summer bloggy carnival giveaway from annie’s eyes

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Update: Comments will close at midnight tonight, Friday, August 1. Winners will be posted tomorrow. God bless each of you.

Oh, yeah! It is Bloggy Giveaway Carnival time again, and with that, opportunities to win abound. At annie’s eyes, you have more than one chance to win . . .(for dramatic effect). . .

Your very own iPod shuffleTM! That’s right, 2 GB of your favorite tunes, all in a convenient package the size of a large postage stamp!

AND five other lucky winners will win a $20 gift card for summer purchases from Target!
Here are the rules: This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. The iPod Shuffle will be sent directly to your home, so be sure you have a physical address to deliver it, and a contact email if yours is a no-reply address.

In the comments, just tell me your favorite summer leisure tip, whether it is advice on how to relax or stay cool, or your favorite location. Maybe you have a favorite summer beverage or even a good read. All ideas are welcome. I love hearing from you. On Saturday morning, I’ll draw six winners and post names! I will use Random Number generator for the winners, so just ONE sweet short comment each day through Friday, Aug. 1 at midnight is appreciated! Visit the bloggy giveaway site for other FREE giveaways, and thanks for stopping by!

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1,138 thoughts on “summer bloggy carnival giveaway from annie’s eyes

  1. Favorite leisure trip in the summer is our cabin on the lake . . . if it’s cool outside. Cabin has no AC and summer humidity can be awful. But a cabin on the lake, it’s really sweet.

  2. My favorite summer beverage is iced green tea and I’ve always got a good book to read in the shade. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Lindsey
    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  3. My favorite thing to do on a hot day is to have an icy glass of water, a good book and float around with them both in the pool.

  4. I’ll say take the family to a nice 4th. of July Fireworks display but make sure to bring along the first-aid kit just in case

  5. My favorite summertime leisure tip is to do something creative that you enjoy outside! We spend so much time couped up inside during the winter months, or at our job, or doing our everyday chores, that when it is nice outside, the sun is shining and it is balmy and warm outside, we have no business being inside! Take something you are passionate about, a creative project you have been wanting to do, and work on it outside on a blanket either in the sun, or under a tree in the shade. You will be surprised how relaxed you will begin to feel, and you will feel yourself becoming grounded and revived. I enjoy painting my clay pots with fun, whimsical designs. I bring about 6 pots outside, with all my paints, and I have myself a little party painting my pots. I get started with just a few simple designs, and after painting for about 20 minutes I feel all my stress leaving my body and the creativity just begins to flow – I end up with these wild, funky pots that everyone admires when they come over! You get a real sense of achievement and confidence when you do something creative like this in an environment you are comfortable in. BTW – I have been wanting an iPod Shuffle for the longest time now! I am going to keep my fingers crossed on this one! Thank you for such a fun giveaway!
    joannaonthelake[at]gmail.com

  6. My eyes seem to get pretty tired in the summer, with being outside, hayfever, etc. I like to read, but in the summer I use a lot of audio books. Audiobooks are much more bearable in the summer.

  7. Where I live – it’s so cold in the winter, we avoid going outside. Summertime just means: Go OUTSIDE and enjoy! Thank you! cguill888 at yahoo dot com

  8. Get Abby a bone and sit by the pool with your laptop and a cool glass of ??? (one of the many suggestions above) I like the fruit tea idea…Enjoy. Your very generous to offer such cool gifts on your blog giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. I get physically ill when I get hot (NOT a good thing in Texas), so I want tons of air conditioning! I also love good fresh lemonade with fresh lemonade ice cubes. For an occasional treat, root beer floats are a favorite. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  10. there is nothing i enjoy better than puttering around in my garden and watching the frogs hop in and out of my pond..i go out every morning with my cup of coffee and stay outside for a few hours.it is so relaxing 🙂

  11. Remember to have a sweater/jacket for the evening. Even in the summer it gets cool at night.

    luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

  12. Each summer we go camping. In order to relax and enjoy our camp trips, I always prepare meals ahead of time. I make stews and chilis which I freeze. Not only are meals easy to prepare while camping, the frozen foods keep the coolers cool!
    write_today@hotmail.com

  13. Inside the AC is keeping us cool – outside we turn on mister – tiny sprinklers hanging overhead. The kids play outside in the afternoon and love the cool mist 🙂

  14. favorite summer leisure tip- make sun tea and sweeten it with fruit juice. Thep perfect beverage for sipping in the sun.

  15. Take some time – an hour, a day or a week – and just relax, drink iced tea (or pop, whatever you like), read, sit in the sun or play with the kids. Don’t let work, worries or chores intrude. Everyone needs a break.

  16. Well, since you have so many comments and I have not commented each day and alot of the others may have. I’m going to add my name one more time to the “pot” to bring my chances up a little , ha.ha….you go girl.

    just so you won’t have to look my email up IF I should win dlowran1(at)comcast(dot(net).

  17. I own a condo in a complex with a pool, so my son and I spend many, many hours playing games (he loves marco polo) with his friends. On the weekends, we bring drinks and munchies and make a day of it.

  18. my best tip is always use sunscreen and remember to reapply that way you can really relax withoutpaying for it the next day

  19. My last chance effort— 4 simple words. Corn on the cob.
    Nothing says summer relax time to me more than a cookout with some nice corn on the cob!
    num1twinkie at yahoo dot com

  20. My favorite summer lesiure activity used to be haning out at the beach, since we used to be so close. Now, living in UT, the closest beach is 500 miles away! Now, we like to go camping in various places here in UT! It’s all so new and totally different than what we’re used to! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    rachelfox1981 at yahoo dot com

  21. I like sitting on my porch swing with a big glass of iced tea and watching the kids play. That’s my idea of leaisure!

  22. Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors so I stick to easy, simple but flavor packed meals on the grill as often as possible. Along with a dip in the pool and some fresh squeezed lemonade I feel relaxed and refreshed. And the only clean up is putting our plates and cups in the dishwasher.

    twithhoneyATgmailDOTcom

  23. Well this is a little different…but I’m begun to exercise on a daily basis for a few months now and I love the feel. It feels so relaxing when you are done to drink cold ice water, run a wet rag around your face, and then lay somewhere with a big ceiling fan blowing on you. Aw…plus your looking fabulous! lol (well not me yet!) Thanks

  24. We have a little shaded place set up in the back yard just next to the woods. It’s closed in on two sides with a tin roof. I have a picnic table back there. Sometimes I take my laptop or a book out back and just enjoy the peace and quiet. If it’s a bit hot I’ll take a fan with me. Hubby ran me some power back there. Am I spoiled or what? 🙂

  25. The only way I can stand the really hot and muggy days is to try and stay inside in the central air!
    Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  26. We always try to make it to the Drive In once during the summer. It’s so nice to not even have to leave the car (except for the bathroom and popcorn of course!). Plus you can talk as much as you want during the movie and no one can hear you! 🙂

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  27. In the summer when there is no school for the older kids, I take a nap with my 3 yr. old in the middle of the day. Then when the older kids stay up later because there is no school, I am not so worn out!!!

  28. Try to eat a lot of sandwiches, cold salads and cold soups, instead of heating up the house by using the stove and oven.

  29. My Favorite thing to do is drink a tall glass of lemonade and take a dip in the pool! Tanks for the chance to win!

  30. Slushies. In an effort to keep my children from constanty asking for snowcones every time we see a snowcone shack, we bought a snowcone maker and it has been so nice!!

  31. One of my favorite summer leisure things to do is go to a great concert. We went to see Steely Dan last month and it was great. Thank you so much!

  32. Our favorite summer activity is going out on the boat and fishing in the Gulf. The cool down tip is to make sure you have a ladder on the boat so you can keep getting wet!!
    guysrose at aol dot com

  33. During summer I just let the house, laundry, everything go and play with the kids. Who cares if thngs are clean? Thanks!
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. Limoncello lemonade with a sugared rim. You cannot beat those on a blazing summers day. If you put them in the freeze and get some slush going, even better.

  35. Okay, with all these comments about ice tea and hammocks, I’m going to look like a total nut.

    But I have to be honest, my favorite summertime leisure activity is to go see the summer blockbuster movies in an air conditioned movie theatre and them go out for ice cream.
    I don’t really like being out in the humidity with the mosquitos.
    I’d rather sit in the dark and watch The Dark Knight with a box of Milk Duds on my lap. Sorry.
    -Allie
    tonylethal@aol.com

  36. Last summer tip from me:

    Never “agree” to wear a heart monitor in 95 degree weather. All that adhesive tape makes for some uncomfortable, hot moments. Ick. And you can’t wear little clothing. Otherwise all those wires poking out of your chest might scare small children.

