Our annual family museum passes are expiring at the end of this month, so we snuck in one last trip to the Glazer Children’s Museum today. It was the perfect balance of air conditioned fun inside, and fun in the sun & water outside the museum. We drank fancy sodas in glass bottles, and enjoyed being amongst the tall buildings and big city bustle. We have less than three weeks left before school starts, and we have a few more family adventures planned.
Two weeks ago, we rescued a little three year old chihuahua named Einstein. He was in pretty bad shape when we got him. Einstein was underweight, had some fur missing, his nails were very overgrown, and he was *ahem* stinky. After a bath, nail trim, and a big meal, we could already see him perking up. Now, two weeks later, he is a different dog. I am so happy we made room in our home and our hearts for this sweet little pup.
I don’t know about you, but for me, summer school break is flying by! We are at about the half way mark, and a few weeks ago, I decided we needed a little weekend getaway before school started. I knew I wanted a fabulous resort with a fun pool, and the Hyatt Regency in Orlando did not disappoint! The Hyatt (formerly the Peabody) is located on International Drive, really close to SeaWorld, and in between the Disney and Universal parks. The property is well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and fluffy, and the girls were very excited about the t.v. in the bathroom! The resort is located right next door to Pointe Orlando, a large shopping/movie/restaurant complex, so we were able to walk there and have dinner at Johnny Rockets. The resort has many restaurants on-site , so if you don’t want to leave the property, you wouldn’t have to. Most of the pictures I have posted are of the girls at the pool, because that is where we spent most of our time. The pool area is PERFECT for children, with it’s zero entry, basketball hoop, and shallow water. There is also a grotto pool with waterfalls (the kids loved jumping through them), and a small wading pool/beach for the really little ones. I enjoyed a couple of yummy frozen cocktails, and felt very relaxed poolside with my happy children. Sometimes it’s just nice to just get away for a weekend, and I know we will definitely be back to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort.
*this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. I booked our room through Priceline, and I think we got a great deal on a beautiful resort!
We celebrated the Fourth of July with my family in our backyard yesterday. It is a tradition I look forward to every summer. In the morning, we went to a parade in downtown Safety Harbor, and in the afternoon we swam, made homemade ice cream, cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and did some small fireworks in our yard. We did have some rain to contend with, but it cooled down the air, and we didn’t let it spoil the festivities.
If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)
We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!
We kicked the official start of summer of right with a family bbq, and a trip to the beach. We have spent endless hours in our pool and at the beach, which is the only way to beat the heat here in sunny Florida. Now that Amelia and Maggie are a bit older, (4 & 7), and they are both strong swimmers, I find these activities to be much more enjoyable.
I hope there is a sandy beach, or a crystal clear pool in your near future. Happy summer!
We often give eggs from our backyard chickens to friends and family. We use recycled egg cartons that people save for us from their store bought eggs, and reuse them to bring our eggs to others. My Papaw was the one who inspired us to get our hens, and I knew I wanted a label that read Papaw Farms to put on our egg containers in honor of him. I am so happy with the way these Kidecals labels turned out. The labels are very high quality, and are perfect for this purpose.
Another product from Kidecals that I knew I wanted were their chalkboard labels. My kiddos are collectors, and I often save our spaghetti and olive jars for them to stash away their treasures in. Now, we can label them, too! These labels would also be perfect on homemade salsa or jam.
Head on over to Kidecals and check out all of their great labels. I will definitely be ordering some more labels for Amelia’s school supplies when she is ready to go back to school. Kidecal is offering my readers 15% off any order with the discount code fashion.
*this is a sponsored post, I was compensated to write this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We spent our Father’s Day morning on the beach. We relaxed in the shade, played in the surf, and had a yummy seafood lunch at a favorite restaurant. I hope all you dads out there are enjoying a fun-filled and relaxing day. Today we celebrate you!
We live in our back yard this time of year. We are lucky enough to have a quarter acre of land here in the city, and we use every inch of it. My father built our amazing deck and bar, and we love cooking out and having friends and family over for some outdoor fun. We have recently upgraded our outdoor cushions, and had our deck pressure washed. Next, well seal the wood, and paint our picnic table, too. There are still some projects to finish in our yard, but it is feeling more and more complete these days.
