Everyday Mom's Meals: Our Spring Break with Frito Lay #FritoSpringBreak
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our Spring Break with Frito Lay #FritoSpringBreak

Whew...what a busy week it was in our house last week for our spring vacation, and we never even left Fort Wayne! I am a firm believer that you don't have to go on vacation to have one! I think you can find plenty of fun things to do right in your hometown, or heck, even without leaving the house. No break from school is complete without what we like to call a "Mommy and Monkey Day of Fun"...and this year was no exception, but this time we were able to include Frito Lay in our fun! 



How you might ask? Well, because of the great folks at Frito Lay, I had a beautiful new camera to capture some of our fun moments. A gift card to help "fund the fun" and plenty of snack to enjoy and refuel us!

My awesome fan pack...


First up I treated my boy to one of his favorite meals...brunch! He was able to enjoy eggs, toast, breakfast meats and all the extras while we spent some quality time together. 


In our house, Spring Break isn't complete without a trip to the arcade. Luckily we have so many in the city, we were actually able to visit one the boy never had before. It's actually some place his Daddy and I used to hang out in back when we were dating, so it was nice to share that little piece of history with him. 


And yes, we even got a couple games of Air Hockey together...him winning both and then declaring "Mommy, I just schooled you." He's lucky he is so cute! 


After the arcade we headed to the library so he could stock up on some reading material for the rest of the week. My little book worm was in 7th heaven. 


After such a fun day, it was time to come home, relax a little and have a snack. Lucky for us, thanks to Frito Lay, he had plenty to choose from!


So, with snack in hand, he sat down to enjoy a good book and get ready for whatever our next adventure was. 

We love taking family vacations to the beach, or exploring different tourist attractions. But sometimes the most fun we have is simply exploring our own backyard, finding ways to have inexpensive fun; and most of all spending time together, loving every minute!

A big thanks to Frito Lay for providing me with this amazing Spring Break fan pack. Be sure to show them some love by liking them on Facebook and following on Twitter!

Oh, and did I mention YOU have a chance to win that same fabulous fan pack?? It's a prize package value at $280!! 

(1) Lucky winner will receive: 

1 Sony - DSC-H300 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera – Black
1 $50 Visa Gift Card for games or other activities
 1 pack of Classic Mix multi-pack
 4 Frito-Lay branded cold drink holders
4 pairs of Frito-Lay branded sunglasses

To Enter: Simply leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite "staycation" activity. Be sure to leave an email address where I can find you! 

Contest Ends: Friday April 18, 2014

Disclaimer: I received a fun pack for myself and one to giveaway from Frito Lay for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

108 comments:

ingrids said...

We love to stay home and build forts!

Cheryl Free said...

My favorite "staycation" activity is spending time at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Served up with Love said...

Hitting the local skating rink and then the ice cream shop.

Joyce Carter said...

We live about six miles from a national forest. Such a beautiful drive through it. There is a river (slow moving)that runs through it and at a particular spot is a nice day area, with picnic tables, bar b qs, and a swing set. We like to pack a picnic and go spend the day there. You can splash around in the river or just float in your innertubes. Along the bank you can hunt for crawdads...there are even hiking trails. It is so peaceful and a great way for the kids to spend some energy while I can just relax!! LOL Joyce
jonicar78@gmail.com

shanes_mommy said...

I live at the Jersey Shore. So some of my favorite things to do on stay-cation are to go to the Cape May County Zoo & Park. My son loves to see the animals & afterwards swing on the swings for what seems like hours. Also we like to go for walks on the beach & collect seashells.

Roxanne said...

This year our staycation from school included going to my daughters softball practices and her games. We went to St. Augustine for a game and then we went to an ice cream shop in the older part of St. Augustine! It was one of the best staycations we had!!

Linette Hayes said...

My favorite"staycation" would have to be, when my girls were little we would go see daddy, at work for lunch. Then we would go get ice cream or go to the mall for a shopping trip.

TMIBLIVES said...

Ours is going to the Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. We take a picnic lunch and spend the whole day there

Anonymous said...

We love to go to a local park with lake, and have a picnic, and then when we leave go by the ice cream shop smokisno@yahoo.com

Misty DawnS said...

My favorite "staycation" involves taking nature photo-walks around my pond and woods and fishing :-)

henhousegal said...

Our favorite staycation is a huge family outing to The Providence Canyon in Lumpkin, Ga. We pack a picnic lunch and the extended family from Great Grandmothers to babies hang out. The older kids and young adults enjoy exploring the canyons and playing in the picnic areas! Great memories for all.

