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Don’t Chase the Ice Cream Truck #IceCreamRun


I’m pretty sure our local ice cream truck driver has been messing with us all summer. You know how the ice cream truck has that very distinctive music that plays and signals people everywhere that cold, frosty treats are slowly making their way in your direction?  Well, we have been hearing that music all summer but have yet to see an actual ice cream truck anywhere.wantedposter

Granted, we live on a dead end so the chances of him coming down our street and stopping in front of our house are probably less than some of the other houses BUT I do remember quite clearly silently cursing out an ice cream truck for s-l-o-w-l-y driving up and down our road back when LJ was of nap taking age, so I know they know we are down here.  Several nights we have heard the melodious call of the truck from what sounds like the next road over and have hopped on bikes and even in the car to hunt him down with no luck.  I began to wonder if one of the neighbors was playing a recording of the truck’s call just to be funny. Since my poor little kiddo was feeling rather down after our last unsuccessful ice cream truck hunting expedition, we decided to take matters into our own hands.

We went to Walgreens.

ice cream at walgreens

Hey – stop your laughing!! Walgreens has a great selection of all of your favorite Unilever frozen treats.  For just under $20 (which is probably what we would have spent for each of us to grab a treat or two from the ice cream truck) we got a BUNCH of goodies at Walgreens.

ice cream treats at walgreens

Everybody got exactly what they love – I got my Magnum bars with creamy caramel and rich chocolate, Jay got his Fruttare Strawberry Bars, and LJ got Oreo ice cream AND Klondike Bars (lucky kid!).

klondike bar

So if your ice cream guys is like ours and seems to be playing a game of hide and seek, forget trying to hunt him down and just hit your local Walgreens instead!

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Honeymoon Mishaps #CystexBurningLove

You know how it is when you are first together and it seems like nothing can put you into a bad mood or make you cross with each other. (Remember those times? Think back really hard!) Jay and I were that typical annoying couple – always holding hands and making googly eyes at each other. We even made the ridiculously long drive from NH to WI several times without getting sick of each other along the way.

Well, until that fateful trip where we decided that “winging it” was our best option.

Let me back up. We had made the drive both ways from NH to WI and back a few times and had always booked an overnight stop right around Sandusky, Ohio (the halfway point on the map). Each time, we realized that we could have gone a little further but were already locked in since we had a hotel reservation.

One August, we were headed back to NH and figured we would just push as far as we could before getting too tired to drive and grab a hotel wherever we were at that point. I can’t remember exactly how far we were when we decided to pull off the road and grab a room, but we didn’t think too much of it when that hotel told us they were all booked up. We hopped back on I-90 and continued on to the next town. The two hotels in that town were also booked up.

This was when we started getting a little worried. The next three hotels also had no vacancy and it was then that someone clued us in that this was the weekend when all of the college kids drove back to school and pretty much every hotel along I-90 was booked solid. We started to panic a little. We stopped at the next rest stop to grab some coffee and figure out what we were going to do.

Jay wanted to sleep in our car (a Honda Civic – not the roomiest vehicle) at a rest stop. Having watched my share of Dateline episodes, I vetoed that idea convinced that we would absolutely be killed by an axe murderer if we did that. We soldiered on for a few more hours.

We stopped at another rest stop around 2 or 3 am and when Jay got a look at me in the harsh fluorescent lights, he let a “You look like sh!t” escape from his mouth before his sleep deprived brain thought the better of it. (Of course, looking back I totally get what he meant – I’m sure I was a sight after 18+ hours on the road and I probably did look like crap, but who wants to hear it??) To make a really LONG story (and night) short, we didn’t find a hotel with vacancy until we hit Nashua, NH which was ony about 20 miles away from where we were headed. We checked in around 11 am and slept most of the day, had some dinner, and went back to bed. That trip was pretty much the end of the honeymoon!

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How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Party

How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Party

How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Party

Tailgate parties are a wonderful way to have a good time but only if you do them up right. Gathering your friends together to get ready for the big game seems easy enough, but it is actually rather easy to make some major tailgate party mistakes. Here are some tips to make sure your tailgate party is on point and the talk of the parking lot on game day:

 Know your location

A good tailgate party will need a good spot in the parking lot. Sometimes the crowds are too large to pick and choose and you simply have to take what is there, but generally you have some choices. Always pick a corner spot if you can. Spots along the side of the parking lot are good and especially so if they have a grassy area big enough for games like cornhole and horseshoes.

