Entries from August 12, 2018 - August 18, 2018


BOGO Chipotle Burritos, Bowls and More

On Saturday, August 18th only from open to close, Chipotle restaurants will be offering up Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Burrito, Bowl, Salad, Order of Tacos OR Kids Meal for all students.


Ikea Anniversary Event: Free Gift Cards and More

On August 18th and 19th from 9:30AM-4PM, IKEA will be hosting a 75th Anniversary Celebration Event with activities and giveaways.

The first 75 IKEA FAMILY members (free to join) at each store on Saturday, August 18th will receive a FREE $20 IKEA Gift Card!

In addition, IKEA FAMILY members can scan their card at a kiosk, checkout or IKEA Restaurant to be entered for a chance to win one of ten $75 IKEA Gift Cards per participating store. Plus, one national IKEA Family member who scans their card will win a $750 IKEA Gift Card.


JCPenney Free Space-Themed Pencil Pouch

On August 18th from 11AM to Noon, grab the kiddos and head in to the Kids Zone at your local JCPenney store where they can color their very own space-themed pencil pouch for FREE! And the best part – all materials will be provided by your store!


Win a Disney Cruise

Enter the Disney Online Magic at Sea Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Disney Cruise for four! Discover Disney magic and one-of-a-kind entertainment only found on your Disney cruise ship. Indulge in the adventure of an ocean voyage. And of course, experience the beauty of sun-drenched tropical beaches, plus a Disney private island paradise – it’s like three vacations in one! Click Here to Enter


Teachers Can Win a Back to School Bundle

Frosted Mini-Wheats is the breakfast built to prepare you for big days. And no one has bigger days – or a bigger job – than teachers. Which is why Kellogg’s is on a mission to prepare teachers with a big breakfast, and with the supplies they need for the school year. Nominate a teacher in your life, and Kellogg’s might surprise them with a $500 back-to-school bundle. Click Here to Enter


Win a Trip to Universal Studios


Back To Class #CollegeClean 

As Cam is going to be on his own, we have been working on learning how to clean. For this, having the right products is essential! At move in, dorm rooms have to be swept and mopped, bathrooms have to be cleaned and walls sparkling with Magic Eraser. So we made a quick trip out to Sam's Club to get ready for back to class!


Sam's Club makes it easy to stock up on everything we need. During August, getting Cam ready for back to class is all about organizing and picking up some of my fave products:


We picked up:

Swiffer Duster Dusting Kit

These are a must have for dusty dorm rooms!

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Variety Pack

I can't say enough about how much I love Mr Clean Magic Erasers. When I first tried them out years ago, I bought packs of them for my family and friends to try out. From cleaning scuffed up walls to bath tubs and more, they are a wonder!

Swiffer Sweeper Dry Refills

For tackling those dusty floors, these are perfect for keeping on track with cleaning.

Swiffer Sweeper Wet Refills 

And of course, the awesome Swiffer Sweeper Wet Refills are perfect for cleaning up grimy dorm floors before moving everything in.

When you purchase all 3 together, it is a $22 savings!

  • Up to $6.00 savings on Swiffer Duster
  • Up to $8.00 savings on Swiffer Sweeper Wet refills
  • Up to $8.00 savings on Swiffer Sweeper Dry refills




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.



Send gift cards to stores and restaurants in a care package or email. Choose big-box retailers like Target or Walmart, coffee or sandwich chains like Starbucks, 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. 



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.



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 Mr. Clean multi-surface spray, paper towels, Swiffer dusting cloths, and electronics cleaner, and throw in a bottle of Febreze air freshener for good measure. 


Plus, here are more ideas!

  • Hometown newspaper

  • Gift Cards

  • Magazines

  • Holiday decorations

  • Quarters for laundromats, bus fare, and vending machines

  • Instant oatmeal, granola bars, dried fruit

  • Vitamins

  • Razors

  • Body lotion

  • Toothpaste

  • Dental floss

  • Anti-bacterial wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Facial tissues

  • Mac n Cheese

  • Scotch tape and scissors

  • Over-the-counter cold medicine and pain reliever

  • Recipes for favorite dishes

  • 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



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