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From My Terrace

by on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Three kids kiteboarding
Whitecaps on my martini
Still, I salute them

Stay Safe on Halloween

by on Sunday, October 30th, 2011

As parents, we tend to be over protective and slightly worrisome. Halloween typically heightens those already present worries. This year, you can relax after reading these helpful tips that will keep you and your family safe.

These are the one’s we find most important.

  • Stray from trick-or-treating alone; make sure to go with a group or your family. Plus, being in a group is always more fun than riding solo on the big night.
  • Use reflective tape on your candy carrier allowing drivers to see you clearly in the night. This is especially helpful if it happens to rain the night of. Many trick-or-treaters opt to drive from house to house.
  • Pack a flashlight for your trek around the neighborhood.  Not all streets are clearly lit and this will ensure safety.
  • Make sure all costumes and costume parts fit properly. Correctly sized shoes, masks, and headpieces are necessary in making sure nothing slips or obscures eyesight.

To see the complete list of safety measures the CDC has laid out, click here, and check out the website. Learn how to keep your kids safe and have a night filled with excitement, and hopefully a lot of sweets.

Fall Back in Love with Your Backyard

by on Thursday, October 20th, 2011

South Floridians rejoice with the coming of October. Finally, the weather begins to cool and the humidity starts to fade as we light up the fire pits and leave the A/C. This is a great opportunity to dive into the fun outdoor activities we put off over the summer.

Fire pit

If you don’t have one already, I strongly suggest investing in one. They are durable, which means they will last years, and are a great gathering place. Every time my kids have their friends over, they decide to light it up and play music, chat, sip hot cocoa and enjoy the outdoors. It may seem like a luxury on the bottom of your list, but with the money saved from Zavee, that fire pit will be lit up before you know it, and believe me it is worth it.

S’mores

Who doesn’t love to ooey gooey toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate, and crunchy graham crackers all combined in a perfect handheld snack? Every year when the weather cools our family invites our closest friends over for a s’mores party in our backyard centered over the fire pit.

Bocce Ball

Our backyard goes unused during the summer months. The heat is crazy most days making it difficult to head outside and play. Now that the weather is changing, we’ve brought out our bocce ball set and every weekend we play a game or two. It’s something the whole family enjoys doing and on a lazy Sunday we convene for a game.

Thanks to Zavee our fall will be full of new backyard additions, exciting gatherings, and fun filled games. All it took was a little extra savings and our backyard turned into a place everyone can enjoy.

Mom Bloggers to the Rescue!

by on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

As a mom I’m always looking for ways to stay chic, savvy, and way to keep my family healthy and happy. Lately, I discovered the beauty of the blog, more specifically the mom blogger. There are some great ones out there that happily rest on my bookmark bar every day. Not a day goes by I don’t check out at least three, whether I’m looking for a clever way to display my family’s photos of a new recipe for our dinner that night.

Dinner

Evil Chef Mom: Fresh vegetables, gorgeous pictures, and fantastic recipies that keep my family energized and healthy. Seriously everything on here is delicious, and don’t worry there are plenty of dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth’s needs. One of my favorites has to be her ratatouille recipe, and what kid doesn’t want to sit back with the movie Ratatouille  and their own plate of this tasty meal? Saturday family night is now planned.

Crafts

Living Locurto: Everything from needle and thread to scissors and glue is used on Amy Locurto’s blog. She is clever and understands the ways of kids. One of my favorite’s, and my son’s favorite, would be Monster Knees. She turns ripped jeans into fun pants your kids will love to wear. Don’t worry, this isn’t just for the boys, I know when I was younger I would have loved little monsters stitched on my knees.

Special Needs/Humor

Stark. Raving. Mad. Mommy: We all need a laugh every now and then and this mom knows how to get her daily laughter in as well as vent on her blog. She knows the trials and tribulations each mom goes through, especially those who care for a boy or girl with special needs. Read her rants and you’ll see it’s easy to agree. One of her best blogs attacks the topic of road trips with your autistic child. Families without Autism and still learn from her helpful trip on how to make sure your trip does not, in her words, “suck”.

Take a few helpful hits, check back every day, and before you know it you’ll be a mommy maven for you family.

