All posts by LadySkullshine

I'm a busy Mom who likes to write about all sorts of things, from saving money to paranormal. I also promote local bands and businesses.

I Just Wonder

I’m currently updating things again. I wonder if anyone ever notices. Or if they get irritated when I move something. I change things a lot, but who is really paying that much attention. Whenever I’m able to, I kind of just constantly try to improve, update, add content, and more. Then I sit back, hoping and wondering if anyone is out there watching.

I know I could do more with my site if I focused more, but I honestly have a lot on my plate that I should be more focused on. I feel like this is my outlet, where I can express myself to an extent. With that, I also feel selfish when I’m working on it, or writing a post. But then, later, when I see my stats, it makes me feel like I was actually being productive. That makes me happy.

But, then I get nervous. I wonder if everything looks okay. Does my site make sense? Did they find anything helpful? Will they return? I get inspired to write, but I want it to be valuable or interesting content. I then realize I haven’t written a post in a while and wonder if people think my site isn’t active or current. I panic and wonder what I should write about. My mind races, and goes blank. I can’t think straight. My anxiety takes over.

Sometimes, I’ll just post about something already on my site. In most cases, I write nothing. It takes a lot in me to not draft a post, and hit that publish button. When I do, I wonder what anyone thinks about what I had to say, when I finally said it. It’s not like I’m even controversial or anything. I just always wonder and worry.

A lot of times, I will then get side tracked with something else. This gets put on the back burner, and I wonder if anyone is looking forward to updates.


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Dream Status

So, I started the lucid dreaming classes. I’ve been writing down my dreams on a few days. I should be doing it daily, but I seem to get lazy about it.

This is what I’ve gathered so far. I often dream about having several pets, and they seem to scatter and get loose. I also often get stuck in walls with stairs, locked doors, and small parts that I can’t fit through. I don’t start off there. I’m going along my way, doing whatever I’m doing in my dream, then all of a sudden, I’m lost in a labyrinth within the walls. I sometimes dream about a few of my past jobs. Specific people from those jobs always surface.

That’s all I can recall for now. I’ll try to pay more attention. I’m just glad I’m finally having dreams again.


Lucid Dreaming Quest

My newest obsession is Lucid Dreaming. I’m currently taking a course on the subject. I’m about half way through it, and it’s been pretty interesting so far.

For the longest time, I swore I didn’t dream at all. I could just never remember a single bit of any of my dreams ever. I also take several medications. So, I figured that may have something to do with it. A while back, I severely messed up my medications and didn’t take them for a bit. When I restarted them, I actually started to remember my dreams again. Not that I recommend anyone ever doing what I did, but I found that to be very interesting.

Recently, I was obsessed with trying to remember my dreams, because I wanted to be able to communicate with spirits in my sleep. That led me to needing to have better control over my dreams, which brought me to learning how to lucid dream.


So far, I’ve learned that I should wear an eye mask to help me to remember my dreams when I wake up. Apparently, it blocks out all visuals so that you can focus more on recalling your dreams. When you wake up, you should ask yourself “What did I dream about?”.

I also learned that it’s very important to keep a dream journal. Even if you can’t remember anything, write that down so you have an entry for that day. It’s also good to know your mood before sleep, during your dreams, and when you wake up. Keep track of other things too. You may want to write down any supplements or medications you may have taken.

I just finished the part that goes over a few techniques to fall asleep, and I am getting into different ways to control my dreams. So far, I’ve recorded three nights of dreams.

I have more to learn in my lesson, but I think I have a good start.


MenaTilda

So last night, just after midnight, we heard a loud crash and our kitten Matilda came running.

She was climbing around, being a menace. I call her MenaTilda. She somehow got herself wrapped up from head to toe in one of those sticky fly strips that you use to catch and kill flies.

I grabbed her, trapped her in the bathroom, and pulled it off. Then I got her in a bath and scrubbed her as much as I could with Dawn dish detergent. The poor thing gave up fighting part way through. I combed through her fur as best I could. Then I wrapped her up in a blanket while my daughter made a cat cone out of a paper plate. She wanted to prevent Matilda from licking herself. We were scared the strip was toxic and she would get sick.

