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“NOT Bummer Summer” Bucket Lists & $150 American Doll Giveaway

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I’ll admit, when I first saw the message in my inbox asking if I wanted to team up with the new movie Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer I was skeptical.  I don’t do a whole lot of sponsored posts or giveaways here and its not from a lack of opportunity.  I value the community we’ve built and I want to make sure I’m always providing you with things that have real value for your family.

But then I did some research with the womenfolk in my family – two aunts and a cousin, teachers and total bookworms all. (Aren’t I lucky to have so many informed women around when I need them?)  They gave me the thumbs up on the mega-popular Judy Moody book series.  
Then I watched the trailer and I was sold.  A movie about an adventurous 3rd grader who pushes herself and her friends to be creative and try new things in order to have a “NOT bummer summer” is something I can get behind.  The film is being released nation-wide tomorrow (June 10th),  you can check out the trailer below.

So here’s my idea – make a special day of it.  Take your kiddo on a date to the movie, then come home and make a plan to have a “NOT bummer summer” of your own.   I’ve rounded up a few awesome summer bucket lists above for inspiration.

And in case you want to add a trip to the American Girl store to your summer bucket list (or just want to get a new friend to come along on your adventures), the friendly folks behind Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer have given us a $150 American Girl Gift Card to give away.

That’s right – $150!  Just leave a comment below telling me what’s at the top of your summer bucket list and be sure to include an email address.  One additional entry each for being an MPMK subscriber, facebook fan, or twitter follower.  Plus one more entry for sharing this post via facebook or twitter.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for it to count!  The contest is open to all U.S. residents and will close at midnight EST on Thursday June 16th, 2012.  THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

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giggedygeekmum June 9, 2011 at 4:40 am

The top of my list is to go whitewater rafting with my mom. I’ve been wanting to do it for years and recently found out she’s wanted to try it too.

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giggedygeekmum June 9, 2011 at 4:43 am

Also, I’m a subscriber via RSS.

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beth June 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

Playdates, lots of playdates! We miss our friends during the school year.

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erin June 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

At the top of our list is to camp in the backyard with my 1 year old an 3 year old…and maybe if all goes well…take it to the woods as well!

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erin June 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

also…i’m a subscriber…love your blog!

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erin June 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

and a facebook fan:)

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christine June 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

we are moving this summer! from a too-small-for-a-family-of-4 condo to a single family home. finally. its been on the market for 2 years. we will be exploring our new neighborhood, meeting new friends, and finding THRIFTY things to do (moving is expensive, woah!).

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Candy S June 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Wow, great prize! We already knocked mine off the list with a trip to Florida for a week. Number 2 is our big birthday bash for our boys this Saturday…pizza, bouncy house, and about 60 friends and family. Good times!

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Candy S June 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

i’m a subscriber.

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Heather (One Take On Life) June 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Top of my summer list is to go to the beach.

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Heather (One Take On Life) June 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I am a subscriber via RSS

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Art For Little Hands June 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

We made a huge list just yesterday. Probably the top of the list is going to Washington DC. But simple things like reading for money has gotten my soon to be 2nd grader excited. I bought her this Judy Moody book last night so she can read it before we go to the movie! My kids love Judy Moody. [email protected]

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Art For Little Hands June 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

already a fan on facebook!!

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Art For Little Hands June 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Now following you on twitter!

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Art For Little Hands June 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I subscribe to your blog via google reader!

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Art For Little Hands June 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Shared on twitter!

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Meryl June 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

On the top of our bucket list is to go canoeing or kayaking with our two year old… it’s about time we get back out on the water!

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Meryl June 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

We are a fan on facebook!

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Meryl June 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

We are a follower on twitter! @DevelopMelodies

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Meryl June 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

We subscribe to your blog via Google Reader :)

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Katie June 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Having baby #2 later this summer and spending as much time at the pool as possible.

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Abby June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

#1 on our list is Feed a Giraffe! Out local zoo lets you give the giraffes a snack for a small fee. Super fun for little ones and mom & dad too :)

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Katrina June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I would love to take my daughter to Disney. We live in Florida and I think she would love it!
ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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Amy Kirchhoff June 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Our summer bucket list is to get my 2.5 year old potty trained!

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tracy_a June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Top of the list – seeing BOTH the Atlantic and the Pacific for the first time for my kids!

