Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Dorm

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If you’re not going home to see family this Thanksgiving break, don’t worry about it. You can just as easily celebrate friends-giving in the comfort of your dorm or apartment. The only question is…what on earth are you cooking?

Last Thanksgiving, we gave you traditional dorm room recipes for the holiday, but this year is a little different. Here are a few new and improved Thanksgiving dishes.

Appetizer:

Spinach Dip-This recipe can be done in a matter of minutes and isn’t too heavy so that you have room for the rest of your meal. The best part? You only have to use one bowl!

Main Dish:

Turkey with gravy- So we know that nothing will live up to your mom or grandma’s homemade bird, but there are tons of recipes out there for microwaved turkey. Ask your family what spices they put on their turkey so you have a little taste of home. Maybe even get some gravy in a jar from the store for topping.

Side Dishes:

Cranberry Relish-If you’re sick of the same old cranberry sauce, try going out of your comfort zone this year. The recipe is dorm-friendly and adds a modern twist on an old favorite.

Sweet Potato- Instead of doing packaged mashed potatoes this year, experiment with a fresh one! Many sweet potato casseroles are made with marshmallows so try to mimic this idea by putting a few mini ones at the very last second to melt into the potato.

Quinoa Salad “stuffing”-This gluten free alternative will be lighter but still contain some of the flavors that remind you of thanksgiving. The addition of pomegranate seeds and mint will leave you refreshed and ready for dessert.

Dessert:

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug- Just because you’re cooking in a dorm doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to eat pumpkin pie. This recipe is easy, tasty and you’ll want to make it all winter long.

Whether you’re in your dorm with friends or at home with family, try adding modern recipes in the mix this Thanksgiving. It’s never too late to create a new tradition! Who knows, maybe cranberry relish will make an appearance at every Thanksgiving after this one…

 

How to Avoid the Hidden Costs of Moving

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There are many factors that should go into your decision to hire movers as you leave home to attend college, store your belongings over the summer or return home after graduation. Of course the biggest factor will be cost.

Related: Save Money During Your College Career With These Tips

While paying a company like us to complete your move will be an added expense, it’s important to think of all the money you’ll be saving. Here’s some examples of ways you’ll keep your wallet full while we empty out your dorm room:

  • Save gas money
  • You won’t have the cost of a truck rental
  • Your packing supplies are included with the cost of Dorm Room Movers
  • You’ll save time that you would have spent loading your belongings and driving

So now you may ask yourself, why Dorm Room Movers? Why not the moving company down the street? Here’s why we are the best at what we do and you can rest easy knowing we’ll get the job done right.

  • No unexpected costs – everything is paid for upfront.
  • We have 24 hour customer service to answer any questions you may have.
  • We’re insured so all of your belongings are covered while they’re in our possession.
  • Our storage facility is climate protected, so that your items are kept safe during storage duration.

We’re also 100% up front about the costs of completing your move with Dorm Room Movers. There will be no hidden costs. Think of all the money you’ll save if you store your items with us instead of getting rid of them and repurchasing next semester! Imagine how much extra time you’ll have to study for finals if you don’t have to worry about finding your own storage facility and renting a truck!

In college, it’s all about budgeting your money so you can afford the things you want and need. Don’t squander extra time or money on your move.

Related: Budget Your Money Wisely

If you have questions about any of our services and how we can help you as you study abroad or head home for the summer months, give us a call at 1-888-7-MYDORM or get your free quote today.

3 Things to Buy for Your Dorm on Black Friday

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Depending on who you’re talking to, Black Friday is either the worst or the best day of the year. If you love the tradition of waking up early and waiting outside stores in the cold weather, then go out and get those marked down items! But, what exactly are you shopping for this year? Pretty much every store you go to will have great prices for every item you can think of. Here are the top 3 things to buy for your dorm this Black Friday.

#1 TV- If you don’t have a TV in your dorm and you’ve been dying to get one, or you just want an upgrade, Black Friday is the the day for you.  Pretty much every store that specializes in TV’s or just caries electronics will have smokin deals on televisions. Just be ware to check the quality of the TV before purchasing because the high-end ones won’t be marked down as much. Try Best Buy or Target for tons of discounts.

