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Friday, April 10, 2015

Class of 2015: Rent your College Textbooks with!

In the next few months teenagers across the country will be finishing their high school careers and getting ready to embark on the next leg of their education journey....

College can be terrifying and exciting at the same time.  It can be overwhelming and underwhelming.  Most teens starting college may feel like adults for the first time in their lives, yet struggle with feeling like children at the same time.  Long story short, one of the most difficult times in your young life is the transition from teenager to young adult, which happens around the time you start college.

With college comes so many difficult decisions:
Should you go to a local college or a college half way across the United States?
State school or Ivy League?
Community College or University?
Apartment, dorm, or live at home?
Buy your Textbooks or rent them from CampusBookRentals?

Did that last question throw you off? Choosing whether to purchase textbooks, that you rarely need after completing a course, or rent them is a very important decision to make.  Purchasing textbooks is expensive, time consuming, and can be quite a hassle if you're reliant on student loans/grants (as so many are these days)!  There are so many benefits to renting your books from CampusBookRentals!

Some perks of using CampusBookRentals are:
-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!!

Want to know more about how CampusBookRentals works?  Check out this video below:

The transition to college life is stressful.  Let CampusBookRentals take some of the stress off of you with their easy to use system!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I have received compensation for writing a post about CampusBookRentals.  All thoughts/opinions are mine and mine alone.  


Thursday, February 19, 2015

GIVEAWAY: LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-ray

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Check out the LEGO Bizzaro Name Generator App Below!


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10% off Olde Westport Spice Company

Online specialty Food Company stands the test of time - Spice Company creates custom spice blends, sesonings and dry soups. Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups. The products are available online at; at food-related craft and trade shows throughout the Midwest; and at gift and gourmet food shops. Olde Westport's spice blends and seasonings include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. All of the products use quality ingredients for a balanced flavor that compliments meats, pastas and vegetables. The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio's Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more. Olde Westport Spice and Trading Co. is owned and operated by Bill and Judy Petersen, who along with their daughter, Ann Myers, also own and run a restaurant (Westport Grill) in Goodland featuring the products. Bill first custom created all of the spices and seasonings in the kitchen of his home. Today the company has a manufacturing facility where Bill still researches and develops new recipes and dishes for future products. For more information or to place an order, please visit or call 1-800-537-6470. 

CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI SPICE BLEND - This championship spice has helped chili creators win 12 state and national championships throughout the years and all over the US! But what is most important to us about our Olde Westport Chili Spice Blend is that our customers love to use it in their chili whether it's for a national championship cook-off challenge or simply for their own family in their cozy kitchen on a cold winter's night. We've heard from countless customers that our attention to detail and quality is what makes this chili spice blend stand out above the competitors. We know you might put beans in your chili or maybe you add apples and sausage or perhaps you have a special recipe that is top secret but starts with thick-cut bacon... however you concoct your chili we hope you'll try our chili spice blend. 

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to 2015~$50 Paypal or Amazon Giveaway (Ends 1/15/15)

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kids Academy Apps: Fun and Educations #spons


This app is not only great for learning, but will also be fun for the littles in your life. It brings classic storybooks to life. The story of Rapunzel, for example, is read aloud, with the words displayed "on screen" so your child can follow along. A great way to pass the time on long car rides, or to help keep your child entertained for a few. Five stars, all the way!

Get Preschool & Kindergarten Books, Songs & Early Reading Games App on iTunes


Looking for a great app to utilize for your preschooler or kindergarten aged little? Look no further! The games are fun and help with fine motor skills, as well as learn with the Montessori based app. Most parents I know elect to have some sort of app on their phone or iPad to entertain their littles when they need a few moments of uninterrupted time, and this app is definitely great for that! Why just let them play when you can let them play and learn? Five star app!!

Get Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App on iTunes

Kids Academy offers some of my favorite educational apps for littles, and this one doesn't disappoint! The graphics are great and it's entertaining, which is ideal for keeping littles engaged. I've always believed that kids learn easily when they're having fun doing so, and if you have a little ready to start writing numbers and letters then they'll definitely have fun learning with this great kids academy app!  Five star app, for sure! 

Android users can also find Kids Academy on Google Play!

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This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and Kids Academy. All opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, December 15, 2014

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

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post**

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.


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!

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 


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 


“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!


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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