You guys have probably seen me post about Las Vegas hotels from my twitter account. Well, the reason for that is not to spam you, but to earn total rewards points for my visits to Las Vegas.

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What is Social Rewards?

 

Social Rewards is a loyalty program that gives you reward points for your Social Media activity! Right now, Social Rewards is useful in getting free food/drinks/total reward points for Las Vegas. You can only share 3 tweets or Facebook posts a day and there is a 24 hour+ period before you can share them again. Keep checking back though, as you’ll want to do this as often as possible in order to accumulate the most for your Vegas trip.

 

Want to sign up on Social Rewards?

 

  • In order to join, you need to have a Klout score of 10 or more.
  • Sign up here.
  • Choose the hotel you wish to earn rewards for. (You can join all of them)
  • Start connecting your social media accounts and share to get points.

 

What I’ve accumulated so far:

 

  • $700 in total rewards points from my husband and I’s social media accounts
  • 2 buffet passes to Luxor ($40 value)
  • and a $250 dinner credit for 2 at Tender Steakhouse in Luxor (no longer available)

 

Update:

The Luxor is no longer available as a redemption offer.

The most useful option with social rewards now is requesting points for total rewards. You can combine all the points from each of the hotels that you’ve earned through social rewards when it reaches 1,000. This doesn’t mean each one needs to be 1,000, just 1,000 total in order to redeem for 1.

But first, you must sign up for an account on Total Rewards because you will be asked to provide your account number when redeeming your total rewards points on social rewards. It takes 2-3 days to be approved, then up to 10 days for the points to be moved to your actual account. Take this into consideration when trying to plan for your Vegas trip.

1,000 total rewards points is equal to $10 to spend where total rewards are accepted, which is most places at CET (Caesers Entertainment properties).

I have earned $700 in total rewards points on social rewards alone, which is handy when it comes to the over priced city such as Vegas.

You can actually use your rewards for not just restaurants at Caesers properties, but gift shops, hotel stays, and even gambling. I had $250 to blow last time I was in Vegas in total rewards points, so I opted to just use it for gambling, so they give you half of what you actually have when you opt for slot comps. To some, this may seem like a waste, but I didn’t want to actually spend my own money gambling, so I felt like this was the better option for me, plus, I got out what they gave me to put in so it was like I gained $125 in my pocket.

Win-win for me.

 

I have stumbled upon a new addiction to my already current addictions, which have been freebies and Las Vegas. It’s a Facebook casino app game called myVEGAS where you can earn real rewards to shows, restaurants, or even hotel rooms just by playing slots, which are absolutely free!! Of course there are the pop-ups that prompt you to buy chips with your real money, but all you have to do is click the “x” to get it off the screen. It’s the only minor annoyance, but it’s the whole point of the game, to get the consumer to buy chips.

I have been playing the MyVegas app game on auto-spin since Sept 6th 2012 trying to accumulate as many loyalty points as I can for all of my Vegas trips, which So far, it’s been easy as long as I stick with it every day. Even if you’re at work or school, you can have it set on auto-spin on your android or apple device by using the photon browser(iphone) or puffin browser(android). These are the only 2 that have flash capabilities.

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As of today, I’ve accumulated:
  • 2 Nights in Mandalay Bay Great Room Suite – my post about Mandalay Bay
  • 2 Tickets to see Carrot Top in the front row. You can read a blurb about that on my personal blog.
  • 2 Lunch Buffet Passes in Bellagio
  • $100 dining credit at Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York Hotel & Casino
  • $75 Beverage & Drink Credit for NY NY.
  • $50 Food & Beverage Credit at Monte Carlo. I plan on using this one at The Pub since it has a wide variety of beers and ciders.
  • 1 Night in the Tower Suite at Mirage
  • 2 Tickets to KA
  • 2 Breakfast Buffets at Mirage
  • 2 Unlimited 1-day pass on the Monorail
  • (2) $50 in Free Play at Monte Carlo
  • 3 Nights at Monte Carlo
  • 2 Shark Reef Passes at Mandalay Bay
  • 2 Nights in the deluxe room at Mirage (upgraded to the tower suite for an extra 2 nights for $200)
  • $75 Drink Credit at Bar at Times Square Dueling Pianos in New York New York
  • 2 Tickets to Secret Garden in Mirage
  • 2 Tickets to Zumanity

 

I have done an estimate of the cost of all the rewards above and it’s worth around $3000+ that I didn’t spend one penny on, just loyalty points from playing the MyVegas game on Facebook! Even though I have no plans to go back for a couple years since we’ll have a little one with us, I still play so I can save up my loyalty points for a future date. They’ve even added options that aren’t for Vegas, like airfare travel to certain cities and even a cruise!

The great thing about this game is that its not going anywhere for a very very long time and your loyalty points never expire. MGM and Play Studios assures this.

 

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If you’re interested in trying it and need friends to get more coins to gamble with, you can add me on my Frugal Jenn Facebook account, as well as ask to join a Facebook group dedicated to helping others with the myVEGAS app.

I recommend checking out this guide that one of the Facebook Group members put together. It will help you earn the most loyalty points in the most efficient way. Like betting 300-400 until you reach level 40, then upping it to 1,000 for the remaining levels.

Have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. After all, I’m here to help you!

Update:

Rules of MyVegas are constantly changing. Currently you can only redeem for 3 rewards in a 30 day period. Meaning, you can’t go to Vegas multiple times in 30 days and request more than 3 rewards total.

