Pave The Way For A Great Relationship With This Roommate Welcome Basket

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A Roommate Welcome Basket A Great Way to

When my oldest daughter, Maddie went off to college, my husband had tears in his eyes. First because he was going to miss her and second she was the first grandchild of his parents to go off to college. My husband is not a natural-born citizen of the Estados Unidos (United States), he is originally from Mexico. And our hijas (daughters) were the first nietas (granddaughters) of his padres (parents) to be born on American soil. I remember the first time Mama Luceita and Papa Felipe came to the United States. Papa Felipe told the man at the border he was coming to Carolina del Norte (North Carolina) to meet his nieta (granddaughter) who was born in the United States. ( This was like 18 years ago as Maddie was almost 2 when they met her.) Since my girls have come along there have been many more bisnietos (great-grandchildren) that have been born on American soil but ours are the only nietas (granddaughters) born here.


Familia (family) is important to us. We are very close-knit, so when Maddie went away to college 3 horas (hours) away we were a little nervous and scared for her. Her first semester – she had an amazing roommate, Cheyenne.

Dr. Pepper Back To School Dream Roommate

They often did things together as their class schedule would allow. They even had a regular movie night planned each week. Sadly at the end of their first semester together, Cheyenne decided that she wanted to attend a school closer to home and left.

small dorm room

Enter roommate #2, this was not a happy experience at all. She would leave her dirty underwear in the middle of the room and their room was not very big to begin with. She had no respect for Maddie’s stuff ( several of her items were broken by this roommate and her friends.) To say that they didn’t get along would be an understatement. Maddie spent less and less time in her room and decided that she wasn’t going through this experience again. So towards the end of the semester, she decided she wanted to live off campus because of this.

Hard to believe this was 2 years ago at her quinceanera. She will going off to college next fall.
Hard to believe this was 2 years ago at her quinceanera. She will going off to college next fall.

Now that Mikaela, our middle daughter, is about to graduate from high school, I started thinking of ways to avoid this situation happening to her. A way to get things off on the right foot so to speak. And I came up with the idea of a Welcome Roommate Basket.

Dr. Pepper Roommate Kit

This basket was really quite simple to make and it can refilled during the semester for those late night cram sessions. The first thing that I searched for was a basket to put the items in.

I needed something that when not in use would not take up a lot of space as space in a dorm room is precious. So I came upon the collapsible basket. And with that problem solved, I had to decide what to put in it. I decided to browse the aisles of my local Walmart to see what goodies I could find.

Dr Pepper in Store

When I saw the 2 liter bottles of Dr. Pepper on the drink aisle, I thought this is perfect. After all it is Mikaela’s favorite soft drink. I decided to pick up the 2 liter bottle as well as these really cute 90 calorie cans. Aren’t they adorable? I also thought this was perfect as college students need caffeine to fuel their late night study sessions. And with Dr Pepper… You are Always One of a Kind

Plus with Dr. Pepper they are offering the chance for you #WinTuition starting August 28th. All you have to do is go online and play a digital football toss game  for a chance to win $20,000 in tuition (This can be used to pay off student loans!). Dr Pepper will be giving away free prizes as well as an additional $5,000 in tuition to one lucky winner in  select markets at Walmart locations. To find out where and when make sure to check it out here.  I think this is so cool as Dr. Pepper is the  official sponsor of the College Football Playoff. As with two soon to be in college any help we can get would be lovely. 

Then I thought to myself, they need something to drink out of. So I decided to include these cute cups with straws and lids. I got the same style but in two different colors so they wouldn’t get them mixed up. Cups with straws are a must. Plus they are great to take to class.

I then added some chocolate and a can of Pringles chips for those late night cravings.

Going a little bit further with the basket I added two booklights for those nights when she has to study and her roommate doesn’t and vice versa. And some ear buds, just in case they don’t share the same taste in music.

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Sharing a room with someone who isn’t her hermana (sister) will be hard for Mikaela but I think when she gives this kit to her roommate it will make it much easier.

So tell me do you remember your college roommate? Did you get along? Did you stay in touch? Inquiring minds want to know. Also Be sure to check out the website for more information on how you can #WinTuition!

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  1. That is a really good idea. Who wouldn’t like that? That’s an awesome idea to get in good with your new roommate.

  2. I totally understand your daughter’s decision to live off campus. I myself would not put up with a room mate like that. Well, it is great to start over again and a welcome gift basket will set the relationship off on the right foot.

  3. What a clever idea. My cousin is going off to college. I need to share this with her.

  4. My son just moved into a dorm too. It’s a big adjustment, and a lot smaller than his room at home! I made him a snack basket too. You can never have too many snacks and sodas, in college anyway.

  5. A gift basket is definitely a good idea. It’s so hard to find a good roommate and it’s always better to start off on the right foot.

  6. That is a great idea for anyone! I’m going to bookmark this! Great for a teacher going back to school too!

  7. Oh what a fabulous idea! I think it would be great. My kiddos are far from college, but I will remember this!

  8. My oldest son was thinking about going to stay at the dorm this year – thankfully he decided to save money and stay home. That gift basket is a great way to start off with a new roommate.

  9. So sorry that your daughter had such a bad experience with her second roommate. I think a welcome basket is such a great idea. I graduated from college many years ago but I changed roommates after my first year. The roommate I had in my Freshman year was very nice and we got along just fine. No fighting or any problems…but we just didn’t have a lot of the same common interests. So we changed roommates but we did remain friends. It was a great decision for both of us and were were much happier.

  10. This is a great idea. It is crazy how fast the time goes by. I am looking forward to the college years.

  11. My Daughter is off to College in a few days. I will have to put one of these together for her. This is such a great idea.

  12. Thanks for sharing more about your family & those amazing pictures. I think a Gift basket is a great idea to get in touch with you roommate & get closer as you go further.

  13. What a cute idea! I’ve always loved creating gift basket and this is an excellent way to break the ice with a new roommate. My daughter is a few years away from college (whew!) but I’ll be tucking this idea away to pull out when the time comes.

  14. A good roommate makes all the difference! This is such a nice idea to get them started off on the right foot. Bonding over Dr. Pepper 🙂
    We are really enjoying our time co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty!

  15. This is such a great idea. It’s so thoughtful and a great way to start out living with someone. It’s great to be a part of #HomeMattersParty with you again this month!

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