The Best Way To Pay For College Textbooks & Supplies! #BNschoolsavings

This past weekend we went up to Binghamton, NY. My little guys wanted to see daddy’s college. We took a drive through the University of Binghamton where my husband graduated with his Bachelors and  Masters. I couldn’t help but notice all the kids who were new to the college campus transitioning into a new lifestyle. That transition is hard on parents too! We know just how hard with our older kids!  I imagine many parents are worried about  if their kids have everything they need and if they are okay.

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After taking a peek around the campus we went to Barnes & Noble. Predictably it was filled with UOB students.  I recently learned that Barnes & Noble offers the Barnes & Noble MasterCard®.  This is the best credit card for parents and college students who are purchasing textbooks, books and school supplies during the busy back-to-school season and beyond.  Card holders earn 5% back when they use the card to purchase school supplies and textbooks at any Barnes & Noble store or at  This offer even applies to campus Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Given the average price of books and supplies at public colleges last year was $1,225 and private colleges coming in at $1,244, that 5% back adds up fast! There is even an immediate savings of $60 available when you use your Barnes & Noble MasterCard for those purchases at campus Barnes & Noble bookstores or at Cardholders receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card after their first purchase using the card. Every time cardholders reach 2500 points they receive a $25 gift card. The Barnes & Noble MasterCard has no annual fee.

If you are ready to take advantage of all the great perks being a Barnes & Noble MasterCard holder can bring you, just apply HERE. You can also visit the same link for more information. To find your local Barnes & Noble store or to shop online visit



We had a great time looking around at everything. After a stop at the in store Starbucks we set off to explore. The kids were amazed looking at all the great books, toys, games, kits and more! We saw coloring books for adults which were really cute.

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I liked this book of wisdom from Mr. Rogers!

I liked this book of wisdom from Mr. Rogers!

Barnes and Noble Alligator book

Just in case you were wondering-It is not a good idea to bring an Alligator to school!!!

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Classics for Kids!!!

Classics for Kids!!!

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Who had this as a child? I Did!

Who had this as a child? I Did!

The boys finally made their selections, they chose a Magic Set and a Planetarium. We tried out the magic set today and are mastering a few of the tricks!  It is so much fun! The Planetarium will be opened and set up tomorrow. We really can’t wait for that. We will be sure and give you an update!

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I will leave you with a littler more information on the Barnes & Noble MasterCard I told you about earlier in the post.

Card benefits exclusive to the Barnes & Noble MasterCard

  • Get 5% back at Barnes & Noble when you use your card at any Barnes & Noble store or online at
  • Earn a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card after your first purchase
  • Automatically receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card every time you reach 2,500 points
  • Earn 1 reward point for every $1 spent on all other purchases (excluding Barnes and & Noble purchases), even for everyday purchases like gas and groceries
  • No annual fee
  • Complimentary FICO® Credit Score

Use your Barnes & Noble MasterCard to purchase any of the following

  • Books
  • NOOK & NOOK Books
  • Toys & Games
  • Home & Gifts
  • Movies & TV
  • Textbooks
  • Gift Cards
  • Newspapers & Magazines



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Giveaway-The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season & The Originals: The Complete Second Season #TVD #TheOriginals

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We have an amazing combo giveaway featuring two of the CW’s most loved shows… The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals: The Complete Second Season.

First – we have four  exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec. These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

Julie Plec Answers Your Questions About The Originals The Complete Second Season


Julie Plec Answers Your Questions About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

The Top 5 Must Watch Episodes of The Originals The Complete Second Season with Julie Plec

The Top 5 Must Watch Episodes of The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season with Julie Plec

Secondly –check out the fun  “Viewing Party Eats: Recipes to Satisfy Friends & Enemies” downloadable PDF that’s sure to impress your guests. With index card recipes and party-ready place cards included, we’ve made it easy to prep some snacks to satisfy during your marathon watch-party.

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About The Vampire Diaries / The Originals

The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

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About The Originals The Complete Second Season

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015

Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!

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9 Ways You Can Improve Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

Are you trying to conceive? You want to make sure you are in optimal health before trying to conceive a baby. Getting a physical, health screenings, taking care of weight issues, making diet changes and more can stack the odds in your favor for conception. Read on to find out what you should take care of before trying to get pregnant.

Schedule A Pre-Conception Visit With Your OB/GYN:

See your OB/GYN for a pre-conception visit to get an evaluation of your overall health prior to conceiving. This visit should include STI screening and frank discussion of genetic disorders, problems with previous pregnancies, chronic health conditions and hereditary factors that may cause pregnancy complications. You should also discuss any birth control you have been using and the discontinuation of it.

