Summer Fun Moments: Flavor Flurry Ice Cream Giveaway & Sweepstakes

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, all opinions are my own. 

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I can’t believe we only have two more weeks until the kids start school. In some ways this summer has flown by, but for my daughter with the broken leg I’m sure she would like for time to go by quicker so she’s closer to getting her cast off.

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We’ve still managed to pack in a lot of fun this summer in spite of the the crazy Florida heat. I’d grown accustom to summers in Maryland with warm days and cooler nights.

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I forgot that in Central Florida your ice cream melts before you get a chance to eat it, and the easiest way to keep cool in the summer is to float around in the pool.

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We kicked off summer with a Disney Staycation.

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We then threw an awesome 15th birthday party complete with pool, pizza, and giant waterslide.

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There were more movie nights than I can count and lots of sleepovers with friends.

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We splashed in puddles

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and learned to play hopscotch.

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The kids also learned that you need to make the hopscotch squares bigger than your feet or the game is very difficult.

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We took walks, rode bikes, skateboards, and scooters, hung out at the park.

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We found giant grasshoppers everywhere!

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We painted pictures, drew on the sidewalk, and even painted some furniture. (More fun for me than the kids!)

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We gained another driver in the family.

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We welcomed our newest family member, a beautiful granddaughter, Margo.

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I really cannot believe how much has happened in two months! We’ll be packing in even more fun in the next two weeks before school begins.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy summer is with some delicious ice cream treats. We love them so much we even threw an ice cream party this summer!

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If you live near an Albertsons or Safeway (oh how I miss Safeway) you can cool down with some delicious ice cream and save at the same time!

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Did you know there are literally Frozen popsicles? My kids are crazy about popsicles and the movie Frozen, so imagine how happy they were when I found Disney’s Frozen popsicles! It’s a mom of the year moment when you can bring home Frozen popsicles on your weekly shopping trip.

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The box lasted less than a day at my house, even the boys ate them!

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There are two ways you can win this summer! First, enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of ice cream.

Everyone can win when they purchase participating Good Humor (R), Fruttare (R), Breyers (R), Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s or Klondike products.

Purchase two Unilever ice cream products and collect a receipt code which will print out on your receipt at Albertons, Safeway, and Vons grocery stores. Enter two receipt codes on the website and receive a $5 gift card.

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You’ll receive a $5 gift card for keeping cool this summer with some of your favorite ice cream products!

You can also share how much fun your family is having beating the heat with your favorite Unilever ice cream on social media using the hashtag #FlavorFluffyFun.

Find out all the details and save on your summer ice cream fun here.

 

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Tips & Tricks to Save Money on Your Grocery Budget

Now that my husband has retired from the military and we no longer live near a commissary I’ve had to relearn some of my frugal grocery shopping habits. While I love the easy savings of shopping at the commissary, you can save almost anywhere you live.

You can save money on groceries and still have time to make dinner. Saving money doesn't have to be time consuming or overwhelming there are simple ways to save on groceries every week.

 

Years ago I mistakenly believed that saving on groceries is a full time job. While it is for some of those extreme couponers, regular shoppers like us can also save a significant amount of money every week but doing a few simple things.

You don’t even NEED coupons (although they can help!)

So, whether you are a military family who depends on the commissary for cheap groceries or you just need a grocery budget/plan overhaul, take a look at all these different ways to save on meals and groceries for your family!

Saving Money at the Grocery Store

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Cook at Home (Don’t Eat Out and Don’t Buy Convenience Foods)

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Always Have a Menu Plan

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Additional Ideas to Save on Your Grocery Budget

And, if you haven’t read my story, then definitely check out my personal tips on how I stay under $600/month for groceriesKeep in mind that this was from 2008, so grocery prices are higher, my kids are older/bigger, and we have 7 kids now.  So, my budget looks more like $800/month for all 9 of us (for groceries, toiletries, household products, pet food…everything included)!

What tips do you have to save money on groceries that we haven’t included?  Add your ideas in the comments below!

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Five Ways to Save on Summer Fun

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I LOVE summer. It is probably my favorite time of year, which is one of the reasons I moved to Florida, it’s always summer!

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I love the long days, warm weather, and late nights together as a family. There are so many fun family activities that are inexpensive and will build memories for years to come!

Visit the Library

Do you have a library card? Your local library is probably filled with awesome books, movies, and other resources that can keep you entertained all summer.

Libraries are great for rainy summer days or days when it is just too hot to do anything else. My kids love to read through entire series of books during the summer or read books that teach them new skills.

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One of my daughter’s favorite things to do is check out cookbooks so she can try new recipes over the summer. Another fun family activity is to dress up like your favorite characters from a book and act out the story.

Movie Nights

We have a projector so we will often watch a movie in the yard and invite friends over to join us. You don’t have to have a projector to pop a huge bowl of popcorn, pour some lemonade, and invite friends over to watch a movie in your living room.

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Movie night is probably one of my favorite family activities. You can check out movies free from your local library or rent them from Redbox for a few dollars.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

Sidewalk chalk is one of the cheapest, cleanest art projects you can do with your kids! You all know how I struggle with the mess of art projects in the house, which is why I LOVE sidewalk chalk.

