Don’t Be Too Cool For School

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At last! I am done with summer school, which was one of the best and worst decisions I have ever made: the pain was intense but short; nevertheless, I had to work my bootaaay off. Regardless of being slammed with work, I was able to set aside around an hour each day to working out and rehab, although I am looking forward to dedicating these next couple of weeks to going all out. But… can you all believe it is AUGUST!? Where did the summer go… Last time I checked it was still May.
A little update on the craziness that is my life… I am now reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, which is all about “meat”, where it comes from, why we eat it, its journey from the farm to our plate + more. I am not very far into it but I will definitely give a more in-depth review once I have finished it. Next, I am going to read The Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and it exposes the truth about the effects of wheat, sugar and carbs on the brain… don’t worry though, I will not be going gluten free! Ever!
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I have also received my new Garmin Vivoactive watch which I am excited to incorporate into my workouts. It has a number of functions that I don’t quite know how to use to their full extent but it has great reviews so once I have used it for a couple of weeks I will be sharing my overall experience with you all!
July was a quick month but here are a few of my favorite things from the past few weeks…

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An often-overlooked piece of equipment in the gym, the ropes are sure to give you a great full body burn. I usually follow a pattern of 30 seconds on/30 seconds off.

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I have never seen Pumpkin Noosa on my grocery store shelf but when I came across it, I knew that I had to try. It was the perfect mix of pumpkin pie meets breakfast yogurt.

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Over the past few weeks, my cup of coffee in the morning has been my lifesaver. I usually drink it before going to the gym and it gives me the extra boost to beat my morning drowsiness.

Not only is it August already, but tax-free weekend is approaching in some states! (Wondering what is tax free in your state? Check here!)
Don’t be too cool for school this year, take advantage of the great deals that are being offered. Even if you aren’t currently a student, you too could save on some great products but if you have a student or teacher ID you may be able to find some additional savings!
Believe it or not, the National Retail Federation claims that the average family plans to spend nearly $650 for electronics, apparel and school supplies this school season BUT if you take advantage of the deals that are offered in your area early on, you could substantially cut down these costs!

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Check out some of the best deals:
-Best Buy is offering $100 discounts on most computers
-Costco is offering 90-day no-questions-asked returns on electronics, lifetime technical support and an extended manufacturers warranty for two years
-Save up to $200 on an Apple Macbook and receive a pair of Beats Solo Headphones with your purchase

-Bed, Bath & Beyond has a great selection of home and dorm items at a reasonable price
-Target offers everything from dorm room decorations to cleaning and school supplies

-Amazon offers great deals on pens, pencils and other office supplies. With Amazon Prime, shipping is free!
-Costco (usually in bulk), Office Depot and Staples also offer a number of deals on school and office supplies.
-L.L. Bean and Jansport backpacks offer long-term warranties

-Chegg offers a number of textbooks for rent with an easy return system
Amazon offers textbooks to rent along with new and used books for purchase
Textbookrush.com sells used books at a fraction of the cost
Abebooks, DealOz and Half.com also offer textbook deals but it is recommended to check around for the best price!
Bigwords.com compares prices for books from different websites

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