Summer is here in full force, complete with heat, which means its beach weather! There is something about going to the beach that just makes you feel happy and relaxed. I love going to the beach and my whole family always has a blast when we go. What I love about the beach is that there is so much to do at the beach besides just swimming in the ocean. If you’re not a huge fan of swimming but you love the beach, here are seven fun things to do that don’t involve getting into the water.
Wisconsin food is full of fun and often strange things — this certainly is one of them! Food challenges. Yup, you read correctly – if you can meet the correct food challenge, there are prizes involved. Ranging from a free T-shirt to actual cash, the list is pretty amazing. Here is a collection of Wisconsin Food Challenges try, if you are up to it.
Prime Quarter Steak House (Green Bay) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Steak Challenge Cost: $30 Time: 75 Minutes Description – 48 ounce top sirloin steak, side salad, baked potato, grilled Texas Toast Prizes – Picture on Wall of Fame – Free T-shirt or $20 gift card – Meal not free or discounted Zesty's Frozen Custard (Allouez) Difficulty: 3 out of 5 Ice Cream Challenge Cost: $35 Time: 1 Hour Description – 20 scoops of chocolate or vanilla frozen custard, whipped cream & hot fudge, 2 cookies and 2 cones, sprinkles & a cherry on top Prizes – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $15 gift card – Meal not free or discounted Greek Boys GyroDifficulty: 2 out of 5 Greek Challenge Cost: $24 Time: 1 Hour Description – 3 lb gyro includes lamb, tomatoes, lettuce, and Tzatziki sauce, 1 lb of fries which makes the meal 4 lbs total Prizes – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted Daddy's Dog HouseDifficulty: 1 out of 5 Hotdog Challenge Cost: $13 Time: 1 Hour Description – A 1 lb hot dog served on a loaf of French bread and Chicago Style toppings Prizes – Voucher for Free Meal to be used later – Certificate Of Completion – Picture on Wall of Fame – The meal is not Free or Discounted Kozy Korner Pizza Pub & Sports BarDifficulty: 3 out of 5 Pizza Challenge Cost: $24 Time: 1 Hour Description – This 14″ diameter pizza is very deep & loaded with toppings Prizes – Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – $50 cash WeatherVane RestaurantDifficulty: 4 out of 5 Omelet Challenge Cost: $20 Time: 1 Hour Description – A 14-ingredient omelette loaded with meats, cheese, & vegetables, hashbrowns, pancakes, and toast Prizes – Free Meal – Wall of Fame Luigi's Pizza & PastaDifficulty: 2 out of 5 Team Pizza Challenge Cost: $37 Time: 1 Hour Description – This football shaped pizza must have at least 3 toppings Prizes – Free Meal – Free T-shirts – Picture on Wall of Fame Marge's On Rose RestaurantDifficulty: 3 out of 5 Breakfast Challenge Cost: $9 Time: One Sitting Description – Eggs, hashbrowns, meats, green peppers, onions, cheese, and toast Prizes – Free Meal – Wall of Fame The Black Otter Supper ClubDifficulty: 2 out of 5 Steak Challenge Cost: $66.95 Time: One Sitting Description – 116 oz slab of prime rib Prizes – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted Curly's Pub (Packer's Stadium) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Ice Cream Challenge Cost: $15 Time: One Sitting Description – 12 scoops of Neapolitan ice cream covered with hot fudge, caramel, brownie bites, cookie crumbles, toasted almonds, nuts, & whipped cream Prizes – Free T-shirt – Meal not free or discounted Gus' Mexican CantinaDifficulty: 5 out of 5 Burrito Challenge Cost: $50 Time: 40 Minutes Description – This giant burrito is absolutely loaded with chicken, beans, and rice Prizes – Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Wall of Fame Milwaukee Burger Company (Eau Claire) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Burger Challenge Cost: $15 Time: 30 Minutes Description – Five 1/2 lb burger patties, cheese & toppings Prizes – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted Brickyard BBQDifficulty: 2 out of 5 Burger Challenge Cost: $25 Time: 30 Minutes Description – Stacked burger, cheese & toppings, 1 lb of french fries Prizes – Free T-shirt – Picture on Wall of Fame – Free Drink – Meal not free or discounted The Groove Bar & Grill (North Star Casino) Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Wing Challenge Cost: $8 Time: 20 Minutes Description – 10 extremely spicy atomic wings Prizes – Free Meal – Free T-shirt – Wall of Fame – Free Drink – $50 casino credit Timeline Saloon & BBQDifficulty: 4 out of 5 Burger Challenge Cost: $46 Time: 1 Hour Description – A 7lb patty, toppings, bun Prizes – Ride on timeline motorcycle – Picture on Wall of Fame – Meal not free or discounted Sangria's Mexican Grill (Appleton) Difficulty: 4 out of 5 Burrito Challenge Cost: $26.45 Time: 25 Minutes Description – This giant burrito is loaded with meat, rice, beans, & veggies, toppings & sauces Prizes – Free Meal – Wall of Fame
That should be enough Wisconsin Food Challenges to get you going — I think I need to grab my Tums
right now, LOL! Can you think of any that we missed? Please share!
