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Tips for Keeping Your Pet Happy and Healthy

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As the summer winds down and the weather starts to cool off, one of my favorite things to do as a family is to spend more time outdoors.  Summers in Florida can be pretty brutal but the fall and winter are perfect for outdoor dinners, making s’mores around the fire pit and family walks around the neighborhood. Not only do my kids love the cooler fall weather, but our favorite furry family member, Chloe, does too!

Chloe came into our lives about 11 years ago when Peter had his first dog at the vet and the appointment ahead of him was a litter of seven Basset Hound pups getting their first round of vaccinations. He knew immediately that one of those long-eared, large-pawed puppies was coming home with us. Our lives haven’t been the same since.

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5 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for creative ways to get your kids to eat healthy.  If my kids had their choice, they would literally eat macaroni and cheese every day of life.  My husband and I usually cook our own meal after the kids go to bed (yay Home Chef and meal delivery services!) so I am always hunting for easy and delicious dinners for the kids.  I have rounded up some of my favorites that the kids love.  Comment below with some of your favorite kid-friendly meals!

Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites

Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites

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Household Tools that will Save you Time!

Hardwood Floors iRobot Roomba

Some days it seems like there are just not enough hours for me to get everything done. Between meetings, appointments, play dates, and school, I’m constantly chauffeuring my kids from place to place. Add in work, maintaining the house, and my own personal obligations and there’s barely enough “me time” leftover to relax.

You can’t buy time, but over the years I’ve found some products that come pretty close! Time I’m not spending mopping the floors or slaving over dinner is quality time I can spend with my family. So here I give you the gift of time, by sharing some of my favorite products that lessen the workload around the house. I think you’ll thank me!

Roomba

I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the Roomba. If not, it’s a self-operating vacuum that will completely change your life. With the push of a button the Roomba will vacuum an entire floor with absolutely no effort. You can even program it to run when you’re not home so you can return to a freshly vacuumed house. If you have pets that shed, the Roomba is a total game changer. While there are a number of models, you can get your own personal sweeping service for as little as $250. A bit of an investment, you’ll save hours vacuuming; you can use that extra time to be a little extra messy with the kiddos. I have the Roomba and run it every day at least once! It has been a complete game changer for me and I cannot recommend it enough!

Living Room Cleaning

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Weekend Away at Longboat Key Club

Image from Longboat Key Club Website

My hubby and I are always so busy that we are always looking for ways to sneak away with the family and enjoy some much-deserved beach time!  Breathing in the salty air and feeling the sand in your toes has a therapeutic feeling that can recharge you in ways you can’t imagine.

Living outside of Orlando, we have access to so many weekend getaway spots.  We are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful beach towns within a short drive. When searching for the perfect weekend spot for Father’s Day, I knew we wanted to try somewhere new.  A girlfriend suggested Longboat Key Club and after looking at the website, I was sold.

When we pulled through the gate to the private entrance of the Longboat Key Club, we were greeted with plush landscaping, a friendly staff and the most beautiful views of blue and green water.  We planned to arrive early so our room wasn’t ready yet, but that didn’t stop us from heading right down to the beach and the pool.  The front desk gave us a temporary card so we could take advantage of all the amenities while we waited for our room to be ready.

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5 Ways for Moms to Make Extra Money

As a stay-at-home mom I was struggling with finding ways to make extra money.  I spent a lot of time researching companies that would allow me to work from home yet provide me with the flexibility I needed to be a parent.  It was extremely difficult but I knew I needed the extra money to fund my shopping addiction and obsession with eating out.  Here are five things that have worked for me and provided me with my own income to help my family and help my sushi addiction.  I hope they will work for you or at least give you some ideas to set you in the right direction.

5 ways for moms to make extra money

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