Supporting School with Fuel Your School in Miami-Dade

Fuel Your School

I was a public school teacher for nearly 10 years. It was my life. It was before I was married, before I had kids. My students were my life. There was (nearly) nothing that I wouldn't purchase for my classroom if it meant providing a better learning opportunity for my students. I spent 100s and 100s of dollars every year. It warms my heart to learn of a program that made its way to Miami-Dade County Public School last year - a program that supports teachers just like I was back ... [ Read More ]

Master the Mango

Mango

Much of my South Floridian audience has something to say about mangos. Many of us have at least one mango tree in our backyard. We have one in the front and one in the back. Although still too young to produce fruit, we anticipate the day when we can grab a few fresh mangoes to make our delicious Avocado Mango Salad. Do you have a favorite mango recipe? For those of you north of Florida, mangoes aren't likely as much of a staple fruit as we see down here. But there is no reason to ... [ Read More ]

Baked Apple Chimichanga Recipe

Baked Apple Chimichanga

How can you use all those apples? Our Crockpot Homemade Applesauce is just as incredible as this recipe for Baked Apple Chimichangas.  Many of you are spending this time of year at the local apple orchards filling your baskets with freshly picked apples. While applesauce is great, this different take on an apple dessert recipe is just perfect for an autumn afternoon.  This is another cooking with kids recipes that they'll love to do with you! Plus, get ready for that ... [ Read More ]

Buying School Supplies

School Supplies

Grab every deal you can and stock up on all those supplies that your kids will need this month, this year, this decade and beyond. Yes, school supplies don't "expire." Pencils bought this year can still be sharpened and used next year or even in 5 years. Anytime you see common school supplies get discounted you should stock up on at least the 10 items I share in this month's article on TampicoIsColor.com -  http://www.tampicoiscolor.com/school-supply-stock-ups-. I don't recommend glue ... [ Read More ]

Organizing the Kids Closet

Kids Closet

Go look in their room. What's the closet like? Be honest. Organizing kids closet could be a nightmare. But it doesn't have to be. This month on TampicoIsColor.com I share how I got into the girls' closet and organized it. No, it isn't perfectly organized. And, yes, it doesn't always stay as organized as I like, but it does far more often than one would think. Head over to http://tampicoiscolor.com/four-ways-to-avoid-closet-chaos and see the girls' closet and the 4 steps I took to ... [ Read More ]

Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot applesauce. Just the thought of it gets me sniffing around for that aroma. Making homemade applesauce is tradition for so many families. I remember going to upstate NY to go apple picking close to my Godmother's house. It always amazed me to see so many apples dangle from the big trees.Those just picked apples would be soon be peeled and baked into an apple pie or made into applesauce.  If you live in the apple tree orchard areas, I encourage you to take the time with ... [ Read More ]

#UnstoppableMoms Sharing Advice

soccer mom

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Are you a mom like me - always running around doing a million things? At the end of each day you are wiped out and don't know how you got it all done.  How did you do it? I made it through my crazy carpool Tuesday because I made dinner at 10 AM. ... [ Read More ]

Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween

Mummy Hot Dog

Make Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween for a spooky meal! It's a fun cooking with kids activity that will produce a tasty treat at the end!  These hot dogs can be made with or without cheese. Be sure to have ketchup to dip into! Maybe the ketchup could be the blood! Spooky! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15] Be sure to check out these other Halloween themed recipes that the whole family will enjoy: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Boo Cups Eye Ball Pops Halloween Buffalo Chicken Dip Enjoy your ... [ Read More ]

Disney Getaway to Blizzard Beach with Kids & a Scared Mom

Blizzard Beach

A quick Disney getaway included visiting Blizzard Beach with kids. We had never visited a Disney Water Park as a family and were eager for the experience.  Our daughters are 3 & 7. The older one is super adventurous - she rode Space Mountain and Rockin' Roller Coaster in Walt Disney World during our trip in May. We thought that water slide "roller coasters" would be right up her alley. We were right.  The 3 year old was my buddy most of the time, until she realized her ... [ Read More ]

Travel Journaling with Kids

Travel Journal

You've bought the tickets. You have an idea of what you want to see and do. Now, get the kids involved!  Every travel experience can be and should be educational. No, there is no need for a formal lesson, just the opportunity to learn and experience. A simple notebook turned into a travel journal can help make that next vacation a memorable one - and not just because of the souvenirs! I've shared how we create travel journals in our home in a recent blog post on the Tampico Is Color ... [ Read More ]