Dorm Seating


This is a follow up on what you need for your dorm, because dorm rooms are usually so stinkin’ small that you don’t even have breathing room.

I came across this great tutorial on how to make a crate seat out of a basic plastic storage crate.

Making one of these seats is easy and affordable – you’ll be able to do it at home in a snap.

Check out the full tutorial by Ginger Snaps, here.


Old Love


I was going through my emails, and came across one from Old Navy that said it was offering 20% off your online purchase – so I figured I’d browse. I was pleased when I got onto the website, and saw that their summer dresses were on sale starting at $15 – it’s too hot to wear pants at this point in the year.

How cute is this Women’s Jersey Tube Dress? Light and airy for summer.

A girl can never have too many flip flops – I mean, we need to have a pair in every color to match all of our cute summer outfits, right? You can get flip flops in an array of colors at Old Navy for $2.50 – you can’t beat that.

Hop on over to Old Navy for cute summer essentials on sale and everyday steals.

Time to Stock up for Dorm Living


Today, my baby cousin graduates from high school. Three years ago around this time, I graduated from high school and started stocking up for my dorm room. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship that covered a good amount of my dorm essentials – or what I thought was essential to my dorm room. I bought a lot of stuff that was unnecessary or cluttered my very small closet – ahem – I mean dorm room. So, save yourself the money and the headache of trying to fit everything in your tiny dorm room and follow these lists of dorm essentials and where to find them.

This list by Our Family World is spot on. It lists all of the must haves for a dorm room.

This list by Strong Like My Coffee has a lot of great ideas for food and ‘dorm kitchen’ essentials. It lists foods that are great to have on hand and healthy for you.

Just some personal advice from me:

1: Storage bins are great – great for packing and great for storage purposes – get the ones that are thin and can fit under your dorm bed but still hold a lot.

2: Get things that hang on your wall or door – avoid items that clutter up your desk or the tops of your dressers. Get hooks that hang over the door for some extra hanging space for clothes and art work that hangs on the wall to dress up your room.

3: Rugs, rugs, rugs – I don’t know about other colleges, but the floors at Point Park in the dorms were just kind of gross. During freshman year, my roommate and I both had rugs at our bedside. Not to mention, it adds a little bit of color to the room to add to your personal style.

Now, where to look for dorm essentials:

1: Ross Dress for Less – my personal favorite. You can find a lot of dorm essentials here, if not all of them. I picked up bedding for my dorm room for $20 and bath towels for a few dollars each.

2: Walmart – I got my mini-fridge, coffee maker, and eating tools at Walmart for great prices. After doing much research, they had the best prices on appliances for my dorm room.

3: Target – be cautious when going into Target, because they have a lot of adorable things that you could put in your dorm room and you will put it all in your shopping cart. But, once you gain some self-control, you can find some cute artwork and lamps for your dorm.

I hope this information helps! Happy Friday!


100 Ways to Save


I apologize for my posts not being as involved or as plentiful lately – the stress of finding a new place and packing has been weighing down on me. Good news though, we found a place, and will be moving at the end of the month, so, come July, I should be back to my normal posting.

I came across this great compilation of 100+ ways to save for people in many different walks of life – students, people with children, people who are going green.

Thanks to Snail Pace Transformations for this great piece!