My Summer Survival Must Have!

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Now that summertime is officially here, we are spending as much time outdoors as possible and I am sure you are too. I cannot get enough of this amazing view!

Summer is a great time to try new outdoor activities, and that usually means some sort of mess.


When my kids were younger I made sure I always had a way to clean up the messes on the go.

Even though our kiddos have both grown up and moved away to start their own lives, we still make sure to keep Wet Ones® with us just in case.

There are tons of reasons to add Wet Ones® to your summer survival arsenal along with bug spray, sunscreen and band aids.

Below you’ll find 10 reasons Wet Ones® can save summer.

  1. When melted ice cream turns into a sticky disaster.
  2. After playing at the playground.
  3. Perfect for camping.
  4. Sandy beach hands.
  5. After catching bugs, frogs and other critters.
  6. Porta Potty…need I say more?
  7. Petting Farms (antibacterial wipes are perfect for this)
  8. While visiting theme parks.
  9. After messy barbecue dinners.
  10. My most favorite place to use these is on the fishing boat!

They are perfect for cleaning up after baiting your hook or catching a slippery fish.

My husband and I love to head out to a nearby lake to enjoy the day whenever possible.

He fishes and I usually end up reading or taking a ton of pictures.

I never liked fishing. My husband used to go alone or with one of our kids, but I always stayed home.

One day I decided to tag along with zero intentions of liking it at all.

Can I just say that fishing can be SO much fun even if you don’t actually fish (like me). Being outdoors, in nature does something to my soul.  I always head home afterwards feeling so refreshed.

The last thing I want to think about is the bait juice on my hubby’s hands. That’s why we keep a package in the boat ready to use whenever he needs it.

They really are SO convenient and necessary for your summer survival toolkit.

This is my outdoor adventure bag…A.K.A Summer Survival Tool Bag.

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What makes Wet Ones® able to save summer?

  • Antibacterial Wipes kill 99.99% of germs
  • Tough on dirt and germs, but gentle on skin
  • Convenient 2-in-1 way to wipe out dirt and messes and kill 99.99% of germs when soap and water aren’t readily available.
  • Moisturizing aloe inside each wipe, making them easy on skin for even the littlest of hands
  • Hypoallergenic
  • America’s #1 Hand Wipe*
    *#1 claim based on scan data for 52 weeks ending 1/23/16
  • Cleans better than hand sanitizers

During the summer it makes sense to keep a package in every vehicle just in case you find yourself in a messy, sticky summery situation.

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You can choose from several varieties:
•    Wet Ones® Fresh Scent Antibacterial Hand Wipes
•    Wet Ones® Citrus Scent Antibacterial Hand Wipes
•    Wet Ones® Sensitive Skin Extra Gentle Hand Wipes

I stopped in at Walmart the other day to grab some so we will have them in my bag next time we head out on the boat for the day.

How do YOU use these?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® hand wipes.  The opinions and texts are all mine. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® hand wipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Finding Dory Printable Coloring Sheets

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These free printable Finding Dory Coloring Sheets are perfect for your little ones.

Print your Finding Dory Coloring sheets here.

Best Money Saving Smartphone Apps

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Best Money Saving Smartphone Apps


Best Money Saving Smartphone Apps

There are many smartphone and tablet apps available to help you save money on items that you likely purchase frequently.  Below are a few of the best ones that we found. 


Even if you aren’t a big time coupon shopper, iBotta is an app that can save you lots of money!

It is a cash back app that allows you to earn cash back on grocery, personal hygiene, and household items.

Here is how to get started:

  • Download the iBotta app and sign up.
  • Link iBotta to your Paypal account.
  • Check the offers available before shopping.
  • After you’ve purchased qualified items, scan the items and photograph your receipt within the app to earn cash back.

Once your cash back total is at or more than $20, you can cash out and get money in your Paypal account!

Often they have bonus offers as well where you’ll not only save on specific items, but if specific items are purchased together you’ll get an additional cash back bonus.

This is a great app to earn money on items you would’ve likely purchased anyway.

Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is similar to iBotta where you can earn cash back on select purchases of grocery store type items. They often have weekly cash back offers on fresh fruit and vegetables, which is one of the only ways to save on those types of purchases!

Often Checkout 51 and iBotta will offer cash back deals on the same items, and you can combine those offers to save even more. And if you don’t mind clipping coupons, you can also combine the cash back offers with coupon savings as well!

