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Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt

Back to School: Affordable Laptop for College Bound

For the college bound Freshman (and his/her parents), it is no secret that college can be expensive. From tuition and fees to books and supplies, there are a lot of costs associated with higher education. But one cost that is often overlooked is the cost of a laptop.

A laptop is essential for completing assignments, connecting with professors, classmates and friends and family back home and for taking notes.

It can be a pricey purchase especially if you are a design or computer science major which means you may need a device capabable of accommodating the memory of graphic design software or for coding. But most majors only require the basics.

Battery life: It needs a good battery life for times when you’re not near an outlet like in class.

Display -You’ll want a decent display if you will be spending a lot of time staring at your screen.

Keyboard: You’ll need a comfortable keyboard given all the typing you’ll be doing.

Weight and portability – Having a laptop that can be carried in a backpack all day is clutch

Durability – You will need one that will stand the test of time and can get dinged and beat up from the hustle and bustle of running to class, dropping your backpack on the ground and more.

Processor: Students need a laptop that can handle all of their coursework and assignments. Chromebooks can get by with a fairly low-powered CPU and a basic Intel Celeron processor will do.

If you’re interested in an economically priced laptop or Chromebook that you can take with you to college, or send off with your child if you’re a caregiver or parent, then I highly recommend the HP 360.

When I sent off my now college Junior a few years back, we researched this laptop and settled on it for several reasons.

First of all, it’s lightweight, and the screen is 14 inches. It has lots of ports for your wireless mouse adapter, SD card, power cord, headphones and more.

What I really loved about it and what makes it really stand out is that he has 360 If you’re out and about and doing field work, you can flip it around and hold it like a notebook— a real one!

It has a touchscreen as well. That’s the second thing that’s amazing about it. I prefer a mouse myself to a mousepad and so in those moments when I forget my mouse at home, I love the option of using the touchscreen to naviate around the laptop.

I liked the sleek design and and I go tit in white! You can add stickers to it if you want to customize it too an dit is economically priced at $399!

It’s availalbe at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and more retailers!

GET THE HP 360 CHROMEBOOK

Starting at $299

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Amazon PRIME Day Deals and Wish List

Today and tomorrow, July 11 and 12, is Amazon PRIME Day 2022. All around the web, you’re probably seeing your fave creator, influencer or website sharing deals.

This year, I decided to do something different and promote just two things: 1) the products I have already and love and think you should consider investing in; and 2) my wishlist of items that I really truly want to get and most likely will soon be investing in for myself.

What I have and love.

First, I want to share that we are among the 200 million PRIME members worldwide. We save hundreds each year and thousands over the years on shipping costs. With PRIME, you pay nothing for two day shipping. You also have extra benefits when shopping at Whole Foods supermarket. We live steps away from our local market so as you can imagine, we are there saving every day.

If you would like to test out the benefits for 30 days, do so by clicking HERE!

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Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with latest Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls), Dolby Vision

We are a family that is usually late to all the technology. We only recently got our first Amazon personal assistant like the Echo or Dot. We use it almost everyday to play music while we cook or clean around the house. We ask it to help with basic homework questions, to check the weather and give us the traffic report. It’s a lifesave and a great investment

Get it Today only for $24.99 down from $49.99

Pick up the Firestick Lite for just $11.99 down from $34.99

Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Sleek design with full sound, Bluetooth, and Alexa | Charcoal

We were late to the game when it comes to investing in a home personal assistant device like Alexa. Since we purchased our first one a year ago, life hasn’t been the same. We use our Alexa dot to stream music while we cook or clean the house, to help answer basic questions while working on homework or other work tasks, including simple calculations or geography questions. She gives us the weather forcast and traffic outlook. It’s a lifesaver. If you’re a late bloomer like us or simply want another echo for another floor or room in your home, consider getting it today.

Get it Today only for $19.99 down from $49.99



Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, 4 Qt, Black/gray

A few years ago, we jumped on the AirFryer trend and believe me, it will also change your life, especially if you are interested in eating less fried foods. This Ninja airfryer will fry potatoes, onion rings, and even roast meats, bake fish and more. It saves time with dinner prep and is just a total lifesaver and must have for any family. Shucks, if you live at home and are always on the go or busy, you could use an air fryer too.

Get it Today only for $94.99 down from $129.99

Now that I’ve shared the things I have a love and use, time to share my wish list of things I want to invest in this PRIME Day!

