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Prior To Parenthood {For The Love Of Blog}

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

More of us prior to parenthood!

 The Audi and I liked to travel before we had children.  Sure we still travel, but to different places now.  Kid friendly places.  Places like Disney World.  It’s where the kids like to go.  And honestly?  As you will see below we like the land of the mouse too.  It’s a place for adults and kids to vacation.  #Truth.  You know it’s true.  We all know it’s true.  So here are just a few of our scrapbooking memories in pictures
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Most of these pictures show our love for travel…hopefully baby will feel the same way!!
Dinner in Ambergris Caye
Yellowstone
Chatsworth House (Derbyshire, England)
Manchester, England
The City of Light
 I did buy some really cute Paris fashion items on that trip.  I might still own the clothing too.  #holdontoclothingforever
Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Botanical Garden
Zion National Park
Antelope Canyon
Nashville
It’s Dr. Audi! (Philadelphia)
New York City

St. Louis for my brother’s wedding

Disney World

Lake Powell
And now…

It’s MODERN DAY!

As in September 6, 2014.

Keep in mind that we were living in San Antonio when that blog post was written.  Hence the reason for our visiting St. Louis for my brother’s wedding and then traveling to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  At that point in time we weren’t yet St. Louisans!  Weren’t we such babies in those pictures???  I don’t quite know where the time has gone.  I guess 12 years tends to age a person. *wink*

Have you been to any of the places we traveled?

Meesh & Mia {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by turning our prizes GREEN! That’s right – each blogger in this Hop has a green giveaway just for you – so be sure to hop around the rainbow linky and enter them all, including the Green Grand Prize!

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Since my high school colors were orange and black, I remember classmates clearing out the discounted Halloween section on several occasions in search of the next outfit to wear to the game.  Jess can attest to how seriously some people took the term ‘school pride’.  I really miss it actually.  Now that I’m an ‘adult’ and I can’t really wear pom-poms for hair and witchy striped toe socks, I’m hitting up a whole different shop for my game gear: Meesh & Mia!  meeshandmia-6_600I am having a blast collecting different school spirit items.   All from Meesh & Mia, I currently have a BYU top and a BYU dress to represent my alta mater, a Patriots shirt to feel like I belong here in Boston, and now a pair of green skinnies that I wore to the Celtics game last weekend!

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These are The Stretch Skinny Jeans in Kelly Green.  I love that they come in more sizes than just S, M, or L.  You can order these in size 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, or 16.  I ordered an 8 and they fit like a dream.  I love the way that it fits around my waist without creating a muffin top or needing a belt.  The slight amount of stretch is comfortable, and the thickness feels durable.  Flattering and machine washable!  I’m a believer!

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On the way to the game, I heard some lady say, “Mmm, I am LOVIN those green pants!”.  I was seriously the only person there at the game in kelly green skinnies.  I think I’ll be wearing these all spring and summer long with navy stripes.

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These were the perfect thing to wear to a basketball game.  30 degrees outside and 70 degrees inside is tricky to dress for, but skinny jeans are a fantastic spring staple that works in both temperatures while you layer or de-layer on top.

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I also love that they carry the perfect clothing items for hot summer games as well as freezing Fall days.  Indoor and outdoor, dressy and casual, flirty and sophisticated.  Whatever your game-day style is, you can dress to your liking.  Their Spring collection is spot on.  Lots of soft, lightweight fabrics that are easy to layer and comfortable to wear.

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Hurray for fashionable school pride!   This company focuses on the ever growing community of female fans who love to show their individual style.  Their clothes are fabulously fashion forward, but they combine school colors and logos into their collection so you can look adorable at work, the game, and the after party, without having to change clothes for every event.   Some of us are way in to school pride, but we still want to look cute at the game.

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Meesh & Mia carries over 100+ schools, so go look up your university or alma mater and pick out what you want to be wearing to your next sporting event.  You also have the option of logo-free apparel, so can be even more versatile will your Meesh & Mia wardrobe.

Going along with our green theme, (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!), one winner will receive their own

$89 pair of Stretch Skinny Jeans in Kelly Green!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the ShamROCK Your World participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!
*The winner of this giveaway will be randomly drawn and emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Are you Back in School?

