Find Minion Fun in Your General Mills Cereal Box! #ad #The7thMinion

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MINIONS and Golden Grahams |

Do you remember what it felt like to find the toy in a cereal box?

I do!  I was always so excited to open a sealed box of cereal because it meant I could find the toy first!  (This is a secret you can’t share, but I used to tell my sister that the cereal didn’t come with a toy – even though the box said it did – so I didn’t have to share with her!!)

For the most part, my boys don’t know what it’s like to experience the joy that comes with finding a toy in the cereal box.  However, with the upcoming release of the Minions movie, they can now hunt for the 7th, and final, Minion toy in specially marked packages of General Mills Cereal exclusively at Walmart.

My boys love Minions!  They like to attempt to make minion sounds, play with minion toys and watch anything minion-related so, as you can imagine, they thought the cereal was great!

Golden Grahams at Walmart |

Just last year, my husband and I set a Saturday morning rule – DON’T get out of bed before your alarm clock says 8am.  For the most part, it’s worked well.  When it’s failed, I’ve told James to make bowls of cereal for himself and Colin.


In the past, I’ve prepped the supplies beforehand.  I’d put cereal in sealed bowls on the counter and pour milk in a smaller container (so as to avoid spillage) and put it back in the fridge.  But I feel like James is old enough to handle pouring both the cereal and the milk without me babying him.  So last weekend, after I’d bought two of these new specially marked boxes of Golden Grahams, he had to do it all on his own.

Breakfast Cereal |

He did a great job!  There were no spills and after he cleaned up his own space, he helped Colin.

James said he opened the cereal before he got the bowls down, so Colin found the toy.  Luckily, we have two boxes so he can have the one from the next box!

Minion in a Cereal Box |

Colin said it was ‘SO COOL’ to find a toy inside the box and he doesn’t want James to have the next toy because these Minions connect together!

Banana Minions |

We recently made Banana Minions that would pair nicely with the Golden Grahams, but the boys didn’t want to mess with finding everything they needed.

What was your favorite part about finding toys in cereal boxes?


Cap’n Crunch Quest at Dollar General #ad #CapnCrunchQuest

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Help the Cap’n in his quest. Treasure is buried throughout the Crunch Islands, but he can’t remember where. Set sail with the Cap’n and play daily from your smartphone or online for your chance to instantly win a $10 Dollar General Gift Card.  Plus earn a weekly entry into the $100 Dollar General Gift Card Sweepstakes when you check-in at a Dollar General® store with your geolocation-enabled mobile device (data rates may apply) using the website PLAY NOW at

Be sure to visit your nearest Dollar General store to purchase Cap’n Crunch and Crunch Berries cereals!

Game Play

  • The Cap’n Crunch Quest runs for 6 weeks from June 19th, 2015 to July 30th, 2015.
  • Players move Cap’n Crunch’s ship along the map by playing daily from anywhere on any computer or mobile device.
  • Players can also search islands for treasure by visiting a Dollar General Store, logging into and checking-in with their geolocation-enabled mobile device (data rates may apply).

Cap’n Crunch Quest Instant Win Game at Dollar General


  • Daily play gives users the chance to instantly win a $10 Dollar General gift card. One chance allowed per day, per person/email address/household.
  • Weekly check-in gives users one entry into the $100 Dollar General gift card sweepstakes. One entry available per week, per person/email address/household.
  • Sweepstakes winners are drawn at the conclusion of the game.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sea legs optional. Ends 7/30/15. See for Official Rules. Only at Dollar General.

Will you enter the Cap’n Crunch Quest?

9 Tips for Buying a Used Car

It’s been a long time since I’ve purchased a car!  My first two cars were purchased used and my most recent purchase (11 years ago) was a new car.  When the time comes, I will probably buy used again.  But there are some things you should know before you set out to purchase a used car.  Here are my 9 best tips.

Photo Credit: frankieleon on flickr

9 Tips for Buying a Used Car:

  • Decide how much you can afford
  • Determine which car(s) you want
  • Know when to buy 
  • Do your research
  • Check the vehicle history
  • Inspect the car
  • Test drive the car
  • Be willing to walk away
  • Before you make the purchase, ask about the return policy

Remember, buying a car – even used – is a big purchase!  Don’t impulse buy.

To read my full article, please visit Fiat USA of Sawgrass!

What are your tips for buying a used car?

5 Must-See Places Near Tamarac, Florida

What do you like to do when you are visiting a new place?  Do you prefer touristy things or do you like to visit places that the locals frequent?  I like a nice combination of the two.

Crab |

I’ve been to Florida twice – once to Orlando and once to Destin.  Neither are very close to Tamarac (which is close to Fort Lauderdale) but I would love to go back and visit more of the state, so I thought making a list of things to do in certain cities sounded like a great idea.  Today I bring you

5 Must-See Places Near Tamarac, Florida:

  • Butterfly World
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
  • Jungle Queen Riverboats
  • Bonnet House
  • Sebastian Beach

Have you been to Tamarac, Florida?  What would you recommend doing there?

To read my full article, please visit Arrigo Sawgrass!