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How to Celebrate the End of Summer Vacation… and a New School Year!

How to Celebrate the End of Summer Vacation… and a New School Year!

Aug 18, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to the fun, sunny and care-free days of summer when the new school year finally rolls around. Don’t let the school supplies ads get you down! It’s time for you and your family to celebrate your summer AND the beginning of a great new school year. Here are a few ideas: 1. Dinner Time Plan an end-of-summer outing with your family at your favorite restaurant. Pick a place with a fantastic patio so you can enjoy the warm night. 2. Whip Out Your Label Maker Make school supplies shopping fun. Organize and personalize those folders, notebooks, and pencil pouches. Stop at your local craft store to get some supplies, order a pizza, and make it a back-to-school party! 3. Camp Out Squeeze in one last fun summer activity – a back yard camp out. Pitch a tent, get your sleeping bags, and prepare your best scary stories. Don’t forget to stop at your favorite grocery store for s’mores essentials! 4. Drive In Find the closest drive-in movie theater, pack up your car with blankets and snacks, and enjoy this retro summer staple. 5. Fruity Fun There are many farms where you can pick your own fresh strawberries, blueberries, and more. Find a local family-friendly place to spend the day filling baskets with delicious fruit. You can even pack some in those first day of school lunches!   Do you have any recommendations for restaurants, drive-ins, or craft stores? Share them on eMazeMe.com by making a “back-to-school”...

5 College Must-Haves for Future Freshmen

5 College Must-Haves for Future Freshmen

Jul 8, 2014

Preparing your child for college can be a daunting task, especially if they’re the first. When making your seemingly endless list, it can be easy to pile on the fun stuff and forget about the practical things! We’ve gathered five college dorm essentials that might not be as fun as the mini-fridge, but will make your future freshman’s stay go much smoother! 1. Mattress cover Two words: bed bugs. Avoid the inconvenience and unsightly bug bites and invest in a mattress cover! Many stores sell covers specifically designed to protect your mattress and keep bed bugs away. 2. Eating utensils While meal plans are a great part of any college freshman’s life, there will be times when they’ll eat in their dorm. Buy one plate, bowl, fork, knife, and spoon to keep in their desk drawer. 3. Laundry Basket Your child doing their own laundry can be a terrifying thought for some parents. Make it easier with a good laundry basket that’s easy to carry through the halls. 4. Flip flops Many dorms have communal bathrooms. If this is the case for your child, make sure to pack a simple pair of flip flips. This makes their daily shower experience a little more hygienic! 5. Stationary This last suggestion might seem archaic, but a nice set of stationary is a fun excuse for your freshman to stay in touch! Pair it with a box of stamps and an address book full of addresses of friends and...

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