Family Adventures, Recipes, Uncategorized

Seeking to Live Those Simple Days & My Favorite Apple Crumble Recipe

I have this vision that life is supposed to play out a certain way. I focus hard on wanting it to be something that may not be in the works at the moment. I’m guilty of envisioning the life where we have days that are “free” from work and we’re able to sit on our front porch with our favorite drinks, while just enjoying each other as we breathe in the fresh air and leave all the stress behind.

Really, it’s the s i m p l e days I’m seeking now that I’m in my life stage of m o t h e r h o o d.

(Funny how things change.)

We all have our “dreams” in mind of what we want our life to “look” like, but the hardest part is attaining it. There are so many obstacles that get in the way and sometimes we can loose sight or feel like just giving that vision up. I’m totally guilty of having a difficult time “foreseeing” how our hard work will play out in the future. I guess in reality I’m having a hard time trusting things will work with how they are meant to.

This past weekend I read a page from “Grace for the Moment” By Max Lucado, these are short daily devotionals that are easy to read, but brings so much insight into your day. The day marked “September 23rd” was exactly what I needed to read. It helped me to redirect my mindset so that I can continue to “swim along” through the daily grind.

Trust God with the Future 

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. -John 14:1

I sat there for a few moments and pondered this verse. I knew my heart has been troubled lately, mainly due with the stress of financial decisions we have made, along with at this very moment trying to build our future while also raising our little boy. Everyday I seek for wisdom along with clarity that things will start to work out, and while some days are better than others… knowing that my family’s future is already taken care of is bringing me more peace.

Our family will continue to have long days ahead of us as we are build our future, but knowing that we have Him guiding us is giving me more moments where I can let out those “sighs of relief”.  Doesn’t it feel good to know that you can release the control into His hands?

It may be that you too are in a similar situation, where the stress of life is really starting to build up and you’re seeking those “s i m p l e days”.

Here’s what I want you to know…

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” -Exodus 14:14

Keep doing what your doing, trust in the Lord, be kind, humble, and gracious…your time will soon come.

“I will also give to each one who wins the victory a white stone with a new name written on it.” Revelation 2:17

Do you remember the story of Joseph and how diligent he was in “waiting”? He went through so many obstacles, from being betrayed by his brothers, to being in a dungeon (not a prison, but a dungeon!) for a crime he never did, and so many other battles he encountered throughout his life. But, you know what?! He never gave up in believing that one day “his time will come”. And it sure did!

Time is something that we either want to slow down or speed up. (we’re so indecisive as humans, aren’t we?) It all depends on our situation. As for me, I would like time to speed up, but we all know that won’t happen. So for now, I’m focusing on those simple moments and releasing my thoughts to knowing that someone else is in control and He definitely has a plan for my family.

I believe that’s called having F A I T H.

You know what else helps with the waiting period? Yummy food, especially treats! 🙂

I’ll stop here and share with you a delicious apple crumble that I made this past Sunday, because it’s these simple moments that I’m truly starting to treasure.  Now, I wish I could say I came up with the recipe, but that’s definitely not the case. I went to one of my favorite online “cookbooks”! 🙂 Pinterest recipes and allrecipes.com are my top favorites! 🙂

The Apple Crumble Recipe came from allrecipes.com. All 3 of us enjoyed it (even Little Johnny). It’s a simple recipe too!

Click the link below to be directed to our favorite apple crumble recipe!

>>>Apple Crumble<<<

We also came to a conclusion that this would taste really good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! 🙂

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

Family Adventures, Recipes

Weekend Recap & Crock-Pot Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

It was quite an eventful weekend with the Florida Morehouse family! Little Johnny and I enjoyed a fun Saturday afternoon with our friends at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Big John competed in an MMA fight. Thanks for all the support from friends and family!  I was also busy packing for our trip up to Wisconsin (first time flying alone with Little Johnny!)

Let’s talk about a yummy crock-pot recipe…

I am enjoying sharing easy recipes that I’ve been trying out.  This past week I made a yummy chicken quesadilla where I cooked the chicken in the crock-pot! It was so yummy and easy, plus we had leftovers to use for other meals. I shared the steps on my instastories, so feel free to follow me on instagram for more inspiration! 🙂

love crock-pots, probably more so now that I am a mom. The fact that I can prepare it ahead of time and try to avoid the evening “witching hour” as much as possible is a lifesaver! Big John doesn’t get home from work until 9pm, so I need all the help I can get! Once Johnny gets to a certain hour of the day, it’s difficult to get any tasks done…especially dinner! Here’s to crock pots making dinner time easier! 🙂

(P.S. If there are any other easy recipes you have made using the crock-pot, feel free to share within the comments!Also, I’m still learning on how to take pictures of food, so bare with me)

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Quesadillas 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts

1 can of corn

1 can of black beans (I usually rinse mine)

1/2 tablespoon of cumin

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of oil

(This is an estimate of the amount of spices I use as I tend to just eyeball it.)

