Monday, July 22, 2013

The Green Garmento Review and Giveaway

This is the second post in my Dorm Review Series! As I am headed to college this fall, I am taking the summer to review some awesome college dorm room products and I'll be sharing my thoughts with you all! To read more about my review series, please click here or to see my first post in the series, click here.

The Green Garmento 
The Green Garmento is an awesome new product for homes and dorms that was recently featured on ABC's Shark Tank. This fabulous product helps to reduce waste and lessen the plastic load heading to landfills and waterways by discouraging the need for plastic garment bags!

Shop reusable dry cleaning bags
As I said in my DormCo review, I'm going to make this review series fun and simple to follow by picking out FIVE awesome things that I loved about each company and product I tried. With a cool eco-friendly product like the Green Garmento, it was totally easy for me to compile a great list!
1. Environmentally Efficient
2. Necessity
3. Quality
4. Usability
5. Creativity
As a college student, it can sometimes be hard to make environmentally conscious choices, due to the price factor. The Green Garmento's affordability makes this piece easy! Every kid in college needs a laundry bag and a hamper, and as a girl heading to college I think it's super important to own a couple garment bags as well. Thus - the Green Garmento is a necessity! This product is reusable, breathable, and water resistant. I think it is a great quality for the price, and for the amount of plastic you will save! I also love the variety of colors offered. One of the coolest features of this product is that it can be used as a garment bag, laundry bag, hamper, or duffle bag. I also think the combination of these uses, along with the green factor, makes the Green Garmento one of the most creative products I've ever reviewed!

I received two Green Garmentos to review, as well as an over-the-door hook for them! I first tested out the product as a garment bag, stuffing it with some bulkier jackets and old dance recital costumes. No matter how bulky or oddly shaped the clothing was, the green garment easily zippered right over everything! I loved the cinch pull at the bottom of the bag, as well as the zippered pocked for smaller items that maybe can't be hung. I could definitely see myself using my Green Garmentos to bring clothing to and from the dry cleaners, as well as to cart my costumes around during performances. I think that performers (actors, singers, dancers) especially would find that the Green Garmento could contribute a lot to costume transport and storage! As far as a laundry bag, I found the Green Garmento worked well, but I had wished for a way to zipper the bottom completely closed, since the cinch string didn't close completely. The bag as a duffel was a little large for me, so I think I'll be sticking with the Green Garmento as my garment bag for college!

The Green Garmento's website is really cool, offering tons of information on what the Green Garmento is and how to use it. You can ever purchase a stand to make the Green Garmento into a hamper! I loved how jam-packed the site was with cool info.

Watch! The Green Garmento on Shark Tank!
Other awesome features of the Green Garmento include:
  • Eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic dry cleaning bags
  • Attractive garment bag
  • Help the dry cleaning industry reduce waste
  • Organize & green your routine

  • AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK!  KangerHanger POUCH BAG 6 Colors
    The 4-in-1 feature is great for the space-needy college kid!
    My Green Garmentos are totally going to come in handy on moving day when I can hang my new clothes in one spot without having to worry that they'll be damaged on the trip! I also know that as a theatre major, owning a couple reusable garment bags will be super important. Fabric garment bags are a must for every college student, and I know you'll love yours as much as I love mine!
    And now for the GIVEAWAY!! One lucky reader is going to win a Green Garmento! a Rafflecopter giveaway 

    Saturday, July 6, 2013

    DormCo Twin XL Sheets Review/Giveaway!

    This is the first post in my Dorm Review Series! As I am headed to college this fall, I am taking the summer to review some awesome college dorm room products and I'll be sharing my thoughts with you all! To read more about my review series, please click here, or to read my preview post about DormCo please click here!

    DormCo is an absolutely fabulous, one-stop shopping experience for the college freshman or the returning college student! If you've never heard of DormCo, I highly recommend you check out their website and take a look at some awesome dorm stuff and apartment products!

