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Sunday, December 1, 2019

On The Go Tips for Toddlers (and Big Kids)

This post is sponsored by Earth's Best Peanut Butter Puffs but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


We seem to always be on the go these days.  Between school drop offs and pickups, ballet, Girl Scouts, doctors appointments and more, we are always busy and spend a lot of time in the car.  Not to mention we do a lot of traveling during the holidays. Before we moved to Indiana from Florida, we would travel to both Kentucky and Texas often. Now, my husband’s family is in Indiana, so we don’t have to travel far but we still go to Texas often.

With four kids five and under, I’m all about making our trips as smooth as possible whether it's a quick trip down the street or a 12+ hour road trip.  Here are a few on the go tips that have helped me over the last few years.

1. Activity bags.  These are super helpful to keep in the car when on the go.  I keep a bag with mess free colors and books for my girls to have when they are suddenly bored and tired of being in the car.  You moms know what I'm talking about...when you've just pulled out of the drive way and you hear the dreaded, "are we there yet?" I love anything that isn't going to make a mess.  I also include a seek and find book, lacing cards and a magnetic drawing board. 

2. Take breaks.  If you're traveling long distance, it's important to take breaks and let your little ones get some wiggles out.  We always try to leave at a time where our kids are going to get the most sleep time (either during naps or driving through the night), but I know this always isn't convenient.  We've also invested in a travel potty and it has been so great to have in emergency situations.

3. Bring their favorite lovie.  Whether it's a blanket or a stuffed animal they just can't be without, it's always good to have for comfort when you're not able to be in the back with them.  On another note, we always dress our kids comfortably when traveling long distance.



4. Snacks...all the snacks!  Snacks are where it's at to keep them happy.   Earth’s Best Organic ® Peanut Butter Puffs are my older girl's favorite healthy snack alternative right now and I know it will be my twin's favorite too when they are old enough to enjoy them.  (Earth’s Best Organic ® Peanut Butter Puffs are suitable for ages 24 months+)  I've always introduced peanut products to my kids early, so I can't wait for them to try these Peanut Butter Puffs.

Did you know introducing foods containing ground peanuts at a young age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy by 5 years of age? For more information check out this helpful video on allergen introduction."

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Whether you are spending time in the car on the way to visit loved ones, or strolling with your toddler through the park, Peanut Butter Puffs are an easy to grab snack that can be thrown in the diaper bag for on the go treats to stifle your little one's hunger no matter where you are. 




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Monday, October 14, 2019

Our Favorite Kids Books for Halloween

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We are officially halfway through Halloween month and even though I’ve yet to get my girls costumes in order (I know, I know), we are in full swing with decorations and daily reading of some of our favorite books! With four kids now, it’s a struggle to be that “Pinterest Mom” mainly because the days aren’t long enough to do all the things BUT I do love rotating out our books for the holidays AND it's an easy way to get into the spirit. 

We have a lot of new Halloween and Fall themed books this year,  but I’m sharing our top 10. 

Preschool Books (my one year old twins favorites):

-Spooky Pookie 
-EEK! Halloween by Sandra Boynton (these are perfect for my one year twins and really cute books)
-Room on the Broom (a Halloween staple in our house)
-It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse (a great book about expressions)
 

School Aged Books:

-There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat (who doesn't love these series)
-There’s a Monster in your Book (this book is hilarious and a must)
-Ten Flying Brooms (a counting book) 
-We're going on a Pumpkin Hunt
-Lulu Goes to Witch School (a great book for beginning readers)

Chapter Books:

-The Best Worst Halloween Ever (perfect for my oldest who is learning about books without pictures)


What absolutely love books and I could name more, but these are our favorites right now.  Do you have a favorite Halloween book that you read each year?  Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What's new with Goldfish Swim School?!

How is it possible that we are already in October?!  Bring on all the fun Halloween parties, themed get-togethers and of course, more swimming (because if you didn't know, you can swim year round at Goldfish Swim School)! 

There are a lot of fun and exciting things coming up at Goldfish Swim School, including the opening of their new location in Greenwood, Indiana!  This is great for any current Goldfish families who live closer to that area and for future Goldfish families who can now join in all the wonderful things that Goldfish Swim School has to offer!  You can find out more information about Goldfish's newest location in Greenwood by clicking here.


More Upcoming Special Events at Goldfish Swim School-Carmel:

Family Fun Night, October 18th, 6:30-8pm

Join GSS for a “not-too-spooky” Halloween themed Family Open Swim. Enjoy pool time, spooky snacks and creepy crafts! Cost is only $5 a person, or $15 for the whole family! Children who wear a costume receive FREE admission! (*Pre-registration is required for this event. Be sure to RSVP by sending GSS an email, giving them a call, or stopping by the Front Desk!)

Member Appreciation Week, October 20th-26th
I love that Goldfish appreciates us choosing them for our little swimmers! To thank us, they are offering FREE raffles, coffee, and quarter candy all week long. My girls especially love the quarter candy! There will also be special contests and giveaways throughout the week, so make sure you visit Goldfish's social media pages and enter to WIN!
Also, don't forget that Goldfish Swim School will be closed the night of Halloween at 3pm to allow families to enjoy this fun night with their kids. If your child’s regular scheduled lesson is on Thursday night, you will not be charged for this lesson as there are 5 Thursdays in the month!  
 
Goldfish Area Events:
500 Festival mini-mini, October 5th, 1-5pm
Stop in to the Indianapolis 500 Speedway track to see GSS at the 500 Festival mini-mini! Bring the kiddos for a fun “Indy Mini” experience sized just for them! (Receive a special Goldfish Swim School 20% discount if you register by midnight October 1st!) Use promo code: MM20-GSS
Noblesville Boo Bash, October 19th, 4-6pm 
Dress up and come out to trick or treat with GSS and lots of local businesses at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. Lots of treats (and double treats if you tell us you’re a Goldfish swimmer!)
 
Boo Bash Fishers, October 26th, 10am-1pm
Looking for safe Halloween fun? Head to downtown Fishers for a Not So Spooky Saturday filled with fun! Visit the many business booths (including ours!) to trick or treat. See your favorite swim teachers in costume, get pics and LOTS of treats! (Double if you tell us you’re one of our swimmers!)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!