Ring Video Doorbell 

We live in an old house and the doorbell has been disabled for a while but the door knocker works fine and our door is relatively new. Still, I want all the perks of a Ring:

  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An update from the original Ring Video Doorbell, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and crisper night vision.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Powered by the built-in rechargeable battery or connects to existing doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.
  • With a Ring Protect Plan (subscription sold separately), record all your videos, review what you missed for up to 180 days, and share videos and photos.
  • Pair with select Alexa-enabled devices to enable announcements and two-way talk for convenient in-home monitoring.

Get it Today only for $79.99 down from $99.99



iRobot Braava jet m6 (6012) Ultimate Robot Mop-

We do not live in a home with carpets, only hardwood floors and it gets dirty often. I sweep on the hour these days, especially not that the kids are home. However, I do not mop that often and I think this iRobot mopper is perfect for keeping our floors clean! I can’t wait to get this and I might even buckle down and get a Roomba to sweep which is $70 today. GET THE DEAL!

Get it Today only $299 – Down from $499, a saving of over $200!



iWaterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser

We do not live in a home with carpets, only hardwood floors and it gets dirty often. I sweep on the hour these days, especially not that the kids are home. However, I do not mop that often and I think this iRobot mopper is perfect for keeping our floors clean! I can’t wait to get this and I might even buckle down and get a Roomba to sweep which is $70 today. GET THE DEAL!

Get it Today only for $59 – Down from $99, a saving of $40!





Beats Studio Buds – True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds 

We do not live in a home with carpets, only hardwood floors and it gets dirty often. I sweep on the hour these days, especially not that the kids are home. However, I do not mop that often and I think this iRobot mopper is perfect for keeping our floors clean! I can’t wait to get this and I might even buckle down and get a Roomba to sweep which is $70 today. GET THE DEAL!

Get it Today only for 99.95 – Down from $149.95, a saving of close to $50!





YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Bike

We do not live in a home with carpets, only hardwood floors and it gets dirty often. I sweep on the hour these days, especially not that the kids are home. However, I do not mop that often and I think this iRobot mopper is perfect for keeping our floors clean! I can’t wait to get this and I might even buckle down and get a Roomba to sweep which is $70 today. GET THE DEAL!

Get it Today only for $259.36 – Down from $439.99 a saving of close to $200!





Apple Watch Series 7 [GPS 41mm] Smart Watch w/ Green Aluminum Case with Clover Sport Band.

We do not live in a home with carpets, only hardwood floors and it gets dirty often. I sweep on the hour these days, especially not that the kids are home. However, I do not mop that often and I think this iRobot mopper is perfect for keeping our floors clean! I can’t wait to get this and I might even buckle down and get a Roomba to sweep which is $70 today. GET THE DEAL!

Get it Today only for $279 – Down from $399, a saving of close to $130!

23 & Me DNA + Ancestry Kit

Irrespective of how controversial DNA and ancestry testing kits have become, I am still quite curious and interested in learning if there are clues in my and my family DNA to genetic abnormalities that I should be aware of and take precautions over.

Get it Today only for $98.99 – Down from $199, a saving of over $100!

Dorm Essentials

Because I have a kid in college, one on his way there in a year and loads of friends and family with college-bound kids throwing trunk parties for their children, I look forward to exploring the many home, kitchen and bathroom deals.

Swimming Essentials

My family is a soccer and swimming family. Those are the two main sports that our school aged children partake in so we are always on the hunt for swim goggles, jammers, swimsuits and swim bags. I plan to dig into the Swimming page and deals today and tomorrow.

Baby and Nursery Deals

Best Graduation Gift Ideas They Actually Want

It’s graduation season and many family members, aunts, uncles, friends. grandparents and the like are scrambling about to figure out the best gift to give to a graduate. If the parentt or graduate has established a 529 or college fund, you can contribute to that.

Also, trunk parties are back in trend. These events feature parents hosting a gathering for close friends who bring items that the graduate will need for college or their next stage in life for a dorm or apartment.

But if you plan to be at a graduation or a gradution party, you might want to take something with you or send a gift to celebrate the commencement.

Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started.

Cash

The absolute best thing to give any graduate in 2022 and beyond is cash. Fortunately, we live in a world where things like CashApp, Venmo and Zelle exist. The best thing about cash is that, unlike gift cards, they are less likely to get misplaced, lost or forgotten about. A gift of cash deposited straight into the graduate’s bank account can be used immediately, during post graduation vacations and festivities, or saved for college or apartment shopping later.

