Mobile Army Monday: Journaling Your Way To Cash Rewards

Who among us has kept a journal? Love of journal writing usually begins when we’re young and have many “Dear Diary” entries to write down. Nothing beats stumbling across one of those old journals. All the drama, all the angst, and looking back it just seems like nothing could ever have been so dire as your journal made it seem. Last week, I filed my Monday morning report, relating how completing an iPoll survey can lead to other surveys. Now I am at liberty to report the details: and they’re pretty sweet. This Mobile Mission also allowed me to get back to my journaling days–only this time, I was earning cash rewards!


What was in your last grocery cart? Image Source: flickr user: eddie welker

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 20th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Dust Off The Tuxedos: Who Got Nominated For An Emmy?

For ardent television fans, this is their Super Bowl. We’re talking here about the Emmy awards given out each year for excellence in television. The nominations just dropped this morning, and you can practically hear the phone lines buzzing around Hollywood. PR flacks are boosting their nominated clients while agents are soothing over those who didn’t pick up a nod. Either way, today is a good day to be in the gift basket business in Los Angeles! So, who got nominated and what are my thoughts? I’m glad you asked.


These are the kind of gift baskets that will make the rounds on Emmy nom day. Image Source: flickr user: Allen Sheffield

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 18th, 2015 at 1:08 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Kids Say The Darnedest Things

“Mama.” “Nana.” “Uh-oh.” “Banana.” “Dada.” So far, that is the extent of my son’s vocabulary. At only seventeen months, I’ll cut him some slack. I’m just thankful he got, “Dada” into the mix. I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say in the coming months. As anyone with offspring knows, kids indeed say the darnedest things. Sounds like the perfect topic for an iPoll quiz. It was: and here are some of the highlighted results. (SPOILER ALERT: They are definitely the darndest things.)


You know these kids will have something to say! Image Source: flickr user: Roman Boed

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 18th, 2015 at 12:45 am

Super Cool Geek Travel Destinations

Have you heard of CCWS? It is a medical condition known as “Comic-Con Withdrawal Syndrome.” It happens every year to the legions of fanboys and fangirls who attend Comic-Con, and then come home wondering, “Now what?” Sure, they’ve got bags full of action figures to play with, and autographed comic books to read, but can those items really fill the void left by all the wonderment found at Comic-Con? Probably not. The best way to combat CCWS is to pack your bags and head out to a geek travel destination. Let’s stipulate, for the record, that places like the Smithsonian Museum, any NASA space center, or Roswell, New Mexico can do in a pinch. However, if you really want to get your geek on, you might have to have your passport in order.

New Zealand

The place where Hobbits once roamed. Great selfi opportunity. Image Source: flickr user: Tom Hall

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 15th, 2015 at 10:51 am

What You Missed At Comic-Con

Show of hands: Who here identifies as a geek? Yes, that would be me, too. Not too long ago, geeks were on the low rung of the social order. We were to be mocked. Well, we’re still to be mocked, but in the way you mock an 800-pound gorilla…very carefully. If you take a look at the recent box office champs and TV hits, you’ll find the geek stamp of approval on all of them. Comic books are driving the agenda in Hollywood, and it is the annual Comic-Con International convention that sets the tone for the coming year. This is a chance for geeks of all stripes to mingle with the creators and performers from current running TV shows and upcoming film releases. There was a time when Comic-Con was really just about comic books. Hollywood has certainly taken over, but I’d argue that we’re all the better for it. What did you miss at this year’s Comic-Con? We’ve got the rundown.

Super Heroes

At Comic Con, superheroes come in all sizes. Image Source: flickr user: istolethetv

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 14th, 2015 at 10:36 am

Mobile Army Monday: Fast Response Earns Extra Cash Rewards

One of the sad realities of life is that nothing lasts forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to buy a new car or refrigerator or even a mattress. That is expected. What is truly sad is when you miss out on great opportunities because time runs out. That brings us today’s subject, “Fast Response Earns Extra Cash Rewards.”

