How to Make Money On Social Media

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

People ask me all the time how they can make extra money on their own schedule from home. Without supervisors looking over their shoulders, where they could work while their children nap, or while they are at school. For a long time I was wondering if it even existed myself, that is, until I found out about IZEA.

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Nearly 2 years ago a friend told me about IZEA when I first started blogging. Though I hadn’t received a lot of attention on my blog as of yet, I did have a high social media following on Twitter and quite a bit on Facebook as well. As soon as I signed up I started receiving campaigns – offering me money for a Tweet or a Facebook post. I had the option to accept or decline without ramifications, depending on how busy I was or how I felt about the company I was asked to work for. I was told a time frame that I needed to submit my postings, offered helpful hints and tips – and viola that was it! A simple way to make money doing what I love!
The best part about IZEA – the thing that sets them apart from all the other companies I’ve worked with – is the account managers! I have never worked with as kind, helpful and understanding campaign managers than I have with IZEA. They are always available (even on the weekends, or late at night), and are willing and ready to help you become a successful creator. Your success is their success.

The thing about IZEA is that you don’t have to be a blogger (though you can get more opportunites if you are). If you have a lot of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you can make extra money advertising for some great companies. How many of us re-tweet or share from companies social media pages now for free?? With IZEA you can make money doing it!

Be sure to sign up with IZEA and check out what opportunities can come your way!

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UPS #WishesDelivered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of What’s your wish? for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Every year we depend on UPS to deliver our holiday wishes. The folks at UPS work hard to make sure that happens not on during the holidays, but all year long. This year UPS wants you to help some of those magical wishes come true!

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This year for every wish submitted with #WishesDelivered UPS will donate $1 towards of of their charity partners such as Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club and Toys for Tots up to $100,000!

They would love if you could submit your unselfish holiday wish for someone you know with the hashtag #WishesDelivered. Post your wish on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag and it’s automatically submitted. You can also enter directly on the #WishesDelivered site and manually submit an entry there – and boom! $1 goes towards a charity that needs our help!!

Be sure that your tweets include your wish, and tag @UPS and use the hashtag #WishesDelivered

If you submit via Instagram your photo can potray your wish, or you can simply post a photo of you smiling and holding a sign that says “WishesDelivered” and make sure your wish is in the caption along with @USP and #WishesDelivered

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I know so many people who could use a holiday wish – like a friend of mine who wasn’t able to make it home for the holidays this year because of finances. I’m sure he would love to be able to spend it with his family!

Or a special little girl who wants to go to the North Pole and ride the Polar Express to get there (have you seen those train rides? Absolutely awesome!)

Check out some of these #WishesDelivered by UPS:

Whether it’s big or small, submit your heart-felt wish for #WishesDelivered and support a great charity!

 

What holiday wish do you wish would come true for someone who needs it???

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The Perfect Holiday Gifts at Best Buy

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It seems like all of us have at least one person on our gift list that is hard to shop for – either they have it all or are super picky, or you just can’t come up with an idea for that perfect gift. Well look no further! I’ve created a list of some great gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for family member or friend. You are bound to knock their socks off (or at least put a smile on their face)!

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For any gamer in your life – whether young or old – will love the latest gaming technology offered by Microsoft. The Xbox One is the latest console that takes gaming to a whole new level – in addition to being a gaming console, Xbox One connects you like no other device. Xbox One gives you access to the latest TV shows and movies through your apps! You can have all your media and fun at your fingertips whenever you want. Right now you can save $50 on an Xbox One Console!

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For the music lover on your list check out all the great JBL products Best Buy is carrying this holiday season. The BL2 Charge is an amplified blue tooth speaker that can connect with almost any device. You can use it for a hands-free speakerphone, and an awesome way to share your playlist. The JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones have a sweat proof design with a 5 hour rechargeable battery and reaches about 40 feet. The best part about these earbuds are the built in magnets to keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

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Have a new driver on your gift list? Someone who travels a lot? Or maybe someone like me that  can’t seem to find their way out of a mall parking lot? Check out all the different GPS varieties offered at Best Buy this holiday season.
With so many options to choose from it’s hard to pick just one. The Garmin 2LM offers a large 5″ display, maps of 49 states and lifetime map updates (which is  worth every extra penny) along with displayed speed limit and  arrival times,easy to find addresses and my favorite, points of interest the Garmin 52LM makes a great gift.
The TomTom Go 50s offers some great benefits as well such as lifetime TomTom Traffic updates, lifetime maps through U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as 3D maps and landmarks. The TomTom 50s has a 5′ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance for  safer travels.

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Whatever you might be looking for, Best Buy probably has it! With Free 2 Day shipping on over thousands of items through December 22nd and in store pick-up through 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve Best Buy is here to make your holiday shopping a breeze – and your gift receivers smile!

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Reindeer Brownies – Perfect for Santa

Santa (along with Mom & Dad) could really use a  yummy treat to keep them going on Christmas Eve. Check out these super  cute Reindeer Brownies that the kids can make for Santa’s treat!
Ingredients:
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Your favorite chewy brownie recipe, baked and completely cooled (like my favorite one you can find here)
Small Pretzels
Wilton Candy Eyeballs
1 package Red Sixlets candies (I found mine at Wal-Mart in the Holiday baking section)
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
Ziplock Bag

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First, begin with your favorite batch of chewy brownies. I like to use the Nestle Toll House Cocoa Chewy Brownie Recipe, but any chewy brownie recipe will work. The trick is to line your pan with aluminum foil and then grease the foil. Prepare and bake your brownies as usual and cool completely.

Once your brownies are cool, you are ready to assemble your reindeer. Since your pan is lined with foil, simply lift the foil and brownies out of the pan. Remove the foil and place the “brick” of brownies on a cutting board.

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Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the brownie hearts.

Place the powdered sugar and water in a ziplock bag. Knead with your hands until mixed well. Snip the end of the bag to create a small opening to pipe the frosting onto the brownies.

Add a dab of frosting to the eyes and attach to the brownies and do the same with the red sixlets to create a nose.

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For the antlers, you can cut or break pretzels, or leave them whole and press them into the side of the brownie. I didn’t use any frosting because the brownies were chewy enough to keep the antlers in place.

Let frosting set and serve!
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One 9×13 brownie pan will make 18-24 reindeer brownies. It really depends on the size of your heart cutter. My cutter is about 2.5″ square.

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Chewy Chocolate Brownies

  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup NESTLE Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • Powdered sugar
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PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

COMBINE granulated sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

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