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Survey sites are an awesome resource to use for making extra income. While taking surveys won’t replace your full-time income, they do help with earning extra cash. Instead of surfing the web endlessly for hours, why not give your opinions to companies and earn money while doing it?

Surveys are easy to complete and can even be fun! If you complete all of the survey opportunities sent your way, you can make $100+ per month.

I’ve used lots of different survey sites, and today I am rounding up my 3 favorite sites to use. All of the sites below are completely FREE to sign up for, so I would recommend registering to all of them (more opportunities to earn cash!)

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Best Online Survey Sites

3 Best Online Survey Sites to Use for Making Extra Money

1. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is one of the best online survey sites out there, and they also have high payout rates for each survey they offer. The more time you invest into taking surveys, the more money you can make!

Another cool thing about Pinecone Research is that you can be sent free products to review for them. This can be anything from shampoo, body lotion, etc.

Easily sign up for Pinecone Research here.

Best Online Survey Sites

2. Opinion Outpost

If you haven’t heard about Opinion Outpost yet, you’re missing out. Opinion Outpost is probably one of my favorite survey websites ever because of how easy it is to use, and how many opportunities you get to take surveys.

I like Opinion Outpost because they email you whenever a new survey is ready for you, which eliminates the waiting game. For every survey you complete, you earn points. 100 points = $10, and each survey is usually worth 5-20 points. It’s easy to accumulate points with Opinion Outpost (yay!) Opinion Outpost can also pay you via PayPal, or your points can be turned into gift cards.

Start earning with Opinion Outpost by clicking here.

3. Swagbucks

I LOVE SWAGBUCKS. There, I said it.

If you are looking to make some extra cash without much effort, Swagbucks is the site for you. And guess what? You get $5 just for signing up here!

While there are lots of different ways to earn with Swagbucks, one of my favorites is with surveys. Swagbucks has lots of different surveys that you can take on their website, and then redeem your bucks for rewards like Amazon gift cards, PayPal cash, Walmart gift cards, and more. They even have certain rewards that go on sale, meaning you can get more cash for fewer Swagbucks than normal.

Get $5 just for signing up by clicking here.

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Tips for Taking Online Surveys:

  • Always be honest when you are answering your surveys. It will only hurt you to be inconsistent in your answers since brands are looking for a specific type of person for some surveys. If you answer what your age is differently every time, you probably won’t get recruited for any new surveys.
  • Sign up for as many different survey websites as possible. There can be dry spells in the online survey world where you may not get a new survey opportunity for awhile. To avoid this, make sure you are registered with multiple websites.
  • Tell your friends + family about your favorite surveys sites! A lot of times, you can earn extra points/cash just for referring people under your name.

Do you use survey websites? What do you think are the best online survey sites? There are lots of websites out there, so I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments. 

*This post does contain referral links. All opinions are my own.*

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*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Pier 1. Items received were gifted, but all opinions are my own.*

Spring cleaning may be necessary, but you know what’s even better? Spring REDECORATING!

I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 to give my bedroom a facelift for spring. I’ll be sharing how I decorated my room for spring, to give it a cozy yet minimalistic vibe.

I hope you get inspired by this post to switch around your bedroom and liven it up for spring!

Click HERE to see all that Pier 1 has in store for your home this spring!

My Bedroom Refresh with Pier 1 Imports

My Bedroom + Style

Before we dive into the decor, let me paint a picture for you of my bedroom. One thing to keep in mind is that it is not big. In any sense of the word. Granted, I am a college student living in Chicago, so space is limited.

However small my room may be, I like to maximize my space and make it feel as inviting as possible. Since I work primarily from home, my bedroom is both my office + cozy space. Working + living in a comfortable space is very important to me!

I wanted to add some flair to my room for spring and add some more texture/variety to my bedroom. As I previously mentioned, I tend to be minimalistic in design, so I stuck to neutral colors for the majority of my decor. I like pops of color to come from greenery/plants in my decor.

The Decor

My bed is my sanctuary, so making it as fluffy + cozy as possible is essential to me. I like to keep my room as light and airy as possible and maximize the small amount of space that I do have. I found some awesome throw pillows from Pier 1 that I used to add texture and spunk to my otherwise minimal bed. And, because I couldn’t resist, I got 2 new white, fluffy down pillows for my bed. They are SO comfortable and make it feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.

