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Surviving Finals Week

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6 Tips for Surviving College’s Craziest Week

Whether you’re an undergrad or grad student, finals week can loom heavily in your schedule. It’s easy to become overwhelmed at everything you need to study and learn, and let anxiety drive your response. The more you can manage your stress, the better you’ll be prepared when test day arrives. Here are some tips to help you through the lead-up to finals week.

  1. Get some sleep. It seems counterintuitive—sleep, when you have so much studying and writing to do, when people around you are pulling all-nighters? But yes—build sleep into your prep schedule. A good night’s sleep has advantages that are important during finals week: When we don’t get enough sleep, we have trouble concentrating, and may even have difficulty remembering things. Since remembering things is key to finals week, adding sleep to the equation isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity.
  2. Break it down and set a schedule. Don’t look at that European history textbook and think, “I have to read 300 pages!” Instead, break it into smaller sections, and put them on your calendar on your phone or tablet, with reminders. Bit by bit, you’ll work through them with less anxiety.
  3. Take a break. Another item to schedule: Breaks. Every person is different; some people need short, frequent breaks, while others need fewer, but longer, distractions. But no matter which is best for you, don’t skip them. Taking a break gives your brain a much-needed rest, and you’ll return with more energy and focus.
  4. But when you’re not on break, turn off the social. It’s an easy temptation: “I’ll just send a quick Snapchat or spend a minute on Instagram.” But a minute or two can quickly spin out of control, and before you know it, you’re way behind on the schedule you carefully set. Better plan: Schedule plenty of down time to happen as soon as finals week is done.
  5. Four-legged therapy.  An increasing number of universities and colleges are bringing in therapy dogs during finals week. Take a break from cramming for a calc final and cuddle a pug or a golden doodle. It will do wonders for your mental health, and it only takes a few minutes. Life is always better with puppy kisses.
  6. Eat.  Don’t skip meals to study. Your body—and your brain—need nourishment. Skipping meals deprives them of what they need most to keep you going. Grab a Deli Express sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a big glass of water. Your body and brain will thank you and be better able to help you during finals week.
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Managing the Busy Holiday Season

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5 Tips to Help Lessen Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving came and went, and now we’re heading straight into that crazy-making month: December. No matter which holidays you celebrate, the pressure is on. We have some suggestions to help you manage this season and hopefully make it cheery and bright.

  1. Cut back. Will the holiday be miserable if you don’t serve an 8-course dinner? What if the adults in your family draw names and just buy one gift, rather than gifts for everyone? Instead of decorating the house until it’s something Clark Griswold would envy, go low-key: a smaller tree, lights just around the front door rather than across the whole exterior of the house. Do you have someone in your life telling you that “everyone” must attend certain events? Let them go on your behalf.
  2. Make sure everyone gets some “me” time. Mom, Dad, kids—everyone needs a bit of down time. Instead of saying yes to every holiday invitation that comes along, set a maximum—no more than one event per weekend. Then carve out time for everyone to relax.
  3. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask your spouse, your parents, your kids as they get old enough to pitch in. Holiday gifts don’t have to be perfectly wrapped; let your kids help, even if it’s messy. Your parents might be more than willing to take on side dishes for the holiday meal. And when dinner is over, everyone needs to help clean up. It’ll go much faster, be less stressful—and it might even be fun.
  4. Let go of the idea that things must be perfect. Every smiling family on holiday commercials on TV seem to say: “Be perfect!” But in the end, people aren’t going to remember if your house was spotless or your table perfectly set. They’re going to remember laughter, togetherness and joy. No amount of dust bunnies can disrupt that.
  5. Take shortcuts. You’ve got the next 11 months out of the year to put homemade meals on the table, show up for every piano lesson, or make homemade outfits for the kids to wear in holiday photos. In December? Order outfits online, cancel a few piano lessons (your piano teacher will likely thank you), and don’t hesitate to bring home the family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches for dinner. Put some carrots and dip on the side, and you’re good to go.
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Add Extras to Your Favorite Sandwich

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5 Ways to Customize Your Deli Express Sandwich

Deli Express sandwiches are great as they are. But it can also be great to try some additions to change this up a little. We recently asked our customers how they customize their Deli Express. Of course, we were delighted when people said they’re perfect as they are, we were also delighted to learn some options for changing things up.

  1. You can never go wrong with the basics of ketchup, mustard and mayo. There’s a reason these three have been sandwich favorites for generations.
  2. Take a step from basic condiments to specialty items, like sriracha mayo, flavored mustards, horseradish sauce, oil and vinegar, hummus, guacamole or tapenade.
  3. Rethink how you heat the sandwich. One customer prefers to put the whole sandwich in a toaster oven, while another toasts only the buns and heats the meat and cheese in a microwave. That will give the bun a crisper, toastier texture.
  4. Veggies are always a great addition to a sandwich. Try pickles, or even raw cucumbers; lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, avocado, spinach, sweet bell peppers, even sauerkraut or cole slaw.
  5. Like a little heat? Our sandwiches pair wonderfully with jalapenos (raw or pickled), chipotles, poblanos and banana peppers. Or if you really like the fire, try habanero, ghost or—gasp—the Carolina Reaper. Remember: Dairy products help put out these kinds of fires better than plain water.
How to make packing school lunches easier

How to Make Packing School Lunches Easier

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6 tips to help make packing school lunches a breeze!

