Raising Stubborn Children (named Gracie…)

Raising Stubborn Children (named Gracie…)

My mom gave Chris and I the very best piece of parenting advice ever when the kids were about two and three years old.  She said that she and my dad spent a whole lot of time teaching and disciplining when Ginny and I were really young so that they could enjoy the time with us when we were a little older.  Chris and I took that advice straight to heart and it became our mantra through the really tough ages and stages of having two little kids.  We were…

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Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

Our last day in the Keys we rented a pontoon boat for the day. We rented ours from Pontoon George and I have mixed reviews about it. I mean, technically it was a boat that floated. It wasn’t anything fancy or even completely dependable… but it did the job of getting us around the islands. So, if price is your concern, go with Pontoon George – $300 for a full day rental for 7-10 people, and that’s the cheapest deal we found. But if we had to do it again,…

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Snorkeling in John Pennekamp State Park

Snorkeling in John Pennekamp State Park

Hands down, my favorite day in our Keys vacation was the day we went snorkeling. It was so neat to see the kids experience something so new and adventurous. I was a little worried about how they would do, but I was so happy to see them push themselves outside of their (and my own!) comfort zone to try something new. We booked a snorkeling tour through John Pennekamp State Park. It was about $30 a person for a two and a half hour snorkeling tour and it was worth…

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Visiting Key West and Bahai Honda State Park

Visiting Key West and Bahai Honda State Park

Our second day in the Keys we headed down to Key West.  We stayed in Key Largo, so a trip down to the very end of the Keys was going to take us a little over two hours by car.  We decided to break up the trip by spending the morning at Bahai Honda State Park. Bahai Honda Beach is one of the ten most beautiful beaches in North America, according to several different polls and it really didn’t disappoint.  It is located on a little peninsula that sticks out…

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Day One: Exploring John Pennekamp State Park

Day One: Exploring John Pennekamp State Park

One of my favorite parts of our vacation in the Keys was our time spent in John Pennekamp State Park.  Our rental house was right across Rt. 1 from the entrance to the park, so it was really accessible to us. On the morning of our first full day in Key Largo, we explored a few tourist shops along Rt. 1.  The giant lobster caught our attention first… as giant lobsters are prone to do, I suspect.  We stopped only to take a picture with this big fella, but ended…

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Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

One of our favorite things to do on this trip to the Keys was to eat!  We had lunch and dinner out every day and I didn’t regret a single dollar we spent.  Every place seemed to be better than the one before.  We were lucky that we went with friends of ours who had family that used to live in Marathon, Florida, so they gave us a solid list of restaurants to try and we happily obliged. Here are all the places we ate, ranked in order: 1. Lorelei’s…

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Have you ever heard that saying?  Home again, home again, jiggity jig?  My parents used to say it all the time when we returned home from vacation or a trip away, and I found myself saying it to my own kids today as we pulled into our driveway from our vacation to the Florida Keys this past week.  It’s always nice to be away, but it is definitely jig-worthy to come home!  We had such a great time.  It was the perfect balance of relaxing and activities, and it is…

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ClassMax Kickstarter

ClassMax Kickstarter

It’s time, friends!  ClassMax has been a true labor of love for our team over the last five months and the time has finally come to push our little baby bird out into the world and see if it can fly!  We are starting our pre-launch celebration with a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for marketing and distribution, server maintenance (which will be a critical need in the first few months of the school year as teachers begin to load their data into the platform), and to keep our web…

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Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

My favorite thing about summer is being outside.  Whether it’s at the beach or just laying by our pool, summer sunshine is what I live for!  So you can imagine my extreme disappointment, frustration, anger, and overall general feeling of a dismal existence that I have right now because every day of my summer vacation so far has been RAINY!  Like, raging winds, torrential downpours, thunder, lighting and all that jazz. So today, in order to take my mind off yet another afternoon of doing absolutely nothing but smooshing my face…

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I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

We are heading to the Keys for a week-long vacation soon, and so I loaded the kids up late last week to head over to Target for the dreaded bathing suit purchase.  Can we all agree that fitting rooms are the devil?  The lighting makes me look like an eskimo, the three-paneled circus mirrors make my stretch marks (which I still have, six years later, thankyouverymuch children…) look like deflated balloons, and the super thin partition walls make it easy for everyone to hear me crying.  The experience simply can’t be…

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