5 Ways to Winterize your Dorm

 

winterizeblogBurrrrrr-itos, it’s cold outside! If there is a chill running through your whole body and not even a snuggy will warm you up, then you have to do something about it. Check out these 5 ways to winterize your room this season.

1. Window insulation film- This cheap and easy method will go a long way. All you have to do is buy film online or from the nearest store and put it on your windows. The film will keep the chill out of your body and the heat in your room.

2. Bubble Wrap- Although it does sound a bit funny, putting bubble wrap on your windows can trap the cold breeze in between the bubbles, leaving the toasty room all to you.

3. Weather Stripping Tape-These strips are great for both windows and doors. They provide a tight seal that stops cold drafts from coming in and you won’t even notice that they are there!

4. Curtains- Using blackout curtains can help trap the heat inside and keep the cold out. Just be sure to choose a heavy weighted or insulated fabric, otherwise they will just be decoration

5. Draft Stoppers-If you live in an outside dorm hall and you can feel the cold chill even when you walk by your door, this is perfect for you. It’s easy and can make a huge difference at night.

 

 

10 Unique Hot Chocolate Recipes

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Hot chocolate is a classic drink for the holiday season. It’s cold outside, you have chestnuts roasting on an open fire Netflix streaming and you’re all cozied up with blanket on the couch. After a few days in a row, drinking hot cocoa with whipped cream on it could get a little boring. This year spice up your hot chocolate recipes and try something new! Here are 10 new recipes to experiment with…

1. White peppermint- If you’re looking to take a break from the usual dark chocolate, take a stab at a creamy white chocolate drink with crushed peppermint candies.

2. Hot cocoa pancakes- Okay, so this is really venturing out. We know you can’t drink pancakes but hot chocolate for breakfast does sound good, right?

3. Maple bacon hot chocolate- The whole chocolate and bacon love affair has caught on like wildfire, so why not try it in your hot chocolate? Add a savory touch to your favorite drink and it’ll be transformed forever.

4. Hot chocolate cake pops- Handheld with no mess and all of the flavors. They’re also great for holiday parties or as gifts for friends and family.

5. Eggnog hot chocolate- So which is better, eggnog or hot chocolate? Now you don’t have to choose. Combine your two favorite winter drinks and prepare for greatness.

6. Frozen hot chocolate- If you have been to Serendipity and have had their famous frozen hot chocolate, then you know how good this is. If you haven’t been yet, then you are missing out and MUST try this recipe.

7. Red velvet hot cocoa with cream cheese whip cream- Who doesn’t love red velvet? This fun spin on hot chocolate will take your favorite cake or cupcake and put it in drink form. The cream cheese whip cream will be sure to put it over the edge.

8. Snickers hot chocolate- Are you sad Halloween is over and you didn’t even eat a Snickers? Now you still can. You’ll enjoy all of the peanut and caramel flavors while being warmed up from the chilly day.

9. Pumpkin spice hot chocolate- You carved them for Halloween and ate pies made out of them for Thanksgiving, so naturally pumpkin flavors must transfer through to the next holiday.

10. Gingerbread hot chocolate- Ginger, gloves and cinnamon all come together to form Christmas in a mug. This festive recipe will have you joyful for the rest of the year.

3 ways to prepare your dorm for winter vacation if you’re not staying on campus

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As fall semester comes to a close, college students across the country prepare to head home to relax with friends and family for winter break. Often, in the excitement of finishing classes and making travel arrangements, it’s easy to forget to take the time to make sure things are ready to go for your return to school. This is especially important for those who live in dorms.

The last thing you want is to come back from winter break to find your dorm room, or anything in it, damaged, destroyed or missing. Here are 3 things you can do to prepare your dorm room before you leave for winter vacation:

  1.  Valuables Come First

If you have something of great value in your dorm room, it’s a good idea to either take it home with you or make sure it’s well secured. It’s unfortunate that burglary and theft happen on campus, but they do and the holidays are no exception. If you don’t have access to a safe or lockable storage bin, call Dorm Room Movers and ask about our temporary storage solutions. We provide a worry and stress free solution for keeping your valuables secure while you’re away.

