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Time To Stock Up For College

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Back-to-school shopping season is officially here. With fall right around the corner, colleges are reopening the campuses soon. Especially for incoming college freshmen, moving into dormitories comes with a whole host of lifestyle changes. Given the size of an average college dorm room, there is not much space to store anything but the essentials. The following list can relieve some of the stress in advance of move-in day.

Desk Organizer

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No matter how small your dorm room turns out to be, it is guaranteed to have a desk for each student. However, that desk might not be as big as the ones that you have at home. As such, organization is paramount. SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer can save more space than you ever imagined. This desk organizer has several compartments, including a double tray and 5 upright sections. One of the trays is a sliding drawer with 3 compartments. You may store small items such as a calculator, pens and sticky notes. The only part that needs to be assembled is the plastic tabs when you receive the package. They can secure all parts together. The rubber bottoms can avoid slippage.

Twin XL Bedding Sets

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Unlike high school, college can make you exhausted. If you don’t want to pull unintentional all-nighters, you should make sure to choose the right bedding. A Twin XL mattress is standard for the majority of residence halls. But you should double-check the size of your dorm room bed before investing in bedding. If you do find yourself stuck with the extra-long twin, then the Intelligent Design Raina Comforter Set is fabricated with ultra-soft brushed microfiber. The geometric silver printing matches all room styles. The package comes with a comforter, a sham, and 2 decorative pillows. Since students will be busy with school work, you may not have much time to wash everything by hand. This comforter set can be machine watched, which makes it easy to care for. Just make sure never to bleach it.

Five Star Spiral Notebooks

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Even though computers and other electronic devices have evolved into mandatory tools for college students, a lot of professors still require students to take notes in physical notebooks. We all know that technology can be distracting. Taking notes by hand can improve students’ active listening, comprehension of class material and retention. High-quality notebooks are indispensable for good students. I have been using Five Star Spiral Notebooks since the first day of school and have always been impressed with their quality. Five Star is selling a 6-pack notebook with assorted colors and offering an $8 discount. You can prepare one notebook for each of your class. Every notebook contains 100 college ruled sheets and one divider with 2 pockets that allows you to store handouts. The plastic front cover is water-resistant. All of the notebooks that I used 10 years ago are still in good condition.

Writing Essentials Kit

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Of course, having a good notebook isn’t enough to guarantee an A. To prepare for class, you also need ballpoint pens, highlighters, pencils, erasers and more. You want something that is water-resistant, permanent, fade-resistant, and smooth. Prismacolor’s Writing Essentials Kit save you time on shopping around for pens. All pieces are from Sharpie, Paper Mate, and Expo. Everything you need is included in this kit: 2 permanent markers, 1 dry erase marker, 3 highlighters, 6 ballpoint pens, 1 gel pen, 2 felt pens, 3 mechanical pencils and 2 erasers. Prismacolor’s Writing Essentials Kit always prepares you to write down any ideas or note. Taking notes with good instruments can keep you away from disorganized, wordy, overwhelming, and insufficient notes.

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What Comes To Mind? Is My Latest Quarantine Pastime

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Earlier this quarantine, I promised to feature suggestions of games to play with the family while stuck in isolation. Last time, I reviewed Trivillennial. Though I promise that will not prove to be the last trivia game in the series, this week I’ll profile a game of a different type. It is called What Comes To Mind?

The well-known game “What Comes To Mind?” most closely resembles is Scattergories. Like Scattergories, the object of the game is to come up with a word or phrase when given a prompt. Unlike Scattergories, instead of aiming to conjure a unique answer, you are rewarded based off how many other players you match. Instead of testing your creativity, “What Comes To Mind?” examines how well you know your competitors. That twist makes things a bit more interesting. Furthermore, eliminates the tension that inevitably arises in Scattergories, when someone lobbies for the acceptability of their undoubtedly unique but hare-brained response.

The one problem I have with What Comes To Mind? is with the format of each question card. Each double-sided card features an image on the front and six questions or statements to be answered on the back. The sixth prompt is always “What comes to mind when you look at the image on the other side of this card?” It is a clever idea, but it fails in implementation. Almost always, everyone just names the contents of the picture: “Ferris wheel,” “butterfly,” “squirrel.” The only possibility for amusement is when a player completely misidentifies a commonplace thing and ends up, for example, writing down “parrot” when the photograph depicts a parakeet.

What Comes To Mind? comes with 75 cards, allowing for many nights of family fun. When our long national nightmare is over and done, it will presumably make for an entertaining party game as well.

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It’s Time To Get An Instant Pot

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At this point, everybody knows about the Instant Pot. After four or five years of it being the most popular product on Amazon Prime Day, plus the proliferation of dedicated social media fan groups and fawning media profiles, the Instant Pot has exceeded its cult status. We Know Products even featured an article about the Instant Pot a year ago. If you don’t own an Instant Pot by now, it is because you made a conscious decision.

However, it may be time to rethink that decision. With still no end in sight to mandated social distancing, we have to come up with ways to make life less mundane. That means trying out new things, especially when it comes to recipes. There’s no doubt you’ve tired by now of making your pre-quarantine staples. The Instant Pot affords you the opportunity to experiment.

The Instant Pot, famously, is seven kitchen appliances in one. It comes with the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. To some people, this might seem daunting. With so many options, how is one to know where to start? Now that we are in quarantine, it doesn’t matter as much. You have all the time in the world. If you fail, who cares? Just try another recipe the next day. There certainly is no shortage of Instant Pot recipes available.

The other day, we attempted our first foray into the wide world of Instant Pot by making beef and broccoli. It turned out great! I am already looking forward to the next quarantine creation.

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Lew Investigates: How Much Difference Does A Toaster Make?

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Are expensive toasters worth it? This is the question raised by Lew of Unbox Therapy after coming across the most expensive toaster on Amazon, a near-$400 model made by Mitsubishi (yes, that Mitsubishi — “Wake up and Toast”).

Can anyone justify paying that much for an appliance that, at the end of the day, does nothing more than make your bread a little browner? Lew and Willy Du conduct the ultimate test, comparing the Mitsubishi toaster with the cheapest version they could find, a $15 toaster made by Proctor Silex.

To make their experiment a little more robust, they tried both toasters out on two types of bread: a generic store brand bread as well as an expensive bakery-fresh bread.

Watch the video below to find out the results. Spoiler: The expensive toaster made superior bread. But for those not looking to splurge, you can increase the quality of your breakfast even with a cheap-o toaster just by buying better bread.

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