February 19, 2017

26 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Activities for Kids

With Valentine’s Day being the loveliest day of the year, its the perfect opportunity for children to express their creativity and learn the joy of giving to others.  Using simple objects that can be found in your home, you and your children can create arts & crafts and fun gifts to share on V-Day (or anytime during the year).

Check out the following list of some easy (and inexpensive) Valentine’s Day crafts, games and activities to make with kids:

Easy and Creative Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
mamiofmultiples.com/easy-and-creative-valentines-day-crafts-for-kids

Suncatcher Tissue Valentines Day Heart
makobiscribe.com/easy-valentines-day-craft-for-kids-tissue-paper-heart-suncatcher

Valentines Day Tree Paper Craft
housingaforest.com/valentines-day-tree-paper-craft

Fizzing Heart Art
thepinterestedparent.com/2016/12/fizzing-heart-art

Shake it Up Hearts
sunnydayfamily.com/2016/01/shake-up-hearts.html

Yarn Wrapped Hearts
thepinterestedparent.com/2016/01/yarn-wrapped-hearts

Paper Plate Wreath
happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-valentines-wreath-preschoolers

Love Birds Bird Feeders
wineandglue.com/2012/02/love-birds-valentines-day-bird-feeders.html

Rainbow Heart Catchers
firefliesandmudpies.com/2015/01/06/rainbow-heart-suncatchers

Valentines Love Shacks
themamasgirls.com/love-shacks

Paper Plate Sewing Heart Craft
iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-heart-sewing-craft.html

Valentine Word Search
lilluna.com/valentines-day-word-search-print

Silly Heart Puppets
creativefamilyfun.net/2012/01/silly-heart-puppets.html

Valentines Day Counting Game
mominspiredlife.com/roll-color-valentines-day-counting-game

Valentines Day Sensory Bottle
sugaraunts.com/2016/01/valentines-day-sensory-bottle.html

Valentines Slime
littlebinsforlittlehands.com/valentines-slime-sensory-play-science-activity

Lego Valentines Day Activities
lemonlimeadventures.com/must-try-lego-valentines-day-activities

Valentines Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
mominspiredlife.com/valentines-day-alphabet-scavenger-hunt

Cupid’s Arrow Toss
playgroundparkbench.com/valentines-day-game-cupids-arrow-toss

Heart Glitter Jar for Valentines Day
fun-a-day.com/heart-glitter-jar-valentines-day

Valentines Day Printable Pack
besttoys4toddlers.com/free-valentines-day-printable-pack-preschoolers

Crayon Project
chefmessy.com/2009/02/happy-valentines-for-crayon-out-loud.html

Crystal Hearts Valentines Day Science Experiment
littlebinsforlittlehands.com/crystal-hearts-valentines-science-experiment

Heart Bingo
teachmama.com/valentines-day-heart-bingo

Valentines Day Playdough
learning4kids.net/2011/12/08/valentines-day-play-dough-recipe

Heart Printable
balancingmotherhood.com/valentines-day-inspirational-heart-project/?pp=0

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Family Holiday Traditions

There is something magical when a baby is experiencing the holiday season for the first time.  When a baby celebrates their First Thanksgiving, First Christmas, First New Year’s Eve, etc., it’s not only a celebration for them, but also for the entire family.  Having a baby be part of the season’s festivities brings a lot of joy and laughter.  Watching a baby’s eyes light up and looking upon their wondrous smiling curiosity as they see the twinkling lights from a Christmas tree is a very precious moment.  Everything seems to be truly brighter and happier with a baby and the overwhelming feeling of warmth and love expands throughout the holidays.

baby's first christmas

The holiday season provide many memorable moments for a family to enjoy together like seeing Christmas lights, visiting Santa, playing in the snow, making holiday cookies and watching holiday movies.  When babies are walking around and on the move, you want them to be able to touch, feel, hug and embrace all the holiday moments.

As a mom, I  want my baby to freely move so he can interact with all the holiday happenings right along with his older siblings.  Babies need to feel comfortable to move and play and its why I trust Huggies Little Movers Diapers. All my children have used Huggies diapers and it’s important to me, especially during the holidays, that my baby can feel secure and protected to explore his surroundings.  Huggies Little Movers Diapers have double grip strips that help keep the diaper securely on his bottom. As part of the recent Huggies Parents Council event, I learned that Huggies works with actual clothing design experts to ensure each diaper is shaped to comfortably fit baby. Plus, they have a leak lock system that provides 12 hours of protection to help prevent leaks.  As a mom, I really appreciate the kind of care, consideration and work that goes into creating a Huggies Little Movers Diaper.  It makes me feel confident to take the baby everywhere we want to enjoy the holiday season together as a family.

