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10 Fun Things To Do That Are Totally Free

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The belt buckle tightening time of the year is upon us once again (fiscally speaking, of course; you’re going to be doing the polar opposite of that come Thanksgiving dinner).  As you plan out your budget in anticipation of a pricey holiday season, you realize that you are definitely going to have to cut back on some of the more extravagant elements of your lifestyle.  That certainly doesn’t mean that you need to stop having fun.  In fact, the opposite can be true, yet again.  Delving into some new, adventurous, absolutely gratis activities will have you feeling like you’ve just won the Lottery of Fun.  Read on for some no-cost enjoyment!

Lights, camera(phone), action! 

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Have a camera with video function on your phone?  Of course you do.  Get a group of your friends together and shoot a movie!  Either write it out beforehand, with storyboards and all that jazz, or just wing it and improvise the whole thing.  You may be surprised at how creative you end up being, Fellini-like friends.  Can’t find any willing participants?  Channel your inner nature documentarian and film some indigenous sparrows and squirrels, as they frolic tither and thither.  If that gets boring, just start photo-bombing your own production.

Speak your mind. 

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Whether you strive for the spotlight or shun it like Gollum, there are endless opportunities for you speak in public.  Either throw together some corny jokes for Open Mike Night at your local comedy club, or a few choice mellifluous sentences for a poetry reading OR break out the ole six string and soulfully strum away at a volunteer music venue.  This will be goofy fun if you are comfortable in these situations.  If you are like most people, and are inherently shy about voicing your opinion in a public forum, then this will be a splendid chance to tackle those fears head on and prove to yourself that you can overcome anything.

Call your loved ones.

Face it, there are some people that you care about a tremendous deal, but you hardy ever communicate with (a “merry x-mas” text doesn’t count).  Speaking directly to your parents, distant relatives or old college chums for a few minutes can be truly rewarding.   Yes, this can seem like an absolute chore in some cases, but the more difficult/awkward the task is, the better you will feel about yourself for having done it once it’s over.

Get a pen, pal. 

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In keeping with the theme of reaching out to someone, there is yet another means of getting in touch that can be really satisfying; writing a letter.  A hand written letter is a real rare commodity in these modern times that we live in.  The cool thing about writing a tangible letter is that you can scribble little drawings in there, tape cut-outs from magazines, add scents; whatever quirky little thing you like.  Those on the receiving end of the letter will be treated to a delightful surprise.  Don’t have anyone you want to send warm messages to?  Well, this is a splendid opportunity then to send some anonymous passive-aggressive tips to to a deserving foe, or even a fun ransom note.

Volunteer and spread cheer.

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Volunteering your time doesn’t have the same somber association that it once did.  Perceptions about what this means have shifted; it’s not about being ‘stuck doing something – just to be nice,’ as there are now tons of milieus to choose from.  A quick Google search will provide you with oodles of different types of activities in your area that you can engage in, from face painting for kids to planting trees to cleaning up a garden to helping people with their resumés.  Just pick something that speaks to you and have fun with it.  The people running these programs, as well as anyone who benefits from them, are typically so very grateful to have you there.  Bottom line, you’ll feel great about contributing; it’s a win-win.

Spend a day away from all forms of technology.

This may not sound like ‘fun’ to most people; it’s really more of a challenge for yourself.  If you really commit to this, and do not go near the likes of a phone, tablet, laptop or any other conveyance of contemporary, digital content, you will be amazed at what you find yourself up to.  Listening to vintage records (or that “Mmmbop” cassette single), reading that book you never got a chance to, pouring over old photo albums, exploring new parts of your world; the possibilities will soon reveal themselves to be endless.

Free wheelin’.

