Entries from June 24, 2018 - June 30, 2018


Allure Sampling Program

Want to try some new beauty products? Register for the Allure Try It Sampling Program for a chance to be selected to try free products! If selected to try a new beauty product, they will ask your feedback on the product. Participants will be notified via e-mail in a few weeks. They’ll be giving away 25,000 FREE Nexxus Hair Kits ($19.99 value) as the first Try It product. The odds are great to score one, so it’s definitely worth registering!

Free K'Nex Playtime Party

Let your child explore and create with our newest Tryazon Featured Party opportunity sponsored by K'NEX. Kid K'NEX toys are designed for preschool aged children to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with their non-block building system made up of large, soft, chunky rod and connectors. This is where STEM meets imagination!

We have 100 total hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive a party pack with a variety of Kid K'NEX building sets! Learn more and apply here: https://www.tryazon.com/knex-play-time-party




My Surprising Genealogy Results: Kings, Queens and Vikings

I've been obsessed with genealogy since I was a little kid. Recently, Cam had to make a poster, showing his family tree for his class.

My grandmother had always talked about the Pomeroys and how they were influential in the Revolutionary War. What I didn't know was that the Pomeroys were closely tied to William the Conqueror. I also didn't know that they had a castle, now part of the English Historical Society and rumoured to be very haunted.


My 8th great-grandmother Hannah Lyman (1660-1746) was rumored to be the 16th great-granddaughter of King Henry I, was married to Joseph Pomeroy. They had a son named Noah Pomeroy, setting off a chain of ancestors eventually leading to me. Here is my tree simplfied, going backwards to William the Conqueror.

I searched back on the Lyman's, until I came to the Lamberts, Elizabeth Lambert, who married Thomas Lyman (1456-1509).

  • Elizabeth's grandfather Robert was the son of Elizabeth De Umfreville (1380-1424) who was the daughter of Robert De. Umfreville (1363-1436).


  • The tree goes on through many lines of DeUmfrevilles to Robert I DeUmfreville, who married Adeliza, who was daughter of King Henry, the son of William the Conqueror!!

And this father was William the Conqueror!


  • In 1066 the reigning duke, William II "the Bastard", conquered Brittany and then England, whereupon he became known as King William I "the Conqueror" of England. From then on, the duke of Normandy and the king of England were usually the same man, until the king of France seized Normandy from King John in 1204. John's son Henry III renounced the ducal claim in the Treaty of Paris (1259). Thereafter, the duchy was given at least four times to members of the French royal family, until the French Revolution and the dissolution of the French monarchy in 1792.
  • Richard II the Good was the son of Richard the Fearless

Richard II (978/83 -1026), called the Good (French: Le Bon), was the eldest son and heir of Richard I the Fearless and Gunnora.[1][2] He was a Norman nobleman of the House of Normandy.

  • Richard the Fearless was the son of Rollo RR De Normandie, from Norway. Now we are getting into the Viking history!

Richard I of Normandy (933–996), also known as Richard the Fearless (French, Sans Peur), was the Duke of Normandy from 942 to 996.[1] Dudo of Saint-Quentin, whom Richard commissioned to write his De moribus et actis primorum Normanniae ducum (Latin, On the Customs and Deeds of the First Dukes of Normandy), called him a dux, but this use of the word may have been in the context of Richard's leadership in war, and not a reference to a title of nobility.[2][a] Richard either introduced feudalism into Normandy, or he greatly expanded it. By the end of his reign, most important landholders held their lands in feudal tenure.[3]

  • Rollo was the son of RW o Eysteinsson.

From Wikipedia: 
Rollo (c. 846 – c. 931), baptised Robert[1] and so sometimes numbered Robert Ito distinguish him from his descendants, born Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, was a Norsenobleman of Norwegian descent who was founder and first ruler of the Vikingprincipality which soon became known as Normandy. His descendants were theDukes of Normandy, and following the Norman conquest of England in 1066,kings of England.


  •  RW o Eysteinsson was the son of Eystein GJ Uplands, who was the son of Halfdan A Sveidasson

  • Going back a few more years, we come to Heytir Gorrson (425-499), who was The Viking Sea King. This is my 39th great grandfather.


His father was Gorr KJ Thorasson (365-418), and his father was...

Thorri 'Sea-King' King of Kvenland Snaersson, king of Kvenland (320-365).This is the farthest I have gotten back, but I find this really amazing!


New Friskies Sweeps

With Purchase:  purchase any Purina® Friskies dry cat food, wet cat food, wet cat food complement, or cat treat product. Be sure to keep your receipt. Take an image of your entire receipt. The receipt image must be clear and legible, include the purchase date and time, and show the Qualifying Purchase, the Qualifying Purchase price and total amount spent. Each receipt can only be uploaded once. Then, visitfriskies.com/sweepstakes and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form including a valid email address. Next, follow the instructions to upload the image of your receipt. You will receive one Sweepstakes entry into the applicable Weekly Entry Period drawing and one Sweepstakes entry into the Grand Prize drawing for each Qualifying Purchase product included on the receipt until you reach the Weekly Entry Period limit, which is up to thirty-six entries (i.e. if you purchase five qualifying products, you will receive five entries).

