Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two and a Half Weeks til GRADUATION! {& some book buying tips!}

I can't believe that I am about to finish my college career! I am so excited! :] I also have some MAJOR senioritis and do not want to get anything done! But, I am only two finals, two papers, and a couple of weeks away and I can do it!

I've been reminiscing a lot about the past four years. So I thought I'd share a couple pictures of me from my four years of college.



Beginning of Senior Year:

{And you all know what I look like these day! A massive baby bump and all that good stuff! :]}

Now on to the real point of this whole post! Today I want to tell you all about an awesome company that can help any of you who are still in school find your books for cheap! This company is Campus Book Rentals. As you can tell from the name you can rent  your textbooks. I honestly wish that I had known about this for the last four years because their company is awesome! I have rented from my school but the prices on this site are even better! Also, my main issue with renting online in the past or buying online and trying to sell your books back was always the shipping. Once you add that to the cost are you really getting a better deal? Well, with Campus Book Rentals you are because they pay for your shipping BOTH ways! You will not be paying for anything other than the cost to rent the book. Basically, if I ever go back to school I am getting my books from here. And I have already convinced my siblings that this is the way to go while searching for your books! Some of the other awesome benefits of using Campus Book Rentals are that you are able to highlight in the textbooks--in other words you can actually USE them and not have to worry about not being able to return them (of course don't completely destroy them!), they have flexible renting periods, meaning if you need them for longer or shorter than a semester the company will work with you, and possibly the best thing of all is that with every single book you rent the company donates money to Operation Smile! If you don't know what Operation Smile is then you should probably go and check their site out. Basically though, adorable children who are born with cleft lips are able to get operations to make their smiles even more beautiful than they already are! 

I looked up one of my Psychology books to find out how much cheaper it would have been for me to rent it. I also checked out its cheapest price on Amazon.The cheapest one I found was a LOOSE LEAF copy for $90 that I most likely would never be able to sell back. On Campus Book Rentals {click here to see for yourself} I could rent it for anywhere from 55-130 days with the most expensive price being $50.96! {You do have the option of renting for even longer for just a little bit more money. You can CHOOSE the date you want to return your book by!} And you don't even have to think about shipping! Pretty dang awesome if you ask me! 

I know that textbooks are ridiculously expensive and for all you college students out there and ESPECIALLY you newlywed college students this is a great way to save money! Check out Campus Book Rentals for all your summer classes and for any of your future college courses. I am sure you will save quite a bit in the long run! 

Until then I hope you all survive the end of your semester--that's my focus for the next two and a half weeks: Survive and TRY to not ditch my last four classes! Wish me luck! :] 

P.S. This was a sponsored post {this lovely company is paying me by satisfying my pregnancy cravings with a lovely fruit basket since I currently have no use for credit to their awesome site} BUT the opinions are 100% mine! I just think they are a super great company and I LOVE that they are helping Operation Smile out with EVERY textbook rented. Get your books for cheap and support a wonderful cause! Life is good! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dressing 'Le Bump' {#4} Plus a Story About the Little Miss

So recently someone said that they think I'm going to run out of cute outfits to dress up my bump. I really hope that doesn't happen anytime soon because I'm loving dressing my little lady up! We'll see how well that works when I'm further along though! So far I can still wear all my jeans {some unbuttoned some still buttoned} and most of my bigger shirts. So we'll see how much longer I can make all of that last!

Shirt- Shade Maternity $8
Cardigan- Old Navy $5
Belt- Charlotte Russe $2
Leggings- Target $10?

I got this shirt on SUPER clearance from Shade and it's a bit big right now so I pulled it down and made it into almost a dress. Haha. It is SUPER comfy though and that's all that's important, right? I also got a peach colored shirt and some black pants that I'm going to skinny up before I wear them but they are SO comfortable and they were a good deal! Yay for cheap and comfy maternity clothes! 

Okay, are you ready for the story about the Little Miss? 
I already posted this on Facebook but I figured my blog friends needed the fun, extended version. 

So last night around 3 in the morning I got up to go to the bathroom {I go to the bathroom about three times every night}. After going to the bathroom I headed back to bed and was lying on my side with my arm around my belly. All of a sudden Little Goose started squirming like crazy. Kicking and wiggling around like she was trying to get comfortable. She did this for about ten minutes and then I decided to see if she would respond to me pressing my hand up against where she was kicking. She did! So we played around with that for about ten minutes when I decided to see if she would respond to a flashlight on my belly. I put the light up against my belly and she hit it EIGHT times in a row! It was awesome! Then I moved it around some more and she would try to follow the light and hit it. It was SO cool! She has done most of these things before but last night we really just hung out doing all of this for a good thirty to forty-five minutes and it was so much fun. She is such a wiggle worm all the time but this was the most responsive she's ever been. I love to feel her move and I can't wait to meet her in about fifteen more weeks! 

Anyway, that's the story for the day! It was tons of fun! Now I'm going to enjoy the rest of my Saturday reading on our porch and hanging out with Race and Little Goose! Happy Weekend everyone! What are YOU up to? 

Friday, April 20, 2012


I have seen this list of questions to answer about yourself floating around the blogging world. I stole this from Autumn over at Stay gold, Autumn. {I found out the questions are originally from here: Hopes and Dreams} I am in no rush to answer all of these questions and I may never finish but I do think that they are really good self-reflection questions {and as Jess from Hopes and Dreams says these are good questions to ask on a date or something. Race and I have been g-mail chatting with each other during work and answering these questions. We're having fun learning more and more about each other!}. You should join me and leave a link with some of the answers to your questions! I'd love to learn more about you! 

