Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fruit Anniversary Gift Ideas - 4 years of marriage

In May 2018 my husband and I celebrated four years of being married. Four years traditional gift is fruit and flowers. The modern gift is appliances and according to our A to Z Date tradition, it is our All about D Date.

Fruit and flowers sounds like an easy gift, plain and simple but I didn't want to give my husband fruit and flowers for our anniversary. I felt like it was cheesy so I decided to be creative and got to brainstorming. I came up with a few ideas but ended up creating a Multiple Choice Date along with a  Fruit Saying Anniversary Book and a Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt. I also had a Crown Royal Apple label made months ago wishing my husband a happy anniversary.

Below are pictures of the gifts I gave my husband:

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My husband and I celebrating four years of marriage:


Now you may be wondering what a Multiple Choice Date is and how all these gifts tie together. All four gifts are fruit related gifts to go with the traditional gift idea, fruit.  Not only did I stick to the fruit theme, but I stuck to the number four. 

Four years of marriage.

Four gifts. 

The fruit saying book had sixteen sayings. Thats four sayings for ever year together. 

The Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt had sixteen tasks. Thats four tasks for ever year together. 

The Multiple Choice Date had four parts and four choices (abcD) for each part.

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What is a Multiple Choice Date? 
A Multiple Choice Date is exactly like it sounds. It is a date that you go on based off of choices your significant other chooses. You break the date into several different parts and give them four choices under each part. Your significant other then chooses what they want to do by circling A, B, C or D and you go on a date based off of what they choose. 

I originally made a Multiple Choice Date back in 2013 for my December date in The 12 Dates of Christmas date box I made as a Christmas gift for my husband. This time I wrote the options out and drew pictures to go along with the options. 

I broke the Multiple Choice Date into four parts because it was our four year anniversary. I tried to related all of the choices as best as I could to fruit since fruit is the traditional gift idea for four years. 

Part One: Choose a location to go on the Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt.
Part Two: Dinner
Part Three: Dessert
Part Four: Activity

The best part about a Multiple Choice Date is that the options are endless. You can choose any restaurant or activities you want to fill in the options with.

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This is my second time creating a Multiple Choice Date for my husband and I will most likely do it several more times over the years with different themes and activities.

Incase you need a few more fruit, flower or general anniversary gift ideas or things to do for your four year anniversary:

  • "May the 4th be with you" glass or shirt
  • Personalized Fruit Flavored Liquor Bottle
  • Fruit of the Loom underwear or shirts
  • Home Decor or Outside Decor
  • Fruit or Flower Scented Candle
  • Fruit or Flower Scented Body Wash, Lotion, Bubble Bath
  • Fruit Bowl
  • Flower Jewelry
  • Fruit Tree
  • Fruit Basket
  • Flowers
  • Plant a Flower Garden
  • Wine Tasting (grapes)
  • Berry Picking
  • Orchard Apple Picking
  • Chef Date - create a fruit related dinner and dessert together
  • Fruit Related Craft: paint or draw fruit, make a fruit door hanger
  • Fruit Related Game: Apple to Apples, Hi Ho Cherry-O
  • Fruit Related Movies: James and the giant peach, Snow white (apple), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2, 50 First Dates (pineapple), Despicable Me/Minions (Banana), Ratatouille, Lemonade Mouth, Julie & Julia, Eat Pray Love
I'm sure there are tons of fruit related things you can do/give, these are just a few ideas I came up with off the top of my head that you could us to celebrate four years of marriage. Of coarse you can make your own Multiple Choice Date like I did or use mine as a guideline. You can find the FREE printable Fake Fruit Scavenger hunt HERE and print to the adorable fruit saying book I created HERE. Comment below with your fruit related gift and date ideas!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Free Summer Activities for the whole Family

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It's officially summer and that means the kids are home from school, in my case it's the husband - he's a teacher. Now what? You have two to three months and you don't want your kids to be cooped up in the house playing video games all summer but you don't have a ton of money to keep go, go, going all the time. 

Problem = $$$
Solution = FREE Activities

I've created a list of fun, free activities for the whole family to participate in that won't break the bank.

