Mommyhood

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    October is RSV Awareness Month ~ Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

    I have vivid memories of my nephew suffering from RSV over 10 years ago.  He was born over 7 weeks premature and after spending what seemed like endless weeks in the NICU, he was out of danger, or so we thought.  About six months after my best friend got to take him home, he got sick.  She noticed he was breathing fast, yet still wheezing  Read more…

  • 9 Tips for Saving Money as a Sports Mom On The Go!

    It’s that time of year again, back to school and back to practice! My biggest struggle with this time of year is transforming from a road tripping, laid back, adventure seeking mom, into a sports mom. It’s the time to buckle down on routines and unpack my suitcases and fill my trunk with sports equipment and bleacher chairs.  Read more…

Tampa Bay

  • The Best Exhibits at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

    When I decided to check it out, the Glazer Children’s Museum stuck out as an interesting place to explore with the kids.  So, I was excited when the museum invited us to visit.  Growing up in Massachusetts, I had visited the Boston Children’s Museum countless times and always made amazing memories, and I was excited to do the same in our new home state.  Read more…

  • Top Tips for Visiting Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

    While in Tampa one of the best places to take the kids is the Lowry Park Zoo!
      My kids are big animal lovers,  Anthony loves to learn all the facts about each kind of animal while the twins just fall in love with all of them, so this zoo was a great experience for us. This was the first time I had ever visited the Lowry Park Zoo and I was very impressed. Read more…

Orlando

  • 8 Reasons to Visit Sea World Orlando Even if You Don’t Like Rollercoasters!

    My oldest, who is the only one tall enough to ride most of Sea World’s roller coasters, hates high speed attractions. Plus, my younger two are past the kiddie ride age, but not yet tall enough for the coasters, although they can’t wait! Because of this, I wasn’t sure how our trip over would go because all I had seen up and down i4 were billboards for the tallest and fastest roller coasters.  Read more…

  • Complete Guide to the Crayola Experience in Orlando!

    We spend a lot of time in Orlando and it is amazing hmany things there are to do beyond the theme parks, that many visitors don’t think about. The Crayola Experience is one of these unique activities that is worth checking out when you’re in Orlando!
    The Crayola Experience takes about 3-4 hours to complete if you plan to visit all the attractions inside and let the kids truly enjoy this colorful wonderland.  Read more…

Travel

  • 8 Tips for Saving on a Family Beach Vacation

    We recently took a fun trip over to Clearwater Beach, Florida and it was amazing. Growing up in New England, I was more of a lake side traveler or an up in the mountains girl. However, when we moved to Florida my salty side came out and I’ve found myself craving the ocean more and more. Unfortunately, the idea of staying on the beach for a week was giving me and my wallet anxiety attacks. I decided to search some hotels that I had drove by in the past to see how out of reach a beach week was. Well, I think my credit card laughed at me. Read more…

  • HOW I SAVED MONEY ON MY ORLANDO FAMILY ROAD TRIP!

    How I Saved Money on My Orlando Family Road Trip!

    Summer is in full swing and that means I am taking full advantage of my Instant Gold Status from Shell and the Fuel Rewards® program, and hitting the road to make some amazing family memories!
    This month we did an Orlando Family Road Trip and I saved big time at the pump. Remember Shell is currently giving members of the *Fuel Rewards® Program “Instant Gold Status” which rewards members with an automatic 5 cents a gallon reward on every fill-up,  Read more…

Disney

  • Coco is coming to theaters on November 22nd!!!

    Is it November yet?  Disney has my family doing a movie countdown again!  I showed all three kids the trailer for COCO last week, and I have been asked at least a dozen times “Is COCO in theaters YET? We can’t wait to learn more about Miguel and his cool story!  About COCO Despite his family’s baffling […] Read more…

  • 15 Moana Inspired Crafts for Kids

    Moana has been on repeat in my house for over a month now.  All my kids are obsessed and the twins are singing “How Far I’ll Go” as I type this.  Do you have a Moana fan in your house?  If you do, you have to check out these fun crafts: 1. Moana Canoe Popsicle […] Read more…

Food

  • Add a Bold New Taste to Your Lunch on the Go!

