Family Trip to Vero Beach, Florida @verobeachcvb

 

Spring Break is here or will be here shortly depending on where you live. Florida has some wonderful places to visit and spend time in the sun. I recently was asked to visit Vero Beach with my family.

We were asked to stay at The Disney Vero Beach Resort and had a fantastic itinerary set up for us. We were not able to make it down to Vero Beach until Friday evening. We got to the resort and settled in around 9:30pm. The resort staff was very helpful as Disney employees always are. My partner and I hit the lounge after the girls layed down. It was right across the hall from our room!

 

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Vero Beach Sunrise

We woke up early to see the sun rise. It was so pretty to see right over the beach. Then it was off to Goofy’s Beachside Character Breakfast with Donald and Goofy.

 

We gathered later to head over to the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  The director took us on a tour then took us over to the children’s Art Zone. The Art Zone has many hands-on activities that encourage children to play and explore.  They have a magnetic wall with colorful geometric shapes and a chalkboard wall for the kids to make artistic creations. Another wall is an interactive sketch aquarium, which was my favorite part of this interactive children’s exhibit, lol. The kids were each able to color in a sea creature then it gets scanned into the computer and magically it appeared on the wall!


Every piece of the Art Zone has been designed with kids in mind.  The adults explored the rest of the museum. This was my favorite piece.

 

Learn more at their website at www.VBMuseum.org.

We had lunch at  Mulligan’s Beach House. We sat beachside and enjoyed the beautiful weather, the ocean, music and delicious foods.

We then drove over to the McKee Botanical Garden. The McKee Botanical Garden has 18 acres of tropical terrain bursting with activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. I miss my South Florida landscape, so this gave me a chance to reminisce. The kids had a blast exploring and checking out all the flowers and plants. McKee’s has a new program called, Garden Discovery Backpacks. Each backpack is filled with exploration tools, guides, journal and an activity guide. There is even a small gift for the children to take home.


I would to have all of this in my backyard.

I am looking forward to coming back to explore more. Learn more at www.mckeegarden.org

 

We hit the pool for a while and relaxed in the sun before dinner.

For dinner we drove over to Waldo’s Restaurant at Driftwood Resort. Oh my the views were amazing! Right on the beach!

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to relax after a long, fun filled day.

 

Sunday morning we woke up and headed downstairs to the Disney’s Wind and Waves Grill for breakfast. Then we headed to the pool. The pool had a fun waterslide, jacuzzi, mini golf and a play area. W

It was a fun filled weekend in Vero Beach. I am looking forward to going back. Thank you  VisitIndianRiverCounty.com.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Mother of Multiples – How to Handle Family Outings as a Parent of Twins

 

Twins are an absolute delight, discounting the fact that all your planning and procedures go out the door as soon as you set off for a family outing. Now just because you have no evidence of a perfect outing yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Take control of your double trouble and start looking forward to family excursions and events, rather than turning them down.

Find a prime pram

A pram is like the third parent, invaluable in keeping things together and always there to hold the little ones. Although it’s not as simple as buying the first double pram model you see, so take your time and do your research so you roll away with the best pram for your family. Beyond the fact that the pram needs to accommodate two babies, you should also look for attributes that will suit your need and lifestyle. Maybe you are after a compact model, a jogger pram, right down to colour and material preference. Whichever double pram you select, get acquainted with it before you roll into your family outing.

Alternate floor to hold

Your family outings are likely taking place in areas that are kid-friendly, which is a good start. This will allow you and your partner to alternate between the two bundles by putting them on the floor and then holding them, letting them explore and be cuddled. Not only does this wear them out and ease them into an afternoon nap, it’s actually a great sensory experience that allows you as parents to take a break share the burden around. Pack your pram with a few floor mats so that you can lay them out and have your little ones roll and recline as they wish.

Sleep train your twins

Sleep training are the two magic words that can tame your two not-so-magical babies, and give you your life back. Sleep training will be critical in creating a routine in your home, that will eventually allow you to stick to plans and attend outings with your extended family. Sleep training is a relatively new concept, tweaked and updated from previous well-known parenting styles. That means whatever parent you identify as, there will be some sleep training wisdom that will resonate and be applied to your life. Unfortunately, it does not happen overnight, and you can probably expect even longer with twins in tow.

Don’t turn down support

In the first few years of parenthood, you can feel isolated in your own circumstances. Unable to get everything done and overwhelmed at the magnitude of the days. It’s imperative that you do not turn down support, and choose to share the load of taking care of your twins. Next time you are planning a family outing, make sure your partner can be there to assist, as well as a few helpful aunts or uncles.

Bring more than you think you need

There is no telling what mood your twins will be in, and just how many times that mood will change. One of your strongest lines of defence is going to be having toys and pacifiers at your disposal to distract and detain your little ones. As a rule of thumb, try and bring a good variation of things to play with, because you know how often the preferences of babies can change.

