Sweet Corn Field Wisconsin Midwest

It is officially sweet corn season in the Midwest. Farm fields have grown tall and the corn is ready to be enjoyed...on the cob, in a casserole, as a side dish, you name it! 

We LOVE sweet corn and wish it was in season all year long. But then again, the fact that the local corn harvest comes around once a year makes it that much more special. Plus, it got us thinking of all the wonderful snacks made from corn that can be enjoyed all year long at The Store. Lend an “ear” and we’ll tell you all about ‘em! 

1. Popcorn 

Of course popcorn made our list of delicious corn-based snacks. It’s light, airy, filling, and downright a-maize-ing. Find low calorie popcorn options like SkinnyPop and BOOMCHICKAPOP at The Store. These satisfying snacks come in fun flavors like Sea Salt, White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn — most of which have less than 40 calories per cup! Now that’s smart snacking. 

2. Corn Nuts 

Corn Nuts are another no-brainer – after all, “corn” is right in the name! This crunchy corn kernel snack is as flavorful as it is satisfying. When you’re in the mood for a mid-day munchie or late night bite, The Store has you covered. You’ll find Original, BBQ, Ranch and Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Nuts in our locations. 

3. Tortilla Chips 

Grab some salsa, because tortilla chips are next on the list! The Store stocks a wide variety of Tostitos tortilla chipsincluding Scoops, Multigrain, Hint of Lime, Strips and more. They’re perfect for dipping in queso, salsa, taco salad, or anything else you can think of. Pro Tip: Spread tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese. Pop it in the microwave and ~voila~ instant nachos! 

P.S. – We can’t forget about our favorite flavored tortilla chips: Doritos! Whether you’re a Nacho Cheese die-hard or a Cool Ranch fanatic, The Store has what you’re craving. 

4. Bugles 

Bugles are another “corny” snack you’ll find at The Store. Besides being the best finger hats ever, Bugles posts awesome photos on Instagram. Seriously, they’re so funny! We highly suggest following @buglesmemes. Oh yeah, and Bugles are delicious…did we mention that already? At The Store, we’ve got ‘em in Original, Ranch, Nacho, Bold BBQ, Hot Buffalo, Churro, and Caramel. 

If you’re looking for an option with some serious personality, Bugles is the snack for you. 

5. Chex Mix 

Next up, Chex MixNow, we know there can be heated debate regarding which Chex Mix pieces are superior (*ahhem* rye chips) but we can all agree that Chex Mix is a great snack for any occasion. Entertaining? Lounging on the couch? Setting off on a Road Trip? Chex Mix is the answer. 

And guess what? The yellow Chex pieces are made from corn, so they’re the star of this show (sorry, rye chips). The Store offers Original, Cheddar, and Bold Party Blend flavors. Try them all and find your favorite! 

6. Cereal 

Aww “shucks”, we almost forgot that one of our favorite cereals is made from corn: Frosted Flakes! We already know they’re Grrrreat, but the fact that one of the main ingredients is corn makes this cereal even better. And hey, you never really outgrow breakfast cerealespecially when it’s this good. Pick up a box at The Store and start each day with a bowl, a spoon, and a mouthful of delicious corn flakes! 

7. Lakeview Vodka 

The last item on the list is for our Guests age 21 and older to enjoy. Lakeview Vodka comes from a locally-distilled spirits line, Northern Oasis Spirits. This liquid libation is made from 100% upper Midwest corn – the best kind of corn, of course. And, we’ll let you in on a few “kernels” of truth: Lakeview Vodka is all-natural, gluten free, and contains no artificial ingredients or additives. It’s versatile and tastes great in a martini, Bloody Mary, or your cocktail of choice. After all, every drink is better with a “view”! 

Enjoy the sweet corn season while it lasts, Midwesterners. Try every crazy corn on the cob recipe you can find (and share your favorites with us, please). But, when the season comes to an end, you can count on The Store to have your favorite “corny” snacks all year round. We’ll see you next time! 

