Cut college costs: Rent textbooks from Campus Book Rentals

We just survived another college semester. My daughter says joyfully, “I’m headed to the bookstore to sell my textbooks back and then I’m packing up to come home.” Unfortunately there wasn’t much joy to behold at the bookstore.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and members of my family. 

Excited about picking up some return on her investment in the purchase of her college textbooks my daughter loaded them up and stood in line with everyone else at the campus bookstore. However book buy back “ain’t what it used to be” and it wasn’t all that great then.

Consider this. Hundreds of students in line. Some even remember their student IDs (must proof that you are a student in order to sell them back). After waiting in line hours (yes as they go through each book and determine a quick value) you get $27 offered to you. Or a little bit more if you allow them to put the money in your campus account. Twelve books at over $600 and your return or returning them? $27.00. She could have made more than that going to work and working all those hours.

As she calls to tell me the results I’m glad she took the money and ran. After all she already went through all of that. But I did remind her that at the beginning of the term that she did have options and one of those options was renting her textbooks from Yes, I pulled the “I told you so card.” I’m only human.


Advantages to renting textbooks from CampusBookRentals: 
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways

-can highlight in the textbooks

-flexible renting periods

– shop from the comfort of your desk  – in your PJs – and we all know that’s what you are wearing right now

– no long lines for textbook purchases or buy backs

And, if you are anything like I was shopping in the bookstore was like dropping me into Whole Foods is now. I would get in there and find all sorts of fun things like school mascot earrings to pens I just couldn’t live without, paid too much for and lost them before the first semester was over.

Did I mention that it saves money and is more convenient?  I think it could stand up to being repeated.

Now, those are all really nice things but guess what? also means less waste, so it’s easier on the environment AND a donation is made to Operation Smile for every book rented. I’ll just add a few more perks like selling/renting your previously purchased textbooks to them and MAKING money on them.

How does it work?

It’s that easy! They even help with the shipping. So you can rent the textbooks you need, use them as long as you need to. You can even highlight them and you can save money.  As the parent of not one but two college aged students I’m not seeing a real downside.


‘Strange Magic’ fun, food, free printables and more

Strange Magic

It’s HERE! “Strange Magic” is now in theaters starting TODAY! Have fun at home or after the show with these fun filled free printables and recipes featuring all the strange magic of the movie.

Bog King Mud Pie Recipe

Strange Magic Cookies Recipe

Strange Magic Party Invitations

Strange Magic DIY Hat

Strange Magic Hot Cocoa Recipe

Strange Magic Fairy Jar

Strange Magic Potion Recipe

Fairy Wing Decorations

Optical Illusion

Spot the Differences

Memory Game


Download the soundtrack and play the music whenever you want – available on iTunes

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Movie details:
Cast: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare

Director: Gary Rydstrom
Producer: Mark S. Miller
Executive producer: George Lucas
Screenplay by: David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom
Story by: George Lucas
Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Jake and The Neverland Pirates free printables activity pages

Download Jake And The Neverland Pirates - Battle for The Book - Activity Pages

Not only can you enjoy the checkerboard fun available in the newest DVD release, but also join in the fun with Jake and The Neverland Pirates free printables!

This value-packed DVD includes the Battle for the Book! adventure plus 4 additional episodes, over two hours of fun! Plus FREE inside every DVD is an exclusive checker board bandana with gold coins, you can’t get anywhere else!

Official Synopsis:
When Wendy’s special Storybook is stolen by Captain Hook, Jake and his mates go to London to help Peter Pan’s friend (from the classic movie Peter Pan). The longer the book is out of Wendy’s hands, the more she and her brothers (John and Michael) forget about their past adventures on Never Land. The battle for the book continues in Never Land, where Hook plans to destroy the book and its stories in the legendary Ring of Blue Fire. It’s up to our young heroes to save Wendy’s Storybook and the Story of Peter Pan!

