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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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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Girl’s Night In: Strange Magic Movie Night

My girls are wrapping up their school year and have enjoyed three movie nights in a row this past week! Movie nights are probably my family’s favorite way to hang out and relax.

Almost all of our movie nights involve popcorn, because it’s easy and everyone loves it!

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This weekend I made a popcorn bar (details on that coming later) which included something my girls absolutely loved, pink and purple popcorn!

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If you want to impress your little girls make pink popcorn, that will probably get you mother of the year!

One of our movie nights included the movie Strange Magic a new animated fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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The movie includes popular songs from the past sixty years that tell the tale of a battle over a potion between goblins, elves, fairies, and imps.

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My girls LOVE musicals ( I mean seriously love them) so this movie was a big hit. To go along with the movie we made some glow in the dark bracelets and did lots of singing and dancing with their new karaoke machine.

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My girls have been singing the music from Strange Magic for the entire day.

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No really, the entire day!

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Other fun girls night in activities included painting pictures, painting nails, and eating a few cupcakes!

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Well maybe more than a few cupcakes…

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Movie nights are a great way to spend time with the family and incorporating the theme of the movie into your activities for the evening is a great way to get everyone involved. We focused on singing our little hearts out with Strange Magic (even my boys got involved) and making our friendship bracelets.

You can host your very own Strange Magic Girls Night In with these free activity sheets from the movie. Click on the image below to download your activity sheets.

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Strange Magic was released on DVD today! So make your next movie night a Strange Magic night in!

 

 

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Big Hero 6 Review

Last weekend our family movie night was Big Hero 6, before it won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. My girls and I were able to see it in the theater last year, so it was fun for the whole family (and some friends) to finally see it.

Here’s my husband’s review. 

I am a big Marvel movie fan and a big Disney movie fan too. I hope you can appreciate my excitement when I found out I was going to review the Big Hero 6. I wanted to see this movie in the theaters but life got in the way.

I knew it was a Disney movie made with Marvel characters but I didn’t have any more information that that beyond the lighthearted, funny trailers on the internet my kids kept showing me.

The movie centers around Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old robotics whiz who thinks he is too cool for school – literally. His parents died some ten years before the story begins and he is living with his brother and Aunt above a coffee shop in San Fransokyo.

The animation is just gorgeous and mind blowing in the level of detail. Disney had to make a huge evolutionary leap in computer animation for this movie and it shows. It is a technical dynamo and is backed up with a great story with some lessons to be learned by the younger viewers.

Hiro doesn’t want to go to his brother’s “Geek School” but his brother engineers a little visit and Hiro meets the other members of the as of yet unformed Big Hero 6 team: Fred, GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Baymax. The last member is a personal healthcare companion robot created by Hiro’s brother.

These characters come together after a great tragedy and agree to apprehend the villain responsible.  They work together showing tenacity and innovation until the end.

Be warned, there is significant loss and anger. Hiro is a boy becoming a man and faces some tough challenges to his character but he comes through. I loved that the girl characters were just as tough as the boys and were integral to the team.

Pre-order your copy of Big Hero 6 today, it is available on February 24th! 

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