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Monday, December 15, 2014

Avoid the Campus Book Store with Campus Book Rentals! #Spons

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Right now most are thinking about the holiday season but if you or a loved one is a college student, you know that the winter semester will start shortly after the first of the year.  Being a frugal site, we like to discuss ways to save money on different things.  This time we're discussing college text books and how to save money!

It's been quite awhile since I went to college, but we'll be facing it before long with our kids as they're all teenagers now.  When I went to school the books seemed to cost as much as the courses!  Plus, you had to wait in line FOREVER to get your books!  Oh, and participate in the Buy Back program? Forget it!  So, I'm going to tell you a little about some of the options we're considering for when the kids head to college in a few years.


Campus Book Rentals is a GREAT way to combat the long lines (and expensive prices) at the campus book store!  Rent the books you need for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them.  Just return them when you're done!  Easy, Peasy!

Here's some highlights about Campus Book Rentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

How it works: 
Isn't that much easier than standing in lines at the book store (and spending tons of dough) to get your textbooks?

Do you have textbooks that you purchased and no longer need? Did you know you could rent them out to other students?  You'll make a little money and help a fellow student who is looking to save some money!  Find out more about the Rent Back Program below:

 

Do you have a suggestion on ways to save on college textbooks? If so, we'd love to hear your suggestions!  Sound off below!


**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I am being compensated for sharing my thoughts and opinions on Campus Book Rental and RentBack.  However, all thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone.  Please review our disclosure policy with any thoughts/concerns.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello Review (Blog Tour)


My daughter has gotten more into reading lately, which I'm ecstatic about.  I've always had a love of reading (even if I don't get much time to read anymore) and am excited that I seem to have passed that love on to her.  I also find that we are reading a lot of the same books, so we can discuss them.  This means I'm reading a lot of "Young Adult" books, that are generally supernatural or historical (as those are her favorites).   Since I've always been intrigued by Ancient Egypt I was happy when the chance to review Cheryl Carpinello's Sons of the Sphinx.

The description of Sons of the Sphinx (from the back flap) reads:
Two Souls
Separated by three millennium
One with a gift that is more like a curse
One on an almost impossible quest
Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen.  To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past.
Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb.
Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but anytime soul mates are mentioned, I'm definitely going to want to read it.  The benefit of reading YA romance type books is none of those "adult situations"...I don't want books with Fabio gracing the cover and illicit scenes.

My review:
Within the first paragraph I was hooked.  Rosa, our female main character, states she "hears ghosts".  (Since we have our own ghost stories revolving around my daughter and/or home, that got my attention.)  Before long Rosa is contacted by Tutankhamen (King Tut, also know as The Boy King), who is trying to find Ankhesenamun's final resting place and prevent his entire family from being seen as traitors to Egypt.
They travel through time and the adventure begins. Rosa's love for Ancient Egypt aids her in her journey to assist King Tut in his quest for his one true love and in ensure his family's legacy stay intact.
I'll admit that some of the terms and names were a little overwhelming for me.  However, Ms. Carpinello has provided a list of Pharaohs of the Eighteenth Dynasty, a Map of Ancient Egypt, The Prophecy, and a Glossary of Egyptian Gods, People, Places, and Terms.
Overall, I loved the book.  It captured and held my attention.  It was full of adventure and taught me things that I never knew about Ancient Egypt.  I cannot wait for my daughter to finish it so we can discuss the book in depth!

Excerpt from the book:
I was provided the following to share with my wonderful readers!

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Excerpt from Chapter 6 of Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

A tall man stands and motions at the door. His lips are moving, but I can’t hear a 

word. A cone-shaped hat sits on his head and a kilt-like garment swishes against his legs.  

Light sparkles off the huge jeweled necklace that rests on his bare chest. It appears to sway 

as he breathes. Good thing the necklace is pretty because he is ugly. Oops, I’m not supposed 

to say that. But talk about an unattractive man. It’s his nose—so square and large—that 

really makes him that way.

Sitting next to him is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Black hair frames her 

delicate face, an older version of Ankhesenamun’s, and earrings shaped as gold eyes dangle 

from her tiny ears. Her bare shoulders sparkle like glitter above a golden gown that flows 

down her slender body. It is gathered at the waist with a jewel-encrusted belt. She looks 

stunning and totally unaffected by the huge elephant.

“Who are those two?” I ask, nodding my head in their direction. Tut averts his eyes 

from the scene in front of us.

“That is my father, Akhenaten.”

“Oh.” I can’t seem to manage any more than that. They don’t really look like father 

and son, but then I don’t see the resemblance between my dad and me. My grandmother 

always said I favored him.

“And that is his wife and Hesena’s mother, Nefertiti.”

Well, you could knock me over with a feather. This is the most talked about queen in 

all of Egyptian history. Everything I’ve read says that her beauty knows no comparison. The 

evidence stands right here in front of me.

I look back to Tut’s father. How in the world does someone that beautiful marry 

someone like that?

I’m having trouble taking all this in. Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tut, Hesena—and me—all 

in the same room, well sort of anyway. I’m beginning to wonder where I’m headed and how 

I’m going to get home. Nerves make my stomach flip uneasily.

Chills come over me like my blood is made up of ice water running throughout my 

body. I shiver. I try to shrink behind Tut. Evil. I remember how my grandmother would 

describe these feelings. Rosa, she would say. It feels like someone is walking over my grave. I 

would look at her, not understanding. She wasn’t dead. How in the world could someone 

walk over her grave? I know now. And whoever is doing the walking leaves evil in each of 

his footprints. 