Impact Rewards+ Cards at The Store

You probably have tons of mobile apps on your phone. But, do you have any that help you save money on gas and earn free stuff 

Look no further than Impact Rewards+a loyalty program that’s free to join, easy to use, and rewards you for the purchases you’re already making every day. Did we mention it’s used at all 25 The Store locations? If you’re already a member, great! If not, you should definitely sign up. Learn how to register here. 

While a user-friendly app that helps you keep money in your pocket may sound too good to be true, we can assure you the savings are 100% real. There are a number of great ways to save using Impact Rewards+, including Catalog Rewards and Super Saver Gas DiscountsIn this blogthough, we’ll focus on Club Rewards. 

Club Rewards act as digital punch cards. When you buy club items multiple times, you’ll get one free! For example, after you buy 4 bottles Ice Mountain water, your next one will be on the houseImpact Rewards+ will track your club purchases for you, too, and your free items will automatically be applied to your purchase after you earn them. Easy, quick, convenient and rewarding…you can’t go wrong! 

Sounds pretty cool, right? It gets better! Here are just a few examples of the Club Rewards offered in the Impact Rewards+ loyalty program: 

Hot Beverage Club 

Buy 8 cups of fresh Aromas Coffee, get your next cup free! 

Coca-Cola Club 

Earn a free 20 oz. Bottle of Coca-Cola after purchasing 8 

Milk Club 

For every 12 gallons of white milk purchased, get 1 free of charge 

Mars Candy Club 

Love Snickers, Twix, M&Ms and more? Enjoy free Mars Candy item when you buy 8 

Lotzza Motzza Pizza Club 

Grab a free Lotzza Mottza frozen pizza after you’ve bought 8 

Monster Club 

Purchase 12 16 oz. Monster or Monster Tea beverages, get one free 

See something you like? We thought you might. Plus, we’re just scratching the surface – there are plenty of Club Rewards to take advantage of! You can view them all on the Impact Rewards+ mobile app (available on Google Play and the App Storeor by logging into the Rewards Center Kiosk located within each The Store location.  

Have questions or feedback about Impact Rewards+? We’re here to help! Send our team a message at impactrewardsplus.com or contact us by email at contact@impactrewards.com 

Happy saving! 

The Store Are You Road Trip Ready Blog

Summer in the Midwest is full of sunshine, blue skies, and gorgeous days. Well, for the most part, anyway – we do get some crazy thunderstorms every now and again! But, most will agree that summer is a great time to be outside. Some prefer the comfort of their porch or backyard, others love to be on the water. And then there are those adventurous souls who are always looking to explore new places. For everyone – especially the latter – road trips are a great way to see the beautiful sights Wisconsin and Upper Michigan have to offer. 

Pack your bags…let’s make some memories! 

1. Compile your Crew 

No road trip is complete without a few fellow explorers to share in the experience. Keeping safety and social distancing in mind, it’s a great idea to travel with those you live with, such as family or roommates. Once you’ve solidified your road trip team, you’re ready to assign roles. 

The title of The Driver should be bestowed upon a responsible, even keeled, and focused person. Next, an attentive and engaged member of your team can claim the role of The Navigator. This person sits in the passenger seat and helps direct the course of the vehicle. Pro Tip: they should also have great taste in music, because everyone knows The Navigator holds the dual role of The DJ. 

Lastly, the remaining members of your team will get to hang out in the back seatOne of these lucky ducks will take on the role of Snack Distributor in Chief. They’re in charge of handing out snacks evenly among team members…in between naps, that is! 

2. Determine your Destination 

Next, decide where you’re going! Will it be a city of interest, a state park, a beach on the Great LakesThere are no wrong answers. Plus, there are plenty of scenic points and memorable pitstops to enjoy along the way. Visit sites like www.travelwisconsin.com and midwestliving.com for endless ideas. 

3. Find your Fuel 

Once you’ve got your crew assembled and your route planned, it’s time to fill up the tank — both literally and figurativelyMake a stop at The Store for 100% North American fuel products that will get you where you need to go. With 25 convenient locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, you’ll rarely find yourself far from The Store. Pro Tip: join the Impact Rewards+ loyalty program to earn free products and save on the purchases you make every dayClick here to learn how! 