1. Library - Check out your local library for free summer activities. Our library has fun events from crafts to petting zoos, magic shows, story time, movie nights and tons more!

2. Explore Outdoors - Go for a hike, go for a walk, play in the creek, have a fire or go camping in your backyard. All of theses are fun, free activities for the whole family.

3. Go Exploring - I have lived in my town for four years now and still have a lot to explore. Just the other day we found a nice, public creek for the kids to play in close to our house. You can explore your town or surrounding towns. You'd be surprised at how many places you can find from shops to hiking trails that are "new to you".

4. Create a Scavenger or Treasure Hunt - You can find a free scavenger hunt online or create your own. This is a fun way to pass time and the best part is that the scavenger hunt/treasure hunt can consist of anything from a nature hunt to a Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt.

5. Festivals - Most festivals are free to attended and only cost if you decide to buy something. Depending on the festival, there may be free activities for the kids, booths passing to free items and a parade. Some festivals have an entry fee so make sure to look it up online before you go. 

6. Park - Visit a local park or set up a play date and go with a friend. Parks tend to have a playground, walking trails, skate parks and some even have splash pads. You can also fly a kite or play frisbee in an open field.

7. Picnic - Save money, pack a lunch and have a picnic with your family. You can have a picnic at the pool, creek, a park, after a hike or even in your back yard.

8. Parks and Recreation - Most towns have a parks and rec group that plans free family events throughout the year. Our local Parks and Rec has Toddler Tuesdays in the winter months, movie nights, craft fairs, dance classes, a 4th of July Spectacular with free fireworks, music and family fun and more! 
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9. Pet Store - A pet store is a fun place for kids to look at and sometimes even play with animals without  having the everyday responsibilities of a pet.

10. Read a Book - Reading helps keep your brain active and who doesn't love a good story. I love listening to my toddlers make up stories based off the pictures in their books. You can check out books for free at your local library.

11. Beach - I don't live by a beach but if you do, kids love sand and love water so make a day out of. Don't forget the sun block!


12. Free Swim Day - Love the pool but not the cost? A lot of public pools have random free swim days. Our local pools free swim days usually fall on the 4th of July with one or two others throughout the summer. If you go later in the evening you can usually get in for a discounted price.

13. Be-friend someone who has a pool - If you know someone who has a pool, try to set up a play date to go swimming at their house. Just don't over do it and invite yourself over all the time or you may risk your friendship.

14. Free Movie Night - Many towns have free movie nights during the summer at local parks. The library also has movies you can check out for free and I don't know about all of them, but our library shows a free newer movie once a week in their theater room. If all else fails, check out a pawn store for $1 DVD deals or your local theater for $1 movie days during the summer. 

15. Start a New Hobby - Writing, drawing, crafting, sewing, reading, blogging, running and collecting things are all great beginner hobbies. Hobbies don't have to be expensive. You can repurpose everyday items, use your imagination and turn it into something fun. Rock Painting can even be a new hobby.

16. Practice Photography - You don't need an expensive camera to take great pictures, although it may be nice, a lot of phone cameras are just fine. When I was a kid I used disposable cameras, went out on the farm and took pictures of everything from cows to flowers. Now that we live in a digital age, you can view your photos instantly, making is ten times easier to practice.

17. Teach Yourself Something New - With all the free online videos and tutorials out there it is easy to learn something new. From coding to a new language, the possibilities are endless.

18. Sports - Get a group of people together and play a sport. You can play at your local park or someone's huge backyard. Flag football, soccer and basketball are all fun group sports.

19. Window Shopping - Whoever said you can't go shopping because you don't have any money was wrong. The key is to not spend any money by window shopping. You can create a wishlist of everything you like and save it for when your birthday or Christmas roll around.

20. Farmer's Market - As long as you don't buy anything, it's free. Farmer's Markets are always different in my experience. Some allow taste testing and others are turned into a mini festival with live music and children activities. 

21. Museum - Not all museums are free but there are several free museums or historical monuments you can check out for free.  Look up free museums near you to see what pops up. I know there is a hotel chain that has a free art exhibit you can check out and some museums have free or discounted days.