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tracy_a June 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

And I subscribe in Google reader

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Leigh June 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Camping for the first time with two tiny kids

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Marcy June 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm
TempusFam June 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Top of our list of to make plum and blackberry jam (and maybe peaches if they come in this year) all from the fruit in our backyard! We give it as Christmas gifts and this year I’m thinking we should listen to Christmas Carol when we are making the jam in the HEAT of July/August.
Beth
[email protected]

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TempusFam June 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm
TempusFam June 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Lolo June 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Lolo June 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I also “LIKE” you on Facebook

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Lolo June 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I also shared this post on Facebook!

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Brandy June 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

The top of my personal summer bucket list is the NKOTBSB concert with my sisters. With my kids? We have a couple of road trips planned to see the grandparents, and tons of swimming. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Brandy June 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I like you on FB!

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hollymade June 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

At the top of my list is a campout with family.

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Trisha June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The top of our list is to visit the City Museum in St. Louis. That place is amazing!

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Trisha June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I’m s FB fan.

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Trisha June 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I’m a subscriber.

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Tammy June 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Enjoy a “stay-cation” here at home! In looking at various sites & blogs recently … I have found that there is SO much right here at home that we’ve never done. Restaurants to eat at, museums, road trips. This summer we’re going to try a few while saving a few bucks by not having to book any flights :)

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Tammy June 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I am also a FB subscriber :)

tammy dot j dot barrett at gmail dot com

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Dealsfan32 June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Top of my summer bucket list is to go beach
nclaudia 25 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Dealsfan32 June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I like your blog on facebook ( claudia n)
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Dealsfan32 June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I follow you on twitter (@dealsfan32)
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Anonymous June 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I would love to win; for my little girl of course Im a follower.

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Dealsfan32 June 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/Dealsfan32/status/78890451763081216
nclaudia 25 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Michaela June 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

We have a long list from each of our older daughters. Our almost 7-yr-old’s includes putt putt and a visit to the children’s museum. Our 3 1/2-yr-old’s includes another movie night and making s’mores in the backyard. Can’t wait to check things off their lists :)

mshaf23 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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kerismommy June 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I will take my daughter to Disney in Cali

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kerismommy June 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I’m a subscriber.

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Mrs. Haid June 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Would love to win this! Something for us is taking our child to catch fireflies. I want to teach him to call them this rather than lightening bugs, which is what everyone calls them around here! He will be two soon, so he he is still highly impressionable!

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Mrs. Haid June 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I subscribe

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Kristen June 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Kristen June 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I am subscribed to MPMK!

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Kristen June 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Mrs. Haid June 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I FB follow.

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Kristen June 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I follow MPMK on twitter! @kwalk106

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Anonymous June 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

lounging by the pool and reading is top on my list. hrh_julie AT yahoo DOT com

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Anonymous June 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I follow you..for some reason though I cannot get my account to be recognized on your comment form. hrh_julie AT yahoo DOT com

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Stacy June 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Swimming lessons!!

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Stacy June 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Facebook follower!!

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Stacy June 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

MPMK subscriber!!

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Stacy June 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

AND I posted on my Facebook!

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Stacy June 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I’m a Twitter follower too!

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Beth Tunnell June 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm
telenkoh June 10, 2011 at 12:35 am

Swim lessons for my kids!

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telenkoh June 10, 2011 at 12:36 am

I subscribe to your feeds through google reader

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telenkoh June 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

I am a fan on FB

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Krissa June 10, 2011 at 1:12 am

Go blueberry picking and make ice cream!

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Krissa June 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

I’m a subscriber!

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AnnieL June 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

We are expecting in a couple of weeks, so there is not much on our list besides getting to know our baby girl and lots of family time!

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Kristen June 10, 2011 at 2:08 am

Our bucket list includes trying to make it to the beach with our newborn twins, a 6 y.o and our 4 y.o.

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www.StarHughes.com June 10, 2011 at 2:34 am

I’m definitely going to see that movie, it looks really cute! 20 year olds aren’t too old to see it right?? :)

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Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:38 am
Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:38 am

I follow MPMK!

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Barbara June 10, 2011 at 2:41 am

#1 on our list: Sleep out in the yard in a tent!! :-)

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Barbara June 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

Subscriber (RSS)

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Barbara June 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

…and FB “liker”

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Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:43 am

I follow MPMK on twitter.

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Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:43 am

I like MPMK on Facebook.

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AEK June 10, 2011 at 2:44 am

top of our bucket list is to get to Wisconsin to spend time at my sister’s summer home.

