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Back To School: Extraordinary Teens August 19, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Book Reviews, Books, Feelings, learning, life, School, School Supplies, thoughts.
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With everyone going back to school, it’s so much easier to remember the clothes, school supplies, and even money set out for lunch. But one thing that parents tend to forget: motivation. Since teens are often boggled down with school and extra-curricular activities, it’s quite normal to think “What am I doing this for?”. Believe me- I’ve been there.

But thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, your teens can have the motivation they need to go out into the world and do something- if even not everyone agrees with it. If your teen wants to start a business helping people decorate for the Holidays, then this book is for this. Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen is chock full of stories from teens that had no idea what they were doing but succeeded in doing it anyways. There are even stories from some of the most famous teen celebs- Ryan Cabrera, Julie Marie Carrier, and even Mythbuster Kari Byron. All of the stories are heartfelt (which Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for) and so inspirational that no teen will close the book untouched by the stories from these amazing teenagers.

chicken-soup-for-the-soulWhat I loved is that I could remember what it was like at that stage- awkward, uninspired, and just tired of school and nothing to go along with that. I wish I was as creative as the teens in this book. Each story is unique and each story has several sentences bold- true words of wisdom. This guarantees that each and every person that reads it will leave with a little something in their heart that says “I may not be a teen. But I still have plenty of time to do what I want- even if that means starting a business to help people decorate for the Holidays!”. I will warn you about something though. These kids achievements by themselves are staggering so if there are any teens or Moms who are sensitive about their academics, this may not be the book for you. While it it amazing some of the achievements mentioned, sometimes it can get a little overbearing.¬† But also with that, you can just skip over that box if you wish to read it.

Did I learn anything from it? I may be turning 25 this Winter, but I still learned a lot. I’m not too old to do this or accomplish that. If I can dream it, it can happen. Same goes for everyone who reads this- You’re not too old to do this or accomplish that. If you can dream it, it can happen.

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BTS: Back To Studying August 10, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in back to school, College, Feelings, learning, life, Mathematics, random, thoughts.
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Study Skills

Since everyone else got a Summer break from school, I thought I would get a Summer break from studying. And honestly, who can study when the temperature outside can easily reach 100* by Noon and the inside of the bedroom feels like a sauna? Not me!

I understand that it will take me longer to return where I was as I have to go back to a few things and re-study Algebra because I pretty much forgot some of the stuff I learned this past Spring. I know there are some things I will never learn in Algebra. I hate Math and Algebra. I will never use it in my career, so why do I have to learn it? But because it is required for me to know it in order to go college, I will learn it. I won’t like it but I’ll learn it.

I’m actually excited to start studying again. I an only read so much, watch TV so much, and sleep so much before it just becomes boring. Well, sleeping is NEVER boring. In fact, I’d love to sleep in if I could. But now, I am waking up anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30. I’m not happy about it, but my body just won’t let me sleep late. Plus, I felt a sense of accomplishment when I studied. Like I was working on something great. Maybe I was actually learning and didn’t know it.

But as I cracked open the book last night when I started to study again, I found 5 different sections folded down (kind of as my bookmark) and almost started writing in each section because I had forgotten where I was. Eventually I found my notes and the right section. I didn’t do much because it was late at night (almost 10 PM) and I was kinda tired. Am I happy to be studying again? Yes and no. Yes because I might finally be able to take the diagnostic test they have in book without freaking out and no because I suck at Algebra and Geometry. I understand that it’s part of college education, but in my career, I HIGHLY doubt that I’ll be using equations and area in my career.

Back-To-School Giveaway August 1, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in back to school, Blog Giveaways, Giveaways, Product Reviews, Products, School Supplies, Stationary, thoughts.
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The time has come for parents and college students to start buying school supplies. Backpacks are filled with binders, spiral notebooks, planners, file folders, pens, and pencils. If you’re tired of the same old stationary places like Wal-Mart has to offer, then I have the coolest products for you! Since 1945, Carolina Pad has been offering designer stations that is unique and for everyday use!

