Summer in Texas: Ice Cream & Cannonballs

by Shawnda on May 14, 2012

in Giveaways,Ice Cream,Texas

 

I don’t need a calendar to tell me that summer is nearly here. The days get longer, the electric bill skyrockets, we enjoy weekend lunches by the pool, evenings are capped with dinner and a beautiful sunset on the patio, and the neighborhood kids get louder with each passing day as they pile off the school bus. They know that there’s an end in sight.

I totally remember those days.

Nearly two years ago, we decided that we just couldn’t take another Texas summer without a swimming pool. We loaded up our 8-month-old daughter and moved to the suburbs. We found the perfect pool that just happened to have a house attached. Lucky us.

When the school year ends, that new backyard quickly becomes family barbecue central. Nieces and nephews pour in from Dallas and San Antonio with my sisters, brothers, and in-laws in tow.

I love entertaining, but I’d much rather throw an informal, potluck-style backyard barbecue with friends and family than a fancy dinner party. One requires food that’s far less fussy and lets me spend more time with family. And one requires mascara. It’s really a no-brainer.

Carafes of margaritas, sweet tea, and fresh-squeezed lemonade sit on ice next to a stack of Solo Cups. The smell of pork ribs and mesquite smoke in the air mix with chlorine and 50+ SPF sunscreen. The little ones squeal with excitement when the Cannonball Championship starts – biggest splash has bragging rights for at least a week!

The picnic-style lunch menu is rounded out with dad’s baked beans (it’s not a barbecue without them), hot dogs and burgers with a spread of fixins to make everyone happy, grilled vegetables, and a bowl of potato chips.

An ice cold watermelon is perfectly chilled and sliced into wedges piled high on a platter next to the salt shaker. We are a family divided: 1) my mother and I, who salt our watermelon before eating it and 2) everyone else.

No one’s perfect.

And just when you think you couldn’t – shouldn’t – eat one more bite, out comes a bowl of banana pudding and a baking sheet full of ice cream cones for dessert!

Is there another dessert that makes people as happy as eating ice cream in a cone? Adults relish in memories of childhood summers; the melody of the ice cream truck and camping out in the backyard seem much more recent than 20 years ago. And the kids giggle as they race to catch the dripping ice cream before it hits the patio. It’s the stuff that makes 30-somethings feel like teenage-somethings and cannonball into the deep end of the pool.

Nestlé® Drumstick® Lil’ Drums are one of my favorite summer treats. They’re smaller than the classic Drumstick – something that’s extremely important when we’re talking about desserts and bathing suits in the same sentence – but still have that signature chocolate-coated sugar cone. Do not stand between me and the Caramel Graham cone. With a drizzle of caramel sauce and graham cracker pieces on top of vanilla ice cream, it was love at first bite – try it, you’ll see. There are several new flavors, you can check them out here.

My husband typically shuns the Lil’ Drums and heads straight for the classic full-sized Drumstick.

Regardless of the flavor, anyone who doesn’t bite the bottom of the cone off first doesn’t get invited back.

I kid, I kid.

And now for the giveaway! Nestlé is kicking off the summer in a very fabulous way for one lucky reader with a $100 Walmart gift card! To enter the giveaway, simply answer this question in the comments below: What is your favorite summer activity with your friends and family?

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– Leave a comment in response to the question “What is your favorite summer activity with your friends and family?”
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– For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
3. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
4. The Official Rules are available here.
5. This sweepstakes runs from 5/14/2012 to 6/15/2012.

Be sure to visit the Nestlé Drumstick page on BlogHer.com, where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

This post was sponsored by BlogHer and Nestlé.

 

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1 Lori May 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

BBQ’S!!!

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2 Mami2jcn May 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

We love going to the pool and to the beach.

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3 Mom24@4evermom May 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

I love going camping with my family.

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4 Mami2jcn May 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

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5 Rosa May 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

Love going to the beach in the summer and watch the sunset.

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6 Rosa May 14, 2012 at 10:27 am
7 Geri May 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love to go swimming– then BBQ while everyone is still in the pool- dessert and back in the pool!

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8 Heidi May 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

My favorite summer activity is horseshowing with my friends!

