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New Teacher’s Creative Way To Welcome New Students

  • 7:48 am Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Via Ty Gotham / YouTube

I am from a family of teachers & have such a huge respect for what they do & the responsibility that they carry every single day–keeping our kids safe, inspiring them, educating them and the long list goes on & on. When I saw this video of 1st-year student-teacher Dwayne Reed’s creative way to welcome new students to his class, I immediately wanted to give him a shout out–and kudos to all teachers who step up every day in so many ways!

Click here to see Dwayne’s story.

Best Career Based On Your Zodiac Sign

  • 7:42 am Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Kristi Thomas

Looking for a new career? Maybe the perfect job is only your Zodiac sign away. According to this article on Hello Giggles, some of the traits that we get from being born under certain signs are good indicators of which career paths might be the best fit. Since I was born on the cusp of Cancer & Leo, I always look at both–and both were spot on for me. Click here to see what job is ideal for you based on your Zodiac sign. 

Easy Time-Saving School Hacks For Parents And Kids

  • 9:04 am Friday, August 19th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Chadd & Em

One week of school down…how many to go? I confess I have been stressed out beyond belief getting back into the swing of the kids being back in school, as our youngest one has just made the jump to middle school. (I think she’s made the transition better than I have.) And our oldest started his senior year, doing a combination of Florida Virtual School & high school.

The biggest thing is trying to get organized and feel ahead of the game, instead of 5 steps behind. One thing I have decided to do is get a dry erase board for [More]

School Bus & Back-To-School Safety Tips

  • 6:26 am Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Portland Press Herald / Getty Images

When it comes to back to school time, we are all set with school supplies, clothes & lunch box goodies, but sometimes we forget some of the important stuff when we cross paths with a school bus. Chadd & I saw this in action yesterday when we were taking our kids to school & there was a school bus stopping on the opposite side of a separated 4-lane road with no median. Some cars stopped–some kept going. So we thought it is probably a good idea to review the rules to make sure to keep the kids safe.

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Adorable Video: Chris Pratt Attempts Donald Duck Pancakes For His Son

  • 5:47 am Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Chris Pratt attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Love this! “Guardians Of The Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt is just like the rest of us parents. He gives his best effort to making a Donald Duck-shaped pancake for his adorable little boy. Watch his Instagram video below to see his son’s reaction and find out if Chris succeeded in his quest.

dad /dad/ noun informal One's father Verb "Chris made a Donald Duck pancake that was basically a perfect photo copy of the picture he saw online and his son [More]

Pokemon Go: What You Need To Know If Your Kids Are Playing

  • 7:16 am Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Pokemon Card

You may be sick of hearing about the new game Pokemon Go that is spreading like wildfire. However, if you have kids playing it, there are some things you need to know about some of the unexpected pros like teaching problem-solving skills–and potential cons of the game. Check out: 7 Things Parents Should Know About “Pokemon Go” and Kids & The Pokemon Go Craze–Everything Moms Need To Know .


Here’s How To Find The Best Mosquito Repellent

  • 8:35 am Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus are spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

Now that we’re finally getting some rain here in the Tampa Bay area, it’s good…and bad.  More rain = more mosquitoes. And with the continued threat of West Nile and now the Zika Virus, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re protected.  But WHICH repellent should you use???

I saw this great article Here’s How To Find The Best Mosquito Repellent  in Time magazine that discusses just that.

First there’s the synthetic vs. natural debate.

According to the article, no repellent has been tested more throughout the years than Deet.  It’s effective.  And safe to spray on most clothes (cotton [More]

Best Summer Travel Destinations

  • 8:55 am Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Clearwater Beach

We live in paradise with beautiful sites to see, great weather & fun year round activities, but just where do we rank when it comes to summer travel destinations? It’s no surprise that the Orlando area was in the top 5, coming in 3rd place for this year’s Best Summer Travel Destinations. But what about the Tampa Bay area?

According to WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez not too bad. Out of the 80 largest metro areas, she says, “The Tampa Bay area ranked 22nd best for travel destinations.  For the ‘Travel Costs and Hassles’ key dimension, it ranked above average due to [More]

Best & Worst Cities For 4th Of July Celebrations

  • 6:09 am Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Kristi Thomas
Kristi's fireworks pic

It is pretty awesome living in the Tampa Bay area with our beautiful beaches & parks. There is plenty to do on a long holiday weekend, including a bunch of celebrations across town. Click here to see all of the events going on across the Tampa Bay area this weekend.

But how do we rank compared to other cities across the country when it comes to July 4th celebrations? WalletHub did a comparison of the 100 largest cities and analyst Jill Gonzalez says “Tampa and St. Petersburg ranked 37th and 28th overall, respectively.”

She goes on to give props to St. Pete, [More]

4th Of July By The Numbers: How much will we eat, drink & travel?

  • 5:28 am Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Kristi Thomas

This long 4th Of July holiday weekend is going to be a busy one, especially on the roads. If you’re planning on roadtrippin’ it, WalletHub says you’re going to have plenty of company–as many as 41.9 million people plan to travel 50+ miles from home this weekend. That’s the most since 2007.

Here are some other fun stats. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez notes, “Independence Day also happens to be the #1 beer-drinking holiday in America! We will spend a collective $1 billion dollars on beer alone. We’ll also tack on $6.77 billion on food, while consuming 150 million hot dogs, 700 million [More]

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