Reading Reviews Can Save You a Hassle


Are All the Items I Buy Actually Good Quality?

Do you read reviews before actually buying? Taking the time to read reviews of products you are looking to buy will prevent owning poor quality products and having to waste time returning or reordering something better. Many online stores now provide great return policies but not all of them. Instead of being left to the mercy of the seller, take precautions that are no different than you would find at an in-person store. Imagine walking into a store blindfolded and hoping to pick up the right product. This is the equivalent of buying products without reading reviews.

What Am I Actually Buying?

Unfortunately, with trends being the driving force for many consumer products, many sellers will imitate low-quality versions of high-quality products and post pictures showing the product you think you will receive. This is known as deceitful marketing and can leave a user frustrated and betrayed. Many sellers are guilty of this, so it is important to scan reviews for keywords such as:

  • Good/great quality
  • Works well/works great
  • Will buy again
  • Love it
  • Happy with purchase
  • Highly recommend

Some listings have a lot of reviews which doesn’t promote you to want to read through them. Simply scanning and skimming for keywords is simple and only takes a few minutes out of your day. You can avoid being lopped into the one-star section of angry customers who didn’t read reviews first by doing this.

How Can I Trust These Reviews?

Sure, anybody can be paid to come up with false reviews, which in turn can defeat its purpose. However, if one can’t tell upon first glance, there are sites that hire actual people who have used certain equipment or products. Those that have used the equipment or product provide the best reviews. Also, find the pro deals that are out there. This is a chance for you, as an expert in your particular area, to help others find the products and services that people need while enjoying a discount on products and equipment you love.

There are not a lot of ways to verify information, but this is a very viable option. Building this trust is also important, due to the fact that it would be nice to have a product you can always rely on time and time again. By listening to or reading a review by someone who has used a certain product, it would help the decision-making process.

Do People Actually Buy This?

It’s not easy to tell at first glance how many happy customers bought a particular item. Some sellers simply post the product and receive zero reviews. This could be for harmless reasons, for example, the seller may have chosen to list a rather unpopular item. Regardless, one should look at the number of orders placed and how many highly-rated views it obtained. Not all sites have this. They may have order numbers, ratings, one of each, or possibly none. The latter is rare, but you can’t always depend on just one indicator.

Having high orders and a high amount of great customer reviews is much better than going off of one marker. You want to improve your probability of receiving the right product quality by taking preventative measures. If I were buying a filtration system, I would read thorough reviews until I am fully satisfied and confident with what I am getting.

Why “Just Returning It” Won’t Always Work

You are buying for the convenience of your item being shipped to you, right? Why waste time dealing with unreliable returns that make your life harder? Many wholesale sites ship from China, which means it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks for a package just to arrive. This outdated package system also applies to returns as well.

Plan on getting gifts during the holidays? Expect another month of waiting due to an increased volume of orders from around the world. I, for example, ordered a pack of sculpting tools and never actually received them! I waited for months. This does not happen to everyone; however, this is also another reason why you must check who you’ve bought from. You may end up in an unlucky situation like I did. This is not said to exclude China-based sellers, as many top sellers and products of quality today are from China. It is simply the fact that no matter where you buy from, or what country, you should always gloss over reviews to save you time and energy.

Preparing Is Always Beneficial To You

You should feel confident in your online shopping journey. This article has provided the necessary tools in making your shopping experience a few steps up from the norm. Can you honestly say you’d be able to prepare for all scenarios? It’s not realistic. However, you can use these tips to make your shopping, the majority of the time, hassle-free. Building your confidence is key to getting the right products for you.

Want To Gamble Online For Real Money?


Online gaming is the current sensation that has, for the last several years, taking the gambling industry by storm. There is nothing like a trip to Vegas but ease of accessibility, convenience, and availability are the main reasons why online gaming continues to receive many reviews from gaming enthusiasts around the globe. The thrill and excitement of gambling is the possibility of getting the chance of winning some real cash: the mad adrenaline rash and the feel of coming out victorious tops any gaming experience.

Why Online Gaming?

