for years and I’ve been living under a rock. Gilmore Girls is coming back to Netflix this month, and I thought a good way to pay respects to it would be to try to read every book Rory mentions in the show. I’ve also really been wanting to start getting into reading again, because it’s been far too long and I thought this challenge would be a good way to do it.
I have no real set end date for this challenge, I just want to read as many books on this list as I can. As I complete the book it’ll have a strike-through and a date, books I have already read before are already marked through (but I may reread some of them). If you want to participate in this challenge as well, please let me know.
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett