Thanks for the $418 Swagbucks!

"Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Swagbucks,
Happy birthday to you!"
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Swagbucks, the site that lets you earn gift cards and PayPal, is turning 8 next week!  I've posted about this site before: here and here and here.  If you aren't already signed up, you really should be!
I totaled up what I earned in 2015 and it was $418!!  

Here's the breakdown:

  • Amazon-$153
  • PayPal-$125
  • Target-$100
  • Sephora-$25
  • Ebay-$15

Here's a screenshot of one of the PayPal credits and my Sephora gift card:
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 Another way you can earn Swagbucks is by shopping online.  You shop through their link to the stores you love.  Double Cash Back going on right now!

Swagbucks is free to join and free to use.  You simply earn points, called"swagbucks," for doing things like the daily poll, a web search, and so forth.  Redeem the points for gift cards. As you can see, my 2015 was a great year!  Who couldn't use an extra $418?

Since this week is their birthday, Swagbucks is doing a Birthday Bash on Thursday, February 25th.  This is a great time to join as they will have special promotions going on to help you earn even more swagbucks and get those gift cards faster!

Join for free: click here --and earn $$$ of your own!  

Take the Pure Sex Challenge!

Yesterday, I challenged everyone to take the Pure Sex Challenge. What is it? It's a 7 Day commitment you take between you and God where, for the next 7 days, you will do sex God’s Way.

For singles and married couples, the call is to complete sexual purity for the next 7 days. To be mindful about what we watch. What we read. What we linger on. What we look at. What we say. 

No porn. No sex outside of marriage. For the next 7 days. To honor God completely 100% with our bodies.

For married couples, there is another level. It’s not just about staying away from the evil stuff outside the guardrails. For too long, the church has emphasized what we’re against rather than what we’re for. God is for marriage. God is for intimacy. And God is for sexual intimacy in marriage. That is the goal. It isn’t just about staying away from the bad. It’s about pursuing the good.

So I want to challenge you married couples. For the next 7 days? Pursue intimacy at an elevated level in your marriage. Yes, even sexual intimacy. Have more sex. Come on men—Amen me! And ladies! Why? Because this is God’s way. It is His gift. He has given us this inside the guardrails to protect us from what’s outside the guardrails. 

Here are some Bible verses that might help you out and for you even to commit to memory when you find yourself struggling. 

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Proverbs 4:23-27 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Psalm 51:1-4, 10 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love (the Bible says Nothing can separate us from the love of God); according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Gifts for Senior Citizens

Have you ever wanted to get a gift for a senior citizen but not been sure what to get?

Me too.

I've been giving it a lot of thought over the last 6 months-ish. Here are some ideas I have so far. These encompass every price range.  If you think of anything else to add, please let me know in the comments!

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  1. Audiobook
  2. Gospel music CD or DVD (Statler Brothers, Gaither Brothers are both very popular)
  3. Small "Chicken Soup for the Soul" type book (Dollar Tree often has small versions)
  4. Traction socks
  5. Jar gripper/opener
  6. Tab opener for cans
  7. Car wash gift cards if the person still drives and has a car
  8. Fresh fruit delivery or fruit bouquet
  9. Pay for their newspaper subscription
  10. Keurig : perfect for making single-servings of coffee
  11. K-cups and/or K-cup organizer 
  12. Homemade meals frozen in individual serving sizes so they can "heat and eat" a good meal without having the prep or clean up work.
  13. Pay for all or some of the Cable TV subscription.
  14. Lawn service. Give them gift certificates for you to come do their lawn care or hire someone to do it.
  15. Flowering plant (Christmas cactus, Amaryllis, etc)
  16. Bed jackets for a woman, undershirts for a man
  17. House slippers
  18. Organizing pocket for walker or wheelchair 
  19. Bird feeder and bird seed
  20. Reminisce magazine subscription 
  21. Bed tray (this one is about $40 on Amazon) 
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  22. Digital photo frame (you preload with photos from past and present)
  23. ipod shuffle (you preload with Big Band songs or songs that they enjoy)
  24. Book of stamps. Many of the seniors I know enjoy sending cards and letters.  A book of stamps can help offset the cost plus it is something that will get used up and not clutter their home.
  25. Assorted greeting cards.  This goes along with #24. You can get boxes of cards for a variety of occasions.
  26. Gift cards: Pharmacy or Restaurants 
  27. Roomba vacuum cleaner--as long as you are sure they won't trip over it and fall.
  28. Lift chair (maybe something for everyone in the family to pitch in for)
  29. Magnifying card.  My grandpa had one like this and used it to help him read his mail. This particular one is $7 on Amazon.  
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  30. Restaurant gift card: if the person is still getting out and about a $5 or $10 gift card to Bob Evan's or Denny's could be very appreciated.
  31. Photo magnet: use a photo of yourself or the grandkids or an old photo of the gift recipient and their spouse. 
  32. Electric blanket
  33. Heating pad
  34. Electric chair pad (yes these last 3 are very similar. What can I say? I love warm, cozy things)
  35. Time. Go visit. Chat. Play a card game. Watch a Western movie. Sit on the porch. 
  36. Charitable donation: if your loved one had been a teacher, consider donating to a classroom project through Donor's Choose. Maybe your gift recipient was a farmer, you could donate to a local FFA chapter.  Is your family member someone who was always taking in stray pets? Take some supplies to your local shelter, snap photos, and let your relative know you did this in honor of them.
  37. Button/zipper hook 
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    This is around $8 on Amazon with free shipping. 
  38. Compression socks
  39. Pay someone local to shovel the walk and drive (or plow) every time it snows.
I hope this post helps you! Remember to Pin it to save for later!
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