Lennar Tampa Back to School BBQ – Meet the Mommy Certified Bloggers

Back To School BBQ with Lennar Tampa

You're invited to the Lennar Tampa Back to School BBQ at K-Bar Ranch this Saturday!! For the past few weeks I've been working closely with the Lennar Homes Tampa team to help promote and share their newest community K-Bar Ranch in New Tampa.  Along with a few other local bloggers, Lennar created their Mommy Certified blogger campaign and we've been blogging, tweeting, and pinning some of the features that we think make a Lennar Home "Mommy Certified!"  This Saturday, August 9th, they invite you to their end of summer, Back to School BBQ at K-Bar Ranch.  There will be food, beverages, music and games for the whole family.  Plus, you'll get to meet the Mommy Certified bloggers! Meet the other Mommy Certified bloggers; Denise and Tracy Tracy is the owner of the blog Having Fun Saving and features recipes, reviews, deals and fun in the Tampa area.  Here are links to Tracy's Mommy Certified blog posts. Why I Love Living in Tampa #MommyCertified Home is Where Your Heart Is, ... [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Rawr Baby Shower Decoration Ideas #FluffinAwesome

Baby Shower Food Ideas

Decorating for a baby shower can be one of the most fun (and sometimes stressful) parts of planning a baby shower.  Here is a roundup of fun ideas for a Dinosaur themed cloth diaper baby shower. Click back to yesterdays post for directions on how to build the cloth diaper cake pictured above. Use some of the smaller baby gifts for decorations!  Balm Baby Diaper Balm and Molly's Suds were used to help decorate the cloth diaper cake.  You could also hang baby clothes from the clothesline on the wall. Include your food in the decorating.  Blueberries, candy, and carrots were all included in this theme.  The giant clothespin (found at Michael's) can be used many different ways.  We used it to label the Dino-Treats for the guests. Larger clothespins (also found at Micheal's) were used for the wall decorations and hold a few cloth diapers, along with a ribbon streamer decorated with baby dinosaur eggs.  Each dinosaur egg has a sweet saying such as baby boy, ... [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Rawr Cloth Diaper Cake Tutorial #FluffinAwesome

Cloth Diaper Cake Dinosaur Theme

Diaper cakes have become a very popular baby shower gift these days and some of them are absolutely adorable.  The problem with most diaper cakes though is that they are created using disposable diapers.  Nothing is more disappointing for a mom who plans on using cloth diapers than receiving a disposable diaper cake at their shower.  If you are planning a baby shower for someone who is planning on using cloth diapers, here is a quick tutorial for how to incorporate cloth diapers into a diaper cake for about the same amount of money. This cloth diaper cake is made up of 3 tiers with a baby legging cupcake topper.  It rests on a bucket that I found at the Dollar Store this summer.  I used mostly flat cloth diapers to make up each tier but you could easily use swaddle blankets or cloth diaper inserts (from pocket diapers) to make up the tiers.  The top tier was created with a pack of flannel cloth baby wipes and a flat diaper.  All of the ribbons and accessories were from the craft ... [ Read More ]

Fluffin’ Awesome Cloth Diaper Baby Shower Giveaway #FluffinAwesome

Fluffin' Awesome Baby Shower Sponsors

Thank you for joining us for the Fluffin' Awesome Cloth Diaper Baby Shower event!  There will be some fun baby shower ideas and tutorials posted all week here on The Eco Chic blog; as well as Dirty Diaper Laundry, The Eco-Friendly Family, The Cloth Diaper Report, Change-Diapers, and Cloth Diaper Geek.  Before we start sharing some of the fun baby shower posts, we wanted to take a minute and thank all of the Fluffin' Awesome sponsors who have donated prizes to this giveaway.  Scroll down for your chance to enter this giveaway; August 4-8th only! About the Fluffin' Awesome prizes!  There is over $2,000 worth of prizes and over 60+ winners!!  That's right, 60 lucky readers will win one of these great prize packages.  Prizes include: a SoftBums Summer Splash Bundle, Smart Bottoms Prize Pack, Spray Pal, Lillebaby Complete Organic baby carrier (from Green Child Magazine), $50 Gift Certificate to Kelly's Closet,  Project Pomona cloth diaper jeans, Tiny Tush diapers, Healing Hazel ... [ Read More ]

Lavender Vanilla DIY Foot Spa Treatment with #EarthMama

Lavender Vanilla DIY Foot Spa Treatment #EarthMama

Summer is in full force around our house AND I'm squeezing in work while both kids are home with me.  Some evenings I'm so exhausted that all I want to do is take a nice relaxing bath before bed; but our tub is out of commission at the moment.  I'm so glad my youngest saw a commercial for a kids play foot spa because it reminded me that I had one stored away in my closet.  Earlier this week after a very stressful day we dusted it off and I decided to introduce my 5 yr old to the world of at home foot spa treatments!  I mean, who doesn't love a bubbling hot water soak on their tired achy feet? I wasn't sure how relaxing this was going to actually be with my 5 yr old but we gave it a try.  I anticipated that she wouldn't sit still long and for the water to be all over the floor, so I prepped our area with a few towels to protect the floors.  I filled the tub up with hot water and a few pumps of Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender shampoo and body wash.  That's all you need!  There ... [ Read More ]

