Getting Your Penny’s Worth on Books

Back to School Books

The semester will begin in just a few short weeks and your list of text books is already daunting. I remember those days. My husband and I spent hundreds of dollars for each class to purchase a book that is now collecting dust on our shelves.

Luckily, most of the books we could find used on multiple sites. Here are few we used to help with cost:

Now that I have no use for so many dated books, I’ve been in search for places to sell them back to. UNLV barely gives any money for books and most of the time doesn’t accept older editions.

Amazon offers a trade-in option that gives you gift cards for your products. Used books stores near campus like Rebel Books will pay a portion of the original price of your book. No, I will no be receiving the full $200 we spend on a business 101 book, but at least it’s something.

What other programs have you used to save a penny on books?

4th of July in Vegas – Something for Everyone

Happy Independence Day! From fireworks to BBQ’s, today is sure to be a good time. Not sure what you want to do? Here’s some things happening around the valley to checkout.

21+ Crowd

Beer Park – Enjoy food and drink specials, games and roof top viewing of fireworks.

The POOL at The LINQ – MIX 94.1 hosts an Independence Day two-for-tuesday special. Enjoy drink specials for all industry employees and locals.

Family Friendly

Escape Reality  – Test your skills in largest escape room facility in Vegas. In honor of 4th of July, Escape Reality is offering 50% off bookings when using code:America50.

Life Time Green Valley’s Fourth of July bash – Enjoy you afternoon poolside at Green Valley Ranch and stick around for the 9 p.m. firework show.

Firework viewing

Every year, the city spares no expense at lighting up the night sky with Fireworks. Here’s the schedule:

Las Vegas 51s VS El Paso at 7 p.m. – post game fireworks

Henderson Annual Independence Celebration at Heritage Park – events start at 6 p.m. and fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Boulder City 69th Annual Damboree Celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Park – food, fun and water park open at 4 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Station Casinos – Fireworks are at 9 p.m. from each property.

Las Vegas Country Club – Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Red Rock Country Club – Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Best Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be challenging. Here are some  Top Gift Ideas perfect for Dad.

For the Cook

apron.jpg

Does Dad refuse to leave the grille or the kitchen because his cooking his the best? Let’s face it. A man with that much confidence needs a cooking apron that is Dad joke approved.

For the Nerd

For that techy Dad of yours, finding the perfect gift can seem daunting, especially if you are on a budget. Try something inexpensive like the Echo Dot or a smart watch.

For the #1 Fan

719drWWHYcL._SL1200_

Most Dad’s love at least one sport. You can’t go wrong with memorabilia from their favorite team!

For the Big Kid

Is your Dad a child at heart? Find out his favorite childhood toy and wrap it up with a bow! Maybe he loved tag – grab a few Nerf guns and challenge him to a duel.

For the Music Lover

If your Dad is a music junkie, consider grabbing a vinyl of his favorite band. If he doesn’t have a record player, throw that coveted item into the mix.

//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?o=1&p=12&l=ur1&category=mostwishforitem&banner=0J7787TC6F91PCMX3882&f=ifr&lc=pf4&linkID=0976f496b63e72981aaed1efb1f7314c&t=wonder05a-20&tracking_id=wonder05a-20

Don’t Ignore Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene

I never put a second thought to my dogs’ teeth. I always assumed they would be intact for their whole lives. But a few weeks ago I discovered I should have been paying attention to my pets’ teeth a long time ago.

dental

80% of adult dogs suffer from dental issues. What begins as normal tartar build up can actually lead to periodontal disease. For any of you unfamiliar with this, this disease is basically an infection that spreads throughout the mouth and can affect the heart, live and kidneys.

Much like people, animal teeth are necessary and if ignored, will lead to severe issues. Periodontal disease can also affect humans. It begins as gingivitis that can be treated and managed. It then progresses and can lead to early tooth decay and expensive dentist bills.

Luckily, veterinarians are making a big deal about taking care of your pets mouth. Most offices advertise dental cleanings at a discounted price. Still, they are a timely procedure that requires your pet to be under anesthesia.

