Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor’

Apr 23 2017

Rib Country BBQ (Helen, GA)

Rib Country BBQ

On a recent family trip to Helen, Georgia we stopped at Rib Country BBQ for dinner.  Their BBQ smelled delicious as we were exploring downtown Helen.  The girls ate a kids Rib Basket and Jake & I had a shredded Pork BBQ.  The meals were very filling and delicious barbecue.

The restaurant had a choice of indoor or outside seating.  Since it was a warm evening we chose to eat outside on the deck.  A band was playing during our dinner which was nice.  The kids loved watching all the tubers coming down the river past the restaurant.  We set on a table overlooking the river.

The kids had so much fun eating dinner and watching the tubers go down the river that they asked if we could go tubing as well.  We didn’t realized they were already tubing with the water still being chilly.  Most of the people going down the river were fully dressed except for their feet which most have flipflops or crocs on which made me feel better about not getting fully soaked.  Plus the tubes had the bottoms in so you didn’t have to have your backside in the water the whole way which should keep us warmer.

Overall:  We recommend the food, atmosphere, service, and entertainment at Rib Country BBQ.  If you enjoy ribs or BBQ this is a great place to eat. The price was reasonable too.

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Jun 13 2014

Outdoor Summer Activities – Pool, Games, and More!

Summer Vacation

We spent a good bit of our summer time in the pool when we were home.  Last year I got a blow up seesaw for the pool.  It was a big hit with the kids!  The hardest part was staying on when you were all wet!


Having fun in the pool!


We put crepe paper across the two doors with kids sleeping in them.  They thought it was hilarious when they woke up and were barricaded in the room.  They had a blast running through it that morning!


Karlie reading the “clues” for the treasure hunt that morning.


Looking for another clue!


The girls came up with a bunch of outdoor games for the whole family to play.  One of them was a relay race in the side yard.  The Dad’s even participated!


Another game required the teammates to hit the baseball.


Now were ready for the bike and scooter races!


Hula Hoop contest!


Noah thought he was pretty smart doing it on his arm instead of around the waist!


The youngest had the best hula hooping skills!  She won hands down as the best hula hooper in both families!


Aunt Mirm braiding the girls hair.  The thought that was pretty cool having all the fancy braids!


A lot of girly chitchat, giggles, and silliness going on in the back of the van.

Dec 05 2012

Lounging in the Haystack

Karlie and Brina having fun outside

Karlie and Brina taking a break and relaxing in a pile of hay.  They were having a grand time playing in it while we were working in the yard.  Next thing I knew they both had their lounge chairs in the pile too.

It was cute listening to their conversations as they relaxed in the hay stack.  Who knew that a haystack could be a such an awesome place to hang out together?!  It was amazing how long they cheerfully played, talked, and giggled while lounging in that little stack of hay!

Sometimes it is the simple things already in the yard that can be the most entertaining for the kids. 🙂

Chickies hanging out on a pile of hay in their lawn chairs…….silly girls!

Apr 18 2011

Living on a Budget: Sav-Mor Sidewalk Box Sale

Stock Up Your Pantry with Sav-Mor's Sidewalk Box Sale!

Sav Mor has been doing their Box Sale for several years now.  They will occasionally offer additional discounts as well.   For example, at the last sale you could get a case of Tortilla Chips for $2.00 which meant you were getting the chips for 25 cents per bag.  The above picture is from one our are recent trips to their sale (further description of what all is in the picture is given at the end of the post after the information section).

More information about the Box Sale for those in the Greenville / Upstate Area:

