Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Saving Money and Saving Smiles with One Stone

Do you remember college?  Do you have kids in college?  Do you have kids that will be going to college soon?  If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are very familiar with the costs that are associated with university.  Tuition, books, lab materials, housing, food, and on and on and on.  The outflow of money is unceasing at this point in one’s life!
I am a proud graduate of Texas Tech University ~ Go Red Raiders!  Heading off to college was one of the great highlights of my life.  I was on may way, with my best friend, to head out west six hours from home in a great 1500 square foot apartment.  We both were SO excited for the liberties and independence that was about to behold our new lives as adults.
Although we each secured part time jobs and our parents both assisted in our collegiate expenses, it was still daunting.  I remember the bookstore.  Although it was old, and I’m sure greatly renovated since we graduated nearly 15 years ago, it was so much fun to head to the back and buy our books …. and all the other school supplies that were required for each class that we had registered for.
Looking back, it was sickening the amount that we would spend on books (even the used ones) only to receive pennies on the dollar at the end of the semester when we would try to sell them back.  If only a company like Campus Book Rentals would have been in existence at the time that I was enrolled!
Campus Book Rentals is exactly what their name implies.  Renting textbooks for your college classes at 40-90% off of bookstore prices WITH the allowance to highlight in the textbooks!  With free shipping both ways, flexible renting periods, 30 day risk free returns, live customer support AND helping a valiant cause at the same time ~ It doesn’t even seem like a question.  I would have participated without hesitation!
Parents…..think about it.  You could rent the books FOR your kids and force them to avoid the bookstore (and extra purchases) all at the same time!  For example, one of the entry classes that most students have to muster through in their freshman year is College Algebra.  Here is one College Algebra book offered byCampus Book Rentals for $20.26 that you can hold onto until December 21st.  In comparison, the same book is offered for purchase on for $143.44 new or $48.07 used.
2012 is a new year, with a mix of old and new in their making a difference program. First off, Campus Book Rentals is keeping their partnership with Operation Smile. They are an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. The long term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.
All children deserve to live their lives with dignity, and for those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile.
Driven by their universal compassion for children, they work worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities by delivering safe, effective surgical care directly to patients. The global partnerships they create, the knowledge they share and the infrastructure they build leave a legacy that lives well beyond the medical missions, making a lasting difference in our world.
Their impact is felt not just through the children that they heal, but through the daily transformation of donors, volunteers and staff as they fulfill their shared vision and see immediate, life-changing results.
With every book rented from Campus Book Rentals, a donation is made to this amazing cause!
Campus Book Rentals have  also set aside $90,000 in textbook scholarships to be distributed to students in communities just like yours. That’s a lot of books, and they hope to touch a lot of students who could use a hand.
So add that extra book to your cart. When you rent textbooks …. you can make a difference.
CONNECT!    Take a moment to visit the Campus Book Rentals website to see all of the great features offered, as well as information on renting books for yourself or your kids that are headed to college or are there already!  Also, make sure to follow them on Facebook by liking Campus Book Rentals and Twitter followers will be excited to hear that Campus Book Rentals is also tweeting, so make sure to follow them on Twitter as well!

~ Melanie

* I reviewed this website via A Nation of Moms

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

aer1™ Filter System

The MOST EFFECTIVE filter technology available!

aer1™ ready systems combine the power of Holmes® & Bionaire® brand air purifiers with the most effective filter technology available today

  • Proven to be 30% more effective at capturing dust and airborne particles from air passing through the filter.
  • Deliver the HIGHEST CADR CLEANING POWER amongst leading brands

  • Helps optimize air cleaning performance – simply by replacing your aer1 filter regularly
  • Customized effectiveness to your needs – dust, odor and allergen.

Customizable Solutions

Triple-layer odor and smoke absorption with enhanced HEPA-type filtration removes 99% of smoke and odors from the airstream*(4)Traps and locks 30% more dust and particles from your indoor air and traditional Type A filters.*(2)

Build Total Air System 
Helps remove stubborn household odors such as tobacco, pet odors and cooking fumes.

