How Does Fiverr Work? Buy or Sell Online Services for Just $5.00

How Does Fivver Work

Fiverr has been taking the Internet by storm recently. It’s a great way to make a little extra money or to get something done on a budget. But, it can be a little confusing and there are some things you should know going into it, so that’s where this How Does Fiverr Work guide will come in handy for you.

Fiverr lays it out like this: Sounds pretty simple right? It can be. But, like anything on the Internet, please make sure you are reading ratings and full descriptions of services before you buy and are very accurate in your own descriptions if you sell.

How to Buy Fiverr Services

  • Sign up for an account here
  • Search for what you want done – There really is EVERYTHING available. From professional services like online marketing for your home based business, graphic design and the like – to voice recordings for online personalized birthday greetings, pranks, personalized comic strips and much, much more.
  • Read what you get – Make sure you know what is being offered and all the terms of service the provider has set out.
  • Order – Commit to the purchase and pay.
  • Give your specifications – If you are having graphic services done you may need to provide a sketch. Having voice work done you may need to give names and details for the product to be completed.
  • Receive your service – Some services take longer than others, again READ the terms and know what you expect.
  • Ask for corrections if needed – But do it quickly, Fiverr terms say you only have 48 hours from the time you receive your order completion notice to request any changes, after that you are done.

How to Sell Services on Fiverr

  • Sign up for an account here
  • Know what you are selling – Be specific. Be detailed. Include anything you can think of one way or another to be very clear. The better your description, the less likely confusion will be with your buyers.
  • List it
  • Share & Wait – Let your friends and family know you are offering services and people will start to find you.
  • Fulfill orders – You will get notices alerting you to orders. Do what they ask within the guidelines you said you would and keep in contact with the buyer.
  • Complete the order, collect your money.

How does the money part work?

  • For Buyers – You pay $5.00 for what you ordered. Done.
  • For Sellers – Fivere takes a $1.00 fee from the $5.00 purchase price. You can get your money via Paypal (with additional fees) or a Fiverr Revenues Card (mentioned, but no details given on their site).

More cool services you can buy on Fiverr:

Buy gifts Buy Online Marketing Services Buy songs, voice overs and more Now that you know how Fiverr works? – Will you be trying it? Or have you before?

How To Decorate A School Locker For Less

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Do you have a tween or teen in school with a locker? Have you wanted to know how to decorate a school locker for less seeing all the crazy ways kids are decorating lockers now days?!

My older girls have decorated lockers for a few years. The first year I about had a heart attack and said, “no way!” and had them figure out how to do it for less!

You can see a news segment my daughter and I did for ABC 13 in Houston last year on saving money on lockers HERE.

Price comparison lockers

For the expensive lockers: 

  • Wallpaper Sheets – Target for $15 for 3 sheets ( it will take 6 sheets to 1/2 way do a locker)
  • Black Zebra Locker White Board – PBTeen $19.50
  • Mini Photo Frames – PBTeen $29
  • Locker Carpet – Walmart $9
  • Locker Shelf – Walmart $5
  • Locker Lamp – PBTeen – $24.50

For the budget locker: 

  • Roll of Wrapping paper – Dollar Tree $1
  • Basket - Dollar Tree $1
  • Locker magnetic baskets - Dollar Tree $1
  • Magnets for the wallpaper - Dollar Tree $1
  • Locker Shelf – Walmart (not shown in picture) $5
  • Locker Mirror - Dollar Tree $1
  • Locker Black Board - Dollar Tree $1
  • Microfiber cloth used as locker carpet - Dollar Tree $1

Paige honestly could not tell the difference between the high end locker and the budget locker. According to Paige, either would have been just as cool at school!

One thing that we did not have time for in the video segment was to laminate the wrapping paper. In the past for the girls I have taken the wrapping to a school supply store and paid a few dollars to laminate it so that it held up better through the school year.

Budget Locker Teen decorating

:: Locker on a budget $17::

We use magnets to attach the wrapping paper to the locker walls. You can use tape but Paige has told me horror stories of trying to get it off at the end of school. Magnets worked well for us last year.

This locker also had a locker shelf in it that you can find at Walmart for $5.

For Paige the most important thing to have in her locker was a mirror, shelf, and the magnetic containers on the wall to hold pens and pencils.

Pottery Barn Teen high end locker

:: High End Locker $107::

The wallpaper sheets in the high end locker came from Target. They are really nice and easy to work with, but we used 2 packages ($15 each) on this locker and you can see we needed even more.

