Summer Adventures Are GOLD! ~ $100 GC Giveaway

The days are longer, the nights are warmer and school is almost over!  Hooray!  It’s official.  Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start making some of those plans that will make this summer one we will remember forever.  A tradition in this house?  The Summer Bucket List.  With the promise of the entire season before us it’s the perfect time of year to create your family dream list and start checking them off.

This summer we are seeking adventure!  A few items on the Summer Bucket List include;

a day (or three) at the beach

a picnic in the park

backyard BBQ’s

pool parties galore

bonfires in the backyard and the beach

s’mores please

an epic trip to Orlando

road trip to the local water falls

paddle boarding


a hike in the woods

a trip to cottage country

golf for days

a volleyball game or two


Endless summer days mean countless opportunities for adventure.  My girls are eager and ready for adventure and as their Mom, I want to make sure all their dreams come true. So this summer we will go for it.  Try to complete our Summer Bucket List and so much more.  We’re determined to have a fabulous summer and won’t be letting anything slow us down.

How am I going to pull this off? Calendars will be juggled, schedules forgotten and because bug bites, sunburns, and cuts and scrapes are all part of the fun of summer fun, I’ll have a little help from Gold Bond for any bumps or bruises along the way.   Gold Bond’s Anti-Itch products are the key to making sure nothing stands between our little family and an epic summer of fun.

One Gold Bond Product I always keep on hand is Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream.

It provides fast relief from pain and itching for nagging targeted itching. Perfect for when you or when one of your little one’s has a nagging, targeted itch. Bug bites be gone!  It works quickly when that itch is in one or two areas but not all over. So you don’t really need a body lotion. What you do need is Maximum Strength Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream. It provides two itch relieving ingredients for fast relief to fix that itchy skin.  It offers:

  • Itch relief from insect bites
  • Soothes sensitive and irritated skin
  • Dual medication formula
  • Steroid free
  • Hydrocortisone free
  • Enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E to gently soothe irritated skin

I keep this one on hand for temporary relief of pain and itching associated with minor:

  • Insect bites
  • Skin irritations
  • Scrapes
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Sunburns
  • Dry, itchy skin

For bigger, more intense all over itch relief we try Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion.

Have you ever had a “mystery itch“?  Itching that comes out of nowhere and you don’t know why?  Perhaps after a hike, a bike or a swim?  I have one daughter who can’t swim in a pool with chlorine in it, the result is itching all over!  Another who is quite fair and sunburns easily – the result, itchy!  So I turn to Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion.  It’s Dermatologist tested, fragrance free and steroid free.  I feel good knowing my daughters will have quick relief from the itch.  Gold Bond provides fast acting itch relief for their dry skin and so much more.

Provides itch and pain relief of sunburned skin.

Calms itchy skin, irritated skin or chronically dry skin.

Medicated formula that deeply moisturizes.

 I can’t wait to start checking some things off our Summer Bucket List, and with the help of Gold Bond our #AdventuresAreGold!

If you would like more information on Gold Bond products be sure to check out their website for detailed information.

Ready for some super exciting news?  One lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs will WIN a $100 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card!  You can use this gift card to help get ready for your next summer adventure!

To win simply tell me what your first summer adventure will be, because after all, #AdventuresAreGold. Then use the Rafflecopter form provided to earn those extra entries. Good luck!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only, excluding Quebec, and to all those who have reached the age of majority in their Province. Limit of one entry form per household.  Closes July 30, 2017


  1. Susanne McCarthy says:

    Heading to the waterpark to enjoy some waterslides and cool summer fun!!

  2. Amanda Masters says:

    Oh we’ve already had so many. A trampoline party, Safari park days out, concerts and festivals. Our next is going to be a Blue Jays game though I think 🙂

  3. Marlene J says:

    Canada 150th Birthday was my 1st adventure at city hall & more adventures begin.

  4. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My first summer adventure would be a road trip, I really want to go on one this summer.