Build Odor Eliminator System 
True HEPA filtration removes up to 99.97% of airborne allergens such as mold, dust and pet dander that may cause coughing and sneezing.*(3)

Build Allergen Remover System 

Trap and toss for cleaner, fresher indoor air  


  • Traps and locks up to 99.97% of harmful airborne allergens*(3)
  • No cleaning - simply toss your dirty filter into the garbage
  • Helps you breathe cleaner indoor air with optimal filter performance


  • Cleaning permanent filters can be a dirty process of hard-to-reach crevices
  • Cleaning releases dust into the air that you can breathe in.
  • Without constant care, debris build-up can reduce filter performance

  • Why purify indoor air?

    We eat organic food, drink filtered water and clean with anti-bacterial products. What about the air you and your family breathe?

    Indoor air may be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. Americans spend an estimated 90 percent of their time indoors. Children and the elderly are especially sensitive to air pollution. Most pollutants are microscopic and can easily pass through the nose or throat directly into the lungs. Common indoor air pollutants include:
    • Mold**
    • Dust mites in pillows, blankets or stuffed animals
    • Tobacco smoke & cooking fumes
    • Pet Hair and dander
    • Pollen and dust
    The good news is … you can help protect yourself and your family from indoor air pollution.

    aer1 disposable filters trap and lock up to 99.97% of dust and other harmful airborne allergens before they settle in your home.*(3) Breathe cleaner, fresher indoor air with the aer1 system, guaranteed to dramatically improve home air quality or your money back.


    I was thrilled when I was approached to receive and review the aer1 filters and Holmes HEPA air purifier.  My allergies are HORRIBLE.  They were worse when I lived in west Texas and had cats, but even still in Dallas with no cats, my allergies can be intolerable if not properly managed. Even worse, we have two small dogs and with two children, which equals a lot of playdates, we have issues with my friends and their children being affected.

    As much as I vacuum and dust, it seems as if someone is affected by allergies within my home and I am so discouraged by that.  I was excited to put the Holmes True HEPA Air Purifier with aer1 allergen removing filters to the test. I received four (4) filters, so I tested the filter for 2 weeks with each filter in our living room ~ The most frequented of the rooms in our home.

    My youngest sister was coming to visit and I believe that she probably has some of the worst allergies that I have ever encountered, outside of my allergies while I was in West Texas. She was to be my guinea pig.  Angela always has asthma and allergy attacks while at my house, so I started the Holmes air purifier that morning with the allergy removing filter , to see if there was any relief in her systems when she came over for dinner.  A caveat....I did not make her aware of the new purifier, the filters or the secret test that I was doing on her.  

    I have had several air purifiers in the past, some of which were quite expensive, as my allergies with cats were almost intolerable, yet I owned three!  I have to say that I was a bit skeptical about its effectiveness, but the test was on. Did it work?


    I was floored.  Angela had ZERO symptoms while she was at our home for over four hours! It still stuns me that such a small and sleek unit could be as effective as it was, but it did! It worked amazingly.  I have used the Holmes True HEPA Air Purifier with aer1 allergen removing filters for 8 weeks and I must say "KUDOS" ~ This is such an amazing purifier, and even moreso, the filters passed the ultimate test!  

    Would it work again? 

    In the 8 weeks that I have had the purifier and filters running in our living room, we have hosted approximately 8 playdates and not one of the children, nor their mothers, had any signs of allergy related symptoms.  Then again, at our daughter's first birthday party, we hosted nearly 40 guests, of allergies! Absolutely astonishing!!

    I will definitely continue to purchase filters for this unit and use it in the living area indefinitely. In addition, the soft blowing of the unit is an amazing white noise apparatus as well :)

    BUY IT!  The aer1 filtration systems are currently being shipped with FREE SHIPPING for a limited time!

    The following retailers carry aer1 system products: Availability of products varies from store to store. Please contact your local retailer to confirm the models and accessories they stock and current availability.


    CONNECT! Make sure to go and check out the Mavea website where you can go green and send a paperless ecard! How fun!

    Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely  my own.  The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely that of going green with noah, and are completely honest and without influence. Click on the appropriate links to view our full policies, giveaway rules and disclaimers.

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Shutterfly FREE 8x8 Photo Book


    Zulily is once again has teamed up with Shutterfly to offer a free 8x8 photobook.
    Just pay shipping.  I made one for my fiance, and she loved it!