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9 Kate May 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

My favorite summer activity is grilling on our patio…LOVE!

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10 Aubreylaine May 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

Going to the lake!
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11 LaDana Foster May 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

My favorite summer activity is hanging around the porch or pool with a cold drink in my hand.

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12 Ashley L May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

Floating the river with friends and a drink!

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13 Hannah May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

BBQ with friends and family!

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14 victoria May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

family barbeques!

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15 Margo May 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

My favorite summer activity is going to the beach with my extended family. I love that we all go on vacations together.

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16 Kristen May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

We live in New Jersey so my favorite summer activity is spending the day at the beach and then having a BBQ for dinner. It’s just the best!

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17 amy marantino May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

i like to go boating

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18 Eva @ Eva Bakes May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love going to the pool!

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19 amy marantino May 14, 2012 at 10:44 am
20 Hilary May 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

I love picnics, bbq’s, bonfires, and anything that involves FOOD!!

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21 Elena May 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

we like going to the beach

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22 Elena May 14, 2012 at 10:46 am
23 Margaret May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Eating a huge lunch after swimming for hours outside!

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24 abbi May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Backyard BBQ’s!

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25 Ashley C May 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

I love going to the ocean!

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26 Karina Lee May 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

we love going to the pool

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27 Karina Lee May 14, 2012 at 11:33 am
28 Rachel May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Camping with my family – beach or mountains – just being away with no distractions :)

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29 Maxine R. May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Back yard bbq’s with my son and his wife.

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30 Jacqui May 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

My favorite summer activity is cookouts followed by a bonfire!

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31 Dawnn May 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

Our annual weekend trip to San Antonio. I love all of the great food and culture!

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32 Jacqui May 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

I did the alternate form of entry

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33 Julie F May 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

My absolute favorite thing about the summer is being at the POOL! There is nothing else I’d rather do on a hot summer day than be at the pool with my husband and friends and having a coctail! :)

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34 Patricia May 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love BBQ’s with the friends and family!!! It is so nice to enjoy time outside with everyone :-)

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35 Marion May 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

Baseball games – go Rangers!

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36 Kathryn May 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

There are so many!! IF I had to pick one (which apparently I do), I’d have to go with barbecues as well. We do slip n slide like nobody’s business cause Hubs and I decided long ago that we are not the type of people that can keep up a pool (waaaaay too much work)…. But picnics and waterparks and the beach and camping all deserve a mention too!!

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37 SB May 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

I love camping!

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38 Denise May 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My family and I love to hang out at the lake. We grill, boat, swim and just hang out.

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39 Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love playing badminton with my family in the backyard. It’s a good workout and it’s fun!

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40 courtney b May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

we go swimming with friends and have a huge bbq with skewers. we invite lots of people and make it a big party!

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41 Kristen May 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Definitely the beach!

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42 courtney b May 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
43 Courtney McElhaney May 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Floating the river!!!!!!

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44 Jenelle C May 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

We love spending time in and around our pool in the Summertime. Everyone knows they’re welcome!

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45 Stephanie May 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

going to the beach

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46 Stephanie May 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm
47 Holly B May 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I enjoy just being able to relax with my family and friends – summer gives me that I don’t need to rush attitude and i love absolutely that!

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48 Ursula B May 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Picninc, barbecue…call it what you want. There’s nothing I love more than just hanging out with friends and family, eating (more food and desserts than I would any regular day of the week,) drinking and talking.

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49 Angela May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

My favorite summer activity has to be going down to the shore! We love to bar hop on our bicycles during perfect weather nights in Cape May!

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50 Elizabeth Jenkins May 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Summer calls for a trip to the beach with kids and grandkids…preferably the Florida Gulf coast!

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51 Genelle Pretty May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I love boating/tubing!

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52 donna May 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

fire pits and corn hole with friends!

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53 Hayley May 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

picnic in wine country!

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54 Rebecca May 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Bike riding!

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55 LeAndra May 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

My grandfather’s birthday is on the 4th of July, so we always have a family gathering to celebrate the holiday and grandpa on the 4th. That celebration is definitely my favorite part of summer.

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56 Livivua Chandler May 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I like going to six flags or florida with my immediate family and other family members.