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Here’s a shout out to my five college siblings back in school!  Isn’t that nuts?  All it takes is a little family togetherness over the holidays to be reminded of how great it is to be DONE with school!  I kept hearing about exams, grades, and research papers over the break, and then started getting those final exam nightmares again!  One of my favorite things to never have to do again is worry about buying textbooks.  What a mess that usually was.  A big expensive mess.

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If you’re a student, and spending your entire summer job savings on textbooks is also one of your favorite pastimes, have you considered renting your books?  Here are some fantastic reasons to rent your books from CampusBookRentals.com:

#1) Free shipping both ways.  Seriously, don’t let shipping costs deter you, because there are none.

#2) You can highlight in your books.  If the way you study best is with a neon glow, carry on.

#3) Don’t worry about your school’s enrollment dates.  The renting periods are flexible.

#4) You’ll be saving a boat load of cash.  You can save between 40-90% off of bookstore prices.

#5) At the same time, you’ll be helping children in need!  CampusBookRentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.

Operation Smile is a medical charity that consists of medical professionals and other people who want to help, by providing reconstructive surgery and care for children born with facial deformities.  You can learn more about their mission HERE.

Now here’s an interesting new way to keep reaping the rewards of your textbook purchases.  CampusBookRentals has a new program called RentBack (www.RentBack.com), where you become the bookstore.  Instead of selling your books back to the bookstore for enough cash to buy a pizza, you instead rent your books to other students and get part of the proceeds every time your book is rented.  Sounds like a sweet deal.  Look into it, kids.

And so, my studious little friends, every time you sit down to calculate this upcoming semester’s cost of textbooks, remember that there are MUCH BETTER options!  Remember to look into CampusBookRentals.com, as well as RentBack, and save yourself some much needed cash!

Residence Hall Linens Multi Blogger Giveaway!

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I’m about to reveal something about myself, Tara of Dandy Giveaway, to hundreds (okay thousands… since this is a multi blogger giveaway) of people at once.  When I finally moved away from home for college I was in my sophomore year and the year was 1997.  That means I graduated from high school only a few years past 15 years ago and makes me 5 years away from the big 4-0.  Whew.  I’m glad I could get that off my chest and admit it all oh so quickly!  Back when I went away to school there weren’t many options for finding all the gear I needed for my dorm room/apartment room all in one place.  I had only just recently acquired an email address and no one shopped online, because very few people had the internet!  So that meant my mom and I went to store after store looking for the perfect bedding, bathroom accessories, and towels.  It took FOREVER!  Kids of today have it soooo easy…

Now they can find everything they need all in one stop.  Online at Residence Hall Linens!  This web store seriously has everything a college student needs so they can focus on the truly important things… like studying.  🙂   Here are just a few of the great looks:

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So if you have a Senior in high school at your house or even one that’s about to head off to heading off for winter semester then you now know to direct them to RHL.  The linens are also always perfect for home use, too.  😉

I’m so every excited to be working with these great blogs to bring you the following fantastically dandy prize!

Cori’s Cozy CornerIt’s Just Me (an ordinary blog),  It Mom, Leafy Not Beefy, Merlot Mommy, Me and My Handful, Better in Bulk,  Chaos To Creativity, Ramblingstump, Living Through Motherhood, Fun Reviews And Giveaways, STL Motherhood, NYCitified, and Peonies & Poppyseeds!

And now for the giveaway…

One very lucky winner is going to receive a Student Starter Pack from Residence Hall Linens!

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*Prize package is a $188 value and includes the following:

  • 2 extra-long fitted sheets
  • 2 extra-long flat sheets
  • 2 standard pillow cases
  • 1 extra-fluffy pillow
  • 1 extra-long reversible comforter
  • 1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
  • 2 all-cotton bath towels
  • 2 matching cotton hand towels
  • 2 matching cotton wash cloths
  • 1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
  • 1 bedside buddy

*Winner’s choice on color combination.

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below the rules.)

