Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Is this subscription worth it: Book of the Month Club

This week I'd like to talk about Book of the Month.  This seems appropriate for by blog since I was doing so much book blogging before my last hiatus.  I was signed up for Book of the Month at one point last year, but I wasn't reading many paper books so I was having a hard time finishing one before the next came in.  I have since worked paper books back into my routine and I'm excited to get started on some new ones.

The way it works:  You can sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription and you pay for it up front.  The more months you sign up for, the lower the cost of each book.  At the beginning of the month, you get to pick from 5 books chosen by a panel of BOTM judges.  Each month there is a celebrity judge who gets to choose a book, also.  They will ship out your chosen book around the 5th of the month and you should get it in a week or so.  If you don't think you will love any of a current month's selections, skip that month!  You can cancel any time.

These are always current releases and books all the publishers and book bloggers are talking about and it's a hardcover!  If you just sign up for 3 months at a time, the shortest and most expensive plan, it's $14.95 per month.  $14.95 for a hardcover book?!?  Folks, I don't know if you have shopped books lately, but that's not bad at all!  I spent almost that much on an ebook of a new release I've been waiting for.  You can buy a copy of previous month's books for just $9.99.  I think this is a great deal if you are going to purchase books for your library.  I love to find a paper book that is a great read because you can SHARE it!  Let your friend borrow is, let your mom borrow it, let your sister borrow it, let the husband read it!  You can't do that (at least not easily) with ebooks or audiobooks.  If it turns out that it's not as good as you were hoping it would be, donate it to your local library.  Local libraries are a gem of our communities and they are often severely underfunded.  They LOVE when people donate books they can actually put on the shelf.  Books that readers WANT to read.  Then when you go see your tax guy in the spring, write off the books that you donated!  You practically make your money back on your investment and you can feel good about donating to your community.

As always, if my post makes you want to run out and subscribe to this product, PLEASE use the links so I can get credit on the site.  I blog for free and have to work a real job to spoil my kiddos and feed the family.  Share the love and shop the sites through my links so I can spoil myself with these subscriptions!

What do you subscribe to? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Is this subscription worth it: eMeals

Hey folks!  I may be getting back into the swing of this blogging stuff, I'm here for yet another regular post!  This week's subscription review is for a eMeals.

eMeals is actually a service I've been using for more than a year and I think I talked about it once before.  This service provides a weekly dinner menu with seven meals to choose from.  You can pick from several different types of menus like meals on a budget, kid-friendly meals, Paleo, vegetarian and many more.  You can mix and match each week by switching between the different menu types and and family sizes.  If you use the mobile app, you can add the meals to your plan and the app creates a shopping list for you.  The shopping list is very handy because it breaks everything down by the isle it should be on and it tells you which meal you are purchasing the item for.

I don't know about your family, but in my family the "What do you want for dinner?" debate happens WAY too often.  I make a suggestion, someone shoots it down, most of the time, nobody has any suggestions and we just end up staring at each other.  eMeals has made this much less challenging and has made grocery shopping more streamlined.  With all the changes we've had in the last 6 months, we like anything that makes life easier.

You can sign up for a free 14 day trial with this service to see if you will like it as much as I do.  If you decide you love it, and I think you will, you can sign up for three months at a time for $29.99 or do like I did and sign up for 12 months at $59.99.  Trust me, it's well worth the investment.  As with most subscription services, if you use my referral link, I earn free months, so please check them out using any of the links in this post.  I like free!

Have you thought of any subscriptions I should try?  I'm a sucker for this kind of thing and I'll try almost anything once.  Let me know, I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Wait

If you read my last review, you know I've started a trilogy.  I have now finished the second book in this series and the wait is on because the third book is already loaned out from my library's Overdrive account.  This is almost as bad a finishing a series completely.  Now I'm just sitting around waiting for the next book and have no idea what to listen to in the mean time.  I'm reading a paper book and a book on my Kindle, so I'm not completely book free at this point, but I can't settle on my next audiobook.  I've started and deleted a few already because I couldn't get into them.  This morning I even listened to the radio on my way to work!  I almost never do that anymore.  The only time I listen to the radio is when someone big enough to have an opinion is in the car with me.  The babies just have to listen to my audiobooks because I think they don't really care or know that they can care about such things yet.