Jessica Belcher said...

We totally just had our staycation! We went to a hotel in our city (Ann Arbor) and had a blast at the pool :)

Laura said...

We love to stay home and just relax! No plans needed :) lauram624@gmail.com

henhousegal said...

Our staycation is a trip to The Providence Canyon in Lumpkin, Ga. It is not to far from home. We pack a picnic lunch. From grandmothers to babies we all visit at the picnic area while the older kids and young adults explore the canyons. Great fun and memories made each year!

Jessica Wood said...

We love to go to a nice wooded camp ground, pitch a tent and enjoy the wild life. We do scavener hunts, fishing, fires, and watch for shooting stars at night.

Anonymous said...

Movies with my husband and then my email: kristincreager@yahoo.com

Heather Brown said...

This past Spring Break, we enjoyed just being able to play outside in the sunshine! It's been such a long, cold winter. We also enjoy hiking on all the trails of the local parks, but it's been too muddy so far :)

tina said...

A picnic at our local park!!

Diane Button said...

We sit on the lake bank and fish! SOOO relaxing!

Anonymous said...

I love playing bridge each week with my friends. When it gets warmer I will enjoy being in the garden.

Tina Etherton said...

A picnic at our local park! ethertontina@gmail.com

Alisha Storm said...

We love to explore new things in our back yard & going to local parks and zoos. My boy could spend all day outside so we like to do as much as we can to enjoy these years and make fun memories. alishastorm223@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This year for spring break the kids wanted to go to the aquarium. We just couldn't afford it since I just had a baby so as a surprise my husband and I took the kids finger paints and an old sheet and painted the ocean scene with turtles, crabs, a shark, starfish, seashells and a lot of fish. We are not good painters lol but We hung it from two trees over our trampoline. Then we took a sprinkler put it under the trampoline and called the kids out. We had so much fun talking about creatures of the sea. When we got done playing we waited for the trampoline to dry then had a picnic under the sea. When the day ended we washed the sheet and told the kids next time they get to paint the sheet and choose the theme :) They still talk about it daily!!! My name is Nikki Snook and my email is snooksgirl21@yahoo.com

Pam said...

Favorite staycation would be spending time with my 5 yr. old grandson at the park. Watching him play baseball or soccer. Then he likes to help bake and watch a movie together.

Wendy said...

I love spending the afternoon outside, usually on a walk with my good friend. We love to go on the local nature trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of mother nature.

Rebecca Jean said...

My daughter is too little yet to do anything other than play with some infant toys and we watch baby Einstein and super why!

Anonymous said...

We go into the backyard and build a fire. With 5 boys they have to take turns getting it started! We use sticks to roast hotdogs and, of course, s'mores :)
Email: flyer68c@ frontiernet.net

Sharon Freeman said...

my fav ever staycation sitting on the side of a lake fishin with my kids even if we dont catch anything its all about the time and memories.......With my 3 children and two grandsons COUNTRYGURL469@GMAIL.COM

Margaret Puffer said...

Our favorite stayvacation is going to a Playground that we have never been to before and creating mini challenges for competitions. How many chin ups can we do? How high on the swing can we get starting by ourselves?
email: mmdonova@email.com

Anonymous said...

This year our staycation is just having a great time watching movies and baking with my loves while my awesome husband cooks us steak and baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese yummy I think this year its all about the movie frozen we are going to make our own snowflakes and dip Oreo's into blue chocolate and decorate them aww I can't wait
Email:garzeschristina@yahoo.com

Kristina Grant said...

A fav vacation is packing up the camping gear and heading to the forest with 4 kids its a lot of fun some times we just like setting up the tents around the fire pit cooking outside and sleeping under the stars having a good time in the out doors all 7 of us

kgrant779@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love to lounge outside in the sun with iced tea, snacks, a book, and the dog! Emily.kistner1@gmail.com

Debbie said...

Our favorite staycation is sleeping in late. Having coffee together, heading to pick up grandkids, then letting all of them stay out in the country with us for a few days. That way they have quality time with Grandma and Grandpa, as well as cousin time with their cousins!!
Email is mhdhhaggard@yahoo.com

Kristina Grant said...

We go camping pack up all the gear and our 4 kids and head to the forrest to rough it and sleep under the stars the kids love it and its our electronic break from everything and a lot of fun for all 7 of us


kgrant779@gmail.com

Teri C. said...

