Dresses from Shabby Apple

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day y'all!

I hope everyone has a great day filled with family, friends, and fun!

And remember those service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and the families that are grieving their loss today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Save Big On Textbooks And Make A Difference

After being in college for several semesters,
there have definitely been times when I felt like this:

Like I was throwing money away every semester for overpriced textbooks in my campus bookstore.
As if college wasn't already expensive enough!
Have you ever felt that way?
Well listen up because I'm about to tell you how to save BIG on all the textbooks you need for the coming semester.

Campus bookstores charge students top dollar to purchase used textbooks and buy them back for a very small portion of what the student originally paid.
I can't tell you how many times I paid over $100 for a book, and the bookstore bought it back for only $10.
Even renting textbooks from campus bookstores can cost upwards of $100.

Campus Book Rentals saves students hundreds of dollars on books they need every semester.

Here are some of the great features Campus Book Rentals offers to their customers:

Campus Book Rentals offers book rentals at 40%-90% off bookstore prices!
Don't believe me?
Take your receipt from your last bookstore purchase, look up your textbooks on, and see how much you could have saved last semester!

Risk-Free Returns:
Although you can purchase a textbook from Campus Book Rentals,
a huge benefit is renting the textbooks.
No more wondering what you're going to do with the books the bookstore wouldn't buy back!
Just pack it up in the prepaid return envelope Campus Book Rentals provides and drop it off at the post office when you're done with the textbook.
Campus Book Rentals offers free shipping BOTH WAYS!

Flexible Renting Periods:
Choose the rental period that works best for you.
Whether you need your textbooks for a month, a quarter, a semester, or longer, Campus Book Rentals has you covered.

Make A Difference:
As if you needed another reason to rent your textbooks from Campus Book Rentals, a portion of the proceeds from every book rental goes to Operation Smile.

Operation Smile performs life changing cleft lip surgeries for children whose families could not otherwise afford it.
These surgeries greatly improve the quality of life that these children have.
Campus Book Rentals is committed to reaching a goal of providing at least 1,000 life changing surgeries.

After renting my textbooks and seeing how much money I save, I will NEVER buy another book from my campus bookstore again!
I mean, I figure they already get enough money as it is for my tuition right?!

So if you want to save money on your textbooks this semester while supporting a great cause like Operation Smile, rent your textbooks from Campus Book Rentals!
You won't be disappointed!

Keep up to date with the latest happenings, giveaways, coupons, and more from Campus Book Rentals!
Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Twitter HERE!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campus Book Rentals.
All opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, May 14, 2012

GM 7-day Diet Cleanse

Happy Monday y'all!

I had another post all lined up for today but got the scheduling wrong.
Fortunately for you I started a cleanse I've seen going around on Pinterest so I thought I'd share that instead :)

It's called the GM 7-day Diet Cleanse.
It's really strict, but you're only on it for seven days.
It's supposed to be a great jump start to a diet plan.
I'm on Day 1 right now, and it's going well so far!

Days 1-7 should include drinking 10-12 glasses of water per day.

Day 1:

All fruits except bananas.  
Fruits can be consumed in generous quantities.
Watermelon and cantaloupe are strongly recommended the first day.
If you can, it is recommended to only eat watermelon and cantaloupe for maximum effectiveness.

Day 2:

All vegetables.
As many raw or cooked vegetables as you like can be eaten this day.
Breakfast should consist of a large, plain baked potato for energy.

Day 3:

Fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables can be consumed all day in large amounts.
No bananas yet, and no potatoes today.

Day 4:

Bananas and milk.
Today you can eat as many as 8 bananas and drink 3 glasses of milk.
The GM vegetable soup can be eaten for lunch and dinner.

GM vegetable soup recipe HERE.

Day 5:

Beef and tomatoes.
Two 10 oz. portions of lean beef.
Hamburger is ok.
Combine with 6 whole tomatoes.
Increase water intake by 1 quart.
Vegetarian option: replace beef with 1 cup brown rice.