 

Design the Best Pumpkin on the Block

by on Friday, October 14th, 2011

Carving the perfect jack-o-lantern can be quite the task. With so many designs floating around your neighborhood it can be hard to stand out. This year we have all the tips you need to not only conquer the art of the jack-o-lantern, but create something new and unique. Spooky, goofy, or a work of art, pumpkins offer a canvas for your annual creation.

All you need to know….

Carving a pumpkin can be tricky. Which tolls are necessary? What is the first step? Should I throw away the seeds? Typically, these are all questions that begin to run through one’s mind. Thankfully, TLC has a list that will go over all you need to know from how to carve a pumpkin all the way to advanced pumpkin carving. Click here. 

Step-by-Step

Sometimes all it takes is a little visual lesson. YouTube is filled with helpful how-to videos that will give you the step-by-step procedure to follow when carving your pumpkin. Soon you’ll be wondering why you were apprehensive to start carving.

Get Creative

Totem polls are always a visually striking addition to a home or design. This YouTube video will show you the steps needed to creating a pumpkin totem just for your home or porch.  It may sound odd at first, but believe me this design will have you oooohhhing and ahhhhing for days.

Printable Designs

Still can’t decide on a design pattern to adorn your pumpkin? Click here and you’ll find a vast array of printable designs to make come to life on a pumpkin.

Hopefully, now you are ready to tackle that pumpkin and create a character or design your family or will fall in love with this Halloween season.

 

 

Halloween Events in Florida

by on Monday, October 10th, 2011

Florida has some of the most haunting, frightening, and exciting events centered on the celebration of Halloween. Everyone from ages 2 to 52 can find an event perfect for their friends or family. All it takes is a car trip and a ticket and you have everything you need for an enchanting night filled with laughs or screams, or both.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This is perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Disney always offers a magical experience, and this is no exception. Everything from Mickey jack-o-lanterns to an incredible firework display is awaiting your arrival. Make sure to book tickets, due to the fact that this experience is not included in a standard park pass. This is not just for young kids, but is also the perfect event for those of us who are easily scared. Thankfully, the sounds of chainsaws and zombies will not be following you as Mickey celebrates Halloween.

Halloween Horror Nights

Ok, this is where it becomes incredibly terrifying. If you have been to this event before, you know how Universal’s goal seems to be to make your screams echo to California. Every year this event grows and becomes more horrifying than the previous. My favorite part is the new theme they develop each year. New characters are added to the experience as well as new haunting exhibits. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the night you have lost your voice, screaming excessively is bound to happen.

Fright Nights

To go to Disney and Universal, living in South Florida, we would all have to clock at least a 3-hour drive to the event. Sometimes, that just does not fit into our schedules and that is why Fright Nights at the South Florida Fair Grounds is the answer that will fulfill your haunting dreams. This local event will not let you down. There is something for everyone and you never know what will be lurking around the corner.

Learn more at each of the events’ websites and book your tickets. You do not want to miss out on these frightful and fun celebrations of Halloween.

DIY: Halloween Costume

by on Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Now that all the party invites are out it is time to plan the best costume to complement the night’s event.  Sure, there are a few costume shops that will offer a giant M&M suit or even a firefighter’s red jacket, but where’s the fun in that? Costume stores can act as great prop shops; in other words, you can find all the right accessories to make sure your night’s attire really stands out.

My suggestion, is to go creative, and craft your own costume for Halloween. It is an exciting way to get the kid’s involved and bring out your inner child. All it takes is a little imagination and you are on your way to a unique outfit. The best part, you won’t risk the embarrassment of having the same costume as another party attendee.

Head to the craft store. Every square inch of a craft store is filled with inspiration. If you find yourself stumped on an idea for a costume then head over to the pattern section. Here you will find various dress styles, shirts, pants, and skirts. The pictures on the package may jog those creative gears churning in your mind. Next step, the fabric section. I find this to be the most inspiring part of the store. Last year, I fell in love with the pink tulle and went on to create a cotton candy outfit for my Halloween Party.

Find a group theme. This is a great way to get your closest friends or family members involved. Decide on a group of characters from your favorite movie, TV show, play, or band. Go wild with the characters of The Lion King, or mystical with the vampires, fairies, and shifters on True Blood. There are so many creative, and sometimes funny, group costume options that it will be impossible for your friends to have a bad night.

