Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Vanabode Offers Options For Travel and For Life #vanabode

Do you dream of travel? Or maybe just living a simpler life that allows you time for activities you love? Vanabode is an e-book and lifestyle resource offering information about one option to travel and live for about $20 a day.

A collage of promotional images provided by Vanabode author Jason Odom #vanabode

Disclosure: I received compensation including a review copy of Vanabode by Jason Odom to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own. This post also links to my Amazon affiliate link as one option to purchase Vanabode by Jason Odom.

Originally I expected Vanabode to be a travel guide, but it is more than that. Vanabode is really an option for a lifestyle. It isn't a lifestyle that will interest everyone, but if it interests you... You likely know who you are. I think the following quote from author Jason Odom may help you see if Vanabode appeals to you...

This description by the author best summarizes the Vanabode lifestyle:
"Author Jason Odom and his wife Kelly have traveled over 700,000 miles in 15 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas. Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States like national parks and state recreational areas, how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have, how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly - how you can do it forever if you want. Do you want to travel for 3 months? How about 3 years? Vanabode shows you how down to the tiniest detail and you do NOT need to make any expensive purchases to make it happen."

Included in Current Vanabode Edition:

  • Vanabode 126 page e-book
  • Updated information on acquiring a free cell phone with free monthly minutes.
  • Free Lifetime Exclusive password protected access to the Vanabode forum.
  • Online reservation system for renting parking places short and long term. 
  • Links to new off-grid communities where you can trade labor, or skills for living quarters, food and living expenses like free parking, and entertainment. 
  • Private list of small farms looking for "farm sitters" where you get paid to park and hang around. Updated gun carry law information. 
  • Links to climate resources for all data on where you will be camping for every month of every year. 
  • Links to special "spring finder" where you can get free fresh pure spring water on tap. 
  • Links to new "farmers market finder" tool shows you where all the fresh farmers markets and local only road side eateries are through out the United States. 
  • Master "host list" displays hidden communities all over the United States that welcome you to park and live in exchange for a little labor or expertise. 
  • Links to new job listing sites

Vanabode offers options and possibilities to cover all sorts of practical aspects of using a van for an extended road trip or as a way of life. It touches on how to eat well, ways to make money, links to resources and more. While I don't see myself living or traveling in a van at this point in my life journey, I found it eye-opening to read about the possibility and strategies to handle the practical aspects.

Where to Purchase Vanabode:

Vanabode is available on the authors website: and at some online book retailers including Amazon: Amazon's listing for Vanabode travel and lifestyle guide. There is also an audio version on Amazon for those who may want to listen to Vanabode while on the road.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Discover New Music With The Music Box

Subscription boxes are all the rage! It is no surprise, receiving a subscription box is a little like receiving a gift. The Music Box is a fun subscription box that introduces you to new music every month!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary bundle from The Music Box including a compilation CD and a box.

An example of contents from a monthly Music Box

My Experience With The Music Box:

I was impressed with the content in my Music Box. Each box apparently contains at least 2-4 music CDs and other goodies. That was very much my experience. I was surprised at the quantity and the quality of the music CDs.  My box contained hours of listening pleasure and I liked all of it.  It turns out that every Music Box is packed according to subscriber preferences and it is rare for two boxes to be the same!

The Music Box is also reasonably priced. They offer three options:
  • The Box: $10 per month, contains 2-4 CD's & other goodies.
  • The Envelope: $5 per month, is a compilation CD with 15-20 songs. Featuring genres such as Pop-Punk, Pop-Rock, Indie, Alternative, etc.
  • The Bundle: $13 per month, contains one music box and one envelope. 
 I highly recommend The Music Box for any music lover who likes to discover new music.

Interview with Ashley From The Music Box

 Q: How did the idea come about to offer a music subscription box like this?
A: My husband and I met at a music college (Full Sail University) about 5 years ago, so we've both always had a passion for music. We really wanted to find a way to promote up and coming artists and at the same time give music lovers an opportunity to discover them! One day I was opening my BirchBox and it hit me... THE MUSIC BOX!

Q: How do you choose the music on the compilation CD?
A: Choosing the music for the compilation CD actually takes a lot more time than one would think. You can't just throw all the songs on the CD and call it good. Kory (co-owner & husband) listens to every song and with his magical ears he is able to put the songs in order, in a way that the music just flows.

Q: Where do you find the bands that you feature?

A: Most of the artists we feature either submit their music to be featured or we recruit from social media like Twitter and Reverbnation.
Editors note: There is an artist contact form on The Music Box website -- here.
Q: How do you choose the items in the subscription box?

A: Almost every single Music Box is different. We never "pre-make" boxes, every box is "made-to-order". This process does take a long time but we try very hard to give each subscriber what they ask for. So, if they want Pop Rock music, we add at least 2 Pop Rock CD's. And then from there we add the extra goodies like stickers, wristbands, T-Shirts, autographs, download cards, etc.

Another example of the types of goodies from a monthly Music Box

For More Information or to Subscribe to The Music Box:

For more information, visit The Music Box website or The Music Box subscription sign up.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: The Available Tart by Eugene Roome

The Available Tart by Eugene Roome is a fun read about middle aged members of a previously popular all-female rock band. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to receive a review copy to read.

The Available Tart was a fun read and moved quickly. It changed perspectives a bit  and was occasionally confusing. It includes themes of friendship, moving forward, and plenty of rock and roll. It is at times funny, at times touching and always entertaining.

Summary The Available Tart:

  • File Size: 3630 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Vestibular Hallucinations Project LLC (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983569312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983569312

Plot Summary (From the Publisher):

The Tinseltown Tarts are a middle-aged, four member, once wildly popular all-female rock 'n' roll band from California. Facing a midlife crisis, Pete follows them on their Midwestern tour. He's keeping his distance, but he's on one of the member's radar...and she's actually available. The book's a fast-paced, humorous, sometimes serious male-perspective "romance" novel with a trashy title and many layers.

Where to Purchase: the Available Tart

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The Available Tart is available from many book retailers including Barnes and Noble and Amazon (Available Tart on Amazon).