Category Archives: College

Food you Should Always Have in your Dorm

Food You Should Always Have in Your Dorm Room |Thoughts&Daisies

From my own personal experience, you don’t notice how much you snack until you go away to college and no longer have your home kitchen to grab food. I find I am most hungry for something to snack on between classes and once I get home from late-night rehearsals, and because of this, I like to make sure my dorm is stocked.  If you are like me and enjoy snacking here is my take on important food items to keep in your dorm.  Continue reading

Remembering October

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Would it even actually be Fall if you don’t go on a Fall themed adventure? Of course not, and this year I actually got with the program and went on one. My roommate and I decided to spend one of the rare sunny Ohio days out and about. So we left campus and drove 40 minutes to an apple farms kids fall fest. Did we then pay 8 dollars to get into said fun fest? Yes. Was it totally worth it? Yes, yes it was.  Continue reading

5 Things you​ DON’T Need to Bring to College

5 Things you Don't Need to Bring to College |thoughts&daisies To make your packing a little easier (and your bags a little lighter) here are 5 things you don’t need to bring with you.

As schools come back in session all of us college kids are once again packing up our things and packing is daunting. So much we could bring, so little space to put it. To make your packing a little easier (and your bags a little lighter) here are 5 things you don’t need to bring with you.

 

An Iron

It sounds like a good idea. Wrinkly clothes need a way to be dealt with, but I’ve been in college for two years and have only used mine a handful of times. Because it takes a lot of effort. Instead, opt for a wrinkle spray or a handheld steamer. Super easy to use and takes up less storage space. 

Your Whole Wardrobe

Not having every piece of clothing you own for a whole year, or at least a semester can feel limiting. Especially if you go to school really far away like I do. While you may want to, you don’t need to take your whole wardrobe with you. You won’t even have space for half of it in those tiny dorm room closets. You just need to pack smart. 

Pack for the seasons you will be there first. If you don’t need all of your winter gear the first semester leave it at home and do a wardrobe swap over the break. 

Start packing by laying out piles of basic staple pieces by items. Shirts, pants, PJs, etc. Once you have that then add in more clothes. But before you take that top that has been collecting dust in your closet for 5 years really decide if it’s worth it. Take more versatile pieces instead. 

Rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn it in the past 6 months you probably won’t be missing it in college. 

 

A box of nail polish and every makeup palette you’ve ever owned

I made the mistake of taking a whole box of nail polish with me the first year and painted my nails approximately zero times. Unless you paint your nails every month I would suggest taking no polish or up to three colors. If you decide you want to paint your nails you can always stop by your local Walgreens for some polish.

Same goes with your makeup. I am not someone who uses all of my palettes on a daily basis so I am scaled back on which ones I take with me. It really pays off when your luggage is at 49.9lbs and you don’t want to be charged for overweight bags. 

Bed Risers

Most dorm beds are made to lift on their own to provide extra storage space underneath or you can loft if you want it to be extra tall. Bed risers are just extra things to buy and I just don’t think they are very useful. 

Most Valuables

Keep the valuables you take with you to a minimum. It is better to be safe than sorry. For whatever you do take with you have a safe place for it hidden in your dorm like a small safe. 

Be smart with what you bring. Don’t bring an expensive speaker when you can get one at Target for around $20. If you can’t afford to lose it maybe don’t bring it. 

 

Happy Packing!

 

If you have any other suggestions of things NOT to bring to college put it in the comments!  When do you go back to school?

 

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3 Simple Microwave Meals

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things!

All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

 

French Toast

Yes, you can make french toast in a mug! I didn’t believe it at first either.

What you need

Milk

Eggs

Bread (wheat seems to work the best)

Vanilla (can substitute with some syrup is needed)

Cinnamon

First whisk eggs together with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon

Soak cut up pieces of bread in the mixture

Place in microwave for 60-90 seconds depending on the way your microwave cooks food

AND SERVE

Add some of your favorite toppings like syrup, chocolate chips, or fruit to taste.

 

Eggs

The easiest eggs to make in the microwave are your standard scrambled.

Crack eggs into a mug, I find up to three works the best

Whisk eggs with salt and pepper, adding milk will help to fluff your eggs

Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir

Microwave for another 30-45 seconds

And TADA

Add some cheese, herbs, or even salsa for added flavor

 

Mac and Cheese

½ cup of macaroni noodles

½ cup of water

Shredded cheese

Salt and Pepper

Add noodles and water to large mug cook on high for 1 min, stir

Cook for another minute, stir

Continue to cook in 30-second intervals until macaroni are thoroughly cooked

If it is getting too dry add a bit of water

Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper

Enjoy!

Note: Be careful to watch your macaroni because the water is prone to overflow during the cooking process

 

All of these meals can also be made in a microwave safe bowl as well.

These are great alternatives for when you get tired of campus food or ordering pizza.

Let me know if you want to see another post talking about microwave desserts!

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.