College Shopping

College Shopping

We love our personalized College shopping lists, but realize there are so many items that a new college student will need. This  includes some top websites to complete that College Check List. Build your own “College Life Wishlist”. Use the Udorami – Add item button to easily mix and match items from the various websites. (See Quick Tour under About for more details.) Do it alone or with family and friends. Prepare a budget for what you can get right away, make a plan on how you can work towards the items you want. Send your list to some family or friends that may be able to help make parts of your “College Life Wishlist” come true. 

College Shopping

by Chrisula Cunningham

College Lifestyle- Macy's
Offers style and luxury! Look for HOT DEALS to make "Life" everything you want it to be.

University of Snacks Snack Stash by The Popcorn Factory
We love homemade Popcorn. We also love care packages. Send your college student this box of treats to keep them energized. Check out this website for other ideas that you can send on a regular basis to let them know you hope their life is sweet!

Dorm Done Right- JCPenney
They have good prices and quality items. Check out the variety of kitchen accessories that are "must" for dorms, apartments, and even work spaces.

Campus Ready-BBB
Great for lots of gidgets and gadgets!

On to College- Target
This is a great place for an extensive list of dorm items and especially for the daily necessities for college life!

Life in small spaces - Kitchen Essentials
This is our Udorami Life In small spaces-Kitchen Essentials List. It has some great kitchen ideas to make life in the kitchen fun and easy!

Sephora Collection: Makeup & Travel Cases
Check here for the perfect cosmetic bags, toiletries bags, travel cases and much more.

The 44-Piece College Dorm Essentials Set - Totally Complete
This was part of the inspiration for the original "U-mi list: College Life-Build A Dorm Room." For a great price, this is a collection of some of the essential items needed to get started on your own. It can be personalized to fit your needs. (Plates not included!)

Things to Cook – a Graduate Student’s Challenge

Things to Cook – a Graduate Student’s Challenge

I enjoy cooking, but have to balance an intense graduate school life and a miniscule kitchen. See my working list. In the photo above, we are showing off to Mom and treating HER to a holiday meal!  I’m the one without the mask.  by Paul C.   

Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu | Minimalist Baker Recipes
CSAs are fantastic, particularly when cauliflower comes your way, as well as bok choy. And you happen to love experimenting.

ChefSteps Tips & Tricks: Fizzy Fruit
Impress my friends, or make for thanksgiving!

Chef John's Ricotta Pie Recipe
Like a cannoli, minus the frying. Make and share.

Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar
I believe I'm getting cabbage in a couple days, so I'd like to make this

Recipe: Red Lentil Soup — Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn
Winter is coming! Also, I have red lentils that I've been meaning to use.

Easy Vegan Miso Risotto
I'm vegetarian, and although my relationship with cheese is sometimes lovely (I love me some cheddar), good parmesan is by definition not vegetarian (let alone vegan), and I really like miso. And risotto.

Fresh Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken • Bless Her Heart Y'all
Kinda like my typical fajitas, but with cream. Well, coconut cream might work.

Harissa Lentil Quinoa Meatballs [Vegan]
This looks fun! Just need to track down a food processor...

Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Definitely not vegetarian. I'd like to try this with my family, and then maybe alter them to be fish-based? I dunno. I've always wanted to make this, so maybe a special occasion (like thanksgiving/Christmas) won't hurt.

{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa
If I ever get squash...

25 Ways to Use Udorami

25 Ways to Use Udorami

by Athena Chris

1 - Classroom Registry
Our teachers shouldn't have to provide the necessary supplies to do their job well. Udorami will help set up registries locally and globally for public school teachers. We've made it our #1 priority!

2- Supply list
Keeping all those little supplies on hand in an office or home can be a job in itself. Keep a running list of type and quantities. Mark and copy over to "items purchased" when purchased. Keeping a running total....Wait I think we might have something here!

