Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
This post brought to you by VISIT FLORIDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
When Derrick and I were first married, we spent a lot of time down in Florida. He was going to a school for the Coast Guard and I would fly down and visit him every few weeks when I had time off of work. He was in Tampa which was in close proximity to many places! We spent time on the beach, and a lot of time near Orlando. Pirate Dinner Shows, Medieval Dinner Shows, Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, it was a one-stop state for entertainment and relaxation. We really enjoyed our time there.
Summers in Florida are a great time to visit. And there is SO much to do and see. Besides the entertainment and parks you have the sea life as well. Dolphins, manatees, a tropical feel right here without leaving the United States!
Does a vacation in florida sound like something you would like to do? Then check out the Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway from VISIT FLORIDA! It runs through June 30, and participants may enter daily. I did! Simply visit the Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway site and browse the vacation packages that they are showcasing. Pick 3 of your favorites and submit them! One winner will win the 3 vacation packages that they chose! Nine additional winners will win one of the following packages: Swim with the Manatees, Tennis Lovers Gourmet Getaway, Natural Florida, Family Adventure, Space Cowboy, Trainer for a Day, The Breakers Luxury Dream Vacation, Ultimate Spa-Cation, Classic Family Beach Week, Step Into the Past, Florida Keys FIshing, or Tee Time for Two. See the site for details on each package!
Here are the vacation packages that I chose. I was drawn in by the ones that seemed centered around family activities and since These 3 looked AMAZING!
Family Adventure! (Sponsored by VisitCentralFlorida.org)
Central Florida is fun for the whole family! This trip for four includes two days at LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Water Park, Florida's newest family theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Experience the new WingWalkAir at Fantasy of Flight, a 600-foot zip line and three-level ropes course complete with 33 midair challenges. Then, explore the secret gardens at Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark. Relax after your many adventures with four nights at the Holiday Inn Winter Haven
Natural Florida! (Sponsored by Anna Maria Island LongboatKey.com)
Get to know Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton on two wheels and four legs! You and a guest will stay at the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort for three nights and explore the area on bicycle and Segway, then learn to swim with the horses and horse surf. On a trip to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton, we'll help you relax, renew and rediscover.
Classic Family Beach Week! (Sponsored by TradeWinds)
Sink your toes deep into the sugary white sand of St. Pete Beach for the family beach vacation of a lifetime. Enjoy the warm Florida sun and inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico during your week at TradeWinds Island Resorts. You and three guests will unwind in our spacious rooms, watch the sunset from a beachside hammock or relax in one of seven pools. Quite simply, the days are yours to do with as you like.
Don't these sound FUN?! Entering is easy and there is nothing to lose! Also be sure to check out VISIT FLORIDA on Facebook for more details.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Feel free to link up as many activities as you would like. Recipes, games, crafts, ANYTHING kids related!
Have a WONDERFUL summer! We're hitting the road in exactly 7 days for our big move to California!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
You can my attempt at Angry Bird Sandwiches here.
Vicks Nature Fusion, Charmin Basic, Downy Unstopables, and Swiffer Duster Extenders!
Choices, choices, choices. Every day we make choices. Some easier than others. Here is one that is an easy one. We try to stick with 100% juices, water, and milk as the staple drinks in our refrigerator for the kids as well as myself.
But not all 100% juices are the same. Did you know that one 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C?
Or that one serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices?
I didn't know this and was happy to hear this. I love orange juice. It feels filling and energizes me. It is refreshing and I LOVE citrus drinks, so 100% Florida Orange Juice is an obvious choice for breakfast.
While we are talking about healthy tips, here are some awesome tips from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD. Even though summer means vacationing and travel, let's not take a vacation from good food choices!
Jumpstart your morning with a nutritious meal that includes protein, fruit and energizing nutrient-dense carbs.
o Think you don’t have time for a complete breakfast? Blend your favorite fruit with 100 percent Florida orange juice and low-fat yogurt for a convenient, on-the-go smoothie.
o Want to jazz up your weekend breakfast? Substitute 100 percent Florida orange juice for water in your pancake batter to give your meal a zesty, new taste.
· When looking for a snack, think outside the box before trying to satisfy your cravings from roadside convenience stores or airport kiosks.
o Plan ahead and take a cooler with portable, smart snacks that fit your on-the-go lifestyle like nuts, hummus with veggies, granola bars and 8-ounce cartons of 100 percent orange juice that will help give you the energy and nutrients you need to get through your travel day.
· Outdoor grilling and dining is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy the warmer weather.
o Protein is a vital part of your daily diet, as it provides nutrients and may help satisfy hunger longer than most fats or carbohydrates.
o Choose leaner cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to grill and pair your protein with other nutrient-rich foods, such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Add 100 percent Florida orange juice to marinades for poultry and pork for a refreshing citrus zing and pour a glass of 100 percent orange juice to accompany your meal.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Our kids are spoiled, but they've also been across so much more territory than I ever did as a child. We've driven from California to Alaska. From Alaska to Ohio and from Ohio to Utah (twice) on top of trips to Niagara Falls, Pennsylvania, etc. So I guess a bit of extra effort is required since we drag our kids all over the country! With a portable DVD player, books on tape, a new DS (ugh...yes, we caved and finally let our children get one to share on the trip), toys, new chapter books, and these new travel binders that I made, I think they will have fun!
3500 miles and 18 Days on the road, then another 3 weeks of hotel living before our house is finished......BRING IT. ;)
|Week 2: June 11-17||Caring for Animals — This week of LeapFrog activities is designed to inspire new experiences with animals and to consider themes of responsibility and compassion.|
|Week 3: June 18-24||Puzzle Time — Play with puzzles while building logic & reasoning skills.|
|Week 4: June 25-July 1||Art & Music — Children's creativity blossoms when they have the time and freedom to experiment with a range of media. This week's activities include handmade instruments, crafts, and a home art gallery.|
|Week 5: July 2-8||Writing That's Real — Kids who don’t easily “take” to reading can often be coaxed through nonfiction. This week you’ll explore high-interest nonfiction topics and investigative writing.|
|Week 6: July 9-15||Storytelling — This week, children will express themselves creatively through storytelling, music, art, drama and pretend play.|
|Week 7: July 16-22||Natural Science — This week, we’ll encourage you and your child to observe, ask questions, and draw conclusions as you explore and investigate the world around you.|
|Week 8: July 23-29||Friendship Week — Get ready for school and International Friendship Day by exploring the theme of friendship.|