Happy Birthday 7-Eleven!

Today was a day for celebrating.  A day for rejoicing.  A day for free Slurpee-drinking.  Today marks 7-Eleven’s 86th birthday, and, just as they do every year, the store celebrates by giving out free Slurpees.  In the past they have always given out 7.11-ounce treats, but this year they upped it to a full 12 ounces.  Very cool.  Very cool indeed.

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A little history on 7-11:

  • 7-Eleven was formed in 1926 in Dallas, Texas
  • There are over 50,000 stores in 16 countries
  • An early employee of the store began selling milk, bread, and eggs after grocery stores were closed in the evenings, and this was the beginning of the convenience store
  • The store was originally called “Tote’m” because customers “toted” their goods away
  • The name was changed to 7-Eleven in 1946
  • The free Slurpee was increased to 12-ounces this year so that the chain’s small-sized lids would fit the cup (they didn’t fit the 7.11-ounce size)
  • The store expects to give away about 7,000,000 Slurpees on 7/11/13
  • Slurpee sales are expected to go up 40% on Free Slurpee Day
  • A special dance was created for this year’s event

Emily and I have gone to get our freebies for the past 2 years, and we decided that this year it was time to introduce Julia to the wonderful world of Slurpees.  I know other momma friends of mine started a bit sooner, but our Julieboo is a sugar junkie.  As in, she can sniff out sweets from anywhere – the pantry, my purse, the grocery store.  She knows where to go in every store for a free cookie, and I’ve even caught her snooping in other people’s pantries for goodies.  In a nutshell, we try to hold off on introducing her to new ways to experience the joys of sweets for as long as we can.

But, seeing as how this is a weekly tradition for Emily and me (well, we try our best anyway), and seeing as how it was Free Slurpee Day, it seemed time.  So we went.  And boy did she love it!  We chose a banana-flavored Slurpee for her, Emily had a Mango Lemonade, and I had a Frozen Coke (of course).

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Of course both of my beauties went totally bonkers later from the sugar rush.  Clearly they can’t handle their drink.  Ah, well.  I’m quite confident that I’ll fix that problem over time.  Until then, HAPPY BIRTHDAY 7-ELEVEN!

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