#2 Coffeemaker- Have you been pulling all nighters and spending WAY too much money at Starbucks lately? You could wait until christmas to ask Santa for a new fancy coffeemaker or you can buy it yourself and have it for finals. Places like Macy’s and Kohl’s are having great deals on coffeemakers and other kitchen appliances, so be sure to check them out.

#3 Speakers- Speakers are definitely an investment that you will have throughout college, and probably after. Whether you’re just playing some light study music or having friends over before going out, speakers can be a great addition to your dorm room. Since they’re not really a necessity, it’s hard justify running to the mall and dropping a few hundred bucks on them, but who says you have to? Black Friday can be the perfect day of the year to indulge a little and get a great deal on them. Look out for markdowns at Best Buy or Walmart.

Aside from the bigger and more expensive stuff you’re looking to buy, black friday also offers great prices on everyday items like towels, bedding, headphones, clothing and much much more. If you’re willing to brave the weather and the crowds then happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

5 Pets for Small Spaces

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As a college student, your schedule can be pretty hectic at times. Small pets are great because they are low maintenance, but will still give you a sense of companionship to make you feel more at home in your new surroundings.

Here are 5 pets that are great for small spaces…

1) Fish – Most fish are super easy to take care of.  They bring decorative color to a room and have a soothing presence. College can be stressful at times, and fish are nice distractions. We recommend a beta or a goldfish for a dorm room, as some more exotic fish require special environments with certain lights and water.

2) Hamster - These cuties require a bit more attention than a fish would. For one, they are nocturnal and require food and water. The most important thing is a buying a good cage, as you don’t want your pet escaping!

3) Box turtle – While they require a little more maintenance than other small pets, they still make a great pet to keep in your dorm room.  Just remember that they can live quite long (up to 40 years), so make sure you will want this pet for when you graduate and move out of the dorms.

4) Hermit crab – Hermit crabs are really easy to care for. They might not be very interactive, but they can add a homey touch to your dorm room. Be sure not to mimic your hermit friend, though, and remember to mingle among your fellow species. :)

5) Bird – Depending on what your housing or dorm rules are, you may or may not be allowed to keep a bird as a pet. A canary is a good bird for a dorm room, as canaries are very independent and do not require much of your attention.

Ways to Score Cheap Flights for Your Thanksgiving Trip Home

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The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun and if you haven’t purchased your plane ticket home, you could be facing some pretty steep prices! Last minute flight purchases are no joke. That’s why we’ve come up with some ways to save yourself some money so you can get home and enjoy your holiday with your family.

Related: The Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving Break 

  • Check all of the discount sites such as Hotwire, Expedia, Priceline and Last Minute Travel. Always double check the original flight prices to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal, but for the most part, this is your best bet on getting the cheapest rates.
  • Airlines generally drop rates on the Tuesday before the weekend you want to fly. They will all try to beat each others prices, helping you score the best deal.
  • Follow airlines on social media to see any last-minute posts about flight deals. You’ll know the minute they decide to drop their rates.
  • If you can leave a couple of days prior to Thanksgiving, you’ll find better prices. The earlier you can go, the better. Plus, hopefully you’ll beat the craziness that is the airport on holidays.
  • Look for late or early flights. If you see the boarding time and it makes you cringe, chances are it’s cheaper than a middle of the day flight.
  • Use a service for students. STA Travel will help you find the cheapest flights. You can also use them when you study abroad!
  • Know anyone who flies a lot? See if they’ll be a good samaritan and let you use their miles.

Related: Use These Tips to Avoid Plane Flu

We know how difficult it can be to budget in a trip home, but hopefully some of these tips will help you make that happen. Next year, purchase your flight ahead of time! Though you might find a kick-butt deal at the last minute, you want to avoid the headache and anxiety of not finding the flight you need next year.

 

 

The Do’s & Don’ts of Thanksgiving Break

thanksgivingbreakblogThanksgiving is just over two weeks away and you know what that means…it’s time to prepare for home. You’re pretty much thinking about what you’re going to do, who you’re going to see and where you’re going to eat. Here are a few do’s and don’t for your trip home…

DO’S…

DO: Spend time with family

This is probably one of the things that you’re most excited to do when you go home. You most likely haven’t seen your parents, siblings or extended family much since you’ve been away so treasure every second of this. Normally you’d be annoyed with how many people your parents have over for Thanksgiving dinner but this year will be different and you’ll be able to embrace the reunion.