Having moved to Florida a few years ago, my children don’t really understand blustery winter weather like I did during my childhood in New York.  The twins were toddlers when we moved from the Washington D.C. metro area. but they were able to experience their first snowfall before we left.  They were so amazed at the light sprinkle of white falling from the sky.  I loved seeing them run and trying to catch the snow on their faces.

Living in a warmer climate means we must be intentional about our holiday moments for my family.  It can be very easy to forget it’s the holiday time when people are walking in shorts and heading to the beach. 🙂 With having my (elderly) parents living up the street, I want my children to spend as much time with them so they can have long lasting memories of their time with them.  Remember in the holiday classic film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) kept wanting to create a traditional “old-fashioned” Christmas for his family?  Our family tries to create many of those holiday traditions during the winter, despite the sunny warm temperatures we have now.  Some of our favorite family holiday activities are to ride Christmas trains, visit Santa villages, bake cookies and make traditional Latin American holiday food.

Whatever your family traditions are for the holiday season, be sure to take time out to simply enjoy the experience together!

Huggies® believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. The simple, loving act is proven to support babies’ emotional and physiological well-being. Huggies® diapers and wipes are inspired by a parent’s hug, – to nurture baby with care, cradle baby in comfort and surround baby in protection. Learn more at Huggies.com. #HuggiesCouncil

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide {Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids, Women, Men and Home}

Mami of Multiples and Mami Innovative Media
are Pleased to Present the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!


As with previous guides, the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide feature gift suggestions from reputable brands to major retailers, i.e., Disney, Camp Chef, Feltman Bros., Hasbro, GourmetGiftBaskets.com, Little Tikes, Orlando Science Center, Playskool, Target and many more.
The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide showcases gift ideas for kids, women, men and the home. Products featured will receive high and sustained visibility throughout the holiday season and new year on Mami of Multiples, Mami Innovative Media and through press distribution.
The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide can be download, shared or viewed as a flipbook via the following link: http://bit.ly/MOMHolidayGifts2016.  A portion of all products received will be donated to reputable military and family charities.
Joscelyn Ramos Campbell is an award-winning blogger, digital influencer, on-air spokesperson and columnist.  She is the founder behind Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s recognized and award-winning parenting and lifestyle sites owned by a Latina American Mom.  Joscelyn has been featured on numerous television and media outlets including CBS, NBC, NBC Latino, FOX, Univision, Telemundo, Huffington Post, CNBC to name a few. She is considered one of the top Latino social media stars and influential Hispanic American bloggers.
The “super-connected power mom” was named by LATINA Magazine as one of as one of the Best Latina Bloggers To Follow and Must Know and one of The 10 Best Latina Mom Bloggers on the Web. Joscelyn was selected in a joint venture by Disney and LATINA Magazine to be a Parenting and Family Columnist for LATINA Magazine.
As a ‘mompreneur’, she is owner of Mami Innovative Media, an acclaimed communications and digital marketing agency providing services to brands, corporations, individuals, non-profits and small businesses.
View or Share the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
by Clicking the Link: http://bit.ly/MOMHolidayGifts2016
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Happy Holidays

Target’s The Toycracker Debut on December 11 {+ $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway}

The holidays are a time for celebrating family traditions.  When my husband and I got married, one of our first Christmas decorations that we bought together were two nutcrackers that fit just perfectly on our mantle.

Target's Toycracker

As the years went by and our house filled with more little feet and laughter, we added several other traditions.  With the help of our children, our traditions have expanded to decorating our home the day after Thanksgiving and driving around to see the lights and decorations in the neighborhood.  We now open one present on Christmas Eve after attending church and read the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas morning even before opening presents.

One tradition that we enjoy as a family the entire month of December is cozying up on the couch watching classic holiday movies. With the Christmas tree lights flickering, the Christmas village meticulously placed while the stockings are already hung awaiting Santa’s arrival – its truly a special and beloved time for our family.  Its a tradition we hope our children will one day share with their own families one day.

This year, Target invites you and your family to rediscover the wonder of Holiday Theater with the debut of a Broadway-style production called, The Toycracker, Target’s modern interpretation of the classic holiday tale of The Nutcracker.

 

Target's Toycracker

The Toycracker stars Oscar, Golden Globe and 10-time Grammy winning artist John Legend as The Rat King, television personality and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Chrissy Teigen as The Nutcracker, and a cast of Target’s must-have holiday toys that come to life through computer generated animation. The eight-minute musical will air in two four-minute segments during the network broadcast premiere of Disney’s Frozen on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. CST on ABC. See a behind-the-scenes sneak peek by clicking HERE.

