Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Its that time of year again...don't break the bank on textbooks with CampusBookRentals.com

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Its that time of year again!  While I loved my four years at Louisiana State University, one thing I didn't enjoy was the final cost of all those textbooks.  I completed my degree in four years, that's eight semesters and eight times I had to purchase textbooks and workbooks.  I did the 'oh you don't really need to purchase textbooks' route (which was awful and millions times more stressful by the way!), the 'MUST.GET.ALL.THE.TEXTBOOKS!!!' route (directly following the semester without textbooks, naturally), the 'wait and see which you'll really need from the first day in class' route (which, by the way, worked really well in some classes since they said we didn't need them and that they simply had to put something down, and terrible for others where the book ended up being sold out and costing twice as much so that I could get it before the first exam). And finally, the most amazing thing ever: renting the textbooks.  Because college is a huge life lesson, and I apparently did something terrible at some point to earn some bad karma, the option to rent textbooks didn't occur until my very last semester of college.  Very last.  And even then, it was so new that it was only offered in certain textbooks/classes.  Boo.  

Hubby Doo and I at my college graduation :) Five months pregnant with Buddy Doo, too!

I averaged $900-1,000 in textbooks each semester of college at LSU.  That's $1,800-2,000 a year, times four ($7,200-8,000!).  On BOOKS.  Books that I only got a laughable $7-30 by the end of the semester when I tried selling them back!  Thankfully, I had a full ride to college with scholarships.  Unfortunately, not everyone does so I'm thrilled to remind you all of the affordable and practical option of renting your textbooks through CampusBookRentals.com!

Why would you want to rent from Campus Book Rentals?
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices (how awesome is that? You get LESS than that when you try to sell them back at the end of the year, anyway)
-free shipping both ways (SCORE!)
-can highlight in the textbooks (seriously?!)
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented (awesome!)

Alright, cool.  I'm liking what I see.  Now, what do I do?


Now, ready for something even more amazing?  Check out Campus Book Rentals new program

RentBack:


The RentBack program by Campus Book Rentals is revolutionary because its a profitable-for-you opportunity by allowing you to rent your own textbooks out to other students.  If you're like me and actually want to keep some (or all) of your textbooks, you can utilize this great service by letting RentBack.com rent out your textbooks to other students (at a pre-determined amount for each rental) over and over again.  This allows you to profit from each new rental on the same textbook, and once your book is no longer in demand you get it back. Its yours to keep and you get the money too!

And if you thought you couldn't love Campus Book Rentals any more, check out Operation Smile:


With every textbook rented through CampusBookRentals.com, a donation is made to the beautiful international charity Operation Smile!

Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided 22,000 free surgical procedures to children and young adults who otherwise would not have been able to afford/obtain it.  Its an international children's charity that helps children in low and middle income countries to obtain safe, quality medical care for challenges associated with the mouth such as cleft lip and palate. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft.  While no one in my family or close to me has been born with a cleft or had to face any of the significant challenges and surgeries associated with it, I do know that it greatly affects those who have it more than just physically.  It deeply affects them emotionally too, and I'm grateful to learn of this charity and how its literally spreading beautiful smiles worldwide.  


So, now that you know why you should rent your textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com, be sure to check their website!  Don't forget to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, too. :)




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ark Survival Gear: 7,500+ Heirloom Seeds for your Bug Out Bag!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

As many of you know, we have our own little garden (mostly herbs) that we enjoy regularly.  I have a fairly decent green thumb and enjoy learning new 'old traits' like gardening, making salves or working with medicinal herbs, and overall survival knowledge.  My husband is pretty handy with a variety of weapons, we can both shoot great with bows, and I've been fishing as long as I remember.  If a disaster were to leave us without the common luxuries we've all become accustomed to like electricity, easy availability of meat, food, and water, and medicine, we want to be fully prepared.  Something I've always been big about is ensuring the ability to grow our own food. That's why I've fallen in love with Ark Survival Gear's 7,500+ Heirloom seeds: they're non-GMO, open pollinated, and perfectly compact and light so they won't take up much valuable space in your bag.



