Carvel + Nutella = Heaven in a Cup (or Cone)

June 29, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

  From now until Sept 30th you can indulge on the delicious Nutella inspired recipes at Carvel ice cream shops.  The popular hazelnut spread has been added to their soft-serve, hand-scooped and sundae dashers for your summer enjoyment. “We could not be more excited... Read More

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Sea Shell Picture Frame Tutorial For Kids

June 26, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

We just got back from a week long beach vacation and we may have collected a huge bag full of sea shells, sea glass, and other sea rocks.  When we got home we made a quick trip to Michael's to pick up some craft supplies.  Picture frames, glue, jewelry cord, ribbon, candles,... Read More


Come Trekaroo with Me!

June 25, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

Trekaroo? Superoo?  What does that even mean? Trekaroo is a family travel tips and review website that my friend Marissa introduced me too about a year ago.  The site offers user submitted reviews of hotels and attractions in different cities around the US.  Anyone... Read More

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Passport to Imagination with Michael’s Stores

June 23, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

We're going into week 3 of summer vacation and I have to say, I'm surviving this summer like a boss!  Our first week out of school was a family vacation so that was pretty easy.  Last week was our first real week at home while I attempt to work AND juggle kids.  We spent... Read More

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Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

June 19, 2014 by Calley Pate, 1 Comment

As we start to check off things from our Summer Bucket List, my kids keep adding things to their list!  While I know we can't possibly do everything they bring up, that doesn't mean that you won't.  If you like in the Tampa Bay area or if you're traveling here this summer,... Read More


20 Things Only Beach Lovers Understand

June 10, 2014 by Calley Pate, 4 Comments

I grew up visiting the beach with my family.  My grandmother lived 2 blocks off St. Pete Beach when I was a kid and I have fond memories of those times.  The beach continues to be a big part of our family and the primary reason we moved to Florida.  While at the beach this... Read More

Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

June 4, 2014 by Calley Pate, 7 Comments

Today was officially the last day of the 2013-2014 school year!  I am now a mom to a Kindergartner and a Middle School kid.  Can someone please pinch me?  I have no idea how that happened; I mean my baby is still in cloth diapers right?  Nope, she turned 5 earlier this... Read More

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EcoCentric Mom “Mom & Baby” Box Review May/June

June 3, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

  Do you subscribe to any monthly (or bimonthly) subscription boxes?  As part of their blog ambassadors, ecocentric mom sends me a box every-other-month so that I can tempt you all into subscribing.  I don't think there has ever been a box I wasn't happy with.  This... Read More

Sun Safety Tips

Smart Sun Safety Tips

June 1, 2014 by Calley Pate, 1 Comment

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... Read More

Bedtime Battles Continue

May 29, 2014 by Calley Pate, 2 Comments

"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... Read More