Walkup Day-of-Fun 2015

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  All thoughts are my own. #Snackation

Our first annual Walkup Day-of-Fun was a blast!  We even had grandma and grandpa join in on the fun.  We relaxed, played together, and had a great time.  I only wish they lived closer so we could do this more often.


The slide was a big hit!  Both my son and daughter loved it and played on it continually until we made them stop and transition to a new activity.  It was a good investment for sure! 🙂


My little girl is turning into a little fish.  She loves the water and is getting better and better at floating and kicking each day.  I don’t think it will be too long before she’ll be swimming on her own!


Bubbles are a family favorite so they were a must for Fun Day.  Our bubble gun wasn’t quite as successful as advertised but we had enough bubble wands on hand to save the day.  I think we need to look into purchasing a big battery powered bubble blower to save Mom and Dad’s arms. 🙂

Peanut Butter and Smuckers Jelly Heart

For a snack I made my daughter a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and of course it was made with love so I just had to form the Smucker’s jelly and Jiff peanut butter into a heart.  The Smucker’s Squeeze jelly was helpful for this!  My daughter loves heart pancakes, heart cucumbers, heart carrots, and well, anything I can make into a heart she will eat wearing a smile.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Heart

See, look at that cute smile!

Heart Sandwich Snack

Together, we made a summery dinner of squash casserole and salad.  I love when our family cooks together!  For dessert we could choose between donuts or ice cream.  The mini ice cream cones I bought the other day were absolutely the perfect treat.  They are itty bity but packed full of cuteness.  They were a great size for kids to enjoy an ice cream treat without overloading them on sugar.

We enjoyed our daycation Fun Day so much that I hope we can do it again soon.  I don’t want to have to wait another year!

Day of Fun Preparations with Smuckers & Walmart

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  All thoughts are my own. #Snackation

To say this is a big season for me is to call Mt. Kilimanjaro a molehill.  We’re trying our hand at DIY by renovating parts of an old and ugly house we just bought (I mean it, it’s bad ya’ll. I can’t wait to show you the pictures of our progress!), we’re trying to declutter and pack our remaining belongings, hire people to do the renovation work we can’t (juggling those appointments is well, a juggling act), I just started selling kid’s books from home (Yay! We love books!), I have HUGE plans to improve Embracing Homemaking (I’ve even hired a few people to help me behind the scenes with this.  It will be good!), and the regular goings on of life.

I’m trying to make the most of each day and truly enjoy spending time with my family.  Since a vacation this summer may be out of the picture, depending on when we get moved in the house, I thought it would be fun to take a Saturday and spend it completely together having fun.  No packing and driving boxes around, no buying new tools, nothing but fun, fun, fun together!

To make preparations for this Day-Of-Fun I went to Walmart to stock up on supplies.  I took my two cute helpers with me today and we had a lot of fun.  Helper number two is hiding in the cart behind his sister. 🙂

Smuckers Ice Cream

We bought an armful of Smucker’s goodies – yum!  My daughter loved picking these out.  We bought Smucker’s ice cream toppings, ice cream, mini ice cream cones (they are just darling, ya’ll!), Smucker’s squeezable grape jelly, Jiff, bubbles, and pool toys.  The other day we bought a little slide for them to play on.  I think we’re ready to have fun and I’ll be back in a few days to report on how the Day-Of-Fun went.

Smuckers Snacks

What fun outdoor activities does your family enjoy doing together? …and what’s your favorite summer snack?