    College Plush Comforter - Midnight Navy - Twin XL Dorm BlanketFiora Twin XL Dorm Room Comforter SetPick The Right Comforter - 300TC Cotton Twin XL Comforter - College Ave - Sleep In ComfortYoste Twin XL Comforter Set for Your Dorm Room
    Some featured July dorm bedding!
    I've decided that in this review series, I'm going to pick out FIVE great things about the company or product that I really like. So, without further ado, here are five things about DormCo that I really appreciate as a hopeful college freshman looking to get some great deals on everything DORM!
    1. Prices
    2. Variety of Products
    3. Quality
    4. Style of Products
    5. Ease of Shopping
    DormCo's prices are super affordable, and while there are different styles of every product and some are more expensive than others, everything is relatively affordable for the college gal looking to buy lots of stuff. I feel that as a college freshman, I'm so excited to fill up my dorm, so DormCo's variety of products is perfect for me! Based on the reviews I've read and the product I received, I can also tell you that DormCo's products are great quality for the price you pay. College is about finding yourself and learning to express yourself as YOU want to, so the variety of styles and designs of each product is really great! DormCo's website is also very nicely built and super easy to browse, making the whole experience a win-win!

    Supersoft Twin XL College Sheets Dorm Bedding
    The Supersoft Twin XL Bedding Sheets by DormCo are a product that really exemplifies all of the qualities mentioned above. For the price of $18.98, these sheets are the perfect match for your ideal comforter! Since I had already chosen my comforter for college, it was great to be able to pick out sheets to match. I had read in multiple places/blogs that it's smart to buy a quality comforter for a fair price, and then buy sheets separately, so that's what I did! I chose the Lime Green sheets because I though they'd match great! Since everything at DormCo is designed especially for college dorms, I didn't have to worry that my sheets would fit my twin xl dorm bed - I know they'll be just perfect!

    Supersoft Twin XL College Sheets Dorm Bedding
    As I mentioned, the DormCo website is really awesome. Here's a great video explaining why DormCo's sheets will be the right choice for your dorm!
    Other awesome features of the Supersoft Twin XL Bedding Sheets include:
  • Softer than Cotton - Microfiber Twin XL Bed Sheets
  • Exclusive College Ave - Covered in Comfort Twin XL Bedding 
  • Fun & Vibrant color options
  • Includes Flat, Fitted (fits up to 11" in depth) & Pillow Case / Fits ALL Twin XL dorm beds

  • Mizone Monica 4-piece Comforter Set
    I know my DormCo sheets will be the perfect dorm bedding to match the comforter I chose!
    These sheets are going to be a great addition to my dorm! I absolutely love the bright green color of the dorm bedding, and the 100% microfiber means that they are SOFTER than 100% cotton! They're guaranteed to fit a twin XL bed, so I can sleep easy this summer knowing I won't have to exchange anything in the fall! The sheets come in 6 really fun colors, and would add a nice POP of color to every girl's (or guy's!) dorm!
    And now for the GIVEAWAY!! One lucky reader is going to win a set of the same sheets I received, DormCo's Supersoft Twin XL Bedding Sheets in their choice of color! 
    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    The Best Advice I Ever Got - A great read for the college bound!

    Hi All! In tonight's post I'd like to share with you a WONDERFUL book I just finished this evening. I bought this book with some of my graduation-gift money after seeing it in a bookstore. I had been browsing for some books that would really open my mind before college, and I had remembered seeing my friend Holland reading this book at the theatre last summer. I read the inside cover and just had to buy it!!
    The Best Advice I Ever Got was a fabulous read. I seriously couldn't put it down! It is a compilation of short essays - most are only a page, and many are less than that - of advice by some of the greatest achievers of this generation! I knew many of the advice givers in the book, such as Ellen DeGeneres or Tyra Banks, but I was very interested in hearing advice from some lesser-known activists or college presidents. Since I don't think that you have to be famous by any means to be successful, it was interesting to read the advice of some people who really achieved remarkable things without the fame!!
    This book also just got me SO excited for college. I feel like, of any of my friends, I am really one of the most ready to get to a big city and never look back! I can't wait to travel all over the world through Northeastern's Co-op and Dialogue of Civilizations programs, as well as to enrich myself in interesting learning experiences on campus. The advice in this book only solidified my confidence that I am on the right path and have so much in store!
    One of the biggest pieces of advice that I took away from this book was to say yes. Many of the contributors reiterated this important tid-bit in their essays. In order to achieve in life, I'm learning that it is important to say yes to any opportunity that comes your way. Through this, you will encounter important life experiences that can lead you along an amazing path you might never have found! Saying yes to smaller opportunities will also bring bigger opportunities your way, which is exactly what a new college freshman like myself wants to be doing!
    I can't urge you enough to read this book, especially if you are starting an exciting new chapter of your life like I am! Along with The Secret, this book has inspired me to live my life in a way that I think will give me the most exciting and rewarding life, whether it is in my career and educational life or in my family and relationship life. These two books have been my favorite of the year so far, and I just couldn't be more excited to get to Boston and start getting to work after reading The Best Advice I Ever Got!