3 - Approved Vendor List
Knowing who is approved by your employer makes it easy to shop for lower prices or that specific item. This list has no links to the online vendors...Use Udorami to fix that!

4 - Mentoring notes
I have a mentor and have mentored. It works well in both directions. Sometimes a visual cue is needed, but I like that I have my notes no matter where I am. I always have my phone!

5 - DIY project steps
Making soap - Hot Process. Make sure to write down the ingredient list in your description. The page to the original recipe disappeared. The basic steps can be found at the new link and we can recalculate everything else.

6 - Membership numbers
I am a member of so many online entities. I wouldn't keep bank numbers here for security reasons, but the email address, username and member number sure is handy on the road.

7 - List of contests and competitions
Sometimes I run across these and want to go back later and apply or send to a friend.

8 - Recipe steps
Oh yeah, I remember how we did that! A combo of pictures and words for recipes are invaluable! How many times have you made something without at least one picture....only for the experts!

9 - Maintain a Wordpress site current with EASE
It's Official! We're in the WordPress repository.

10 - Take notes with pictures
I went on an apiary (bee yard) tour and wanted to keep a few notes with pictures (for those other 1000 words). I know I can Google things later, but sometimes people say nuggets of wisdom best kept separate. Almost old-fashioned. My phone keeps my notebook in the cloud. Link takes you to my notes.

11 - Snag articles for later
This particular one is about another movie being made in NM. I think it would be a hoot to be in one of them. Before my sons go off to college I'm going to suggest they be an extra!

12 - Interesting Upcoming Events
Getting everyone out of the house can be a challenge these days. Give them a couple of choices and off you go!

13 - Viewing Recommendations - TEDx
Recommendations are huge for the internet. Influence sells. Though we don't sell anything per se, Udorami could help YOU influence. This is so important in our sharing, open, digital life. I will try to limit my recommendations to add one a week at most. I love listening to TEDx talks, but some are worth spreading and should be highly contagious. I just recently started using my Udorami button to capture these for later.

14 - U-mi list
A short (5-10 item) list featuring products from our over 19,000 sponsors! Exclusively on-line purchases currently, but eventually including YOUR local businesses for a thriving local economy. Side benefit - the more you buy local the better our planet!

15 - List of Purchased Gifts
Now that I get so many things on-line, I need to keep track of them so I don't give double gift or forget that I already purchased an item. THIS METHOD WORKS FOR STORE PURCHASES AS WELL! You can take a picture and include a note on where you stashed it. No more finding gifts two years later!

16 - List of family recipes - uncollaborated
We have family recipes that I've collected, written and given to my sons. They were compiled from my brief time in the restaurant business and the decades cooking for my family. My son carries pdfs of some of those recipes, but they don't include the notes for corrections or preferences. Since Udorami is mobile ready, it's time to have a Udorami version.

17 - Potluck Meal Planning
We've used Udorami within my family for remote meal planning. Use the Add-item button to tag the recipe if it is on-line. Potlucks are an American tradition well worth keeping, but you don't need everyone to bring the same thing, right? Your list can be done collaboratively and viewed by anyone you decide. Even non-Udorami users.

18 - List for yourself as a wishlist
It's about time I added the original purpose for the site. Yes, there is nothing wrong with keeping a list of items and such you like...More than just pictures, though. Links to products, travel sites, suggestions. Make it personal with comments and photos at any time.

19 - List for a parent's gift
I'm part of the sandwich generation. After raising children, our parents are now needing some care and attention. With siblings scattered across the country, it's handy to be able to let them know another way to show their love. My mom is with my sister now so I have Udorami a good way to compare products and services. Collaborating can bring everyone into the picture.

20 - List for child's gift
Parenting is complicated enough. Let everyone know what your precious one has already, is into, or whatever YOU think best for them. After all, you know them best.

21 - Collection
Keep track of items you have as well as those you "wish" to have. Pictures and/or links to purchases.

