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Big Red soda has strong Texas roots and is a perfect match for 7-Eleven’s iconic Slurpee drink. Both have extremely loyal followings and consumers can find the sweet and smooth Big Red Slurpee drinks in more than 650 participating Texas 7-Eleven stores.
“Slurpee and Big Red both epitomize originality and fun, and pairing the two puts an exciting twist on a classic summer staple,” says Thomas Oh, senior vice president of Marketing at Big Red, Inc. “We’re very excited 7-Eleven chose Big Red to represent Texas for their regional flavor launch because Big Red and Slurpee are celebrated for their sweet taste and summertime fun.
Founded in 1937 in Waco, Texas, Big Red has a line of six different and unique flavors. Big Red has solidified a strong presence throughout the Southern United States and has grown to become a Texas staple.
“Big Red is a staple on Texas Big Gulp fountain machines, but has only been available in Slurpee form at select Texas stores,” said Rusty Smith, 7-Eleven director of Proprietary Beverages. “The great flavor and bright red color have made Big Red a favorite with Slurpee fans, and it’s time to let the rest of the Lone Star state in on the frozen fun. Offering local favorites really lets our customers know that we are listening to them and providing the products they want.”
Based in Dallas, 7‑Eleven introduced the Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated beverage in 1966 and estimates that more than 13 million Slurpee drinks are currently sold each month in the U.S. Big Red-flavored Slurpee drinks are now available in participating Texas stores. A full list of 7-Eleven stores is available at www.7-Eleven.com.
You still have time to dowload the 7-Eleven app and get free drinks. Until June 18, Buy 7 drinks and get 11 free. That's a lot of Big Gulp slurpees.
Throwing a party this summer? If you’re wondering what healthy items to whip up, try this Napa Cabbage Slaw with honeydew and cantaloupe as a side dish. It’s light, refreshing and is sure to please guests!
This recipe was provided by Cynthia Cathcart of Cafe Danielle Catering and Events. (See more of her menu items here.)
- 1 head Napa cabbage, shredded
- 1 honeydew melon, seeded and julienned
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 cantaloupe, seeded and julienned
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chives, cut into 1/4-strips
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Toss all ingredients together expect honey and vinegar. Combine and honey and vinegar in separate bowl; add to rest of the ingredients. Toss well to combine and coat. Refrigerate and serve slightly chilled. Makes 6 servings.
What other side dishes do you like making in the summer? Share your comment below!
The Plano Moms organization has teamed up with several businesses to host its inaugural Summer Fun Fest this season in Plano (2300 Coit Rd.).
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, come by for a FREE family-friendly event for a chance to shop with vendors, win giveaway prizes, face painting, a kids’ zone, baby boot camp classes and more.
Guests will also get a sneak peek at the new Safari Run entertainment center coming to Texas! This center opens in June and offers an open play area for children, as well as fitness classes, birthday parties and seasonal camps.
Summer Fun Fest is free to attend and raffle proceeds will be donated to The Step Up Project. Guests are also encouraged to bring new school supplies to donate to The Assistance Center of Collin County.
Parents have often asked me, “How do I keep the kids occupied this summer?” Our friends at LEGO® JUNIORS as part of Clever Girls campaign have provided Dallas Single Mom with two complimentary LEGO® JUNIORS Suitcase sets.
We sat on the airplane and he looked out the window pointing at all of the other airplanes. His first plane ride was when he was 6 months old. A long 8 hour flight to Maui and this was probably his second airplane ride. On the other hand his sister just 14 months older is a pro at traveling, responsible for her own trolley and adept at hand held devices and games to keep her busy. So is the life of a family travel blogger and writer. My moment of pride is typically how well behaved they are and how they beam when the Delta Airlines flight attendant pins wings to their shirt. They love wearing their wings even when they don’t fly. For as many times as we fly I have had no real issues yet and a perfect record of ZERO toddler tantrums. On this particular trip each of them carried their little LEGO® JUNIORS suitcase in both red and pink and people would comment and ask “Where can I get one?” Unfortunately I did not allow the kids to play with it on the plane because I was worried about losing pieces and I was not about to hunt for pieces under a seat in an airplane. You could open up the suitcase on the tray table, but it might be a little bit uncomfortable for my two who are both under 5. I’d recommend an older child of possibly 6 or 7 that are mindful of their toys being better adept at opening it on a plane. It is a perfect to fit under an airline seat or in the overhead compartment securely.