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57 Livivua Chandler May 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm
58 Elaine May 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Family and friends over for cookouts and game night!

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59 Rachel Tilly May 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hanging out by the pool, going to the beach, eating outside, playing tennis!

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60 Valery May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I love driving up the canyon with friends and having a bonfire and cookout. And I also love summer for road trips/vacays with friends and family.

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61 Denise B May 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Swimming.

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62 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I simply don’t think you could have made a summer party sound more appealing! What a fantastic party it looks like it was. Great giveaway, too! My favorite summer activity with friends and family is laying by Barton Springs Pool with a cool drink and a good read.

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63 bmk May 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Lots of swimming with the kids and of course popsicles and pudding pops!

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64 Sara May 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I love having friends over to bbq!!

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65 Katie May 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I love going to our lake house on the weekends! Best part of summer, hands down.

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66 Theresa Sea May 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Cookouts and campfires with friends!

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67 cassie May 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love to go swimming at the local water park!

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68 Mellisa Willis May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

being in a freshly mowed, shady back yard in the evening. The faint smell of the BBQ grill in the background. With a tub full of icy cold beer.

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69 Cassie May 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I love to go camping and hiking

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70 Mellybrown May 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Camping, swimming and the waterslides!

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71 Patricia May 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm
72 Anna W. May 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hiking with the dogs is the best!

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73 Solducky May 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Going to the free summer concerts in the park, or the minor league baseball games and sitting in the lawn seats.
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

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74 Solducky May 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm
75 Erin May 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

My favorite summer activity is camping out and grilling

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76 Erin May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm
77 Emily May 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Favorite summer activity is swimming!

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78 LeAnne May 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

BBQs with friends and family are the best!

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79 Mohana May 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

we love going to the pool and have family BBQs.

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80 Julie May 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Bbq at the beach! Charred hotdogs smothered with yellow mustard and dill pickle relish

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81 Katie Rose May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Backyard BBQ, volleyball, and swimming with family and friends.

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82 Kristen M. May 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

My favorite activity during the summer is getting together with friends to BBQ and enjoy margaritas.

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83 Stefanie May 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Having a BBQ with family and friends!

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84 Melissa C. May 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Swimming in the pool… and slip-n-slides!

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85 Andrea D. May 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

We love to swim. I wish we could do it more. We live in TX and have been dealing with droughts so we haven’t been able to even put up the kiddie pool all last summer. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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86 Linda Bennett May 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Making S;Mores

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87 Lindsay May 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I love kayaking in a canal behind our beach house on cool summer mornings followed by a delicious brunch!

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88 Pat R May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A Summer family vacation at the beach.

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89 Heather May 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hanging out with my kiddos (3, almost 2 and 6 months) in our backyard baby pool, the swing, the sprinkler, the sandbox. These are the days…I know they won’t last too long so I try and soak them up!

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90 Kim May 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Going to the jersey shore!!

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91 Ashley H. May 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

We love going to the pool.

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92 Cara May 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

butt rafting down the river!!!

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93 Emily May 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I love to spend the day at the beach with my friends and family and then follow up back at home with a BBQ and margaritas!

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94 Erin Y May 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Games of bocce ball & gimlets on the deck (your family enjoys tequila… we enjoy GIN!) :)

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95 meghan May 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Beach dinners that turn into bonfires, and taking jet ski rides!

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96 Elisa May 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Going to the beach and Barbequing!

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97 Jen M O May 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

My favorite summer activity is too have parties with friends and family outside under the stars!

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98 Emily Rose Anderson May 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

an afternoon in the backyard pool… floating all day!

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99 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

going to the beach!

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100 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm
101 Michelle May 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

We love the beach!

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102 Ashley May 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I love being back home and outside walking around the river with my two dogs! Best way to soak up the sunshine.

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103 Jill C May 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

sitting on my patio with friends and a pitcher of margaritas!

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104 Deb May 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Going to the beach.

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105 Maxine May 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Definitely BBQs with friends and family!

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106 Lauren May 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love a good ole family game of softball!

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107 Wendy May 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Spending time at the lake and the beach!

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108 Lauren May 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Swimming!!

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109 ATLKristen May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love grilling, so this is my favorite time of year. Nothing beats a great steak on the grill!

