4 Practical Ways of Repurposing Used Gift Cards

Written by lyricsmama on April 19, 2018 – 1:50 AM -

There is no debating the fact that Americans love to use gift cards. In fact, it’s estimated that gift cards sales in the United States will reach $160 billion in 2018. That’s a lot of plastic cards. Now, the environmental concern is genuine as most people discard their cards after redeeming them online or at stores. If the sales estimates are to be believed, plastic cards worth $160 billion can potentially end up in our landfills.

One of the primary reasons why most gift cards end up in the dumpster is because most people don’t have a clue on how they can reuse or repurpose them. Expired or used gift cards demand valuable real estate in wallets and purses, which leads them to be discarded indiscriminately. To help you do your part, here’re 4 practical ways you can repurpose or recycle used gift cards.

Reload and Re-Gift: One of the best ways to repurpose gift cards is to reload more money and gift it to someone else. Be open about what you did and ask the gift recipients to do the same once they redeem their cards. However, keep in mind that there are a lot of use-and-throw gift cards available that are not rechargeable. Ensure you ask the retailer or read the terms when buying gift cards online to know if they can be refilled later.

Use It to Make Art: They can be painted over or can be glued together to form complex and sturdy structures. Plastic gift cards can also be cut using craft scissors to form different shapes. Most art and craft veterans use plastic gift cards to glorious effects. Colorful gift cards are often used to create mosaic designs and embellishments.

Here’s a fun yet straightforward application. Cut a plastic gift card to make numerous heart-shaped pieces. Now, apply glue on one side and stick them to a sheet of velvet paper. Once the glue is dry, cut out the plastic hearts. Walla, your heart-shaped velvet embellishments are ready. Use them to make greeting cards or to adorn a DIY picture frame.

Mail Them to Recycling Companies: Stores often order large quantities of custom gift cards for business purposes, and if they are unsold they usually send them to plastic cards recycling firms. While most of these recycling companies have a B2B operation, they sometimes accept plastic cards mailed to them by individuals. However, instead of sending a few cards at a time, collect a bunch of gift cards before sending the mail.

Add It to Your Tool Box: You can use gift cards to scrape, smear, and spread. Gift cards can also be cut into different shapes to form unique tools. It can go underneath furniture legs to stabilize a particular unit, or it can be used to remove air bubbles from wallpaper. Hard plastic gift cards can also be used as makeshift rulers to draw straight lines. Application of a simple plastic gift card is truly endless. If you are a fix-it genius, you would have no trouble finding multiple other uses of these plastic cards. Gather used gift cards from friends and family members and add them to your toolkit. You would be surprised how many times you would end up using them.

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Casting Alert: Fear Factor is Back

Written by lyricsmama on August 20, 2017 – 2:01 PM -

Now casting TEAMS OF TWO to compete for up to $50,000!


(must be at least 18 years of age and meet all other eligibility requirements)

If FEAR is not a FACTOR for you and you’re in the Greater Los Angeles area (or can get here), please complete the form below.


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Donnie Wahlberg Rocks Chicagoland Raising $759k to Help Kids with Autism

Written by lyricsmama on June 23, 2017 – 1:09 PM -

There was electricity in the air Monday night in St. Charles, IL. New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) member Donnie Wahlberg joined forces with Generation Rescue for the second annual Another Evening with Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests concert. The evening’s proceeds of $759,000 exceeded funds raised last year at Wahlberg’s inaugural event for the charity, and will be utilized to spread awareness and help fund autism treatment for low-income and at-risk families.

The Blue Bloods star’s wife, Jenny McCarthy, kicked off the show with a heartfelt speech to fans and announced that their had been a groundbreaking earlier that same day (in St. Charles), of a custom built integrative health clinic providing comprehensive treatment for all individuals across the special needs spectrum. A portion of the funds raised from both this year’s and last year’s concerts have been allocated to the clinic.

The historic Arcada Theatre walls were vibrating from the cheers of fans, friends, sponsors and supporters. Wahlberg took the stage along with the Chicago Children’s Choir and gave his usual 200% of a performance. Joining him for the second year in a row were fellow NKOTB members, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood, as well as Naughty By Nature. Also donating their time and talent were Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris from Boyz II Men. Returning guest artist, Ashley Rodriguez did a stunning version of “True Colors”. The talented musicians backing the performers were Ethan Farmer, Om’mas Keith, Stanley Randolph, and musical director Rob Lewis, all of whom are currently on tour with NKOTB. Following the concert was a VIP After Party hosted by Wahlberg and McCarthy at Shakou St. Charles. The evening’s co-producers were Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue and Ali Winkler.

