Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saving on College Textbooks

This week begins the fall semester for colleges and universities across the country. I remember my college days and the joy of resuming my studies and meeting up with friends. I also recall thoughts of how much the textbooks for my courses would cost.

I wanted to give some saving tips on purchasing textbooks for college students because I know how expensive they can be especially if you have to purchase them new. I always hoped that the professor did not change the textbook from the previous quarter/semester so I could possibly by the book used.

When students get the syllabus for their classes, they should check the campus bookstore's Used Book section to see if the textbook is available there. Better yet, some off-campus bookstores will carry college textbooks at a reduced price so it's worth a walk or drive to see.

During my college years, I did not mind buying used textbooks especially for courses that were electives as we called them back in my day. If the used book was in pretty good condition and the pages weren't filled with too much yellow highlighter, it's a good buy. Another way to find good deals on textbooks is to post on campus bulletin boards the textbooks you need for the courses. A lot of students want to make some extra bucks and may be willing to sell you their textbook at a good price. Just make sure the book is the correct edition for the course.

I hope anyone reading this post with kids in college will appreciate these tips and pass them along to their son or daughter. A college degree will open many doors and take you far in your aspirations. Keep on Learning!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gallery | Evolution of style | ajchomefinder.com

A Lovely Home ->Gallery | Evolution of style | ajchomefinder.com

Nutritional Snack for the Kids

It's back to school for some kids and when they get home, they are usually hungry for a snack before starting on any homework or play. I enjoyed this snack over the weekend and thought I would share it with my blog readers especially those with kids. It's really very simple.

Here you go: Spread peanut butter and a slice of banana on top of a saltine cracker. Prepare several for munching and it's a better snack than chips or candy. This snack is filled with protein and potassium which are good nutrients kids need in their day. If dinner is a few hours away, this is the perfect snack that will tie them over. I'm sure the kids will love it!

Great Beauty: Denim Makeup

This Blue Shade is Gorgeous ->Great Beauty: Denim Makeup, Essence.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekend Salad Idea

Here's a easy and quick salad for the weekend that's cool for the hot days of summer.

Place romaine or green leaf lettuce in a bowl and top with these favorites ->tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and sliced fruit like peaches or mango. The fruit will give the salad a sweet kick. Also, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli and chop some on top. To finish, pour on your favorite salad dressing along with slices of buttered french bread on the side.

This salad can be enjoyed the entire weekend and doesn't require using the oven and heating up the house. Talk about yummy, cool!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

3 Tidbits for You

1. Before walking through the house in the shoes you've worn all day and tracking in dirt, switch into some slippers or flip-flops to help keep your carpet and floors clean. Place these shoes at the door you enter daily for quick change.

2. Wash your hands after returning home before putting away the shopping and touching objects inside the home.

3. When cleaning the toilet bowl, don't forget to wipe off the flusher handle where germs can remain. Also, clean around the soap dispenser too.

'It' Ingredient: Pomegranate

So Right for the Whole Body ->'It' Ingredient: Pomegranate, Essence.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gallery | Bronner Bros. show a hairy affair | accessatlanta.com

Colorful Designs ->Gallery | Bronner Bros. show a hairy affair | accessatlanta.com

Frugal Tip of the Day

My trip to the grocery store yesterday inspired this blog post because I was shocked at the higher prices on all my favorites. It was like the store had my buying habits pegged and decided enough bargain shopping for her. I'm kidding of course, but grocery prices are rising and will continue.

So my Frugal Tip of the Day is to always make a shopping list when heading to the grocery store and stick to the list. This will help keep you from overspending. It's easy to wander down aisles and browse. Before you know it, your cart is full of items you had no intention of buying at least not on this shopping trip.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Miracle Worker: Pop Beauty Ribbon Gloss

Pucker Up ->Miracle Worker: Pop Beauty Ribbon Gloss, Essence.com

It's the Weekend Baby!