I should probably pick something from the list I made for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge, but I can't pick because there are so many great choices on my list!   I printed the list and have filled in almost all of the tasks, but I've only completed three so far.  I ordered paper books for 2 more tasks and I'm almost finished with a Kindle book for one task.  Choices, choices.  There are piles of books in my house and on my Kindle, but it's hard for me to choose an audiobook.  Tell me, how do you choose?  What have you listened to lately that I should hear?  I want to know, folks!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Is this subscription worth it: IdealShape

Okay, this one isn't actually a subscription service, but it's a product I buy fairly regularly.  IdealShape has meal replacement shakes and bars and water mix-ins.  Their special ingredient is supposed to help keep you full for hours, but folks, my favorite part of this company's line is that it tastes good.

I've tried lots of different meal replacement shakes and bars over the years because I like the convenience of them.  Ideal is by far the best.  Melanie asks me to buy the bars all the time because she likes them.  She says that she can eat one for breakfast and not be hungry before lunch.  She even takes one to school for a mid-afternoon snack.  I joke that these are so good that you couldn't possibly lose weight by eating/drinking them, but you really can.  I have before.

I'm not currently eating well or exercising, but I still like to have a shake in the morning because it's convenient and it helps keep me full until lunch.  Someday, when I'm not so tired from babies who don't sleep at night, maybe I'll get back on track and start eating well again, until then, at least I have Ideal for convenience and because it's yummy!  I would recommend you start with one of their variety packs.  They have a variety box of shakes, bars and Boost, their water mix-in product. Some of our favorites are the double chocolate bar, the chocolate shake and the salted caramel shake, but I haven't tried any of them that I didn't enjoy.  Check them out and as always, use the referral links so I can earn free product, too!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrows is a poor Red girl from the Stilts.  Her life is turned upside down when she is busted trying to pick pocket a generous stranger.  Due to a curious event that should have left her dead, she is thrown into the dangerous world of the Silvers and is being trained to be their princess.

I have toyed with this book for a while now.  I even downloaded the audio once on the library's website and never got into it. Now I have finally finished it and had the second book downloaded before I'd even finished the first.  There were twists and turns in this book that I didn't really see coming.  It kept me interested all the way to the very end and left me wanting more, but that is the point as it is the first in a trilogy.  The narrator, Amanda Dolan, may be one of my new favorites, she did such a wonderful job.

Have you read this book?  Did you finish the series?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is this subscription worth it: Adore Me

Hello blog friends!

I'm so sorry for my extended absence, but babies and work and all the things have had me so busy!  Just when we thought things were getting 'normal', Lily got pneumonia and ended up back in the hospital for a few days.  Everyone has been passing around a head cold and now Mel is sick.  I refuse to get sick because I just don't have time for all that!  Lots of echinacea, vitamin C and multivitamins to combat this mess and I've been diffusing Thieves and R.C. and any other oils I think might fight the crud.  Hopefully we'll get all this kicked soon.

Here are a few pics I've taken of the kiddos lately.

I've been getting suckered into lots of different subscription services lately.  Some have been great, some are just okay and some just weren't worth it.  I decided that it is probably my duty to share what I have found!  For my first subscription service review, I chose Adore Me.

Adore Me is a site where you can get discounted bras, panties, lounge wear, lingerie, etc.  They have something for all shapes and sizes.  I was super skeptical of this service because buying a bra in my size is NEVER inexpensive and usually hard to find.  You don't just go into the local departments store and pick up a size G bra and even if you find one, it's NOT pretty.  I know, it goes under my clothes and almost nobody sees them, but there is a reason that this is a billion dollar per year business.  We like our undies to be pretty.

I caught a special the first month and got my first set for $14.95!  That is super cheap for a bra and panties in any size, but especially in my size.  I was so thrilled with my first order!  Everything fit great and there was even a coupon for $10 off my next order in the box.  This month used my coupon and ordered another set and I was just as pleased as I was with the first and there was another coupon in the box!

It's easy to skip a month if I'm not interested in anything new and I can cancel any time.  If I don't get around to actually clicking the skip button, I'll have store credit available for when I decide to purchase something new.  As with most subscription services, if you refer a friend, you can earn credit toward future purchases so if you are interested, I'd appreciate you clicking the link so they know I sent you.

Now I don't know anyone who needs to order a new bra and panty set every single month, but I think this is a wonderful site to use to stock up the intimates drawer and clean out those old ratty things you should stop wearing.  I definitely say go for it with this service.

Stay tuned and I'll try to make this a regular post.  If you have a subscription service you think I should try, please let me know.  I'm kind of a sucker for this type of thing and I'll try almost any of them once.