The thing that FREAKED me out the most was $29 for the magnetic frames. ARE YOU CRAZY!?

The other tip from Paige is that she thinks the locker lights and locker chandeliers are cute and had one last year. But it only lasted a few days. See they block the hook at the top of the locker where the kids hang their backpacks and it was a hassle to try and maneuver around the lamp and she took it down (along with all her friends) after a few days.

In conclusion, you are more then welcome to spend $100 on your kids locker for school. But acording to the kids we interviewed, they couldn’t tell a difference between items from Pottery Barn and ones from Dollar Tree!

Plus, as we were doing the segment a teacher walked by and asked about the shoot. I explained to her what we were doing and she told us that at the end of the year they line up trash cans all along the hall for kids to clean out their lockers and place trash in. After school was done and the kids were gone, the teachers would pull out all the HIGH END nice locker decorations that all the kids just THREW AWAY!

They use them in their classrooms and save them for kids next year who can’t afford to decorate at all. I almost cried. But the teacher said NO WAY would she spend more then $20 on a locker as she watches the kids just toss it all when school is out!

Do your kids decorate lockers? What so they ask for? What do you spend?? 

Designer Decor For Less – Dinning Room

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I LOVE looking through designer magazines and model homes at the all beautiful furnishings and amazing decorating. But rarely can I ever afford any of it. I often try to re-create the same things that I see for much less.

I love this classic and clean look for a dining room, although mine is usually covered in school work and sewing stuff, this is how I imagine it in my dreams :)

Lowes:
allen + roth Harpwell 6-Light Oil Rubbed Bronze Chandelier $159.00

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Target:

Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche – Prices starting at $19.99
Threshold™ Lennox Nailhead Dining Chair – Set of 2 $135.99
Safavieh Aram Area Rug $279.99

Pier 1:
Nolan Extension Trestle Table $549.99

Bed, Bath & Beyond:
Shatterproof Martini Glass $3.99

Thank you, Money Saving Sisters!

4th of July Candy Craft Snack – Candy Kabobs


If you want to keep your kids (and husband) busy for a while, you can try this cute candy snack that we make for the 4th of July each year to take with us as we watch the fireworks!

All you need are some lollipop sticks or skewers and soft candy. I used mostly gummy candies. I also tried to just use red, white and blue for the 4th of July to make it festive. It would also be cute to do them to match birthday parties with different colors.

I was able to buy ALL the candy at our local convenience store this year. They carry all kinds of bagged prepackaged gummy candy, salt water taffy, and gummy lifesavers. I placed them all in bowls on the table, gave each child/Dad a lollipop stick and let them at it!

This is the one Paul made, actually one of the 10, he really got into it with the girls! We packaged ours in little gift bags with ribbon tied around the top. The sticks and bags we put them in cost $1.75 each at Walmart. You can find these in the craft section at your local store.

On the ones for the girls we have little necklaces for the 4th to go with them, turned out really cute!

Do you have any cute crafts for the 4th?

Designer Decor For LESS! Girls Bedroom!

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I LOVE looking through designer magazines and model homes at the all beautiful furnishings and amazing decorating. But rarely can I ever afford any of it. I often try to re-create the same things that I see for much less.

This is a beautiful kids room with the ever so popular Owl theme, re-created for much less!

Walmart: 

Finley-Twin-Headboard-White-Finish $99.99
Sauder Shoal Creek White Nightstand $69.00

Target:
Circo Love N Quilt Set $69.99
Nayeli’s Charm Oval Rug $99.99
Cocalo Baby Plush Owl $19.99
White Resin Table Lamp $38.99

Pottery Barn Kids:
Sabrina Toy Chest $99.99

Free Download:
8×8 Butterfly Wall Art

Thank you Money Savings Sisters!

Ed Emberley Books – Deeply discounted! Keeps the kids busy! :) $3.96!

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I discovered Ed Emberley books quite a few years ago when I was doing a lot of ceramics. They are some of my kids favorite books and my favorite gifts to give my kids friends and teachers. THEY KEEP KIDS BUSY!

I also use the ideas to make cute pots for gifts…

Teachers Gift Kids Handprint Art

This year I wanted to make Herb Gardens for the Teacher’s with kids handprint art on the pots. They turned out DARLING and I think we will be doing them again!

Anyway, the Ed Emberley books are on sale today REALLY discounted, like as low as $3.96!!!! Which is an unheard of price for his books! Go HERE to check them out!