Steps:

  1. Place a tablespoon of oil into the crock-pot
  2. Add chicken, corn, beans, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt
  3. place on low for 3 hours and it should become “pulled” chicken when it’s done
  4. place the mixture on tortilla shells and top with cheese
  5. Use a skillet on medium heat and grill the quesadillas

It was so yummy! I had to add homemade guacamole of course, which you can find my recipe below.

>>Homemade Guacamole <<

This mixture would even be good as regular tacos, rice bowls, or just “as is”.

Here’s to a wonderful week ahead!

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

 

Family Adventures, Motherhood

10 Ways to $ave Money & Contribute to Finances as a Stay -At- Home- Mom

What a title, huh?! Finances have never been my strong suit, but I’m learning that in order for me to stay at home I better crack down on our spending habits and be smart about how we can save money. Before I dive into my list let’s talk about the 4th of July weekend festivities! Sunday afternoon was a beach day for the Florida Morehouse Family. We arrived at the beach around 3:30 (Cherie Down Park is one of our favorite spots in Cocoa Beach!) and didn’t get home until 11:30pm! That’s probably the latest Little Johnny has ever stayed out, and boy was he a party animal! We decided to venture over to Cape Canaveral’s Harbor to see the firework display.

Okay, let’s talk $avings now!

The decision to stay at home and cut back to one income these days is extremely rare and a very difficult decision to make. On those circumstances though, you have to make sacrifices and realize where in your monthly expenses you can cut back. While being a stay at home mom I have moments where I feel helpless because I’m not “contributing” financially, but now that I look at it I really am doing a whole lot to help out with our finances. I have learned that here are other ways to help out with saving/ contributing to the everyday finances. Making a list always helps to visualize exactly how that’s happening, so here’s the list!

10 Ways to $ave Money & Contribute to Finances

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1.Cut Cable Completely – We have been using hulu for a while now, and quite honestly all the shows that we watch are on there. I have no complaints. We have a very busy schedule and sometimes we don’t even have time to watch tv…so why waste money, right?!

2. Home Cooked Meals- While we love to eat out (the convenience is so nice, isn’t it?) we just don’t have room in our budget to do so. When cooking meals at home it saves us so much money! I try to plan out our weekly menu with a variety of foods that we would like to order in restaurants. (I get a lot of my inspiration from other blogs as well!) I even made homemade tortilla chips one day and they were so easy & delicious! It can be something small as well, like making your own brewed sweet tea and drinking it out of a Mason Jar! It’s the little added touches that make the experience at home fun! 😉

3.Shopping at Aldi- I would love to get into couponing someday, but man that seems like so much work and dedication! I applaud all those who are true couponers! Way to go! My way of saving on groceries is by shopping at Aldi. We save so much here and they range in a variety of foods, plus they also have an organic selection and some name brand items. Before I go I try to always meal plan and use the most recent flyer as a guide. It’s definitely a process, but it saves a ton of money along with writing out my meals for the week.

4.Driving Less- We try not to venture too far during the week, and occasionally we’ll drive out to the beach on the weekends, but that’s about it. We have a park close by that we can walk to and other close things nearby as well (I am so thankful for the location we are in.) I have learned to adapt to hobbies at home such as cooking, reading, art projects with Little Johnny, and just enjoying our home.

5. DIYing- This one is fun for me! While some DIY projects can be expensive, not all of them are. DIY projects range in all sorts of categories from sewing your own clothes to family pictures and home decor projects. (I also include food in this topic as well.) Whatever it is that you would love to go out and purchase, try creating it yourself first. It doesn’t have to be anything huge either. We don’t own a home, but I know that home repairs are always the cheapest way to go for most projects. (YouTube is a great friend for that!) It may take more time, but the amount you’ll save is worth it.

6. Consignment Store Shopping- We have bought most of Little Johnny’s clothes (and toys) at Once Upon A Child. Their clothes are at a really great price, but the best part is the quality is amazing! I have bought so many clothes (name brand too) that still have the price tag on them. The best part is we actually get compliments from others about a certain outfit that looks cute on Little Johnny.