Let’s unpack that subject, shall we? Not all iPoll Missions are available to all iPoll participants. You might not always notice this, but in the lower left hand corner of the mission post there is an expiration date for that mission. There is also a notice about how many spots are left open for that mission. Something like the New Product Scavenger Hunt always has spots open. However, according to my app, the hunt is only on for the next six months. That might seem like a long time, but if you don’t get in there and start posting new products, you’ll never be in the running for the big cash rewards offered to the most prolific posters. This is why it is vital that when you see an iPoll Mission, take an iPoll Mission.



The perfect place to stash your iPoll cash rewards. Image Source: flickr user: Cliff

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 13th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

What The World Eats For Breakfast

Full disclosure: I’m not the best breakfast eater. It really comes down to the issue of time management. By the time I finish saying good morning to the baby and showing him what’s happening outside, walking the dog, feeding the cat and dog, changing the cat litter box, taking out the trash, and handling any other “honey do” items (“honey, can you do this…”), I’ve already taken up a lot of my morning. If I sit down and have breakfast it will eat into my lunchtime, and then my whole day is thrown off. Instead, I might grab a piece of fruit or breakfast bar. The weekends are for big brunchy types of breakfasts out and about. Yes, I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even after a good night’s sleep, you still need that fuel to power up your day. Perhaps I’ll become inspired by what the rest of the world eats for breakfast.

World Breakfast

What's on your breakfast plate? Image Source: flickr user: Magnus D

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 10th, 2015 at 5:32 am

How To Organize Your Closet In Four Easy Steps

Do you live in fear of your closet? We’re not talking about some creature hiding in there, or a portal to another dimension. Instead, your fear can be based on the notion that every time you open the closet, there is an avalanche of clothes, shoes, and general junk. If that happens, then clearly it’s time to organize your closet. Yes, this is one of those jobs you’ve been putting off for quite some time now. Trust me, when you knock out this project, you’ll feel great. Plus, it will certainly help your time management if you’re able to find what you’re looking for a lot faster. Here, then, are the four easy steps you need to organize your closet once and for all.

Organized Closet

The ultimate in organized closets. Image Source: flickr user: Bill Wilson

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 10th, 2015 at 12:01 am

What’s Keeping You Awake? A Guide To Better Sleeping

How many times have you already yawned this morning? Are you yawning as you read the word ‘yawn?’ We all know that yawning indicates you’re tired. Or you could be bored out of your mind. (Or just that your body craves oxygen…but nevermind!) For the purposes of this post, we’ll go with tired. Getting a good night’s sleep is key to making your day productive. Yet this is one of the most common problems we all face: getting to sleep and staying asleep. A while back, I posted about how to get a good night’s sleep with things like a set schedule, banning TV, and sleeping on a good mattress. As it happens, there are a few more things you could be doing to ensure you get your rest. Won’t that be nice?


Don't be jealous of your sleeping pets. Get the rest you need, too! Image Source: flickr user: frankieleon

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 9th, 2015 at 4:30 am

How To Pick Your Next Mattress

Do you know how old your mattress is? That’s an important question, because like every other major purchase in our home, a mattress isn’t meant to last forever. The optimum duration would be around eight years. If you’re starting to have trouble sleeping, or are waking up with a sore back, it might be time to replace that old, saggy mattress. As an added bonus, you’ve probably also accumulated several pounds (yes pounds!) of skin cells, dust mites and bug carcasses that you’re now sleeping on. Are you convinced yet? Mattresses are one of those products that are best purchased at specific times of the year. However, you might not be able to hold off for the next big holiday sale. Before racing to replace your mattress, consider these helpful buying tips.


Looks great, but is it really a comfortable mattress? Image Source: flickr user: Kristin Nador

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 8th, 2015 at 12:29 am