Voice Talent: Sean Ryan Fox (Life Tracker, East of Kensington) as Jake, Madison Pettis (Cory in the House, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and 3, The Game Plan) as Izzy, Jadon Sand (Frozen, Wreck it Ralph) as Cubby, David Arquette (Scream movies) as Skully, and Corey Burton (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Captain Hook.

The Box Trolls free printable activities and recipes!

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The Boxtrolls are coming to DVD and Blu-ray on January 20, 2015! We have some fun holiday activities and recipes for you! This great film has been nominated for 13 Annie Awards. Enjoy these The Box Trills free printable activities and recipes!

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Free printable Chuggington train craft

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While the kids are on Christmas break you may be looking for some fun filled activities for your children.Enjoy this free printable Chuggington train craft and order the latest Chuggington video on DVD!

Meet Baymax and his Big Hero 6 friends with free printable activities


Keep the kids busy tomorrow while you are cooking with these fun filled free printable activities featuring all their favorite Big Hero 6 characters. 

Draw Baymax

Baymax Holiday Bulb Craft

Baymax Coloring Page

Spot the Differences

Hidden Objects

Aunt Cas famous wing recipe

Big Hero 6 Door Hanger

Origami Baymax

Big Hero 6 Maze

Baymax Rocket Fist

Big Hero Six Path Maze

Big Hero 6 Postcard

Free Maleficent printable activities

free printable Maleficent activity

Use the button below to get your free Maleficent printables. Learn how to make the infamous horn and wings and more!

For even more Maleficent fun enjoy:

Maleficent Bonus Features Sneak Peek 

Review of Maleficent on DVD/BluRay 

Download Maleficent Activity Pages

Meet Baymax! Free Big Hero 6 printable activities

Big Hero 6 free printables

I recently got a sneak peek at Big Hero 6 at Disneyland! It was so exciting and I can’t wait to see the whole movie. If you haven’t heard about it yet here’s some information on this brand new movie from Disney.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. 

To get the fun started we bring to you these fun filled free printable activities and video trailer!

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Free Star Wars Rebels printables

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Join the rebellion with the brand new  “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel – perfect for a family movie night!  But before you watch the movie spend some time this evening with these fun and free printables! The half-hour series will premiere on Disney XD on MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Chopper Maze

Count the Stormtroopers

Draw Sabine

Draw The Stormtrooper

Ezra Activity Sheet

Ezra and Sabine Coloring Page

Imperial Force Word Search

Inquisitor Coloring Page

Rebel Word Search

Spot The Difference with Zeb

Enjoy this interview with Freddie Prinze, Jr. the voice talent behind Kanan and Executive Producer, Dave Filoni on some behind the scenes action on the creation and development of Star Wars Rebels. 

Brief synopis of Star Wars Rebels 

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope captivated an entire generation in 1977, launching a saga that has been embraced by generations as a timeless epic. Now, the Star Wars saga continues with Star Wars Rebels, a new half-hour animated action series on Disney XD that introduces a thrilling cast of characters that are new to the Star Wars universe.

The adventures focus on Ezra, a street-smart teenage boy who has joined a small band of rebels that engage in daring missions of sabotage and resistance against the Empire. Members of this rag-tag group  of rebels include Kanan, a cowboy Jedi; Hera, an ace Twi’lek pilot; Sabine, a Mandalorian street artist who happens to be an explosives expert; Zeb, an agile fighter and the “muscle” of the group; and Chopper, the grumpy but good-hearted droid. Together this motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost face threatening villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.


The Boxtrolls trailer: Winnie takes Charge

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Elle Fanning (as Winnie) takes charge in this latest clip from The Boxtrolls! The kids can’t wait for this movie to come out and I have to admit I get more excited every time a new clip comes out.

If you haven’t heard of The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

Of course there is an evil villain Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), who wants to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Why? Because he’s evil! Can Winnie and Eggs stop his evil plot?

The Boxtrolls is based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Look for the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan.

It’s rated PG and to be released in theaters Sept. 26, 2014.

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