Grand Prize (5): A year of supply of Friskies brand Cat Food and Treats awarded in the form of thirty-six manufacturers coupons, redeemable up to a $353.64 value,  Dragonfly Cat Cave, Ladybug Cat Cave, Shark ION Robot Vacuum, Giant Cat Pyramid, Purina Tidy Cats Breeze Hooded Litter System, Classic Cat Tree, Custom Friskies Tote Bag. One Custom Friskies Baseball Hat. One Customer Friskies T-Shirt, Teeny Tiny Fish 5.25″ Food Bowl. ARV: $546.45.


New Amazon Back to School Stores


Back to School Store

Available at www.amazon.com/backtoschool, Amazon's redesigned Back to School store provides an intuitive and seamless shopping experience that allows customers to add must-haves to their shopping cart without navigating between product pages. Parents can shop school list essentials by grade or simply browse curated products within the most shopped-for categories, including School Supplies; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Everyday Essentials; Toys & Games; and Deals. In addition, educators have their own dedicated shop where they can discover classroom necessities, including everything from desks to pencil sharpeners on Amazon Business.

New this year, teens 13 through 17 years old can get their own Amazon login under their parent's account and shop independently using the Amazon App. Parents can either approve all orders or set pre-approved spending limits, providing their teens with a customized level of autonomy to browse, shop, and make their favorite school purchases. Parents who have a Prime membership can share select benefits with their teen at no additional cost, including Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime Video and Twitch Prime. To learn more, visit www.amazon.com/forteens. To shop, visit www.amazon.com/teenshop.

Parents, students, and teachers can start shopping the latest back-to-school trends, including fall fashion items like the Converse Kids' Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas High Top SneakerRockland Jr. My First BackpackSTATE Girls' Downtown Kane BackpackSpotted Zebra Boys' Fleece Zip-up HoodieKid Nation Girls' Long Sleeve Rainbow Pullover Sweater, and adidas Boys' Athletic Pullover Hoodie; playful classroom supplies such as the Blue Sky 2018-2019 Academic Year Weekly & Monthly PlannerAvery Despicable Me Durable BindersLlama Skip Hop Zoo LunchiesKLUTZ BFF Backpack Charms, and Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons; and colorful learning essentials like Elmer's Glow-in-the-Dark GlueCrayola Back to School Supplies SetCanon IVY Bluetooth Mini Photo Printer in Rose Gold, and Cosmic Color Sharpie Permanent Markers. Customers looking for further inspiration can explore picks from parents and teachers, available at www.amazon.com/parentteacherpicks.

Off to College Store

Available at www.amazon.com/offtocollege, Amazon's new Off to College store serves as a one-stop shop where parents and students can easily access everything they need for life on campus. From laptops and textbooks to bedding and small kitchen appliances, Amazon has all the dorm room décor, class essentials, and late-night snacks. Parents, students, and educators can browse popular categories, including College Essentials; Textbooks; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Study Supplies; Home; and Deals. Higher education institutions can enjoy a dedicated shop that makes it easy to find everything from lab equipment and supplies to common books for first year reads, academic journals and items for trade or nursing schools on Amazon Business. College students can easily ship millions of items and pick up their orders at a secure Amazon pickup location on or near campus. To find a pickup location visit www.amazon.com/ulp.

For college students looking for a great deal on campus, Prime Student is a Prime membership designed specifically for students and offers an unparalleled combination of shopping and entertainment all in one place. Students of two- and four-year colleges can receive exclusive discounts on a wide selection of college essentials, access thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, stream more than two million songs with Prime Music, enjoy a selection of free games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, along with fast, free shipping on tens of thousands of textbooks and millions of other Prime-eligible items. The cost of Prime Student is half the cost, or 50 percent off. 

Students can purchase and rent textbooks on Amazon and save up to 90 percent, with the option to extend the rental period or purchase the book. Students who have textbooks they no longer need can sell them back for Amazon.com Gift Card value via Amazon's Trade-In program. In addition to textbooks, students can trade in other eligible items for Amazon.com Gift Card value, including video games, Kindle E-readers, books, and more.


Don't Forget Your Honey Sweeps

Now through June 29th, you can enter this Don’t Forget Your Honey Sweepstakes for your shot at winning 1 of 20 FREE $50 Visa Gift Cards! This is a one-time entry sweepstakes. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Good luck!


Ebates: Free $10 Gift Card- Target, Walmart, Kohl's, More!

