Barefoot by the Sea

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Feature and $25 Gas Card Giveaway! #roadtrip #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by Sunoco Gas Credit Card however, all opinions are my own.
For the third year in a row, I'm excited to spread the word about Sunoco!  They are once again offering their Free Fuel 5000 and they are giving away $5,000 in free fuel to 11 grand prized winners!  Check here to see as they announce all of their Free Fuel 5000 Grand prize winners. For more prizes and chances to win, make sure to follow GoSunoco on Facebook!
Three ways to get your decal:
1. Stop by any participating Sunoco Station and pick one up for free.
Find a Sunoco near you.
2. Request a decal on Facebook at
3. By mail: send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a 3" x 5" card with your name, home mailing address, age, and phone number to:
Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Sweepstakes Decal Request c/o department 585547 P.O. Box 5046
Kalamazoo Ml 49003-5046
For more information, read the official contest rules
Sunoco is also offering up a $25 Gas Card for one lucky Barefoot by the Sea reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below (wait a minute or two for the form to load) and good luck! Sunoco Gas Cards make great Summer gifts, birthday gifts and are great for the college bound kiddo!  With the month of August ahead, they're so convenient when you're on the road!  

Finally, don't forget about the Sunoco Gas Credit Card, where you'll get 0.5 off per gallon for their Sunoco Gas Card!  Don't forget to check their store locator to find a Sunoco station near you! 

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This post has been sponsored by Sunoco Gas Credit Card however, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Saying Goodbye

A couple of weeks ago we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to our youngest kitty, Pumpkin. We adopted him for years ago from our local SPCA shelter. At the time, the estimated he was about a year old. Playful, quiet and sweet, he fit into our family easily and was a wonderful companion to our older kitty. 

Over the years, my daughters grew so close to him and he LOVED them. He spent most of his days perched at his favorite window, looking for birds and enjoying the sun. The only thing that interrupted that was visits with his two favorite people, it made my heart melt.

We noticed Pumpkin wasn't eating much, and started to observe his behavior. While he was still drinking, he was definitely more lethargic and he spent time in his favorite window spot. I had recently switched his food so I thought that was the problem and he was simply a finicky eater. After calling the vet, they encouraged me to try to get him to eat and we tried everything: yogurt, tuna and nothing work. When we brought him to the vet, they ran tests and confirmed he had massive kidney failure. They said it was something they see often in older cats, and suggested that he was closer to 14 years old and not 5 years old, as we had thought. They said that it was hard for the SPCA or other rescue organizations to estimate a cats age. 

The vet was extremely kind and patient but confidently told us that this was a cut and dry case, that there was nothing we could've done to prevent it, and that the most humane thing to do would be to put him to sleep. So my husband stayed with him and called us to give the news. The girls were heartbroken and in disbelief. Even though we explained the situation, they wanted their kitty back and spent the next days reminiscing and providing comfort to their older kitty. 

My friend over at Coliwog Designs made these beautiful remembrance bracelets for the girls. Such a special, heartfelt way to remember their dear pet, they haven't taken them off since receiving them. The designer and shop owner, Alison suggested this gift, something I had never really thought about before. What a nice way for a child to keep a dear pet close to their heart.

Coliwog Designs features hand stamped, one of a kind jewelry. Simple and beautiful, these items make a wonderful gift. They offer personalization and will work with you to create a one of a kind piece. I think these would make the PERFECT back to school gift for a college bound loved one - or any student off on their next adventure! Great for Moms and Moms-to-Be, birthday gifts and beyond! Check out Coliwog Design's on etsy, Coliwog Design's blog here, follow on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to shop and "be in the know" 

"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down their light and love"  

Goodbye Pumpkin, you will forever be in our hearts!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fruity Coconut Water Ice Pops (Easy Recipe)

Last week I shared an Almond Butter Banana Ice Pop recipe. This week, I'm sharing another delicious hot weather treat: Fruity Coconut Water Ice Pops!

This recipe couldn't easier, they came together in just a couple of minutes and turned out so delicious, hydrating and refreshing! With another HOT week ahead of us, it's definitely worth giving these a try! All you need is some coconut water and your favorite fruit! I found that the pineapple coconut water tasted the best with this recipe but feel free to use whatever you'd like most!

Fruity Coconut Water Ice Pops

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries (or the fruit of your choice)
  • 2 cups pineapple coconut water
Simply place your sliced strawberries along the sides of your ice pop molds and slowly fill with your coconut water. Freeze for at least 4 hours. That's it! I'm telling you, we all enjoyed these delicious ice pops and have been dreaming of our next round. I'm thinking mango with a sprinkle of coconut flakes for a tropical ice pop! 

Let me know your favorite Ice Pop recipe if you have one - or any fruity combo you think would be delicious! 

Stay cool! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops

Since most of the country is enduring a heatwave, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and share a yummy recipe for Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops that we made this week. We don't eat a ton of dairy in our home and this tasty pop is made with delicious vanilla almond milk, which is a staple! I love the added protein power of the almond butter too! 
Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops
1 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter will work)
In blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, divide into ice pop molds and freeze.

What you get is a protein packed, delicious cold treat! These were sort of like almond butter fudgicles and did not disappoint! Since trips to the ice cream shop can get a bit pricey, this is s sure way to cool down! 

Have a great weekend! 

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