4. Stock Up on Snacks 

While you’re at The Store, don’t forget to pick up snacks for the road. After all, what’s a road trip without snacks? Trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, chips, candy bars, soda, tea, juice, coffee…you name it, The Store’s got it! There are plenty of healthy options, too – learn more by reading our previous blog Healthy Snacks Galore at The Store. 

5. Got Games? 

Ahh – you’re finally on the road. After staring out the window for a while, eating a snack or two, and listening to your favorite song 4 times, you might start to get a bit bored. Never fear – bring excitement to the car ride with these Great Road Trip Games. There are ideas for passengers of every age and interest. Plus, nothing brings people together like some friendly competition! 

6. Play some Podcasts 

If road trip games aren’t your style, we suggest listening to podcastsThere are TONS of podcasts out there covering almost every topic imaginable. News, education, pop culture, sports…the list goes on. There’s something for everyone! A few of our favorites are Travel WisconsinAll About The Car (a podcast by our friends at Schierl Tire & Service) and The Daily 

No matter where you go or what you do, we know the true fun of a road trip comes from spending time with those you love. There’s no doubt you’ll have a blast in the beautiful region of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan…we’re just here to make the trip even better. Stop in at The Store for your road trip fuel and snack essentials. We bet you’ll leave with a smile! 

American Flag 4th of July Celebration Necessities

Are you ready for hot dogs, sunshine, fireworks and fun? The 4th of July is almost here! But, did you know? When you stop at The Store to fill up your tank with North American fuel products, you can also stock up on necessities for the holiday. Talk about convenience! Let The Store be your one-stop-shop for 4th of July essentials.  

First things first – What’s July 4th without tasty, grill-able food? Be sure to grab your cookout staples at The Store, like Gonella Hot Dog Buns. We’ve got all the fixings your family loves, too, including Heinz Ketchup and French’s MustardDon’t forget the ice for the cooler! And, if your cookout turns out to be an even bigger success than you planned for, you can count on your neighborhood The Store location to carry backup cookout supplies all holiday weekend long. 

After you’ve eaten one too many brats, beat the heat with delicious ice cream. Pick up Cedar Crest Ice Cream for the family next time you stop in. The Store carries tons of flavors, so you know there’s something for everyone at your celebration. And the best part? Cedar Crest Ice Cream is much more than a just premium, small batch treat…it is familyowned and made right here in WisconsinThere’s nothing better than fresh ice cream from the heart of America’s Dairyland! 

We don’t need to tell you that the weather during the 4th of July is, almost without fail, HOT. So, before firing up the grill and scooping ice cream cones, make sure to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. Luckily, The Store carries quality sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays. Pick up a bottle of SPF 30 or SPF 50 Banana Boat sunscreen or SPF 70 Neutrogena lotion for the fairer family members. Then, try out a pair of fashionable, functional I-gogs with polarized lenses. You won’t just be grilling in comfort…you’ll be grilling in style! 

Whew…by the time the evening rolls aroundall that food and sunlight can start to catch up to you. But, the festivities are not over…you need to stay awake for your family’s exclusive firework extravaganza! Before you give in and take a long nap, beat the drowsiness with 5 Hour Energy. Just one of these simple, effective energy shots is all you need for a quick pick-me-up…with only 4 calories! Plus, with a tantalizing array of fruity flavors, you really can’t go wrong. 

Stocking up for July 4th has never been easier – all it takes is a quick visit to The Store. Whether you’re planning on grilling, enjoying Wisconsin-made ice cream, celebrating in the sun or enjoying fireworks (or all of the above), we’ve got what you need for a fun, safe, and memorable 4th of July.  

The Store Convenience Store Join Our Team

If you’re like us, you’ve been shopping at The Store for a long time – we’re a family owned and operated business that’s been around for over 40 years after all! But, have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at The Store? 

Whether you’re in the market for a part-time position to earn extra cash or looking to start a long termrewarding career (and everything in between), The Store has a place for you.  

There are a few things you should consider before applying to join our awesome team. Read on for 5 great reasons to work with The Store! 

1. You’re a People Person  

At The Store, you interact with many people every day. You’ll exchange smiles and conversations with each Guest. If you love meeting new people, helping others and forming relationships, this is the place for you. 