7. Clothes Shopping is put to a STOP- While I seriously love to shop for clothes, it’s been almost one year since I purchased any new clothes item for myself and Big John. Of course when we do need something we’ll go out and buy it, but for now our clothes are still in good shape and I’m finding things in the back of my closet I can fit into that I couldn’t wear after having a baby (although we’re mostly in our gym clothes anyways with running a Martial Arts gym).

8. Barter System- We’re going back to the olden days where this is what women use to do. “I’ll give you something in return for something I need”. Whether it’s helping out in doing a babysitting swap or a switch out of toys, this is a great approach to save money. If you want to take it a step further, managing a blog can be a great bartering tool for entertainment and children activities that you would like to be involved with.

9. At Home Date Nights- While it’s nice to go out and get away from the house, but when you factor in the cost of a babysitter, plus the expense of entertainment for the night…it adds up quick! We have yet to try this one  as our schedules are so busy, but I would love to set up a date night in our house as it’s so important to stay connected and have one-on-one time in a marriage, even when schedules are busy! It can be simply just making a favorite meal together and watching a movie with your favorite treats. If you want to really take it to the next level, here is a post I found on some unique “At Home Date Night Ideas“. (Now, the trick is convincing your husband to do some of these! 😉 ) You can also do “at home happy hours with friends!” how fun, right?! Remember it’s all about the ambience!

10. Develop a “Turn it off” Rule-This one seems like a no brainer, but there have been so many times in the past where I just leave lights on when no one is in the room. Now I’m becoming more conscious and trying to turn all electricity off (including fans) when no one is using them. These are just small ways to cut back on the utility bills. If you want to know more easy money saving tips on utilities, click here.

 

**Bonus**

Freelance Work- Finding something that can bring in a little extra money can be a huge help! Even if it’s just paying one bill. Recently I have been working for VIP Kid and with the amount of classes I teach I am almost at my monthly goal with being able to pay our rent! (So far I have also helped 2 other moms to reach their goals of earning money while staying at home too! I find so much joy from that!) There are many types of small jobs you can do from home, although the tricky part is finding one that fits your schedule along with something that isn’t sketchy…

Other Resources


Recently I have been looking into the Dave Ramsey system, have you hear of him? He’s the one that guides millions (maybe billions, I’ll have to check into that) of people to become “debt free”. He has a talk show that I have been listening to and I was skeptical at first about becoming debt free on one incomebut I have heard so many positive stories, and it can be done! This is a goal of ours that I have now come to terms that we can start working on, even with living on one income. We will work on the baby steps of becoming “debt free” so that one day we can live a less stressful life where we are not tied down to “bils”. It won’t happen over night, and that’s something I think I had to come to terms with…we need to just “buckle down” and realize that with time and determination, it can happen.

One thing that helps to keep track of finances and not indulge in over spending is keeping track of your budget. I’ll be honest, we have never been the best at this, but you have to start somewhere, right?! There are so many different apps and ways to go about this and I have recently found everydollar budget system that we really like (I actually found it on the Dave Ramsey website). Right now we really don’t have any wiggle room, which is why it’s so important to constantly keep track of our spending. We have never been really good with sticking to our budget, but now we’ve come to terms and are maturing with our financial decisions.

Right now we are living a frugal and simple life (although don’t get me wrong we still have very stressful days). It’s been a long and difficult road, but I’m finally learning to show gratitude and contentment in where we are (even if we’re not the richest folks on the block). Learning to be happy with what we have now and not always want more is helping to provide us with a simplier lifestyle (even during one of the hardest times of our life, and man was that a difficult lesson to learn).

The reality is this is a different type of lifestyle and with all things it takes time to change your spending habits over the years. Focusing on one thing at a time and evolving into multiple tactics have helped us to stay on track, basically getting into a routine of things. Focus is key, and also wanting it to work,  because if you’re not all in it’s very difficult to stay on track.

“The less you need, the happier you’ll be. Less is always more.”

Not everyday is easy, it takes a lot of self- control to stick to these tactics, but it’s well worth it. What are some ways that your family has been saving money?