Make sure to go over all medications you are taking and the safety of them with your doctor. Go over even over the counter medications and herbal supplements to see if they are safe. Ask your doctor about your weight. Being underweight or overweight can affect your chances of conceiving and also lead to pregnancy and childbirth complications. It is best to achieve a healthy weight prior to conception. Have your doctor recommend an exercise and diet plan to help you achieve your target weight.

Visit The Dentist:

Get your teeth cleaned and take care of any pressing dental issues. Pregnancy is no time to be sidelined by toothaches and dental problems. Prevention is key. Have cavities filled and take care of any other procedures you need to. You also want to have a thorough cleaning. Did you know that women with gum disease are four to seven times more likely to have an underweight or premature baby, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association? So get those pearly whites and gums in top condition before conception.

Evaluate Your Diet:

Clean up your diet and eliminate soda, sugary snacks and other empty calories. Start eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy. Be sure to review with your doctor the list of foods women should steer clear of during pregnancy. Fish is good but some fish like swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish should be avoided during pregnancy and conception due to high levels of mercury. Fish with low mercury levels like canned tuna, catfish, shrimp and salmon should be limited to 12 oz. a week.

Start Taking a Prenatal Vitamin with Folic Acid:

Start taking a good prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Make sure your vitamin is patented to provide true cellular delivery of nutrients. If not you are wasting your money and can be hurting your health. Most vitamins do not provide cellular delivery of nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. Do your research and make sure you are taking a vitamin that is doing more than just passing through your body. Ideally you want to begin taking a prenatal supplement at least 3 months prior to trying to conceiving.

Detox Your Body:

Stop drinking alcohol. Since we don’t actually know what a safe level of alcohol is in pregnancy or exactly when during pregnancy alcohol might have its most severe effects,” says Myra J Wick, M.D., medical co-editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. “If a patient is actively trying to conceive, I recommend that she not drink at all,” she adds. The same goes for marijuana and other illicit drugs. If you wouldn’t give it directly to your baby, make sure it’s out of your system before pregnancy.

Stop smoking and this includes your spouse! Smoking cigarettes can detrimentally affect both a woman’s and a man’s fertility. Smoking can damage and lower sperm count and motility. Smoking also can cause early menopause, increase chance of miscarriage, lead to low birth weight, premature delivery and more. Second hand smoke is also detrimental so quit smoking before conception and stay away from second hand smoke.

Studies are conflicting regarding the effects of caffeine on fertility and pregnancy. It has been linked by some studies to miscarriage. If you want to be safe, you should try to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200 milligrams a day. Remember caffeine is found in more than coffee or tea. It is found in soda, energy drinks, some medications, chocolate and other foods.

Detox Your Home:

Get rid of toxic chemicals in your home. There are many everyday products that people use every day that contain hormone disrupting chemicals. Chemicals that can cause infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. Remember these chemicals cross the placenta and it is best to rid your home of them before you try to conceive. You will want them out of your house after baby, so just get them out now!

Almost all antibacterial soaps contain Triclosan- a hormone disrupting chemical. Dishwasher detergents, laundry soaps, all purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, bleach, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, make up, first aid products and more contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Do some research and find out what you have in your home that is not safe. Replace these products with safe and healthy solutions.

Get Familiar With Your Body:

Start charting your cycle, you can do this with several online sites that make charting your cycle very easy. I used one with my last pregnancy and took my temperature every morning with a basal thermometer. I also used an ovulation predictor and both were on target and we conceived that month. It is best to know your cycle so you know the optimal time for conception. The better you know your body will make your chances of uniting that egg and sperm more favorable.

Eliminate Stress:

Relax-do not stress about getting pregnant. I know this is easier said than done especially if you are having a difficult time. Try to relax using whatever means works best for you because it will help your mind, body and spirit be at their peak for conception to occur.

If you suffer from anxiety, adhd, depression or other issues you should see a health care professional if you do not already. Pregnancy can make these conditions worse and having professional support is important. Also as I mentioned above you will want to discuss any medication you are taking and the safety of continuation during pregnancy.

Don’t sabotage your chances of conceiving by using a lubricant that can harm or hinder sperm. When choosing a lubricant, choose wisely. Many lubricants on the market can impede sperm and contain spermicides. Using a sperm friendly lubricant like Astroglide TTC™ that is specially formulated for couples trying to conceive. Astroglide TTC™ supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your own egg white cervical mucus.

