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19 Aug 2015

Kiss The Crowds Good Bye: Experience Kissimmee + Fall Florida Travel Deals

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Being a stay-at-home-Mom for 9 years now, I’ve learned my favorite time of year to visit the popular parks and attractions (in any city really) has to be September and February. Crowds are no fun with little ones in tow and long lines or crowded pools make for really long days. Let’s kiss those crowds good-bye for a little while now that school is in and fall is in the air! This is really the best time to score some amazing deals, especially in Florida! 
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17 Aug 2015

Having Kids Won’t Be The End of The World…Promise!

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See this picture of this light house? I look it lying down in the grass. A new perspective on this beautiful piece of art. That’s how I feel about kids. They give you a new way to look at the world. And it’s definitely not the end.
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17 Aug 2015

A Good Bye Summer Rendezvous

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As we turn the page of summer over to a new chapter of a new school year, starting new grades and heading into the fall, we wanted to have one last rendezvous with our most favorite season, summer. 
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30 Jul 2015

Three Years-How Far You Have Come

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You can say the alphabet, count to 20 and spell your name.
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26 Jul 2015

What it feels like to be Little

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“One more time!”
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22 Jul 2015

An Experiment: Two Kids vs. Four Kids

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It’s 7:45 and I’m still in bed. The house is quiet. Too quiet. I’m down a few kidstoday because my Bigs- the oldest two- flew to Grandma’s house for a few weeks.

  
 I’m not gonna lie. I feel like I’m on vacation too. 

  
I have good kids, but I just don’t realize how much work they are until someone else steps into help, which isn’t often because of the distance (physical) we have between family. Of course I can pay my VERY qualified sitters to help, but sometimes I NEED the help to save my sanity. It’s work. No joke.
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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. 

28 May 2015

Let Summer Reading Begin!

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Read. Read. Read.

Get kids reading by engaging their interest! What do they like?

Get a jump on next year with Battle of the Book books!

Battle of the Books

27 May 2015

5 Baby Phases That I’m So Glad Are Finally Over

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I might not have the fancy title I once dreamed of in my younger years, but I am relishing in the sweet success that I have found in my small slice of life. Finally realizing that success does not always come in the forms of money or fame, I realize that it’s in finally reaching those milestones I never thought I’d see. The ones that at some point, seemed so unattainable and so far out of my reach. But tonight I’m going to sleep with a smile on my face because finally, I am here. And oh what a journey it has been.

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1. We are finally out of diapers. Officially. We finally can start saving money because someone finally decided to use the toilet like a civilized human being. Finally. You all must know how good this feels. She was a stubborn one to break, but it finally has happened.

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2. I can finally leave the room and no one cares. I can finally leave the house and no one cares. The baby, in particular, was usually the only one who NEVER wanted me to leave, which was flattering and annoying all at the same time. But we are turning the corner on three and she’s finally realizing that I come back. And that she usually will have more fun with someone else. Finally.

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3. She finally just plays. She doesn’t need me to entertain her. She’s content where being around the big kids. She’s just happy to be playing. I can finally sit and watch. Finally.

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4. She finally eats real food. She’s slightly picky, but some adults are too. But I’m finally not packing an entire refrigerator hoping that she’ll eat something I brought. She’ll finally just eat what we have or what we order for her. Finally, she’s turning into one of “the kids.”

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5. She’s finally not a baby. It’s hard for me to swallow this last finally. My baby is finally not a baby anymore. It’s a punch to the gut that I’m just not ready to take. All the things that make her a baby: diapers, naps, bottles, binkies , blankets and all those wretched big baby toys … Gone. Done. Over. Finished. And for so long, that was all I wanted. She blends right in with the rest if the crew. But now that’s it’s finally happening, I’m finally starting to realize that it’s really over. And as per usual, when most things finally come to an end, you want them to start all over. Because you realize you really didn’t want it to end.

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