Meanwhile, I called the Animal Hospital. They had another number on their voicemail that I had to call. They said I did the right things so far, then directed me to Animal Poison Control. I waited thirty minutes for an agent to answer the line, but she turned out to be very helpful. The call was well over an hour, and I had to pay a fee for the consultation, but it was well worth it honestly. I feel much better. Also, my vet or I could call back at any time with my case number if needed.

Matilda is doing well for the most part. We haven’t noticed any of the symptoms that were mentioned by the agent. She’s still sticky, so I may need to give her a vegetable oil bath next. After that, I’ll see what the vet says or can do Tuesday, when I bring her in to get spayed.

This kitten is giving me even more gray hairs.


Please Review Me

If you are reading this, please do me a favor. Please take a moment to look over my site and let me know what you think. Comment on this post, or send me information via the feedback form. It means a lot to me. Also, bear in mind, I’m currently moving some things around, and adding new content. I just want to know how things are so far, before I rip it apart again lol. Thanks in advance!


Free Crayola Crayons

In celebration of National Crayon Day, Crayola is giving away one million crayons from March 31, 2022 through May 31, 2022. If you are nearby a participating location, you can register with the following link. You can download up to two vouchers for 32 crayons each, which will need to be presented at your scheduled pick up time. For additional information, visit their site.

https://www.crayolaexperience.com/national-crayon-day-giveaway


For more things like this, please see the Smile, Sparkle, Save section.


Rebates Update

I used to write quite a bit about rebates, but I have since removed all pages and posts on the subject. I just need time to clean things up a bit. Some rules have changed in the rebating world. This has caused other things to change as well. Along with this, some companies have shut down or altered their practices. I want to make sure I’m providing correct information to everyone. Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime, please check out some of the other money saving tips.


Mercury Retrograde 2022

I had a strange feeling, so I looked it up, and I was right. Thank goodness it’s just about over.

If things seem a bit off, you might be experiencing Mercury Retrograde. Check the dates listed below to see if it’s that time of the year. I have mentioned this in a previous post, and since we are on the subject, I just created a new page with some information about it. Please take a moment to click here, to check it out and see what I have so far.

Approximate Dates For MR 2022, according to almanac.com.

  • January 13 to February 3
  • May 10 to June 2
  • September 9 to October 1
  • December 28 to January 18 (2023)

Rearranging Again

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been cleaning and updating a bit here. I’ve added some random pages, removed a few, took down some posts, rebuilt pages, and so on. I kind of do this all the time, but every so often I feel the need to change things up a bit more. My interests, phases, obsessions change so usually this site follows suit. I don’t post often for a few reasons. I don’t like to spam people with things they may not be interested in, and I do tend to either hyper focus too much or I’m frantically scattered all over the place. Why would I want to put anyone else through any of that. Especially people that actually have signed up to receive my blog updates. Although, I have actually recently considered writing a little bit more there. I’ll try to still keep it minimal and hopefully something strikes your interest. Feel free to join in the conversation if you like. I’d also like to get a lot more information on the site. I thought that since I’m constantly on a new search for some sort of knowledge, I would share along the way.

Thanks for joining me in all of my adventures!


Starting Another Ghost Journey

So, I’m obsessed with metaphysical things once again. It’s actually something that kind of always sticks with me, but I go through phases where it’s a bit more of a serious obsession. Like this time, I went all out. I bought an digital voice recorder and a ghost scanner. I tried them each once and that was it.

I’ve been watching the Dead Files and some other shows all the time. I’m looking into different apps, but I’m reading a lot about how they aren’t very reliable. I’m considering a FLIR or maybe a REM Pod, but I’m just not sure yet. I should be good then I think. Maybe.

Then I did some google searching. I asked how to communicate with the dead. I clicked on the WikiHow result, which was last updated recently in 2021. They got into the basics, so I didn’t learn very much, besides maybe how to fine tune a few things. It explains how to use a mirror, a flashlight, and more.

I then ventured to Encyclopedia.com, updated possibly early 2000’s. I learned that “Before the ties were severed to psychics in 1996, the CIA and various U.S. Defense Department intelligence agencies spent $20 million in an effort to turn psychics into spy satellites.”

After that, I wandered over to The Library of Congress and read “Communicating with the Dead: Can the Unknown be Regulated?”. It’s an article about different Acts in the UK against communicating with the dead. The first one was in 1517, which said that anyone engaging in witchcraft would be punished by death.

While it was a bit interesting, none of this is what I needed. I’ll try the DVR and SBox again and see what happens.


