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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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Gingham Love {What I’m Wearing Wednesday}

My husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants last week and had the most amazing meal.  If you are ever in Winter Park, do yourself a favor and have a meal at Luma on Park.  Order the Crispy Pork Belly, Steakhouse Wedge and the Bolognese and you will be begging for more! If the Bolognese isn’t on the menu, just ask! The chef will usually accommodate and it is some of the best I have ever had!

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Top 5 All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

Planning a family trip with little ones can certainly be a daunting task. When you make plans to invest in a vacation, you want to be sure that the whole family will have an amazing time. It can be tricky selecting a location that will be fun for toddlers, teens, and adults. Not only finding a location that meets the needs of all of your family members but being mindful of the cost is extremely important. With flights, lodging, meals, and any fun activities or excursions, a family vacation can rapidly grow to the point of becoming financially unachievable. Especially with a big family, it can be hard to estimate the prices in advance. This is why I love the idea of an all-inclusive resort vacation!

Choosing an all-inclusive location means knowing the entire cost before your trip even begins. It also means not having to worry about unexpected expenses popping up along the way. When you’re a family on a budget, those surprise can be enough to ruin the trip, and when you’re on vacation the last thing you want to do is stress over a budget. All-inclusive means that your family’s hotel, meals, and drinks are included in one neat package. Many times, this will also include some activities, services, and excursions. If you’re looking for a way to vacation with your family, in a financially manageable way, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best family-friendly all-inclusive resorts that will make planning your next trip a breeze!

1. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4.5/5 on TripAdvisor

This fantastic beach resort is the perfect destination for children of all ages. Kids receive a “slime smoothie” upon arrival, and the slime fun continues from there! Kiddos can enjoy the Aqua Nick Playground, photo ops with some of the most famous Nickelodeon characters, or check out the kids club. While your kids are sliming each other, adults can relax at the spa, participate in yoga and dance classes, or check out the adults-only restaurant and lounge! Together the whole family can take a dip in any one of the nine pools, or enjoy a gourmet meal, all without worrying about cost or expense. For families with children of varying ages, Nickelodeon’s Punta Cana Resort is the destination for you!

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

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Free At-Home Workouts to Keep you Fit

When you’re a busy mom, a career woman, or doing both, finding time to do things for yourself can be a task all its own. Getting up extra early, or making time at the end of the day to go to the gym is often the last thing you want to do. Even so, exercise and fitness is often the one thing that you really should be making time for. Developing an exercise habit has not only physical benefits, but mental benefits as well; and making it part of your daily routine can be a great way to get in some me time, before getting back to the daily grind.

Exercise is really important to me and I try and fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day.  I love classes and I try and make it to a class as often as I can, but sometimes I just can’t find the time.  When I can’t make it to Orange Theory or a spin class, I am always hunting for great alternatives that I can do at home while the kids are napping or after they go to bed.

Also, when you’re as busy as I am, the drive to gym can be enough to talk yourself out of going all together. Not to mention the cost associated with a gym membership can be anywhere from $50-$150 a month! However, there’s no need to sacrifice physical fitness to save a buck; there are lots of ways to get in a great workout at home, without spending a dime. Take a look at some of these budget-friendly ideas for getting your sweat on!

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