RULES:

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of December 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This multi blogger giveaway was sponsored by Residence Hall Linens, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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Fluffy Garden Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite things about being a military spouse is moving to new locations and meeting new people — moving away from those new friends never feels like good-bye since we have Facebook and other ways to keep in touch, but it also never feels like good-bye because the chances of meeting up again in the military are just too good!  Kierston and I met when we were living in the middle of the California desert; our husbands worked together and we have boys who are just months apart in age, so it was a quick match for our entire family.  We moved to North Carolina about three years ago, and we were ecstatic when Kierston’s family moved to North Carolina just about three months ago!Cover Photo

Almost immediately after making a cross-country trip and getting settled in their new location, Kierston opened up her Facebook shop Fluffy Garden Boutique, where she makes custom orders of just about anything that can be crocheted, sewn, or painted!  She is completely invested in her shop and in her products, and her passion is evident on her Facebook updates that usually include some sort of amazing special or giveaway for her fans.

 Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop:

 

Around the House items include this Multipurpose Wash Cloth (shown above), Washable Swiffer Cover, or a cute Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Fluffy Garden Boutique also features great sets for photography props or photo shoots, such as this Mermaid Set with Shell Top and Starfish Headband

The Beanies, Hats, and Diaper Covers also include lots of fun seasonal products, such as this Football Beanie

Photo: OSU inspired headband (can be customized to any team) sizes NB, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 12m, toddler, child or adult $5 free shipping

Or hard-core football fans will love to check out the College and NFL Themes Crochet album with items such as this OSU-Inspired Headband (can be customized for any team, any size infant to adults), totes, or throws.

 Since Kierston is a military spouse herself, she knows the difficulty that goes with numerous deployments, long hours/days/weeks, and sacrifice to serve our country.  Fluffy Garden Boutique features a Military Heroes Wall of Fame open to any branch of service — just e-mail your picture and she’ll add it to this album!

And, just in time for the fall season, Fluffy Garden Boutique is offering a $30 Gift Certificate to use in the shop by November 1!  Check out Fluffy Garden Boutique on Facebook, then come back here to enter to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of September 14th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fluffy Garden Boutique, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Is College Worth It? {Book Review}

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I have always, always loved reading, but there are few books that stay in my mind as much as this one did.  I actually received it in and finished it literally in one sitting about a month ago, but I’ve given some time for me to sort through the thoughts in my head before attempting to write a clear, concise review.  There were a number of nights that I would be awake in bed, thinking of this book and my response to it, and my husband (who read it over the course of the next week after I begged him to so I could bounce my ideas off of someone!) and I have had quite a few discussions about some of the topics in this book over the past few weeks.

Is College Worth It? was written by former United States Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and Liberal Arts graduate David Wilezol, and each author provides an educated perspective with strong points and valid arguments.  “[They] assess the problems of American higher education at various levels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves our students.”

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One of the first points that caught my attention was the financial aid situation that seems to be spiraling out of control.  I was shocked to learn that the student loan “bubble” is just waiting to burst, quite like the housing market did several years ago.  The difference between the two, according to Is College Worth It?, is that the amount of money that has been borrowed through student loans is more than double the amount that was sitting in the housing market.  I remember being surprised when I was attending college to see how much money was available from financial aid each term, and I was even more surprised when I would overhear classmates talk about taking classes during the summer or adding “fluff” classes to get to full-time status so they could qualify and use every penny available to them through these loans.  I know many who have easily tens of thousands of dollars in student loans and are struggling to make those payments, even if they are lucky enough to have a full-time job.

On top of that, some didn’t graduate and are in an even more precarious situation since they don’t have a degree to make them eligible for higher-paying jobs.  Bennett and Wilezol discuss how many students are expected to go to college or how parents assume that just having their kids go straight to a four-year university will lead to a degree and career.  This, though, is not always the case — many students are not ready for college or don’t have the desire or the drive necessary to succeed in this new environment.  These students might have better success in a community college or in a technical school that would allow them different opportunities with smaller class sizes, a variety of formats for learning (online, hybrid, more/less class meetings each week, etc.), and more practical degree plans that would be suited to their interests.  I’ve taught English, Reading, and Early Childhood Education for the past six years at both community colleges and universities, and I agree wholeheartedly with Bennett and Wilezol that students who are underprepared for or are uninterested in college should reconsider how they are using their time and money at that stage in their lives.

