College Prep: What Your Student Needs to Know Before Coming to Campus

Going away to college is one of the most exciting times in a young person's life, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Don't let the nerves get to you early. Here are seven things you should know before starting your first semester.



Get to Know the Campus

You don't want to be late on your first day of class, so learn the layout of campus before school starts. If you're going to be walking around at night, find safe paths in well lit areas that will get you back to your dorm safely. If it is going to be a new town for you, get to know the local supermarkets and the nearest parks and libraries. If you know the hang-outs early on, you'll have a good idea of where to make friends.

Budget Your Time

After the structured world of high school, creating your own schedule might seem intimidating, so be sure to give yourself ample time to study and prepare assignments. You don't want to burn out either, so be sure to schedule in time for relaxing and socializing.


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Cleaning 101: Easy Hardwood Flooring Care

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So you just had hardwood flooring installed throughout your house. The beautiful natural luster of this stunning flooring option is sure to bring years of enjoyment, and a lifetime of beauty, but there are a few tips to take into consideration to take care of your new hardwood flooring. Many people are often confused as to the best practices to follow when cleaning their hardwood flooring. Below is our easy guide to caring for your brand new hardwood floors, or old hardwood floors alike.

  • Hardwood flooring looks best when clean. Dry mopping is perhaps the best way to keep your floors clean. Never use a cleaner on your hardwood flooring unless it was specifically mentioned by the flooring manufacturer or the professional installers who handled your flooring installation.

  • Never use water on your hardwood floor, as it can ruin the finish and damage the wood. Never use abrasive cleaners on your floor like steel wool. Wax is also never recommended for your floor and can cause permanent damage if used.

  • Area rugs are a great way to add some more beauty to your room, but also protect your new hardwood flooring. Area rugs not only add warmth and color, but they add a protective layer that can ensure your hardwood floors are protected. Consider placing them in all high traffic areas.

  • Humidity is hardwood’s enemy. Be sure to keep your room temperature controlled and consider using a dehumidifier in your home.



With a little TLC, your hardwood flooring can last for years to come. 


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Newborn Essentials for First Time Parents

Preparing stuff for a baby on the way is truly a gruesome task. You have lots of things to consider but thanks to some thoughtful friends who prepare Baby Showers, you’ll have a shorter list to complete before the big day comes.

Just recently, I have to recall all the baby essentials I needed with my sons when they were born so that I can give my friend a practical gift that she can use for her baby. As first time parents, they have a long list of baby stuffs and essentials to prepare and buy. For me, here are some essential things that should make a priority on your list.

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First is the bassinet or a crib. Most new mothers can’t get enough of holding their baby and sometimes choose to co-sleep with their baby on their side. But sooner or later a crib will come in quite conveniently.  Boppy pillows are also functional and practical to have especially with a newborn. Expectant moms will find comfort with this when used as a sleep positioner for their bulging stomach. You can also use this as a support when you are breastfeeding.

First time parents will also need lots of one piece suits and baby clothing because you might need to change them often. However, it is advised not to buy more than two dozen as babies grow faster, you’ll be surprised that after the third month you’ll need to buy a new set of clothes again. White is the recommended color for baby clothing but other hues such as pink and yellow for baby girls and blue and greens for baby boys are available in baby stores too. 

One of the most needed newborn essentials is the cloth or disposable diapers.  It would be wise to buy disposable diapers in bulk as it is cheaper by the dozens, thus will give you great savings too.  Moreover, it is also wise to invest on a baby monitor for your baby’s room so you can do other chores around the house yet still can monitor your baby’s activity and can attend to him at once when he gets awake or cries and needs a nappy change or feed him when he’s hungry.



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Imaginative Ways of Displaying Your Kids’ Artwork

Kids grow up really fast so while they are young, nurture their creative minds by showing off their artwork and creative expressions. From toddlers to pre-school ages, they kids can be very adept with coloring materials, molding clay and others. All their creation can easily light up any proud parent’s face. But the fruits of their creativity can pile up and displaying them can become a challenge for most parents. So here are some ways of creating your kid’s artwork display:



Kid’s bedroom – you can put up a clothesline and use wooden pins or clip to display their paintings and drawings. Allow them to decide which they want to put up and display. 

Family art gallery – choose whether it’s the family room or the stairway that you can designate as your art gallery. You can frame favorite snapshots, drawings or painting for a less cluttered look. As your collection grows, you can sort and keep the older ones in a clear book or album.


Art shelf – three dimensional pieces of artwork such as sculptures can be displayed in a shelf in the living room or spread for display around the house. You may rotate the display every now and then by allowing them to choose which piece should be displayed and which you should store away. 




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