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LIFE: How To Save & Earn Money with Uber & Ibotta!

DISCLAIMER: This post is in not sponsored by Uber, and Ibotta, but please note I do utilize affiliate links while discussing how to earn money when you ride Uber.

First of all, if you haven't signed up for an Uber account - you can do so here. Uber is a ride share service that has risen in popularity, especially in NYC. I often utilize Uber for a big trip from ALDI, when traveling (who wants to lug their suitcase on the subway?), and for late nights. Most of the time I use Uber Pool which is similar to a car pool and Uber matches up riders going in similar directions. I like Uber Pool for two reasons - you're being a bit more eco-friendly regarding gas and pollution and often time it saves me a couple bucks. If I am in a huge hurry, I will take an Uber X but if I don't have a huge time constraint, Uber Pool it is! If you haven't signed for Uber you can get a $5 off your first ride!

Second, sign up for Ibotta! It's a completely FREE app that you can earn cash back on groceries, select Amazon purchases, many other retailers including Uber! Once you've downloaded the app (referral link here. You can also earn cash back by referring friends and "building your team." I have a lot of friends who use Ibotta regularly especially for grocery shopping.  If I know I need to take an Uber somewhere - I open Ibotta app, search Uber (add it to your favorites), and then the Ibotta app will open the Uber app so you can request your ride. Once your ride is complete, you'll receive a notification from Ibotta informing you that you received cash back! Once your Ibotta balance reaches $20 you can keep earning or cash out to your PayPal, purchase an Uber gift card, etc. Ibotta is a an easy and quick way to earn cash back on every day purchases!

Third of all, be a respectful and polite passenger. If your Uber passenger rating is high, they're often more inclined to add coupons to your account. If you're a jerk in your Uber, chances are your rating may be lower and Uber isn't as inclined to toss some 50% coupons your way!

Happy Uber-ing and happy saving money!

LIFE: Mourning

This past week was filled with the emotions of mourning and grief. To be honest, I suppose you never  really "get over" the death of a loved one. My dear sweet Granny would have been 96 and while I know she's not suffering from "ol' Arthur" anymore and the other health issues that come up with age, it's still tough. It's been a year and half since she passed and I am still filled with sadness at times. But then I look at the sky and feel the breeze blow around me and I know she's there with me.


This week has also been a struggle with mourning a relationship. It's a hard pill to swallow to say when something is really over. It's been over but you know it's really over when you see their profile on an online dating site. Alas, all I can do is move forward.

Here's to spring finally showing up and blossoming into a new direction. Staying focused on me, my blog, my career. Everything else will fall into place.

Much love, Linds

LIFE: Creative Endeavors

First of all, I am thankful to have creative friends to help inspire me to pursue my own creative endeavors. Second of all, it's even more awesome to have said friends to have you involved as a part of their creative endeavors as well.

My BFF Pea a.k.a. Project Love Bot has launched her clothing line! Here I am reppin' the LeoNightIs hoodie. All of her hoodies and t-shirts feature her art. Currently her line includes pieces featuring her LeoNightIs and Owl's Raven paintings. To purchase, visit her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProjectLoveBot

The other creative endeavor I am involved in is The Love 183 Dating & Relationship Podcast that my awesome friend Carla records and produces. I've co-hosted with her before and my second episode with her dropped today! Check it out here: http://iamcarlashley.com/the-love-183-dating-relationship-podcast and you can subscribe on Apple Music and Google Play Music. 

LIFE: Giving up...

Sometimes in life you have to give up. As in give up and let things go that don't serve a purpose in enriching your life. Give up the unnecessary clutter, give up your shopping addiction, give up fear, give up self-loathing, give up worry, trust yourself and God.

image source: Jenny Lien

I have struggle and still continue to struggle with self doubt. I try my hardest to be me yet to mold my faults into growth, into learning, into understanding myself. I doubt my own self worth, my capabilities, my image, my own sense of self. I am challenging myself to STOP that self doubt.


There, I said it.


A little louder for the people in the back. And sorry Mom, I know you're not the biggest fan of me cursing.

But in all seriousness, fuck the bullshit of me doubting I can't do this, that I can't achieve goals (though goal setting is an opportunity of mine and I should utilize this blog as a platform to solidify my goals). I can do this. I will not let my own worries get the best of me. I am smart and capable, quirky yet cool, edgy yet classic. I will not doubt ME. I am giving up self doubt, I do not need you in my life.

Day 2: Thank You

Taking a moment to thank my Mom today. She's been so supportive this past week (as well as the past 35 years) as I've been seeking her advice and possibly providing her more than an earful at times.

I saw this "Home Is Where You Mom Is" home decor item at T.J. Maxx this week and thought of her.

Today is one of these days I have all these ideas swirling in my head but I am too exhausted to process. Here's to a proper post tomorrow for day three of my #30DayBlogChallenge but this will have to do for day two.

Thank you for always being there, I love you Mom. ❤

30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello September! On a whim, I've challenged myself to blog/post for 30 days. Some days the post may be short, some days the posts may be long but I am beyond overdue to create some content and get back into blogging.

(photo credit: @elizabethhorrelllookbook)

I took some time yesterday at Central Park to decompress and think about my life, career, passion, and motivation. It still amazes me how such a beautiful bit of nature is tucked into NYC.

So here's to Day 1 of my #30dayblogchallenge. Where will it take me? Come join me on this journey!

FASHION: My New Fave - Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress

First off, I will admit that having an Old Navy next door to my work is not a good idea. It's a great idea except for when you're trying to not shop. I am all for fast, trendy fashion at times but I also rely on Old Navy for finding some basic yet cute pieces to add to my wardrobe. Example - I am currently obsessed with the Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress. I have purchased three of this dress - black, olive green with a black stripe, and then I bought this blue one last weekend.

I am 5'1" and the dress hits me right at the top of my knees. It looks great alone or paired with a jean jacket or cardigan. I also like adding a lightweight scarf for some extra color if I don't feel like wearing a statement necklace. 

At the moment my favorite thing to wear under these dresses are the Old Navy Go-Dry High Rise Side-Pocket Compression Shorts. I never know what kind of day work might and I enjoy the comfort of not worrying about flashing anyone and these have a slight Spanx-like ability to keep things smooth. To be honest I didn't notice the pockets until I was looking up the shorts on ShopStyle Collective to post here! I might utilize the pockets at the gym but definitely not under a dress.

Last but not least, if you haven't signed up for Ebates - you should (and can do so here)! They offer cash back for many online retailers but they have also have an "In-Store Cashback" option. Often Old Navy is listed as an in-store option and then I can earn cash back if I pay with my connected card (you can link almost any credit/debit card to your Ebates account).

Please note this post is not sponsored by Old Navy or Ebates - I am just a fan of both brands!