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110 Danielle May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I love cook-outs with family and friends! So much fun!!

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111 branny May 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I love to ride my horses in the summer!

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112 Kelly May 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Bonfires :)

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113 Kara D May 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I love relaxing at my Aunt’s pool with friends and family!

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114 Tasha May 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

My favorite summertime activity is taking a family vacation!

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115 Patricia Crowley May 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I love having campfires with the kids and toasting marshmallows!

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116 Patricia Crowley May 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm
117 Jenni Rom May 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

We love grilling out and hanging at the pool!

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118 Heather @ Kids in the Sink May 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I really like grilling out! We’ve just really started to experiment with grilling different things!

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119 Valerie K. May 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Swimming… well not me much anymore… but watching the kids swim just like I did ( when bathing suits were fun ) at my grandparents pool!!

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120 Michael J. McCoy May 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Gathering at the lake an BBQ’ing, riding on tube and just chilling with familyand friends.

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121 Mb May 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

hiking!

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122 Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

BBQ and go to the pool!

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123 Meighan May 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

kayaking !

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124 Amy L May 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love going out for ice cream. We have some of the world’s best ice cream here in Columbus at Jeni’s and Graeters.

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125 sarapete May 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Going to the beach!!!

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126 sarapete May 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm
127 Amy L May 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm
128 Lisa S May 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Being on the boat with family and friends! Cannot wait.

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129 Lisa S May 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm
130 Sage May 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

We love going to the beach. And I love bonfires/cookouts on the beach, especially if they include s’mores! :)

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131 Jenny May 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

We love having dinner and drinks outside in the evenings. :-)

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132 Chelsea May 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Schlitterbahn! Love the open picnic area, plentiful shade and river water! And it’s just down the road from Austin :)

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133 Chelsea May 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm
134 Samantha C. May 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

We love to have bonfires with all of our friends and families during the summer!

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135 Francesca May 15, 2012 at 5:12 am

Cooking out or sitting by the pool!

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136 Jennifer May 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

My family summer activity is the trip we take together as a family every year. We vote on location, and every year it’s something different, and it’s ALWAYS an adventure. Great times, memories, and pictures.

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137 Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink May 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

swimming!!

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138 emily willingham May 15, 2012 at 6:34 am

my favorite summer activity with your friends and family spending a week at the beach

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139 emily willingham May 15, 2012 at 6:35 am
140 Jan May 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

I belong to a women’s motorcycle club and we love to ride the twisties all summer long!

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141 Bethany in Boone May 15, 2012 at 7:04 am

Tubing down the river!

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142 Rachel Allen May 15, 2012 at 7:23 am

Playing volleyball then grilling out with friends.

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143 Linn May 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

I teach so summers are my time to reconnect with my girls. My favorite summer activity is sleeping until the bedroom fills with light.

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144 Amanda Sakovitz May 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love going to the beach!

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145 Amanda Sakovitz May 15, 2012 at 7:52 am
146 Gwyn May 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

swimming in the backyard!!

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147 Gwyn May 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

My favorite summer activity is definitely a good cookout with family and friends :) margaritas are a must!

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148 cindy May 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

Our favorite summer past time would be relaxing out back overlooking the pond and mountain,
building a huge fire in our 12 foot fire pit, playing horseshoes and eating lots of good grilled food.

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149 Kari May 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Our favorite summer activity is to pack up a picnic lunch and head to the beach for the day.

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150 Ally May 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love bucknight (hotdogs, popcorn & beer) at the local minor league baseball game – entertainment, food , friends and a beautiful summer night – can’t wait!

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151 kristin m. May 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

loading up the kids, the dogs and the trailer and heading for higher ground! nothing better than no cell reception, cooking over an open flame and actually reconnecting as a family – no electronics involved! kristinmik at gmail

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152 Cori May 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

We love grilling in the backyard.

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153 Bekah May 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

Grilling out and playing lawn games!

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154 Sara P. May 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

My favorite summer activity with friends and family is going for a nice long hike!

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155 Erika May 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

We love the simple things- getting out the baby pool for my daughter, and cooking hot dogs on a charcoal grill. :)

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156 Theresa S. May 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Cookouts!

