Archive for Raising Children

30 Nov 2016

How To Keep Up With Four Kids || Tampa Mama

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SponsoredPostI need lots of energy to keep up with four kids!

My morning routine with Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body produce energy naturally* so I can take care of what I need to do to keep up with this active bunch, every step of the way.

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03 Nov 2016

Raising Good People & Volunteering With Kids || Tampa Mama on Great Day Tampa Bay 

1 Comment Great Day Tampa Bay, Lifestyle, Raising Children, TV Segments, Volunteering

Raising good people is what we all want to do. We are raising them to be compassionate, responsible and understand that helping others is the right thing to do.

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28 Oct 2016

Cooking Lessons for Kids- An Idaho Potato Commission Cuts Class By #SundaySupper

No Comments Cooking, Everyday, Family Time, Raising Children, Sunday Supper

A Chinese proverb states that if you give them a fish, they’ll eat for a day. But if you teach them to fish, they will eat for a lifetime. I feel the same way about cooking. Teach them to cook and they will eat for a lifetime!

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22 Oct 2016

Saving For Her Future: Open Enrollment for Florida Prepaid College Plans || Tampa Mama

No Comments Florida, Raising Children, Sponsored

We have 4 kids that we hope will go on to further their own education one day. We have high hopes and big dreams that they will be successful, each in their own career, and of course, happy.

As adults, we can see things through the looking glass of time and try to foreshadow the future so that they might learn from our mistakes.

Paying for college is one of the burdens we hope our children will not have to bear. With Florida Prepaid College Fund, there are so many options that we as parents have to start saving for their future now.

I am always saying to my kids, “A little at a time.” In most that we do, homework, studying for tests, saving for a bike, my “little at a time” rule has helped ease their stress about being prepared or reaching a goal that might have seemed impossible to achieve!

The more we start to look at our financial future, we know that having Florida Prepaid College Plans for all our kids will be the best way for us to help them get a head start on their education. With so many plans to choose from, you can easily choose the plan that best suits your child and also even allow other family members to help contribute to their higher education as well!

Florida Prepaid is also providing Tampa Mama readers a discount to save 50% on your application fee for enrollment using the promo code BLOG1617.

We’ve decided to invest in the 4-year Florida University Plan. This Plan will help see our kids through their 4-year journey at one of the 12 State Universities.

The 4-Year Florida University Plan covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours, the amount generally required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Ranked in the top 5 in the nation for research and development, the State University System is spread across the state and features Florida’s two preeminent universities, Florida State University and the University of Florida.

And it’s easy to enroll! And prices are still low (as they will change from year to year!) Here is what you’ll need to enroll:

  • Open Enrollment is October 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017.
  • No payment due until April 20, 2017.
  • Be sure to have read the Master Contract.
  • Have your and the child’s Social Security Numbers available.
  • Have your bank account information available, if you would like to set up automatic withdrawal.
  • Have the driver’s license of the child’s parent or legal guardian to submit proof of Florida residency online.

We believe in our future and hope to help our kids start their future off on the right foot. They deserve it!

Disclaimer: I am a Believer Blogger for Florida Prepaid College Plans. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama.

07 Sep 2016

Tips for the Exhausted Mom: 7 Easy Ways to Feel Your Best Each Day

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I’m a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

The sheer volume of work that comes from having a child or multiple children might seem like having the task of climbing Mount Everest placed in front of you each day you wake up. Daunting. From school work, to homework to housework to out-of-the-house-work, the lists go on and on and never seem to end. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that give me the strength and energy to power me through the day. (I went through some old pictures and just got exhausted seeing how much we’ve done!) Some might seem easy, but from this once tired Mama, I know can say I have more pep in my step and more energy now than I ever have. It’s the sweet moments with my kids that I want to enjoy because they won’t be little for long. Here are some tips to help you feel your best each day!

 

