23 Nov 2015

Florida Family Holiday Traditions: Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort 

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{Pictured Above: The 2014 Majestic Tree}

A the heart of every family tradition is a meaning experience. The holidays are wrapped in traditions that I hope live with kids in their memory for years to come and might even be taken into the next generation. I feel like many of our traditions began once we had our son. Memories of “the first time” we did things as a family always make me smile. Now that our kids are older, I know which experiences they look forward to each year. They get so excited once they find out the date and start to reminisce of last years experience. Christmas at Gaylord Palms has become one of our most cherished traditions and we look forward to it each year. 

This is not just one experience. There are so many things to do and see while you are there for a night or even a weekend! Here’s what you’ll need to know if you plan on attending for an evening of holiday magic! (Additional times are listed on the website and are subject to change.)

Tip: Before you go, purchase your tickets for ICE! as they can sell out nightly. 


3:00pm: Arrive! Check in! Welcome to Christmas at the Gaylord Palms Resort!
I recommend arriving early to enjoy the resort. Explore the resort. Each year they have a scavenger hunt that takes place in the main atrium. This year, have your eyes peeled for the Elf on the Shelf elves placed throughout! Find them and submit your form for a special prize! This is always on of the kids’ favorite activities!

If you are staying the weekend with a Christmas package, arrive early to swim (their kids pool is awesome and yes it should be warm enough) or check into your amazing room!

Cost: Purchase the Christmas at Gaylord Palms Package and save money as it includes tickets to ICE! and a photo with Santa for the family!  

Package Price:

  • Rates from $235, for 2 people
  • (Extra adult or child rates available)
  • Package Includes:
  • Room accommodations
  • Tickets to ICE!® with priority access and unlimited entry during your stay
  • Souvenir Family Photo (one per room)

Tip: Ask about AAA membership discounts or Marriott Rewards discounts. 

Tip: For the evening events, bring the whole family dressed in holiday clothes and use the amazing props for a beautiful family picture! So many scenes to choose from in the hotel, one is bound to be a perfect family photo opportunity for the Christmas card. Santa is also available daily for pictures in Alpine Village if you’d like to get that checked off your traditions list too!

Cost: No sitting fee to tell Santa you’ve been good this year. Picture packages start at $35. 
Additionally, in Alpine Village, which opens typically opens 12pm to 6pm daily (times vary by day through out the season) stop by and decorate Gingerbread House or a cookie family! Decorate away and don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Gingerbread Man himself! 

Cost: Cookie Family Kit $22.99 or Gingerbread House $29.99

Tip: Save money if you are staying overnight be booking a package! Or ear at Wreckers and have them validate your self-parking ticket with a receipt of over $25 (for self-park).  And ask for Cherish…best waitress ever! 


6:15pm: Majestic Christmas Tree Lighting

Arrive early and you’ll marvel at the decor, especially the most Majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the St. Augustine Atrium. Standing 54 feet tall, it’s a magnificent sight to see and totally gets is in the Christmas spirit as soon as we see it. Nightly at 6:15pm, you’ll want to be in the Atrium for the lighting of the tree! With carolers (the Mistletones sang tonight) and lights galore, you’ll instantly be in the spirit! 

Cost: None

Tip: Come just for an evening by only paying for parking. Cone early to get a sweet holiday treat from the coffee shop before you sit down, or have dinner at the hotel before the festivities begin.


6:30pm: Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show
Even if you only come for an evening, you’ll be treated to the most spectacular show immediately filling the Majestic Christmas Tree Lighting. The new show, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show is THE MOST fabulous treat of the season. The first time we saw it, I was in awe that this show is preformed nightly for guests during the season. For the first time in their 22 years of performing on an international stage, Cirque Dreams will perform nightly to awe families with its acrobatics on the stage and in the air. My children are captivated by this style of theatrics and live performance. 
Cost: None

Tip: Arrive early for a great seat.

6:55: NEW! The Grand Snowfall 
No more dreaming of a white Christmas Florida kids! Immediately following the show, the entire Atrium will be turned into a gigantic 4.5 acre snow globe as snow will fall from the sky. Such a magicsl night to remember for all the kids who haven’t seen snow fall! 