With limited space comes one big problem: where the HECK will all of my stuff go?! Living in the city has taught me that space is precious, and every square foot should be multi-purposed. I have been storing all of my shoes underneath my bed for months, but always hated how messy it looked.

Pier 1 solved this problem for me with their bed skirts, which conveniently conceals all of my shoes. And trust me…I have a lot of shoes.

Perhaps my favorite part of my new room decor are the fairy glimmer lights that hang behind my bed. I don’t have much room for a headboard, but the lights act as a makeshift headboard and frame my bed nicely. Plus, they come with a remote control to turn them on/off, so I never have to even leave the bed to turn them off when I’m falling asleep at night.

I live in a house with 4 other girls, so I constantly have one (or all) of my roommates in my room hanging out. Although I don’t have a lot of physical space, I like to make sure that I have comfortable spaces for people visiting me to sit/hang out.

My brand new rug makes my room feel that more inviting and is a lot more interesting than my plain brown carpeting. Pier 1 also has an awesome pillow selection that I used to my advantage to make more seating on the ground for my guests. The gray pillows you see (above) are also great because they can be used as decor both inside and outside since they are weatherproof.

So…I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life, but luckily Pier 1 has got me covered with their faux plants. My pick was this agave plant because it looks *so* real, (I’ve fooled 2 of my roommates already), and the marble pot it comes in really adds something unique to an otherwise boring corner of my room. I also like the way that the marble pot looks against the exposed white brick here.

Feeling inspired? Check out all of Pier 1’s home decor by clicking HERE.

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The best thing about the weekend for me is undoubtedly, brunch. Nothing makes me happier than trying out new brunch spots with my good friends in the city. The only problem (which really isn’t a problem at all), is that Chicago has a ton of different restaurants to try. While going to a new place for brunch is exciting, there are a few tried-and-true brunches that I always return to. I’ll be sharing the 5 places that I think serve the best brunch in Chicago, and can’t wait to hear from all you babes where you like to brunch 🙂

Are you a Chicago local? Check out my other posts about the Windy City below:

The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Chicago

Best Brunch in Chicago

1. Nookies

Nookies is the spot on this list that my friends and I frequent the most. We live close by to the Halsted location, and the food is just too good to pass up.

Everyone can find something that they like on the menu at Nookies, and the food is made fast and tastes great. I’m more of a sweet breakfast person rather than savory, but my friends who like omelets/skillets/meat for breakfast always leave here happy while I can still get my french toast 🙂

My favorite thing to order: Belgian Waffle with Strawberries + Bacon 🙂

2. Melrose Diner

This place is honestly such a hidden gem. I love the interior decor of this place (marble tabletops!) and the vibe. It’s not your typical diner, and the food is out of this world.

Melrose also has a great outdoor patio which is perfect for those upcoming spring/summer weekends. It’s also a BYOB diner which is a plus.

My favorite thing to order: Lemon Blueberry Pancakes. Buuuut, I’m definitely trying the Coconut Toasted French Toast next time I visit!

3. Ann Sather

Honestly I had to put Ann Sather on this list for one menu item only: cinnamon rolls. I’m gonna insert a picture below just so that you can see what I’m talking about.

Best Brunch in Chicago

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If you know me at all, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with cinnamon rolls. They are my guilty pleasure and my biggest weakness. Ann Sather has some of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t get enough of them.

This place is usually pretty busy whenever I go, but there are several locations all over the city, so it could be different.

My favorite thing to order: Duh…cinnamon rolls.

4. LOKaL

I randomly stumbled upon LOKaL my freshman year of college and have been in love with it ever since. LOKaL has two locations – one in Lincoln Park, and one in Wicker Park.

What I love the most about this breakfast spot is that the two locations have two totally different feels. The Lincoln Park location is a lot more spacious, quiet, and toned-down. It’s perfect to go with a friend that you want to catch up with and be able to actually hear each other. On the other hand, the Wicker Park location is upbeat, crowded (in a good way), and fun. They play great throwback and current hip-hop jams at the Wicker Park location, and it’s loud.

I love both locations for different reasons, but the food is awesome. I recommend getting a reservation via calling or OpentTable at either location as they get super busy on the weekends!

My favorite thing to order: French toast + side of potatoes


What is your go-to brunch order? What is the best brunch in Chicago, in your opinion?