  5. Julie bolduc says:

    My first summer adventure is coming up July 17th we are heading to Toronto for 1 week taking a train we can’t wait

  6. kathy downey says:

    My first summer adventure was a trip t Regina to see the grandkids,we are just back now to start another plan !

  7. We’ll go to the beach when I get some time off

  8. Margo b says:

    heading to the beach, I try to go there 3 – 4 times a week, my little guy loves it

  9. Kathryn says:

    My first summer adventure will be a weekend getaway to the beach and some forest walks

  10. Maryanne says:

    First adventures will be some Geocaching!

  11. Jeannie Lam says:

    Our first summer adventure will be fishing and beaching with my family.

  12. Alayne Langford says:

    We are going to see the Tall Ships in the harbour in Bath, ON. Bucket list!

  13. Suzanne G says:

    Our first summer adventure will be going to Cypress Hills Park to visit some friends.

  14. Christine D says:

    We took the kiddos camping for the first time Sauble Beach and willl be going again in a few weeks

  15. Tara Betterley says:

    We are planning on taking the trailer on a few road trips to New York and Ottawa.

  16. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My first summer adventure will be going to Niagara Falls with my family

  17. Dana Miller says:

    Our first summer adventure was hiking to the Othello tunnels in Hope, BC. What a beautiful area!

  18. We are going to go hiking!

  19. Our first summer adventure will be camping with the whole extended family!

  20. I am hoping one of my first summer adventures will be to cycle the (unused) trestles near our home

  21. We will be checking out new campgrounds this summer.

  22. Laurie P says:

    Camping in the Niagara Region!

  23. Checking our favorite play grounds in the city, I think.

  24. kristen visser says:

    First on the list is the Toronto Zoo 🙂 I used to go all the time but my daughters have yet to experience it

  25. Valerie says:

    Exploring *awesome* Vancouver Island with our little pup!!! 🙂 🙂

  26. Jackie M says:

    My first adventure is going to Algonquin Park!

  27. We are headed camping to a provincial park not too far away but it has a beach 🙂 Hiking, biking and swimming.

  28. erin mcsweeney says:

    Canadas Wonderland is always our first adventure

  29. Francine says:

    We’re planning a day trip in search of country butter tarts!

  30. A wedding in August…

  31. Deborah C says:

    Going to Vancouver with my family

  32. Alicia P says:

    Lots of day trips to the beach and pool

  33. My first summer adventure to the kids will probably be to the zoo and splash pad.

  34. Lake as much as possible

  35. Heather Howard says:

    Our first summer adventure has been a trip to our local beach to beach comb for treasure. We brought home a few nice pieces of beach glass.
    Our major adventure happens at the end of july when the kids and I head out for a four day road trip.
    Thanks for the opportunity to #win !

  36. LILLIAN M BROWN says:

    We are going away to an area 6 hours from home and stay for 2 nights and will explore the beaches and historical sites in Yarmouth NS

  37. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    Our summer adventure is the family going to London, England for a getaway.

  38. Vivian Dionne says:

    We go on summer country road trips and visit small towns and villages.

  39. Krista M says:

    We just had our first summer adventure of camping for 5 days, going boating with the kids loving tubing & swimming, having fun campfires & bbq dinners… it was super fun & a great way to spend Canada’s 150th birthday!

  40. Going to the beach to build a sandcastle!

  41. Julie R says:

    Trips to the beach and walking through the provincial parks!

  42. Christine w says:

    My first summer adventure was Canada Day celebrations!

  43. BlessedTA says:

    Visit to a park

  44. Stephanie says:

    We will be going to Wasaga beach!

  45. Elaine G says:

    We’ll be going to the beach.

  46. gina bergman says:

    Road trip to the zoo

  47. Tara Kitt says:

    We are travelling to Vancouver Island.

  48. Jenness M says:

    We’re trying out camping for the first time as family!