Everyone loves cash and no one will begrudge you for not purchasing an actual gift that they may not even like or want.

Gift Card

The next best thing is a gift card to a shop, online marketplace or restaurant that you know the graduate frequents or loves. They are more likely to keep tabs on that card if it is from a fave of theirs. Alternatively, you can give an Amazon gift card because the online retailer sells everything. And with a digital card, you don’t even have to be at the graduation ceremony or send a physical card in the mail.

Get Amazon

Personalized Gift

A graduate is certain to appreciate the thoughtfulness of a personalized gift. A keychain, custom gift box, personalized necklace, monogram weekender bag or a coffee mug with their name on it. Such gifts reflect throughtfulness and forethought.

Financial Literacy Book

After high school or college is the first time that a lot of young people are responsible for themselves and their own finances. Sadly, a lot of schools do not prepare adolescents and young adults for financial management and planning. A book or a set of books like “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School?” with 99 personal management principles can help.

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Study Skills/Self Care/ Daily Devotions

Depending on how close you are to the graduate and how much of their personal story you are familiar with, you might consider picking up a book that will help them be better students in college, or will help them take better care of their mental health and take more breaks, or get them closer to their Faith.

I hope these suggestions are good enough to get you a head start!

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Welcome First Child

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Rihanna has got love on the brain after giving birth to her first baby.

She and A$AP Rocky officially welcomed their first child together on May 13, multiple outlets have confirmed. The singer has reportedly given birth to a baby boy in Los Angeles.

After keeping quiet about the news from the public for months, the “Love on the Brain” singer confirmed her pregnancy in January.

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Limited Quantity: Where to Order Your Stand Mixer Before Christmas

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Stand mixers are among the list of coveted items that will be very difficult to get this year. If you have a baker, a foodie, aspiring chef, or other family members who has their eye set on a stand mixer, now is the time to order it for them.

If you do not want to risk a backorder of this item, consider the following sites that currently have stand mixers available.

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Kitchenaid Classic™ Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Whether you need 8 dozen of your signature chocolate chip cookies or several pounds of shredded chicken for Taco Tuesday, the KitchenAid® Classic Plus™ Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer has the capacity for every occasion. This durable tilt-head stand mixer was built to last, and features 10 speeds to gently knead, thoroughlymix and whip ingredients for a wide variety of recipes and comes in a variety of colors to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. Get creative and make more with your mixer with over 10 optional hub-powered attachments, from food grinders to pasta makers and more. 

$299.00

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Cuisinart® Precision Master™ 5.5 qt. Stand Mixer in Brushed Chrome

Cuisinart is changing the way the world mixes! Make a cake or bake the extra batch of cookies for dessert with the Cuisinart Mixer. Meals to be prepared in large quantities are no match for the 5.5 qt. capacity stand mixer.

  • Large 5.5-quart, stainless steel bowl
  • Powerful 500-watt motor handles the heaviest mixing tasks
  • Die-cast metal construction
  • 12 speeds for precision mixing
  • Tilt-back head allows easy access to the mixing bowl
  • Includes
    • Chef’s whisk
    • Flat mixing paddle
    • Dough hook
    • Splash guard with pour spout
  • Power outlet for use with optional attachments
  • Instruction and Recipe Book included
  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • Additional Accessories (Not Included) – Pasta Extruder, Pasta Roller & Cutters, Ice Cream Maker, Meat Grinder

$249.00 (TAKE Additional 20%OFF)

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Frigidaire 4.5 Liter Capacity Retro Stand Mixer Pink

FRIGIDAIRE’S Retro Pink Electric Stand Mixer offers all-metal durability and planetary mixing action for complete bowl coverage – the mixing head spins as it rotates completely inside the bowl, allowing better mixing than traditional 2-beater stand mixers. There’s no need to stop and scrape ingredients from the side of the bowl. Eight settings give you maximum versatility and precise control at every speed. Adding ingredients while preparing a recipe is easy; the head tilts up out of the way for bowl access or you can use the pouring shield to add ingredients. Nonslip feet keep the mixer still while in use and the splatter shield guards against messy drips, drops and spills. Attachments include a non-stick flat beater, dough hook and whisk. All attachments, as well as the stainless steel 4.5L mixing bowl, are dishwasher safe for fast cleanup.

