Become a Stella & Dot Stylist, Get $650 in Fashion Accessories

Date Wed, April 19 2017

Hey folks! If you’re into fashion, accessories, and jewelry and you’re looking for a way to discover new trends, perhaps introduce them to other people and make money from it all, this is the post for you!

This post is on behalf of Stella & Dot, a woman-friendly fashion accessory company that relies on fashionistas like you to act as stylists and introduce friends and family to products that the brand makes and sells. Take a look at their website, and you’ll see all the scarves, bags, jewelry and other accessories that your friends will be clamoring for. And you can get a leg up simply by becoming a stylist.

If this sounds up your alley, I’ve got great news! It’s never been a better time to sign up to become a Stella & Dot because you’ll get up to $650 in free accessories — nearly double the normal amount for new stylists!

All you need to do is sign up now and generate $1,000 worth of sales in the first 30 days to earn that $650 in product. What a great deal.

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Easter Beauty Deals

Date Tue, April 18 2017

Got a little time on your hands today between family activities? Why not save some money on these beauty deals!

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Get Fit and Outfitted

Date Mon, April 17 2017

I can’t help but notice that it’s marathon/5k/fundraiser time of the year. There are signs, commercials, and ads everywhere. My friends on Facebook are talking about the things they’re doing either for health or a good cause — or both. Good job, guys!

There are a number of ways to spread the word about causes, and I’ve named a few. I know some people are directly looking for donations, both in person and online. Others sell goodies, donating a portion of the proceeds. Some people just want to raise awareness, so they write blog posts, make signs and wear t-shirts.

And where do you get shirts? CustomInk is an affiliate I’ve worked with for some time. They allow you to create custom shirts like those you might wear with your buddies during a 5k. Or make a gift. Or dress up your softball team. It’s all up to you, really.

And I’ve taken a look at CustomInk’s setup. I’m not sure that it could be any easier to use. Check out my guide to using CustomInk to learn more.

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Win $300 in gift cards (Amazon, Target, and Walmart) #Giveaway Ends 4/26

Date Fri, April 14 2017

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $300 in gift cards: Amazon, Target, and Walmart Giveaway!

This is an awesome giveaway because there’s not just one gift card or two — there are three to win! You’ll have a chance to win a gift card from your favorite retailers” Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Make sure you don’t miss the two other giveaway forms toward the end.

This giveaway is powered by Dropprice. Read on to learn more.

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the PackIt Bags, it started out at $45.00 and for each person who clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each person who participates.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to

click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the PackIt Bags and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 4/26/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 4/26/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 4/26/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Legendary: Game of Heroes

Date Wed, April 12 2017

It’s interesting that I am just not getting around to writing about Legendary because I’ve been playing it for over half a year already!

When people ask what I’m playing, I describe it as similar to Puzzle Question. I enjoyed two of those three games on my DS (read my review) as well as Marvel Puzzle Quest on mobile (it was one of my top five apps). But after logging in every day for over a year soon became boring. I had complete all the story quests, and the daily quests had become monotonous. I haven’t been playing Legendary for as long, but it has a few features that have held my interest since I first started playing it.

Legendary Game of Heroes game play

After making 6 matches during a battle

Like Marvel Puzzle Quest, Legendary is a puzzle/RPG hybrid. You complete a puzzle similar to Bejeweled, and collect gems of each color to use attacks. Legendary also adds an element with heart-shaped health “gems” to refill your health bar. Another difference is with the game mechanics. Rather than just swapping gems up-and-down or side-to-side, you can move them diagonally, and every time you make a match of three or more gems, you extend the timer, so you can actually make multiple matches per turn, and each successive match increases your bonus.

This allows you to add more gems of the same color to create 6-of-a-kind for a bonus gem. You can then swap two bonus gems to clear all the gems of those colors from the board and add their totals to your count.

If your health takes a hit, you can watch a 3o-second video for a second chance.

Outside of the matches, Legendary continues to differ from Puzzle Quest. Obviously, there are no Marvel characters. Instead, there are fantasy-inspired characters such as types of wraiths, witches, and krakens. The characters break down by element (earth, fire, air, water, darkness and light). Each element corresponds to other elements against which it’s particularly effective (darkness – light, for example) You can create teams of 6 characters (and have multiple teams).

Legendary gives you the opportunity to “buy” characters and gear with gems that you earn or can buy with actual money. You’ll also earn potions to increase the level of those characters, and a combination of gold and items, both earned in game, allow you to evolve your cards to stronger characters who have stronger defenses and attacks.

I have only recently started working on the elite story quests after having finished the main quest. There are also various quests, including daily elemental quests, the gold temple for earning gold, guild wars that pit guilds against one another and weekly events, which change and give you the opportunity to earn limited characters and items. When these events end, you get bonuses depending on your overall rank and that of your guild.

The team behind Legendary has recently released new updates, including items and scroll that act as buffs for your team, elemental trials to earn items and gear dungeons to earn the items/scrolls recently added. Another new option is VIP ranking, which is so new that I am not quite sure how it works.