Online gaming gives many players, who otherwise would not get the chance of visiting land-based gaming halls, a chance to enjoy the game and win the available prizes. Although many of the online gaming sites offer the gamer an opportunity to explore and win huge prizes, not all of them have the option of churning out real money on winning.

The possibility of enjoying an online slot machine game at your comfort and convenience, any time of the day and night, is a major driving force towards online gaming. Several factors influence one’s decision to choose real money online casinos. Some of the factors include restrictions placed by the gaming sites relating to depositing and withdrawal of funds when placing your bet. Others include gaming promotions on the platforms, the gaming bonuses, and the withdrawal history of the gaming site. Before trying out any real money online gaming platform, you must carry out due diligence and only game on a site that has a proven track of trustworthiness.

The Basics

The basics of online gambling are quite simple and straightforward. For starters, to get you started, the possibility of earning real money begins with you wagering real money on the selected gaming platform. A real gem, although not offered by many sites, is a gaming bonus for starters as you first try out on their platforms. The sign-in bonus comes in terms of a small amount of money or free spins, allowing you to try out your luck on the game. It is wise to try out on the available free modes before delving into the real money gaming option.

It is also essential to make your deposit on secure and trusted platforms available. Some players prefer anonymity when gaming, a feature offered by a majority of the existing online gaming platforms. Ensure that the depositing and withdrawal methods provided on the gaming sites are properly functioning and are available in your locality. As a player, you should take note of whether there exist deposit or withdrawal limits that might hinder your gaming experience. Assess the payout percentages, which some sites have restrictions on, and might also influence your experience as you play.

Another vital point to get you going is the security and fairness of a particular online gaming site. Ensure that the platform that you want to try out on is correctly accredited with bodies such as the Gambling Commission, e-COGRA, and MGA. The accreditation and certification from global entities guarantee fairness and credibility of the particular online gaming site.

You must be well versed in the operation of any online slot game, or online pokies as they are sometimes called, before placing your hard-earned cash on the particular game. One of the features that should not miss in any credible online slot game is the RNG, which enables the player to enjoy a fair game and try out different and exciting gaming options.

The customer care of any given online gaming site should be up and running 24/7. Check out the accessibility of the customer care service of the online platform and how fast they are available to respond to any queries that may arise as you game.


Online gambling comes with the chance for you as the player to enjoy the game at your convenience, allowing you to win real money. You must be you get the necessary information as highlighted above before trying out the real money option of online gaming.

Save up to 78% off with Zulily’s Thrill Fest


I purchased this plus size “cold shoulder” top for only $9.99!

I am an avid shopper when it comes to Zulily. I love Zulily!

I am a plus size lady. Until I started shopping on Zulily I had to either pay outrageous prices for plus size clothing, or settle for boring or unattractive pieces. With Zulily, not only am I able to shop from a plethora of gorgeous, trendy, plus size clothing, but I also get to save money. Most of the the clothing I buy from Zulily are $20 or less. I’ve picked up beautiful tops for as little as $7.99. This is brand new clothing too.

I also shop on Zulily for home decor, gifts, toys and games for my “work kids” and seasonal items. There is literally something for everyone on Zulily!

I recently made some purchases from Zulily (a few tops, some decor for our balcony and toys I am gifting to someone).

Right now there is the Zulily Thrill Fest going on, and during Zulily Thrill Fest, you can find AMAZING deals, up to 78% off! 

Zulily launches new stores every day (which is why I use their app and I check their site every day – year round). There are thousands of products at brag-worthy prices, but during the second annual Zulily Thrill Fest, they are amping it up so you’ll l find amazing deals for yourself, your family, and your home. Shop and save from these different categories:

  • Kitchen – up to 60% off
  • Toys – up to 56% off
  • Women’s – up to 78% off
  • Home – up to 70% off
  • Men’s – up to 77% off
  • Baby Gear – up to 60% off

There are plenty of great finds from popular brands including KitchenAid, NYDJ, Crayola, Ergobaby and more.

But wait! There’s more!

