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Don’t Forget Dad this Christmas: A Holiday Gift Guide for Fathers

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Let’s give it up for the dads! Around Christmas time, dads are really the unsung heroes. They are the ones hanging the lights outside, often in the bitter cold. They are the ones keeping the fireplace stoked. They are the ones picking out the tree and making sure it fits in the corner. Come Christmas Eve, you’ll find plenty of dads working into the wee small hours as they attempt to assemble and build all manner of toys. That’s why you need to reward dad with a special gift. Yes, the standard array of slippers, ties, and bathrobes are good stocking stuffers, but this Christmas, let’s go the extra mile for Pops. We’ve covered Mom, and now you can take care of Dad with these cool gift ideas.

Ready For The Holidays

This is a house with a dad who loves Christmas! Image Source: Flickr user Peretz Partensky

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Written by Rick B.

December 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 pm

A Helpful Holiday Gift Guide for the Mothers in Your Life

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There will come a time in every child’s life when they will agonize over what to get their mom for Christmas. Usually, that anxiety is matched by age. In other words, the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to find the perfect gift for the woman who made life possible. True story: I can recall one Christmas when I was a young lad and feeling the pangs of picking the perfect gift. I spent hours at the local gift shop trying to decide between a gold necklace or an angel figurine. I can’t remember what I settled on. That’s because my brother took an old watch and put in a Mason jar. He told my mom it was “Time in a bottle.” Guess who won Christmas that year? We can certainly help you make the season bright and merry for mom with these holiday gift suggestions.

Gifts Under The Tree

This is a fully loaded Christmas tree. Image Source: Flickr user Mike Fleming

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Written by Rick B.

December 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Your Guide to Camping in Line for Black Friday Shopping

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Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling that you’ve missed out on something? Perhaps you’ve felt this way when everyone in the office is talking about who killed Sam on How To Get Away With Murder. Or you might experience this feeling if you miss out on a great Black Friday shopping deal. To ensure you’ll be first in line for those deals, you need to camp out. There are many die-hard shoppers who are already camping out at Best Buy. For these few, Black Friday is the Super Bowl of shopping. If you’re willing to brave the elements to score a super deal, then we’re here to help with some invaluable tips for camping out in line.

Lining Up For Black Friday

If you want the bargains, you've got to spend time in the line. Image Source: Flickr user djlicious

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Written by Rick B.

November 27th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Survey Says: What’s the Worst Thing You’ve Ever Eaten?

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The closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more likely it is that we’ll start salivating (in a good way) in anticipation of our favorite meal of the year. Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t automatically mean the meal will be perfect. Full disclosure: The first Thanksgiving turkey I prepared still had the plastic bag of giblets inside. Needless to say, it did not make for an appetizing bird. The lesson was learned and never repeated again. That’s the thing about having a bad meal-  you rarely go back for seconds.

There are some foods that, even when cooked properly, are still not appealing for many. Put liver and onions down for me in that category. Then there are the meals that were ruined by things far beyond the imagination. Recently, the iPoll quizmasters asked a simple question: “What was the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?” Over 3,000 iPollers responded. In honor of the perfect meal you’ll have on Thanksgiving, we present some of the highlights of the worst meals ever. “WARNING: Do NOT continue reading if you’re eating or have a sensitive stomach!”

Ready to Cook Octopus

Octopus: it's what for dinner. NOT! Image Source: Flickr user David Pursehouse

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Written by Rick B.

November 25th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Dealing with Clutter? Five Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Life

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Time to get real. Show of hands, how many iPollers consider themselves to be a hoarder? Come on now… you know you’re out there. I must admit that if you were to open my garage door, you would decry, “Hoarder!” for sure. The difference is that I intend to get rid of most of that stuff. I just need the time. If you also have the willingness to declutter, but just don’t have the time, then it could be life organizational issue. Translation: you need to get organized. A day off from work is a perfect time to launch some new organization strategies. Thankfully, they don’t have to be complicated. In fact, I’ve organized it into five easy-to-follow tips. See what I did there? I organized! You can thank me later.

Unique To Do List

A "to do" list is good. "To do" list tattoo? Overkill. Image Source: Flickr user Rob and Stephanie Levy

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Written by Rick B.

