Friday, January 18, 2013

Morningstar Farms Chik'n Patties

I picked up a package of Morningstar Farms Chick'n Patties - can someone say delicious?

After picking them up at the grocery store, I knew they would be my lunch today. The directions suggest the oven as the preferred method of cooking them. I threw 3 patties in there and stuck one in the microwave because I couldn't wait. The one I cooked in the microwave wasn't crispy but it was still super yum! I made a sandwich out of it to share with my daughter and she kept saying, "more! more!"

After we ate that one, the ones in the oven were ready. They were crispy and delicious! I can see why they suggest putting them in the oven. I cut another one up for her to eat and put the third one in a leaf of lettuce for myself.

These veggie "chicken" patties really do taste like chicken! There is only one left and I'm trying to have some self control not to go back a eat the last one.

I think these would be great cut up in a salad, just like regular crispy chicken. Or you can do the lettuce wrap, or a chicken sandwich.

They come 4 to a pack and today at Vons (Safeway) there were $3.50 each. They have 140 calories and 5g of fat per patty. They do have a very long ingredients list which is one of the biggest downfalls. Also, I think I could stand having them a little bigger.

I received a free product coupon from BzzAgent. I would definitely reccomend checking them out.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Expo TV - A Great Way To Earn Money

It has been less than a year since I signed up for an Expo TV account. At first, I was hesitant to post videos of myself on the internet, even if the monetary return was pretty good. Regardless, I mustered up the courage to make my first video - a review on an infant bathtub. That first video was awkward and took several tries until I was satisfied with the result. I filmed it myself by putting my camera on a ledge in the bathroom.

Fast forward to 2013 and I currently have 90 videos of myself reviewing different products I already had lying around the house. Those 90 videos have earned me 51,530 points. "How much is that monetarily?" you may ask. If I had redeemed those points for Amazon Gift Cards or a Visa Rewards Card, I would have $425. For Safeway Gift Cards, over $300. They have a whole store of gift cards and actual products you could redeem your points for.

The average video I make is between 1-2 minutes long. At the beginning, you will probably be messing up and require several tries to get a video you feel satisfied submitting. Now, I can usually get it done in the first go 'round. I have a webcam and I automatically upload my videos once done. Efficiently executed, to make about $5 takes me maybe 15 minutes of time. That's equivalent to $20/hr. Not too shabby from something you're doing from the comfort of your own home.

Out of all the various ways of earning extra income, Expo TV is probably my favorite and the easiest way to do this. In addition, they have a survey section you can earn points on which I use every now and again if I'm bored or watching TV, but for the most part the videos are what will earn you the most money for the least amount of effort.

On top of earning money for video reviews, they have a great program called "Tryology." You submit a questionnaire to qualify (you earn a small point reward for doing so) and if you qualify you get to try out products for free. In return, you submit a video review (no points rewarded for those ones).

The Tryology program has allowed me to try out the following products since I signed up:

Herbal Essences
Baby K'tan
Duracell Batteries
Best Foods with Olive Oil Mayonnaise Dressing

Now, there are a few cons to signing up for Expo TV. The first is that your points take a week to be redeemable. It is kind of annoying because you may have submitted several videos over the course of several days and in order to use all those points at once, you have to wait until the last video's points clear.

Also, for redeeming points, the physical gift cards you order take quite a while to reach you. I have ordered a physical gift card for Red Lobster and it took about a month to receive. E-gift cards are much quicker, almost instantaneous. Some E-gift cards are the Visa Rewards, Starbucks, and Amazon.

Finally, it does sometimes make me feel uncomfortable signing a waiver saying that Expo or its brand affiliates can use my videos once I submit them. There is no way to delete a video after submission if you change your mind.

All in all, if you already have a camera or webcam available to you I would definitely recommend signing up for Expo TV and uploading some videos. 

Have you used Expo TV? What has been your experience? Please share in the comments section!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Earning Income From Home

I’ll be sharing a different way you can earn income from home. They will all be a company I have personally used long enough to have formed an opinion on. Stick around to find out what they are and give me suggestions on other websites I can check out and review!
Here's a sneak peak at a few of the sources of income I will be reviewing: 

Operation Smile

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you about Operation Smile and what they're all about. This is taken from the site where you can learn more:

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.

Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?

Check out Operation Smile on Facebook and consider donating today!