Posted by: Amanda | February 9, 2009

I <3 Swagbucks


 I just got my FREE $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks today in the mail after only ONE WEEK!!!   I am a sucker for FREE stuff, but this is easy.  I already search the internet a lot throughout the day – but now I get FREE stuff. 

Have you heard of Swagbucks yet? It’s a toolbar you install and use for searching, and you earn “swagbucks” that you can cash in for gifts. Way back in the summer, I read CFO’s review of Swagbucks, but I never gave it a shot. Fast forward to January, and I decided to give it a try. Just like she said, within a WEEK I had enough Swagbucks to get a $5 giftcard to Starbucks.  I can’t wait to use it tomorrow morning.

Starbucks not your thing?  They also offer giftcards to Amazon, Petco, Pizza Hut, etc!  As well as band memoriabilia (not interested) and CD’s, etc.

I like to try things out before I recommend them to you anyone.  But now that I’ve tried it for two months, I can see the pros and cons:

PRO) I use the toolbar whenever I would normally type in a web address that I know by heart. For example, if I want to go to, instead of typing it into the regular address bar, I type it into the Swagbucks toolbar, which pulls it up for me. Yes, it’s a teeny extra step, but I’m willing to do it for the free nonfat fraps.

PRO & CON) You can earn faster by having others sign up for Swagbucks using your link, so if you’re thinking about trying it, please use my link below:

That’s a PRO for me, and for you if you have a blog, a large network of family or friends, or another way to promote it. It may be a CON if you’re a regular computer user, but you can still earn and win without it–I did it in the month of January by myself.

PRO) If you sign up for the email newsletter, you’ll get additional codes that you can enter for free Swagbucks. That’s one of the ways I got up to 50 so quickly, which is what you need for the $5 Starbucks card.

Are you already a member of Swagbucks? What have you earned?


Posted by: Amanda | February 5, 2009

You have to see this!

Posted by: Amanda | February 2, 2009

25 Random Things…

If you’re my friend on facebook, you may have already seen this.   If not, why not?

I’ve been tagged 45 thousand times and I’m home sick, so what the heck…
RULE: Once you’ve been tagged you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you it’s because I want to know more about you.

1) I was named after the song “Mandy” by Barry Manilow. Thanks Mom.

2) “Mandy” is what my entire immediate and extended family calls me. Everyone else I know including friends, co-workers, in-laws, etc know me by no other name than Amanda. Sometimes when I go home to NY to visit and someone says “Mandy” I don’t even turn around b/c I forget they are talking to me!

3) I have over 40 first cousins.

4) My best friend Jessica died in a car accident in 6th grade. I only knew her for one year and yet 17 years later I still think of her often.

5) I once stayed up for an entire weekend talking to my BFF Erica. We were juniors in HS and decided to see if we could do it. We lugged firewood, tents, food etc up the side of a mountain near her house and camped for the entire weekend. We talked about family, our future and God for literally three days- 72 hours. I’ll never forget it.

6) Years later with the same friend Erica – we were lifeguarding at Camp Aldersgate back in ’99 and decided it would be “fun” to sleep out on the dock. It was really cool to sleep under the stars and not have to worry about bears or racoons or other wildlife I convince myself would get me!

7) I have an irrational fear of bees, sleeping in the woods and driving on the highway. And heights. And liberals. And plaid.

8) I’m deathly allergic to seafood but live in the lobster capital of the world. My husband finds this irony irritating.

9) Beaver Camp changed my life. I got saved there when I was 14 and haven’t looked back since.

10) My favorite thing to do in the world is worship the Lord. I could spend hours singing praises to my King.

11) Andy and I both have green guitars. Neither of us know how to use them very well. I took a semester of classic guitar in college but that’s about all I got.

12) I am happiest when I’m creating something. I love scrapbooking, crafts, cooking and baking. When we moved to Maine I even got my own scrapbooking room. I spend lots of time in there working on projects and listening to music or sermons.

13) I feel a great call on my life to be a mother, but it hasn’t happened yet. My husband and I have been going through infertility treatments since April.

13b.) We have complete faith in His timing.

14) I hate shaving my legs. This has nothing to do with #13.

15) I speak to my sisters Erin and Katie and my Mom every single day. We all live in different states but we are closer than we’ve ever been.

16) My husband has been doing laundry every single night for an entire month. Yesterday he vacuumed and washed all the carpets. I have fallen in love with him all over again.

17) We spent our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic at a couples only resort. We arrived at 11am and by 4pm we were floating around in the mile long pool *dunk and sunburnt. *This was not intentional – swim up bars are just not a good idea.

18) I’ve seen Anne of Green Gables/Avonlee at least three hundred times. I want to go to Prince Edward Island the first chance I get.

19) I left my freshman year in college a month early with mono. I got to skip all my finals, but I was so sick I slept for 14-18 hours a day.

20) My Dad is going through another divorce. My heart is broken for all involved.

21) I once lived in Greenwich, CT. While there I met: Glenn Close, Vanessa Williams and saw David Letterman.

22) My husband is so much better than I ever dreamed. I thank God for him daily.

23) My MIL on the other hand…

24) The smell of onions and garlic cooking remind me of my Grandma Chartrand.

25) I hate socks. I only wear them 2-3 times a year. I prefer to be barefoot at all times.

Posted by: Amanda | January 17, 2009

New Bed!

We ordered Molly a new bed for Christmas and it just came today.   The fluff was all matted in her old one and for some stupid reason you can’t just order the “insides” (well, you sort of can but it involves ripping the stitching of the old and one and sewing it again – I have literally no interest in that). 

We knew she needed a new one because she would get on her bed and shift all around and grumble and scrap the sides trying to puff it up again and then ultimately she would just lay on the floor and let out a heavy sigh

Exhibit A


Dreaming about a new bed… (so sad)

Note the slobber bubble on the right 🙂


Doorbell rings…. It’s here!!!   “Seriously?  What?  Huh?  Cookies?”


Testing it out


“Good Night”

Posted by: Amanda | January 16, 2009

Dyer Library

I’ve lived in Saco almost three four years now and I have yet to step foot in the library. Until today. In an effort to save money on drugs (IF) I am trying to look for creative solutions to cut some corners.

I’m one of those weird people that like to buy books, but that has got to stop! If were to buy all of these new it would be over $200! But I can borrow them for free! Sweet!

Some of my finds:

The Shack (audio-book! I can listen while scrapbooking!)

Get out of that Pit

Deceptively Delicious

Complete Guide to Sewing

Barefoot in Paris

Vegetable Gardener’s Bible


When I got home I had a package waiting for me from my BFF Erica! She is going through some things and I’m going through some things so we’ve decided to do a devotional together and compare notes every Sunday afternoon (via phone – she’s in TN, I’m in ME). Cool, huh?

She picked What Women Want. So far, so good.

This is me and Erica when she visited last Christmas.  Man, I miss her.


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