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures, Reviews of Products & Places

We’re Splishin’ and Splashin’ at Goldfish Swim School (Our 1st Swim Lesson Experience)

Well, we survived our first swim lesson! As a parent you hear stories where children have such a bad experience, but this was completely the opposite at Goldfish Swim School! We left with smiles and had such an enjoyable visit! Most of all, Little Johnny was comfortable in the water!        {This post is sponsored. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.}

The moment we walked in, we were immediately greeted by employees with a fabulous welcome! As we checked in we received a welcome bag, and a personal tour of the building. As a parent I always look for the small touches and amenities that any business offers (especially the changing room), which helps to create a friendly and welcoming environment for me. Not only does Goldfish Swim School offer an oasis environment, but they provide personal touches such as extra diapers and wipes if needed, and many changing rooms.  They also have open showers with baby soap readily available and a drying station for your swimsuits so you’re not leaving with soaking wet suits! Did I mention it’s a “shiver free” environment?  It’s quite honestly the ultimate experience for a swim school!

Our 1st Swim Lesson Experience


Now, let’s get into the details of the actual lesson…

As Little Johnny and I walked inside of the pool area we were greeted by two swim instructors already in the pool with an Elmo and Goldfish puppet (what child doesn’t like puppets, AND Elmo! Such a smart idea on their end!) This was a wonderful way to get warmed up and comfortable with the water! Little Johnny and I stepped into the pool with big smiles! Usually when you step into the water it takes a while to get use to it, and quite honestly that’s the worst part for little ones (and me!), but NOT at Goldfish Swim School! They offer a “shiver free” environment, even when you step out of the water! As a parent I’m very thankful for this amenity because it’s one less thing I have to worry about with my little one shivering or refusing to get in the water because it’s “cold”. I had no problem with Little Johnny wanting to get into the water.

Little Johnny and I participated in the mini 2 session (you can click here to check out the pricing and details). We were in a group setting and the instructors had smiles on the whole time, they were also so calm and engaging with the children. Here’s the best part throughout the whole lesson…Are you ready?! Each learned swim skill was taught to the tune of a familiar children’s song! We started with a hello/welcome song and throughout the lesson other songs were introduced. Think about when your child hears a familiar tune, they usually get excited or feel more “at ease” in an unfamiliar environment! This is a genius idea and it also helped me as a parent to understand the skills taught and to hopefully remember them. Researchers do say learning with songs incorporates a more suitable learning environment! At one point in the lesson we were singing “twinkle twinkle little star” when we were practicing the back float and a little girl was just singing her heart out to the familiar tune! It was too cute!

Highlights from the lesson:


  • songs and puppets were incorporated
  • safety swim skills were taught in a fun environment
  • shiver free environment
  • with support we learned to kick and stroke with our arms (Little Johnny was doing the two scooper! haha)
  • with support we learned to back float
  • we learned how to hold onto the edge and get out of the water
  • we learned to walk on a floating device and jump off into the parents arms (Little Johnny’s favorite!)

This was just our first lesson and I would have been happy just to see Little Johnny getting into the pool, but honestly he was able to get so much out of his first lesson because the environment was set up to ease children into it! I can definitely see Little Johnny developing a life-long love of swimming with the help of Goldfish Swim School

Here’s a picture of Little Johnny in the pool. Now, let me just say the sad look on his face had nothing to do with the actual experience! He was upset with me because I stepped out of the pool to take a picture (currently going through separation anxiety I believe, all part of parenting right!?) Next time I’ll try to bring someone else along to take pictures of Little Johnny actually participating so you can get the whole experience! We loved our swim instructors!

 

Keeping Parents Educated!


 As we were packing up to leave an instructor came around to give us a handout to take home that states the end goals of the sessions for both the parents and little ones. I love this feature! It’s so important for parents to stay educated and know how we can incorporate the skills learned at home! It also helped me to understand the layout of the sessions and what Little Johnny needs to accomplish in order to move onto the next swim level.

 

My biggest take away from our first swim lesson was “preparing your child to go underwater”. It’s a very simple technique and is highly encouraged anytime little ones come into contact with water. It’s simply conditioning your child to go underwater. I’ll be practicing this at home during bath time with Little Johnny since we don’t have a pool.

Here’s what I learned…

Before you pour a cup of water over you child’s head use the verbal cue: “NAME, Ready, Go.” For example with my little one I would say… Johnny, ready, go! This helps to hopefully prevent them from gulping water (it’s going to take lots of practice for Little Johnny though, he’s a gulper!)

In this video below another family shares how much they’re loving Goldfish Swim School too!

What’s all the “hype” about little ones taking swim lessons at a young age? 


