July 29, 2015
by Nikki
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CampusBookRentals.com

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Being a mother of a new college student, I knew there would be a lot to do. My husband was laid off and my daughter was applying back and forth for different scholarships so we could afford her college tuition. In the cost of her classes, it didn’t add in for her books so we’ve been looking around for places to get her books or scholarships to buy her books and we finally found a place we can all agree on. On CampusBookRentals.com when she knows which books she needs, we can search them on the website and rent them for whenever she needs them.

With these books, she can highlight them and write in them and they may already have things written in them by students who have rented them before her so she will know what to actually look at. Another thing about the books is whenever she is done, she can put them back into the return box they provide and send them right back for free both ways! Another good thing about the price is each book is between $20 and $80. With my daughter’s double major, she may want to drop one or any of her classes and CampusBookRentals offers a 21 day guarantee for a full refund.

My daughter feels like she’s not very prepared for college but now that we are packing everything and finding ways to pay for everything, she is feeling a lot better. With her being the first kid to go to college, we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into and didn’t know how much money we were really going to need. We feel we are so much more prepared and have been saving up money to pay for the tuition and books. She has looked at the website and knows when she gets her books, she’s renting them from here.

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July 28, 2015
by Lauren Mueller
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Kyocera Advanced Ceramics

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(Information provided by the Kyocera Advanced Ceramics website About Us section)

Kyocera Corporation, the headquarters and parent company of the global Kyocera group, was founded in 1959 in Kyoto, Japan as a start-up venture by Dr. Kazuo Inamori and seven colleagues. Kyocera’s founders shared a vision of creating a company dedicated to the successful manufacture and sale of innovative, high-quality products based on advanced materials and components. Over the past four decades, this vision has resulted in a highly successful and widely diversified global enterprise.

Kyocera’s North American operations have contributed strongly to the company’s overall success. We established our first North American sales company in 1969, a two-person operation serving Silicon Valley’s burgeoning semiconductor industry and other high-tech markets throughout the United States. Our North American operations have since expanded to more than 5,000 employees engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of state-of-the-art, high-technology products in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Today, Kyocera is the world’s largest and highest quality manufacturer of advanced ceramic knives, kitchen tools and stationery products.

 

3″ Paring and Double Edge Peeler Set

 

I’m always on the hunt for something new I can add to my kitchen, I figure I spend enough time in there that why not have the best of the best right? One thing that I haven’t been able to satisfy my needs for is with knives, I don’t know what it is but I’ve been so disappointed in all the knives I’ve purchased.   It doesn’t matter if they were expensive or cheap, I can always find something I’m not pleased with. It can be the feel of them, they aren’t sharp enough, they are flimsy or they break; yes I’ve had a knife or two break when trying to use it (lol). Whatever the case I’m always on the look out for them, while doing my normal search of the internet I came across Kyocera Advanced Ceramics. I was looking around their site and was pretty please by what I was seeing and reading. They have so many items that are fun colors and are priced great too. I was able to try the 3″ Paring Knife and Double Edge Peeler Set, it looked and sounded awesome on the site but the true test was when it came time to use them both. Kyocera

 

These are two of Kyocera Advanced Ceramics bestselling items. The 3” Paring Knife if for cutting trimming, seeding and peeling small fruits and vegetables. The Double Edge Peeler is a classic upright design with an ultra sharp advanced ceramic blade that will peel everything from carrots, cheese, chocolate, even tomatoes. Kyocera advanced ceramic blades offer superior edge retention, holding their edge at least 10 times longer than other professional cutlery, including high carbon steel. Both items are ultra lightweight and are perfectly balanced which reduces fatigue during repetitive cutting tasks. Another huge plus is that Kyocera Advanced Ceramic cutlery and kitchen tools are fully warranted to be free of defects in material and/or craftsmanship. If the product is found defective, Kyocera will repair or replace it. There is also a lifetime complimentary sharpening for the kyocera advanced ceramic knives only. There is a shipping and handling charge required per shipment.

