How to Deal with Holiday Stress Even If Your Family Is Insane

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Let’s face it. The holidays can be tough. Not only is there more to take on during the holiday season, but family can make the holidays even more stressful. There are ways, however, to lighten that emotional load. Keep reading for my tips on how to deal with holiday stress. So maybe this year you can start enjoying the holidays again.

Tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

The day before Thanksgiving I actually broke out in hives. So I understand how stressful the holidays can be. Thus illustrating not just the emotional, but also the physical toll, that the holidays can have on our health. Because I have fibromyalgia, stress – especially the kind of stress that the holidays bring – also affects my pain level. So doing activities that I actually do enjoy – like our local star drop in market square – brings with it some challenges. Specifically when it comes to footwear.

I want to be like everyone else and wear my pretty holiday party dress with the super cute shoes to match. What I don’t want to have to worry about however, is my feet hurting a half hour in and not being able to walk the rest of the night. Luckily, I scored a pair of Wiivv’s 3/4 Length Custom Fit Insoles a few months ago. Their not only custom designed to fit my feet, they also fit into every single pair of shoes I own. Even those cute party shoes. And, while they may not help me to deal with the stress of the holiday season, there’s a good chance I’ll be doing a lot of dancing into the New Year.

I really love that my Wiivv insoles allow me to feel physically feel better, not just at holiday parties, but in my day to day activities. This in turn takes some of that extra stress off my mind, so I can enjoy doing things more. Let’s face it though. Dealing with the stress of family obligations and events throughout the holiday season isn’t tackled by great footwear alone. Sometimes you have to take the time out to consider what’s more important to you – your sense of duty or your emotional health?

To help you make the holidays season a little easier to deal with, I’ve been together a few tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

Tips on How to Deal with Holiday Stress

1. Say “no.”

There’s nothing saying that you MUST attend family events during the holiday season. Maybe you have an emotionally abusive mother or a racist uncle that puts you on edge. Or perhaps it’s just overwhelming trying to find the time to attend every event, clean your house and shop for gifts all on top of work, kids and personal relationships. If you need a break, for whatever reason, it’s okay to say “no.” Stay home instead and indulge in some self care. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. And believe me, I’ve skipped my own fair share of events.

“Sorry, I won’t be able to attend this year. Aunt Margaret will be there and if I have to even look at her face after the things she’s done… Well, I will not hold back. And no one wants that at a holiday party.”

2. Self medicate.

Yeah. I know. This sounds bad. But as someone who’s dealt with agoraphobia, I understand anxiety. And sometimes you just need a little help. I’m not suggesting drinking yourself into oblivion or anything. However, if there are events that will turn out worse for you if you don’t attend them, then go prepared. Cbd oil works wonders for anxiety when you can’t avoid those extra challenging family events. (It can also help with the inflammation from all those carbs!) However, if CBD oil isn’t an option for you, you can try other herbal remedies such as valerian and skullcap root to ease anxiety and reduce stress.

“Hey, Carla! Your dress is awesome. Hopefully your attitude will reflect your look this year. But if not, I’ll just be chillaxing over in the corner tonight with my phone on video… I can’t wait to replay your antics for all my friends! They all loved Don’t Trust The B- In Apartment 23!”

3. Avoid politics.

At all costs, do not discuss politics at family gatherings. If your family is like mine, then everyone has a different opinion on the state of our country. Don’t make a relatively agreeable holiday gathering into an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While your brother may act like a demon, it’s best not to call him out on it. Your therapist may refer to this as setting aside your differences. I also suggest making it very clear there are to be no political discussions during holiday events. Threaten to never attend an event again – I did! – and someone is guaranteed to have your back.

4. Take a breather.

Overwhelmed? Sneak outside and take a break. One of my best memories of Christmas was not only family free (I was going through a divorce) but it was spent with a friend skating on the ice in Market Square in our tennis shoes. Alternately, mediation is supposed to help as well. Unfortunately, my brain stays on overdrive and that is something I definitely struggle with.

5. Get some rest.

Staying up late to try to tackle your entire to do list will just make the next day more trying. You are not a Stepford wife. (Thank goodness.) You’re a grown ass woman. So if you want ice cream for breakfast and a midday nap, just go for it. If anyone is judging you, it’s simply to make up for their own shortcomings.

