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Packing Tips For College Move-in Day

The day is quickly approaching when your child will be flying the coop for college. 

For many parents, this is an emotional send off, typically with mixed feelings of pride and sadness…or relief. In spite of the emotions, you’ve got to get your kid packed so they’re ready to ship off the right way. 

Today, we offer practical packing tips to make move-in day smooth and as stress-free-ish as possible.

Start with a Checklist

Every new adventure starts with a checklist, I think. 

Anyway, creating a checklist and committing to it means you won’t forget those essential items like chargers, toiletries, and your kid’s favorite hoodie or tank top, depending on where they’re going to school.  

Break it down into categories: clothing; bedding; electronics; kitchen supplies; and personal items. A checklist not only helps you stay organized but also gives you peace-of-mind that you’ve got everything covered.

I would certainly do some kind of supervising or final check, because if your child forgets something, of course it will be your fault. 

Pack Smart

When it comes to packing, it’s all about maximizing space. 

Use vacuum-sealed bags for clothes and bedding, because they save a ton of space and keep everything organized. Plus, it’s kind of cool to vacuum-seal things. 

Roll clothes instead of folding them—this not only saves space but also reduces wrinkles, and showing up to campus as a wrinkly freshman will not make a good first impression. 

Get your kid bins and baskets for easy transport and to keep their dorm room tidy once they’re all moved in. What happens after that is up to them. 

Prioritize Essentials

Less is more, more or less. 

Your kid’s entire room doesn’t have to be packed. 

Dorm rooms are small, especially if your freshman has a roommate, so encourage them to pack only what they need. Pack only for the season and plan to swap out clothes when they visit home. 

Don’t argue if they want to bring that teddy bear they’ve cuddled with their whole life. There are other worthy battles. 

Coordinate with Your Roommate

Whichever way the kids communicate today, encourage your freshman to coordinate with their roommate ahead of time. 

There’s no need for two microwaves or mini-fridges in one small space. Decide who will bring what to avoid duplicates and make the most of their shared space. Plus, it’s a great way to start building a good relationship with the new roommate with whom they’ll be in very close quarters. 

Pack a “First-Night” Bag

Move-in day can be chaotic, and the last thing your kid will want to do is dig through boxes to find their toothbrush. 

Recommend a “first-night” bag with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, pajamas, and any medications they might need (and that teddy bear). This way, they can easily settle in and relax after a long day of moving.

Label Everything

Labeling boxes and bins might sound tedious, but so is parenting, and you’ve made it this far. 

A little extra effort now will save you a lot of headaches later. Clearly mark each box with its contents. Trust me, this will make unpacking a breeze and help your kid find what they need without tearing through everything.It’s also a great way to avoid those frantic, “Mom, where’s my charger?” calls.

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Crunchy Power: Discover the Health Benefits of Cashews

Sometimes I wonder if cashews were kidneys in a former life. After all, they sure look like them. But that’s not the point of this blog post. 

I’m here to discuss how these tree nuts with legume and seed characteristics pack a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits, making them a great addition to your diet. 

Let’s dive into the crunchy power of cashews and discover why they deserve a spot in your pantry.

Nutrient-Rich Delight

Cashews are a nutrient-dense food, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. 

All that stuff is good for you. 

Magnesium is critical for muscle and nerve function, while zinc supports your immune system. Cashews are also a good source of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and bone health.

Heart Health Hero

Hearts heart cashews.  

Cashews contain high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, known as “good” fats, which can help decrease bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lower the risk of heart disease. 

These healthy fats, along with magnesium, support a regular heart rhythm and contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular problems.

Cashews everywhere, my heart thanks you. 

Weight Management Ally

Let’s not mistake “good fats” with fattening. 

You see, cashews can actually help with weight management. They are chock-full of protein and fiber, which can make you feel full, thereby reducing overall calorie intake.

Adding cashews in your diet can help curb hunger pangs and prevent overeating, making them a smart snack choice for those looking to manage their weight.

Bone Strength Booster

Strong bones are good, and cashews are a fantastic source of minerals that are vital for bone health. 

All that magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium contribute to maintaining strong and healthy bones. I’m starting to think that cashews are the multi-vitamin of the tree nut family without that bitter, metallic taste. 

Regular consumption of cashews can help prevent bone-related issues such as osteoporosis and promote overall bone density.

Antioxidant Powerhouse

Cashews are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin E and selenium, which help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals (by the way, we love antioxidants. Read up here and here

These antioxidants play a crucial role in reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system. By incorporating cashews into your diet, you can help your body fight off infections and stay healthy.

Versatile and Delicious

Maybe I should’ve led with this, but aside from their impressive health benefits, cashews taste good, too. 

They can be added to salads for a crunchy texture, blended into smoothies for a creamy consistency, or used in various recipes, from savory dishes to sweet treats. 

You can also just eat them on their own. I won’t tell. 

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