December 2018 The US Community
Issue # 12
Letter from the Editor 03
November CCMs 04
Toluna Wins 06
Toluna Movie Club 07
Holiday Traditions 10
Toluna Photo Gallery 12
Influencers of the Month 15
November Recipe Swap 17
Holiday Budget Tips 21
Black Friday Extravaganza 22
The Holidays at Toluna 25
Toluna's Calendar Countdown 26
HELLO MY FRIEN DS AND HAPPY H O LIDA YS! IT I H A S
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Stevie LynnYour Editor,
YOU COULD BE THE NEXT
OF THE MONTH
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create awesome topics consistently!
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THE TOLUNA MOVIE CLUB
NOVEMBER MOVIE SELECTION:
Each month we ask you to select a movie you'd like to watch
and then submit your review of that movie! In what follows
you will be able to read four reviews from our amazing
Toluna movie critics!
Write the review on the specific Toluna Topic announced by
the Toluna Team and get 1,000 points! Be among the top
FOUR best reviews and get an extra 5,000 points!
HAVE YOU VOTED ON DECEMBER'S FILM?
TOLUNA MOVIE CLUB | ISSUE 12
REVIEW SUBMITTED BY
"Home Alone", this is a great movie, where the main character, Kevin, played by McCauley
Culken gets left behind by his family, as they go away to Paris for Christmas Holidays.
Kevin, has to defend his home from 2 burglars, generally bad guys. He comes up with
genius ideas to get these bad guys and eventually wins.
Kevin orders pizza and jumps on beds, when he first realizes he's all by himself.
Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are the perfect comedy duo of two idiots who can't rob the
place, because an 8 year old Kevin, has out witted them. Kevin sets up some clever and
very funny traps around the house to nail these guys.
If this had been a reality movie, the parents would be charged with child abandonment.
REVIEW SUBMITTED BY
Home Alone is a classic movie to watch with the family during the holiday season or year
round. The story line is comical, enhanced with a extra dose of drama, when the mother
of a young boy hastily leaves with her large family to fly out of town for the holiday
season. She suddenly realizes she left her youngest, somewhat whimsical son, Kevin, at
home left to his own devices. Anyone who has had a multitude of chaos and people
during a crazy holiday season with 1,000 things to do and remember can probably relate
to at least one aspect, if not many portrayed in this fun film. The main character, Macauley
Culkin, who is the child actor that gets left home alone (hence the title) really owns his
character's role to provide the audience with horror and laughter simultaneously. I would
definately recommend this crazy, adventurous, fun, and light-hearted film
TOLUNA MOVIE CLUB | ISSUE 12
REVIEW SUBMITTED BY
Home Alone is a un-Christmas like movie that has turned into a must watch Christmastime movie for most
families, it stars McCauley Caukin as Kevin, a unlikely hero, who is mistakenly left home alone by his forgetful
parents, who along with their other 10 children are off to Paris for Christmas, After Kevin is left alone, danger
is on the horizon as two thieves played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are robbing the neighbour houses with
Kevin's next on theri list.
What ensues is a battle between the robbers and Kevin for possession of the house's contents, and Kevin
resorts to all kinds of traps and pranks to stop the robbers, There are many laughs , and some tears in the
movie, and is suitable for most kids and adults. Would recommend especially during the holiday season.
"HOME ALONE at Christmas time, is every child’s
nightmare and fantasy"
The 1990’s spawned the comedic franchise Home Staying up late, eating pizza every day, no brothers or
Alone, with it being the first of five films daunting sisters to fight with or parents telling you what to
this title. Imagine being left behind as your family do.The iconic, do what you want, when you want
is thousands of miles in the air taking flight to the theme, what’s not to love? With a winter snowstorm
ultimate Christmas vacation adventure. Too many approaching, phone lines down and most of the
adults and children under one roof, something or neighbors away for vacation, Mom is en-route to get
someone was bound to get left behind racing to back home to her little boy. Toss in two bumbling
the airport, and that someone was one witty and thieves with plans to break in and rob all the houses
cunning 8-year old boy. HOME ALONE at on the block while everyone’s away for the holidays,
Christmas time, is every child’s nightmare and and you have your caper. Macaulay Culkin gives a
fantasy. memorable performance, taking on the thieves with
traps and misdirection to protect the family home.