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157 Ali May 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

We love to take our puppy to the park or the beach!

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158 anna pry May 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

going fishing and taking a nice picnic with us
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159 anna pry May 15, 2012 at 11:30 am
160 The Home Cook May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

Definitely BBQs. I love getting together with friends or family and cooking a delicious meal. We just got a portable canopy and I can’t wait to use it in the backyard since we get SO much sun.

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161 Elizabeth May 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Definitely hitting the beach for the day!

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162 Laura May 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Pony Penning! The round up all the horses on our neighboring shelter island, bring them over to our island via swimming them across a small channel – then auction the foals and swim them back. You see faces you haven’t seen all year long (along with the faces of 70,000+ tourists), it’s truly a homecoming!

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163 nikki May 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hanging at the pool and having a bbq!!!

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164 NancyE May 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Camping with friends. This year we are taking a canoe camping trip.

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165 erin May 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

going to the beach!

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166 Veronica May 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Definitely BBQ-ing!!

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167 Melinda @cookingalamel May 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love camping and hiking!

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168 Darlene May 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Cooking out with family and friends of course!!!!

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169 Patricia May 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

We love to go to the beach.

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170 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie May 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Summer just screams snowballs to me. It’s the best way to beat the heat out here, and just waiting in line and having a snowball with family is one of my favorite Summer memories as a kid! Oh, and of course swimming!

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171 Sharon May 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I love the family reunions!
(Wish I had a pool in the backyard!)

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172 Sharon May 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm
173 Stef May 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Biking, my friends and I explore the country side and bike from city to city. Love it!

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174 Rondah May 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I love to cookout with friends and family

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175 Rondah May 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm
176 Sarah May 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Having a picnic by grilling and playing badminton in our backyard!

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177 Judy B. May 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Picnics!

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178 Judy B. May 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm
179 Amy Tong May 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm

My favorite summer activity is to take the kids to visit my In-Laws and stay over for the weekends! We prepare great food together; spend the day at the back yard pool, pick fresh fruit from their garden etc.
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180 Amy Tong May 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm
181 Angela Yen May 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

My favorite summer activity is hosting BBQs in the backyard or taking fun weekend trips out of town :)

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182 Carrie @CarrieAndJonathan.com May 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

My favorite summer activity with friends are outdoor summer bbqs.

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183 Kelly D May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

I like taking my kids to amusement parks.

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184 Kelly D May 16, 2012 at 10:40 am
185 Michelle May 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Cookouts with lots of fresh salads, burgers, & ice cream!

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186 Abbey May 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love going to the lake/beach with my family and friends!

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187 Regina May 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Tubing on the river.

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188 Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming May 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Hanging out by the pool!

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189 renae May 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Love grilling out and being with family and friends! Oh and lots of water activities too!! :)

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190 Valerie May 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

BBQ’s

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191 Amanda May 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

Long days hanging out in Central Park with friends, food, and Scrabble!

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192 Kelly Massman May 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I love to travel during the summer, and I really, really love Nestle drumsticks–no other brand comes close! Sometimes I crave them!!!!
Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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193 Melissa May 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

My favorite summer activity with friends and family is a picnic at the beach, the fresh air, sun on your skin, sea salt in your hair its amazing and so summer. Also at the end of summer we have a bonfire :) It’s tradition. :)

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194 Melissa May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm
195 Denise M May 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

We love to have barbecues in the summer with yummy food and desserts

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196 Galit Breen May 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

We always do one Ice Cream for Dinner Night – how perfect would these be for that?! – that we look forward to AllYearLong.

(Stunning photos!)

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197 Lucy May 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Living in Ohio we love going to the Amusement Parks, the fight is between the two biggies, Cedar Point or Kings Island, I will go to both but love Cedar Point and then we end the summer with the Ohio State Fair, that is summer for us :)

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198 Kenia May 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

We like to visit different parks around town and when we travel. Picnics are fun followed by ice cream =]

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199 Kenia May 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm
200 Katy P May 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

We love grilling with friends!

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201 Shelby O. May 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

BBQing is my favorite!

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202 Tami G May 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

My favorite summer activity is having all the family together and grilling up a storm while the grandchildren are playing in the pool.