  37. Holy-moley, roly-poly! This is amazing! My favorite thing to do is take homemade sorbet and race down to the beach before it melts! Freeze any kind of fruit overnight and then thaw for about an hour until just cutable. Blend it until smooth! Sugar and fat free! Thank you!

  38. My summer leisure tip is to get up early, get your errands done when it’s not as hot, and then come home and relax in the air conditioning during the heat of the afternoon while drinking some sweet tea!

    My email is lollypopperz at gmail dot com

  39. take a nice bath, and give yourself a nice scrub while your are in there, and then a good sunless tanner afterward and maybe a pedicure. or maybe that all sounds like work? maybe just a nice long bath!!

  40. my favorite summer tip – go jump in the pool – do some yardwork – jump back in – then, of course, a big glass of fresh lemonade with lots and lots of ice.

  41. Favorite summertime leisure activity is making a watermelon basket with the kids. First we take a watermelon and carved out the primary basket shape and then the kids each get a melon baller to start emptying out the body. After that we make cantelope balls to mix with the watermelon. Put everything in the frig to get it nice and cold and serve it later with homemade pineapple ice cream. Absolutely delightful.

  42. Going to visit my husband’s family in Mississippi. We live in an isolated area in the desert and they live in a small gated community on a lake, its much cooler and there are TREES!!!

    We hope to tranferred soon to the base in Pensecola – until then, we’ll enjoy visiting family!

  43. A canopied outdoor daybed, a pitcher of cranberry lemonade, and a good book. Unfortunately I have 3 little ones, so it ain’t gonna happen!

  44. My tip is to be vegging with a glass of ice tea watching the kids and the dogs playing. Oh yeah have to have your piggies in the pool so the kids can go in and splash you.

  45. For summer I like to put my coolest, softest cotton sheets on my bed and curl up with a good book.
    khrissylee28 at aol dot com

  46. I love just taking time to step back and enjoy the longer hours reading or walking outside.

    radiationchic(at)hotmail(dot)com

  47. Seek out and buy homegrown tomatoes. Try to find old fashioned one, not the modern hybrids. The old varieties have far more flavor. In them you will find the taste of a country summer, no matter where you live.

  48. My favorite summer beverage is iced coffee. I make the coffee a day ahead, keep it in the refrigerator and the next day I add ice cubes, milk, coffee syrup. Cheaper than Starbucks! 😀

  49. I love to go to the East End of Long Island in the summer. There are so many fun places, like Lavender by the Bay, a beautiful lavender farm in E. Marion NY and of course the Candy Man for home made chocolates. I also LOVE that little place called LUNCH aka Lobster Roll on the south fork that has the BEST lobster rolls anywhere. There’s something for everyone on the East End!!

    majqa1966@yahoo.com

  50. I love just taking advantage of the nice weather since it rains about 8 months out of the year here!

    Thanks for offering it!

    princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. Bike rides to the beach with lots of blankets and a basket lunch. Once we get there we can just hang out and read or play in the sand etc. It is great fun.

  52. My tip is to slow down and enjoy it with your kids or just sit and watch them enjoy it with a cold beverage in hand!

  53. I always try to jazz up my summer drinks a bit. Even a mere slice of lemon on the side of a frosty glass of lemonade makes it seem special.

  54. here’s my advice:

    1. hire hot pool boy, even if you don’t have a pool
    2. ask him to make you freshly squeezed lemonade
    3. add vodka
    4. enjoy!

    Thanks for the awesome opportunity!
    amykant[at]gmail[dot]com

  55. Summer tip #2: My skin gets dry (even in summer!) Last summer, my friend brought back some amazing lotion from Paris. I was thrilled when L’Occitane opened a store here. So, if you have dry hands, try their Shea Butter hand cream. (they also make it for feet.) Good stuff!

  56. The key to surviving summer- get wet, and sit in the shade, preferably at a splash pad that keeps the kids entertained.

  57. For relaxing, it’s our cummer cottage on the lake, listening to the loons, watching the stars, and keeping an eye out for the mama bear and her two cubs. Can’t beat this for a destination.

  58. My summer tip keep a aloe vera plant it comes in handy for all kinds of summer ouches. From the accidental sunburn to nasty mosquito bites.

  59. I eat a lot of ice cream in the summer! Sometimes that is all we eat for supper, just ice cream sundaes. The kids think it is great. (We don’t do it a lot, just a couple of times during the summer.)

    Thanks for having the Giveaway!

  60. I like Arnold palmers -a comination of ice tea and lemonade – to keep me refreshed on theose oh so hot days. (20 consecutive days above 90 in Denver)

  61. My husband and I like going to Guilford lake in Ohio and going swimming together, it’s good fun and exercise!

    hblaser at gmail dot com

  62. My favorite summer indulgence is going for ice cream at the local ice cream stand. Soft ice cream in a cone. Hot Fudge Sundaes. Cyclones (soft ice cream mixed with any kind of candy you can imagine, although I prefer M&M's.)My goal is to eat one of everything on the menu! Unfortunately they'll be closing for the season in about six weeks. So much ice cream, so little time. 😉

  63. My favorite place to be during the summer is my friends cottage cause the lake is just outside the back door and swimming is the best way I know to cool off

  64. I have been drooling over the iPod Shuffle since they first came out. I’ve just never been able to justify it. I would love to win.

  65. I love summer-themed music. Something about the sunshine makes me want to turn it up! beezerly at yahoo (dot) com

  66. Although I enjoy the fruity summery drinks, I find that they just don’t quench my thirst as completely as good old H2O. I always have a gallon of water cold and ready in the fridge so I can fill my water bottle or just pour a glass full.
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

  67. Wow, wow! You are the queen of kindness and goodness! 🙂 Awesome giveaway, God bless you! My birthday is coming up soon and this would make a great prezzie! *hint, hint* 🙂 My favorite beverage is getting McDonald’s Sweet Tea! It’s cheap and HUGE! :)That’s what I like to treat myself to often! purposedrivenlife4you(at)gmail(dot)com

  68. My favorite is sitting in the pool in the evening either alone or with hubby just relaxing, talking, and NOT getting splashed! lol

    jocoiner[at]gmail[dot]com

  69. We like to eat out on the deck and talk about our day or for adventure, we scope out new parks that we have not been to…Fun!

    Thanks for the give-away! ~Connie

    cmhesh at yahoo dot com

  70. My best tip is turn the ac up and sip on delicious strawberry lemonade. I make my own with fresh strawberries from a local orchard.

  71. In the summer I love to sit in my realy comfortable lounge chair outside in the shade with a good book and a cold drink! Thanks so much for the very generous giveaways!

  72. The best way to stay cool, if you don’t have ac at home, is to put a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan. It cools the air blowing.

  73. Walk to the nearest ice cream shop, get an ice cream cone and take a walk while eating it. That’s summer to us. Thanks for this giveaway, too. cguill888 at yahoo dot com

  74. Don’t stress over which clothes or items to take with you on vacation. If you need something, you can always pick it up at your destination.

  75. Favorite tip? A pedicure! I got one for the first time at 43 this year, and I HIGHLY recommend it!
    sjbraun at hotmail dot com

  76. Well lets see… We love to go to Tahoe which is only a few hours drive for us. It is absolutely gorgeous and refreshing to go there. I love to sip on cranberry juice mixed with ginger ale on ice yum oh!
    Thank you so much for entering me, I would love to win something!!!!!
    Sara

  77. My favorite thing to do is to go boating on the Niagara River with plenty of food and liquids, and then go swimming

  78. My favorite summer activity is to turn OFF the TV and spend my evenings reading with a glass of lemonade on my back porch.

  79. My iPod just broke and I was totally bummed, so I would LOVE to win this and have my portable music back!

    My favorite summer getaway is where we go up in Millinocket, Maine to Twin Pines cabins. They are located right on a peninsula in a lake, so the water surrounds you on three sides. It’s gorgeous, refreshing and fun to have a break from real life and just enjoy the scenery for the week- plus you can get in some GREAT hiking while up there! You can see pics from our last vacation on my blog, if you want! Thanks again! jadensmail at gmail dot com

  80. My favorite relaxing thing in summer is being by the pool with my Crystal Lite peach tea!!
    I’d love a Target card! Thanks for the chance!