    Do you eat on the go a lot?  I do, between the kid’s activities and family events, I’m always eating something quick in the car.  If I’m not eating on the go, I’m eating at my desk most days.  When your limited in time and space, it’s easy to get into a lunch time rut.  So, I’m always looking for a new healthy and delicious lunch option that doesn’t involve a drive-thru. Read more…

  • Celebrate National Cheese Curd Day at Culver’s on October 15th!

    October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day! Have you tried cheese curds before?  Cheese curds are bite sized chunk of yellow and white cheddar cheese that are breaded and cooked.  Leaving you with a tasteful combination of crunchy with a gooey inside. Read more…

Lifestyle

  • 6 Tailgating Made Simple Tips

    It’s football season, and that means tailgating time!  Tailgating to me is the best part of attending an NFL game.  You get to pull into a parking lot with all your friends, eat great food, play games, relax, and have fun, while you wait for game time. Read more…

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    Ask an Expert from Home with Samsung Health!

    If your family is anything like mine, you know how crazy this time of year becomes.  I am so busy, and trying to catch a breath is never easy.  Between adjusting back to school, getting ready for all the holidays, fall sports, the house, and everything else that goes along with being a work at home mom and wife, there is no time for me to get sick. Read more…

Fashion

  • Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Every Aspect of Life! #prAnaMom

    Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Moms As a mom, it is so easy to lose sight of our appearance and easily let out wardrobe become filled with sweatpants and oversized t-shirts.  We are constantly bending, lifting children, cleaning up messes, playing on the floor, and so on.  We need to be comfortable, I get it, […] Read more…

  • Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

    My kid’s first day of school is next week so the back to school mad dash is in full swing at my house.  Trying to get everyone back on a routine after a summer of late night swimming and sleeping in late, plus gathering all their school supplies, and finding some stylish back to school clothes, has my to do list busting off the paper. Read more…

Crafts and Tutorials

  • 15 Fun Fall Crafts to do with the Kids

     Fall is my favorite season, pumpkins, apples, hayrides, I just love the cool crisp air.  Get into the fall spirit and have some fun crafting up these fun decorations with the kids!  Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin  Paper Plate Owls Corny Containers Fall Handprint Wreath Fall Tree with Sun Catcher Leaves Tissue Paper Apple Stained Glass […] Read more…

  • How to Make your Own Weighted Blanket ~ Tutorial

    When Early Intervention told me I should get Aidan a weighted blanket for his Sensory Processing Disorder, I had no idea what SPD was never mind a weighted blanket! So what did I do….. Google! BUT these lovely blankets that were supposed to make my dear little boy able to relax and stay still for […] Read more…

American Girl Doll

  • American Girl Doll Z Yang

    American Girl did it again! They came out with another amazing doll for your child to fall in love with! “Z” is short for Suzie, she is a Korean-American doll that is from Seattle! Z is very imaginative and is a filmmaker developing her own take on the world that surrounds her by creating vlogs! Z shows your child that they can be or do anything they put their mind to!  Read more…

  • Poetry is my Power with American Girl Doll of the Year Gabriela

    Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year, is here to bring even more inspiration to your child! Gabriela is a doll who takes poetry as a way to express herself and work through her stuttering. She has been an inspiration to so many girls around the globe.  Read more…

Holiday Gift Guide

  • Keep Your Kids Entertained and Having Fun Outdoors! #TRUPowerUpFun

    Summer break for kids has either started or is close! With that comes long summer days, and finding ways to keep your kids entertained, and having fun outdoors! Today, I wanted to share two awesome NERF N-Strike toys that might be perfect for entertaining your child! Head to Toys “R” Us and get a NERF N Strike MEGA Mastodon  Read more…

  • Benefits of Front Load Laundry Machines!

    As a mom of three, I do a lot of laundry. It feels like once I catch up, the hamper is filled again overnight. So having the best washer possible is very important to me, saving me time and money. Cleaning performance with a front load washer is better than top load and that is important when you have kids who love to play rough and get dirty.  Read more…