This year get creative and inspired. It may seem overwhelmingly impossible at first to come up with your own costume, but you will soon discover how much fun it can be. All it takes is a little time, needle and thread, and you are on your way.

Arrrr Matey!

by on Monday, September 19th, 2011

 

 

Yes, the day has finally come, the one we wait for all year… it’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day”! September 19th marks this wretched day filled with peg legged scallywags and one-eyed captains. It’s time to pull out your pirate gear, fancy yourself a pirate accent, and get the kids excited for this national holiday.

In the sweltering sun….

Living in Florida makes celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day that much more exciting. Why? We live right next to the ocean. This means it’s time for a treasure hunt.

While the kids are at school, burry a treasure chest filled with their favorite goodies in a secret location at the beach. Create a map with an X that marks the spot and once the school bell rings, grab the kids and some of their closest friends for an exciting Treasure Hunt. Don’t forget the pirate hats!

As the sun sets….

Then head home to celebrate the booty! Cook up some fried fish and chips or go the healthier route with salmon filets on the grill. Either way, talk like a pirate and eat like one too.

End the evening with a viewing of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, and the little ones are sure to have dreams of pirate ships and adventures while they snooze.

 

Remembering 9/11

by on Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Ten Years Ago…

For most college students, such as myself, September 11th 2001 shook our lives while sitting in a middle school classroom learning the beginnings of algebra or reading another lackluster short story out loud. I happened to be in Social Studies copying down a chapter’s vocabulary while talking to my best friend.

Suddenly, there was a buzz in the hallway, the TV was being turned on, and the Today show was talking about a shocking event. My best friend and I looked at each other with confused looks in our eyes and went back to what we were doing. The gravity of the situation finally started to sink in after our teacher gained composure and explained what was happening. Half of my 7th grade class honestly thought we were watching a building under the construction; a terrorist attack was the last thing on our minds.

This Generation’s Tragedy

Ask one of your parents and they can tell you exactly what they were doing when Kennedy was assassinated. Ask one of your grandparents and they are sure to remember Pearl Harbor and its infamy.  9/11 was the first national tragedy to really hit home for our generation. Everyone has his or her own story that comes to mind when that day is mentioned and along with the terror we felt, a new sense of unity emerged that American’s seemed to have lost. It shook us all to the core and will forever be a reminder to appreciate the days we have with the ones we love.

This year, remember those who were lost and those who sacrificed their own lives. Remember to spend time with family, to appreciate your friends, and honor the day.  It may have been 10 years since our world seemed to have crashed to the ground, however, we will forever continue to honor those lives lost and the memory of the day

 

Back to School with a Cause

by on Saturday, September 10th, 2011

As a parent, you only want the best for your kids, right? Imagine being a parent who has to struggle when providing for their family with the basic necessities of life like food and clothing.

Donating is one of the easiest ways to help people in need. Not only will becoming involved with the following charities make you feel better overall, you will also be helping those in need.

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution

Before expanding to help others, make sure your children are getting the proper nutrients and not boarding the obesity train. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is a charity that is aimed at educating and engaging people to love and enjoy good tasting and good-for-you food. You can donate to his charity directly from his website, check out amazing recipes, and educate yourself on school food and appropriate diet choices for you and your family. Oliver’s Food Revolution is quickly spreading and has famous supporters such as, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, Dr. Drew, Paul McCartney, Eva Longoria, Justin Bieber, and so many more. Over 700,000 people have joined the revolution…what are you waiting for?

Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida is a not-for-profit organization helping people in need while improving their lives through food, other grocery products, and educating others to fight against hunger and poverty. They have multiple resources that people can receive help from, such as their Backpack Program, Snack Program, Mobile Food Pantry, and so much more! These programs help those children who do not get the appropriate nutrition while they are in school. Many children are unsure where their next meal will come from and may go entire weekends without a proper meal. There are so many different ways to help besides donating, such as volunteering your time at the organization, or helping to raise awareness about this issue. These other options allow individuals who want to help but don’t necessarily have the monetary means to engage and help.

Help this school year be the best possible for every child. Support a cause this year and watch as schools and children begin to benefit from the extra donations and exposure.