The fun doesn’t stop there, thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to shop:

  • Dash for the Thrills: Unbelievable offers only available for a few short hours (including some items for only 99 cents!)
  • 24-Hour Thrills: “Say what?!” steals available for that day only
  • Social Exclusive Deals: For-the-thrill-of-it items only available to Zulily social media fans

In addition to saving money and finding great products during Thrill Fest, shoppers can also win great prizes, such as a $5,000 Zulily Shopping Spree or a Cuisinart 18-Bottle Compressor Wine Cellar, valued at $1,170, through Zulily’s App-Only Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is new this year.

Thrills Fest is from June 18th – June 20th.

To learn more about Zulily Thrill Fest, download the Zulily app on iOS and Android, or visit zulily.com/thrillfest and Zulily’s social pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Be sure to check Zulily daily, as they are always featuring new shops.

Are you a fan of Zulily? What are your favorite things to shop for on Zulily? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I will be receiving a Zulily credit in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I literally do shop at Zulily often with my own money. 

Easy Ways to Grow your Home-Based Business



Growing your home-based business doesn’t have to be hard work. In fact, it is now easier than ever for you to do. If you want to get some ideas then simply take a look below.

Branch Out

If you already have a foothold in the market then you are ready to expand. Your customers will really appreciate having a range of products to choose from and it also gives you the chance to take things to that next level. If you are thinking about branching out then you have to make sure that you are able to handle the workload. If you become overwhelmed and start providing a service that is just not quite as good as it should be then you could end up doing more harm than good. If you need some help with your business then you may want to look into an online MBA program for Canadians.

Utilize your Customer Base

One of the easiest ways for you to try and grow your home-based business would be for you to try and increase your sales. You might want to offer discounts when your customers buy in large volumes and you may also want to offer two for one sales. If you combine this with referral rewards then you will soon see how beneficial this can be to your business.

Hire a Freelancer

You might not need full-time help and you may not have the budget to cover this as well. This is completely understandable. You should note that there are other options available for you to choose from, and this can include hiring a freelancer or even teaming up with someone. This can really help you to get the support you need for your business and it can also rocket your sales as well.

Create a website

Gone are the days where you need a storefront to try and sell your own products. A website gives you the chance to sell to absolutely anyone. On top of this, they are super cheap to maintain and you don’t need to pay much every month either. If you aren’t quite sure how to start up your own site then you have nothing to worry about because WordPress is very easy to use and you can choose any theme you want. You can even choose your color scheme and your font as well, so you know that you don’t have anything to worry about there.

Partner Up!

Working with other companies is also a fantastic way for you to try and market your products. If you sell baked products for example, then you may want to ask local coffee shops to see if they would be interested in stocking your products. If you are a graphic designer then offer your services to local businesses for free, in return for them recommending their clients to you. There are always ways for you to try and team up with other companies and when you do this, you can then save money while also rocketing your client base.  When choosing a business to team up with, try and choose a business that is a little bigger than yours. You also need to define your target market as well. Making sure that your partner business has a good reputation is also essential, so it’s important that you keep this in mind.

Take Advantage of Free Marketing

Believe it or not, there are so many ways for you to take advantage of a lot of free marketing opportunities. This can include social media and even blogging. When you start up your own social media page, you can update your customers on any new products that you have coming in and you can also really put the work in to try and create a brand. Remember that just because you work from home, doesn’t mean that you can’t create an established business. Your brand is the face of everything you do, and the more you can get this out there, the better. Of course, when you start a blog you can then link it to your social media page and before you know it, you can easily create a network of marketing opportunities that you have complete control over. The best thing about this is that it won’t cost you a thing either!


Just because you work from home, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to invest in your business. You have to make sure that you really try hard to upgrade any ordering systems that you have and even your technology as well. After all, your customers won’t have a problem ordering from you online if they know that you conduct your business out of your home. They will however have a problem with you using a really out of date ordering system. For this reason, you should try and put as much profit as you can back into your business. You could try and upgrade your software, or even install some tracking capabilities. After all, if your customers know when they buy from you, that you are always going to know where their order is at every stage of the process then this will really help them to feel confident in your service. It may even give you an edge over your competition as well if they do not provide their customers with these kinds of updates.