If your family bypasses the school cafeteria lunch, the good news is that you have more say in what your child eats.

The bad news? You need to make sure they have a lunch every day. Kids need a nutritious midday meal to keep them focused throughout the afternoon. Sometimes in the rush and hustle of busy school days, getting lunches together can become one more chore. Here are some ideas to keep things moving smoothly. First off? Deli Express® is here to help—our sandwiches make great portable lunches.

  1. Have the kids help. Even a kindergartener can go to the fridge and pick out some fruit to go with the sandwich. Older kids can do more complicated tasks, like spreading peanut butter between crackers and putting them in a sealable container for a snack. If they help put the lunch together, they could very well be more likely to eat it and not complain.
  2. Customize. Again, this is something you can do together. If your child likes mustard or mayo with the Smoked Ham & Cheese, help them add some.
  3. Plan a good side. Rather than just a piece of fruit, consider putting some hot soup into a thermos for them for a really filling, nutritious lunch. Or add a small container of fresh carrot and celery slices with a little dip.
  4. Keep it together. Whether you use insulated lunch boxes or brown bags, plastic bags or reusable containers, keep all the supplies in one spot. That way no one wastes time or energy trying to find the relevant supplies.
  5. Prep the night before. A few minutes in the evening can help the mornings be less stressful. Clean and cut up fruit or veggie slices, assemble lunches as far as you can, set out things like thermoses for hot soup so they’re ready to go first thing in the morning.
  6. Let the picky eater have some control. You’ve got one that only wants an Oven-Roasted Turkey & Cheese sandwich every day? Go with it. Many kids go through a phase where they only like certain things. It’s likely they’ll grow out of it. And while they’re in it, it sure makes planning lunches easy.

6 Tips for Managing Back-to-School Chaos

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Make the back-to-school transition easier with these 6 tips!

On the one hand, getting back into a routine in the fall can sound heavenly, especially if your summer was largely spontaneous and “easy come, easy go.” But that transition from free-range family to “What time does the bus come???” can be turbulent. Here are tips to help parents readjust to the back-to-school world.

  1. Create a routine. And post it so everyone in your household can access it. It doesn’t matter if it’s shared across smartphones and tablets or a large whiteboard calendar hanging somewhere everyone can see it. Keep that calendar up to date. Take some time every weekend to go over it with the relevant family members. That will help everyone prepare for what’s ahead each week, and it will help the adults prioritize, plan transportation with other parents, and adapt work schedules if necessary.
  2. Plan for family dinners. Numerous studies have shown how beneficial it is for families to eat dinner together on a regular basis. It doesn’t need to be a seven-course gourmet meal; the important thing is to have the time together, even if it’s right before the 7th grade band concert. Put it into the calendar so it doesn’t slip off the priority list. And hey — Deli Express® has lots of quick sandwich options you can grab on the way home from work. Add a salad and some fruit, and you’re good to go.
  3. Pack the night before. Pack what? Everything — lunches, snacks, backpacks, school projects, musical instruments. Deli Express makes packing that lunch incredibly easy with delicious sandwiches both kids and adults can enjoy! Line the nonperishable items up by the door, and have the lunches at the front of the fridge. It will make mornings so much easier!
  4. Get up earlier than the kids. Yes, it’s hard to get up even five minutes earlier, especially when fall gets darker and darker in the morning. But if you set that alarm 15 minutes earlier (and don’t hit the snooze button), you can buy yourself some much-needed time to take a deep breath, drink some coffee or tea, and gather your thoughts before the morning barrage begins.
  5. Take time each weekend to monitor upcoming needs. Many schools now have all kinds of online portals you can look at to see if your child has tests or major projects coming up, field trips that require permission slips and money, or special events. Take a few minutes every weekend to go through those and adjust the calendar as needed and make sure all the required forms are filled out and ready to go.
  6. Don’t aim for perfection. There are just some days when the calendar is too overwhelming. If you and your family don’t get to every item on it, so be it — and when you model “good enough” versus “perfect” to your kids, you’re giving them a great life lesson.
How to Master a Rest Stop Picnic

How to Master a Rest Stop Picnic

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Tips for preparing an on-the-go picnic meal, straight from your car!

Most major freeways have rest stops and picnic areas at certain mile markers. Keep an on-the-go picnic basket in the trunk of your car with all the essentials – a blanket, wet wipes, and disposable tableware and cutlery. Don’t forget the Deli Express sandwiches!

