Saturday, August 29, 2015

School Rules - Casio CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano Giveaway!

I get to share a lot of great products with you all during the School Rules event, but this very well may be the best yet. This is an item that the whole family will love. It is fun, practical, stylish and, in a way, educational.

Introducing the Casio CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano. The name says it all, this is truly a Grand Piano, but Casio's amazing CGP-700 is compact and digital, so you save money, save space and get so much more than just a premium quality piano.

The CGP-700 boasts a 9-foot concert grand piano sound.  A meticulous recording session, with over two dozen microphones, ensured a dynamic and expressive concert grand piano that can be used in stereo or mono, and even includes damper resonance simulation.

Just like a grand piano, the keys have a heavier feel in the lower register, and a lighter feel up top, thanks to Casio's famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. Even the surface of the keys feels natural, with the reproduced textures of both ebony and ivory.

The CGP-700 goes far beyond piano, with 550 different instrument tones. You'll find a variety of guitars, strings, basses, drums, synths, and more. There is also a powerful effects system with reverbs, delays, and other essentials.

The centerpiece of the CGP-700 is a beautiful 5.3" Color Touch Interface. This hi-res display is bright and clear. Everything is at your fingertips so you stay in control. You can simply swipe and tap your way to the perfect tone or rhythm. There is even a Grand Piano button that puts it back into Grand Piano mode in one press of a button.

Whether you are playing as a Grand Piano or a veritable orchestra of other instruments or even listening to your MP3 player(phone) via the stereo aux input, the unique 3-way speaker system will easily fill the entire room with rich, true sound.

With the CGP-700 you get all the amazing sound of a Grand Piano. Unlike a traditional Grand Piano, you also get the bonus of other rhythms and instruments. You also get the portability that a traditional Grand Piano could never provide. The CGP-700 can easily be removed from the stand. It weighs only 26 pounds, so you can have premium sound anywhere.

The CGP-700 also connects to your computer, mac, iPad or other device with no drivers needed. Its 1/4" outputs mean you can easily connect to a mixer, amplifier, or PA system. It uses both MIDI and USB audio recorders, so it is so easy to transfer your music to a computer to save it and share it with the world.

The CGP-700 is also perfect for a student and teacher to play/learn together.  There is a Duet Mode, which splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, so teachers and students can play side by side. It offers dual headphone jacks as well.

The Duet Mode is a huge asset for me. Our entire family loves music, but none of us are talented or even taught musicians. I would love my children to learn to play for real, and I wish I could teach them, but that will never happen. I can however get them a piano teacher, and I love that they can play side by side with my kids. My son especially(who has autism) is a visual and hands on learner. Spoken lessons would not be effective for him at all.

Also, Duet Mode will make it much easier for my children to share this piano. They can split the keyboard and each wear their own headphones, they can create their own music without having to fight or wait their turn. That feature alone is a selling point for me. Anything to keep the peace. Every single thing about Casio's CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano is completely incredible.

If you are a skilled pianist or a beginner or even someone who has never played, the Casio CGP-700 would be the perfect piano. Its amazing sound quality, style, space saving design and host of other sounds make it a true do-it-all instrument that anyone can enjoy.

If you are as impressed by the CGP-700 as I am and want to own one yourself, it is your lucky day. Casio has been generous enough to offer a CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano to one very lucky giveaway winner. Enter below for your chance to win this incredible prize.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received this product at no cost to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

School Rules - 3D Light FX Review & Giveaway!

Back to school means back to bedtimes. Over the summer(and weekends), my kids get to stay up pretty much as late as they want. My daughter is up until 11pm or midnight and my son stays up until I go to be, around 1-2 am. Obviously, going from that back to an 8pm bedtime can be quite the transition.
I found it is easier to transition if there is something specific to get my kids excited for bed. We put out their clothes for the next day, which my son does not care about, but my daughter loves. She also loves her nightly bath, and things like a new blanket or pajamas and even new diapers or training pants(she only needs them at night) get her excited for bed.

My son on the other hand does not care about any of those things, so getting him excited to unplug for the night and, instead of playing, do homework, get a bath, and go to bed is a much bigger challenge. Resourceful as I am, though, I found the perfect thing to get him excited for bed.