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203 Tanya May 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Riding bikes around town, picking fruit, and eating!

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204 Michelle H May 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Favorite summer activity is hiking through the Rocky Mountains and then devouring a hard earned bowl of ice cream!

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205 Bev E. May 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I love swimming!

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206 Ashley May 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I love going to the water park!

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207 TJ May 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I love spending time with my family at our cabin in Northern MN

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208 TJ May 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm
209 Kate May 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

Being lazy, eating outdoors, and trying to fit myself into a swimsuit.

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210 Leann Lindeman May 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love to hang at the pool…. floating on my raft!

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211 tara pittman May 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

love swimming

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212 tara pittman May 19, 2012 at 11:50 am
213 Tina M May 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I love camping

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214 Tina M May 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm
215 cw May 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I love to go on hikes and picnic at the summit. Hard to pack ice cream…but can have when we get home.

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216 Anna P. May 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Grilling out by the pool!

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217 Tiffany Winner May 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Our favorite summer activity is visiting my in-laws and swimming in the pool all weekend
thismomwins@gmail.com

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218 Lara May 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

My favorite summer activity is riding horses with friends.

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219 Jessie C. May 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

We like camping!
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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220 Jessie C. May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm
221 tanya May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I enjoy grilling out with family and friends

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222 tanya May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm
223 Tabathia B May 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Having a cookout with a fish fry and taking my kids to the movies in the park
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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224 Tabathia B May 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm
225 Soha Molina May 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

swimming is our favorite

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226 Soha Molina May 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm
227 Rebecca Graham May 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

I like having cookouts with friends and family.

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228 Rebecca Graham May 22, 2012 at 1:42 am
229 allie May 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

i love going swimming/tubing in the river!

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230 Amy May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

Going to see the Brewers play!

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231 Delilah May 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

It doesn’t get better than sitting outside on a Friday night with a glass of wine

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232 Brandi May 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

OMG, your Summer in Texas sounds so perfect! I live in Houston where we have a pool, too. We love having family over to swim and ice cream would be perfect for the family!

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233 Racquel Jones May 23, 2012 at 4:28 am

There are many favorite activities, but the July 4th picnic is the best with both sides of my family at my uncles house/pool, swimming and eating amazing food!

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234 Debbie B May 23, 2012 at 5:26 am

we enjoy cooking outside on the grill

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235 Debbie B May 23, 2012 at 5:27 am
236 Alyssa May 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

BBQ!!! And I’ll bring the baked good :)

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237 Heidi Boehs May 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Summer is just the perfect time of year for various reasons — hot Oklahoma days and the cold local watermelons that taste so good, and then taking a little vacation to somewhere a little cooler than home!!

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238 Kelly May 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Cheese and crackers at dusk on my parents’ deck.

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239 carrie May 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Going to the pool!

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240 Kellie Rose Wilson May 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

We love long walks in the park, fireworks, outdoor dining, ice cream on the patio!

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241 Kellie Rose Wilson May 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm
242 Linda May 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

Outdoor theater. Every summer, my family heads to the Muny every Monday night. This year, I’m taking my oldest daughter with me. I’m so pumped to share it with her!

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243 Lauren May 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

When I was little our favorite thing was always piling the family up in the car, grabbing some sandwiches from the corner deli and heading to the beach to surf, boogie board and play in the sand. My parents best friends would come and bring their kids and it would turn into a day party for all ages :)

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244 violarulz/ducksandbooks May 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

hiking in the mountains and then coming home and jumping into the pool at our condo before showering and eating too much for dinner :)

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245 Tiffany Winner May 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm
246 Mandy May 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

I like popsicles with kids and vacations during the summer. Picnics are also fun.

aandj8804[at]gmail.com

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247 Mandy May 26, 2012 at 7:39 am
248 Mandy May 26, 2012 at 7:47 am
249 Natasha May 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

Definitely love going to the beach and boating!

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250 Dee May 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

Our favorite activity is going to the beach and building sand castles (they’re never that great but we make a good attempt) :)

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251 Dee May 27, 2012 at 11:07 am
252 gina May 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Fave summer activity = camping! boating! s’moring!!

gmk1219@yahoo.com

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253 gina May 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm
254 melissa@IWasBornToCook May 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

spending time at our shore house!

