Smart Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never have a gorgeous sun kissed tan like you see in the swimsuit magazines.  I have a natural peaches and cream complexion which isn't super pale but not super tan either.  As a child I tanned pretty nicely and as I entered my teen years I remember always wanting to be darker than my skin would naturally tan.  I was never a tanning bed person (although I did try it a few times in my younger days) but I hated applying sunscreen as a teenager.  With both of my parents having skin cancer spots removed from their face, shoulders, back, and legs I decided that it was time for me to lay off the tanning and play it smart in the sun.  Once I had children of my own I decided it was time to start doing a little more research into proper sun safety.  It's amazing how quickly your priorities change after having children. We've always lived in the south where the summer heat is scorching, now that we live in Florida, sun safety is part of our ... [ Read More ]

Bedtime Battles Continue

"I'm scared of the dark." "There are monsters in my closet." "I don't want to sleep alone." EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT we go through this same routine with my 5 yr old daughter.  We have a pretty solid bedtime routine but some nights there are so many tears that I just want to run out of the house and down to the nearest bar! We start bedtime a good 10-15 minutes before her actual bedtime because I know it's going to take FOREVER!  Just changing into her pajama's some nights can take 20 minutes with her silly antics.  Then brushing her teeth and going to the bathroom, followed by bedtime stories. Just this week we've added one Bob Book (affiliate link) for her to read to me now that she's gaining confidence in her reading.  This is adding about 20 more minutes to bedtime but it's SO worth it to see her smile with pride when she finishes a book all by herself.  Of course, then she wants ME to read a story to her. ...and we can't forget snuggle time.  As if reading her ... [ Read More ]

Green Scene Mom Summer Fun Giveaway Event #summerfungiveaway

I've recently joined the Green Scene Mom Street Team, a group of bloggers who help promote a very large giveaway prize package.  This giveaway is hosted by the Green Scene Mom and the sponsors listed below.  Scroll all the way to the bottom to enter to win the prizes listed.  The giveaway will end the first week of June. Green Scene Mom is celebrating all things summer with a fabulous giveaway featuring everything a mom needs for her little ones! One lucky mom will win this great prize package worth more than $500! Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib - $249.95 The Lotus travel crib is so easy to use and easy to take with you, you will want to use it everywhere. I really wish they had these back when my little one's were that small.  It really would have been nice to travel with.  Learn more at guavafamily.com. Loved Baby $50 Gift Certificate L'ovedbaby is a boutique brand of baby clothes and nursing shawls. Learn more at lovedbaby.com. Yummi ... [ Read More ]

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival – May 24th

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

  What's your favorite margarita recipe?  How would you like to try a Grand Peach Cobbler Margarita, Cabo Cosmo Rita, Hornitos Watermelon Margarita, Camarena Prickly Pear Margarita, Dobel Spicy Pina-Rita (Pineapple Jalapeno), or Corazon Pomegranate Margarita?  Don't those sound fabulous?? Join me on Saturday downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival from 1:00 - 10pm.  They have a 40 foot frozen drink truck with over 30 different types of margarita's.  I wonder if they'll have sample sizes for us "light-weights" to try without having to commit to the full-size drink!  Don't worry, there will also be good food vendors like the Taco Bus, Just Smokin BBQ and Disco Donuts. Post by Tampa Bay Margarita Festival. Did I mention that there is entertainment too?  Live music from Los Lonely Boys (headliners), Tomas Wynn & The Believers, Amber Lynn Nicol, Southern Train, KEKO & Mo Gravy and more!  There will be fireworks at the end of the ... [ Read More ]

Win a 3-Day Ticket to Camp MommyCon in Denver

Camp MommyCon Giveaway

About 11 years ago my husband and I (and our baking baby boy) took a trip to Winter Park, CO just outside of Denver.  It was at the end of ski season and the slopes were closed.  Since I was baking a baby boy I wouldn't have been able to ski anyways.  It did snow while we were there and I'm dying to make a return trip to Denver and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately it won't be to attend the 3-Day Camp MommyCon, June 20-22nd because my son will be earning his first degree black belt that weekend (seriously proud mommy moment here).  Just because I can't go doesn't mean that you can't!!  The MommyCon team is giving away a 3 day pass to a lucky reader!! Camp MommyCon has 3 jam packed days full of parenting sessions that will knock your socks off.  They will have sessions on babywearing, doulas, essential oils, sex after baby, cloth diapering, car seat safety, yoga, homeschool, and so much more!  They are ending each day with s'mores, campfire songs, and movie nights.  If you ... [ Read More ]

