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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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Nickelodeon Coming to THE PLAYERS Championship May 9 - 14, 2017

Nickelodeon Coming to THE PLAYERS Championship May 9 - 14, 2017
It is spring in Jacksonville and that means it is time for THE PLAYERS Championship! During May 9 - 14, 2017, our city will turn into all things golf as the nation looks upon THE PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach and that infamous 17th hole. We grew up going to the TPC with our dad and with our high school golf team la...
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Father and THE PLAYERS Championship Golf 2016 Champion, Jason Day, is Just Like Us

Father and THE PLAYERS Championship Golf 2016 Champion, Jason Day, is Just Like Us
We grew up playing golf and going to THE PLAYERS Championship and we were thrilled to be invited to media day for the 2017 tournament! Jason Day, 2016 champion, was invited to play in the celebrity classic on behalf of local charities. He hit the tee shot and then local celebrities vied for $10,000 in donation money by hitting the second shot ...
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Fun4FirstCoastKids.com Best of the First Coast for Kids 2017 Edition!

Fun4FirstCoastKids.com Best of the First Coast for Kids 2017 Edition!
​Each year we ask for the input of parents, grandparents, caregivers and more to determine the Best of the First Coast...For Kids!! We want to know not only Jacksonville's current favorites, but to provide this as a yearly guide of top picks to help other families and visitors navigate choices and fun when it comes to families. Goodness knows, we&n...
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ABCs and 123s of Registering for VPK and Kindergarten in Duval County

ABCs and 123s of Registering for VPK and Kindergarten in Duval County
It's Time to Register for Kindergarten!     ​Thought registering for VPK and Preschool was a process? Remember the relief you had when you secured your child's spot in preschool? You patted yourself on the back because your child would indeed be learning her abc's and 123's in the best preschool. Well, where has time gone? Your child...
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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 happened to be contacted by a PR representative who asked me if I'd ever considered being a travel writer. I said no, but sign me up!!! She registered us for a nigh...
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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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25 Activities for Kids During a Hurricane

25 Activities for Kids During a Hurricane
If you're like me, you've already been inside due to rain before the storm and you can't imagine being inside for another two days with kids. Don't worry! We've researched ideas for hurricane family fun. These are ideas you can do without water and without power. We hope this lessens the boredom of keeping kids inside and safe during...
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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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