Off To College Items I Would Even Buy!

I may be way past my college days, but I find myself taking a glance at the suggested items on Amazon’s Off To College page.
Of course, they have your typical dorm room essentials, but some of the techie gadgets and portable electronics I would even buy.  Check out my little suggestive list below.

Waterproof Laptop Day Pack

This MOMUVO back pack has a wide open top, with plenty of pockets and zippers to keep pens, pencils, laptop, and small purse inside.
It’s also waterproof, with a USB charging port, and an inside pocket to hold your portable power charger.  (not included)

Portable Charger 38800mAh, LCD Display Power Bank

This portable charger from RGVOTA has 4 USB outputs, both USB & C inputs, and for those of us who can’t see anymore, the digital battery life display is simply perfect for my old eyes.

Super Tip:  Don’t forget to get short lightening cables, for the power charger above!

COMFEE’ Mini Fridge

Ya got to have an organized fridge to put your food and drinks in, and this vintage style, 3.3 cu ft COMFEE Mini Fridge does just that.
It comes with drink holders, a three temp adjustable freezer, and clear storage bin on the bottom.

Nostalgia Retro 0.7 Cu. Ft. 700-Watt Microwave

Just keeping it different with this small retro microwave! 

Portable Washing Machine

You wouldn’t have to ask me twice about getting this tiny, portable, washing machine.  It’s perfect for a college student who forgets to wash a few things, which they will.
It’s about 12 inches high and wide, and you fold it up when you’re done.

Sagler Portable Drying Clothes Rack

I own this drying rack, and did a video review here:  Sagler Portable Drying Clothes Rack

Portable Shower Caddy With Phone Holder

These kids today take their phones into the shower, and this waterproof shower caddy has a slot for the phone, and it’s touchable.  (I might get this for the next time I take a cruise).     

LapGear Home Office Lap Desk

Do kids even sit at their desks anymore?  If not here’s a lap desk with phone holder, mouse pad, and air flow cushion so it stays cool.

DTK 3 Tier Utility Rolling Cart with Cover Board

For added small space storage, 3 tier rolling storage rack is worth looking at.  It’s got a cover board on top, cup holders, side clips, and can hold up to 200 pounds.

CARTMAN 39 Piece Tool Set

And finally, don’t forget the tool set.  This CARTMAN 39 piece set has all the basic tools needed to assemble the items above.


Now is the time to get Amazon Prime Student!  Click on the link below, and get 6 month trial for FREE!

 Amazon Prime Student 6-Month Trial


Click on the link below to see more of my Amazon Super College Gift List!

Amazon Prime Day Saving Tips!


Yeppers, I will be participating in Amazon Prime Days, and I am so excited to save on some items that I’ve had my eye on for awhile.

This year it’s on July 12 & 13th, and I have learned some simple savings tips, and here’s 5 below!

 You have to be a Prime Member! 

That’s right, you have to be a Amazon Prime member to take advantage of these super saving deals.

Here’s a link below to sign up for a FREE 30 day trial, and you can cancel at any time.

Also, if you have a student, then take advantage of this deal!  6 months FREE, then it’s half price.  Cha-Ching if you have a college student.

Amazon Prime Student 6-Month Trial

Amazon App

Make sure to set up notifications on any deals you are interested in on Prime Day.  Here’s a little video on how to do this here: Amazon Notifications

Make a Prime Day List

Make a list of what you’re looking for, for instance here’s mine:  Prime Day Super Saves!

Super Savings Tip:  I like to make sure that I’m getting a good deal.  So, I use a price comparison search extension like :

Lightning Deals

When it comes to Lighting Deals, setting notifications on items ahead of time, comes in handy.  You will be notified when your selective deals have gone live.

Prime Credit Card

If you happen to get a Prime credit card, there is special card only deals for using your Prime charge card.


There’s so many ways to save, and I hope you go to the Prime Day Hub, and see all the extra offerings that are available now!

5 Things My Grams Taught Me About Gardening

Gardening Tips

When I was a kid, in the 70’s, I never really realized the importance of having a garden.

All I knew was that my Grams grew one, and I had to help her strip the beans of those awful strings, and then snap em into smaller pieces.  ( I didn’t think it would ever end). LOL

Today, I grow my own urban backyard garden, and here’s the 5 things my green thumb Grams taught me.

1. You can grow a garden anywhere!

Gardening isn’t limited to a big yard anymore.  People grow food on their patios, rooftops, apartment banisters, or vertically on walls.  My Grams used flower pots, whiskey barrels, and of course her little patch of land in her front yard.

She also grew grapes on a long, metal fence, and had a couple of cherry trees to boot.  Bottom line is, being creative with what you got, is key.


Southern Patio 15.5″ Resin Whiskey Barrel Planter

2. Its hard work, but boy oh boy, the food taste GOOD!

There is nothing better than walking outside your door, and picking the perfect beefsteak tomato, slicing it up, and putting it between two pieces of bread with mayo.

Or, how about picking a couple of cherry tomatoes, and throwing those babies on your freshly made salad, hence, that you grew from the garden too!  It simply taste so GOOD!

3.It’s healthier

If you want control over what’s in your food, then growing your own, is the way to go!  Many people have food intolerances, including me, and I like whole, natural, foods without all the chemicals.  Nuff said.