  1. Get Rid of Perishable Items in the Fridge

One of the most common mistakes people make in their hurry to leave at winter break is forgetting to check their refrigerators for food that will go bad. Imagine returning after being away for a few weeks to a smell of rotten milk or molded leftovers. Take a few minutes to clean out your refrigerator. It’s a good idea to clean it out and leave it unplugged with the door open slightly while you’re gone. This will prevent any electrical issues and bad smells.

  1. Unplug and Lock Up

Before you leave, be sure to make a sweep through your room to unplug all electrical devices. This will help to decrease the chances of fires or other electrical issues while you’re gone. It’s a good idea to lower your thermostat to save on heating costs.

Make sure your windows and doors are locked securely. If you’re choosing to leave something valuable behind, try to find a not-so-obvious hiding spot. Under the bed and in desk drawers are the first places thieves will look. Try the bottom of a full laundry basket or in a trashcan.

For more ideas on storing your valuables while you’re away, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and share our experience with you.  We can be reached at 888.7.MYDORM.

Have a fun and safe winter break!

5 Snacks For Your Brain During Finals

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Is your stomach full but your brain still hungry? Finals are coming up so we know you’ve been eating plenty of ramen and junk food, but that’s probably not helping you out during your study sessions. Choosing the right foods can fuel your brain and even raise your test scores. So, step away from the Doritos and make your way to the produce section.

Check out these brain-friendly (yet delicious) snacks..

#1 Trail Mix- You can either buy this one or make it at home. The good news? Making it just includes buying your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit and even some dark chocolate, and mixing it all up. The best part is that these ingredients listed are also great for your body. Nuts and seeds are known to clear up brain fog and even contain vitamins important for memory and cognitive function.

#2 Berry salad- Berries, especially blueberries, are known to enhance memory, so why not have a sweet treat during study time? You can also do a berry and granola yogurt parfait if you want to switch it up.

#3 Hummus with Veggies- It’s really no secret that veggies are good for you. Every night when you were little, you probably weren’t allowed to have dessert until you finish your veggies. Veggies like carrots, celery and peppers these contain vitamins that promote memory function. You can homemake a healthy recipe for hummus or if you’re in a rush and running late to a study group, simply stop by and grab a veggie platter and the healthiest hummus you can find at the grocery store.

#4 Avocado toast-Avocados are considered a good fat for you and are all around good for your brain. Avocado and toast is a pretty easy snack to make that will leave you feeling full for hours. You can doctor it up and add fun things like bacon, lime juice and tomatoes, or keep it plain and simple with just the avocado and toast.

#5 Granola bars- This is another snack that can be made or bought, but if you make it yourself you can customize it using your favorite ingredients. The granola, nuts and seeds that are in granola bars contain nutrients, like iron and omega-3s that will improve your brain function and memory.

Happy studying!

Best gifts to get for your dorm room

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It’s hard to figure out what to get your child for the holidays. There’s so many choices out there, but you want to get them something awesome yet practical at the same time. Here’s our top 5 gifts to get for a college student & their dorm room:

P.S. If you’re a college student reading this, just copy and send the link to your parents. We’ll do all the persuading to make sure you get the good stuff this year!

1) Streaming Player: You’re sure to put a big smile on your student’s face with this gift. They can watch Netflix on here and download apps for ABC, Lifetime MTV and many more to watch all their favorite TV shoes. The current top choices to choose from are the Apple TV and Roku 3. If you’re not sure which one to buy, check out the differences here.

2) Cool coffeemaker: With all that cramming for finals, you know your student is drinking some type of energy drink to get through studying. Why not give them the gift of good coffee this season? Check out the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker, which can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet.

3) Bicycle: If your student goes to a big school, this is the perfect present for them. A bike will help them get to class on time, and is also a great form of exercise.

4) Wireless headphones: Look around next time you’re on a college campus and take note of how many students have headphones on or in their ears. Wireless headphones just make everything easier and Amazon has a wide variety of wireless headphones to choose from. These can be great for studying or even to cancel out noise in the dorms!

5) Wireless Speaker- Okay we have to admit that this is definitely more fun than function, but doesn’t everyone deserve to have a little fun? A cool new wireless speaker will be great when your student has friends over or wants to play some light study music, and don’t worry it also acts as an alarm so they won’t be late to their 8 a.m. class on Fridays.

