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!!

A sailboat ride through Camden harbor for Father's Day!

Today we took a beautiful sailboat ride for Father's Day. We drove two hours north to Camden, Maine, an absolutely gorgeous seaside town which is very similar to Kennebunk. From there we left for a beautiful two hour ride out past some coastal island and lighthouses! It was so much fun and I would definitely recommend it for a day trip if you're from the area! 

Angie takes a turn driving the boat!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Makeover, About Me, and REVAMP!!

Hi everyone!
Well, it's the summer before I head to college. For me, this means I am reflecting on myself, my belongings, my future, and putting everything into perspective. And what better way to add to the fun of giving myself a little revamp than to revamp my blog a bit as well!?!
First, Who am I?
I've never really done an "about me" post on this blog, because I always tried to hide the fact that I was in high school. Most of the reviewers on the web are "Mommy bloggers," and I thought it would be easier to get products to review if I was a mommy blogger too! For the last two years, I've owned and operated this blog, but I've been reviewing products as if I was a "Mommy blogger," instead of a teenager trying to save some money! SOOOO Let's get down to who I am!
My name is Cassie Moreno. I'm 17 years old, and I live in Kennebunkport Maine, which is a beautiful town on the coast of southern Maine. I've lived here all my life, and there's no place I'd rather be than at one of our beautiful beach taking in some rays :) I love theatre and plan to major in it in college at Northeastern this fall. I can't wait to move to Boston, it's literally all I think about! I have a little sister, Angie, who's 7 and has been featured in many of my review posts. I also have a 14 year old brother, Chip. Besides theatre and the beach, I love music, DIY crafts, cooking, good books, and laughter! I'm so excited to finally be sharing myself on my blog!
Second, why and how did I get into this crazy blogging world?
When I was in 8th grade, I really wanted to win the giveaways in Seventeen magazine, but there was no chance of me winning as they are so popular for young girls to enter! After figuring this out, I started entering sweepstakes online, and eventually became very familiar with blogging giveaways and online sweepstakes. I found that Prizey was so convenient, and I started to win $1000s of dollars a year in giveaways. It was awesome! In 2011, I started this blog to gain extra entries to giveaways, provide product reviews so that I could get free products, and host my own giveaways to give back to a world that had given me so much!
Third, what's my plan for my revamped blog?!?
As I said, I'm headed to Northeastern in the fall. This is a huge change for me, and while I couldn't be happier, I understand that college life and Boston are wicked expensive! As such, I want to revamp my blog so that it is totally "me" and get back in to reviewing and blogging so that I can try out some cool products for free and save some money! My goal is to review some awesome dorm products, and maybe host some dorm themed giveaways!
Why am I different?
As I said, in my blogging giveaway travels I've mostly encountered Mommy bloggers. While these women are wonderful and inspirational, truly, with their blogging empires, I've found that there are barely any college girls doing reviews! This is crazy, because reviewing is such a great way to save money! This is going to be my niche, and I hope to really build on it over the coming months!!
So, there you have it. I'm not a mommy blogger or reviewer. But I AM an excited college freshman, ready to share my opinions with the world and get back into reviewing!!
Sincerely, Cassie