If you can get a head of the plaque build up by brushing your pets teeth, those visits to the vet will be less expensive and less often.

FionaOne deep cleaning and three tooth extractions later – my littlest dog is on her way to proper hygiene. I have also invested in dog toothpaste and an additive to her water. In total, I spent about $400.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you don’t already have dental care in place, you can ask you vet or local pet store what items will work best for your pet.

Kid Friendly Places to Dine in Vegas

Eating out is expensive, especially when some of your guests may only take two bites. Here’s a list of cheap places to eat in Vegas with the whole family.

IHOP
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FIHOP%2Fvideos%2F10154725226993152%2F&show_text=0&width=560
In an effort to bring families together, IHOP offers free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée daily from 4PM – 8PM. Kids must be 12 and under to order from the “Just for Kids Menu.”

DENNYS

Image may contain: textThe sky is the limit with Denny’s Kids menu. Every Tuesday from 4-10PM, receive a complimentary children’s entrée with purchase of an adult plate.

DICKIES BBQ

Every Sunday, kid’s eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. This offer is available for dine-in only for kids 12 and under.

CAFE RIO
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCafeRio%2Fvideos%2F1253061401397556%2F&show_text=0&width=400

Receive a complimentary “Nino” cheese quesadilla daily for kids 6 and under when ordering an adult entrée.  Bring the family on taco Tuesday and everyone eats for $1.95.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

kids meal bdubs

Children 12 and under enjoy kids menu options for $0.99 from 5 – 8PM every Monday.

LUCILLE’S BBQ

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting

Photo from Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ

Every Tuesday, kids enjoy a free meal with purchase of an adult entrée. 

FIREHOUSE SUBS

Every Wednesday, receive a free kids meal with adult combo. Kids will also take home a fire hat.

 

Any places you’ve visited that I can add to this list?

2017 Spring Pieces Your Wallet Will Enjoy

The warmer weather is on the rise, well at least here in Las Vegas, and I’m ready to break out the Sun Dresses and Flip Flops. Each year when Spring rolls around, I feel the need to restock my closest. Unfortunately, my wallet is not a big fan of my tradition. So here are a few staples I keep stocked for sunny days that can be reused for multiple outfits through the season.

Colorful Kimono

This is one of the most versatile pieces I have in my closet. I actually have a few that range in length and color. They are perfect for day or night outfits. Most of these are as cheap at 10 buck! Bet your wallet will be okay with that.

Neutral Sandals

Instead of overcrowding your shelf with sandals of every color, grab one or two neutral pairs. You can never go wrong with black, white or tan sandals. They will go with every outfit you have planned and last you the whole season.

Denim Shorts

denim

Whether you’re the cut-off type of girl or not, denim is always in style. High waisted and low-cut come and go throughout the years but jeans always remain. Purchase or repurpose denim to use in this season and many in the future.

The Summer Suitcase Packing Guide

I hate packing. I hate packing for moving. I hate packing for a picnic. But most of all, I hate packing for a vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE traveling. But trying to predetermine every outfit and insure that I actually wear them is a different story.

Whether it’s one day or 10, I dread pulling out my suitcase and shoveling my clothes inside. During my most recent vacation with my husband, we ended up with three bags for both of us – one being just for shoes! So, I’ve come up with a go to guide to avoid over packing and hopefully make summer vacation planning enjoyable.

How Many Shoes Do You Really Need?

FlipFlops_pool.jpg

I am the queen of changing my shoes with every outfit. When it comes to vacation, I don’t want to have limited choices. But I KNOW I will end up wearing the same two pairs the entire vacation. So plan according to what your adventures will be. From experience, I suggest bringing 3 pairs – Sandals, tennis shoes and heels.

Limit Your Dresses

me 2

Assume that you will have at least one fancy outing during your vacay. Pack your favorite dress or skirt combo just for the occasion. If you love maxi dresses like I do, bring a few light weight options to rotate through. DO NOT empty your entire closet into this bag. Chances are, you’ll end up in a bathing suit for most of the trip.