One thing that makes Legendary particularly engaging are guilds. I’ve been in two, the majority of my time spent in an active guild. During weekly events, my guild competes together to earn as much as possible, and we chat pretty frequently. Being in a guild also helps for quests, where you send a helper from your guild or friends list to search for keys (needed to play certain matches), gold, characters, and gear. When your friends use your characters as helpers, you gain honor points to use for

With so much to do, I can easily spend an hour playing every day before running out of every type of key or stamina, which are needed for the battles. The variety is one of the reasons that it’s compelling to log on day after day when other games have lost their luster.

Check our Legendary on Google Play, iTunes, and Facebook.

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We’re Back

Date Mon, April 10 2017

After some unexpected — and what should have been avoidable — down time, Reviews by Cole (and the rest of my sites) are back.

I apologize for any inconvenience.


Date Wed, March 29 2017

Just over a month ago I subscribed to the 30-day free trial of Comixology with every intent of canceling right when the month was up. I haven’t canceled yet; although, that doesn’t mean that I love Comixology.

The Comixology App

If you’re not familiar, Comixology is a comics app that’s now owned by Amazon. You can get the app for just about any device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Windows, Mac) or just access Comixology in your browser. So far, I’ve used the Comixology app on my Kindle (just labeled Comics) and in my browser.

I have no problem accessing it. I had logged into Comixology several years before to download some free titles. Last month, I was able to consolidate that with my Amazon account, which I prefer. You can do something similar with your Marvel account. I had no trouble getting or loading the app.

On my Kindle, the app enables me to browse all titles and look through my own library or wishlist. I frequently use the Smart List feature, which shows me my subscriptions, downloads and comics that are currently being read. I can mark as read or unread or archive titles when I’m done. It allows you to rate titles at the end and suggests other titles (either those that I might like or others in the series).

As a Reader

One of my favorite features of Comixology is as a reader. It scales everything to the screen of my Kindle Fire almost perfectly. You can choose to view a single page or two side by side.

Not only does the app remember my place, but there are multiple options to page through them, including page thumbnails and Guided View. I typically read comics in Guided View because the screen on my Kindle is a little on the smaller size, and it magnifies each frame so I can clearly see both text and pictures. Not everyone might enjoy Guided View, however, which can take away from the overall impact of an entire page.

Although you need to be online to download titles, you can read them offline.

Finding Comics

I wanted Comixology to both direct me to new titles that I may be interested in as well as to titles that I already read or knew about and wanted to read. As it turns out, Comixology did well with both tasks.

You can search by company (Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, etc), title or author. Want manga? It’s a click away. If you’re a seasoned comic reader who wants to (re)read a specific story arc (such as Batman: Year One), Comixology lets you do that. Want the newest released? Got it. If you’re completely unsure where to go, there’s a handy link “New to comics? Start here.”

There’s no lack of guidance when it comes to finding the titles you know you want or might be interested in. And as you read titles, Comixology suggests more.

Comixology The app and site also highlight original comics, best sellers, essential graphic novels, titles that are on sale, reduced prices and comics you can grab for free with your Comixology Unlimited subscription.

You’ll find thousands of titles but not all of them. For instance, The Crow is missing. Long graphic novels such as Blankets also can’t be found.

Comixology Unlimited

For around $6 monthly, you can subscribe to Comixology Unlimited. With this service, you get access to comics for no additional charge by “borrowing” the title and returning it once you’ve finished it. I was able to read a number of image titles for free, including entire graphic novels and one series in its entirety (Alex + Ada). And the Unlimited part? Reread as often as you want.

Comixology Unlimited is a great way to try new comics before you buy, and I have since purchased (hard copies of) graphic novels. But it’s far from perfect. The titles available for free through Comixology Unlimited are inconsistent and may change at any time. You might start reading only to realize that only part of the series is available.


None of the recent releases are free, so you’re still paying for them if you want to keep up with titles such as those in DC Rebirth. Yes, Comixology prices tend to be more affordable than heading to your local store (sometimes by 50%), and you can keep them all within the app conveniently. But you’re paying that price on top of the Comixology Unlimited subscription.

The pricing structure can also be confusing. You can purchase graphic novels or single issues for a one-time fee through the cart system. Some of those are even free so you own them outright and download them at any time.

You can also subscribe to individual series, but, you guessed it, it’s not free. It’s just a way to automatically access new titles in a series.

This subscription is for new issues in the series.

You will not receive:

  • The current issue
  • Back issues
  • Collected editions

Your primary payment method will automatically be charged when a new issue is released until you choose to cancel. You won’t be charged until the issue is released and we’ll send you an email when your book is available for download. You can manage your subscriptions any time by clicking on “Subscriptions” on your My Account page.

There’s also an option to pre-order upcoming issues individually without subscribing to the series, which might be a better bet if you don’t want to pay for them automatically.

If it sounds confusing, it can be. But it also provides a lot of options for every type of comic reader. For those who follow a number of current titles, Comixology might mean savings over buying actual issues, but you’ll only have them in digital form. Comixology Unlimited enables you to try out new titles or reread applicable titles as many times as you want, but the selection is limited.

As a reader and library, I enjoy Comixology, but I will likely unsubscribe after this month, which will have provided enough time for me to try out everything on Comixology that looked interesting. Unless they add more titles to Comixology Unlimited, I just can’t justify paying for it.

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