No matter which location you’re at, you’ll come to know your regular Guests quickly. After a few weeks, we bet you’ll know many of them by name! Quality bonds and friendships will begin to take shape. Even though you see each Guest for a short period of time each day, you’ll form connections within your community that can last a lifetime. 

2. You’ll Love Being Part of a Fun, Friendly Team 

At The Store, teamwork and communication are key. You’ll need to work closely with your Team each day to ensure your location is up-to-date on promotions, deals, products, and more. But, we can bet collaboration will be easy…because our Teams are awesome! 

Associates at The Store often remark on how close they have become with their Team. They’re supportive, friendly, helpful, and understanding. And hey, work is enjoyable when you respect, appreciate, and have fun with your co-workers…and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Store.  

3. You Thrive in a Supportive Culture 

You’ll find an impressive work culture at The Store. We place a strong value on the growth and well-being of each Associate and offer many opportunities for professional, emotional, financial, and physical betterment. Interested in expanding your education or meeting a health goal? We can help! 

Your Crew Leader and company leadership echo this support. We’re always open to hear your opinions, ideas, and suggestions. Your input is very valuable to us, and we’ll do all we can to make sure you’re happy and heard 

4. You Like Benefits 

Working at The Store comes with lots of great benefits. While these perks can differ depending on your employment status, we think you’ll love the benefit package! You can join the company phone plan, enjoy PTO, opt-in for health, dental, vision, and life insurance offerings, and more. Not to mention great Associate discounts, a 401(k)-retirement plan, regular wage increases, advancement opportunities, and more! 

You can even earn incentives for participating in health enhancement benefits, volunteering, or completing events like 5K charity runs. Additionally, we love supporting the charitable efforts of our Associates and Guests. If you have an event coming up to benefit a non-profit or cause, fill out a Donation/Sponsorship form and we’ll do all we can to support you in your efforts! 

5. Community Focused 

Local communities mean everything to us. While there are 25 The Store locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, we never forget our roots. Supporting our communities is at the heart of The Store’s vision. We give back many ways each year through our Charitable Giving Fund — in fact, over $3.4 million has been donated to charities and causes at the local level! Learn more about The Store’s community support efforts here. 

If a fun, flexible position at The Store interests you, please view openings and apply here. We’d love to have you on our team! 

Banana Boat 50 SPF Sunscreen Summer Skin Safety

Spring may have been unseasonably chilly, but it sure seems like summer has come early! 

As the weather warms up, more people will be spending time outdoorsThis is great, but it is important to remember to safeguard your skin while enjoying beautiful Midwestern summer days. Luckily, The Store has everything you need to beat the heat and protect your skin this season! 

1. Slather on Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is a summer necessity. No matter what outdoor activities you love (golfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, enjoying a backyard BBQ, etc.) sunscreen will protect you from harmful UV rays. At The Store, you’ll find great options from Banana Boat in SPF 30 and SPF 50. For even more protection, grab the SPF 70 lotion from Neutrogena. 

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” If your skin burns easily, you’ll need sunscreen with a higher SPF than someone who does not burn as easily. To find out which SPF level you should use, check out this great website from the American Academy of Dermatology. 

To avoid sunburn and skin damage, be sure to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it can properly absorb into your skin. After that, reapply at least every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. 

2. Hats off to…Hats! 

Hats are a great way to block UV rays from your head and face. If you’ve ever sunburned your scalp, you know how painful it can be. Hats will help protect you from this pesky burn. 

While not a substitute for sunscreen, hats are a simple way to shield your face from the sun’s rays. Baseball caps are great for keeping the sun out of your eyes…but don’t forget about your earsWide-brimmed options offer a bit more shade around your ears, neck and shoulders. Umbrellas are an easy way to provide shade as well; you can find these items at select The Store locations. 

3. Shield Your Eyes with Sunglasses 

Need new pair of shades for the season? The Store has you—and your eyes—covered! 

Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage not only your skin, but your eyes, too. Eyes, especially those lighter in color, are susceptible to sun damage at any age. This may lead to macular degeneration or cataracts later in life. A good pair of sunglasses that block out UV rays are a necessity, not a want. Plus, they just look cool. 

