Finals Care Packages

One of the best gifts you can give a college student is a care package during stressful times. And what week is more stressful than the week before finals?

While a care package during finals week is greatly appreciated, a care package the week before can be even more helpful to students. The week before finals is packed with long-term projects being due, last minute readings, and a general feeling of panic for most students. You still have homework, readings, and projects, but you also have to fit in reviewing for your upcoming tests.

While some of my friends are experiencing finals right now (good luck Iowa State friends!) my finals are not for another week. There can still be time to give your favorite college student a care package, depending on where they go to school.

If you don’t know what to put into a homemade care package, or if you don’t have time to go out and buy all the supplies, here are some good online options.

1. For Brownie Lovers: Fat Witch Bakery

My freshman year of college, my mom bought me an 8 pack of their Fat Witch Brownies. They were absolutely delicious. So good that I bought some for my boyfriend a few weeks later, which he enjoyed. Though I may have eaten a few of his when I visited him. You can choose a variety pack or just stick to their original brownies. With 11 different types of brownies, you can find something for almost any sweet tooth.

2. Good Selection: Hip Kits

I haven’t personally used this website, but I have heard good things about it. There are tons of different options– healthy, candy-filled, exam themed, spirit packs. The website also has an entire list of toys and trinkets you can add to the care packages to help customize them. If I had found this website in time for my boyfriend to get his before finals, I definitely would’ve gotten him the Brain and Grain.

3. Exam Themed: Box-O-Box

While this package is a bit pricey, it has a lot of unique and helpful items for students cramming for exams. Not only is there candy, tea, baked goods, and other snacks, but it also includes pens, highlighters, a blue book, and other finals necessities. Started by college students who were sick of traditional care packages, Box-O-Box has been praised by many news organizations for interesting and quality boxes.

4. For Chocolate Lovers: Edible Arrangements Chocolate Covered Fruit

It was my best friend’s dream in high school to get an edible arrangement for her grad party. I have no idea what started the idea, or why she was so attached to it, but every time we watched the commercial, she was transfixed. Unfortunately her mom did not see the value in paying for fruit shaped into flower arrangements. While sending a college student a full edible arrangement is not the most practical thing, you can definitely send them some chocolate covered strawberries or apples. (Mom, if you’re reading this, take note). They are sweet but much more interesting than just plain old chocolate. Plus, we can pretend that we’re eating healthy– strawberries are still healthy even if they’re covered in chocolate, right?



Single Serving Puppy Chow

Last semester, I tweeted “Puppy chow and How I Met Your Mother on Netflix are the only things getting me through dead week right now. #Ihaveaproblem #somuchpuppychow.” My cousin from New Jersey read that tweet and thought I was legitimately eating food … Continue reading

Easy Breakfast Ideas

I love breakfast foods.

It is nearly impossible for me to eat just one bowl of cereal at a time. I cannot get enough of bacon, egg, and cheese bagels or scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese. Hashbrown casserole is the greatest thing my school’s dining center has to offer.

However, my love for breakfast food often conflicts with my love for sleeping in. I am very serious about my sleep. Not once in my college career have I pulled an all-nighter. The least sleep I’ve ever gotten since I’ve been in college is probably 6 hours. I do everything possible to not have to stay up late on school nights.

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Healthy Study Break Snack: Frozen Yogurt Dots

I did not have a pleasant experience with my random roommate I was assigned last year. The experience was so unpleasant that my parents let me get a single dorm room this year. While I enjoy having my own space much more, there is one thing I miss about my old dorm: the mini fridge.

My roommate provided the fridge. I never knew how good I had it until this year when I had to get my own fridge. My current fridge does not have a functioning freezer. There is a tiny compartment that is slightly colder than the fridge, but it is not much of a help. I really only use it to put water bottles in when I need them to get cold more quickly than they would sitting in the fridge.

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Ironed Lunchables?

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a blog post about how to heat up Pizza Lunchables.

In elementary school, most of my friends were food snobs. Well–as much as 10 and 12 year olds can be. They refused to eat ‘hot’ lunch (a.k.a. the lunch the school cooked). They always brought in their own ‘cold’ lunches. My parents did not pack me my lunches and I was too lazy to do it myself. Plus, I honestly enjoyed the square pizzas, the beef and cheese nachos, the Italian dunkers. My friends always looked at my meal in disgust. They’d tell me it looked like puke or that the cheese looked like plastic. Whatever, I liked it. Or I at least tolerated it.

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Healthy Snacks and Getting Back in Shape

I ran track from 4th grade to my senior year of high school. That is 9 seasons of sprinting. My first season was full of excitement and passion. My final season was a mixture of nostalgia and apathy.

Despite my dislike for running by my senior year, it at least kept me relatively in shape. My high school years consisted of me getting into shape from February to May and slowly falling back out of shape from June to January.


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Keurig Coffee Makers and EkoBrew

I have never been a fan of coffee. I don’t mind the taste– I sometimes enjoy coffee flavored ice cream or chocolate. It is the fact that it is hot liquid that gets me. I hate any hot drinks. My friends never understood how I could dislike hot chocolate or hot apple cider. But I do.

People tried to reassure me that my tastes would change once I got to college. That I would stay up so late that I would need to start drinking coffee. They were all wrong.

However, I know a lot of my fellow college students could not survive without coffee. Having your own coffee maker can be great, but most students can’t drink an entire pot of coffee. That is why a lot of my friends swear by the Keurig single-cup coffee maker.

I have tried coffee made from my boyfriend’s Keurig. I feel guilty not finishing my cup, because the K-cups that are necessary can be expensive. So I have powered through both times he’s made me a cup, thinking if I tried some different flavors I would like coffee more.

That’s why I was so excited to find a refillable K-cup, EkoBrew. I bought it for him for Valentines (and he bought me a Pasta Boat–we are so romantic) and he has been using it ever since. He loves being able to choose whatever coffee he wants and not having to buy the  expensive K-cups. And I feel better trying some of it and then promptly throwing it out. If you have a Keurig, I highly recommend checking out the EkoBrew!