Monday, August 3, 2020

Tips To Finding Hidden Money During Trying Times

Have you been looking for ways to make money during COVID-19?   Everyone is struggling right now due to this virus. In this post, I will be sharing tips on how to find hidden money. Yes, you read that right.  Hidden money that you can claim and items that you can sell.

Tip 1

Every state has an unclaimed property/funds that you can check online. Just go online and type "Unclaimed Property in (STATE)NY or PA/FL/CA/HI whichever state you have resided in or currently reside.  A website will open, and you put in your information and see what pops up. For women, remember to use your maiden name and then type again using your married name.  You will be surprised by what appears that you were not waiting for.  If you have lived in multiple states check these sites and  I suggest just to put your name and omit the state and see what opens up.  

As you see above, I checked This site is good as it shows you money for more than one state. It will show your name and any address that you have lived.  Note, each state is different as some show a range for an amount while others do not. Once you make a claim, you will get an email with instructions on providing documentation.  Since offices are currently closed it is done online and/or via regular mail. You will be required to show proof it is you.  I surprised my family and friends when I sent them links for the money they had and never knew.   

NOTE ~ Do not respond to letters in the mail asking you to pay to find out what funds you have!!!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY!!! IT IS FREE!!!  I cannot repeat this enough. I helped a person out that received a letter from a company telling them they had unclaimed funds but had to pay $50 for them to process it for them to get the funds sent to them.  Why pay a company when you can do it yourself for FREE?  Sometimes the amount you get back is way less than the fee they are charging.

****Try checking unclaimed property/funds every 3 months.****

These websites are updated, and it is your money. Why let it sit there when you need it the most. The money is waiting to be claimed by you.

Tip 2

Do you have any technology in your home that you no longer use? Such as an old laptop, tablet, or cell phone.  If you said yes, then sell it.  This is your hidden money as technology sells. You can make some money selling items on eBay, Amazon, and many more. I would check out prices online first before you post so you get an idea of how much it is currently worth. Then post your items.  Remember to get good pictures of the products. Also, remember that even if it is old there is always someone looking for used parts. 

Tip 3

Have clothes, accessories, furniture that you no longer use? Sell them on Poshmark, Thredup, or Facebook Marketplace. Remember to be upfront with your description of each item. As I said above, get good pictures of the products. The piece will sell itself.  

Have you tried any of these tips? If so, leave me a comment and let me know if you found any unclaimed funds or were able to sell your items and make a some money. 


Sunday, June 14, 2020

#Review Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo/Conditioner and Weightless Volume Mousse

We all have a line of hair care products that we cannot live without.  I like to refresh my hair styling products throughout the year.  In the spring and summer months, my hair is very frizzy due to the humidity.  Imagine Monica's frizzy hair on F*R*I*E*N*D*S the one in Barbados.

I received Influenster Voxbox Pureology Volume Shampoo and Conditioner along with Pureology Weightless Volume Mousse for free.

Pureology Professional Color Care line is designed for color-treated hair. That is 100% vegan, zerosulfate color care, and with concentrated formulas.

Pure Volume Shampoo/Conditioner ~ is a lightweight shampoo that enhances volume and restores movement to flat, fine, color-treated hair.

Weightless Volume Mousse ~ Conditioning mousse provides weightless volume, heat protection, and shine.

I tried it on my hair but was not a fan. I am Latina and my hair texture is frizzy/curly and thick. I did not like how my hair felt. It took a bit to detangle with the conditioner.  I do not need volume in my hair. I did not like the scent in the shampoo or conditioner. When I buy a hair care product and it does not smell good I will not buy it. Sorry, not sorry!

I could not try the mousse as it was missing the spray button. I will not be using this product. However, just because it doesn't work on my hair doesn't mean it will not work on your hair. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

#Review ~ Maxiglide RP Steam Flat Iron

With beauty salons closed due to COVID-19, you have to do your own hair at home. That does not mean you cannot have salon styled hair at home. 

Have you heard about Maxiglide RP Steam Flat Iron?  This flat iron is unique. It has steam technology.  The steam hydrates your hair leaving it shiny. 

As you can see from the video above, it took my hair from curly to straight. Since it has the retractable pins (combs), I would comb my hair before placing it on the flat iron to avoid hair breakage. If you are expecting it to detangle your hair out stop as it can split it. 