The other part of this book that stuck in my head was how the option of joining the military to pay for college was hardly given the time or “room” in the book that I certainly believe it deserves.  Only one or two paragraphs are written about West Point or the Naval Academy — both of which are highly rated academically, require no monetary cost for tuition from the student, and result in becoming a commissioned officer in the armed forces.  I can’t recall any mention in this book of the ROTC programs available at most universities throughout the nation that also provide tuition, a stipend, and a career.  There’s a passing mention of the GI Bill available to those who enlist, and there is no mention of 100% tuition assistance available while enlisted servicemembers are on active duty.

  In fact, one of the fictional “case study” examples in the last chapter of this book gives a scenario where a young man graduated from high school, had been working as a roofer for about a year, still lived with his parents, and used his free time to smoke pot and play video games with his friends from high school.  The authors’ suggestion for this scenario?  Join the military.

SAY WHAT???!!   

The authors explained that this fictional example character was used to hard work outdoors with long hours and manual labor, which would prepare him for the military.  They then briefly mentioned that the GI Bill would be available if he decided he wanted to go to college later.  And they jokingly said something about him needing to stop smoking pot.

I was absolutely shocked.

Let me give you a better scenario.

A young man just barely graduates from high school and doesn’t have the grades or really even the drive to go to college.  However, he spent two years as a cross-age tutor in an elementary school with a fabulous teacher who inspired him to become a teacher himself.  He’s a good kid — doesn’t drink, smoke, or use illegal drugs; is active and plays varsity sports; and even attends church regularly — but he knows that college is not really an option for him at that point.  When the Marine Corps recruiter calls him and offers an opportunity to serve his country, work at a full-time job, and later attend college, he enlists and prepares to go to boot camp.  His boot camp report date?  September 24, 2001 – not even two weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

He becomes a Marine and serves his country for four years.  During that time, he enrolls in the university on the base and is able to take 45 credits of college coursework at no cost to him, thanks to the Tuition Assistance program, and he maintains a 3.6 GPA.  He decides not to re-enlist, but to attend college full-time to fulfill his goal of becoming a teacher.  His GPA and the 45 college credits allows him to enter a four-year university as a transfer student, making the application process much less stressful since his high school grades are not even considered.  He uses the GI Bill for two years, which provides him a stipend each month to pay for tuition, books, housing, groceries, whatever.  He also works at the nearby school district as a Physical Education Assistant, a job for which he was qualified because of volunteer hours during high school combined with his experiences in the Marine Corps.

Right before finishing his degree, this young man is recalled into active duty service.  After lots of late-night thinking and prayer, he feels that he should instead re-enlist with the Marine Corps, and he is able to complete his degree just months after returning to active duty.  This degree allows him the opportunity to now become an officer in the Marine Corps and continue to make the military a successful career.  He’s set back a little when he learns that he can’t choose the job he holds in the Marine Corps as an officer; he’s not sure that he wants to give up his option to select a job, but his degree is still highly regarded when he goes before the board for promotions, which come quickly.  He later learns that he can be an Air Traffic Controller in the Marine Corps as an enlisted servicemember, and he jumps on that opportunity.  He currently has his TRACON rating, meaning that he can work any position in a radar facility and can continue serving as a military member or can instead work for the FAA — again, all at no cost to him, thanks to the training provided by the Marine Corps.

Have you figured out yet that this young man is my husband?  🙂

Here’s my bottom line:

In the conversation about students preparing for college, attending college, and paying for college, I don’t believe that the opportunities provided by military service should be so fleetingly brushed aside, as I felt they were in this book.  I don’t think that enlisting in the military should be portrayed as a last-ditch effort to make something of one’s self, and it certainly should not be touted as an option to those who use (and could be addicted to) illegal drugs — a dishonorable discharge from military service would certainly eliminate future job opportunities.

And, in the conversation about students not needing to attend college and rack up huge amounts of student loans in order to be successfully employed in fulfilling careers, the military also provides specialized training in some fields that translate directly into successful civilian careers.  Some require specific skill sets, and not all jobs in the military are working outside or doing manual labor.  I know of a number of former military members who gained on-the-job training and experience in meteorology, air traffic controlling, and firefighting while serving their country and are now gainfully employed in civilian careers, some with lucrative salaries.

