Ziftit! A fun new way to shop online

Hey everyone! Today I’d like to talk to you about, partially because it’s almost November and, hey, I don’t know about you, but I still like to make a Christmas list. What better way to ensure that your friends and family know what you’re interested in?

I’ve always found it a little hard to do that online because I’ll find items that I want from several different stores and will have to build different wish lists on each site. But on Ziftit, you can add anything from any store on the web to your list! Even if you’re making it for something other than Christmas shopping. The Barcode Scanner app even lets you scan items and add them to your lists, on the go!

Gathering ideas about what to buy your friends could be great, too, because I know I’ll have a sudden inspiration and then forget about what I wanted to purchase later on. Even better, if you know that your friend wants a big ticket item you wouldn’t be able to purchase on your own, with an upgraded account you can pitch in with others. This site makes it impossible to lose track of everything you want for yourself and others.


Ziftit is useful too for the times when you just want to treat yourself to something nice. With the Trending Feed, personalized for you to your own style and likes, you’ll be able to find other great products that you might not have had the chance to hear about otherwise!

I think the site is great for college students in particular, mostly because of the price comparison aspect of the barcode scanner app. Because I’m a college student who really can’t afford to pay more for items when I could be saving even a few dollars, I definitely plan on using this with as many of my purchases as possible. Another thing I think college students should look into is the events part of Ziftit! You can create events and organize your invites on the site or even RSVP to other events! This’ll be great for clubs, organizations, charity events, Greek Life, parties . . whatever you can think of that you run into on a daily basis. It keeps it all organized!

Want to hear something even better? Ziftit is currently running a trendsetter contest where the participant with the overall highest influence rating will win $10,000 and be named “The Trendsetter of 2013”! Find out more on the website!

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Decorating Your Dorm Room!

Hey everyone!

Today I want to talk about college dorm rooms. Last year I didn’t have the most cooperate roommate when it came to making decisions and sharing the space. Luckily next year I’m going to be living with my best friend . . Only I’ve heard that the room will be smaller this year and I haven’t had the chance to see it yet. What does that mean? I’ve got to plan for everything.

I’m mostly concerned with making everything look nice and pretty. Inviting, too; no one wants to have stuff packed in everywhere so no one can come and hang out in the room. Residence Hall Linens¬†is one site that has a lot to offer for storage. Something I really liked that I saw was the Bedside Buddy because I’m always using stuff right before bed and need somewhere to keep it organized when I’m too tired to get up and try to find another place for everything. Especially when there isn’t room for a bedside table.

Take a look at the RHL storage page because it’s got a few things on there I’m really thinking will be great for me to use next year. The hanging organizers are great. Last year I ended with my shoes all sprawled out on the floor because I could never really find a place to put them where I wasn’t constantly pulling them out and changing my mind or trying to get something else they were on or in or around. The pain of having so many shoes to choose from.

Okay, more important than storage, there’s the actual decoration. Let’s face it. The walls are always some ugly color, there are probably a few things you’ll need to cover up, and having the right things scattered around the room will easily make it feel more like home. I really like to have a few extra pillow around to make the place comfy for everyone!

Perhaps more important: Where will I put all of my pictures? All last year I had a problem with them constantly falling off of my wall when I tried to stick them up . . But! RHL has there wall decal photo frames that, well, would have made my life a whole lot easier last year. Not only are they cute and easy to get off of the wall (when you want them to, as in not so unsticky all your memorable pictures will fall on you in your sleep) they’re affordable and useful! What more could you want, right?

I guess you could say it’s important not only to be rooming with someone you know you’ll get along with but to also create a space you’ll both be happy in. A cluttered, dreary mess can make even the best of friends hate each other. Probably. You wouldn’t want to risk it, would you? ūüėČ

{this post was sponsored by Residence Hall Linens but all opinions are my own}


The Vampire Psychologist Series!

Looking for a new vampire series to read? I know, there seems to be an endless amount of vampire lit coming from everywhere these days, so it’s hard to know what will be worth picking up. I’d definitely recommend checking out the Vampire Psychologist series, starring. Dr. Kismet Knight as she accidentally gets herself involved in a real world filled with blood-sucking creatures when she thinks she’s only looking into the newest teen craze.

The Vampire Shrink¬†is the first novel in the series and it’s just been rewritten, expanded, and re-released! ¬†Here’s the summary:

Kismet Knight, PhD, doesn’t believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn’t believe in vampires, but she begins to wise up when she is introduced to a handsome man named Devereux who claims to be 800 years old. Kismet doesn’t buy his vampire story, but she also can’t explain why she has such odd reactions and feelings when he is near. Then a client almost completely drained of blood staggers into her waiting room and two angry men force their way into her office, causing her to consider the possibility that she has run afoul of a vampire underworld. Enter FBI profiler Alan Stevens, who warns her that vampires are very real, and one is a murderer¬óa murderer who is after her.

The Vampire Shrink is filled with fantastic characters, from Kismet to the vampires themselves to Alan the FBI agent, who seems to know more about these vampires than he should. The writing is great, plus the plot is action-packed and filled with plot twists . . . And, of course, romantic moments.

You can’t ignore those book covers, either. I was looking through the old editions of book books and really prefer these. I feel like they relate so much more to the series as a whole. Plus they look awesome!

Once you read the first novel, you won’t be able to resist picking up the second right after you’re finished. Here’s the summary, just in case you aren’t sure you’ll be hooked:

Blood Therapy is a dark contemporary fantasy with humor, mystery, romance and adult situations.

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her clients, but when it comes to her love-life, she’s on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist – he also persuaded her to start dating him.

