December 14, 2015

Swagbucks Santa Helpers Team Challenge

The holidays are a time to celebrate but they are also a time of giving. There are so many people that don’t have the privilege of a holiday experience they justly deserve, whether it be gifts or a hearty meal. While we celebrate with our family and friends it is important to reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and remember that we have a duty to help others. That’s why Swagbucks is humbly asking all of you to be Santa’s Lil Helpers this holiday season in their newest Team Challenge!

For the first time ever Swagbucks will allow us to donate our Team Challenge bonuses to a charity of our choice!

The season of giving begins Monday, December 14th at 8am PT/12pm ET so get in a giving mood. (Yes, that's today, right now!) The Team Challenge ends Friday, December 18th at 12pm PT/3pm ET but you are encouraged to stay in the holiday spirit throughout the New Years too!

All members who participate and contribute at least 200 points to their team’s total will be receive a SB bonus. Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB bonus, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB bonus!

On Monday, December 21st you’ll receive an Inbox message asking if you want to donate your Team Challenge Bonus to a charity of your choice. If you accept, we will donate your bonus, in your name, to your charity!

If you are new to the Swagbucks world, make sure to create your free account here. Once you do, you will be able to join the Team Challenge right away and start getting paid for doing your everyday online tasks.

I am on the Ready Reindeers team and my antlers are antsy for a big win!

Here are the ways I will be contributing to my Team:

  • Survey Completes - Earn SB when you complete a survey and you'll contribute 22 pts to your team! 
  • Watch - Earn SB when you watch entertaining videos from nCrave and Watch and you'll contribute 14 pts to your team! 
  • Search - Grab rewarding search wins through your defaulted search engine or from your mobile device and you'll contribute 12 pts to your team! 
  • Discover - Earn SB by discovering great deals on your desktop or through the Swagbucks Mobile App and you'll contribute 8 pts to your team! 
  • Swagstakes - Pressing your luck doesn’t end when you break the wishbone! Try your luck in a Swagstakes and contribute 4 pts to your team!
  • Survey DQ/OQ - Attempt a survey and if you earn an SB for getting DQ'd or OQ'd you'll contribute 3 pts to your team.
  • Swag Codes - Redeem daily Swag Codes through the SwagButton browser extension or the Swagbucks Mobile App! Contribute 2 pts to your team.

Tis the season to get Swagging and do some good, so lets have some fun and spread the joy!

Ruth Cox is an affiliate of Swagbucks and earns rewards for activity and referrals through links in this article. 

December 5, 2015

Dark December Dandelion

Returning home from a dark December neighborhood walk with my dog, I discovered a lone dandelion bloom in my back yard amid the remains of fallen autumn leaves. What a bright spot to find in the cold of a dark winter night. 

Beekeepers know the value of the dandelion flower. It is one of few flowers available to bees throughout the year. Yes, dandelions bloom January through December. So if you care about the dwindling bee population—stop treating dandelions as weeds—pour no more weed killer upon them, please!

I have always enjoyed the beauty of a lawn filled with dandelion we-edibles—sprinkles of sunshine by design I believe them to be. Even now, as an adult, I can sometimes be found making my wish upon the seeds of the flower, holding its seed stalk in hand as I huff and I puff to blow the seeds into the air with my dreams riding on the wings of the wind.

Yes, no matter the weather, there is always a bit o' sunshine to be found, perhaps peeking out of the ground!


Disclosure: Ruth Cox is an associate of Amazon and of Zazzle and may earn via purchases made through links in this article.