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Summer Of Yes: Family Bucket List

I’m super excited to be partnering with Gold Emblem Abound at CVS/pharmacy as one of the #CVSTrailMakers this year!

riding on the roller coaster

Last year I had big plans for the summer. Then life happened, work got busy, and Ayva, Terrence and I didn’t do half of the things that I wanted to do. I vowed that this summer would be different, and by publicly declaring the next few months the “Summer Of Yes”, I am making it official. This summer is all about fun and family. No excuses.

Ayva still has a week and a half left of school, but we decided to get started early. A couple of weeks ago we went to California Great America and went on as many rides as humanly possible in the few hours we were there. Ayva, typically a tentative gal, got in the spirit of yes, too. She got on a couple of kiddie rollercoasters, and even rode the gigantic swings…once by herself! Last week we went swimming in Tahoe even though it was quite chilly, and this week we laid in the living room and watched episode after episode of Inspector Gadget together. Yes, yes, and YES.


You see? Having a summer of yes doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive. As long as you’re willing to forego your normal, every day routine to try something different and let your kids take the lead a little bit more, you can have a summer filled with more fun, more laughter and more memories, too.

What’s on your summer bucket list? As one of the #CVSTrailMakers, I’m committed to encouraging you all to have a Summer Of Yes, too. Happy families are healthy families. That’s a fact. You don’t have to worry about wasting your time planning a ton of snacks. A quick stop at CVS/pharmacy, a few ExtraCare coupons (like the one I just received in my email for $2 off a purchase), and you can load up on good for you snacks from the Gold Emblem line. It’s a convenient way to get to your yes activity faster! Download this free Summer Of Yes printable and ask your kids what they think of the activities. Make sure you get them to fill out the kid’s choice. This is just a start. You have 3 months to make this family time count. Don’t waste it.

Just click on the printable for a larger size to print!

Summer Of Yes Printable picture

 I want to help you get started on your family bucket list by sending one lucky Mama Knows It All reader an awesome bucketful of a variety of my favorite snacks from Gold Emblem Abound at CVS/pharmacy. Okay, so the snacks won’t actually come in a bucket, but you can trust that they’ll be delicious! Gold Emblem Abound products are always made with quality ingredients that’s good for you. One thing you can know for sure is that they will be free from artificial flavors and preservatives. Just as free as you’ll feel when you start saying YES more than you say no! Enter in the easy Rafflecopter below!  The contest ends on Friday, June 5th at midnight. US only. Good luck!

bucket of snacks

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.


Saturday 6th of June 2015


tina reynolds

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Visit the oregon coast

Trisha McKee

Saturday 6th of June 2015

My daughter and I are using our days to kayak, swim, and go to road trips to Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and to the site of Woodstock.

Sherry Conrad

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Going to visit my mom at Hampton Beach & my sister at the Jersey Shore.

Michele C.

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Thank you for the giveaway! I'd really love if my family could go to the beach for the weekend this summer.