Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

The post Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List appeared first on TodaysMama.

Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

The post Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List appeared first on TodaysMama.

Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List

I love a good list. LOVE. THEM. A few years ago, I covered our kitchen chalkboard in this epic Summer Bucket List.

That was two years ago and it was perfect for the sort of summer I wanted for my kids. They were the perfect age to go DO ALL THE THINGS! No more diaper bags. Everyone could make it through the day without a nap. I had just left a job where I had been working full-time, outside of my house and I felt like I was missing out.

It was time to pack in the fun!

 

And we did. It was so great and I’m so glad we did it.

But as my kids have gotten just a bit older, I’m ready to shift gears a little bit.

To shift from “Entertainment Director” to “Life Coach.”

It sounds so boring, right?

As if I’ll be asking my kids to spend the summer grinding their own wheat and beating their clothes on rocks to clean them.

Here me out.

For the last few years, the “Summer Bucket List” or “Holiday Fun List” has been a study in my ability to conduct expert Google searches for entertainment and activities and “must see” events.

But I’ve noticed that we’re tip-toeing into a world where my kids arise from bed every morning wondering what wonderful thing we’ve prepared for them today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wonderful things. BIG. FAN. (Just went to Disneyland, so I’m not trying to pretend I’m not all about the magic.) But I’m also a big believer in boredom as a creativity booster.

Also; there are no Entertainment Directors when you’re a grown up. Life is not always a non-stop party and I want my kids to learn these critical skills:

  1. Connecting with people.
  2. Finding the joy in everyday things.

 

I decided to rethink our Summer Bucket List.

Instead of “what should we do?” I asked “what do I want to get out of this summer?”

  • Quality time and connection.
  • Practice skills for a happy life.
  • Practice being a big kid.

This shift means that instead of a long list of ticketed activities, I’ve got a summer bucket list that looks something like this:

Teach the kids “slow fun.”

Screen-free old school fun; puzzles, board games, cards, reading in the shade. If you don’t bust out the board games, how are your kids going to learn the art of trash-talking, or how darn smart their Grandpa is, or how sneaky their Grandma can be. My kids come from a long-line of card players—they need to be properly trained. Those are the moments that connect you to your family and reinforce how to have fun, without a screen.

Spend time with our extended family.

Sunday BBQ’s, cook with Grandma, camping and visits with our extended family. Traditions are built one Sunday, and one summer at a time. More people knowing, loving, and enriching the lives of my kids is a good thing.

Connection to the neighborhood.

Knock on doors, use up all the sidewalk chalk, share our popsicles. Those are the things that really belong on a summer bucket list. I’m not setting up “playdates” or texting to make arrangements to play. They need to figure this stuff out.

Appreciation and exposure to the outdoors.

Hike, go to the lake, hit the bike trail, post-dinner walks to the park, dinner picnics in the mountains. We are lucky to live 25 minutes away from straight-up wilderness, we should be taking advantage of it more.

Room to be creative with their time!

Protect downtime and provide open access to craft supplies and the blanket fort box. “Boredom” breeds some of the most entertaining creative play I’ve ever had the privilege to eavesdrop on. 

Learn a few routines and responsibilities.

Standard chores, help with big projects, work for hire. I’ve not been consistent with chores and now sometimes my kids simply walk away from their dinner plate and, OH HECK NO, that’s not going to work for me. Or for them in the long term.

Skills for a happy life.

Cooking nutritious meals, eating outside, watching sunsets, sitting on the porch and enjoying a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Yes, I realize most of those revolve around food. But food is an absolutely GLORIOUS part of life and I want my kids to be able to cook delicious food for themselves one day.

To try new things and challenge ourselves.

Try the climbing gym. Try a slack line. Train for the next Taekwondo tournament. My kids are well out of that window where everything is new and hard and takes so much work to master—remember when we were pumped when our kids learned to walk? I want them to have a chance to be a beginner again. Brave is a muscle. You have to use it to keep it.

Do FUN Things with our tribe.

Meet our friends at the food truck park. Take a small army of moms and kids to the lake. Driveway fireworks party with the neighbors. Family is wonderful, but the family you pick? Those people are magic.

Serve others.

Think of ways to help, surprise, and dish up joy to the friends, family, and even strangers in our lives. Learn how good it feels to do something because you know that someone is going to feel special because of your efforts.

So, maybe this isn’t the big dazzling summer bucket list you were hoping for when you clicked on this post, but I’m looking forward to a summer of spending less; less money, less time on screens, and less time hustling.

And getting more;

More quality time together.
More feeling like I’m helping raise my kids into wonderful adults.
More memories with the people we love.

There is such a huge benefit for kids when families can focus their energy and finances on experiences over things. (Kalli wrote a fantastic post about this around Christmas time. Go read it.)

Other posts you might enjoy…

Planning a Family Vacation? When Should You Begin?

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Road Trip

On the Ugly Business of Comparison: A Letter to Us Moms

The post Read This Before You Make Your Summer Bucket List appeared first on TodaysMama.

Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

The post Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s! appeared first on TodaysMama.

Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

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8 NEW Pixar Fest Foods at Disneyland You Can’t Miss!

3 Must-Do Experiences During Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

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10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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