7:00pm ICE! ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas & Snow Tubing
I had to see it to believe it. Think Christmas morning in Alaska. 9 degrees. A little chilly, right?! What exactly is it? The ICE! experience is two million pounds of hand-carved ice on display for all to see. A new theme is chosen for ICE! each year. This year, the theme is ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Beautiful ice sculptures are inside this winter wonderland where you’ll walk through admiring their beauty. Four two-story ice slides are also inside! Typically, people walk through for 30-60 minutes. Lots of photo opportunities. My favorite scene is the Nativity scene carved from crystal clear ice. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

Attire: Coats for all ages, including children and infants, are provide. Bring hats and mittens. Boots aren’t necessary, but close toed shoes are required. 
Upon your exit out of the ICE! experience, you’ll see the Snow Tubing Experience! This is a separate price (and up grading is available.) This was my kids’ favorite part! Grab a tube, walk up the slide and slide down until your heart is content. It feels just like snow tubing down a real hill up north! 

The prices are for one time admittance only. So you can’t come back all day, even if you are staying overnight. They vary by time slot too. J

Cost: ICE! Only Advance Online Price Phone and Box Office Price

  • $28.99 Adults $29.99 Adults
  • $26.99 Seniors** (ages 55+) $28.99 Seniors** (ages 55+)
  • $14.99 Children (ages 4 – 12) $16.99 Children (ages 4 – 12)
  • Children (3 and under) FREE with paying adult.

Tip: If you, the adult, won’t be riding the snow tube, just buy that ticket for your child. You can still go in and take pictures.


Cost: ICE! & Snow Tubing Combo

  • Save when you purchase an ICE! and Snow Tubing Combo Ticket!
  • Advance Online Price Phone and Box Office Price
  • $41.99 Adults $44.99 Adults
  • $38.99 Seniors** (ages 55+) $41.99 Seniors** (ages 55+)
  • $31.99 Children (ages 4 – 12) $33.99 Children (ages 4 – 12)
  • Children (3 and under) FREE with paying adult

Tip: Buy your ticket early and online if not staying over night. Tickets will cost more if bought at the box office and over the phone.


Tip: Save money on tickets three ways:
Florida Residents Offer (ICE! tickets only)

Save an additional $4 per ticket for advance tickets, and save $3 on regular ticket sales. Use promo code FLR15 when you book your tickets to save**! Offer valid on the purchase of ICE! tickets only.
Marriott Rewards Member Offer — Discount on ICE! Tickets

Save 20% on ICE! tickets by using promo code MRICE15**
Hero Offer

The program is for first responders and their families (military, fire, police).

Adult: $22.99**

Child: $8.99**

Dates: Every day
Purchase: ICE! Box Office only

Is it worth it? What’s my option for best pricing?

Yes, yes, YES!  We LOVE this event and you will too! Sometimes Groupons or Living Social will have a deal. For those that have gone before, they will swipe up the offer immediately because it does save money.

For us, here’s my breakdown: Tickets were purchased online. 
$20 Self Parking ($27 valet)

$95.97 Three children tickets to ICE! with Snow Tubing Combo Ticket

$57.98 Two Adults

Free One Three Year Old

-$20 Florida Resident deal 

$153.95 Florida Resident ICE! & Snow Tubing Combo Tickets for a family of 5 plus one baby.

At this price, you might consider taking advantage of a one night stay that would include tickets to ICE!. The hotel’s amenities and pool are so much fun, that this would be a special weekend! Even for one night, with the whole family, we feel what we experience is well worth the cost of this tradition.

We love our tradition of Gaylord Palms and we look forward to it each year! 

Then… 3 years ago…



Read my full reviews on the Gaylord Palms on Trekaroo

*I was compensated with tickets for the ICE event by Gaylord Palms. All opinions are my own. 

21 Nov 2015

Christmas Events in Tampa’s Downtown

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My favorite time of year is here! Check out the most updated list for family holiday events happening in Tampa’s Downtown!  

A favorite parde of ours is the Santafest Parade. Shorter route for kids! Lots of music. And it ends at Curtis Hixon Park at the Christmas Tree.  Saturday, December 5th, 2015. 

What is your favorite Downtown Tampa event?!

11 Nov 2015

Travel Tips: Homemade Meals To Go From Bob Evans

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Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!