Thanks!
angiedkelly at gmail dot com

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Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:44 am

I posted a comment about this giveaway on my facebook page.

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AEK June 10, 2011 at 2:45 am

follow via twitter @yeahhappy

angiedkelly at gmail dot com

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AEK June 10, 2011 at 2:47 am

RSS feed subscriber

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Jenny June 10, 2011 at 6:19 am
Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 June 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

Just have fun and go with the flow…with 3-year old twins, that’s all I can do! Hold on and enjoy the ride!

rabresch72 at yahoo dot com

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Olive's mum June 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

We’re going to get on a plane and leave for a well deserved break!

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Sara June 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Living in Arizona, our summer started a while ago! :) My three-year old and I kicked off our Not Bummer Summer with a rainbow rice sensory box. Playing in her rice is her new favorite thing to do.

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K Richards June 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Dawn June 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Jen Craun June 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

OH Please, oh please, oh please. On our list is swimming, and swimming lessons. My 6-yo girl is getting her spine cast removed and is eager to be in water for the first time in her memory. And she would LOVE the AG shopping spree. What a fun list…we have started our own in a little purse-sized booklet…
http://teamcraunchatter.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-planning-simple-pamphlet-how-to.html

teamcraun[at]sbcglobal.net

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Mrs. Smith June 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

We can’t wait to see our tadpoles turn into frogs!

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Apples to Zucchini June 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I LOVE the idea of a bucket list – in fact, I think I will have my girls write down all their activities on slips of paper to draw out of a bucket on summer mornings! Thank you for this great idea!

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Apples to Zucchini June 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I have been a subscriber for awhile on Google Reader ’cause I love this blog!

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Apples to Zucchini June 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Now you are a fb fan…

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Apples to Zucchini June 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

just shared this giveaway on fb…

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Amber @ Au Coeur June 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

Lots and lots of time at the beach! My toddler is finally getting over her extreme fear of sand and ocean, so that’s pretty much all I have planed. :)

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Amber @ Au Coeur June 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

Already a follower!

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Amber @ Au Coeur June 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

& FB fan!

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welcome to our wonderland June 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

my girls top of their summer bucket list is to get the guys from big time rush to tweet them so far 1 down 3 to go :)

top of my summer bucket list with them lots of outside fun.

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welcome to our wonderland June 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I subscribe in google reader

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welcome to our wonderland June 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m a facebook fan

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welcome to our wonderland June 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

follow on twitter (both facebook and twitter gidgetnfroggi

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Sheri June 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Our first long driving trip with my 4, 2 and 1-year-old smooshed into our small car. Should be memorable :)

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Rachel C June 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

The top of my list will be to survive the summer with a new baby (due in about 3 weeks) and my 2 year old! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

Rachel

rachelcornish at hotmail dot com

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kelleyp June 12, 2011 at 12:56 am
kelleyp June 12, 2011 at 12:57 am

i subscribe on google reader as well

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Kimberly June 12, 2011 at 2:02 am
mysillylittlelife June 12, 2011 at 2:48 am

At the top of my little girl’s summer bucket list is a teddy bear picnic. I think that we can handle that!
danettefoster at yahoo dot com

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Melissa Taylor June 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

We recently discovered that much of the severe anxiety my nine year old daughter has suffered for years is from sensory processing disorder. We’ve seen huge progress with OT and brushing. I just really really want her to be able to try a few new things this summer. I want to go on vacation and actually be able to leave the condo. I think it might happen. I’m hopeful.

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Melissa Taylor June 12, 2011 at 5:19 am

I’m already a subscriber. meltay at comcast.net

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Melissa Taylor June 12, 2011 at 5:19 am

Also, I follow you on Twitter @imaginationsoup

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Jen June 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Jen June 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Cathy June 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm
Cathy June 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm
GretchenP June 13, 2011 at 4:45 am

the must do on my summer bucket list is camping in the backyard! thanks for the giveaway!!
gretch31 (at) hotmail.com

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ubermom June 13, 2011 at 4:46 am

building a coop for our chickens!