Be mindful of situations that can cause the most damage to your eyes, such as when the sun is highest in the sky or when you are in wide-open area. Certain medications can increase your body’s sensitivity to sunlight as well. Try out a pair of glasses with polarized lenses from i-gogs. These stylish and functional lenses will stop the glare and UV rays from reaching your eyes. Never leave home without your trusty pair of sunglasses from The Store! 

4. Snacks for Healthy Skin 

Did you know that certain foods actually promote healthy skin?  

Next time you’re at The Store, pick up fresh fruit, veggies and nuts. These snacks contain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats that keep your skin strong and vibrant. Whether you’re in the mood for an apple, orange, banana, almonds or peanuts, show your skin some love by enjoying these tasty foods. 

Your skin is always there to protect you, so make sure you protect it in return. By following these simple guidelines, you’re sure to have healthy, happy skin all summer long. 

The Store Gas Station Summer Drinks

Slowly but surely summer is making its way to the Midwest. Longer days, warmer weather, and sunny skies are fast approaching…we can’t wait 

Summer is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and spend time doing what you love to do.  

Whether your idea of the perfect summer day is spent on the water, traveling, grilling in the backyard or partaking in outdoor adventuresyou can always find the perfect beverage to complement your fun at The Store. 

1. First Things First…Coffee! 

If you’re like us, coffee isn’t just a want…it’s a need. At The Store, you’ll find options to meet every coffee craving 

Going for an early morning stroll? Beat the heat with tasty Stok Cold Brew or chilled Starbucks Espresso and Frappuccino drinks. No matter which you choose, you’ll be kick starting your day the tasty way! 

2. Sip some Positivi-TEA 

Next time you’re heading off for a day on the boat, be sure to grab a few cans of Peace TeaWith flavors like RazzleberryPeach, Mango and Tea & Lemonade, these beverages practically taste like summer!  

Now, sit back, relax, crack a refreshing Peace Tea and enjoy the day on the water. 

3. Calling all Grill Masters 

If grilling out is more your style, complement your next feast with Hubert’s Lemonade. After all, everyone knows lemonade is basically the unofficial drink of summertime.  

This sweet and tangy beverage comes in loads of fruity flavors the whole family will love. Plus, Hubert’s Lemonade bottles have a resealable cap so you can sip spill-free, even from the comfort of your hammock! 

4. Hiking, Biking & Hydrating…Oh My! 

Would you rather be exploring state parks, woodland trails or campsites?  

Before your next outdoor adventure, stock up on Propel Electrolyte WaterThis drink is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes to keep your body hydrated in the summer heat.  

Whether you’re hiking, biking, or simply exploring the great outdoors, Propel Electrolyte Water just became your new best friend! 

5. Road Trip, Anyone? 

Nothing says “road trip” like your favorite convenience store snacks.  

Think back to your childhood – what gives you those feelings of nostalgia? For us, it’s a candy bar and a bottle of soda.  

Before you start cruising down the road to your destination, make a stop at The Store for these treats. Coca-ColaPepsiSpriteFantaMountain Dew…you name it, The Store’s got it! 

6. Day at the Beach 

Next time you’re packing for a trip to the beach, add Vitamin Water to your checklist.  

Spending a whole day in the sun calls for some serious hydration! Luckily, Vitamin Water is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes to keep you energized…and the flavors are great! Plus, the bottle is plastic, so it is safe to bring to the beach. The cap is resealable, too, so you don’t have to worry about sand getting in your drink! 

No matter how you choose to spend your summer, keep it fun, fresh, and flavorful with tasty drink options from The Store. You can count on us to fuel your adventures and keep you hydrated along the way! 

*Photo by Hubert’s Lemonade

The Store Celebrating Mothers Day Tips

Mothers are superheroes. They take on many roles and responsibilities, each dynamic and unique. Here’s to the birth mothers, adopted mothers, foster moms, parental guardians and role models in our communities. Don’t forget pet moms, either! Caring for fur babies is no small task. We can’t even begin to sum up motherhood in words, yet somehow mothers manage to juggle everything that comes their way. There’s no doubt about it…moms are incredible! 

