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(CLOSED) Giveaway: Free Graduation Announcements & Photobooks from!

Hooray! It’s Surviving College Life’s very first giveaway–and just in time for graduation!

The lovely people at Shutterfly are offering SCL readers the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes, including:

  • A $50 giftcard good for anything on the site–cards, photobooks, prints, gifts, you name it!
  • 100 of their gorgeous 5×7 graduation announcements, or
  • An 8×8, 20 page photobook so you can put the year’s best photos all in one place! (TWO lucky winners will get this prize!)

In case you didn’t already think this giveaway was exciting, can I just tell you that I took a look for myself, and Shutterfly’s graduation announcements are beautiful! (This giveaway kind of makes me wish I was graduating, actually!) They have everything from the classic, elegant look to a colorful, customizable countdown of the year’s top moments. Check them out!

How to Win

Want to win one of these fabulous prizes? There are 3 ways to enter!

1. Leave a comment sharing your best tip for college-life survival! (It could end up in a future post here, too!)

2. Tweet or share the giveaway on Facebook, and leave a comment here letting me know, and/or,

3. Become a follower and leave a comment letting me know.

Hurry–giveaway closes this Tuesday, May 3rd! Winners will be chosen using and announced next week!

Another Chance

Want another chance to win some a great freebie from Shutterfly? They’re currently running a contest for anyone who blogs about their springtime announcements, so if you’re a blogger (personal blogs count, too!) share your affection for Shutterfly for a chance to win either 50 free cards or a photobook. See their site for details!

P.S. No, I was not compensated by Shutterfly to do this post–everything in this giveaway is going straight to my readers! Thanks to Shutterfly for being so generous!

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8 comments April 25th, 2011

Cheap & Easy College Recipes: BBQ Chicken Sliders

So, my cooking life was just revolutionized. I mean, if you thought my recipes were easy before, wait until you check out the new stuff I’ve got going thanks to my fabulous (hold on to your knickers, I’m about to sound like your great grandma) crock pot!


I’m completely serious. No wonder moms have been going on about these things for years–they make cooking NO EFFORT. You literally just dump some ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away.

And you can pick one up for under $20 at Target or Walmart.

Here’s your first recipe.

BBQ Chicken Sliders

2 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
1 bottle BBQ sauce

1. Fill crock pot about 1/2 way full with water and place chicken breasts inside. (You can even put them in frozen!)
2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
3. Dump out water and shred chicken.
4. Put shredded chicken back in crock pot with BBQ sauce (use a lot if you like a lot or a little if you’re just looking for some flavor) and heat on Low or Warm setting for 30 minutes to an hour.
5. Slice rolls and spoon BBQ chicken onto them. Yum!

Makes 9-12 sliders.


– Don’t open the lid of your crock pot during cook time; it will release steam. Moisture is one of the key parts of getting that yummy slow-cooked flavor.

– We spring for our favorite rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls. The roll quality will make a difference in how yummy (or not) your slider experience is. 😉

– I usually do a super easy (& cheap) fruit salad with this: 2 bananas (sliced), 1 can of mandarin oranges (drained), and 1 can of pineapple (drained).

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Add comment April 22nd, 2011

Spring Break: 7 Quirky Spots to Roadtrip

I’m all for fun in the sun, but when I recently read College Candy’s spring break article suggesting that you skip the beach this year, it got me thinking. Spring break sur la plage may let you work on your tan, but there’s nothing like taking a crazy, kitschy road trip to liven up your “What I Did on My Spring Break” storyline. Here are some funky alternatives to the typical beach-bum break.

Graceland ( is a sight whether or not you’re an avid Elvis fan. Visit his personal home, learn some rock and roll history, and hey, pick up a T-shirt to prove you were really there. 😉

Dollywood ( is another hot spot for music lovers (well, Dolly lovers, anyway), but it isn’t just about the music–Dollywood also has it’s own roller coasters, festivals, and even a water park.

Madonna Inn ( is famous for it’s waterfall urinal and 109 uniquely vintage-kitschy themed rooms, like the cave room, which looks to be made entirely of rock. (And if you need the kinks worked out after sleeping in a cave, they have an on-site spa, too.)

Solvang ( is a little slice of Europe in southern California. A Danish-style “village,” it has quirky old-European style hotels, lots of pastries, and a unique shopping experience. Definitely a cute and giggle-worthy vacation spot.

Hearst Castle (, pictured above, is an extraordinary “castle” built as a seaside getaway by media baron William Randolph Hearst in the early 1900’s. Take one of four tours of the insanely gaudy-but-fascinating house, but try to resist jumping into the indoor pool. 😉

The Wigwam Motel ( in CA or Teepee Motel in TX ( give you what is probably your first chance to stay in a hotel shaped like a teepee–that should make for some good photo-ops.

The Biltmore ( touts itself as “America’s largest home,” this castle style house in Asheville, NC has amazing gardens, an incredible house tour, a farm, and more. You can even stay on the estate if you’re willing to pony up and pay the price.

This last one may not be quirky, but it is an excellent spot for a week-long (or even just a weekend) trip. I went for a few days before my Junior year of college, and I will never forget it!

New York City ( is the perfect collision of culture and history. Take in a Broadway show, explore the ins and outs of Chinatown, and shop (or daydream) at Tiffany’s. Then take in the historical side of the Big Apple by visiting historical icons like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the NY library. The list, obviously, goes on and on. My best tip for NY travel? Grab some friends and look on travel sites like Priceline–you could split a really nice suite for a pretty good price. Why not live in style for a few days–especially if you can do it on a budget?


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