#Review: #OrderOutOfChaos – Academic Planner, Time Management Book


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review, I was sent both a book on time management and an academic planner from Order Out of Chaos. I have previously reviewed other items of theirs, and was excited to support a company whose mission I’ve always supported.

I had intended on having this review posted prior to the beginning of the school year, but school has certainly started in this hemisphere by this time of the year. Perhaps this will serve as a reminder for something parents/students might like next year, or perhaps it’s the right time to upgrade to a better academic planner now to help your child succeed this school year. It’s never too late to make changes and start fresh!

“What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management?”

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As a teen who was the worst with time management, or maybe I was just a master at procrastination, I thought this book would speak to readers who have teens and want to tips on how to best help them succeed. I was planning on going into more detail about the book, but you’ll just have to find out more for yourself here.

In short, this book gives helpful tips to parents to help their teens succeed. These are great skills to help your child master now, so that they have the skills when going off to college where they will begin to fully rely on themselves. College professors don’t care if you didn’t get your work done because you managed your time poorly! Start your teens off managing themselves for a more successful schooling future.

I know when I was reading through this book, I found a couple tips that would have been useful for me back in my schooling years. Of course, much of my trouble came from knowing what I needed to do, but then taking the get-up-and-go to do it. I plan to donate this book to the school my mom works out, which recently added middle school grade to their school. This book will be helpful for parents of those students.


Academic Planner


I previously reviewed an older addition of this Academic Planner from Order Out Of Chaos, and was interested in giving the newly released version a try. (Just noticed that first review I did was 3 years ago!) I like that these planners are full 8.5 x 11 sized, rather than the smaller version available. I think that smaller ones fit in purses better, but for academic purposes, I believe think the larger sized is helpful for many students. This planner is designed specifically to break down each class a student has an identify what needs to be complete for each day. (I use to use my planned to indicate what homework I needed to do, when tests were, etc.). There are also useful sections for planning bigger projects and making goals for your learning.

Aside from its purpose as being a useful academic planner, his planner also works if you have multiple aspects of your life that you like to plan/organize. This planner has been working wonderfully for me as a means of keeping track of my personal, blog, and work deadlines and appointments. It would also work quite well if you have a couple children and a spouse’s schedule to keep track of in addition to your own, each person gets their own line.


Overall, I quite like both the book and this planner. If you have students who struggle with organization and time management (or even if they don’t), I’d recommend checking out both of these helpful tools. I know my school always gave out planners, but they weren’t as useful as this.


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Giveaway Event: Back 2 School Bash: Kids Have 2 Eat! | Ends 9/2

Back 2 School Bash: Kids Have 2 Eat!

Sponsored by: FreckleBox, YumEarth and Yummi Pouch

Hosted by:  Savory Savings 

Co-hosted by: Joy Makin’ Mamas, Swanky POV and Failing Perfect

 Back2School Bash Giveaway August 19 - September 2

It is time to head back to school and that also means back to packing lunches (if you were lucky enough to have the summer off from that!)  With the need to pack a lunch, there are many things to consider from being green to style and usability.  Krista over at Savory Savings has two particular little girls when it comes to Back to School stuff – and they love when they can combine being green with fashion-functional, too!  Check out the personalized lunchbox they received from FreckleBox, the delicious, organic fruit snacks from YumEarth and the reusable lunch pouches from Yummi Pouch!

Welcome, MaeGal readers! I hope you’re enjoying my getting back into posting and participating in giveaway events. I think it’s a fabulous way for me to bring you guys even bigger and better giveaways, ones that my stats don’t allow for just yet. As always, best of luck! I would love to see one of my lovely readers win.

How would you like to win a fantastic school lunch style prize pack featuring a $30 FreckleBox.com gift code, Yummi Pouches and an assortment of organic fruit snacks?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a FreckleBox, YumEarth or Yummi Pouch giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from August 19 through September 2, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected. Good Luck!