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Well, hopefully you are feeling a little more confident and prepared in your upcoming family outing, armed with the skills and tips to make it a memorable occasion – for all the right reasons! Your pram is going to be a godsend for raising twins, so make sure that is a decision you take time with.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Simple Ways to Support Your Kid’s School

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Schools are more than a large building that you take your children to each day. Once they have arrived, the administrators and teachers work hard to provide them with a stable and learning environment that they hope will give students a sense of discipline, and a respect for knowledge. Look at the best performing schools and you will see that they are usually part of a community where the parents and local businesses get involved. You might like to do the same but not be sure what you can do.

Share Your Talents

If you have a talent, consider sharing it with the school. It could be that you are an expert with computers, that you have a knack for engaging children with stories, or are good at a craft such as art or woodwork. These talents can be very useful to schools and they will appreciate you spending time your time in passing them on to their students.

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Free Up Some Teacher Time

You may feel that teachers only work a short day compared to may other professions. However, their work does not finish when the children go home. They have papers to work and lessons to plan and often have to work until late into the evening.  You could help them by marking papers perhaps so that they have more time for planning the work ahead. Teachers will really appreciate this help, as the more time they have to plan, the better it is for them and the students.

Make Donations

There are always things schools would like to do with the students that they do not have the funding for. Sometimes they are short of resources or it could be they need some new equipment. You can help a teacher directly, or the school in general. However you donate, it will always be put to good use.

Help With Running The School

Schools have ways that you can help to keep it running smoothly. There is the Parent Teacher Association or the school council, both of which help to keep the school on an even keel. Becoming a member of either of this is a great way to help your local school.

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Arrange Visits

Sometimes, seeing something visually will stay in student’s minds better than being told the same thing. Arrange visits to local businesses that could help in this. If there is a farm locally, for instance, let them see how crops are grown and how the livestock are cared for. That will make a much better impression on their young minds than reading in a book how a farm works.

Help In The Library

One way that a school can save money is if it does not have to hire a librarian. If enough parents take it in turns to run the library, the money saved can be put to better use elsewhere.

There are many ways you could help in a school, and if you are unsure about what help they need, ask them. They always appreciate volunteers and will have some way in which you can assist them.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Balancing Act – 5 Tips for Working Moms to Stay Ahead of the Game

 

 

 

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School time traffic, plenty of stress, deadlines, and crying; the best way to describe your lifestyle as a working mom is LOUD. Of course, being able to provide for your beautiful child or children while growing your career is rewarding. It’s when those nasty periods come about when all your responsibilities seem to stack up into an infinite pile, where it can be difficult to feel the gratitude. Here are five ways you can regain control and get back on top:

1. The Right Child Care Arrangements

Choosing the right care for your little one can be a challenge. You don’t want to disrupt their routine too much, and you also might feel conscious about missing their developmental milestones. Opt for a childcare center that is focused on creating a balance in your child’s life and is open to discussing and supporting your child’s individual needs.

For security, ensure that they employ qualified educators and have a good teacher-student ratio for optimal supervision. You need to choose a place that both you and your child feel comfortable with so do not worry if it takes a bit of time.

2. Weekly Meal Prepping

Meal prepping is not just for the vigilante fitness bloggers and it really is not as difficult as you may think to prepare meals and snacks for weeks in advance. After all, you’ll be preparing meals you would normally cook otherwise that can be refrigerated or frozen. The only difference is you’ll be cooking a week’s worth. This is also a great way to avoid excess food waste and encourage a regular, balanced diet.

You’ll need to schedule a time, ensure you have all the right ingredients, utensils and cookware and allow a couple of hours to stock up on all the needed groceries and get the cooking and packing sorted. You will not miss the rush of trying to prepare kindergarten or school lunches and snacks for the family on a tight morning schedule.

3. Strategic Carpool and Play Dates

Chances are, you are not the only busy parent in your child’s life. Reach out to your partner, family members, friends and peers for some shared responsibilities to help each other out during demanding activity periods. This could be alternating carpool days to daycare or school, sharing drop-off and pick-up duties or organizing a weekly play date at a friend’s house on that afternoon you have the biggest workload – in exchange for returning the favor at a different time.

4. Flexible Work Arrangements

Employers are generally understanding of childcare and parenting duties and will want to keep their hardworking staff happy and satisfied at work. Schedule a meeting with your boss or HR department to discuss flexibility in your routine. This doesn’t necessarily need to mean working remotely 100% of the time but possibly adjusting your hours to accommodate for school pickups or having one day a week where you can work remotely to accommodate your other responsibilities.

