Roominate Chateau Review

Review of Roominate Chateau

A toy that taps into the imagination and gets girls using STEM skills! Yes, the Roominate Chateau is all that, and more! My 8 year old, Isabella, purchased this product with her very own money. She spent much time going up and down the aisles trying to decide what she wanted to buy. The moment she grabbed the large yellow box I knew she was onto something. She read the description and turned the box over. She looked up at me with a huge smile. She had found the perfect toy for that ... [ Read More ]

Kids Making Wrapped Dogs with VIDEO

Cooking with the Murphys

This summer has been mostly camp-free, so the girls and I have had a blast doing all sorts of things in and around the house. Recently they wanted to "make lunch" while I make a video. They came up with their recipe and we got to work. Production by the Murphy Girls Yes, the 8 year old did most of the producing. She hung out at my computer for a few hours and played around on iMovie. We had a blast finding different sound effects to add. She especially loved adding different titles, as ... [ Read More ]

Shooting for the Stars, Reaching for the Dream

For The Dream

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Her Dream She asks already. My 8 year old talks about the future. She asks us questions about high school, college and careers. She is curious about everything. Her future is ahead of her. There is so much that she will experience and we couldn't be more excited. The college dream should never be just a dream. At this point in her life, my 8 year old views ... [ Read More ]

Flash Sale for Waldorf Orlando & Hilton Bonnet Creek

Waldorf Orlando

Rates drop to as low as $99 for the Hilton Bonnet Creek and $159 for the Waldorf Orlando! Huge savings!  For a super limited time you need to book at the Waldorf Orlando or the Hilton Bonnet Creek to take part of their FLASH sale! See details below! Do you remember how last month we spent an incredible weekend at the Waldorf Orlando. So many of you chimed in on Instagram with comments and likes, as you noticed the beauty and relaxation of the resort. I'm sure ... [ Read More ]

More Dental Tips for Kids

Dental Habits

Did you know that as soon as your little one has two teeth that touch, that they need to be flossed? Yep, neither did I! There are many poor dental habits that are linked to adverse health. We have heard it as adults that the chance of gingivitis and even heart disease can begin with a poor dental routine. As parents, we need to set up the foundation of excellent dental habits for the younger ones so that as they grow they are best prepared for optimal health.  I'm ... [ Read More ]

Make a Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

We have been playing scavenger hunts since our preschool days. We are given a list of objects to find and then we run around searching for them all. It really is a blast and brings back so many great memories.  This summer when you continue to search for fun and creative ways for the kids to play, think about making them a scavenger hunt!  A backyard scavenger hunt is easy to put together, requires very little on your end and the kids love it!  I shared the steps to ... [ Read More ]

Dental Tips for Summer Sports Injuries

Summer Sports Injury

Ouchie! It's going to happen! Someone on the summer baseball team or sports camp is going to get knocked by the bat. A dental injury could be scary. A chipped tooth or worse, a lost tooth, can be emotional and nerve-wracking if mom and dad don't know what to do. In this post I share an infographic that is full of interesting information for us to learn how summer sports dental injuries occur and what are some of the best products to protect your kiddos - especially when one is known ... [ Read More ]

Ready, Set, Go! Road Trip Games for Fun

Who is heading on a road trip this summer? I get exhausted with the "Are We There Yet?" pleas/whines. With so many digital devices available and built-in DVD entertainment system in so many family cars, one would think that kids could patiently sit for hours. LOL! We all know the truth! (Let's not even get into the fact that our DVD player in the mini-van is acting wacky and won't play for longer than a minute!) The road trip games that I have shared on TampicoIsColor.com for June have helped ... [ Read More ]

Carnival Vista, The Latest Milestone

Carnival Vista

I won't forget the excitement and awe that I felt earlier this year when I attended the unveiling of the Carnival Vista. I learned of how spectacular she will be. How full of activities for adults, kids and families, alike will make up so much of the ship. My tastebuds began to salivate when I learned how some of my favorite Carnival specialty restaurants, like Ji-Ji, and others will be cooking some delicious meals for foodies like myself.  Yes, there was so much that had me thrilled ... [ Read More ]

Cruising the Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

We've done it twice. We have cruised with the kids on the Carnival Breeze in 2012 and again in 2015. Both experiences were excellent and provided fun family travel! Since its inaugural sailing in December 2012 out of Port Miami, the Carnival Breeze has changed, just a bit. Most of the changes we loved! Dr. Seuss is on the loose! Yes, the Seuss-At-Sea program that we first experienced on the Carnival Freedom in June 2014 has made its way to the Breeze. We enjoyed the ever so fun & ... [ Read More ]