Summer memories are made on vacation, but there’s something special about just being at home and spending time with family and friends. After the initial break from school, parents (or at least I do) hate hearing the “I am bored” spiel! We have “Summer Rules” around here and are sharing them with you — and hope it helps keep your littles on track too. They learn pretty quick to avoid that phrase and while they do? You get a few extra hands around the house!
You will love the “I’m Bored” alternative – summerbored
summerrules help keep everyone playing together and the expectations set
These summertasks will help out around the house!
Here are some fun Family summer boredom buster activities you can schedule in as you forget the typical barbeque and pool party—this summer, spice things up with these 10 amazing backyard activities. They’re sure to get your friends talking and make some great memories.
- Giant Jenga. Turn a classic indoor game into a huge outdoor version by cutting 2×4 boards into matching lengths and stacking them. Try to wiggle boards out of the middle of the tower without it falling on everyone. Giant Jenga definitely has more risk than normal Jenga and can be played on a patio or picnic table for hours of fun.
- Movie theater. Turn your backyard into a movie theater by showing your favorite film using a projector on a sheet or inflatable screen. Set the mood with string lights, comfortable lawn chairs or mattresses, and lots of snacks.
- Balloon dartboard. Bring the carnival feel to your backyard with this classic game. Simply blow up balloons and staple them to a large board and have fun trying to pop the balloons with darts. For added fun, fill the balloons with water or paint.
- Jumbo Ker-Plunk. The game you knew as a kid is back and bigger than ever! To build it, simply create a cylinder of chicken wire and crisscross poles or large sticks through the bottom. Fill the top with plastic balls and enjoy removing poles until the balls fall down.
- Giant bubble. Make a huge bubble to play in by taping together two big pieces of plastic sheeting and using a fan to inflate the bubble. It’s the perfect place for kids and adults to play games, roll balls, or just explore.
- Mini golf course. Bring the golf course home by getting creative with your own DIY course. Use pool noodles, racecar tracks, pipes, or anything else you have on hand to create the most unique course your neighborhood has ever seen.
- Pool stargazing. Lying in the pool and looking at the stars is a great way to spend a summer night. If you have a pool, just spread out on your favorite floatie. If you’re pool-less, fill an inflatable pool with sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets for a soft and cozy stargazing location.
- Outdoor Twister. Summer grass is the perfect place for a huge game of Twister. Simply re-create the board with spray paint colored circles on the grass and a spinner. The best part is that you can make the board as large as you want, so everyone can join.
- Angry Birds. Bring the popular game to life by stacking boxes, boards, and giant balls together and trying to knock them over by swinging a large inflatable ball or slingshot. You can even create characters and special powers to make the game more authentic.
- Giant water blob. Kids of all ages will love playing on a gushy water blob, made by using heavy-duty tape to connect two heavy plastic sheeting pieces and filling it with water before sealing it. It’s sure to provide hours of fun!
What are some of your favorite at-home summer boredom buster activities?
The 4th of July is coming up quick and it’s everyone’s favorite holiday, but it seems like you can’t enjoy anything without spending money. Most places charge for you to watch their firework displays and putting on your own display can not only be dangerous but can cost a fortune. Not only that but even throwing a little party at home can break you. There is no need to worry about all of that, though. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the 4th of July without spending a dime.