New Year Resolution 2022

Okay, so I decided this year I will partake in this whole New Year’s Resolution thing.

I thought maybe it’s time that I stop holding back all of the time. I let my anxiety get the best of me constantly with everything. It controls how and what I say and do. It controls my mind, my body. My medications don’t seem to help. I can’t get into therapy for at least another three months, and that’s just to get on the list. So, you may be subjected to being my only outlet. I’m so sorry in advance.

So, you’ll start seeing a few more posts from me. I can’t promise anything. I may even vent, or just ramble nonsense. Hopefully, it’ll be interesting and you’ll continue to join in on the adventures. You’ll be noticing a bit more things here on the site. I started some of the changes, but I have a lot more to go. I’m a bit excited, but also nervous. I’m terrified of judgement. I don’t want to say the wrong things. I don’t want to offend or upset anyone. I don’t want to cause any problems. I’m paranoid and ridiculous. I’m only making things worse.

So, love me, hate me, or just think I’m the crazy lady with some new weird obsession that I’ve got to share…

Thanks for coming along with me on this never ending journey!

It’s That Time Again

Time to clean up my site. Time to rearrange. Rebuild. Add things, and draft some. I do this a lot more than people realize. I rarely post when I do. I’m not sure what actually constitutes as an “update”, so I don’t bother. I’m constantly tweaking something here and there. Constantly! Is that normal? Do people do this? I think I’m obsessed. Sometimes I just rip the whole thing apart and start over. I often think that no one is really looking at my site anyway. I could move things twenty times without anyone knowing, or even caring that I deleted eight pages already. But then I worry about the possibility that someone is actually using my site and now hate that I moved something. If this is you, please do not hesitate to use the feedback form. I do appreciate input. Otherwise, I’m going to keep building as I go, and hope for the best. Thanks for your continued support!


Try Again Tomorrow?

I spend every day trying my best to stay on track. It’s been more of a struggle for me lately. As usual, I always have a late start to getting my things done. Yesterday, I actually had the motivation to try to find a therapist or psychiatrist. Usually, I either put it off, forget about it, it’s too late to call, or I’m too overwhelmed to deal with it.

I was determined I’d have an appointment set up by the end of the day. I called the number on the back of my insurance card. The agent referred me to mental health services, who I then called. They nicely gave me a few numbers and directed me to their site. I was feeling pretty decent about things so far. There were a few minor setbacks, but I managed.

I had my list and started calling, but literally every number was incorrect. I started googling to find the right numbers. I was running out of time and panicked. I called my insurance back, and the agent suggested locations nowhere near me. She said she was trying to help me, but I was so frustrated to tears and full of anxiety. I told her she was not helpful, thanked her, and ended the call. I hate when I get like that. And now this lady thinks I’m a jerk. I felt so defeated. I made my way into my bedroom so I could quietly sob for a little while. It took me so long to finally do this, and I struggled through it with no appointment made by the end of the day. Again.

Today, I thought I was doing fairly well. Until just now. I just checked the time, and it’s 6:30PM. My daughter had classes, I had a phone appointment, I cleaned here and there, handled some pet craziness, and I’m not sure what else. Oh, I rewrote this post, because I started writing it yesterday and never finished it. What else didn’t I finish? Oh, I didn’t even think once about calling any of those therapist offices to schedule an appointment to help get my head straight. Seriously. Not one thought. Until now, when it’s too late to call anywhere.

I’ll try again tomorrow, and hope for the best.


Quick Note To You

Hello everyone! This is just a quick update. I haven’t created any posts here in a while, but I have been sharing all sorts of things on my social media. Be sure to follow me so you can stay posted.

As always, I’ve been doing all sorts of updates here, adding content, moving things around, cleaning up, and whatnot. I’m constantly doing this, and have tons more yet. Thank you for your patience. Please be sure to fill out the feedback form to let me know how I’m doing so far.

I have a lot going on with home, family, mentally, physically, in life, and in general. It never seems to end. This site kind of always served as an outlet for me. I just wish I could manage to post a bit more. Thank you for your ongoing support of me and my site. The amount of visitors, repeat visits, readers, and followers is always greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!
Lady Skullshine ❤


New Amazon Page

I may be addicted to Amazon. I definitely do a ton of shopping on and I realize that I talk about it often throughout my site. So, I just figured I would make a new page for All Things Amazon. It’s not yet complete. I have a bit more to add yet. Below is just an outline of what I have so far. Check out the new page for more information.

