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How to Lend a Kindle Book to Your Friend

How to Lend a Kindle Book

First, you’ll have to note that the title of this post is How to Lend a Kindle Book to Your Friend. Friend is singular. That’s because you can only lend a Kindle book one time to one friend. Ever.

This makes me want to say, “So pick that friend wisely.” I don’t know why. You can lend your Kindle books out willy-nilly if you’d like.

It’s just that “One Time” policy from Amazon makes it feel like a big deal, doesn’t it?

So. Lending your specially selected friend a Kindle book. It’s actually quite easy! Here’s how you do it:

1. Head over to your “Manage My Kindle” page. You’ll find it under your Account.

2. Select the book you’d like to loan.

Select the Kindle Book to Loan

3. Find the “More Actions” drop down menu. IF a book is available to loan, you’ll see “Loan This Title.” Of course, if the book can NOT be loaned, that option will not appear.

When scrolling through the Kindle titles in my account, I found only about 1/2 of them are eligible for that one time loan.

Lend Kindle Books

4. You will be sent to the “Loan This Book” page. From here, you simply need to add your friend’s email address and the book will be sent to them for downloading.

5. Your friend DOES NOT need to own a Kindle. They can simply download the free reading app and read the book on their desktop, tablet or smartphone.

6. Now that you’ve lent a Kindle book to your friend, they have 14 days to read the book!

I love reading on my Kindle. That’s because 9 times out of 10 I will fall asleep while reading. I big puffy heart the fact the Kindle saves my place and no bookmark is needed.

Now that I know I can lend a Kindle book ? Even if it is only one time? I’m even happier with my purchase. Nothing beats sharing a book with a friend who will enjoy it.

Isn’t sharing a great book one of the best parts about a book?

Now that you know how to lend a book, check out 6 of the Best Sources for Free Kindle Downloads so you are never without a good read!

My 10 Favorite Sugar Detox Recipes

2 Ingredient Pancakes

4 More Days!!!!

And I will have completed 30 days of a sugar detox!!!

If you haven’t been following along, I’ve been using the The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally book and have simply extended my challenge to 30 days instead of 21.

Along the way, I’ve discovered some sugar detox recipes that I have really enjoyed. All of these feature real, whole food with no added sugar, no processed ingredients and no refined grains.

I can wholeheartedly recommend all of these recipes whether you are doing a sugar detox or not.

1. Two Ingredient Pancakes. These are pictured above. I have my sister-in-law to thank for sending me this recipe. It is sooooo yummy!

3 Ingredient Custards

2. 3, 2, 1 Custards

Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding FB

3. Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chia Pudding Recipe

Carrot Chip Nachos

4. Carrot Chip “Nachos”

Carrot Frites

5. Carrot Frites

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Sugar Detox: 3 Favorite Kitchen Tools Under $15

I have three kitchen tools you can get for under $15 that I am LOVING! I’ve linked to them all here and I’ve included a short video so you can see why I love them and how I am using them. (And by short, I mean it is the longest video I think I’ve ever posted here. But still under 5 minutes)

All of these products can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Shop through Ebates and get 2% cash back on your purchase. Don’t forget your 20% off coupons.

Flower Colander

Flower Colander

Julienne Peeler

Julienne Peeler

Everyday White Large Vegetable Bowl

Everyday White Large Vegetable Bowl

Do you own any of these? Do you use them as frequently as I do?

How to Earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards (In a Minimum Amount of Time!)

Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards

Did you know you can earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards?

I use the Amazon gift cards I earn to help offset the expense of buying organic groceries. You already know Amazon has great deals. Earn FREE Amazon gift cards and turn those great deals into absolute steals! In fact, Swagbucks is one of my Secret Ways to Save on Amazon (You’ve Never Heard Of).

Today I’m going to teach you how to earn FREE Amazon gift cards using Swagbucks and how to do it in the minimum amount of time.

To earn one $5 Amazon Gift Card, you need to earn 450 Swagbucks.

Can you earn more than one $5 Amazon gift card in a month on Swagbucks? You bet ya!

I know there are many, many people out there earning more than 450 Swagbucks each month. I’ve seen reports of $50 in cards in a month!

What I want to show you is how you can spend a minimum amount of time on Swagbucks each day and still be earning gift cards.

Once you start earning, you may find yourself hooked and trying to earn more!

The Natural Green Mom Earning Swagbucks

How to Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards in a Minimum Amount of Time:

1. Complete the Survey Settings under My Account

Once you have signed up for Swagbucks, you need to find the Survey Settings under My Account. There are 16 different profiles. Earn 2 Swagbucks for completing each profile. Some of these only have one or two questions and take a total of 5 seconds to complete. Others are longer but still take well under a minute to complete.

This is a one time task that will earn you 32 Swagbucks!

2. Download the Swagbucks Toolbar

Once you have downloaded the toolbar, use it one time per day to get 1 Swagbuck. This will take you as many seconds as it takes you to type in a search term. I’ll call it 5 seconds.

Do this every day for 30 days, you’ll have another 30 Swagbucks and you’ll only have spent 5 seconds a day doing it!

3. Do the Daily Poll

Answer the poll each day to get 1 Swagbuck per day. I actually timed myself on this one. It took me 7.2 seconds.

Do this every day for 30 days, you’ll have another 30 Swagbucks.

4. Do the No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO) Daily

Each day you can do the NOSO. This will take you less than 1 minute per day to complete, depending on how many offers you will see. Today, I only saw one. So this took me about 10 seconds. I never sign up for the offers. I just keep hitting “SKIP”. Get 2 Swagbucks per day.

Do this every day for 30 days and you’ll have 60 Swagbucks.

