Monday, June 23, 2014

Submitting for Payment from Bubblews - June 2014

I've been blogging with Bubblews since March 2013 and thought it would be good to keep track of my payment requests (or redemptions as it's called in Bubble speak) here where instead of on Bubblews. My last payment was on May 2nd for $50.20. This was the first time I got the message that payments can take up to 7 days due to high volume. It was closer to 10 days, but that's ok. I did get my payment.

Submitted for Bubblews Payment 6/23/2014

So for anyone wondering, "Does Bubblews pay?" you can follow my bubblews tag or subscribe to my posts. I'll update if I get paid or not.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Letting Our Butterflies Go!

I have seen so many homeschool bloggers posts on raising butterflies with their kids, that I needed to give it a try. It seemed like a fun way to let the boys understand metamorphosis and have more appreciation for other living things. 

We ordered the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden. First you get the mesh pop up habitat you can see in the picture, then you redeem a coupon that comes in the box for 5 caterpillars to arrive by mail (which required $5 for shipping). 

The caterpillars bulk up on the supplied food, shed their skin many times, and then hang upside down on a paper disc on top of the cup. They then form their chrysalises. We then carefully removed the paper disc, cleaned up their webbing and hung the disc to the side of the mesh habitat. And waited!

And after about 7 days, butterflies emerged, subhanAllah! They had small wings at first that quickly grew as they stretched and pumped blood into their veins. We got to see the butterflies move their proboscis (straw-like tongue) in and out, that was pretty cool.

The butterflies need to be feed with sugar water sprinkled on flowers. We kept them for a few days and then it was time for them to fly!

It didn't take long for them to realize they were free. Off they went!

The boys hope to see them in the yard, inshaallah.

We had a great experience ordering this kit, getting the shipments and email reminders on time. I would recommend the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden for a great hands on project.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Downtime on Bubblews - It's Getting Out of Hand!

I've been blogging on the site Bubblews for over a year now. I really do like this site, which pays you per pageview and like for your posts. In theory, you can use Bubblews to bring in a nice side stay at home income. I find the more I write there, the more I have to say and end up enjoying networking with other bloggers (or Bubblers, as they call it).

To date, there are 168,000 members who can write up to 10 posts per day. If you want to use it as a personal blog, then great, side money for you! If you want to get into SEO and really plan out your posts with good, original pictures, then you could potentially make some nice cash.

But, and it's a big BUT, the site has appeared to get too big too soon. The downtime and server errors on the site are becoming unbearable. It is constant downtime and gateway time-out errors early morning EST, when everyone is waking up and trying to bubble with their coffee. The rest of the day is not much better at all.

I'm really drawn to freelance writing as a way to add to my work at home income. Bubblews was a beginner's site I wanted to try. The pay is actually the best so far I have seen, so it became a daily habit. I wish this could continue.

Bubblews' CEO and staff promise updates and upgrades are coming in July, reminiscent of what older members heard last year. Last year, the updates didn't amount to much at all other than some consmetic changes. I worry for this website. Can they pull it off? Hurry up and get your act together before someone with the tech know-how runs with it, please!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

We want a summer break

I had these grand ideas to homeschool year round. I kept reading wonderful accounts of families going so many weeks on and then having a week or two off through the whole year and how nice it is to know there is always a break coming up. But as the weather heats up, the days are nicer, I just realized it's not for me.

Mom needs a break, some kind of break. Hopefully a fun one with lots of day trips and adventures and learning still going on. I plan to have lots of books around and games and puzzles and their own interests, but I'm looking forward to time to relax and eventually start planning some more for fall.

U, ds7, was talking about his brother's end of the year party, which is code for cake and water balloons with friends. I said well, it's your party too, you are finishing up for the year. "Mom, I was homeschooled this year?" I love this! It made me smile. He has learned so much this year. I'm happy with his progress, mashaallah and apparently he didn't notice, just living and learning I guess.