Each package has 8 pre filled disposable applicators making supplementing your natural fluids and enhancing your comfort easy. Astroglide TTC™ also contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, the main source of energy for sperm. . Astroglide TTC™ is the best value compared to any other competitor on the market with a retail price of $12.99!

Going through the list above will give you the best chance for achieving pregnancy. Do you have any tips to share? Is there anything you did that helped you conceive? I would love to hear them in the comments.

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HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party Highlights! #BloggerBlockParty

Who doesn’t love a great summer block party? Especially one held in the Big Apple! Over 500 people attended the second HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party on August 17th. The event was timed to align with NY NOW, the fashion-forward, design-driven home and lifestyle show in New York City attended by the hottest lifestyle, entertaining, food and home bloggers.

HGTV Block Party Sign

The friendly neighborhood format of this summer celebration featured engaging demonstrations including:

  • Editor vs. Blogger Flea Market Flips Challenge featuring Brooklyn Craft Company’s Brett Bara and HGTV Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor Jodi Kahn, presented by Benjamin Moore
  • DIY Art as seen in the DIY Network Blog Cabin with lifestyle expert, Laurie March
  • Easy Paint Fixes with licensed contractor Jason Cameron, presented by Wagner
  • Upcycle & You with green lifestyle expert Danny Seo, presented by Wilsonart
  • Designer Downloads with designer Danielle Colding, presented by Stanton Carpet
  • Design Trends for 2016 with designer Genevieve Gorder

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HGTV Block Party

There were great interactive activities for the attendees to engage in like:

  • A Chinet Place Setting Challenge
  • Gold Peak Iced Tea throughout the day
  • The Delta “HappiMess” Terrerium Station
  • The sharable shopping board and lounge
  • Wagner Spray Booth
  • The Benjamin Moore Paint Party
  • A chance to win at the Snuggle ‘Guess the Flower’ wheel and Cuisinart giveaway
  • Products directly such as the Tempur-Pedic day bed, Stanton Carpet, Wilsonart countertop samples, Secret samples and the Nutrish ‘Cat Tent’
  • A socially-enabled step-and-repeat with Instaprint social photo booth

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HGTV Block Party Tempur-Pedic

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HGTV Block Party Snuggle

“HGTV Magazine’s Blogger Block Party is such a fun event!  It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with influential bloggers, show them some great products and let them get hands-on with them! Did you attend? I would love to hear all about it if you did. Share it in the comments.

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Giveaway-Win an Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack #LearnWithOrkin

Schools is in session! Bug school that is! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 featuring some of Orkin’s scienctific knowledge of pests. Don’t despair or get sweaty because The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so those household pest don’t teach you a lesson!  After you take the quiz below we are rewarding you with a Back-To-School Prize Pack Giveaway!  But first the quiz! Come on, it will be fun!


Back-to-school time is a great time to #LearnWithOrkin about pest prevention. Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz to find out if you know how to think like a pest!

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders.
Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay.

Enter The Back-To-School Prize Pack Giveaway!

Back-To-School isn’t just about the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time or maybe finding a minute for yourself!

The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!

One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid – Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.

One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist – This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.


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Back To School Giveaway-Learning Resources Readiness Kit!

While I do not want to think about it because the idea of summer coming to an end is too much to fathom, we are approaching a new school year. Our kids don’t start back until the second week of September, so we still have a few weeks of summer vacation left. With that said, I know the importance of practicing learning skills with my children during the summer. It is so important to review their mastered skills and take them to the next level in preparation for their new grade level.  We have been doing that this summer.

One great resource I found was the All Ready for 1st Grade Readiness Kit. This kit from Learning Resources is packed full of colorful, hands-on counters, activities and more to help your child master the skills necessary for 1st grade.

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All REady For 1st Grade


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We love this kit! One of my son’s favorite activities are the math cards with the ocean counters The cards give my son a math problem to solve using the counters. So for instance, it could say 4 starfish and 4 crabs went to the park. Each creature brought a friend. How many sea creatures in all went to the park? There are lots of scenarios like the one I just made up on the included cards. Each two-sided card has two problems to solve.

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There’s  a very complete parent’s guide structured upon an easy-to-follow Ready, Set, Go lesson framework, which eases your child into grade-appropriate subjects through engaging activities and games that progress in difficulty. This gives your child a sense of accomplishment as he masters easier levels and moves on to more difficult levels.

The kit comes with a dry erase marker and a write and wipe Activity book that your child uses for many of the activities. When teaching my son how to tell time the clock manipulative  has dry erase capability. This makes it easy for my son to write down a certain time and then erase as we move on to another time for him to figure out.

