Literati – Premiere Book Club for Children

I have seen my fair share of children’s books. Working in an elementary school for almost 10 years, you can imagine how many books I have gone through and recommended for little ones.

When Literati wanted to send a kit for me to try out with my 7 year old of course I said yes. I mean… I do have a love affair with all books. Especially #kidlit. But I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

What do you look for when shopping for your kids? What books do you look for shopping for your classroom?

Spoiler: I was unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised with the box we received. What would you think if these were the books you received this month? Would you keep them or pass?

Solar Power and Kids – How A Trip To The Park Can Mean More…

I don’t think I ever learned about solar power in school. I feel like as I’ve gotten older it has become something more real. More attainable and something both of my boys will learn about as a legitamate source of energy.

I’ve seen a few houses here and there with solar panels but it’s never started a conversation like the ones that have been popping up in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. I think it is genius that Florida Power and Light has started placing Solar Energy Centers not only around town, but in locations that families are able to get close to them, and see how they can easily be a part of our everyday life.

Before your children go back to school, give them some “info-tainment” with educational and fun things to do here at home, by taking them to see solar energy up close.

I didn’t know but Florida is in the midst of the largest solar expansion in its history. Florida Power & Light Company’s “30-by-30” plan to is to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. At some locations there are even signs to help explain in easy terms how the solar panels help. I love that you can touch these little pieces and see exactly how light weight they are.

Solar fields are typically in remote locations, that honestly most families will never go. With this new initiative, there will be more and more popping up.

They are in places where families can go see solar panels for themselves, right in their own hometowns. FP&L’s goal is to inspire children to learn about the importance of clean energy, while being exposed to solar at popular tourism destinations.

Did you know Florida leads the country in new solar jobs – which means the children of today who go see these solar trees and canopies, could one day be working in the industry themselves. I love getting them excited about things that they one day could be in charge of.

Of course as you visit the solar panels, enjoy the family fun around them. One of our “bucket list” activities this fall is to visit every park and location that has solar panels. Something fun and different to do. I also love the idea of my boys showing these photos to their grandkids one day. Who knows how we will use solar energy in the future, and I want them to remember the beginning of its growth.

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Solar trees are aesthetic structures that look like actual trees, that feed clean energy to the community. Some of them can even charge your cell phone or laptop.

Solar canopies provide shaded parking, which is helpful for keeping visitors’ cars cool during hot days. Have you parked under one yet and wondered what they were? Yeah, solar power panels.

How many locations have you found solar trees and canopies?

Palm Beach County:

  • Manatee Lagoon, anFPL Eco-Discovery Center in Riviera Beach
  • Howard Park in West Palm Beach
  • South Florida Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach
  • Brightline station in West Palm Beach
  • Barracuda Bay Aquatic Complex in Riviera Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex
  • Barrier Free Park in Boynton Beach
  • Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach
  • Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in West Palm Beach
  • Joseph Russo Athletic Complex in Palm Beach Gardens

Martin County:

  • Kiwanis Youth Park in Stuart

St. Lucie County:

  • Jessica Clinton Park in Port St. Lucie

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Back to School Teacher Gifts – Start the Year with a Thank You

Am I the only one who can’t believe the school year is here!?!

Teachers report back to school next week in South Florida, and the students the week after that.

Meet the Teacher happens next week and it can be nerve racking on multiple levels. Parents are nervous, kids are nervous and YES… teachers are nervous too.

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How to throw a Disney Playdate – #nowmorethanever is the best time!

When Disney reached out to partner with us for a playdate I couldn’t stop jumping up and down. Seriously!!! Of course we would love to host a playdate party.

But then, I started overthinking. Where would it be, who would we invite, what theme would we decorate?

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Campfire Eclairs – Perfect for Your Kids to Make

So after we built our fire pit in the back yard I was trying to come up with new and different ideas for foods to make over the fire. I have to give credit to this idea to my friend Laura who is currently camping across the country this summer. I saw this on her Instastories and knew I needed to make this on our recent stay on the farm. Continue reading “Campfire Eclairs – Perfect for Your Kids to Make”

A Chocolate Lovers’ Dream – Hershey Park – The Perfect Day for Younger Kids

There was no doubt in my mind, that if we traveled to Pennsylvania this summer we would absolutely visit Hershey, PA. I have never been, and although it was a little out of the way of our Pittsburgh route, it was a non negotiable.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know too much about it. I had done a bit of research but there were so many “Hershey” themed attractions when I googled it… I didn’t know what we were actually going to. Continue reading “A Chocolate Lovers’ Dream – Hershey Park – The Perfect Day for Younger Kids”

I have no souvenirs from Kennywood… and here’s why…

Have you ever heard of Kennywood? If you know anyone from Pennsylvania you probably have. It is part of so many kids childhoods, including my husband’s and his entire family.

His entire family goes to Kennywood every summer, and every Christmas. It is just something people from the Burgh do. It is a staple there. I will admit, I am a bit jealous we haven’t been there for Christmas yet. Maybe in a few years. Continue reading “I have no souvenirs from Kennywood… and here’s why…”

Summertime Favorite – Jello 123

I was shocked when I posted a poll on Instagram about Jello 123 and most people had no idea what I was talking about. How is this even possible? One of my favorite memories was spending a full day outside soaking in the summer sun, coming in for dinner and knowing that dessert was Jello 123.

Apparently they stopped making in in the mid 90’s… Booooo

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Summer Smoothie Bowls – Self Care for Mom

I’m a mom. You know what that means? It means somewhere along the way I have stopped putting myself first. It happens. I feel like it happens to anyone who starts chasing after tiny feet. We are more consumed with the health and wellness than ours. That is the definition of MOM.

But this mom is running on empty a good deal these days. That’s why I said this summer was the summer of self care. It’s something I’ve been desperately needing.

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Parenting With Mindfulness – Start Slow

Being a parent is hard. But honestly being a kid these days isn’t a walk in in the park. There are a million different things headed their way and as a parent, that scares me to death.

I’m already one of those moms that works at the same school as one son… and in one more year, hopefully both of my boys will be there. Don’t worry though, I’m not one of those moms that hovers. I just watch them from afar.

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