My Favorite Summer Time Snack or Side

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Pringles Summer Jam Sweeps


Our family seems to travel quite a bit during the summer months.  So far, this summer alone, I’ve been to 3 different theme parks with my kids.  That’s not a normal thing for me, but this summer, that’s just the way it worked out.  On many of our trips, we tend to pack lunches to save money.  We discovered that 2 of the 3 theme parks are so incredibly family friendly that they let you bring food in!  Pretty cool, huh?


We typically always bring sandwiches and chips, but we’ve found that if we ever bring bagged chips, they get crushed.  So….instead, we always pack Pringles®.  We love the variety of flavors and just love that we don’t have to eat smashed chips.  But another fun thing, we love how we can make music with the cans.  Have you ever taken a Pringles can and used it as a drum?  Or taken the last little bit of chips in there and used it as a shaker?  Yeah… me, too.  In fact, I used to do it when I was little, too.  As soon as a can of Pringles® was eaten, I’d grab the empty can and stash it in my room for some drums.  I think I borrwowed some of my mom’s pots and pans for this drum set as well.


Pringles Drummers




Pringles & Colton


Funny enough, I never went on to play the drums.  I did however learn to play the piano and the flute.  My mom was a piano teacher and instilled the love of music in our lives at an early age.  She’s even taught my kids to play the piano and my son is now taking guitar lessons.  Music has long sense a part of our lives!


We were having a Pringles® party outside, trying out our can drums and the baby (toddler, really) kept stealing them.  She just happens to love Pringles®, too!


Pringles & Quinnly



Pringles Runaway


It turns out that I’m not the only one to ever try out playing the drums on my Pringles® cans.  Apparently, it’s an online sensation.  Pringles® has challenged Percussion Prodigies to try out their Pringles® cans as drums and you should see some of the pieces they put together.  Here’s a video that was shared on the Pringles® website.


This one is probably my favorite….



But there’s several more good ones on their site here.


If you’re looking to make the most out of summer, Pringles® is offering you and a friend the chance to win a VIP experience to a Live Nation concert in the U.S.  (There’s lots of different concerts to choose from on the Live Nation site)


  • Just pick up a specially marked can of Pringles®, enter your code online and you could find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Sweepstakes is open until 7/31/15 at 11:59pm ET.


If I were to win this sweepstakes, I’d take my husband to one of his favorite country music bands.   Maybe Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney…..we’ll see.  What would you go to?


Would you like some Pringles®?


Pringles & Savannah



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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pringles® Summer Jam.

How to Save Money on Fireworks

Festive and colorful fireworks display


Are you one of the fortunate (or maybe in some cases, not so fortunate) Americans that are allowed to buy fireworks in the United States?  I know living in a rural Kansas community, we have always been allowed to buy them and shoot them off.  We have a few restrictions, such as not setting them off after midnight and those who live in town can only shoot them off from July 1st through the 4th.  But for us, we can do them all year if we so choose, because we live outside of the city limits, in the country.  Of course, we’d need to take note of extremely dry times so we don’t cause grass fires or other fire hazards.   We’re also not allowed to use certain kinds of fireworks, like bottle rockets.  We’ve gotten so accustomed to not using them, that we don’t mind much.  There’s plenty of other things out there that we will enjoy.


Fireworks are kind of a cornered market, only showing up once a year.  Is it possible to deal shop for them?  Yes, within reason.  You’re still going to need to set a budget that will work for your family, because it’s super easy to go out of control with these things.  But, there’s a few ways that you can save some money and find some great deals.  I’m sure this advice varies by region as it seems fireworks trends change depending on where you live.  My sister lives 2 hours from me and she prefers to buy them here in my town, because they’re always cheaper here!