REVIEW SUBMITTED BY Inject traditional Christmas themes of compassion &
“love thy neighbor”, and here you have a great movie
K_CROSBY. for the entire family..
by Stevie Lynn
This is my favorite time of year! I love
the lights, the cold fresh air, and even
more, the traditions.
Each and every year I head to New
York City with my sisters, to enjoy the
holiday season. If any of you have been
to NYC during the holidays, you know
it's absolutely magical. The tree. The
stores all decorated. It's perfection.
I haven't made it out to the city yet, so
I'm sharing with you some of my
photos from my previous trip. I see
the Rockefeller Center tree every year
and each time it continues to take my
After seeing the tree we usually hit up a restaurant and a show.
The last time we were in the city, as you can see from my photos below, myself
and my sister saw Annie. As flash photography is not allowed in the theater, I
took a quick photo of the opening set design before it went live.
The man we're posing with, Ron Raines, played Daddy Warbucks in the
production. He's a friend of the family and took us back stage after the show. It
was awesome! I am lucky enough to say that I can consider going back stage with
Ron as part of a "tradition" since he has taken me behind the scenes in a couple
different productions he's been in.
Once the show ended and the tour was
finished we went to a cute restaurant around
the corner (do you see the fun umbrella
Looking forward to this year’s NYC
Do you have any holiday traditions with your
friends or family? Share them in the
community! I'd love to read about them.
PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY OUR MEMBERS
THEME: HOLIDAY CHEER
What will inspire you in 2019? This could be anything from nature shots
to a photo of the book you're reading. Show us what inspires you!
Submit your photo following the above theme to
[email protected] until the 20th of December.
Your photo might end up in the magazine and you'll get 1,000 points
guaranteed for your submission!
You're the Best of the Best!
Each month we will select two Influencers to be named Influencers of
the Month! We'll highlight some of the awesome questions they have
shared on the blog, in our Magazine, and give them
some much deserved bonus points.
Best of all... they get bragging rights for the entire month!
Be sure to click on their names to view their posts and head over to
congratulate them on a job well done!
Nice work on a
job well done!
Thanks for the great content in November!
Rosanne: In retrospect, should ABC have fired her?
Women in Football? Rumors circulated that former Sec of State
Condolezza Rice was being considered for a position with the Cleveland
Browns. Is it time to include women in roles where they COULD
Apu Goes Away: What do you think about the latest victim of political
correctness, Apu from The Simpsons, being removed from the long
Engagement ring shaming...
Did you know there are actual groups for it ?
Pedal Desks Could Address Health Risks of Sedentary Workplace.
Are you ready to trade in your desk and get pedaling?
Céline Dion launches 'gender-free' kids' clothing line. Do you think her
line will actually break down barriers and still be fashionable?
Can doctors help control gun violence?
Check out our blog post for more information on how to create
engaging topics and be in the running to be December's
Influencer of the Month!
November Recipe Swap
DATE ROLL COOKIES
Submitted By: A N A B T A W I
4 Cup Flour ( all purpose flour )
1/2 Cup vegetable oil or Crisco.
1 Cup liquid milk
1 Spoon Baking powder
2 Spoon powder anise
1/4 Spoon table salt
Mix the dry ingredients with each other and then put the oil mix well
then , add the milk, and egg until the dough is formed.
Fill the dough with dates and roll the dough.
After we roll the dough will start cutting as a circle.
Place the tray in the oven for 300 f degrees for a quarter of an hour or
until turning goldish on the top.
NO BAKE DROP COOKIES
Submitted By: M I E L L E 1 3
½ Cup Coconut Oil Or
Butter(I Used Butter)
2 Cups Sugar(I Only Used 1½
½ Cup Milk
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder(I Used
½ Cup Cocoa)
½ Cup Creamy Peanut
Butter(I Used A Bit More)
3½ Cups Quick-Cooking
Oats(I Used Old Fashioned
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Put The Sugar, Butter, Milk And Cocoa Powder In A 4-Quart Saucepan
And Whisk Until No Lumps Remain.