Carolina Pad‘s products are not only the hottest trends when it comes to stationary, their quality is unmatched. Their pages don’t bleed and their folders are sturdy. Their products¬† have shown up in TV shows like CW’s new “90210” and ABC Family’s “Greek”. If you can trust TV, trust me when I say that their products are amazing! They are bright, cheery, and so colorful. Why use a solid purple binder when you can make everyone ask where you got it with the Whimsical Flower Binder? I promise you, nobody else will have it. If you don’t want to hodge podge your school supplies, they also have collections to suit your personality. They even have a Kendall Kollection, where every sale benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Become a Carolina Pad fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter (carolinapad) and visit our web site at http://www.carolinapad.com to sign up for the Consumer Insights Panel.

BUY IT

Carolina Pad is offering Texas Banter readers 15% off a total order. Enter the code BTS2009 at checkout. The offer is only valid from August 1st to August 22nd. Any orders of $30 or more are eligible for FREE SHIPPING.

WIN IT

One (1) reader of Texas Banter has the chance to win a collection of Carolina Pad products from one of their collections: Sasquatch or Kendall.

To enter, visit CarolinaPad.com. Find one of your favorite items (or collections), come back and tell me. In this initial entry, tell which collection you prefer: Sasquatch or Kendall.


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The giveaway starts on Saturday, August 1st upon going “live” and will end on Saturday, August 15th at 11:59PM CST. Entries submitted after that time are voided and are not counted.

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CSN Giveaway- ENDED July 29, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in blogs, Furniture, Giveaways, Office Furniture, Products, thoughts.
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It’s almost that time- almost time to go back to school! Parents are buying their children school supplies and furniture for their college students who have decided to live off campus. Everyone remembers the basic necessities for furniture: couches, beds, chairs, desks, and televisions. But let’s not forget another basic necessity for computer desks- that all important office chair!¬† CSNChairs.com has an amazing array of office chairs for just about almost any price. They have the executive chair, reception area chair, classroom, and even folding chairs. So if you’re looking for a specific office chair for a specific purpose, you can bet that CSNChairs.com is the place to go!

But as a college student, you read a lot. And where are you going to put all those books you accumulate during your years at college? That’s right, a bookcase! CSN Office Furniture has you covered! They have all sorts of office furniture for your basic office furniture needs! If you need a basic computer desk with nothing too fancy, they have hundreds of basic computer desks for under $450, which is practically a steal! You can’t find that anywhere else. I have a computer desk and a computer chair. But I have tons of books and nowhere to put them! That’s where the Mylex Five Shelf Bookcase comes in handy. It’s really sturdy, easy to assemble, and it’s considered a “space saver” because it only has a 9″ depth, which is excellent for books, DVDs, VHS (for those of us who still use our VCR) and even CDs.

Thanks to our friends at CSN Office Furniture, we are giving one (1) Texas Banter reader the chance to win the MyLex Five Shelf Bookcase in Black! So what do you have to do to win this amazing back-to-school necessity?

Go to CSN Office Furniture, come back and tell me what item you would LOVE to have!

THIS IS MANDATORY! “Enter me” or “Nice giveaway” does not constitute as an entry and will be removed. YOU MUST LEAVE A VALID E-MAIL TO ENTER! OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY.

Extra Entries (7): Leave a separate comment for each entry and/or link.

*Follow me on Twitter (Username- texasheartland.)
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*Follow Manders on Twitter (Username- confettidreams.)
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*Blog about this giveaway

The giveaway starts on Wednesday, July 29th upon going “live” and will end on Wednesday, August 11th at 11:59PM CST. Entries submitted after that time are voided and are not counted.

Winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification. If the winner(s) have not responded within the 48 hours, a new winner(s) will be chosen.

All winners chosen via Random.org.