How My Kids Are Getting More Confident in the Water This Summer
June 20, 2017

How My Kids Are Getting More Confident in the Water This Summer

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is here and the kids are asking to go over to their friend's house to swim.  We can only go using constant caution, while most of their friends can swim now. They want to hang out at the beach and play but we rarely go because keeping an eye on two kids that can't swim seems impossible.  Safety is key. Since neither of them still know how to swim yet, I'd rather take them to the splash pad.  But that is not realistic, is it?  I never "learned" how to swim, probably because my mother had a fear of swimming and …

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How to Make A Mini Victoria Sponge Cake
June 20, 2017

How to Make A Mini Victoria Sponge Cake

This is a sponsored post for Stash Tea.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  I love a good cake.  But the calories must be worth it these days, as I am on a diet (the story of my life).   I am a "Brit" as they say.  But I'm half British and half Greek and while I do like some of the British food, I tend to lean on enjoying Greek food more. So, when I find something that is British that I love, like a Victoria Sponge Cake, I must share it.  I feel like I would be doing my readers a disservice by not sharing it. The Victoria Sponge was the favorite sponge cake of Queen Victoria, and has become a famous British tea-time sponge …

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Gift Ideas for the Anyone Who Loves Plants
June 16, 2017

Gift Ideas for the Anyone Who Loves Plants

Who doesn't like plants?  I'm not great at keeping them up but I love getting plants as gifts.  I found some really cute gift ideas for anyone who loves plants.  I can even imagine a little girl picking these out for her daddy.  Plants grow with us and take us through many stages of our lives.  I still have a plant that was given to me as a wedding gift nine years ago, and it's thriving!  I also have a plant that I have kept for 20 years and has been with me through five moves.  Check out these adorable gifts from Apollo Box, a collectable gift site. Bag Plants $12.95 Small Bag, Big Plant Don’t let the compact size of these jute bags fool you. Packed with …

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Tips For Parents to Help Kids Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated
June 14, 2017

Tips For Parents to Help Kids Beat the Heat and Stay Hydrated

Growing up in Arizona, I am well aware of the affects that dehydration has on the body. Now that I live in Florida, not much has changed.  Summertime is here and the kids are outside a lot.  They forget to drink water and as parents, we need to keep on top of it. This is a guest post by Dr. Mayrene Hernandez who reminds parents not to wait for your child to say they are thirsty.  She gives simple tips for parents to help kids beat the heat during this sizzling summer. Dr. Hernandez, United Healthcare Group’s (www.uhc.com) Florida Medical Director, says hydration is particularly important for children as they have higher water requirements than adults. Their cooling system isn’t fully developed. The surface area of a child …

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6 Essentials To Pack For Summer Camp
June 11, 2017

6 Essentials To Pack For Summer Camp

This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions are my own. Summer camp is coming up and we are all excited!  This means some alone time for mommy and the kids get to really enjoy outdoor activities.  With, how do we know if we are prepared to send them off to camp?  We are entrusting them in someone else's hands, sending them out in the summer heat to play so hard they might forget to drink water.  Most of the time, the camp gives us a check list but sometimes we are not always prepared to buy the right things and end up overspending or buying stuff we don't need. Here are 6 ESSENTIAL ITEMS that you will need to send with your kids to camp. Fresh Baby …

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5 Ways To Calm Kids Down
June 8, 2017

5 Ways To Calm Kids Down

It happens in a split of a second.  It only takes the wrong outfit or food touching each other.  I've even listed reasons for crazy behavior in my article in the Huffington Post, 19 Reasons My Son Cries. I like to make light of it because, let's face it, we must laugh.  Without laughing, I would not get through life.  But the truth is, that all of it is very real.  Kids have big feelings and sometimes don't know what to do with them.  I can relate.  But I have found some tools to use in my 46 years of living.  But kids brains are not yet fully developed. I am not a parenting expert. I'm not even an adulting expert, haha. If there is anyone …

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Play and Stay at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat Now Open!
June 8, 2017

Play and Stay at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat Now Open!

The much-anticipated Beach Retreat is now open.  We counted the days until getting to preview this beachtastic retreat.  The anticipation built up with just the word "Beach."  I thought, how could it possibly be a retreat when I'm bringing the kids? haha.  But they did it!  It is absolutely a retreat. Just the drive-through experience sets the ambiance for a retreat theme by not having the hustle and bustle of lobby check in.  Although, I like a little hustle and bustle, but after driving with a three-year-old and five-year-old boys for three and a half hours, I'd say the drive-through was the perfect alternative to lobby check in.  We had no time for chit-chat. This village-style vacation resort features brightly colored bungalows that look like they were …

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Surviving Back Pain and Mother's Day with Smart For Life
June 5, 2017

Surviving Back Pain and Mother's Day with Smart For Life

This is a sponsored post for Smart For Life.  However, my opinions are my own, including my obsession with the Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. So, it’s been a month since I started again on my Smart for Life journey. If you read my earlier article you know that after completing my second round of Smart for Life I had fallen off tracks and gained back  a lot of the 30+ pounds I had originally lost. This was my first monthly check-in. I’ve been doing weekly weigh-ins so I knew pretty much where I was at. During the weekly the only that is checked is your weight. The monthly check-in is a lot more involved, you get to see the progression of your BMI, your body fat percentage, fat …

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Brick Fest Live
June 3, 2017

Brick Fest Live

If you read the MomJunky site, you know this site is obsessed with LEGOS.  The first thing both my boys do when they wake up is go straight to the LEGO table.  If you feel the same way as I, or if your looking to be inspired, you must check out Brickfest. As soon as you walk in, you can start building. If you've ever dreamed of sitting in a sea of LEGOS, now's your chance!   You and the kids can build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks! You can also make your own one of a kind piece and contribute to the architecture. Kids can contribute to a large-scale mystery floor mosaic.  It starts in the morning and is …

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When It Comes to Your Child's Learning, Do You Coach or Cheerlead?
June 1, 2017

When It Comes to Your Child's Learning, Do You Coach or Cheerlead?

When it Comes to Your Child's Learning, Do You Coach or Cheerlead? By Dr. Cornelius Grove Just about every American parent feels pleased when their child shows early signs of doing well in school or feels concerned when their youngster lags behind. It’s all part of having “high expectations” of one’s child, one of several measures that authorities agree are important. Is there anything new that American parents could learn from other parents whose children have compiled a long record of outstanding classroom learning? In short, yes. There’s a group of parents whose children have long been known as top students, and whose parenting approaches have been painstakingly researched. They are the parents of East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea. From what we know about East Asian and American …

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