Archive for the ‘Rewards’ Category

Literary Fright Fest: Best Books to Scare Up Your Halloween

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You know what movies to watch to scare up your Halloween. You know what haunted places to visit. How about going a little old school gothic and reading a book by the pale moonlight? Okay, it actually might be better to read on your Kindle or iPad, but you can still get plenty scared from words on a page. Back when Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley were crafting their horror epics, there was only the printed page to generate a scare. What could be more frightening then what you conjure in your mind’s eye? For the record, we’ll stipulate that your Halloween book fright-fest can start with anything by Stephen King. I recommend It, followed by The Shining, and wrapping up with Pet Semetery. Now for some more scares:

Scary Books

Looking for a good scare? Start here. Image Source: Flickr user John Robinson

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Written by Rick B.

October 30th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Treats Galore: A Brief History of Candy

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Halloween checklist: Carved pumpkin. Check. Orange lights for the porch. Check. Ghost to hang on the front door. Check. Candy. Most definitely check. As holidays go, Halloween runs a close second to Christmas in terms of spending. Not only will we drop around four billion dollars on costumes and decorations, but also we’ll spend upwards of two billion dollars on candy alone. That translates into around 90 million pounds of chocolate and 25% of the annual revenue for candy companies. All of this got me thinking: Just where did candy come from? A little digging and I’ve got the answers to share with your trick or treaters.

Candy Drawer

Best use of a drawer ever. Image Source: Flickr user Russell Bernice

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Written by Rick B.

October 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am

Monday Mobile Mission No Trick, Earning Cash With iPoll Is A Treat

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Time to get real. When we buy Halloween candy, we pick out the treats we really like. The secret hope is that no one shows up at your door on October 31st. Then you can proudly proclaim, “Well, I can’t let this candy go to waste.” Yes, I’ve been guilty of mini Reese’s Cups overload in the first week of November. Will I succumb to the temptation again this year? Nope. Who am I kidding? Yes, probably. I’ve already got two bags of the chocolate gold chilling in the fridge. I actually picked up my treats over the weekend and was treated to more iPoll Mobile Missions then I’ve ever had on a single day. iPoll was on fire!

 

Candy

Can you pick just one candy as your favorite? Image Source: Flickr user: Luke Jones

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 27th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Best Spots for Romantic Weekend Getaways

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One true test of a budding relationship comes with the first weekend trip. How you travel together could very well predict how you will live together and ultimately spend the rest of your life together. That’s a lot of pressure for a wine tasting or apple picking weekend. As one-half of a married couple, you don’t have that kind of pressure anymore. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a romantic getaway. In fact, we insist that you do! If you can pull a trip together and surprise your spouse, then you’re definitely going to earn a gold star. To get you started, here are some of the best romantic getaway destinations in the U.S.

Riverfront In Savannah

You're going to have to slow your roll in Savannah. Image Source: Flickr user: J Iannone

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 24th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

How to Keep the Spark In Your Marriage

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What do Frankenstein and your marriage have in common? (No mother-in-law jokes, please!). They both need a spark to stay alive. Frank got his from a bolt of lightning. As for your union, there are much safer ways to rekindle the passion and keep your heart’s light glowing. A marriage is the epitome of a working relationship. If you take it for granted, it will often wither away. Don’t let that happen to the person you declared was your true love. Want to put that spark back in your marriage? Here’s how:

 

Romantic Night

When was the last time you shared a sunset? Image Source: Flickr user: Emmanuel D.Photography

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Fun Ways to Renew Your Wedding Vows

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A wedding is a wonderful celebration of love shared by family and friends. It is also self-inflicted anxiety and stress of the highest order. There are many brides who have been planning their weddings since their first princess birthday party. Plenty of grooms have their opinions of the best way to get hitched. The hope is that those two plans can come together in a glorious celebration. Most weddings go off without any major problems, but there’s always something that didn’t go right. As part of a long lasting couple, renewing your wedding vows is a great shot at a “do over.” It’s also a wonderful way to profess your love in front of a whole new bunch of friends and family members. When you’re ready to say “I Do” again, you might consider these suggestions.

Vow Renewal

If you said, "I do" once and meant it, say it again and often! Image Source: flickr user: Paris On Ponce

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Priceless Relationship Advice from Long-Lasting Couples

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Anytime someone turns 100 years old, it’s cause for celebration. There will be a cake with a forest fire of candles, lots of photos and lots of memories to share. At some point, the centenarian will be asked, “What’s your advice for living so long?” That same question is posed to couples who have been together for the long haul. Advice from experience is truly priceless.

Owna and Snookie, 69 Years Together

The Global Glue Project has been collecting stories from couples at all points in their relationship to find out what it takes to stick together. The reigning champs for longevity are Owna and Snookie (no, not that Snookie). Owna’s secret to their longevity, “We never fought. It was a matter of me giving into him or him giving into me.”

Wedding Cake Topper

Remember your wedding day every day! Image Source: Flickr user: Rennett Stowe

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 21st, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Monday Mobile Mission: Team Up with Your Partner for More iPoll Rewards

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If you currently have a significant other in your life, then you’re essentially part of a team. You make joint decisions about what to eat, what to watch on TV and where to go in your spare time. You also share in a lot of the expenses of maintaining your home. For some, that means a joint banking account that will become the “household” account. Too often, as quickly as money goes into that household account, it goes out! That’s why it’s important to keep track of all your expenses. It will also help if you can bring in the occasional “bonus bucks.” That’s where iPoll will be a big help. If you and your partner are both working the Mobile Missions and iPoll surveys, then you double the opportunities to add to your rewards account. It will only take a couple of Mobile Missions to fund your next date night. That’s a pretty sweet deal for sharing your opinion.

Gas and Soda

Gas and soda to go. A perfect combo.

 

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October 20th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Planning a Spooktacular Party for Halloween

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This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which means it’s the perfect combination for a party: weekend plus holiday theme. If you’re going to throw a spooktackular bash this Halloween, the first thing to decide if it’s for the kids or the grown-ups. There can be some crossover elements, and you can have a party for both groups, but at the very least you probably want to keep those two groups separate as you plan, since enjoying this celebration is different for each of them. To that end, iPoll presents your guide to throwing an awesome monster mash.

Scary Treats

This is a Halloween party you can sink your teeth into. Image Source: Flickr user: Eli Christman

 
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Written by Rick B.

October 17th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

iPoll’s Throwback Thursday: Potluck and Progressive Dinner Parties

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Ever since the first hunter invited his neighboring cave dwellers over for some roasted mastodon, there have been dinner parties. Back then, after the meal was complete, everyone would gather around a cave wall to read some paintings. Good times. Jump ahead to the 50s and 60s and the art of the dinner party had been perfected. Because of the Great Depression and WWII, entertaining was not a priority. However, once things settled down, and folks got back to their routines, the concept of dinner parties gained in popularity. While it might be tradition for a single host to plan and execute the dinner party from soup to nuts, the potluck and progressive dinner parties also caught on during this time. Bottom line: we like to share our food with family and friends. Here’s how they did it back in the day:

Potluck Dinner

Every potluck dinner should look so good. Image Source: Flickr user: Alexander Baxevanis

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 16th, 2014 at 10:31 pm