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Preparing Your Kids for Outdoor Play this Summer - #twinpopscontest


Prepare your kids for playing outdoors this summer, but please, don't forget the Budget Saver Twin Pops.


I remember as a young mother with my first two children, Kristal and Kyle, in the heart of the South Bronx. Things weren't always peachy and cream as it is now. I had a job, but not a job that paid enough to have all the wants, but enough for our needs. While I knew that I could always call and ask for help from my parents, it wasn't something that I wanted to do. I was a grown up and grown ups do what they need to do for their children. However, when you're a child, you want a summer that's filled with fun. I remember going into the supermarket and picking up Budget Saver Twin Pops, not only because they were inexpensive, but because they were twin pops, meaning there was 2 of them, and with both kids, they got to share. It was a win-win for me and for them. It's been over 20 years, and even though I can now afford their needs AND wants, one thing has remained constant, especially during the summer time, our refrigerator always contains Budget Saver Twin Pops. Back then I had no idea that the famous Twin Pop was invented during the great depression so that two children could split one for a nickel. I just knew that both my kids could split them, and with their array of flavors, the hardest was picking their favorite flavor OR color.


Summer is practically here, well at least here in Colorado Springs. That means there will be lots of time playing outside. Whether you decide to go to the neighborhood park or do a family day at the beach, there will be lots of time spent under the sun. With that in mind you want to kids to be protected, but don't forget to keep it fun. Fun also includes a sweet treat as well. Our summer fun will be spent riding bikes, visiting amusement parks and enjoying our beautiful state, all with Budget Saver Twin Pops. I intend to recreate memories spent in New York City with Madison, just as I did with my older kids, and Budget Saver Twin Pops will be involved, to make every situation a sweet MOMent.


With that in mind, I have some tips to help you prepare your kids for outdoor play this summer!

1. Opt for water instead of juice
The risks of dehydration are at an all-time high during this season, thus packing a variety of liquids is a given when taking your family outdoors, even if it’s just the playground. Your kids may love the flavor of soda, but the caffeine will prevent them from retaining the fluids. Juices aren’t necessarily a better alternative in terms of keeping your children cool and hydrated, and power drinks (which should only be consumed by older kids) have very few advantages over water. H2O is still your best bet, though if your kids tend to complain about the taste, you can also use fruit to add a bit of a kick to water. Think berries or freshly squeezed juice from a lemon or orange.

2. Pack sprays and wipes instead of lotion
Lotion takes time to apply, and children aren’t very patient. With little kids it can be difficult to keep them standing still long enough to apply the sunscreen. Sprays and wipes are timesavers, and generally worth every penny.

3. Bring colorful accessories to make safety fun
We all know that sunblock is needed to keep our skin safe from harmful UV rays, but you’ll also need a few other accessories, especially around noon to mid afternoon when the sun is at its strongest. Wearing any extra layers may be annoying for kids as it will cause them to sweat more in the heat, but cool sunglasses and colorful hats will have your kids yearning to look cool while they’re hanging out at the pool.


4. Don't forget your budget saver twin pops
Budget Saver Twin Pops are a great way to keep your children cool in the summer. Remember when I said always have a sweet treat on hand? These are the perfect sweet treat and great to share with a friend. 

5. Be a good example for your children
Your kids might be hesitant to take that extra sip of water or slathering on another layer of sunscreen before running around in the sun, so be a role model to get them to do as you do. They might not understand why they have to put on all this protective gear, however if you put on a hat, sit under the beach umbrella and hydrate, Parents Magazine indicates that they will mimic your behavior. It’s vital that everyone works as a team for sun safety.


You can turn each moment into a MOMent. What's a MOMent? Well it's short for "Mom-Moment" and Budget Saver Twin Pops can help save the day. This summer Budget Saver Twin Pops wants you to share your own sweet MOMent in their #twinpopscontest. Just share your sweet MOMent using the hashtag #twinpopscontest on Twitter or Instagram and your entry could be selected as a Weekly or even the Grand Prize Winning MOMent.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to U.S. residents, 18+. Enter by 8/13/17, For Official Rules, visit http://bit.ly/2pDfETF.


What plans do you have this summer with your own children? 

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Annmarie John
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  1. Aw, you just brought me back and totally even had these for summer time when I was a kid way back when. So definitely will have these ice pops on hand for the summer for my girls, too :)

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  2. These were some great tips. Also I love Popsicle in the summer and these look so classic and fun. What a great blog post and hope you guys have a fun summer outdoors.

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  3. When summer rolls around, our plans generally include a lot of playing in the woods and swimming. We also love to hit the zoo.

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  4. What a great snack! My son goes to sleep away camp, I will have to buy these for when he returns, the kids always come to my house for snacks!

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  5. My kids will be outside all day, every day this summer. I am happy they prefer to be outside like I did when I was a kid.

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  6. There is nothing like getting to be outside in the summer, I was lucky and grew up in a close with a park at the end, I spent many hours with friends there.

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  7. My kids love being outside whenever they can. Twin pops would help them enjoy it even more for sure.

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  8. We love all loving being outdoors. Nothing feels so good as the nice sunny weather. We usually take spur of the moment bike rides or trips to the nearest park for a picnic. Twin pops are also a great way to cool down this summer!

