Kids Frugal Fun: Boredom Busters for the Winter Months

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Winter months brings more time spent inside. With kiddos that can mean a lot of together time! Finding projects to do inside with the kiddos without breaking the bank can seem impossible. But there are many things you can do inside that are FREE or really cheap by using items already in your house!
Homemade Play Dough is probably our favorite project to do at home! Using items you already have in your pantry; flour, salt, oil, cream of tarter, food coloring and water you can mix together some fun time cooking with the kiddos but also hours of fun playing with their new play dough! You can make any color you want and with your cookie cutters and a few utensils, you can spend all day creating funny snowmen, wordy letters, silly faces and even scenic beaches- wishing for warmer weather!
Creating your Own Bookmarks is another great FREE project! Everyone has those paint color card stripes laying around the house after one of their painting projects. Then grab a few scrapbooking die cuts to make some fun shapes, markers or crayons, stickers or ribbon to decorate your stripe anyway that you want. Then grab your favorite book and cozy up next to the fire with some cocoa and read to the kiddos!
We all use this, so we should all have plenty of these left over! Grab a few of  those empty toilet paper rolls and some construction paper, ribbons, markers, glue, glitter, etc. and make your  very own imaginary creature. Add wings, horns, curly hair or whatever you want to make the funniest creature you can think of! This is so much fun to let the kiddos really think outside the box and be as creative as they want!
Grab the shaving cream and let the kiddos hang out in the tub to graffiti the walls. We love adding a few drops of food coloring to my hubby’s shaving cream and grab some paint brushes to paint our favorite art on the tub walls. We can then wash it all away with the shower head and then create a new one! I do have to warn you this project can becoming very addicting to your kiddos and you may have to change the water several times due to their water going cold!

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Clearwater Aquarium New Music Video to Celebrate Winter & Hope’s Rescue

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CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF WINTER AND HOPE’S RESCUE WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO

·         Discussion and World Premiere of “Hope” music video, by Sammi Benz, at the CMA Bright House Networks Theater

Clearwater, FL (December, 9, 2015)Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of the rescue of Winter, star of the movie Dolphin Tale and also the 5 year anniversary of the rescue of Hope, star of the movie Dolphin Tale 2.

In celebration of the rescue anniversaries, CMA is proud to announce the world premiere of singer, songwriter and actress Sammi Benz’s new music video “Hope,” which was inspired by the rescue and rehabilitation of the injured dolphins.

Sammi was born and raised in New York City. At the age of five, she was signed by Pepsi to perform at an event at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. Sammi attended LaGuardia College and New York University. Her first single “La Ultima Cancion”, debuted at #34 on the Latin Billboard Charts (BDS). She won Miss Argentina NY, has appeared on various network TV shows in the US and has been featured in numerous national and international magazines. Sammi has also recently performed in the US and abroad in various venues.

Ms. Benz is a board member of the George Lopez Foundation. When not performing, her charitable interests include diabetes and kidney disease research, after school youth learning centers, wildlife rescue, rehabilitation & release programs and active military & veterans groups.

This special event is included with regular CMA admission.

Media Details:

–          Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249, Windward Passage, Clearwater FL 33767

–          When: Friday, December 11, 1pm.  Arrive by 12:45pm

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:      
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.

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7 Ways I Boost Energy Each Winter

warm fireplace and blanketIf you are anything like me, this time of year just makes me want to hibernate til March with my favorite blankie! I very much dislike that idea of fixing dinner and sitting down to eat at 6:30pm and it being pitch dark outside. It makes me just want to crawl into bed and not come out! And since I have kiddos to take care of and a job and kiddos in activities after school I kind of can’t do that! But here are some tips I use to manage through these crazy dark winter months to keep me energized and moving with my very active family!

