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!


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.


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.


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.


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?


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


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.


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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At Home Exercises: No Equipment Needed

This Monday we begin our 21 day exercise challenge. We are challenging each other to exercise regularly for 21 days to create good exercise habits. Here are a few things to consider before you begin this challenge.

Make sure you read to the end because I’ve included exercises you can do at home and a tracking worksheet. 

Every little bit counts.

Even if you can only exercise for 10-15 minutes each day that is better than not exercising at all. I know many of you are moms with young kids, working moms, and all around very busy people. The point of this challenge is to get us in the habit of working out. If you can only find time for 10 minutes a day, make it 10 minutes a day.

You have the time.

I would encourage you to find the time to exercise at least 30 minutes a day three to four times a week. This might mean spending less time on Facebook, or watching television, but it will be worth it.

Drink water. 

If you aren’t use to exercising this is especially important. Use a water bottle and keep it filled up to help remind you to drink water frequently throughout the day. You all should be really good at this from our last challenge!

Work to your fitness level.

I’m not a personal or athletic trainer, and I don’t live with you so I can’t tell you exactly what exercises you should be doing. Please work to your fitness level and don’t attempt to run a marathon or get through P90X if you’ve been a couch potato for 20 years. Start slow and build up.

You don’t need any fancy equipment. 

There is a list of exercises below that you can do, in your home, without any equipment. If you are going to spend money on anything, I would recommend getting a Yoga Mat. You will tear up your back and hiney doing floor exercises on carpet.

Eat Better

Don’t waste your workout by eating junk all day. Great meal ideas are posted every day in the Facebook group, and weekly in our Fit Food series.

Next week I’ll be sharing healthy snack ideas as well. Hopefully the junk will seem less appealing as your workouts increase, but if not it is important to tame the cravings!

Accountability works.

While we probably aren’t neighbors, accountability is necessary to achieve results. When I had a trainer, I always made my gym appointments because I didn’t want to let him down.

I also worked hard because I didn’t want to embarrass myself at the gym, so I always gave 110%! If you have a friend or neighbor that you can be accountable to that is best. We also have the Facebook group where we will be doing daily check-ins.

At Home Exercises: No Equipment Needed

  • Crunches
  • Push-ups
  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Plank
  • Side plank
  • High knees
  • Leg lifts
  • Donkey kicks
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Burpees
  • Calf raises
  • Flutter kicks
  • Elevated hip lifts
  • Wall sits
  • Run in place
  • March in place
  • Russian twists
  • Tricep dips

If you aren’t sure how to do some of these exercises I would suggest searching for them on YouTube. You’ll find some great demonstrations, I’ll also be including links as I find them.

Youtube exercise videos you can do at home:

To help you track your daily exercise I’ve created a printable tracking sheet. Just record your workout each day and the time spent working out.

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You can download your exercise printable here.

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Share a DIY or Upcycling Story to Enter Our $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

One of my favorite things to do is to find old things (mostly furniture and now houses) and breathe new life into them. It is almost always cheaper to redo or fix than replace and usually you end up with something something you love that is very unique.

This table is looking for a home in my new house. The bright blue worked well a few houses ago but now it needs another makeover.

When we first got it (off Craig’s list) it was a little too country for my taste, so I painted it bright blue, which everyone thought was crazy. I actually love the bright blue, but it doesn’t work with the blues and grays of the new house so it is on the list for another makeover.

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I’m actually considering cutting off some of the legs and making it a sofa table, but I figure I need to finish unpacking a few more boxes before I start painting and sawing furniture around here.

Another way to redo and save is to fix things instead of replacing them. Below you will find a guest post from the folks at Crucial Vacuum and a very fun giveaway!

We here at Crucial Vacuum are proud to join The Happy Housewife in hosting a Holiday giveaway to find the best personal DIY or upcycling story where the winner will get a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Our company and our amazing customers share that DIY spirit where we’d rather fix something ourselves than replace an item or take it to a repair shop.

We’ve heard countless stories from customers over the years that have repaired their own appliances and vacuums saving themselves money and getting a sense of accomplishment from rolling up their sleeves. That kind of attitude and work ethic is what we’re all about and what we’re here to celebrate!

DIY Holiday Contest

What truly inspires you? Do you get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from looking around your house knowing that the décor and effort put into making it a home is all thanks to you? Anyone with a true DIY spirit can relate to that moment of accomplishment after putting in the effort and creativity that comes with any great project.

Whether you’ve recently redecorated a room for the upcoming holidays, built a piece of furniture, repaired an appliance on your own, or have done any general project around your home yourself we’d love to hear about it! The possibilities for your stories and projects are endless!

Over the next few days tell us your best and most accomplished DIY/upcycling story in the comments below for a chance to win.  (We’ve already featured a couple on our Facebook page here!)

Include your photos, what inspired you to tackle a project, or fix something on your own. Was there any problems or obstacles along the way? What tools or items did you need to complete this wonderful accomplishment? The more detailed the better! Get passionate and have fun with it because after all that’s what these kinds of projects are all about. Good luck everyone and we look forward to your stories! Happy Holidays!

One winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  Winner will be selected by Crucial Vacuum.  Giveaway ends December 19, 2014 at 9 pm EST.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Happy Family

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

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