Upgrading Our Summer, We Work Very Hard – But There Is Also Time To Play Hard

This post was sponsored by Upgrade Your Summer as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

We spend our days at the barn – the days are very long.  We start with work and school, then the barn (sometimes we start at the barn!).  Our days start at 5:30am and sometimes we don’t get home until 8 or 9pm especially during the summer months when daylight is available longer.

Work involves riding and walking horses, feeding, setting up grain, moving bales around, cleaning stalls, filling water buckets and water troughs, washing horses, brushing them, bringing them into their stalls to eat, putting them back out after eating, etc… This is definitely not an exhaustive list – all you need to do is pick a direction and there will definitely be something to do.  We only own three horses but the barn has about 60 horses (owned by the barn owners and boarders) as well as a cow, goats, ponies, dogs, cats and so much more.

Now, the warmer months are here and we spend so much more time not only at the barn with our animals but also with all our friends.  So much fun and fresh air. Everyone sleeps well – total cure for insomnia. Weekends can easily be a full twelve hours at the barn in high heat with lots of work and fun. Children and adults alike help with sick and aging animals, births, caring for babies, and sadly at times even the loss of a beloved pet.

These days need snacks and hydration – all the time.  We turn to some of our favorites – Bud Light Lemon Tea, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Orangeade, Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins, Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus!  They even have SeaPak Budweiser Beer-Battered Shrimp for when we boot up the grill! As always we turn to our local supercenter for our snacking and beverage needs.


Walmart allows us to meet our needs locally and quickly while also being affordable! Walmart saves us time and money – our one-stop shopping destination.  These products are great for any summer gathering – we turn to them often for our time at the barn, camping, or just plain ole backyard fun!

When you buy these participating brands at Walmart, you can enter for a chance to Upgrade Your Summer by entering to win a backyard makeover that includes the Ultimate Outdoor Movie Theater!  Woohoo!

  • The Upgrade Your Summer Sweepstakes runs from May 1 – July 22, so head to Walmart today to take advantage!
    • No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be at least 21+ and a legal resident of the 50 U.S./DC. The Sweepstakes will consist of one (1) random drawing period to award (131) prizes. Sweepstakes begins on 5/1/19 at 12:00:01 a.m. (midnight) ET and ends on 7/22/19 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. To enter and for Official Rules and other important terms and conditions, visit upgrade-your-summer.com. Sponsor: Fuel Partnerships, Inc., 6111 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite #265, Boca Raton, FL 33487.

  • Sweepstakes Prizes:
    • One (1) Grand Prize Package: Winner will receive the following:
      • Winner will have the opportunity to select one (1) of one-hundred (100) sealed envelopes to see if the selected envelope reveals one of the following prizes:
        • One (1) envelope to contain $25,000 payable by check in the name of the winner.
      • Ninety-nine envelopes will contain a $100 Wal-Mart® Gift Card


  • One (1) Samsung® 8 Series 50” LED Smart TV. ARV $2,400
  • One (1) 40-50 Weatherproof TV Enclosure – The TV Shield. ARV $699
  • One (1) Sonos® Outdoor Speaker Playbar. ARV $699
  • One (1) One (1) Weber® 11 E310 Grill. ARV $860
  • One (1) Belleze® all-weather backyard 4-piece outdoor patio set. ARV $299
  • One (1) Ozark® 73 Quart Cooler. ARV @199
  • One (1) $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card (Terms and conditions of the Gift Card apply). ARV $100
  • Ten (10) Second Prizes: Each winner to receive one (1) Wooden Cornhole Set. ARV is $175 each.
  • Twenty (20) Second Prizes: Each winner to receive one (1) JBL® Link 20 Voice-activated Portable Speaker. ARV $150 each
  • One hundred (100) Third Prizes: Each winner to receive one (1) $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card. Terms and conditions of the Gift Card apply. ARV $25 each

So don’t forget to enter Upgrade Your Summer Sweepstakes!


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