Monday, June 25, 2012

Renting Textbooks = Happy Parents + A Mama Bird

With two kids in out of state colleges, expenses are incredibly high.  My son decided to take a couple of classes this summer.  Imagine our surprise when the professor let him know that he needed the book, "Modern Industrial Organization" that costs $180!

We checked out and the exact book  can be rented for the summer for $29.74.  They not only have amazing prices, they also offer free shipping both ways!  We will definitely be ordering from them right away.

If you want big savings on book rentals, be sure to check them out!

**Update on the book rental.  I ordered it on Tuesday night and it was delivered to my son 800 miles away on Friday morning!  Great service!!

I am so thrilled that my birdhouses provide shelter for many birds during the summer.  The other night I was outside and was lucky enough to get a picture of the mama bird feeding her babies.  Boy did they squawk when she got close!!

Thanks for your visit!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Love June in the Garden

June and July are my favorite months in my yard.  Just about everything is blooming and the hot, hot days of August haven't yet taken their toll on the flowers. 

 This is the beginning of the third summer for the plants around and in the pond to grow.  Everything is filling in nicely.  The daisies on the right are enormous!!

The lavender and some daylilies are blooming. The daisies and coneflowers are about to explode with blooms. I can't wait!

Several families have taken up residence this year. Some of the places look awfully full of nesting material!  I absolutely love that the birds use the birdhouses!

Thanks for coming by.  I hope everything is blooming in your yards now too!


I am linking to the following parties:

>Cottage Garden Party

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Great Trip, A Beautiful Garden and A Winner!

My kids just got out of college for summer.  They are on quarters, so they start much later and end much later than a lot of other schools.  I was fortunate that it's late enough in June that the weather was gorgeous, I got to spend time with them,  and spend some time with friends while I was there.  Of course seeing friends means shopping and spending time looking at their beautiful gardens and beautiful homes.  :)

I found some fun things that I loved and could fit on the airplane with me.  I also found some great things that would've required their own seat, so I couldn't get them...

I love Coke memorabilia and have a couple of Coke crates.  I found this one that had the dividers.  I thought about using it to plant flowers in, but then decided to use it as a display case.

I found a few things to put in it, but I'm sure I'll switch things around a bit.  Right now I have it sitting on a bench, but may hang it later.

 I love little oil cans, and this one especially! 

I found this little birdcage.  I'm a sucker for birdcages! 

This bird letter sorter is perfect for my desk.

And the best part was spending time in my friend, Heather's GORGEOUS backyard!!  She is so amazingly talented!

The winner of the My Memories Giveaway is Pam at DIY Design Fanatic.  Congratulations Pam!

Thanks for your visit and sweet comments! 


I am linking to the following parties:

Jennifer Rizzo's Thrift Store Makeover Party

Home Stories A2Z

My Memories Giveaway!

I was so excited to hear about and how easy they make it to create beautiful ways to showcase my pictures!  I was always the one who printed off my pictures and immediately put them in photo albums. I had so many friends that were scrapbooking with their pictures. I loved the idea, but it seemed like a lot of work and a lot of expense. 

With this software, it is SO easy, even for me! I just downloaded their software suite and got started. I was able to add pictures, captions and even journaling.  You can create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software.  My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and Top Ten Reviews.

I love this Gardening themed Designer Pack:


I know when my daughter comes home from college, she will be so excited to capture her memories from the school year. I think she'll love the idea of photobooks and even videos! has offered the lucky winner a download of their My Memories Suite software for free! (a $40 value!)

I will be choosing the winner on Sunday, June 17th.  Here's how you can enter to win:

  • Be a follower of my blog 
  • Visit and come back and leave me a comment about your favorite Designer Pack.
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Thanks for your visit! 


I was given a copy of the software to review it.  My opinions of the product are my own.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Kitchen Cabinets

We don't have a huge kitchen and had a desk area that we weren't really using, so we decided to do a bit of a remodel.   We really wanted more storage and I'm lucky enough to have a husband who can make just about anything!

Here's what it looked like before.  It was very nice and and good place to put some collectibles, but was not being utilized as much as it could have been.

I have an office right near the kitchen, so really didn't need a desk area right here. 

So out the desk and upper cabinet went to Habitat for Humanity's Restore for someone else to use...

And into the garage my husband went to start creating a new one.

 His favorite part of it--easy access wine storage!

Adding new crown moulding.  I am so impressed how he matched everything so well to the existing cabinets.

There's actually some extra room on the shelves right now.    I'm so happy with it.

Thanks for your visit!


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