  • Discounts
    • Prime Discount
    • Coupons
    • Discount Codes
  • Cash Back
    • Late Delivery
    • Credit Cards
    • Scan Receipts
  • Gift Cards
    • Reload Promotion
    • Discounted
    • Free Gift Cards
  • Charity
  • Get Paid By Amazon

Go to the All Things Amazon page for more detailed information.


As I stated above, I plan to add some more information. Please check back anytime. Subscribe to get blog updates. Follow on social media for posts and more. I don’t always post the same information across all channels.


Let’s Talk About Receipts

Let me apologize ahead of time for the long post. As boring of a topic it may be for you, it’s actually profitable for me so I wanted to share a few points with you.

Let’s talk about receipts. You know that piece of paper that most of you either don’t take from the cashier or you just toss out right away. Do you know how bad I want to ask for your receipt? Seriously. It’s really awkward, so I don’t, but I’d like to.

If this is you, you’re literally throwing money away. Maybe not a lot, but it adds up. Eventually, it’s enough to pay for something you couldn’t afford before. Or maybe it will just be some extra pocket money. Either way, why not just take that receipt home and make some money off of it? Not to mention, with the cost of things going up these days, this helps to bring it back down. That’s how I think when I use my gas rewards points every month.

Okay, I got you take your receipt home. Now what? It depends on the type of person you are. I constantly change my routine. You can either just scan them right away, or place them somewhere till you have a few. Once you are ready, open the app and start scanning according to the instructions provided. They all seem to be slightly different.

I’ve tried most of them out and have a few favorites. Some of the apps let you link some of your loyalty cards, your email, or your Amazon accounts. I love this feature! Some let you forward receipts. There’s an app that makes you scan every single item purchased, which can be a bit much for me. Everyone is different so you may prefer that more than I do.

Oh, I know, it’s all just a pain in the butt no matter what. Who wants to bother with all that for a few cents? If it helps at all for you to know this, I do the bare minimum. I have all of my accounts linked for automated savings. Otherwise, I miss deadlines, I forget, I get overwhelmed, and so on. I often don’t stick to things for very long. Yet, so far, I’ve made a few hundred dollars back and I still continue to obsess over receipts.

I don’t expect to go through any of what I did when I first started out. I’ve spent so much time and effort trying out apps to get my money back any way I can. Then I share all the information I can with you. Also, I don’t just submit my receipts. I also use cash back credit cards, shop through cash back apps, use promotional codes, and more. Subscribe to follow my adventures of saving money.


Here’s just three of the many apps that I use for my receipts, along with some basic info. The links provided to each site are my affiliate links. In most cases, we both may receive a bonus when you use them to sign up. For more information about these or the other apps that I use, go to the Scan Receipts page.

  • Coupons . com

A lot of people know of the site Coupons.com for printing coupons. Now you can also get cash back from your shopping trips. You would need to add the digital coupons for each store you shop at. If your store loyalty card is linked, you’ll automatically receive a payment via PayPal when you shop. Some stores you will need to submit a picture of your receipt.

  • Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards lets you scan receipts, and also checks your email for digital receipts. This has been great for getting cash back from my Amazon purchases. I just added Giant as well. If you want to try them out, please use my referral link. My code is E4HFT.

  • Pogo

You don’t need to actually scan your receipts with Pogo. You can just link your Amazon, Walmart, PayPal, Walgreens, Target, and others. Every time the app picks up purchases, you’ll get a notification to claim your points. You can also take surveys, get location rewards, and more. Try Pogo with my referral link or use my code 7ZWBV, and connect an account.

To see the rest of the apps that I’m using, visit the Scan Receipts page.


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Stress Free Ink Refills

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and comments out there recently about buying printer ink and all the stress that comes with it. Honestly, I didn’t realize that was still a thing. I haven’t dealt with this agony in several years. I never check my levels, I never run out, I never buy cartridges. I don’t do anything really, besides have a subscription. And, since I rarely print anything, it’s been FREE.

I have an HP Envy printer & use the HP Instant Ink subscription plan. They monitor my ink levels & send me new cartridges whenever I run low. They have a few different plans depending on how much you print and it can be changed as needed. I’m currently allowed up to 15 pages a month. If I go over that, I get charged $1 for each additional 10 pages, which is still less than the next price level.