DIY Holiday Party Outfits

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So, you got invited to a holiday themed party this month? Join the club. Since were all dreading SUPER excited about wearing an ugly Christmas sweater to the party, it’s time to get a head start and pick out an outfit. This year you have two choices- you can blend in or you can stand out. Why just buy the first ugly sweater you can find at the store? Instead, try crafting something unique or venturing outside of the “sweater mold.” Here are a few other options you can make for this year’s parties.

Bow-utiful- Try experimenting with gift wrapping bows and change it up by wearing a crafted christmas themed skirt or dress.

Using all the right tulles- Instead of putting a picture of a christmas tree on your sweater, just dress up as an actual tree. Although you probably won’t win the award for “ugliest sweater,” you’ll be sure to look the cutest at the party!

Rudolph, is that you?- Time to use that sock bun practice to your advantage. Get a little festive in your hair and everyone will forget about the ugly sweater you were supposed to wear,

Tinseltown- Shine bright and sparkle all night in something made out of tinsel. This could be also be great for an ABC (anything but clothes) party.

Do you want to build a snowman?- No, I’m not talking about sitting at home and watching Frozen instead of going to the party. Get creative and dress up as one of winter’s iconic mascots.

 

4 Ways to Stay Warm in Your Dorm

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The weather at this time of the year can get pretty chilly. We know that all you want to do is curl up in a ball with Netflix, but sometimes that’s just not enough to stay warm in the winter weather. Here are a few tips on how you can stay warm in your dorm this season…

#1 Pocket warmers- This one goes for your dorm and all over campus. If you have gloves and layers on but it’s still just not enough, try using hand warmers for inside your pockets or gloves. 

#2 Space heater- This one is a touchy subject because most dorms won’t allow space heaters for safety reasons. Make sure to check with your RA on the guidelines before going out and buying one. If they are allowed, go for it! They will make a HUGE difference in your room.

#3 Heated blankets-This could also be on your list of “no-no’s” for your dorm, but a heated blanket may just be your live savor of the season if they are allowed. Sleeping in cold weather, especially when you don’t have control over the temperature in your room, can be extremely uncomfortable but a heated blanket will allow you to sleep more soundly at night.

#4 The little things- Aside from buying products that physically heat your body up, you can try other smaller things to stay warm. This includes layering up your clothes or pajamas, buying a thicker blanket or fleece sheets and drinking warm soups, teas and coffees.

Dorm Safe Holiday Decorations

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Although most of you guys are probably going home for the christmas break, it’s still nice to keep the holiday spirit alive and decorate before! Holiday decorations are typically only acceptable until the first of the year, so you may as well take advantage this month and put some up! Decorating in a dorm can be tough with the whole no real tree thing and no candles rule, however there are other ways you can decorate and still keep the festive spirit alive!

  • Chanukiah (Hanukkah Menorah)- A Chanukiah is hands down  the most important aspect of Hanukkah, as you are supposed to light a candle each night and the candles should stay all lit for the 8 days of the holiday. Since dorm rules don’t allow candles and you’re already on probation with your RA not a rule breaker, it’s time to get creative. A lot of people these days choose to go with a plugged in electric menorah, but if you’re feeling crafty try a DIY menorah.
  • Door Decor-The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean your door can’t be delightful. Decorating your door for the holiday season can be a fun way to spread cheer to everyone in your hall.
  • Snowflakes- There may be real snow outside, but why not bring it inside this year? There are TONS of ways to make cool snowflakes but a few of our favorite and easy methods are with paper and hot glue guns.
  • Lights- Twinkle lights can really make a room feel festive with the simple flip of a light switch. They’re great to have on while you’re just hanging out and watching The Grinch  reading your assignment for tomorrow, or even used as a night light. But, why stick with the regular lights when you can get creative? Try using ping pong balls to spice up your room this winter.
  • Garland- This is a tell tale that the holiday season is here. Try making your own DIY garland this year for Hannukah out of popsicle sticks, or for Christmas out of ornaments.
  • Christmas Tree- Okay, so you can’t really go out and get a full-sized tree for your dorm, but you do have other options. You can buy a smaller fake tree and decorate as you usually do, or you can do a makeshift tree with some unique materials. Try making a tree out of your books or even use your window as a place to hang your ornaments.
  • Wreath- If you’re not really into the whole decorating your entire door thing, then just put up a cute and simple wreath. Whether you buy or make your wreath, it’ll still show your holiday spirit and add a little something extra to your door. If you’re looking to get crafty, you can make a sock wreath, or even one out of holiday gift bows. Both options are great because you can choose your own color combination and customize it to the holiday you celebrate!

