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?

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Meeting My Fitness Inspiration: Cassey Ho

This weekend was a once in a life-time experience. Fitness leader, Cassey Ho, offered a complimentary live Pop Pilates class at Idea Fit here in Las Vegas! As soon as I found out, I planned my Popflex outfit.

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As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been following Cassey’s page, Blogilates, on Youtube for over two years now. I first got hooked when I was looking for a hardcore fitness routine to get me wedding ready. Now, I’ve tried a ton of different workout from Insanity to P90X and more, but Pop Pilates was different.

For years, I’ve been attending Pilates and Yoga studios to get my workouts in. And yes, I love hands-on training from certified teachers, but I didn’t love the competition between other women working out. In Yoga, I haven’t come across too many vain individuals. Pilates is a completely different story. I loved the workout but never felt the community…until I tried Pop Pilates.

Pop Pilates is more than just a workout. Each video Cassey posts is a little fitness inspiration to love yourself where you are at. Working out shouldn’t just be about looking good; it should be about feeling good not matter your size. And there is a whole community of people working toward thats goal. Her program even offers tips on eating right for your body and rocking some body flattering gear.

So when Saturday rolled around, I was too excited sleep. I arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center at 9:45AM to get checked-in for my class and get a seat close to the stage. Many other Popsters were already lined up outside of the ballroom waiting for the show to begin.

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The Blogilates team revered everyone up by filming and photographing participants as we hurried inside. The room quickly filled to its 400 person capacity and the floor became a sea of yoga mats. All across the room, ladies we decked out in Popflex gear.

About ten minutes later, Cassey came on stage and the crowd erupted. She wasted no time and jumped right into the choreography for the event. One hour later and I was sparking in sweat after a killer workout.

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The Blogilates fam hosted a complimentary Q & A with Cassey right after the class. It was so inspired listening to her talk about her fitness journey from vanity to strength. After her few questions, the team announced a surprise meet and greet with Cassey! I all but flew off my mat to get in line.

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As I stood at the edge of the stage, I ran through what I could possibly say to such a successful fitness leader. Her genuineness to her brand was astonishing. She really lived her values and never gave up when times got tough. As I walked on stage to say hello, I shared that my passion for Pop Pilates started when I began wedding planning. She gave me a hug, posed for a picture and completely made my day.

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Feeling so inspired by these few hours, I made my way over to the Director of her team and inquired about certification. By Spring 2018, I will be a certified Pop Pilates instructor! This opportunity is a God send and a dream come true.

Keep an eye out here and on social for more updates on my progress!

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Tomorrow is Not Promised

Music news is buzzing today with the sudden suicide of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. Fans alike were shocked to hear the heart-breaking news. Even those who may not have known every lyric to every song, felt the sting.

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Bennington was a rock superstar who took his own life at 41. If you’ve ever under valued the importance of a single day, this shocking announcement will put life into perspective.

God doesn’t promise us tomorrow and doesn’t even promise that this life will be easy. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10

This scripture alone says that living for him and doing the right thing will be a struggle. Bennington may not have been a Christian living for God, but he felt the pain this world brings. He suffered from depression and couldn’t find his way out of the darkness.

But there is hope. God is life, love and everything you need. He will stand by your side no matter the circumstance. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

RIP Chester. You will be missed.

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What’s Up Wednesday

Wednesday Wisdom

It’s raining. Monsoon season has begun in Las Vegas. Today, the freeways and streets were covered with droplets. iPhones buzzed with flash flood warnings and drivers prepared for alternate routes.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything meaningful. I’ve only been able to muster up a few fluff pieces researched just enough to provide special event information. I just couldn’t find the motivation to focus my thoughts.

This past few months (can’t believe July is almost over) have been a whirlwind. I started a new job with a non-profit and expended all of my creativity on marketing. I’ve found myself just coasting and flowing from one event to the next. I’ve avoided reflecting on just about everything.

But, there’s something about a raining afternoon that puts life into perspective. This last week has been exhausting, emotionally and physically. So many confusing things I haven’t made sense of yet. There is only one thing I know for sure, God is working.

From building and refining relationships to new opportunities, God’s plan is unfolding right before my eyes. Friendships I thought impossible to create are slowly forming like clay under His hands. Plans that fell on my deadlines are clearly unfolding far earlier and in a way I never expected.

It’s difficult to see the big picture when you’re staring too close to the pieces. From my perspective, I can only see colors and make out shapes. But God already sees the full masterpiece.

What has God been showing you?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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The Power of Prayer

 

Prayer
prer/noun
  1. a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

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Your prayers for someone else could change their whole life. 

In this scripture, Jesus tells us that our prayer is powerful. He encourages us to take our needs, our pain, our happiness and our whole selves to him in prayer. Prayer is our direct connection to our Father. As the definition explains above, it’s an expression of thankfulness or an object of worship.

Prayer is the opportunity for God to hear everything on your heart from your own mouth. It’s his opportunity to speak to you in the areas you need help.

For me, the most powerful use of prayer is to direct my words toward someone else. When I start to feel selfish, I pray for someone else. I take the attention off of me to learn selflessness. This allows God to work on my heart and use me to influence others around me.

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Put your prayers in a box to keep your petitions close to your heart.

Have you ever thought about praying for someone instead of cursing them? When someone does you wrong or you feel that pang of envy, pray that God blesses them with happiness and health. Pray as hard as you can that God showers them with love because with each petition, another layer of stone is crumbling off your own heart.

What have you experienced when you gave yourself to prayer?

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Silent Savasana with Dray Gardner

Las Vegas yogis are taking over every square inch of the community. From Yoga on the Lawn with Trufusion to practices at the Valley of Fire, the options are endless. Silent Savasana is a specific yoga experience that is blowing up the city.

Using the noise cancelling headphones, instructor Dray Gardner, teaches beginner and expert students the joy of yoga. I experienced my first class poolside at Red Rock Hotel and Casino.

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I arrived at 6:15PM on a Tuesday night and was astonished at how many individuals had already covered the pool deck. Silent Savasana team members had already set up a check-in table accompanied by a growing line. At the table, each person received their headphones and a battery operated tea light.

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I grabbed by items and found an open spot near the DJ. The deck was quickly filling up with yogis of all ages. The air was buzzing with excitement about the upcoming 75 minute practice.

Gardner began the practice with instructing everyone to place their headphones on and open their hearts. A local DJ spun instrumental mixes of popular songs that pulsated through one ear of the headphones. Gardner spoke through the other.

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I was expecting a somewhat easy practice seeing as there were so many levels present. Gardner had an entirely different agenda. We flew through challenging balance poses on four arms, hands and heads. He encouraged everyone to fall in and out and just let the day go.

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Through out the practice, Gardner shared his journey. In 2006, a doctor told Gardner he would need to undergo a serious back surgery. Refusing to do something so risky, Gardner reached for yoga and fell in love. One year later, Gardner attended his first teach training and has been helping people discover their inner light ever since.

We finished the practice as the sun went down bonding between the small candle light. I love yoga because of the freedom. The ability to fall in and out of poses with no judgement and just let yourself go. Silent Savasana helps you find yourself on your mat.

Silent Savasana is available all over the city including at station casinos, the High Roller at the LinQ. Checkout their full schedule of events here. Follow their social channels for more updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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

LUCILLE’S BBQ

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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?