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255 Tasha May 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I love having bonfires in the summer!

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256 Janice May 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

BBQ – anything that includes food and family!

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257 Janice May 28, 2012 at 9:40 am
258 Christina Tong May 29, 2012 at 2:03 am

My favorite summer activity with my friends and family is having BBQ at the back yard and the kids hanging in the pool.

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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259 Christina Tong May 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/207383638956974081

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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260 Maria May 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hanging out by the pool!

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261 Gaby May 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

Traveling on the the road with my dad, stepmother, and brother, and of course, our dog, Slim.

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262 Gina M Maddox May 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I love having outdoor bar-b-q’s with friends and family during the summer!
Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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263 Gina M Maddox May 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/207636962411155456

gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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264 Lisa May 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

Goin to the pool!

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265 Leslie May 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love looking at the stars with my kids. When school is out, they can stay up late enough to enjoy it with me.

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266 Michelle Harrison May 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

My favorite summer event is having a bbq with family and friends. My husband and I love entertaining!!!

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267 Heather May 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Love drumsticks! My favorite summer activity is taking picnics up to the lake and just relaxing. I can’t wait!

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268 kendra May 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Catching fireflies!!!

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269 sy May 31, 2012 at 12:02 am

We bbq, play board games, and snack on icecream, nestle drumsticks is one of my favorites. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
songyueyu at gmail

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270 sy May 31, 2012 at 12:03 am
271 sandra May 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

grilling out

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272 Maria Cantu May 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

We like to bbq.

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273 Kaitlyn May 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I like camping and making smores :)

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274 Norma May 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I love to BBQ!

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275 LAMusing May 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I enjoy picnics at some of the local concerts in the park

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276 LAMusing May 31, 2012 at 11:23 pm
277 Pat June 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I enjoy going berry picking and having picnics

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278 Pat June 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm
279 Kerry June 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Camping!

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280 Kerry June 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm
281 LinhC June 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Going to the beach!

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282 Eleni June 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

Best summer activity. Barbecueing in the backyard

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283 meredith June 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

We all like to go to local baseball games together!

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284 meredith June 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm
285 steph June 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

swimming in the pool for sure!

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286 steph June 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm
287 Deanna G. June 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Going to the beach!

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288 Deanna G. June 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm
289 Deb Anderson June 10, 2012 at 9:39 am
290 Deb Anderson June 10, 2012 at 9:39 am
291 Calli June 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Going to the beach with a picnic is our favorite activity!

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292 Janice Cooper June 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Going to the park

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293 Janice Cooper June 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm
294 Betty C June 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I can’t pick just one favorite activity. Camping, day trips to the lake for fishing and swimming, backyard barbeques, they are all favorites depending on the day of the week!!

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295 Betty C June 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm
296 angie lilly June 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

I love to garden with my hubby! Our yard is a source of great pride and beauty to us!!

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297 angie lilly June 12, 2012 at 8:48 am
298 Samantha Daleo June 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

My favorite parts of summer are sleeping in, swimming with my daughter during the day and the annual vacation that we try to plan. They don’t always happen and the length and location depend on finances but we always try to get away for at least a few days and its priceless when we do.

Thanks!
Samantha

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299 Kate Giella June 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love spending time outside in the summer with friends and family around the pool. I love the smell of the grill and enjoying the day together in the sun!

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300 jennifer horn June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Love riding 4 wheelers and all the cookouts.

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301 jennifer horn June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm
302 Carolsue June 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

My favorite family activity in summer is going to the beach!
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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303 Carolsue June 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/MsCarolsueA/status/213064873968537600
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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304 Erica Best June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I would to go to park and have a picnic.

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305 Erica Best June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am
306 Mel June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Summer here are 2 things. BBQ’s and swimming. Nothing like having some friends over at the last minute for good food and a dip in the pool.

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307 Jammie June 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

One of our favorite summer activities is geocaching. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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308 Jammie June 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm
309 Sarah L June 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I love to go swimming.
Thanks for the contest.

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310 Sarah L June 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm
311 ewhatley June 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

We love going over to the beach.

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312 Mari June 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

We like swimming and barbequing afterwards.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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313 Mari June 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

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