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You can buy a box of chalk for a few dollars at almost any store during the summer and the kids can create awesome artwork, write stories, or play hopscotch or four square in the front yard.

Water Fun

We spend our summer days in the pool, at the beach, or playing in the sprinkler. There is nothing my kids like more than to cool off in the water on a hot day.

Even before we had a pool, we always had a slip and slide, sprinkler, or water guns to make the hottest days more bearable.

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Sometimes we don’t even bother to change into our suits!

Cool Snacks

My kids love to cool off with frozen treats during the summer. Actually they love frozen treats all year round, but what kid doesn’t?

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We are kicking off our summer this week, and what better way to celebrate that with some delicious ice cream and popsicle treats!

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We prefer treats you can eat with one hand so there’s less mess and no dirty dishes!

Right now at participating Winn-Dixie and BI-LO stores you can snag some of your favorite summertime ice cream treats at a great price. Klondike, Fruttare, Good Humor, Popsicle, Magnum, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are all on sale right now!

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  • Buy 2 Popsicle, Good Humor and Fruttare for $6
  • Buy 2 Klondike, Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum for $7
  • Offer valid: 5/20 – 6/2 + 6/24 – 7/7 + 7/29 – 8/11

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We picked up some of our favorite Popsicle treats to celebrate the end of the school year this week.

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Here’s a quick tip, if you pick up ice cream for your kids on your way home, they will be very, very happy to see you. :-)

To help you kick off summer I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Winn-Dixie or BI-LO. To enter to win this contest you’ll need to respond to this tweet with your best cure for summer boredom. Make sure you include the hashtag #SummerUnbored with your response.

This is a Twitter giveaway only, so you must tweet me with your boredom cure to enter. Giveaway ends May 29, 2015. You can find all the rules to the sweepstakes here.

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions, cute kids, and leftover popsicles are mine.

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Common Military Acronyms – Making it in the Military

Common Military Acronyms - Because learning what all those letters stand for makes military life much easier - Making it in the Military
Yes, the military does speak a different language. In fact, when I was researching this post, I found out that there are over 12,000 military specific terms and acronyms. No wonder family members get confused!

Learning what all those letters stand for makes military life much easier. Below is a list of common military acronyms. If I left any out feel free to add yours in the comments, as long as they are “G” rated. :)

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  • AAFES – Army and Air Force Exchange Service (This is the tax-free department store for military members, retirees, and their dependents.)
  • ACUArmy Combat Uniform
  • ADActive Duty
  • AFPFTAir Force Physical Fitness Test
  • APFTArmy Physical Fitness Test
  • APOArmy Post Office (Address used for overseas duty locations. Mailing to an APO costs the same as mailing to a US address.)
  • ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (Test recruits take that helps determine what their job will be in the service.)
  • AWOLAbsent Without Leave
  • BAH – Basic Allowance For Housing (paid to a service member based on location and dependents.)
  • BASBasic Allowance for Substinence (The money a service member receives for food.)

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  • CDOCommand Duty Officer
  • CINCCommander In Chief
  • COCommanding Officer (The one in charge.)
  • COLACost of Living Allowance (Extra pay given to service members in high cost areas, based on area and number of dependents.)
  • CONUSContinental United States
  • DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (You must be enrolled in this to be eligible for benefits.)
  • DITYDo-It-Yourself move
  • DODDepartment of Defense
  • DSDrill Sargeant

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  • EFMPExceptional Family Member Program (Program for military dependents who need have special physical and or mental needs.)
  • FPO Fleet Post Office
  • IGInspector General
  • JAGJudge Advocate General (Military Lawyers)
  • LESLeave and Earning Statment (This form, which is available online is your pay stub.)
  • TDYTemporary Duty (Military member is temporarily assigned to a different duty station, may or may not involve travel.)
  • MAC Military Airlift Command
  • MCCSMarine Corps Community Service
  • MEPSMilitary Entrance Processing Center (Entrance point for your military career.)
  • MPMilitary Police
  • MWR – Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. (Comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers, their families, civilian employees, military retirees, and other eligible participants.)

N-T


  • NCONon Commissioned Officer
  • NCIOCNon-commissioned Officer In Charge
  • NEXNavy Exchange (Same thing as AAFES, but for the Navy)
  • OCONUSOutside Continental United States (Used to describe duty station location)
  • OCSOfficer Candidate School (Boot camp for officers)
  • OPROfficer Performance Report
  • PCSPermanent Change of Station (time to call the movers!)
  • PFTPhysical Fitness Test
  • POAPower of Attorney (Every military family must have one of these!)
  • POVPersonally Owned Vehicle (Your car, truck, van, bus, etc)
  • PRT – Physical Readiness Test (Navy)
  • TADTemporary Additional Duty (Marines & Navy)
  • TAP –  Transition Assistance Program  (Program to help separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services)

U-X


  • USAUnited States Army
  • USAFUnited States Air Force
  • USCG United States Coast Guard
  • USMCUnited States Marine Corps
  • USN United States Navy
  • WOWarrant Officer
  • XOExecutive Officer (Second in Command)

Didn’t see what you are looking for? Check out this site for a comprehensive listing of military acronyms.

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