Our family can’t wait to watch Target’s Toycracker! What a unique and fun concept on a holiday classic that families of all ages can watch together.

Target's Toycracker

A big Thank You to Target for sending us a Christmas bag filled with lot of goodies from Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Covered Marshmallows,  Holiday Drizzle Caramel Corn Clusters, Turtle Pecan Chocolates, Let It Snow mugs, a Frozen blanket and a pair of super soft festive socks to keep us warm and cozy! You can really find everything you need at Target to get your family in the spirit of the season and ready to enjoy some holiday fun together.

Target's Toycracker

The Feliciano’s will be adding one more memory as we look forward to the premiere of The Toycracker this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. CST on ABC!

Target's Toycracker

Thanks to Target, we are offering a $25 Target gift card to help you jumpstart your holiday traditions.  Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Don’t forget to watch Target’s Toycracker with your family during the network broadcast premiere of Disney’s Frozen on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. CST on ABC.

 

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!

 

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored by Target.
All opinions stated here are our own.

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Babies on the Move and Playtime Activities

After eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new baby, it can seem like in a blink of an eye, baby is experiencing their 1st birthday and taking their first wobbly steps towards toddlerhood.  Our youngest, Joshua, celebrated his 1st birthday this year and is the newest baby on the move in our family.

Baby Joshua 16 Months

He started walking and is now taking steps all over the house.  During this time, most children learn to walk, talk, solve problems, relate to others, and more. One major change during this stage is learning to be independent.  Babies want to explore, move, touch, feel, play and experience the world around them with all of their senses.

Movement and play are an essential part of the day for a growing baby.  Since his first steps a few months ago, Joshua, likes to be on the move.  Everywhere he walks is a new adventure and experience for him since he is getting there with his own two little feet.  With 3 older brothers in the house, he is already trying to interact with them through play.  For example, he picks up one of his balls and rolls it over to his brothers so they can play ball together.

He crawls, kicks and walks with his toys to initiate playtime.  All of his playing now involves a lot of movement and flexibility.  Games at this age require them to be moving around and babies need to feel flexible and not constrained. As a mom, I know that Joshua can freely move with Huggies Little Movers Diapers. Babies need to feel comfortable to play and move.  Huggies Little Movers Diapers have double grip strips for a secure fit. Rolling, crawling and walking babies seem like they are always on the go and they can be incredibly fast.  Superheroes are big in our household with 4 boys and it seems like the super speed of some of the heroes starts during the baby years.  With a shaped diaper and 12 hours of leak protection, Huggies Little Movers Diapers keep my own little superhero protected and comfortable.

From games to outside trips, babies love to play and there many fun learning activities.  The following are some of our favorite playtime activities – try them with your little one and let us know what you think!


IMAGINATIVE PLAY

  • Reading (soft or sturdy “touch and feel” baby books will help little hands gain a love of reading)

  • Peekaboo (peekaboo stimulates baby’s senses, strengthens visual tracking, encourages social development­ ­­­­­­­­­­­—one of Joshua’s favorites)

baby playing peekaboo with twins

  • Pattycake (pattycake helps with hand-eye coordination, social and verbal development and fine motor skills)

  • Toy gadgets (telephones and remote controls for button-pushing or use the real thing, with batteries removed)

  • Housekeeping items (play kitchen with food, a sturdy plastic tea set, a baby-sized vacuum or mop)

  • Baby dolls and stuffed animals

  • Drawing (washable crayons and markers or finger-painting with careful adult supervision)

  • Singing and dancing

  • Big cardboard boxes (to become houses, shops, trains, planes, etc.)

  • Pretend play

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  • Dress-ups (hats, scarves, sunglasses, and capes)

  • Hands-free kitchen play

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  • Sensory Smells

TOYS

  • Shape sorters (sorting and stacking and learning to identify and match shapes with shape sorters)

  • Stacking or Nesting Cups (find ones in different colors which stack from large to small)

  • Simple puzzles (puzzles with knobs are great for building hand eye coordination and starts developing problem solving skills)

baby playing with puzzle

baby playing with music activity center

  • Mega Bloks (find sets that are great for building and help develop color recognition)

  • Music Instruments (music sets are helpful to develop fine motor skills and a love for music)

  • Playing ball (rolling, catching, running, etc.)

OUTSIDE PLAY

outside-play

Remember that as a parent, you are your child’s best teacher.  A lot of imagination, movement and play will create many memorable fun moments for you and your growing tot.

