FREE Things To Do With Your Kids This Fall!

  Fall is the perfect time to spend quality time with your family in the cool weather, but sometimes it can be hard to think of things to do that aren’t expensive. Here are a few fun and free things to do with your kids this fall! Go to a fall festival or pumpkin patch

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Featured Teacher: Stephanie Anderson

Meet Stephanie Anderson, Giggle most recent featured teacher: At what school to you work currently? Stephen Foster Elementary School What grade/age do you teach? Third grade magnet How long have you been a teacher? This is my 4th year teaching What is your favorite book? Oh! That is a hard question! Recently my favorite book

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How to Make Grandma’s Apple Turnovers

Fall is such a sweet time for families to gather and share all of their favorite recipes. This is the first fall that my family is spending without my great-grandma, and even though she isn’t here anymore to share her recipes with me, my Mema, her daughter, knows them well enough to pass them down

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Last Minute Jack-O-Lantern Ideas!

Halloween is tomorrow! Jack-o-lanterns are the perfect decoration to adorn your porch for trick-or-treaters, and we have some last minute jack-o-lantern inspiration for you! Also, check out the awesome jack-o-lantern that one of our Giggle Moms sent in (above)! Use these last minute jack-o-lantern ideas to make your pumpkin creations just in time for Halloween!

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Which Halloween Candies Should You Be Eating?

  Halloween is scary, but not always because of the monsters and ghosts! Kids bring home the scariest thing of all in their trick-or-treat baskets -- CANDY! Not only can it be temping for your kids to over-indulge in their sweet finds, but it can also be temping for moms and dads to sneak a

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National Do Something Nice Day!

This Saturday, October 5, is National Do Something Nice Day, and it is the perfect time to take your kids out for a day of being nice to others! Set aside this day to talk to your kids about how important it is to be kind and respectful to others, and show them how a

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Local Pumpkin Patches You Should Visit in 2019

Fall is finally here, and we can't wait to see Facebook full with pictures of your little ones visiting pumpkin patches! Here is a list of a few local pumpkin patches that are opening soon so that you can get a head start on your fall bucket-list! AbidingSavior Lutheran Youth Pumpkin Patch Opens on September

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Celebrate National Lazy Mom Day!

  Alright moms, this week we celebrate National Lazy Mom Day on Friday, September 6! This holiday, that you may have never heard of, is celebrated on the first Friday of September every year, and it’s a day for you to be lazy. No dishes, no laundry, no cooking dinner — just laziness and pampering

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Celebrate National Waffle Day on August 24!

  This weekend, we get to celebrate one of my favorite things: Waffles! National Waffle Day is on August 24, and I’m so glad there is a whole day dedicated to this delectable breakfast food. Waffles are fluffy, can hold copious amounts of syrup and can be the perfect landing place for delish things like

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Easy After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Dinner

School is back in session! Summer is (sort of) over, and your kids will be spending their days at school soaking up all kinds of knowledge —but all that learning can work up an appetite! When your kiddos get home from school looking for something to stuff their faces with, try making these after-school snacks

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What is the Team Impact Girls’ Basketball Program?

  Gainesville’s own Team Impact girls’ basketball program is giving talented female students the opportunity to play competitive basketball regardless of their family’s ability to pay large player fees. According to Chris Fischer, head coach of Team Impact 2025, Team Impact is a non-profit established in 2016 with the intent of providing local girl basketball

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Alachua County Public Schools earns an ‘A’ grade in ’19

Coming up from a ‘B’ grade in 2018, Alachua County Public Schools earns an ‘A’ this year. There are also multiple individual schools that have boosted their grades since 2018 because of students scoring higher. Here is an excerpt from the Alachua County Public Schools Press Release: “The Florida Department of Education released the 2019

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Free Independence Day Events Around Town!

Looking for things to do this week for Independence Day? Here is a list of places in Gainesville and the surrounding area that are having Independence Day events around town for you and your family to enjoy! Check them out: Fanfares and Fireworks Micanopy Fourth of July Celebration City of Alachua Fourth of July Celebration

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New Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Requirements

Starting July 1, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship requirements have gotten a little harder. The minimum SAT score required to attain the Florida Academic Scholars award or the Florida Medallion Scholars award has gone up. According to PrepScholar SAT, an online resource, it is estimated that the minimum SAT score for the Florida Academic Scholars award

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The -New- Florida Ban on Texting While Driving

Starting July 1, a new and improved Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law will go into effect. As many of us know, texting and driving is very dangerous to both ourselves and other drivers around us. Under current Florida Law, a police officer can only cite you for texting and driving if they are pulling

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Target Brings Back Discount for Teachers This July

Target, a beloved store that practically has it all, is offering a great discount for teachers this July! This is Target’s second year offering a service where teachers can go online and fill out a verification form to receive their coupon via email. Teachers will get 15% off on the following, according to Target.com: School

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Seafood Dishes That Are Kid & Mom Approved

Seafood is a superfood! It is packed with nutrients and healthy fats, like the omega-3 you can find in salmon, that keep you full all day long, and it is a great source of energy for your little rascals. However, sometimes it seems impossible to serve seafood to your children without them turning up their

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Get Your Home Ready for Earth Day!

Cleaning up the Earth can start right at home. As Earth Day approaches this year on April 22, make your house earth-friendly with some simple fixes that will cut down on your ecological footprint and help clean our motherland. Stop Buying Disposable Products The impact that we have on the environment, or our ecological footprint,

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World Health Day: Celebrating 71 Years of the World Health Organization

Your child’s health and wellness begins in the comfort of your own home. You strive to make sure that your child has the best pediatrician and access to healthcare, but what about the families in the third world countries who physically cannot access the same types of medical assistance we have here? Thanks to the

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PTA Superstars of Alachua County

By Amanda Roland Photos Provided By PTA Presidents The Alachua County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, works tirelessly to make sure our schools, children and parents are taken care of, but how do they do it? Who are the people that make it all happen? Meet some of your Alachua County PTA presidents! On top

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Interactive Reading for Beginners

Every parent wants to do the right thing for their child’s education, but sometimes it can be hard to navigate the best way to help them succeed, especially when it comes to reading. We can agree that setting our children up to be strong readers is so important, but how can we help them when

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Developmental Milestones

Making Sure Your Toddlers Are On Track Watching your babies grow and change is magical. Their first words, cute gestures and wild laughs fill us with so much excitement, but it can be alarming if you feel like your child is falling behind developmentally. So, what developmental milestones can we be looking for in our

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