Ebates is a great way to save online + earn cash back at your favorite online stores.

They are also offering cash back at Amazon!

If you haven't already, sign up for Ebates first and score a $10 gift card, free! Choose from Target and more! Sign up here.



50+ College Care Kit Ideas


Are you putting together a care package? I have a lot of great ideas to share with you today.


First, in the kit shown above, this is the health/beauty kit. It includes Crest, Secret, Pantene and more, all packaged in a carry tote, which all students need! You'll want to customize your health/beauty kit to your student's favorite products.


And here is the second kit I made, which features dorm and school supplies, packaged in a laundry basket, another college student must-have! It includes reusable tumblers, sheet set, school supplies like pencils, pens, paper, and much more.



Your homemade cookies or the bakery, a care package isn't complete without a sweet treat. Pack items tightly in a plastic container (fill in extra space with clean paper towels) and then wrap with bubble wrap. Boxed.com is also great for sending must-have snacks and more.



Pack up fun Silly Putty, a Slinky, water guns, or cards, and they'll be showing the whole dorm their loot.

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Send gift cards to stores and restaurants in a care package or email. Choose big-box retailers like Target or Walmart, coffee or chains like Starbucks, Chipotle, Subway, and Panera, and local establishments like the college bookstore.



Consider snacks, like granola bars, microwave popcorn, and hot chocolate mixes, as well as more substantial mini-meals—such as instant oatmeal and soup—for rushed mornings and missed dining hall dinners. Mints and gum are always welcome in a care package too. Boxed.com is also great for sending must-have snacks and more.



Festive accessories are surprisingly welcome and uplifting for a kid away from home for the first time; this care package idea is also nice to send in anticipation of your kid coming home for the holidays. Keep items small, like a desktop Christmas tree, a mini-menorah, and Easter baskets or Halloween pumpkins filled with candy. Seasonally themed lights, like orange for Halloween or green for St. Patrick's Day, are also fun.



Get them stocked up with this Instacart deal!

This is a super easy way to get $45 in FREE groceries.

Instacart has just come to my town and I'm so excited to try it out!InstaCart is, it is a service that delivers you groceries from local stores. 
How it worksInstacart lets you shop from local grocery stores online, then sends a personal shopper to pick up and deliver your order to you the same day. ... After that, it starts at $3.99 for two hour delivery and $5.99 for one hour delivery when you spend $35 or more.
So when you are pressed for time, super busy or just don't feel like going to the store, Instacart is a life-saver!


Make a mini first-aid care package by filling a tin with: 

Items include: 

  1. Band-aids
  2. Antibiotic ointment
  3. Advil
  4. Gas X {dorm food makes this one essential}
  5. Benadryl
  6. Milk of magnesia
  7. Thermometer
  8. Instant ice pack
  9. Pepto
  10. Throat losenges
  11. Cold medicine
  12. Q-Tips
  13. Nail clippers
  14. Hydrogen Peroxide
  15. An ace bandage
  16. Cotton balls
  17. Small pair scissors
  18. Small pair of tweezers



Dorms need to be clean. Pack some multi-surface spray, paper towels, dusting cloths, and electronics cleaner, and throw in a bottle of air freshener for good measure. 



Plus, here are more ideas!

  • Gift Cards- Free $10 gift card, your choice!

  • Magazines

  • Holiday decorations

  • Quarters for laundromats, bus fare, and vending machines (or add to their laundry swipe card)

  • Instant oatmeal, granola bars, dried fruit

  • Vitamins

  • Razors

  • Body lotion

  • Toothpaste

  • Dental floss

  • Anti-bacterial wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Facial tissues

  • Mac n Cheese

  • Free Hulu trial

  • Scotch tape and scissors

  • Over-the-counter cold medicine and pain reliever

  • Recipes for favorite dishes

  • Free $10 to try out @IbottaApp nice deal! Save $$ on your grocery bill--> http://buff.ly/2rrwxlz 

  • Band-aids

  • Ointment

  • Extra cell phone charger

  • Soap

  • Ramen noodles

  • Gum

  • Vinyl wall decals for decoration

  • Pillowcases

  • A memento from each family member

  • Digital picture frame with photos from home

  • Movie gift certificates

  • Air fresheners

  • Pre-paid credit card

  •  Pens

  •  Highlighters

  •  Post-it notes

  •  Pre-paid calling cards

  •  Headphones

  •  Refrigerator magnets

  • Cork board and thumbtacks

  •  Slippers

  •  Socks

  •  Underwear

  •  Screen cleaner for laptop and cell phone


We recently got to try out Doordash and were so impressed! Treat your college student to a delicious meal from their fave restaurant! Orde on the app, pay and then track their driving on the Doordash app, which was cool so we knew exactly when they'd be here. We have ordered from them several times and always had a good experience.





See our College Pinterest board for more great stuff!