With that said, I hope everyone has a happy holiday season. Even if it means taking a pass. And, if you have tips for how to deal with holiday stress, I’d love for you to share your success stories in the comments. Also don’t forget that those custom Wiivv insoles in case you need to make a mad dash for the hills without breaking a leg. Your family likely won’t thank you, but your feet definitely will. However, learning how to deal with holiday stress can help you have a happier holiday. So if you’re up for it, then give it your best! (Or at least find a way to make it entertaining.)

Get A Little Crazy With Pumpkin Spice This Fall!

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I am so ready for fall. It is, by far, my favorite season of the year. And not just because it’s pumpkin spice season. (Although that does add another reason to the yes column.) If you’re a fellow pumpkin spice fan, then keep reading to learn how to score a set of FREE warm and spicy pumpkin scented cleaning products. Plus check out some great tips on getting your home ready for fall along with twelve of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes that you can craft indoors on a chilly weekend.

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For the love of pumpkin spice.

OMG. Summer has just dragged on forever this year. But basic or not, I’m so ready for pumpkin spice season! My boyfriend, on the other hand, is just psyched it’s finally football season again. While he’s cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars, you can find me sneaking across the street for a pumpkin spice latte at our local Starbucks.

I just can’t resist the warm, spicy taste of pumpkin spice – or the fragrant scent! So when I found out that Grove Collaborative now has Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products in their new fall scents, I was instantly sold. Mrs. Meyer’s has three great scents for fall – mum, apple cider and pumpkin.

If you aren’t already a Grove customer, you can score a free trio of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products in your scent of choice. You’ll also get a replaceable head dish brush, free shipping and a free VIP trial when you make your first $20 purchase. You have to hurry, though, as this is a super limited time offer.

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I’m a VIP member at Grove and I love that I can get free shipping AND a free gift with every order (with a minimum purchase.) Last month I scored a FREE Grove Collaborative bamboo prep board.

I’ve also gotten completely hooked on their European dish cloth set. These durable and absorbent sponge cloths are perfect for messes – and they helped my boyfriend give up his paper towel habit. Because these sponges are reusable, you simply pop them into the dishwasher to easily disinfect and clean them. If you’ve been working toward a zero waste lifestyle that reduces your carbon footprint, these dish cloths are a must!

Now if I can just break Greg of his Keurig coffee and convert him over to my favorite, lower acidity cold brew.

Once you’ve scored your free cleaning kit from Grove, be sure to check out these great tips for preparing your home for fall. Plus be sure to try one or more of my favorite pumpkin spice skin care and beauty recipes at the end of this post.

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Fall homemaking & cleaning tips.

1. I’m not usually a baker (that’s more of my roomie’s expertise) but something about pumpkin spice season always inspires me to whip up an apple pie or a batch of pumpkin muffins. When that happens, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and the Grove replaceable head dish brush are perfect for a quick cleanup! Plus, they make a pretty sink-side display.

2. A fresh towel is such an underrated way to add some seasonal vibes to your kitchen. Grove’s heirloom red kitchen towel adds a pop of fall color and can handle the toughest messes.

Whether we’re hosting a casual cookout or a football party, fall is my favorite time of year to entertain. My roommate and I always make sure the guest bathroom is stocked with fluffy hand towels, plenty of toilet paper, and of course a seasonal hand soap. I receive so many compliments on Mrs. Meyer’s fall fragrances (and guests always want to know where I got them since our local stores sell out so quickly!)

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3. Brisk fall days are perfect for tackling outdoor tasks and preparing your home for winter. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface is the only cleaner you need for wiping down patio furniture, light fixtures, and metal railings. Plus, the bold scents give you a boost of energy while you’re cleaning!

4. As the nights get cooler, it’s time to pull out your cozy fall bedding. To make your favorite blanket even softer and cozier, add a few drops of Grove’s lavender essential oil to Grove’s wool dryer balls before you toss them in the dryer!

My roommate, Bambi, wasn’t really sure about the dryer balls when I first purchased them, but now she’s hooked. Not only does it make our laundry softer, it also reduces static and decreases drying time so we can save energy.

5. Switching over your closet? Before you store your summer clothes, give them a good wash with Method laundry detergent so they’re fresh for next season.

I love using Method’s 4x concentrated laundry detergent. I bought the ginger mango fragrance two months ago and still have a ton of detergent left. I love the scent. However I really love that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Not only is this detergent HE friendly – I use it at my boyfriend’s apartment too – the bottle is designed so the cap doesn’t get all gummy from measuring out the amount I need.

