Monday, October 21, 2013

Plastic Charm Necklaces - 80s Flashbacks

I have vivid memories of ‘80s plastic charm necklaces. These were a big hit at recess time. The necklaces were plastic links that had enough room to clip on various charms. The charms were all fun, some were a little wacky and weird, each had a little bell. All the girls would wear their plastic charm necklaces to school and at recess time would gather round to see what charms everyone had gotten new.

I remember everyone wanted the toilet because we were kids and that was just too funny. My favorite was a little blue book that had a button on the side to close it. The pages were different colors and I used to write little secrets in there. I so wish I had kept these. It is so tempting to go to eBay and buy some, but they can be a hot item and all my cash goes to da bills these days.

I hope you enjoyed my 1980s plastic charm necklace flashback.

Do you have a favorite flashback?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fix for the Error Message on eBay Shipping: System Unavailable. Please Try Again Later.

If you are an eBay seller or even just trying to declutter to make some money, you have probably encountered this annoying error when trying to print a shipping label: "System Unavailable. Please Try Again Later". Don't try the same way again later, or you might be waiting for days to print your label and making your eBay buyers pretty mad.

This is a known bug in eBay's system. Shipping an eBay label through Paypal now redirects you through eBay's system, so the issues is there whether you print through eBay or Paypal. No word on how long it will take to fix, but in the meantime try these steps:

  • Clear your cache and cookies and retry.
  • Try a different browser. I can't print a shipping label from eBay or PayPal using Firefox. I can always print the shipping label from Chrome without problems.
  • Confirm every part of the buyer's address and edit out an errors. PayPal is really fickle about this.
  • Try printing through the order details instead.
  • Try another computer (really annoying, I know!)
  • Call eBay and tell them to get a move on fixing it!

Hope this helps!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Locket App Review - Make Extra Money With Your Phone

Locket is a new Android app that you can use to make some extra money with your phone. I have had it installed for over a week now and enjoy using it. It's slow money, but it is paying you to do something you would be doing anyway; simply unlocking your phone.

What You Should Know First
Currently Locket is only available for Android and to US users. As answered on Locket's Facebook page, the app uses GPS to provide local ads and coupons.

What it Does

Locket places an ad on your cellphone's lock screen instead of your background image. You can swipe right to unlock your phone as usual or swipe left to interact with the ad. So far, all the ads I have seen pay 1 penny. If you think about how often you interact with your phone, you can see it will eventually add up.

Making Money and Cashing Out
As mentioned, each Locket ad pays about $0.01, so you won't get rich quick here. But in the 8 days I have had the Locket app installed, I have made $0.82. It is fun for me because I'm not doing anything different. Not all ads pay out if you have seen them recently. According to Locket, they pay based on how often you naturally unlock your phone. The more often you use your phone, the more you will make.

Bonuses are randomly given out to loyal users. Cash out is at $10, and I will update how long it took me to get there. Locket pays with Paypal, so you are getting cash, not points! Locket pays out on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, and you need to have your request for payment made one week ahead.

Sweepstakes for $300
In the month of October, Locket is offering a sweepstakes where active Locket users can win $300. You just need to enter once, and as long as you are using the app, you will be entered every day. If you refer friends using your referral link and they win, you win the same!

Locket Sign Up
To give Locket a try or learn more, click here.
Please let me know if you try it out and how it's going for you in the comments section.

Disclosure: I was not asked to provide this review and it is my honest opinion. This post does contain my affiliate link

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review of the Wide Headband Under Scarf from Ummi's House

The Ultimate Hijab Accessory

There’s nothing more embarrassing than standing in line at the bank and having your underscarf slowly slip down the back of your head and plunk to the ground. Ok, well maybe some other things falling out of your overgarments, but I’m not sure what it would be and don’t think we need to go there.

But anyway, underscarves are so important to any hijab ensemble, especially if you are wearing overhead khimars. A bad one can make your day miserable, and a good one can put a spring in your step. To be considered for out-and-about wear, it has to feel comfortable, have good stretch, look nice if showing and stay put. Did you read that last one? Why can’t these things just stay on?? It’s actually hard to find all these qualities in one.

Well, what if I told you, you could have all that and have your underscarf go from covered to cute with a minor adjustment? You would be in love, as I am with these fabulous headbands I got from Umm Ayana at Ummi's Originals by Ummi's House, mashaallah.

Just look at them:

wide headband underscarf from Ummi's House
The Wide Headband Under Scarf  from Ummi's House comes in 8 colors

The material is high quality, stretchy, but still tight. The elastic is nice and thick, keeping it where it is supposed to be. To wear as an underscarf, you just flatten out the headband part to it’s widest, and it's pretty wide when stretched without being bulky when relaxed. You can adjust where the elastic sits on the back of your head to make sure your ears are covered. Come on home, hang out at your girlfriend's house, just scrunch it back up to a headband style and you are good to go.

Look at that elastic! Inshaallah, that under scarf ain't going nowhere!

Mashaallah, I love it because it’s clever and well thought out. Muslimahs really need more Islamic clothing options that function well and are a pleasure to wear. These headband underscarves are on my go-to list for good, inshaallah.

Product Description from Ummi's House: These headbands are super versatile and great for hijabis. They double as a wide headband and under scarf allowing you to easily transform your hairstyle to wear under your hijab. All headbands are made from stretch knit and fit toddlers – adults.

Yes, I can vouch for these headbands fitting kids, as my 4 year old son just had to try one out!

The Under Scarf Wide Headband comes in a variety of colors (I got black and green) and retails for $6.99 at Ummi's Originals by Ummi's House.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review without being asked to and was not provided compensation for it. This post does not contain affiliate links.