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Summer Isn’t Over Yet! It’s The Final Cone-Down

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Blue Bunny.

Ice Cream Cones

Summer’s not over yet, but the countdown is on. We are cherishing our last few warmer days here before the fall weather hits. You can of course have ice cream any time of year (as is evident in my Instagram when my kids are celebrating a school snow day with ice cream cones!), but there’s just something about eating an ice cream cone in the hot summer weather, so Blue Bunny is celebrating summer to the very last cone with The Final Cone-Down.

My kids were super excited when I brought home these mini birthday cake and chocolate dipped cones. They are the perfect sized treat to end a day of school and soccer practices and a great way to celebrate the end of summer!


For the Final Cone-Down, submit a photo of yourself enjoying the last days of summer September 8 through September 22 by using #FinalConeDown and #BlueBunnyWinBig on Instagram or Twitter. They will be selecting daily winners for some amazing prizes, so let’s celebrate the ENTIRE summer this year with Blue Bunny® Ice Cream! Click here for rules.

Check out The Final Cone-Down video below! Do you want to win some delicious ice cream? In addition to all of the cool prizes for The Final-Cone Down, you can comment below letting me know your favorite Blue Bunny Ice Cream and one winner will receive FIVE free Blue Bunny product coupons to use to make the most of those last few days of summer!

A Delicious 16 Calorie Snack Dipped In Dark Chocolate

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fisher Nut Exactly.

With the start of school I have been searching for healthy snacks to send in my kids’ lunch boxes. It seems they come home from school ravenous, so healthy after-school snacks are a must as well. I like to look at the nutrition info to see what exactly I’m feeding my kids. I look for items that have minimal and no artificial ingredients. These Nut Exactly Snack Bites have no crazy ingredients, but instead things like ground bourbon vanilla beans. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

These Nut Exactly Snack Bites are a delicious 16 calories each with 0 grams of trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives, . If you are a Costco shopper like me, you’ve probably seen a few different flavors over the last few months. Most of you can find these Pistachio Popcorn dipped in Dark Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds.

Nut Exactly Snack Bites

Mr. James, the baby of our family has been eating a lot of these yummy bites so he volunteered to model for me. These will probably be going in his lunch box daily! Nuts and seeds are what I call “healthy fats,” and are essential to any diet. They have protein and other vitamins and can help you feel full, so these snack bites are a great way to tide the kids over at school.

Nut Exactly Snack Bites 16 calories each

Visit your local Costco to buy Nut Exactly Snack Bites or check out the store locator to find a store near you. Look out for the other flavors as well: Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds, Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate with Peanuts, Almond Popcorn dipped in Dark Chocolate with Peanuts, Peanut Popcorn dipped in Peanut Butter and Pecan Popcorn dipped in Salted Caramel.

Of course these yummy 16 calorie snack bites aren’t just for the kids! The perfect amount of salty and sweet, popcorn, pistachios and dark chocolate is a snack I can eat for that 3pm slump and not feel guilty about.

Have you seen these Nut Exactly Snack Bites while browsing Costco??

Nut Exactly Snack Bites Pumpkin & Pistachio dipped in chocolate

Add Some Love To The Lunchbox! #SqueezeMoreOut

This post is sponsored in partnership with KitchenPLAY on behalf of Hellmann’s

It’s the start of a new school year and I have FIVE lunches to pack. I am tempted to do those cute bento boxes, but have been opting for something that takes a little less time. This classic brown bag lunch is super easy and has a few fun personalized elements to show your kids you are thinking about them during the school day.

All you need for a yummy, healthy lunch is quality ingredients. This recipe is simple. Here I’ve got classic sandwich ingredients that you can never go wrong with: whole wheat bread, romaine, tomatoes, colby jack cheese, roast beef and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise in their new squeeze bottle.

You can always make sandwiches exciting by switching up the bread, cheeses, meats and vegetables. The combinations are endless.

3 Ways to Personalize Simple Brown Bag Lunches

  1. Leave love notes: You can write a quick note on scrap paper or purchase little lunchbox notecards with riddles and short messages. I remember my mom putting notes in my lunch in elementary school and even though I sometimes acted like I was a little embarrassed, I loved the surprise.
  2. Write on bananas! Leave a message or draw a quick picture on a banana with a toothpick. By lunchtime, the writing on the banana skin will turn darker. It takes only a few seconds to add a little love!
  3. Make sandwiches special. The newly designed Hellmann’s Squeeze Bottle offers a clean lock cap and tip, so precise that topping a sandwich with a little extra love never appeared so perfect. You can put the mayo just where you want it!


This was a simple lunchbox that I put together in 5 minutes. I have the roast beef sandwich with colby jack cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and Hellman’s mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. I can’t forget those fruits and veggies so I packed sliced carrots, cucumbers and a half of a banana. I like to include a few healthier options for treats so I packed ancient grain popcorn clusters with blueberries, cranberries and raspberries as well as a few natural sour gummies.

You don't have to make time consuming bentos to add a little personalization. Here's a simple brown bag lunch.

Let me know if you have any lunch-packing tips and be sure to download a .50 off coupon for Hellmann’s new squeeze bottle!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kitchen PLAY for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.