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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 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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How to Disney World Day Trip from Tampa Bay

We are not big Disney people. Pre-kids there wouldn’t be a reason for either of us to do or even say anything Disney-related. At the same time, we weren’t anti-Disney either. We were just indifferent. However, we made the choice to do a Disney World Day Trip.  Kids Change Everything. As all you moms know, […]

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Things to Do on Christmas Break

Five Things You Can Do To Entertain Your Kids on Christmas Break

  Its that time of year again….its Christmas time and your kids are out of school for at least two weeks. Whether you’re lucky enough to have these two weeks off of work with them or not, you still need to keep your kiddos entertained. Here are five things you can do to entertain your […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go (With A MOSI Membership)

Last summer, I had the brilliant idea of purchasing a Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Explorer Membership under the auspices of learning about science with my toddler. Truthfully, I got it to beat the heat on a 90+ degree day. Combine the hot weather with the need to get out with my then 3-year-old […]

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Staycation vs Shortcation: Florida Getaways You Can Afford

“Staycation” vs. “Shortcation”: Four Great (Short) Florida Getaways

When talk at the soccer game or baseball practice turns to summer plans, chances are you’ll hear something like this: “Oh, we can’t take a vacation this year. We’re going to do a staycation instead.” Ah, the “staycation,” that 21st-century buzzword that means “stay home and pretend you’re on vacation.” It’s a budget-friendly alternative to […]

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A Pastor’s Wife’s Christmas

December is my favorite month! The weather has cooled, but isn’t cold (not even Florida-cold). Christmas trees, lights, and decorations are up. Special events like the Florida Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Lights in the Gardens and parades on land and at sea seem to happen every weekend. And church live nativities, pageants, potlucks, and services are […]

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