    Zulily is fabulous! It's a new online store offering daily sales events on
    top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids.  We
    carry the best brands at the lowest prices.  Members enjoy savings of up to
    90% off retail prices.  Zulily loves to find deals on favorite styles, and we love
    introducing our members to exciting new brands, too.

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    WIN One of 50 Award Winning Blue Eagle Book Sets!!

    WIN One of 50 Award Winning Blue Eagle Book Sets!!

    If you’re a parent of a young one in grade school, you know more than anyone that back-to-school time of year is just around the corner. What better way to get them inspired by getting them into reading early? And, what better books to have them read than Steven Jones’ Mom’s Choice Awards winning book series, Blue Eagle Books?
    Instead of driving all the way to Barnes & Noble or whichever book store you prefer, you can easily receive your set of Blue Eagle Books when you “Like” the Blue Eagle Books Facebook page! Visit this link and Like their page to become one of 50 recipients of their Facebook giveaway, and watch their video about the books to learn more!

    Ends Thursday at 6 p.m. CST

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    * Mavea Water Pitcher *

    Did you know that August is water quality month? MAVEA pitchers are different from other filtration systems because they utilize leading technology and design to create a fresh difference one can taste, see and smell. MAVEA’s activated carbon filter clears water of impurities such as copper, lime scale, mercury and cadmium. The ion exchange resin beads within the filter reduce atrazine, benzene, simazine, chlorine, tetrachloroethylene and carbon particles. The unique design even eliminates odor. No need to worry about changing the filter either, because the MAVEA Smart Meter clearly displays the remaining lifespan of the filter… another item off that to-do list!

    Fun Features of MAVEA water pitchers 

    • Prevent bacteria growth 
    • Improve the duration of the filter
    • You can also go green with this! MAVEA’s filters are 100% recyclable!
    • Softer water means less wear-and-tear on mommy’s expensive appliances
    • Clears water of impurities such as copper, lime scale, mercury and cadmium


    I recently received a Mavea Elemaris XL pitcher in green......I really like this water pitcher!  When we moved into our house a year and a half ago, we had to purchase a refrigerator.  The one that we ultimately chose had French doors and so the water dispenser is on the inside, in a most akward spot, so I find it difficult to fill up a cup with only one hand (ie. when I'm having to hold a child).  Although a water pitcher does take up room in the refrigerator, I was quite surprised at how much I loved having one!  It was great to be able to pick up the pitcher and fill a glass of water with one hand.

    I also liked ...... rather LOVED the pour through lid!!!  Still with one hand, I didn't have to remove the top, like other pitchers, to fill the reservoir up.  I simply had to place the water pitcher under a steady stream of water and it filled up!  LOVE!

    The handle was ergonomically correct and therefore was easy to handle while holding and then pouring.  The pitcher did not leak when pouring and that was a great plus.  

    Finally, the new digital filter meter is a huge plus!  Set it when you first install a new filter and it will digitally gauge, by the quarter percent, when you need to replace your filter.

    Here in North Texas, our water is provided locally by Lake Lavon.  I have never had a problem with our water, except for twice a year when the lake turns.  I can not only smell, but can taste, when Lake Lavon has algae in it and has turned on its bi-annual cycle.  It is disgusting!  I have found that not even our expensive refrigerator could eliminate the taste.  Surprisingly, though, the MAVEA pitcher DID!  Wow!!!!  Years of living with the drudge of "that time of year" for our I don't ever have to worry about that again.  Would it be strange to bring it to restaurants with me the next time I go out? Ha!

    I would highly recommend this product to anyone in need of a great water pitcher!

    BUY IT!  The Mavea water pitcher is available for purchase at a number of online retailers, including,, amongst several other vendors and ranges in price from $30.00 - $40.00.  Or, you can visit the MAVEA website storefinder to find a local retailer.

    CONNECT! Make sure to go and check out the Mavea website where you can go green and send a paperless ecard! How fun!

    Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely  my own.  The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely that of going green with noah, and are completely honest and without influence. Click on the appropriate links to view our full policies, giveaway rules and disclaimers.