22. Create a Bucket List - This is a fun way to see what everyone in the family wants to do. You can each create your own bucket list or create a family bucket list. Try to mark off at least one thing this summer!

23. Organize and Declutter your Home - Organize your closets, attic or garage. As you organize you can declutter. This doesn't sound like a lot of fun but going through old items can bring back memories and lead to story telling. It can also relieve stress if you are OCD like me. 

24. Have a Yard Sale - Not only are you decluttering your house but a yard sale is a great way to make a little extra spending money. Make it fun for the whole family by allowing your kids to make the signs and keep the money they make from selling their toys.

25. Volunteer - Volunteer at your local church, food bank, animal shelter or trash pick up crew. This is a great way to meet new people and help out around the community.


Just because you are on a budget doesn't mean you can't have fun this summer. There are tons of free activities and things to do out there, you just have to look for them and keep looking because new events are always added to the internet.

Use your imagination, be creative and stay active. These are just a few fun family activities that you can do for free. Comment below with your favorite family friendly free summer activities!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chick-fil-a Cow Appreciation Day Costumes

I don't know about you but I love Chick-fil-a especially when they give away free food. Who can say no to free Chick-fil-a? 

Last July (2017) my family and I went to Chick-fil-a and participated in their 13th Annual Cow Appreciation Day. This was the second time we participated in their cow day but the first time we wore costumes. The year before we just wore a cow hat that the restaurant passed out to the kids a few days prior.

For those of you who don't know, every year Chick-fil-a has a Cow Appreciation Day in July. Basically you go into Chick-fil-a dressed as a cow and you get a FREE entree. As long as you wear anything cow related you get a free entree to the best of my knowledge. You have to pay fo any added food or beverages but the entree is usually the most expensive part anyways. My family of coarse dines in and orders more to go with our meal but we paid around $5 for a family of five which is a good deal to me. 

Cow Appreciation Day is July 10, 2018.

The day before Chick-fil-a's Cow Day, I made these cute signs that had a dairy cow's face on them along with Chick-fil-a's tag line "Eat Mor Chikin". They were really easy to make and didn't cost me a thing because I had all the supplies at home. My husband, daughter and I wore these signs while my son's wore a cow costume and and outfit with a cow on it - yes they gave us a free entree for the baby as well because he had a cow on him. My two year old was a huge hit in his cow costume!

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UPDATE: Today is Chick-fil-a's Cow Appreciation Day 2018. I made two more signs for my boys. One said "Moo" and the other said "Cluck". You can easily make cow signs for the whole family. Change the eye color, hair, add a bow, etc. 


As long as you are wearing something dairy cow related you should qualify for the free entree. If you are like me and don't own anything dairy cow related then theses signs are and easy and cheap way to dress up for Cow Appreciation Day. 

Below are some pictures of my family from Cow Appreciation Days: 
Chick-fil-a Cow Appreciation Day 2016
In 2017 the cow was out and about. The little ones liked the cow from a distance but not up close as you can tell, plus the sun didn't help. Last time we ate at Chick-fil-a my kids were obsessed with the cow and played hide and seek with him so I guess it depends on the day!
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Chick-fil-a Cow Appreciation Day 2018

How to make an easy & free Cow Costume

Supplies:

  • Card-stock Paper
  • Markers
  • Hole Puncher
  • String, Twine or Ribbon

How To:

1. Draw a cow or a cow face on the card-stock. 
I used card-stock because it is thicker than regular paper so is less likely to tear.

2. Hole punch two holes at the top of the card-stock. One on each side.

3. Thread your string, twine or ribbon through each hole and tie a knot on both sides so it resembles a necklace.

4. Wear a black or white shirt and put your cow sign on when you get to the restaurant.

Theses signs are super easy to make and free if you have all the supplies. You can use regular paper if want and anything you have to make it hang around your neck. This is also an easy way to dress up for Halloween or a last minute school costume. I kept my signs and are planning on using them again this year. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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Cow Appreciation date and free items are subject to change. I am not affiliated with the company named. These views are my own. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rock Painting Activity for kids

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We have a bunch of rocks around our tree and mailbox. Over time I have let my kids color on the rocks with chalk, spray the rocks with water, play with the rocks by filling their dump trucks and I even used the rocks to reveal the gender of my third baby. 