  • LIFE TIME GUARANTEE: Seeds Stored in Breathable Envelopes for Safer, Longer Term Storage NOT Foil or Vapour Plastic Which Can Trap Moisture & Ruin Your Seeds. Safe Seed Pledge Approved & Tested for Germination, Our Heirloom Varieties Have Been the Proven Choice for Generations. We Know Seeds & Our Seeds Last, Its That Simple!
  • PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY: Carefully Selected Vegetable Seed Varieties to Provide a Well-Balanced Healthy Diet Including Iron, Vitamin C and Protein. Plus Medicinal Herbs to Ensure You Have Everything You Need in Your Garden for Your Family's Well Being.
  • SUPPORT: We Believe in Supporting Our Customers & Provide a FREE Beginners Gardening Video Course & a Survival Guide with Gardening Instructions. We've Got You Covered!
  • SAVE MONEY: Easily Produce a Full Crisis Garden with 30 Varieties & 7500+ Seeds. Unbeatable Value.
  • HIGHEST QUALITY: Heirloom seeds, Open Pollinated and 100% Non GMO American Seeds. Comes with Free Survival Gardening Video Course! Guide available for free on Website.


The package is designed for long term storage and the seeds are chosen for maximum adaptability to ensure a guaranteed food supply in your crisis garden.  The seeds included are: Lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson), Pepper (Chile), Tomato (Tommy Toe), Carrot (Scarlet Nantes), Lettuce (Buttercrunch), Spinach (Viroflay), Broccoli (De Cicco), Tomato (Ponderosa/beefsteak), Lettuce (Romaine), Radish (Cherry Belle), Kale (Siberian), Cucumber (Straight Eight), Cabbage (Copenhagen Market), Pepper - Sweet (Bull Nose), Corn, Sweet (Golden Bantam), Beet (Crosby Egyptian), Pea - Shelling (Green Arrow), Snap Bush Bean (Kentucky Wonder Bush), Squash - Summer (Black Zucchini), Squash - Winter (Buttercup).  Other seeds included are commonly used herbs such as Parsley (Italian Flat Leaf), Cilantro (Coriander), Basil (Genovese), Sage, Oregano - Greek, Catnip, Dill, and Echinacea and Yarrow (white) for additional medicinal purposes.  I love that they even included Alfalfa so that you can produce hay for animals or rich organic matter for gardens, too.  Very thorough and promising crisis garden!

We're very satisfied with this product.  I've been preserving and adding our own seeds to our crisis bag for awhile now, but never knew an awesome 'crisis garden in a bag' existed like these survival seeds from Ark.  All of the seeds are individually packaged, labeled, and tucked into another bag for easy, compact storage.  The entire package and seeds are smaller than a venti-sized Starbucks frapps!  Its ideal for every survivalist out there, end-of-the-world-ers, or simply families that want to be prepared for whatever may happen.  My parents and grandparents instilled important skills in me with living off the land, and I feel this is the right tool for success if that need should ever arise in the future.

And in case you were wondering, yes there is space to add more 'fun' or personal favorite seeds if you'd like.  We've added organic watermelon, sunflower, lavender, organic mint, lemon balm, and rosemary.  You can purchase your own package of Ark Survival Seeds (7,500+ heirloom seeds) for $27.18 on Amazon!

Ark Survival Seeds
Website | Amazon




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The New Product by Halo That Will Blow Your New-Mommy Mind (+ GIVEAWAY)

When we were pregnant, it seemed all we thought about was baby: baby clothes, baby gear, baby registries, baby showers, what baby needed, etc.  Then, once baby was here, we held our breaths and freaked out every time he went down for his nap or for bed.  SIDS is something that albeit rare, is pretty high up there on every new parent's worried list.  It seems like there's always new things being recalled that were once considered 'safe' when it came to infant sleep, so we've put our trust in Halo's hands and have slept a little easier.  In fact, Halo's sleep sack swaddle was the very first our little Buddy Doo snuggled up in!   

And now, they've gone a step further.  Introducing the neatest product you will probably see this year in the baby/sleep world.  Seriously, it'll blow your new-mommy mind.  Let us introduce you to the new Halo Bassinest:




The Bassinest by Halo is perfect for any new parent, including those recovering from c-sections!  


