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Terri is a second generation Jacksonville native and work from home mompreneur. She loves hiking and competitive sports along with managing Florida's natural areas with prescribed fire. Now, in her next career as a mamma, you can find her, kids in tote, in and around Jacksonville and the Beaches, researching free and fun things to do with kids throughout Florida's First Coast.

7 Birthday Party Goody Bag Ideas

7 Birthday Party Goody Bag Ideas
Originally Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Ponte Vedra RecorderBy Terri Mashour Special to the Recorder Goody bags are a classic part of birthday parties. You bring a gift to the party, you enjoy and eat cake and you leave with a gift or bag of treats as a thank you when you head out the door. Some say goody bags are not necessary anymore, ov...
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Water Based Summer Birthday Ideas

Water Based Summer Birthday Ideas
Originally Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Ponte Vedra RecorderBy Terri MashourSpecial to the RecorderEveryone knows summer birthdays are hard. Friends are gone for the summer so it can be challenging to find people to attend. It's hot outside so the traditional park parties or backyard parties are limited. However, you can beat the heat and ...
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St. Francis Inn St. Augustine :: Relaxation, Exploration, and Ghosts

St. Francis Inn St. Augustine :: Relaxation, Exploration, and Ghosts
Thank you to St. Francis Inn for partnering with us on this post.If you're like my husband and I, you'd do anything for a brief respite from the kids! We're only 30 minutes north of the nation's oldest city so we can go any time we'd like for a day trip and just head back at the end of the day. It had never occurred to us to stay the night.&nb...
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4 Questions with a Florida Fire Ecologist and Jacksonville Mom

4 Questions with a Florida Fire Ecologist and Jacksonville Mom
Being a second generation Florida native and a Florida fire ecologist by trade, I thought it would be helpful to shed some light on the #WestMimsFire and why there is so much fire in Florida. The #WestMimsFire started in Georgia by lightning strike on April 6 in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and has spread into Florida and onto ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Swim

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Swim
Swimming season starts EARLY in Jacksonville with children getting in the water as early as March! If you're like us and have young kids who are extremely nervous about swimming lessons and don't even like to get a drop of water in their eyes or anywhere near their face, the idea of swimming lessons can be a nightmare. My daughter becomes anxious a...
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Experience Science Summer Camp with Dinosaurs!

Experience Science Summer Camp with Dinosaurs!
STEM summer camps (science, technology, engineering, and math) are hugely popular in Jacksonville! There are now many unique ways to teach science that are fun and challenging, but also incorporate summer activities like field trips, water play, and more. Well, one local camp is taking STEM fun to the next level! Museum of Science an...
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Florida Springs: Day Trips From Jacksonville

Florida Springs: Day Trips From Jacksonville
We love heading out for a day trip to the springs! Pack a picnic lunch, bring your swim suits, and head out for an all natural, "Old Florida," adventure. Florida's springs are a magnificent display of our beautiful nature with trails, a spring hole, sometimes a river run or even a sink hole. The clear water allows you to see down into the open...
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6 Ideas for a Pirate Party on the First Coast

6 Ideas for a Pirate Party on the First Coast
This article was originally contributed to the Ponte Vedra Recorder by Terri Mashour. You can find the article HERE. The other day we went to a pirate birthday party. We thought it was going to be just visiting the Palencia Park Pirate Playground and then having cake. But it was more of an organized party and so much fun!After playing on the p...
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A Guide to Strawberry Picking with the Family

A Guide to Strawberry Picking with the Family
It is mid March and therefore prime strawberry picking time! We thought we'd share our experience picking strawberries and give you some tips and tricks to go strawberry picking with your family! It i...
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Parents Become a King and Queen at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Parents Become a King and Queen at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
We are proud to partner with King & Prince Beach & Resort for a hosted stay at the hotel and ECHO restaurant, however our opinions in this blog are all our own.We were the typical parents that had kids and never celebrated anniversaries or birthdays ever again because we were TIRED! But we were asked to visit the King and Pri...
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6 Ways to Make Money...Without Selling Anything!

