The Beauty in Chaos

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 8:26:00 AM by Michelle Posey in Family, in kids, in Fun, in Thankful, in Thanksgiving, in laughter, in Holidays, in holiday season

The Beauty in Chaos

In a few short days we will "officially" embark upon one of the craziest moments in American history...holiday season. 

As the the CEO of a huge family (8 kids...no, not a typo), my CFO hubby and I get asked what this season looks like at our house. 

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How to Talk to Kids About Pool Safety

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 8:13:43 AM by Ladah Law Frim in Swimming, in Pool Safely, in Family, in healthy lifestyle, in kids, in safety

How to Talk to Kids About Pool Safety

Thank you to guest author Ladah Law Firm, PLLC for providing a blog for Safety Week!

Swimming pools are a lot of fun for people of all ages. If you have a swimming pool or you plan on bringing your child to a friend or relative's pool or a public pool this season, make safety an ongoing discussion. Taking a few minutes to speak to your child about pool safety on a consistent basis can protect him or her from injury and any unnecessary accidents around swimming pools. Often, kids just need that constant reminder to help them keep safety at top of mind. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in having fun & forget or neglect the little things that will help keep them safe.

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Staff Series #2: Practice Makes Perfect!

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 11:30:27 AM by Noelle Kanitz in Swimming, in kids swimming, in Practice, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in helathy, in improving swimming skills

Staff Series #2: Practice Makes Perfect!

This month’s topic: What are some tips you could give to families to help their child practice swimming at home?

Read below for some tips from some of our veteran instructors from the Swimtastic Franklin location!

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Spooktacular Halloween Hot Dog Spider Dinner

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 1:49:57 PM by Lindsie Zagiba in Easy Dinners, in Kids Cooking, in Fun, in Family Meals, in halloween recipes for kids, in halloween Recipes

Halloween Hot Dog Spiders 

Who doesn't love beaners and wieners? It's a kid-friendly recipe sure to impress any night of the week. This recipe for Homemade CrockPot BBQ Baked Beans uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and some dried navy beans. These beans cook all day in the CrockPot filling your house with a smoky BBQ aroma. Slice up some hot dogs and add them to the crockpot with the beans during the last hour of cooking for a spooky homemade beaners and wieners.

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Spooky Halloween Pizza

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 8:22:47 AM by Lindsie Zagiba in Kids Activities, in Kids Cooking, in Halloween, in Family Meals, in Dinner Ideas

Spookey Halloween Pizza

Pizza is a staple for Halloween. I remember as a kid, having to order our pizza for Halloween dinner at 4 in the afternoon so that we could have it before we went out trick-or-treating. Pizza is still a staple in my home as an adult for Halloween, and Anthony absolutely loves that this is a tradition as well. This recipe is basically the same as my recipe for 15-Minute English Muffin Pizzas, the only difference is that I used string cheese to make these pizzas look "spooky" for Halloween. Even if I'm not at school, I like to make Halloween themed food the entire week of Halloween. For more Halloween themed dinner ideas, check out my October school menu here.

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Teaching Swimming Lessons; What My Students Have Taught Me

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 8:17:46 AM by Ashley Adams in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swimming, in learning to swim, in Swimming instructors, in teachers, in Fun

Teaching Swimming Lessons; What My Students Have Taught Me

Hi! My name is Ashley and I have been working as an instructor at Swimtastic (Franklin location) for two years and have developed close relationships with each of the students that I teach. I teach children from the age of two years old to fourteen years old. There are many life lessons I have learned from them, and though I have seen many come and go, no matter what is going on in my life at that moment, I look up to these children. Here are just a few life lessons my students have taught me:

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Lessons from children – All things come with time

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Amanda Charles in Parenting Tips, in kids, in Patience, in success, in children learning, in Development

Lessons from children – All things come with time

There are a lot of lessons to be learned as a parent, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned from my stepson is that all things come with time.  As parents we rush to help our children learn new things and new skills.  We get frustrated when we don’t think they are potty-training fast enough, they won’t sit still long enough to hear a chapter from a book, they won’t capitalize their sentences or basic math seems like calculus to their developing brains.  We worry that we aren’t doing a good enough job and that lacking these basic skills is going to ruin them forever.  Phew.  Take a breath!

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Taking a Vacation, Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 1:52:34 PM by Amanda Charles in Family Activites, in Travel, in Budgeting, in Explore, in Vacation

Taking a Vacation, Without Breaking the Bank

We all need a vacation and some time to just soak in the freedom of fewer obligations.  For many, a vacation is a far-off dream that entails sitting by a salty sea with their feet in the sand.  And while that sounds relaxing, there is a lot of time, energy and money that goes into making that dream a reality. There are special supplies to buy, bags (and kids!) to pack, plane tickets to purchase and connecting flights to rush towards, hotels to check into and often a schedule of activities to keep the kids engaged.  Whew!  That sounds like a lot of work and a lot of dollars go into the popular idea of a vacation (and unless you are a superstar budgeter - much more than you might plan).  Here are some tips that can help your family “take a vacation” that requires a lot less stress but still has a whole lot of fun and relaxation packed in:

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Ditching the Makeup: A One-Way Street to Confidence

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 10:10:56 AM by Amanda Charles in Smart Fish Swim In Schools, in Trying something new, in Natural, in Insecurities, in Makeup, in feeling confident, in Beautiful

Ditching the Makeup: A One-Way Street to Confidence

Makeup is the perfect solution for the dark under-eye circles, unwanted freckles and untimely blemishes.  Foundation for uneven skin tone, concealer for dark under-eye circles, mascara when our eyelashes are too short or too thin and eye shadow and liner to make our eyes look brighter or darker, bigger or smaller.  Makeup makes us feel professional and grown-up.  It makes us feel perfect and beautiful.  Right?

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Staff Series #1: Overheard at Swimtastic

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 4:00:27 PM by Noelle Kanitz in learn to swim, in kids swimming, in Work with Kids, in Funny things Kids say, in Swimming instructors

Staff Series is a new series of blog posts from the Franklin location focusing on the staff members and their experiences with their students. Stay tuned each month for a new entry!

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