We love movies and they're $5 before noon so we see a movie then go out to eat lunch (if we haven't filled up too much on popcorn) or wait till supper. If we wait for supper then we either go shopping or go back home for a little nap. ttajcudaback@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Our favorite staycation is having bonfires and swimming at grandma and grandpa's! Oh, and eating lots of grandma's homemade potato salad : ) kellytavormina@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

The most important "thing" we have in our lives is each other so we try to spend it together whenever we get the chance. We take walks, go roller skating or bowling, play outside in the yard. It doesn't matter what we do as long as we're together.

Petthetaz@yahoo.com

Sydney Andersen said...

Our favorite staycation activities are learning about our city and state. This week we're going to the fire station and the state capital!

Barbara Zeynep said...

Hi- Barbara from mrsturkdal@gmail.com

We love to make adventures and fun in our yard for the kids on the block. Last year the kids created a carnival with all the games and such. this year, who knows what they will come up with???? And of course, I am in charge of the foods for the activities and meals! Go Frito !!!

Debbie Broussard said...

My favorite staycation is spending time with my two grandsons who are 5 and 8. They have a stocked pond in their neighborhood and they love to try and catch a fish. We always bring snacks and also some bread to feed the ducks in the pond. When we are done, we then go home and prepare a meal and they enjoy helping me cook. Some of our best memories come from doing the simple things in life!

Colleen S. said...

My favorite "staycation" is to spend time at our local lake. It's free swimming, picnicing, boating, etc.

Thanks EMM and Frito Lay for offering such a fun prize pkg.

Email is stebcol@hotmail.com

Lisa Brown said...

our favorite staycation is hiking and going to the lake.
jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Since all my children are grown, spring break takes on a whole new meaning. My 88 year old Mother, my son and his family (wife and my two precious gbabies Aj and Kegan)and myself plant a garden so we can teach the little ones about growing their own veggies. After the seeds and seedlings are tucked into the fragrant sunkissed soil, we enjoy a picnic lunch under the huge black walnut tree in the back yard. It just doesnt get any better than "Nature Time"!!My email is ddwelch1950@live.com

Karen BrAtton said...

My favorite staycation is staying home, enjoying the outdoors in the country setting where I live.



Anonymous said...

WE LOVE TO PLAY BOARD GAMES!

ALEEZA110@YAHOO.COM

kathy m. said...

I love to spend time scanning old photos and working on my digital scrapbook layouts....our grandchildren are nearby so we love just staying home and spending time with them.

TXsunlover said...

This year for Spring Break, my hubby & I got to have our grandkids for several days. Our favorite day was when we took a picnic lunch & spent the day at the zoo. We rode the train instead of driving & the kids LOVED it! We also spent time that week cooking out in the backyard, playing in the sprinklers & just having fun at home.
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

The Brousseau Family said...

Our favorite "staycation" is loading up the RV and heading to the mountains for quality family time, and much need break from electronics!!!!! Nice to have no distractions. We love this time with our kids because we know that it won't be long before they won't want to do it any more!!

angiebrousseau@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

It's almost too simple. Grabbing Mcdonalds take out and heading to a local park for a picnic lunch!

Mary Rabatin said...

I love going to see my Grand daughter in the lead part ( Jo ) in the musical ( Little Women ) at her University . Going to Amish Country to see an Amish musical , eating some good Amish food , site seeing , taking lots of pictures of the country side & Amish Buggys . Going to the huge Lehman's Hardware in Kidron again . To mingle with the Amish shopping for non Electric items . Going to Cleveland , Play House Square to see the musical Wicket . Relaxing on my back deck with a cup of Chocolate Mint tea . Then just relaxing with a good Amish fiction on my Kindle .

mariahtr@zoominternet.net

Robin Moss said...

I love to go bowling and to the movies! However if I need some excitement we live 30 mins away from the US National Whitewater Center and we have Zip lines around here. There is alot to do without leaving but you do have to leave the house!

stefanie gladden said...

we love to go swimming out in our pool, go on hikes, and just stay outside & enjoy the warm weather!!

stefanie.gladden@gmail.com

hecfino68 said...

We love to camp out at the lake . Swim and play during the day, make s'mores and talk around the fire at night.

Anonymous said...

