Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bloominous: Satisfy Your DIY Itch and Let Your Event Bloom!

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I'm a very creative and crafty person, so I wanted to make my own bouquet for our fun wedding in Las Vegas.  It was still very 'traditional' in decoration-terms, resembling a lot like the following pictures below, but it was satisfying and enjoyable creating my own bouquet and saving it for momento.  Not every one has been bitten by the creativity bug though, so thank goodness there's a company that provides it all for you while still letting you join in on the DIY craze! is something you'll want to bookmark if you're planning a wedding or hosting a big event in the future.  They're setting the standard for floral arrangements, and they're setting it pretty high!  What makes Bloominous unique (other than the obvious, of course)?
The Bloominous Difference:
Our DIY experts design collections that are not only beautiful, 
but are also easy to arrange yourself
Our flowers come straight from the farm, ensuring your stems
are fresh and cut-to-order
It's not just flowers, its the whole look - and you can
find it all here!
Our step-by-step pictorials make it easy to build a beautiful
piece in only 15 minutes
We dethorn and proportion your flowers to save you time,
you just have fun ;)
We carefully package and ship by air
to ensure freshness

They have many fun collections and trial packs to choose from, including the beautiful Vintage Cottage pictured above, and Party Pop featured below.  If you're looking for something for fun and nontraditional, they even have a gorgeous and bright Bohemian package!

Be sure to check out what they have to offer at, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

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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!

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


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 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, 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, be sure to check their website!  Don't forget to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, too. :)

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