DO: Visit your favorite places

That small italian restaurant you used to go to every week with your family or the trail near your house that you used to run with your dog may be on this list. Being away and doing your own thing at school has it perks but it’s nice to be back home and go all of the places that make your home town special to you.

DO: See old friends

Did you and your friends all split up when it came to going away to college? Between classes, jobs, clubs, homework and all of the other stuff you’re busy with, college makes it hard to communicate and keep in touch with old friends.  Use this time to catch up and reconnect. These breaks will give you a chance to see which friendships will continue on throughout the years.

DO: Eat home cooked meals

I’m sure you have been enjoying trying new foods and grubbing on ramen all semester, but being home means HOME COOKED MEALS! What can be more exciting than your mom’s signature mashed potatoes or your favorite dish she makes every single year on your birthday? Take advantage of this one because once Sunday rolls around, it’s back to dorm food.

DO: RELAX!

You’re so busy all the time at school so use this time to put everything on pause. Put your feet up and watch the Macy’s Day Parade or some football with your family this weekend. Everyone deserves a little relaxation and this is the perfect preview of winter break for you. Just make sure you get all of your work done before you leave for home so that you aren’t frantic when you come back to school.

DON’TS…

DON’T: Hold grudges

So you saw that girl you hated in highschool while you were picking up the pumpkin pie for your mom. You’re both older and more mature now. Let that holiday spirit kick in and give her a friendly hello. Whatever happened in high school probably isn’t as big of a deal now that you’re thinking about it anyways.

DON’T: See your ex

Old habits die hard so it’s best to avoid that ex boyfriend or girlfriend that you always go back to. You’re at school surrounded by so many new people and experiencing new things. The on and off thing is soooo high school. Maybe it’s time to leave the past in the past.

DON’T: Fight with your parents

They’re so excited to have you home, cook for you and probably even do your laundry (SCORE!) so go easy on them. It may be a little weird being home at first and seeing that things have changed but they’re probably feeling that weirdness too.  Spend quality time with them so you can reconnect.

DON’T: Assume everything will be the same with friends

You’re so excited to see all of your old friends but don’t be surprised if things are a little different than last time you were home. You’ve changed and grown since you have been at school, and so have your friends. Embrace one another’s changes and let your friendship evolve.

 

 

 

How to Succeed in an Online Class With 3 Easy Tips

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Online courses have many plusses and minuses. For instance, you get to work from your bed and at your own speed, but sometimes it can be hard to stay on track or remember to hand things in on time.

Even though online classes have the perception by many as easier than a typical face-to-face course, they could easily turn from a dream to a nightmare if they aren’t handled correctly.

Here are 3 tips to succeed in your online classes this semester.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

Getting organized is probably the first thing you should do  when you enroll in an online class. Try writing down all of your deadlines in your planner or calendar and then make a schedule that shows which day you will do your discussions, study etc.  Some online courses will have deadlines spelled out for you in a syllabus and others will just have one due date for all assignments. If your class follows the latter, try making your own deadlines so you don’t have 15 assignments to do at the end of the semester in one day.

2.  Make Contact with your instructor

Reach out to your instructor at the beginning of your course and stay in touch throughout. This is the same thing that you would do in any of your other courses, so why not? Your online instructor may even have office hours that you wouldn’t have known about. Staying connected is a good way to get extra credit and will help you out if you ever have any specific questions about an assignment.

3. Get Dedicated

Choose one place where you will work on this course and have all items organized and ready for when you study or do an assignment. Pick a place that allows you to concentrate without distractions. Dedicate a certain day or two for this course and stick to it. Creating a regular schedule will make you feel like it is a traditional class and will keep you motivated to stay on track.

 

 

4 Tips to Avoid the Flu

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It’s officially November which means the weather is getting colder, the holidays are approaching and unfortunately, flu season is here. Although laying in bed and  watching a Netflix marathon while eating chicken noodle soup does sound tempting,  there’s just too much to do.  Between school work, social obligations and outside curricular activities, who has time to get sick these days? Here are a few tips to stay healthy during the beginning of flu season!

1. The Flu Shot

There are two ends of the spectrum- one group of people who believe in getting the flu shot and one group who is against it completely.  If you are a flu shot believer, get that shot ASAP so you’re out frolicking in the leaves instead of being sick in bed.