I also believe that there are amazing opportunities for those who choose to go to college first and then join the military using any number of programs that will pay for education/training in exchange for a number of years of active duty service.  We have friends who are trained F-15 and C-130 pilots, and others who are nurses, PAs, and doctors — all who had their college education paid for while being provided a stipend, resulting in little to no student loans and a full-time job with benefits.

If you’re looking for a book that will provide an interesting perspective on college education and its role in shaping America financially, economically, and intellectually, I would highly recommend this book.  I’ve obviously focused on the military in my review, but my own choice to live at home after high school to work and take classes at the local university to save money rather than go off to an Ivy League school (or any school) felt validated when I read this book.  My experiences as a college instructor also are aligned with those of the authors’ in terms of allowing students to go to college when and if that desire arises.  As a mom who wants only the best for her boys, I definitely came to a screeching halt and had a bit of an anxiety attack when I considered that attending a four-year university (or any college at all!) may not be the best choice for my young men when they get to that point — I have a Master’s degree and my husband has a Bachelor’s degree plus 15 credits of graduate coursework, so we just assume that our kids will all go to college to earn at least their Bachelor’s degrees — but I can see how college may not be the option that is most suitable for all students.  Is College Worth It?, though, provides an objective view of how college can be both beneficial and detrimental depending on a number of factors.

**I was provided this book to review by Booksneeze, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Time for Textbooks!

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Its been years since my latest “First day of School”, but I still get butterflies of excitement when I think about all the back-to-school shopping, new roommates (or a new batch of students), exciting classes, new clothes, and a fresh start!  I love new beginnings!   Not that I’m at all ready to kick my boy out of the house, but I’m anxiously looking forward to my son’s first day of school so that I can relive all the excitement and start all over at the beginning.  Chances are, you have kids of your own, and you’re swimming in the sea of back-to-school anxiety as you shop around for this and that.  By chance, do you have any college kids this year?  Are you completely overwhelmed with the tasks of apartment searching, schedule arranging, apartment stocking, and last life-lesson teaching?  And have you gotten to that awful part of college called “buying textbooks”?  Yuck!  NOT my favorite part of college.

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When I was in college, I quickly got fed up with the prices of full price books and started shopping around at eBay and other used book stores, but it ended up being a lot of receipts, a lot of shipping fees, different return policies, delays, wrong editions, etc. etc.  Let me help out your cute little college kid with a little tip.  Have you thought of renting your child’s books?  CampusBookRentals can save you 40-90% off bookstore prices!

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You’ll be glad to know  that shipping is free both ways, so the price you see listed is all you will be charged.  You also don’t have to worry about lengthy or unique rental dates if your child will be attending a college or university with particular semester dates.  Aka, early start dates, exams late into the summer, Spring breaks, etc.  CampusBookRentals has very flexible rental periods so you don’t have to return your books before exams.

If you have an artist on your hands — someone who loves to go crazy with the highlighters — no fear.  You can feel free to highlight in your textbooks as if you owned it.  There is also no cost to sign up, no memberships, and no hidden fees to bite you.

What’s more: CampusBookRentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!  Get cheap books AND spread a little good by helping heal children’s smiles, primarily through reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate.  They work in over 60 countries in providing free surgeries and creating a lasting global impact!

So maybe you fall in love with one of your classes and really want to keep your book for future reference and a distinguished place on a shelf in your future office.  No problem.  You can keep the book and you’re only charged the difference between what you already paid to rent the book, and the value of the book at the time you initially rented.

Here’s another cool program that works in conjunction to book rentals: RentBack (www.RentBack.com).  Just like it sounds, if you have a bookcase of textbooks that you were unable to sell back to the bookstore (even for the mere $10 it usually came out to be!), you can become a little bookstore yourself and rent your books to other students that may need them!  Every time your book gets rented, you get paid, again and again.   You can end up making 2-4x more money compared to what you’d make through buyback options.  Sweet!

This all sounds like a no-brainer to me.  Save yourself a LOT of runaround and start your love affair with textbooks at CampusBookRentals.com!