As a travel writer, we are typically on the road about once a month. This typically will mean eating out as hotels don’t always have a full kitchen for me to make that homemade meal that I’ll make when we are home. Eating out can also be super expensive when you travel too! We have our kids share meals and we try not to do the “chicken nugget + French fries” thing too often. Even if our hotels did have a full kitchen, I’d rather be exploring the new city and spending time making memories with my kids while we travel.

Thanks to the Bob Evans Meals to Go, I have truly found the best alternative for us to get our home cooked meal while on the road!

{Picture Courtesy of Bob Evans. Signature Pot Roast is slow-roasted for nine hours with fresh glazed carrots and grilled onions and drizzled with savory gravy. Served with your choice of one or two savory sides and freshly baked bread.}

Bob Evans offers Meals To Go for $19.99 or $24.99 that will feed a family of four (but in my case 1 adult and 4 kids)! I can easily feed them with the healthy home cooked meal I would have cooked if we were home. You’ll choose a main dish from the regular menu, one or two sides, your choice of bread and that’s it! We take our meal to go back to the hotel, eat by the pool or in our room in our our jammies! It’s been a life saver to find a Bob Evans near our hotel and that’s pretty easy because they are everywhere! 

{Picture Courtesy of Bob Evans.}

Take the night off, even if you are at home, to try one of the meals to go from Bob Evans! Their slow roasted pork and mushrooms cooks for five hours and is topped with pan gravy. The green beans are just like Grandma made with little bits of ham and onion. Cooked slow and perfect, you’ll savor every bite!

Time is what they put into every dish. And as precious as time is, stop by, pick up a Meal To Go, and spend that extra time enjoying the home cooked meal with the ones you love around the table. Family is what matters most.

09 Nov 2015

Movie Sneak Peak: My All American

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If you loved classic feel-good inspirational movies like Rudy and Hoosiers, you’ll love My All American based on a true story about Freddie Steinmark at the University of Texas. 

Thanks to my friends at Clarius Entertainment, I have 20 pairs of tickets to give away to the Tuesday, November 10th 7:30pm screening at AMC Westshore.

Download your tickets here!  Tickets are first come, first serve and the screening is also first come, first serve. We recommend that you arrive early to claim your seat.

We can’t wait to see the movie with you!

My All American is officially out on November 13th and tickets can easily be purchased on Fandango

Enjoy the show!

08 Nov 2015

Instructions for Grandma: How to Take Care of 4 kids for 3 days

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Dear Grandma (and Aunt Gina):

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for volunteering for the best three days of your life! Not only have you awesomely given me and Chance the opportunity to sit on a beach and do nothing for THREE FULL DAYS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, you have volunteered to lovingly take care of our not one, not two, not three but four beautiful children! Honestly, we can’t thank you enough and hope that you have an amazing time with the kiddos! (Could you please sign appendex 4 and return it with a notary stamp so that the contact is bound and we know that you won’t back out last minute? Thanks!)

I have put together a manual for you so that you’ll have a brief run down of events and schedules, important numbers, medical information, the children’s likes and dislikes, etc. so that way you are prepared for the three days you’ll be here! (It was all my pleasure and the least I could do!) I know you have a college education, two masters degrees and will retire this year from education, but things have changed since you raised me, and I just want to make sure you are properly trained to manage four kids…the right way.

It’s not too long (456 pages, single spaced with 10 appendices) and should be read prior to boarding the plane to visit! I have also taken the liberty to brief you here with some of the more top of mind things you should be aware of. I’ve made a brief outline of what is going on for the day, what your responsibilities are, the processes and procedures that take place so we won’t have many “Mr. Mom” moments…i.e “You’re doing it wrong.” Pretty straight forward really.

I’ve also included the links to instructional videos that you can reference if you have any questuons about how it actually should be done (what goes in each kids’ lunch, how to cut tomatoes, how to make an “Abby Grilled Cheese” or how to read “Pete The Cat” correctly (because if you don’t do it exactly right, Abby might just melt down and possibly explode!

If you remember correctly, I wrote you a four page letter abut 10 years ago when you had first offered to watch our first born child. I think we went to Vegas and I gave you an instruction manual for our then 9 month old. If I remember correctly, you told me you followed everything to a tee, so this should be like riding a bike!

So here it goes! Please make sure to print this out, take notes in the columns and have sticky notes readily available to be able to reference the items in the complete instruction maual that I have Fed Ex’d to you yesterday.