3D Deco Lights from 3D Light FX are so awesome. 3D Light FX has so many fun and exciting designs for boys and girls of all ages. Marvel, Nick, Star Wars, Disney, Univeral and much more, 3D Light FX has it all. My son is a huge super hero fan as well as a Star Wars fan, so I knew that he would love the 3D Deco Lights I chose for him.

He loves The Avengers and his favorite it Thor, so naturally, Thor's Hammer is perfect for him. As a Marvel fan myself, I really love this one too. All of the 3D Deco Lights have stickers included that make them look like they are embedded into a cracked wall. While they all look awesome that way, Thor's Hammer fits especially well for that as it really could have been slammed into the wall.

No matter which Marvel hero has rescued your heart, 3D Light FX has you covered. From Captain America to Iron Man to Spider Man to The Hulk, you'll be in hero heaven. If you are not into Marvel(blasphemy!) you can get Batman instead. But if you are truly cool, you will want them all.

Of course in order to believe in heroes, one also must believe in villains. Sometimes one must even embrace the villainous-ness of if all. In other words, you must come to the dark side. The best way to do that is with a Darth Vader Helmet 3D Deco Light. Does it get any more awesome than that?

If you are not ready to come to the dark side, 3D Light FX has a huge selection of Star Wars Deco Lights, including Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, and the Millennium Falcon. Of course, the dark side has its partners as well, like the Death Star and Boba Fett. There is even a Darth Vader hand with Light Saber. That one I must own to accompany this one. Er, I mean my son must own it. Okay, I love these as much as he does!

Whether on or off, these 3D Deco Lights look fantastic. They are a very unique room accent and are sure to garner many compliments when people visit your home. They are safe, cordless and battery operated.They use LED bulbs(that will last basically forever), they are cool to the touch, which is essential around children.

My son loves these lights so much. No when I tell him it is bed time, he will hurry to get to his room so he can turn on these awesome lights. Now I just need to expand his collection and begin one for my daughter. With characters like Dora, Frozen, Minions, My Little Pony(last two coming soon), there are tons of designs that everyone will love.

If you are ready to come to the dark side(AKA the side of 3D Light FX) you are in luck. 3D Light FX has been kind enough to offer one Thor and one Darth Vader Helmet Deco Light both to one very luck entrant. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received these products at no cost to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, August 28, 2015

School Rules - Fresh n' Lean Review & Giveaway!

Back to school i such a busy time. Getting back on the early bedtimes (that usually coincide with hubby's & my dinner time) schedule makes it very difficult to cook a decent meal. The other night dinner was late and bedtimes were late because I was trying to do both at once.

When I cannot cook a decent meal, it makes eating healthy way more challenging. Usually on busy nights we opt for ordering in(all that delivers in our area is pizza or one Chinese restaurant) or grabbing fast food. Neither option is good for healthful eating.

My kids and husband LOVE takeout and such. Actually I love it too, way more than I should, which is why it is such a problem. I have been trying to get my wight back down and keep my health in check, and it is nearly impossible when I cannot cook healthy food for myself.

I needed a fast and easy way to get food that is healthy and tastes good enough that I will actually want to eat it. That is exactly what I got from Fresh n' Lean. I just got 5 days of amazing food from them.

There are so many amazing entrees. Five breakfasts(the delicious granola is 2 breakfasts) and 10 entrees that can be lunch or dinner. I have not tried all of them yet, but everything I have tried so far is so yummy.

This is the granola I mentioned above. There are to portions in this package. The portions are very generous. A "serving" of granola on other diets I have been on were tiny, not to mention full of additives and not as tasty. This one is gluten free and has nuts and it is  just fantastic. The serving filled me up so well. I was actually stuffed for hours.

Another fabulous breakfast is the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. It is gluten free too. It is also a great portion, very filling. The flavor is amazing and the nutrition is exactly what I want. I could eat this every day for breakfast and feel like I am splurging.

The Spanish Vegetable Rive is so good! I love Spanish rice, and Fresh n' Lean's version is so hearty and full of flavor. This is a very satisfying meal. It is better than anything I cook for myself when I am eating healthy.

The Tomato, Spinach & Mushroom Pasta is to die for. I love pasta. This is brown rice pasta, so it is gluten free, but is every bit as delicious as "regular" pasta, if not more delicious. I had never tried brown rice pasta before this, but now I need to buy some for my cooking.