Huggies® believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. The simple, loving act is proven to support babies’ emotional and physiological well-being. Huggies® diapers and wipes are inspired by a parent’s hug, – to nurture baby with care, cradle baby in comfort and surround baby in protection. Huggies® Little Movers Diapers have a Moving Baby System™, so baby can explore more with a comfy fit that lasts. Learn more at Huggies.com. #HuggiesCouncil

Disclosure: We are part of the Huggies Parents Council and this is sponsored content in partnership with Huggies.
However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Now Accepting 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s recognized and award-winning parenting and lifestyle sites, and Mami Innovative Media are accepting product submissions and gift ideas.  Products will be published and distributed nationally as a shopping guide for general & multicultural markets and holiday shoppers.
Upon the continued success of past Holiday Gift Guides, Mami of Multiples and Mami Innovative Media are pleased to be creating the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. 

PRODUCT SUBMISSIONS
Product submissions and gift ideas are now being accepted for any of the following:
Gifts for Babies, Kids & and Teens (toys, clothing, electronics, etc)
Gifts for Her (clothing, beauty, accessories, etc)
Gifts for Him (electronics, auto, clothing, etc)
Gifts for the Home (kitchen, appliances, garden, furniture, home office, etc)
Gifts for the Foodies (subscription boxes, culinary gift baskets, etc)
Gift for the Tech Lovers (tech gadgets, devices, etc)
Gifts for College Students (clothing, electronics, dorm necessities, etc)
Experience Gifts (promotional reviews or FAM trips opportunities are available for family-friendly travel)

ABOUT THE HOLIDAY GUIDE
Products featured in the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide will receive high and sustained visibility throughout the holiday season and new year on Mami of Multiples, Mami Innovative Media and through press distribution. Demographic of average audience are household decision makers and shoppers with a median household income of $75,000. 

The shopping guide will also be featured on Joscelyn’s Parenting and Family Column on LATINA Magazine, which is among the most read and shared content on LATINA.  (LATINA Magazine has a 2.7 million readership and Latina.com is the leading lifestyle, entertainment, beauty and fashion site for Latinas).

Submit gift ideas for consideration by emailing joscelyn@mamiofmultiples.com or joscelyn@mamiinnovativemedia.com by December 12, 2016.  A portion of all products received will be donated to reputable military and family charities, i.e. Wounded Warriors, Toys for Tots, Goodwill, etc.

NEW SPONSORED ADDITIONAL ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to inclusion in the holiday gift guide, there are additional sponsored advertising opportunities available.

  • Facebook Live Video or Video Promotion (As an on-air spokesperson and award-winning digital influencer, Joscelyn will feature sponsored products via video on her verified (blue check mark) Facebook pageJoscelyn’s page is categorized and promoted on Facebook as a “Public Figure” page.  Each product will be promoted separately via Facebook live video or pre-taped video.  Videos will be promoted and syndicated on various social media outlets.)
  • Live Periscope and Twitter Promotion (As an on-air spokesperson and award-winning digital influencer, Joscelyn will feature sponsored products via video on her verified (blue check mark) Twitter account & verified (blue check mark) Periscope account.   Both of Joscelyn’s Twitter and Periscope accounts are categorized as a “Public Figure & Public Interest” accounts.  Each product will be promoted separately via Periscope live video and syndicated live on Twitter.  Videos will be promoted and syndicated on various social media outlets.)
  • Giveaways (Hosting a giveaway of the product.  Entries for the giveaway would be to increase awareness and traffic to brand/product website and social pages.) 
  • Newsletter Blast (Individual newsletter blast email will be sent featuring sponsored product and with product information.) 
  • Bilingual Promotion (Above-mentioned advertising opportunities are available in Spanish and English, upon request and for a separate fee.)

For more information or if any of these additional sponsored advertising options are of interest, contact Joscelyn.

For more information, contact
joscelyn@mamiinnovativemedia.com
joscelyn@mamiofmultiples.com
(352) 404-4169

Twitter: @JoscelynRC
Twitter:@InnovativeTalk

LEGOLAND Florida: A Must-Experience Destination for All Families

At the beginning of the school year, I challenged my 2nd grader to get all A’s for the entire year. I told him that if he were to do that, he could pick anywhere to go and I would take him there in the summer. Well Jude didn’t disappoint, he put his nose to the grind stone and did the work to get straight A’s! At the end of the school year I asked him where he wanted to go and he exclaimed, LEGOLAND Florida!!! So LEGOLAND it was!