*This post was sponsored by CampusBooksOnline, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Dormco.com {Review}

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My sister just got accepted into BYU!!  I am so stinkin excited for her to experience all the awesome/exciting/challenging things about college!  Dang, college was fun!

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She still has a few months before she leaves, but we’re starting to round up all the things that she’ll need for dorm living, and we’re checking out all the great things at Dormco.com!  Little Sister and I looked the whole site over, and decided on one useful kitchen set: a Rice & Pasta College Cooker – Equipped Version

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This is so nifty!  I think back to my college days, and anything microwavable was what I grabbed first.  There’s not always the time, energy, or stove access to boil up pasta or rice on a dime, so this is a treasure.  You just throw the ingredients in, fill with enough water to cover the pasta or rice, top with the lid, and toss the container in the microwave.

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The 8-cup capacity is well over enough space for the typical one-serving dishes, but spacious enough to feed your roommates too.  Included in this set are measuring cups and spoons, the steamer insert, a server paddle, and a most useful pasta measure!  I ALWAYS guess wrong on pasta, so the circular guide on how much spaghetti to dump in is completely useful.

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We did a trial run of some pasta at home this weekend while I was visiting, and our shells turned out great!  My little brothers were claiming dibs on it when we pulled it out.  Little sister is already an excellent cook, but this set will only simplify her cooking routine and come in handy on many occasions!

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THANK YOU Dormco.com!

If you are a college student, have a child leaving for college, or just like to shop for useful, cute, and budget-friendly things for your home, go check out their cute stuff and their equally ridiculous prices!  I’m not in college anymore, but I found over a dozen perfectly useful and appealing items I would love to get for our apartment!  For example:

F2-2-1-76550-2Jewelry Organizer: $12.41

BUCK2-E-11124HG-2TSorority College Trunk: $34.99

C2-1-3-EPB1800-2  17-piece Personal College Blender: $36.96

*This posting was sponsored by Dormco.com, but all opinions are strictly my own

Meesh & Mia {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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So maybe my fantasy football team didn’t do so hot this year.  Good thing March Madness is just around the corner to give me a shot at boosting up my dashed pride.  Who else is getting excited for basketball season!?  To be completely honest, throughout college, I thought more about what I was WEARING to the game, than who we were playing.  I worried about it being too dressy, too casual, the right color, the right season, etc…You guys, I’ve found the most fantastic store of team spirit clothing!  Meesh & Mia!

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I absolutely love this idea of fashionable school pride!   This company focuses on the ever growing community of female fans who love to show their individual style.  First of all, their clothes are fabulously fashion forward, but they combine school colors and logos into their collection so you can look adorable at work, the game, and the after party, without having to change clothes for every event.   Some of us are way in to school pride, but we still want to look cute at the game.  Meesh & Mia is the solution!

I about died when I heard I’d be able to work with Meesh & Mia again and review their Spirit Dress with Contrast Piping.  Its so hot hot hot!  It has just the right amount of stretch, and the piping is nice and crisp.  All around, I am impressed with the construction, and I love how sporty it looks.  Here is how I would style it:

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And then I’d dress it up for after the game!

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It totally works, right?  I can’t wait to wear it out to a game!  Check out more of Meesh & Mia’s trendy winter clothes and accessories:

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ND Cardigan

“Start experiencing team spirit with an edge!”

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I also love that they carry the perfect clothing items for hot summer games as well as freezing Fall days.  Indoor and outdoor, dressy and casual, flirty and sophisticated.  Whatever your game-day style is, you can dress to your liking.

Meesh & Mia carries over 100+ schools, so go look up your university or alma mater and pick out what you want to be wearing to your next sporting event.  You also have the option of logo-free apparel, so can be even more versatile will your Meesh & Mia wardrobe.

And hey, the super bowl is just over 3 weeks away!  Super bowl apparel?!  I know!  How fun!mm-clpbanner-superbowl

Connect with Meesh & Mia on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and their BLOG.

TWO winners are going to receive a $25 giftcard to spend at Meesh & Mia!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, January 19th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Meesh & Mia, but all opinions are strictly my own

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