You’re Invited to the #wowsummit in Orlando

Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win tickets to the #WowSummit this November! The team at Moms Meet and KIWI Magazine have organized a fun event for moms this November.  If you're mom (dad, grandma, or other caregiver) who is interested in raising healthy, happy families this event is for you.  Join me at the WOWSummit, November 7-9th in Orlando, FL and get great advice from healthy living and parenting experts. There will be a chance to connect with other moms with a poolside cocktail party and a Mom's Night Out comedy hour.  You'll have the opportunity to try some fun new products from the sponsors; Solgar, Zevia, SweetLeaf, Kiwi Magazine, Garden of Life, Kidfresh and more.  You'll even take home a goodie bag stuffed full of healthy and natural products valued over $150. Speakers this year are top notch!  I'm really excited to hear Robyn O'Brien, the Keynote Speaker, talk about healthy food for our families.  Robyn is the author of the book, The Unhealthy Truth. ... [ Read More ]

Mommy Certified Lennar Homes Tour Tampa #MommyCertified

Lennar Homes Tampa #MommyCertified

What makes a home “Mommy Certified?”  I am fortunate to be working with the team at Lennar Homes in Tampa on their Mommy Certified campaign and last week they took a group of us on a tour of their newest communities.  We toured the K-Bar Ranch single-family homes and the Meadow Pointe townhomes in New Tampa, just north of Tampa. Their team of New Home Consultants explained what makes a Lennar Home “Mommy Certified!” Mommy Certified is a campaign by Lennar that highlights the features of a home that moms would be excited about.  When you think about some of the features that would make raising a family easier what comes to mind?  To start off, Everything’s included.  Luxury features, home automation, and environmental features are included in your new home with no extra costs.  The design features and attention to detail have really caught all of the key areas that will make parenting just a little bit easier. About the communities: K-Bar Ranch is their newest home community in ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Tubing the Ichetucknee River with Kids

Tips for Tubing the Ichetucknee River with kids

Every year our family joins 5-6 other families for our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park to go tubing down the Ichetucknee River.  This is our 4th year that we've taken this trip and each year we learn a few more tips to make it more fun for the kids (and adults). Ichetucknee Springs is a State Park in North Florida near the Georgia line.  It's about a 2-3 hour drive north for us from Tampa so it's not a bad weekend trip.  You could make it a day trip depending on how early you wanted to get started in the morning but we turn it into a weekend getaway.  The springs are part of the Suwannee River Valley and feed through some of the oldest and most natural parts of Florida.  The temperature in the springs is an ice cold 72 degrees year-round making it a perfect adventure for those balmy Florida summer days. Since the river is protected and managed by the Florida State Parks there are some rules (and tips) you need to be aware of before you go. 1. Tubing season ... [ Read More ]

Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

Tips for Using the Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

Do you usually take advantage of dining plans when you go to theme parks?  This past weekend while at Busch Gardens we decided to see if it was worth the price. Yes, there is a price associated with the all-day dining deal at Busch Gardens.  For adults, the price is $32.99 and for kids (ages 3-9) the price is $16.99.  If you are a passholder you can get a discount on the dining deals.  That may seem like a lot of money on top of the price of admission and parking, but I'll explain why it's a good deal! What's included in the all-day dining deal?  Each person in your party who pays for the dining deal will receive a wrist band.  With that wrist band you'll receive 1 entree, 1 side or dessert, and 1 fountain drink, tea or water on each trip through the line.  You can essentially eat and drink all day for one low price.  You are welcome to go through the line and just order a drink or just order a dessert.  You don't have to get everything each time you go through the line.  Most ... [ Read More ]

Avocado, Lime, Banana, Coconut Yogurt Push Pops

Avocado Lime Banana Push Pops

Last week while shopping we found these adorable push pop molds and for $1.99 I couldn't resist.  They sat hidden below the sink for a week until I decided what to put in them.  As I mentioned in my Avocado, Lime, Banana Smoothie recipe, I have a love affair with all things avocado! We decided to spike the recipe we used yesterday with some shredded coconut for a little texture.  While I bought a bag of shredded coconut for this recipe; my daughter actually convinced me to buy a real coconut for her.  Have you ever tried to crack a coconut?  It's not as easy as it looks but thanks to a video I found on YouTube I learned a trick.  After I attempted and only got a drop or two of coconut milk, my husband proceeded to crack it open using a hammer just like in the video.  (How to crack open a coconut video)  We had fun showing her what was inside, sipping the milk, and munching on the meat.  Well worth the $2.00 I spent to show her where stuff comes from. Back to the push pops! ... [ Read More ]