Calendar Kids Handprint Art Quilts - Marcia Layton

Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book - Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book - Ed Emberley

Happy Hands and Feet: Art Project’s for Young Children - Cindy Mitchell

How to shop a Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale!

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We are getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale. If you like to shop VS but find it pricy, this is the time to think about checking them out!

When is the Semi-Annual Sale:
There are 2 Semi-Annual Sales yearly. Typically they will start in May (online) and June (in-store) or December/early January (online) and January (in-store).

There are a few tips to shopping this sale and few things that you need to know. First, the sale starts with items about 50% off. BUT, they will be marking items lower a few days later all the way down to 75% or more. If you take a look at your receipt you will see that they have a “price adjustment” policy which means if the price goes LOWER within 14 days of purchasing your item they will give you back the difference.

What does this mean for you? 

  • Get in their early, shop, and then follow these directions:
  • Shop within the first few days of the sale. This is when all the good sizes ( XS, S, M,L ), and the good colors are available.
  • Realize that you are buying the item hoping it will go lower then the 50% off. You might have to out the money out ahead of time and then be willing to return it if it doesn’t go lower.
  • Head into your store a few times. They out items on sale at different times and bring our more items throughout the sale. The first few days are items they want to get rid of fast. Such as a lot of the PINK items and college items.
  • Save EVERYTHING. Leave the tags on the clothes and leave them in the bag WITH the receipts. You don’t know if you will be returning it, and you need to have your receipts.
  • Check back at your store in the last few days of the sale and see when they go 75% off! Every store is different as to what is the last day of their sale. I am GUESSING that they will be marking down more items around January 9th this year.
  • If you purchased your items within 14 days of the day your store going 75% off, all you will need to do, is take in your receipt, go to the register and ask for a price adjustment. They scan the receipt and give you a refund for any price difference between then and now! It’s super easy and takes no more than 10 mins depending on how much you bought.
  • If your purchase exceeds 14 days you need to take all the unworn clothing and your receipts back with you. You will do a full return, and get a full refund. Then repurchase all the items back at the 75% off price!
  • HEADS UP: Sometimes at the 75% off time, occasionally an item will go back to full price! Be aware of this while making a return or price adjustment, you will need to pay attention. If you are ok paying the price you did, keep it. If not, return it.

Some cashiers get grouchy about doing the price adjustment, you are not doing anything wrong, just look at the back of your receipt for the details and maybe remind them at this is their policy.

* Also you can NOT use coupons with this sale. Just a heads up.

Here are a few more tips: 

  • The sale starts online first, in fact it has already started but is much better in-store.
  • The first day is CRAZY, just be prepared for madness in the store.
  • If you like matching sets, get those first. They will sell out.
  • The winter sale is always better then the summer sale. Just my opinion…

Let us know what you find and feel free to ask any questions. We are a community here and can help each other!

Summer Movie Express $1 Movies For Kids!

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If you are looking for something to do this summer make sure to look and see if the Regal Theaters have the $1 movies for kids in your area.

The 2014 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Please see your local theatre for program start date. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Go HERE to check your state and city!

Week Title Rating Start Time
1 Hotel Transylvania PG 10am
1 The Smurfs 2 PG 10am
2 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 PG 10am
2 The Pirates: Band of Misfits PG 10am
3 Arthur Christmas PG 10am
3 Despicable Me 2 PG 10am
4 The Lego Movie PG 10am
4 Free Birds PG 10am
5 Adventures of TinTin PG 10am
5 Rise of the Guardians PG 10am
6 Kung Fu Panda 2 PG 10am
6 Madagascar 3 PG 10am
7 The Croods PG 10am
7 Epic PG 10am
8 Turbo PG 10am
8 Walking with Dinosaurs PG 10am
9 Mr. Peabody & Sherman PG 10am
9 Rio 2 G 10am

Traveling with kids – Packing the Car Tips and Tricks


Traveling with kids is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get…

My parents always traveled with us 6 kids growing up. We never flew anywhere. Paul and I do the same with our kids, we drive any place that we have to go. For a few reasons…

  • 9 plane tickets is expensive
  • When we get there, no one has a vehicle that we can rent that will fit all of us. We have to rent 2 and that stinks.
  • They get to see the country
  • We get to spend more time together

Yes there are many drawbacks, but that is another post! There are a few things that I do to get ready each time. Make sure that the oil is changed, the car is vacuumed out, and the laundry is done.