I have already been writing the answers down on paper when I get bored in my classes and at work so I finally decided to put some of my answers up on the blog! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me as I learn a little bit more about myself!

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

I'll post the answers randomly in the next few weeks/months/maybe even years! 

Eleven Things: Were You Tagged?!

I'm finally doing my eleven things post that I have been repeatedly tagged in and repeatedly too lazy to do. I'm excited though! So first off I want to thank ALL of the lovely ladies who tagged me! {If I forgot anyone PLEASE let me know and I will add you!}

Cassie of Ben & Cassie
Not technically the eleven things post but I was also tagged by:
Sandy of Twelve Makes a Dozen 

Eleven Things:
  1. I really enjoy writing things down on paper. I have to have a cool pen to write with though otherwise it's not quite so fun. When I get bored in my classes I write journal entries or more recently I have been working on answering random questions about myself as a little bit of self-reflection. 
  2. I am not very good at making girl friends. My sisters/sisters-in-law/mom are my best friends. This might be a bad thing when I don't live close enough to visit all of them often. 
  3. I do not like to cry in front of anyone other than Race. Occasionally I'll cry in front of other family members but not very often. 
  4. I am a really slow unpacker. It takes me months to get settled into a new place. I was doing really good this time around until I realized that we might be moving again this summer. I don't want to finish unpacking if we'll be packing it all up in a couple of weeks! 
  5. I really like typing. I play typing games for fun and do typing tests {to see how fast I type} for fun and I honestly love it when I get compliments on my fast typing. Haha. I'm probably not even that fast of a typist but all the maintenance guys at my work are impressed by it so I feel really cool! 
  6. I love taking pictures of my baby bump. And I love posting them everywhere{blog, Facebook, Instagram}. I hope it doesn't bother all my social network friends. 
  7. I sit at home with my shirt pulled up and stare at my belly for hours at a time. I'm lazy and my baby is a cool kicker. {I take videos sometimes too but I don't know if people would be offended by my bare belly}.
  8. I call my mom pretty much every day. Sometimes multiple times a day. Is this normal?? I don't much care if it isn't because I like talking to my mom but I still wonder. 
  9. Sometimes I wish that I hadn't gone to college but had gone to beauty school instead. I still wouldn't mind going to beauty school someday. 
  10. I am graduating in less than a month. I didn't walk at my high school graduation so I'm really hoping I don't fall on my face or do something really dumb when I walk at my college graduation. Any walking tips? Haha. 
  11. I lose my keys/phone/wallet all the time. It drives Race crazy. It's gotten worse since I got pregnant. Haha. 
Well there are my eleven things FINALLY! Thanks again to everyone who tagged me! Now it's your turn to answer away! I'm going to be a bad blogger and not specifically tag anyone but I want anyone and everyone to do this and send me a link! Even if you did it a while ago you should send me a link so that I can read it! :] Have a happy weekend everyone! 

And before I go--here's a baby bump picture! 

Quick Breakdown of the Outfit: 
Shirt- Target $4 
Undershirt- Target $3 
Necklace- Made by my sister-in-law Nikki 
Jeans- Target $18

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dressing 'Le Bump' {#3} & Coming Soon: The Infamous ElevenThings Post!

So, I have been tagged by some bloggers to join in the eleven things post. Unfortunately I have been in and out of the blogging game for the past few months so I cannot for the life of me remember everyone who has tagged me! I want to link up to all of you lovely ladies in my post so please comment or email me and let me know so I can link to your blog and say thank you! I am going to blame pregnancy brain for this as well! So anyway, please send me a quick email or comment and I will link away when I write the post in a couple of days! And next time you tag me in something I promise I will be a better blogger and do it faster so I don't forget!

Before I leave since that stuff is pretty boring I thought I'd leave you with a quick Dressing 'Le Bump' post! This little bump is basically the only reason I get dressed these days and I am loving dressing my baby already! I feel bad for my Facebook friends because I post new bump pictures everyday. I'm pretty sure the only person my bump is exciting for is me! Oh well though! They are still nice and comment on my  pictures! One of my friends commented and asked if my baby was going to come out dressed cute. She better! No, she doesn't have to but right now I am working on figuring out what her first outfit will be. It's so fun looking at little tiny baby clothes and imagining my sweet little one in them. I can't wait to meet her!

Lace Shirt- Forever 21 Little Girls' Section $8
Undershirt- Target $3
Cardigan- Target $5
Jeans- Kohl's $15

I still don't wear tons of maternity clothes which is totally fine with me. I'm sure the day will come when I have to wear them a lot more! Haha. But until then I'll enjoy wearing baggier shirts and belting them to show off my growing little lady! I totally bought this shirt for my little sister a while back and then borrowed {read: stole} it back a few weeks ago. I'm such a nice sister! 

Anyway, that's the bump and blogging update. Other than all of that life has been great! School and work aren't driving me too insane and Race and I are really enjoying being able to spend most evenings together. This is a first in our marriage since in the past we have had jobs that prevent this. We love it though! I am hopefully having my sister and sister-in-law come up to visit at the end of this week and then heading home with them to go through the temple with one of my best friends from high school this weekend! She is heading out on a mission to Chicago, Illinois {where Race served!} in May and I am so excited for her! I'll be back soon for more life updates and maybe a pregnancy update questionnaire thing! And of course don't forget to let me know if you tagged me! I have a list going I just don't want to forget anyone! 

Have a wonderful day everyone!