  • What is it? Sav Mor does a Sidewalk Box Sale every couple of weeks where you can purchase a box full of food, health, household, baby items for a set price.  The parking lot beside Sav Mor has rows of banana boxes filled with overstock, dented, expired, or unwanted items from local grocery stores (Ingles, Whole Foods, Bi-Lo, and more) in the Greenville area.
  • Where is it located / Contact Information? The parking lot at Sav-Mor, 2117 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29615.  Phone:  864-244-6128
  • How Does It Work?
  1. The day of the sale customers pick which aisle they want to go down (based on what you need, for example, if you need cereal you choose an aisle that has a lot of cereal boxes in it) and everyone lines up around the perimeter of the banana boxes.  It is good to ask the person (or people) in front of you which box they are going for prior to starting to avoid going after the exact same box.  A lot of the boxes within that aisle will contain similar items.
  2. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the sale “starts” a Sav-Mor representative will Welcome everyone, explain the rules, tell about any extra deals (for example, the case of chips for $2.00) followed by the store manager announcing a few of the current deals they offer at their store.
  3. Right at 9:00 AM they will blow the horn and / or say “GO” and you go as quickly as you can and fill up your banana box with as much food, health, household, and baby items that you can find.  You can fill as many boxes as you want (we typically consolidate down to 2 boxes at $7 each).  Your boxes must be level prior to paying, I have heard that they will stop you if it is too full although we have never had them stop us so I guess we are what they consider to be level (a potato chip bag may be sticking up a little bit, you should be able to get plenty in the box)
  4. They will have a different variety of groceries and other items each time.  It is common to see Cereals, Crackers, Pasta, Can Goods, Baby Items, Salad Dressing, Sauces, Gravies, etc… every time.
  5. You can fill your banana box a couple different ways.  Some people take an empty banana box and fill it with the items they want.  What has worked for us in the past is to grab an already packed banana box, pull it to the side and once we have found 3 or 4 boxes that have items that we want in them we’ll go through the boxes and consolidate the 3 to 4 boxes down to 1 or 2.  The items that you don’t want you put back into the middle and someone else can come take them for their box.  (For example, we had visitors coming and we wanted to get some snacks and juice boxes, Jake grabbed a box that looked like it was full of juice boxes, however, underneath the top layer of juice boxes was kitty litter which wasn’t something we need.)
  6. Once you have sorted, consolidated, and packed your box you can check out.  They will have shopping carts for you to use or you can carry the boxes (we just carry them).  You pay the store representative cash as you walk out of the area and to your car.
  • When Is It? The Box Sale is typically every other Saturday morning at 9:00 AM.  Call to confirm the week of to make sure they are doing it that week, they will know by Wednesday and can confirm.  Although, it starts at 9:00 AM you will want to arrive early because you will have the opportunity to pick which aisle you want to go down.  If you arrive late and the horn has already blown it will be a lot harder to get a great deal or there may not be much left.  The entire sale is over in less then 30 minutes.
  • How Much Does It Cost? The banana boxes are provided and each full box is $7.00.  Note – they take cash or check only!
  • Useful Information! You have to watch some of the items as they may be expired or close to expiring.  The items come from local stores who have overstock or for whatever reason no longer want the items.  Although a couple items we picked up this week were already expire, a few were expiring later in 2011 but the majority of the items were not expiring until 2012 to 2013 or later.  A few items every time in the rush get opened or broken so make sure to check the items before packing them into your box.
  • Tip On Packing Your Box: We typically get the items we are looking for then check for smaller items to squeeze in between the cracks.  For example, one time we got can goods, pasta, cereal, and snacks in a box.  Once we filled it with the regular stuff we stuck packs of gum, gravy / sauce packs around the edges and in the small spaces (I think we ended up with about 100 packs of gum which we distributed among our family and friends).
  • Team Work: We often go as a family because it helps to have someone watching the boxes while you are gathering the items.  Thankfully we have never (or at least not to my knowledge) had someone take items from our boxes but an honest mistake can happen with that many people trying to get their items at the same time.
  • Additional Information: It is outside so dress appropriately for the weather.  If it looks like rain they may cancel or start the event early, if you are driving a distance make sure to call the store to confirm.  Be polite, it is only food and not worth fighting over.  We have always had a pleasant experience but I know some people can get a little “pushy” so be respectful.
  • Is It Worth It?  How Much Do I Save? We typically get between $100 to $300 worth of items into each box, some days you get more others you get less.  For example, one time we got a half a box full of vitamins (ranging from $5 to $20 a piece).   Bigger items will take up more space, but if it is something you will use it may be worth it for your family.

Below is more details about the recent Box Sale.  You can see the specific items from the picture at the beginning of the post:

We bought 107 items and paid $16.00 total which means we spent less than $0.15 per item (see the picture at the beginning of the article)!!!  You can often get some excellent deals at Sav Mor’s Box Sale.  I was hoping to stock up on snack items for our family since I will be traveling a little I wanted to make sure there were plenty of easy snacks to take as well as  meals that could be made quickly for our family.  Our dining table was full once we unpacked the boxes!  We even got some Organic / Whole Wheat food items for the family.  We purchased two boxes at $7.00 each and the case of chips was $2.00 giving us our total of $16.00.  Here is what we got on Saturday:

