Entries from June 7, 2015 - June 13, 2015


Starbucks Sweeps: 50 Win $160 Prize Packs

Go here to enter the Starbucks Brew Your Own Summer Giveaway for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a Starbucks Food Summer Essentials Prize Pack, Entertainment Summer Essentials Prize Pack AND Style Summer Essentials Prize Pack ($480 value!). Plus, there will be 50 first prize winners who each win their choice of a Food, Entertainment or Style Summer Essentials Prize Pack ($160 value). Enter once daily. Ends July 31, 2015.


Gamestop: $5 off $5 Coupon

Here's how to get your freebie!

* Download the FREE Adventure Capitalist app
* Once downloaded, click on the ‘K’ icon
* Then just create an account and follow the simple instructions…
* Receive the coupon via email within 24 hours


Our Myrtle Beach Adventure at Crown Reef Resort

Crown Reef Resort Myrtle Beach

We just got back from our awesome vacation to Crown Reef Resort. It was one of the most fun and relaxing vacations we've ever taken.

The Resort

My son Cam was most interested in going to the ocean. Here in Ohio, we usually go to the lake or waterpark but the ocean is a whole other place to visit! The weather was really perfect for our vacation, mid-80's, sunny and not too humid. That is one thing I love about South Carolina, the low humidity!

Crown Reef Resort Myrtle Beach

Crown Reef Resort recently underwent a $7.5 million renovation – with more upgrades to come. One of the major perks of the hotel is located directly on the beach, offering more than 500 oceanfront rooms. Each has a balcony, which I loved. We stayed in an Oceanfront Queen Deluxe Suite which features a bedroom with 2 queen beds, 1 sleeper sofa, 1 hideaway bed and a full kitchen. Oceanfront Queen Deluxe Suites have a maximum occupancy of 8.

Crown Reef Resort Myrtle Beach

The suite is set up shotgun style — you open the door from outside into the main bedroom. There is a full kitchen, which was really convenient. We made a stop at the local supermarket and stocked up on snacks and drinks. I also recommend that you bring disposable plates/silverware, paper towels, etc.

Before anything else, we had to check out the ocean and the pool. The waterpark was amazing too! 

The two enclosed water slides launch from an imposing four stories high. The two-person “EXPLOSION” tube slide pumps more than 2,500 gallons of water per minute.

The second “TWISTER” slide, a one-person body slide, pumps 800 gallons of water per minute, while the “KIDZ Twister” slide sits 8 feet tall and 20 feet long.  The slides and other new water features will be enclosed during cooler months and will be open aired during the summer months.

If you are headed to the beach, here is a tip: Be sure to bring beach chairs and/or towels with you as chair rental is $35/day. We found that out after we had gotten there. Plan on spending at least 1 day at the beach. I also recommend boogie boards (we got ours at Target for $10), swim goggles, etc.

And while you relax by the pool, be sure to get a cool, refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice.

The Crown Reef also has a new Town Center - Dining & Fun Zone within the hotel featuring a brightly-lit arcade, Grab 'n Go Grill & Coffee Bar (this is where the breakfast buffet is located); Swirl Ice Cream & Sweet Shop, and Loco Gecko Restaurant.

Crown Reef Resort Myrtle Beach

We had dinner one evening at Loco Gecko — it's a fun place with a great view. The menu included burgers, pizza, fried fish, etc. It's open for lunch and dinner, and there is a bar available as well. I recommend you try the Cajun grilled corn, so delicious!

The Town

One of the great treats of this vacation (besides the resort, ocean, pool, etc.) was going to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I hadn't been to a Hard Rock Cafe in awhile, the food was so good! And the atmosphere so unique, loved the pyramid.

The day before heading back home, we decided to check out Broadway at the Beach. Broadway at the Beach offers unique specialty shops, exceptional dining, award-winning attractions, fabulous nightlife and relaxing accommodations. 

Myrtle Beach

And another place I highly recommend for breakfast, with their over 70 omelets, was Woodhaven Pancake House. I got a cheese omelet with a side of pancakes, which Cam got waffles and Walt got this delicious French toast:

Myrtle Beach Food

The Deals

A few more money-saving tips:

  • Use the Stay + Play Free deal at VMB resorts. This special offer through spring lets guests of the resort get buy one, get one free tickets at local attractions, such as WonderWorks museum, the Alabama Theatre and Legends in Concert. These are some of the most popular activities along the Grand Strand. Use these for your adult tickets, which are the most expensive.
  • Carry your VMB discount card. Guests of VMB resorts also each get a special discount card that is good for varying discounts at hundreds of Myrtle Beach restaurants, attractions, bars, shops, golf and more. Just don't forget to use it!
  • Coupons for Broadway at the Beach are available on their website. Be sure to print your coupons before you head out!

The Final Word

We had an amazing time. Be sure to check out Crown Reef for your next family adventure!

Myrtle Beach

A big thanks to Crown Reef for hosting us. We were offered a free hotel stay but all opinions are my own. We had a great time and can't wait to go back!


Free Jurassic Toy @ Toys R Us June 20th

On June 20th from 12-2PM, kids ages 5 and up can build a FREE Lego Jurassic World Toy at Toys R Us!


Free Family Fun Subscription

Go here to score a FREE 10-issue subscription to FamilyFun magazine, courtesy of ValueMags – you will not receive a bill and a credit card is not needed. Allow 6-10 weeks for delivery.


Velveeta $3 Coupon

Go here and click the “I Want In” button to opt-in for your chance to score one of 10,000 coupons valid for $3 off the the purchase of a 2-lb. loaf of Velveeta and possibly a BBQ prize package. The offer will go live sometime soon and you’ll be sent an email or text letting you know it’s live so be sure to sign up now!


Starbucks Copycat Banana Bread

Starbucks Copycat Banana Bread, so delicious! Here's how to make it! 


  • 1 3/4 cups flour (bread flour is best)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe (this is usually 2 or 3 bananas)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (divided into 2 (1/2 cup) portions


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium size bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), stir together to combine.  In another medium size bowl combine margarine and sugar, with a mixer cream the margarine, and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add in mashed bananas, eggs, milk and mix well.  Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until the flour is just mixed in, then add in the remaining flour and 1/2 cup walnuts, blend together until everything is mixed together.  Do not overstir.

Pour batter into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan.  Then top the batter with the remaining chopped walnuts.   Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.


$10 off $10 Shutterfly

Another awesome Shutterfly deal! Get $10 off $10. Ends June 14th. Think Father's Day and weddings--