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May In Review

Friday, May 30, 2014

May was definitely a busy month! We finished up school and began summer break, having a lot of adventures in between. Here are some of the highlights of May:

Family Activities:

  • We checked out a local craft fair.

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  • We went to the zoo twice.

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Up Next – More summer fun and camp!

Campus Book Rentals Available For Summer Classes

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I remember once a bunch of my college friends and I got together in the summer. We ended up on campus and it was so strange being there when no one else was around. College campuses are always busy – even in the summer! Summer classes are either about to start or have already started, and once again I’m happy to share information here about Campus Book Rentals.


Here are some of the perks of renting textbooks:

  • You can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices.
  • Free shipping both ways.
  • You can still highlight in the textbooks.
  • Offers flexible renting periods.
  • Donations to Operation Smile are made with each textbook rented – see more on that below.

Campus Book Rentals also offers RentBack, an initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students, which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options such as selling their books back at the end of the semester! Isn't that awesome?! Here’s how it works:


One more very cool thing about Campus Book Rentals, as I mentioned above, is that for every rented textbook, they make a donation to Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. The long term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible. With every rented textbook, Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile. That right there seems as good a reason as any to rent books through them!


I know if I was in college still I’d be trying out this program. How about you?

This post has been sponsored by Campus Book Rentals. All opinions are my own.

May Ipsy Glam Bag


This month I received my 7th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was Fresh Picks and I was very happy with both the bags and the items inside! Here is what I received:


Hang Ten Classic Sport – $12.99 for for 6 oz, I received 1 oz, a value of $2.17:
Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen.
25% off purchase with code IPSY2014 until 6/30/14.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Celestial and Opal – $14 for a 4 shadow palette, I received about the size of 1, a value of $3.50:
The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duos are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection.
25% off purchase with code ipsybeauty until 6/30/14.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – $18 for 10.5 oz, I received 1.76 oz, a value of $3.02:
Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. May leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, and then gently pat dry. Ideal for use after cleansing, shaving, exercise, sun, to soothe diaper rash and set make-up to help keep it fresher looking longer.
15% off Avene products at with code IPSY15 until 6/14/14.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil – $13:
The Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil controls fly aways with a blend of Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba and Tamanu Oils. Show your hair who's boss even in humid and tropical weather. By the way, you will also get incredible shine and manageability.
20% off purchase with code nofrizz20 until 6/30/14.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up in Medium Shade – $19.99:
Our innovative formula offers great coverage for skin imperfections while containing ingredients known in nature to promote healing. Contains aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E.
25% off purchase with code RMKG9TY7 through 6/30/14.

Once again, I pay $10 a month for these bags. I love seeing what comes my way each month! The value received this month was $41.68, a little less than last month, but still a high value for the cost! My favorite item this month was the hair oil. I love the smell and the effect on my hair. Unfortunately, it seems like it will get used up pretty quickly! I also like the Boo-Boo Cover-Up, which I have been using as a highlighting cream for under my eyes. Not its intended use, but it works! I have not used the eyeshadow yet because I am unsure about the colors. I also have not gotten to use the sunscreen, though I did give it a smell and it has a nice one. As for the water, I used it to set my make up and also tried it in my hair to wet and refresh my curls. It’s a product I never would have purchased or thought of using until I received it in my bag! If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here!

What My Kids Are Reading #3–Chanterelle Finds A Family

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


“When Nicole Brierre was assigned to write a children’s book while studying to become an elementary school teacher, she realized that she didn’t have to look any further for inspiration than her family’s trusty canine companion, Chanterelle. It became a true family affair when her brother and his girlfriend signed-on as illustrators of the book!

Brierre recounts the story of how the beloved pet came to join her family, while playfully imagining the puppy’s life before she was adopted. The dog at the heart of the story is an independent, stubborn puppy who believes she does not need help from any human or animal. As the puppy observes her good friends, the Beaver Family, she notices how they do everything together. Mama Beaver is always giving hugs and kisses, while Papa Beaver is warm and encouraging. One afternoon, the puppy notices a human family hiking. Just like the Beaver family, this family is affectionate and does everything together, and the puppy now wonders what her life would be like if she stopped being a puppy in the wilderness and becomes a pet instead.

Chanterelle Finds a Family is a warm and wonderful story for children with beautiful illustrations that will capture little imaginations. It touches upon many different themes: the drive for independence - while at the same time needing family, safety and security - the importance of friendship and identifying within a group, and the desire to experience adventures and new relationships, themes with which all kids can connect.”

I am always excited when I receive invitations to review children’s books because all three of my kids listen to me reading stories every night at bedtime and I love to introduce new books into our repertoire. Chanterelle Finds a Family is a lovely book which contains whimsically drawn illustrations and a story that held the interest of all three of my children. The story explains how Chanterelle was a puppy living alone until she found her very own family – who rescued her at a time she needed help.


I really liked that this story is not short. It has paragraphs worth of words on each page. It is well-written so that the story flows and remains interesting, even for the adult reading out loud! We would be interested to hear more about Chanterelle’s life with her new family!


If you are interested in this book, it is available on Amazon!

Salad Recipes To Try


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Over the past few weeks I have been sharing recipes wrap-up posts with you, and today is no different, because not only is May National Burger and National Strawberry Month, it is also National Salad Month! I used to have difficulty coming up with good salads to make, but now they are one of my favorite things to make. A good salad can serve as a meal by itself or as an appetizer or side. One day I will share some of my favorite salads, but for now, here are a few more I’d like to try!

Kitchen Sink Spinach Salad via Eat Simple Love Yoga

Power Salad via Anytime Fitness

Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad via The Garden Grazer

Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad via The Garden Grazer

Asian Quinoa Salad via Two Peas & Their Pod

Do any of these look yummy to you?

Summer At The Park With Coppertone

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One of our summer time traditions is to take our bikes and ride around one of the local parks. We did this on the last day of school – which was also technically the first day of summer break since the kids had a half day. Because I am a BzzAgent, I recently received a set of Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen samples to try and we were able to put them to use at the park.

  • Absorbs in seconds for a clean and light feel
  • Moisturizing formulas help leave your skin soft and smooth
  • Won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin)
  • Matte finish is perfect for use under makeup

We tried out the spray version and the lotion, both of which have a light, non-obtrusive smell and I am comfortable using them for myself and the kids.

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Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreens are a great way to get the everyday sun protection you need!

I received this product for review. No other compensation was received.

Gabbie’s Dance Recital 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Last week was Gabbie’s dance recital. She’s one of the big kids so her dances were both after intermission. It was fun watching the littler kids too though, they are so funny when they stand on the stage and do nothing! Anyway, here are just a few pictures of Gabbie’s dances.

First up was Performance Team – which is the same dance I’ve shown you pictures of all year!


Next, Gabbie performed her Lyrical dance, to the song Let It Go.

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At the end of the recital, Gabbie was awarded a medal for having danced at her dance school for 5 years!

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Now, here are some photos from afterwards:

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It was a nice time and I’m always so proud of Gabbie for being a confident and talented dancer!