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Summertime is here and I’m so excited to enjoy the season!  This summer my mantra is slowing down and focusing on making the memories that I’ll remember forever.  Since moving into the house almost two years ago at this point, one of our favorite things to do is enjoy the backyard space (which after this past winter’s El Nino storm…it’s been awhile since we’ve been out here!).  We also recently became backyard chicken parents so it’s been fun watching the dogs play with the chickens and run around in the open space (I’m so surprised that they get along as well as they do!)

To make our new summer memories, our backyard hangouts now consist of putting out the couch cushions, plugging in the party lights, turning on a great playlist, and lounging with friends and delicious Magnum ice cream bars.  There’s nothing like ice cream bars to make it feel like summer–they give me the nostalgic feeling of my childhood when the ice cream man would drive down the street and we would run out to get a treat.  I picked up a few varieties of Magnum bars from Safeway for this particular get together with a small group of friends because they are so easy as a hostess too… just pull them out of the freezer and let guests have at them.  I also served them up with a small bowl of raspberries (I love raspberry and chocolate together!) so the dogs could have a treat too.  And even when it’s just our little family together in the backyard, I love how we can create a summertime weekend feeling anytime, even if it’s a Tuesday night!

And to make it even sweeter, if you spend $20 on Unilever ice cream brands (like Magnum) at Safeway, you’ll receive a $5 digital reward (through 9/30).  Visit Ice Cream Rewards for a chance to win a year’s supply of ice cream!  One first prize winner will be selected each week so fingers crossed–that’s a lot of backyard memories to be made!

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  1. robin rue
    June 6, 2017 / 8:58 am

    We have LOTS of plans for this coming summer, so lots of memories will be made. I can’t wait 🙂

  2. June 6, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I am just so impressed with the photography in this post. I love the angles. I love your dog and the chickens. You look gorgeous, as well.

  3. June 6, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Hands up I absolutely adore white magnums they are just the best! Nothing like getting hold of one on a warm day!

  4. June 6, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I am loving the backyard space! It’s really lovely and it’s a great place to spend most of the days of the summer. I think those magnum bars are perfect especially when the weather is extra warm!

  5. June 6, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    The backyard looks so nice! I wouldn’t mind spending my summer days there as well. It’s really comfy and you’re not exposed to the sun. Ice cream is always a lovely idea during the summer what more if it’s Magnum!

  6. June 7, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I had some of those Magnum bars the other day, the raspberry variety. They were really good! I would love to have some more. They would be really good on a hot summer day.

  7. June 7, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I love all these photos, especially the one of you laughing! Your outdoor escape is beautiful! I love the flowers and the chickens!

  8. brianne
    June 7, 2017 / 8:53 am

    These bars look super yummy! I have to pick them up next time I go to the store!

  9. June 7, 2017 / 9:19 am

    These Magnum Ice Cream Bars sure look yummy – what a great way to unwind and relax.
    I also like to slow things down from time to time to savor life a bit.

  10. Jeanine
    June 7, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I have really been meaning to try those bars. I have a huge weakness for these type of bars. I will have to give them a try!

  11. Amy Desrosiers
    June 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Ok, these look divine! I love that they have white chocolate ones now too!

  12. Mary Edwards
    June 7, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Your tablescape is GORGEOUS – and those animals. Beautiful photos. And the ice cream looks like a great summer treat

  13. Dogvills
    June 8, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I love Magnum ice cream bars. My favorites are Double Caramel, Double Chocolate, Almond, and Mochaccino. They are so smooth and creamy. Perfect for a warm day! Yummy.

  14. June 9, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love the Magnum ice cream bars. I didn’t realize they had white chocolate ones.

  15. Stephanie Z
    May 19, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I love ice cream bars. The chocolate shell with ice cream inside is always so good!

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