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Back to School Made Simple with Kids Email


With school coming into session again, it’s the best time to help your child get organized to get off to a great start.  As my child is getting older and starting to tackle tougher subjects in school, we’ve found that sometimes he needs more help than he can get at school–we often have to sign up for websites and apps that help him learn.  Since I don’t want a ton of extra emails clogging up my inbox, it’s a perfect opportunity to let him gain a little independence with his very own email address from Kids Email.

Kids Email is an extraordinary email service for kids and tweens to get them started with the ins and outs of sending and receiving email.  Your child can register for their own personal email address, which you as a parent can have complete control over.  You can manage settings such as content filtering, sender blocking, and removing images from the emails your child receives.  You can even intercept emails to your own inbox to go over them first and then release them to be sent to your child’s inbox.


My favorite thing about Kids Email is that they are now available on the go! Your child can access their email from any device, including Android, iOS, and Kindle.  I know this is something right up the alley for my almost 9 year old, who spends a lot of time with his iPod touch.

I also like that the interface is completely customizable depending on your child’s personal taste.  Make the inbox look the way they want it to look and then change it when you get tired of it!

There are so many reasons my son and I love using Kids Email, but I know most parents will want to check out the features for themselves.  The first month of Kids Email is completely free for you to try, and prices start as low as $2.99 a month after that.  Help your child’s school year be the best it can be with a little help from Kids Email!


Campus Book Rentals–Making Students and Kids Smile

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.


Hey yall!  Today I’m happy to spotlight author Belinda Boring and some of her works.

About the Author

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she’s not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!







Some of Belinda’s books include:





7 Groups of People Who Should Use Book Wholesalers

Buying books wholesale is one of the best kept secrets in the world of book buying. While many people love reading from a hard copy book, they are often under the misconception that their favorite titles have to be expensively priced and hard to get a hold of. By going through bulk book distributors, many different book buyers gain the freedom to buy the books they love at more affordable rates. The following categories of book lovers are just a few who could benefit from purchasing bulk books for sale through book wholesalers.

1. Bloggers
For bloggers who love reading, buying books in bulk quantity is a great way to bring in more viewers. There is nothing blog followers love more than a good giveaway. For a blog post about a favorite book title you might consider giving away free copies, or passing on the savings to fellow bloggers who are interested in the same book titles as you.

2. Booksellers
In order to survive in the book selling world, booksellers must find the best deals on the most popular titles. Ordering bulk books for sale is a great way to reduce your cost per copy while still getting the books your customers demand.

3. Book Clubs
Many individuals love the community feeling a book club brings, but dislike the high prices of books at local bookstores. To avoid the high costs of the titles your group wants to read, everyone can pitch in and get copies through a wholesale distributor. This makes a book club more affordable and exciting, as you can order the best new titles.

4. Classrooms
As an educator, it can be difficult to get your students interested in old, torn-up books. If you think purchasing a new classroom book set with book titles the kids love is too expensive, think again. When you find bulk books for sale through a wholesale distributor, the price of each copy goes down.

5. Daycares
Story time and reading time are great activities for daycare children of most any age. While kids may love and enjoy reading the stories, they are not always the easiest on the books themselves. Buying books in bulk can give you back-up copies of the books your daycare students love most of all, preventing heartbreak at worn and torn copies.

6. Health Facilities
From hospital rooms to doctors office waiting areas, books are a great way to keep patients occupied while recovering or waiting for service. For large offices or hospitals, bulk books can be distributed evenly throughout the departments. This spreads the book love all around while reducing the cost of purchase on each book.

7. Libraries
As new book titles are released, the demand from a library’s readership can get very high on particularly popular items. Buying books in bulk will allow more library patrons to check out the materials they are looking for and reduce long waiting lists on popular items.
These are just a few categories of people who may use book wholesalers to provide convenient and cost effective books for all of their book buying needs. If you are looking to save money on in-demand book titles, buying in bulk can save you a lot of money in the long run.

How A Journal Can Change Your Outlook On Life

Keeping an old-fashioned journal is a great way to document your life; using a pen, paper or pencil guarantees that your journal won’t ever be lost due to a computer glitch. Technology has taken over our daily lives, and people often forget that journals can be physically written out on paper. When you write out your journal, you have a record of your thoughts and feelings that lasts forever; physical journals last even when your cloud storage is erased and your computer has died.