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014 – Official Guinness World Record Results

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014

  It's official, there is a new world record for the "most people changing diapers in 24 hours (multiple venues)" with 8,459 participants.  There were 188 official locations in 18 countries this year.   We broke last years record by 158 people!!   The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an annual event hosted by the Real Diaper Association to help raise awareness of cloth diapers around the world.  This is the 4th year and each year we've continued to break the previous years' record.  The event was the brainchild of Judy Aagard and her desire to celebrate Earth Day by hosting a cloth diaper family event for the customers and fans of Tiny Tots.  Other cloth diaper enthusiasts in the community were eager to join forces and the Great Cloth Diaper Change was born. I've been involved each year on some level and so proud to see the growth each year.  My first year (2011) I was an official witness in Tampa, FL.  In 2012 I was a co-host and helped organize the Tampa event.  In 2013 I ... [ Read More ]

Paying Homage to My Dirty Home

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The bottoms of our feet are dingy. There are dust bunnies under my bed. There is soap scum in the shower. There is pet hair on the sofa. Clutter and me? We're BFFs! ...and I'm OK with that!  Before you cross me off your "must visit" list let me clarify a few things.  I work a LOT, I have 2 kids, I have a cat AND a dog, and I also have one of those husband things.  I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram you know we don't stay around home much; karate, gymnastics, baseball, tball, etc.  When do normal people find the time to clean their homes?  They can't ALL have maids can they?   Can I tell you something else?  I hate cleaning supplies!  My husband and I disagree on the types of supplies we need in the house.  I would rather use the "all natural" cleaning supplies and he has a hidden arsenal of bleach ridden poisons.  I have asthma and using his stash of poison sends me grabbing my inhaler, so I let him clean the bathrooms!  It's his "job" to do the tubs, toilets, and ... [ Read More ]

The Perfect Mother’s Day

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What would the perfect Mother's Day look like to you? Would it be a vase full of flowers?  Breakfast in bed?  A handmade gift from your child?  An hour to yourself without your kids clawing at your legs?  A day out with friends at the spa? Things have changed a lot over the past 11 years of being a mom and so has my "perfect Mother's Day!"  For me, a perfect Mother's Day would be one where I am unplugged from the online world and soaking up every moment I can with my family.  I don't care about the gifts or going out to eat, those aren't the things you remember very long.  I care about the memories that I can make with my kids. I started Mother's Day weekend a little early with a night out to the movies with some friends.  Tonight was the opening of the new movie, Mom's Night Out.  It's a movie about a young mom of three small kids who is "stress paralyzed!"  Yes, that's really a word...at least in the movie!  While I may not have the same life as the main character, Allyson ... [ Read More ]

The Sleepless Mama

...zzzzzzz! Oh, hi there friends!  You would think that having an hour to myself on an airplane I would actually catch up on some sleep, but instead I'm here!  8 days ago my son got sick with what I thought was food poisoning.  He vomited shortly after dinner and went right to sleep.  The next morning he felt sluggish, but fine, so I sent him off to school.  One hour later they called to tell me he had a fever of 99.9 and didn't feel good. Fast forward to today, he's still at home and still has a fever! Aside from the fever and a slight cough there haven't been any other symptoms to this mysterious illness.  He's been to the doctor twice and both times left with the diagnosis that every parent loves to hear..."He has a Virus."   It wasn't until the second visit that they actually did any tests to rule out mono, strep, pneumonia, and flu.  They also did a CBC to test his white blood cell count, which also came back normal.  "Come back at the end of the week if he still has a ... [ Read More ]

A Mom’s Guide to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

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Did you know that today was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day?  How does this affect you as a mom?  Perhaps you are a stay-at-home-mom or a single mom and don't have a traditional "job" to take your kids to.  There are still valuable lessons for your children to learn from spending a day with mom. The amazing thing about mom's are that we all have different jobs.  Some of us are stay-at-home-moms, some of us go to work in an office, some of us travel for work, some of us blog for work, some of us raise children for work, some of us are assistants in our spouses business, etc, etc, etc.  The point is, we all work and we all have jobs.  They just may look very different from one mom to the next.   Currently, my job consists of working from my home office as a social media and marketing coordinator for Kelly's Closet.  This is a full-time (40+ hrs a week) job and requires me to be online at all hours of the day.  While my regular working hours are 9-3pm, the work day ... [ Read More ]