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When I was in college, everybody would line up at one of our two tiny bookstores on campus and practically kill each other in a mad rush to get to the limited number of used books we needed for our classes. Even when we did find them, buying used textbooks instead of brand new ones only saved on average about $15 per book. If you haven’t had the need to buy a college textbook, you will probably be shocked to learn that the majority of them can cost upwards of $100. When you have 5 or 6 courses you need books for, it’s not unusual to spend $800 or more on one semester’s books.
Needless to say, I totally wish I would have known about renting textbooks while I was in college! You pay a MUCH lower fee, and then you don’t have to worry about selling back your books at the end of the semester. Oh yeah, did I mention most of the time when you try to sell your book back to the store, they won’t take it because a new edition will be coming out for the next year?! ARGGGGGGHHHHHH.
So, today I’d like to share with you the awesome Campus Book Rentals. What are the benefits for you? Check it out:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-you can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
Let me give you an example of how much you can save by renting a book instead of buying it!
Taking Psych 101? The book you need will probably be something like this:
As you can see, the cost to rent that book for one semester is only $32.26!! Or, you can buy it on Amazon:
For upwards of $150. I wasn’t a math major (I was Criminal Justice, with a double minor in English and Spanish, if you were wondering. I know you were.), but I’m pretty sure that’s a huge percentage difference. Yeah…I think that’s a no-brainer.
Need more info? Here’s a video telling you more!
Campus Book Rentals has also started a new program called RentBack, where you can make money by lending your fellow students your own textbooks! This is awesome because using RentBack can make you 2-4 times more money than you would get by just selling your books back to the bookstore at the end of the semester.
Check it out:
But, I still haven’t gotten to the best thing about using Campus Book Rentals. For every book rental, Campus Book Rentals will make a donation to Operation Smile! Operation Smile is an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it.
So, saving money on books you need and helping change children’s lives in the process? It’s a win-win situation! Check out Campus Book Rentals for all your textbook needs.
*DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post by Campus Book Rentals, but I fully stand behind the company and would not endorse any service I wouldn’t use myself. My thoughts and the text are my own.
Release date: November 28th 2014
Synopsis via Goodreads:
As an adult who sometimes gets the occasional breakout, I don’t always like to wash my face with medicated washes because they can be harsh. I do, however, need something powerful when those breakouts show up!
That’s where new Dial Acne Control Face Wash comes in! With its’ active ingredient of salicylic acide, it can give you clearer skin in just THREE DAYS.
My face did indeed start to clear up within a day after I began using this face wash. I like that it’s in a rather plain bottle, no funky lettering or colors like those face washes marketed towards teens would be.
I will continue to use this face wash when my skin is breaking out…which tends to be around a certain week of the month :O But for day to day, I found it to be a little drying for my skin. I would recommend only using this as a daily wash if you have more severe acne or a strictly oily complexion.
Be sure to visit the Dial Facebook Page for more info on Dial Acne Control products, and to get a Digital Coupon for $0.75 off the Dial Acne Control Face Wash or Bar Soap!
**DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for review purposes from Smiley360. I received no other compensation for my post, and the pictures and opinions contained within this post are my own.
If your kid is anything like mine, you’re not sure about how much of each nutrient they are getting because their eating habits are…erratic. My six year old, for example, does not eat meat of any kind. That definitely leaves me worried that he’s not getting enough protein. That’s why I was so happy to discover Pocket Protein Kidz!
Here is a bit more information:
Isn’t this a cool idea? The thought that I could ensure my child is getting the protein he needs with just a 2 oz drink a day is so reassuring! He already has enough sugar from drinks and snacks he eats throughout the day, so I love knowing that Pocket Protein Kidz has less than 4 grams of sugar and is made with no artificial colors. If you’re watching these things, you’ll be happy to know the product is also gluten, lactose, and nut free!
Pocket Protein Kidz is almost ready to be in your home, but they need your help! The company is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign to help launch the product. They are almost halfway to their goal, and the deadline of December 3 is looming! By making a pledge to fund Pocket Protein Kidz, you can score some of your own AND give some to kids in need.
By clicking the button above and using the code SOUTHERN at checkout, you can purchase a six pack of Pocket Protein Kidz for only $19 and a 6 pack will go to a needy child! You will also save 15% off your purchase :)
If that wasn’t enough, how about an added bonus? Everyone who contributes or pre-orders to the campaign will be entered to win a $500 Visa Gift Card in time for Holiday shopping*. See official rules at http://pocketprotein.com/KIDZsweepsrules.
I hope you’ll take the pledge to help get our kids the protein they need in an easy, tasty way. All the information about Pocket Protein Kidz and other varieties can be found here!
by Jeff Gunhus
Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.
The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.
About the Author
Jeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.
For More Information
Visit Jeff Gunhus’ website.
More books by Jeff Gunhus.
Night Terror is available at Amazon.
Zep Cleaning products are here to help you clean your home with professional formulas!
I got the chance to try out samples of their Quick Clean Disinfectant and All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser in my own home, and I was definitely impressed with the results.