  81. I think my two favorite getaways for summer are camping in the mountains away from everyone where you are yourself and get relax, I think it is so amazing when you cant hear anything except wind blowing in the pines. Also I love to go to California and spend my time at the beach in my bikini, listening to the ocean and letting the sun warm my body. My favorite summer drinks are iced tea or classic lemonade, i make myself. And then I just chill out on my porch swing and watch the world go by. And that is pretty much how I spend my summer except for the casual softball game with my friends. 😀

    kerosene_girl@msn.com

  82. I don’t know where you live, but Rita’s Italian Ice is what summer is all about! Try a mango gelati!!
    kimisslim (at) hotmail (dot) com

  83. favorite summer treat: fudgcicle… fresh out of the box, fresh out of the grocery store… walking on the way to the car.

    🙂 thanks for your giveaway!

  84. My favorite summer indulgence is sipping sweet tea on the back porch after a summer rain shower! But my favorite summer trip (which I would love if I could take every year) is actually in the winter, when I like to escape the cold, fly to Cancun and laze on the beach with a cold margherita! Mmm, I can almost tast it now!

  85. honestly my favorite summer thing is when daddy comes home and its still warm out but not hot and we play with the kids in the backyard, then grill something and eat dinner on the deck.

    that or a large sweet glace of iced tea!

  86. We go camping to Yosemite National Park every summer. Sitting in my hammock, sipping iced tea, and watching the Merced River and the waterfalls, now THAT is relaxing.

  87. Every town or city has a public lake swimming area somewhere nearby. Check nearby towns or state parks. It’s good clean fun away from chlorine. It’s back to nature and a good way to cool off.

  88. I have a “jug” that holds two gallons. It has a push button on it so the kids can get their own drinks (or help their siblings who can’t quite get the button). I fill it with ice and tap water (no bottled water here) and off we go… out the back door to the wonderful yard we are blessed with. No searching for the restroom, “changing station” handy, gas…none guzzled, shade – in abundance, 10x10sandbox… Why in the world would I want to go anywhere else.
    Happy day.

  89. I keep a Brita pitcher in my fridge and keep drinking cold water all day. My favorite place is my deck with a good book.

  90. We love to splash in the baby pool in our back yard, sip on strawbwrry lemonade and soak up the sun!
    This is a great giveaway, Thank you!
    twinzmama23(@)yahoo(.)com

  91. Slice bananas and put them in the freezer. They melt in your mouth — so good.

    I hope I win!
    michael dot hopkins at gmail dot com.

    I’m also a subscriber.

  92. My favorite summer activity is going to the lake, swimming, tubing and enjoying ourselves!

    I also enjoy sitting in the shade with a good book and a glass of iced tea

  93. Since I have super dry skin, every summer I treat myself to a new summery smelling lotion, bath and body works always has great ones!
    num1twinkie at yahoo dot com

  94. My summer leisure tip is to blend up a batch of melon margaritas, grill some yummy salmon and veggies and then go float in the pool. That’s summer! Thank you for the great contest!

  95. I enjoy visiting Minnesota’s north shore (along Lake Superior). We rent a cabin for a long weekend every summer!

  96. Favorite summer stay cool tip?

    Well, having spent two summers in Baghdad, I’d say watermelon! And always keeping a bottle of gatorade (powder mixed with water) nearby!

    Those were some of my favorite times in Baghdad, sitting on my roof checking my email, eating watermelon, and listening to Norah Jones after a long, hot day of fixing schools.

  97. Our most relaxing vacations are the ones where we don’t plan a thing. I do some research about things to do, if we want to, but we just plan our vacation day to day.

  98. My summer tip is lots of good reading material, Cherry Limeade from Sonic and the pool. Everyone is happy.
    What a fabulous giveaway!

  99. Make fruit smoothies with the family and eat them under a shade tree. It’s a great way to bond with the family and cool off at the same time.

    elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

  100. Living in Michigan we’re lucky to have a lake around every corner – it comes in handy in the summer when it gets hot! That’s where you can usually find us, on the water!

    Tarah
    fireball351c AT yahoo DOT com

  101. In the summer we love to go tubing, relaxing and floating down the river is the best way to spend a hot day 🙂

  102. We love to take a dip in the pool to cool off on hot days. It has really been worth the expense. Thanks for the contest.

  103. My absolute favorite thing to do is to get together with my friends (spread out all over the US) and mett up so we can all go see out band (widepsread panic) and usually we will see 3 shows, and so we all get hotel rooms at the same hotel and basically just hang out for 3-4 days together and act like little kids. It truly is an amazing time, there usually is anywhere from 25 to 75 of us. maybe more. This year we had to save it for fall.
    Basically never act your age.

  104. Favorite summer beverage = margarita made with patron. Perfect during the long hot summers.
    guysrose at aol dot com

  105. I make my own iced tea with a mr coffee iced tea brewer and sweeten it with stevia and i like to sit out on the balcony with my mp3 player. Thats relaxing. titanicluck at gmail dot com Thanks.

  106. I had a mango iced tea last night with dinner. Highly recommended as a cool summer drink! Thanks for a great contest!

  107. water parks are the best places to cool off and have fun on a hot summer day! My favorite one locally is Water country USA!

  108. I love reading by the pool with my feet in the water in the summer. It’s great! I just moved to Arizona, though, and it’s usually way too hot to do that here. I’ll have to adapt 🙂

    Michelle
    lilikoi44@gmail.com

  109. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go outside, find a place in the shade, and cuddle up with a good book.

  110. With as hot and humid as this summer has been my advice is to stay inside with the air conditioner. If you don’t have that luxury, keep plenty of water or iced tea handy and avoid dehydration. Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    kamlchap(at)gmail(dot)com

  111. I like to make my own strawberry lemonade (like Red Robin’s). We take sliced strawberries and frozen lemonade concentrate and add water. My husband loves it, but I’m still looking for a no sugar alternative for my stepdad.

    akblackwell at gmail dot com

  112. Though I love the sun and the outdoors, I try to keep myself protected so I always have sunscreen with me, try to wear hats, and stay in the shade when possible.

  113. Wait! Are you telling me my summer is supposed to be leisurely? 🙂 LOL. Hmm…how about long walks with the dogs and trips to the shaved ice stand. That’s about as leisurely as my summers get, unfortunately.

    ckbruce@ymail.com

  114. I love to go to Big Daddy’s softball games in the summer, and it’s great when the sun goes down and the breeze cools us down a bit.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  115. My favorite place to be in the summer is Chincoteague, VA. The beach is awesome. It is surrounded by national park, so there are no houses and no boardwalk. Just the beach. Wish I was there now.

  116. I love German Village in Columbus, OH. They have the best shops and food. There’s a Greek place called Taverna Opa and a bookstore with 32 rooms! It’s a heavenly place!

  117. Cut up and clean a pint of strawberries, dump them in a blender with a little bit of water. Puree until mostly smooth. Add water and sugar to taste. Soooo much better than any powdered mix.

  118. My favorite summer drink is watermelon lemonade…

    6 cups watermelon
    1 cup water
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    Preparation:
    Remove as many seeds as you can from the watermelon flesh. Place watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain liquid into a pitcher, along with sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled

  119. Sunblock – wear lots of sunblock and enjoy the cool days 🙂 stanle17y {at} gmail {you know the rest). Thanks for a great giveaway!

  120. The beach is the best place to relax. Thank you for the great giveaway!!!

    Lois

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  121. When my son was little and it was even too hot to be outside, we would fill up the big giant bathtub in the master bathroom with cool water and put on our bathing suits and “swim” in the tub.

  122. I love to go camping in the Idaho Mountains. It is so nice to get away from all the electronics and spend quality time as a family.

  123. My favorite dummer time beverage is making frozen virgin fruit daiquiris for myself and children. Every Summer my children and I go to the blueberry and strawbery farms near by and pick tons for fruit. They are delcious and healthy for us. Thank-you so much for the contest.

  124. I love to escape to the beach this summer just to get a cool breeze and dip our toes in the warm ocean water. thank you for the chance to win!

  125. Set up the sprinkler & let the kids run around like crazy people. They get cooled off & you're entertained, all at one time!