The king and the other Tut follow the elephant out a side door, and Hesena trails 

behind.

Nefertiti walks by, elegant and regal. Her imperial gaze halts any who might think to 

precede her. One by one, the people stand aside and bow their heads as she floats past. Her 

gaze sweeps over us, but it is not evil, just interested, as if she senses something where we 

stand.

“She can’t see us, can she?”

“No, Roosa. My people cannot see us. It is not allowed. Come, let’s follow,” he says. 

“I want to show you my father’s zoo.”

“Your father has a zoo! No way. No one owns a zoo, no...” I stop short. Tut’s image 

wavers before me. I suck in air, but my lungs feel empty. Pulsing blood thunders through my 

body. My fingers turn white at the knuckles as I clutch his hand. It’s as if I’ve just been 

punched in the stomach. Evil envelopes me, threatening to squeeze the life out of me. Please 

body, breathe! Am I dying? How can this be? No one can see us!

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Order Sons of the Sphinx on Amazon.

Looking for a gift idea for the Young Adult reader in your life? I'd highly recommend Sons of the Sphinx!





*Disclosure: I received a copy of Sons of the Sphinx to facilitate my review.  All thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone.

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with GiveForward!


If you've been around for awhile you know that I'm a big fan of paying it forward.  I believe that you get back what you put out there.  If you try to do good for others, good things will happen for you.  Sometimes this idea is all I have to hold on to.  Life has been hard this last year, I won't lie.  Between my health issues and some financial issues, we hit rock bottom.  However, I remember running into a man one day who needed gas money.  At the time I only had $12 to my name and had to come up with some way to feed my family for several days with that $12.  While I couldn't help the gentleman much, I did offer him $2, and he gladly accepted it.  When we got in the car my daughter asked why I had given him some of the money, knowing that money was tight and he was a stranger that approached and asked for some money.  I explained to her that I had to have FAITH that he was actually in need and that if I gave to him, we would be okay.  It did work out for us, as it often does.  

If you read this post on EthanAustin.com, you'll see reference to a psychological term known as bystander apathy.  Basically, it means that when there is a large group around that people are less likely to help.  The bigger the group, the less likely it is that anyone will help.  (Their post is more in depth and a great read....I highly suggest it)

The idea of bystander apathy may be the reason that so many fundraising opps online fail.  The internet is a large place and so many of us think either "someone else will donate" or "I'll do it later". That's kinda the idea behind Giving Tuesday.
According to GiveForward, it is estimated that $89 Billion Dollars will be spent online during this holiday season.  Let that number sink in for a minute....$89,000,000,000.  That's a TON of money being spent sweeping up those great deals that stores put up during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday season.  And, let's be honest, most people are spending money on gifts for people that they believe will be gifting them (because we all feel the need to reciprocate gifts).  Why not stop all the consumerism for just a few moments and just give to someone else, without expecting anything in return?  Not only is it a good thing to do, but it will definitely get you on Karma's good side!

GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to true giving....giving while expecting nothing in return.  GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Black Friday (it falls on Tuesday, December 2, 2014).

You can participate in many different ways.  You can find ways in your local community (pay for the next person in line at Starbucks, volunteer at your local animal shelter, etc) or you can find tons of great fundraisers on GiveForward! If you're not sure where to start on GiveForward, a fellow blogger is trying to help out the Shah's, and I'm sure they would appreciate your support.

Are you going to participate in GivingTuesday?  Sound off in the comments below with your ideas of how to help someone else this Tuesday!







Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I am being compensated for my post, however all thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone.  Please review my disclosure for more information.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Stop and Shop: Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Satsuma


My friend, Kim (who has shared her Skinny Fiber journey), has this event coming up on Saturday, the 22nd, and I wanted to share it with y'all.
The event will include Door Prizes (Free Turkeys!) and Appetizers!
The event will have vendors from Miche, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Skinny Fiber, Ribbon Rulers, It Works!, Nerium, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Oragami Owl, Passion Parties, Jamberry Nails, Serendipity Scents and More!

Event Details:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Located at:
25 Lemans Drive North
Saraland, AL

If you're looking to get some Holiday Shopping done, this is on event you won't want to miss!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TalkToSanta.com Promo Code


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Disclosure: I have received this info and coupon code due to my affiliation with USFG.  I am receiving a Video Conferencing Call for promoting this coupon code.

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Save on Space Scouts (Monthly Subscription Service)


Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe! Each month your child will explore a new place in space -- stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy. Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection -- magnets, stickers, toys, and more! 

Space Scouts is a stellar vehicle for launching your child's interest in science & technology! This is not your typical grab-bag subscription box. Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. It's a great way to learn! Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping. Discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+. Visit our website to learn more! 20% discount - Use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan.
Order Today! @usfg


Disclosure: I received this information and coupon code due to my affiliation with USFG.  I am receiving a two month subscription for sharing the promo with my readers via my blog and social media.  

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DEAL: Mrs. Cavanaugh's B1G1 Coupon Code


I'm not a big chocolate eater, but I do like to indulge from time to time.  I personally have tried Mrs. Cavanaugh's before and loved them!  This coupon code is awesome and could allow you to get two Holiday gifts for the price of one!

Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'"

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

...In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch. 

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....
Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014


Disclosure: I have received this information due to my affiliation with USFG.  I am receiving Mrs. Cavanaugh's chocolate for review, in return for posting this info and promoting it on social media.

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