$79.77

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Hamilton Beach7-Speed Stand Mixer

Ideal for everyday mixing jobs, this Hamilton Beach stand mixer features a roomy 4-qt. stainless steel bowl plus 300 watts of power and your choice of 7 speeds. Three attachments offer mixing versatility to blend, beat, whip, mix and cream.

  • Includes mixer, 4-qt. stainless steel mixing bowl with removable splatter shield, dough hook, whisk and flat beater.
  • Powerful 300 watt motor maintains constant speed.
  • Seven speeds give you maximum flexibility and precise control.
  • Planetary mixing action provides complete bowl coverage
  • Tilt-up head lifts out of the way for easy bowl access.
  • Splatter shield guards against messy drips, drops and spills.
  • Nonslip feet keep the mixer still while in use.
  • Stainless steel; plastic.
  • Wipe clean mixer body; bowl and attachments are dishwasher safe.

$99.00

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Kitchenaid Professional 5™ Plus Series 5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

Whether you need 9 dozen cookies for the school bake sale or shredded chicken for Taco Tuesday with friends and family, the KitchenAid® Professional 5™ Plus Series 5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer has the capacity for every occasion. This durable bowl-lift stand mixer is built to last, and features 10 speeds to gently knead, thoroughly mix and briskly whip ingredients for a wide variety of recipes and comes in a variety of colors to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. Expand your mealtime creativity with over 10 optional hub-powered attachments, from food grinders to pasta makers and more. Using the flat beater; 28g dough each sold separately.

$429.00

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Frigidaire 4.5 Liter Capacity Retro Stand Mixer Blue

FRIGIDAIRE’S Retro Electric 4.5L Stand Mixer offers all-metal durability and planetary mixing action for complete bowl coverage – the mixing head spins as it rotates completely inside the bowl, allowing better mixing than traditional 2-beater stand mixers. Theres no need to stop and scrape ingredients from the side of the bowl. Eight settings give you maximum versatility and precise control at every speed. Adding ingredients while preparing a recipe is easy; the head tilts up out of the way for bowl access or you can use the pouring shield to add ingredients. Nonslip feet keep the mixer still while in use and the splatter shield guards against messy drips, drops and spills. Attachments include a non-stick flat beater, dough hook and whisk. All attachments, as well as the stainless steel 4.5L mixing bowl, are dishwasher safe for fast cleanup.

$80.19

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Kitchenaid Artisan® Series 5 Quart Limited Edition Stand Mixer with Ceramic Bowl

Limited Edition Stand Mixer: Light and Shadow. Light & Shadow reflects time makers spend in the kitchen to make each moment feel special. Furthermore, each design element was crafted with intention, representing the idea that inspiration can strike at any moment, whether day or night – big or small. Through the contrast of light & dark, compelling textures, and unique styling, this mixer is a winning combination for the home.

$549.00

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Deluxe 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Whether you need 8 dozen of your signature chocolate chip cookies or shredded chicken for Taco Tuesday with friends and family, the KitchenAid® Deluxe 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer has the capacity for every occasion. This durable tilt-head stand mixer was built to last, and features 10 speeds to gently knead, thoroughly mix andwhip ingredients for a wide variety of recipes and comes in a variety of colors to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. Get creative and make more with your mixer with over 10 optional hub-powered attachments, from food grinders to pasta makers and more. Using the flat beater; 28g dough each sold separately.

$379.00

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Graphic in a blog article about ordering stand mixers which are in limited quanity because of pandemic pipeline shortages and may not be available soonl

Celebrity Roundup: Kylie Jenner, Cardi B, Drake & Lil Nas X

Celebrity Pregnancy round-up

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Rappers featured prominently in a roundup of pregnancy related news, including some unexpected and unusual references related to Drake and Lil Nas X’s respective album releases.

Kylie Jenner confirmed what’s been speculated for weeks: She’s pregnant with baby No. 2. 

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul documented her pregnancy journey thus far in a moving video she shared on social media on Tuesday. The clip starts off with Kylie holding a positive pregnancy test. She appears to film boyfriend Travis Scott’s reaction to the happy news as he can be seen hugging her in the bathroom. 

Kylie also reveals exactly how she told mom Kris Jenner — with Stormi handing the momager an envelope filled with sonogram photos. Read the Rest

Kylie Jenner with pregnant belly exposed in maternity share announcing her second pregnancy

And the hip hop community had a few odes to pregnancy recently.

Rapper Cardi B and her husband Offset from the rap group Migos welcomed their second child, a son.