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Giveaway Event: Back-to-School Palooza | Ends 9/2

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Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights


Welcome, MaeGal readers to the Back-to-School Palooza! Enter for your chance to win a prize package worth $430.

I’ve always had mixed feeling around the back-to-school time of year. Depending on the grade I was in and what school I was going to. But one thing I always loved was back to school shopping! Not necessarily for clothes, but for school supplies. I have a somewhat unhealthy addiction to school/ office supplies.

This will be the second season that I haven’t gone back to school. Last year, after graduating June 2013, I worked at my old elementary school for the year, so back-to-school season still held significance. This year, I’ve finally left the school life, schedule, and childcare roles to pursue other interests. Maybe someday in the future I’ll go back to graduate school for my Masters, but for now I’m just happy to be done with schooling for a while. 

Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! It’s time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers – and their kids – we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students.

Here is what is included:

  • Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner’s choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99) 

Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details

  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment. 

If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!! 

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Good Luck!

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Giveaway Event: Don’t Buy It, Rent It Sweepstakes | Ends 9/7

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Welcome to the Don’t Buy It, Rent It Sweeps! One lucky winner will receive a $500 Amazon.com Giftcard! How awesome is that? Continue on to enter to win.

Back when I was on college (as if it was so long ago, its only been a little over a year), I always bought my books. I usually used Amazon to buy them, as most of the time it was cheaper that way. As I didn’t need to keep the book once the course was over, I generally sold back all my books at the end of the year. Sure, you lose money, but it worked. And then renting textbooks came along…

I never rented textbooks myself, but my sister has in the past. It works pretty much the same way as buying and then reselling the book, but without all the hassle and loss of money. Renting textbooks in certainly the most cost effective method. If I were to go back to school, I’d mostly likely rent my textbooks.

MPM is excited to share a way to help you save money on those high priced college textbooks. Rent your textbooks this year and save up to 80%.

With Amazon.com’s flexible rental program, you can keep your textbooks for a semester. 
Yes, all semester long and when it comes time to send your books back, they will even pay for return shipping. How awesome is that? All this means more money in your pocket for the things in life that can’t be learned from a book.

One winner will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 7th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below.

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Online Learning & Multitasking — Infographic

I’ve been meaning to share this infographic with you all for weeks! Thank you SO much to Sally for sharing it with me, and for being incredibly patient with me while I take my sweet time posting it. (And a thank you for asking about my Nana when I told her that Nana is currently healing from surgery– at 93 years old).
Thank you also to the companies who have been patient with me as I’m posing reviews later than my usual turn over time. I’m so grateful to be a part of such a supportive and understanding community. 
As for this here infographic, have a look! It’s perfect for this Back to School time of the year. It’s shares some great information about online leaning and multitasking. I know I enjoyed my online courses in college and would have found this helpful!

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Overview: Marinello Schools of Beauty

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For a brief point in my life, I thought about going to cosmetology school for either hair, nails or makeup (or helps some combination of those). It was a rather short phase, as though I like all these things, I’m not really that girly of a person so I chose other routes. However, I still think that it would be fun to go to beauty school for a while, to learn the skills.

Continue on to read my overview of Marinello Schools of Beauty.

I’ve never done that much research on beauty schools, but recently I was introduced to the Marinello Schools of Beauty, cosmetology institutes in Inglewood, CA, and 62 other locations. The closest one to me is a full state away, but nothing I wouldn’t be willing to do if I were to attend this beauty school. I would need to do more research on my options before deciding where to go.

Marinello offers a variety of programs of study to suit whatever beauty path you want to take. They offer Cosmetology, Esthetics (Skin Care), Manicuring/Nail Technology, Advanced Facial and Body Treatments, Barbering, Hair Design, Massage Therapy, Master Esthetics with Laser Certification, Teacher Training, International Certification, and lastly Specialty Workshops. Soo many choices!

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From what I’ve read on the Marinello website, it seems that they are very focused on giving you the skills and training you need in order to make a career in beauty. Careers in beauty are always going to be desired. They work hard to make sure students who graduate from their program will be prepared to find a job after graduation. Marinello has been around since 1905, they have to know what they’re doing after all these years!