  1. Get ready the night before. I seem to have little time in the morning to get myself ready for the day because I am simultaneously getting 4 kids ready as well. A little sprucing up in the morning and I’m ready to tackle the day! This might seem more psychological, but I definitely feel more energized when I’m not in my pajamas all day!
  2. Don’t skip breakfast!  I won’t let my kids go to school without breakfast and I won’t let myself go without breakfast too!  Make it easy on yourself!  A yogurt, a piece of fruit, an egg…anything!  Your body needs fuel, good fuel, to start the day!  You’ll notice you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood too!  I also take Meta Daily Energy Support as a part of my morning routine. The B-vitamin complex works naturally with my body to support natural energy* production without stimulants like caffeine. There’s also a beneficial probiotic to support a healthy digestive system. It’s all just a part of the healthy way I start my day!
  3. Exercise. Even if it’s walking for 20 minutes talking on the phone to your Mom, take a break and get your blood flowing. Exercise will ALWAYS make you feel more energized! Grab the stroller and head out! The baby or kids will love the walk too.
  4. Take a break. A mental break. A nap break. A brain break. Some times I need to check out from my kids or work and regroup. Even if it’s a small break, it’s a chance to disconnect even for a little while to recharge. Communication with your partner is crucial so you can figure out a time to make this work.
  5. Sleep. As tempting as it is to work late at night or watch you TV shows once the kids are asleep, set a limit on how late you stay up so you can get in some good rest. I know the nights of solid realm sleep might be few or nonexistent with potty training toddlers or breast feeding babies, but sleep is a game changer. Swap nights if your can with your partner. One of my mottos has always been “you sleep when they sleep” and that includes naps too! We know how much energy our kids have and it’s probably because they are getting a solid 10-12 hours of sleep each night!  Who wouldn’t be energized! I want their energy!
  6. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. I love good chocolate and a hot cup of coffee, but sugar and caffeine are stimulants. I started to notice how much better my body functioned when not so dependent on that morning cup of coffee. I have switched to a better breakfast and a fresh squeezed juice to start my day and haven’t looked back. Make little changes. One cup of coffee, not four. 1 teaspoon of sugar, not 2 tablespoons. No sugar after 6pm. Baby steps.
  7. Slow down. I’ve started to shift my focus to making my health a priority. I have been caught in the world of an over-scheduled parent and wiith four kids, that was very easy to do. It’s much easier said than done, but no one can do it all. Not even Superman or SuperMom. These are the moments you just don’t want to miss.

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Don’t miss out on any sweet moments with your kids! Moments like these won’t last forever. Eventually, you will feel the best you’ve ever felt and be your best each day. You owe it to family and especially, yourself.

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14 Jun 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles + Giveaway

No Comments Cooking, Featured, Healthy Living, Raising Children

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10 Jun 2016

The Balance. The Chaos. The Circus. – Walking the Tightrope of Life {More on Mom.Me}

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“My life is a circus. No, really, it is a circus! A full-blown three-ring circus, complete with four clowns, a strongman and a ringmaster! I attempt plate-spinning and magic acts during dinner (making broccoli disappear is a good trick of mine) and the kids love it when the strongman (aka Dad) shows off his skills in the pool, as the kids become human cannon balls flying happily through the air.”

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Click through and read about how I balance life, happiness and health over at Mom.me,  while juggling the kids, a career, kids activities and my sanity.

27 Apr 2016

Let Kids Cook: Teaching Kids Cooking Skills 

1 Comment Cooking, Lifestyle, Raising Children

This post is sponsored.

It’s easy to say, “No, not now.” “Later.” “Next time.” But then, its next weekend, and then it’s next month. Then it’s next season. And now they’ve lost interest.

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03 Apr 2016

My Very, Very Smelly Breath: Raising Awareness For Pet Dental Health

No Comments Book Review, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Giving Back, Kids, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Meet Shelby. My animal whisperer. She loves animals like I have never seen before. Unfortunately, we don’t have a puppy in our own home yet, but any chance she get (for example this was taken at the Hyde Park Village Farmers Market) she will find a dog to love on it.

Her latest favorite bedtime story is My Very, Very Smelly Breath. She received this book as a gift when our family was chosen to host a Disney Kids Play Date. We have read this book a thousand times already.

It is a scratch and sniff book that helps kids understand the importance of pet dental care.   Cute idea and cute concept.

The book is available at your local Banfield hospital for a suggested donation of $10 per book. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Banfield Foundation™. In Tampa, Banfield hospitals are in PetSmarts all over town.

Shelby has already started collecting money to donate to their foundation. She’s planning a lemonade stand when the weather warms up. (More to come on that!) We have given to our local animal shelter before so she’s ready to help again!

I think when we are ready to get a pet, Shelby will be ready and waiting to make sure they don’t have smelly breath.

Thank you to BSM Media & MomSelect for sending us a copy of this book!  It has been a wonderful addition to our library!

02 Apr 2016

I Have A Dream (The Tired Mom Version)

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I have a dream…the tired, exhausted, overworked, Mom version…

I have a dream that one day my husband will rise up out of bed and say gloriously, “I am excited to do the dishes and get my children off to school with healthy homemade lunches and a warm breakfast in their bellies!”

I have a dream that one day in the home of our family, that we can al sit down at a table and eat a hot breakfast before school, smiling at each other and brothers and sisters will all get along, for at least one meal.

I have a dream that one day someone will say to me, “Take a day off! You deserve it! I will take your place and walk in your shoes for a day, and you don’t have to pay me!” I have a dream!!!

I have a dream that one day my four little children will learn to make their own meals, wash their own clothes and can drive themselves to school. They will have smiles on their faces and love every minute of helping with chores around the house.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day my husband will understand what I do and not judge me for saying, “I need a break!” He will understand and read my mind to know when I say, “I’m exhausted” which is code for “Can you PLEASE cook dinner, help with homework and the bedtime routines.” He will say,”Of course, Darling! Anything for you!” I have a dream today!

I have a dream that houses clean themselves magically and homework is absorbed via osmosis. Common Core Math does not exist and everyone has recess. I have a dream!

I have a dream that one day I will not be this tired and my body will magically transform back into it’s 20 year old self.

I have a dream…I have a dream…