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GretchenP June 13, 2011 at 4:46 am

i’m a follower of MPMK! :)
gretch31 (at) hotmail.com

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Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

Actually going to the American Girl store is at the top of our bucket list! We are headed to Chattanooga for a family reunion and my girls have always wanted to go to the AGS so we will be stopping at the one near Atlanta. We will also be going to the Georgia aquarium which has been on my girls’ list since learning it is the world’s largest aquarium. As for our at home bucket list, we want to get the training wheels off of my daughter’s bike :)[email protected]

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Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 11:02 am
Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 11:03 am
Sarah June 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

On the top of my list is a week at Gaparilla Island – no cars, nowhere to go, just 24 hours of beach and exploring :) gert003 at aol dot com

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Sarah June 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

I am an email subscriber
gert003 at aol dot com

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Sarah June 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

i liked you on FB :)
gert003 at aol dot com

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Annette June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Summer reading program at the library!

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Annette June 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

subscriber

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The top of my daughter’s summer list is to swim as much as possible.

Lisa

lisa at krengeltech dot com

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Elizabeth June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

At the top of my summer bucket list is to deliver a healthy baby boy :)
At the top of my daughter’s summer bucket list is to play with the neighbors on her new swing set as much as possible!

zabecc(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Elizabeth June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

oh, and I’m a loyal google reader subscriber!

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the smith's June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Sit on the beach with my kids and build a sandcastle. no tv, no phone, no computer. just us and the sand and water

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heather skye June 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I tweeted:)

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heather skye June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I just joined your RSS feed

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heather skye June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

And my choice for a non bummer summer would be art time with kiddos and have someone ELSE clean up:)

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**Ida** June 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

At the top of my bucket list is geocaching with my husband and two young children!

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echis June 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Rachel June 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm
Lily June 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

We have a bonfire up a nearby canyon on our list for sure!

lily79[at]gmail[dot]com

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Lily June 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

I subscribe!

lily79[at]gmail[dot]com

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Mari, Small for Big June 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

Sign me up!

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Mari, Small for Big June 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

I’m a facebook fan!

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Mari, Small for Big June 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

I’m a twitter follower too!

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Mari, Small for Big June 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

And … I just tweeted ;)

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Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

Tops on our list is hitting the beach, which we plan to do later this week. Can’t wait!

Jessie
j_wilson04 at yahoo dot com

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Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

I am a subscriber. Thanks!

Jessie
j_wilson04 at yahoo dot com

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sarah June 14, 2011 at 4:16 am
Sew Flippin Cool June 14, 2011 at 6:09 am

The top of my list is going berry picking with my husband and two little girls. We plan on doing a bunch of canning this summer and I can’t wait!

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Rachel June 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

On the bucket list is taking our daughter to the beach fir the first time!

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Marci June 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I am now following you on Facebook : )

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Marci ([email protected]) June 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

My 6 year old would be so happy if I won her a $150 gift card plus we live 1 hour outside NYC so could have a fun mother/daughter shopping day : )

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Yevette June 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

MPMK subscriber!

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Yevette June 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

On our bucket list: go to the beach {again}!

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Yevette June 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

already a FB fan!

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Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life June 15, 2011 at 3:08 am

Visiting Washington DC for the first time with my girls.

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The Lowry's June 15, 2011 at 3:42 am
Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com June 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

Tracey wrote:

my summer bucket list isn’t that extravagant as we have a one month old at home, but I’d love to take his sister (she’s 8.5 & loves AG) & him to the beach

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com June 15, 2011 at 4:48 am
Lindsay June 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

The top of my summer bucket list is to get another beach weekend in.
aldnlopez at gmail dot com

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Lindsay June 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

I follow via Google Reader

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Lindsay June 15, 2011 at 6:35 am

Like MPMK on Facebook

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Lindsay June 15, 2011 at 6:43 am
Heather Nash June 16, 2011 at 5:15 am

On the top of my Summer Bucket List is to take a trip to California to the beach.

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Heather Nash June 16, 2011 at 5:16 am
Heather Nash June 16, 2011 at 5:16 am
chelsei June 16, 2011 at 6:45 am
chelsei June 16, 2011 at 6:45 am
chelsei June 16, 2011 at 6:46 am
Jamie June 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

We do a summer list– one of the biggies this year is to hit a food truck. I think we’re even going to head to “truckeroo” to hit a lot at the same time. But our American Girl store opened today, so I can’t wait to take my seven year old. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jamie June 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

I subscribe to MPMK via google feed reader.

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aelphaba June 28, 2011 at 2:04 am
Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Going to visit the zoo and parks in the area.

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Anonymous April 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

to win my softball cha,pionship at pnc park!!!!! i have played softball since i was 5 and im thirteen now so 9 years this will be my tenth!!!!!! we won the championship last year at pnc park and hope to win again!!!i play third base and right center!!! and sometimes catcher!!! softball is my life

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