There is no need to pay a fee to watch fireworks. It can be completely free if you just drive or walk around and find a place that is close and has a good view of the fireworks. You can bring your own drinks and snacks and enjoy what everyone else paid to watch. Sometimes if you know your neighbors are going to be having their own displays, you can sit outside in your yard and watch from the comfort of home. That way you won’t have to use any gas either. There is no need to go out and buy your own and risk something dangerous when you can enjoy all the others, free of charge.
Don’t spend all your money on throwing a party for the 4th of July. Take the day to spend with your family instead, make treats at home and play outside. There isn’t the need for the stress of having guests over and if you’ll have enough food or beverages. Let the day be a fun relaxing day for yourself and family without spending all this money on themed decor, food, etc. I promise you will enjoy it just as much and end the end you’ll be happy you didn’t spend a dime.
Go for a little picnic or if you’ve been invited to go somewhere go! There’s nothing better than free food and fun. Most festivities on the 4th of July will empty your wallet, so try and avoid them. They may look or sound fun but in the end, it isn’t worth it. You can find better things to do that are free of charge, if you’re planning on staying home with the family, find some DIY activities online that you can do with your kids.
The 4th of July is fun but very costly, it doesn’t have to be, though. With these few tips to help you, you can enjoy the 4th of July without spending a dime and I promise you it will be worth it. No need for all those expensive festival treats, rides, etc. You don’t have to empty your bank account just to have a good time. There are so much more ways you can enjoy this 4th of July cost-free, these are just a few. How are you going to be spending your 4th of July? Do you know of any other ways to have a fun 4th of July without spending any money? Tell me in the comments!
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This site started with my mission to save $40,000 and we did it in less than a year. FOCUS. Focus is the magic word as you plan it out, break that plan down to bite size pieces and then turn it into a reality. Yes, we have our new home and have no mortgage…then we bought a car with cash. Now we are paying for Miss Sarah’s college out of our pocket because we can’t touch her college savings yet. (I still find it ironic that we saved for it, yet she started college at an age that we couldn’t touch it yet!) We still save, however we simply apply the same principals to a different target as our life progresses.
How can that help you? We have a Savings Planner for you to help what ever you goal is.
Are you saving for a home? To buy a new car? Planning for the future of your children so they can go to college? How about that family vacation that you haven’t taken for years? Are you planning ahead for your retirement? What ever you are saving for, we have the free printable planning sheet here for you.
A 52 week challenge sheet where you can pop over $5,000 a year into savings account and keep doing it. That compounding interest on that money adds up quicker than you can possible imagine! Some people don’t like the idea of doing it where December has the big brunt of the investing so we have a sheet to do it in reverse! The savings for the year gets easier and easier as you go –and you actually come out ahead as you are adding up interest faster than you would have by placing the big chunks at the end.
No matter what your personal savings goal is, we have a savings tracker for you! All you have to do is print it out and get your hiney started.
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Best Mom Certificate. It’s always fun to recognize those that are important in our lives…and Mother’s Day is certainly one well worth it. I totally believe on showing Mom a little love, LOL– but then, of course I AM a Mom and like the special day all about me.
A little Best Mom Certificate is a great thing to print out and add to that card or special celebration gift…maybe tie it to a flowering basket for Mom’s front porch?
Now, don’t forget about the other special mentoring women in your life — I had a grandma who’s son never even sent her a Mother’s Day card — we always included her in our family get together events.
Here are a few free printable certificates to celebrate Mom, Grandma and even that special Aunt.
Zootopia is a totally fun movie and if you haven’t seen it with the kiddos yet, make it a rainy day necessity!
To aid you in celebrating the adorable Zootopia gang, here is a HUGE collection of activity sheets that you can print off and keep the littles entertained for hours. All you need to do is click on the Zootopia links so you can get a great printable version. Some Zootopia items are in Spanish — just check the preview!
I am SUPER Psyched to see this Jungle Book movie — it has a great cast and the video stills I have seen are breathtaking! What a leap from the classic animated version I grew up with!
Here is some FREE Jungle Book fun for you…just click on the Jungle Book Links under the pictures to print off an activity sheet!