* I haven’t checked their pricing recently, but for me its always been very affordable & helpful.


Rebates Me

Do you use RebatesMe to get cash back when shopping?

I created an account in February and received a $5 bonus. Then, I got a $1 bonus for installing the browser extension. Each time I place one of my Walmart orders, I click on RebatesMe to get 4.2% cash back. So far, I have accumulated $10.44.

Try them out with my referral link and you’ll get $5 too. My referral code is 4FTZTR. Thanks!



The Struggle Is Real

The struggle really is real, and is a major pain in the buttocks. I nearly threw in the towel and accepted defeat, once again. I had all sorts of plans to share a whole lot of information, updates, financial tips, the freebies I receive, and so much more. I really do want to help everyone I can, without pestering them.

Except, I encounter a slew of roadblocks along the way of trying to do this. I admit that a lot of this is in my head, literally. I have OCD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and on, and on. I’m in a never ending battle with my own self. My mind is constantly going in a ridiculous amount of directions at triple speeds, and I can barely catch up. It’s exhausting, mentally and physically. I also have a ton of stomach issues that are triggered by every little thing. Then add some memory loss, chronic pain, and myalgia to the mix.

Not to mention, of course, being Mom always takes precedence over everything. I have two daughters, our Emotional Support dog, and several fancy rats that keep me on my toes. My youngest daughter has Autism, Tourette’s, DMDD, among other things. I stay in close proximity to her at all times and am always on alert. So it’s sometimes hard to manage other things as well.


I’m not saying any of this as an excuse or for sympathy. A lot of times, in some ways, I actually feel awkward discussing it in general. Yet, I also do want people to know what I experience on a regular basis. I think it helps to know where people are coming from.

A lot of things seem to be a constant struggle for me. It doesn’t matter how tiny or ginormous the issue may be. Nothing really dictates my response to things. For example, a stack of dishes could fall and smash everywhere and I’ll say it’s totally okay, as long as no one was hurt. But God forbid a cup is out of place in the cabinet. I will wreak havoc and lose my mind.


This is just a general recap of most of my sharing experiences…

I find a deal (or even anything in general) that I want to share, and have to decide where to post it. I think how it should be from a central location that can be shared from, but sometimes jump to a different platform. I get hyper focused, putting more thought into it, dissecting it, rewriting again. I want to include as much information as possible, but not be too wordy. I get side tracked a few times, I rethink how to word things, I wonder if anyone will really look at it and if so, what will they think of it, or of even of me. I start to second guess myself, and then my life. I get side tracked again. When I click the app again on my phone, I end up swiping it away. It is either lost forever or saved in my drafts, where I might look at it much later in the future when I’m cleaning things up.

I know, it just sounds like I’m being ridiculous and I should get over it. Believe me, I’ve tried. I push myself all of the time. Sometimes, somehow the more I try, the worse it gets. I can easily become a huge train wreck in no time.


So, in an effort to share deals quickly and easily, without having a mental breakdown or worrying about spamming everyone, I think I may make a Telegram channel. I’m still working out other platforms, so who knows. I also thought about making a blog post for each deal, but I’m pretty sure that my email subscribers would hate me and they will quickly unsubscribe. That would make me extremely sad.

If I decide to use this new channel, my intention is to post often throughout the day. In most cases, that won’t happen. But if it does, it shouldn’t bother anyone too much since they specifically signed up to be inundated with all sorts of savings tips, deals, money makers, rebates, and more.

I suppose I’ll create it and see how I feel about it. Unless of course, no one uses it?


Please don’t let me fall down another rabbit hole…

Does anyone even use Telegram? What is your favorite app to get notifications? Do you have any suggestions for the best ways to share deals quick/often? Comment below with any tips you may have for me.



Mistplay Game Boosts

Mistplay is an app that pays me to play games. I have already made $130 so far. When you use my referral link, I will receive extra points.

At the very least, I try to log into the Mistplay app daily and play for a few minutes. Then I’m able to collect a few streak bonus points (units).

Every so often, a game will be “boosted” for a limited time. This means that units are earned faster with an increased reward speed. I always install these games right away and play them as much as I can until the boost is over.

If you log in now, there are two boosted games. If you haven’t tried the app yet, please use my referral link. More information can be found on the Extra Money page.