Have you ever considered a career in the beauty industry?

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It’s That Time of Year Again, Back to School We Go

Tomorrow (well, technically today now) is my first day back to school post summer vacation. If all ends up going as planned, I’ll be graduating this June with my B.A. in Sociology (and a minor in Humanities). Therefore, tomorrow will be my last first day of a new school year ever. WOW, what a lot of mixed emotions that entails.

Though I am over joyed at being close to the end of my schooling career, the impending future that it brings is a bit overwhelming. School is all I have ever know for the past (almost) 21 years of my life. Elementary school, middle school, high school, boarding school, community college through my high school, and finally university.

I’m thinking perhaps I’ll make occasional posts talking about important events, achievements, and years in my school career, as a sort of farewell to this part of my life as I enter my final year.

Note: This also means that school will again become my primary priority. Excuse any slack in posts as I adjust to my new schedule. Blogging is very important to me, but it takes second next to school.

If you went to college, what did you study/major in?
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How To Save On Textbooks (CampusBookRentals.com Review)


Textbooks are definetly quite the expense for college students. If you are a student yourself, the parent of one, or have a college student in your life, check out these easy ways you can save money on textbooks by buying from your college bookstore, buying used online, or renting textbooks online (with free shipping both ways!).

Continue reading to learn how, and to learn how you can support Operation Smile while saving money on textbooks.

If you’re looking for  new textbooks…
check out your schools bookstore. For new books, they often have the best prices. And at least at my school, some professors require customized textbooks that can’t find anywhere but the bookstore. I’ve had at least two professors do this.
For illustration purposes, I looked at a math textbook. From my college bookstore it costs:
$139.50 new 
$104.75 used

If you’re looking for used textbooks… (Second cheapest!)
check out Amazon or other online, used textbook stores. Just Google it to find tons on different places, or just watch TV commercials. They seem to come up fairly often. This is usually the option I choose to order my textbooks.
I looked at the same math textbook. From Amazon.com it costs:
from $69.27 used
from $106.38 new

If you’re looking to rent textbooks… (Cheapest way!)
check out textbook rentals sites like CampusBookRentals. Renting text books can be a great way to save money. I find that renting math and other larger textbooks is the best use of renting. Smaller books are often better to buy used.
I looked at the same math textbook. From CampusBookRentals it costs:
$31.62 (130 days rental, quarter) 
$28.77 (85 day rental, semester) 
$27.51 (55 days rental, summer) 

As you can see from my comparisons above, renting textbooks (at least for a big ‘ol math textbook) is the cheapest way. In fact, the most expensive rental cost is half the cost of buying it used from Amazon. I encourage you to check it out.
I look time to check out CampusBookRentals.com, and I’d say it’s a pretty good deal if renting is something that interests you. I looked up the cost of my textbooks for this next quarter and found that renting would indeed be a cheaper option for me. For some of my smaller, inexpensive books (for classes that require books rather than actual textbooks), it was cheaper to buy used. But for my larger textbooks, renting is cheaper.
CampusBookRentals offers a wide selection of books, live costumer service, free shipping both ways, 30-day risk free returns, and flexible renting periods

As well as helping you save money on textbooks, CampusBookRentals invloved with Operation Smile. They have officially teamed up with Operation Smile and will donate enough to cover a minimum of 1,000 life changing cleft lip surgeries for children whose families can’t afford it. For every book that is rented, a portion of the proceeds will got to Operation Smile. They hope to meet and exceed their goal of changing 1,000 lives through Operation Smile.

Share Your Thoughts! 
Leave a comment below.
Are you in college? Is someone in your family a college student? How do you/they get textbooks?

Note: I am being compensated by CampusBookRentals for this post. However, it has not influenced my opinion on the company from what I read and learned. The numbers speak for themselves. All opinions are mine. Thank you to the company for the support.