Summer Family Travel Concerns
As families zip around the country for summer vacation or as kids head to a babysitter or Grandma’s house while mom and dad have to work, there are always a few concerns. Will they be a handful? Will they get bored? Will they just sit around and watch television or play video games all day. I have been a little concerned about my youngest son and how behind he is on speech and development. He is very smart on his own terms and I’m always looking for toys, puzzles and games that can help stimulate his mind and spur creativity and curiosity. I’m also looking for a way to interact with my children that also teaches me a lot about myself so that I can learn how to better teach and communicate to my children. My daughter on the other hand is very bright but has had little to no interaction with LEGO except for a few small play sets people have bought for her over the years. I was excited to “try out” LEGO with both of my children as another way for us to interact. We have been to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine and we are planning a vacation to the LEGOLAND Hotel and Resort in Florida so there is excitement in the household about LEGO.
LEGO Juniors and their portable play possibilities
Ironman, the guy I’m dating, helped me out with setting up the play set for my daughter which included a supermarket suitcase complete with a kitty cat, flowers and vegetables. I helped my son put together a helicopter and a motorcycle play set that was part of the fire suitcase.
“I’ve seen you try to put together a bike, you need help!” is what Ironman told me and so I allowed him to help or I’d get confused putting both sets together at the same time. I’m guessing if this play set is meant for 4 to 7 year olds than a 36 year old woman could figure it out right? LEGO Juniors offers portable play with easy to understand instructions. Some benefits are the fact that it is portable and can help kids keep focus on one project at a time and stay entertained. So don’t leave home without it; the LEGO® JUNIORS Suitcase is the perfect travel companion to keep your youngster entertained this summer. Filled with an assortment of LEGO bricks and exciting role play components the suitcase is extremely portable— opening up a world of play possibilities anywhere you go! I learned as an adult I have very little patience – lol but it was fun to help my son learn to be gentle with small pieces and to get excited at every part we put in place. I thought the instructions were well laid out in drawings that identified each piece. The only drawback is that some of the tiny pieces almost looked the same in the drawing but it’s still easy to figure out. Once we got the fire set put together we could talk about what the fire hose does and what the fire department does. As for my daughter, she was able to talk her playset through with Ironman. Personally I was very proud of the play set I put together with my son. He enjoyed the LEGO people and putting on their helmets and backpacks. We loved it and I especially loved having one suitcase to hold each play set. The suitcases themselves could easily lock in place with bright yellow fasteners. The instruction booklets and pieces all fit inside. You can take the suitcases with you or neatly stack them on a shelf. The only drawback: Both kids trying to play with each other’s play set. However that can easily be fixed with our reward system and giving each the option to share and play together in building each set. I was ecstatic to discover this toy was a 2015 Winner for Best Preschool Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association, Inc. Rated the best “For toys created for children of any age that have a considerable electronic component involved. This includes “plug ‘n play” and interactive videos.”
LEGO Junior Verdict: A Buy!
I rate this as a definite buy. As a family travel blogger and freelance writer having activities for the kids that are portable and not all electronics based is a must. Even if they are just traveling to the babysitter’s house it not only teaches them to be creative and challenge their minds but it teaches them about the sequence in processes. What I mean is that it shows them Step 1 perform this action, Step 2 perform this action. This is such an important part of learning as they get older. For my son especially while this may have been a challenge I know that as he gets older he will eventually be able to do it himself.
So what’s next on the list of LEGO Junior Play sets? My son has a birthday coming up and he seems excited to try the LEGO Juniors Batman: Defend the Bat Cave and the LEGO Juniors Spider-man hideout (available at Target now).