8am Arrival – Marisa to pick you up at airport

9:00am– Short breakfast meeting to go over any questions that may have arisen after reading manual. All notarized paperwork should be turned in.

10:00am– Short “how to go to the park” session with Abby to go over all playground rules and safety procedures when at said park. We will be going to one of the approved parks on the list (See appendix C for complete list of approved outdoor play spaces in Tampa)

11:00am-Return home to begin training. “How to Fix Abby Lunch” will be first on the schedule.

12:00pm– Training continues with “How to Put Abby to Sleep”. It is important to follow proper steps (on left side with blanket tag in hand) or the sleep process might not happen if not followed completely. We advise you take notes, pictures or video to remember.

12:15pm-Training continues with a house tour to guide you through where everything is.

12:30pm-Training continues with a “How to Cook Dinner” Tutorial. Approved menu options can be found on Appendix D in the Instruction Manual.

12:45pm- 12:55pm Lunch or Rest (one or the other)

1pm-Training continues as you prepare to get ready for afterschool pick up, homework, sport practices and afternoon chores.

1:15pm-Training continues with chore list expalniation. Please refernce appendex E for what chores are to be done daily.

1:30pm-Abby should wake up

2:00pm– Get ready to leave. Pack cooler with snacks for after school. Bring pencils to do homework in car.

2:10pm– Leave to start pick up routine

2:30pm–  Pick up #1: Shelby. Have a snack and do homework in car.

2:50pm-Pick up #2: Mia.

3:15pm– Pick up #3: Jake.

3:30pm– Arrive home.

3:45pm-Training continues with homework, dinner prep and after school activities.

5:00pm– After school activities begin. Please see appendix C for schedule of after school activities by day. Home work will need to be completed with each child individually. We find that the “new” homework takes twice as long and you might need to pour yourself a cocktail while assisting the children with their common core math homework. Should you need assistance in finding an answer (because you cannot understand the problem) we suggest you ask your Facebook friends for assistance. There is no other alternative.

7:00pm-Meal training. Please see list of organic, free-range and approved meal options. Dinner must be a 4-course meal, chosen from the approved list of meals and must be served at 7:00pm.

7:10pm– Training continues for clean up and bedtime routine.

7:30pm-Watch an approved show from the list of approved television shows (see appendix D).

8:00pm– Read books. The children may choose a book from the approved list (see appendix E). 


8:35pm-Laundry (washing, folding putting away), next day preparation-back packs, lunch prep, breakfast/ morning prep & house cleaning. Please see the checklists for each activity and follow accordingly.

11pm-Take Abby to the bathroom. Should you miss this step, there might be consequences as she is still potty training.

11:15pm-Sleep. But be aware that there might be middle of the night training as nightmares or accidents might occur.

11:30pm-Set alarm for 5am. Sleep

5am-Wake. Begin morning routine training. Coffee is mandatory. Please be showered and ready at this time and meet in the kitchen.

5:15am-Begin to finalize lunches and backpacks.

5:30am- Begin to prepare the children’s breakfast or homemade organic waffles, fruit, freshly squeezed juice and grass-fed bacon. 

6:15am- Wake the kids. 

6:30am– Make sure everyone is up and getting ready.

7:00am-Hair. You’ll have had to complete beauty school training in order to complete the desired French braids and fishtail braids that the three girls will need preformed on their hair. (This training should have been completed prior to arrival.)

7:30am-Final check.

7:35pm-Leave for school. 

8am-Drop off. Begin day with Abby.



But in all honesty, none of this really matters.

 As long as my kids are in your care, you have my blessings to do things your way. You raised me just fine and I know you’ll have the most amazing time with these kids doing whatever it is you want to do.

I Hope you throw this list away. I hope you make memories with your Grandkids and that you have a most amazing time just hanging out. Take them out of school. Give them donuts for breakfast. Let them sleep in your arms. Let them know that you love them and make memories that they will cherish forever. I cannot thank you enough for watching over them. I love you to the moon and back, Mom. Have a great time with the kids.



