Saturday, November 30, 2013

Help a Child Smile This Semester With CampusBookRentals.com

       I took this semester off from college but I wanted to bring to my readers not only a great opportunity to save money on  their college text books but an opportunity to help give the child a gift of a smile. With next semester approaching quickly most likely you have already selected your classes, and we all know what is next......yes, it will be time to get those books. This semester consider trying something new.....renting your books! CampusBookRentals.com has so many perks to offer:
  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
       And that isn't all, you can find more on their website CampusBookRentals.com, what I want to do is take a second to focus on something they do that really brings me joy. Every time a book is rented they donate to a great cause called Operation Smile. If you have been around the blog a while you have heard me talk before about them. Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.  At Operation Smile, they are more than a charity, more than an NGO. They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life. Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care, a future filled with hope, and Operation Smile helps give them that.
       To often we are stuck asking what we can do to help, so CampusBookRentals.com has made it easy. All you have to do is rent your text books and they will take care of the rest, while saving you money. With this semester drawing to an end now is the time to think about what you will do with your old texts as well. Consider their new initiative, RentBack, that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students, which is awesome because you can 2-4x more money compared to what you would make through buyback options!

**Compensation was received for this post, however all views expressed are those of my own and were in no way influenced**

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make Best Buy Your Holiday Store #bbyHoliday13



With Thanksgiving just days away and Black Friday soon to follow Christmas shopping is heavy on my mind. When I started to make my list of things I needed to purchase it became a bit overwhelming, then I got an ad from Best Buy and saw many of the things that I needed were available all in one place. From juicers to videos games, my fitness gear and more. Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs this holiday season. I love that the Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents are passionate, highly trained, knowledgeable and impartial so they can help ensure you get the perfect gifts for your family and friends…and yourself(of course) I love their Low Price Guarantee it lets me know that I am getting the most competitive price possible, so I can make my dollar go further. With the combination of bestbuy.com and their 1,400 stores offers the ultimate showroom to touch, test, try and buy the latest technology, and don't forget about their free store pick up. For more great gift ideas you can check out the Best Buy Gift Center.
Technology is evolving quickly and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for your to choose the products and services that work best for you.
  • Phones: At Best Buy you can see and try all of the phones, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options
  • Tablets: Best Buy is the only place in America where customers can see all of the latest and greatest tablets. 
  • Computing: Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing. They help set the market by working with the industry's tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.
  • Mobile Accessories: Best Buy has one of the largest selections of accessories and wearables this holiday. Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, health & fitness gear and headphones will truly rule holiday. 
  • Home Theater: Best Buy offers the world's newest technology, best assortment and service in home theater.
  • Appliances: Best Buy is better positioned than ever to bring the latest small appliances and special deals to you.
  • Gaming: Best Buy is THE destination for gaming this holiday. Not only dodo they have the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the hottest game releases and everything else you need for a great gaming experience.
  • Music/Movies/Musical Instruments: Best Buy offers terrific deals on the best entertainment stocking stuffers.
  • Digital Imaging: Best Buy features the newest selection of cameras, accessories and advise so you can find the perfect gift or capture your own holiday memories.
  • Tech Services: Best Buy is home of the Geek Squad for help installing, repairing, troubleshooting, optimizing and offering all sorts of technical advice from every Best Buy store, in-home, online and by phone.
Best Buy has some great offers for you! From December 1st,2013 till January 18th, 2013 you can get 15% off Health & Fitness, Fisher Price and Mattel Toys by using THIS coupon. You can also get 10% off Headphones & Portable Speakers (excludes Beats, Bose and Sony) by using THIS coupon. Don't forget the holidays are coming and Best Buy is here to help!

**The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free**

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tuesday GIveaway Link Up

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Encouragement for Moms Giveaway (4 winners- 1 Grand Prize Winner wins book bundle worth $120, 3 winners win a digital copy of Putting On the Spirit Ten-Minute Devotions For Busy Moms) US only Ends 12/8

Ellembee Apparel: Item of Choice Ends 11/26

Pork Chomps Rawhide Free Dog Chews 2 Winners Ends 11/30

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Qi Orthopedic Pillow

I don't know how many times I have talked about the pain I suffer in my back and neck. As you can imagine when I find a product that is said to be used to relieve pain I am always excited! Recently I was given the chance to review a product called the Qi Orthopedic Pillow. You may ask "How does QiPillow differ from ordinary pillows?" when researching I found many answers to this and thought I'd check them all out.
  • Support-"QiPillow is far more than an ordinary pillow. It provides scientifically tested orthopedic back support for people of all shapes and sizes." This seems very true :) You can inflate the pillow as big or small as you chose to. My husband, kids and I all have used this pillow and we have all enjoyed it. It is easy to inflate and deflate in just a couple of seconds and can go from person to person. Unless you are a germaphob lol.
  • "The QiPillow has been proven in a third party clinical study to help 91% of back pain sufferers relieve their back stiffness, pain and fatigue, and improve their sitting posture and comfort." Neat fact I suppose :) I can't tell you how many people it helps but it  does help my posture when used behind he back.
  • "Unlike ordinary pillows, QiPillow does not collapse under body weight and will help you to maintain the correct posture." This I found to be true as well. The pillow has very little "give" So if placed under your head or if you are laying with it under your back it will not collapse, keeping you aligned how you intended.

