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Blog - August 2013


Back to School: 5 Dorm Must-Haves for Every College Student

8/26/2013 1:51:16 PM

The time to move begin college is approaching and if you're staying in the dorms, your back to school list just got that much longer. Back-to-school shopping should be fun rather than stressful and by creating a list of must-haves and sticking to it, you can ensure a successful shopping trip and awesome dorm room. Below are five must-haves to consider for your first year away at college.

  1. Storage Bins
    When it comes to smaller spaces (read: college dorm rooms), organization is key to keeping the room tidy. Storage bins that can be stacked under beds are ideal for keeping extra clothing that you don't necessary use on a regular basis but also provide easy access in case you need something quickly. Rather than take up unnecessary space in your small closet or dresser, opt for storage bins to store things neatly and efficiently.
  2. Kitchen Items
    While you might not have the biggest area for cooking, it's still a necessity for dorm room living. Kitchen supplies such as a hot pot, utensils, water filter, and a coffee maker are all essential to survive in a college dorm room. Don't forget to bring extra filters for your water filter, as well as extra necessities for your coffee maker, such as Krups coffee maker water filters for some late night studying.
  3. Shower Supplies
    Unfortunately, showering at a college dormitory doesn't offer the same luxury as showing in the privacy of your own home. Because of this, it's important to invest in some waterproof flipflops for the shower, as well as a well-stocked bath caddy to carry all of your essentials to and from the showers. Stock up on towels and invest in some type of robe if you don't already have one.
  4. Bedding
    Buying bedding for college is a little different from shopping for bedding at home. Keep in mind that most colleges offer extra-long beds so you may need to invest in a set of extra-long sheets. Consider a back rest for when you don't feel like sitting at your desk, as well as some bed risers to give you some extra storage space.
  5. Laundry Supplies
    While it might not get done as much as it should, laundry is still a necessity in college. Aside from the typical detergent and dryer sheets, consider investing in a fold-up hamper with handles that's as easy to carry as it is to fold up when not in use.

These are just a few college necessities – most colleges offer lists to newcomers with a list of things to bring and things to avoid. Other fun items include a marker board for your door, some wall décor, and of course, school supplies!

5 Steps to Becoming a "Morning Person"

8/26/2013 1:50:37 PM

We can't all be morning people… but we can definitely try! A great day starts the second you wake up in the morning and therefore you must have a good morning routine.  Do you find yourself feeling like there is never enough time in the a.m.?  For some people a routine is a strange word and it can be tough to get used to a regular routine..  However, if you are looking to find more balance in your life, then having a morning routine can really help you find that balance, as well aid in ensuring you wake up in time for work in the morning.

Here are some tips that can help develop a morning routine:

  1. Try going to bed at a reasonable time.

Doctors recommend eight hours of a sleep a night in order to get enough energy to get through the day. However, if you are a workaholic, then you probably go to bed thinking about work. Try to relax by watching your favorite TV show, listening to tranquil music, or reading a book.

  1. Set your alarm clock/cell phone.

An alarm clock is a key tool to waking up on time and establishing a healthy routine.Whether you decide to invest in an alarm clock or opt to simply set an alarm on your phone, a reliable alarm is vital to getting up on time in the morning.

  1. Try a quick 10 minute workout.

You may feel rejuvenated with a little bit of exercise in the morning. You don't have to go all out – a simple routine of 10 jumping-jacks and 20 sit-ups will help you feel energized and ready to take on the world.

  1. Wash your hair and choose an outfit the night before.

By saving your daily morning tasks for the night prior, you can save a good half hour in your morning routine. Try washing your hair and choosing an outfit the night before – you'd be surprised at how much time you save!

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast and make your own coffee.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Try grabbing something easy and quick like a breakfast bar.Next, save time by making your own coffee.Keep in mind that by making your own coffee, you will not have to stop at a local store on your way to work.Try a reliable and affordable Cuisinart coffee maker and parts that will make it easy to make and grab a cup of joe while on the go in the morning.

It may take some time and consistency to enforce a well-balanced morning routine, so try keeping track of your morning habits. However, by going to bed at a reasonable hour, setting an alarm, working out, and taking care of your morning tasks the night before, you can ensure you have enough time in the morning to get ready, as well save time by making your own coffee.

Top 5 Summer Friendly Smoothie Recipes

8/26/2013 1:50:19 PM

Do you need a cool down after a rough workout or a hot day at the beach?  Why not cool off with one of these icy drinks?  These smoothies are a perfect thirst-quencher after a long, hot summer day.  From honeydew grape to strawberry banana; they are the perfect supplement as an energizing snack.

  1. Honeydew-Grape Smoothie

Blend this smoothie with two cups of cubed honeydew melon or cantaloupe, ½ cup of grapes, and 1 cup of white grape juice.Mix on a high speed and add 8 ice cubes while the machine is still running. Wait until the smoothie is thick and smooth and you are ready to serve.

  1. Strawberry-Apple Smoothie

This icy drink includes a cup of yogurt, 8 frozen strawberries, 2 sliced apples, and a ½ cup of sugar. Combine the ingredients in your Kitchenaid blender on a high speed.While the machine is running, add 8 ice cubes through the feeding tube.Let your smoothie sit for four minutes before serving.

  1. Orange Smoothie

In a blender, combine a peeled and sliced orange, a cup of yogurt, ½ cup of orange juice, and a ¼ cup of vanilla extract, as well as 8 crushed ice cubes.Wait until your icy drink is smooth and enjoy!

  1. Blueberry-Banana Smoothie

In a blender with ice-crushing ability, include 3 tablespoons of water, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1 ½ cup of frozen blueberries, and a ripe banana.Blend ingredients with 8 ice cubes on your highest setting until smooth.Pour smoothie into tall glass and you have your very own protein-shake on-the-go.

  1. Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry and bananas make a perfect smoothie blend.In a blender combine one cup of yogurt, one banana, ½ cup of orange juice, and six frozen strawberries.

Try mixing one of these guilt-free smoothies today with your Kitchenaid blender.  If you are looking for new Kitchenaid blender parts to ensure your blender is running "smoothly", be sure to contact the Gourmet Depot today at 1-800-424-6783.



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