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Our Family Is Planning To Visit The Dolphins

We Are Planning A Trip To Miami

– I See Dolphins In Sight

We are heading to Florida Keys to watch the dolphins frolic at The Dolphin Research Center!  We’re going to tap into our love for marine nature by bringing the boys to see dolphins and sea lions up close.

I have always wanted to do this since a little girl. Now I know why it was a good thing to wait for this type of trip. I actually get to do it with my Family!

 

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Who Is The Dolphin Research Center

A world-renowned nonprofit marine mammal education and research facility, Dolphin Research Center welcomes families daily to learn about their animal family. Educational narrated behavior sessions take place about every half an hour and inspire kids of all ages to care more deeply for marine mammals and the environment. They also offer swims with the dolphins and other hands-on programs.

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We can’t wait to create great family vacation memories

and learn all about these amazing animals!

Dolphin Research Center features experiential education at its best. Flukes and flippers bring science and other subjects alive!

In addition to individual families and home-schoolers, DRC welcomes field trips and overnight experiences for groups who are sure to have a fintastic time learning from their marine mammal enthusiasts and flippered family members.

Watch Some Dolphin Adventures through their webcam

Those who can’t visit in person are welcome to indulge their curiosity in a distance learning program that brings the dolphins into their classroom or home. Whether presented in person or via the internet, all curriculum is written to compliment your lesson plan and/or meet national and state standards. No matter how you incorporate dolphins into your lesson plan, you’re bound to inspire conservation and conversation.

Planning The Trip To The Dolphin Research Center

We aren’t just going to the Dolphin Research Center to giggle at the dolphins, we will also be learning as well. I will be printing out some Dolphin Lap-book and Marine Life Activities so the boys can learn about the Dolphins and marine life in real time. We will also be making some cool crafts too. 

We are traveling to various places around Florida to show you that Yes, #familyfriendlyflorida is a great place to bring the family too. We are also showing you that Yes, larger families can go on trips and vacations! With great planning and ample preparation time, as a large family, we can enjoy all kinds of places around Florida, that are both affordable and family friendly. 

I created the series #familyfriendlyflorida to help you enjoy vacations and trips with your family no matter what size you are. I will show you all the places we are going to and how it all went down. Starting with the planning and preparations right on through until we land back in our own beds at home. 

Have you been to the Dolphin Research Center? What was your experience? What should we be planning for? 

We are staying overnight because it is a few hours drive for us. So we plan to be at the research center all day, head to the hotel to sleep and refresh and spend a little time taking in the scenery before heading back home. I will keep you updated on our plan and preparation for this fun family trip. I will be creating a family trip planner soon too.

Santa Does Exist, I have Proof!

Santa does exist and I have proof he does!

Santa does exist right mama? Papa, doesn’t Santa exist? Your child came home from school worried that Santa doesn’t exist because a few kids at school or daycare told them something different from what you are doing.

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Now they are very concerned, they are worried, scared and stressed out. They have been good little girls and boys most of the year too! 

I know, I have been through this same thing many times and with having a one year old, it will not stop! 

These days kids are more demanding, they need some type of proof, especially since they can easily Google stuff these days!

Guess what … There is Proof that Santa Does Exist, it will not cost you much to show your child this proof either. Plus Google now helps us out with a Santa Tracking Ticker.

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I remember with my oldest son, he was three years old. He remembered everything! The morning of Christmas when we told him Santa came, he said “no he didn’t, this is the same exact wrapping paper grandma had in her room!”

Yes, he was that much of a critical thinker. From there on, it never worked out for him to believe in anything about Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc. 

Then came along my second child, he believed and for a couple of years his older brother played along. He caught on quickly when kids at school continued saying how Santa didn’t exist. It didn’t help when the school had more of a focus on Hanukkah lol, it was a public school but I think our community were mostly Jewish so that could explain why nothing from other religions were ever discussed. No, I didn’t get mad at it, hey it helped my boys learn something new! 

Then came my third son, he was the same as my oldest, he needs that tangible proof or it just doesn’t exist. By this time, they had some cousins that we were trying to play the Santa game with. It was hard since they had so many outside influences telling them otherwise. 

Now comes along my fourth son who is now eight and this year my toddler. We are continuing with the Santa, Jehzel is eight, he loves Santa. He can’t really comprehend just yet what others tell him so he gets pretty confused. One day he is all over Santa and the next he is questioning his where-about. 

 

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What I am Doing To Show Proof Santa Does Exist

How am I helping my boys belief in Santa? My boys are getting a Package From Santa that will arrive addressed to my boys coming directly from Santa’s workshop in the North Pole! 

To continue showing our Christmas Spirit to the elves we will be doing these fun Elf Activities and I will be behind the scenes capturing all of this activity and placing these wonderful memories inside our Time Capsule.

Yaidan and Jehzel will get a Package From Santa that will show them proof that Santa does exist. Their Santa Goodies will include:

  • Custom Santa Goodies
  • Personalized Phone Call
  • Personalized Santa Movie, Staring My Boys

Watch this quick video on how it all works

Hearing, touching and seeing is believing! Result …

No more non-believers! (Be sure to have your camera ready!)