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The writing journal is great as are the writing prompt cards. These cards show a picture of something and then a question of -What could happen next?  The word family cubes and measuring fish provide lots of grade appropriate skills activities for kids. My son loves this kit and it’s fun for him. It does not feel like a chore or homework to him but he really has fun with it and so do I!

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• 36-Page writing journal
• 20 Double-sided story starter cards
• 20 Ocean counters
• 10 Double-sided word problem cards
• 6 Word family cubes
• 6 Measuring fish
• 1 Write-and-wipe clock
• 32-Page Parent Guide (over 60 leveled activities)
• 24-Page write-and-wipe Activity Book
• Storage box

Storage box measures 10’’L x 3’’W x 12’’H


Learning Resources is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win Readiness Kit int their choice of preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade. Thank you to Learning Resources for the review product and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Check Out What’s Happening At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester & Save On Tickets With Our Discount Link!

Do you live in the metro New York area? If so I want to let you know about  Westchester’s top kids attraction and the ultimate indoor LEGO experience! When you and your family take a trip to explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, you are in for a real treat!
You will see and do some amazing things like; New York’s top landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience their indoor soft play, and score big on LEGO rides. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is ideal for children ages 3-10.
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There are always upcoming fun and exciting LEGO activities.  Check out the upcoming events below:

* Ninjago Weekend– September 19-20, 2015, Join us for LEGO Ninjago Weekend! Calling all Ninjas! Get your LEGO swords ready to invade LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester during LEGO Ninjago Weekend! 

* LEGO Halloween Party! October 31, 2015– Come out and have a Franken-tastic time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester at our Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31, 2015! 

* LEGO Star Wars Days– November 14-15, 2015- May the Force be with you as Jedi, Droids and Clone Troopers invade LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester during LEGO Star Wars Days! 

* Bricktacular– Every Saturday and Sunday in December! Tis’ the season to be jolly! Join in on lots of festive LEGO fun every weekend in December during Bricktacular! Visit our website for more info:
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Mommy Ramblings’ Readers receive $5 off tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester – Click HERE to redeem your coupon!

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So what sounds good to you?  We are planning our trip and I know my kids are really excited about LEGO Star Wars Days.



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Get Organized With These DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves #Back2SchoolReady

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We are a book loving family. My kids love getting new books even more than new toys! No bedtime routine is complete without us reading aloud together and it’s one of my favorite things. Sharing a great book with my children, the discussions they spur and that quality time we spend reading is priceless.

This time of year has people focusing on Back to School. Thinking about school supplies and clothes shopping as well as getting your pantry and freezer stocked with quick, nutritious breakfast, lunch and after-school snack foods. Kellogg’s has lots of products to choose from to help with that.

I was in Walmart recently and in their seasonal aisle it was stocked with  like Nutri-Grain breakfast bars, Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats and more.

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Over in the frozen section there were so many boxes of delicious Eggo Waffles to choose from!  As I was making my selections, I saw something amazing on the boxes! Each specially marked box was redeemable for a free Scholastic Book!

Kelloggs Eggo In Store Collage

Great Kellogg’s product and free books made me a very happy camper.

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My kids love Eggo Waffles and they are easy to make even on busy school mornings.

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Nutri-Grain breakfast bars let you enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast on the go! They are a favorite choice  for this busy mom. My kids love them for breakfast, in their lunchbox and even as an after school snack.

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Rice Krispies Treats are another favorite lunch box snack for my boys. Who can forget one of my favorites growing up, Pop-Tarts! They are still going strong and one my kids choose for a quick snack or after school treat. With Kellogg’s there is never a reason to skip breakfast! After all, it is the most important meal of the day!

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This Kellogg’s free Scholastic book promotion is truly the icing on the Kellogg’s cake! Every specially marked box has a code inside redeemable for a Scholastic Book of your choice. This free book promotion is great even if you don’t have little ones. Think about donating the books to less fortunate children and share the gift of reading. Donate them to a school, day care or nursery school in the area. For teachers this is a great way to get books for your classroom. I am so excited about this, can you tell?

It is so easy to redeem the codes for these free books. If you do not have one already you just set up a Kellogg’s Family Rewards Account HERE and then just put your code in and choose from a drop down list the store you purchased the product from. You can then enter more codes and when you’re done order your books.

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You can choose hard copy or eBooks with your codes. You can choose to donate a book to the school of your choice online. You can only donate hard copy books. When you donate a book to the school of your choice it will ship in an envelope that says it was generously donated by your family. All codes must be redeemed within 14 days of purchase. All books are shipped free of charge. Spanish titles are also available.