We don't have any children and so when we staycation it involves our dogs. Sometimes we travel to show or obedience trials but we also spend a lot of time hiking and exploring our lovely Lake County. We take the dogs when we go geo-caching, we take them to the lake and to creeks to play and swim and we find fun places to visit where they can climb, jump and practice their canine good citizen manners.
Cathy, borderflies@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My staycation is going to the lake with my airboat. Meeting up with friends and having a cookout. This is really relaxing for me as I am a caregiver for my Mother that lives with me.

jeanjane21@msn.com
jeanjane21@msn.com

Anonymous said...

We love to have a bon fire in the back and roast hot dogs and have s'mores. Spending time together is the best even if you can't go away for a vacation.
rb29890@aol.com

Ellen said...

We bring a TV out into the back yard with a dvd player. After building a fire in the firepit, we roast marshmallows, make s'mores and watch a movie under the stars. I love the share this version of a drive-in movie with my grandchildren and nephews. My email is ellenselph00@hotmail.com. Have a great day!

Amy Lindsey said...

favorite staycation is hiking in the back yard (woods) and grilling afterward.

amy.lindsey778@topper.wku.edu

Anonymous said...

We love to ride our bikes outside, and play. We then love to have a picnic in the driveway as a family! rachelawisel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

We love to ride our bikes outside, and play. We then love to have a picnic in the driveway as a family! rachelawisel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

We love to go to a different state park every year with my family in TX and there have been some really nice state parks , but we also went to great wolf lodge one year and we all loved it I think I'm gonna plan that trip again this year.....really what it comes down to is being together with family it doesn't matter where we go we have a good time together ..thank God hchomehjkfamily@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite "staycation" would be a trip to the library, come home to read and make good old fashioned hamburgers and chips.

somewheresewin@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Playing with my favorite 5 year old in the Barbie House my father built. We had a blast rearranging furniture and accessories. Ninety minutes flew by! Carla clhm@aol.com

Misty Whitman said...

We love staycations! When we're able to all be together, it's always fun! With five children, inexpensive activities like biking, grilling, walking to the library, and board games are a must! We also have an occasional meal out, or trip to local historical sites. It's the best! :)
CMWhitman@live.com

Ellen Apple said...

For us, all vacations are stay-cations. My favorite thing to do is go to a play at the state theatre of Virginia, The Barter Theatre. It is located about 30 miles from our home. There is a marvelous artisan crafts center there, Heartwood, that has a wonderful restaurant that utilizes local products as well. Heartwood often hosts local musicians, so if you just do a little planning you can have a wonderful day out.

Ellen Apple said...

For us, all vacations are stay-cations. My favorite thing to do is go to a play at the state theatre of Virginia, The Barter Theatre. It is located about 30 miles from our home. There is a marvelous artisan crafts center there, Heartwood, that has a wonderful restaurant that utilizes local products as well. Heartwood often hosts local musicians, so if you just do a little planning you can have a wonderful day out.

Brownie said...

One of our best stayvacation was when My daughter and I took my grandson's to the zoo. We took my mother and a picnic lunch and just had a relaxing day. It was so exciting to have all the different generations together!!!

Thank you
ddpeters@windstream.net

Margaret said...

Our favorite stay cation was when we put up tents and basically camped in the yard for the week. The kids loved it. We cooked every meal over the fire and roasted marshmallows every night.

copycat_2029 said...

The best 'staycation' always involves a trip to the Fort Wayne Children's zoo. But with our busy family, sometimes the best days are the ones that you just get to have an unexpected lunch together.
debkrull75@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I forgot to leave my email. wvagirl1961@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Our boys love to go hiking, we have many different trails in our area. My son loves to find insects and lizards and he'll tell me all about them. We have so much fun! Enjoy your staycation!! memphandaus@live.com -Chauntel

Anonymous said...

My favorite staycation is sitting at home, watching movies with my husband and son, cuddled up on the couch with a quilt. Love my boys cuddles!

Kristin.blankenship@uspiritus.org

sherri leung said...

We go get movies...come home and cover all the windows with blankets so it dark like the movie theater...make popcorn and have sodas...then we all sit down and turn the volume up real loud just like in the theater and enjoy family time!!!

sherri leung said...

Ooops sorry forgot email...sleung556@gmail.com

Tasha @ real imprints said...

Our families favorite "staycation" is what we call a TV Dinner Night. We go to the grocery store and everyone picks out their chosen frozen meal! We come home, build a fort full of blankets and pillows snuggle up with our dinners and watch a family movie! It's the best!

Kathryn Nejdl said...

Spending time in my garden or spending time at our local Botanic Gardens. Long nature walks are the best.
knejdl58@gmail.com

Deb coye said...