Jehzel’s Video Arrived Check It Out!

Guide Your Kids To Keep Their Behavior In Check

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Free Kids Elf Activity Cards for Blissful Holiday Memories

Use These Elf Activity Cards to

Open the Holiday Spirit

Kids Elf Activity Cards are a fun way to get the kids even more excited for the holidays. These are free to download and print at your own convenience. 

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I suggest laminating them and cutting them out so they are easy to use, handle and last a long time. They can be passed onto another family if they are laminated to protect them. 

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These activities are great to do as a family or individually. 

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How to get and use these Elf Activity Cards

  1. Click the photo preview below and request your download
  2. Confirm with us that yes you are excited to get your free Elf Activity Cards
  3. Download your activity cards on your computer where it is easy to find
  4. Print out the cards, they are on three separate sheets to easily print at your convenience
  5. Laminate the cards and cut them out. This makes them last for a long time and easier to handle.
  6. Complete the different suggested activities either as a family or as individuals and then come together as a family and show off to each-other what each of you came up with!

 

Click This Photo To Request Your Free Elf Activity Cards

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Halloween Goodies Swap Challenge

Halloween Goodies Swap Challenge

I am challenging you to participate in a Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap. How many times have we gone trick-or-treating during Halloween and get a humongous bag full of candy for our little ones?

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Every single year, right! With so much information out there about our nutritional needs we can especially use them for Halloween too.

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Halloween marks a time when many begin to fall off their wagon and give into all the sugar and simple carbs that we are bombarded with.

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We can begin to change this behavior starting out with our children is really important.

What we do with our children today shapes their entire future. Below are some interesting things to offer.

Goodies don’t have to be just candy anymore.

Halloween time has such a huge selection of fun things to use as goodies for Halloween parties and even your trick-or-treaters.

Greet your Halloween guests with various Halloween goodies such as toys, books and a wide range of tasty snacks.

For example when your party guests arrive, greet them with a smoothie. Instead of juice, a smoothie is a nutritional Halloween Snack Swap choice. This smoothie is also a great choice to take along your Halloween Trick-or-Treat route.

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 Year after year, it is the same thing. Going from neighbor to neighbor all handing out things that contribute to diabetes and other health issues.

What about those children who have food allergies? Or children whose parents do not give them candy. Offering alternatives for children allows more children to participate.

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What about tired toddlers and preschoolers? Having a toddler and preschooler party allows children in these age ranges to feel included in the festivities. It gets tiring walking around.

Do you host or attend a Toddler Halloween Party?

I am already planning my toddler and preschool friendly Halloween party for next year.

What else can you include in your Halloween Goodies Swap

It is time we adopt new Halloween goodies traditions.  Have you ever tried to hand out something other than candies like little toys little mini books crayons, coloring books and healthy snacks.

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These are some fun Halloween goodies to pass out that gives the children something else to do, other than goggle up cavities….. ooops, I mean candy.

There Are a Variety Of Nutritional Halloween Snacks Are Available Including Activities to Use Them With

Have you seen Kate’s Green Halloween Treats I love her ideas, they are fun and the kids don’t even realize the focus is on healthier snacks.

I saw that Earths Best has little cookies with letters on it. How cool is that to give away some little snacks that has letters on them. Not only are they a nutritional snack but also a fun activity the kids can use for spelling out words.

We went and picked up some letter cookies

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They can help each other spell their name, a  pets name,  your name,  dad’s name oh my gosh just the possibilities would be endless.

What a great way to introduce your preschooler into phonics as well. Letter recognition, matching letters and even beginning how to spell two letter to three letter words.  

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Confessions Of A Homeschooler offers free Letter Of the Week printables, she has paid versions too. Use resources like this with these cookies, it is perfect and it fits really well with it too.

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What Nutritional Halloween Snacks Did You Make The Switch With? 

You can give your child a pouch food to snack on while your trick-or-treating or just before you go trick-or-treating that way they’re not saying “hey I want to piece of candy”. Not knowing whether the candy from this house or that house is a safe piece of candy before you can get a chance to check the candy to make sure it’s OK.

Check out the snack variety Ella’s Kitchen offers

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I highly suggest  taking along some snacks to give your child a snack for the Halloween adventures.

 I took the Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap Challenge and here is what I came up with:

  1. Ella’s Kitchen pouch foods 
  2. Ella’s Kitchen juice box and a smoothie
  3. Earth’s Best letters and their chocolate chip cookies in a little Ziploc bag 

Before we left my toddler ate some of his fruit and veggie melts that I make for him daily.

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What choices did you make for the Nutritional Halloween Snack Swap? Give us some suggestions in the conversation below. 

