I'm Taking A Summer Hiatus


Hi, guys. 

I just wanted to pop in and let you know I am taking a summer hiatus from blogging. Well, blogging here on Along Abbey Road, anyway.

We have vacations coming up, I have a new food blog to which I am devoting most of my free time and energy, and I just feel like a break is much-needed right now. (Although I will most likely pop in every now and again to rant about something, and tell you what I am watching on Netflix, because that is important and definitely blog-worthy. There could also be a major Dubsmash montage. I apologize in advance.) 

I will still be on Instagram, and you can follow along with my food blog, The Butter Half, if you miss my ridiculous antics and have an affinity for delightfully horrible food puns and jokes. 

Big Gulps, huh? Alrriiight! Welp, see ya later!

But seriously, I don't know if anyone cares about this incredibly important PSA, but I just felt saying goodbye for now was the right thing to do—I hate it when people just disappear from the internet for significant periods of time without any explanation. 

Okay, now this is really goodbye. (Sort of. Until I feel another Netflix binge coming on.) Toodles!

Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids


Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids

Road trips were something I looked forward to when I was little. We'd pack up what felt like 20 suitcases and cram our huge family into our gold Dodge Caravan. My dad would take the wheel, and my mom would sit in the front with her bag of licorice and coloring books. My dad had this beautiful cassette tape case loaded with all of the best hits from Neil Diamond.

"Far! We've been traveling far!... They're coming to America! Today!"

That will forever be my road trip anthem, and I am grateful for those little things which made wonderful memories of our days on the highway to visit my grandparents in Utah.

In a few weeks we will be packed up in our van, cruising north on the I-15 to the very same house, but this time I am the mom sitting in the passenger seat. Crazy how the tables turn so very quickly.

One of the joys of road tripping are the snacks. I've had one too many stomach aches from eating complete rubbish, and have since changed my eating habits. Sure, we bring the chocolate milk and stop for a burger, but we make sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks, too. It's always worth it in the end.

Some of Luke and Wesley's favorite healthy road trip snacks are:
  • Strawberries
  • Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Annie's Organic Animal Cookies
  • Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks

Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids

The Annie's Homegrown products are made with completely wholesome and non-synthetic ingredients, and their snack bags come in the perfect serving size bags for the boys. (And me! I cannot stop eating those fruit snacks! Sorry, little fellas.) I highly recommend them for your upcoming road trips. Also, you can join Team Annie's to get updates and become a part of their fun community.

Happy road tripping, my friends!

This post was sponsored by Team Annie's. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who help support our family. 

Father's Day Barbecue Surprise


This weekend we're doing a double whammy and celebrating Matt's birthday and Father's Day with a family barbecue. We're going to grill hot dogs and patties, eat a huge chocolate cake, and swim until our hands are wrinkly and our hearts are full.

It’s going to be perfect.

The best part will be getting personalized Share a Coke bottles made for Matt. Let me tell ya, this guy is a diehard Coke fan and comes from a long line of Coca-Cola lovers. It adds that special touch to top off an amazing day. We plan to mix them in with the other bottles as a little surprise. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he reads all of his nicknames on the bottles! Priceless.

When we were in Spain a few years ago, one of our favorite things to do was sit in the plaza and drink a bottle of Coke. Still to this day whenever we enjoy a chilled glass bottle, one of us will say, "Man, this reminds me of Spain!”

Needless to say, there will be all sorts of emotions mixed in with those personalized glass bottles of Share a Coke bottles.

This year, Coca-Cola offers the ability to personalize and purchase eight-ounce glass “Share a Coke” bottles on ShareaCoke.com. You can't go wrong with the glass bottle (we love to serve them at our Christmas parties), and it is guaranteed to make your celebrations so much more heartfelt.

Hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Share-A-Coke, all opinions are my own.