Dorm Room Suggestions Not on the List!


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This post is dedicated to all the parents of incoming college freshmen.  The days leading up to departure are filled with excitement, fear, sadness, plans and a sense of new-ness that brings back the first day of kindergarten!  New bedding, new backpacks, lamps, towels, toiletries, laundry bags… that list goes on and on.   As a mom, I am looking at this 2 years in and done!  It’s hard to believe my baby girl begins  her junior year in college next week.  She attends school out of state, about an 8 hour drive from Denver or an 87 minute flight!  Baby girl had a great freshman year with little or no home sickness.  The hardest part was just saying goodbye in the dorm room hallway. Parents, my only suggestion is this: make the  “good bye” quick: like ripping off a Band-Aid.    Once I got to the car I took a huge sob/sigh and  her dad and I reminded ourselves;, “She is so ready for this.”  And, with that our baby girl took flight!  And, so did we!


Back to the list of suggestions.   FIRST THING WE PURCHASED FOR HER ROOM: HER HOME STATE  FLAG.  We purchased this before we left at a local Colorado retail store.  You can also find flags online.  We want this girl to remember where she is planted!   And, a state flag is  a great conversation starter during move in day and the first days of the new year!  Students and parents  are walking back and forth retrieving boxes, borrowing hammers and most dorm room doors are open while unloading 50 pounds of clothes and linens.  Parents and students would see the flag as they walked by and pop their head in to say hello.  And, lots of kids wanted to get their own state flag after they saw Ashley’s flag.  It was a perfect ice breaker!


This next idea was casually suggested to our daughter by a dad of one of the  kids she babysits. He suggested she bring her tennis bag and leave it “propped next to her bed”  in the first few weeks. He said it’s a great way for kids to connect and make new friends based on the love of a sport {or hobby}. It worked! She joined an intramural doubles/mixed doubles her first year and had a blast!


This idea was shared by upper classmen who lived through the first year dorm experience.  One of the suggestions was to purchase a swim noodle and place it between the wall and the mattress {like a crib bumper}.  Most mattresses are encased in a vinyl plastic { you place your twin fitted sheet over it},  but the bottom of the mattress tends  to slide on the bed frame.  The noodle helps minimize the slide. Who knew?


Finally, encourage her and her new roommate to decorate their door  with {removable} decals or poster board with visuals of her interests.  It’s a great passive way  for students to express their interests.  Our daughter’s dorm  floor did this as an icebreaker!  I don’t know if the guy floors got as much participation.  Again, it’s just a fun way to share something about yourself in a very casual way:


 Good luck parents!  Remember, you have spent 18 years preparing your child for this next chapter!  Now, spend some time to figure our your  own chapter!  You will all grow in ways you never could imagine!  laura

Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday #14~ Features & Party ~I’m Not a Trophy Wife


Happy Tuesday! If you are looking or recipes shared from around the country, check out the links at Tickle My Tastebuds! Party is live every Tuesday!

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Every Tuesday, my co-hosts and I will be partying with you and our guests as you link up your favorite recipes! Here’s our let’s meet our hostesses at Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday!

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Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Alecia @ Detours In Life – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Laura @ I’m Not A Trophy Wife – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Lori @ Lori’s Culinary Creations – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +


The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts. We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

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Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured!

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If you were featured please grab a button in the sidebar! Here are some of my favorites! Please grab a Feature button above or I would love a SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT OUT!


Healthy Carrot Cake Bars



Quick & Easy Nutella Peanut Butter Monkey Cupcakes | Roxy’s Kitchen – 3-ingredient cupcakes, easiest frosting ever and so easy to decorate with your kids!