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  9. Who doesn't love a good ice pop during the summer? (Especially one that's so affordable!) I also agree with skipping the lotion and going with the spray. It's quicker and like you mentioned, the kids aren't patient enough to stand still for thorough application with the lotion.

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  10. These are great tips. I always made sure my son had on sunscreen and he stayed hydrated. We went through a lot of Popsicles.

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  11. Outdoor play is one of the best parts of summertime. Of course, staying safe while enjoying the weather is even more important! Totally agree with ya!

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  12. I didn't plan anything for this summer. EEK! I need to start looking into things. But your happy pictures are insipring me to make sure a lot of our time is outdoors.

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  13. Such great ideas for the kiddos during the summer! I have two kids who are almost out of school for the season so this is very helpful!!

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  14. We have already spent so much time outside this summer and I am sure that won't change. My kids love spending time in the sun, but so do I.

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  15. My daughter is grown but we do have plans to attend a few festivals in Chicago where she lives!

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  16. Perfection! I tend to get caught up in details and how hard it gets to actually get us all out the door! These tips will help me.
    As one of five kids, twin pops were always the best! We would split with each other and still feel utterly refreshed!

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  17. One thing I always make sure the kids have is insect repellent. They get so bitten if they play in the yard without it.

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  18. My kids used to love twin pops! They were the perfect treat to beat the summer heat here in Georgia.

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  19. I have come to prefer spf sprays over lotions, they are so much easier to use and more convenient. We don't have any plans for the summer yet.

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  20. My girls always love to cool off with Twin Pops after a sweaty day of outdoor play. I'm glad my kids love to be out running instead of cooped up in the house all summer!

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  21. I've never heard of twin pops - we have nothing like that here in Europe (to my knowledge, anyway). What a great way to get kids to share as well as being more economical! Great tips for kids this summer, thank you for sharing!

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  22. I didn't know the history about twin pops but my mom use to buy them for the same reason. So glad summer is here and we can finally have outdoor adventures!

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  23. Awesome tips for summer! Keeping hydrated and cool is definitely important and Twin Pops are a great way to do this!

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  24. Awesome tips! My kids love playing outdoors during summer. I'm sure we're able to use these tips soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. These are such great tips and very timely for this summer! I am sure to check out the Twin Pops when we do our grocery shopping this week.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  26. My kids LOVE ice pops! After a fun day outside, these are the perfect treat. I like that they are cheap enough where we don't mind sharing with friends!

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  27. Popsicles are such a yummy treat for the Summer.
    Your daughter looks so cute, with her determined expression, in your pictures.

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  28. Anytime we are outside, I grab a bottle of water to take with us. My kids will ALWAYS drink water when it is accessible. But as soon as we get inside, they want juice since that is now accessible too. Good tips all around!

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  29. Staying hydrated is my ultimate rule in my family. When they go out, I always remind them to take a water bottle with them. These popsicle

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  30. I always tell my children to keep a water bottle in the car wherever they'd be going out and taking the car. Those popsicles look so good. I'd have them ready any time.

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  31. I don't have kids, but I do have nieces and a nephew. They are planning to visit this summer so I will be making sure we have fun and stay safe in the pool.

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  32. Great tips. It can be hot out there so it's important to stay hydrated and safe, while also enjoying the outdoors.

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  33. These are really great tips and ideas for summer season. I will definitely keep these in mind when my niece visits her favorite auntie!

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  34. I love these pops as well! We plan to spend a lot of time outside in our garden, watching the bees do their job and just enjoying Maine summer weather. Simple but satisfying!

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  35. I remember eating those when I was younger. Takes me way back for sure.

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  36. I used to eat these every summer. I didn't know they were still around!

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  37. I used to love popsicles during the summer when I was a kid! These sound like a sweet deal!

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  38. Being a good example is so important. Kids follow what we do.

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  39. I have a teenage son but he loves ice pops especially during spring and summer. I don't think we have tried Budget Saver Twin Pops before but will look for them next time I'm at the supermarket.

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  40. My two love being outside when the weather is nice. I'm always popping out with cold dreams, ice lollies and ice creams for them so they don't get dehydrated though :)

    Louise x

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  41. I stock up on the generic Otter Pops in the summer to keep the kids hydrated because they will remember those when the won't remember water, great tips!

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  42. We stock up on twin pops during the summer! It is the best part of those hot summer days! My kids just love them!

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  43. I remember having these during the summer months when I was a kid! Making summer memories is so great.

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  44. I'm definitely not a kid anymore, but every once and awhile I still love an ice pop when it's hot out! I always kept a huge box of them on hand when my kids were little so that I had something to share with the neighborhood kids when they came by.

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  45. These are great tips! My little one just started walking about a month ago and she loves going outside to play. Anytime we can catch a break in the heat, we try to get outside to play on her water table!

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  46. I completely agree with you that you can create memories in any moment. You don't have to have or spend a lot of money to spend priceless moments with your kids.

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  47. Oh, same here. I still buy the twin pops for the kids. Not only are they cheap, but they can share. And what better way to teach kids how to share? lol We used to have these as kids too. And I had no idea it was started during the depression! Thanks for sharing these summer tips!

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  48. Twin pops are the best because my boys can share them :) We usually go to the zoo and parks a lot so they are so great for cooling my kids down :)

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  49. Your kids are so cute I love seeing them! I love twin pops! I used them for my brothers growing up!

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