Day 6:

Beef and vegetables.
Beef and vegetables in unlimited quantities.
Vegetarian option: replace beef with 1 cup brown rice.

Day 7:

Rice, fruit, and vegetables.
2 cups of brown rice with all the fruits and vegetables you care to consume.

For more information you can visit HERE or HERE.

Let me know if any of you try it, and I'll keep you updated on my progress!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

To My Mom

You raised me.
You watched me grow.
You taught me right from wrong.
I made mistakes, but you loved me anyway.

In my life,
I have met so many people who's moms gave up on them.
But you never gave up on me
even though I didn't always make it easy.

You did without so that I could have.

You inspired me.
You believed in me.
You stood by me.
You loved me.

You are more than just my mom.
You are my best friend.

All that I am is because of the example you set for me.
And I hope that the person I become is more and more like you every day.

I love you!!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sometimes I Forget

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am.

It isn't any secret to anyone who frequents my blog that my husband lost his job, and we're having a hard time adjusting to everything that comes with it.

And just when I start feeling the
"woe is me" feeling,
God always shows me something to put me in my place.

This is the story of Ian and Larissa.

I hope you will take 10 minutes out of your day to watch this inspirational video
about true love and what is really important in a marriage.

I'm thankful that Chris and I both have our health and each other.
Everything else can wait.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Miscellany Monday

Happy Monday y'all!

I just finished up with finals last week and ended up will all A's for the semester!
I only have one week until summer classes start so I'm trying to soak up what little bit of a break I have left :)

I'm writing random today and linking up with lowercase letters for Miscellany Monday!

miscellany monday at lowercase letters

{beach day}

I went down to Charleston to spend a few days with my family, and I was lucky enough to get to go to the beach twice.

On Thursday my sister and I went.
Then on Friday my mom and I went and took the dogs.
This was Pinto Bean's first time at the beach and he loved it!
Although it was a big adventure for such a little puppy, and he was exhausted by the end of our trip :)

{the good dog}

On Saturday, my mom and I went around to a few yard sales where I picked up a copy of Nicolas Sparks' The Guardian (score!) for $1.

One of the houses was also selling hot dogs for lunch, and I really wanted one because they smelled so good.

A lot of you realize the problem with this since y'all know I'm a vegetarian.

Not to be concerned though.
I picked up a package of vegetarian "good dogs" from Walmart.
They were so good!

{"no thanks"}

Have you seen the Febreze commercials?
You know the ones where people in blindfolds are guided into a dirty room or car and asked what they smell?
It looks a little like this:

I just want to know in what universe would you let someone come up to you on the street, blindfold you, and led you somewhere?
(According to an article by the New York Times, that's how it's done.)

There are enough crazies in the world that if someone off the street asked me to be part of a "scent experiment" while holding a blindfold,
I'd have to go with "no thanks."
It would be my luck to end up all over the 5:00 news later that night if I agreed.

I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Here's what I'm loving on this beautiful day!

I'm loving that I'm officially done with this semester!
I have gotten A's in three classes so far (INCLUDING CHEMISTRY!!) and fully expect A's in the other two.
If so, this will be my first 4.0 of my college career :)

I'm loving that Pinto Bean and I are off to visit my family for a few days!
I plan to spend a good bit of this visit relaxing on the beach before summer semester begins.

I'm loving this pet bed I am making!
I'm not sure who will sleep in it since all my babies are so spoiled that they sleep in the bed or on the couch, but it has been a fun project.

It looks exactly like the white one with the black paws,
except the one I'm making is white with black paws :)

I'm loving this little splurge I made for all my hard work from Craft Couture.
I can't wait for it to get here!

She makes the cutest things!

I already have these two headbands from her shop that I love.

Here are some more favs I'm loving from her shop!

{all pictures via Craft Couture}

She does comment games on her Facebook page and gives great deals on her items :)

And last, but certainly not least,
I'm loving my sweet husband.
Even through the difficult time we're going through right now,
at least we still have each other!

What are you loving today?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!