06 Nov 2015

A Small Jesture to Thank Our Veterans: Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut 

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I have a friend who visits a fallen soldiers family every Veterans Day. I see her pictures tell a story of how this solider have so much for our freedom. For the millions that have severed our country to keep our land safe and honor our freedom, I have the utmost gratitude and appreciation for what they and their families have given to us. A thank you is simple and easy but it’s always nice to know when others who can do more do.

It’s a small justure. A hair cut. It might not seem like much, but to someone in need, it might mean so much more. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, and businesses like Hair Cuttery are doing their share to give back yo those in need they way they can.

As we celebrate Veterans Day this Tuesday, November 11, for every adult hair cut that is purchased a donation of a hair cut certificate will be given to a veteran local organization to reach those in need. They hope to help 25,000 veterans this year. 

This is s great way to give back doing something you’d normally do anyway. To find a Hair Cuttery location near you visit them here

Thank you Hair Cuttery for sponsoring this post and letting our readers know about this easy way to give back and help someone in need. 

Follow Hair Curtery on Twitter @HairCuttery

29 Oct 2015

Peanuts Movie Giveaway!

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We are so excited to see Charlie Brown and his friends hit the big screen on November 6th in THE PEANUTS MOVIE! We are giving away tickets to a sneak preview tickets to five lucky readers on Sunday, November 1st at AMC Veterans and we want you to join us!  Keep reading below to see how you can snag these tickets!

Kids and parents alike will love seeing the classic “Peanuts” gang in 3D animation on the big screen! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linu… It’s going to be one epic adventure!  

Make sure you Peanutize yourself too!

We can’t wait to see the movie! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube for the last eat details!

Our first 5 lucky readers that would like to see the movie on November 1st, at 10:30 am at AMC Veterans (Tampa, FL) will be give three tickets to the sneak preview for a chance to see THE PEANUTS MOVIE with the link here!** DETAILS BELOW**

Good luck! 

Thank you to 20th Century Fox for sponsoring this promotion!

**Congratulations! Only the first 5 people to click on the link will have the ability to download passes to the screening. You have a chance of attending the advance free screening of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Screening will take place at AMC Veterans (TAMPA, FLORIDA) THIS Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 AM. We advise you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to starting time, as your seats are first come first serve. Also, *NOTE* Daylight savings starts Sunday, November 1st! Remember to set your clocks so you don’t miss out. See you soon!

22 Oct 2015

Slow Cooked Meals from Bob Evans are Perfect For This Busy Mama

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Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!

I love to cook. I truly enjoy cooking a slow meal that we can all enjoy together. We go to the farmers markets on weekends. We cook together. The kids enjoy being a part of making the meal. It’s time we spend together hopefully making memories that my kids will  one day share with their kids.

But life with four kids isn’t always as easy a Sunday morning. We have homework, baseball practice, gymnastics, Girl Scouts. I work full time and so does my husband. I try to be mindful of meals by planning in advance, prepping them the day before and using leftovers wisely. But our kids have grown to really enjoy a fresh, slow cooked homemade meal.


I was introduced to Bob Evans Restaurants when we would travel with my family from Milwaukee to Tampa. I honestly haven’t been back in years, but that’s soon to change. They really understand me. They get I’m busy and just can’t do it all. Some days I need a break. Just a break to sit down, talk with my kids and take to work out of the delicious meal. Sometime is good to let someone else do the cookin’ and especially of the food will be just like Mama used to make.


The 3 course dinners now available remind my kids of my cooking and our Sunday Suppers. It’s nice to know that any night of the week, when school, work and life get to hectic, we can drop by for a visit where we can slow down, relax, enjoy a slow cooked homemade meal, just like I would have cooked.

My kids loved the pot road and the broasted chicken dinner. With so many sides to choose from, picky eaters can celebrate. Add fresh bread and a salad, and dinner is done!

A little insiders tip is to visit with the family on Tuesday because kids eat free with the purchase of an adult menu. (See store for full rules.)
I’ll definitely be signing up for emails and taking advantage of their specials.

It’s nice to know that places like Bob Evans are there to help busy parents like us. We can’t wait to visit Bob Evans again!

19 Oct 2015

Fall in Florida

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“It’s the most…wonderful time…of the year!”

We love October in the Fall! To be honest, it is trylu the best time to visit the state. It isn’t too cold. The skies are always bright blue. There is a slight nip in the morning air, but summer weather by the afternoon. No real rain storms to ruin your plans. I would highly recommend planning a vacation to anywhere in Florida in the fall.

