3 Step Method to Saving Hundreds Each Year On Nearly All of Your Online Shopping

Here is a simple tutorial on how to save more money on clothes, gas, whatever you normally buy, using cashback deals and discounted gift cards. I spend and save a boatload by using this method with ebay drop-shipping at times, but also for personal expenses.
First, sign up for EBATES and have their browser extension installed in your chrome browser, or start from the raise store link on the EBATES website.  Activate the EBATES 1% off once you’re at raise, if using the browser extension. It will pop up and alert you as soon as you get there. When you buy through EBATES you get an extra 1% off what you’re about to buy… what is it, you ask? Discounted gift cards!
Next, sign up for Raise.com and get a free $5 introductory credit through my referral link. Once you’re there, search for the store you are interested in buying from, and buy gift cards (digital codes or vouchers) for that retailer. For example, I just saw a 9% off TJ Maxx gift card that was $113 for only $102.83. After the EBATES rebate credit discount, it would be $101.80.
Third, you can also pay with your credit card for another additional 1% cash back (mine gets me another 1% cash back)! It all adds up. You can find everything from Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart; to you name it. If a store has a gift card, there’s a chance they are being sold on Raise.
The key here is, to stack the savings. You need to use it wisely, because you don’t want to buy gift cards you aren’t going to use in full; but it’s so fast and easy to save money this way. I can’t say that it’s even actual work to jump through the extra couple of hoops of copying and pasting the gift card codes into the websites, prior to checking out. In 30 seconds of extra time spent, you can be saving so much every year. Think of all the places you spend the most money, and preemptively strike by scoping out how much you can save before you shop! You could be saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year, depending what you spend on (whether it is for business, or personal expenses).

The Best Deal for Stock Photos and Vectors

We know that searching for a great deal in royalty-free stock imagery can be tough. If you are in need of licensing stock images, you need to check out StockPhotoSecrets – The best deal for stock photos and vectors! Prices are as low as .17 cents per image download by subscription.

It’s one thing to find cheap stock photos, but an entirely different task to find a place with a wide selection of millions of images as well as the quality and customer support that you need.  With other agencies, you might not even get a response from their contact form for days or weeks… but with StockPhotoSecrets, you are likely to get a response on their live chat within minutes!  I couldn’t be more pleased and impressed with the incredible deal here, so I had to share.


Find Us On Instagram and Tumblr

The whole “blogging thing” has hit the back burner… ain’t nobody got time for dat!  …but if you’d like to keep in touch with what we’re up to, please feel free to follow us on facebook, instagram, and tumblr!  Less is more.  From now on, our instagram stream will feed directly into our homepage, tumblr, facebook and twitter accounts.

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Easy Italian Stuffed Stromboli or Schiacciata Bread

Homemade stromboli or stuffed bread with broccoli potatoes garlic onions and mozzarella cheese along with a side of marinara dipping sauce.Looking for a different and super easy way to enjoy homemade pizzas?  Remix them, as tasty stuffed breads!  You simply make a homemade pizza as you always would, except you only put the toppings on one side.  After that, fold it in half, and slice 5-8 slits across the top so that the moisure will be let out as it bakes.  Leave out the tomato sauce, as you can dip the stuffed bread slices into the sauce instead.  They take the same simple ingredients, and turn them into something truly unique.  Try stuffing your breads with sauteed onions, garlic, broccoli, browned sausage, hamburger, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, potatoes, or any other veggies!  I fit two breads onto one round pizza stone, and used a 3 lb package of store-bought dough to save time.  The sauce is Trader Joe’s organic tomato marinara.  After oiling the pizza stone with some regular olive oil, I baked the breads on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.  This simple stuffed bread was so good, that I had to professionally shoot it for stock, and will be adding it into my monthly dinner rotation.

Does anyone know the difference between a stromboli stuffed bread, and a schiacciata bread?  Or are they the same thing?  My Italian mom always called these schiacciata breads.

PlanetPlankton.co.uk Watermark Logo Design

Occasionally, I take a break from editing stock photos to do a bit of custom freelance work.  I recently had the privilege of designing a watermark for the photography work of UK based underwater photographer Laura Storm.  Check out her amazing underwater and scuba photography!

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Do you need a custom watermark designed for your photography business?  Talk to me.  If you are interested in graphic design work of any time, including web banner advertising, corporate identity, logos, etc… please contact me for a quote.

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2013 Best Photos and Favorite Images

Here is a short video wrap-up of my favorite stock images, photographs, and graphics that I’ve created in the year of 2013. Some of my favorite photoshoots included food, fitness, sports, and travel scenics.

It was a very crazy year for me, yet I still felt like I did improve in a few more areas of my photography.  We are all our own worst critics, however.  In the last few months I’ve actually lost a little bit of motivation towards my craft, and I find that spending the time to make this slideshow summary of the previous year has helped me to rebuild a little bit more of my enthusiasm toward my work.  Being a full time independent photographer might seem glamorous to some, but the real live working ones know this isn’t always the case.  We are talking long hours stuck sitting at a desk, staring into large glowing monitors, straining your eyes, sucking down lots of coffee, lacking physical activity, all while you develop carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists.  Every trade has it health hazards, and sadly capturing images is only about 5% of my job.  Self employment brings along a slew of other complicated factors, as you don’t exactly have anyone breathing down your neck to get the next project or task done.

The truth is, whenever you are in any career field, you will find yourself going through peaks where you absolutely love what you are doing.  Other times you’ll hit those “valleys” when your work feels repetitive, and maybe even boring.  Then you will hit periods where it feels like drudgery.  Its up to you, and only you, to force yourself to become interested in your own work again.  If you can’t keep on doing that, you might find yourself falling behind creatively or even in your overall productivity.  If you ever find yourself feeling this way about whatever you do, don’t give up.  Keep on pushing ahead.  Challenge yourself to something new that you might not have tried before.  Change up your approach.  At the end of the day, a job is a job, and all work will begin to feel like work, even if you’re doing something that you love to do.  The old expression goes, “Do what you love, and you won’t feel like you’ve worked a day in your life.” That can be true to a small degree, but in the end, I think even doing what you love comes with its own set of tasks that you can’t always afford to outsource or avoid altogether.  Dreamers can keep on dreaming, there are no 100% perfect jobs.  Brain surgeons have to put in the long hours.  Lawyers have to as well, and deal with all of the stress.  Auto mechanics have to break their backs to get at those manifold bolts.  Every job, no matter what you love to do, is going to come with its own challenges.  The important thing is to realize this, and to always remember that everything good will come with a little bit of sacrifice.

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Amazing XRAY Video of a Person Swallowing Water

Had to share this crazy video of a person swallowing some water on x-ray.  This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while!  Look at how the esophagus squishes it on down the tube.  Imagine if we all had x-ray vision like this?  The world would look like an entirely different place.  I wonder if there will ever be xray cameras?  Probably too much of a radiation hazard (ouch – the gonads, nvm).