Each child is allowed a back pack and a duffle bag or their rolling suitcase. The back pack goes on their lap or under their feet in the front of the car, this is what you can find in them:

  • Books
  • iPod and ear phones
  • 1 change of clothes and P.J.’s
  • Personal things they want to have with them while driving
  • Blankies

They are not allowed to drag a bunch of stuff into the car, all they can have is what they can fit in the backpack. This is also what they will bring into the hotel/motel when we stop. We don’t want to unpack the entire car each time we stop, so this is their overnight bag also.

In the duffle is the rest of anything they are bringing, all their clothing etc. Each child also travels anywhere we go, day to day in town as well, with a water bottle that is their own and that they are responsible for filling up when we stop.

Behind the driver’s seat, is where I always have had the baby seat. This works for us as a lot of open space for extra things since it is not interfering with anyones legs. I have 2 tall Rubbermaid’s with lids that hold a few important things…

First one is filled with all the snacks. I try and not get anything that has a lot of little wrappers as I don’t want them all over the car. This time we have fruit snacks, nuts, M&M’s, beef jerky, apples, granola bars etc.

Second one is the art box. This has anything that I am bringing for the kids to do. Crayons, colored pencils, paper etc. This box will also go in the back row under the little kids feet there, a big kid can help them get things out of it.

Last is the yellow bag you can see, this has diapers, wipes, books and a few things for the baby. I usually have a package of wipes in each row of the car. You always seem to need wipes!

In the back of the car are all the duffles and suitcases. Plus the cooler, unless it is on the hitch haul on the back of the truck, and a few more Rubbermaid’s.

I have a small bucket for all the electronic cords for all the devices that come along. Otherwise they are falling out of everywhere and kids are losing chargers. I have even written on the lid what we have with us on trips to keep from leaving a charger in a hotel room or a cord somewhere. Kind of anal I know…

The last few buckets are all the supplies to make breakfast ( if needed) lunch, and snacks on the road. We like to stop at rest stops or when we get gas, make sandwiches and swap out snacks. It really saves us a lot of money to not eat out along the way, plus it is just healthier for you.

A 6 pack of soda {the bottles with the tops on them} is $3.48 at Walmart. These 20 oz. sodas in a gas station are $1.39 – $1.59 each! I pay $.58 by getting them at Walmart before we leave and keeping them in the cooler. We stocked up on Goldfish from the mega event sale at Kroger last month for $1 each, price matched at Walmart. The chips I got at Randalls BOGO last week and the fruit was price matched at Walmart from Fiesta grocery store. I cut all the fruit up before we left and used leftover Glade Christmas containers to store it all in. I would rather have the kids snacking on fresh fruit then junk all day in the car. Somehow a large bag of M&M’s made it in… but that is ok! We are teaching the baby her colors and that is the only way to do it right?!

Traveling with the kids can be a lot of fun, you can even make it easier on yourself by having things for the kids to do in the car, and keeping the car uncluttered and organized.

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How To Use Instagram and Have Fun!

Instagram is a free app that you can get on your iPhone or Android. You can take pictures and apply filters making your pictures really cool and fun to look at! It is right on your phone and you can instantly post your pictures to Twitter, Facebook and even email them.

* I took that picture above this fall. Those are my kids. I realized they were all sitting on the same side of the table and I was shocked how many there were!! When did I have sooo many kids!

Plus you can tag the pictures and see thousands of other photos with the same tag. To tag a photo you add a # to the front of the topic. Like #kidsatbeach #redheads then you can see other people who have tagged the same kind of photos.

I keep looking for the #juicing #healthyeating and I can see all the other photos people have taken.

These are my daughters this past summer, the oldest and the youngest. Having this app on my phone makes it so that I can take pictures all the time as I always have my phone on me.

You can follow your friends and family and keep up with them as well. You can follow me at Mylitter. (The site seemed to be down as none of my pics were showing up earlier today)

There is a star looking button in the app that is a “popular” button which will show you all the trending photos.

I use the regular camera feature on my phone and then I import the photo into my Instagram to change it around and apply the filters. That way I have a regular copy of the photo.

The regular photo is on the left and the Instagram after the filters on the left.

* I am posting this recipe tomorrow, just FYI.

Once you have downloaded the app you can play around with it and check out all the different settings. There really isn’t anything you can mess up, I promise.

I have found this to be a really good way to keep in touch with the Grandparents that live far away with our everyday lives.

Above is the photo I took on my camera, on the right I cropped it and added a filter to make it a much cuter picture. She is cute anyway, I just made her “pop” more!

Anyway, to wrap up this rediciously long post, Instagram is a fun way to stay connected and take great photos! Go HERE to download the app!