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Dorm Room Essentials: A DormCo Preview Post!

    Happy Thursday! It is finally feeling like summer, and I couldn't be happier! As I mentioned in this post, I'm going to be starting a Dorm Décor Review/Giveaway series, and I'm happy to announce that my first review will be from DormCo!
    DormCo is an AWESOME company for first time or returning college students, and I have had so much fun browsing through their website to find fun goodies to talk about in this preview post! Since this is only a preview, I won't be sharing the product I'll be reviewing/giving away, but I will say that I'm super excited about it and you should be too!
    A College Shower Room Necessity - Bright Colored Shower Caddy (Available in 4 Colors)
    Instead, I'm going to be sharing three products from DormCo that I think every college freshman should think about getting. The first is DormCo's Compartment Shower Caddy. This caddy is exactly what every girl needs for all their bathroom/showering essentials! This adorable caddy comes in four fun colors and is made from recycled plastic - so it's easy on the eyes and on the environment! The compartments are great to separate shampoos, soaps, razors, and other showering essentials. At only $7.98, every girl can afford this for their freshman year!
    Closet Complete Set - Pink Dorm room organization
    The next product I LOVE from DormCo is their Closet Complete Set in Raspberry Pink! Dorm rooms can be SO SMALL, and every girl needs some essential organization tools to fit all her lovely things into that tiny space! With the closet complete set, you won't have to worry about making multiple trips to stores for different size organizers - it's all right there! I adore the pop of color, and I love that by buying these organizers in a set, you'll be able to save some $$! The set includes a five shelf hanging organizer for extra shelving space, a ten shelf organizer for shoes, and under the bed organizer for larger blankets/sweatshirts and a drawstring laundry bag!!
    Delila Wall Art - Peel N Stick
    Finally, DormCo offers some awesome products for decorating those drab dorm room walls! Although there are so many cool décor products I adore from DormCo, I really love the Delila Wall Art Pell N Stick! This pretty design is sure to liven up any dorm room with a pop of pretty flowers! I love that it's repositionable, and that it won't hurt the walls of the room! This design incorporates so many colors that it'd be easy to match with bedding, and it is sure to make any dorm room feel more girly and fun!
    I hope you enjoyed my DormCo preview post! Stay tuned for my DormCo product review and giveaway, which will be the first official post in my Dorm Décor Review Series!

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Wisdom Teeth are OUTA THERE!

    Happy Monday! Although today is a gorgeous beach day here in Kennebunk, I won't be off to the beach today because I had my wisdom teeth out this morning!
    Post-surgery: looking a bit off but not feeling too bad!
    Although I was seriously very nervous for the surgery, I felt absolutely no pain due to the numbing of my entire mouth, and it felt like it was a very quick surgery due to the anesthesia!
    When I woke up from anesthesia, I was fully lucid and didn't experience the "loopiness" many of my friends had after coming out of this surgery. The whole thing was pretty uneventful!
    As of right now, the pain still hasn't hit me at all. I feel pretty fine, besides the fact that my mouth and face are still very numb, and I was able to eat a blueberry pomegranate smoothie (with a spoon!) when I got home. It was quite the experience.
    No pain yet!
    Have any of you had wisdom teeth surgery? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below, I'd love to hear what you experience was like! 

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Looking for Products for a Dorm-Decor Product Review Series!

    Hi All! I'm sooo excited to be a Northeastern Husky this fall, and I want to share my excitement with you by reviewing some fun products for college girls!
    This is where you come in. I need your help thinking of fun products I can review, and maybe even give away!
    I'm looking for suggestions of products that most girls (and guys!) need to bring with them to college, such as wall decorations, bedding, pillows, organizational tools and shower supplies!
    Please comment below with ideas! If you have a company, I would love the chance to review an awesome college-related product of yours. My contact info is on the right-hand sidebar!!

    Oriental Trading Company Craft and Party Supplier Review!

