The Adventure Starts Here: Trucks & Ice Cream | Better Together

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Trucks & Ice Cream | Better Together

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For me, summer is all about being outside and taking it easy with family and friends.  Throw in some ice cream on a hot, sunny day, and I'm in heaven.  This past weekend, we had my parents over for a Father's Day BBQ.  We were fortunate to have the perfect weather for an outside barbecue... sunny but not too hot or humid.  We took advantage of this beautiful weather and stayed out all afternoon.  Noah loses interest in the food faster than we adults do, so I made sure to have some fun water activities planned.  In addition to his regular water table, I set up this fun car wash for his toy trucks.  He had so much fun with the car crafts we did inside (as I shared yesterday), that I thought it would be fun to continue the theme with some outdoor play as well.  And if your child is anything like Noah, they will love anything that involves a hose!  

Truck Car Wash

A bucket
Dish (or hand) soap
A sponge
A hose
Toy trucks (or really anything else that needs "cleaning")

Fill the bucket with water and soap.  
Give your child the sponge and let them clean their cars and trucks. 
Take the hose and rinse off the trucks and lay them out to dry.  
You can repeat these steps as many times as your kid wants! 

We used the same bucket and sponge that we use for washing our real cars.  But since Noah was washing his toy cars, we used some mild dish soap from our kitchen.  Noah hates to get his clothes wet, so we changed him into his swim suit and water shoes and let him get to work.  He loved dunking his trucks in the soapy water and scrubbing them down with the big sponge.  But his absolute favorite part was using the hose to rinse them off.  Chris showed him how he could spray the water at the wheels and make them spin... he thought that was so cool!

While the boys were busy washing the toy trucks and playing with the hose, I put together a little afternoon treat.  Ice cream is my absolute favorite.  I feel like it's never too cold for ice cream, but on a hot and sunny day, it's absolute perfection!  Since we were celebrating Father's Day, I decided to put in a little more effort and get everyone's favorite Blue Bunny® flavors and Smucker’s toppings!  I love that with just a few flavors of ice cream and toppings, everyone was able to make their ideal ice cream creation.  All the perks of going to an ice cream parlor without the hassle!  I'm all about making entertaining easier!    

Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla
Blue Bunny® Mint Chocolate Chip
Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate™

Everyone got to enjoy their favorite... Keebler waffle cones with Mint Chocolate Chip, Cherry Pickin' Chocolate™, and Homemade Vanilla with Smucker’s Sundae Syrup Caramel Flavored Syrup. And while my family are all big cone fans, I couldn't wait to show Noah how the Smucker’s Magic Shell works on top of a bowl of Homemade Vanilla!  I'm personally a fan of each and every flavor and combination (I purposefully got everything that I love) making it really hard to choose which one to have.  If I'm being honest, I had more than one!

While I will never turn down some delicious ice cream and toppings, being able to enjoy it with my family made it 100 times better!  I loved watching Noah eat his cone with Papa!  We see my dad a lot during the week since he's constantly stopping by our house to work on our lawn.  While we see him a lot, it's a nice treat for Noah and him to just sit and chat.  There's just something about an ice cream cone that can bring people together.  The very best days are better together!

You can find the new clear packaged containers of Blue Bunny® and all of your Smucker’s toppings in the ice cream aisle at Walmart. You can also earn cash back on Smucker's Ice Cream Toppings with the free Ibotta app! Everything you need for an ice cream filled afternoon with family in one convenient spot!

So tell me, what is your favorite ice cream and toppings combination?  


  1. Oh you got some lovely ice cream photos friend. Wasn't this campaign a blast? It might be my favorite one ever. I love the toy car wash idea too. So fun and creative. As for my favorite combo, I simply can not pick :).

  2. Truck car wash!!! What a fun idea! I'm totally doing this!

  3. The truck car wash – you are so creative, friend! And I love that Chris got right in there to play with him. I love his face in the picture where he is spraying the truck. So determined! And now I have got to find some of that ice cream! I’ve never had the cherry pickin’ chocolate, but it sounds pretty amazing. The photo of Noah and your dad is so sweet. GREAT photos! Goodness, I wish we lived closer (for many other reasons too) so that we could play with our cameras together!

  4. Oh my! That ice cream looks delicious!!! Seriously, I have never bought cones to make cones at home....I just always put ice cream in a cup but that looked so good I might have to give it a try!

  5. What an adorable idea!! And I could go for an ice cream cone right about now...yum!

  6. Now I want an ice cream Sunday. What a wonderful day with the most important boys in your life!

  7. Love Noah's face while spraying the hose!! :) That cherry chocolate ice cream sounds delish. I'm a sucker for the fudge shell topping too.

  8. Great ice cream pics! My boys would adore the truck wash!!

  9. We wash our trucks and cars in our water table. I add a bit of dish soap to one side and Connor cleans them and rinses them off and lays them out on a towel to dry in the sun. Best way to spend the afternoon :)

  10. That car wash idea is genius! A chore that feels like play-- that's every parent's dream! -client

  11. This ice cream is looking seriously delicious! I love Blue Bunny because they make the pink panther ice cream with bubble gum eyeballs!! YUM!!

  12. So much fun! Gorgeous pics, too! And now I want ice cream, with ALL the toppings NOW!!!

  13. This is so cute! I love the car wash idea! And that ice cream looks incredible! Girlfriend, your photography is getting SO GOOD!!

  14. That car wash is awesome, Jude would love it! And I totally am craving ice cream over popsicles now! :)


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