Keeping a hand-written journal can enhance your life in the following ways:

  • Relieve Stress

In society today, people are expected to consistently stay on the move. As soon as a person wakes up, they keep active until they fall asleep; life is a flurry of work, family, commuting, cooking and cleaning. 

Modern life is stressful; if you dedicate a couple of minutes to yourself every day, you can collect your thoughts and calm your mind. Writing is a great way to relax and express your feelings on paper. A couple of minutes of calm can do wonders for your stress levels.

  • Stay Inspired

Brilliant ideas and deep thoughts have the tendency to come out of nowhere; if you don’t write your ideas down as soon as you have them, you run the risk of getting distracted and forgetting them. If you keep a journal with you, you can quickly jot down your best ideas right after you have them. Even a sentence or two in your Moleskine journal can help you expound on deep thoughts later.

  • Express Your Ideas With No Judgment

Journals are a great place to write whatever you want. No one will ever see your work unless you give them permission to read it; therefore, you can write whatever you please. A journal is like a sacred spot where you can express your deepest feelings without fear of what others will say. When you get your ideas out on paper, you bring a sense of clarity and focus to your life; tons of people have had life-changing epiphanies while writing out their thoughts.

Writing in a journal is one of the best ways to express yourself; when you use a journal for expression, you don’t have to worry about what others will say about your thoughts. This freedom gives you the ability to explore ideas and thoughts that you regularly wouldn’t; oftentimes, this can change your life.

It’s Prom Season–Find Your Perfect Dress!

Would I go back to high school? NO, absolutely not!  But I would, however, love another chance to go to prom so I could rock a dress like the ones found on!

I myself am a girly girl, and anything pink and flowy is right up my alley.  These are some of the girly choices I would pick:

I love the criss cross waist detail.  This dress would be perfectly accessorized with sparkly earrings that have a bit of a drop.  The v-neck also would feature a necklace beautifully.

I absolutely ADORE the corset detailing on this dress!  If you want to stand out from the rest of the satin-clad prom goers, this gown is the way to go.  The back even has the lace up look that corsets are so well known for.  I’m not sure if I would go this bright pink, but the beauty of shopping on JenJenHouse is that most dresses are available in a variety of colors!

Maybe your personal style is a little less princess-y, and more classic.  Here is what I would recommend:

This has all the elements of that fashion mainstay, the little black dress…but it’s still flirty and fun.  Best of all, you will be able to move and dance at your prom!

I speak from personal experience when I tell you that having to shop for a flattering gown as a plus size girl is somewhat of a challenge.  JenJenHouse has got you!  Here are a couple I loved:

This dress has sparkle detail (a must for me, if you haven’t noticed), and the empire waist drops down to flowing ruffles that will help hide anything you want to hide!

This gown pushes up your girls and then helps hide any belly bulges with a strategically placed bow 😉


No matter what your prom style, you will love the selection and prices found at JenJenHouse!

Just to make the experience easier on you, JenJenHouse is also your one stop shop for accessories and shoes!  Shop today to get the jump on all your prom needs, and get the worry out of the way.

GIVEAWAY: The Monuments Men Movie Swag!

Hey yall!  Today we have a swag giveaway for a great film being released tomorrow, February 7–The Monuments Men.  The film stars Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Bill Murray among others.  And best of all–it’s based on a book by Robert M. Edsel.

About the Movie:

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 — possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.




One commenter will win a movie swag pack including a t-shirt, poster, and bookmarks.

Let me know if you plan on seeing this!

Tips for balancing home and work life

Any busy mom knows that balancing work and family life can be a struggle at the best of times. Maintaining a professional career as well as looking after your children and keeping up with the housework can often cause the stress to build up. However there are ways you can help to manage your life more effectively and make sure you are a calm mom rather than a stressed-out mom!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you feel like you are juggling too much, there’s no shame in asking for extra help. It may mean that you need to cut down your hours at work, ask the grandparents to look after the kids every now and again or ask your partner to help out more with the housework. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you are struggling and those close to you should be more than happy to give you an extra hand.

Look after your mental wellbeing

Stress can get on top of all of us but it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing. For some people this means taking some time out to have a tarot reading at TheCircle to get some perspective on their live. If your stress is affecting your health then you should approach your GP or local counselling service for help and advice. Making sure you can get the support you need will help you manage your life and be the best mom you can!