Creative holiday gifts for your roommate

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You always have the option of going out and buying something at any store for your roommate, but what’s better than getting a personalized gift that you know someone put time and effort into? This holiday, try experimenting with some creative gifts. Here’s 10 options to check out…

1) Personalized calendar: Whether you and your roommate are besties or just bunk-mates, you probably have some idea about their general interests, passions and hobbies. Use that information to create a calendar for them this holiday. Customize it with all of their favorite things and maybe even some pictures of you two!

2) Customized coffee mug: This is a great DIY gift for the holidays (even if your roommate is some type of extraterrestrial that doesn’t like coffee). Not the best painter? Use Sharpies to decorate the mug!

3) Handmade ornaments: If your roommate celebrates Christmas, this is a perfect present for them. It’s thoughtful and functional, with a wide variety of materials to chose from.

4) Blanket: This is an inventive gift to keep your roommate warm this winter! Maybe there’s a motivational quote your roommate is always referencing?  Or, if they’re really into school spirit, you could always have the blanket embroidered with your school mascot and team colors.

5) Aromatherapy shower tablets: You may not have a bath in your dorm room, but that doesn’t mean your shower can’t be a soothing one! If you happen to pay attention to the scents your roommate usually gravitates towards, then this present will be even sweeter.

6) Mini zen garden: Maybe you don’t have room (or time) for a big plant to take care of. If your roommate is into nature, this is the gift for them. It’s small enough to fit in your tiny dorm room, yet interesting enough to bring color and vivacity to it as well.

7) Homemade candy cane body scrub: This is a wonderful gift for the wintertime. It’s also easy to make and super inexpensive, while still giving off a holiday vibe.

8) Homemade hot cocoa kit: Who doesn’t love Hot Cocoa? Give your roommate a sweet treat this holiday season with this delicious DIY present.

9) Spa in a jar: This gift is not only creative, it’s also perfect for the roommate who likes to be pampered.  Spoil your roommate with this imaginative present.

10) Instagram coasters: If your roommate is an Instagrammer, this gift will not go unappreciated. Turn their favorite photos into a memorable gift this holiday with a set of personalized coasters.

5 College Care Package Websites

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Who doesn’t love a good care package everyday once in a while? Putting together a care package on your own can be super tough and time consuming, so online companies make it easy while still giving all the best stuff that students want.

Whether you’re a parent shopping around for your student or you’re the student looking to give mom and dad a hint, check out these awesome care package ideas.

PijonBox- This monthly care package box can be scheduled for anywhere from 1-50 boxes, starting as low as $23/month. Parents or students can choose the gender of the student and then Pijon creates a custom box filled with healthy snacks, house essentials and fun small gifts. 

Hip Kits- Directly geared toward the student, Hipkits breaks it down by exams, health and wellness, holidays and many other occasions. You can choose each package based on a photo that lets you see what the package looks like and what the contents are. They also have a kit of the month club for year round happiness.

GourmetGiftBaskets.com- This website is definitely for the snackers out there. They have gift baskets made specifically for college students or you can broaden your horizons and look at some of their other categories like gourmet foods, baked goods and healthier items as well. Even though the other categories aren’t specifically made for college students, who doesn’t love a good bakery gift basket?

Dormify- This website is a great online find. Not only does it sell and ship things for dorm rooms like bedding and bathroom accessories, but it also has fun themed kits  like “Boyfriends Suck” and “Cram, Bam, Thank You Ma’am,” bringing both humor and goodies in a package.

Mirth in a Box- This funky site has cool care packages for any college student filled with yummy snacks, games and trinkets. There are more practical packages for occasions like all nighters and movie nights as well as funny ones like “Ramenpalooza Care Package” and “Stinking Of You.” Can’t find something you love? There’s also a build your own section where you can pick from hundreds of items to customize!