I have a white stovetop, so every little scratch and stain shows. Here’s a look at my stove top before using Zep:
I sprayed generously with the All Around Cleaner and Degreaser, and here is the after:
The stovetop is visibly cleaner and shiny, and greasy spots that were around the burners are wiped away.
More about Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser:
- Quickly cleans virtually any hard or soft surface
- Powers out stains & grease
- Safe on granite, upholstery and more
- No harsh fumes
Perfect for daily use in kitchens, bathrooms, and throughout the home, yet safe on delicate materials such as upholstery and granite. Great on the following stains: Red wine, blood, fruit juice, food stains, urine stains & dirt.
This is what a bathroom sink looks like after a 6 year old gets ready for school in the morning.
I used the Quick Clean Disinfectant and let it sit for five seconds per instructions.
My sink faucet is now gleaming…but it probably won’t stay that way for long with my kid!
More about Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant:
- Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 Seconds
- Kills common kitchen & bathroom bacteria
- Effective virucide, kills cold (rhinovirus) & flu virus, HIV, Canine Parvovirus
- Cleans, disinfects, deodorizes in one easy step
- * Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Klebsiella pneumonia
Safe on virtually all hard, non porous surfaces, Quick Clean is perfect for disinfecting kitchens, sinks, stove tops, appliances, bathrooms & floors.
**DISCLAIMER: I received these products free from Crowdtap for reviewing purposes. I received no other compensation. The photos and opinions in this post are my own.
My family has been using Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix in recipes for years, so it was a no brainer for me to whip up some new ones showcasing the product! My husband and I cooked up a Hidden Valley Ranch feast that was as tasty as it was easy!
Here is some cool stuff I was sent to get the ball rolling on my HVR creations!
My husband was helping me out with the cooking, so he got to wear this:
Here’s what we cooked.
Original Ranch Pork Chops
- 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- 6 pork loin rib chops about 1-inch thick
- dash of paprika (optional)
- fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
- In a small bowl, add the Seasoning mix, together with the salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well. Liberally sprinkle the porkchops on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
- Arrange the chops on a baking sheet or try with a rack. Bake the pork chops for 20 minutes, turning once until browned or an internal temperature of 160ºF is reached. Serve immediately.
Original Ranch Roasted Potatoes
- 2 pounds small red potatoes quartered
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch Salad®Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- Place potatoes in a gallon-size Glad® Food Storage Bag and add oil; seal bag. Toss to coat. Add Dressing & Seasoning Mix and toss again until coated. Bake in ungreased baking pan at 450°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crisp.
Hidden Valley Glazed Baby Carrots
- 1 1-oz. packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cups ready-to-eat, peeled, baby carrots
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar together with the Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter together with the sugar mixture for 3 to 5 minutes over a medium heat or until bubbly.
- Add the carrots and let cook covered for 7 to 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened slightly.
Our dinner came out great!
Hidden Valley Ranch helps take your recipes to the next level. Use it in your holiday recipes or just everyday dinners!
Luck on the Line
by Zoraida Cordova
New Adult Contemporary
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.
Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.
James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.
As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.
About the Author
Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana before finding a home for herself in the (kinda) glittering world of New York City’s nightlife. She prefers her whiskey neat, her bacon crispy, and her men with a side of chivalry. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy.
Enter the release day giveaway to win:
3 swag packs that include: bookmarks and postcards with cocktail recipes from Luck on the Line
1 “Kiss the Bartender” mug
1 “Lick the Cook” mug
A while back, 5 Hour ENERGY fans were encouraged to send in their videos of delicious drink recipes they’d made with the shots. So many great entries were received, but here I’ll spotlight the winners!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Tom Merlau of Los Angeles, California with his recipe for Pomelimelade
This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert: it’s a lot).
Here’s how you make it:
SECOND PLACE WINNER:
Mark Golembeski of Los Angeles, California with his creation, Ramalamadingdong
The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade. This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more.
And the recipe:
THIRD PLACE WINNER:
Zach Heorn from Lugoff, South Carolina with Arnold Power
The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing. And practicing.
How to make it:
Check out the 5 Hour ENERGY contest page to see the runner up Yummification videos as well!
I have been a ChapStick user since I was a little girl, so I was very intrigued when I heard about the new Dual Ended varieties the company developed. I was lucky enough to get to try the Moisturize & Renew through Smiley360.
Here is more info about the product:
Dual-ended premium lip balm for clinically proven healthier looking lips
Moisturize formula smoothes and reduces the appearance of fine lines and contains CoQ10 and Hyaluronic spheres
Renew formula has natural butters like Shea and Mango to condition and instantly softens lips
I really liked each end of the ChapStick, but I slightly preferred the moisturize side and I’m sure I’ll finish that one first. I keep the balm on my nightstand and apply it right before bed and first thing in the morning. My lips are super smooth and show no signs or cracking in the cold weather that’s soon to come!
New ChapStick Dual Ended Hydration Lock also comes in a Day & Night formula!
For more info and to see where the product is available for purchase, visit the ChapStick Website.