In May 2017 I was scheduled for a laparoscopic surgery to remove my migrated IUD. You can read my story Mirena & Me HERE. The day of the surgery I  decided to do a fun activity with my kids to try to get my mind off of what was about to happen and share a memory with my children. 

I grabbed some rocks from outside and rinsed them off to get the dirt off of them. I laid down some newspaper and pulled out some paint pens and misc kids paint markers I had lying around. The paint markers are less messy than paint and paint brushes. 


I let my kids paint whatever they wanted on the rocks which at their age is really just rainbow scribbles which sometimes turn out looking really cool.


I painted a few rocks as well to match each of my kids bedroom themes. The paint dried really fast and because we used paint pens and paint markers, it didn't create much of a mess. 

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The kids loved painting the rocks. They got upset when I started cleaning up because they wanted to keep painting the rocks so this will defiantly be a go to activity in the future. 

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Once we were done painting the rocks, we placed them in the rock bed by our mailbox as decoration. Over time, some of the paint came off but it is most likely the paint we used. The paint pen rocks lasted the longest.

A year later and my kids still like to try to find the painted rocks in the rock bed and pull them out to see who can find the most painted rocks. There are actually still all of the gender reveal rocks hidden in the rock bed and it's been over two years. 

Painting rocks has always been a great activity for kids. I remember painting rocks when I was a kid and hope my kids one day pain rocks with their kids. It is a fun, easy and cheap activity and the kids love it because they are getting to paint. You can paint anything you want on the rocks, make them look like animals, food, flowers, etc. The summer following our rock painting activity, painting rocks actually took off and our county would paint and hide rocks for others to find. I never participated but some of the rocks looked pretty cool. 

If you want your painted rocks to last a long time I recommend using paint pens or regular paint and covering it with a sealant to lock in the paint. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Chalk Art Pictures

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For Father's Day this year I decided to make a series of chalk art pictures with my kids. Being that I have a one in a half year old, three and four year old, the pictures were not as easy as I had hoped they would be. According to my son, "It's to sunny outside" and the first few pictures all of my kids had hilarious faces with their eyes closed.

Solution = Sunglasses

I planned ahead and took the pictures over a period of time so I didn't have to try to get it all done in one day, clean off the chalk and avoid the heat as much as possible.

I originally took three photos and then sat there thinking "Now what? Do I frame them? Do I just print them out? Do I add a snack or gift to go with the theme? I didn't think this through..."

I remembered I had a coupon for a free Shutterfly book so I then decided to make a book full of pictures called We love Daddy. I brainstormed a few more sayings and themes I could make so that each page would have chalk picture on them with a collage of related pictures on the across page. I took the pictures, made the book and had it wrapped and sitting next to some muffins I made for breakfast.

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We had a fun filled Father's Day 2018. We went to church with special guest, Football Coach Bobby Bowden, followed by a grill out, The Incredibles 2 and Orange Leaf. My husband told me he thinks this is the best book I've made yet!

Check out the Chalk Art themed pictures my kids and I made for the awesome man that made me a mom and the kids call "Daddy":

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Although I had some trouble getting a few of the pictures because it was to hot or to sunny out, I think they turned out pretty awesome. The last day I had to bribe the kids with lolli-pops, you can see them in the last two pictures, then we had fun playing with the hose and trying to spray away the chalk with squirt bottles. It made for a nice children's activity.

These chalk art pictures are cute and easy to do for the most part. It all depends on how cooperative your kids are. You can make them using any saying or theme you want. I made them specifically for Father's Day but they can also work for Mother's Day or any other holiday. Just change the saying to match the holiday. 

To take the chalk art pictures, basically come up with a saying or theme, dress your kids up if you want to or give them a prop to hold. Leave a spot open for the kids to lay in. Carefully stand on a chair and angle the camera downward. Take a picture and print it out or use it for some other sort of gift like a book and you are done.

