Amateur Wedding Photographer

A couple of years ago one of my husband's best friends got married. They had a very low-key, quiet, intimate wedding. They invited about 20 of their closest friends to go camping for the weekend, renting out all available cabins at Wapiti Woods in Pennsylvania.

They had some professionals there, like the caterers and flowers and cake, but mainly had friends help them with the wedding. My husband was the DJ, another friend videotaped the event, and I was asked to do photography.

Their 2nd anniversary is coming up in July and the groom has asked me to pick a few pictures from their wedding day, do some post processing, and make a story board for him to give his bride for their anniversary.

I played around a bit tonight and these are the photos I came up with so far. What do you think?

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One Messy Car

I'm joining in with others at Rocks in my Dryer for another carnival. This time, it's to list all the items currently in your car.

I found the following in my Pacifica this afternoon;

  • 2 packs of Baby Wipes
  • Some napkins from McDonald's
  • An umbrella
  • Various insurance papers and police report from when my car was stolen in August 2007
  • An assortment of CD's
  • A couple of sugar packets, from McDonald's
  • Various highlighters, pens, pencils
  • A handful of change
  • A can of Lysol wipes
  • A diaper
  • Detangling spray bottle
  • Handsanitizer bottle
  • 2 car seat pillows
  • A Spongebob children's camping chair
  • 3 pairs of children's rubber boots
  • 3 pairs of children's sneakers
  • 2 fleece hoodie sweatshirts
  • 1 sweater
  • A bottle of sunscreen
  • A bottle of bug repellent
  • A sleeping bag bag, no sleeping bag, just the bag it goes in!
  • A First Aid Kit
  • Hidden Pictures puzzle book
  • A case of water
  • A candy cane ornament my 3 year old made at preschool for Christmas
  • My daughter's digital camera
  • Various pieces of garbage, including empty water bottles, gum wrappers, etc.

Works for me Wednesday-CashCrate

I've read a lot about Get Paid To (GPT) sites online since I began my search for ways to make some extra money. I read several posts and articles on GPT and decided to try complete a few surveys to familiarize myself with the Get Paid To market. I discovered that Get Paid To sites can be very lucrative if you know how to work them to get the most out of the time you've invested.

Get Paid To programs require you to sign up and get paid to complete surveys and offers. Most of the time the offers are 100% free, but the higher paying ones require a credit card to sign up for a NetFlix trial or something similar.

When you sign up you get several different options for surveys and offers you can complete with varying amounts of payout.

You can do a lot of free surveys that pay $0.50-$1.00 offers or you can participate in big ones that pay up to $40.00 and more.

You can make pretty good money by just filling out surveys and offers for a couple of hours per day without ever having a single referral!

How do Get Paid To sites work?

Companies need consumers to try and review products, services, and websites and are willing to pay money to have them do so. Most of the time you're asked to do this without any compensation, what GPT sites do is take the money companies give them for your participation, and give you back up to 75% of it!

I didn't want to waste my time with a program that wasn't proven to satisfy their members for a long period of time. I was happy to discover that CashCrate are completely legitimate and pay their members very well.

Why did I choose CashCrate?

This Get Paid To site offers a great bonus. They pay you up to 30% of all the earnings of your first level referrals and 20% of all the earnings of your second level referrals.

This is also one of the only sites that offers membership to international members. Members from the United States and other English speaking countries will have the most offers available to them however.

This is not multi-level marketing, you profit more by your referrals simply filling out surveys and completing offers than from their recruits.

CashCrate is by far the very best program I have come across. I have found it very easy to consistently make a good amount of money by simply filling out surveys and completing free offers.

How much can you make when will you get paid?

How much you make is dependent on what country your from and how much time you're willing to devote to making money. Most members have the potential to make over a thousand!

Payments are processed by the 20th of the following month for members with a minimum payout of $10. So, the money you earn in May, you'll get paid on June 20th. This is a very easy payout to achieve, I made well over $20 in the very first hours after I signed up! The payout is easily attainable within the first day of participation.

What's the best way to get started?

Once you sign-up you'll be sent a brief message on how to complete offers as well as a "fast-track" list of offers to be completed immediately because of their high payout and short time to complete.

How does the referral program work?

There are two levels to the referral program. You get paid up to 20% of the earnings of your direct referrals and 10% of THEIR referrals. Members can easily make hundreds per month just on referrals! You'll also receive a $3.00 bonus for each referral who meets the $10 minimum payout.

Do I have to refer others?

I hate programs where you get pressured into signing other people in order to be successful and make money. You can easily make money on CashCrate without ever making a single referral!

The easiest way to do this is to simply take part in the daily surveys. Get paid $0.80 each time you complete a daily survey. You can take 2 new surveys every 24 hours! Doing just this guarantees over $24 per month alone!

Another easy way to make an extra $100-$200 a month is by doing the free offers and trials.