  126. My summer time leisure tip would be to find a store that sells an outdoor folding chair for two and sit out on the deck with your significant other. Hubby and I love that chair.

  127. Spending time out by the shade tree w/ sweet Tea for me & frozen kool-aid pops for the kiddos, that's what I call a great day. My oldest ds wants has really been wanting an i pod for a while now.

  128. We plan on having our vacation at home this summer. We are going to tent camp in our back yard. Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  129. Make a tall glass of lemonade with fresh mint, sit on your back porch and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

  130. my favorite way to stay cool in the summer is to wear loose fitting tank top or t shirt and shorts, lay in my bed with a good book or your favorite tv show with a wet towel or face cloth on your forehead and the fan running right on you with your favorite ice cold juice or flavored watered. works everytime.

    Sarah
    Sxechc013@aol.com

  131. I am really not a summer person so…. I stay inside with the AC down to 67, enjoy lots of cold beverages and catch up on some good books and magazines that I’ve missed out on the rest of the year. Thanks!

  132. My favorite summer get away is to head down to the Jersey shore for a day or two. I usually go to Sandy Hook, which is a state park. It’s gorgeous there. The ocean is completely relaxing, plus who doesn’t like laying around on the beach? 🙂

    bbkling@gmail.com

  133. Even if the house is messy and there are chores to be done – get out of the house. Once you are away you can relax.

  134. My favorite way to relax in the summer is to lay out on the hammock, with a good book and something cold to drink.

  135. My best tip is: when a long car trip with the kids is in order to get to Gramma’s house…..kids audio books on the mp3 player make the trip much smoother.

  136. Wow, great giveawayS!

    Hmm…a summer leisure tip. I would say anything involving a couple of good girlfriends (no kids!), fruity drinks, good food, a pool, maybe some celebrity magazines to flip through and Jack Johnson playing in the background!

  137. Oh wow my favorite summer leasure tip…hmm it would have to be my FAVORITE summer treat, yogurt and berries. Super easy to make as well, just get a parfait cup or bowl and layer in your your favorite berries (i use strawberries and blackberries) and plain yogurt (any kind will work). I top it with some crushed pineapple or even sometimes I switch the berries for the crushed pineapple and get a whole different taste experience.

    xbrandy04x@aim.com

  138. My tip to keep cool in the summer…come over and float around in my pool with a big, tall Margarita as your companion.

  139. During the summer, I like to sit out on my balcony with a great book, a glass of ice water and (ideally) a nice breeze. That’s my favorite past time!

  140. Sitting in the shade with a nice lemonade and good book. It’s summer – no matter how hot it is, got to get outside! Thank you. cguill888 at yahoo dot com

  141. My favorite summer leisure activity is swimming or rather lounging around in the pool. I love the water, too bad I dont have access to a pool anymore.

    lucycontest at gmail.com
    macyfron.com

  142. My favorite beverage…Sonny’s sweet tea. You’ve got to be careful not to drink too much or you’ll have a diabetic fit, though!
    This hard working momma to 7 would love to win!

  143. My family likes to spend the Saturday or Sunday at my sisters house. We just sit around watching all the kids play together. It’s nice to have an adult to talk to. lol Thank you!

  144. Favorite location: Santorini Island in Greece (yes, I’ve been spoiled… as we left, we waved and said, “See you in 20-some years, Europe!”). And I’m a big fan of Simply Limeade…mmm, yummy!

    teamdickens at yahoo dot com

  145. Great contest! I love to head over to Catalina and stroll around, checking out the fun stores, going to the delicious restraunts (sp?), and checking out the gorgeous tiling that is all around Avalon. I love it there Thanks for the chance 🙂
    Katie Lyons
    babylyons at live dot com

  146. Every summer, I love to kick back with an iced coffee and read a classic novel. This year, I reread “A Long Fatal Love Chase.” I might reread “Pride and Prejudice” next!

  147. Dusk in the backyard. The sprinkler on and my 2-year-old daughter running around in her bathing suit having a great time. My husband and I taking a break from running around with her to catch up on how our respective days went. Eating slush (pineapple juice, orange juice, lemonade, and apricot juice mixed together and then frozen. Yum! What’s not to love about summer? Thanks for the opportunity!
    gpwp8191 at gmail dot com

  148. I have been digging all manner of fruit smoothies this summer, which has helped in the 95 degree weather. A smoothie plus the Word of God on the back porch = bliss!

  149. My favorite thing about summer is no schedules, calendars or clocks. Give entire days to impulsive spontaneity. Want to stay in jammies all day? Great! Jump in the car and go to the playground? Do it! Stay up late catching fireflies? Absolutely!

    cathy at domesticpsychology dot com

  150. I enjoy going to the park. I can kick back & relax while the kids burn off some of that energy. Thanks for the contest.

  151. Okay so I have little ones around but this could be upgraded to a more adult like treat with a blender. We love Snoopy snowcones. Crushed ice and some Cascadian Farms Organic fruit juice concentrate drizzled on top and it is so refreshing! Thank you!

  152. Mine is a summertime trip not tip. I lived in FL my whole life until 3 years ago, we moved to TN. So now every summer we go back to visit. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  153. My best tip for staying cool…relaxing…and entertaining the kids is making homemade ice cream.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    tiffanyannrosson at yahoo dot com

  154. If it’s not too hot I like to sit out on the deck and read in the shade of the trees. If it’s really hot you can usually find me hanging out at the lake!

    Tarah
    fireball351c AT yahoo DOT com

  155. My favorite summer beverage is lemon-lime slushies, made at home with lemonade/limeade concentrate, ice, and Sprite. :0)
    Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

    Megret
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

  156. To stay cool…to relax…to entertain the kids…

    There is nothing like homemade ice cream.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    tiffanyannrosson at yahoo dot com

  157. Summer tip………well, we eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and use the outdoor grill a lot. Keeps my kitchen more comfortable.

  158. Every morning, I like to spread peanuts on the patio. I open the door, leaving only the screen, and watch the show with my three cats. Blue jays, squirrels and chipmunks sure are fun to watch.

  159. We love going berry-picking with kids: we pick strawberries in May, sweet cherries in June, sour cherries in July and now is blueberries time 🙂

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  160. My favorite thing in the summer is staying in where it is nice and cool and having a big old glass of unsweetened ice tea or lemonade.

  161. I love walking in a shaded forest, listening to the birds and watching the squirrels and watching my girls turn over every rock and leaf to see what they find.

  162. My favorite place to vacation is definately Disney World. It just makes be feel like a kid again. Thanks for the chance. These are both wonderful prizes.

  163. Take some time to read a good book, sip some iced tea and just take some time for yourself away from everyone. Even if only an hour it helps you rejuvinate.

  164. a good book to read under the shade of a large tree is The Cider House Rules by John Irving i absolutely love that book it’s so nice, sad, and beautiful but don’t watch the movie because it’s horrible ..aww it’s so sad you’ll love it though i, i hope 🙂 –also make yourself a nice ice tea i love ice tea i hope you do too because it’s very delicious and refreshing especially on a hot day

    lc_intocable at yahoo.com

  165. Summer in Texas is simply TOO HOT to do anything outside unless it involves water or waking up VERY early. That’s why I bought a membership at the local Children’s Museum. Fun all summer without the heat!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ecaria at hotmail dot com

  166. One fun thing we’ve found to do in the summer is go to the drive-in theater! Yep, there’s one operating not too far from our house. You get a double feature and a ton of yummy snacks for less than what you pay at the regular theater, and it doesn’t matter if your kid talks during the movie. It’s a lot of fun.

  167. Summer tip: Leave the windows open all night with a fan in them and then shut it in the morning. But then… we live where it actually cools down at night. 🙂

  168. umm, my favorite summer tip to stay cool is to hang at the beach w/ a large bottle of water (freeze 1/3 of it, so that it stays cold for HOURS. Also a TON of blue lizard sunscreen and a nice big umbrella!

  169. My best tip, those who take a family vacation with the kids, make sure you take a few days afterwards to wind down and relax, get a mani/pedi and have a day of vacation from your vacation.

  170. wow 740 comments! I think you are setting a carnival record!

    My favorite beverage for summer (besides frozen margaritas!) is green tea lemonade! it is easy and refreshing!

    I hope you are enjoying yourself!

  171. My tips:

    Spend some major quality time with my kiddos & hubby. We are way too busy during the school year and enjoy just being together all summer!