This is Summer Veggie Medley & Cannelloni Bean Pasta. It is so unique and I love the flavor. I found myself savoring each bite, and I was sad when it was gone, but I was full due to the generous portion.

I am seriously loving these Fresh n' Lean meals. All Fresh n' Lean meals are organic, GMO free and vegan. I am not a vegan, but this food is so good that I do not feel deprived at all. It's the opposite in fact. I love trying so many new flavors. These are all recipes that I would never come up with on my own. If I could cook this way for myself I would enjoy eating healthy all the time.

The meals are so easy to prepare, just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes. They come out perfect, not soggy or dry, and they taste like they were just prepared in my kitchen (by someone who can cook that well). I can't even think of anything negative, except that I will run out of these soon.

If you want to try Fresh n' Lean (and believe me, you do), they have been generous enough to host a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive 3 breakfasts and 8 entrees(lunch/dinner). Enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this amazing prize.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received these meals at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 27, 2015

School Rules - My SpaLife Review & Giveaway!

The time has come again. Not only is school back in session, or almost back in session, but it is time to kick off the School Rules Blog Pop giveaway event! If you have been following for awhile, I am sure you already know how awesome the Blog Pop events are. If you are new here, you are in for a real treat. We have so many awesome giveaways in store.

To mark my kids going back to school this week, I wanted to start off with some really great products that would be great for relaxation. Back to school time can be so stressful. There is so much to do and it sometimes takes awhile to get back into rhythm. The kids and I had been staying up very late every night over the summer, but we had been sleeping in to.

Now that they have school in the mornings, they are going to bed early so they can get up early. The problem is, I still have a lot to do and I am not finding a way to get in bed before 1am, but I still have to be up early too. Between the stress and the tiredness, I just wanted a nice escape. My Spa Life was exactly what I needed.

One good thing about the kids being in school is that I get a little bit of time to myself. My daughter only goes half days, so she is home by 11am. That still gives me a few hours to just drink my coffee and work on my blog and enjoy some quite time where I don't have to get up every 5 minutes. I wanted to take advantage of it.

I'll be the first to admit I don't take care of myself nearly as much as I should, especially my appearance. I always say that I will start using this on my face or I will do that for my skin, etc., but then I never do. I hate spending the little time I get "working" on my appearance, I just want to relax. With Spa Life, I get to do both.

Spa Life is not just a beauty solution is is a spa experience, and that is what makes all the difference to me. I don't want to feel like I am doing a chore, I want to enjoy the feeling  of caring for myself. I want it to be pampering and indulgent, and My Spa Life is all of that and more.

Spa Life has so many incredible products. So far I have been able to try out several fabulous facial wraps/masks as well as the fantastic Hand Gloves and Foot Sockies. The products are all so amazing. Each item is individually packaged and is single use.

I love that there is no guessing how much product to use. There is no messy rinsing. Seriously, washing(rinsing off) your face in the sink is one of the messiest things you can do. It is unpleasant and, to me, can totally undo any relaxation that may have come from an ordinary mask/masque(like a mud mask or something).

These wraps/masks, gloves and sockies are all so easy to use. You literally just make sure you clean the area, apply the wrap and sit back and relax for at least 20 minutes. I love relaxing as part of the directions. That is my kind of skin care.

I have used the masks a few times at night after the kids are in bed, and I love how great they feel while they are on. Of course they made my skin look and feel incredible after using them, which is wonderful. My skin has been a struggle for me since I was young. I am so impressed by these Spa Life facial wraps. You can even choose a warm or a cool wrap by either refrigerating before use or placing (sealed package) in hot water for a few minutes before use).

The real treat was on Monday though. Monday was the kids' first day back to school, so I could finally get the full relaxation experiences. I put soothing Lavender and Peppermint essential oils in my diffuser, applied the Beauty Trip Facial Mask, Hand Gloves and Foot Sockies and laid back with some music. I probably indulged in it for 30 minutes, and it was heavenly.

As I already mentioned, the mask made my face feel amazing and look luminous and vibrant. Considering I had only 5 hours of sleep, that is pretty great. The best part was the Foot Sockies though. I unfortunately have super dry skin on my heels and such. I have tried so many things to treat it, but no one wants to have lotion on their feet making them slippery or getting on the floor(or couch/bed if you put your feet up.

