Director Jewels: #FuelTheLove: A Family Staycation

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#FuelTheLove: A Family Staycation

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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Sometimes, family vacations are big and exciting. You might drive for two days to reach your destination, then spend a week and a half at the beach or an amusement park before heading home. Other times, vacations are a short and simple affair. You pick a destination that makes a good day trip, stay in a hotel one night, then come right back home. And then there are still other times where you don't go anywhere out of the ordinary at all, but you still make memories and have the best family fun imaginable - right in your own backyard.


No matter where you're headed this summer - your local zoo or Kalamazoo or somewhere in between - you will definitely want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the trip. Even for running errands around town (which seems to be what I spend a lot of time doing), it's important to keep up with routine maintenance for your car. That means - yes - actually paying attention to that little oil change sticker on the top of your windshield! I admit that I'm not the best at remembering to have maintenance done on my car - but with the convenience of the Walmart Automotive Care Center and Pennzoil, I am trying to overcome my failings!


The Pennzoil brand is one I have come to trust. It's designed for complete protection and allows you to drive 550 extra miles per year (when compared to a car with a dirty engine). Our van has well over 75,000 miles (we'll drive it into the ground), so we always ask for Pennzoil's High Mileage oil. It's designed to reduce leaks and oil consumption. Plus, all Pennzoil oils help clean out sludge that other oils leave behind. Win-win, right?

From now until September 9th, Pennzoil oil changes are even on Rollback at Walmart Automotive Care Centers. High Mileage is $35.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $39.88 and Platinum Full Synthetic is $45.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $49.88.

So on this particular occasion, when I noticed it was time for an oil change, we high-tailed it to our local Walmart. We may not have a big trip planned, but we need our van at its best for all of our day to day adventures. As it turned out...we didn't want to hang out in the waiting area for very long, so we got to have a little staycation right at Walmart! Mini family vacation on a random weekday afternoon? Love it.


So in case you, like us, need some fun ways to occupy your time while also being responsible and getting your car's oil changed, here are a few of our ideas! Lincoln and Addie chimed in with their opinions on what is most fun.

1. Take the long route. Make sure everyone has a partner, and go for a nice leisurely stroll about the store. Warning: avoid aisles with glassware, light bulbs, and poison.


2. Rank toy cars in order of coolness. Beg your mom to buy a few. Throw a fit or two if mom refuses. It'll be fun!


3. Check out the clothing selection. Anything with a monster truck is automatically approved.


4. Practice counting on the ruler at the fabric counter. Climbing and/or standing on the counter (while fun) are not recommended. Moms get a little worried about that.


5. Play with every toy on the lowest shelf. Drag a lot of them onto the floor. Push every button you can find. Other shoppers love that!


7. Stop to smell the roses. Or the candles that smell like roses. Because, those are basically the exact same thing!

What's your favorite staycation destination?

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.

32 comments:

  1. sounds like it was a Fun day at walmart!!

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  2. sounds like fun.. My wild little ones would be all over the place.. ll

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    1. My kids thought getting to run around was the best part.

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  3. Haha! This looks like our trips to Walmart. We got our last oil change at Walmart too and I was very pleasantly surprised with the service and will be going back for sure.

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    1. It was super convenient to do some shopping while getting the oil changed!

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  4. We got our oil changed recently at Walmart and found they did a great job! We would definitely take our vehicles there again for oil changes.

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    1. This was the second time this year I've had my oil changed at Walmart!

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  5. I have found that you can make an adventure anywhere. It might take a little planning, but it can be done.

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    1. Sometimes random everyday adventures make the best memories.

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  6. I never thought about making a trip to Wal Mart an adventure. I guess if you have imagination you can make anything fun!

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  7. This sounds like us when my kids were that age. We always have our car checked before going on a road trip.

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    1. It's definitely a wise idea to get the car checked out prior to a trip!

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  8. I'd say the perfect staycation for me would be a day at the zoo or maybe drive up to the Aquarium.

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  9. Looks like a fun little outing around Walmart. I never think to stop there for an oil change. But those are good prices.

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  10. That looks awesome! Sometimes we pack so much into a vacation we do feel like we need a staycation afterwards :)

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  11. Hahaha, loved the play-by-play adventure (stay-cation) narrative, and the parental emotions/concerns that go along with it. Were there any toy 'souvenirs' acquired from the day out? ;) Great attitude for a productive day!

    xo,
    lauriel of EyeForElegance.com

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    1. Bahaha - how did you guess that we came home with souvenirs? A princess wand and a monster truck have found a happy new home with us. :)

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  12. My kids love to go to Walmart with me on "shops". But I have never utilized Walmart's area for car maintenance. I'm not even sure they have on e at my local one.

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    1. I usually try to do all of my shopping with no kids along, but they LOVE to help.

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  13. Fun activity indeed. It's cost effective too , unless the kids would want to go shopping spree. :)

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    1. We got out of there without spending TOO much! :)

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  14. I'm all about any trick that helps me save time and be more efficient. Thanks for sharing the rollback information on Pennzoil at Walmart! #client

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  15. Ahh yes, your vehicle maintenance is a must before taking a car ride anywhere. Nothing ruins your day more than a broke down vehicle that costs way more to fix than it would have been to maintain. We always choose the Walmart Auto center when getting a checkup and oil change! They are the quickest and the best price.

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  16. Hehehe this was too cute!!! I need to liven our trips to Walmart up and make them an adventure lol... Never thought of doing that lol

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    1. Hahaha....it makes it much more interesting! :)

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