Archive for June, 2015

27 Jun 2015

Tampa Mama on Vacation: Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine are Historic Florida

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A beautiful place to visit on Florida’s Historic Coast. Ponte Vedra is just north of the historic St.Augustine, the oldest city in Florida. An escape to a beach less traveled and a wealth of history to learn about. A few pictures of what to expect when you visit. More to follow about our travels as we explore this luxurious historic coast, as a couple and with kids. Follow along with us as we travel for Trekaroo to this coast and learn more about its beauty!

Featured: Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Beach: Ponte Vedra Beach at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club   
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22 Jun 2015

Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That Gun Safety. – Teach. Hope. Pray.

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How do you really know… What they would do.

Dateline NBC My Kid Would Never Do That Gun Safety

They found a gun.
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21 Jun 2015

You Didn’t Have To. But You Did.

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You didn’t have show me how to play baseball. You didn’t have to show me how to work a protractor that first day we met. You didn’t have to help my Mom with us. But you did.

Someone knew that we should probably meet you before things got tough.  You stepped in. You stepped up. But you didn’t have to. 

You didn’t have to help our Mom through what I can only imagine was the toughest time she’ll ever remember. But you stayed. You didn’t have to promise to love not only her but the two little girls who she’d never abandon. They came as a package and you promised to love and cherish them all. 

  
You didn’t have to raise me to work hard. You didn’t have to teach me to be polite. You didn’t have to help buy me a car. You didn’t have to throw me birthday parties, take us on vacations and be at every major milestone that I can ever remember. You didn’t have to make my childhood as normal (and awesome) as I remember it. But you did (and it was.)

  
You didn’t have to pay for my Catholic school. You didn’t have to give us a house with a pool. You didn’t have to help my Mom parent a stubborn teenager. You didn’t have to help me with college. But you did.

  
You didn’t have to let your family become my family. I didn’t have to call you Dad. But I did because that’s who you are. Biological or not. A Dad is that person who raises you and loves you to the ends of the Earth.  They would lay down their life for their child and they do it because they love their children. We are your girls. And you are our Dad. And we make a family.

  
My Dad walked me down the isle. My Dad came to the hospital four times to meet his grandchildren. My Dad comes to play with his grandchildren. He adores those children to the ends of the Earth. And they do the same. 

My Dad raised me into the person I am today. If it wasn’t for you, my life would not be the same. You didn’t have stick around. But I’m so glad you did.

Love you Dad.

This post is dedicated to all the parents raising kids. You make their memories and they will remember.

19 Jun 2015

Gun Safety on Dateline NBC My Kid Would Never Do That

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Watch the show preview here! 

Back in March, I had the opportunity to educate Shelby, my 5 year old, with some gun safety training done at the University of South Florida. 

The kids received a form of training and then were put to the test. So what do you think your kid would do? Have they had training? Do you have guns in the home? Do you talk with your kids about what they should do if they ever come across a gun?

See what the Today Show had to say before the episode airs. 

The opportunity presented itself for me and Shelby to learn about what to do if she was ever in a situation. As a parent, I wanted to learn what we should do and how we could teach our other kids too. Would she know what to do after the training? Would I as a parent, have done everything in my power to educate my daughter (or children) to do the right thing? 

  
She is my child and my job as a parent is to protect and educate. Giving her all the tools and knowledge she can be armed with to know how to handle the situation herself…when I’m not there.

The Sunday night episodes in June are all filmed with Natalie Morales and are about finding out how we can educate our children to do the right thing. My kid would never do that… Right….

Education is key. In every situation. These segments will give you the tools to talk with your kids about hot button topics that should be discussed. Before it’s too late. Watch the shows. Talk about the topics. It’s really as simple as a conversation.
I can’t tell you what happened. But I will comment about it after the show, so stay tuned. So tune in to watch on Sunday, June 21 on NBC. 

19 Jun 2015

Turn Date Night into a Staycation at Home With the Draftmark Home Tap System

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We love to go out. My husband and I that is. But honestly, when we add up the babysitter, the dinner, the drinks, the Über cab, the time it’s going to take me to get ready and get dinner ready for four kids… Ummmm… I’m exhausted already and all I really want to do is relax… at home… after I get the kids to bed with my favorite person.

But what do we really miss when we can’t go out? I think it is a toss up between the draught beer and the ambiance. It’s so nice to just relax on the patio of some of our favorite place, chill and just be. A cold beverage is always nice and a location is everything! 

Click here to know where we go when we do go out on date night in Tampa!
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18 Jun 2015

New York City at Night

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It’s the city that doesn’t sleep. Probably why we get along so well. It’s just so cool to walk around at…

Night. Bright lights will inspire you… They always have.
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14 Jun 2015

All For One And One For All

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The girls had another successful year in gymnastics. At this point, I’m so glad they are trying things and having fun. 

We aren’t planning college scholarships and drafts yet. Enjoying the shows, making memories and always learning!       
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