  49. Exploring the same old spots with niece and nephew is always an adventure. My niece tried to catch a dragonfly. couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t

  50. heading to the beach

  51. Katrina says:

    We went to the splash pad

  52. Went to a cottage for a long weekend with the family!

  53. Michelle Dimmock says:

    Going to the beach

  54. Jaime Stephens says:

    Our first summer adventure will be a trip to Newcastle Island complete with a picnic!

  55. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    my first was camping on July 1

  56. Glogirl says:

    My first summer adventure will be taking a local day trip.

  57. Debbie WhiteBeattie says:

    I go for long walks with my dog to the canal or along the river. Plus I go to visit my brother at his campground.

  58. Lushka Smith says:

    Going to the lake.

  59. Catherine Cole says:

    My first summer adventure is camping with my sisters

  60. Kristi F says:

    My first summer adventure will be going canoeing for the first time in a long time!

  61. Michelle W says:

    A road trip to see the grandparents!

  62. Our first summer adventure will be out on Vancouver Island while visiting my parents.

  63. Tina L. says:

    Daytrips to the beac

  64. I want to walk barefoot on the sand and enjoy the water.

  65. My first summer adventure will be taking my toddler for her first trip to the beach with the family. Excited to see her reaction to sand and sea.

  66. Carole D says:

    We already did a road trip to the zoo! We are going to go to Banff!

  67. Andrea Amy says:

    Well, if we can ever get over our heat exhaustion + flu combo, we’re having a quiet month in Calgary and then for the first two weeks of August we’re going on a road trip with the kids to BC

  68. Angela Jones says:

    I really want to try paddle boarding with my young daughter. A couple friends
    Have been into it lately and it looks so peaceful.

  69. nicolthepickle says:

    Picnics every day, and lots of puddle splashing.

  70. Sherry K says:

    A quick visit to Montreal to see my son.

  71. Tainan Lu says:

    My first summer adventure would be bicycling

  72. Elizabeth R says:

    My first summer adventure will be a family picnic at our favourite provincial park.

  73. Erica Seaman says:

    My first summer adventure was last week….camping with my family in Bouctouche, NB 🙂

  74. Shelley Hickey says:

    Heading to Niagara Falls!

  75. Pauline Milner says:

    We are headed to one of the provincial parks that we have not been to in many years. We are really looking forward to touring King’s Landing, a genuine village from the 1800’s. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  76. Julie F says:

    We are going to spend a few days in Prince Edward County!

  77. Florence Cochrane says:

    My daughter is coming home and we are going on a road trip in Newfoundland and hoping to get to Gros Morne National Park and L’anse Aux Meadows.

  78. Kristy R says:

    Currently enjoying my first summer adventure – a kid-free trip to the Yukon and Alaska! It’s so amazingly beautiful here! Not sure I want to leave!

  79. HA! Our first summer adventure will be getting my son to camp on time!

  80. Our first was a simple trip to the beach for some relaxation and some water fun as well.

  81. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My first summer adventure will be going to my son’s wedding in Yosemite. 🙂

  82. lynn clayton says:

    we are going to Montreal for a weekend then a week in toronto

  83. Karla Sceviour says:

    We are taking a road tip to Bonavista,NL! Never been there before.:)

  84. tracy k says:

    hiking and camping near whistler, bc

  85. Kim Tanti says:

    Our first summer trip was to my mother’s. 5hr. drive Painted her bathroom and did a few things around her place . Came home the next day then went to Wasaga the day after that.

  86. Gail Butler says:

    My first summer adventure was my son and his family coming home for Canada Day.

  87. Catherine Robichaud says:

    Our first adventure will be hiking and a beach day at our local park!

  88. joanne darrell says:

    My first summer adventure will be going to the annual Ribfest yummy.

  89. Holly MacRitchie says:

    Our first summer adventure will be camping for the first time with our 15 month old! We are so excited

  90. Wendy Coderre says:

    Oh going to Stanley Park to ride in the horse carriages and explore the park just like I did aas aa kid many years ago!