These are nine different sayings/theme pictures I took. I had a few more themes in mind but I think I'm going to save them for the future. Let me know in the comments below what you think or what saying you used for your picture!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fruit Saying Anniversary Book

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My husband and I just celebrated our four year wedding anniversary and went on our traditional All about D Date. Four years traditional gift idea is Fruit so I decided to create a fun Fruit Book filled with fruit sayings and pictures. I was very proud of myself because I designed all of the fruit pictured form scratch along with a Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt and a Multiple Choice Date pictured below. It all ties together, I promise and I will tell you how in my 4 Year Anniversary Gift Idea post (Coming Soon).

I spent a whole day designing this awesome fruit book and lucky for you, you can print it for FREE . It took all day because I made all of the fruit from scratch all while taking care of my three little ones. I had designed a watermelon and strawberry for my daughter's Tutti Frutti Birthday Party but other than that, this was my first time attempting to design fruit and I think it turned out pretty awesome!

For the book I made a list of 16 fruit related sayings. That is 4 for every year we've been married. Some of the sayings I came up with and other's I found searching the internet. I matched the saying to a picture that was related since my husband and I have been together along with a picture of the fruit.

I also made a cover page that said "I am so FOURtunate to have you in my life. Happy FOUR Years!" and ended it with the amount out time we have been married in days, hours, minutes, seconds, etc...

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I printed the pages out.

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Then glued the backs of the pages together - make sure both pages are facing the same direction.

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Folded them in half and organized them how I wanted. Then stapled them together on the fold.

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I paired the book with a bottle of Apple Crown Royal, the Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt and the Multiple Choice Date and gave it to my husband on our anniversary.

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The Fruit Saying Book is an easy, fun and cute way to incorporate fruit into your four year wedding anniversary gift. You can also give this book to your significant other use because, for Valentine's Day or any other anniversary.

You can download the FREE PRINTABLE BOOK HERE and add your own pictures to it by saving it as a word document or printing it out and glueing/tapping pictures into the blank spots. You can refer to my pictures to see how I had the pictures originally in the book.

I hope you and your significant other enjoy this book as much as we did. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Don't forget to check out the Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt I also designed and get your free printable to pair with the book!


This fruit book was created by Danielle at Bee-ing Mommy. Please download and use for your personal use ONLY. This is not to be used for commercial use or reproduced for selling purposes. The fruit pictures can not be copied or used for any other purposes. You can read my full Privacy Policy & Disclaimer HERE. Fruit Saying Anniversary Book & Fruit Pictures ©2018
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, KY

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This past weekend (June 2018) my family and I attended the 10th Annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, Ky. This was my first time attending the beer cheese festival and my fist time trying beer cheese to the best of my knowledge. It was a long, fun filled day with the family. 

The beer cheese festival takes place the second Saturday in June every year in downtown Winchester. It is a free event to attend unless you want to buy something or taste the beer cheese. The beer cheese festival supports local Kentucky businesses. It is supposedly the only beer cheese festival in the world but I'm not sure if that is legit or just an advertising technique. 

According to the schedule, they kicked off the festival Friday with a 5k and a Rock the Block Summer Concert. We missed this of coarse because we don't live in Winchester but we made it to the festival on Saturday. 

The beer cheese festival had a lot to do and a lot to look at. The entire downtown was blocked off for the festival with at least a hundred different vendors. Two of the streets were full of local vendors selling crafts, jewelry, shirts, wine and handing out free items such as sunglasses, candy, snacks and my favorite, free bottles of water. One side street was full of food trucks and vendors along with a kid play area that attached to the other side street that was a beer garden and had ice cream vendors.

One of the three main streets
The center street was roped off for the beer cheese tastings along with live music. They called this Beer Cheese Boulevard. If you wanted to try the beer cheese, you could purchase a wristband for $5. The festival was crazy packed and we had to wait in a long line that wrapped down the center to try the beer cheese. Once we got to the first beer cheese booth it moved at a decent speed. Most of the beer cheese booths gave you a decent size sample on a cracker, a few had pretzels. The majority of booths had the option to choose between mild or spicy beer cheese. I stuck to tasting the mild beer cheese because I'm not a huge fan of spicy foods and some of the mild beer cheeses had a kick to them so I couldn't imagine the taste testing a spicy one. 

