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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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  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

  21. Kim Henrichs says:

    yay Serendipity!! 🙂 We HAVE to get to Maine soon…

  22. A day trip to the mountains

  23. janetfaye says:

    I would like to go to the shore and have a couple of fun family beach days.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. Amy Pratt says:

    I would like to head out to the west desert of Utah and do some rock hounding.

  25. We would love to take a one day trip to Sea World in Orlando, Florida. That would be a fun memory to have.

  26. Cindy Merrill says:

    I would love to go to the fair this summer, did not have a chance last year.

  27. Melissa M says:

    Take one last camping trip.

  28. tammy shelton says:

    I’d like to go to Disney World once more before school starts.

  29. I would like to go the Nickelodeon hotel so my son can see the ninja turtles.

  30. Trisha Burgess says:

    I would love to take a weekend trip to great wolf!

  31. I’d love to go berry picking!

  32. D Schmidt says:

    We would love to go on a road trip to Canada, it seems like so much fun.

  33. I would love to go to a water park before summer ends. It is so hot here in Florida!

  34. Adrienne gordon says:

    we did it, we went on a trip to Sedona.

  35. kathy dalton says:

    We like to have a family bbq complete with all my children and grandchildren

  36. Dorothy Teel says:

    A fun thing I would love to do with my family my boys, their wives and my grandchildren would involve a trip to Disney WOrld, in my dreams, but in real life a day at our pool and grilled supper sounds like a lot of fun with all.

  37. April Brenay says:

    we want to take our kids camping to the beach! they always enjoy it!

  38. Cynthia C says:

    I would like to go to a state park for a day of hiking and picnicing.

  39. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I would like to take my 4 1/2 year-old daughter to a nice waterpark before summer comes to an end.

  40. Kelly Tupick says:

    I would love to take a trip to Old Orchard Beach this summer. It has been a few years since we had the chance to go out there. We all love the beach and the ocean.

  41. Robin Wilson says:

    I would love to have some family pictures taken. Not professionally necessarily, but just some casual ones would be fine!

  42. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I would like to go for a long walk in the woods.

  43. I would like to visit some state natural parks before the summer ends.

  44. I want to go camping in the mountains near our home.

  45. Scott Martin says:

    We go swimming almost everyday. We love the water.

  46. Jennifer Rote says:

    I’d like to take my son camping.

  47. Jessica To says:

    I would like to go to the mountains and pack a picnic lunch.

  48. I would like a camping trip before school starts.

  49. I would like to have a big bbq and pool party before summer ends.

  50. Tari Lawson says:

    I would love to go see the Statue of Liberty before the summer is over but don’t think we will have time.

  51. Suzanne K says:

    I’m doing a day trip to a local museum with a living butterfly exhibit, and we’ll see the museum while there.

  52. steven weber says:

    I would like to take them to zoo-ala-carte

  53. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    We have plans to do an all day hike at our local state park/
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  54. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d like for all of us to go to Valley Fair in MN – a most fun place!
    thank you

  55. Mary Casper says:

    I want us to go to the beach we love it there

  56. Katie Amanda says:

    I’d like to go to the beach. We haven’t gone at all this summer.

  57. Nicole Dz says:

    Before the summer ends I would like to take one last trip to the lake to have a day of family BBQ, games, and enjoy the water and do some Jet skiing.

  58. Linda Kish says:

    I’d like it if we could go to Disneyland.

  59. we plan on going to the drive in movies this weekend before school starts next week

  60. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I wanna go swimming a few more times

  61. There’s so much to do and see in NYC – looks like your family had a ball! Since we live at the beach and it’s warm all year, our favorite activity year round is heading across the street to the beach. Free (until the ice cream cart comes by) and fun for everyone.

  62. patricia c. says:

    I would love to visit the aquarium with my family.

  63. I’d like to take them to the local water amusement park!

  64. Crystal F says:

    I would like to take them to our local amusement park. We’ve only been once and I was in a wheelchair with a broken ankle when we did go. thank you!

  65. Andrea Williams says:

    We need to make one more trip for ice cream as a family.

  66. Christina Foley says:

    I would love to check out a state park – hiking and spending time in the springs – before summer ends!

  67. I’d love to go to the beach before the end of summer.

  68. mickeyfan says:

    I’d just love to have us all together. We live in different states now that the kids are grown, so that would be the ultimate!

  69. Tara Liebing says:

    We live in a small town so I would like to take my son on a little vacation close to home, get a hotel and just do something fun away from home.

  70. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says:

    I would love to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  71. like to take a road trip to Wisconsin

  72. I would love to spend the day at the beach.
    Thank you!

  73. Cynthia R says:

    Unfortunately we weren’t able to go to any trips this summer, but we did go to some home baseball games.

  74. Cassandra Eastman says:

    We’d love to take a camping trip as a family!

