Monday, September 1, 2014

Campus Book Rentals

It's officially September!
I was reminded of this fact while in the grocery store this past weekend with all of my little's and I could overhear conversation after conversation between all of our local college kids who just finished moving onto campus.
Of course it brought back all of my move in day memories....
Making new friends, orientation, finding out which fraternity was hosting a party what night, and the list goes on and on.
My not-so-favorite part of the start of each semester was heading to the dreaded book store and waiting in line with alllllll the other students who were waiting in line as well to pay for overpriced text books.
I wish all those years ago I would have know about Campus Book Rentals and their amazing website, and programs!
Campus Book Rentals is a website that allows:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

A new feature of the site is called Rent Back which allows students to rent out their current books to other students.
This is a great way to make a little side money in school each semester because it allows students to make 2-4 times the amount of money they would just selling their books back to their college bookstore.

I swear this company just gets better and better as time goes on!
They really know and understand the needs of college students, and are constantly working to make college life easier!
Below is a video to show just how easy the process  is :)

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but as always, all opinions are my own

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Summer Sleep-Away

I recently was sent a copy of Summer Sleep-Away to review.
The book is a  a young adult novel by local Short Hills, NJ author Ofer Aronskind.
I have to say even though it was a young adult book I really enjoyed it!
It is the perfect time of year too, being summer and all.
Plus, the author made the main character Mattie Kleinfield completely relate-able.
Mattie is a shy boy whose parents send him to sleep away camp one summer.
On the bus ride there, and the first few weeks, he wants nothing more than his parents to come pick him up and get out of that place.
Which I think is pretty typical considering he is kind of a loaner at school and in his neighborhood.
Then in a turn of events, it turns out THIS is Mattie's summer.
Everything goes his way!
From becoming a sports star, to a camp hero, to securing the camp's cutest girl as his girlfriend!
In the end he enjoys camp so much that he doesn't want summer to end.
I particularly loved this book because I am a mom to three boys.
I loved the way the author told the book from a pre-teenage boy's view.
I will definitely be giving a copy of this book to my children when they are older and have already gifted a copy to a few of our pre-teen male cousins in the family.
Ofer Aronskind does a fabulous job of maintaining Mattie's innocence all the while sharing and showing you just how much he is growing and maturing at camp-and it is all done very tastefully.
I also think there is a bit of nostalgia in the book as least for me there was.
As a young, pre-teen girl, I wanted nothing more than to spend a summer at sleep away camp bonding with my bunk mates, doing each others hair, making friends, competing against other bunks, singing camp songs, and drinking "bug juice" aka a container of homemade juice supplied at breakfast, lunch, and dinner on every table in the dining hall!
This book was able to bring me right back to that point in my childhood and made me really, really enjoy it!

Ofer Aronskin is on Social Media as well.

 received a copy of Summer Sleep-Away as well as compensation. All opinions in this review are my own.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Can you DIG it?

I attended the Activation/Digger press conference and to celebrate their partner ship I was invited to stay the day at no charge.  All opinions are my own.

This past weekend a special group of ladies and I, along with our families, were lucky enough to be a part of two amazing organizations coming together for the greater good of their communities.
DiggerlandUSA and ActivationReact have officially partnered with one another to help those in their communities, in need, when disaster happens.
Yesterday my family spent the day at DiggerlandUSA and I have to say it certainly was a highlight of the summer for not just my boys, but me too!

As a mom of little boys my life for the past  8 years has revolved all things boy-including tucks, machinery, etc.
Dump trucks, diggers, backhoes, you name it my kids knew the name of the vehicle and what it was used for.
Well at DiggerlandUSA my boys got to live out their childhood dreams by actually driving-yes driving! a few of these amazing construction vehicles, and ride on the others. 
The way their eye's lit up, I know this is a memory they will hold onto for the rest of their lives. 
I even saw some of the dad's who were with their sons having the time of their lives as well!
Construction trucks and dirt....what little boy doesn't love that?!
I was also impressed with the cleanliness of the park, the attentiveness and up beat personalities of the park employees (who all dress like construction workers-its so cute!), and the short lines!
DiggerlandUSA isn't like every other amusement park that lets a crazy number of people in, to the point where the park literally is bursting at the seams and you are waiting 2 hours to get on a ride.
 Rather, they only let a certain number of people into the park, which is great because their is virtually no wait for any of the rides!
This is a HUGE plus in my book!
The day we went was 85 degrees and sunny....I'm talking so sunny there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
But not to worry-DiggerlandUSA has you covered-literally!
At almost every attraction their is a huge beach umbrella by the line, and there are many, many picnic tables spread all throughout the park that also have umbrellas.
So while it was really, really hot they make sure to provide as many places for shade as possible-which was key for my family!
The one and only thing I think DiggerlandUSA could improve upon is their snack stand.
The park opens at 10, but the snack stand doesn't open until 11. 
So if you have thristy/hungry girls and guys (like I did-especially on such a hot day),
there is only one soda machine located in the middle of the park-and it wasn't in service :(
Luckily one of the attentive workers called over a manager who could tell we were desperately in need of some hydration and he was kind enough to pop open the machine and hand us two bottles of water to hold us over until we hit the concession stand!
Honestly, I was really impressed with the way they handled this situation.

The highlight of the trip for my oldest (8) was the ropes course- which happens to be the WORLD'S tallest rope course at
 4 stories tall! 
My middle son (5) enjoyed their craziest ride called the spin dizzy, and my youngest guy (3) loved the toddler play park with all of the crazy slides!  
I left DiggerlandUSA this past weekend with my heart just about exploding!
My kids genuinely enoyed themselves and every attraction at DiggerlandUSA.
DiggerlandUSA allowed my boys to live out their childhood dreams, and in my book that is Priceless!
Regular admission to the park is $34.95 (walk up) and $29.95 (online).
I have a coupon code for $5 off ticket price through 8/31 by using coupon code

Both DiggerlandUSA and ActivationReact are both very active on social media and can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
 Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions are my own.