We have a couple of great hiking trails nearby. Pack a lunch and get outside and enjoy nature.

Amanda Wolfe Ford said...

We just had our 3rd baby, so an out of town vacation was out of the question. To make Spring Break fun, our staycation included a morning breakfast of strawberry crepes, (request from daughter) lunch at Cracker Barrel, (request from son) a afternoon matinee, (Mr Peabody & Sherman) a stop at the park, dinner of their choice, (cheeseburger pie, homemade potato salad, & strawberry shortcake) and ended the evening with Saving Mr. Banks. Almost had as much fun as if we'd gone to Florida. Almost. :)

Email: coamfo@hotmail.com

NaNa loves to cook! said...

For our favorite staycation activities include...Cooking out... just built a fire pit this winter for it. We would put up a tent in the backyard and pretend we were in some great forest or wilderness. Had a plastic pool for the great sea swims and then back at the tent for snacks (fritos) and card games a roaring fire and ghost stories. What a wonderful time!!
Pam Reason... pam.reason@hotmail.com

Holly said...

My favorite staycation activity would be either bowling or going to our local art studio and letting my little one create something special.

shdavis238@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Our favorite staycation activity would have to be trying out a "new to us" restaurant in our town or a surrounding one! We LOVE to try new places to eat in our on-going Foodie adventures!

Erin K.
jade_dragonfly@hotmail.com

Ellen said...

Our favorite thing to do is go hiking in the mountains near our home.
flagler1965 at gmail dot com

kat b said...

At the park with the kids.

kat b said...

AT the park with the kids. kathys_savings@hotmail.com

Desiree Garcia said...

The "staycation" we like is a bed and breakfast on a mountain beside our home. The hosts always seem so friendly and the rooms have themes, the scenery is beautiful and the swimming pool is the best!!!

Desiree Garcia said...

dg201302@gmail.com our staycation is a bed and breakfast!!!

Anonymous said...

We loved to visit the Louisvill Zoo and science center with a picnic lunch in between menteefresh@charter.net

Nancy A said...

If the weather is chilly, we play a lot of board games! If not too bad out, we go to the park and for walks and to the museum!!

Regina said...

Going to the local pool on a hot summer day with ice cream on the way home is one our favorites! jrbogers@live.com

Sara Joy said...

Going to the park and bonus if the ice cream truck comes when we are there!

littlesillysally at gmail dot com

Joy Crosby said...

We like to go to as many matinees as that is a treat for us!

Joy Crosby said...

We like to go to as many matinees as that is a treat for us!

Mendy Dinsmore said...

We enjoy cooking together and watching movies.
mendyd15 at yahoo.com

Neiddy Ruiz said...

My favorite staycation activity is baking. My kids love to help in the kitchen and we have fun making and eating sweet treats
neiddyruiz@gmail.com

Amy Orvin said...

My favorite "staycation" activity is going to the beach and having a picnic there.

2dogs5catscrew@att.net

Kristen said...

We love to go to a baseball game.

JC said...

We like visiting local museums as part of staycation activities.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

jenmalonee said...

We love going to indoor waterparks. There are a few about an hour away. It is a nice getaway without going too far.

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

erika said...

Hi Krista, my favorite staycation activity was playing Jenga, Connect Four, and Uno with my hubby and kids.

erika said...

Sorry I forgot to add my email: erika.clayton@yahoo.com I commented with my favorite staycation activity playing Jenga, Connect Four, and Uno with my hubby and kids.

sgumer said...

my favorite staycation activity is going to the park and having a picnic with my family and friends. even going to the beach is something we would do.

sgumer at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

We like going to the strawberry patch.

dlatany at gmail dot com

Christine Jessamine said...

we love to go to our local nature/duck park for the day

christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

Kim D. said...

Our favorite staycation is going to the park and beach.

Terra Heck said...

We have a campsite that stays parked at a local campground year round. Our favorite "staycation" is going to the campground on weekends to see friends, sit around the bonfire, and play outside. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Maria Elena Dominguez said...

We love to take the kids hiking and just have a little picnic up there. We live in the middle of nowhere so there's not too much to do. We go into town a lot which is like 3 hours away.
Maelena1990@hotmail.com

Betsy said...

going to the beach
bwebber2779 at andersonuniversity dot edu

MaryWithrow said...

We love to camping, horseback riding, hiking and swimming and often go to state parks in a 4 hour radius from our home. They all have something great to offer for the family and easy to do on weekends for fun