6. Just like I reach for different clothes once the weather gets cooler, I also reach for different skincare products. I can’t live without Grove’s nourishing coconut skin superfood — it can be used as a face and body moisturizer, cuticle cream, and even eye makeup remover!

7. The start of fall also means the start of cold and flu season! To keep the sniffles at bay, I always keep a Grove hydrating hand sanitizer spray in my purse or travel bag. (This stuff is AMAZING!)

8. Can you believe stores are already putting out Halloween decor? This year, I’m aiming for zero-waste with natural decor like pinecones, potted mums, and gourds. They look festive and don’t take up that much needed storage space!

9. Tip to save on your fall product needs: Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, you will be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. What are you waiting for? Order today!

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Pumpkin Spice Skin Care & Beauty Recipes

Now that your home is in order, why not mess it up again? Try one of these fun pumpkin spice skin care & beauty recipes for you next weekend DIY. I mean, you do get to clean up the aftermath with more pumpkin spice. So why not?

Don’t forget to invite over a friend or two. I find that crafting is a ton more fun with friends as project cohorts. And a bottle of wine is always nice too!

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For more pumpkin spice inspired bath & beauty recipes, be sure to follow my Pumpkin Spice Bath, Beauty & Skin Recipes board on Pinterest. I’d also love for you to share your favorite pumpkin spice products or recipes in the comments!

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Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Following is my collection of tips for staying healthy (and organized!) as the kids head back to school this fall. So you, and your kids, can stay on top of your game.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Last week I mentioned that my son is starting his senior year of college. So back to school is extra exciting for me this year. Even more exciting is that Cody (my son) is going to the first person on my side of the family to ever go to grad school. However, if your son or daughter isn’t quite there yet, I still wanted to share some great back to school ideas for you as well.

I remember when my son was in elementary school. Every single viral infection or stomach bug that made rounds at school, made its way back into our home. And it never failed, the sound of him puking would wake me up from a dead sleep every single time.

Even after Cody graduated high school there were still back to school germs to contend with. My coworkers at the time had school aged kids. And from time to time they would find their way into the office – especially during summer or sick days. I like to think they contributed to the mighty immune system I seem have now.

Of course, if you’re working full time and you have kids in school, you can’t really afford to get sick. So I’ve pulled together a few tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. After all, you have enough to worry about when school starts. With all the after school activities, packing lunches, and helping with homework, the last thing you need to worry about is the next virus squirming its way into your home.

Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

This amazing hand sanitizer is Queen.

Because back to school means lots of germs, hand sanitizer is a great way to keep dirty hands germ free. I know as well as you do that kids hate to wash their hands. Which is one of the reasons I love the Grove Collaborative hydrating hand sanitizer spray.

This hand sanitizing spray makes disinfecting hands seem like less work. It also won’t dry out your kids hands with excess use like drugstore brand gel hand sanitizers. This awesome spray has coconut oil (for those of you who are a fan!) for extra hydration. And it’s scented with natural essential oils, not a synthetic fragrance. (Keep reading to learn how you can get Grove’s hand sanitizing spray free!)

Simply toss a bottle of hand sanitizing spray into your kids’ backpacks so they can clean up before lunch or snack time. And be sure to keep one in the car, too. It’s a great way to disinfect their hands after school or after sports practice. If time is of the essence, you can worry about one less thing by setting up disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to autoship monthly from Grove Collaborative. That way you never run out and you save a trip to the store.

Encourage hand washing with this simple idea.

Of course, sometimes, kids HAVE to wash their hands. With younger kids especially, this can be a struggle. The solution? Let them pick their favorite scent to keep by the sink! Kids especially love Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in lavender and lemon. And, they can make their soap even more special by decorating the bottle with their favorite stickers.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Don’t forget the teachers!

Teachers spend a lot of money out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. So donations of disinfecting wipes and tissues are always appreciated. You can help give back to your child’s teacher for all their hard work by gifting a few containers of Seventh Generation disinfecting multi-surface wipes. They’ll also appreciate receiving several boxes of Grove’s new paperless Seedling tissues for your kid’s classroom. These products are great at preventing kids from passing around the same germs over and over.

If you haven’t heard of Seedling by Grove, it’s a fantastic new brand of tree-free products that includes tissues, paper towels, toilet paper and napkins. Unlike other green brands of toilet paper and paper towels, Seeding products aren’t rough or scratchy. Rather than using recycled paper, Seedling products are made from a renewable proprietary blend of bamboo and sugarcane that creates a soft, luxurious product.

Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

Feed your kids healthy snacks.

One of the first questions kids ask when they get home from school is, “Hey mom, what’s for snack?” While you may be tempted to treat them to sugary snacks or potato chips, try giving them healthier options instead. Healthy snacks aren’t just a better food choice. Natural foods like veggies and fruits contain extra vitamins and minerals that also help to boost those budding immune systems.

So instead of buying those cookie or cracker snack packs when you’re at the grocery store, opt for grab-and-go snacks like cut up fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, and veggies & hummus instead. Grove’s reusable storage bags are a great way to store individual snack-sized portions. Not only are they durable and easy to clean, they also won’t leak in your refrigerator.

Natural ways to fight back to school colds or flu.

Let’s face it. Even if you do take all of the preventative measures to prevent an illness, your kids are still bound to catch a cold at some point. However, with the overuse of antibiotics (especially in cases of viral illnesses in which they have no effect on) sometimes it’s better to try a natural remedy first. Natural remedies not only help to relieve cold symptoms, they can also aid in strengthening your child’s immune system. From soothing medicinal teas to immune boosting syrups, you can find my favorite ways to naturally fight off colds here.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Manage stress better as a mom with natural supplements.

It’s not just the kids dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress as they head back to school. We moms can get overwhelmed too. It can be a real challenge fighting with your kids to get them out of bed in the morning. (I was a holy terror in the mornings growing up.) Or trying to figure out how to drop off and pick multiple kids up from sports or dance practice – when they all have to be there at the same time!

Unfortunately, not only is stress mentally exhausting, it can take a toll on your physical health as well. This in turn makes you more vulnerable to getting sick. So I help my body better manage stress with herbal supplements like ashwaghanda root. I also take a daily probiotic which helps to improve my overall health. Probiotics also naturally help to boost immunity. Therefore, by adding probiotics to your daily routine, your body is better able to fight off nasty germs you may come into contact with throughout the school year.

Grove sells my favorite brand of probiotics from Lovebug at 10% off. While I take Lovebug’s Here’s the Skinny daily probiotic, they also offer an immunity probiotic for little ones and a daily immunity probiotic for adults.

Another great way to reduce stress is by staying organized. So you’ll find some great tips to help you stay organized for back to school and keep up with household chores below!

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School. #BacktoSchool can be a challenge for families. So when someone gets sick, it makes sticking to routine even harder. Discover my tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall so you & your kids can stay on top of your game.

Clean your kid-friendly spaces with non-toxic all-in-one products.

When things get hectic, multi-tasking cleaning supplies are a must. I love Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray because I can walk around the entire house and clean everything. It’s perfect for cleaning countertops, floors, toys, and even sticky lunchboxes with just one bottle.

If you’ve never tried Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products before, back to school is the perfect time to give these cleaning products a test run! First time Grove customers will receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit with an order of just $20 or more. This amazing cleaning kit contains one each of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap and multi-surface spray PLUS a Grove hand sanitizing spray and my favorite Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

If you’re ready to get ALL of the shopping for your household down in one fell swoop, you’ll also get a free Grove cleaning caddy IN ADDITION TO your free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit when you spend just $39. Sign up here.

Create a homework station.

Getting kids to sit down and focus on homework is hard enough without having to rummage through the junk drawer for a pencil sharpener. To streamline homework time, create a “homework station” by filling a caddy with supplies like pencils, sharpeners, tape, glue, crayons, colored pencils, and a stapler.

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Keep kids busy while you make dinner.

One of the biggest challenges as a mom is keeping the kids busy while you cook dinner. So how do you this without plopping them in front of a screen? Lately, I’ve discovered that kids LOVE dry erase markers and whiteboards. So have your kids write a pretend shopping list, draw, or practice spelling words or math facts while you’re in the kitchen. When they’re done, they can clean the boards with Grove all-purpose concentrate and a microfiber!

Choose the right tools for cleaning your dirty dinner dishes.

Kids or not, if your house is like mine, dishes seem to multiply when you’re not looking. Fortunately, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and Grove walnut scrubber sponges make quick work of greasy pans, crockpots, and lunch containers.

Save money on healthy & eco-friendly everyday products for your home.