    Hi all and Happy Father's Day! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a large box of craft good from Oriental Trading Company in the mail, and today I'm so happy to be able to share my thoughts on their wonderful company with you! Among the craft sets were some wonderful Mother's and Father's Day crafts that made days like today extra fun and special for our family!

    The Mother's Day cards we were able to create for Mom!
    Oriental Trading Company is the nation's largest direct merchant of value–priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties, and a leading provider of school supplies and affordable home décor and giftware. OTC has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Internet Retailers and one of the Top 50 Catalog Companies. You may be familiar with many of their products from your child's classroom or your own; their products are showcased in schools all over the U.S.!
    I recognized the company from having seen their things in teacher's classrooms growing up, but had no idea that Oriental Trading Company sold so many other great products! From a quick browse on their website, I saw that OTC sells frames and photo supplies, party supplies and gifts for every occasion, graduation garb, and tons of do-it-yourself crafts for hours of fun!
    Dad's Father's Day bag - Me :)
    Upon receiving the box of goodies, Angie and I were so excited to peek inside. The first thing we pulled out were blank cards, blank gift bags, and some awesome Mom and Dad themed foam stickers!! This was the beginning of our venture into the land of Mother's and Father's day crafts for that day, and we had a blast decorating cards and bags for Mom and Dad! The stickers are super cute and there was SUCH A VARIETY, it was awesome! I loved that not all the stickers said the words "Mom" or "Dad" on them, so they could be used for decorating birthday cards for friends or other types of crafts as well!
    Our Father's Day Gift Bags!
    Since receiving the box of crafts, I've used the blank cards and bags for other purposes as well, such as end-of-the-year thank you notes for teachers! I loved added a couple foam flower stickers to the outside of the envelope for a special treat!

    These are the multi-purpose notecards we received!

    After decorating our cards and gift bags, it was on to the crafts for Angie and I! We were lucky enough to receive two Mother's Day and two Father's Day crafts, and had so much fun creating them! The final products of our Oriental Trading Company crafts looked really well done, yet they had been so easy to create, and that is what I love about this company! The directions were very easy to follow, and every craft bag included extra pieces which was a great add-on in case we made a mistake or lost a piece. It was good to have a glue-gun on hand, which wasn't required for some of the crafts but was something Angie and I found to be helpful. Here are some pictures of the super cool crafts we made!!

    We created these cool magnet shirt frames for Dad!
    Mom loved her recipe card holders!

    I love the availability of personalization with the crafts from Oriental Trading Company. Even though Angie and I were making crafts from the same kit, both of our creations came out looking uniquely our own, and were both special for our mom and dad! The Mother's Day cards allowed us to include our pictures and handprints, and the Father's Day crafts let us add a picture as well! This was a really nice touch, and definitely made the gifts more special for our parents. Way to Go Oriental Trading Company!!

    OTC creates some great personalized crafts, such as this Mother's Day card!

    All of the crafts came in sets of 12, which would have been great for teachers or moms who are buying crafts sets for a birthday party activity (which is something I HIGHLY recommend!) However, since Angie and I only made one each of every style of craft, we were able to donate the rest to an after school program at Angie's school. The teachers sent us a lovely thank you note letting us know the children had LOVED the crafts from Oriental Trading Company, and were so excited to give them to their parents!

    The last thing we received from Oriental Trading Company was a pad of craft paper. This paper is so fun and includes many, many spring designs! We discovered that as well as being great craft paper, this paper makes fun and eco-friendly wrapping paper for gifts! How fun to have around!!

    I would definitely recommend Oriental Trading Company as an AMAZING company with such a variety of crafts for children and party supplies for adults! I wish my mom had known about this company when I was younger, because they sell everything a family would want for a great themed birthday party. Teachers and Summer Camps can find a variety of crafts to keep children entertained that will not only keep them busy but give them something nice to take home as well! In addition, here are some great products I found on Oriental Trading Company that I personally would love to have for my dorm room this year:
    Dorm DIY-ing is all the rage with college girls right now, and I know my friends and I would have a ton of fun making some great dorm accessories from the variety of jars and scrapbooking paper sold at Oriental Trading Company! Additionally, OTC has many great stationary products for college dorm rooms, such as these adorable Sandal Notepads!!
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    Highly encouraged for teachers!!