Making the most out of the final weeks of summer #FinishMoms ($100 giveaway ends 8/23/14)



I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of summer. Where did the time go? There is still so much my family wants do do before the kids head back to school and the weather turns colder.

Normally my family and I try to pack as much fun into the summer months as we possibly can. This summer was a bit different. I went back to work after a 17+ year hiatus to be a stay at home mom. That meant I wouldn’t be home a good chunk of the day and I was unable to take my kids places and do things with them like I normally would.

This summer we had to pack as much fun as we could into the weekends. It was fine but we didn’t get the opportunity to do as much as we had planned on doing this summer.

Here are some highlights from our summer thus far. We’re still planning a trip to the New Jersey shore (beach) next week as well as visit the Dutchess County Fair (NY). We go to the fair every other year and this is our year to go. Our kids have been looking forward to it all summer.

This summer we visited Roosevelt Island (NYC) for the day. We took a tram across the island and spent the day enjoying the amazing views and beautiful weather. We loved it so much that we plan on going back in the Autumn to see how beautiful the city looks when the leaves change.






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That is not the first time we went to New York City this summer. Several weeks ago we went to the city because my husband was anxious to try the Candy Bar Blast sundae at Dylan’s Candy Bar. We had seen the sundae last year and ever since then my husband has always talked about going back to Dylan’s Candy Bar to try it. We finally did. While we were there we visited FAO Shwarz, Serendipity and a few other local spots.



I love this picture of my kids posing for a selfie with NYC in the background and my daughter kissing our son on the forehead.



Cute dolls at FAO Schwarz


Candy galore at Dylan’s Candy Bar


Dylan’s Candy Bar Blast Sundae

We did so many fun things that it’s hard to keep track of everything. A few more examples are visiting relatives in Pennsylvania, our cousin’s Sweet 16 party, hiking, hanging out at the state park, spending time by the river and so much more.





It’s not summer without several trips to area ice cream shops.



We love living in the Hudson Valley (NY)


Bear Mountain Bridge as seen from Perkins Drive (Bear Mountain State Park)


So many fish and we didn’t have fishing gear with us.


Every year we visit the same state park. Every few years we try and take our children’s photo on the same rock to see how much they have grown.


Beautiful back road in Pennsylvania


Making silly faces – and memories – with family and friends.

My children are getting older. Our daughter is a senior in high school this year and will be off to college this time next year. Our son will follow a few years later. Who knows how often we’ll have the opportunity to spend our summers together as a family enjoying precious moments together and making memories.

Spending quality time with my family is a priority in my life. Things like cleaning, laundry and doing dishes are the last thing on my mind.

As you can see my family means the world to me. That is why I appreciate products like Finish® Power & Free™. It does an excellent job cleaning our dishes in the dishwasher. I don’t have to pre-wash my dishes before I wash my dishes like I have had to do in the past with other dishwasher detergents.

I have written about Finish® Power & Free™ several times over the past few months. I am very impressed with how clean it gets my dishes. And unlike other detergents the “packs” keep everything in my dishwasher nice and clean. I don’t have to scrap out dried on detergent or “gunk” from inside the dishwasher like I used to have to do with other dishwasher detergents.

"Gunk" left behind from other dishwasher detergents.

“Gunk” left behind from other dishwasher detergents.

I want to spend each and every moment possible with my family. I don’t want to have to waste time in the kitchen pre-washing dishes or re-washing dishes that come out of the dishwasher still dirty – or have to spend time scraping gunk off the dishwasher. With Finish® Power & Free™ all I need to do it pop in a pod/packet, turn on the dishwasher and let Finish take care of the rest. I’m in and out of the kitchen in mere minutes, leaving me more time to make memories with my family.

I also enjoy using Finish® Jet-Dry® because it leaves our dishes shiny and clean – including our drinking glasses.

I tried to take a photo of our drinking glasses with and without Finish® Jet-Dry®, but it’s not that easy to see the difference. In person you can clearly spot the difference. 


It’s hard to tell from the photo but the glass on the left was cleaned without Jet Dry. You can see a cloudy residue towards the top. The glass on the right was cleaned with Jet Dry.

In addition to helping me spend less time in the kitchen cleaning up after a meal, Finish® Power & Free™ and Finish® Jet-Dry® clean with less harsh chemicals, fragrances and dyes. My family means the world to me. They are my heart and soul. I care about what goes into their mouths and their bodies. I wouldn’t want them drinking a glass of cold refreshing water after a long day of hiking with a glass that had harsh chemical residue on it. No way! 

If you are interested in learning more about Finish® Power & Free™ and Finish® Jet-Dry® you can visit www.FinishDishwashing.com.

On the Finish website you can request a free sample.


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Finish has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $100 Visa Gift Card so that you can take your family out and enjoy the last few days of summer. Thank you Finish!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what fun thing you would like to do with your family before summer ends?

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*I have partnered with Finish Power & Free as part of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Lisa Brown says:

    we would like to go fishing before summer ends

  2. I would like to visit the ocean before the end of this summer.

  3. Margaret Smith says:

    We’re going camping and fishing for a few nights this coming week.

  4. I would like to take my kiddos to Santas Village…a theme park in New Hampshire.

  5. We would love to go camping at least once more this summer!

  6. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’d like to go to the beach before the summer ends.

  7. heather s says:

    We like to go hiking

  8. Allisha Gold says:

    I’d like to go to a theme park or water park with my family 🙂

  9. courtney b says:

    we would like to get out of town and get to the beach to see the ocean but it probably won’t happen this summer anytime soon!

  10. I would love to go to Stone Mountain Park with my family before summer officially ends!

  11. Michelle C says:

    We just returned home from a week at the beach and I’m sure we will go out for frozen yogurt a couple more times.

  12. Katherine says:

    Go to a water park

  13. We’ll go camping before summer ends.

  14. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I want to have a BBQ.

  15. We are still trying to get to the local water park.

  16. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I have spent a lot of time at my mom and dad’s visiting family.

  17. shelly peterson says:

    I would like to go to the beach. We have never gone before.

  18. I would love to go to the beach but I see that wont happen so the lake would even be good. 🙂

  19. amy pugmire says:

    I want to hike and slide down the alpine rock slides.

  20. Nicole Millheim says:

    I would love to do a day trip to Disney