We live in Tampa, obviously, so I’m sharing my favorite things to do in fall in my neck of the woods. We often travel to Orlando and Kissimmee too, so I’ll throw a few Central Florida things in there as well.

What to do first! In Tampa, there are so many options that I often get overwhelmed with what to do on the beautiful weekends. With so much to choose from, you’ll have to weigh your options and figure out what is age appropriate first, and go from there!

Family Fun

My top picks for the whole family are places and some events that happen each October in the Tampa area. The weather couldn’t be more beautiful, so it’s definitely a time to get outside and enjoy it!

Halloween Fun

If you have little ones and want to head out and experience this fun time of year with the kids in costumes, I love these events! You are sure to have an amazing time!

Adult Halloween Fun

And now for all you grown-ups that want to have some scary fun too, here’s a few more places you’ll love to visit (and I definitely will not be going with you.) Now, I will disclose, that I have had friends take their adventurous tweens to these, but that is your choice. I haven’t been in a long time, and my kids are not into scary. We will stick with family fun for now!

Hope you and yours have a Happy Halloween!

13 Oct 2015

Building Girls’ Up: #NoLikesNeeded

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I have fallen in love. In love with a campaign that speaks so loudly to me as a Mother, that I want to shout it from the roof tops to anyone who will listen.

These are my two oldest girls. And they are being raised in a much different society than I grew up in.


It’s obvious, I enjoy social media and have been a fan of it since the beginning, hopping on when platforms when they first started, joining in online conversations, engaging in a whole new world that has lead me to meet many friends that I now call dear friends and sisters. But I often think how different my life might have been if “it” was around when I was younger. When I was in high school. When I was in college. Dating. Learning how to grow up. How the mean girls at school might have really hurt me with their words online, in front of a whole new audience (the world) instead of just at school. Or how terrible it would have been to have not been “liked” or as popular or as perfect as some of my other friends.

How could social media changed me?

I am not sure how it could have impacted me. Silly comments on a photo I thought was pretty. Seeing everyone at a party I wasn’t invited to. Not getting enough “likes” when I was hoping to have a bunch. Someone not being my “friend” who I thought was my friend. Feeling left out because I wasn’t there to be “in” the picture. The list can go on.

I have been struggling with the fact that my daughter is beginning to come of age where she is/ might be ready for the phone or ipod. To text. To view. To browse. To look at what everyone else is doing. (Just like I do…) To hop on a social network. I’m pushing it off as long as possible. I feel fortunate to know my daughters’ friends’ parents and we all share similar values and parenting styles. I personally don’t think she is ready. Ready for the heartbreak that is social media. I don’t want her to value being “liked” by a picture that wasn’t perfect.

I feel like I have so much work to do and I’m not sure where to start. I am raising three daughters in a world full of possibilities and promise. I want them to know and learn so much from me, and I don’t want social media to be a form of validation for them. But first there is education. Alot of education and growing up before we even get there.

Teaching Girls the POWER of Themselves

Education will be to teach our girls about being who they are, unique, different, tall, short, smart, funny, beautiful and so many more things. I just did a Girl Scout lesson on the POWER OF THEMSELVES. We are currently working on the Junior Agent of Change Journey and we did a collage of all the power words that they identified themselves with. Creative. Thinker. Leader. Quiet. Strong. Brave. Confident. Artistic. Imaginative. Considerate. We will be writing in our “Power Logs” every time we meet about how we use our super powers. Their stories were awesome! It was great to have them write it out. See in in color. Know that everything there is true and to have other say, “Yes! So true!”

The Dove Self-Esteem Project

Following along with the Dove Self-Esteem project has also made me realize that much more will need to be added to this lesson to incorporate educating the girls on this new element that is social media and how it can play into their lives. We need to change with the times so our girls are better equipped to know what matters and what REALLY matters.

I will definitely be following the #NoLikesNeeded campaign in hopes to help my girls know that they should feel free to be themselves. I hope to integrate their resources when we dive more into this journey with my Girl Scout girls, and more in my everyday life as I build up my own daughters in everything they do.

I hope you will share and think about talking with the girls in your life too. #NoLikesNeeded Follow along with me too as I walk through this journey. I’d love to learn about what you are doing too!