    Go to the beach! Praise God for his glorious creation!

    Drink lots of lemonade…..very strong-like!

    Swim every chance you get.

    Shop with chic friends & daughters!

    Stay up late & sleep in as often as possible.

    Party like a Christian Rockstar!

    But hey, that's just me!

  172. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. all the way baby!!!!! It is a must see vacation spot…..beautiful beaches, fun hot spots to visit, lots of fun fun fun in the sun!! Check out the California Pizza Kitchen at Barefoot Landing…..yummy!! Thanks for a great giveaway!!! I would love to win this for my new ipod…whoohoo!!

  173. I bought my son and hubby each one of these a couple years ago, they have not returned the FAVOR! I love these! Thanks so much!

  174. Chill a plate in the freezer, then fill it with thick slices of home grown tomatoes, preferably heirloom tomatoes. Sprinkle on some salt and go sit outside in the shade with your feet up. Enjoy your tomatoes and your life.

  175. Definitely sitting on the front porch with an icy bottle of Sobe Lean Cranberry Grapefruit drink.

    You can reach me through my Blogger profile. Thanks for offering this prize.

  176. staycation=watching online episodes of shows I hadn’t seen before when they aired such as Chuck and Big Bang Theory!

    heartgrayson at yahoo.com

  177. Nothing says summer to me like sweet iced tea. I was raised in the South and transplanted to Vermont 12 years ago; people up here don’t understand sweet tea. They don’t know what they’re missing!

  178. My favorite summer leisure tip is to enjoy a cold glass of water while watching my little man playing in the sprinklers. there’s nothing that brings more joy 🙂

  179. Get up really early sometimes. Summer -mornings are so beautiful and if your up with the sun…
    the warmth on the sun on your face when its just raising together with a freshly brewed cup of coffee is unbeatable. Then just relax… dont plan to much, just do whatever you feel to do and go wherever your legs brings you.

  180. Our favorite thing to do is to stay in the A/C when it is miserable and eat fudgesicles.

    When it is on the cooler side, we like to go to the park and play!

  181. My favorite summer drink is Peach icetea with tons of crushed ice and a piece of fresh peach to garnish!

  182. My summer tip day would be to get plenty of food and drink and go on a boat and float down the Niagara River. The water is great for swimming

  183. My summer dream… Napping in a hammock under a shade tree!

    This is an incredible Giveaway!!!

    Please include me and thanks for your generosity! Drop by my Giveaway, too!

    KJ – Rockin’ Southern Cal.

  184. I love freezing different fruit juices in ice cube trays then putting them in glasses of chilled club soda. So refreshing and summery.

  185. My favorite summer punch is made by mixing beer, frozen pink lemonade, and vodka. Sounds strange but tastes great and very refreshing.

  186. Don;t know if this is what you are looking for but my favorite thing to do si give my almost two year old the garden hose and turn it on. he squirts everything in sight (including me) and himself and is soooo funny to watch.

  187. My stay cool tip: Starbucks Grande Mocha Frappaccino!!! Great giveaway! Thanks for offering it!
    ~Tanya
    the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

  188. My fave summer drinks are slushies, I bought a machine at the end of last summer for 75 percent off it shaves the ice very fine I actually use is year round and I add whatever drink on hand right now crystal light. Thanks for the contest

  189. My fave summer trips are taking the kids to Sea World and just spending the day with them.

    hebert024 at aol dot com

  190. Favorite summer time activity? Sitting in an air conditioned room! Reading a novel…watching a movie… hanging out with my kiddos! Drinking a Sonic milkshake!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    sburt97@gmail.com

  191. My favorite location for the summer is Charleston, SC. It’s a great coastal town steeped in history and is a wonderful place to relax. I’d love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  192. My favorite summer leisure tip, and advice on how to relax or stay cool is make sure you have a friend with a pool (in my case I have a sister) and it is also good if they like to BBQ for you too so you only have to stay cool and rela.

  193. I love summertime, just being summer makes me relax. I like to sit in my garden and watch all the local birds. The humming birds are my favorite.

  194. I arranged park days every week all summer and passed out the lists to about 100 people. We check out a new park each week, and that way I’m never alone at the park!

  195. To me there is no better way to stay cool than to spend a day at the pool. My beverage of choice is water with a twist of lemon. Great giveaway!

  196. A nice glass of iced tea or lemonade always makes me feel fine on a summer day. But one of my most favorite things to do is take the kids to the local pool and swim swim swim!

  197. To stay cool at the beach, I put a zip lock bag of baby wipes in a cooler. You just grab one and put on the back of your neck and are instantly cooled off. Great for little ones since they want to go, go and go. This way I can get her to sit still with that on her neck since she thinks it is funny and drink a cold beverage.

    http://www.melodyanddoug.blogspot.com

    Either of those prices are nice. I have never had a Ipod before (I know I would use it) and I can always use a Target gift card.

  198. I love the new “Neo to Go” travel-sized spray Neosporin. It’s already come in handy during trips to the park and the beach where hands and knees got scraped up a bit.

    And there’s nothing like a great glass of sangria to cap off a long, hot summer day. 🙂

  199. favorite summer time tip, head to the beach to cool off in the water, and take plenty of cold drinks in the cooler, use sunscreen to protect your skin too, thanks for the contest

  200. I have a tough time getting my boys to sleep in past 6:30 in the summer, so I sneak into their room after they go to sleep and set their clock back! That way, I’m assured a chance to stay in bed until at least 7 – it is summer, after all!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  201. I love lying outside with a blanket on the grass during the summertime. It’s great for catching some sun, taking a nap or reading a book!

  202. I am commenting to get your comments off the number 666. 🙂

    shaken ice tea lemonade, 2 splendas and a splash of melon from Starbucks will cool me off quickly

  203. My favorite summer tip is to go to the farmers market and buy strawberries and blueberries. But enough strawberries to make freezer jam its so easy, the recipe is on the sure jell package and its tastes so good and by freezing you have it all winter long. Use some of strawberries and blueberries to make a smoothie.Great site.

  204. We’re crazy about Clearwater beach Fl. A cooler full of cool drinks and yummy snacks, some big towels and lots of ocean air. Thats summer’s best for you!

  205. I love summertime drinks! Lemonade (yes, I cheat and buy Country Time) and iced tea. There’s nothing like ice cold lemonade or tea on a hot day!
    mommyof3inva(at)yahoo(dot)com

  206. One of my favorite ways to stay cool is frozen watermelon. I cube up a lot of watermelon and freeze them in Tupperware. The perfect cooling treat without all that extra sugar!

  207. My tip is to nurse a baby! I love having an excuse to get back in bed and snuggle with my little one as she nurses to sleep!

  208. We love to pack up the cooler and spend the day on the lake. We finally have ou own boat this year too, so we don’t have to beg others to take us.

  209. AWESOME giveaway!!!

    lori at thecowboyshack dot com

    We don’t do summer trips unfortunately. The kids work, we work, blah! BUT, if we were to, we’d love to go somewhere and fish, swim, and read some books!

  210. If you HAVE to be outdoors in this icky, sticky hot weather, make sure you’re submerged in water:)
    belinda_streak(at)hotmail(dot)com

  211. I like to read outside in the mornings, while it is still cool. Of course, I only get to do that on the weekends. Reading is a good way to spend time outside without getting bored.

  212. Hi! Sweet I can re-enter! We go to the beach once every 2 weeks during the summer. We only live 40 minutes away so its a day trip! Love it!

  213. I love swimming in the summer. You don’t really realize that you’re exercising because it’s so much fun. When the evening comes, you feel ready for a good night’s sleep.

  214. A porch is the best place for summer relaxing. If you dont have one of your own, … Introduce yourself to a neighbor sitting on thiers. you never know what a wonderful discovery you might make just by getting to know a neighbor!

  215. My mom always froze lemonade in re-used 1/2 gallon plasic milk bottles and brought it to the beach with us. It would melt as the day progressed. Shaking it hard turned into servings of lemonade slushies all day!

  216. Favorite summer time way to remain cool…sitting on the banks of the Rio Grande between South Fork and Creede, CO…thinking of all the rainbow trout I used to catch and the raft trips down the river. Now I watch people fish and float as I sit with the Lord.

    Annette

  217. i dont have a summer tip but i love to relax by going to a private pool w/ a good book and music and soak up the sun and no kids

  218. Today my tip is that if you are going to container garden, make sure you move the plants around so they don’t die from too much sun! Oops!