November 21st, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Using Your Day Off to Get the Home Ready for Winter

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A day off from work can be a very welcome break in the week. Even though you’re supposed to take it easy on your day off, it is usually quickly filled with chores, errands and tasks that must be completed. Some may call this the “honey do” list as in “Honey, can you do this?” or “Honey, can you do that?” As a proud practitioner of the “honey do” list, I can attest that it is much better to surrender to the list than to challenge it. Besides, the quicker you knock off those tasks, the quicker you can get back to your TV series binge-watching. In an effort to help you on your next day off, iPoll presents a handy checklist of all the things you should do to get ready for winter.

Roaring Fire

This is the place to be on a cold winter's night. Image Source: Flickr user Robbie Sproule

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Written by Rick B.

November 20th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

The Best Shows to Binge-Watch On Your Day Off

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Thanks to video on demand, taking a day off of work is a lot more fun. A long time ago when every house had a VCR (a what?), you actually had to leave your home, drive to a Blockbuster (a what?), and rent a video (a what?). That is so two decades ago, my friends. Today, nearly every cable and satellite provider offers some form of video on demand. With this service, you can order up a movie or watch an episode of a recent TV show you might have missed. But wait, there’s more! Steaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon let you bring up entire seasons of past shows to view on your TV, tablet, or computer. Most modern Blu-Ray players have portals for Internet connection, or you can plug in a Roku or Google Chrome to access those streams. Now that you know all this, you’re ready to binge-watch TV on your day off.

Binge-watching covers two basic categories: Things you’ve already seen or things you’ve been eager to see. The best approach to binge-watching is to clear the deck of everything else. Return important phone calls. Pay your bills. Make sure the pets are fed. When all of that is done, then you can settle into some serious binge-watching without the guilt. By the way, make sure you’ve got plenty of snack supplies and take-out restaurants on speed dial. This is going to be a long day.

You might not be able to complete a full season of 24 on your day off because you would need 24 hours. However, there are plenty of series with 13-episode seasons that would be perfect for binge-watching. Here are some recommendations, in no particular order, but you must watch them!

Video Streaming

Let the binge watching commence! Image Source: Flickr user moneyblognewz

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Written by Rick B.

November 19th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: Technically, Every Day Is a Good Day for iPoll Rewards

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Are you counting down the days until your next holiday? Technically, you could ask that question on any day of the year. No matter how much you love your job, you probably love having a day off even more. After all, aren’t we all working for the day when we don’t have to work anymore? Clearly, it is important to make as much money as possible to help with your eventual retirement. Here’s the truth about iPoll: You’re not going to be able to retire on the money you make with our online surveys. Sorry. However (and it’s a big “however”), you can certainly make enough to supplement some weekly spending or gift buying. Every bit of extra cash helps, right? That’s why you need to approach iPoll Mobile Missions like a side job and this is one job for which you don’t want to take time off.

Potato Chips

Any potato chip is a good chip - even a sweet chip. Image Source: Flickr user Kristen Taylor

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Written by Rick B.

November 17th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Get Your Crunch On: New Snacks Coming Your Way

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Want to try something new to snack on? First, you may have to answer a survey. Next to television networks, food companies use the most market research resources. Nothing hits the grocery store shelf unless it has been thoroughly vetted through market research. For every new snack item there will be surveys about packaging and names, focus group taste testing, and availability in limited markets. If the snack passes through these tests, you might see it showing up at your local grocery store. By now, you’ve probably taken a few of these food surveys from iPoll. I have taken the opportunity to share my opinions on new chips, yogurt, energy drinks, salty snacks, and pizza. Best of all, I earned some serious rewards for all those surveys. That is why it is so important to participate in surveys when it comes knocking. We can thank market research for the following new snacks headed our way.

Oreo Limited Edition

When you see "limited edition Oreo" grab it before it's gone! Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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November 13th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

TV by the Numbers: How They Measure What We Watch

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As you glance through your TV Guide to decide what needs to be watched, recorded or ignored, you can thank the Nielsen ratings company for your choices. Forget what the networks put on the air; they are only following what the Nielsen ratings tell them. Low numbers and the show is cancelled. Big numbers and it might stick around. Think of this as the ultimate in market research. All you have to do is just watch TV and the meter box will do the rest. Of course, you have to be in the “Nielsen family” to count. When it comes to taking surveys that would be the ultimate power!

Cat Watching TV

Yes, cats like TV. No, cats can't be counted for TV ratings. Image Source: Flickr user rochelle hartman

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Written by Rick B.

November 12th, 2014 at 11:05 pm