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. There’s no better time to treat your mom to a special day and make sure she knows you appreciate all that she does for you. Keeping safety in mind, here are a few fun ideas to help you show your mom all the love and appreciation she deserves! 

 

1. Stop by for a Window Visit 

It might not be possible to see your mom in person right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pay her a visit! Drive over to her place and stand outside the biggest window you can find. Then, call your mom and tell her you’ve come to the window to say hi. You can even surprise her with a sign saying “Happy Mother’s Day”! 

During a window visit, you can have a warm conversation by phone while (almost) being face to face. She’ll appreciate seeing you and we’re pretty sure she’ll remember this sweet gesture for years to come. 

2. Connect through Technology 

If you live far away from your mom or cannot surprise her with a window visit, get in touch with her online! Many video chat platforms exist to easily connect people and can do a great job standing in for face-to-face visitsFaceTimeZoomSkype and WebEx are some popular optionsThis is an easy and safe way to include the whole family. All you need to do is send mom a virtual invitation and you’ll be chatting away in no time! And hey, why not make this a habit and talk with your mom virtually each week? 

3. Send Her a Gift Online 

What is your mother’s favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or store? Chances are good that they offer online gift cards that can be sent via email. This is a great gift option that will put a smile on your mom’s face while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Not to mention, purchasing gift cards is a great way to support local businesses during this time!  

4. A Special Doorstep Delivery 

If you’d rather give physical gifts, treat your mom to a surprise at her front door. After you’ve picked out the perfect gift, have it delivered or wrap it in a pretty box or bag and set it on her doorstep. Then, tell her to check the porch for a surprise! This can be done during a window visit, too. 

P.S. – If your mom doesn’t have a computer with a camera for video chatting, that would make a great gift! 😉 

5. Pick Up Her Favorites at The Store 

With many local businesses closedincluding most florists and gift shops, it can be hard to find presents for Mother’s Day. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Stop by The Store for all of Mom’s favorite treats: chocolate, wine, coffee drinks, candy, tea and more. You can also buy a gift card at The Store…the perfect present for every mom! 

 

However you choose to make this day count, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy Mother’s Day. Remember to make you mom feel extra special, because she is! 

The Store positive activities Local Gas Station

Now that the Safer at Home Order has been extended, there’s no better time to shake up your routine with a few fun, family-friendly activitiesThe weather is finally starting to look like spring, too. Let’s get outside and enjoy it! 

 

We are all feeling a little stir-crazy right now, and if you have kids, they’re probably bouncing off the walls. Since we’ll be practicing social distancing for some time, it is important that we all do our part to protect the health of our communities. Plus, there are ways to make the most of any situationincluding this one! 

 

Now is a great time to show compassion to others. We’re all in the same boat, and everyone could use an extra smile. Read on for three great ways to spread positivity and brighten someone’s day! 

 

1. Sidewalk Chalk Artwork 

You may have already seen bright, happy pictures drawn on the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Why not join in on the fun? Gather the family on a sunny day and create one-of-a-kind, colorful masterpieces for the whole block to enjoy. If you need inspirationpicture hope, love, and happiness, then draw what you see. You could even add an uplifting quote or two in the process! Whatever you create, your drawing is sure to bring some smiles into the world. 

 

2. Window Hearts 

Hearts are no longer just for Valentine’s Day! Placing paper hearts in the windows of your home is another great way to share positivity with all who pass by, and it’s easy to get the whole family involved.  A parent or guardian can cut out the hearts and children can decorate them. This activity can be done rain or shine…all you need is paper, scissors, and tape. Even though we can’t be near others right now, that shouldn’t stop us from sharing messages of hope and positivity with everyone in our communities! 

 

3. Decorate Stones 

Now that your sidewalk is covered in chalk and your windows are bursting with hearts, it’s time to find some stones. Take a walk around the neighborhood and collect a few stray rocksThen, find any markers, paint, or stickers you have lying around the house. 