LEGOLAND Florida

This was our family’s 1st time there and we had a blast! It really surprised me how much there were things to do, even for my 2 year old daughter. Usually theme parks have a couple of things for the “little guys,” but LEGOLAND takes the prize for having fun things for both age groups. I was very pleased!

Near the park entrance, they knew that it would be helpful to have a cool mist before we started our day.

1 legoland

The first ride we got on was the “Island in the Sky.”  The ‘Island in the Sky’ is a 150- foot rotating platform that gives you a 360° view of LEGOLAND.

The next stop was the “Duplo Train.” This was part of Duplo Valley, a land filled with activities and rides, specifically for “toddlers.” Avalyn had lots to do in here. But the big boys enjoyed themselves as well. There was also the Duple Tractor ride and play areas. It was so nice to cool off in the Duplo Splash Pad.

The next land we visited was the “Lego Kingdoms.” What a cool place! The ride that we went on was “The Dragon.” This is a roller coaster that starts with really neat lego creations and then you go on a fast adventure with lots of twists and turns. Definitely a must ride!

Another cool ride was “Merlin’s Challenge.” This is a mysterious wooden train powered by Merlin’s magic! Even my 2 year old enjoyed this one!!

The Land of Adventure was so neat! There was so much to see. The big guys went on the “Lost Kingdom Adventure.” They helped the adventurers battle LEGO mummies and skeletons to find the hidden treasure! What fun!!!

Land of Adventure

While the ride wasn’t too fast for my toddler they were fighting mummies and skeletons, so Mommy and Avalyn went to “Pharaoh’s Revenge. This outdoor attraction lets children and parents fire soft foam balls at enemies and explore the maze of the Pharaoh’s kingdom.

Pharaoh’s Revenge

We couldn’t leave this land without getting on the “Coastersaurus!” This wooden coaster curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs. Its amazing what they do with LEGOS!

Our next stop was “Miniland USA.” My favorite part of the day. What creativity these Lego designers have! Phenomenal!!! Miniland USA contains over 32 million Lego bricks and amazing scenes from coast to coast all the way to a galaxy far, far away! A must stop on your visit at LEGOLAND!

Star Wars at Miniland


We loved “Heartlake City!” This is the newest land based on the popular LEGO Friends line of toys. Avalyn loved all the girly lego creations.  A popular ride is “Mia’s Riding Adventure.” You get to pick your horse and saddle up for a ride on the exciting disc coaster! So much fun! And it helped to feel the cool breeze on a very hot day!

To get out of the heat, we went to the Wells Fargo 4D Theater.  4-D movies are shown throughout the day at LEGOLAND‘s largest indoor theater, with seats for more than 700 guests! I love that!! So many times, you go to a theme park and you have to wait a long time to get inside an “A/C” place, but with 700 seats, you are going to find a seat! The movie they played was “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D : A New Adventure,” complete with 3-D glasses and adventure. After each 4-D movie, meet some of your favorite LEGO characters outside the theater! This was a beautiful theater, even had the red carpet!

LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

It started raining during our trip but no worries, we went straight to Imagination Zone. This is filled with amazing hands-on Lego activities! Next to the outdoor Kid Power Towers attraction, guests will discover a cool indoor space filled with colorful furnishings, floor-to-ceiling graphics, several awesomely themed “zones” and thousands of LEGO bricks awaiting assembly into whatever you can imagine! This gave us parents a time to sit down and enjoy the A/C while the kids enjoyed played and played!

One of the neatest areas there was the “Water Zone” in this hide away the room is decked out in underwater colors with full on coral reefs made out of LEGOS! There are a number of touch screen computers where the kids (and let’s face it some adults) could pick from three tropical LEGO fish to digitally build. Once assembled you get to color your fish uniquely and then click finish. Once you do the fish swims away from you and is picked up on the wall by a special projector that then shows your one of a kind fish swimming in a digital reef with all the other creations.

Jude really liked the “Flight Zone.” Kids can build flying contraptions to the limits of their imagination then put them to the ultimate test by racing their crazy creations against other kids’ designs on suspended ziplines. If you can build it, you can fly it! After the first try, Jude saw how it flew and revamped his design and it went flying really fast! Even adults have fun creating their designs!

The Technic Tot Spot was a spot that we played a long time! Lots of smiles and laughter! We even got to meet Nya and Kai in person!

At the end of our trip we visited Cypress Gardens. The beautiful and historic botanical gardens have been restored to pristine condition! Still standing sentinel in the garden is the vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in 1939.

Cypress Gardens

On our way out of the park we had to stop at the Grand Carousel. This double-decker carousel is the centerpiece of Fun Town. Children can choose their favorite horse. Such fun!

