Get Post Secondary Back to School Ready #FiveStarStrong #ad

You know that you need to up your game when your child stops saying “my teacher” and starts saying “my Professor” ~ that’s when you know you have to get POST SECONDARY BACK TO SCHOOL READY!  Ahhhh!

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

My friends if you think the back-to-school season is beginning much too soon, then you are sadly mistaken.  Classes begin in about two weeks; however, you must not forget that post secondary institutions are a serious thing.  Generally, during the summer months you would have picked your courses and paid your tuition fees.  Usually by mid-September you would need to have dropped out of any courses in order to get full refunds.  Time literally flies by!

The key to a successful school year is to be ready and organized.   There are many ways to do so, and overall I would say that the best way is whatever works for you.  Having said this, I would be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my favourite tips with you.

  1. The Five Star 2″ Zipper Binder ~ with a (380 sheet) 2″ capacity, 3-ring fixture you’ll discover that it’s an excellent size for your notes; whether you choose to carry one for each subject, or use dividers and carry one for a couple of subjects.  It has a durable handle so that it’s easier for you to carry, and it also has a zippered pocket to securely carry smaller school supplies.  The included three removable file folders are wonderful to store the work you are currently working on, or perhaps store the assignment that you have to hand in as soon as you get to class!  My Tip:  Ensure you label the removable file folders and any tabbed dividers so you’re ready for anything on Day One.  I suggest the Five Star Poly Tabbed Dividers because the poly construction makes it long lasting, and the multi-coloured assorted designs allow you to colour-code subjects or simply add a splash of colour to your binder-full of paper.
  2. The Five Star Heavyweight Refill Paper (125 sheets) ~ College ruled 24 lb, and three hole punched.  Not just any ‘ol paper!  It’s heavyweight, which means it’s premium-feel … it’s thick and won’t bleed through and that means you can write on both sides!  My Tip:  Go ahead and fill up those zippered binders, and make sure you store a backup pack in your locker (if you’re an off campus student), or store it in your desk (if you’re in residence)!  Either way, you are covered.
  3. The Five Star Pocket & Prong Portfolios ~ these offer secure paper storage, and have reinforced holes for strength.  You can opt for the Customizable Poly Pocket & Prong Portfolio or the Two Pocket Folder with Prong Fasteners [Stay Put Folder, Folder with Pockets] … I suggest these because they’re strong and will last all year long!  My Tip:  Select your colours so that you can colour-code subjects!
  4. The Five Star 4-Pocket Portfolio ~ you can select from an assortment of 9 colours, they’re durable, and water-resistant!  The 4-pocket portfolio helps you keep your papers organized, and there is even helpful information printed on the inside of the portfolio!  My Tip:  Select your colours so that you can colour-code subjects!
  5. The Five Star Pencil Pouch ~ tons to pick from but I really like both the Five Star Multi-Pocket Pencil Pouch and the Five Star Stand ‘N Store Pencil PouchMy Tip: it’s a matter of preference so I look for quality like no puncture micro-mesh for longer lasting cases, and zippered compartments for extra safe storage!
  6. The Five Star Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner Agenda ~ this planner is super essential in staying organized throughout the year! It has a spiral guard to prevent snags from the wire! The tabbed page help you quickly find today’s date!
  • Lasts all year, and has thick covers.  It spans months from August – July; one week per two page spread is ruled; weeks are displayed Monday – Sunday with checkboxes.
  • One month per two page spread features unruled daily blocks and notes; tabbed months; past/future month calendar blocks shown for reference; student reference pages included in front of the planner.
  • Additional student reference pages in back of the planner.

My Tip:  I like using a variety of coloured highlighters to colour-code subjects!

and lastly …

7.  Notebooks! Notebooks! Notebooks!  Can you really ever have enough?  Five Star has several styles to choose from.  Look for:

  • Five Star Wireless Notebook ~ organize subjects with tabbed dividers
  • Five Star College Ruled Notebook ~ 5 1/2″ great for jotting down quick reminders
  • Five Star 1 Subject 200 Page Notebook ~ durable poly covers and reinforced storage pockets will protect your work!

My Tip:  Design your own cover to add excitement and to distinguish the subject from others.  Colour-code subjects!

As a parent of a College student, I know it’s time for “Mommy to step back”.  It’s not easy to sit quietly and watch them bloom!  What is important is that you set them up for success.  You teach them right from wrong, you love and support them, and you give them the tools they need.  After that, it’s up to them.   I’ve summed it up short and sweet so it might sound simple.  Hey, no one said it would be easy!  You’ve heard that saying and so have I … and it’s the truth!

Kids ~ it’s time to embrace your future!

Parents ~ it’s time to let them.

Good Luck to all.

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Unique Art Beautifully Customized #ModernMapArt #StarMap #ad

Have you ever been ‘stuck’ on what to gift someone?  It can be difficult, especially when the gift is for someone very special to you.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I was contacted by a company with an unique product that I’m certain you will love!  Modern Map Art “takes your favorite cities, mountains, and places and turns them into beautiful works of art.”   … and that they truly do!  You can choose from map posters, pillows, phone cases, and much more!

For my work of art, I chose a Star Map … basically, a snapshot of the constellation on my wedding day, and then wrote a special message below it.  It’s actually quite simple to customize your map print:

  • select the type of poster
  • select the size
  • choose the colour scheme
  • select the title and its font
  • write your message and select the font
  • lastly select if you want a border and if you want constellations

It’s the perfect way to honour and celebrate a special moment; such as, a wedding, a birth, a special trip, etc.   The options are limitless and really do make great gifts!  Think birthdays, anniversarys, weddings, Christmas, etc., etc.    You don’t have to stick to a Star Map; you can choose a Street Map, a City Map, a State Map, a World Map, a Scratch-Off Map, a Hiking Trail Map, a Topographic Map, or if you have something you’d like done that’s not offered you can contact Modern Map Art to discuss if there’s a way to meet your needs.  That’s pretty fantastic, if you ask me.

Best of all, you receive a proof via email for you to approve!!!  It can’t be more perfect.  The only thing left to do is wait for the processing and shipping time to pass.  Before you realize, you’ll have a simply stunning work of art waiting for you to adorn your wall!

This is the proof that I approved:

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“The poster is made from a museum quality matte paper, and Ultrachrome ink.  The ink is rated to last over 100 years, and 200 years if properly framed and maintained.  The matte paper is very thick and looks great.  After printing, the posters are rolled in tissue paper and put in a cardboard tube to protect them while shipping.”

It took longer for me to find/select the perfect picture frame.  I chose a black wooden picture frame with a thick piece of clear glass to protect my artwork.  Of course, I took a picture of it to share with you here; however, it does not do it justice.  What I have is a moment in time that has been captured in constellation form and placed on high quality paper, which I can frame and cherish forever.  I am thrilled with the finished product, and extremely happy and proud to display it for all to see.

This is my finished Star Map that I framed myself (in a 24” x 36”) frame:

Unfortunately, the glass in the frame caused a reflection.  Here’s a different angle …

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Make sure you visit:   http://www.modernmapart.com  

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Note:  I was informed that I would be provided with a DISCOUNT CODE that I would be able to share with you.  Once I receive that, I will update this post.

Canada’s Wonderland Means Endless Fun #ad

Being a parent of an older child has its challenges but it has its definite victories.  Independence is one of those ‘victories’!  Being able to say “Off you go and meet me here in an hour.”; for example, is liberating.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Why mention this, you ask?  Summer isn’t over yet and that means there is still time for you to enjoy time at Canada’s Wonderland.  It’s a theme park that offers fun, fun, fun!  If you’ve never been, I suggest you plan a trip and, get ready for thrilling rides, fun games, live shows/acts, yummy food, and even a place for water lovers (splash station, Lazy River, water slides, wave pool)!  Did I mention ENDLESS FUN?

I was fortunate to have been invited back to Canada’s Wonderland (once again) to participate in their blogger program.  Are you kidding?  I wasn’t about to pass on the opportunity to be called ‘the best mom ever‘!  I was offered family passes, parking and even food vouchers to experience the park ~ I’ll admit that this was a treat for me as well.

As we arrived at the park, I was able to say “off you go and meet me back here in two hours” but don’t forget I had to wait 20 years to be able to say those words!!!

NOTE:   I would never say those words to a young child; of course, but as I mentioned above, it’s very liberating to be able to do it now.  I’ve put in the time, as a parent, to have earned the ability to do so now.  I do miss the younger years and the different stages that children go through; however, being a parent of an adult child has its own bonuses.  Enjoying outings ‘as friends’; instead of as ‘mommy and child’, is satisfying in its own right.

The first two hours at the park was spent separately; I had a chance to explore on my own and, my daughter had a chance to explore on her own.  My daughter hopped on and off a plethora of  rides.  I’m not a ride-person so I spent my time walking around and watching the various shows like the Victoria Falls High Divers, and the Flying Frontenacs Stunt Divers.  Once we met back at our meeting spot, we set out for some lunch.  Canada’s Wonderland offers a variety of options that are sure to tickle even the finickiest of taste buds!  Shhhh, don’t tell, I even enjoyed a cold one!  The rest of the day we spent time together as a family.

Rain or shine, there’s so much to do:

  • over 200 attractions (this year’s additions: LumberJack, Flying Canoes and Splash Island Expansion ‘Lakeside Lagoon’)
  • 77 exciting rides (16 roller coasters)
  • 20-acre water park
  • many live shows
  • with 10,300 parking spots … you’re sure to find a parking spot so you can get inside the 3 million square foot park and ENJOY!

Unfortunately, there’s far too much to experience all in one day.  We will have to return before the summer is through.  We’re eager to enjoy more rides, events, and I think I’d like to spend more time on the Lazy River.

Have you visited Canada’s Wonderland?