Only Bring Your Best Swim Suits

nicolita

Photo by MyNicolita

Vacation is definitely the opportunity to show off that swim suit you’ve been hiding from the highly chlorinated pools. Leave the color stained and unflattering ones back home where they belong. I like to bring two different styles in my brightest colors.

Mix and Match

When in doubt, throw in some basic pieces that you can create multiple outfits out of. We’ve all seen the pins that show 10 – 20 ways to wear the same pieces. Why not give it a try!

Roll, Not Stack

Packing efficiently is all about using the space your have. Instead of stacking clothes flat, try rolling them. It not only saves room but can also eliminate many travel wrinkles.

Minimal Accessories

Despite what your fashionista side may argue, you do not need your entire jewelry box. Fitting the themes of the above tips, only bring your most versatile pieces. You can even store them inside empty pill bottles to insure no lost earrings.

How do you pack efficiently for your trips?

Healthy Easter Snacks to Try

In my previous post, I shared how much it really takes to work off those delicious Easter candies. Here are some alternatives that still fit the holiday theme.

Fruit and Veggie Bunny

Pre-cut your favorite fruits and vegetables and build into the shape of a rabbit. Try grapes or blueberries for eyes, apples for ears and of course, carrots for whiskers.

Fruit and Veggie Egg Hunt

shutterstock_128948060

Instead of filling those plastic eggs with jelly beans and candy, sneak in almonds, strawberry, raisins and apples instead.

Peep Fruit Kabobs

If you must have a peep, throw your favorite fruits in the mix.

Deviled Egg Chicks

What recipes and snacks have you Eastered out?

Tips To Keep Your Pet Summer Safe

Summer is around the corner and Las Vegas is already beginning to heat up. The toasty sidewalks and blazing heat are not place for four-legged friends. As the sun shines brighter, here are some tips to keep you pets safe and enjoying the new season.

Hunter at the Pool

Protect Their paws

Once the sun rises over those Vegas mountains, the asphalt and concrete turn into hot lava under your dogs’ feet. Like humans, dogs can experience heat stroke and burns. When taking your dog out, transport inside of a cool car, only allow them to walk on grass areas or even try dog shoes if they can handle it.

Water, Water, Water

My dogs are big water guzzlers normally and the summer time increases their thirst. Make sure that your pet always has access to water. The rising heat can quickly dehydrate your pet and lead to worse problems.

Throw Some Shade

Dogs are susceptible to sun burns and skin cancer too. Your local vet can recommend a pet friendly sun screen for those long summer days. But shaded areas are always the best option for your pet.

Pool Party!

Many dogs love water but not all dogs can swim. Keep an eye on your dog and secure your pool area so they cannot accidentally slip and fall. You’ll not only keep your filters clean but you could save your pets life. Try a doggie kiddy pool instead and let them splash around.

Take Twilight Stroll

Midday is when the Sun is at its hottest. Take your dog on an early morning stroll before the sun rises or near sunset to insure the ground is cool.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

Would you leave an unattended child inside a car in summer? Didn’t think so. You’re fur baby cannot handle the smoldering heat in the car either. When it’s 110 degrees outside, it can be double that inside a car. When in doubt, leave your pet safe at home in a cool area of your house.

Feel free to share your summer tip for helping your pet enjoy a safe and fun summer.

Pinterest in Real Life: Oreo Pops

Try this fun and easy twist on a household favorite. Oreo Pops are a simple dessert surprise that takes less than 30 minutes! Here’s how to make it.

img_5494

What You Need:

  • Oreos
  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop or Skewer Sticks

How to Do It:

1. Separate each side of the Oreo and lay on a flat surface.

img_5484.jpg

2. Melt dipping chocolate inside of a dippable bowl or container.

img_5485

3. Dip end of stick into melted chocolate and place on stuffing side of cookies

img_5488

4. Replace opposite side of cookie over the chocolate covers stick – putting the cookie back together. Repeat for all cookies.

img_5489

5. Dip cookie pop into white chocolate and then into sprinkles and set to dry. (I recommend a cookie sheet or wax paper). Let sit for 30 minutes and enjoy!

img_5490