  219. My favorite was everyone going to Hampton Beach, so much fun and all the great food. I love it there. Count me in to win

  220. My favorite summer treat is fruit dip. You mix on pkg of softened cream cheese with 1 small jar of marshmallow creme and refrigerate. It taste great with just about any fruit. My favorite is strawberries and bananas.

  221. We go out to eat at establishments that have an outside eating area. Sometimes we go alone, other times we bring the boys. Either way, it is so nice to sit outside and enjoy our meal and the nice weather.

    sweepmom@comcast.net

  222. My amazing homemade corn salsa (visit my blog for the recipe), chips, good book, lawn chair, shade. I think I’ll go do that now:)

  223. My favorite anything of summer is our pool. My dh found an excellent deal at Target on an easy set pool and we have enjoyed it ever since. An Ipod to listen while the kids play would frost the cake… so to speak. :o) I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

  224. I’d so love to win.

    My summer yum is Raspberry iced tea.

    I’d like to say that it is great to get up early and exercise in the sun, but I haven’t been doing that recently so I’d feel like a hypocrite if I advised that! 😉

  225. watch some fun summer TV shows like Psych (USA), Burn Notice (USA), and My Boys (TBS) and eat lots of ice cream.

    gotfire at yahoo dot com

  226. Well I am really not a summer person at all, LOL! So, my tip would be that I love to stay inside with the air conditioner blasting while I relax and read a good book (currently loving the Twilight Saga books). Thanks for offering such a hugely generous giveaway!

  227. well what I did today to relax… I took a nap when I got done gardening. I put on some soft music and my honey was working from home, and I took a little nap. It was heaven!

  228. My favorite summer leisure activity is floating around the pool all evening. Wish it could happen more often.

  229. I recently went for a little girls weekend getaway. ( thats tip #1…mom & friends time.. I called it a momcation )

    At the hotel, they had in the lobby this huge thing of ice water and cups. So you could stay hydrated. The cool thing ( and this is tip#2) was the cut up strawberries and bananna and put it in the water. I had never heard of banannas. The water was SOOOO good. It was very easy to make sure I drank enough water.

    Great contest!
    Have a good day!

    kelleythejewelrylady(at)yahoo(dot)com

  230. A tip for the summer that always relaxes me is eating watermelon! It is so refreshing. Another thing I like to do is playing some tennis or some silly card games!

    Thanks

  231. My summer tip is to always be sure to have a box of fat free original brand Fudgesicles on hand. They take care of a chocolate craving, are cool and refreshing, and best of all – are only 60 calories!!

  232. My favorite summer read is “Flabbergasted” by Ray Blackston. Excellent book. His writing style is so quirky but he deals with serious issues, too.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

  233. We are in Dallas where it is hot hot hot right now so we spend a lot of the summer inside or in the pool! Great giveaway – thanks for the chance to win!

  234. My summer leisure tip is to get a nice iced coffee and a good book and put your feet up. 🙂 I’d love an iPod shuffle. Although, I would also love a Target gift card!

  235. Awesome giveaway!

    One of my favorite ways to cool down growing up was to eat popsicle after popsicle!

    My email is in my blogger profile! 🙂

  236. Hey! Back again for another entry. Today we made one of our favorite summer drinks- Orange-Ade. I wish I was determined enough to make it from scratch, but instead we put a few powdered lemonade packets in a pitcher of orange juice. Yum!

  237. I live in Texas and it is HOT! My little granddaughter loves to go in her pool on the porch. It is all of 48 inches round and about 8 inches high. Now, she can’t go in it alone can she? 😉 Ahhhhhhh

    peggie dot loden at gmail dot com

  238. I love the summer but it’s so hot. So I love to relax in the shade with a spray bottle and cool myself off periodically 🙂

  239. My tip for a relaxing summer is going anywhere near the water and listening to the waves hit against the bank.. there is nothing like it to relax you.. it’s amazing.. and once you are relaxed I love wakeboarding! It’s a great way to stay in shape too!

  240. Okay it’s boring, but we like to cube watermelon and freeze it and eat that way. Grapes are very refreshing frozen too.
    Great giveaway, thanks.

  241. My favorite thing to do is to pretend I’m on vacation, scince actual vacations never happen. Just curl up with a good book, when the house is quiet and escape into my own head.

  242. I always find myself reading old travel books in summer- Mark Twain is my favorite author of travels.

    butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

  243. Hmmm let’s see: Passion Iced Tea, spending time outside early in the morning when it’s cool and then reading or hanging out inside with the ac during the heat of the day, followed by some time in the pool in the evening when it’s still hot, but the sun isn’t bearing down. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

    adashofsassitude(at)gmail.com

  244. My fav is a margarita and yummy Mexican food on the patio…feel the breeze as the night cools down.

    galxichic (at) hotmail (dot) com

  245. Our favorite summer time activity is u-pick-it berries and then we try to come up with as many ways to use them as we can. We save some and share others with friends and neighbors.

    thanks for the chance to win

    blessings
    Sue
    marklovessue@numail.org

  246. Hi,
    I love your header. My favorite leisure time this summer has been to take my sons to the little man made beach. This is the first year that they are big enough to take by myself and we have been there every week. Very generous give-away.

  247. In the hot summer, nothing is more cooling than putting your pajamas in the freezer ten minutes before bed. Strange, I know!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  248. I love to sit out on our porch swing while the kids are playing. I can still keep an eye on them, but am also able to just sit and relax and enjoy being outside. 🙂

  249. It has probably been said a million times already, but….laying out on the beach with just the sound of the waves and the wind blowing your hair into a mess of tangles has got to be my favorite of all time.

    Although the sound of my little one’s laughter has now entered into the scene. Yay for living in Florida…land of sunny beaches. 🙂

  250. We grew up really poor, with no central air conditioning and not enough money for an oscillating fan. My summer leisure tip? Run a towel under very cold water, wring it, and then place it around your neck before you go to bed. Your pillow will get wet… but you’ll feel so comfortable and cool!

    P.S. Great giveaway!

    One scrappy gal 28 at yahoo dot com

  251. My favorite way to spend a lazy summer day is to sit in the shade with a good book and a glass of iced tea. tinawittmer(at)yahoo(dot)com

  252. Our favorite thing to do is make homemade popsicles with yogurt and fresh fruit. Fun times and keeps us cool!

  253. My favorite summer leisure activity is the long walks I take with my family. I make sure we leave the house after the hottest part of the day. We put the leash on the dog and go out into the neighborhood for a nice long stroll. I always have my best talks with my kids during these walks.

  254. My favorite summer leisure tip is always be prepared before going swimming & make sure to pack everything you might possibly need. Always wear sunscreen!

  255. Let’s just tell everyone we are going out of town, then turn off all the phones and stay at home. Sleep late in my own bed. If only housekeeping would come in and give me clean towels and sheets everyday. 🙂

  256. Water spray bottles are great fun for little kids outside on a hot summer day! Lots of fun! Thanks so much for the great giveaway! audrajjensen(at)msn(dot)com

  257. My favorite summer drink would have to be iced tea. Unsweetened please! Our favorite way to stay cool this summer is going to the splash pad at our community’s civic center. It’s close by, and free! You can’t beat that!

    melissasnapshots(at)yahoo(dot)com

  258. My favorite thing to do in the summer is walk to our community pool which is 100 yards away. Then we order pizza at nite. We have to remember to use lots of sunblock as it is so hot here in Sunny South Florida

  259. We have a community pool within walking distance of our home and my family loves it! So I say, go out and play and don’t forget the sunscreen!

  260. My favorite summer leisure tip is make sure you have some pretty scenery to look at, lots of lemonade, and several good books to read!

  261. I would like to pray for the little boy but can not find right post. May God in his mercy be with him and his family and heal him.

  262. My favorite place to be in summer is right here where I live in Florida. My hubby and I love to fish and there’s no place better than fishing on the Gulf of Mexico! We have lived her over 4 years now, and haven’t even wanted to take a vacation anywhere else. It’s a great place – you should come sometime 🙂
    guysrose at aol dot com

  263. a good way to relax is to lay down under the shade of a large tree, if it’s not too hot outside like it is here in houston,tx, with nice big comfy pillow and a blanket and read a really nice book and if you’re not like me and can concentrate doing more than one thing while reading, then listen to some amazing music too : )

    lc_intocable (at) yahoo.com

  264. An above ground pool at home. Even if it is just an easy set from Wal-Mart. The kids wouldn’t enjoy summer as much without it.