These both are great and simple ways to save money on food and other personal and household items.

Target Cartwheel

Target is the place to be to save money on regular purchases.

Here are all of the ways to save that can be stacked at Target:

  • Manufacturer Coupons – both printable and ones from product packaging or inserts.
  • Store Coupons – these can be printed from the Target website or found in promotional pamphlets and newspaper inserts. Or use Target mobile coupons that can be received via text message.
  • Cash Back Offers – from iBotta and Checkout 51 mentioned above.
  • Target Cartwheel – an app that allows you to save additional money on select purchases.

The Target Cartwheel program is excellent and can be easily managed from a free smartphone app. Just download the app, sign up for their program, and see all of the items available to save money on. When you add the savings to your cartwheel, all you have to do then is show the barcode on your phone to the cashier to scan and save money.


The Groupon app is a great one to use on the go to save money on restaurants, lodging, and entertainment. It is a great way to be able to save without much ahead of time planning.

There are many local offers for most areas on Groupon and with the app, you just show your phone to your waitress or cashier to get the great savings. For example, you could purchase a voucher to get $60 worth of food at a local restaurant for only $30! You can often save 50% or more on these types of purchases.

And Groupon frequently offers vouchers on larger chains such as Starbucks or movie tickets from Fandango! Using Groupon vouchers is a great way to save on date night or just a night out with friends and family.


It is fairly easy to cut out expensive cable TV bills when you are a Hulu and Netflix subscriber. At a price range of only around $8 a month each, these programs will save you a lot of money on monthly television programming and movies.

They both have free apps that can be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet and have a huge variety of videos and television shows.

With Hulu, most of the major television programs are available to watch the day after they air and as a bonus, you don’t have nearly as many or as long of commercial breaks!

Gas Buddy

Have you ever found yourself driving around town looking for the least expensive gas? This app will put a stop to that!

Gas Buddy is a great app to save money on gasoline purchases. You put in your location on the app and it gives you back a list of nearby gas stations, what their current gas prices are, and the distance they are from you.

This is such a great app to scout out the least expensive gas option which is a great way to save on this often expensive yet necessary purchase.

These are just a handful of the great money saving apps available. What are some apps that you use to save money?

FREE Apple Summer Camp

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The FREE Apple Summer Camps are back again this year!

At Apple Camp is a free three-day program for kids ages 8 to 12. They’ll broaden their creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more using Apple products.Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly, so sign up now for a super-creative adventure.*

Camps available for summer 2016.

Coding Games and Programming Robots
Who wouldn’t want to create their own games and program their own robots? Kids will learn visual block-based coding for games, applying logic skills such as pattern recognition and problem solving. Then they’ll use what they’ve learned to program their own robots to perform tasks, challenges, and much more.

Stories in Motion with iMovie
Campers will learn everything they need to create their own movies. They’ll storyboard ideas, shoot video, and delve into other aspects of the filmmaking process. Then they’ll edit their new epics in iMovie on a Mac.

Interactive Storytelling with iBooks
Campers will create their own interactive books and learn about the elements of writing a story, from idea to storyboarding. They’ll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.

What to bring:

A Mac, a digital camera or digital video camera, and earphones (if you’ve got them).

Keep in mind that these are available first come, first served.

So sign up and save your child’s spot here today!

Five more fun summer freebies for kids:

FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs
Kids Bowl FREE Program
FREE Kids Movies
Kids Fly a Real Plane FREE
FREE Kids Gardening Program

Let’s make this the best summer break ever!!

Sam’s Club Membership Giveaway

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Enter to win one of ten FREE Sam’s Club memberships today!

Copycat Sonic Limeade

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Cherry Limeade

My family knows that I absolutely LOVE a cold glass of Cherry Limeade. This recipe is SO close to the real thing that I really cannot tell the difference.

sonic limeade ingredients


**This recipe makes a gallon pitcher.


3/4 of a 2 liter of Sprite
1/2 Cup of Grenadine
1 Cup of fresh lime lime juice (5 limes)
Ice (crushed to be more authentic)
Maraschino cherries (10 in the pitcher)
Lime wedges of 2 limes.


Fill a pitcher with ice.

Get the juice from 5 limes with the seeds removed.

Add Sprite, grenadine and lime juice to your pitcher.

Cut your limes into wedges add to your pitcher.

Stir to mix well.

Fill with several cherries.

Pour and enjoy!!

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