 Make sure you have sports fans

Although tailgate parties can certainly be fun for anyone, it is powered by sports fans. Make sure you have a few die hard fans to show up to get the excitement started. Everyone has a few sports fans like this, so invite a few!

 Assume bad weather

For whatever reason, a tailgate party is like a magnet for bad weather. Just embrace that and expect it so that you are always prepared. You need a few tarps, a tent cover and plenty of disposable rain jackets in case things go badly.

 Stock up on the stuff everyone forgets

Few people actually remember to buy cups, paper plates and silverware. Napkins are another basic staple as well as condiments. Buy these in bulk and make sure you keep plenty of them packed and ready to go during the season.

 Remember to make it a team affair

The whole point of a tailgating party is to have fun while supporting your team of choice. As such, decorate your setup with team gear and dress the part! This helps to get the party started and will show your team spirit to all who pass by.

 Buy the food…then buy extra

You can’t have too much food at a tailgating party. There is a better than even chance you will get passers-by and they will be hungry. In the spirit of team unity, you might want to share in the bounty. The bottom line is to never underestimate the food. Always buy extra because you will definitely need it and never waste it.

 Bring as much seating as possible

Tailgating is demanding work and after 10 rounds of cornhole and a couple of burgers, folks are going to want to sit down. While you can only pack so much, you should bring what chairs you have.

Simplify the menu

Don’t worry about being extra fancy with your setup or your menu. The bottom line is to find a quick and easy food that everyone loves like hot dogs, hamburgers or steaks and then do them up right. Putting your friends on notice to bring some of their own special dishes will accentuate your food choices.

Tailgating is really just a celebration of food, friends and sport. Mix the three up and you will have a successful one for sure. Happy tailgating!

Chromebook Sweepstakes!! #giveaway #backtoschool

I know – it’s waaaay too early to be talking back to school. I’m sorry!  BUT, when you see what is is being given away here, you just might forgive me.  You’ve probably seem me all over Facebook talking about what a blessing my Chromebook has been this summer as I take LJ to all of his different activities or you’ve seen me post Instagram pictures of me working at the lake.  Maybe you’ve even thought to yourself – hey, I’d like to have a Chromebook too.

Well, here you go!!

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Welcome to the Back To School Chromebook Sweepstakes!

The Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook PC is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook PC comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box.

One winner will receive a Samsung Silver 11.6″ Chromebook.

Giveaway ends August 14th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Community® Coffee – Supporting Our Military

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting and Community® Coffee. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Many of you know that Jay served in the Marine Corps for 6 years and was deployed during the Gulf War. If you hear him talk about those years, one thing he remembers vividly is missing the comforts of home.  He’ll talk about how the chicken-a-la-king MRE (meals ready to eat) was his favorite because it tasted like a meal from home. (If you’ve never had the chance to try an MRE, let me assure you that you have to be really homesick to think one tastes like a home cooked meal!)

While average people who support the military always warm my heart, I am a big ole softie for businesses that step up and try to help out as well. I am one of those people who will go out of my way to patronize a business that gives back to our men and women in uniform and I love being able to tell you about them as well.

Community® Coffee is one of those businesses.

Anyone who knows me, knows about my love affair with coffee. I’m one of those don’t-even-talk-to-me-until-I’ve-had-my-coffee people.  Needless to say, we go through a lot of coffee at our house.  I haven’t been overly brand loyal – I have a few favorites that I bounce between depending on what I have a taste for that morning.  I will be adding Community® Coffee to my coffee collection and will be buying it as much as possible. Here’s why…

Four generations ago, Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage began Community® Coffee as a way to create amazingly good coffee for his surrounding community in Louisiana. Over the years, Community® Coffee grew and expanded, but never lost sight of its mission – great coffee for great customers.  As a way to show support for the military service members who are away from home, they created the Military Match Program.  Every time someone buys a Military Match gift set (that would be four 12 oz, 16 oz, or single-serve 18 count coffees) Community® Coffee will match that donation – plus they will include a free mug.

military match

Great coffee plus a great cause – that’s a win-win in my book!!