The Foot Sockies keep all the moisture inside the wrap. Not only does that keep your feet and everything they touch clean, but it keeps them moisturized so much better. The Sockies made my feet feel amazing, my skin was so soft. I felt like I was going to slip out of my shoes they were so soft.

The Hand Gloves were every bit as good as the Sockies. I did not even think my hands were that dry, but after seeing how much softer and smoother-looking they got, I realized why I needed them. I am convinced I now need to do this Spa Life relaxation treatment every week.

If you are dying to try these amazing Spa Life products yourself, you are in luck. My Spa Life has generously offered to give away the Spa Life Pink Collection set($72) to one lucky winner. The set contains: 2 Invigorating Hand Gloves, 2 Miraculous Moisturizing Foot Sockies,  2 Cucumber and Aloe Face Wraps  2 Avocado and Vitamin E Face Wraps  1 (6 count) Hydrosoothing Cooling Eye Pads in  Strawberry, and 1 (6 count) Hydrosoothing Cooling Eye Pads in Orange.
Enter this amazing giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. As always, be sure to enter all the other amazing School Rules giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site or by clicking HERE. There will be thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. Good luck!

*I received these products at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to Savings with Campus Book Rentals

It's that time of year again. Kids care going back to school. Young adults headed off to college and back to college. It is a very busy, very exciting time. With so much going on, you want to make the most of every moment. After all, these memories will last a lifetime.

With all the joys that come with being in college, there can be some not-so-good things too. For example being far away from family and friends. Then there is the exorbitant cost of textbooks, which seems incredibly unnecessary, especially due to the already outlandish cost of tuition.

Thankfully, Campus Book Rentals allows you to rent the textbooks you need instead of wasting money on buying them. Not only will you save 40-90% off bookstore prices, but shipping is free both ways. The renting periods are flexible to give you as much time as you need without you having to pay for more than you need. You can even highlight in the textbooks just as if you owned them.

As if having your cake and eating it too was not already good enough, you get to share the cake too. Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile with every rental. Operation Smile is a wonderful organization. I love that Campus Book Rentals gives to such a worthy cause. Being able to help others while helping yourself save money is pretty awesome.

If you or someone you care about will be attending college this year, I highly recommend Campus Book Rentals. College living is expensive enough and no one wants to waste money on something like textbooks. Besides, it is always better to reuse things, rather than create more waste.

Have you ever tried Campus Book Rentals? How was your experience? Do you plan to try or recommend Campus Book Rentals? I would love to discuss this amazing service with you all.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Campus Book Rentals. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, August 20, 2015 Review

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How to Be a Real Estate Investor - Freedom Mentor Review

*I received a copy of this book free of charge to facilitate the review.  This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and all views and opinions expressed are my own.*

I am so glad that I found this book. I knew that I needed help, but I had no idea I could find all the information I needed in one informative book. How To Be A Real Estate Investor by Phil Pustejovsky lays out everything abut buying, selling and investing in real estate.

My father-in-law has been talking to me and my husband about wanting to give us money from his IRA for us to purchase a second property. He wants us to get something we can rent out so we can pay of the mortgage with the renter's money and later make a profit on the rental or enjoy the second property once it's paid off.

The problem was that neither my husband or I know how to make a good investment in real estate. Neither of us have very good credit. I have been worried we would not even be able to get a mortgage to purchase another property. I was also overwhelmed by all the types of sales available, and unsure of the best option.

How to be a Real Estate Investor covers Wholesaling, Pr-Foreclosures, Short Sales, Foreclosures and Traditional Purchase. It even covers Tax Lien Certificates & Deeds and Creative Financing. Having all this knowledge before really looking into specific properties is a huge help. I feel much more confident in my abilities now, and I am really excited about the process now.

This book also covers why to be a real estate investor, how to think like a real estate investor, how to make fast cash, hot to build long term wealth and building a team. All of this information is really great. Initially, I didn't even know I wanted to learn all this, but who knows? Maybe we will really make this into something huge. It could all start on this one new property that my father-in-law got us started with.

If you have questions about real estate investing, I highly recommend checking out How To Be A Real Estate Investor and maybe even get in touch with Phil Pustejovsky. He is one of the most experienced investors alive and his story of "rags to riches" is incredible. He is now a Freedom Mentor, helping others to achieve the same amazing success that he has.