 

Your whole family can decorate the stones with pretty pictures, hearts, or words like “hope”. Once the stones have been decorated, take them outside and distribute them around the neighborhood. Place the stones where people will easily see them, such as next to the sidewalk or at the base of a tree. The goal is for others to find them and smile! 

 

There are so many ways to support our communities during this uncertain time. We’d love to see how you’re staying positive and help to spread your message on social media. Please share photos of your chalk drawings, hearts and stones with us on Facebook or email us at thestore@teamschierl.com. 

 

Stay safe and healthy! 

 

P.S. – Know of an individual or organization going above and beyond to support our communities? We want to celebrate and share their efforts! Tell us about them by filling out our form here: https://gasfoodandmore.com/service/ 

The Store Spring into Warm Weather Tips

The weather is warming, the birds are singing, and the sun is shiningwell, most of the time. Spring sure has a beautiful way of breathing life into nature. If you’re like us, you’re itching to get outdoors and enjoy the season! 

With social distancing the new norm for the timing being, it can seem difficult to enjoy time outside. But, don’t fear – with a little caution and common sense, you can safely spend time outdoors enjoying the long-awaited warmth of a Wisconsin spring! 

Here’s a list of activities to help you get outside and melt away your worries…we bet both will be a breath of fresh air! 😉 

 

1. Start Steppin 

Grab your sneakers from the closet and head out for a stroll! Even if your tennis shoes haven’t seen the light of day since last fall, you’ll feel great after taking a walk around the neighborhood. With a little mindfulness, you can practice social distancing on the sidewalk to keep yourself and others safe. Remember to make an effort to move out of the way for others instead of expecting them to do it for you…spread kindness! It’s a good idea to use face masks when you need to be near others, too. 

 

2. Get Your Jog On 

Once you find your stride, you might consider upping the ante with a jog or two. Whether you’re a natural athlete or haven’t had a proper workout since you chased your dog around the block in 2003 (a good reason to check with your doctor first), walking and jogging are both great ways to work on your fitness. You could make things interesting by challenging your friends to a virtual stepcounting competition. May the best walker win! 

 

3. Bust out the 10-Speed 

You know thbike that’s been hanging out in your garage all winter? What better time to take it for a spin! Biking is fun, easy on your joints, and a great form of cardio. Have we mentioned exercise naturally boosts your mood? We could all use a little of that right now...just another great reason to get moving. 

 

4. Play Fetch with Fido 

If you have a roomy yard or an open field near your house, bring your furry friend for an afternoon of fetch. It’s sure to make your dog happy. And let’s be honest, when they’re happy, we’re happy! 

Bonus: when they’re all tuckered out, your evening will be a lot more peaceful. 

 

5. Give your Sidewalk a Makeover 

Spend a sunny afternoon outside with the kids and a bucket of chalk. The possibilities are endless: draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe, hangman, hopscotch, you name it. You can ask your children to create inspirational designs for the neighborhood to see. There’s nothing quite like the artwork of a child to put a smile on the face of passersby! 

 

6. Green Thumbs Up! 

With extra time spent at home, you can pay more attention to the flowers or garden at your house! Tend to your landscaping, plant vegetables, or teach younger family members about gardening. You’re sure to get joy (and maybe a few fresh veggies) out of it! 

 

7. Did someone say BBQ? 

Next time you’re enjoying a particularly gorgeous evening, have an outdoor BBQ with your family! You can do this right in your own backyard. Plus, everyone knows food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside. Don’t forget the Bluetooth speaker and yard games! 

 

8. S’more Campfires, please! 

What’s the perfect ending to a bright Wisconsin day? A good old campfire, of course! While there is a state-wide burning permit ban right now, small recreational fires may still be allowed in your area. Please contact your local fire department or officials for up-to-date information. If you’re able, enjoy a fire with your loved ones. And whatever you do, don’t forget the s’mores! Seriously. The kids will never let you live it down. 

 

There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy time outside. As long as you keep social distancing a priority and are mindful of others, we can all spend time outdoors while we #flattenthecurveRemember, “quarantine” doesn’t have to mean “BORE-antine”! Sorry, that was cheesy, but we are in Wisconsin… 

We want to see how you’re staying active and having fun! Share your photos with us on social media 

We’re all in this together!