Author Archive | Shannon


Whole-y Moley… I Survived a Whole100

In January, I decided to finally make some real changes to my eating habits, and I accepted the challenge to complete a Whole100. I would follow the rules of the Whole30 program for 100 days. While it was extremely challenging at times, I’m glad I did it. I learned about my relationship with food, became a […]


City to Sponsor FREE Childcare During All Jaguar Games

Happy April Fool’s Day! We can dream, can’t we? Although free childcare would be nice, the truth is that Jaguar games can be fun for the whole family. Check out some of our favorite Game Day posts from the past. Jaguar Game Day with the Family FL/GA on Halloween :: What’s a Gator Mom to Do? […]


Launch Day :: Jacksonville Dogs Blog

Happy April Fool’s Day! The love for our pets is real, and while the thought of an all dog blog sounds brilliant, we didn’t want to offend any cat lovers out there. Here are a few of our favorite blog posts for all of you animal lovers. Why Your Kids Need a Mutt Pets and […]

10 Weird Things My Husband Makes Me Do In Bed(1)

Research Shows Traveling with Kids Reduces Stress

Happy April Fool’s Day! Anyone who has ever traveled with kids will tell you this is a joke! Hitting the road with little ones in tow can be challenging and stressful for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite family friendly trips from Jacksonville. We can’t promise they’ll reduce stress, but they are mom […]


You are More Than a Test

Last year, when my son was in 3rd grade, we hit a milestone familiar to most parents in Florida. It was time for him to take the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). There’s been a lot of controversy about this standardized test, ranging from the validity of the actual exams, to what the results are being used […]


10 Reasons Girl Scouts ROCK

This year my daughter became a Girl Scout. As a former Scout myself I was elated; some of my fondest childhood memories and longest lifetime friends were born in my Girl Scout Troop. Seeing the Girl Scouts through the eyes of a parent has given me a whole new appreciation for why the Girls Scouts […]


5 New Year’s Resolutions All Moms Should Make

Resolution (res-o-lu-tion) – noun. A firm decision to do or not do something. It’s that time of year when we all think about what we want to achieve in the next 12 months. Lose weight, decrease debt, exercise more… you know the usual rundown. Only a small percentage of people actually keep their resolutions, so this year, I’m challenging […]


Thank You, Princess Leia

Upon reading the news of Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, I scoured my photos looking for the picture. I remember taking it and loving it, but I never remembered really getting a chance to study it. When I found it buried among all the other pictures from Halloween, I realized exactly why I loved it. My […]

Why my tree goes up before Thanksgiving!

Why My Christmas Tree Goes Up BEFORE Thanksgiving!

As soon as Halloween is over, I immediately get the Christmas twitch. Time to drag out the Christmas tree and holiday decorations, finalize my shopping list and eagerly anticipate spending quality time with family and friends. We’ve recently started a new family tradition of putting our tree up early. Really early. Typically, it’s up by Veteran’s Day weekend and […]

Kayak Amelia Jacksonville's Kid Free November

Kayak Amelia :: Jacksonville’s Kid Free November

Jacksonville’s Kid Free November at Kayak Amelia Get a free child (age 7-17) tour or rental with the purchase of an adult tour or rental.  Amelia Island is surrounded by State and National Parks. These protected, wild lands are perfect for wildlife viewing and just getting away from it all. These fragile environments need to […]