Sometimes, your customers will tell you exactly what they need. If you sell baked goods, they may ask you if you have any other color variations or they may ask you if you have any other flavours. Little things like this can indicate what your customers want from you, and it can also help you to rocket your sales as well. By listening to your customers, you can be sure to provide them with exactly what they want and you can also help them to know that you are in fact listening to them as well.

So there are many things that you can do to try and grow your home-based business, and by putting the work in, you can be sure to experience success more than ever before.


Celebrating 50 Teachers & Viral-worthy Videos with zulily!


Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week to all the teachers out there. Did you thank your favorite teacher this week?

I’ve always appreciated teacher, both the ones I had growing up and my kid’s teachers. It’s not until I became an assistant to a teacher in a Kindergarten program did I realize just how much goes on “behind the scenes.” Coming up with lesson plans, grading tests, projects, parent/teacher conferences… its A LOT of work.

THANK YOU to all those wonderful and amazing teachers out there.

For the first-time, the fabulous online shopping destination, zulily, has created an entire campaign all around supporting and celebrating amazing teachers across the country!

For Teacher’s Appreciation week, zulily is highting the 50 winning teachers of their “Thank a Teacher Contest”. They had a whopping 8,000+ entries in their contest. They even ran six educated-themed events, curated by teachers.

FYI… you and teachers get an additional 15% off if you shop product from these events. Nice!

In addition, zulily created beautiful videos where parents and their kids were asked to “thank a teacher” and share their appreciation.

Check out some of those touching videos (below).



Awww… I love how emotional some of the people in the video got talking about the teacher’s that touched their lives the most.

I also agree with that one teacher in the second video about how teacher’s have many “bosses” including parents and students. I can certainly relate to that.

Did you know the average teacher spends $500 in their classroom. I can believe that. Even I, as an assistant, spends money on our classroom. What’s even more impressive, one in ten teacher’ spend $1,000 or more. WOW! Talk about commitment and dedication.

Winners of zulily’s “Thank a Teacher Contest” were given $500 to use towards their classrooms on zulily.com.

I know that some people think zulily offers consumers boutique style clothing. While that is true, zulily offers consumers so much more. They have plenty of shops for teacher supplies and so much more. They also carry plenty of brand name items as well as small “mom and pop” type products/stores – all up to 70% regular retail prices.

“Educators are a cornerstone of our community and great teachers have encouraged and impacted everyone in meaningful ways, big and small. What makes teachers unique is their passion and dedication to go above and beyond, personally investing time and money to better their students and their environments,” said Darrell Cavens, CEO of zulily. “We wanted to bring visibility to everything that teachers do and spotlight a few stories that are emblematic of all teachers who have moved our customers and employees. A heartfelt thank you, from all of us here at zulily.”

I think it’s wonderful that zulily took the time to highlight and reward dedicated teachers across the country.

Here are a few of the contest winners.

Marina Collier, 2nd Grade, Gilmore Elementary, League City, TX. Marina has gone above and beyond for what she considers her children in her home away from home. I have seen Mrs. Collier literally give a little girl one of the shirts off her own back when she was cold. She goes above and beyond to make each student realize they have potential for all things and while they may alone sometimes in this world they will always have her and her love for years to come. She’s not just a teacher, she is someone people should strive to be more like. – Meagan Molina

Crystal Schroeder, Special Education Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Hiawatha Valley Education District, Winona, MN.Crystal serves students within all disability areas, including Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other such disabilities. In rural Minnesota, she travels to about 13 schools in the district to teach emotionally challenged and autistic students job skills, find them jobs, and works with employers to monitor their job skills and performance. – Cynthia Miller

Lisa Gifford, Language arts, Keller Primary School, Peoria, IL. Lisa has been teaching for Peoria School District 150 in Peoria, IL. for the past seven years.  She mixes art, drama and reading to engage the students because she truly believes all children can learn when given opportunities to experience learning through their strongest ability, talent, and interest.  She gives 110% daily in all she does and especially while teaching.  Teachers everywhere give their all daily with little recognition or appreciation and Lisa is no different; but I feel she does an awesome job due to her ambitious desire to teach every child to their highest ability level. – Eva Balek

If you would love to learn more about the 50 inspiring winners of zulily’s Thank a Teacher Contest and how they have impacted lives everywhere, visit The Find.