Why do you need to pay attention to their back health?
  • According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 30% of American adults are afflicted by low back pain. That means if you know three people, one of them is probably in pain.  Americans spend $200 billion a year treating back pain.
  • According to the Workers Safety and Insurance Board, simply sitting – without proper support -- is the leading cause for back pain, second only to heavy weight lifting. 
  • Unsupported sitting is damaging your back each time you sit, at work, at home, in cars. 
The quality of this product is very good. I love the feel of the pillow and with three layers it is really durable. As I mentioned the valve where you inflate and deflate is easy to use, which is very important when you are in pain. The size was really good and was great for all uses. When my back was hurting really bad I deflated it a little and laid on the floor with it under the small of my back. After a few moments it really started to relieve some pain. I really recommend this pillow for everyone not just back pain sufferers. The pillow is 18" x 18" , and comes in camel or sage. The outer cover is made of Mirco-Suede and Engineered in Canada. 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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Book Lover's Giveaway (2 Winners) Ends 11/18


Safari LTD Animal Toy Toob (winners choice, US only) Ends 11/15

$50 Doggie Couture Gift Card (Worldwide) Ends 11/17


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spanish / English Learning Program For Children


It seems as time goes on it is more and more important that children learn to speak a second language. These days you need it to raise your position in a company or even just understand a new friend you may meet. What a better time to learn then as a child, they actually say that it is easier to learn at a young age and can even improve brain development as a whole. Recently I got the chance to review a bilingual children's book and while this book is designed primarily as a English language course for children with Spanish as their mother language it was very easy for me to turn it into a learning experience for my children.
Now I will admit myself I don't speak Spanish so this was a learning experience for not only my children but myself. The colorful characters were enough to draw the attention of my children, while the easy to read text was great for me. It helped to teach phrases like "Where do you live?" as well has how to reply appropriately. With 39 fun pages we have really enjoyed this book and will continue to use it. Whether you are an English speaking family looking to learn Spanish or a Spanish Speaking family looking to learn some English phrases this fun book is a great learning tool.
You can purchase this book on amazon HERE.
 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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Greener Cooking with Ozeri


       As a wife an mother of three I obviously spend a lot if time cooking. Recently I received the chance to review a new pan from Ozeri.  The 10" Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri has a 100% PFOA-Free Non-Stick Coating called ETERNA that was developed in the USA. As a long term cast iron pan user this review for me would be very different.
       You maybe be wonder what is PFOA-Free and why is it important?? Ozeri is the world's only stainless steel frying pan to achieve non-stick perfection without using PFOA. PFOA is a harmful chemical used in all traditional cookware. Conventional pans achieve their non-stick performance with the aid of PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid), which the EPA has classified as a 'persistent pollutant of the environment'. According to the EPA, once ingested PFOA is capable of remaining in people for a very long time, and has been shown to cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals.(Am I making your tummy turn yet?? I know mine did!) With the Stainless Steel Earth Pan's ETERNA coating, even under high temperatures, no harmful substances are ever released into the environment. This is because the Stainless Steel Earth Pan utilizes a completely safe and environmentally-friendly coating developed in the USA. The Stainless Steel Earth Pan's non-stick coating is completely free of PFOA, and far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Stainless Steel Earth Pan Earth Pan allows you to saute, fry, bake, boil and braise with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and cleaning is a breeze. The Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel with TriPly construction, delivering the ultimate in heat conductivity for even cooking and browning without hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a polished mirror exterior.


       First thing was first I put away the oil and the metal cooking tools! I wanted to give this pan a true test with a good that I'm sure most will agree is just hard to cook without sticking, eggs! As you can see this pan is a really nice size, so even for a family of five getting ready to cook eggs I was ready. I mixed up 9 eggs and turned the heat on medium and let the pan warm.With my wooden spoon I cooked my eggs with NO OIL AT ALL! I was nothing short of amazed lol. To clean it I simply washed it with warm water and a paper towel and it was just like new :)

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.

13 Year Old Launches Vision For and From Children

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Did you know that an estimated 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired, and of those affected, 12 million have conditions that could easily be diagnosed and corrected?

Lillian Pravda, an inspirational young lady born with a cataract who received sight-saving surgeries at only 9-weeks-old, founded Vision For and From Children at the age of eight. The organization raises money to provide children without access to eye care, surgery and vision services. After years of building awareness, the organization has raised nearly $100K and helped more than 24,000 children.

The now 13-year-old, award-winning philanthropist is taking her mission global with the launch of the "One Million $1 Bills" campaign which will provide the gift of sight to children through vision-related surgery, outreach and services. Funds raised from the campaign will also help build state-of-the-art ophthalmology centers in regions in the U.S. and beyond that currently do not have proper eye treatment available. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stuff Your Stocking With Shoulder Buddies


        This time of year my brain always turns to Christmas. Recently I was given the chance to review  a product that was not only fun, but something I really felt encouraged a positive outlook for children. Shoulder Buddies are a new children's toy that well, is pretty much as it sounds. They are fun little friends that you can collect and take with you. With the help of their magic coin they sit on shoulder and from what I hear they can even share their "smarts" with you. Smarts?? Like all of us Shoulder Buddies were designed with a special characteristic. 
       We have really enjoyed our new Shoulder Buddy friend. The funny thing is my 11 year old has really taken to it, he has named him Bob as a replacement to his female name.lol I really think this toy gives kids so many things, not only is it fun and an attention getter, but sometimes I think it is something safe to talk to. 
       You can find out more about Shoulder Buddies on Facebook HERE or Twitter HERE . There are so many friends to meet, and these would make a great socking stuffer or gift for a friend. You can purchase them online or at select retailers find out how HERE.

 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.