22 - Listicle
The title link provides an example of a Udorami list embedded in a WordPress site. The "Current Event Links" are really items in a Udorami list. One, I added on my phone, hence the picture with the painted horse and I. To see the Udorami list in its original form go to

23 - Wish Granting - gift certificate
I like to give Udorami certificates to graduates and new parents. It is a delight to be able to give people what they truly want and need. It is much more personal than cash or a check.

24 - Book catalogue
Use it for books you have, want, or loaned out. Definitely for those who like to be organized. We even had one member list books lost in a move. He received most of them for Christmas and most likely the rest will be sent for his birthday.

25 - Wedding Registry
If I were marrying this year, I would make sure to use Udorami for at least part, if not all, of my registry. Look for a How-To Listicle in our Creative Uses (under construction).
TEDx Recommendations

TEDx Recommendations

Though the initials T, E, & D stand for technology, entertainment, and design, the top TEDx talks speak about the human condition: relationships with yourself and others: emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health: our life here on planet earth. I’ve included a few I think have “ideas worth spreading.” Ideas I share now with you and my family and some I will try to incorporate into my life. One contains some very blunt language, but the topic is global and needs to see the sunlight to be addressed. Check back occasionally to see if I post new ones. Make a list of your own and share them with your family and friends. Sometimes your kids will listen to others’ motherly advice. TEDxABQ link by Athena Chris

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine (2010)
How do you connect clothes washing with Dr. Suess?

How to avoid rejection and get connection: Marisa Peer at TEDxGoodenoughCollege
Five easy steps to handle those critical people and times in your daily life. No need to stay away from them! You can learn to handle them and their thoughtlessness.

Your body language shapes who YOU are
I have been looking for this talk! I had listened to it a couple years ago and taught my fellow Toastmasters its importance. Someone sent me a link and now I have captured it. I'm compiling a list for mentoring adults.

The Amazing Power of Your Mind - A MUST SEE!
Okay, not a TED talk, but still worth listening and trying to understand.

Speaker form
I applied to speak at the TEDxABQWomen 2016 in October. Do you have an Idea worth spreading?

Why I stopped watching porn | Ran Gavrieli | TEDxJaffa
Graphic, but powerful. It should be mandatory for all teenage boys and girls. And part of sex education. Face it! The internet is quite likely responsible for the explosion of human trafficking.

How to avoid rejection and get connection: Marisa Peer at TEDxGoodenoughCollege
Now that I can talk I should be able to make this happen. Found it late in the year, but at least it isn't a rash decision! DO NOT LET REJECTION IN 1." Thank you for sharing that." 2."I'm so sorry. I didn't hear that, could you repeat that? " 3."Oh, are you trying to hurt my feelings?" 4." That's not going to work. I'm not going to let that in." 5. "Do you know that the most critical people have the most criticism reserved for themselves? You are showing me and others how dissatisfied you are with yourself when you behave like this."

“Cool” Places to Go

“Cool” Places to Go

So many places to go!  Some are right around the corner and others will be major journeys. I started a quick list of my own. After it stretched longer and longer, I was amazed at the immense world of experiences and opportunities in life! I have been to some of these places, others are fun ideas, and the rest are on that dream “bucket list.”  There are several more that I would like to add and I wonder … what did I forget?

by Chrisula Cunningham

Wilsons Promontory Victoria
Suggested by Wendy Schumann along with the Great Ocean Road, "it's the equivalent of Highway 101, but swimmable."

U2 ~Walk on Live From Slane Castle, Ireland
I want to go to Ireland, and I love U2! What would be better than a trip that combines the two?

Mont St-Michel, Pontorson
See the official website:

Meow Wolf
It's all the new rave... So guess it's a must!

CNN- 10 things to know before visiting Sicily
This place is a "wish" that I hope to see, sooner than later! Bourdain's approach to travel and food is somewhat controversial, yet a joy!