Visit zulily.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. For more #zulilyThankATeacher inspiration and news you can also check out their social media accounts.

Did you have a special teacher growing up that you’d love to thank? What about your child/grandchild’s current teacher/teachers?

Are YOU a teacher?

Feel free to share your thoughts and your story in the comment section of this post.


*I have partnered with zulily to bring you this compensation. I’ll be receiving a zulily gift code in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with National Geographic & Enter to Win Great Prizes!


Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few days away? I wonder what my kids are going to do for me. I hope its pancakes or French toast for breakfast.

I don’t expect any gifts from my kids. Our son just got his first job and hasn’t started yet, so he doesn’t have a dime to his name. Our daughter is a college student and doesn’t make that much either.

Honestly, I don’t need “things” for Mother’s Day. I’m happy with breakfast or a handmade card.

Have you heard of Magic Jigsaw Puzzles? Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is an app available for both iOS and Android devices. It’s a full service game that includes a collection of more than 20,000 virtual jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles are perfectly organized in a user friend interface.

What does Magic Jigsaw Puzzles have to do with Mother’s Day? That is a great question.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has partnered with National Geographic in a special Mother’s Day giveaway. The prize includes a branded mug, t-shirt, a gorgeous coffee table book, branded journal and pen set, a digital subscription to Nat Geo Magazine and 50,000 coins than can be used with the Magic Puzzles app.

Entering the sweepstakes is very easy. Simple solve any of their Nat Geo WILD Mother’s Day puzzles and then share it on your Facebook page with your family and friends. Make sure you tag the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community page (@Magic.Puzzles.Community on Facebook) as well.

I loved doing puzzles when I was a child. Back in the day the puzzles were made out of wood (I did have a few cardboard ones). In fact I still have several of my wooden puzzles from my youth. One day I plan on gluing the pieces in place and using them as artwork on the wall. I think that would be fun to do.

I still enjoy doing puzzles, I just don’t have the time like I used to. That is why I like the Magic Jigsaw Puzzle app. I can take puzzles with me to enjoy where ever I go – even during my lunch break at work. You can also enjoy your Magic Jigsaw Puzzles between devices.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is also available in 10 languages and can be enjoyed around the globe. If you travel a lot for work (or for fun) you can enjoy puzzles where ever you go. Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has 27 million members with 4 million users who use the app actively throughout the month. The app is also one of the top 100 bestselling apps.

You can even play on your computer.

Unlike other apps, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is constantly updating their puzzle collection with high definition photos.

There are five difficulty levels which means this app is fun for young and old alike. The difficulty level refers to the number of pieces it takes to solve the puzzle. The fewer the pieces the easier it is to complete. I prefer easier puzzles when I am using the app on my lunch break since I don’t have a lot of time. I find a quick puzzle or two to be very relaxing.

Kids and parents can enjoy the same puzzle. All you need to do is change the difficulty level.

I would much rather have my young child enjoying putting together a puzzle then playing a violent or mindless game. Puzzles can be educational too. They help with cognitive skills, problem solving as well as global (big picture) and analytic (details) aspects of learning.

Puzzles are great for adults too. As you know, it’s important to give your brain a “mental workout” on a regular basis. It keeps your mind healthy. Keeping your brain active is important to keep it functioning well.

I enjoy the available images for the puzzles. I especially love the landscape ones and the puzzles featuring animals. And thanks to Nat Geo there are plenty of gorgeous puzzles.

You can even make puzzles out of your own photos! That is one of my most favorite features. Upload your photos and turn them into puzzles. What a wonderful idea. I could imagine uploading a photo of the grandchildren to create a puzzle for grandma and grandpa to enjoy putting together. With Mother’s Day coming up it would be fun to create a puzzle using mom’s favorite photo of her children or her family.

You can share your completed puzzles with family and friends as well as with the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community. They even have tournaments that you can complete in.

If you are interested in learning more about Magic Jigsaw Puzzles you can check it out here. You can also visit them on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win fun prizes!

Are you a fan of doing puzzles? Do you think you’ll check out the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles app?


*I have partnered with ZiMAD to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.