I’m specifically going to target this questions towards living in Florida, but quite honestly this refers to anywhere! We live in a state where “water” is easily accessible all year long. When starting at a young age with learning to enjoy water and develop proper safety skills, it reduces the chances of developing “a fear of water”. When children are comfortable with water, then they are prepared to prevent the unimaginable..drowning. We all know water is everywhere, so teaching children how to be safe in water lowers the risk of accidents. Plus, the goal isn’t for children to grow up “fearing” water, but to enjoy the fun activities it presents and learn how to be safe in it.

>>5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn to Swim Now <<

We enjoyed our experience so much at Goldfish Swim School and can’t wait to continue throughout the next few months. I’m excited to take you on this journey and share with you how much Little Johnny is learning!

Visit my previous post where I share more details about what Goldfish Swim School offers.

>>Splish, Splash Goldfish Swim School is Opening in Florida<<

And of course, make sure to visit their social media accounts and show some love by following them for updates! 🙂

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One more thing…did I mention these swim lessons definitely promote sleep for your little one?! 😉

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures

Because it Rains in Florida too! 10 Rainy Day “At Home” Activities for Little Ones

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day! We ended up going to the beach in the late afternoon for only about an hour before the storm came in. We finished our day with delicious cheeseburgers that Big John grilled out! They were seriously the tastiest cheeseburgers we have made at home! Recently I shared a video to my facebook page where Gordon Ramsay takes you through the steps of grilling the perfect hamburger! I seriously suggest that you try this one day, you won’t regret it!

And of course dessert was a must, so I thought root beer floats would be a delicious way to end the day! (which, it was!)

Now, let’s talk about this rain in Orlando, shall we?! I know we needed it since we were in a huge drought! But man, it can stop anytime now. As Floridians, we need our sunshine and beautiful weather (hence, a huge reason why we moved down here!) These past few weeks Little Johnny and I have done a lot more indoor activities at home because it’s been just too wet to get out and go anywhere. I decided to put together a list of 10 activities to do inside (and at home) with your little one. These are easy ones and you can save this to pull out when you’re needing something quick to refer to! (Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!) 🙂

  1. pull out the play dough (or make your own) add sticks or straws  Little Johnny loved this and so far we have done it twice! We use the sticks to build things or just poke holes through the play dough. 
  2. have a picnic in the living room and watch their favorite movie! Thanks to momexploresorlando for the idea! Make sure to check her page for fun activities around Orlando that she explores!
  3. If it’s not thundering and lightening outside, put on your rain boots and grab an umbrella to go and splash in the puddles. Little Johnny now has an obsession with umbrellas! Due to being in such a drought, we haven’t used one in a long time until just recently. The moment I opened the umbrella he thought it was hilarious and wanted to play with it…why not, right?!
  4. Go on “virtual field trips” with the help of YouTube! So far Little Johnny and I have been to an aquarium and the zoo! 😉
  5. Build a fort and read books! This was a fun one and kind of a “spare of the moment” activity for us. I was in the middle of making our bed and Little Johnny kept pulling off the sheets, so I decided to build a fort and we got under and read his library books. We even put pillows under there. It was fun and so much laughter was heard throughout the house!
  6. Go on a color hunt in the house! Get different colored construction paper and lay it on the floor. Grab a bucket and have your little one go through the house finding items of that color and place them on the construction paper with the corresponding color. We haven’t done this one yet, but it sounds fun (plus educational!) Here’s the source where I found the idea! 
  7. Get a large butcher paper or brown wrapping paper and roll it out on the floor to paint or color on! 
  8. Blow up balloons and have your little one practice their cordination with keeping it off the ground. You can even create a paddle using paper plates and a spoon to use for hitting the ball. They can decorate it too! (Source )
  9. Make face magnets from old magazines! This sounds so much fun and I love upcycling things! Can’t wait to try this with Little Johnny. If you want to extend the activity you can even go on a hunt for shapes and cut them out!   Click here for the link. 
  10. And of course there is always paint! If you don’t want to have a mess, then bring it into the bathtub. Put on some fun music and have your little one paint away!

BONUS:

Paint rocks and write a message or prayer on it to mail out to someone. That will definitely bring sunshine to someone’s day!

 

Do you have any fun rainy day activities to add to the list?

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures

Shopping & Playing at the NEW Play Park (located inside of the Florida Mall)

Some days it calls for your family to venture off to a local mall and shop! Although it can be extremely hard to do when you have a little one who needs to burn off their energy. Our days are long gone where Little Johnny sits in a stroller for more than 20 minutes. Is there a solution to parents still being able to shop and having their little ones play…YES! (that’s if you visit the Florida Mall!)