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Asthma Sense by SoundAsthma App (**GIVEAWAY** - 5 WINNERS)

    I am one of the unfortunate ones ~ I have asthma.  Growing up, though, I was asthma free.  It was not until I was about 22 or so and living in Lubbock, TX that I collapsed on an outdoor soccer field after having my first, and quite severe, asthma attack.  Scared and unable to catch one breath, I had no idea what was happening to me.  After I was able to breathe, I went to my doctor the very next day.  Not only did I already suffer from severe respiratory allergies and eczema (most induced from the 3 cats I couldn't get rid of!), now I had asthma.
    I have to say that I am quite lucky that after having moved out of the dust bowl of Lubbock and leaving my cats in the care of my ex-husband, my asthma symptoms have reduced dramatically and I am able to live with only a rescue inhaler.

    That was not always the case though.  During the years of the severe asthma attacks, I was on constant steroids and asthma medications, along with a rescue inhaler that I could not leave home without.  In the meantime, I also was given and used a peak flow meter multiple times a day for quite a lengthy period of time.

    Honestly, after having received and reviewed the SoundAsthma App, I wish that I would have had this a few years ago.  (Granted, when I was attending college, we still had beepers and infantile cell phones, rather than the fun and addictive smartphones and tablets that we all are graced with now.)  SoundAsthma helps monitor and manage Asthma from any Android or Apple device. This app gives moms an easier way to track what is going on with the child’s asthma (or their own asthma), keep track of their medications and remember the variety of things they do daily to manage Asthma.

    There’s never been an asthma management tool like AsthmaSense™.  For the first time, the AsthmaSense app brings together everything you need to manage your asthma, and may help prevent asthma attacks.
    Like I mentioned, the app is able to track and maintain your asthma, medications and your own habits, along with any other family members that may have asthma as well.  The app is extremely well thought out and really didn't miss a beat.  No steps that I found were missed and the comprehensive collection of data collected on each asthmatic is quite detailed, thorough and is a fantastic resource for yourself, your family and your doctor.
    Imagine if the worst happens and you end up in the hospital.  Simply open the app and hand it over.  All of your information has been dutifully recorded and organized for the health care professionals to extract and review your asthma care and data.

    This app is amazing and I will definitely be using it for myself!  God forbid my children are cursed with this at any point in their lives either, but if they are, I'll be ready!

    asthma management application

    One Screen, One Stop to Track Asthma Symptoms

    AsthmaSense is a take-anywhere journal that reminds you to take medication or test your breathing. It allows you to record asthma symptoms, medication use and peak flow measurements from a single screen. You can also access your contact information and automatically make a call in the event of an asthma attack or medical emergency.
    One screen does it all. Learn more about this potentially life saving app:
    • Easy to use for asthma management at any time
    • For use with children or adults
    • Set reminders for medication use and peak flow testing
    • See when medications are due
    • Log diary actions quickly with a single tap
    • Record asthma symptoms and breathing function
    • Selectively silence reminders as needed
    • Select reminder tones for individual users
    • Record unscheduled medication use
    • Record missed medications, as well as edit or update the journal
    • Review up to one month of peak flow, asthma symptoms and medication adherence
    • Receive status alerts when your asthma is “not well controlled” or “poorly controlled” according to National Institute for Health guidelines
    • Keep emergency contact information and phone numbers in easy reach
    • Manage one or multiple users with one smartphone

    Remembers for You

    You can set your own reminders for medications and peak flow testing. Set silence, snooze or select your reminder tones. It’s also easy to record unscheduled medications. You can also see if you’ve taken your medications over the last five days, and recall for up to two months.

    Stay Alert to Risk

    Using information from the National Institute for Health’s control guidelines, AsthmaSense lets you know when your asthma appears to be “Not Well Controlled” or “Poorly Controlled.” These indicators warn that you may be at risk for an asthma attack and need to take appropriate action.
    asthma management application

    One App, Several Users

    Track multiple people’s asthma with the same app for better asthma management. Individuals are easy to set up, and easy to switch between by selecting from a list of user names.
    The app also allows you to easily share information with health care providers or family members. The more you — and they know — the better the treatment you or your children will receive.
    Using the Asthma Sense app gives you more control, more confidence. You get the data you need, when you need it, in an easy-to-use format.
    Here is a great video of a mother of a little boy who has asthma and the great real-life application of the SoundAsthma app.
    BUY IT!  AsthmaSense™ is available at these app stores.

    CONNECT!   Take a moment to visit the SoundAsthma website, follow them on  Twitter and Like on Facebook to connect with other asthmatics and to keep up with updates and asthma related news.

    WIN IT!