The Ultimate College Care Package

Tips for Creating the Ultimate College Care Packages and ways to help your college kiddo get adjusted & parents too!


Having a child go off to college is a huge adjustment for both them and you as their parent! No matter how close or far they go sending a care package a week or two after they get settled in their dorm is the perfect way to remind them of home! Let’s face it, It’s also good therapy for mom and dad!


Make A Plan-plan ahead for mailing care packages based on holidays and college schedule. If your kiddo is at college over Labor Day weekend this will be the perfect time to get a care package there! Mark your calendar and send the next one by Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a finals survival care package in December!


Favorite Things-next time you’re at the grocery store grab their favorite snacks to include in the care package! Also, by now they have figured out what they might be needing and don’t have for college. Grab an extra one or two of the specific things and Include them in the care package!


Make it personal– including gift cards is always a good idea and something they will most definitely use at college! Include a picture of the family dog or pet and an upbeat note from you and or siblings!

Looking for a Great Summer Read? Hosting a Book Swap is the perfect way to kick-off summer with friends!

How To Host A Summer Book Swap Party featured on WXIN FOX 59 Indianapolis.


How To Host A Book Swap:

Make it a Party: Invite your friends! There is no right or wrong number. It’s always fun to invite a few people and have them bring a friend with them.
Bring A Book You Love: Choose a Book you enjoyed and are willing to part with at the party.
Wrapping Station & Special Note:Set out pre-cut wrapping paper, scissors and tape when people arrive they can wrap their book. Also, have not Cards and pens set out and have each guest write why they chose the book and why they enjoyed reading it. Tape the notecard to the wrapped book.
Display:Display the wrapped books on a table and allow the guests to read the handwritten notes placed on the front of each of them. DO NOT INCLUDE the BOOK TITLE on the notecards! 
Now Introducing:Gather your guests have Gabe them sit in a large circle. Have everyone introduce themselves and share why they love books and JUST the title of the book they brought (nothing about the book or note written).
Ready, Set SWAP:Everyone choose a Book. You can swap your book ONE TIME!Everyone take turns unwrapping their book. Share why you chose the book and who brought the book to the party!
Food, Drinks & Trivia: Optional, book trivia is a fun addition to the party over appetizers and drinks!

CHEERS TO SUMMER

SUMMER SASSY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Looove this easy cocktail recipe and it is perfect for a summer gathering with girlfriends! Use your favorite champagne or Prosecco and fill glass halfway. Add fresh grapefruit juice to fill the flute. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. That’s it! Cheers!

SPRING INSPIRED EASTER BRUNCH

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Spring is finally here and we’ve got the Ultimate Guide for Hosting A Spring Inspired Brunch! Mommy Magic will have the Do’s & Dont’s for Hosting an easy, affordable and stunning Easter Brunch Inspired by Family, Springtime & Gratitude!


Do’s:

Do you fresh flowers- Fresh greenery or tulips are a YES!

Do incorporate family photos and include everybody!

Do emphasize gratitude and the importance of Spring Renewal & Easter!


Dont’s:

Don’t allow phones at the table by adults or kids!

Don’t use fake flowers as a centerpiece!

Don’t do it all yourself… Pitch in is perfect!

Spring Cleaning Hacks for Home

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  • How to remove pet hair – After running a high-powered vacuum through the room, grab your tape roller. When you lightly roll it back and forth, the tape will pick up any leftover stubborn hairs still stuck to your the carpet.
  • How to clean blinds – The only things you really need to get rid of dust and grime on blinds are old socks, kitchen tongs, and white vinegar. Just slide the socks onto the tongs, secure with a rubber band or hair tie, dip in a mix of white vinegar and water, and get to cleaning.
  • Clean oil with oil – An oil spattered kitchen is just the worst to clean, because try as you may, the soap just never seems to be enough to clean it! So instead, use oil to pick your oil up! Add a few drops of vegetable oil to paper towel, then wipe the greasy surface and watch the oil disappear!
  • Dryer sheet magic – A used dryer sheet can buff out water spots from your mirrors and bathroom/kitchen fixtures, tackle waterspots on your shower doors, and even get rid of that loathsome ring in the toilet that just won’t budge! Use new dryer sheets to wipe your baseboards clean, and you’ll be not only be cleaning them but adding a dust-fighting layer to them as you go!
  • Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda – We don’t often think about cleaning the appliances that clean everything else, like your dishwasher, but it needs to be done! Place a container filled with white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher and run it on its hottest cycle with nothing else inside. Then, sprinkle some baking soda along the floor of the dishwasher, and run it again on a short-hot cycle, and you’ll have a super clean dish washing machine!
  • Revive Drab Drapes – To revive drab drapes, take them down, remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes. Re-hang immediately. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth.
  • Wash Out Trash Cans – Wash out trash cans. To really clean garbage cans, spray them with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, scrub with a handled brush and rinse. Leave them upside down to dry.
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Sunny Days Ahead…Spring Must Have’s!

Warmer weather is around the corner! Trends are bold, colorful, white and bright! Get ready for Spring Break with these affordable must haves! White & Bright- Spring footwear trends and must haves for this Spring Break! Grab & Go- Easy and breezy ways to pack up your beach essentials and be on the go. Cool & Shady- Top Trends for Sun Care! Everything from the best sunscreens to tips to staying cool and beating the heat this Spring Break.

SPRING SPRUCE UP

Purging can be emotional and hard. Getting started is typically the hardest part of tackling sorting and organizing sentimental items throughout your home. Mommy Magic has three easy steps to get you started!

A Plan– Most people never start the process because it’s too overwhelming. Discuss a timeframe and plan to tackle the project. DO it over several weeks/weekends. DO set a goal date to complete it.

Emotions– It’s ok to get emotional when sorting, purging and organizing through keepsakes. Take the time to go through things carefully and set aside items you are unsure of getting rid of in a “Don’t Know” container. Set these things aside and when your less emotional revisit them.

Need or Want– Much like asking yourself does it bring me joy, ask yourself do “You Need It or Do You Want It” If you need it, find a home for it. If you want it and have multiple of it, let it go and make the decision to declutter it.