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Two weekends ago The Florida Morehouse family decided to explore the new play park inside of the Florida Mall! I have never seen anything like this inside of a mall before! As a parent I am so grateful for this fun exploration area, especially the fact that it’s inside with the air conditioning on full blast, because these hot Florida days are already killer!

If you haven’t known already, I’m a huge fan of parks! Inside & Outside!

Little Johnny loved playing here! His favorite part was climbing up the “hill” and going through an interactive tunnel. It was a great afternoon for our little family. We didn’t actually shop, more so we just walked around the mall and “window shopped”. The M & M’s World was a huge hit with Little Johnny too! 😉

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Now, instead of you pleading with your children to go on a shopping trip, they’re going to be the ones to drag you to the mall. Is that a bad thing? It depends on how you view it…If you’re a parent that likes to shop, then this new play park is definitely your best friend. You’re wallet might not be so thrilled…

love finding new areas for Orlando area families to explore! It’s exciting to see all that this city offers for our children. Providing areas for children to “play” is such an added feature when it comes to families choosing on where to spend their time together.

Here’s what I’m loving about The Play Park!

  • interactive technology and a climbing sensation for children!
  • fun for all ages
  • FREE for everyone
  • light up and story telling tunnel
  • digital pond
  • talking flower
  • sound flower
  • memory game

If you want more of a description, visit this link that presents bright photos and more details about this fun experience for children!

Not only is this great for Orlando families, but also for all our tourists as well! So, if you’re thinking of coming here on vacation and you’re either tired of the hot Florida sun, or it’s a rainy day…come check out The Play Park! It’s located right by Dicks & The Crayola Experience!

It’s time to go shop and play!

Wishing you well,

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Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures, Reviews of Products & Places

‘Splish, Splash’…Goldfish Swim School is Opening in Florida!

Summer is officially just around the corner and soon we’ll hear the sounds of splish splash’  from children as they start to say their “goodbyes” for the school year. We’ll see children transition out of their classrooms and into swimming pools, outdoor play, theme parks, and other fun summer activities.

The question is…are your children swim ready

When you think about summer time, what’s something that first pops into your mind? For me, it’s definitely anything with water…which leads me to some exciting news about Goldfish Swim School opening in Winter Park, FL!

{This post is sponsored. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.}

As a parent, I am so very excited about this opportunity for my little one. Getting your children comfortable in water and confident in their swim skills is something that’s a priority for many parents, especially when you live in Florida! I’ve been waiting for a local swim school like this to open. We don’t have a swim pool at home, so this is a perfect opportunity for Little Johnny to become exposed to water safety skills. I love that the facility is indoors, so we’re out of the “hot Florida sun”.

The Facts


Goldfish Swim School is a franchise and has over 65 locations open or in development around the country. They provide swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages 4 months- 12 years. Classes are offered by professional, trained and certified instructors in a safe, child-friendly and fun environment.

The owners of this Winter Park location are also a husband and wife team (Jon and Gina Thomas) and they have two younger children. They are relocating from Columbus, OH to the Winter Park area to startup the first Goldfish Swim School in Florida! As a parent, it’s always intriguing to hear the back story and learn that they’re a family orientated business!

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My Favorite Features


When there’s something new coming within the Orlando area I always love to do my research and scope out my favorite features of the newly established business. Here’s what I’m excited about…

  • Air conditioned viewing gallery for parents to relax, work, read, socialize (digitally and personally) and watch their kids swim
  • An indoor swimming pool heated to a tropical 90 degrees year-round
  • Year-round swim instruction for children 4 months to 12 years (Click Here for a list of classes)
  • family swim time!
  • an environment that presents a tropical vibe, leaves you with that “happy feeling”

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While researching I also found this great post that’s directed towards parents, which is very helpful with understanding what Goldfish offers to the surrounding community.

>>>5 Reasons These Parents #LOVEgoldfish<<<

I’m excited to take you on our journey of Little Johnny’s first swim classes! He’ll participate in swim lessons for a few months and I’ll continue to update you on his progress with Goldfish Swim School. He’ll be participating in the class listed below.

 

The Details 


If you live within the Orlando area, definitely make sure to check out their website and pre-register to reserve your spot. They’re offering the first members a promo! 

They also offer memberships, which you can find more details linked here.

For updates, make sure to “like” their facebook page!  

I especially liked viewing their photos and timelapse videos of the progress with the construction. Their grand opening will be coming soon, so stay tuned! 

Happy Swimming! 

Wishing you well,

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