Here are more things I have discovered about the LEGO Juniors site. The website includes a lot of apps and activities just for my little ones. You can download a memory game, print out yourself birthday kits (I’m going to do this for my son) as well as coloring pages – All FREE! There are also app games available on Android and iPhone to help kids ages 4 – 7 experience mini games in a special adventure. My children are very electronics oriented so I know that they will love this game along with the computer games available on the site. I agree with how LEGO tries to integrate not just creative imaginative play but also technology game play. These are all great tools for early childhood development.
Price: Around $19.99 and up
Where you can purchase the Item? Via the LEGO Juniors shopping site or major retailers like Amazon.com, Walmart, and Target.
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Prologue: I live in Texas and I work in the energy/electricity industry. In Texas we know Heat and that’s why it’s very important that you not only hydrate but stay cool. An energy efficient HVAC system is a must here in Texas and is worth the money if you not only want to stay cool but save on your electric bill. Check out the other tips to stay cool this summer.
After five solid months of frostbite-inducing temperatures and relentless snowstorms, summer has made its eagerly-anticipated appearance. Tired of freezing your tail off and shoveling mounds of heavy, wet snow out of your driveway, you couldn’t be happier to see the return of long sunny days and warm weather. Having endured brutal weather conditions throughout the entire winter, you have every intention of enjoying summertime to the fullest. Keep in mind, however, that summer is far from perfect. The record-breaking heat waves that have swept the nation over the last few summers have given way to a rise in warm weather fatigue, exhaustion and heatstroke. Just as you had to take measures to stay warm during the winter, it’s imperative that you stay cool throughout the summer. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can beat the heat without putting a hole in your bank account.
Install an HVAC System
If you’re tired of lugging out and installing bulky window-based AC units every summer, consider purchasing a reliable HVAC system for your home. These revolutionary heating and cooling devices come in indoor, outdoor and ductless varieties and can effectively cool your entire house – whereas window units can only cool specific areas. Unlike window units, HVAC systems can be used year-round. Once winter rolls around and the cold weather sets in, simply increase your system’s temperature to evenly distribute heat throughout your home. On average, HVAC systems cost considerably less to maintain than traditional heaters and air conditioners. Additionally, the convenient warranties that many of them come with ensure that you’ll be able to have your system serviced free of charge whenever problems pop up.
See Movies at the Right Times
It’s no secret that summer is the busiest time of year for moviegoers. With studios churning out hit after hit, your local multiplex receives at least three new must-see blockbusters every week. Not only does going to the movies during the summer provide you with first-rate entertainment, it enables you to relax in a dark air-conditioned room for several hours. Unfortunately, ticket prices have increased exponentially over the last several years. Going to a weekend or evening show is liable to cost upwards of $12 in certain parts of the country. However, by attending weekday matinees, you’ll be able to enjoy summertime blockbusters in a comfortable environment for slightly more than half the cost of a weekend or evening ticket.
Visit Public Pools
There’s nothing quite like a dip in the pool on an arid summer day. However, swimming pool ownership can be exorbitantly expensive. In addition to costing upwards of $20,000 to install, a typical in-ground pool costs nearly $1,000 to clean, service and maintain throughout the summer. Luckily, public swimming pools enable you to bypass the endless expense of owning a backyard pool. Although some public pools charge a nominal entrance fee, many of them can be used for free. As an added bonus, if you go early enough in the day, you’ll practically have the entire pool to yourself.
If there’s one thing summer’s known for, it’s extreme heat. By taking measures to stay cool while preserving your pocketbook, you can beat the heat and save a fair amount of money in the process.
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Enter today to win of one of two family four pack of tickets for the DFW Boat Expo going on now till February 9, 2014 at Dallas Market Hall. Presented by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas, the DFW Boat Expo will bring you face to face with 20 of North Texas’ largest boat dealers and hundreds of vendors. You can repower your boat and/or trade it in but get information and be prepared for when warmer weather comes around.
Buxton Marine, Freedom Powersports and Waterski America are a few of the dealers on hand. I can think of my love for waverunners and this would be a great place to check them out. If you are looking for a vehicle to tow your boat or watercraft, check out my post on the Ford F-250 SuperDuty. Learn more about the DFW Boat Expo here!
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