5 ToDos for Getting Ready to Send Your Kid Off to College

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Although we’d like to think it is still mid-summer, if you have a college student about to settle into the campus life, then you are probably already making lists and checking them twice. Here are a few must haves on our College-Ready List.

The really uncomfortable part of dorm life is not actually the desk chair or the bed, it is sharing a small space with a total stranger. Since you can’t do anything about that part, you can at very least make the rest of the room comfortable. There is the classic egg crate pad for the mattress or you can head to Target and pick up one of the new Casper pads. It is probably wishful thinking but maybe having the Casper Lounger in the dorm will provide a spot other than the bed for “friends” to sit when they are visiting your son or daughter.

Don’t stress where all those important papers are. Health forms (including all the vaccination dates), passports, drivers license, Student ID information and whatever other forms you want to have at home and at college should all be scanned. We use TurboScan for everything from favorite recipes to medical forms.

You’ll want your students to be studying hard but in between they will need time to relax. Gone are the days of all gathering around the tv in the lounge to watch “Must See TV” all piled together on the couch with no pause, fast-forward or record options. In the age of Netflix and chill, not only will you want to discuss parameters of the chill part with your independent college student, but you’ll also want them to have the flexibility to watch their shows after they finish up studying, their workout at the gym, or time slot at the pottery studio. Set them up to access Netflix in the dorms, or get a FireStick so they can access Amazon Video, which brings us to the next item.

Amazon Prime is something we use on a regular basis, often more than once a day. Instead of having to pop into the school store and pay a fortune for new batteries, a charger, a water bottle or whatever other essentials were forgotten at home or lost somewhere, have them order on Amazon. They can also have access to Amazon Video and Amazon Music among other things.

This one you can keep as a surprise. Sign your college student up to receive a monthly box just as a little reminder that you love them and that you are still there for them. Check out the Urth Box for some tasty healthy treats. Hamptons Lane is great for the student who has a kitchen and likes to cook. Tea drinkers will love an Simplicity Teas subscription. If healthy habits never really came naturally to your teen then maybe a Get Quip subscription is the nudge they’ll need in college. For your student who likes to unwind with a little spa or beauty treatment there is the Julep Maven box, Birchbox, and Yuzen.

At the end of the school year, participating local area colleges collect gently used dorm supplies and Grad Bag‘s team of volunteers clean them up. In August, the supplies (everything from comforters to surge protectors) are redistributed to first generation college students working with Let’s Get Ready. Visit Grad Bag’s web site for more information on how to donate.

5 Roses for Mom: Mother’s Day in Boston

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Rose is a rose is a rose. So goes the poem by Gertrude Stein.  In Boston this year, a rose doesn’t have to be a rose for Mother’s Day.  Here are some rose alternatives for your unique mom who deserves a unique rose.

Tatte is a local bakery that is filled to the brim with nut tarts, butter cookies, and so much more, is also known for their pastry roses.  Tatte’s chocolate roses have swirl upon swirl of pastry rolled with chocolatey deliciousness.

 

This is Tatte’s cinnamon pecan rose. They also make a chocolate rose and halvah rose.

Not every mom has a sweet tooth.  For moms who want something completely different, treat her to lunch or dinner at Mix It Restaurant on Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge for a meal that is both beautiful and delicious.  Mix It’s dishes are all gorgeously presented but nothing quite takes our breath away like the sushi roses.

 

A sushi rose from Mix It Restaurant in Cambridge. This is part of their new spring dish: Blossom Row.

 

Praliné Artisanal Confections is a taste of Paris in Belmont.  They have mastered the macaron with the perfect balance of chewiness in the macaron and then flavorful but not overpowering filling.  Their rose macarons are beautifully pink and taste sweet and summery in a delicate way.  No one will complain that these taste like perfume, but if you’re not sure mom likes rose-flavored confections then there are plenty of other flavors and colors to choose from.

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Typically when you think of rose water and rose in food it is Turkish or Middle Eastern sweets that come to mind. Sofra Bakery & Café serves a cocoa rose tea and has a scrumptious almond rose cake.  If mom likes a good cocktail though, bring her to Sarma for her rose. Sarma’s “The Alchemists Concession” is made with a refreshing Grilled Cucumber Vodka, Lemon, Rose Water, and Campari. If mom is expecting, then perhaps they can pull together this Rose Sharbat which is rosy and refreshing but contains no alcohol

The Seaport is a place that we love to go as a family.  Eat well, take a stroll by the water and explore a little.  This Mother’s Day, Babbo’s Pizzeria e Enoteca, along with all of Mario Batali’s establishments, will be raising money for Every Mother Counts, which is an organization founded by Christy Turlington to address the barriers to maternal health around the world and at home. Every Mother Counts works to give transportation to healthcare providers, education, and health supplies to health centers and caregivers,

Babbo’s “Orange Rose” dish will be Golden Beet and Goat Cheese Cappellacci with orange and fennel pollen. In addition to Babbo’s “Orange Rose” special, their regular menu will be available to celebrate Mom throughout Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

10 Unexpected Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Boston

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Friendly Toast

You can’t go wrong with breakfast served all day. Match that with a honey salt rimmed margarita for the 5th!
The sour mix is made in house and they also infuse the jalapeño tequila in house too.
Back Bay and Cambridge



Poké City

Why not celebrate the 5th with a trendy Sushi Burrito? Grab one at Poké City, a new Hawaiian restaurant located
between Porter Square and Harvard.
Cambridge

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Kane’s Donuts

This old-time local favorite is a great option evey day, but for a twist on your Cinco de Mayo celebration,
stop by for one of their margarita donuts to have with your coffee (or margarita).
Boston and Saugus


Commonwealth Kitchen Pop-Up at The Street in Chestnut Hill

Join The Dining Car for two festive additions to their spring menu — Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas Torta and a plate of Macho Nachos.
Newton

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OliToki

Looking for a twist on the traditional? Get your taco fix with Bulgogi tacos at this Korean fusion restaurant in Allston.
Allston

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Social

Hit up this hidden jewel (that has a great jazz brunch and free validated parking btw) for a few orders of Pork Belly Tacos and a “Pablo’s Pick,” Don Julio tequila, fresh lime juice, and soda water.
Newton



The Bancroft

Enjoy a margarita surrounded by stately elegance in the suburbs at this farm to table (from their actual owned farm) restaurant.
Burlington


Committee

Celebrate today at Committee, a modern industrial chic inspiration of a Greek tavern, with a margarita. Bonus if the weather cooperates because they have a fantastic wrap-around bar and outside patio.
Boston

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Tiger Mama

If you’re looking for a fun place to have a fun drink, look no further than Tiger Mama down the street from Fenway Park. You won’t be disappointed with the Asian fusion, street-food inspired menu from Top Chef Tiffani Faison.
Boston


Trade

You’ll find creative, instagram-worthy drinks here with delicious small bites and flatbreads. Jody Adam’s Trade, located just a block away from South Station, is a perfect destination for an upscale group outing.
Boston

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