2. Wash your hands

Washing your hands is probably the oldest tip in the book. If you’re in classes all day and sitting in desks that other people have sat in, it is safe to say that there’s a possibility that someone who sat in that desk before you either has the flu or is a carrier. If you don’t have access to a bathroom all day, t’s best to also keep a hand sanitizer in your bag for a quick fix.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth

Generally germs are spread when you touch a part of your body and then touch something else that others will come in contact with. If you try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, you may stop spreading germs to others.

4. Healthy Habits

There are a few lifestyle choices you can make in order to keep the flu away from you. These include getting a good amount of sleep, eating healthy, staying hydrated and keeping your stress to a minimum. If you have a huge test next week, make sure you aren’t pulling all nighters and eating out of the vending machine for dinner.

 

10 International MBA Programs and how WE can help you get there!


As a business major, I bet you’ve thought about what you’re going to do next- get a corporate job, venture off on your own to start your own company or continue your education on to get your MBA (Master’s Degree in Business Administration). If you’re at all interested in getting your MBA and love to travel, you should consider going abroad for the year. 

There are TONS of schools all over the world who offer a 1-year MBA program, so you can study while seeing the world at the same time. If you’ve always wanted to study abroad in college but never found the chance, this is the perfect opportunity

Here are some international MBA programs to check out! (Schools are in no particular ranking order)


#1 INSEAD: The Business School for the World 
Locations: Fountainebleau in Paris, France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi
Program Duration: 10 months

#2 HEC Montreal
Location: Quebec, Canada
Program Duration: 12 months

#3 SDA Bocconi School of Management
Location: Milan, Italy
Program Duration: 12 months

#4 Queen’s School of Business
Location: Kingston, Ontario (Canada)
Program Duration: 12 months

#5 London Business School
Location: London, England
Program Duration: 15-21 months

#6 ESADE Business School
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Program Duration: 12-18 months full-time

#7 University of Bologna Business School
Location: Bologna, Italy 
Program Duration: 12 months

#8 HEC Paris
Location: Jouy-en-Josas, France

Program Duration: 12-16 months full time

#9 IE Business School
Location: Madrid, Spain
Program Duration: 10-15 months

#10 Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Location: Oxford England
Program Duration: 12 months

To make the transition a little easier, Dorm Room Movers is now offering international shipping services to Canada, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Instead of lugging all of your items on the long plane ride and having to deal with them when you land, we can take away that stress by having your boxes shipped to your new location ahead of time and have them waiting for when you arrive.

Bon Voyage!

A Girls Guide to DIY Halloween Costumes



Are you feeling the pressure of a tight college budget this October? With all of your everyday expenses, it’s difficult to justify spending money on a packaged costume you’ll probably wear once or twice…but who says you have to do that to win best costume at the Halloween rager you’re going to?

Many people don’t realize that you don’t have to go to the closest pop up store near campus to look fabulous on Halloween. Sometimes all you need to do is go to the local arts and crafts store to make your own costume. Halloween is just over one week away, so it’s time to get to planning. Start off by choosing your costume and then surveying your closet to see what you already have. After that just make your list, go to the store and then get to crafting.

Here are four examples of costumes you can make at home!


#1 The Loofah
Cost Average: $20-25
Time: 30 minutes
Supplies:
Nylon matte netting or tulle (your color of choice)
Elastic
White cord or rope (for the handle)
Safety pins


#2 Gumball Machine
Cost Average: $15-30
Time: 1-2 hours
Supplies:
Tank Top, tube top or bando
Real Gumballs OR multicolored craft pom-poms OR Styrofoam balls and paint
A red skirt
Silver duct tape or felt
Sharpie
Hot Glue Gun


#3 The Pinata 
Cost Average: $10-15
Time: 2-3 hours
Supplies:
Streamers or felt in color of choice
Slip Dress
Hot glue or fabric glue


#4 Mermaid
Cost Average: $25-30
Time: 1-2 hours
Supplies:
Bandeau
Fabric Paint in White, Gold & Glitter
Pearl stickers
Green Sequined fabric
Glue Gun 
Scissors
Paint Brush
Optional: Headband and small starfish 

Just remember that any packaged costume can pretty much be remade with enough imagination. So craft, have fun and be safe during Halloweekend!

All my best,

Gabby