Balm Baby Plastic Free Challenge and Giveaway

10 Tips for Reducing Plastic in our Lives

July 13, 2014 by Calley Pate, 18 Comments

Take a minute and look around you.  How much plastic do you see?  So many products that we use everyday are made of or stored in plastic.  Plastic will NEVER break down - EVER!  You may be able to upcycle it or recycle it but there is a limit to the number of times it can... Read More

Misfit Shine Fitness Tracker

What My Misfit Shine Has Taught Me

July 8, 2014 by Calley Pate, 1 Comment

Activity and fitness trackers are all the rage these days.  Almost weekly I see friends in my Facebook feed asking for advice on which one to get.  I've had my Misfit since May after I met some of their marketing team at Mom 2.0 blogging conference in Atlanta and have been... Read More

5 Fun and Rewarding Summer Reading Programs for Kids #summerreading

5 Fun (and Rewarding) Summer Reading Challenges for Kids

July 5, 2014 by Calley Pate, Leave a comment

Are you looking for fun ways to encourage your kids to read more this summer?  Great news, there are several programs available locally and online to reward your kids for reading. The Rays have paired up with the local libraries for Reading with the Rays; if your child... Read More

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

Tampa With Kids

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