How We Save Money When We Buy Fireworks


1.  Shop around

You may have a favorite place to buy your fireworks from, but you may be surprised to learn that not every store or tent prices them near the same.  You will see wide varieties of prices, depending on where you shop.  Sometimes, you’re supporting a non-profit organization or ministry and you don’t mind paying a little more, but if you’re just giving someone’s wallet a little extra padding, you may want to rethink automatically going to the first tent that you see.  Consider giving your kids a list of the most popular items you buy and going and pricing them at each local fireworks store.  That way you can get the best deal out there and you can even support several different stores.  Spread the love a little bit.  As mentioned above, you may want to even check in another town if it looks like you’ll be traveling to nearby towns during that time period.  You may find that smaller communities have better pricing than cities (or even visa versa).


2.  Sign up for Mailing Lists

We have a certain favorite store that we’ve learned is usually priced lower than most of the other tents in town.  To top it off, this store is air conditioned!  Because they treat it more like a store, they actually have an email list where they will mail you a daily special.  My kids look forward to receiving their daily emails to see what the new coupon is.


3.  Watch for Coupon Mailers

We’ve also received multiple coupon mailers.  Today, I got one that said I can save $7 on a $50 order.  With my 7 kids, we easily spend $50 during the week of the 4th of July.  That’s $7 more that we can have to burn….literally .


4.  The Special of the Day

Some fireworks stores change their specials each day.  They keep you coming back that way.  We willingly do, too because we have saved a lot of money by buying their specials.  We once bought a 7 ball artillery shell for $1 because of the special of the day.  We bought as many as they’d let us have!


5.  Pay Attention

When they’re ringing you up, be sure to pay attention to the prices they’re charging.  Sometimes they are doing it on memory and may try to overcharge you unintentionally. Make sure that the prices are what you think they’re going to be and if they’re not, show them where you found the price you were thinking.  Also, many times, stores will offer a freebie with purchase or to kids.  Be sure to find out if the location you’re shopping at does this and take them up on the offer.  Sometimes they forget to offer!


This covers everything that is available to us to save money on fireworks.  I realize that your area may be different.  What are some different ways that work for you?  


I hope you have an amazing Independence Day!  Have fun and be safe!


Festive and colorful fireworks display


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***HOT*** Get Paid $3.08 to Buy Diapers – Limited Time – HURRY!!

I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled crockpot recipes this week, to share a couple of deals.  Remember the company where we got the Big Hero 6 DVD for free?  I know it seemed like it may have been a scam, but I’m here to tell you, that I actually did this deal and got paid for it and it is legitimate!  It was no scam.  I got my money back that I paid for that DVD.  All $16 of it!

Huggies Diapers

Tonight, I just learned of a great deal from the same company, Top Cash Back, to where you can buy a pack of Huggies diapers for $18.97, at Walmart, selecting free site to store shipping and get $21 cash back credited to your account.  If you follow my instructions, you will get paid!  This deal is good for new customers only, but they do not limit the amount of accounts each household has.  If your husband, daughter, son, mother, etc., hasn’t signed up, you can still do this deal.  Here’s a quote from their site:


This offer is available to new TopCashback members only.  However as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.



If you’re ready to do the deal, here’s your instructions:


  • Go sign up for a new account at TopCashback
  • Go directly to the offer page here.
  • Click the “Get Offer” button and it will take you to
  • Order a package of Huggies Snug and Dry diapers ($18.97 value) (be sure to select free in-store pickup to save on shipping).
  • DO NOT order anything but a single package of diapers on this order(or it will not credit you correctly)
  • You will receive a $21 credit in your Top Cash Back account within 7-14 days of picking your diapers up.
  • Once your cash back is deposited into your TopCashBack account, you can choose to have a a transfer to your checking account or Paypal, or you can earn an additional 2.5% cash back by having it put on an Amazon gift card.


This offer is only valid until April 21st, but they usually sell out WAY before that.  Hurry and get your order in!  Even if you don’t need diapers, you probably know someone who does or will be attending a baby shower at some point.  This is well worth it!  If you don’t want to do that, feel free to send your diapers to me!  With 2 in diapers, we go through a lot of money in diapers.  (OK, just kidding about that last part….feel free to give ’em away to those closest to you!)  


I’ll be sharing another great deal with you tomorrow!