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Many people out there already have a preferred way of transporting themselves from place to place (via what is known as an ‘automobile,’ or in some colloquial circles, a ‘car’).  Did you know that you can travel on a self-propelled device that also has wheels?  It’s called a bicycle.  Get out there and do some cycling today – no matter the season (minus the 30 degree below weather days of January, naturally), a brisk bike ride is invigorating and helps you clear your mind – and, in staying with our free theme, doesn’t cost anything in gas!  Already an avid biker -or- just don’t have access to a bike?  Find some alternative wheels.  Rollerskates, blades and skateboards are readily at your disposal (if you don’t own already, just ask to borrow some – everybody’s got these things just collecting dust in their garages, attics or storage units).  Oh, just be sure to wear a helmet; you don’t want this free-fun activity turning into a costly E.R. trip.

Get cookin’.

Go through all the items in your refrigerator and find things that you never use (‘What is this wasabi infused, mesquite bbq sauce doing here?’) and some other items that don’t have such a long shelf life and will have to be thrown out soon.  Take said items, find a recipe that incorporates them and BAM!  Become Emeril or Rachel Ray – that part is totally up to you.

Purge!

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Getting rid of old stuff can help clear your closet as well as some much needed headspace.  It’s fun to go through these preterite things and reminisce about where they came from.  The best part about this task is when you put a magnanimous spin on it and donate the articles to a charity.  You’ll feel zen-like about having more room, a fresh start and the knowledge that you helped pay-it-forward to someone else.

Just say “Yes!”

…to free things.  The concept of having a day/night where you say “Yes” to every question posed to you (meaning ones that require an affirmative or negative response, not “Hey, what time is it?”) is not a new one.  There was a “Frankie and Grace” episode about this very subject this year.  The twist here is that you employ this mantra, but only in relation to things that do not cost a penny.  Depending on where you start off, this can lead you down some interesting/exotic/flat out weird paths, but hey, as Mao Zedong once famously said “YOLO!”

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-Joe Leone 

How to Handle Your Little Monsters

Dealing with Kids of Divorce on Halloween

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The pumpkins are carved, the ghosts are hung and the Disney Princess and Storm Trooper costumes have been purchased.  Everything is all set for creepily jovial, sugar-high fueled fun!  Everything, that is, except the logistics regarding who is taking the kids trick-or-treating; you or your ex.  Uh-oh.  This could be a potentially frightening night, for all the wrong reasons.

Before you end up forever haunted by the memory of this spooky holiday, let’s take a look at what the divorce experts have to say about successfully wrangling the wee ones this year.  We’ve collected information from Diane L. Danois, J.D., bonusfamilies, hermentorcenter.com, brendashoshanna.weebly.com and divorce360.com in an effort to keep the kids grinning widely on this much Hallowed Eve.

Some holidays can be tough for divorced parents; luckily Halloween typically isn’t one of them

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Determining who will have custody of the kids on Christmas/Hanukkah or Thanksgiving can be a truly trying experience.  Expectations from both sides of the families can be huge (“I need to see my beautiful grandchildren on the high holy days!”)  Thankfully, Halloween isn’t really viewed as that important to most parents (the kids don’t even get off from school), so relinquishing control of the tykes usually isn’t that big of a deal.  On the other hand, Halloween is very highly regarded in the kid community as much celebrated and glorious day (they get to dress up AND eat a bag a’ candy), so it’s important to think about their wants more than your own.

Come Together?

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Unlike a lot of other holidays, actually sharing the evening experience with your ex can be decent (granted, depending on how much you would like to see your ex as an actual skeleton, of course).  The kids are obviously adorable in their little Batman and Frozen outfits and the atmosphere is generally light (despite the frolicking devils, witches and demons, naturally).  Pairing up with your ex partner to drive your offspring door to door to beg for cavity inducing morsels can be a relatively harmless experience, all things considered.

