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Fall Roadtrip Apple Picking in Northern GA

Time to pick your Pumpkin  The leaves are starting to turn and soon it will be time for all Halloween goblins, princesses, witches and pumpkins to make their yearly appearance. There are many places you can take the family to during the month of September and October. You can choose from fall festivals with mazes and loads of sweets to choose from or you can go to a boiled shrimp festival. 
In Alabama there is a little of everything. (    Some of my favorites to go to is the "Pumpkin Patches", here you can take the family for a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and then choose which pumpkin you want to pick off the vine to decorate. Sometimes this can be difficult for younger ones. Once they get off the hay ride they can look and see pumpkins as far as a eye can see and of course you will need to look at almost all of them before you find just the right one, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that day, you may be walking a lot!  Most pump…
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Fall Roadtrip Apple Picking in Northern GA Apple picking in Georgia

You wake up to a cool breeze coming in your window. Summer has come and gone and in comes the cool fall weather. It’s time for bonfires, camping, hikes and going to the apple farms. Who doesn’t like warm homemade apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped on top? It’s time to take a road trip to the north Georgia mountains! Here you can find applesauce, apple pie, apple butter, well apples! Apple season starts in September in north Georgia and here they have several you pick apple orchards to choose from. So pack the car and head to north Georgia for a fall adventure and come back with apples galore to bake, can, and just eat and enjoy as the sweet apple juice runs down your arm. Here are a few places you may want to visit. B. J. Reece Apple House – Here you can pick from various apple trees. You can choose from Braeburn, Golden and Red Delicious and Red Rome Beauty and more. If you have children they can have fun with an apple cannon and a petting farm. Of course, what would an…

Fall Roadtrip: Blue Ridge Railway and Other Sites

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Looking for a fun family road trip? You can take a train ride in North Carolina, on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway's four hour trip through the mountains. Don't forget to take your camera!  If your still looking for a place to go, take in the Blue ridge parkway close to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Grandfather mountain is a sight you will not want to miss out on. You can either drive it or take a hike to take in all the fall colors.  In Tennessee, you will love to take a ride through Cades Cove. Here you may see white tail deer, wild turkey or even a black bear. There is a tour you can drive and you be able to take in all the beauty the area offers. Plus there are several stops of old cabins you can stop and go in. It's located close to Townsend, Tennessee.  In Alabama, you need to go to the highest…


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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
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Now that Halloween is almost here, Swagbucks has increased cash back at a big group of their Halloween-related stores, so you can earn cash back while getting costumes, decorations, and more for the end of the month. Click here:, and sign up for Swagbucks (if you haven't already) to start earning cash back in the form of SB points, which you can exchange for gift cards or PayPal cash. 

The sale is going through October 31st, and if you sign up through me, you'll get a 1000 SB rebate ($10) after your first shopping purchase through Swagbucks!

"Celebrating 200 Million" Collector's Bills

On September 19th, 2017, Swagbucks hit the milestone of $200 million given back to its members. They're commemorating that event with a special set of "Celebrating 200 Million" Collector's Bills! "Collector's Bills" are special designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more! Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills: Search the webthrough the Swagbucks search startingMonday, September 25th through Sunday, October 1st, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either: 4 SB6 SB9 SB11SB18 SB26 SB When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 6 Collector’s Bills and you’…

MyGiftCardsPlus September Favorites

MyGiftCardsPlus is a site that gives you cash back (in the form of SB points on Swagbucks) for buying gift cards to a variety of sites, stores, and restaurants. With the holidays fast coming up fast, you can earn while buying gift cards for family and friends, or earn while buying gift cards towards a purchase you were going to make anyway. 

For this weekend, MyGiftCardsPlus has rounded up their favorite gift cards for September. Don’t miss out on the cash back deals this weekend! Earn Cash Back plus a 100 SB Bonus on Sephora, Panera, Applebee's, Southwest, gift cards.

The SB Bonus Offers apply to one purchase per gift card listed above (Sephora, Panera, Applebee's, Southwest, gift cards). This offer expires at 11:59pm PST on October 1st, 2017. Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered.

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks during "Three for Fall"

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up during October as part of their Three for Fall promotion. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 11/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend. 

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earn…

Get FREE Disneyland Tickets on

Swagbucks, the online rewards site where you earn cash and free gift cards for the everyday things you do online, has added Disneyland eTickets to their lineup of rewards!  

If you haven't used Swagbucks before, here's how it works: You get points (called SB) for things like online shopping, discovering new products and services, answering surveys, watching videos, and even searching the web. Then you redeem those points for gift cards from places like Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and now you can redeem them for tickets to Disneyland! 

For you Disney fanatics out there who are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, Swagbucks is a great way to stretch that travel budget further. You can earn while booking your hotel, get gift cards for travel and restaurants while you're away, or just offset the cost of the tickets using your SB points! 

Here's some information from their FAQs about it: 

How will I receive my eTickets? 
These are electronic tickets th…