Book Buying Today

I began reading (for the 4th time) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but I just needed SOMETHING NEW. So, today I hit up Barnes & Noble for some new reads.

I was told by a waitress at Yanni’s (my fave local Greek restaurant) that if I liked the Twilight saga and Vampire Diaries to check out the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. So, today I picked up Dark Lover (the first in the series) by J.R. Ward. It’s listed as a “paranormal romance” series which scares me a little since I am really not into romance novels, but hey – a tip is a tip!

I also picked up My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler because I think she’s HILARIOUS. She’s got two other books and I will read those eventually.

I also snagged a few books for Xander – two first reader books and on hubby’s request Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday to go with our other “Alexander” book.

I was thinking of purchasing Hooked on Phonics for Xander – but then I figured I would work up my own from the reader books I’ve been buying and the internet. I know I learned to read pretty early and my Mama sure wouldn’t have used Hooked on Phonics. I just remember reading with my parents as well as working in workbooks and such.

Got any good “learn to read” links for me to bookmark?

Freschetta Pizza – $1.00 off coupon

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Freschetta. All opinions are 100% mine.

thumb-flatbread-zesty-italianMy parents both grew up in New York and I spent the first 8 years of my life there – so I am a bit of a “pizza snob” due to the amount of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G pizza that can be found there. For the longest time I didn’t even eat frozen pizza – because seriously, it’s so not pizza. After awhile I discovered Freschetta pizza and it’s probably become my favorite frozen pizza (being that it’s just about the only frozen pizza that I will eat).

I can usually find coupons for Freschetta pizza so it makes for a nice (cheap) and easy family meal. Buy a couple and throw them in the freezer! The four-cheese Naturally Rising style is my favorite. My hubby loves the four meat style! I’m a crust-lover so I’m really not into the flat bread style but some of the new flavors for the flatbread style might change my mind a little. Roasted garlic and spinach? Yum! There are also zesty Italian, Pepperoni and 5-cheese flavors to choose from and of course the flatbread style should have a little less fat than the original “crusty” styles.

Wanna try a Freschetta FlatBread pizza? There’s a coupon you can print to save some money! You can use this coupon on any of the Freschetta styles of pizza including Naturally Rising, FlatBread, Brick Oven, PizzAmore or the single servings!

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Plan A Safe Holiday

As December speeds by, many last minute buyers feel the urgency to find just the right gift for a particular person. BUT, in that search for something cool, people often forget about safety. Before you buy this year, you may want to check out what the Consumer Product Safety Commission has to say about that gift that your family or friends really want. After all, it’s no fun to get (or give) a present that isn’t up to par and has to be returned.

If you are still in need of some gift ideas why not check out my Guide to Gift Guides? You are sure to find the perfect gift for anyone!

Oh – and if you wanna buy something for ME (cuz you love me and all) take a look at My Wishlist! I’m kidding!! (no I’m not, lol)

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Christine’s Guide to Holiday Gift Guides!

A few of my online friends have posted fabulous Holiday Gift Guides for their readers! I just wanted to write up a quick post and let MY readers know about them! I personally haven’t even really begun holiday shopping. I have no money and my son already has too many toys. But – I’m sure I will eventually buy him (and my husband) something – so better get prepared, right?

As I locate more of my friends’ guides I will link to them! So this post will hopefully be updated soon! Happy Shopping!

Get Your Kids Ready for College!

I happen to know that as an “adult” college student – money is extremely tight! I couldn’t even imagine being a teenager straight out of high school going to college and also keeping track of my budget, feeding myself and maintaining a good grade point average. Any help that the young college student can get is good. Keep it within limits though – you want to teach them to be independent!

Where can a young college student earn money? They can work at several campus spots including the bookstore, eatery or serve as the Resident Advisor. Students can also get part time jobs at grocery stores or fast food restaurants. But – most of the time should (in theory – maybe not in practice) be spent studying and spending time with friends.

In order to save money, college students (including adult ones!) tend to stick to simple foods such as the famous Ramen noodles and spaghetti along with hamburger helper and if they are so lucky – Crockpot stews. College students need to realize that coupons exist for this reason also!

Mom and Dad can help though (of course!) Sears and KMart have these awesome gift cards (purchased in-store) that are distributed to both the student and parent. Parents can load funds onto the card online, in a store, or in a student shop at their local Sears and Kmart stores.

Are you on Facebook? Check out the CampusReady on Facebook application that Sears has created to help assist you and your college student to be “Campus Ready!”


For my readers who are helping your children make the transition to college, visit to find everything they need for their new dorm room in one place! Get “campus ready” with Sears CampusReady!


Posh Jeans at Armani Exchange


Armani Exchange is accessible Armani, inspired by street-chic culture, fashionable dance music and everything that signifies freedom and personal style. It’s the Armani label that caters to teens and young adults created by Italian designer and entrepreneur Giorgio Armani.

When I think of Armani clothes and accessories I think of movie stars and heiresses. I think of Paris, Posh, Fergie and Britney … famous people I could never dream of dressing like! But; like I mentioned – the Armani Exchange brand is ACCESSIBLE which means it’s less expensive than the “regular” Armani brand! That means – the average person (like me and you!) can actually afford this!

I checked out the Armani Exchange website and found a ton of gorgeous pairs of premium jeans – from skinny jeans to jeans for your average (but sexy) Mom – starting at $98! I prefer “boot cut” and “regular rise” jeans because I of course have that “mommy pooch” in the tummy thanks to having a baby (four years ago .. ahem) – so I clicked on their “J24” link to check out the selection. I was able to narrow it down to EXACTLY the kind of jeans I wanted! I loved the “Wing Printed Boot Cut” and “Potassium Straight Leg” jeans under “Destruction Wash” (although – my mama hates when I wear torn type jeans!). I also liked the “Cropped Sequin Skinny Fit” jean (sparkles?!) but there’d be no way I’d ever fit in those! A girl can dream right? Customers who purchase a full price pair of denim from Armani Exchange, in store or online, between 7/7/09 – 7/19/09 will receive a gift card of $20 off their next purchase of $100 or more, valid 7/30/09 through 8/15/09.

Also – during the “text A|X” SMS campaign – you can enter to win a pair of denim every day for the month of July by texting the keyword “DENIM2” to ARMANI (276264). For more info visit this website!

You can find Armani Exchange on Twitter at @ArmaniExchange or on their A|X Blog!