  265. My tip would be to relax in a comfortable wooden swing with a pillow, a tall glass of lemonade and a nice, thick novel.

  266. my best tip on how to survive the long hot summer : a glass of long island iced tea, a good book , thanks!
    lilgirl_3_4 at yahoo dot com

  267. For those super hot days, when you don’t want to run the air conditioner full blast or spend a lot of money to cool down, we go to the local splash grounds, which are completely free, and the kids have a wonderful time.

  268. Once in a while when the kids aren’t around, I will make as many water balloons as I can, even using bigger balloons, different shapes, etc… and put them in the pool or just have wagons full sitting in the yard. They scream with excitement and its lots of fun. (Of course, it takes them about 5 minutes to bust them all).

  269. Hmm Honestly, with the birth of my daughter I don’t think I am going to have much leisure time… That said it’s nice to sit on the porch (monitor in hand) and watch my son play in the yard and just be silly.. wiicked13[at]yahoo[dot]com

  270. Wow, you are very generous! My favorite place to be in the summer is at the local pool! Or any pool for that matter! Thanks for the chance!

  271. There’s nothing like a tall, ice filled, glass of lemonade on a hot summer day! Or if you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage nothing beats a Malibu Bay Breeze with a cute little umbrella in it! My favorite thing to do on summer evenings is to take bikerides with my son. He loves to hear the locusts and the crickets, he says it’s “relaxing.”

  272. Another leisure tip – save your coffee leftover from the morning pot and put in the fridge for great iced coffee later in the day when it is hot outside and you need that caffeine fix.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  273. My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to a park, or the zoo with a friend, or family member and just walk around. It is nice to be with someone I care about, in a relaxing environment.

    wonderful giveaway you have here! I’ll be back to scope out the rest of your site!

  274. my best summer tip is to get the work done first thing in the morning, so you have the rest of the day to enjoy!

  275. I love taking the kids to a summer carnival, and sitting back with a cool lemonade and warm funnel cake as I watch their faces on the rides.

  276. My tip is to cut up grapes and freeze them. It’s a low-cal, tasty, ice-y snack. Thanks for the nice giveaway. Hope you have a great week! Stop by our blog for a Country Home mag giveaway too.

  277. What a great giveaway. One of my favorite things about summer is watching a Sunday afternoon baseball game and taking a nap during the middle innings. 🙂

  278. I love a good beach read (N. Sparks is my current fave), a spot near the pool, and a cold drink! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  279. My favorite summer leisure activity is sitting outside (when it's cool enough), enjoying a book, while drinking mint sun tea.

    Use two regular tea bags and one mint tea bag & it's just the right mixture!

  280. We make a trip to Myrtle Beach or Wilmington every year. This year it is Mytrle Beach…our best vacations ever. Thanks for the contest.

  281. Christmas is just a few short months away and this would be a great gift for my daughter or son-in-law. I hope we win.

    Have a bloggy day

  282. go find some water a lake the ocean a pond sit in a comfortable chair in a nice breeze and read that book you have been meaning to

  283. I like to keep cool be eating frozen fruit smoothies for dessert. Yum!

    Great giveaway! Can I really enter once a day???

  284. camping is one of the ways we relax – we take a week off and go to Cypress to join a group of people during new moon to veiw the skys (its a great astronomy trip and everyone brings their telescopes as well)

  285. Have a great floating raft for the swimming pool that lets you fall asleep while floating. Thanks and have a great day.

  286. If its a real bad day for allergies and heat, get in some air conditioned spot and relax. Don’t feel guilty that you are not outside fighting to breathe. Find something fun to do inside.

  287. It seems like its hotter than usual in Texas this summer so we’ve been getting a really early start on anything that we do outdoors and stay hydrated! Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway!

    proudyaya04 at yahoo dot com

  288. Sitting outside with 2 blowup pools, my 2 year old and my 8 week old in my sling is a great summer day for us!! I would love to win the ipod shuffle…I would use it on my walks to lose baby weight!!! Thanks!

  289. I just moved to Texas so I am learning new ways to keep cool. One of my favorite things to do is go to the local Ice Cream Parlor and get a shake to keep cool. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  290. I just enjoy sitting on the porch in the evening with my wonderful husband with our children running the yard laughing and catching fireflies. Thank you for having this

  291. I am an early riser anyway, but there are few things as nice as being outside in the early morning before the summer heat sets in. I actually feel like doing some yard work then (which I normally despise!)

  292. Got this one covered…a hammock, a glass of iced tea (I’m a Southern gal) and a good trashy romance novel!

    Love it! I’d love to be entered!

    Thanks,
    Angie

  293. I enjoy iced coffee on my deck, reading the Word and listening to the birds. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true. I also liked to sit outside Starbucks, sip my drink of choice and people-watch. Finally, I love to run in the summer. God sure loves green and blue (Astute nature observation. You’re welcome.)

  294. Sadly, no leisure trips for our family, but my favorite summer time drink is Fresh Sqeezed lemonade…….I would love to win one of these gifts! 😀

  295. We don’t smoke in the house so I created a gazebo area for smoking and relaxing. I take my portable DVD player and a good DVD and relax in the gazebo as I smoke. I also put a fan out there cuz it gets HOT ’round here.
    traymona[at]aol[dot]com

  296. We love things that are free or inexpensive to do with the kids. One of our favorites is an outdoor walking scavenger hunt. You need to find things like a stop sign sign, bird, pine cone, etc. Have the kids take pictures with the digital camera of the things they found on their hunt.
    fivewinks at cox dot net

  297. To stay cool I put out the big blow up kiddie pool and sit in it with my son. I don’t care what the neighbors think! 🙂

    Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  298. Best summer stay cool tip? Be childish! I run through the sprinklers with my children, splash in the puddles and hunt down the ice cream truck. Sometimes we just lazily lay in the grass staring up at the clouds searching out the pictures and stories they hide in their puffy curves.

  299. My favorite way to relax in the summertime is make some lemonade and then freeze half of it. When you’re ready to go out to the pool – you can mix the frozen part with the liquid part and have a nice slushy treat 😉
    nikki
    bellafff@aol.com

  300. I love pink lemonade, iced tea or cherry limemade, but the latter must come from Dairy Queen. One of those beverage, sprawled in a hammock under a big shade tree, reading the latest Janet Evanovich novel…that is my kind of summer relaxation.

  301. I close all the windows and blinds during the day. When the sun goes down I open everything and let the house air out. It stays very cool this way.

  302. My favorite summer activity is to go to the beach and enjoy the sunshine with my radio on!

    wendym at cableone dot net

  303. There’s nothing like lying down in a hammock while listening to your favorite music on your iPod! But add this to the mix. Take a bite out of this dessert:

    Drumstick Dessert recipe

    1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
    1/2 cup chopped peanuts
    1/4 cup melted butter

    Mix and save 1/2 cup for topping. Spread in dessert bowls or 9 x 13-inch pan.

    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 cups Cool Whip

    Mix together first four ingredients and beat well. Add Cool Whip and beat a little more. Spread over crumbs. Top with leftover crumbs. Drizzle with caramel topping.

    Freeze and serve frozen.

    Mmmm Good!

  304. I don’t like the heat or sun, but I do love a trip to the coast. Living in Maine we have some beautiful coastal areas. So we pick a day when its a little cloudy and head for the shore for sightseeing and a lobster dinner. ( If its a not so perfect day it cuts down on the tourists)!

  305. We haven’t had time to take a vacation, but we do sit on our balcony every morning and every evening to watch the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

    krisindam at mac dot com

  306. Favorite summer drink is a ‘mochaccino’ made with coffee, caramel and chocolate syrup, powder creamer and sugar poured over ice. Yummy! cguill888 at yahoo dot com

  307. My favorite summer tip is to go on a cruise. My mother bought her and I one, and it was the best time I’ve ever had.

  308. We seem to get a bit of a breeze across our porch even on the hottest days, I love sitting on the porch enjoying the breeze and listening to the nature all around us 🙂

  309. Love to have a fresh fruit smoothie in the afternoons while sitting in the shade with a good book!
    skeetersden[at]gmail[dot]com

  310. Here’s my 2nd entry! Another summertime relaxation tip of mine would be grilling! Hardly any cleanup involved, make sure you use paper plates and give yourself a break from doing dishes!!
    num1twinkie at yahoo dot com

  311. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to have an ipod, and would also be happy to get a Target gift card! Thanks for the chance to win!