  75. Well this weekend since it is just me and the hubs. We are going to watch Expendables 3 this Sunday which is his day off.

  76. Brutus Duffy says:

    I jst want a week of down-time just so we can enjoy one another’s company.

  77. I would like to go to the beach.

  78. Christina G. says:

    I’d like to go out to dinner with my family before the end of the summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. Debbie Welchert says:

    I would like to have one more big family bbq with my whole family.

  80. school has already started but I would like to go to the zoo some weekend still yet.

  81. Kimberly Schotz says:

    We have plans to visit Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

  82. I’d love to take a camping trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire with my family before Labor Day weekend.

  83. Mary Cloud says:

    I’d like to take the kids for a day out to the zoo or something
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  84. I’d like to see some out of state relatives and maybe do a BBQ before school starts again and things get to hectic and busy for visits.

  85. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I promised my daughter that we’d all make tie-dye shirts. I need to get on that.

  86. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I follow on bloglovin’ with magmom73.

  87. We want to have a campfire before summer is over.

  88. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would like to take my kids to the beach this summer

  89. Probably camping.

  90. Dawn Keenan says:

    We are going to try to head to an amusement park before school starts. Love your photos!

  91. Take the kids to Busch Gardens.

  92. Dawn Monroe says:

    Id like to rent a cabin at Hocking Hills. They offer plenty of nature trails and a hot tub.

  93. Betsy Barnes says:

    Before this summer is over, I would love to take a weekend road trip with my hubby on his Harley. He has a sidecar that is so comfy and fun. We took a lot of short road trips last year, however, have not been able to go a lot because of our work hours changing. 🙂

  94. I would like to spend the day hiking in the local mountains.

  95. We have plans to go to the zoo tomorrow it is going to be a beautiful day

  96. Visit Myrtle Beach SC ,,,,,,

  97. We are hoping to go to the lake at least one more time this summer.

  98. We recently took a day trip to the mountains to celebrate the end of summer.

  99. sandy weinstein says:

    so it is just me and my 3 4 legged girls, so we dont travel much….since i dont board them or leave them home. so for me, if i could it would be to sell my house and move, or go on a very nice spa vacation if i could find one that would take me and my 3 girls

  100. Susan Chester says:

    I would love to go camping at a lake this summer.

  101. Carolyn G says:

    I want to go to the beach

  102. Iliana Blair says:

    Trip to Niagara Falls

  103. Monique Rizzo says:

    We wanna spend the weekend at the beach flying kites and beach combing.

  104. e michelle says:

    we hve been busy all summer we havent had the chance to go to the beach once and we live right down the street!!!!!

  105. The kiddos and I have done a lot of fun things this summer, but most of our “big adventures” like the zoo, beach, children’s museum, planetarium and aquarium were all in other states. I would like to have one or two adventures in our own backyard before the summer is over.

  106. Barbara Adams says:

    One more ballz to the walls BBQ..all out meat adventure..yep gonna make it happen

  107. D Johnson says:

    We are planning a trip to the zoo and hoping mother-in-law can come too. My son has been on two trips with his grandma already, but hubby and I stayed at home. We also are planning on going to a local festival in September (I think that’s still summer?).

  108. I would like to visit the waterpark

  109. sheila ressel says:

    We would like to visit some of the local botanical gardens and spend the night at the beach.

  110. Terry Maigi says:

    We would like to go camping before summer ends!

  111. I would like to grill out some veggie dogs and veggies.

  112. Stephanie B says:

    We are due for a camp out under the stars!

  113. I’ll be going up to the Hudson Valley this weekend to pick blackberries and visit the Dutchess County Fair!

  114. I’d like to visit the beach before summer is over.

  115. I’d really like to take a trip to visit my sister and her family before the end of summer. We talk daily and keep trying to get together so I’d really like to make that happen.

  116. I would like to get one more RV trip in!

  117. I want to go to the beach before summer ends

  118. I’d like to a day trip to the Southwick zoo before summer vacation ends. Thanks for the chance.

  119. Tabathia B says:

    I would love to go either to the beach or to Washington, DC

  120. Go to the beach

  121. janna johnson says:

    We are oing to Orlando before the end of the summer.

  122. Charlene Drake says:

    We need to go to Schlitterbahn…the original in New Braunfels Texas.

  123. kyl neusch says:

    to visit the ocean before the end of this summer.

  124. Jannah McMahen says:

    I would love to go to Alaska!

  125. Samii Meyer says:

    I would like to take some time to go fishing with my family.

  126. I’d like to have a short trip to the beach before summer ends. Doubtful, but I’m dreaming.

  127. victoria lynch says:

    Taking a trip up to the mountains. We live a the beach, so going to the mountains is a nice treat for us.

  128. Nicole C. says:

    I would love to go to the Nashville Zoo and Science Museum!

  129. Holly Guerrio says:

    I would like to go to the beach.

