20 Sep 2016

Simple Strategies Make Sure Back-to-School Germs Don’t Take the Family Down

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Back to school means our kids will be sharing germs in no time. Germs are something we don’t want to share with anyone! With 4 kids in our house, I try my hardest not to let the domino effect take place because when one goes down, they all seem to fall one right after the other. And the bigger we are, the harder we fall. I try my best to educate and teach the kids simple things that they can do to keep the germs away and stay healthy. It might not seem like a lot, but these are ways to make sure that the whole family will stay healthy and back to school germs (or any germs for that matter) won’t take the family down!

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Washing your hands. Most kids are in such a hurry to get out of the bathroom they forget to wash their hands. Yuck! It really only takes 15 to 20 seconds and some soap and water to kill germs and bacteria that can make you sick. I try reminding them that they should also be washing hands before they eat or after a fun day of playing at the playground. It’s such a simple thing to do, but the most effective in keeping the germs away!

Mom & Dad need to stay healthy, too! We set the tone for our kids. If they see us take our vitamins and eat healthy, they will too. Keeping our immune system healthy is truly the first line of defense to keeping our whole family healthy. We take Meta Daily Immune Support that helps naturally support a healthy immune system*. Trillions of bacteria in your digestive system can be thrown off by diet, travel, or stress So supporting your immune system really matters. I want to be as prepared as I can be to take care of my family and every day life.

Kids need to stay healthy from the inside out! Eating a healthy breakfast, getting enough sleep and taking care of our bodies are our first lines of defense in keeping the germs away. We make sure all the kids get enough sleep, especially when they are waking up so early for school. With the kids getting older and wanting to stay up later, this has been challenging. Routines work well for us: reading before bed; no electronics before bed; a good breakfast in the morning.

META Tampa MamaHave stress free mornings. Did you know that stress can actually weaken your immune system? Kids shouldn’t be stressed. But it’s easy (and unintentional) to over schedule and frazzle your child. Homework and studying is done before we begin any after school activity. We organize backpacks the night before. Get our clothes laid out for the morning. Make lunches the night before, too. All of these simple steps help us have a smooth and stress-free morning. I also make sure that I am up early so that I can set the tone for the morning by being prepared and on time. Having a stress free morning will help keep their immune system strong and can fight off the germs from the inside out!

 

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It’s the little things that can make a huge difference in our health! If kids learn now, they will create habits to last a life time!

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27 Apr 2016

Let Kids Cook: Teaching Kids Cooking Skills 

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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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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!

17 Aug 2015

What I Wish I Had Known About Back To School Fashion

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15 May 2014

Disney on Ice: Through Abby’s Eyes

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We are headed to see the new Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate, which is coming to Tampa Bay on May 15- 18, and we are the first stop on the 17 markets that they will be heading too!

Honestly, we are HUGE Disney fans anyways, but each year for the past 6 years, we have been fortunate to see the Disney on Ice show that comes to Tampa in May! But this year is a special year…It will be Abby’s first show and I cannot wait to see her face light up when the show starts!

All my kids love attending the show. From my 9-year old son to my 4-year old daughter everyone loves the Disney on Ice show. And with Abby being versed in Disney characters from reading Disney books and the occasional show, I’m thrilled to see her see them in real life!

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Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate

The Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show looks to have a wide range of characters for all my kids to get excited about! Everyone from the Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto will be there as well as a few friends too: Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody, Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will celebrate a jazzy Mardi Gras jubilee, and Mickey will help celebrate Chinese New Year with Mulan and Shang! I am sure that this show will be spectacular! (Check back soon for my pics of Abby at her first show!)

And of course, we are headed to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, one of Tampa’s BEST places to see a live preformance with kids! They will be hosting us tonight, as they host many families throughout the year for a wide variety of shows as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning games and Tampa Bay Storm games, which are also super fun to attend with kids! We see so many shows here each year and we LOVE their staff and venue!

So for tonight, my family and I are going to celebrate kids being kids and enjoy the Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show that is sure to bring a smile to everyone who is in the audience..especially my little ones! And I can’t wait to celebrate!

And if you want to keep up with us in real time, we will be on Twitter with #DisneyonIce and #LetsCelebrate

For more reviews of the show, visit a few blogger friends of mine at DadScribe and MommyGuru!

Tickets are still available as of May 15, 2014 for Tampa Bay.

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*I have been provided with tickets for my family to attend the Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show as guests of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. All opinions are my own.

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