Valspar Championship Fun Facts and Tips 2015

Valspar Championship Tips

It's a gorgeous day in Palm Harbor and the first day of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.  Even if you're not a golf enthusiast, I would recommend picking up a few tickets and spending a few hours on the course this week.  Tickets are $40 and kids get in free! It's a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Florida.  Before you go, here are just a few things you need to know: Get your tickets here! Valspar Championship Tickets Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult! Park at St. Pete College, Tarpon Campus on Belcher and Klosterman. Parking is $10. Leave your backpacks, large bags, cameras, and coolers at home. Read up on the security guidelines before you go! Wear comfy shoes! You'll be walking, a lot!! Dress colorfully! You may be spotted by a Valspar Color Scout and win some fun prizes! Find a "Shot Spot", take a picture or selfie and share it with #valsparchampionship to win even more prizes! Don't forget to visit the Snake Pit! Take the kids to the ... [ Read More ]

Sunsets in Winter

Sunset in Florida

The weather is warm this week in Florida and I decided that tonight we were going to watch the sunset on the beach.  We don't typically go out on school nights, but we were passing by the beach and I had to stop.  The ocean was calling my name. I needed to fill my soul with sunshine, sand, and salt air. Children were barefoot, rocks were tossed, sand was thrown in the air. I'll find the remnants of the trip for weeks to come in the bottom of my purse and on the floorboards of my Jeep.  Children giggled and dug holes in the sand.  They got dirty. The rays of the sun peeked through the clouds and glistened the ocean below. Strands of hair glimmered. Memories were made. Bedtimes were delayed. Dinner was quick and not very healthy. The ocean shimmered and waited anxiously for one final kiss from the sun. As the sun and the ocean became one, the clouds were tinted with every color of the rainbow. The day was done. Location: Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL About the photos above: ... [ Read More ]

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest's privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I'm also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he's bored.  I know I'm not alone, we've all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my weekend chores done and he would not be bored. In a moment of venting I posed the following question to some of my Facebook friends, "I need a list of creative punishments that don't punish the parent! Taking away TV, computer, etc just isn't cutting it! I'm the only one that suffers." By the time I had asked this, both kids were being punished.  Don't you love it how the one child in trouble finds a way to antagonize the ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Home Worry-Free?

Florida Fire Safety Tip

This post is sponsored by Kidde Worry-Free Alarms. Florida residents can enter to win 1 Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm to comply with new state regulations for fire safety; enter at the bottom of this post.  The state of Florida passed a new law (reference: Fire Safety Laws by State) Jan. 1, 2015 that says any newly installed or replacement smoke alarms must be powered by a sealed-in 10 year battery.  That means if you are completing a minor level one alterations to your home or if you’re replacing an old battery-powered smoke alarm, that you need to install a sealed-battery alarm. Our home was built in the 80's and only has 1 old-fashioned smoke alarm in the hallway.  It still works and we will continue to replace the battery in that one six months when it chirps at us in the middle of the night.  We have decided though to update our smoke alarms and add a few extra.  Why? Do you know how many smoke alarms are recommended for your home?  According to Kidde and the National ... [ Read More ]

Valspar Championship Family Friendly Events 2015

ValsparChampionship

This post is sponsored by the 2015 Valspar Championship. Continue reading to the end and enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, FL. We've lived in Palm Harbor for almost 10 years now and March is my favorite time of the year.  We didn't realize when we decided on Palm Harbor that Innisbrook was within walking distance from our house and that every March, the big blimp would be flying overhead.  It's fun for us to tell our out-of-state family to watch the Valspar Championship to see our house from the blimp and the kids love it.  What kid doesn't love to see a blimp in the sky? I don't think there's been a year that at least 1-2 of us have gone to a round of the Championship.  There were a few years when I stayed home when Bailey was a baby and let the boys enjoy the day on the course.  In 2014 we finally took our youngest (she was 5 then) to her first Championship and she loved every minute of it.  I would never have imagined ... [ Read More ]

