Small Update and Spam Alert (make some money)!

So I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I have been in a bit of a creative funk and have fallen way behind on my Temperature Scarf CAL and my Let’s Do 52 photo project.  The good news is I’ve begun plugging away at the scarf again, and I should have some updated photos for you soon!

But today I want to go in a completely different direction.  At the risk of sounding like the spam-bots that comment on my blog posts, and also like one of those bullshit blogs that makes wild promises, I want to share a secret with you.  Bare with me, and give it a read.

For about 2 years now, I have been doing online surveys for Brand Institute.  I do make money, but you will NOT earn hundreds of dollars, and this is NOT a work from home opportunity.  But it IS a good way to get a little extra spending money in your Paypal account.

When I signed up a couple years ago, at the time I was a Pharmacy Technician and this site was exclusively for medical professionals.  But they have branched out and anyone can sign up.  Now, apparently medical professionals make more money per survey, and I’m not sure what kind/the frequency of surveys non professionals get, as all of my surveys have been geared toward drug naming, based on my profession.  I get about 1-3 surveys a month, sometimes more, sometimes less, at $15/survey.  Like I said, a decent way to make a little extra cash, but NOT an income.  I call it my “splurging money” as I typically save it up to spend online.

Here is my Paypal summary for the last year:


The redacted ones are just personal Paypal transactions that include people’s names, so obviously I removed that.

So you can see in the last year I made $255 from Brand Institute.  Not bad!  Sometimes I went a month without completing any surveys, but some months I got 3!  For being broke-ass, I consider this a score.

Now let me explain how it works from my end.  I get invitations in my email to participate in a study.  I click the link and it takes me to a page where I agree to basically not discuss the information contained in the survey (drug companies, ya kno?)  And then I complete the survey, which, depending on the activity level of my busy toddler or my free time, takes up to 15 minutes.  Once completed, I get another email saying the survey completion is confirmed.  And now, something to keep in mind, I receive payment notice sometimes up to a month later.  Payment is not instant!  Brand Institute has to go through each of the surveys and confirm them for completion and accuracy, and this takes time.  But if you are concerned, you can keep track of all the surveys you have done, and their status on your Brand Institute home page.  I have been paid for every single survey I’ve done, except for the last few that are still pending payment:


Also, as I was just looking around on my survey homepage, I just noticed that I have completed 30 surveys, but have been invited to 56!  Think of how much more money I could have made, dammit!  Why didn’t I do all of them?  Well, there is a time limit to get them done, and quite a few times I have put off doing 3-4 surveys sitting in my email inbox, only to click and find out they already got the number of people they needed.  So you gotta be quick, because quotas fills up fast!  Seriously, I’ve lost out on like $60 in one sitting.  *facepalm*

Alright, so you’re interested, but why am I only telling you this now?  Well, I wasn’t able to before.  Only a few close people to me knew I was doing these surveys.  But Brand Institute has now asked  it’s current participants to spread the word and recruit more panel members.  What in it for me?  Well, yes, I get a sign up bonus, not gunna lie.  And you can too when you recruit people as well!  Oh, and you don’t have to have Paypal either!

If you have ANY questions at all, leave a comment and I will do whatever I can to answer them.  It’s OK to be skeptical, I always am when it comes to anything promising to make me money and sounds too good to be true.  I probably would never have bothered with Brand Institute if I hadn’t received something about it in one of my official pharmacy industry emails years ago.

This is the first thing you will see on their website homepage:

Brand Institute is the world’s premier brand identity consultancy. Our brand agency portfolio of services includes brand strategy/architecture, name development, market research, regulatory and visual identity solutions.

Brand Institute is the parent company of Drug Safety Institute (DSI), a subsidiary comprised of former nomenclature safety experts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, USAN Council, World Health Organization (WHO), and extensive experience with European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). This skilled and knowledgeable team provides our pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, OTC clients with name safety and marketing research services, providing the most efficient and proven paths to drug name approval.

So, now I leave you to sign up!

Amazing Yarn Inventions

This was me after watching the following two videos:


I don’t typically blog about things other than yarn or crochet, but these two videos are way too awesome to not share.  Yes, they both feature knitting, but tone down your snobbish nose for just a moment and marvel in this amazingness.

First, you reclaim yarn from ugly thrift shop sweaters:

Imogen Hedges from Rachel Mc Closkey on Vimeo.

Then, you knit a hat!

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

I couldn’t help but get a huge shit-eating grin when I saw these incredible machines.  I mean, come on!  The yarn reclaimer not only STEAMS the kinks out of the yarn, but also BURNS the cellulite off your thighs!  You can crochet whatever your heart desires, WHILE your rocking chair knits hats for charity!

Where do I put my name for pre-order?

April Photo Challenge – Catching up

Clearly I don’t seem to have enough time to blog every single day, so I need to do some serious catching up with this photo-a-day challenge.  So here is what I’ve missed!

Day 6 – Lunch:

Avocado is Cupcake's favourite treat for lunch

Day 7 – Shadow:

My creepy basement

Day 8 – Inside your wallet:

Two American dollars, and an extremely rare (to me) Canadian $50.

Day 9 – Younger you:

When I was in high school, we had a contest to come up with a slogan for Catholic Education. Lucky me, I won. This was the newspaper ad, but there was also a full sized billboard, bright yellow.

Day 10 – Cold

This is today, a little unwanted April snow.

Day 11 – Where you ate breakfast

I haven't had breakfast yet, but this is where I always eat it, on our messy couch.

And there you have it, a bunch of randomness for your enjoyment!

April Photo Challenge – Day 5


Tiny sandals for tiny feeties.  (Available in my Facebook shop).

April Photo Challenge

My friend over at Diary of a Phat Kat joined in on a Photo-a-day blog post, and I decided to tag along.  I always enjoy doing these challenges, so here is my photo for today!

Day 4 – Someone who makes you happy

My daughter and my Hubby make me happy😀