A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

4. Build your seasonal recipes around your harvest, and then extend it by preserving.

Grams canned, froze, or dehydrated whatever she could get her hands on.  My grandparents ate what was in season, and canned the rest for the winter months.

I have a feeling with the rising costs of produce, that preserving products are going to go sky high, and out of stock.  So, if you’re thinking about the ancient art of preserving, then check out my

Canning Essentials Idea List.

I also HIGHLY recommend that you get this All American Canner.  I have had mine since 2012, and it’s been worth every penny.  It’s a canning machine, that’s solid steel, with excellent results.

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

5. Save money, by stockpiling those gardening goodies

My grandmother grew up in Chicago, Il during the Great Depression, and there were many times that she had to beg for food as a child.  She always told me that she wasn’t too proud to beg, because she was simply hungry.

Fortunately, for all of us, she made it through those difficult times, and learned how grow her own food.

Her canned soups, stews, chili, relishes, and jams were to die for, and oh….how I loved her variety of jams and jellies.

And finally, as you can imagine, it was extremely important to her, to have a stockpile of food on hand in case of an emergency.  It not only gave her a little sense of security, but she loved to tell the stories on her produce savings.  Now you can see where I get it from.

I know that there are a ton of you out there that can relate to these grandparent gardening tips, and I hope it inspires you to take the challenge and grow your own food.  I promise you will get hooked, ecspecially when you know you grew it yourself.  Happy Harvesting All!




Cheap, Cute, Dollar Tree Wedding Ideas!

My son is getting married, and I am so excited.  I love my future daughter-n-law, and they are both super savers, proud of that!

So, now my family and I are on an adventure to have a beautiful wedding with a budget in mind.

First stop is my trusty Dollar Tree!



These arrow wedding signs above are just the beginning of Dollar Tree wedding finds.

Of course, if you don’t get them quick in store you’re out of luck, but thankfully you can buy in quantity online.



DIY Centerpieces, table settings, and more can be found by clicking here: DIY Wedding Ideas



Balloons, Flowers, Candles, Glassware, and for goodness sakes look at this balloon table runner!

I’m not sure if I would use this design for a table runner, but it would go beautifully over an archway.



Let’s not forget the bridal shower, there’s tons of ideas on their Value Seekers Blog.


Super Saving Tip:  Many of us are super busy, and we miss out on the deals in store.

So, sign up for their email list so that you can see what’s new, and get coupon & shipping deals sent straight to your inbox.



Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope that your wedding day goes without a hitch, and that all of us can stay within our budgets!  WE CAN DO IT SUPER SAVERS!  🙂







Check Out My Cheap, Seasonal, Pillow Covers!

I love walking into the huge home decor stores like @home, Kirklands, and Decor and More, but sometimes their prices can be a bit much.

For instance, the seasonal themed pillows are super cute, but my heart skips a beat when I see how much just one pillow costs.

I just can’t see paying that amount of money for one pillow, plus most people buy at least two, and where the heck would you store all of them?

Well, I got a little video below on how to get a set of 4 cute, seasonal pillows sent straight to your home at a fraction of the price.

Seriously, how cute are these, and the different styles are endless.  Next up will be summer pool vibes, and 4th of July for me!

Here are some links to the pillows I mentioned in my video, and head over to my YouTube channel for more Brandi Talks episodes!

Spring Pillow Covers

Fall Pillow Covers

Buffalo Cream Plaid Pillows

How I Survived My Puppies First 4 Months!

CoCo & Puff Doxie Pups

I don’t know how my hubby and I have survived the past four months with our two, adorable, mini-long haired Dachshunds, named CoCo & Puff.
We had intended on only purchasing Coco, but ended up bringing her brother, Puff, home too.
The buyer of Puff, had backed out, and I knew when my hubby inquired about what would happen to Puff, that we were going to get him.
Holy Moly, what were we thinking, two 53 year olds taking care of two puppies. LOL
Fortunately, the following items have been a life saver these past few months.
Feel free to check out my You Tube video below to see some of these products and puppies in action.
Some of these links are affiliate links.  So, if you decide to buy, I might get a small commission fee.  Thank you for your support!

New World Pet Products Foldable Metal Exercise Pen & Pet Playpen


This 30 inch, metal frame panel playpen has been simply awesome.  The price, portability, and angles that you can create is amazing!

Here it is in my living room below:


EZwhelp Pee Pads for Dogs



These washable pee pads are really great for smaller cages, especially if you can’t be at home for a few hours.

Metal Dog Crate Mats

You can also get metal cage mats, like the one below, which super water resistant. 

Purina One Puppy Food



The breeder sent us home with this Purina One Puppy food kit, and I have to say, we haven’t had one issue with their tummies.  Which means solid poops!  Yay!!

Extra Soft Pet Sleeping Mat!



This sleeping mat has taken a beaten, but my little pups love it.  I like that it’s washable, lightweight, and has maintained its shape.


XXSmall Dog Harness



I got two of these XXS harnesses for my puppies!  Great colors, price, and it also came with an extra collar & leash.

Trust me, you will need these harnesses when you have to take your puppies to the vet.  LOL


SERCOVE Soft Pet Carrier




My Doxie pups were only 2-3 pounds when I got them, and they both fit in this super soft, durable, breathable pet carrier.

At The Vet

These puppy products have really helped in taking care of these two extremely active puppies, and don’t forget to watch my video below!  Look at how tiny they were!

Thanks for stopping by and please comment below if you have any questions or what’s worked for you.


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