Here are some other Spooky Halloween things to do too

Bloody Eye Popcorn

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Here is the simple recipe: ½ c dehydrated strawberries, ground into powder. 4 c of popcorn, popped. 1 Tbl. Betsy’s Best peanut butter, almond butter or seedbutter. 3 Tbl. rice syrup 4 Tbl. butter 1 bag eyeball candy Melt together the butter, Betsy’s Best and rice syrup in a microwave for approximately 30 45 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. Add the strawberry powder and mix until smooth. Pour over popcorn in a bowl and mix with spatula.

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Lunch Note Printables

Lunch Note Jokes

 Kid Safe To Share With Friends

Lunch time is basically the main time period during school where the kids can get a short break from being so serious, staying silent and being in learning mode. 

It is the time where the children for about a half an hour gets the chance to actually socialize with the other kids. 

They love to share stories, jokes and other things. One way to help them use safe things to share with their friends are guiding them, even when you are not present.

These lunch jokes will be a great way to do just that. You can pack it together with their lunch or snack and they will be looking forward to seeing what you have given them each day. 

If they eat lunch that is provided by their school, you can still use these! Place them inside an envelope and tell them to only open during lunchtime. 

They can easily be placed in your child’s workboxes, books, and many other interesting ways to give it to them.

The lunch note jokes are kid friendly and can spark some giggles that hopefully won’t make their juice or milk come out of their noses while they erupt in utter laughter!

Open Up The Lines Of Communication

Each day when your child comes to home from school, the lunch note jokes can be a great way to open up conversations with your children. 

Ask them how they responded to today’s joke. Ask them what their friends did and thought about it. 

With just simple short conversations you will easily get a nice glimpse into your child’s world. 

You can see what their thought process is, their reactions to them, and get to learn about their friends in school too. 

You may think that these little things may not mean much, or do much. But they really can do lots for you and your child. 

How To Get And Use Your Lunch Jokes Note Cards

  1. Click the photos below to choose which theme you want to download and print
  2. Confirm with us that yes you are excited to get your free Lunch Note Jokes Cards 
  3. Download your Lunch Jokes Notes on your computer where it is easy to find
  4. Print out the cards at your convenience on Card Stock 
  5. Use them as is, laminate them for reuse, place inside Goody Bags, add to a workbox and just about anywhere you like.

Get Your Christmas Themed Lunch Note Joke Cards

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Get Your Back To School Lunch Note Joke Cards Here

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Spooky Graveyard How To

Easy Ways to Turn Your Front Yard into a Spooky Graveyard

Halloween will soon be here. If you’re used to decorating your door for those trick or treating, you may be interested in easy ways to turn your front yard into a spooky graveyard this year. Instead of minimal decorations, why not go all out?

You don’t have to break the budget to come up with the decorations for your yard, but you will want to give those decorations some thought, I have seen some messy front yards before. I couldn’t understand the concept they were even going for, don’t let that be you. Here are some ideas you can use to create that spooky graveyard.  Plus getting the kids involved gives them something to do and hey, it’s a great fun family activity.

It is easy to find large cardboard boxes which are being thrown away. Ask any furniture or electronics store if you can have their boxes after taking items from them. These boxes make a great base for the gravestones.

* Think about the size and shape of gravestones. They are often rectangles with rounded corners, cross-shaped or any number of other shapes. How large you make the gravestones will depend upon what size and how many boxes you get. Cut out the gravestones.

* Paint all of the boxes gray or other natural stone colors. You can also use chalk (there is a chalkboard paint btw)in varying colors to create the look of weathered stone.

* With a large, thick marker, write R.I.P. in large letters toward the top of the tombstone. You can write names on each of the cardboard tombstones with varying dates from different time periods. get creative, it doesn’t have to look like all the others. If you have an artist in the house, they can have fun with drawing skulls and other spooky, scary stuff on them.

* Dig down a little ways to place the bottom of the cardboard into the ground. If necessary, place a stick or something behind the cardboard to help it remain standing.

* Mound leaves or maybe some black carnations or roses in front of the cardboard tombstone to make it look like a graveyard with recent additions.

* The more gravestones you add to your yard, the more “real” and spooky it becomes.

Other things you may want to include in your yard to create the spooky graveyard you seek are “ghosts” made from sheets or garbage bags. Don’t forget to put eyes and mouths on them. Hang them from the trees. Spider webbing, it helps make it scary with spiders lingering around or make it look haunted and abandoned.

You may also want to get some large orange garbage bags which are normally sold before Halloween. Real jack-o-lanterns with candles can also be placed around the yard and on the porch to add to the atmosphere.

Spider webs hung from trees and across the entry way would also give the impression of a graveyard. What do you make spider webs from? Gauze-like material and stretchable webbing are available where costumes and party favors are sold.

Find scary Halloween music which can be played during the evening while children trick or treating visit. Strobe lights will give the impression of lightening, and dry ice can create fog which covers the ground. These and the above ideas are some of the easy ways to turn your front yard into a spooky graveyard children will talk about until next year. I found this cool graveyard scavenger hunt, looks like so much fun. And here are some fun Halloween printables too.

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