Must-See Roadside Attractions

Must-See Roadside Attractions

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Visit these quirky roadside attractions across the country on your next long road trip.

World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, KS
Started in the year 1953, the World’s Largest Ball of Twine weighed over 5,000lbs and stood 8ft. high in just four years. Plan to stop by in August and you could be part of the annual Twine-A-Thon to add more twine!
(source: http://www.kansastravel.org/balloftwine.htm)

Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd, MN
Visit the 26 foot tall animated, talking lumberjack with Babe the Big Blue Ox. The park offers a variety of amusement park rides and attractions for all family members to enjoy!
(source: https://paulbunyanland.com/ )

Carhenge in Alliance, NE
This attraction, a representation of England’s historical Stonehenge, features a circle of car sculptures crafted from old cars and car parts.
(source: http://carhenge.com/  )

Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD
The Corn Palace offers free guided tours throughout the summer months in this small South Dakota town. Learn how corn is grown, how the Palace was built and decorated, and bring home some fun corn souvenirs!
(source: http://www.cornpalace.org/ )

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, FL
Ever wanted to see a real-life mermaid? Well, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will make your dreams come true! While you’re there, you can also swim in the beautifully pristine Buccaneer Bay and paddle down the Weeki Wachee River.
(source: https://weekiwachee.com/)

“Lover’s Leap” in Rock City, TN
Experience the world famous “Lover’s Leap” at Rock City, just a few miles from downtown Chatanooga. The area offers beautiful scenery from ancient rock formations, breathtaking panoramic views of state borders, and gardens with over 400 plant species.
(source: http://www.seerockcity.com/ )

Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, NJ
Along the beach in Josephine Harron Park, you’ll find Lucy the Elephant – a six story high historical monument constructed in 1881 that has since entertained passersby, tourists, and families alike. Climb the stairs inside Lucy’s legs to the 360degree lookout deck, or enjoy one of the many surrounding picnic tables over your Deli Express sandwich lunch.
(source: http://www.lucytheelephant.org/ )

The Haines Shoe House in York, PA
Stop by The Haines Shoe House for a guided tour of all five levels, and enjoy an ice cream treat on-site while you tour!
(source: http://www.hainesshoehouse.com/ )

The Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, CA
Dubbed one of the most iconic roadside attractions, the Cabazon Dinosaurs have appeared in films, media and pop culture moments across the nation. The exhibit features over fifty lifelike dinosaurs, guided tours and an array of on-site family activities.
(source: https://www.cabazondinosaurs.com/ )

Top 5 Car Ride Entertainment Tips

Top 5 Car Ride Entertainment Tips

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Keep the kids and other passengers entertained on the road with these five tips!

  1. Download several episodes of your favorite podcasts that you can listen to offline.
  2. Create a playlist of your favorite road trip tunes that will last the duration of your trip.
  3. Download an eBook that the whole family would enjoy listening to.
  4. Download an array of TV shows and movies on a mobile device before you head out so you can view them offline.
  5. Buy travel-size board games or game books to play in the car.
Top 10 Road Trip Essentials

Top 10 Road Trip Essentials

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Stay fueled on-the-go with these top 10 essentials for your next road trip.

Most rest stops, convenience stores and gas stations can provide you with the basic necessities each passenger needs to fuel up for the road. These top 10 items will keep all passengers entertained, well-fed, and safe on the road.

  1. Trail Mix – the always-trusty G.O.R.P (good ol’ raisins and peanuts) offers a mix of salty and sweet and enough nutrition to tide you over until the next pit stop.
  2. Water – Stay hydrated! Don’t forget to get your eight, 8 oz. servings of water while you’re on the road!
  3. Soda – Treat yourself to a cold, bubbly soda!
  4. Candy or Other Sweets – Treat that sweet tooth! We all know road trips are the most acceptable time to stock up on your best guilty pleasure candies and sweets.
  5. Gum – If you’re traveling through regions with differing elevations, chewing gum can tremendously help with the sensation of popping ears and calm the nerves.
  6. Magazines – Pick up a genre for Mom, Dad, and another for the kids and teens in the back seat. You’ll keep the car ride peaceful and entertained for at least a little while!
  7. Crosswords or Other Game Books – A perfect way to keep passengers of all ages entertained, while keeping the brain power up on the road.
  8. A Tire Gauge – Note the recommended PSI of your car’s tires, and occasionally check the measures with a handy tire gauge to ensure the safety of your tires on a long road trip.
  9. Basic First Aid Kit – In case of any emergencies or minor injuries, it’s always a good idea to have a basic First Aid Kit in the backseat or trunk of your car. Stock it with bandages, ointments, sanitary gloves and wipes, pain relievers, and instant hot/cold packs.
  10. Deli Express Sandwiches – Of course, don’t forget to top off the meal-time hours with fresh sandwiches all around!