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College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

It’s been a few weeks since the kids left the nest.  Are they homesick yet? Have they made new friends? Are they regretting that early am class? However they’re adjusting be sure to let them know you’re thinking of them with a College Student Care Package like this one I put together from Dollar General.College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

College kids need things, lots of things. Leaving home for the first time is often a shock. Not just of the changes in the environment but when they realize how good they had it at home most wanna come home right away.  No more home cooked meals or fresh clean sheets magically appearing on the bed. We can still spoil our kids from far away by sending them quality care packages with comforts from home.College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

Each package should fit not only your child’s needs but also their situation. Are they in-state and home often enough to do laundry then skip the detergent aisle. Are they across the country and not used to snow and the increased rainfall?  Ship extra umbrellas and gloves.

Dollar General is a different kind of discount store. You’ll find lots of brand name products in food, cleaners, beauty products and apparel. Stepping into each store guarantees you to find great deals on the things we all need each day.  Putting together a care package is simple and hassle free. You’ll get big box pricing (sometimes better) with small neighborhood size.College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

Putting together a care package is easy.  Find a few “needs” plus some fun items to bring a smile to their face. I gathered facial tissues, peanut butter, pitaschios, candy & gum, ear buds, gift cards to iTunes and Dunkin Donuts and a reusable coffee mug for those late study sessions. All of this cost approximately $50.  College Student Care Package from @DollarGeneral

Don’t forget comforting items right from home. Include treats like a favorite Chex Mix recipe or homemade peanut butter granola or a long loved stuffed animal.

Who would you send a care package to?  What would you put in it?

Advice for Starting the College Search #JourneytoCollege

She Speaks Kaplan DisclosureFor Sabreena’s entire high school career we were on her about making the right steps towards a positive and productive college choice. Unfortunately most of our advice fell on deaf ears.  This fall instead of attending the college of her choice she’ll be starting off at community college.

Our biggest hurdle through the college selection process was tuition costs. Sabreena was adamant about the 4 schools on her list and didn’t want to waver no matter how much we advised her that tutition costs should be a huge influence. When the acceptance letters came in her boutique school choice was just within reach. We went through enrollment, orientation, even picking a roommate but when the scholarships and grants didn’t come in as we had hoped her school of choice was no longer an option.

There was no back up either. We were left with a heartbroken girl that thought there was nowhere to go from here.

We urged Sabreena for 4 years to do as much research on scholarships and grants as possible. We urged her to take a look at the state university as a backup.  Everything was very overwhelming and time goes by quicker than you think.

My advice to families just starting the college search:Advice for Starting the College Search

  • Research every program your school, district or state offers to help with applications, career assessments, PSATs and of course grants and scholarships.
  • Join clubs and extracurriculars. If not for the experience of the activity or cause then use the time to establish connections that will be useful down the road when it comes time for recommendations and needing advice on college selections.
  • The cost of college tuition is at an all time. Paying for college is a huge undertaking and can cause a burden on family. Know how and where to look for scholarships to help offset that expense.
  • Be aware of your social media footprint. Studies show 71% of college admission officers are spending time checking out an applicant’s Facebook & Twitter page before making final decisions.

To ensure that students are receiving accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the college admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S.*

The survey data collected helps Kaplan provide informed guidance to tens of thousands of college applicants and their parents each year. The #JourneyToCollege should be paved in information and knowledge not obstacles.

Get your free 2014 KapMap College Planner and stay ahead of the curve.

Stay connected with Kaplan on Facebook or Twitter to stay on top of trends, changes to the SAT & ACT exams and learn more about what the admissions office is looking for in new or transferring students.

the image is adapted from College Path via Charles Clegg

I Feel Like A Manager

Sabreena is 16 years old and a junior in high school and is oh so close to college which is so hard to believe. 

The problem I am having and I am sure a lot of parents have with high school kids is getting them to look past the current year and look into the future.  I am not saying I want Sabreena to look so far into the future that she doesn’t enjoy now but with college right around the corner there are a lot of things that she needs to do now for college in two years. 

I feel like I am constantly reminding her about staying on top of her school work because she has a heavy work load this year with two college level courses (English and History) in addition to the rest of her honors classes which I would love to see her get all A’s in.  She also needs to start looking over study materials for the SAT so that she can take it at least once if not twice this school year.  She also needs to start thinking about what college she may want to attend so that she can review their admissions requirements so that she can be sure she has everything she needs to meet those requirements.  Just reading all of this makes my head hurt because she is under a lot of pressure at the age of 16 which sucks and that is why I am trying to help/manage her the best I can.  I started looking over different SAT test dates yesterday and what study materials she will need so that is one less thing she needs to worry about. 

