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Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea

Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea

Are you looking for a gift for the high school graduate in your life? I know I always need ideas. I am a youth group leader at my church which means I am fortunate to be able to celebrate the success and hard work of many students as they complete their high school careers and move onto college. This year I decided to make a freshman year survival kit gift for one of my students.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift all wrapped up

Because I am lucky enough to have so many great young people in my life I also have to stick to a tight budget when giving them gifts. The perfect place to find all of the items I wanted to include in the kit and stick within my budget is the dollar store. It is amazing all the great things you can find for gift giving for all sorts of occasion but especially for the high school graduates on your list this year. So the kit starts with a large container to hold all of the items. I chose a laundry basket but you could also do a plastic storage tote or garbage can.  Continuing with the laundry idea i picked up some small bottles of Tide laundry detergent. These cute little bottles are perfect because they take up very little space. I also grabbed a box of dryer sheets.

Freshman Year Survival Kit laundry supplies

Next I hit the food aisle. I know college students these days  have all sorts of meal plans and dining options but there will still be times when they need to make something quick in their dorm room or common area. I was so happy to find a great variety of microwaveable meals. Freshman Year Survival Kit Dinner

I found a small jar of jelly and some single serve peanut butter. Add bread and lunch is ready!

Freshman Year Survivial Kit lunch

Don’t forget about breakfast. Again I went with the microwave being the preferred cooking method of college students everywhere and picked up some single serve oatmeal cups.

Freshman Year Survival Kit breakfast

I also got some fun flavors of Hawaiian Punch …. and two mugs. I put the drink packets in one mug.

 Freshman Year Survival Kit drinks

My budget for this gift was $50 so I took the extra cash left over after buying all the items into the other mug. All college students can use some cash!

Freshman Year Survival Kit Extra Cash

Lastly, I grabbed a few school supplies; pens, pencils, and highlighters. I also got a microwaveable bowl for heating leftovers or cooking ramen noodles.

So then I put it all together.

Directions to Assemble the Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea:

1. Cut an extra long piece of cellophane (you can always trim it later). Pput it in the basket so it is covering the bottom and the sides.

2. Arrange microwaveable meals inside the basket around the edges putting a round one in the center.

Freshman Survival Kit put meals in bottom

3. Put the school supplies inside the microwaveable bowl, then put the lid on.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift bowl with school supplies

4. Put the bowl in the center and tuck all the rest of the items along the sides. I also added some Jolly Ranchers for a sweet treat!

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift tuck the rest of the items along the side

5. I added a beach ball to the top that says Congrats Grad! You could add a balloon instead or maybe a sweatshirt with the logo of their new college on it.

Freshman Survival Kit put school supplies bowl on top of meal in the center

6. Finally I pulled the cellophane up around the beach ball and secured it with tape. Then I tied a ribbon around the top. I think the final project turned out really nice.

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift

What kind of graduation gifts do you like to give. You can never go wrong with money, I know but sometimes it is nice to make a something to make the day even more special! Young people everywhere deserve to be celebrated for this amazing milestone in their lives!

Other Graduation Gift Ideas:

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath 

graduation money necklace

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Necklace

Church Hill Classics Diploma Frames

See how to save on college dorm room items
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Gold Bracelet Jewelry Graduation Gifts – YouMiYa 2018 Inspirational Bracelets Series

Aurora World Plush Graduation Bear, Black Cap, 8.5″

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Graduation Cap Box (Classic Black Card Design)

LParkin Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams Necklace/Keychain

Hallmark Graduation Greeting Card (Graduation Cap With Tassel Never Underestimate All You Have to Offer the World)

Black Congrats Grad Money Gift Card Box Graduation Party

Graduation Keychain with Scroll, “2018” Charm and Compass

Graduation Photo and Diploma Keepsake Frame

Collections Etc Class of 2018 Memories Keepsake Tassel & Diploma Holder Box

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Graduation Photo Booth Props (50Count)

Graduation Party Banner

May 12, 2020

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

We are constantly using handsoap in our house. It seems like every week I am replacing the one in the bathroom and kitchen.

Since I love the Bath and Body Works foaming handsoap this added up very fast. So I switched to buying the large refill container but I could only find the foaming refill at Target. This too added up cost wise and so I figured I would try the dollar store. Well it turned out to really dry out our hands so I was spending the saved money on lotion.

Determined to find a way to have my foaming soap at a cheap price, I searched the internet and decided to make my own handsoap.