It is easy to choose your books and you can select by reading level. Have your child choose books that interest them. You can easily add all kinds of topics and reading level books to your home library. Having a good variety of books encourages kids to read.

We just redeemed 5 codes and ordered 2 Magic School Bus Books, A Clifford Book, 100 Most Feared Creatures and There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Book! We are excited to get them!

You can also buy direct at and receive free book purchases from purchases made between 7/21/15-9/11/15.  Look for Buy Now button HERE for a list of all eligible items. E-commerce redemptions are made via receipt scanning. See full details at the HERE link above.  Remember whether purchased in store or online you must redeem your code within 14 days to get your free book!

With all the great books we have and all the new free Scholastic books that are on their way to us, we needed some more book storage.  If you’re in the same boat, I want to share an easy, fast, inexpensive book storage solution that looks great too!

These book shelves that my husband and I recently put up in our son’s room are made from inexpensive vinyl rain gutters you can pick up in most home improvement stores.

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They are very inexpensive, we purchased a 10′ rain gutter for under $4.  You need end caps and they are about $3 a piece and sold in sets of two. We used screws with anchors to attach them to the wall. For less than $10 each we had two 3′ book shelves and another 4′ book shelf we are putting by his bed. We love the results so much we are putting many more of these up.  In our music room we plan to put some up to hold all the music books.

I would advise you purchase the vinyl rain gutters over the aluminum for a number of reasons.  First and foremost they are safer, no sharp edges for kids or adults to get cut on, no shards of metal from drilling for screws or cutting. They will not get dented or bent the way aluminum gutters will. There is no crimping that needs to be done to attach the end caps as the vinyl end caps fit on easily and cleanly.

We cut the 10 foot gutter up into two 3 ft. pieces and one 4 ft. piece. There are lots of options with these gutters and you can even get connecting pieces to let them wrap a corner.

When we brought them home we just attached the end caps to each 3 foot section.


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Next, my husband easily drilled three holes for the screws. We put 1 screw on each end and one in the middle.  We used wall anchor screws and we added a washer that you fit under the lip of the gutter on the inside of the shelf and stops the screw from puckering the vinyl on the interior of the shelf.

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Then he put the shelf on the wall, leveled it and marked the screw holes. He then put the anchors in the wall. After that he just attached them to the wall with the screws and we were good to go.

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Easy inexpensive book shelves made from vinyl rain gutters! #storage #books #diy #Back2SchoolReady #Ad #mommyramblings

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These rain gutter shelves are super sturdy, hold lots of book and look great! Let me know what you think? What do you do for your book storage?


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How To Save & Share Your Summer Memories

Are you capturing lots of  sweet summer memories on your digital camera? Looking for a way to turn them into beautiful keepsakes to treasure for a lifetime?  AdoramaPix helps people do just that with their custom photo books that let you display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail.




Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.



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LEGO Brick Fest Live Lets LEGO Lovers Get Their Brick Fix! #BrickFest

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One of our summer day trips recently took us to Brick Fest Live at the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey.  Our kids are huge LEGO fans, so this was something they were really looking forward to.  We arrived at the center for one of the 4 hour sessions.

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When we walked in we were immediately greeted by a full size Woody from Toy Story figure made entirely out of LEGO bricks. We looked at amazing LEGO structures of all kinds-motorized, glow-in-the-dark and one of a kind creations like the full size portrait of Bonnie Raitt.

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Then they tried some hands on fun in the huge pit of red LEGO bricks of every shape and size.  My kids loved sitting in a sea or red LEGO bricks and building structures they could then leave for all to see on a display table.

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There was a LEGO brick character to take pictures with, LEGO miniature golf, free build areas where you could design your own creations on vertical panels adding to a LEGO billboard of design. Build creations and add them to the LEGO City. Build a race car then race against others.  There was a section for little LEGO lovers that featured multiple sit and build play space filled with single color Duplo blocks.

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Of course there were vendors where you could find all kinds of minifigures or build your own, find that rare figure you were looking for and even a bargain LEGO club deal that we could not pass up.  Our kids had a great time and came home with some custom minifigures, a Hulk LEGO, the T-Shirt, backpack, and LEGO building sets and accessories deal.

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If you have LEGO lovers big or small and have the opportunity to attend Brick Fest Live you will not be disappointed. Have you been to a LEGO Brick Fest Live event?  If so, I would love to hear about your experience.  Please tell me about it in the comments.  If you are planning a trip I would love to hear that as well too.


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