Browse Author by Emma
I'm a 33 year old mum, wife, preggo from Perth, Western Australia.
Motherhood

New year, new me

So I woke up today and decided to have a makeover. With my pregnancy curves I was really feeling Kim Kardashian vibes. I wouldn’t need to do that much really, just a nice olive tan, some dark defined eyebrows and luscious dark hair.

Tan, eyebrows, hair – Easy peasy

STEP 1: APPLY TAN

A few seconds in (like literally one swipe of the tan mitt) I was frothing about how great the colour and application was. I then attempted my back which turned out patchy with a side of leprosy. Halfway through application Will woke up so I had to walk like a scarecrow to go get him. Mission get-toddler-out-of-a-cot-without-getting-any-tan-on-him was a success. Tan application complete (who needs an even tan on their back anyway) I was ready for the next step.

STEP 2: TINT EYEBROWS

I applied the brow tint and set the timer for 20 minutes. I got a little overconfident drawing bigger and bigger brows. Unable to get them even, I gave up with one arched a few mm more than the other. I didn’t put enough of the mixture on my brows so it didn’t peel off like the box promised, I had to pinch off the tint. Not to be deterred by the lack of result I decided while Will was distracted with pens on the floor I would move on.

STEP 3: DYE HAIR

My hair was bleached and I didn’t want to risk it going green so I opted for a burgundy. The dye packet said 5-30 minutes so I thought 30 minutes was perfect to achieve the rich burgundy I had in mind. It also took 30 minutes to wipe all the red dye off my skin so I didn’t look like a murder scene victim. I would like to point out that if the packet had said ‘your hair will turn orange like you belong in a hippie commune’ then I may have decided on a different colour.

STEP 4: THE REVEAL

$55 later the results were in. Although it was meant to be dark olive, my skin must have been so pale that it tinted to a shade of white girl gone orange. My hair is also a shade of orange, the exact shade I know my husband dislikes. I’ll have to draw on the eyebrows.

Move over Kimmy K

OK so the makeover was a bit of a let down, maybe I just need some contour? Botox? Facial reconstruction? Now to decide whether to spend the last of my money on Katsu chicken or brown hair dye… decisions, decisions.

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Love & Spirituality

Remember to trust the universe

I’ve been in a spiritual rut lately and I haven’t been trusting the universe. I’ve been anxious and worried, blaming my crystals for my bad fortune, threatening to bury them in the garden or throw them in the bin. Hormonal much? So I decided to do what I always do when I’m in a state of turmoil, I did a card reading.

The guidance card I picked was ‘let it go’, meaning there is no need to struggle or stress, the universe will take care of you. I also did a card reading for Pete and he got the same card. Twinsies! Life has been exceptionally easy since we have taken that on board and everything is just working in our favor. Our abundance of good fortune is back!

I’m particularly impressed that Will has eaten broccoli two days in a row after a 6 month strike. If you feel like you’re in a rut then remember that tomorrow is a new day and everything can change in an instant. You just need to trust the universe.

 

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Love & Spirituality

My lucrative book deal

I know, I know I’ve said this before, I’m writing a book and you’re sick of hearing about it. I told my husband last month that I was writing a new book and he asked me what happened to the first one, basically it was too hard so I gave up. This one I’m inspired about, it puts my gyspy soul on fire and I’m writing it for ME. Anyway enough about the book, I really just want to tell you about this exciting opportunity that I received from a publisher! A real live publisher. Now I know the opportunity wasn’t specific to me because I just clicked on a google ad BUT in my defence that has worked out for me in the past (sort of) so I took it as a sign that the universe was trying to send me a message!

OK so I clicked on the ad that promised a free guidebook on how to publish your own book (Did I mention it was free?!) and entered my deets. I got a call a couple of days later from Balboa press, a division of Hayhouse publishing who publish spiritual, positive books. Right up my fucking alley. SO I’m talking to this lady, she’s loving my book, we’re vibing, she’s totally going to sign me up for a book deal, I can see millions of dollars in my bank account BUT then she asks what professional experience I have (uh oh) and how long I’ve been writing for (shit) and then her pitch changes. She gets more EXCITED! She loves that I haven’t been discoverd, that I’m ‘raw talent’ because does she have the deal for ME! For 30 days she can give me FREE access to the author centre which is made for newbies like me. I can get all sorts of advice from all kinds of important books people. Just cancel before the 30 days and you won’t need to pay $13.95 per month.

So obviously I knew this was a sales call (I’m not an idiot) so I start to distance myself from her…

ME: ‘I’m having a baby so I’m too busy.’ (how am I ever going to write a book)

LADY: ‘Well better do the 30 days free now before he arrives.’ (ooh she’s good)

ME: ‘I really want to think about this.’ (I’m panicking)

LADY: ‘Well don’t think too long because this offer is only for a limited time.’ (it isn’t)

ME: ‘Thank you, how do I get in contact with you?’ (She’s losing me)

LADY: ‘I will send you an email with all our details.’ (So long sucker)

Moral of the story? Stop clicking on google ads!

xx That Gypsy Mum xx

 

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Review

Getting paid for online surveys

OK so you know how I’m all about that side hustle? Well getting paid for online surveys is my latest thing. Two weeks ago I saw a google ad claiming you can earn $500 a week from surveys. A normal person would think scam alert and move on but all I heard was DING! DING! DING! So I risked having my identity stolen, entered all my personal details and signed up to 16 different survey sites in one go. In two weeks I’ve managed to earn $60.78 which is pretty good for someone on a low income. Be warned, not all survey sites are legit so read my reviews below before signing up.