Pick your Poison

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If you fall into the ‘I can’t even be in the same room as my ex without taking a machete to them’ camp, then taking the kids out together is not really an option.  So, you need to decide who will mind them.  The easiest solution?  Whoever enjoys the holiday more themselves should take them.  Meaning, if you revel in all the ghoulish elements yourself, the result is that your children will have more fun with you.  The whole point of this day is for your babes to have a good time, so obviously put their interests first (C’mon, you’re a parent; you should be beyond used to this).  Another factor that can help you and your ex decide who should have them this eerie eve is if your kids have a group of like-minded goblins they want to troll a particular neighborhood for Reese’s with.  If they have a set cadre of trick/treating chums, let whichever parent is more conveniently situated, geographically, have them.  It just makes the most sense and won’t confuse the kids at all.

You’re the (Boogey) Boss

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All of the professionals in the child psychology field unanimously seem to agree that this should be your decision (who takes whom), not your kids.  Putting them in the middle is not a good idea (clearly there are few, if any, circumstances where this is advocated).  You and your ex should determine who’s taking them beforehand and then that’s it, end of discussion.  The final nail in the coffin…

Play Nice

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As with all holidays in general, the kinder you can be (or at least appear) to your ex in front of your kids, the better for their overall well-being.  Nobody wants to see Mummy and Dad-ula arguing about petty things on a day that’s supposed to be full of creepy cheer.  Slap a grin on your face and get through the day; you’ll have the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving to grumble about soon enough.

Keep your Solo Spirits Up!

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Finally, if you hand the kids off to your ex and will be spending the night by your lonesome, don’t let the little ones think you are sad about it.  Wish them luck in scaring the other kids so bad that they wet their pants, kiss their clown-make-up laden cheeks, check to see if they’re wearing those annoying reflectors you got them and send them on their merry way.  Even if you’ll be Netflixing a scary movie all alone, make sure the kids think you are genuinely happy about it.  Nobody wants to treat-or-treat while thinking about how sad their left behind parent is (womp womp).

Follow these scarily simple tips and a good night will be had by all.  Then, you will have truly earned the right to ransack their sugary loot and gorge yourself silly on mini-Snickers.

-Joe Leone 

Even MORE Ways to Make Quick Cash

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So we’ve done quite a few posts on how to make super fast cash in a super fast manner; to the point it seems we’ve fully exhausted the subject matter.  Alas, we have vouchsafed all of the traditional methods available to most people, from selling blood to selling yourself as a bud.  Now, however, we’re going to delve a little deeper into the weird world of inordinately expedited fiscal procurement.

found in translation

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Were you raised by Astonian grandparents who inadvertently taught you your ancestral tongue as they routinely prepared goulash?  Were you an overachiever in high school who learned how to parlez vous Français like Gerard Depardieu?  Can you proficiently fake your way through a full on Spanglish ordering session at Taco Bell?  Que bueno!  Put those linguistic skills to use and pick up some lucrative part time work as an interpreter, translator or language instructor to a spoiled child whose parents want him to learn Sentinelese.  To turn your tongue to funds, take a gander at this site jobs-to-careers.com, capishe?

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If you actually enjoy talking on the phone (unlike most currently living humans), but hate leaving your home (either from agoraphobia or an intense proclivity for Netflix), you can get paid to chat.  Customer Service chat, that is.  Become a rep for one of the many large corps that hire stay-at-home homies (West at Home & Alpine Access are two major organizations always on the lookout for homebody chatters).  So pick up that receiver and use your gift of gab to nab some swag.

 

opinion-compens-ated

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Have no discernible talents but LOTS to say about things?  Super duper; you are ready for a career in the fast paced world of Survey-Filling…Out.  Another task you can complete from the comfortable milieu of your own domicile, survey completion typically takes about 20 minutes.  The pay seems not so stellar (roughly 3 bucks a pop), yet if you bang out 3 in an hour, you’ve just made 9 clams – just for stating your preferences in deodorant scents or type fonts (please don’t ever pick ‘comic sans’).  The more reputable online survey companies include Ipsos, Pinecone Research and Viewpoint Forum.  Other exist as well, but make sure you do your due diligence and don’t sign up for any potentially scam-my ones ($3 = not worth having your identity stolen over).