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

I had saved 2 of my foaming soap dispensers so they were ready to be reused. The best part is that it only requires bar soap and water. I prefer scented soap so I used Yardley Lemon Verbena soap. The soap was on sale at Kroger for $1.00 each so the total cost to make this was $2.00 for 160 ounces of soap (approximately 20-8oz liquid bottles or 80 bottles of foaming)

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May 2, 2020

How to Make a Graduation Wreath

Graduation Personalized Gift Idea

How to Make a Graduation Wreath

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath

It is that time again. Graduation. The start of a new life. Well the start of adulthood, the time when your children become adults and they are done with required school. I can’t imagine how exciting it is to have a graduate and how difficult it is to let go of your baby. I do know that graduating high school or college is a huge accomplishment and it deserves a gift.

In our home cash and gift cards have always been welcome. I mean who wouldn’t want cash? Who doesn’t need a gift card. That is why I loved this Graduation Personalized Gifts Idea, learn how to make a graduation wreath with gift cards and money. I set a budget of $100. I am sure there will be people who will give less and some who will give more you can easily do this Graduation Wreath project for $50 or less. If you do not roll the bills and instead fold them over the wreath it will be cheaper.

Here’s How to Make a Graduation Wreath

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Graduation Wreath

This diy graduation wreath idea will require a wire wreath I got my at walmart for under $3.00. It is the same one but smaller that I used to make my cool diaper wreath.

Learn how to make a baby diaper wreath

Then get dollar bills and gift cards from places near the college. I usually put $5- $10 on each card depending on what it was. I did $10 for the pizza and the food and $5 on the Dunkin Doughnuts and the Dollar Tree.

Money Graduation Wreath

You will take a dollar bill and roll it with the one on the top. You will need to roll all the bills the same way or the wreath will look funny.

Money Graduation Wreath

Then you rubber band the money on the wreath.

Graduation money wreath

Graduation money wreath 2015

I found this sign for $1.00 to put on it or you can use the amount of the money to add to the bottom. Get it 20 1 5 for 2015.

graduation money wreath with gift cards

I then used a glue gun to put on the gift cards. You can also use double stick tape or tie them on with ribbons. I am sure whomever receives this will be very happy.

graduaton wreath

graduation wreath

See how to save on college dorm room items
How to save on textbooks 
Make them laundry soap it will save hundreds

Check out these graduation gift ideas

Gold Bracelet Jewelry Graduation Gifts – YouMiYa 2018 Inspirational Bracelets Series

Aurora World Plush Graduation Bear, Black Cap, 8.5″

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Graduation Cap Box (Classic Black Card Design)

LParkin Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams Necklace/Keychain

Hallmark Graduation Greeting Card (Graduation Cap With Tassel Never Underestimate All You Have to Offer the World)

Black Congrats Grad Money Gift Card Box Graduation Party

Graduation Keychain with Scroll, “2018” Charm and Compass

Graduation Photo and Diploma Keepsake Frame

Collections Etc Class of 2018 Memories Keepsake Tassel & Diploma Holder Box

Graduation Party Supplies

OULII 24Pcs Graduation Cap Shaped Gift Box Candy Sugar Chocolate Box for Graduation Party Favor

Graduation Photo Booth Props (50Count)

Graduation Party Banner

Freshman Survival Kit Graduation Gift all wrapped up

Freshman Year Survival Kit Graduation Gift Idea

graduation money necklace

Graduation Personalized Gifts: Money Necklace

Pressure Cooker Banana Bread Recipe

Pressure Cooker Banana Bread Recipe

A lot of people love my viral banana nut bread recipe so I decided to make a pressure cooker version. Try my Power Pressure Cooker XL Banana Bread Recipe now!

Oh, Wow! I never knew you could make a banana bread in your Pressure cooker xl or your Instapot but you can. I decided to make our Viral Banana Nut Bread. That way I could have it quicker. I started to realize that cooking in my oven was costing me so much money but the Pressure cooker XL cost so much less.

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Simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe

As some of you might know from my previous posts, I LOVE my Instant potAnd after this simple Swedish meatballs recipe I am more in love than ever. Swedish Meatballs are a family favorite around here, and while the traditional recipes aren’t too hard, they require multiple pans and some time. But not any longer. Want to know how long it took me to make this? 15 minutes. No seriously, 15 minutes from start to finish. Can it get any cooler than that? I don’t think so. So grab your instant pot and let’s get started! Oh, do not forget my favorite instant pot dessert. Apples with ice cream.

You are going to love this simple recipe for making Swedish Meatballs in your Instant Pot. Using frozen meatballs, mushroom soup, broth, egg noodles and sour cream.

Simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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April 26, 2020

Coach Purse Giveaway

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Have you always wanted to have a Coach purse? Then good news because we’re giving you an awesome giveaway event to give you a chance to have a free Coach purse. One of you gets to win this fab Coach Mini Satchel Crossbody Purse!

Here's your chance to win a brand new Coach purse!
Enter for a chance to win this pretty pink Coach purse!
This event is sponsored by Amee of Real Advice Gal and hosted by Sherryl at Simply Sherryl.

Make sure to check out Real Advice Gal Contest page for more awesome giveaways.

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