Easily identify your kid’s stuff!

2015-11-11 10.56.24If you have toddlers in school you know they like to share and trade things. And if they are at a private school were they wear uniforms and carry the same type of backpack, their things can easily be mixed up.

Recently I had the opportunity to try Labeldaddy. A site that sells labels to personalize and identify your child’s belongings. They have labels for cups, clothes, backpacks. They even come in different shapes, sizes and have characters from Disney to the NBA.

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I decided to try the zipper tags. It came in a pack of 10 tags with Princess Tiana on one side and my daughter’s name on the other side. So far we have placed them on her backpack. She loves them!! The only downside I can see is the tags are very small, about the size of a dime. I wish they were a little bigger but the quality is nice.

 

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(I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

 

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The day my 3 year SHUT DOWN a theme park!

If you live in Florida, one of the first BIG adventures you want to accomplish with your kids is take them to Disney World or one of the other major theme parks in Orlando. As a mom of a now three year old little girl, I contemplated when this adventure would take place….what age should we take her? Is three too young to go? Will she remember it?

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With my husband’s hectic schedule this year, we decided to take a mini vacation at the end of September. Vacationing in the fall and during the week meant there would be smaller crowds, because school was back in session, and cooler weather, which made walking around and standing in line more bearable.

Planning before you go.
Before we decided which park we would take our 3 year old to, I did some extensive research. Yes, I admit that I may have an A type personality (lol). First, I asked other moms who I know have taken their toddlers to theme parks what their experiences were like. Second, I looked at which parks had age and height requirements. Most parks don’t necessarily go by the child’s age for safety requirements on the rides, but rather by the child’s height. Third, as a military spouse, I had my husband check the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office on base to see if their tickets were cheaper than online or the Florida resident discounts.

Where did we decide  to go….drumroll pleaseLegoland Florida !!! Located about 45 minutes southwest of Orlando! Our 3 year old was tall enough to ride on about 90% of their rides as long as she was accompanied by an adult. Just make sure you look at the ride first before getting on. There were a few roller coasters with deep dips and turns, so we decided to pass on them, even though she met the height requirements.

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On the military base, the ticket prices start at about $52 per adult. However, by purchasing ours on base we saved almost 50% off. Bonus: Military veterans get in FREE with valid ID! NOTE: Parking starts at $17. Before you go make sure you check the open dates for the water park (an additional fee)…it apparently has different hours from the rest of the park. Although the Waterpark was not open during our visit, the rest of the park had a few water rides.

What should you bring?
Moms of little ones know you have to pack “everything, but the kitchen sink”, when traveling. Even though 3 year olds aren’t babies anymore, they still need many of the basics. Especially items like water and snacks; these items can be very expensive inside the park. And if you have more kids….mo kids, mo money! I also suggest bringing cash for a frozen treat or souvenir. Below is a list of things we brought with us:

  1. Small backpack
  2. Water
  3. Non-perishable snacks
  4. Change of clothes
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Cool clothes/comfortable shoes
  9. Clorox wipes
  10. Cash

I would rate our overall experience at Legoland Florida a 4-star. We arrived at the park around 1pm after lunch at Zaxby’s and left right at 5pm (Yes! We shut the park down!). Did I mention our 3 year had an EPIC melt-down because she didn’t want to get off of the Safari ride…did I mention it was an EPIC meltdown?! Who else is going through the toddler stage? Ya’ll know the struggle is real!! Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan, there’s always the unexpected. (This is the reason for 4-stars)

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(This Ford SUV is made out of ALL legos…created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks!)

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We were able to walk to entire park, ride about 6 rides, see a show in Heart Lake City, play a few basketball games (my husband won our daughter a stuffed Minion), tour the AMAZING city displays – all made of Legos and have a yummy frozen treat.

All in all, I have to say it was a Good Day! (In my Ice Cube voice)

andrea and SW legoland

 

 

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MUMpreneur vs MOMpreneur…Is there a difference?

If you’ve reached this page, thank you for joining us for another episode of HERstory, a radio segment featuring women entrepreneurs. With host Felicia Wright, mompreneur of Mygani and creator of Mentoring Mamas.

I had the pleasure of interviewing another fellow mompreneur, Anne Bona, owner of the MumpreneursCoach. Click below to hear our in-depth conversation about life, business and everything else in between. Different countries. Similar experiences.

Anne Bona. HERstory {Mentoring Mamas}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Create the {perfect present} with cell phone photos?

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If you’re like me and have a little one you have probably taking a million pictures and they are still on your phone, right? Well mine are… AdoramaPix is having a promotion on their square photo books {25% off}. Turn those cell phone photos in nice coffee table books or gifts for family and friends. It would even be a great idea for a wedding gift or family reunion photos this summer.

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

25% off our square photo books (6×6,8×8,10×10,12×12).
Use code: pxusfam25 ends 09/30/2015 11:59 pm EST***

 

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***UPDATE August 18, 2015***
I received our printed 10-page 10×10 photo books about a week ago. I was pleasantly surprised how fast it arrived and how professionally it looked. The quality is GREAT! The process to create the book was for the most part user friendly and you can see what it looks like with a {flip-preview}.  I say “most part” because I am a professional graphic designer and I use programs like Indesign and Illustrator which allow me more creative freedom to manipulate art. I would recommend AdoramaPix as a platform to use to create a professional book for business or family.

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(I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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Jacksonville’s Amazing Moms Contest

Recently I was selected as a finalist for the Jacksonville’s Amazing Moms Contest with Jaxmomsblog. based on my husband’s nomination!! I am truly blessed to have supportive people in my life especially my family!

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Read full nomination below and VOTE here by May 4.

Felicia completely epitomizes what an amazing mom truly is. She is a loving and devoted wife and a nurturing mother to our beautiful three-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Felicia’s journey as an amazing mom is an impressive and inspiring one. It began in 2011, while pregnant with Savannah, Felicia worked diligently and completed her master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Felicia continued her studies right up until the delivery date in 2012 and after a short three month break for recovery, returned and finished her additional concentration courses in marketing.

In 2013, Felicia made the ultimate selfless sacrifice and put her career on hold to became a full time mom while her husband deployed overseas with his military unit. Upon his return, Felicia rekindled her entrepreneurial spirit and developed Mentoring Mamas, a community based program designed to mentor women business owners (affectionately referred to as Mompreneurs), by helping them develop an effective and engaging brand. Felicia accomplished this by hosting workshops and seminars. Felicia also teaches online marketing classes for a local college.

Despite all these activities, Felicia still finds the time to be extremely active in Savannah’s life as she has never fully relinquished her role as a full time mom. She takes Savannah to school every day, helps her with her homework, and participates in Savannah’s fund raisers. Felicia also teaches the 2 – 4 year old Sunday school class, which Savannah attends. Felicia regularly read books to and with Savannah, and helps her with her alphabets, numbers, colors, shapes and states. On top of all of this, Felicia is the President and CEO of Mygani (formally Mygani Design Studio), a marketing firm she established and has been operating since 2004.

Felicia is the ideal role for anyone looking to have a positive impact on their community. Her selfless efforts both inside and outside the home are greatly appreciated by all those she has come in contact with. And did I mention that Felicia is also a phenomenal wife?! Therefore, I proudly nominate Felicia as an Amazing Mom candidate because I have been both amazed and inspired by this super-woman and super-mom that I am so lucky to call my wife!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my amazing moms!!

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