What’s Cookin’ at the Barbecue?

Welcome to Florida, where the sun shines bright (on most days), and many summers are spent at family barbecues by the pool. For most of us, attending barbecues have been a summer staple for as long as we can remember, so bring out your favorite tools and get grilling before the summer is over! Tips

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8 Summer Reads for Your Tween

The middle school years can be pretty tough for kids. There is a lot of transitioning and understanding that takes place during this time period and it’s pretty evident that a lot of teenagers are subject to feeling alone at this time. As parents, we struggle from afar, knowing that there is not much that

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Don’t forget about Dad! Treat those dads in your life to some unique gifts from our gift guide this Father’s Day. Show him how much he is loved! [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="21" gal_title="Fathers Day Gift Guide"]

4 Summer Cocktails to Soak Up the Sun!

Frozen Mojito Ingredients: 1⁄2 cup white rum 1⁄4 cup lime juice 10 mint leaves 1⁄4 cup club soda 1⁄2 tablespoons simple syrup 5 tablespoons of sugar 2 1⁄2 cups of ice Directions: Put all ingredients into your blender. Pulse for 1 minute and then blend until slush consistency forms. Sugar the rims of your desired

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DIY Watermelon Doormat

What better way to welcome the warm sun with this fun, cute and easy diy watermelon doormat? Follow our how-to guide to bring a little color right onto your front porch! Supplies for diy watermelon doormat: 1. All purpose sponge 2. Plain doormat (we bought ours for $9.99 at Target) 3. Green, black, pink acrylic

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Food Gadgets for Summer Fun

Bring some fun into your kitchen with these quirky food gadgets! From a retro slushy machine to your very own ice cream maker, your summer days can be filled with endless fun, laughter and amazing memories. Check out some of our favorite items below! Cool Down 1. Nostalgia Retro Series Slush Drink Maker $44.75 Amazon.com

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Memorial Day Weekend Getaway Ideas!

By Renee Castro Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, hooray!! With the much-anticipated long weekend around the corner, we’re here to help you scramble some last minute plans if you’re really eager to get out of town. Check out our getaway ideas and plan that mini vacation, you and your kids deserve it! Walt Disney

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Motivating the Unmotivated Homeschool Student

By Crystal Ladwig, PH.D. Let’s be honest. We all have days when we just want to stay in bed all day. The last thing we want to do is get up, make sure everyone gets their schoolwork done, and go to co-op, music lessons and sports practices. But we do it anyway because we’re responsible

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Banana Smoothies for Everyone!

By Renee Castro Do you have a kiddo who absolutely refuses to eat their veggies? Have you tried everything in the book to make them tolerate the taste? Well, don’t fret! Try our three banana smoothies with a hidden veggie that your kids are sure to love! They’re easy, fruity and delicious! Green Machine Smoothie

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Get Ready for the Alachua County Kindergarten Roundup

By Tracy Wright It's always a big milestone for parents when their child enters kindergarten. Alachua County’s Kindergarten Roundup, makes it easy for parents to enroll their children at their zoned elementary school quickly and efficiently while also allowing parents and children to get comfortable with the school, teachers and classmates. The 2019 Kindergarten Roundup

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Taming a Temper Tantrum

Temper tantrums can be equally frustrating for parents and children as as parents we want to focus stopping temper tantrums. However, they are a normal part of early childhood development, and one of the first ways that children show when they’re upset. The tantrums typically affect children in their toddler years and can last into

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Smooth Sailing: Treating Your Child’s Constipation

By Tracy Wright Constipation is a common health condition, and children are not immune. According to the BMJ journal, it is one of the top 10 common problems that pediatricians see in their office, and up to 8 percent of American children are chronically constipated. Common signs of constipation are gas and bloating, less frequent

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How to Baby Proof As Your Baby Grows

By Amanda Roland We can all agree that the most important aspect of parenting is safety, and as your baby ages, baby proofing should be at the top of your list. According to kidshealth.org, accidental injury is the leading cause of death in kids up to the age of 14. Getting a head start on

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5 Benefits of Sending Your Child to Summer Camp

By Renee Castro As the summer season approaches, parents begin to worry about where their child is going to be spending the summer. Most typical jobs work through the summer and a lot of parents face leaving their older kids home alone until they can finish the workday. Well, I’m here to share with you

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BPA Products: Are they Harmful?

By Georgina Chong-You Whether you are a parent or not, you’ve probably heard of the term ‘BPA’ when talking about water bottles or basically anything plastic. The term “BPA free,” has turned into a trending term when referring to baby bottles, toddler sippy cups or anything else of the sort. So what is BPA, and

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Should You Pierce Your Baby’s Ears?

From the food that we feed our babies to the many ways we chose to hold them, there doesn’t seem to be a single topic that isn’t targeted to debate. Each mother has her own opinions on how to properly care and raise her baby. One issue that will always be timely is whether or

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Local U-Pick Berry Farms for Summer Fun

By Taylor McLamb My fridge is always stocked with an assortment of fresh, vibrant strawberries and blueberries. As someone with a sweet tooth, I love to indulge on nature’s very own candy, which makes the perfect, colorful addition to a bowl of oatmeal, a smoothie, salad or you can do what I do, which is

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Turn Over a New Leaf with a Family Tree

By Isabella Sorresso Whether you’re 100 percent one ethnicity, a mix of a bunch or have absolutely no idea what your history is, it seems that everyone loves trying to piece together a family tree. Making a family tree is another way to connect to your cultural identity and learn about your ancestors, right in

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DIY Stain Removers

By Caroline Strogis We’ve all been there, a party guest splashes her red wine on your new white rug, or you turn around for two minutes and come back to crayon-coated walls. Spills and stains can happen in an instant. If only the clean-up process were just as quick and easy. Our initial instinct is

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Chicken Salad Shake-Up

By Nicole Irving What is there NOT to love about chicken salad? Yummy pieces of fresh chicken mixed in with a creamy layer of goodness and crunchy nuggets of this and that? Yum!! This summer, add some pizazz to your chicken salad and try one of our special versions. To make a base chicken salad:

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4 Mommy and Me Recipes That Are Fun, Easy and Delicious!

No-Bake CRUSHED COOKIE BARS Ingredients 1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies 1 bag of jumbo marshmallows 1/2 stick of butter Directions 1. Line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. 2. Place the package of cookies into a large Ziploc bag. 3. Together with your little one, nely crush the cookies until they are ground.

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Sidestepping Shingles

By Tyler Jarnagin Many of us have experienced those horrendously annoying rashes we have come to know as chickenpox. But, what if I told you that may not be the last time you feel the burn of those unsightly blisters? At some point down the road, you or an older loved one may be fighting

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Alachua County Unanimously Approves Irresponsible Pet Owner Ordinance

By Renee Castro In an effort to make Alachua County safe place for dog owners and their pets, the Alachua County Commission has unanimously approved a new ordinance.   Since September, there have been a number of dog attacks and thus pushed for the Alachua County Commission to do something about it in office.  

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The Dangers of the Ball-Pit: Germ’s Favorite Playground

By Taylor McLamb If you ask a mother for a baby wipe, there’s a large chance she’s going to have one. There’s a reason why this stereotype rings true, as children and germs seem to go hand in hand. It’s always good to be careful when it comes to kids, as they’re notorious for touching

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