Help Support Operation Smile

My “baby”, Ashley, just started the second half of her last semester in college. It’s so hard to believe! I feel like just yesterday we were dropping her off for freshman year. It’s been a wonderful journey & she’s done very well. Her father and I are so proud of her & so excited to see what the next chapter of her life will be.

Since the beginning of her college career, we have used Campus Book Rentals to help with the large expense of books for all of her classes. They are a great resource for renting, instead of purchasing, the books she needed. The prices are great, you get free shipping both ways, she can even highlight in her books, and they over a wide range of flexible renting periods. Another thing I really admire about Campus Book Rentals is that they make a donation to Operation Smile for every textbook that is rented. What a wonderfully charitable thing to do!

logoHave you hear of Operation Smile? I hadn’t until I started using Campus Book Rentals, but I’m glad I know about them now. It’s a wonderful cause that has helped many children. Here is some more information from their website…

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

At Operation Smile, we’re more than a charity. We’re a mobilized force of international medical professionals and caring hearts. Operation Smile is a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind, leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. A child with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday. Children with cleft conditions who survive may have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing or breathing properly. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.

Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope.

That’s where we come in as the largest volunteer-based children’s medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local medical professionals in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.

As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, we work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Together, we are saving children’s lives.

Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?

So if you, or anyone you know, is in need of some books for college I would highly recommend you check out Campus Book Rentals. And remember, you’ll be also helping out Operation Smile in the process!



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Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your school’s community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. It is that easy! They do all the work from processing orders directly on their site to providing you with flyers and sample promotional language to help you spread the word. Get more information here: The fundraising period is from April 1st – April 8th 2015 and the deadline to sign-up is March 25th 2015 so check it out today!


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Four Ideas For Frugal Family Fun

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There are loads of options for things to do as a family. Enjoying a film at the cinema, going out for a meal or visiting a theme park are just a few. The problem isn’t that there is a lack of choice, it’s the fact that many of these activities are very expensive! When you are on a tight budget, it can be difficult to tell those excited little faces that they can’t go to see the latest Disney film or eat at their favorite restaurant. That’s why I have come up with these ideas for frugal family fun. Some are tips on how you can still enjoy the more expensive activities without blowing your budget and some are ideas for completely free family activities. Let’s take a look.

  1. Free: Arts and crafts

I think a day of arts and crafts is one of the best ways to enjoy some quality family time. And as an extra bonus: it’s absolutely free! Even if you don’t have a dedicated arts and crafts box, just gather together all your pens, pencils, cardboard, string and any other spare materials and be creative. You and the kids can either go wild and create whatever you feel like at the time or come up with a theme like Easter, animals or outer space, or anything you like!

  1. Affordable: Family meal out

Family meals can be expensive, but it is possible to cut costs when you know how. Have a look at menu prices online at websites like, so you can select an eatery that is within your budget. If you can, avoid peak times (unfortunately this tends to be at the weekend). Weekday evenings, and sometimes Sundays, are a bit cheaper. You may also be able to get a good deal by eating early on an evening during the weekend. Look for coupons in newspapers and websites and sign up for alerts from daily deal sites.

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  1. Free: Outdoor fun

The outdoors is one big free playground for you and your kids. You can play hide and seek in the garden, take a bike ride, play in the play park, go to the beach and much, much more. So, when the weather is good, take advantage of the outdoors as a way to have some frugal fun with your family.

  1. Affordable: Movie day/night

You may not be able to afford an outing to the cinema, but you may be able to manage a home movie night (or day if the weather is bad!). You can make this activity completely free by watching films that you already have at home. However, I’ve put this in the “affordable” category because you may wish to purchase some classic family DVDs or rent a movie. You may also want to stock up on or make some movie snacks like popcorn, hot dogs, and nachos! Who needs the cinema when you can get the perfect movie experience in the comfort of your own home?

Having fun with the family doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little creativity and some frugal thinking, you can spend quality time with your family without blowing the budget. Have fun!


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