It’s tough to be a kids these days and I hope she understands that I only want to best for her.  When I was a senior in high school I took the SAT once and bombed it and I wasn’t even planning on going to college.  I can remember during the last three months of my senior year my dad telling me I was going to college and not community college so I then needed to scramble to find a school that would accept me on such short notice.  I don’t want Sabreena to have to go through the same thing.  I want her to pick the college she wants to go to because it’s a good fit for her not because it’s the last minute and that is the only college available.  Not that my parents didn’t care they just don’t think like I do and that is why I am so involved in Sabreena’s studies.

Like I said I hope she knows I am doing this to help her and not to be a pain in the ass.  I know how I felt when I was a senior and needed to find a college with no assistance and I don’t want Sabreena to have to deal with the same thing. I am trying to make this whole process as painless as possible.  Not sure how I am doing so far but like I said I am trying.

I Disclose

Sabreena Is Preparing For Her Future

Tomorrow Sabreena will be taking a SAT Prep Test administered by Kaplan at her high school. She already took one last year in 8th grade but like I keep telling her you can never get to much practice for this test.

Right now she wants to be an environmental engineer and some of the Universities that teach this field are Stanford and MIT so needless to say she is going to need a really high SAT score to get into these Universities which I know she can do.

Sabreena actually said she would like to take this prep test which shows me she is really serious about her future which couldn’t make me happier. So wish her luck. I know it is only a prep test but the next one will probably be the real deal and I want her to be ready.

Holiday Wishlist 2010 – GameDay Rugs Giveaway

Back on 9/29/10 I wrote a review of the awesome Alabama Crimson Tide Car Floor Mats HERE.  The University of Alabama Crimson Tide automobile floor mats are designed to outlast the competition. The heavy duty construction of this rug allows for use indoors or out. The Alabama Crimson Tide logo and rug designs are tufted through to backing for superior performance and luxurious looks. Product features include:

  • Tough, heavy-duty construction for durability
  • Designs tufted through backing and never printed
  • UV stabilized yarns to resist fading from the sun
  • Bright color-fast yarns that stay bright
  • Stain resistant
  • Non-skid backing

Virginia Tech Carmats

So these rugs have been in my car for about a month and I couldn’t be happier.  They look great in my car and show my love for the University of Alabama.

Do you want to show love for your school? If so today is your lucky day because GameDay Rugs is giving one Look What Mom Found…and Dad too! reader car floor mats of there schools choice.  Visit GameDay Rugs and tell me what else you like other then the car floor mats.


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Show Your School Spirit!!! – GameDay Rugs

Roll Tide are words heard from my house on Saturday’s during college football season. I have been a HUGE Alabama fan ever since they won the National Championship in 1992 over the Miami Hurricanes. The one problem is trying to find Alabama gear in Delaware, but thankfully we recently got the opportunity to work with GameDay Rugs on a consideration which was really cool.

GameDay Rugs launched in 2010, GameDay Rugs™ is a division of Engineered Conversion Systems (ECS), a proven and experienced leader in product development for the carpet and rug industry. The backbone of the GameDay Rugs™ design and manufacturing quality originates from ESC pioneered technology, which can recreate virtually any artwork, image or graphic into a striking woven design.

GameDay Rugs has a lot of different teams and rugs to choose from. Alabama for instance has twelve different rugs to choose from like car mats (which I got) to an entry rug to a special edition fashion area rug and much more. I noticed a lot of the rugs come in two sizes: 3’ x 5’ and 4’ x 6’ so you can select the size that would be perfect for your home, business or dorm room. The other cool thing is if you do not see your school on GameDay Rugs all you need to do is fill out the form on the Contact Us Page and you will be alerted once your school has been added. I would assume since GameDay Rugs just launched in 2010 they are working constantly to add new schools so be patient for your school to appear and once it appears be sure to show your school spirit.

Like I mentioned above I received the Alabama Crimson Tide Car Floor Mats and am very happy I did. When I got home yesterday from work I needed to clean and vacuum the interior of my car prior to placing my new floor mats in my car, LOL. I was really happy with the quality and craftsmanship of the floor mats. They are 3/8 inch think with a non-skid backing and stain resistant which is going to allow me to have these for a very long time. These floor mats are so nice I almost didn’t want to put them in my car because I don’t want to get them dirty but I love Alabama so much I was super excited to show off my team spirit.

GameDay Rugs is a must for any college fan and with so many different rugs to choose from you will be sure to find one that is just right for you.

Be sure to mark your calendars and check back in November as we will be hosting a 2010 Ultimate Holiday Wishlist where we will be giving away a set of car floor mats of your choice.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.