Kismet’s still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a psychotic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating – but she’s constantly terrified. And Dev’s become obsessed with finding Lucifer – before he comes after Kismet again.

So much for her nice, ordinary life…

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Need I say more? Try out this series now-you won’t regret it, and you’ll have a new favorite vampire series to read!

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A Golden Web – Blog Tour – Tens List

Today I’m happy to welcome Barbara Quick, author of A Golden Web, to my blog! As part of the tour, she provided a fun list of top disguises to wear.

Top 10 Disguises to Wear

  1. A fly on the wall. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or actor, watching and listening unobserved will help you create three-dimensional and fully believable characters.
  2. Yourself as a boy. Alessandra Giliani did it in A Golden Web because it allowed her to study medicine at a time when females were barred from the university. There are places in the world right now where parents are cross-dressing their girls as boys to allow them to get an education
  3. Yourself as a child. Remember‚ÄĒreally remember‚ÄĒwhat it felt like before the world tried to talk you out of being who you really are. It‚Äôs a big help in remembering what‚Äôs important to you.
  4. Yourself at the end of your life. There’s nothing like a fantasy of The Very End to help you notice and appreciate the sweet details of your daily life.
  5. A pair of someone else’s shoes (particularly if he or she is someone who seems to be dense, mean, unfair or all three). Fiction writers have to learn to love their villains, too.
  6. An evening gown, a push-up bra and a flower in your hair. (Certainly no explanation is needed.)
  7. A mud queen. Turn over some earth and plant something. Allow yourself to get dirty. Remember that the Earth is your mother.
  8. Julia Child or some other Iron Chef. Download a recipe for something highly delicious you’ve only eaten or seen at restaurants. If something jumps out of the frying pan onto the floor, discreetly throw it back in.
  9. Rock star. The closest I ever got to this one was doing a reading and book signing in Fairbanks, Alaska, in the dead of winter, for my first novel, Northern Edge, when the weather outside was 35 degrees below zero. Lots and lots of people came to see me. (Fairbanks will always have a special place in my heart!).
  10.  A dancer in Carnival! Take it from me: There’s nothing like a set of wings and sequins to put you in a cheerful mood.

Thanks so much, Barbara! This list definitely made my day.

Please check out the rest of this awesome tour, and come back June 1 for my review of A Golden Web!

Sunday, May 15: Ashley at Basically Amazing (Review)
Monday, May 16: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (In Her Own Words)
Tuesday, May 17: Erika at Moonlight Book Reviews (Character Interview: Alessandra)
Wednesday, May 18: Danna at Friendly Reader (Review)
Thursday, May 19: Britta at I Like These Books (Guest Post)
Friday, May 20: Lexie at Last  Exile Words (Review)
Saturday, May 21:¬†Julia at¬†Rex Robot Reviews¬†(Video Interview)Sunday, May 22: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info ¬†(Review)
Monday, May 23: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Tens List)
Tuesday, May 24: Arya at Sea of Pages (Teenage Garage Sale)
Wednesday, May 25: Julia at Rex Robot Reviews (Review)
Thursday, May 26: Corrine at Lost For Words (Cover Post)
Friday, May 27: Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Review)
Saturday, May 28: Cindy at Books Complete Me (Video Interview)

Sunday, May 29: Britta at I Like These Books (Review)
Monday, May 30: Sandy at Pirate Penguin Reads (Editorial Interview)
Tuesday, May 31: Lexie at Last Exile Words  (Character Interview )
Wednesday, June 1: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages  (Review)
Thursday, June 2:¬†Melissa at¬†Mel’s Books and Info¬†(Into the Past)
Friday, June 3: Jessica at A Fanatic Book Blog(Review)
Saturday, June 4: Danna at Friendly Reader (Guest Post)

Sunday, June 5: Christie at The Fiction Enthusias (Review)
Monday, June 6: Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Character Tweets)
Tuesday, June 7: Ashley at Basically Amazing (Tens List)
Wednesday, June 8: Erika at Moonlight Book Reviews (Review)
Thursday, June 9: Kari at A Good Addiction (Video Interview)
 Friday, June 10: Cindy at Books Complete Me (Review)
Saturday, June 11: Jessica at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (When I’m Not Writing)


July 2010 Wrap Up

It’s August, and I wish I could stop time and make this month last longer. I’m not looking forward to it ending and going back to school in September.

In July, I read:

The Iron King-Julie Kagawa
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover-Ally Carter
And Another Thing…-Eoin Colfer
The Maze Runner-James Dashner
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas-James Patterson
Size 12 is Not Fat-Meg Cabot
Finnikin of the Rock-Melina Marchetta
Ink Exchange-Melissa Marr
Princess Ben-Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Books I purchased: 2
Borrowed from friend: 2
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 0

Challenge Status:
What’s In a Name?¬† 3/6
Jane Austen Challenge 0/6
2010 Chick Lit Challenge 6/8
2010 Support Your Local Library Challenge 10/50

I read less in July than in June, but I have so many great books on my TBR pile that I’m not at all disappointed. Plus, so many great book releases in August! The next Artemis Fowl book, Mockingjay, You Wish, and Clockwork Angel .

How was your July?

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What are you Reading Monday; 6-14

This week, I read:

Never Let You Go-Erin Healy
White Cat-Holly Black
Carrie-Stephen King

I’m hoping to finish A Conspiracy of Kings, Zen and Xander Undone, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and Shade.

Not sure what I’ll start next-probably Wicked Lovely.

Finals are coming up next week-school’s finally almost out! Fresh air, hanging around¬† all day, no pressure-can’t wait! Only five more days left. Hope you’re all having a fabulous start to your summer!