Friday, January 18, 2013

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of All opinions are 100% my own.

Okay college friends. 

 I know how tight money is in the college years. When I was at CSUF (you know, all the way back in 2012 ;) ), Dollar Musubi Tuesdays and the sales rack at Target were my best friends, while the bookstore was my nemesis.

Every semester I would sign up for a fresh start of new classes, and then get slammed at the bookstore with each teacher requiring the newest version of a $100+ book. I would search for other options, like the off-campus bookstores, or buying them online, but at the end of the semester, there would always be (at least) one book that no one would take back. Whether a new edition came out, I highlighted too much, or water damage, I was stuck. To this day I've got population geography and Chinese culture textbooks wasting away on my shelves. (Can I get an amen?)

I wish I knew about when I was in school. They are a website dedicated to make textbook renting a smooth process for students. The ability to rent textbooks is a huge money saver (40-90% off of bookstore prices), and you don't end up getting stuck with old books you no longer need.

I am impressed by the neat perks that come with renting from this site. They provide free shipping both ways and allow you to choose how long your rental period will be. If you drop the class, or the professor doesn't require the text anymore, they have a 30-day risk free return policy. You can also extend your rental period if you end up needing it longer than expected.

My favorite parts?

First, they allow you to highlight, underline, and take notes in the margins! Most buybacks will turn you away for a book you treated like your own, but understands how students need to actively study their textbooks.

Second, with each textbook that is rented, the site makes a donation to Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity dedicated to providing life saving cleft lip surgeries to children in need. Amazing.

Do you already own some books? Then make some extra cash on the side with their new program RentBack. With RentBack, students have the ability to rent their own books to other students. Now you're making money with last semesters textbooks --And you thought they were useless.

So when your next semester rolls around, make sure you check out But only if you like saving/making money ;)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas 2012

Can someone please tell me why winter is so short? It is absolutely my favorite time of the year! I had such a great time this year with all of the holiday fun.

I had the most wonderful time for Christmas. This year was my families turn to have us, and appropriately so, because my family has some major changes happening!

This might be terrible, but I think my favorite part of going home is seeing my dogs (they count as family right? so we can just say excited to see family;) ). I am dying living without my little wiener dogs. Poor Torrey has to listen to me whimper every time I see one walking by.

Harley cuddling on my lap. Reunited with his momma.

Baloo the bully, however, I don't miss as much.

He is a loveable, slobbery mess. Fun until he ruins your jeans. Oh did you just mop the floor? Well let me fix that for you with some muddy pawprints! Thanks buddy.

He can be a good companion to our wiener dogs though. And they share a few common interests, like for instance, green beans..
Did you see that monster tongue??

But enough of my furry family members! It felt so good to be home with my parents and sisters. I spent Christmas eve preparing dinner, and Christmas morning consisted of pumpkin pancakes,

lots of new kitchen tools, and lots of Madewell gift cards for me (thanks again family!),

What do you mean there are other stores?

And I swear its tradition to let the wiener dogs roam around in the present carnage.

Last wiener pic I promise. My sweet Christmas Harley <3 <3

My favorite Christmas memory of this year will forever be this unlikely pair:

I suggested Torrey bring his X-box with us so that when he opened a certain gift from my parents (newest version of his favorite video game) he would be able to play it Christmas morning. The excuse I told him was that maybe Jordie would want to play Halo with him, since she used to like to play when the family had an X-box years ago.

Much to my surprise, the minute he suggested they play a game, she was totally on board. They played Halo almost every waking moment we were there! While making Christmas Eve dinner I listened to them squabble over guns or who should drive the Warthog. Hilarious. In the short time we were there they almost beat the entire game. Best friends in the making?? Haha.

Christmas and aliens. They unplugged that middle string of lights for the X-box.

Our last day with my family was the most special of all- We went down to the San Diego temple so that Mackenzie could go through the temple for the first time. It was amazing to have everyone in the temple together (minus too young Jordie, who waited in the car! sucks being youngest).

Daughters 2, 4, 3, and 1

 Mack leaves at the end of the month for the MTC and will be serving the Tokyo, Japan mission. I am beyond proud of her. She only turned 19 a month ago and is devoting a year and half of her life to serving the Lord. Amazing.

I hope your holidays were full of present-opening, belly-filling, family-loving fun :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Fact is Tuesday: New Years Day Edition!

Happy New Year!

Fact: Having New Year's Day off with your Husband is awesome. When your holiday time is spent traveling to families (which don't get me wrong, I love), it's nice to have a little holiday we can spend just the two of us :)

Fact: Every year without question, my grandma sends me a Hawaii calendar. Except for some reason, she didn't this year! I guess I've been spoiled. Where do you even get calenders??

Fact: The Army definitely has its perks. Like when prepping for our trip to Singapore (which is almost a month away!), we realized Torrey has all of his vaccinations up to date. I however, needed three in one day. owch.

Fact: I will remember 2012 as the year I graduated from college,

the first time we experienced San Francisco together,

and the first year of our marriage.

At the SD Temple for the holiday. More in the next post

Fact: 2013 will be the year will be the year we travel internationally, the year my little sister goes on a mission, and my big sister makes me an aunt! (say what? more info to come!)

Sounds good to me ;) I hope you all get a great start to the new year. I for one can't wait to see what's in store for us.
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