sweeping up

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“It’s Sweeps Week!”  Yes, that is what you’ll be exclaiming every day if you pursue your dream job in the sweepstake arts.  Granted, this is probably the lowest form of ‘gambling’ that exists, and the payout is usually not so grand, but the upside is that it costs you nothing to enter (so, technically, not even gambling).  Essentially, all you need is the dream…not even the dollar.  Start off with Online-Sweepstakes.com and see how you do.  If you don’t see any results, don’t fret; Shark Week will be just around the corner, and you can potentially catch and sell a tasty mako.

You, Spy

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Are you one of these people who is always on Yelp, leaving scathing reviews and exacting revenge for poor customer service, inferior products and vermin plagued brunches?  Do you revel in engaging in Catfish-like scenarios, going undercover like a glorified Magnum P.I.?  Perfect!  Put your vindictive skills in the field of subterfuge to work for you and assume the meaty role of “Mystery Shopper.”  It’s way more fun than just regular shopping, too; you sometimes get to ask odd questions and be unnecessarily demanding in bizarrely conceived situations.  After it’s all done, you typically have to write up your experience, so a good memory and Jonathan Swift-like writing skills are prized.  To scope out all the mystery shopper platforms available, go to volition.com for a comprehensive listing (to get in the mood, you can always search in “incognito” mode, if using Google Chrome – if you are using Internet Explorer for some reason, there are larger issues at hand…)

have some crowd-fun

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If you’re not familiar with the concept of Crowdfunding, it’s time to get kickstarted.  Have an idea for how to save the environment through using repurposed life-rafts?  Want to send your child to cricket camp in Uganda for the summer?  Looking to start an exclusive club dedicated to people who only watch Youtube videos of squirrels waterskiing?  No matter how random the ‘business,’ or other idea, there is always one consistent commonality: you need money to get it off the ground.  The craziest thing?  There are people out there willing to help fund your possibly hair-brained endeavor.  For a full aggregation of all the best crowdfuding sites, have a look here on Entrepreneur.com (and tell your friends).

need scalp with that?

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Not everything that is going to garner you fast cash is going to be entirely legal.  If there is a big event or concert headed to your town/city/hamlet, snag as many tickets as you can for it immediately and then start selling them online.  You’ll find that once something is sold out, you can jack the price up significantly and still receive numerous hits (some people just need  their fix of Miley!)  If you haven’t sold them all by the day of the actual Ice-capade show or Monster Truck rally, head to the arena and get to scalpin’.  The pro scalpers endemic to the area may try to run you off their turf, but just remember; you have just as much of a (non-)right to be there as they do(n’t).

casino-where left to turn

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Last option: hit the local casino.  Don’t waste time trying to ‘outplay’ other gamblers at the poker table.  They are either better than you or have enough money to blow that they can take bigger risks; either way, you lose.  Then cry.  Best bet is to take whatever you’ve got and put it all on RED/BLACK.  It’s basically 50/50 odds.  So…you feelin’ lucky?

-Joe Leone 

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*If all else fails, you could always sell your old diamond jewelry for the absolute highest price in the known universe with the unwavering help of Diamond Lighthouse.

…Just sayin’.

After a Break-Up …How to Make Your Ex Jealous

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There is undoubtedly a plethora of articles out there (on the wild wild web) which give solid and sound advice on how to cope with break-ups and move on in a mature and emotionally sound manner.

This is not one of those articles.

While some people may tell you to ‘think about the future,’ about ‘what’s next,’ who’s to say that it’s not just as ‘healthy’ (…or morbidly satisfying) to dwell on the past, to really luxuriate in every painful, heart-wrenching moment, and to dream up new ways to make your ex-partner seethe with jealousy?  Here is a fairly thorough list of marvelous methods and spurious schemes that you can employ to pull your former flame into a web of personal turmoil and regret.