Grand Carousel

There are so much that I like about LEGOLAND Florida.  On most rides, we only waited about 5-15 minutes! The short wait time is amazing for such a popular theme park and especially for visiting in the summer.

Another perk, they have set up Lego play stations for the kids to play while the parents wait! Wow, what a great idea!!! You don’t have to wait in the line while your child asks how much longer. You can tell this theme park is very well thought out and kid friendly.  We highly recommend families, with children of all ages, visit LEGOLAND Florida!

For more information visit, LEGOLAND.com/florida

Facebook: facebook.com/LEGOLANDFlorida

Twitter: @LEGOLANDFlorida

Instagram: instagram.com/legolandflorida

#AwesomeAwaits
#BuiltForKids

Everything is Awesome at LEGOLAND Florida!

Disclosure: As a regular contributor, I received complimentary tickets in order to facilitate a media review.
All thoughts and opinions stated here are clearly my own.

10 Easy Healthy and Fun Summer Activities

Summertime! We are in the midst of summer nationwide and of course a heatwave living in Florida.  My daughter and I love being outside.  She enjoys taking steps on the grass and crawling all over me when we are siting outside.  As a mom, its my job to stay healthy for my daughter and I like to keep my legs healthy and clean with the eco-friendly Sapien Women Shave Gel because it protects skin while shaving.

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sitting on the grass with mommy

Sapien Women Shave Gel is a natural and vegan product made with exotic organic Amazonian ingredients like Cupuaçu butter, Pracaxi oil, Macadamia oil and Vitamin E to prevent drying and protect sensitive skin.   Organic Aloe Vera juice and vegetable glycerin promote intense hydration.

Sapien Women Shave Gel

The Shave Gel contains a natural tropical scent of coconut and mango. Zero GMO’s, free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Synthetic Fragrance.  The Sapien Women Shave Gel is available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and online via suryabrasilproducts.com.

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After using the eco-friendly Sapien Women Shave Gel, it’s time to start the summer fun.  My family and I are always looking for ways to participate in healthy and fun summer activities.  The following are some simple healthy and fun activities that you can do with your family this summer:

beach day

mowing with baby

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outdoor concert with kids

Looking for other summer ideas? Check out our summer guide available: HERE

10 Easy Healthy and Fun Summer Activities

5 Reasons to Celebrate and Experience Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

The beach.  The phrase alone brings to mind the picture of calming waves, swimming in the ocean, building sandcastles, laughing in the sun with friends and family. When you think about spending quality family time, one of the best places to create memorable experiences is at America’s Best Beach.  Clearwater Beach in Florida was named America’s Best Beach because of the powder-white sands, calm waters, fun dining and family-friendly entertainment—all conveniently located along the beach coastline.  Our oldest son recently graduated high school and we celebrated this momentous occasion together as a family at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

The following are 5 reasons to celebrate and create family memories at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa:

1. Location, Location, Location

When traveling to America’s Beast Beach, you want to be able to stay at a beachside hotel or resort. With a family of 6, comfort, convenience and spacious accommodations are always high on our list when choosing vacations and places to spend time together as a family. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is a must-experience top rated selection and its adjacent to Clearwater Beach with beach access located within the hotel. The resort is directly on the path of BeachWalk—Clearwater’s new half mile active pathway for shopping, dining, and entertainment along the beach and in front of the resort.

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From the moment you enter the beautiful lobby filled with oceanic décor and check-in with a glass of champagne, you immediately feel like you are on vacation.

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The resort has wonderful oversized condo-style rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens, offering views of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in their over 250 guestrooms.  We stayed in an ample 1 bedroom 2 queen suite which featured a double bathroom, full-size kitchen with granite countertops, living room area, 2 queen sized beds, a queen sized sleeper sofa and walk-around balconies that overlook the beach.

From being able to easily prepare food for a picnic on the beach in the large kitchen to no waiting in line to use the restroom with double bathrooms available, it is a perfect lodging option to accommodate the needs of traveling with family, children or for celebratory gatherings.

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If you are looking to create a large scale celebratory event, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater has 32,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting, wedding and event space.

 

2. Beachside Family Fun Activities

Even with numerous activities along the coastline, the main attraction at Clearwater Beach is still its near-perfect beach. (USA Today readers voted Clearwater Beach “Best Beach Town in Florida” in 2013). Beautiful white sand, clear and shallow water make this beach an ideal playground for families.