  • 8 Bags – 18 oz Laura Lynn Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips (they sold these for $2.00 per case, we got 1 case)
  • 4 – 4 packs Vermont Organic Strawberry Banana Applesauce
  • 1 – 25 count Milkshake Straws
  • 1 – 4 oz Kettle Baked Potato Chips – BBQ Flavor
  • 2 – 26.5 oz Hunts Pasta Sauce
  • 1 – 14.5 oz Sliced Potatoes
  • 1 – 64 oz Laura Lynn Fruit Punch Juice
  • 1 – 3.5 oz Quaker Vanilla Creme Brulee Rice Snacks (Whole Wheat)
  • 2 – Annies Organic Alfredo Shells & Cheddar
  • 1 – 4 pack Gerber Yogurt Blends
  • 2 – Roasted Chicken Gravy Packs
  • 1 – Roasted Turkey Gravy Pack
  • 6 – Simply Organic Alfredo Packs
  • 2 – Molly McButter Fat Free Natural Sprinkles
  • 2 – Laura Lynn Woven Wheats
  • 6 – Hamburger Helper Lasagna
  • 6 – Brach’s Candy Hearts
  • 1 – Pasta Roni Chicken
  • 2 – Mrs. Fields Rainbow Chocolate Chip Packages
  • 2 – Mrs. Fields Snickerdoodle Packages
  • 1 – 15.4 oz General Mills Total Cinnamon Crunch
  • 3 – 15.25 oz General Mills Total Blueberry Pomegranate
  • 1 – 16 pack Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Gushers, Rollups, By the Foot, Fruit Stickerz
  • 3 – Betty Crocker Fruit Rollups
  • 4 – Betty Crocker Fruit Stackerz
  • 1 – 10.5 oz Kraft Marshmallows (4 flavors)
  • 1 – 8 pack Chi-Chi’s Flour Tortilla’s
  • 8 – Land O’ Lakes Caramel Hot Chocolate Packs
  • 1 – 9 oz Annie’s Natural Organic Dijon Mustard
  • 2 – 10 packs Propel Raspberry Lemonade
  • 13 – 4 packs Starkist Chunk Light Tuna (the sticker on the packages read $4.98 each and they didn’t expire until 2012, so that is a huge savings – it would normally cost us $64.74 to buy them)
  • 4 – 6 packs Quakers Simple Harvest Dark Chocolate Chunk (the sticker on the packages read $3.28 each – it would normally cost us $13.12 to buy them)
  • 5 – 6 packs Quakers Simple Harvest Trail Mix (the sticker on the packages read $3.28 each – it would normally cost us $16.40 to buy them)
  • 1 – Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers
  • 1 – 8 pack Ocean Spray Oatmeal with Cranberries
  • 2 – Nutritious Living Hi-Lo with Strawberries
  • 3 – 14 oz Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch
  • 1 – 16 oz Captain Crunch

Here are some additional pictures from our last stock up day!

New Quaker Simple Harvest (originally priced at $3.28), Organic Alfredo, & Propel

StarKist Chunk Light (originally price at $4.98 and not expiring until 2013), Kraft Marshmallows, Brach's, and More!

Mrs. Fields, General Mills Total, Betty Crocker, and More!

Gerber, Annies, Hunt's, Del Monte, Quaker, and More!

We are excited to have our pantry restocked.  Thankfully, we will be able to utilize these items for quite some time plus share a little with family and friends.  Our family typically goes to the Sidewalk Box Sales about once a quarter.  Although I do know some families that go more regularly.  Happy Bargain Hunting and Saving!

Mar 26 2011

Book: “Never Sniff A Gift Fish” by Patrick McManus

I was thinking about the books I have read over the past few years and decided to chose one that is a little more “unique” from some of my other recommendations but nevertheless I have really enjoyed reading Patrick McManus books.  Never Sniff A Gift Fish by Patrick McManus is one that we have at our house.  The author has a way of making you laugh sometimes until your sides hurt.  He is funny and his short stories are great to read.  We have had his books in our magazine racks for years and I cannot count the number of times people have borrowed or taken the books for a short period of time to read them.  I am looking forward to reading them to the girls soon too.  A lot of his stories have to do with outdoor adventures, kid mischief, and fun.  Each chapter is another short story.  Some are more hilarious then others but there have been times I have had tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard.  Life is short so why not have fun.  If you haven’t read one of his books you really should, you’ll enjoy some extra chuckles reading the adventures in his books.   As the warmer season comes upon us it makes me think of camping and reading his books around a camp fire, great memories!   Patrick McManus actually has several books if you prefer one of the other ones instead: