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)


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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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Monday Randomness: Real Life Edition

Hey!  How was your weekend?  It’s been a while since I’ve shared a random update about my family and what we’ve been up to.  I thought, today is the perfect day to do just that.


What we’ve been doing….

We’ve been busy.  I told you all about our Schlitterbahn Kansas City trip and how I got a really bad sunburn.  What I didn’t tell you is 8 days later, I accompanied my kids’ youth group to World’s of Fun/Ocean’s of Fun, also in Kansas City.   June has been full of amusement parks!  While at World’s of Fun, I rode roller coasters that I haven’t even thought about riding in 15-20 years.  I found that I get more sick on them than I did when I was 18.  I also figured out that I must be getting old, as roller coasters aren’t nearly as fun as they used to be.  Go figure…


We just started roofing our house.  In fact, by the time this post gets sent out, I will probably be out on the roof with my husband, getting a couple hours of time in before he goes to work and before the heat takes over.  A hail storm came through a month or two ago and our insurance company is paying for us to replace our roof.  We decided to use part of that roof replacement money to buy a camper, so we are doing the labor ourselves.  We do have one friend we are paying to help us when he can, (he keeps us going in the right direction so we don’t mess up!).  In the mean time, we had to take off the satellite dish AND the internet antenna that picks up our wireless signal.  I’m having to use my iPhone hotspot to blog with…and can’t wait till our home is back to normal in the WIFI department.  :)  The TV I can do without.


We had a fun and restful Father’s Day.  We started the morning at church and then we took my dad and my husband out to Pizza Hut buffet for a fun, family friendly Father’s Day dinner.  Later, we came home and napped for 2 hours.  We ended the day by playing miniature golf at the park and then visiting Ryan’s (my husband’s) dad at his house.  It was a really nice day.  Especially since I beat the whole family at Mini Golf.  That’s a rare thing in this family!  Here’s a picture of my husband, riding a gorilla on the mini golf course, LOL.  He was having a fun time, entertaining the kids and just being all out silly.  Something my kids will always remember their daddy for.  I’m thankful to have him in my life as the father of my kids!


Ryan on the Gorilla


and what we’re planning….


This week, I’m going on an overnight trip to Dallas to visit the Dr. Pepper Snapple Headquarters.  They are paying my travel expenses and I get to go do a Behind the Scenes tour of the facility, do a little taste testing (Did you know that they have over 50 brands of drinks?) as well as help to build a playground as part of their Let’s Play Community Construction Grants.   I’m looking forward to getting away for a short trip, but I’m also a little nervous, as this is the first time I’ve ever been away from Quinnly (15 months) overnight.  She’s still nursing, and although it makes me a bit nervous to make her do without nursing for 2 full days, I’m looking forward to the kid break, too.  I’ll be sharing more pictures about my trip when I get back.


My 17 year old son is leaving us this week for a week of Summer Church camp.  He’s at that age where it’s tough to catch him at home any more, but I’m starting to really miss him and I’m not looking forward to him being gone another week.  (He and his dad were gone for almost a week already this month at a large paintball event.)  Here’s a picture of my son at the paintball event (he’s on the far right).


Baylee at D-Day


I know this is just practice for when he actually leaves home for good, but I’m not sure I’m ready for this stage of life (said in my best whiney mom voice I can muster).


3 of my daughters have been attending Children’s Summer Theater.  I’ve been the Mom’s Taxi Driver all month.  The final production of the play will be this coming weekend, with 3 separate performances that will no doubt be packed out.  They have loved their time in Children’s Summer Theater and while they’re excited to finally get to perform the musical they’ve been preparing for, they’re going to be sad to not have play practice any more.  Me, on the other hand, will be happy to go back to a more normal schedule.  June has been so busy!  Here’s a picture of them at their performance of Peter Pan last year.


Peter Pan Performance



So far, we’re having a fun filled summer, but now that the heat is kicking it up a notch, I have a feeling we’ll be staying indoors a little more and maybe tackling some inside of the house projects before the school year has to begin again.  I hope you’re having a great Summer Break so far!


85 TV Free Summer Activities for Tweens

Does your tween aged child get bored easily during the summer months?  Being a Tween is a tricky age (usually defined as a child between the ages of 9 and 12).  They often want to do grown up things, but younger child things appeal to them, too.  It kind of depends on their mood, and that always seems to be changing.


One of my pet peeves is seeing kids sitting around the house with their noses in a device of some kind all day long throughout the summer.  I don’t mind it for short bits of time, but don’t be trying it all day long.  In an effort to give my Tween aged children some ideas of what to do, I came up with this list of fun things to do throughout the summer months.  Some of them are more girly and some of them are obviously slated toward the boys, but many of them are unisex.  Feel free to pick and choose ideas that will work for YOUR Tween.  Hopefully these will get your kids excited about doing something that’s not on an electronic device for a change!  And do me a favor, if you find something not on this list, leave a comment below so we can add to it.




  1. Start a Book Club (in person or online)
  2. Write a Letter
  3. Explore Nature Around Your House, taking photos and sketching what you see
  4. Take a Babysitting Class
  5. Write a Story or a Poem
  6. Read a Book
  7. Make a Scrapbook of Childhood Pictures
  8. Entertain Your Siblings by Making a “Camp” for them to attend
  9. Go Camping in Your Back Yard
  10. Take a Bubble Bath
  11. Record Your Own Radio Show or Movie
  12. Interview Your Siblings and write a Family Newsletter about your “findings”
  13. Make Jewelry – Paracord Bracelets are pretty easy to learn
  14. Start a Business (mowing?, pet sitting, odd jobs, baby sitting, etc.)
  15. Make Popsicles for your Family
  16. Bake Something for a Friend
  17. Have a Picnic
  18. Play Charades
  19. Wash the Car and Play in the Hose
  20. Have a Tea Party (or a sports party!)
  21. Learn How to Hula Hoop
  22. Host a Scavenger Hunt or better yet, a Video Scavenger Hunt
  23. Decide on Something You’d Like to Improve About Yourself and Do it.
  24. Write a Play (and act it out?)
  25. Play Frisbee (or better yet, play night frisbee using a light up frisbee)
  26. Get a book about Braiding Hair and Learn How to Do Several New Braids.
  27. Shoot a BB Gun in the Back Yard (if you have the space and your community allows it)
  28. Play Catch
  29. Learn How to Make a Killer Paper Airplane
  30. Plant Something (and take care of it as it grows)
  31. Make a Marshmallow Gun (and have fun shooting it at your friends or siblings)
  32. Have a Water Gun Fight
  33. Play Croquet
  34. Go Geo-Caching using a GPS
  35. Take a Hunter’s Safety Course
  36. Build a Lego Masterpiece
  37. Play Dominoes, see how long you can make a domino train
  38. Craft with Duct Tape (Have you tried making a duct tape wallet yet?)
  39. Try Simple Woodworking Projects
  40. Play Board Games
  41. Volunteer Somewhere (church, library, animal shelter, etc. – this may require a parental volunteer as well)
  42. Learn Photography
  43. Learn to Play Guitar
  44. Try Science Experiments (You could use this cool book)
  45. Go Star Gazing
  46. Plan a Hike
  47. Make S’mores Over a Camp Fire
  48. Fly a Kite
  49. Try Wood Burning (with supervision, using this inexpensive wood burning pen)
  50. Go to the Zoo
  51. Make Your Family a Meal
  52. Go Fishing in a Nearby Pond or Stream
  53. Go Swimming
  54. Host a Fashion Show with Your Friends
  55. Get Your Ears Pierced
  56. Paint Your Nails Crazy Summery Colors (offer to paint your friend’s, too)
  57. Bake Cookies in Your Car!
  58. Make Ice Cream
  59. Go Canoeing
  60. Have a Water Balloon Fight
  61. Go Biking on a Trail
  62. Have a Mud Fight (get parent approval first!)
  63. Go Rock Skipping
  64. Go Fossil Hunting
  65. Host a Turtle Race
  66. Run or Walk in a 5k with your Parents
  67. Learn to Sew
  68. Go Garage Saling
  69. Brainstorm Ways to Turn $10 into $20
  70. Make Bouncy Balls
  71. Go Bowling
  72. Go Horseback Riding
  73. Visit a Flea Market
  74. Have a Relay Race with your friends
  75. Make a Sidewalk Chalk Mural
  76. Make a Box Maze (out of appliance boxes you collect from a local store)
  77. Go to the Beach (even if it’s at the lake and not the ocean)
  78. Create a New Food Dish Using 5 Preset Ingredients
  79. Tie Dye T-shirts
  80. Paint a Picture
  81. Design Your Own Clothes (by drawing them)
  82. Write a Summer Bucket List
  83. Feed the Ducks (or the Sea Gulls – ever tried throwing bread in the air to them?)
  84. Visit a Museum
  85. Shoot Air Soft Guns with Friends or Family


I hope this gives you a good starting point!  We really do love summer!  I hope you and your kids will embrace summer with me, get way from the devices and just enjoy being kids for a change!


I’m Sure I Left Something Off.  What Summer Activities Do Your Tween Aged Children Enjoy?