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Families can choose to spend a relaxing or experiencing an adventurous day at Clearwater Beach.  Within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort are vendors and attractions for sailing, deep-sea fishing, boating, wave runners, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran rides, dolphin-watch eco-tours, bike rentals, sunset dinner cruises; golf, tennis and shopping.  Some favorites for families to experience together are the Sea Screamer (Thrill Boat Ride), Little Toot Dolphin Adventures; Tampa Bay Aviation Helicopter Tours; Deep Sea Fishing; Parasail City.  Use Wheel Fun Rentals (located at the ground level of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort) or Fun Ride Rentals to rent a Segway, bicycles, scoot coupe (like mini coupe cars) or a surrey bike (where the entire family can ride together).  With 35 miles of uninterrupted coastline, don’t miss the opportunity to go boating in the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re traveling with little ones, rent a pontoon boat or charter a family-friendly fishing trip. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, try your hand at JetLev—where you literally hover over the Gulf waters powered by a JetLev Flyer pack.

Blue Top portable beach tents and beach chairs at Clearwater Beach

If you want to relax, rent one of “blue top” portable beach tents and beach chairs (which can be rented directly from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort for the day) and enjoy swimming, collecting seashells and fun in the sun.

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3. Poolside & Spa Relaxation

Nothing is better after a hot day to take a cool dip into the pool. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater offers not only refreshing pools but panoramic and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico.  On the 8th floor, overlooking Clearwater Beach, are the resort’s enclosed children’s pool (with kiddie toys and seating area) and a larger pool that houses chaise lounge chairs and air-conditioned pool cabanas.

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One of the best features of these luxurious poolside cabanas are that they’re private poolside indoor cabanas. No need to sweat outside because each of the climate controlled cabanas are equipped with Wi-Fi, a 42-inch flat-screen television, wet bar area, comfortable furniture, private patio area with curtain enclosures and personal restroom.

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Each poolside cabana has a personal attendant to cater to all poolside needs including ordering cocktails and light food directly to the cabana from the poolside bar, Swim Bar & Grill.  When traveling with children or a large group, we highly recommend reserving a poolside cabana.  It gave us much needed relief from the hot Florida sun and it was a delightful amenity to spend time relaxing by the pool together in a private and comfortable environment.

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Needing more ways to relax? Go to the 16th floor, with your beverage of choice, and see aerial views of the Gulf of Mexico or relax in the spa pool with therapeutic water jet system on the Sky Terrace.

Get a massage at the Sandava Spa, a full service spa including private treatment spa suites, manicures, pedicures, facials, professional massage services, and spa wedding packages.  If you are looking for a work out, visit the complimentary 24-hour Hyatt Regency Clearwater’s StayFit Gym or jog alongside the sandy beach.

 

4. By the Shore Dining

If you are at the beach, you want to eat near the water and enjoy the picturesque views. With sparkling beach views on the wrap-around patio, SHOR American Seafood Grill Restaurant, at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is a top choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Helping to fuel a sunshine filled day, breakfast selections, created in an open kitchen, include made-to-order eggs and omelets, pancakes, waffles, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries and more.  Regional seafood dishes, steaks and American cuisine are always on the menu for lunch or dinner. Seating inside or out on the patio is available to enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses, sandwiches, salads and tasty sweets.  If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, consider the private dining option at SHOR hosting up to 16 people with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Other fun and casual beach atmosphere dining staples at Clearwater Beach, with live music and dancing, offering fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood at reasonable prices are Frenchy’s and Crabby Bill’s.  (See more top-rated restaurants in Clearwater on TripAdvisor and some of the best beach bars.)

 

5. Unique Entertainment

There are truly limitless things to do, see and there’s something for every interest, age, and curiosity to check out in Clearwater Beach. The beach and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort is near many attractions and family-friendly destinations.  Steps away from the resort is the world famous Sunset 60 Pier.

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The daily festival on Clearwater Beach operates 365 days a year from two hours before until two hours after sunset, weather permitting. The nightly sunset celebration features artisans, crafters, street performers and large playground. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and check out the free sunset cinema outdoor movie theater at Pier 60. Popcorn and concessions available on-site and movies begin at dusk.  For uniquely entertaining experiences, check out Kai Lani Catamaran, see beautiful sunsets, gaze at dolphins, or simply bask in the water’s cool breeze on a 50-foot boat. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise, the original pirate cruise lets you enjoy reggae island & steel band music.  Have fun in pirate antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories and dancing.  Sea Life Safari – Island Explorer, get up close and personal with dolphins, sea birds and the vast array of marine life native to the area.  Watch as the boat pulls up a net teeming with life and various sea critters, before releasing them back to the bay.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium, meet the stars of the Dolphin Tale movies – Hope and Winter –  alongside other aquatic creatures.  Don’t forget to check out the interactive Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure to experience what a hurricane feels like and scenes from the movie.  Learn how to surf indoors with a flowrider indoor surfing wave machine at SurfStyle.