Remember When…

YoBaby Prize Pack

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt. Keep reading to enter to win a YoBaby prize pack.  When did my kids grow up? I'm a mom of an almost 12 year old and a 6 year old.  They are hardly babies any longer; even if they do still like to cuddle with mommy. I decided to pull out the baby book from my youngest's first year and reminisce over all the "firsts." You know, the first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, the first time the stand up and of course the first time they walk.  I remember the days when they would try any food (or toys, noses, and anything that would fit in their mouth) you put in front of them. Both of my kids were fond of yogurt as babies and I love that my kids have been able to grow up as YoBabies, YoKids and now big kids who enjoy their yogurt.  YoBaby contains organic whole milk, real fruit and nothing artificial.  It was a great first food by itself or mixed with other ingredients.  I love mixing a little fresh banana and avocado ... [ Read More ]

Chronicles of the Absent Minded Mom – Episode 1

Chronicles1

I'll be the first to admit that I have my "blonde moments" and that I can be very absent minded. If I don't set alarms and reminders for myself, I would likely forget everything.  For instance, I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me when to leave to pick up the kids from school.  Please don't laugh, it's true! Do you notice anything different on Monday? I don't pick the kids up until later because they are involved in after school activities.  Well on Monday of this week I realized that my alarm didn't go off at its regular time, so I got in the car and drove to school.  I sat in car line just like every other day, but when I got to the front of the line my kids were nowhere to be found.  Anyone want to guess why? Because it was Monday and they were in clubs and I was 45 minutes early to pick them up!  Thank goodness the teachers know me well, they giggled at my mishap and said, "we'll see you in 45 minutes!"  Off I went to grab an iced coffee and return to school ... [ Read More ]

Leapin’ Lizards, Annie’s in Tampa – Feb 17-22nd at the Straz Center

Source: Joan Marcus for #AnnieOnTour

Truth: I loved watching the movie Annie when I was a little kid and still remember all the words to the songs. Truth: I never wanted a red headed child of my own; my brother is a red head and I just didn't want one of my own. Truth: My daughter is "ginger," and doesn't like to be called "red-headed." Truth: I love my daughters "red" or "ginger" hair!!  She is the most beautiful red-head I've ever seen and I may be slightly biased. Truth: I made her watch the original Annie movie last summer before the new Annie was released.  I couldn't bear the thought of her seeing the new one first. We still haven't seen it though. Truth: I've never seen Annie on stage until this week! Truth: The Straz Center invited my family to the opening night of Annie the Musical so that I could share my thoughts with you. This is in a partnership with Tampa Bay Bloggers, the largest community of bloggers in the Tampa Bay area. I knew my husband wouldn't be thrilled with going to a musical so ... [ Read More ]

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

@THEECOCHIC

She's been featured on my blog since she was just a baby and Sunday she turned SIX! I'm still not sure how time has gone by so quickly.  I'm now a mom of a six year old and an eleven year old.  My life is full and there is never a dull moment.  I know that sounds SOOOO cliche but it's true! She's in Kindergarten and reading like a pro. She still likes to sleep in our bed. She is independent...but really likes it when mommy helps her. She hasn't learned to tie her shoes yet. She's very artistic and loves to color, paint, and draw. She wants to be a vet when she grows up. She loves animals and always wants to pet any dog that walks by. She loves candy. She looks up to her big brother. She is the most beautiful, smart, and sassy little girl I've ever met.  Yes, I'm a little partial but it's true! She had a wonderful birthday with just our immediate family and asked for Outback for dinner.  She didn't have cake, but devoured the entire bowl of ice cream! Happy ... [ Read More ]

Cool Kids Gift Ideas

Cool Kids Gifts

  Affiliate links present in this post.  My kids are on different extremes when it comes to Christmas gifts this year.  My daughter is 5 (almost 6) and wants EVERYTHING she sees on TV or in the sales flyers. I seriously think if they came out with a LaLaLoopsy lump of coal she'd want it.  My son is 11 and a little more difficult to shop for this year.  There really isn't much that he's asked for.  Here are just a few gift ideas for kids of all ages... Lottie & Friends Lottie is a relatively new set of dolls for children ages 3-9.  Unlike traditional "Barbie" style dolls, Lottie is an actual child herself.  She doesn't have boobs, doesn't wear make-up, no high healed shoes! She's just a kid.  Lottie has some fun outfits that you can change and pets you can get.  My daughter has been playing with Lottie for a few weeks now and really likes it. She looks at Lottie like a friend, tells her secrets, and tries to sneak her to school in her backpack.  I happened to be ... [ Read More ]