5. Embrace Quality Family Time You Do Have

It’s unfortunately common for working mums to feel a bit of occasional guilt over not living up to preconceived expectations they may have. While you can overcome this fairly easily with some mindfulness or reflection, you do not want to be projecting your feelings of guilt or scarcity to your children. Instead, make the most of the quality time you have with your family, switch your phone to Do Not Disturb mode and join in play time with your kids!

Being a working mum can be hard but by following through with these five tips, you’ll be able to regain your work-life balance and enjoy better quality family time. Don’t let seemingly endless responsibilities stop you from enjoying the journey that is motherhood.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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9 Hacks for a Decor with a More Spacious Appeal

It is always nice to have a spacious appeal. It gives a satisfactory expression on the visitors’ face. If you already have a spacious area, then no problem. But if you have a small space to make it look spacious, then there are ways to do it. They are simple and easy to install. They are hacks for more spacious appeal.

So, here are 9 hacks for décor with a more spacious appeal.

White wall colors

White wall colors are bright during the day. They reflect light. So, they help in spreading enough light on to the corners of the room. When you throw light to all the corners, it gives a spacious appeal. It is good to add bright colors or white colors to the walls.

The white color is the best choice. They suit any type of space. Be it commercial space or residential space, white suit any place.  If you do not prefer white, go for lighter shades of bright colors like cream shade, baby pink shades and many more. They too are pretty good at reflecting light.

Acoustic baffle panels

To create a spacious appeal, availing some amount to space is essential. So, to décor do not use the floor space. Use the ceiling for the decoration. Hang acoustic baffle panels to your ceiling. They will decorate your space and relax the environment too. Even the environment create depth in the area. Acoustic baffle panels are available at various prices. This makes it possible for anybody to use them.

High-wall mounted shelves

Tall walls are always preferred for creating a spacious room illusion. To make that length of the wall mount, use decors. Add a high wall mounted shelves. Mount them at a distance from the floor to the wall. This will make your visitors look up. Then, they will notice your tall walls. Your effort to create an illusion of a spacious room would get completed.

It is easy to install a high-wall mount shelf. You can add some bright and catchy decors in them. It will attract the attention of the viewers. This is easy and simple. All you need is a portable shelf and some time to nail it.

Acoustic fabric wall covering

Walls are the best place to decorate. They do not use your space and yet creates a beautiful look. The atmosphere in a room will help people feel the spaciousness of the place. So, to get a combined effect of spacious place and a calm place, use acoustic fabric wall covering. They save space. They absorb noise. They even create a beautiful look with the help of fabric wall covering. They are worth your investment.

Mirror work

Mirror work is the best way to make your space look wide and large. Mirrors will reflect back anything in front of it. So use mirrors. Place them or affix them with a full length to one of the side walls of the room. They will reflect what is on the other side. This will create an illusion of extension.

When any somebody visits your place, they will not be able to make out the difference unless the touch it. There are professionals who are great at this art. Mirror works are also done with different methods. They cost according to labor work. Mirror work is a great hack for décor with a more spacious appeal.

Acoustic mat

Anyways you will be using the mats for your room. Use acoustic mat instead of plain ones. Add designed mats to give more dimensions to your area. They have a special property of absorbing the unwanted noise. They help you in decorating the place. Acoustic mat is available in various designs. Their geometric designs create a peaceful environment and spacious look to your place.

Geometric decors

Geometric decors always change the dimensions appeal. They help you to add more depth to your place. Must to use decor hacks to make your small place look spacious. There are many decors made in different geometric shapes. You can add different sizes of decors to your shelves and tables.

Do not add too many shapes. They might cause a chaotic atmosphere. If you are using only square or cubic shape, add only those types. If you want to use different shapes, then decorate only one part of the place. Along with the spacious appeal, it is also important to make it a relaxing and pleasant place.

Acoustic partition

Create small partitions at a distance from the entrance. This will create a spacious appeal to your entrance. Acoustic partitions are best at partitioning the space. They also have space to add decors over them. They are also available in various designs. They absorb echoes and unpleasant sounds letting your visitors enjoy your spacious place. A good mirror work over them will help you to create an illusion of extension. So, add an acoustic partition to your space for peace and spacious appeal.

Remove unwanted things

Easiest hack is to remove unwanted things from the space. This makes more empty space at your place. Remove unwanted extra sofa, chairs and tables. They will make a large space in your room. In fact, you can sell them or give to someone who is in need. Get rid of old and unwanted things.

After you remove them, clean up the empty space. So, you would have retained the most necessary things. Re-arrange the remaining things. This will leave space for emptiness. That will make your place look large. This hack requires no money. If you plan well, you can gain by selling your used goods.

Conclusion

Above are 9 hacks for décor with a more spacious appeal. They are simple to understand. They easy to adapt. They are very effective in making your place look spacious. They are available almost everywhere. So, us these hacks in any area you want. They will help you make the difference.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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