  1. Get Plenty of Rest! – Now this may seem like a very easy task, since I just told you how at dinner time I just want to curl up in bed and just go to sleep, it should seem like I get plenty, right? Wrong! My girls get showers, pack their lunches, layout clothes for the next day, finish homework, get chores finished up and run around like banshees all at bedtime. So by time I get them all to bed and finish cleaning up after dinner, running another load of the never ending pile of laundry and the other 900 other chores I get to complete each day, I hit the bed about 11:30pm at the earliest! Then at 6am I start getting kiddos up and ready for school! So sleep is hard to get plenty of, but I have made several adjustments to try and get the girls in bed sooner and have them help me earlier in the day get some of the chores done sooner! So make a plan and make time for extra sleep!
  2. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies! – It may seem hard to do, but there are tons of ways to get in just a few extra servings, weather taking a small bag of grapes with you to eat on the way to work or practice, make a smoothie for breakfast or snag an apple to snack on before bed! Just one or two extra servings a day of fruits and veggies could make such a huge difference in your energy level!centrum vitamins
  3. Take Your Vitamins! – I have a hard time taking vitamins. I tend to get stomach aches from them and nausea for hours afterwards. So typically I will take my vitamins at bedtime so that by time I get up, they have dissolved into my system and I don’t get the side effects. I tried these new Centrum® VitaMints® Multivitamins fit right into your busy lifestyle. These were easy enough on my stomach that I was able to take them in the morning! VitaMints® are adult multivitamins packed with a refreshing cool mint flavor you can take any time of day with or without food or water. No chalky taste – just cool mint flavor. You can take 2 daily to give your body essential vitamins and minerals that support your energy, immune system, metabolism, and overall well-being®.Do not exceed suggested use or more does not always mean better. For more information about Centrum®, click here and a FREE Sample. Be sure to like Centrum® on Facebook
  4. Exercise!- You knew I was going to say that, but it’s true! When I get just 20 minutes in each day, I feel so much better! Even if it’s just taking the dog on an extended bathroom break around the neighborhood, parking the car at the end of the lot when heading to the store or just a few quick jumping jacks, sit-ups and mountain climbers with the kiddos when they come home from school!
  5. Take a Break & Relax– Even if you have to skip a load of laundry, grab your favorite bubble bath, fill the tub and tune everything else out! You work hard and you need some time for your self, not just physically, but mentally! Let your brain relax, breathe and just enjoy yourself! This is not an easy task but is so worth it, I always feel so energized after just a 20 minute break!sing dance laugh
  6. Dance & Sing It Out– I am not the greatest singer and I definitely have absolutely no rhythm to dance, but I love it! For just 3 minutes during your favorite song, let loose, sing, dance, laugh, bounce around and enjoy yourself. These little moments of pure craziness would make for a great laugh to your friends and family if shared on YouTube, but who cares! Let loose and have some fun!
  7. Enjoy Life, Slow Down & Laugh– Life is a crazy roller coaster, but you only live once and you should enjoy every minute of it! Before you know it your kiddos will in college, starting a family and out of your nest! Don’t let the little bit of time you have with them slip away! Yes they may drive you crazy sometimes and you want to pull your hair out but they will grow up before you know it and you will miss it! So if your house isn’t clean or the shutter is still squeaking or the van is still got last weeks breakfast in the back seat, skip it and hang out with your family or call an old friend to catch up! Enjoy your life, it’s the only one your get!
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium to Release Sparky, a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

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Clearwater, FL (June 1, 2015)Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), a marine life rescue center, has rehabilitated a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named ‘Sparky’ and will be releasing it on Tuesday, June 2 on Clearwater Beach behind the Sandpearl Resort at 10.30am.

Sparky was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium on January 21, 2015, rescued by one of CMA’s divers who discovered him floating 22 miles offshore, west of Clearwater Pass. Upon intake, it was noted that Sparky was missing his right rear flipper (potential birth defect) and had a small abrasion on the top of his head.  He was also suffering from nutritional issues.

Nutrition was provided to Sparky through an IV solution named Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) which provides all nutrition, or total nutrition, intravenously.  The formula contains protein, carbohydrates, glucose, fat, vitamins, and minerals and is applied to injured or chronically ill sea turtles that are unable to eat in the traditional manner.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium has pioneered the use of this treatment in sea turtles, which is also often used in human patients.

As CMA dealt with Sparky’s nutrition issues, it was discovered that he had a slight case of pneumonia, which required a medical regimen to treat. Sparky now has a clean bill of health and is ready for release back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Since 2010, CMA has provided medical care to 379 sea turtles.  This is the 11th sea turtle CMA has released in 2015. Duke Energy helps support Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.

Turtle release details:

– Media and the public are invited to attend the release on Clearwater Beach at Sandpearl Resort.  Please arrive by 10.30 am, June 2.

– Media should inform the Sandpearl Resort valet they are covering the Clearwater Marine Aquarium turtle release.

Sea Turtle Nesting Update: To date, Clearwater Marine Aquarium has located 24 loggerhead nests this season, which began May 1 and concludes the end of October.

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About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:      
We believe in preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release.  CMA is home to rescue dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter, the dolphin’s story of survival after injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.

No compensation was received to post this information. As always my opinion is 100% my own.

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