(If you have any other inventively insidious ideas, please comment!)

Photo Fun Bonanza

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So, we’ve finally identified the real purpose of social media.  It is the perfect outlet to post pictures of yourself having SO much fun, with all manner of cool, exhilarating (and possibly new) “friends”/potential lovers.  The goal is that your ex then views these titillating pics and feels instantly envious of your exciting experiences while they sit home alone in their underwear gorging themselves on Cheetos and Haagen Dazs, whist “marathoning” some insipid Netflix show.  Make sure your photos always showcase you with a radiant smile on your face, in as many electrifying places as you can drum up.  That said, you don’t want to have pics where you are aggressively making out with some sexy stranger, though; that just comes off as ostentatiously sad.  Just the hint of a new beau, vaguely situated somewhere in the photo (or, the insinuation that this person is the one taking the picture) will do the trick.  The unknown is always more frightening (and annoying) than facing full-on reality.

The Glorious Grapevine

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Simply hearing about how splendrous your post-them life is will really irk your ex.  If you have mutual friends (who are more in your corner than your ex’s) that can relay messages of your newfound liberation, happiness and utter love of existence (even if none of these things are actually occurring) to your preterite sweetie, then this step will be a piece of cake.  The challenge comes when you no longer have a direct or even tangential line of communication to your ex.  How in the heck are you going to rub it in their faces that you are more jovial than you’ve ever been?  Easy.  You just need to start a blog.  Similar to an Instagram account stuffed with joyous pictures, a blog is another great way to relate your new tales of wonder and bliss, but now with ever so potent words.  The best part?  You can make it all up!  While a picture usually needs some semblance of truth to convey your glee (unless you are a master at staging faux gaiety), a well crafted blog post can express sundry magical journeys and emotions like no other medium.  Or, if you’re fairly adept with a video camera, combine both methods of voicing your exultation into one: a vibrant and secretly villainous vlog.

C’mon, Get Healthy 

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What’s the one thing you want to do after you get dumped?  Why, eat a eat Krispy Kremes until you can’t buckle your pants anymore.  Most counselors would tell you that this is not a good way to approach emotional recovery; that you should take care of your physical health in order to benefit your mental health.  Well, they are right, but for the wrong reasons.  Now is the time to shun all fat, carbs, gluten or anything else that tastes good and attack the gym like Rocky did in every single Rocky movie (except Rocky 3, that was just awful).  You must shed any extra poundage and get yourself in ship-shape condition.  Next, it’s off to the most expensive salons you can unearth, for a full body everything.  You need to look your absolute BEST, so the next time your ex encounters you (or even a grainy tagged photo of you), you look so stunning that they all but weep, throw themselves to the filthy sidewalk and beg forgiveness for their foolhardy ways.  Truly much more satisfying than any Snickers bar.

The Ring’s the Thing 

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Now, this one requires a bit of patience.  Timing truly is everything here; if you show up too soon with a colossal rock or gleaming gold band on that deliciously conspicuous left ring finger, you’re going to look desperate and weird.  Wait about ten months (this way it won’t look like you did it in order to supersede any sort of illegitimate pregnancy), and then don that symbolic ring of beautiful betrothal with flare!  Once you do this, you won’t even need to force this information on your ex – news of it will just spread like wildfire.  The best part of this maneuver?  That’s right, you guessed it: you don’t even need to be dating anyone.  The ring alone conveys volumes of devastatingly delectable information.

(*Once this diamond ring has worn out it’s usefulness, rather than toss it into the recycling bin, feel free to let diamondlighthouse.com recover the highest amount of cash for it, for you.  This further explained here.)

Ok…  Perhaps some of these measures seem a tad extreme.  Ultimately, it’s up to you exactly how you want to make you ex jealous, envious or agitated.  The most important thing to realize is that your happiness is of ut most importance, whether it’s genuine or simply fabricated for the sake of a Pinterest post.

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-Joe Leone