Edit: In one month I have made $90 in gift vouchers, $40 in paypal and $20 cash in my bank. That’s just by doing surveys while watching TV. 

Ranked in order from highly recommend to don’t even bother my online survey recommendations are:

Survey Choice 

This is definitely number one on my list. They email you regular survey opportunities, tell you how much you can earn per survey and it’s been easy to qualify for them. In two weeks I’ve earnt $13.50 from short surveys while watching TV at night. The average survey is about 10 minutes and earns you about $1.00. If you don’t qualify for a survey or it times out then you still earn $0.10. Minimum redeemable reward value is $20 either straight into your bank account or through gift cards. Worth signing up for, you also get a $5 referral bonus when a friend signs up and does a survey (maxes out at $25). Takes about a week for the funds to be deposited in your account.

Valued Opinions

This was the first survey site I joined 9 years ago and would be my number one choice but you don’t get paid in cash, only gift cards. It doesn’t take long to earn a reward as surveys are generally $2 for 20 minutes. Unfortunately there’s no reward for timing out or not qualifying but I found that I qualify for a lot of them. Gift cards are emailed quickly (almost immediately) and the minimum amount needed to redeem is $20.

Toluna Surveys

This one has a point system. Basically you need 30,000 points for a $10 reward. I think it’s 300 points for a 10 minute survey. This one rates at number 3 because I did a 4.5 hour survey for $35. Most of the surveys are 15 minutes, easy to qualify for and funds can be paid into your paypal account or via gift cards.

Global Test Market

This has provided the most amount of survey opportunities but I probably only qualify for about 50% of them. They reward you in ‘lifestyle points’ which add up to earn you vouchers. A 10-15 minute survey earns you 100 lifestyle points and the minimum you need to redeem is 1250 lifestyle points for a $10 giftcard. I was doing a big 40 minute survey for 500 lifestyle points yesterday and it timed out meaning I got nothing but some sweep entries into their monthly draw. Cheers mate. Over the past two weeks I’ve earned 1410 lifestyle points (approx. $11.28) and 460 sweeps into their monthly draw, that shows just how many surveys I didn’t qualify for.

My opinions 

Another point system but easier to follow. You need 1000 points for $10 cash. I got 90 points from just doing profile (registration) surveys. I started to ignore these emails because I was getting so many from different sites but finally logged in today and qualified for one. You can get 220 points for 23 minutes. If you time out you still get 20 points and a competition entry. This is one I will start pursuing because you get about $1 for a 10 minute surveys which is up there with the sites mentioned above.

Mint surveys

It took quite a while for the survey opportunities to start being sent through to me so I haven’t actually done any yet. I logged in and I have 20 points from registration surveys and need 100 points for a $10 gift card. May move up this list if I start doing them regularly.

Panel Station

Another points one. You need 3000 points to start redeeming through paypal although I’m uncertain of what amount that yields. By completing my profile surveys I was able to earn 1520 points so already halfway there. There seems to be lots of survey opportunities available however I never qualify for them. It has a mobile app which sent me heaps of notifications but unfortunately it’s not user friendly on my device, I would give it a go on an ipad for sure. Points expire with this one, not sure how often. I might persist a little longer then give up.

Livetribe

Another points system. This one you need 42,000 points for $50 paypal cash. They have an app that was sending me daily notifications (plus lots of emails for opportunities) but the app isn’t functional on my phone either. So far from registration and a couple of surveys I have 2450 points. I had an opportunity today to earn 2000 points ($2.40) for a 30 minute survey which just wasn’t worth it. Don’t bother doing a survey if it works out to be less than $1 per 10 minutes.

You Gov

These seem like good and relevant surveys but you need 5000 points for $23.95 for paypal (it converts from a different currency) and I realised that valued opinions offers you surveys from them so you might as well complete all your surveys on there and save yourself logging into multiple sites. I have 150 points from registration and two surveys. Stick to Valued Opinons.

MOB ROG

So this one you only need to earn $8.50 to cash out into your paypal and they also have an app but it isn’t user friendly on my phone. Unfortunately I’ve only received 2 emails and haven’t qualified for any surveys. I logged in to find 3 current survey opportunities but clicked on 2 and they said their quota was full, clicked on the other and it said I didn’t qualify without even asking me questions. It said a 10 minute survey would earn you $1.36 which is quite good but I don’t know if I’ll bother trying with this one. You don’t earn anything for not qualifying and so far I have earned a big fat zero.

Online survey bureau

It looks like the surveys for this one only earn you entries to win cash. Not keen. Next.

Myview

I couldn’t even login. Probably where my recent explosion in email and text message scammers came from.

Rewards Central

This site does not seem user friendly or professional, very gimmicky with too much going on and no surveys. Another points system, I somehow earnt 431 but am not going to bother with this one either. You need 1110 for $10 but I won’t waste any more time on it. Also it looks like points expire if not redeemed in a month.

Mysurvey.net.au

Didn’t get anywhere with this one because when I clicked on the registration link in my email my virus protection said I would get scammed.

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