“This evening is very special to me,” said McCarthy of Another Evening with Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests. “Not only does it help Generation Rescue provide low-income families with access to essential treatment, but it also gives Donnie and I a chance to connect with friends and fans in a special way. There’s no greater unity than spreading love for a good cause.”

So far, Generation Rescue has provided assistance to more than 750 families in all 50 states, with medical grants of $1.8 million and counting. Kids assisted by Generation Rescue demonstrate improvements in sociability, sensory and cognitive awareness, speech and communication, as well as their health and physical behavior.

As a special surprise to the charity, long time Generation Rescue donor Pat Joyce (owner of the luxurious Summer Winds Resorts properties) committed to a $1 million donation as initial funding to build the next of Generation Rescue’s integrative medicine clinics, in the state of Missouri.

The evening wouldn’t have been made possible without the generous support of Rowena and Joe Salas of Hotel Baker, Live Nation, McKenzie Breidenthal, OxyHealth, Thiel Audio, and White Rose Angels. Sponsors also included Custom Companies, French Med Spa & Cryotherapie, Midwest Conference Services, Quick Logistics, Amazing Lash Studio, Amy and Shawn McDonald, Fox Valley Auto Group, Misty Feeley, Faculty Management, Pauly D. Foundation, Pillow of Health, Sheri Cesak-Shriver and Melissa Potempa, The William & Mary Davis Foundation, Hurdl, My Intent, Boxed Water, PartySmart and Shakou St. Charles.

All photos by Brian Babineau – courtesy of Generation Rescue


For more information on the event visit: http://www.generationrescue.org/donnie/

And check out Generation Rescue’s social media channels:

About Donnie Wahlberg:
Donnie Wahlberg is an artist who knows no limits, and his diverse career proves just that. He has captured the attention of audiences worldwide as the star of the hit TV show Blue Bloods on CBS, as Executive Producer of five television shows, and as the engine behind the group New Kids On The Block (NKOTB). As a board member of Generation Rescue and advocate for autism awareness, Wahlberg conceptualized, creative directed & produced both 2016’s An Evening With Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests & this year’s Another Evening With Donnie Wahlberg, to directly benefit families affected by autism.

About Generation Rescue:
Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. To learn more about Generation Rescue, visit their website at www.generationrescue.org.

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Now Casting 5 and 6 Year Olds with Southern Accents!

Written by lyricsmama on June 23, 2017 – 12:45 PM -

Urgent Casting Nationwide!!!

We are in search of adorable and outgoing 5 and 6 year olds with a SOUTHERN ACCENT for a fun new TV show!

We are also looking for:

5 and 6 year olds:
– with glasses
– with red hair
– that live on a farm
– with accents

Email me at 5yearstvshow@gmail.com

Don’t forget to include…

1. Your name
2. Name of your child
3. Your child’s date of birth
4. A few pictures of your child
5. And lastly, tell us what makes your child special.

Thank you and good luck!

The Casting Duo

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Written by lyricsmama on January 23, 2016 – 2:47 PM -

Activision Publishing, Inc. and ConAgra Foods’ Kid Cuisine have teamed up to bring even more fun to frozen-food grocery aisles. Available now through April 15, kids everywhere in North America can enjoy a variety of Kid Cuisine meals inspired by Skylanders®, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, giving fans all the more reason to play with their food. The promotional meals will be available at all participating major grocery stores and supermarkets across the country, as well as Walmart and Target.


The Skylanders-inspired Kid Cuisine meals will infuse the magic that the blockbuster franchise is known for with this novel partnership. Fans will enjoy meals featuring their favorite characters such as Stealth Elf and Kaos shaped chicken nuggets with gem-shaped cookies, and Spyro and Dream Catcher-shaped macaroni with pudding that changes color while you eat! Fans will be able to get their hands (and mouths) on nine different Skylanders-themed Kid Cuisine meals:

· Cheese Pizza

· Beef Patty

· Mac & Cheese

· Fish Sticks

· Mini Corn Dogs

· Fun Nuggets

· Popcorn Chicken

· Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

· Spaghetti


What’s more, fans will get an extra treat inside each Skylanders Kid Cuisine meal box; a free Stealth Elf Skylanders Battlecast card. Skylanders Battlecast brings cards to life in a new free-to-play mobile adventure, set within the Skylanders universe. The game offers everything from collectability to strategic card combat, online PvP and an exciting single-player campaign, appealing to both Skylanders fans and classic card battle enthusiasts. Skylanders Battlecast lets players create a team of their favorite heroes and build the ultimate deck for battle. Portal Masters won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to continue to build their ultimate deck of cards on their quest to become a legendary Battlecaster in anticipation of the game’s official launch in 2016.

For more information please visit www.skylanders.com or follow them on Instagram @SkylanderstheGame, Twitter @SkylandersGame and Facebook.com/SkylandersGame.

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