Make time for yourself

This may seem impossible when you are juggling so much but you shouldn’t feel like your life has to revolve around work and the kids. Try getting a babysitter in once a month and have a date night with your partner. You could even take a weekend away with the girls to give you a little ‘me’ time. Don’t be afraid to do things for yourself every now and again. It will help your stress levels and give you the opportunity to recharge your batteries.

There’s no single solution to balancing your work and family life but it’s important to be proactive and speak up if you feel like life is getting on top of you.

BOOK TO MOVIE: The Vampire Academy Series


Ahead of the upcoming release of the Vampire Academy movie, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry and set to for release February 14, we take a look at why this is one of the best vampire series to emerge from the genre.

St Vladimir’s Academy certainly isn’t your usual boarding school, it is a vampire academy. Hidden away it teaches young vampires in the ways of the paranormal and how to protect the Moroi, a race of half-human and mortal but good vampires. The Moroi are in need of protection from their sinister un-dead counterparts, the Strigoi.

In Vampire Academy, the first of the six-book series, 17-year-old Rosemarie Hathaway (Rose) and Moroi Princess, Lissa Dragomir are brought back to St Vladimir’s Academy after running away two years ago, the pair hold a unique psychic bond in which Rose can know of Lissa’s thoughts and whereabouts. Dimitri Belikov, a guardian sent to return the pair, is charged with protecting the princess and assigns himself the challenge of training Rose. Dimitri has faith in Rose’s ability and believes he can form an excellent guardian of her, making up for the lost years.

The pair soon fall back into academy life and it soon emerges that the pair have become outsiders due to their rebellious actions. The story descends into a twisted tale of forbidden romance, deceit, misunderstanding and jealousy, all blended with the supernatural.

This is a standout book in a standout series among a genre that is at times tired and repetitive. Rose is a powerful, confident and strong female character and her presence stands defiantly against the dark side of the ruling class and the un-dead Strigoi. Richelle Mead’s books have been critically acclaimed since the beginning, being placed on the New York Times’ Bestseller top ten series and coming fourth on the AMA’s teens top ten behind Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The eBook containing the first three volumes that the upcoming film is based on can be bought from Sainsbury’s.

A killer read for any paranormal romance lover with more to offer than the Twilight series.

Sainsbury’s is now selling ebooks in many genres, and many bestsellers!

Prepare for All Your Formal Occasions with!

As a woman in her late twenties, I have been a part of every formal event one could imagine.  Prom, bridesmaid, getting married–I’ve been there.  Worrying about a dress for each of these events was pretty much one of the top problems.  I wish I would have known about a site to make choosing your formal gown easy…because now there is!

Not only does Dress First offer thousands of dresses for any formal event or holiday you could think of–wedding, prom, quincenera, Christmas–but they also have any accessory you may need to complete your look.  From veils, to gloves to handbags and shoes, Dress First is your one stop shop for dressing up!


I am the type of girl who made picking out her wedding dress an EVENT.  I knew the look I wanted head to toe, and I wouldn’t stop until I got what I wanted.

In fact, I kind of wish I could have another wedding (to the same man!) so I could pick everything all over again!  I loved being a princess in white for the day.

If i had to do it all over again, I’d pick this stuff…which you can of course find on Dress First:

This gorgeous ball gown with a moderate train is only $289.  I’m not sure how many of my readers know this, but that is an absolute STEAL for a wedding gown.

The veil for my own wedding was very much like this…I loved the visual effect of my veil trailing behind me (this is called a Cathedral veil), but I also wanted to have the romantic and classic idea of my husband lifting up my veil to kiss me when it was time.  I myself had to buy two separate veils to get this effect, but this veil combines both into one piece for only $46.99.

And for the finishing touch, I think these shoes are perfect!  They are dainty and feminine with the little ballerina bow detail.  I needed to wear flats because my hubs and I are about the same height, and I didn’t want to look taller than him in pictures!  These are adorable and only $67.99.


I was so happy to introduce you to all the options has for you! Check out the site to pick your perfect gown. Until December 29, you can even get free shipping on any dress 🙂

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post by Leqee, Inc.  But that in no way affects my thoughts.  I would never endorse a product or site I wouldn’t use myself.