Thursday, November 20, 2014

Campus Book rentals & Rent Back program

College is an expensive endeavor. A wise investment for some, but definitely not easy on the wallet. Once you go dorm shopping, have registered for the semester, you look forward to the day you move into your dorm. Unfortunately, once you get there, you have to hit the book store. For many students and families, walking into the school bookstore is another hit to the wallet. All those classes require books and those books are not so much an investment, but something you're saddled with after you take the class.

But it doesn't have to be that way. You can skip the book store altogether. Or if you've already got a pile of books, there is something you can do other than let them pile up.

Campus Book rentals make it easy to locate books for your classes and rent them. Using their rental service can save you 80% on your books. Not only is shipping free both ways, but they have 21 day risk free returns and you can highlight in the book as though you paid for it from the book store.

Your satisfaction is important for them, so they provide live customer support for any issues that arise with your rental. Campus book rentals was one of the first companies to start renting textbooks to students and they have rented over one million textbooks in over 5,500 campuses nationwide.

They were founded by someone who knows the struggle personally, a college student who KNEW there had to be a better way to get books into the hands of students.

But that isn't all they have to offer you. They also offer a Rent Back program. Instead of selling your books back to the school for a dismal return, find the value of your textbook by entering the ISBN, Title or Author into their search and find out how much you can get by renting your used textbooks out to others.

You can earn back 2-4 times the amount you would have gotten by returning it by renting your books out to fellow students.

The reason I continue to work with the awesome people at Campus Book rentals and Rent Back is because not only do they provide an interesting and valuable service that I wish I had available to me during college, but also because they partner with a foundation called Operation Smile. Every transaction you make with them enables their partnership so they can help children around the globe get much needed operations to repair cleft palate, cleft lip and other facial deformities. Rent back has committed to donating a minimum of 80 additional surgeries from June 2013 to June 2014. I can only hope that with our help, they can increase that goal and help children everywhere.

Go check them out and be sure to share with the college students in your life!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

I only need this one thankful post

End of school. Lice. Showers. Graduations. Birthday parties. Pageant events. Pageant practices. T-ball. Doctors. Vacation. The pool. The fair. The pageant. Back to school for both kids. Princess lessons. Parties. Girl scouts. Outings. Weddings. Parades. Hospitals. Sick kids. Family. Waiting for a call for a transplant.

This has been most of our life since this past May. I feel like we've been running a race and we didn't know where the finish line was. All of a sudden, we found it just a few feet ahead of us.

My father in law is back in the hospital with an infection. They'll take good care of him, of that I am sure. The coming weeks, we'll focus on him, taking care of him and helping them keep up with things at their house.

But even with that, I just feel like the room is no longer spinning, we're not longer running from one thing to another at an alarming rate. We're not in what has felt like crisis mode as things blur around us.

I'm so damn happy right now I could cry. Between now and Thanksgiving, we're just going to live our lives every day. Slowly. Work. School. Home. We have only two engagements before Thanksgiving. One is a Brownie meeting. The other is a trip to the apple orchard with my Mom. I'm looking forward to that one.

I've been known in the past to post what I'm thankful for each day in November. There's nothing wrong with that, and it's great that we put it out there. We should put it out there year round.

I'm thankful for all the things you would expect. My children. My husband. My family and the wonderful family I married into. The fact that my husband has a good job, close to home and he likes the people he works with everyday. For the fact that I am here with our kids every day, that we are not missing these moments. I am thankful for our home. For all the things we have. For the reminder of how blessed we are. But what I am thankful for in this very moment is the sense of peace I have.

I am thankful for the very blank looking calendar. Because I know, though the squares are not filled with appointments and events and things we need to be at, I know those days will be full. They will be full of laughter. And love. And happiness. Probably a bit of sadness, some anger, and frustration. But they will be full of moments in our home. And it really doesn't get much better than that.

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