Place The Pan Over Medium Heat And Bring To A Rolling Boil. Boil For 1
Minute.Remove The Pan From The Heat And Stir In The Peanut Butter,
Oats And Vanilla Until Combined.
Drop The Dough By The Tablespoonful Onto Wax Paper.
Let Cool Until Set. Enjoy!
Submitted By: P D N R
5 slices of white bread, cubed
(I used 100% whole grain
bread rather than white
1 stick of butter or margarine,
1 cup of sugar, or less if you
like (I used 2/3 cup sugar)
1 tbs. flour
large can of crushed
pineapple, do not drain
Combine bread and melted butter. Add in remaining ingredients. Pour
into a greased casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Inserted knife should come out clean. A doubled recipe fills a 9 x 13
casserole dish nicely (but bake for an hour).
Tips & Tricks!
It's difficult to stick to a budget, especially around the holidays! Let's see what
the Toluna Community says is their best tips and tricks for sticking to a budget!
TIP 1: Start shopping early
RueReally: "I am a shopper who looks for the best price. I have to living on the
tight shoestring budget we are on if we want just the necessities. I
start shopping way ahead of time and keep receipts."
TIP 2: Make a physical list
Dawnvys: "I actually keep a paper and pen list of the gifts per person that I
have spent until I reach my goal"
TIP 3: Budget by age
Jimbo580: "I use this easy single method. Kids under 12-$100
Kids 12 to 18 around $50 and if a family member is over 18 you're
going to get around $25. The older you get the less you get! No
Do you have any tips and tricks for sticking to a budget? Be sure to share them
here and check out what the rest of the Toluna Community is saying!
Black Friday WINNERS
Our first time ever giving away over $500
worth of products and gift cards to our
Toluna Influencers was a huge success!
We're so happy to be able to help out some
of our amazing Influencers this time of year
and spread a bit of holiday cheer!
Keep reading to see some of the fun photos
the winners sent in of their winnings!
See our full list of winners here and feel free
to head to their pages to congratulate them
on a job well done!
SIT & SPIN
WISH LIST WINNER
Icecoldmiss was thrilled to be a wish
list winner for our Black Friday
Extravaganza promotion! She, so
generously, asked for a Sit & Spin for
SURPRISE DAILY WINNER
kbahman was a surprise daily winner
in our Black Friday Extravaganza
promotion! She used her West Elm
Card to purchase pillow covers!
SURPRISE DAILY WINNER
atlanta01 created amazing content
this month and was awarded an
Amazon Code that she put towards
Bone Conducting Headphones!
SURPRISE DAILY WINNER
aketch was gifted an Amazon gift code
she used to purchase a Zwilling Pro
Chef’s knife! She was kind enough to
provide us with an "in-action" shot!
Look how that knife slices!
THE HOLIDAYS AT TOLUNA
The holidays at Toluna are jam packed with events for the Toluna employees to
participate in. We're here to give you a sneak peak of what the Toluna Team is up
to this December... and don't worry, we'll share some photos in the January issue!
Toys for Tots
Each year the Wilton,CT office collects toys for Toys
for Tots. We just started as the December issue
launched, so I'm sharing a photo from last year's
haul. We hope the kids enjoy all the gifts we give!
Our Toluna office will be holding our annual Potluck in the Wilton, Office next
week! All of the employees bring a dish and we all gather in the kitchen to enjoy a
meal. What should I bring? Share your ideas on the Toluna Team wall.
How do you really kick off the year? With a holiday party! The Toluna office
closes a wee bit early (shh, don't tell) and we all head out to a restaurant close to
the office. The company provides us with food and drinks for the evening and we
all get to relax a bit outside of the office.
Stay Tuned For...
Festive fun for everyone!
Earn points almost every single day during
Toluna's Calendar Countdown Contest!
From December 10 - 31st we will be posting
surprise contests, games and topics to earn
some major points this holiday season.
Come to the community on December 10th to enter!