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Shopping at Kroger is Fun with Marvel Micropopz!

Shopping at Kroger is Fun with Marvel Micropopz!

  Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Kroger and Kroger Marvel Micropopz!. All thoughts and opinions are those of The Mommy Cooler. Who says shopping can’t be fun? Most moms cringe at the thought of bringing their children along shopping, myself included! […]

St. Jude Scientist Offers Simple and Effective Tips to Best Protect Children from Extreme Sun Exposure!

St. Jude Scientist Offers Simple and Effective Tips to Best Protect Children from Extreme Sun Exposure!

THIS POST IS WRITTEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Michael Sheffield, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and its affiliates. All opinions are of Dr. Pappo of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. This post contains affiliate links. As the summer season approaches, pediatric skin cancer scientists at St. Jude Children’s […]

Smart Water Safety Tips for Families While Traveling this Summer!

Smart Water Safety Tips for Families While Traveling this Summer!

THIS POST IS WRITTEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Kyle Kramer of Great Wolf Lodge and its affiliates.  ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

Summertime is almost here and what better place to kick off your summer adventures by planning a family vacation to the beach, lake or a trip to the incredible Williamsburg Great Wolf Lodge. Summer is the perfect time to take your family to the waterpark resort, which was recently named by Trip Advisor as one of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the United States! The resort features a massive indoor waterpark, as well as a bowling alley, mini golf course, outdoor ropes course, and a spa just for kids.

Great Wolf Lodge is a nationally recognized leader in water safety. Ellis & Associates, a renowned international organization focused on aquatic safety has recognized Great Wolf Lodge several years running with its top award for water safety. Since opening its first resort in 1997, Great Wolf Lodge has welcomed millions of families and accumulated a wealth of tips to help keep families safe around water.

May is National Water Safety Month, so there is no better time to share these tips with your family for a safe summer of fun!

  • Never swim alone. Always use the buddy system and be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you or other family members enter the water.
  • Encourage your child to wear a life jacket. Many public pools and water parks provide life jackets for your use free of charge and it’s better to be on the safe side if your child is not a confident swimmer.
  • Never assume someone else is watching your child. Even with lifeguards nearby, you have the responsibility for your child. The best way to keep your child safe is to play right alongside them.
  • Stay hydrated. Swimming and playing takes a lot of energy, especially during the hot summer months. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and rest in a cool location.
  • Forget the Bling. Before heading to the beach, pool or water park, avoid swimsuits that have ties, grommets or decorations that could get caught on something during water activities.
  • Skip the flip-flops. Look for sandals with a heel strap or a full-coverage slip-on water shoe that will stay in place both in and out of the water.
  • Too much sun is no fun. Be sure to limit your exposure during peak hours of 12pm-3pm and reapply waterproof/sweatproof sunscreen every 80 minutes.
  • Take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important in any environment. This is a skill we all can benefit from – on land and around water.
  • Read all of the signs before going on a waterslide, pool or attraction. Make sure your child meets the posted requirements. If you have questions about an attraction, ask an employee at the facility.
  • Plan ahead. As a family, decide on a meeting place to go to if anyone gets separated. Kids can take off in instant and crowded parks and beaches can make it difficult for little ones to find you. Choose an easy-to-spot location that can be easily found by all family members. If you see someone struggling in the water, call for help. Remember “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!” Even professionally trained lifeguards don’t enter the water without having the proper flotation devices to keep themselves safe.

Holiday Weekend Coming Up? Plan for an Easy Impromptu BBQ  for Summer Fun!

Holiday Weekend Coming Up? Plan for an Easy Impromptu BBQ for Summer Fun!

With summer right around the corner, there is nothing like the warmer weather and the days getting longer to make you feel great. BBQ’s get the summer mood going for the entire season. Planning parties, in general, are not that easy especially if you are […]

5 Steps to Avoid Sun Damaged Skin for the Whole Family

5 Steps to Avoid Sun Damaged Skin for the Whole Family

As the weather gets better we have to remember to take care of our skin not only for ourselves but for our children. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.In 2006, in […]


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MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.  This post is a collaboration between  SpouseLink on behalf of FitFabFun.This promotion is in no way sponsored by Facebook or FabFitFun. See my disclosure/ privacy policy.   It’s no secret that MilSpouses are used to putting others first. Whether it’s your […]

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Warner Bros. Pictures. I received information to facilitate me on my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation in RWM http://media.thereviewwire.com/   Time for another action-packed […]

Review of the VA Beach Philly Pretzel Factory!

Review of the VA Beach Philly Pretzel Factory!

We love to try different places in an around our local area! When The Philly Pretzel Factory, the kids, approached us and I got in the car to drive out to Virginia Beach for a family fun food date! Who does not love pretzels right? […]

Give Your Child The Dream Gift of Becoming a Shark or a Mermaid!

Give Your Child The Dream Gift of Becoming a Shark or a Mermaid!

Every child loves to dress up. But now dressing up takes a whole new level when your child can become a character they want to be.  As a mom who loves to be a part of creating new games and having fun imagining you will […]

Need a good gift for Grandma and Grandpa? For those hard to buy for get them a Grandbox for this year Christmas Gift!!!

Need a good gift for Grandma and Grandpa? For those hard to buy for get them a Grandbox for this year Christmas Gift!!!

  What gift do you get to a person who has just about everything? I am glad you are here to find more about Grandbox. I just love the monthly subscription boxes and Grandbox is just the one needed to get for those hard shoppers […]