Daily Swagbucks Tasks - Part of The Natural Green Mom's FREE Amazon Gift Cards in a Minimum Amount of Time Strategy

5. Watch 10 Videos on the Swagbucks Channel

For every 10 videos you watch you get 3 Swagbucks. I will open Swagbucks in a separate tab. Then I play videos in one tab while I go through emails in another tab. I’m earning Swagbucks while doing something I would be on the computer for anyway. I don’t even log this as time. If you check email everyday, and you can multitask, this is an incredibly easy way to earn Swagbucks.

Do this every day for 30 days and you’ll have another 90 Swagbucks.

6. Play Swag Jump 

Play the free game Swag Jump. I have found by playing it two times I earn two Swagbucks after the second round. Again, I timed myself for this one. It took me 1 minute and 54 seconds to earn these 2 Swagbucks. You have to watch an ad prior to playing which is what eats up your time.

Do this every day for 30 days and get another 60 Swagbucks.

Doing those 5 daily tasks will net you 302 Swagbucks in 30 days. You need 450 Swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon Gift Card. You are more than halfway there! And you only spent two minutes and 27 seconds of extra time per day!

 Want to keep earning? Here are more ways:

7. Search the Web on Fridays during Mega Swagbucks Day

You’ve already downloaded the Swagbucks toolbar. On Friday, you can earn double the Swagbucks for your searches. Here’s an idea: Have your laptop or tablet open on your lap while you are watching TV. Try doing a search for every commercial you see. Those swagbucks will really start to add up!

8. Watch the Swagbucks Facebook page for Swag Codes

If I think about it when I am on Facebook, I will check in on the Swagbucks Facebook page and see if there is a Swag Code. These swag codes are worth different amounts but all you have to do is enter the code on the swagbucks page. It’s a quick and easy way to earn.

Those are my best strategies for earning Amazon Gift Cards in a minimum amount of time. Do you already use Swagbucks? What is your favorite way to earn? Share in the comments so we can all earn together!

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How to Cook Grains: A FREE Printable!

How to Cook Grains Small

How do you store your grains in your pantry?

I tend to buy my grains in bags or out of the bulk bins at the grocery store. Once the bag is open, I’ve found I can have a hot mess unless I put my grains in jars.

Look how tiny that millet is. A simple clip just isn’t up to the job.

Open bag of Millet

I have a great funnel I use for canning that makes this a pretty easy chore.

Use a canning funnel to put grains in jars

Once the grain is in the jar, I label it. Amaranth, quinoa, millet, cornmeal… they all look alike when in a glass jar. Labeling is key.

Label Whole Grain in Jars

Then I throw out the bag.

Which has the cooking instructions printed on the back.

Or if you buy from the bulk bin. You never had the instructions.

Enter: the How to Cook Grains Free Printable!

No more Googling water to grain ratios. No more wondering if it was 15 minute for barley or was that 15 minutes for bulgur?

This printable has the most common whole grains and how to cook them.

Let me show you how I use this at my house.

I purchased cork board squares from my Office Max. It came with adhesive, so it was easy to just put a cork board panel on the inside of the cabinet right next to my stove.

Corkboard organization inside cabinet door

Print out the How to Cook Whole Grains. It looks great in color or black and white if you are trying to save printer ink.

Then just thumb tack it up!

How to Cook Grains

Now you can toss out those bags with the cooking instructions with no worries. You’ll now how to make perfectly fluffy brown rice (or millet, or barley…).

Do you tack recipes inside your cabinet doors?

15 Things You Can Do Instead of Eating {When on A Sugar Detox}

Things to Do Instead of Eating to stay on track during a sugar detox - or any eating plan really

While on my 30 Day Sugar Detox (I’m following this book), I’ll admit, I’ve been hungry. Or, maybe not even hungry so much as I’ve been bored. And I want to eat.

Here are some of the distractions I’ve found have worked for me. Please, please, please leave me a comment if you have any suggestions of things that have worked for you!

1. Paint Your Nails

2.Turn on Music and Dance

3. Do a Crossword or Sudoko

4. Enjoy a glass of herbal tea

5. Take a Walk

6. Clean a Closet or Clean Out Your Purse – {Get bonus points if you throw out a piece of gum wadded up in an old receipt found in the bottom of your purse}

7. Listen to an Audiobook or Podcast

8. Find a new book to read

9. Enjoy a shower or bath with a scrub – { Add peppermint oil. It is said to curb the appetite.}

10. Organize a Drawer

11. Vacuum. Or if it has recently snowed, shovel.

12. Find a new hairstyle

13. Write a letter

14. Earn Swagbucks

15. Call a Friend

So if you find yourself in a position where you want to eat, give one of these a go and let me know if it worked for you.

And as a BIG oh-by-the-way: Things I’ve found you shouldn’t do? Get on Pinterest or flip through a magazine. Both have delicious looking recipes and photos that are sure to make you hungry!

Sugar Detox: Finding the Hidden Sugars

Hidden Sugars

First, I’m sorry the photo above is not so great. Taking pictures of food labels with my phone in the middle of the grocery store is apparently not one of my talents.

Being the sweet man that he is, my husband agreed to do this 30 Day Sugar Detox with me. Since he is at work all day, he was hoping for some easy to pack snack-type food to bring with him.

That’s when I started to see all the hidden sugars in products.

Take a look at the Kale Chips – made with coconut palm sugar.

Or the Primal beef strips – made with unrefined evaporated cane juice.

Then there is the Paleo People snacks – the third ingredient is honey.

In fact, I was unable to successfully find anything that had no added sugar. That’s making this detox a little bit harder. Grab and go is nice.

It’s pretty discouraging to know that sugar is added to so many foods. Even those we label as healthy.

Have you read your pre-packaged health food labels recently? Have you found the added sugar?