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Apr 26, 2013

College Move Out Time! (Aren't we excited?)

I was so excited when I was accepted into art school on a full scholarship, I felt like I was actually going to be somewhere that I would finally fit in! What I didn't consider was moving the TONS of things that I felt I needed for college. We rented a Nissan Quest Minivan that my uncle drove down to Philadelphia and my mom drove our Buick Century with even more stuff packed into it and headed to Philadelphia to move me into my dorm room. It was a real pain. I never realized how small a college dorm elevator is and how hard and tiring it is to bring up all of my "necessities" to my room. I remember wishing that I had someone to help me with the moving -- besides my mother and uncle who kept complaining that I brought too much with me. (Ok, maybe I did bring too much with me...)

Campus Bellhops is a new company that does just that for you!  They assist with moving in and out of your dorms.I honestly wish I had a service that would have assisted me with the moving process!  If you decide to use Campus Bellhops for you or your child's college moving experience, please use the referral code: mommymisc1 to receive 10% off your move!!

Important benefits/facts:
  • Campus Bellhops is a student-run moving company on 50+ college campuses across America.
  • They cover move-ins and move-outs for dorms, houses, apartments and storage facilities.
  • Standard dorm moves are under $100.
  • All Bellhops/movers are University students and the client receives an email prior to the move that includes the bios of their two assigned Bellhops.
  • The company was started by two entrepreneurs at Auburn University who grew their business to cover 50+ campuses and employ 2,500+ students.
Fun Statistics:
  • 60% of college students live in a traditional on-campus dorm as their first college residence
  • Top (heavy!) items that the majority of college kids pack include TVs, Microwave Ovens, Dishes, Storage Bins and Mini Fridges.
  • 56% of college kids pack between 11-15 boxes for a move.
  • 54% of moms compared the college moving experience with unpleasant activities such as a root canal, sitting in traffic or visiting the DMV.
  • 40% of moms said the most unpleasant aspect of moving was carrying heavy items up multiple flights of stairs.
  • 51% of moms said moving their child in/out of a college residence was a physically grueling experience.
  • 59% of moms wish they could have spent more quality time with their college student, instead of loading and unloading boxes.
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Apr 22, 2013

Trying to tame frizzy hair?

I'm going to be honest with you: I don't know how this is going to work...  However I had been looking or a type of curl that won't frizz and wont be too tightly curled so I fired up google and went to town searching.  After reading a lot of information and watching a lot of YouTube videos I finally found a video about a variation to the old fashion pin curls, these were pin waves.  Which basically is the same as pin curls just only at the bottom of your hair and a lot looser.  

I talked to my mom about it, since I remember her telling me that my grandmother used to do pin curls in her hair and after she sang it's praises and told me how good they were, I decided to try it.  So here I sit, with my hair curled, held to my scalp with bobby pins, with an aluminum foil looking head cap on (that's supposed to keep in body heat), drying my hair with hot air every so often...

I have another two hours until this (probably) dries and I can take the pins out...let's hope this works. 

Apr 18, 2013

We love Mom Talk Radio!

I absolutely love talking about my kids and what I know from being a parent, so today I participated in the Mom Talk Radio Roundtable discussion!  I absolutely love being a part of the roundtable and have been a part of it many times before.  Check out the Mom Talk Radio website for when the segment of Children and Technology is posted to hear my input!

I actually have a great blog ready to post about this same exact topic -- stay tuned for that later on!

A big thanks to Mom Talk Radio for having me on!  Hopefully I can be a part of their roundtable again soon!

Nutrisystem Nation: Double Chocolate Muffin Breakfast Review

I love muffins and breakfast items that aren't quite healthy.  I'm usually grabbing one at the local 7-11 or  convenience store while I'm running out to work or to drop my daughter at school or just because I want an unhealthy snack... Well, Nutrisystem offers the Double Chocolate Muffin as one of their breakfast items!  I was a little hesitant to try this because I know some of the  diet muffins usually taste dry but this one is not even close to dry!  It tastes just like a regular chocolate chip muffin you'd get at your local grocery store's bakery.  This chocolate muffin has chunks of chocolate chips right inside the muffin - the taste is incredible!  I love to nuke this in the microwave and add a small amount of butter (or butter spray!) for added taste and melty deliciousness!

This breakfast is definitely one of the BEST they offer!

Apr 17, 2013

Family Circle and Ikea Life Improvement Seminar

It's now spring and with all our spring cleaning we also want to spruce up our home to make it look more inviting for the summer months.  I don't know about you but to me spring is a complete renewal of everything!  Out with the old, in with the brand new, colorful and energetic!  So how exactly should we do that?  With accessories? With brand new furniture?  A lot of factors go into what we should actually do with our homes but Family Circle and Ikea want to help you!  Check out the Ikea Life Improvement Store Seminar with celebrity dad and designer Stephen Saint-Onge in New Jersey this coming weekend!

 Where & When?
Ikea Garden State Plaza Paramus
100 Ikea Drive, Paramus NJ
Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 PM

Where & When?
Ikea Elizabeth
1000 Ikea Drive, Elizabeth, NJ
Sunday, April 21st at 1:00 PM

Event attendees will receive FREE gift giveaways!

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by the Family Circle & Ikea event.  I was compensated for this post but all my opinions and feelings are my own.