Looking to have a date night while the children are safe and having fun? Check out Camp Hyatt.  Camp Hyatt, at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort, is a program designed for children aged 3 – 12 years old.  Activities range from arts and crafts, board games, kinect tournaments, shell combing, swimming, walks to the playground, and more. Prices include lunch, snacks, dinner, full day or half day camps.

 

*Transportation Tip*

Whether you are flying or driving to the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort or visiting Clearwater Beach, consider the needs of your family, including seating, luggage and gifts/souvenirs you will be taking back home with you after shopping.  Think about renting a car at the airport or even if you are driving to Clearwater.

Thanks to Toyota Latino, we had a very comfortable experience with the expansive 2016 Toyota USA Highlander LE Plus. The midsize crossover SUV seats 8, has plenty of legroom (even with a carseat, luggage, stroller and 6 people), has great gas mileage and is a very smooth ride.

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For more information, visit the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa website at clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com.
Facebook: facebook.com/HyattRegencyClearwater
Twitter: @HyattClearwater
Instagram: instagram.com/hyattregencyclearwater

 

Have fun in the sun celebrating with your family this summer at the
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa!

Celebrating Graduation with Family at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Graduation season seems to be all around us during the months of May and June.  From kindergarten to high school and college graduations, exciting and new changes are underway for the graduates about to embark on their next phase of education or life.  In my family, there were 4 high school graduations this year from my parents’ 15 grandchildren (and from my 11 nieces and nephews). Mami of Multiples has been blessed to experience its own graduation when my oldest son, Joseph, graduated high school this past May.

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Its been an a joyous and even an emotional time for my family, especially for me as his mother.  He  was the child that made me become a mother.  He was the child that has been with me my entire adult life.  He was the child that traveled with me on business trips to family-friendly destinations like Walt Disney World as a working outside the home mother.  He was raised alongside my parents so he is many ways not only their grandson but also like their son.  He was (and still is) my sweet nature, funny (especially his dance moves) and responsible boy.  Before the twins (and baby Joshua) were born, he was my only child for 10 years.  It seems like life was preparing him for the role of being a big brother.  Even as a only child, he has always been loving, caring, patient and protective with any child.  He is truly an excellent big brother.  He was my entire world for a long time and still my world revolves around him (along with his 3 younger brothers).  He is truly a blessing to all of us in his family and we are so thankful to be able to celebrate his academic and personal achievements.

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Our family will be celebrating Joseph’s graduation at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

 

Clearwater Beach was named America’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor and steps away from the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach, the beautiful Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort brings world-class style and amenities to the west coast of Florida.

With a family of 6, comfort, convenience and spacious accommodations are always among the top of our list when choosing vacations and places to spend time together as a family.

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach has wonderful oversized condo-style rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens, offering views of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in their over 250 guestrooms.  In addition to the gorgeous beach and fine dining, the resort offers many recreational facilities that will create for many memorable family celebratory moments like the following:

• Adjacent to Clearwater Beach with beachside towel, chaise lounge, umbrella,

and beach-to-go food and beverage service

• Complimentary 24-hour Hyatt StayFit gym

• Pool; 20 air-conditioned pool cabanas with flat-screen television and wet bars

• Camp Hyatt® and a children’s pool that is covered with a secure gated enclosure

• Relaxing spa pool with therapeutic water jet system

• Sandava Spa —full service including private treatment spa suites, manicures,

pedicures, facials, professional massage services, and spa wedding packages

• Walk to sailing, deep-sea fishing, boating, wave runners, parasailing, kayaking,

snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran rides, dolphin-watch eco-tours, bike

rentals, sunset dinner cruises, Miniature Golf & Beach Gameland; golf,

tennis and shopping nearby

• BeachWalk—Clearwater’s new half mile active pathway for shopping, dining,

and entertainment along the beach and in front of the resort

 

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Starting on Father’s Day through Wednesday, we will be sharing pictures and live video of our family experience at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.  Follow along using the hashtag .

For more information, visit the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa website at clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HyattRegencyClearwater

Twitter: @HyattClearwater

Instagram: @HyattRegencyClearwater (#HyattClearwater)

Be sure to check out our post-trip recap on our LATINA Magazine column and
Mami of Multiples!