All posts by LadySkullshine

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

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So, I don’t write as much as I’d like to, because I never really know what to say. Not to mention, I always seem to have something going on in my life. It’s literally crazy on a daily basis, that it’s pretty much normalized at this point. While it consumes me constantly in one way or another, I wouldn’t even know where to start if I were to write about any of it. I honestly have thought about it though.

But I do update this site often. It’s easy for me to pop on here in between the chaos and quickly add something or make a change.

During my recent visits, I’ve noticed a bit more activity on here. I hope that the changes I’ve made have been helpful. I actually have a lot more information to add. I think that with an upcoming update, I would like to add more media too. Please be patient and do continue to check back often. Thanks!


Saving Basics

Are you looking for ways to save money? Or maybe you want to earn a few extra bucks. There’s lots of ways to do either of these. But, let’s just start with the basics. For example, saving on an order in general. In person versus online.

Before shopping anywhere, look for deals. Also, see if you can purchase a discounted gift card first. Then log into your account or loyalty app to get any deals possible. Click to activate all coupons, and offers in loyalty apps. Watch to make sure that discounts are applied at checkout. Also, always use a payment card that gives you cash back.

If it’s an in person order, be sure to get your receipt so you can submit it to different apps for more money back.

If you are ordering online, check to see if you can get another discount. You may be able to shop through a cash back app or shopping extension. Also look for coupon codes to use at checkout. Make sure your Amazon and email accounts are connected to your receipt scanning apps so you get all of your points.

For more information, see the Money Saving Tips page.


Get Paid For Receipts Updated

I haven’t talked about it for a while, but yes I’m still obsessed with receipts. For those that are not very familiar with this, you can actually get money back from your receipts. All you have to do is take a picture of them, then submit them on an app. Some apps let you connect your email or Amazon accounts, which will then be scanned for e-receipts. It may not seem like a lot of money at first, but it does add up. Especially when you use multiple apps. I have made about $650 so far by doing this. My family no longer makes fun of me for requesting receipts for everything.

I have updated the Submit Receipts page to include apps that:

  • have been successful
  • I’m currently testing
  • I stopped using and why

If you try out any of the apps, please use my referral links and codes so that we both may receive a bonus.

If there’s any that you use that I haven’t mentioned, please comment below. I love learning about new apps.

Thank you!

Telegram users, please also follow my SSS Telegram channel.


Site Map

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I tend to move things around a lot. However, I do try to keep it organized as much as possible. When in doubt, always check with the Site Map. I do need to add quite a few pages to it, but it’s updated for the most part. If you haven’t been there yet, please check it out.

Oh and if you ever want to bookmark my site, please use the home page. That will get you back here, and prevent any possible broken links.

Also, don’t forget that feedback is always appreciated. Thank you!


IEP Advice

I’ve been reading a lot about people having issues with this recently. So here’s my advice, as I literally just went through this.

*** If you have an IEP for your child, make sure the school is adhering to it. If not, call a meeting to address it right away. Make requests even if you think they’ll say no. They have to accommodate your child within reason. Always push for whatever your child needs to have the best learning experience possible. ***

I’ve had an IEP for Scarlet for several years. She is autistic with Tourettes, DMDD, ADHD, anxiety, and more. At her own enthusiastic and long thought out request, I switched her from five years of specialized online school to in person learning this year. However, the first day was entirely too overwhelming for her. As much as she wanted to do it, she only made it a few hours, and didn’t return for a week. In the meantime, I requested partial online, part in person learning with shorter days, plus a few other accommodations. They took the day to review it with the director since they don’t do this for anyone else. They approved all of it!!! As she gets more comfortable, or if it doesn’t work out, we can make further adjustments. She went back to school yesterday and loved it!


Penny Shopping

Did you know that your Dollar General store might actually have items for only one penny? It’s kind of like a treasure hunt though. It’s not advertised anywhere for the public.

There’s a few rules to this. Number one is that you don’t ever go into the store and ask where the penny items are. It’s an unspoken thing. There’s a few other things to know.

To learn more about this, visit the Dollar General Penny Shopping page.


New Survey Sites Page

I’ve been doing some rearranging, and thought that I would move the survey section to it’s own page.

There are several apps and sites that will pay you to take their surveys. A lot of them are very time consuming, and don’t pay very well. I have done several of them, and gave up quickly. I have a short attention span, get confused easily, and forget. So surveys aren’t the best for me. I have read about lots of people having a ton of success, so please do not let me discourage you. I hope to focus on this a lot more now.

On the new Survey Sites page, you will find the ones that I have been able to manage so far. I’ve made about $500 with them, and I’m currently testing a few others. Try some out with my referral links so that we both may receive an added bonus. Thanks!


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.


This site is updated often. Please be sure to bookmark the Home Page so you’re able to find your way back to visit again.


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!