The ‘Ahhhhs’ and ‘Oooos’ of Fireworks

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade . . . bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.” That’s how John Adams though we should celebrate our country’s independence from Britain. Of course, he was referring to July 3rd, and not the 4th.the Declaration of Independence was ratified. They didn’t get around to signing it until the next day, which became the official holiday. As for those “illuminations,” Adams was referring to fireworks–and they’ve been tied to the 4th of July ever since. The question then becomes, “Where did fireworks come from in the first place?” I’m glad you asked. For that answer, we’ll have to step back and travel to the 7th century, China.


Fireworks display

The best view of fireworks is any view of fireworks! Image Source: flickr user: Scott Cresswell

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Written by Rick B.

June 30th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Get On-Target To Earn Online Survey Cash

When opportunity knocks, do you throw open the door and embrace it, or cower in the corner hoping it will go away? One thing’s for sure, there are plenty of inspiring “opportunity knocks” quotes that are worthy of hanging on your cubicle or refrigerator. For instance, “Opportunity seldom knocks twice.” Or, “Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.” Or, my personal favorite, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” When it comes to iPoll survey opportunities, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that you have a lot of opportunities to earn online survey cash with iPoll. The bad news is that not all of those opportunities are the same. One thing is for sure: the more survey profiles you complete on the iPoll website, the greater the chances you have of being targeted for a lucrative Mobile Mission. I discovered that last week when I was targeted to go to Target for some serious online survey cash opportunities.


Inside Target

Could this be the destination for your next Mobile Mission? Image Source: flickr user: Partick Hoesly

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Written by Rick B.

June 29th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Amazing Kitchen Remodeling Trends

We’ve been talking about gadgets all week. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the big picture:  Your entire kitchen. How long have you been cooking in the same space? Are you a bit bored by your surroundings? Have you had enough of the same old cabinets? Well, perhaps you’re in the mood for a kitchen remodel. Giving your kitchen a makeover might be a bit disruptive, but it can certainly add value to your home. Before you find the perfect contractor, you need to get inspired. That’s what we’re here for. Presenting some amazing kitchen remodeling trends that can transform the way you do cooking.

Remodeled Kitchen

Now this is a kitchen I can work with. Image Source: flickr user: Sherwood CC

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Written by Rick B.

June 29th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Your Guide For Buying Your New Refrigerator

Here’s a fun game to play: Count how many times you go to your refrigerator in a typical day. Is it ten times? Twenty? Do you know what you want every time you open that door, or are you more of a grazer, hoping to be inspired by something for your next snack? No matter how you slice it, our refrigerators are the most used appliance in our home. You can go for a day or two without cooking or doing laundry, but that icebox is always running. That also means it won’t last forever. Sadly, like our cars, sooner or later that fridge is going to grind to a halt. Is there anything sadder than reaching for your pint of Ben & Jerry’s only to discover it has become ice cream soup? We’ve talked about how to haggle for big ticket items in the past. Now we want to get you ready to make the perfect pick for buying your new refrigerator.


Crowded Fridge

This looks like a fridge that can use a few more cubic feet. Image Source: flickr user: Philip Brewer

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Written by Rick B.

June 25th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets, Round Two

The Cake-sicle Pan, the Curly Fry Cutter and the Strawberry Huller. Those were some of the “must have kitchen gadgets” that were previously reported on in this blog. Hopefully, your kitchen is already stocked with the working essentials, such as a few good blades, durable pots and pans, plus plenty of spices. As for the rest of these suggested kitchen gadgets, could you get by without having them in your home? Probably. Would your kitchen be as fun? Probably not. Now is your chance to stock up on kitchen gadgets that you never knew you needed until you had them.

Fresh Pineapple

You'll never eat pineapple the same way again thanks to the corer. Image Source: flickr user: midiman

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Written by Rick B.

June 24th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

American vs. British Home Gadgets: Who Has Cooler Stuff?

As we approach our annual Independence Day celebration, it seems fitting to take a gander across the pond at the nation who we broke from for that independence. Had it not been for General George Washington’s leadership and a big assist from the French, we might all be eating crisps and taking a lift to the loo. England is a fantastic place to visit, and it’s chock full of history. History, and gadgets. You might come back from London and rethink your entire home as a result, or you could determine that there is indeed no place like home. Either way, it’s interesting to see: when it comes to home gadgets, who has cooler stuff?


Washing machine in the kitchen. What a novel idea! Image Source: flickr user: kate hiscock

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Written by Rick B.

June 23rd, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Use Your Smartphone To Earn Extra Cash

Show of hands: Who remembers when cell phones could only make phone calls? Yes, there was actually a time when we thought a portable telephone was all we needed in life. We could call anyone from anywhere (provided there was a signal, and we had taken the time to enter their contact info via T9). This changed how people kept in contact with each other, and practically put pay phones out of business. Yes, we all needed a mobile phone. What could be better than that? Well, how about a mobile phone that lets you send text messages or give you directions or takes photos or allows you to surf the web? Welcome to the age of Smartphones–where our cells have become our personal assistants.



What has your Smartphone done for you lately? Image source: flickr user: Maurizio Pesce

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Written by Rick B.

June 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Madvertisements

There is no such thing as free television. Since its inception, we’ve been paying for all that great entertainment by sacrificing some of our lives to watch commercials. Back in the day before DVRs, you had to actually sit through the commercials. You were trapped. How did we ever live like that? Today, you can zap through if you’ve recorded a program, but there really is no escape other than that. You can still be driven crazy in 30 seconds. For our recent iPoll Quiz, we asked what commercials drove you nuts? All you had to do was upload a little video detailing the advertisement that made you think of fingernails on a chalkboard, and you stood to win some serious iPoll cash. In fact, the top five picks were each given $50. Not bad for just sharing your opinion. Here’s how it all went down:



Wonder if the cat will stick around for the commercials. Image Source: flickr user: rochelle hartman

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Written by Rick B.

June 19th, 2015 at 6:19 pm

iPoll Roundup: Best Travel Websites

Since it is the start of summer, we’ve been talking a lot of about vacations. Whether you want to go camping or fly off to Europe, iPoll has you covered. These days, any vacation planning begins with a trip to the Internet. Travel websites like Trivago, Priceline, and Expedia might pop up in your mind first, because of all their aggressive marketing. However, they aren’t the only game in town when it comes to helping you plan your dream vacation. Before booking, take a look at these other sites:



A picture like this tells me I need a vacation! Image Source: Flickr user: Tomash Devenishek

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Written by Rick B.

June 18th, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Get The Most Out Of Your Cruise Ship Vacation

A battle is looming over the horizon, and it has to do with a cruise ship. See, I want to take a cruise, but the wife isn’t sold on the idea. She embraces all the cruise horror stories, while I embrace the all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, we’ve got our little one warming up in the wings, who I know will be on my side, if I throw in a little mouse action. I’d be happy to go on a Disney Cruise, if it’s my only shot at a chocolate fountain and make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae bar. Thankfully, by the time we’ve finally agreed to go cruising, we’ll be well armed with these fantastic tips on how to get the most out of a cruise ship vacation.


Cruise Vacation

Will a cruise ship be your next vacation? Image Source: flickr user: davitydave

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Written by Rick B.

June 17th, 2015 at 9:57 pm