We have been living in our backyard these last few weeks. We’ve had friends & family over for bbqs and homemade sangria. We’ve been swimming in the pool, the kids have been catching lizards, and we are really enjoying this slower pace of life. I hope your summer is off to a great start, too!
Yesterday was the girls first official day of summer break. We decided to kick it off right with a trip Honeymoon Island for some fun in the sun. We found some beautiful shells like the ones above, but we also decided to search for some less than perfect shells, with holes in them, so we could do a fun craft when we returned home.
You can use any string or yarn you might have around the house, we used twine, and let your kids put their favorite shells on by themselves. The result is a fun and funky shell necklace that your kiddos will love.
This weekend has been so much fun. On Saturday, we spent the afternoon in the children’s section of our local library, crafting and book hunting, followed by a trip to our favorite gelato spot. Sunday, we hosted some friends and family for a bbq and pool party, and today, we met some people at the beach to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was HOT in Florida this weekend, and I was happy to enjoy all the great summer activities we have waited for these last few months. I love the last photo above of the girls sleeping in the car on the way home from the beach today. It just shows you how much fun we had this weekend! We are pooped.
I hope your long weekend was a blast, too!
Thank you to all the veterans and their families for your service. We appreciate you. A special thank you to our favorite vets, my dad, and my brother-in-law.
This weekend we celebrated Maggie’s fourth birthday with family & friends at a favorite park. Maggie requested a Littlest Pet Shop party, and I was happy to make her birthday wishes come true. My mom made the beautiful pull-apart cupcake cake, and I put together a pet shop buffet, with cheese for the mice, carrots for the bunnies, goldfish for the kitties, and chex mix in a dog bowl for the puppies. The weather was gorgeous, and everyone was happy to be together enjoying the warm sunshine on our shoulders. My sweet Maggie had a super fun day, and that makes my mama heart happy.
I had a lovely Mother’s Day today. We went to Honeymoon Island, and enjoyed beautiful weather, and warm gulf water. I feel so lucky to be a mother to Amelia and Maggie. They are both such sweet and loving girls, and have showered me with kisses, homemade cards, and snuggles all day long. I had a nap this afternoon, and then the girls and I swam in our pool while Beau cooked steaks for dinner on the grill. Pretty great day indeed.
I am wishing all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day, too!
One of the adventures we enjoyed on our staycation last weekend, was a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter the dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale, lives here. She’s a local celebrity. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend it. We enjoyed looking at the marine life, and then we took a trolley ride over to the main land to see an exhibit with movie sets, and more. If you are ever in central west Florida, stop in to see our beautiful beach, and meet Winter.
A second film just wrapped filming here about another Clearwater Marine Aquarium resident dolphin named Hope. She is the other dolphin you see in the photo with Winter.
I checked the pool temp today, and it was finally warm enough to swim! After I picked Maggie up from school this morning, we took a dip in the water, and it was the perfect activity on this hot spring day. Our temps will soar to 90 degrees this afternoon! Hooray for backyard pools!
My parents came to Clearwater Beach to meet us for dinner to celebrate my 37th birthday last weekend. We were enjoying a long weekend stay cation at the Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, a super cute retro motel with views of the intracoastal waterway. We all stuffed ourselves with seafood, enjoyed some yummy rum runners, and sang along and danced to the awesome cover band that was playing at the restaurant that night. The sunset was amazing, and we all agreed we needed to make the short drive to the beach to view it more often. The next morning we had perfect beach weather, and the girls stayed busy building sand castles and jumping the waves.
Last weekend, we stayed a few days at our favorite beach motel to celebrate my birthday, and the beautiful weather. Although we had some rain to contend with, we made the best of it with activities like swimming in the rain (our pool was heated), eating delicious seafood at our favorite beach restaurants, bird and boat watching from our balcony, and a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit Winter, the famous dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale. (I will do a separate post on that outing, later). We love our local beach, and it is always voted amongst the top beaches in the country. Our sugary sand, and beautiful, warm gulf water make it the perfect place for a family vacation.
Over the weekend, we took the girls to see our minor league baseball team, the Clearwater Threshers. They have a super fun stadium, and it happened to be Star Wars night, so we were in for some fun. We stuffed ourselves with popcorn, enjoyed seeing all the different characters from the films, and we watched a little baseball, too. Amelia was happy to meet and greet, but Maggie wanted no part of it. Ha!