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If we’re being honest…I may be slightly addicted to online clothes shopping. There’s just something about being able to visit all my favorite store’s websites in the comfort of my own bed that I love. And receiving the package full of fun, new clothes a week later is also amazing. However, I know that shopping online can sometimes be frustrating and expensive. No one likes spending their time + money on new clothes, waiting for them to arrive, only to be disappointed by something that doesn’t fit or look good on your body.

I’ve learned a few different hacks during my time of shopping online and am going to share them with you all today. These tips will make your online shopping experience a TON easier, and you’ll kick yourself in the butt for not knowing about them sooner.

3 Hacks for Online Clothes Shopping on a BudgetOnline Clothes Shopping Hacks

1. Cash Back Rebates

This online clothes shopping hack literally changed my life. I was so shocked to find out that some of my most favorite retailers like Ulta, Bath & Body Works, Sephora, and Forever 21 offered cash back on online purchases. (If you’re still not understanding: you can get MONEY BACK on purchases you make online at your favorite stores. Score!)

My favorite site to get cash back at is Ebates, and I’ve been using it for almost a year now. Ebates gets a commission from stores whenever they make a sale, and instead of keeping the commission, they give it back to you, the consumer!

Ebates easily installs into your web browser and displays itself as an icon. Whenever you see the Ebates icon light up in your browser tab, you know that you are on a retailer’s website that partners with Ebates, which means you can earn cash back on whatever purchase you are about to make. All you have to do after seeing the Ebates icon light up is click on it, and click the big button that says “Activate Cash Back.” That’s it!

Any purchases you make while Ebates is activated will translate into cash back into your Ebates account. You can log into your Ebates account at any time and see what your cash back balance is. Then, Ebates will send you your cash back as a check or directly via PayPal. Ebates also has certain “double cash back” stores that offer a higher percentage of money back.

Online Clothes Shopping

Another amazing thing about Ebates is that it constantly keeps you updated on all the best deals + sales happening at your favorite stores. I’ve saved so much money by just checking Ebates for free shipping + coupon codes alone.

Want to sign up for Ebates? Just click here or on the little green button below and start earning cash back!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

2. Like to Know It

Ready for your mind to be blown AGAIN? Prepare to meet your new best friend: Like to Know It.

If there are any bells going off in your head, it’s probably because you’ve seen the words Like to Know It a million times before. Most of the biggest bloggers on social media these days use Like to Know It, and mention it regularly on their own blog + social media.

So what’s the big deal? And why is everyone always linking to Like to Know It anyways?!

Like to Know It is an innovative application that allows people to easily shop pieces that their favorite fashion bloggers/influencers post. Have you ever gone to a famous Instagrammers page and seen the hundreds of comments from people asking where a particular dress/top/bag is from? Well, Like to Know It fixes all of that.

After downloading the Like to Know It application, you can screenshot photos from any of your favorite bloggers/Instagrammers to shop. Once you screenshot someone’s photo who is using Like to Know It, you will get a notification from the Like to Know It app that you can now shop this outfit. When opening the app, you will be able to see the exact pieces/clothing that the blogger was wearing, with everything easily linked in order to visit the online shop + purchase. How COOL is that?!

Online Clothes Shopping

My online shopping has changed so much after discovering Like to Know It. I never have to lust after another fashion blogger’s outfit now, because I can find out exactly where they bought everything and see if I want it for myself. The confusion is completely taken away and it’s GREAT.

I personally use Like to Know It for my blog + social media, so if you’re ever wondering where I got something I’m wearing in an Instagram post, just screenshot it and open the Like to Know It app!

3. Find Hidden Discounts

Brands are very strategic about the discounts and coupon codes they distribute. Sure, there are some sales that are widely advertised, and you probably find out about them through an email newsletter. But there are often coupon codes and deals going on all the time, they are just somewhat hidden.

Coupon codes can be hidden in different ways. One way to find them is to check the brand/retailer’s social media platforms for any promotions. A lot of times, brands will run promotions exclusively for their social media followers to show their gratitude/thanks to those that loyally follow them.

Online Clothes Shopping

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Another way to find hidden coupon codes is to Google and see whether the store offers any special discounts for students. Did you know that Topshop, J. Crew, and ASOS all offer student discounts?! It’s true. Topshop is actually offering a 20% discount for students right now (limited time.)


Have any of your own online clothes shopping hacks? Share them with me in the comments 🙂

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