However, there are stipulations to these rules such as MyVegas Partners. Rewards from Sugar Factory, House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck and the Las Vegas Monorail do not apply towards the three reward limit in a 30-day period. Just be sure to read over the reward terms of service before purchasing. You can, however, return a reward if you think you may not end up using it too.

Summer Infant graciously provided us a baby monitor to review for free. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are 100% our own.

  
My husband and I were excited to use this Summer Infant Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor & Internet Viewing System mainly because of the WiFi capabilities and being able to see baby while we’re out and about. Perfect for date night if baby is in the crib sleeping while family is watching her or even if I am here at home and husband is at work and wants to take a peek.

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor

 

I know there have been articles in the news lately with people hacking into baby monitors and talking to children, but these people most likely don’t have their WiFi set up to require a password. In fact, we have our internet hidden so no one can get into it.

I unfortunately wasn’t able to get the android summer infant app to work with this baby monitor yet, but I imagine if I tinker around with some router settings and whatnot, I can get it to collaborate with the baby monitor. I don’t have a need for the internet viewing system yet, but I will get to it when baby “A” arrives, which should be in the next couple of weeks.

When you take it out of the package, you’ll need to plug in the charger port for the Video Monitor and charge it up. It pretty much only took an hour or two to get it fully charged, which wasn’t bad at all. Then to start viewing, you’ll need to hold the power button down until the screen shows the bars moving fully towards the right, then you can let go.

There are many different settings on the touch screen video monitor, like for instance, you can move the camera angle or zoom in. Perfect for when baby is older and moves around in the crib and you can’t quite get the right angle. Just move it around with the directional pad arrows until you can see baby.

I also like the fact that it tells me the temperature of babies room since I don’t have a thermostat gauge in there.

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor & Internet Viewing System
  • Advanced technology: In home monitoring on handheld unit; View on smartphones, tablets and laptops in home or away via free summer link Wi-Fi app for Apple and Android; Secure login to bank level secure encrypted video; Expandable system
  • Image Quality: 2.5
  • Remote control: Pan, scan, zoom camera allows parents to keep a mobile baby in view; Two way communication; Monitor room temperature, with option for Fahrenheit or Celsius reading; Share viewing access with friends and family
  • Wi-Fi camera: automatically connects to home wireless network for secure in home and remote viewing; Internet status lights indicate connectivity states
  • App features: snapshot pictures stored on mobile device; Record a Video stored on mobile device; Privacy mode control or restrict access for out of home viewing; Split screen view 1-2 rooms on same screen when cameras added to system

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor

 

 

We have the camera set up in her nursery and I am able to go downstairs and still have a connection, so that is important, especially when you need to get stuff done around the house. Our home is 1554 sq ft so take that into consideration. I was also able to go outside in the backyard, so that’s a plus!

Sound is perfect. You can definitely hear a little bit of static, but there’s not going to be 100% crystal clear clarity on a baby monitor. I was able to hear myself walking into the bedroom before I even entered the room and we have carpet.

Video clarity is not perfect, but it’s pretty good for only 2.5. I imagine if your room has a lot of natural light, it would be a whole ton better.

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor

 

Now I just need to decide if I want to stick the camera to the wall with the provided wall stickies or if I’ll have my husband put up a shelf since it’s supposed to be a certain amount of feet away from the crib for safety reasons. It’s fine where it’s at in that precaution, but I can’t exactly see inside of the crib so I’ll need to do the mentioned above.

Thank you again Summer Infant.

Before our bathroom remodel that we just recently had done, I absolutely dreaded taking a shower or even a bath for that matter. Not because I didn’t care about my hygiene, but because the bathroom was not a relaxing place to wash away my woes. With my new bathroom and the New Caress Forever Collection, I am able to escape to a far away tropical and romantic place.

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Caress Forever comes in two scents:

 

Love Forever

Top Note: Mandarin Orange and Peach
Heart Note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia
Base Note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk

Adore Forever

Top Note: Raspberry and Cassis
Heart Note: Angel Face Rose and Muguet
Base Note: Amber, Honey and Vanilla

 

I’ve always been a fan of the Caress line of fragrant body washes. They make my skin feel nice and soft and you can tell that you actually washed since the scent lingers. But with this new Caress Forever Collection, the Love forever and Adore forever scents last for 12 hours as it’s the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology implemented. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.

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THE MASTER PERFUMER

An award winning perfumer, Loc Dong has close to two decades of experience crafting more than 40 renowned scents for major fashion and fragrances houses. Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman, Loc Dong captured the widely coveted scent of the mysterious scarlet red rose with breakthrough Living Rose technology for the Caress Forever Collection.

In addition to Loc Dong, it took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to come up with this technological breakthrough in beauty. These were created to indulge your senses in more ways than one.

I noticed that the smell not only lingers on your skin for hours and hours, but it also makes your bathroom/home smell divine in the air as well!

Keep an eye out at your local retailer so you too can smell heavenly with the new Caress Forever Collection. It retails around $3.99 for the 13.5 oz bottle, but you may be able to find it on price cut at your local Target store.

10 Influencer Sites to Join for Bloggers

 

If you have a blog, you can make money! That doesn’t mean you have to be on par with the top dogs in the blogosphere to get sponsored post opportunities, you can be small, or even brand new, but numbers do help in the decision process of being chosen. Work on growing your social network followers, improving your stats, and connect and make friends with fellow bloggers. Remember, we’re not here to compete with each other, we’re here to help each other.

I have compiled a list of reputable websites that I am a member of and have worked with in the past and present to help get you started in the right direction to making money on your blog. Take into consideration though, that becoming a member doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get in on every blogging opportunity you sign up for, so you’ll need to take some necessary steps to increase your chances of being chosen.

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