This steam flat iron comes in two sizes the XP and RP.  I purchased the RP with 1 1/4" plates. It has retractable pins (comb) on the detangler so that you can use it with the pins or completely flat.  These retractable pins are a multi-use flat iron, straightener, flipping, and curling.  The machine heats up from 190° to 450° in 10° increments.  Steamburst technology is key to hydrating your hair.  It has a water compartment for the steam. How do you know when you have to fill it up again? It is simple as the steam stops.

After Results

I had the original Maxiglide that I purchased on a shopping channel.  It finally died and I got this one.  I used my old one for years but this new version is not good. The steamwater compartment kept leaking. The water would come out instead of the steam that would wet my hair and took longer to dry and finish.  I set the temperature to 300° and it was still fluffy. I finally had to use it at 450°.  There were several times that it would turn off as the on/off button is on the bottom of the handle.  The iron itself was too hot that I could not touch it as it has metal parts on the top.  Once I finished, I wrapped my hair and put a hair net and bandana and slept with it.  I styled my hair in the morning and this is the after result above. Overall, I will be looking for another steam flat iron.

You can visit them online at Maxiglide and find which Maxiglide you like for you.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Romantic #Getaway to Pocono Palace

As couples we need to take more #getaways with each other.  There are so many things happening in our lives that we need to reconnect with your spouse or significant other.  My husband recently surprised me with a romantic #getaway to Pocono Palace.  This was a much-needed our time for us with no children. He searched online and got a good deal through Groupon. It was an all-inclusive 3 days and a 2-night stay.  The all-inclusive package includes breakfast and dinner.  We stayed at the Roman Tower suite.  Check out the video below.

The video shows us walking into the suite for the first time.  Sorry if I am quiet at times as it was a surprise walking into rose petals on the floor all the way up to the bedroom.  My husband added a bucket with ice, Moscato wine, and two wine glasses.  I was left speechless at times as you can hear in the video. 

The room has a small living room, a fireplace, and a flat TV.  A heart-shaped pool with sauna, a champagne shaped jacuzzi, and upstairs is the bathroom, a round bed with a starry light in the ceiling, another flat TV and a mini-fridge.  You can bring your own snacks and drinks with you and keep them in the mini-fridge. This is a couples-only resort. No children allowed. 

Each night there is a different themed dinner and entertainment. Dinners are served 6-8pm Sun-Thurs, 6-9pm Fri, & 5-8pm Sat.

The entertainment starts at 8:15 pm with karaoke and then another artist from a singer, comedian, etc.  The first two nights it was karaoke and a comedian.  The second night had karaoke with a band singing. The band was good.  The comedian started at 9pm and went for an hour. Brad Lower was funny. He kept all of us entertained and laughing.  There are different activities throughout the day.  You take the Hot Spot daily brochure that tells you all the activities for the day.  On the 2nd day, we participated in an LCR game with a foam dice and chips with the CXO. The CXO is the chief excitement officer. In other words, the go-to person for fun activities and entertainment at the resort. Each resort has one. In the LCR game, you roll the dice and you either move left, right or center. The last one with chips wins.

Breakfast is daily from 8:30-11:00 am and is all you can eat buffet breakfast.

We then played BINGO and it was a cash prize depending on how many people play.  It is $5 for one board or $20 for 6 boards.  We didn't win this time.

Brad Lowery and Band in the bottom next to bingo cards

There are so many things to do in the Poconos. You can stay on-site or venture outside. They have the Crossing Premium Outlet, Indian museum, Shawnee ski resort, and more.  You can eat lunch at Spooner's Cafe. 

We walked around the resort and came upon snowmobiles.  We had to take pictures and wished it had been a snowy winter so we could take them out. We played pool and they have a nature trail that you can take around the property.  They have a gift store where you can purchase bubbles, souvenirs, creams and more.

I have stayed at all three resorts and find that Coven Haven is the farthest. You have to walk far to get from one place to the other. They do have buses that will take you from point A to point B.  Coven Haven resort is on a hill and you can sled and ski, boogie board downhill.  You will read reviews that talk about the cracks or other work that needs to be done. But at the end of the day, you are there to enjoy yourself and not if the wallpaper is ripped, etc.  Don't sweat the small stuff. 

You can get married, do a vow renewal ceremony and more. You can check out all three properties at Coven Haven, Paradise Stream, and Pocono Palace. We booked our getaway through Groupon.  The month of February is big at all three resorts as it is the month of love.  They do a special event all month long.