The “Up” singer shared a tender Instagram photo of her and Offset sitting on a hospital bed cradling their newborn. She captioned the photo, “9/4/21” with a set of three emoticons including a blue heart, dinosaur and tiger.

The couple’s 3-year old daughter Kulture Kari was born on July 18th after they secretly married in September 2017.

Similar to her first, Cardi kept most of her second pregnancy secret, this time revealing it this past June during a performance at the BET Awards in June.

Drake in a side by side graphic from the album cover for his latest studio project "Certified Lover Boy" featuring multicultural pregnant women emojis

Rapper Drake released his much-anticipated latest album, “Certified Lover Boy” with a cover art that features a grid of 12 multiracial “pregnant woman” emojis wearing differently colored shirts.

British artist Damien Hirst designed the cover which Internet sleuths have stated looks to be a cross between the artist’s Spot Paintings with monochromatic canvases covered in rows of dots painted in complimentary colors and colourful dots and his work, sculptures of pregnant women is what seems to have inspired Drake’s CLB. 

Photo of rapper Lil Nas X in a faux maternity shoot with him wearing a fake prosthetic bayb bump, a crown of white roses holding a bouquet of white roses in an article about celebrity round up

Rapper Lil Nas X stirred up some noise when he decided to do a maternity style photo to announce the birth of his latest album project. In photos, featured in a PEOPLE magazine spread, the “Montero” performer wears a prosthetic bump.

There was a lot of buzz and chatter over the social media display, including among women advocates who said it make a mockery of pregnancy, child birth and fertility struggles.

Maybe to difuse some of the hate, the “Old Town Road” singer invited expecting women to share a photo of themselves and their bump along with their CashApp account

Instagram photos from rapper Lil Nas X's faux maternity shoot wearing a prosthetic baby bump
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How to Get College or Private High School Text Books Cheaper

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As students heading back to college and private high schools, parents are stuck with the quandry on how to pay for books.

Fortunately, there are a lot more options available to cash-strapped families these days.

One: RENTALS

My family has used Amazon Textbook Rentals and rented one book that cost close to $200 book for just $35.  What a huge saving, huh?!!

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Two. Purchase the Looseleaf Version of the Textbook

Another option is loose leaf purchases.

One would think it would be a violation of US and international copyright laws to copy a book and sell the pages but not so.

Over the past few years, publishers realized they need to be flexible with their market and so have contracted with third party resellers to permit them to sell the loose leaf version of books. Hooray!

You simply purchase a binder and insert the pages and you can save over $100 dollars on a text book.

We got a Government and Politics textbook that cost $70 new for just $22 from Barnes & Noble!  

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Three. BUY USED BOOKS

A lot of the rental books platforms also sell used books have standards and require the books to meet a minimum quality.

They describe what it means for a book to be in Fair, Good, Very Good and Excellent condition. HOWEVER, be very careful to get the correct edition. Some sites are not explicit in disclosing that it’s an old edition, the teacher’s edition or the workbook versus the text. IF the price is too low, be aware and make sure there isn’t a reason for a too ridiculously discount price. We got burned this way.

Also, if you get used books from third party re-sellers, be aware that a lot of them ship ground and therefore it could take up to three weeks for your books to arrive depending on where they’re being shipped from. 

If you have the option to select among several re-sellers, pick one located closer to where you live to shorten the delivery time. 

Finally, some of these outlets have few copies so it is possible that there may be overlap and the book may not be available then canceled. I mention all of this to let you know to be mindful of these factors when you go this route. 

Here are a few of the sources we have used:

Barnes and Noble

Biblio.com,

ValoreBooks.com,

Alibris.com,

Abe Books.com.

BookScouter.com

ThriftBooks.com

andChegg.com

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Four. Attend Book Swaps

Our sons’ school offers a book swap where students moving on to the next grade can sell their books at heavily discounted prices to underclassmen.

They then get to go around to the other cars parked in the lot and purchase books they may need from older students.

A lot of schools offer this cost-saving option. You can also haggle and bargain. One mom was selling two novels for $5 each but I convinced her to give them to me for $7.  It was the end of the swap so she was running out of options anyway.

Even if your school doesn’t offer one, check out nearby schools and attend theirs but make sure  you are getting the correct textbook and edition. This can be tricky.

Five.  Buy Digital TextBooks

Finally, a lot of teachers and professors allow students to consume the digital version of textbooks on a Nook or Kindle or another digital device.