  130. We will be spending time together at the beach.

  131. Jillian T says:

    I would like to go to the beach.

  132. We like to go hiking.

  133. Need to take another trip up in the mountains.
    Thanks for the contest.

  134. ellen casper says:

    I’d like to go white water rafting with my family

  135. RICHARD HICKS says:

    We will make one final trip to Myrtle beach

  136. I really want to go to the beach…I don’t even live that far away!

  137. Eugenia Hall says:

    I’d like to go to a festival or concert again before the end of the summer.

  138. danielle Marie says:

    i want to take a vacation up the coast to visit friends in the san fran area.

  139. I’d like to find a new job.

  140. Karen Drake says:

    I would like to go spend another day at the lake before summer ends.

  141. We would like to go up north to our cottage one more time before summer ends

  142. Ann Fantom says:

    We will be going to a Renegades baseball game.

  143. Jill Myrick says:

    I would love to take one last long weekend trip to the beach before school starts back.


  144. Ceinwyn R says:

    I really need to take them camping like I promised I would!

  145. Cheryll Shubert says:

    I want to take the kids to the Cape before summer ends.

  146. BBQ at the beach

  147. Samantha Daleo says:

    I would love to go to a beach.

  148. Sarah Hall says:

    I would like to go to the local lake again before it cools off. My grandson really likes it there.

  149. christine j says:

    i would love to go on a road trip

  150. hopefully go to the beach again

  151. jenn mcclearn says:

    I really want to take my 5 year old on the water slides before he starts school 🙂

  152. The kids are wanting to go back to the beach.

  153. Susan Smith says:

    I’d like to take our children to the zoo before Summer ends.

  154. I don’t think we will do anything with the rest of the summer. We usually do our trips in the fall.

  155. Sarah Hayes says:

    i would love to go back to the lake again before the end of the summer

  156. We are getting away to the beach.

  157. We’re going to get one more camping trip in!

  158. joe gersch says:

    i would like to go camping before the end of the summer

  159. we like to go to six flags at the end of summer

  160. Jennifer R says:

    I would like to go to a professional baseball game in our city with my family before the end of summer.

  161. Danielle D says:

    Go to the beach and have a cook out!

  162. we would love to go to the water park once more!

  163. Tara Woods says:

    I would love to visit Six Flags Over Georgia.

  164. I want to take my family camping and to the beach one more time before the summer ends.

  165. danielle hall says:

    i would like to go on a hiking trip in indy with my bf

  166. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    A few more pool party and bbq

  167. robyn paris says:

    i would like to take my family to hershey park before the summer ends.

  168. Racquelle says:

    I would like to take a trip to the beach!

  169. Kate Newton says:

    We have small goals. We are just going to try to get to the park a few more times before school starts on september 2nd! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  170. I would like to take my son to the beach.

  171. Kim Smith says:

    Our summer is over already we did however make it to the lake for a week

  172. Miz Vickik says:

    I’d like to get to the beach one last time!

  173. I’d like to go to the beach.

  174. BILL HOFF says:

    Watch the International Space Station fly over out backyard

  175. Go to a kite festival!

  176. Wendy McBride says:

    We would like to go fishing before summer ends!

  177. I would like to have a family bbq before summer ends.

  178. CJ Godfrey says:

    I would like to go to our local water park one more time before the end of summer.

  179. A trip to a beach would be nice.

  180. Joshua Kohl says:

    Go camping!

  181. We would like to go and visit our relatives in another state. that might not happen, though.

  182. I would love to go to the Diamond mines in AR before the end of summer!

  183. We have a trip planned to visit Grandma and the local museum

  184. Sarah Jestings says:

    We really want to go to Waldameer in Erie PA before summer is over.

  185. We are scheduled to go to the lake today (only a 15 minute drive away). Thank you

  186. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    We’d like to go kayaking.

  187. Lorena Keech says:

    We want one more trip to the lake cabin.

  188. Terra Heck says:

    I’d like to take my husband and kids to Six Flags Great America before summer ends. Thanks.

  189. I’d like to take my grandkids to our local amusement park for their last bit of summer fun enjoying all the rides.

  190. I would still like to get to the beach when the hot temperatures let up again! The beach is great for everyone in my family!

  191. I’d like to take another trip into NYC before summer ends.

  192. We want to go to Holley Falls about 30 minutes from us. It’s a beautiful local waterfall.

  193. I would like to go to a spa, but summer is over for us!

  194. Trisha McKee says:

    We want to go hiking (I live in Pennsylvania, so lots of chances to do that). Definitely want to visit the abandoned turnpike one more time this summer.

  195. I would like to have a picnic by the lake with the grandkids and play silly games!

  196. Go swimming as much as possible!

  197. Thanks for the giveaway…we are squeezing in one last family trip to the beach @ San Diego !

  198. I want to spend a weekend camping at the lake.