    My favorite summer-time tip is spending my quiet time on the screened porch in the (relative) cool of the early morning before every one wakes up.

  312. Take the time to read a book. I like to go outside and sit on my lawn swing and read. Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  313. My favorite summertime thing to do is to get outside and have fun, like I used to as a kid. Play with the hose, jump into the kiddie pool, just keep active and cool.

  314. What a great giveaway! I love the FL rainy afternoons curled up on the couch with a good book. Summer Sisters is one I seem to read every summer.

  315. What a great giveaway! I love to read Karen Kingbury in the summer – I’m a teacher, so this really is my summer vacation! When I read her books I don’t want to do anything else…but it’s OK because I can always finish one of her books in less than 2 days. Thanks so much!

  316. I love a cup of homemade lemonade–freshly squeezed lemons with a bit of lime and agave nectar to sweeten. Poured over ice and sipped while watching my boys splash in the kiddie pool.

  317. One of my favorite summer things is sitting out in the evening about 7:30 when it starts to cool off and watch my son play baseball. It feels so wholesome and small-town America. It can be sweltering all day but about that time a breeze usually comes up and by the time the game is over I’m usually chilly –a welcome change!

  318. Our summertime hangout is at my parents house. They have an inground pool. Add a cold Pina Colada & your fave Jodi Picoult book, and you are set! 🙂

  319. I love cucumber water. Slice up a cucumber and put it in a pitcher full of water and ice, it’s so refreshing!

  320. yum! brewing coffee 2x as strong, adding TONS of ice and splenda, and sticking it in the fridge(i know a lot of people think the cold shock is bad for the taste, but i have had no complaints)

    i do it before my morning routine, to have a pitcher of iced coffee all through the day! it saves TONS of starbucks money.

  321. WOW! Your blog is sooo popular! Okay this is my first time to your blog and my first time to do the Bloggy Giveaways!
    My favorite family vacation/getaway is Disneyland. Everyone in my family loves going as do my husband and I! We go for 4 days/5 nights which is perfect for a restful, full of fun vacation! We use RideMax (have for the last three years) and get the most out of our time there.

    Blessings,
    Lucie

    LucieInCA[at]aol[dot]com

  322. i love going to the park and laying under a tree when theres a cool breeze and sometimes i fall alseep. i try to do it as often as i can i even did it when i went on vaction it was lovely then going back to the hotel and taking a nap.

  323. Another tip is an oldie. Store toner or flower water in the fridge and spritz on your face and body when the heat is unbearable.

  324. Look for free activities – I figured out that the local kiddie pool is free to kids under the age of 5 and if the parent is just watching them play they get in free! So everyday we lather up with sunscreen and I get some color while he stays cool in the pool!

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

  325. My favorite summer drink is lemonade, I know it is not something new and interesting but,my family loves it.

    brninaz at yahoo dot com

  326. Seattle can get pretty sad and wet during the winter months, but I’m always so thankful to live here when summer rolls around. It never gets too hot and on those rare days when it does get into the 90’s there are so many lakes that we can enjoy.
    I guess my tip would be, “Move to Seattle”! 🙂

  327. I love to drink sweet ice tea, and wait for the sun to go down, and the temperature drop, so we can go on our family walks.

  328. I find drinking water with crushed ice is a great way to cool down. That is if you don’t have a pool nearby.

  329. I like buying a carton of blueberries and a cantaloupe, slicing up the cantaloupe, and mixing them together in a large bowl. Easy, fast, cold breakfast for the next 3-4 days. Also great with a small vanilla yogurt mixed in. Yum!

  330. My favorite summer thing is a snowcone/raspa They are yummy and cold and just hit the spot in this hot Texas city

  331. Wow… I love to relax on the beach, with a good book, sipping on a raspberry lemonade.

    Gee… this makes me want to go there now………..
    Lynn

  332. I like to lounge on the bench swing out back while the kids play in the pool. I usually have raspberry lemonade and a well-loved book.

    Until the fighting/splashing/wasps start. Then it’s back to the couch. 🙂

  333. Don’t be ashamed of your ghetto pool (the bath tub). Sometimes it is the only thing that will keep you and your kids sane on a immensely hot day when you just don’t want to go outside.

  334. My tips are always green so mine are to keep curtains closed when it’s really sunny to help keep out the heat. I hate it because I love sunlight but it’s been over 100 everyday for over a week now here and so it must be done.

  335. Well, I’ll be honest here, it used to be a country drive, by myself, windows down, music blaring.

    This summer it will be a leisurely walk, minimal clothing, and perhaps a new ipod to sing along with?? That would certainly help me get my much needed alone time to cool off and relax!

  336. My favourite summer leisure activity is going to the beach for daily walks. I’ve been doing this everyday for the past two months!

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

  337. My summertime tip is to have the whole family take a nap! We all are on the go all year long… It is nice to relax and take it easy. Everyone could use a nap!

  338. This sounds so hokey but sitting in the yard when it’s almost dark, swatting mosquitoes and watching the kids catch fireflies…there is just nothing like it. Throw in some sweet tea and it’s summertime nirvana!

    (Email in profile!)

  339. It’s pretty much summer all the time in So Cal. My tip: Get out and enjoy everything your city has to offer!

  340. Limes were on sale the other day, I tried making some lime-ade, wow it was so good, now that was a relaxing drink. Thanks for the giveaway!

  341. We wait all year long for summer to hit, so we can get our boat out of the garage and take many, many trips to the most awesome lake in northern California: Whiskeytown Lake! Unfortch, all the fires up here have dampened it a bit this summer, but I’m sure we have some great lake days coming up! 🙂

  342. our pool, a tall glass of tea cooler (iced tea and lemonade, half and half) my Ipod plugged into the speaker playing Mercy Me and Third Day.

    AHHHHHHHH

  343. My favorite summer leisure activity is the end of summer anniversary trip that my husband and I take without the kids.

  344. Summer air conditioning for your body, get a cheap plastic spray bottle fill it with parts water, fresh mint and lemon rind shavings, spray on your face to keep cool and spray on your feet after walking across hot sand, it’s nature’s air conditioner!

  345. My favorite leisure tip is taking a book, a cooler full of iced water bottles, my hat, my suit, and my lounge chair to the pool. Swim alittle, lounge alittle, spray more sunscreen on and repeat!!! Even better is to go after supper when no one is there.

  346. Well, Pinot Grigio is right up there with my favorite summer beverages. But I’m also a big fan of iced chai lattes. I make them at home though; Starbucks charges too much!

  347. For the summer I love to make ice pops for the kids using fruit juices. All you need are paper cups, a favorite juice and popsicle sticks. So easy and economical and the kids love them. Especially since you can personalize them to each child’s taste.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  348. With this heat in Georgia and the gas prices, my favorite summer break has been good books and a comfortable couch in a quiet house. With some salsa, chips and diet coke of course!! Joy, Bitsy

  349. My summer tip… Don’t plan everything but plan to make every weekend a beach weekend. Explore the beaches of your coast one weekend at a time.

    Amy

  350. My favorite summer activity is BBQ’s suntea swimming and my new fave making homemade icecream with my daughter! Thanks for the entry:)

  351. my summer tip: sitting in the yard under a shady spot reading a good book, and sipping a cool glass of lemonade. No phones, no one bothering you. Just you and a good book. I also, crochet, so sometimes I like to listen to some tunes, and crochet in the shade. It’s such a relaxing thing to do.

  352. Enjoy it while it’s here. Summer is way to short in this part of the world. Remember to wear sunscreen and bug spray. Thanks.

  353. My stay cool tip is while watching the kids in the kiddie pool put your feet in as well. It will help cool down your whole body.

  354. My best tip is to let my daughter sleep in so she wakes up all bright and happy. Then head to the pool to sit back and relax while she swims and burns off energy.

  355. My favorite summer beverage is sun tea that I make with a combination of green tea and Lemon Zinger and then I add pomegranate and lemon juice. It’s yummy!

  356. ooo…THE best summertime drink is :

    Country time lemonade mix
    Strawberries
    Ice cubes
    water

    Blend together in a blender YUMMY!!