  91. My little 👧 and i are going to the beach

  92. Cady Bisschop says:

    The kids love going to the splash pad and park! We plan on taking them to a water park this summer as well! My fiancée and I want to try parasailing!

  93. Janice Norton says:

    Our first summer adventure was Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village “Party Like it’s 1867!”

  94. Bruke B says:

    We are going to Canada’s Wondeland. Can’t wait!! Thanks

  95. wendy Hutton says:

    going to the local river trails to check them out

  96. Jenny Major says:

    Going to the family cottage

  97. Marlene Unruh says:

    heading out to the Cultus Lake Waterslides, woohoo

  98. Kelley Moore says:

    My hubby started a new job and I decided to take in 4 foster kittens so I wouldn’t be going very far this summer lol

  99. Walking the local trails

  100. Shirley p says:

    I am going to walk the local trails

  101. Melinda says:

    My first summer adventure will attending my cousin’s wedding.

  102. Gina Fleury says:

    My first summer adventure will be going camping with the kids in our antique school bus.

  103. Maritess says:

    My first Summer adventure will be going to the Calgary Stampede.

  104. My first summer adventure is a vacation to Hawaii! Can’t wait, it will be my first time there!

  105. M james says:

    Summer adventures to Idaho with friends !!

  106. Martin Keating says:

    Going Camping will be my adventure

  107. Karry Knisley says:

    My 1st summer adventure will be checking out the Mariposa Market in Orillia Ontario

  108. Trisha Pedros says:

    This year we are having adventures at our lake and that will be so awesome and I don’t even have to pack! Interesting read on the Gold Bond who knew it was good for other things. Thank you for sharing.

  109. my summer adventure will be taking the camper and grand daughter to the family camp on the lake.

  110. Carey Hurst says:

    A trip to the Drive In , an experience for my youngest. We went a lot when he was to little to remember, so going to have a good time

  111. fishing with baby on lake ontario

  112. Linda Svarovsky says:

    We are renting a cottage.

  113. lori n. says:

    We are doing a back yard reno… I know that doesn’t sound like fun, but I am so excited to finally get the back yard I have always dreamed of –and believe me, it’s been an adventure!

  114. Jennifer P. says:

    Our first summer adventure was to do the Othello Tunnels hike with our kids and my parents – we all loved it! Great easy pathway for everyone, and absolutely gorgeous scenery. The kids loved the tunnels the best – so much fun!

  115. Judy Cowan says:

    All of our summer adventures revolve around camping, have already been doing it for several weeks now. Lots of campfires, games and times spent outside.

  116. Sarah alexis says:

    A trip to the new Langley Parkour Park with my son and his friend!!! Can hardly wait! I know they will love it 🙂

  117. a trip across the border

  118. A cross country road trip to visit family in a few weeks.

  119. Joan Brown says:

    Our first summer adventure is a trip to the lake, swimming, canoeing, fishing and boating.

  120. Alison Braidwood says:

    I’m going to Montreal for a few days next weekend. Woo hoo!

  121. Andrea D says:

    We’re going to LA to visit our friends!

  122. Juliee Fitze says:

    My first was this weekend at Havelock now on Wed. heading to Edmonton for 2 weeks.

  123. Rachel Cryer says:

    Road trip to Niagara Falls

  124. Laila I says:

    I am going to New York to see a music festival!

  125. Julia H says:

    My first summer adventure is going to be going out to Beaver Creek. It’s a conservation area here, not too far out of the City, and I haven’t been in years. It’s beautiful.

  126. We always head out to the woods to go camping and hiking.

  127. Sarah H says:

    No plans so far, but hopefully we’ll be able to do something fun.

  128. We have had fires and made s’mores, gone camping, and spent a great Canada Day with friends.

  129. Going hiking with friends and family!

  130. Melinda Jana says:

    boating down the river with our dog

  131. Showing family and friends how beautiful it is here and enjoying some great seafood.

  132. Susan Stirling says:

    Met my BFF in Phoenix — the week the temperatures hit over 120F! Felt like I opened the oven door every time we left the air-conditioned spaces! Whew, but fun!