School supplies can take a big chunk out of your budget. Grove Collaborative is a great way to save on back-to-school household and personal care products like tissues, hand sanitizer, and vitamins. I find that items are less expensive than our local grocery store, and you can often score free products with a minimum purchase. Plus, once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Join Grove now and start saving.

Discover more back to school tips and ideas.

For more great tips for staying healthy and organized for back to school, be sure to follow my Back to School, Back to Work Pinterest board It’s filled with fun back to school supplies and office candy for the young and young at heart! Plus back to school DIY’s, teacher gifts ideas and printables.

Do you have great tips for staying healthy or keeping organized for back to school? I’d love to hear how you manage kids, housework and your day job without going nutty. So be sure to share your experiences and what’s worked for you in the comments! After all, coordinating with other moms and sharing ideas is another great way to not only save your sanity, but keep your household running smoothly as well.

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Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier)

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My son is entering his senior year of college and applying for grad school this fall. So he’s not who you might think of when you’re shopping for back to school supplies.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier) Must have college back to school supplies for your new college student plus tips on surviving college life and making the most of the experience from a both a male and female perspective from rising college seniors. #backtoschool #collegelife #collegetips

There are no teacher supply lists and his books are now all entirely digital. This kind of makes highlighters a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t need any school supplies. It simply means that shopping for a college student is different than shopping for school supplies for a third grader.

Target has a lot of great ideas for decorating college dorm rooms in addition to the standard back to school tools for college students. However Target also has one really amazing perk that really got my attention. And it’s absolutely perfect for students who are leaving home to go off to school.

College Dorm Room Decorating Ideas from Target, The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

When you shop online at Target.com, students can pick up your purchases at a Target store near the college campus they’re moving into. So there’s a lot less to pack for their next big life adventure. This means more room in the car for things from home that your new college student can’t live without.

So what are those must have back to school supplies for college students? Following are a few of my favorite back to school supplies. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter’s transition into college life. I’ve even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter's transition into college life. I've even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Life from Target

Even with a busy academic schedule and the opportunity to make tons of new friends, college can still feel lonely and even somewhat isolating to students. Something as simply as a package of command picture strips can help ease the loneliness as it’s an opportunity to display photos of friends and family back home. Plus, it’s also a chance to share photos of moments with new friends they make along the way. Or for a more whimsical touch, give a set of fairy photo clips with LED string lights a try.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

Having a roommate for the first time in one’s life is always a new, and a somewhat challenging, experience – especially if your son or daughter is an only child. And let’s face it. Not every personality is well suited for another.

Wireless Apple® AirPods are a great way for kids to tune out the overstimulation that comes with starting a new school. And listening to music on the way to class can help ease anxiety so they’re relaxed when they enter each new class of the day. Not an Apple family? Sony also offers a great pair of True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds that has equally rave reviews.

Your college student will appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds when leaving home for college. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night's sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life - especially if their roommate snores.

Alternately, if your son or daughter already owns a great pair of headphones, they’ll appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night’s sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life – especially if their roommate snores.

Of course, a laptop is also a must for any college student. My son started college with a new MacBook Air and it’s kept up with needs over the past three years. However, if an Apple computer isn’t in budget, Target offers a lot of budget-friendly alternatives from Chrome, Windows, HP, Dell and Acer.

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy not only allows for easy transport of all your college student's bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom, it's also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there's no guessing what's inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside. 

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy allows for easy transport of all your college student’s bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom. It’s also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there’s no guessing what’s inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside.

You’ll also want to be sure your new college student is stocked with personal care items, clothing hangers, a desk lamp and a power strip.

A super functional backpack is also a must. While many college students won’t necessarily have physical books to tote around, there are plenty of other things to stash inside. Snacks, money and a water bottle are musts for anyone running around a college campus all day.

This SwissGear® 18.5" Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power read port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets. The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and memory stick, and the add-a-bag strap to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

This SwissGear® 18.5″ Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power ready port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets.

The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and a memory stick. It also has an add-a-bag strap so it’s easy to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

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15 Tips for New College Students to Ease the Transition into College Life from both a male and a female perspective from rising college seniors. Plus the best back to school supplies for your new college student.

Tips for Easing Your Student’s Transition Into College Life

Now that you have your son or daughter stocked with the best back to school supplies for college, it’s time for the hard part. For them, it’s having the talk. For you, it’s learning to let go.