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When I first recieved the 3″ Paring Knife and Double Edge Peeler my husband said “Those don’t look all that special and they don’t seem sharp”, I was determined to prove him wrong (lol). First I used the Double Edge Peeler to peel some potatoes, after I peeled a few I grabbed my other peeler then handed a potato and that peeler to my husband. He gave me a confused look  at first but then figured out why I had done that, I wanted him to put both peelers to the test. I was quite thrilled with the how easy and effective it was to use the Kyocera peeler but because my husband made his little comment it was only fair to have him test it too. After trying out both he agreed that it was much easier to peel with our new peeler and it did a great job. Of course he apologized for underestimating the products just by looking at it :) . I used the 3″ Paring Knife and I couldn’t have been happier, it felt like I was cutting through butter no matter what I was using it on. Both these products are simply wonderful and I love the color of them as well.  This set would make a wonderful house warming gift too! If you are in the market for some new cutlery I highly recommend checking out Kyocera Advanced Ceramics!

 

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July 27, 2015
by Nikki
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Inspired by Dawn

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About (Taken from website): Leveraging Dawn’s extensive marketing and branding experience, as well as her inspired take on vibrant color and playful patterns, she set out to build a brand that married her signature aesthetic with practical solutions. Two short years later, she launched Inspired by Dawn, with its debut product, the Style Rx line of originally designed pill box cases.

 I take so many medicines and several of them I have to take during the day and sometimes that means taking them on the go. I hate having to pull this big ugly pill case out of my purse or the diaper bag to take my medicine at a restaurant or wherever I am at. I am no longer ashamed or embarrassed to take medicine in public. The canvas exterior is not only stylish but durable and if it gets dirty (and being a mother of 4.. it will get dirty) it is easily wipe-able. I always get so scared that in between leaving the house and wherever I am going, the case will open and spill my medicine all over the bottom of my bag. With the new Style Rx the stylish case has a magnetic lid so no oopsies and lost pills.

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This is perfect for the average person to carry around Tylenol, vitamins, maybe even medicine for a child. To get an idea how big it is, the pill case can hold up to 6 fish oil capsules or 20 ibuprofen tablets in a daily slot approx.  6.25” x 1.75” x 1.25″. However, I take more than a handful of medicine so this isn’t designed for someone like me. I do use it for the few I take in the day time. I am sending this to with my daughter to college so that she can remember to take her vitamins and keep herself healthy!

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July 22, 2015
by Nikki
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Tomboxes Subscription Review

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About (taken from the website): Tomboxes.com was started in May 2013 so women can feel beautiful. Our flagship product is the tombox which stands for Time of the Month Box.  Our tombox arrives every 28 days and is packed with essentials for that time of the month plus makeup, beauty and jewelry items and a sweet treat.

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In each box you get either pads or tampons- your choice of brand.

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Joanna Vargas Skincare Daily Serum: This is a sample of the daily serum for younger looking skin.

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Hikari Cosmetics Blush: Sun- kissed. I normally don’t wear makeup often let alone blush but this was very light on my skin. And a very pretty on me :)

I’m not sure what brand the blush brush is but if you are lucky you get make up brushes too!!!

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Cult Nail Polish: “Catalina” This nail polish is vegan and cruelty free. Cult Cosmetics guarantee that you only need one coat of polish!!

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Be a bombshell Cosmetics: “Diamond” This is a simple clear coat to give your lips a shine or to shine your lipstick like I do.

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Double braided black headband.

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La Fresh Travel- Lite Oil-Free Makeup Remover Wipes: These wipes are great for throwing in a makeup bag or in your purse. They are safe for any skin type. I am sending these with my daughter to college because she is majoring in theater and La Fresh make up remover wipes are great for removing theatrical makeup and waterproof makeup.

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Sterling Silver Starfish Earrings

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Escata Marine Grove Perfume Sample: This perfume is scents of peony, jasmine, and flower! Starts your day off with energy. My daughter loves this scent so much she snatched it right up and ran off lol.

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 I have a daughter headed off to college and Tomboxes would be a great goody box to have sent to her monthly.