I enjoy the weekend and especially one that's free of housework. To make that happen, I always do bits of household chores during the week so I can have fun with family and friends. Here are some ideas you might consider:

-->Meet gal pals for shopping, coffee chat
-->Visit and patronize local businesses in the community
-->Scout out garage sales for deals and interesting buys
-->Catch movie at matinee prices
-->Date night with your sweetie. Don't forget the dinner coupons

Whatever your weekend plans entails, make it fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ask a Designer: tips on bookcases, other built-ins  | ajchomefinder.com

Ask a Designer: tips on bookcases, other built-ins | ajchomefinder.com

Exercise & Vitamin D

I am always looking for ways to sneak in exercise throughout the day. While out running errands today, I parked my car a distance away from the store for extra walking. I also got a good dose of Vitamin D from the sun. The health experts report that the sun is a good way to get it.

So, park your car a safe distance from your shopping or business appointments to get a good dose of exercise and Vitamin D.

Happy 49th Birthday, President Obama!

From Essence.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

10 Best Free Fashion Apps

From Essence.com ->10 Best Free Fashion Apps

Simple Way to Organize Paperwork

I want to share the most simplest way to organize your paperwork that requires only three things: manila folders, accordion file, and Sharpie pen. That's right! Use the folders to place any important documents or paperwork inside and write on the folder flap what the contents contain. You don't need to go all out with printing fancy labels. Instead write clearly on the folder flap and you're done. Place the manila folders inside the accordion file for easy access when needed.

I wrote about this several monthso in the context of another blog, but wanted to make it a blog all it's own because I think it's such an easy way to organize your paperwork. We tend to put off working on organization thinking it will take a lot of time and supplies. To me, this is as simple as you can get. When you get any new information that you want to keep, follow these steps and you will be good to go!

I recently received my updated car insurance policy and after looking it over, it took me less than a minute to file it away in the manila folder which was already made for this document. Keeping You Organized!

Shops grapple with fallout from group coupons  | ajc.com

Shops grapple with fallout from group coupons | ajc.com

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The 20 Most Caffeinated Cities

The 20 Most Caffeinated Cities

Gallery | Dorm decor gets a stylish makeover | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Dorm decor gets a stylish makeover | ajchomefinder.com

Sizzling Saturday Tip

To beat the sizzling heat of the day, wake up early and run your errands during the cooler part of the day. You still may have other around town things to do later, but at least you have gotten several of your errands out of the way before the day really heats up. Remember to keep a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Enjoy your Sizzling Saturday :-)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Budget-Savvy Tip

The dog days of summer are on and the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. A day at the beach or park can dry out your skin big time. There are plenty of products on the market to keep your skin moisturized, but they can be pricey. Check out this budget-savvy product to use on your skin ->Petroleum Jelly.

The uses for petroleum jelly are endless. Apply it all over your body especially on your face, lips, elbows, knees, and feet. No need to spend lots of money when a simple jar of petroleum jelly will work just fine and won't cost you much either.

Gallery | Aretha and Condi: An unlikely duet, a good cause | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | Aretha and Condi: An unlikely duet, a good cause | accessatlanta.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Helping with School Supplies

I can't believe some school districts around the country will be starting school next month. It seems like summer vacations are getting shorter. Growing up in the Midwest, we did not start school until after Labor Day. I remember going to a family cookout on the holiday and starting school the next day. I loved the first day of school, reconnecting with friends and teachers. Mostly, picking out the outfit I would wear on that day. It had to be something for all eyes to see. The memories live on!

In the last few weeks, I have seen sale fliers from practically every store with great sales on school supplies. Right now, Wal-Mart has crayons, Elmer's glue, composition books, and glue sticks for $.25 cents. Now that's a bargain! This got me thinking about the tough economy and families who may be struggling to buy school supplies this year for their children and teens.

A great way to help others in need would be to buy some school supplies to help out your neighbor who has school-age children. Also, check within your community for school supplies drives to find out when one will be held. Even if you can't spend a lot of money, every little bit helps in these efforts.

I plan to send my nieces a box of school supplies and I am having so much fun picking out their favorite themes like Disney, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, etc. Times are tough for everyone and this gesture will show someone that you want to make their child's school experience an enjoyable one.