Once a person owns a digital copy, he/he is usually licensed to download and print out pages needed for a class. Amazon’s Kindle has an entire website to e-textbooks. Enter the ISBN of the text, Title or Author and hit search!There are so many wonderful ways to save money on textbooks these days that you really have no excuse to pay full price…well unless you can afford it and your kid prefers a shiny brand new, unblemished text in the most ideal form, then go for it!

No judgment! If you got it, make it work.

Good luck, parents!

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25+ Casual Fall Outfits Inspo For School, Weekend

These Casual Inspo Outfits will keep you cool, comfy, chic and stylish for school and the weekend

As a blogger, I spend a lot of my time behind a computer.

When I’m not shuttling my brood back and forth to events, games, school, practice and such, I am plugging away trying to deliver the most relevant and up-to-date news, information, fashion style trends, pregnant or parent celebrity gossip, and tips for first time, new and veteran parents.

My style is comfy, casual, chic. I live in yoga pants, leggings, over sized sweaters, canvas shoes and ballet flats. I may jot to the gym or meet up with a friend for coffee but none of these excursions require me to dress up much.

That’s why I was drawn to the casual Korean school kid and BTS-inspired, styling of clothing on Polyvore when I spotted it on Pinterest

I realize that they are also excelent selection for female high school and college students!

I pulled together my five fave looks among the various looks the online clothier had put together and I tagged products from my partners at Shopstyle in case you are a blogger or other fan of comfy style and want to grab some of these pieces for yourself or get a closer look.

I have a lot of these pieces already in my closet and that’s how I knew they were made with me in mind! Ha!



The Most Decorated Female Olympic Track Star Allyson Felix and All the Moms

This one is for the moms!

United States Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just won her 10th Olympic medal becoming the most decorated female athlete in all time! And she did so after giving birth to her first child, Camryn, and fighting back naysayers who counted her out since she became a mom!

The 35-year-old California native ran blind, situated in the less favored lane 9, and accelerated fast enought to win the bronze medal in the women’s 400 meters on Friday. She ran a season-best at 49.46 seconds and did so wearing her own brand of shoes, Saysh.

Defending Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was the gold medalist in a lifetime best 48.36 seconds, and Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic the silver medalist; her 49.20 clocking was also a lifetime best.

With today’s medal Felix broke a tie with Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey, who has nine medals. She has also tied the legend Carl Lewis for the most medals by an American track and field athlete.

Felix parted with her longtime sponsor Nike after pushing back publicly about the athletic company’s battles with atheletes who return to the field after having a baby. She eventually created her own line.

Per Vogue

Felix gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, in 2018, and she has since been candid about her recovery and struggles while returning to training. In 2019, she broke up with her then sponsor Nike due to the circumstances related to her childbirth, sharing in a powerful New York Times op-ed that she faced a 70% pay cut in her sponsorship because of it. “During my pregnancy, I faced a gender injustice that I couldn’t run from,” she tells Vogue. “My employer [Nike] did not support my maternity in a way that I could be proud of.” With no big shoe sponsor this year, Felix decided to take matters into her own hands. But instead of finding the right performance shoe, she decided to channel her frustrations into creating an athleisure sneaker under her new brand, Saysh.

Felix competed in the finals with teammate Quanera Hayes who skated into the last round of the 400M competition on her time but came in 7th. At the Olympic Trials this year, her son Demetrius and Camryn met and hugged.

She is part of a long line of moms who had to fight stereotypes about our ability to perform at the top level in sports, come back after giving birth and generally multitask!

US Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk appealed to the IOC which had intially banned her from bringing her nursing newborn along to Japan. Amidst outcry from the world, she won and was able to take her daughter Zoe!

Here are some headlines about other moms who competed and are competing in these 2021 Tokyo, Japan Olympic games

NPROlympic And Paralympic Moms Face Big Obstacles To Compete. They’re Demanding Change

PeopleSuper Mamas! 10 Moms Competing in the Tokyo Olympics This Summer

CBSMarathon mom pushes Olympics to allow nursing babies

20+ Celebrity Baby Shower Themes to Inspire

ROOC Gretchen Rossi and Slade's Baby Shower
Gretchen Rossi’s Baby Shower

Watching our fave visual search platform, Pinterest, we noticed that baby shower themes were a trending topic, so we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our fave baby shower posts from years past.

Here are the top most searched