It’s super important to discuss what expectations you have for your child as far as academic performance as well as behavior while they’re away. Safety tips are also equally important. At the same, they’re learning to stretch their wings and start forging their own path for their lives. So here are fifteen amazing tips for new college students that you can share with them to ease their transition into college life.

Cody’s Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Male Perspective)

1. Go to orientation and do all of the events. Everyone else will be as apprehensive as you. However this is one of the easiest ways you can make friendships that last a lifetime.

2. Buy a calendar. Read the syllabi. Put all important dates down in advance. This will let you know when you can have fun and when you need to work.

3. Make a daily schedule. Short work every day will be more effective than trying to do a lot of work all at one time.

4. Sleep. This cannot be stressed enough. If worse comes to worse, a fresh mind studying at the last minute will do better than a dead one that studied all night.

5. It will be harder than high school. It’s okay if you see a temporary drop in your usual grades. It’s happening to everyone else. Find out what you need to change to work around that.

6. Call home each week. The emotional support will be helpful.

7. Learn how to be independent. Figure out your schedule. Eat regularly and exercise if you can.

8. Do at least one extracurricular you enjoy, whether it’s a club or a sport. You’ll meet people and keep your sanity by doing something you enjoy.

9. Safety is crucial. Always be with someone you trust when you are out at events. Never leave a drink unattended. Also, don’t take a drink from someone else – even people you know. If you see someone that needs help, help them. Call campus police. You won’t be a party pooper, you’ll be saving a life.

10. Get to know your professors. It’ll help you now and when you need letters of reference. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions outside of class.

11. Write down your overarching goal. Write down all the things you need to do to achieve that goal. Then make sure you complete one of those sub goals every one to three months. This will help ground you to what you’re striving to achieve after college.

Paris’ Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Female Perspective)

1. Everyone feels just as isolated as you. I never lived in a dorm. Rather I lived in the same apartment with roommates while I away from home over the course of four school years. So I can understand the isolation and difficulty that comes with trying to make friends when you’re in that type of situation. It’s easy to feel like you missed the train.

Students who are living in dorms for the first time will have already made friends the first week of classes. So it’s natural to feel like you are being annoying when trying to break into new friend groups. Honestly though, if you can find the right people, they will warmly welcome new friends into their circle. They will also value the things you bring to the table as part of that new friendship.

Your first year of college may be hard. Once you get into your major and find the right set of roommates however, making friends (even if you’re an introvert) will become SO much less daunting. You’ll find that you’re surrounded by like-minded people. You’ll also start to see recurring people each semester as your classes become more specialized.

2. Roommates can make or break your college experience. If you have the worst, most filthy and messy, disrespectful, loud roommates the first two years of college like I did, you’ll be able to relate. As a result of my first two years with roommates, I become a neat freak. I had to have all of the mugs facing in the same direction. I also had major trust issues when it was time for the next roommate to sign a lease with me.

The sight of a sink full of dirty dishes may eternally trigger you as a result of your experiences. However, if you keep pushing forward, you’ll realize that there is a light at the end of that gross, loud tunnel. And one day, even if its not in college, you will have a space you can call your own. Or you’ll finally share a home or apartment with somebody you know who shares your same methods and ideals.

3. Friends and relationships will come and go. People change a lot from who they were in high school. This can be hard to accept. You may feel like something is wrong with you when you leave home to go to college, and as a result, lose both your best friends and a significant other. Nothing is wrong with you. People just grow and change so much at this stage in our lives. So embrace it! See what and WHO the world brings to you and be thankful for the change that signifies.

4. Have whatever type of college experience you want. You don’t have to bend to peer pressure. Always keep in mind that there are people out there who are going to love you as you are and respect the boundaries and choices you make for yourself.

Peer pressure exists. It’s not everywhere like parents probably think however. If certain lifestyles aren’t for you, that’s great! Respect other people for their decisions as well, but also stand by yours. Standing by your own values and belief systems doesn’t make you lame. There are so many people that will ask once, you politely decline (and give your reasoning, or not) and they will ACTUALLY say, “That’s awesome! I respect that.” (This is from my own personal experience.) Those people are so important to have in your life. Try your hardest to find them, and don’t settle for less than what you are comfortable with or deserve.

Share Your Own Tips for New College Students!

Do you have any additional back to school tips for students entering college for the first time? If so, I’d love if you could share them in the comments. Alternately, I’d also love to hear about your memorable college experiences and how they helped to shape who you are today!

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