The Dorm Life
Next year my daughter will be off to college....sighhhhhh! But I am a mom that is preparing wayyyyy ahead of time. I already have her page ready for the senior yearbook...I'm doing a full page spread of baby pics and commentary, heehee! And I've been starting to think out her graduation party as well...I like to have my ideas in order, planned out and prepared...what can I say. I'm starting a Graduation Party board on Pinterest to keep my ideas in one place. Not that I'm ready to get rid of her or anything LOL...but I'm a forward planner type of gal.
So I will be busy documenting each of her last events in high school this year WHILE planning for her to go to college LOL. She's already telling me what she wants in her "care packages" when she's away. She will do early acceptance to her #1 school University of SC in August and this summer she will be researching and getting ready to apply for scholarships as well. Her other schools she's applying to are: Stanford, Auburn, and Florida State and she wants to major in Marine Sciences. Keeping my fingers crossed for her...she has a 4.1 GPA so I'm hoping that she gets in where she really wants to go.
And my friend (BFF, 1 of the 3 musketeers) Pat sells Thirty-One bags...they are super durable and come in fabulous styles and patterns. I won't say how many I may or may not have ;) But I use them a lot and they can take a beating and still look nice AND keep their shape, love that. And we use them a lot for beach bags in the Large Utility, Keep It Caddy and the Organizing Utility Tote sizes.
I got this one for Alexa because it has her fave colors...I got her name embroidered on it too.
This month's special is: for each $35 you spend you can get the Large Utility Tote for just $10....that is a HUGE DEAL FOLKS!
It is the largest tote bag (approx. 11.75"H x 21.5"W x 10"D) you can buy and it can hold everything AND the kitchen sink. They are great for so many things. I use mine to haul my craft stuff, one in the truck to hold groceries, we take them on vacation, we use them as beach totes, etc.
This is another pattern I got for one of her friends!
So I decided to buy some more items that I
wanted needed...LOL..its a slight addiction! But I needed some other bags (sure I did, no really I did) and decided I'd get a Large Utility Tote for Alexa and her 3 BFFs as graduation presents and fill them with things they may need/use in college. Course Alexa's will have a lot more in it but I thought it would be a great present for all the girls. And I was able to get the 4 totes for $10 each...awesome!
I'm going to collect items over the year for the bags and some ideas I have had so far are below. Creature comforts from home, fun presents, useful items and some gag gifts LOL! They will be instructed that they CANNOT open the gifts inside till they are at college...so they have something to make them smile if they are homesick or lonely or just need a pick-me-up.
(as a joke but they all love them)
-mini sewing kits
-picture frames to fill
-portable chargers for smartphones
-pepper spray keyrings
(yes safety is #1 on this mom's mind)
-fun pencils & pens
(for my Disney obsessed daughter)
-nail polishes & lip glosses
-pretty lanyards for their college ids
-Bath & Body Works products
I also ordered this cosmetic bag set for Alexa with her name embroidered in navy to match the other bag (pattern is Best Buds). It will be nice for keeping her cosmetics organized while she's in the dorm (I hope LOL)! And just to use for any travel really.
I'm a total sucker for fun patterns and flip-flops...and this is a new summer pattern "Fun Flops" for Thirty-One so I had to snatch a few things with this pattern before it goes away KWIM? I got this Keep-It-Caddy and the Large Utility Tote in this fun pattern for the beach...how cute is it? Even though I may have a couple...errrr few.... of these I use them ALL the time for just about everything.
And happily my order came this week so I'm all ready for my Florida Keys vacation :)