After you tasted all the beer cheese booths, you could vote for your favorite with a ticket you were handed at entry. If you want, I'm sure you can circle back around the booths or at least your favorites for another sample. There were nine or ten different beer cheese booths if I counted correctly. 

You could also buy a container of beer cheese from your favorite booth or at the Beer Cheese Store set up right outside the roped off area.

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Overall I really enjoyed the festival. We let the kids try some of the beer cheese and they seemed to like it. They kept asking for more but I think they were just hungry so we grabbed some extra crackers for them. I think my husband liked the beer cheese more than I did and if I found it to be to spicy, I passed it onto him. I think my favorite part of the festival was checking out all the handmade and local businesses. The beer cheese wasn't to bad either, defiantly worth a try and a visit if you are in the area next June. 

If you do decide to check out the beer cheese festival next year I recommend packing drinks, a stroller if you have little ones, lots of sunscreen, walking shoes and cash. I noticed several ATMs if you forget. There is also a ton of other food and beverages for sale but if you bring your own drinks, you can skip the lines and save a little money. 

You can check out the official website at beercheesefestival.com to learn more about the festival.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt - 4 year Anniversary Game

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My husband and I just celebrated our four year wedding anniversary and went on our traditional All about D Date. Four years traditional gift idea is Fruit so I decided to create a Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt for my husband and I to go on. I designed the game and all of the fruit pictured along with a book full of fruit sayings and a Multiple Choice Date pictured below. It all ties together, I promise and I will tell you how in my 4 Year Anniversary Gift Idea post (Coming Soon).

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The scavenger hunt is fun and easy to do... for the most part. You can design your own scavenger hunt or you can download my FREE PRINTABLE HERE.

The rules are simple. Pick a store and go on a fruit hunt. 
Find a different fruit related item for the task. Take a picture for proof. Use the entire store, if you stay in the fruit aisle you lose. You may work together or compete - set a timer, most points wins. 

There are 16 tasks, 4 for every year of marriage and a bonus task if you decide to work together. 

I also set up a point system: +1 point for each task, +2 points if the item as the word "Fruit" in it, +5 points for the most rotted fruit.

All the task vary from finding a fruit you can wear to finding something that smells like fruit or something fruit related in different departments. 

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The game takes forty-five minutes to an hour to complete. The time varies depending on how fast you find the task, laughing, taking selfies and walking around the entire store (we chose a super Walmart). If you want to challenge yourself, I would set a timer to thirty minutes and go!

I had more fun on the Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt then I thought we would. Finding some of the items was harder than I thought it would be and some of the items found make for a good laugh! It was hard to find something fruit related in the pet department and the fabric department but we succeeded and completed all the tasks. There was a ton of fruit related clothing and accessories out because it is spring, almost summer, so it was a great time to play the game. I would imaging it would be ten times harder in the winter time. 

We found some fruit hand soaps with saying similar to the Fruit Saying Book (Coming Soon) I made while on the scavenger hunt. Arn't they adorable?!

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My husband and I decided to play the game together since we were celebrating our anniversary together and wanted to be together. We decided to both try to find something related to the task and keep track of our points separately. My husband of course tried to find items that all had the word "fruit" in them and I tried the find the items first. My husband ended up winning the scavenger hunt by six points because he won the bonus round and found very disgusting grapefruit covered in mold... eww.

 Here is our "Proof" that we completed the tasks:

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The Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt is a great bonding experience for both you and your spouse if you play it together. It is also a unique game that I created! The scavenger hunt doesn't have to be limited to just you and your spouse for your fourth anniversary. The scavenger hunt can be played by anyone for any occasion. I hope you enjoy this game and don't forget to check out the FREE PRINTABLE SCAVENGER HUNT. Comment below and let me know what you think and who won!


This game was created by Danielle at Bee-ing Mommy. Please download and use for your personal use ONLY. This is not to be used for commercial use or reproduced for selling purposes. I am not affiliated with the store or brands pictured. You can read my full Privacy Policy & Disclaimer HERE. Fake Fruit Scavenger Hunt ©2018

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