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7 Tips on How to Motivate Kids to Help with Spring Cleaning

Ugh! Spring Cleaning. It’s a time consuming activity that no busy mom wants to conquer on her own. My mom used to say (half joking) that she had kids so that they could do the housework. I had chores when I was little and I do remember protesting. I told my mom I didn’t see […]

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The Homeschooling Questions You Really Want to Ask

The Homeschooling Questions You Really Want to Ask

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about homeschooling as they try to make decisions about their children’s future in public schools. Many of them ask similar questions and it occurred to me that there may be other parents out there with the […]

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Winter is Here: Prepping Your Florida Kids for the North

People who know me understand that I hate winter. The snow is not my natural habitat, especially since I’m a native Floridian. Some Floridians think snow is this magical, mythological, and wonderful creation. I believe these are the ones who haven’t had to live in it. Now I’m no expert, but I lived in Philadelphia […]

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100 Things to do in Tampa Bay

100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay on Spring Break

Six years ago, my little family and I planned to visit Tampa for the first time on our 2012 Spring Break. My daughters were three years and five months old. We spent the week visiting kid-friendly attractions, eating at great restaurants, and checking out some hot spots around Tampa Bay. We never expected that in just a few […]

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Best Nature Hikes (For Every Age) In Tampa Bay

My family loves being outside! Living in the Tampa Bay Area, we have an embarrassing abundance of riches when it comes to outdoor experiencing. We playground it up on the daily, have water adventures on our sailboat, kayak, and SUP, and take hikes and walks together whenever possible. Now you may be thinking, Florida is […]

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FLVS Helping Florida Homeschool Students Succeed

This article is brought to us by guest blogger Suzan Kurdak. Susan is a published author, blogger, and communication specialist who joined Florida Virtual School in 2011. She is passionate about boosting and encouraging others to live life to their fullest potential. This post is sponsored by our partners at Florida Virtual School. It’s a […]

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25 Books Celebrating the Wonder of Christmas

25 Books Celebrating the Wonder of Christmas

It’s no secret my family reads extensively. I’ve previously written about our love of the written word in a couple of other TBMB posts, but wintery and Christmas books are my FAVORITE books of them all. I love spending our Florida Christmases wearing shorts and a T-shirt while curling up with a good book surrounded […]

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Always a Great Time For Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream

It’s always a great time for ice cream! Seriously. Our family can eat ice cream in the dead of winter (typically the mid-60’s) or, of course, in the middle of the summer. Ice cream is present at all celebrations, regardless of age. It’s a reward for good deeds, a consolation prize for bad days, and […]

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