We had a very nice Easter Sunday. The girls awoke early to find that the Easter bunny had left them a basket of goodies, and eggs to hunt in our backyard. Later in the morning, my family came over for brunch, and after they left, we had a lazy afternoon watching Easter Parade, and taking cat naps. We will have a week of warm weather, and I hope that it is warming up where you live, too.
My sister stayed the night at a Marriott on a local beach this weekend, and was kind enough to invite us over to enjoy the pool. The weather here in west-central Florida is perfect right now, and it was so nice to swim, and warm ourselves in the sun. My mom went with us (that’s her with the girls in the waterfall photos), and she treated us to a Rita’s italian ice on the way home. Yum. I am looking forward to many more trips to the beach this spring and summer. We really do live in paradise.
The girls and I made a chocolate cake this afternoon. I told them we could eat it for dinner, and they thought it was an April Fools’ joke. Only I was serious. I think we should make cakes for dinner more often.
This is one of my favorite cakes. I make it every year around this time when the Florida strawberries are in season. Devil’s food cake, homemade whipped cream, and fresh strawberries marinated in vanilla & sugar. Simple and delicious!
My girls are on spring break this week, so on Monday, we took a quick overnight trip to Orlando. We swam in the chilly hotel pool, had a fabulous dinner out, and spent some time in Downtown Disney. It was a slow paced trip, which we needed because the girls and I are recovering from being sick. Yesterday, we went to see Peabody and Sherman (we loved it!), and this weekend the weather will once again warm up, and I hope there will be a beach trip in our future.
We are having spectacular weather here in Florida right now. I decided it was too pretty to stay indoors today, so we drove about twenty minutes north to visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. I always feel like I am on vacation when we visit. You can see the ships come in with the sponges, and watch the men clean them on the boat. While we were watching today, a nice man threw both of my girls a sponge, fresh from the salt water. They were excited. We listened to some live music, enjoyed a snow cone, and had an early dinner at a delicious greek restaurant. That’s my chicken souvlaki in the photo above. Yum.
Today we traveled to visit my husband’s family, a little over an hour away from where we live. We packed a picnic lunch, so after our visit, we could visit Lithia Springs State Park, and let the girls swim in the natural springs. It was the perfect day for a swim, and the water was refreshing, as it stays at a constant 72 degrees year round. I am sure we will visit again once our Florida summer heatwave returns.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day. My girls both have Valentine’s Day parties at their schools, and were very excited to take their cards in to class today. I baked a chocolate cake for the occasion, and look forward to a quiet night at home with my husband and kids. I think pizza and DVD rentals are in order.
I am going to try and resurrect Preschool Style by changing the name to Kid Style, and get back to more regular posts. Amelia just got this Hello Kitty dress from H&M, so I thought it would be a good time to start. Isn’t this dress the cutest?!
It is BEAUTIFUL today in Florida. The weather is sunny and warm with a high of 78 degrees. I knew when I woke up this morning, that today was not a day to be wasted. We decided to take the girls to visit the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. This animal sanctuary rescues animals, mainly primates, from laboratories, retired acting chimps, and failed attempts at keeping these animals as pets. For a small fee, you can tour the facility, and feed the many different species of primates. After our monkey viewing experience, we went to a favorite old roadside ice cream stand for a cold treat.
I know many of you are experiencing freezing temps right now, so I am sending you sunny greetings from Florida, with the hopes of warmer days ahead for you, too.
We started our last day of 2013 out right with a big breakfast at our favorite diner, Lenny’s. Afterwards, we took the girls to the park for a little bird watching, and jungle gym action. Later that night, I put out a party spread just for the four of us, and we made a fire in our backyard, where we enjoyed some yummy s’mores. It has become a tradition these last few years to have a fire on NYE and a sparkling grape juice toast with the girls before they go to bed. On New Year’s Day, my family came over for dinner. I made homemade cupcakes, and baked macaroni, and my mom brought over pork chops and black eyed peas. It was a lovely start to what I hope will be a banner year!
I hope you all had a very merry holiday with your family! Our Christmas Eve/Day was the BEST. Christmas Eve was spent with my family eating way too much food, listening to my grandparents old 45 records, retelling funny stories from years past, and lots and lots of laughter. On Christmas morning we did it all again! It was really fun to watch the girls open their presents this year, and we have spent much of the day opening up and playing with all of their new treasures. Also, naps.