  • It rotates 360 degrees
  • Adjusts to fit the height of your bed 
  • Keeps baby close to mommy and daddy, while maintaining a safe sleep environment
  • Swivels out of your way for easy in or out of the bed
  • My personal favorite: you don't have to get out of the bed to tend to the baby!  The sides can be lowered for easier night-time feedings and comforting
  • There is a convenient soothing center with a nursing timer, night light and soothing sounds, as well as a generous storage compartment on the side of the bassinet.
  • The sides of the Bassinest are mesh for ventilation so you can always see your baby, even while lying down. This also ensures maximum air flow into the bassinet. 


The Bassinest will be available in a GORGEOUS soft, white and gray damask print in mid-July to early August 2014 for $229.  Quantities are very limited, so don't hestitate to grab one if this is something you see yourself wanting!




WIN IT:  One lucky reader will win a Halo cotton Sleepsack or Sleepswaddle!  Open to US citizens 18 years of age or older.  Contest begins 6/13/14 and ends 11:00PM CST on 6/20/14.  Only one entrant per household.  Void where prohibited.





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Friday, June 13, 2014

Isn't it Time You Invested in a Non-Toxic, Non-Stick Pan? Ozeri Green Earth Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hubby Doo loves to cook on his days off.  Last year, we got a nice cast iron pan for Father's Day and that's his kitchen 'baby'.  He's been wanting a new frying pan for a long time now and I've been wanting 'greener' cookware, so I knew the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick frying pan was perfect for this year's Father's Day gift!

First, let's check out the features:
Utilizing GREBLON — a natural ceramic coating from Germany, the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of the world’s first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals. Conventional non-stick cookware is achieved through a coating of PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene), a synthetic substance that has waxy properties. At very high temperatures, PTFE begins to decompose and release fumes which are documented to be lethal to birds and small pets, and which can be harmful to humans. In addition, traditional pans incorporating PTFE are manufactured with the aid of PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid), which the EPA has classified as a ‘persistent pollutant of the environment’. With the Green Earth Pan’s GREBLON ceramic from Germany, even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic fumes are ever released into the environment. This is because the Green Earth Pan utilizes a 100% ceramic coating derived from nature – not from a laboratory. The Green Earth Pan’s ceramic coating is completely free of PTFE and PFOA. The Green Earth Pan’s natural ceramic coating is also far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Green Earth Pan allows you to cook with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and it makes cleaning a breeze. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality anodized aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without the risk of hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant silicone coated handle. This version of the Green Earth Pan features a textured ceramic cooking surface. The elevations of the textured cooking surface create air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking performance. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. GREBLON ceramic made by Weilburger GmbH, Germany. Final assembly in China.

So, basically:

  • Unlike other ceramic cookware brands, each Ozeri pan utilizes GREBLON ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free (no heavy metals or chemicals).
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Each pan boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.
  • The elevations of the textured cooking surface create air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking performance.

I'm pretty sure I set the standard for Father's Day gifts with this bad boy.  I've given Hubs plenty of gifts over the years with many yays!, thank yous, and excitement.  With the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Non Stick Pan though, hubs was left without words while he excitedly read the box, tore it open, and immediately started pillaging the pantry for something that needed to be cooked right that very second.

The texture is what got our attention first.  It's really neat!  Out of habit we still add light oils occasionally, but we've noticed we've been using oil less and less the more we cook.  Food is being cooked beautifully and evenly, and its almost to the point of annoyance how insistent hubs is about this pan always being clean and available.  Almost.  This pan is so easy to clean that I can use my fingers under water and everything will glide right off.....burgers, caked on chili and hotdogs, pancakes....anything.  

I've been making a lot of changes for our household to be a 'greener', less toxic environment for our family ever since we first got married.  Cloth diapers, herb and 'grow your own' gardens, natural lighting, non-GMO, and organic cleaners later...we've stumbled upon the holy grail for 'green and clean' eating.  It blows our other pans out of the water while being twice as lightweight, keeping its 'cool' to ensure comfortable handling, and Mother Earth as its sidekick.  We love this pan!  Best of both worlds: daddy loves how well it cooks, mommy loves how toxin-free it is :)   


BUY IT: You can purchase the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Non Stick Frying Pan on Amazon for $38.95 + $8.50 shipping.  Its normally $80, so this limited sale is a steal! 
It makes a fantastic Father's Day gift for the chef in your family :)











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