6 Ways to Make Money...Without Selling Anything!
If you've decided to stay home with kids...or even if you are working and have kids...money can be scarce! Kids are expensive! Some moms are great with starting their own business, working with direct sales, buying into a franchise. Other moms might not feel comfortable doing those things, don't have time to add another responsibility, or are ...
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Working From Home :: How to Harmonize Family and Business

Working From Home :: How to Harmonize Family and Business
We met Felicia Wright, with Mentoring Mamas a few years ago! We love our free membership to her group and she always posts encouranging quotes that come just when we are needing some encouragement. We are thankful she has provided this guidance for local moms!As stay at home moms, Susie and I understand the drive to be with your kids, yet also...
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Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Links: St. Johns and Duval Counties

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Links: St. Johns and Duval Counties
When preparing for storms and other emergencies heading towards the first coast, its track, families need to prepare early for the storm. We've compiled a list of emergency websites and links for you to follow when an emergency strikes as well as a list of links for family fun. Scroll down below for important links to help you be, "Jax Ready."...
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Hurricane Preparedness :: A Florida Native Mom's Guide

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, the closest I came to a hurricane when I was little was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. My grandparents were in Miami and my stubborn grandfather refused to evacuate. They didn't put tape on their windows because in Miami they were doing it so often without storms, and the tape was so difficult to take off, that ...
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I Have A Lump : : A Local Mom's Journey to Prevent Breast Cancer

Guest Blogger, Meg JamesMy sister, Kristen, called me exactly a year ago, this time of year. "I have a lump", she said but as the type of positive person that she is brushed it off by saying, "I'm sure it's nothing". My mom was in town visiting and we both were concerned right away. With our family history, how could it just be nothing?Although we ...
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5 Ideas for a Free Birthday Party in Jacksonville

5 Ideas for a Free Birthday Party in Jacksonville
Posted Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 am Terri MashourParty site rentals can get expensive. Save money on your party location by considering one of these five ideas for a free or affordable birthday party!1. Picnic parties – From Riverside Park to Deerwood Rotary Park to your park around the corner, head out for a picnic! Kids can play on the p...
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Jacksonville Birthday Parties: Top 10 Unique Birthday Party Ideas

Jacksonville Birthday Parties: Top 10 Unique Birthday Party Ideas
PHOTO COURTESY OF GIRLY GIRL PAR-TEASPosted Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the Ponte Vedra Recorder.  Author: Terri Mashour, Special to the RecorderFlorida's First Coast has lots of variety when it comes to children's birthday party options! After reviewing more than 350 local vendors, here are 10 unique ideas for a local birthday p...
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5 Questions With The Amazing Mompreneurs From Finders Keepers

5 Questions With The Amazing Mompreneurs From Finders Keepers
*We are thrilled to promote the Finders Keepers Children's Consignment Sale this Fall! Having them as a sponsor has not affected our opinions in this blog.We all know: its not easy to be a mom. Add in a full time job, owning your own business, setting aside time to enjoy husband and wife time and what do you have? You have Kim and Margaret, ow...
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3 Questions You Should Ask at Dinner

3 Questions You Should Ask at Dinner
So we all know that eating together at dinner time is great for children. But that means actually cooking something (ok, my husband does the shopping and cooking, he respectfully wants me to point out, so I can't use not cooking as an excuse!), finding a way for your two year old to actually sit down for dinner, or figuring out what your four ...
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Lunches, Lunchboxes, and Lunch Resources: A Local Moms Guide

Lunches, Lunchboxes, and Lunch Resources: A Local Moms Guide
Back to school is always the time when we start thinking of ideas for healthy snacks and school lunches. If you're like me, you can never think of what to send for lunch or snack. My local moms group is always asking this same question! I decided to compile a list of their ideas for non sandwich snacks and lunches. As you can see, many are not from...
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