  133. Janet M says:

    It will be heading to the beach this weekend.

  134. Jeanette Jackson says:

    My first summer adventure will be going out Whale-watching

  135. Nicole Jubleew says:

    We’re heading for a winery tour in Niagara!

  136. The summer is going so fast already! I need to start planning some hometown tourist activities! There is a breakfast tour we want to do – and I want to go on a city walking tour.

  137. Shelley N says:

    My first summer adventure will be a trip this week to Niagara Falls to try out the new go cart track and to play mini golf, bowl, go to the arcade etc

  138. Shirley S says:

    My first summer adventure will be a road trip to an amusement park.

  139. My first summer adventure will be strawberry picking with my toddler!

  140. Sunshine G says:

    we went to Scienceworld on the first day of summer and explored the new exhibits!

  141. We will be going to Wasaga Beach!

  142. Our first summer adventure will be a trip to the lake to have a picnic and go canoeing.

  143. crystal porter says:

    We went away for a wedding!

  144. Liz Howard says:

    Heading to our trailer in Picton and enjoying some family time and camp fires!!!

  145. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    Work committments overload – Weekend excursion to Banff, Alberta. Canoe trip with my husband/son.

  146. michelle matta says:

    I’m not sure what was first.. I feel like I’ve done so much already. Kayaking and swimming were tied for favourites.

  147. Tannis W says:

    We have already had our first summer adventure. We went camping and to the beach!

  148. Headed to Mont Tremblant, QC last week on a road trip. It was a blast!

  149. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    Celebrating July 4th with my family and friends in the US.

  150. We had our first summer adventurers canada dsy.

  151. Emily Schietzsch says:

    I’ll see a Toronto Fringe play.

  152. Josie Tusa says:

    Taking a weekend getaway to Niagara Falls

  153. Hang out at the beach!

  154. Casey Miller says:

    A flight to Orange County CA

  155. Tubing on the lake

  156. My first summer adventure will be an outdoor concert and BBQ at our good friends house.

  157. lisa bolduc says:

    we are going on a train trip to Toronto

  158. Erika R. says:

    A weekend trip to the mountains!

  159. trip to Niagara Falls

  160. HEIDI C. says:

    We are going on a road trip to Montreal to visit family.

  161. mohammad anjum says:

    camping with the whole family!

  162. Shelley Kue says:

    My summer adventure starts this weekend with a cottage and all my girlfriends!

  163. bettyanne says:

    Trip to Banff.

  164. julia g says:

    My first summer adventure was going to Bite Beauty Lab in Toronto to design a custom lipstick. I was a birthday gift from my sister, and totally worth it.

  165. Brenda Penton says:

    My first summer adventure is a trip across the province to St. John’s.

  166. Nancy Montgomery says:

    My first summer adventure was a picnic on the beach.

  167. lori butler says:

    we are hoping to travel from BC to NB

  168. It’ll probably be camping!

  169. Marilyn M says:

    Doing touristy things with grandkids in the city

  170. Going to the beach!

  171. Joyce S says:

    Our summer adventure will be camping and exploring new areas!

  172. We love camping in all the National Parks but this year we are hoping to go on an adventure to the East Coast and travel the Cabot Trail.

  173. Amber Y says:

    Our first summer adventure will be hiking the trails in the valley. It’s nice to go real early in the morning when there aren’t too many people out yet.

  174. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    We went camping and fishing out on the lake.

  175. Marilyn M says:

    Went to NS for #Canada150

  176. An adventure (let’s say) in a park a few kms from here!

  177. my first summer adventure just ended
    hubby and I walked the Camino

  178. Our first summer adventure was a visit to the lake nearby.

  179. Amy Heffernan says:

    We went to Ontario for 3 weeks this summer so that was our adventure!

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