However, if you want to share your success with others, CashCrate has one of the best referral systems out there!

CashCrate Referral Program

With CashCrate you are paid for two levels of referrals. The first level of referrals are those directly referred by you. The second level of referrals are those who sign up under your recruits. This way you get paid for whoever you get to sign up AND for whoever they get to sign up.

When you join, you start at the Bronze Level. At this level you earn 20% of what your direct referrals earn and 10% of what your second level referrals earn.

The rest of the referral program looks like this:
Bronze-0 active referrals-20% first level, 10% second level
Silver-50 active referrals-25% first level, 10% second level
Gold-150 active referrals-25% first level, 15% second level
Platinum-300 active referrals-30% first level, 15% second level
Elite-500 active referrals-30% first level, 20% second level

Don't worry! Your referrals aren't getting paid any less. This is extra money that you get paid in addition to what they get paid.

You'll also receive a $3.00 bonus for each referral who meets the $10 minimum payout. As well as a $1.00 bonus for every active referral from the United States who completes their first offer.

I compared this referral program to other GPT sites and CashCrate has the highest payouts I've seen anywhere!

If you decide to sign up for CashCrate, please use my link. This will help me on my quest to become debt free and reach my financial goals more quickly. It will also allow me to help you on your own path to success with CashCrate.

Want more Works For Me Wednesday posts? Head on over to Rocks in my Dryer for the complete list of participants!

Take Eco-Quizzes!

As I was browsing the internet for some good go-green tips I found this fun site, Eco-Quizzes!

You can take a quiz to find out if you're squeezing every mile out of your last gallon of gas. Great considering the skyrocketing of gas prices lately!

Another quiz lets you test your eco-anxiety. You can test your Eco-IQ. There are also quizzes for each part of your home, the laundry room, the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom,and the living room.

Take quizzes about which eco-celebrity you are, back to school, organic foods, and more!

Go Green Tip of the Week #4

Going green is a gradual process, make one tiny change each week, and you'll be an eco-savior before you know it!

Eco-Friendly Kabobs
Along with Labor Day and the Fourth of July, more Americans get a hankering for cookouts and weenie roasts on Memorial Day than any other day of the year. And whether the menu consists of burgers, bratwursts, T-bones or pork butt, Memorial Day is a big day for meat. With the livestock sector responsible for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined emissions of all forms of transportation, all those beef burgers add up to extra carbon in the atmosphere.

If you're among the millions of grilling enthusiasts firing up the barbie on Monday, consider a meal with a lower eco-impact. Because beef production releases three times more greenhouse gases than the production of chicken or fish, you'll make a big dent in your Memorial Day emissions by skipping the burgers and grilling up more chicken, fish and veggies instead.

If you must have red meat, purchase locally raised meat products that support small grass farms in your region and preserve green spaces that house biodiversity. And purchase less of it. Instead of serving an eight-ounce New York strip to each person, slice up two steaks and slide them on skewers with onions, green peppers and tomatoes for a delicious and eco-conscious meal that will probably save you money too.

This week's tip comes from The Green Guide

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Sunday's Favorite Five-Recipes

Welcome to my first Favorite Five post! As I browse the internet every day, I often find new recipes to try. This week I am posting my top 5 favorite recipes for the week. I've included a main course dish, an appetizer, beverage, side dish, and of course, dessert!

One of my all time favorite appetizers is stuffed mushrooms (recipe from I usually put them on the grill during the summer, but they can easily be baked in the oven as well. Although this recipe calls for sausage, any type of meat can be used, or no meat at all. I've made stuffed mushrooms with sausage, bacon, and crab meat. Sometimes I'll go a little crazy and add bleu cheese or Parmesan cheese to the mixture as well.

I haven't always been a fan of lasagna, mainly because I don't like the ricotta cheese that most recipes call for, something about the texture. I found this recipe for lasagna at Pioneer Woman Cooks. No ricotta cheese in sight! Yay. This lasagna is every bit as delicious as PW claims. It's become one of my family's favorite meals. The best part is that PW posts step-by-step directions along with pictures, making this lasagna very easy to make. It can also be frozen and baked at a later date.

One of the best parts of summer for me is Sun Tea. I've heard some controversy over whether or not it's safe, but I'll take my chances! This recipe comes from and anyone can make it!

I love coleslaw, but I am extremely picky. It can't be too tangy, not too much dressing, no poppy seeds, etc. My favorite slaw comes from Kentucky Fried Chicken, so when I found this recipe I was ecstatic! Provided by RecipeZaar this slaw is just like the one you get at KFC.

Who doesn't love cheesecake? Kraft Foods is one of my favorite recipe sites and this month's magazine features a delicious, no bake, strawberry cheesecake. Yum, yum, yum! With seven simple ingredients and no baking required, I'm sure this Strawberry Fields No Bake Cheesecake will become a family favorite!

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