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I was sitting at my desk, happily munching away on a Valentine’s Day cookie when I got the text from my sister in our family group chat: “There is an active shooter at Douglas.” Tears immediately sprung to my eyes as I ran through my mental list of family and friends who were still at my alma mater. My younger cousins had all graduated, but I did have two former dance students there. I cannot appropriately describe the dread I felt well up in the pit of my stomach as I awaited confirmation that they were both OK, and then the shame when I realized that just because I did not know anyone that was physically harmed, that did not mean that there were not children who would never be returning home to their parents. Although I no longer live in the Coral Springs/Parkland area, I am still very much shaped by that community. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was and still is an excellent school. The teachers and administration believe in the students, and it is an environment in which most students thrive. I am not surprised by the strong, well-organized response that the students so quickly put together. It is just how we were taught. I have gone to the vigils, I have donated to the families of the victims, but now I am ready for more. The students of Douglas have responded in the most amazing manner, standing up for themselves and their right to life and safety. I think we should stand with them. How we achieve safer schools is a contentious point, but I think we can all agree that children should not fear for their lives at school. Seventeen lives may have been lost, but by taking a stand now, we can make sure this never happens again.

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Tips for Globetrotting with your Tot 14 OUR UNIQUE FAMILY

The Ponomareva/Kuznietsov Family 18 THE PARENT LIFE

Dressing the Bump

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life | a day in the life

Photo by Emily Purvis.

A D AY I N T H E L I F E O F :

Jeanna Mastrodicasa Jeanna Mastrodicasa is the associate vice president of operations at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. She and her husband, Clay Sweger, have 8-year-old twin girls, Scarlett and Savannah.

MORNING 5:30 a.m. The alarm goes off and

I get up to let Peaches the dachshund out. Then I read the paper, make school lunches and watch “Morning Joe,” a morning news and talk show.

5:45 a.m. I wake up my husband, Clay. 10

6:15 a.m. I wake up our 8-year-old twins, Scarlett and Savannah. About once a week I also prepare a slow cooker meal for dinner in the morning. 6:20 a.m. Our kids are not morning people, so suffice it to say that this is an unpleasant time of nagging and getting dressed before walking out the door to do the Morning Mile at Littlewood Elementary.

7:15 a.m. While the girls are running,

Clay and I take 15 minutes to talk about plans for the day and coordinate other logistics. Each week is different, depending on where Clay or I have to be.

7:45 a.m. I return to the house to put

on work clothes and drive to UF’s McCarty D Hall, where I work for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


8 a.m. Assuming I am not traveling to one of our off-campus sites somewhere else in Florida, I spend my day in a combination of meetings, talking on the phone, responding to a lot of emails, going to ask colleagues questions, or essentially following up on some topic about facilities, business operations or some legal topic from one of our 3,000 faculty and staff in IFAS. I often get to walk around campus for meetings or drive to the southwestern part of UF’s campus to talk to IFAS colleagues. I also do a lot of looking at campus office space in the core part of campus. We have a significant space constraint, and I am always investigating opportunities to maximize space. This does not make me a popular administrator in IFAS!

AFTERNOON 12 p.m. I am quick to remind my work colleagues that I do not like to miss a meal. I always have good intentions of bringing a lunch to work, but I rarely do. I usually either have a lunch date with a friend or run to grab something near campus.

EVENING 5 p.m. Depending on whether I have any community obligations or not, I will go pick up my kids at their after-school program and then cook dinner. Some weeks I have Chef Ami deliver a meal box and choose one of those to cook. If I have an evening board meeting, I will let our college-aged babysitter pick up the kids. She will feed them and make sure they have showered and gotten their homework done. On the nights I do have a meeting, I will usually go to The Top to eat dinner. One example of a board meeting is for Family Promise of Gainesville, which supports homeless children and their families locally. Clay often works late at a local government meeting or at his office, but one of us will be home to put the girls to bed.

8 p.m. It is bedtime for Scarlett and Savannah. This usually requires a reading of “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep,” which is magic.

8:30 p.m. At this point I am usually struggling to stay awake, so I look at the girls’ school folders, take the dog out for the last time and relocate to the bed to watch some TV on my iPad. I am currently rewatching the “Top Chef” series. Want to submit a friend (or yourself!) to be featured in A Day in the Life? Send your information to!



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Tips for Globetrotting with your Tot BY DANIELLE SPANO

Traveling internationally requires more planning than a domestic trip. Between passports and packing, there is a lot for which to prepare. Adding a baby to the equation of course makes the trip more fun, but also more complicated. Here are some tips to help you get ready for takeoff. Luggage weight restrictions keep you from packing everything, but we all know that traveling with children requires a lot of, well, baggage. First, check the weather for where you will be traveling and pack appropriate clothing. Since infants tend to need extra outfits to accommodate for spills, plan your own attire using multipurpose pieces to leave space in your suitcase for extra kiddie clothes. When packing necessities for your child, think of it as a supersized diaper bag — include more than enough bottles, pacifiers, diapers, wipes and creams to last the duration of your trip, as availability may be inconvenient and costly at your destination. Be sure to include childproofing gear for your hotel accommodations. Pack medications in your carry-on to ensure you have them on hand in the case of lost luggage, and bring prescriptions in their original bottles. You should also take a thermometer and children’s pain reliever, anti-diarrheal and allergy products. Well before you start packing, consult with your pediatrician. Some foreign countries require proof of certain vaccinations before you can enter. The World Health Organization recommends visiting your pediatrician four to eight weeks prior to your trip, as some vaccinations may require multiple doses and others, like yellow and typhoid fever, may not be readily available at your doctor’s office. There are three types of


vaccinations for travelers: those that are recommended to protect against diseases endemic to the country you are traveling, those required by the country you are visiting and those part of most national childhood immunization programs. Not all vaccinations are appropriate for every age, so it is important to check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for suggested vaccinations. Discuss those recommendations with your pediatrician to formulate a treatment plan appropriate for your child’s age as well as the requirements and risks of the destination you are visiting. “Make sure your child is up-to-date on all their vaccines,” Dr. Kathy Sarantos of Alliance Pediatrics said. “Treatment for infants may be different, and some may also require oral treatment upon your return.” The CDC lists diarrhea as the most common illness among traveling children. This can cause serious dehydration in young children and infants. Dr. Sarantos recommends drinking bottled water and eating at reputable restaurants as well as wearing insect repellent and avoiding interaction with unknown animals to protect your family from other illness and disease. Check your passports! While some airlines do not require tickets for infants, a passport will be required for international


travel. If both parents are not traveling, be sure to bring along a consent letter from the other parent. U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommends a simple notarized note stating that the other parent gave his/her permission for the child to be taken on the trip. Check the minimum age requirement that your airline requires for traveling infants. Some airlines have bassinets/ travel cots available on a first come, first served basis, so book your flight early and request one immediately! At the airport, allow for extra time to get through security to screen your children, strollers, toys and carriers. Notify the TSA officer of any breast milk, formula or juice you are carrying (allowed in

Bring toys, snacks, and anything that will keep your little one occupied and amused on the long flight. reasonable quantities). Bring toys, snacks, and anything that will keep your little one occupied and amused on the long flight. To prepare for the inevitable, you might consider packing goody bags to thank your fellow plane-mates for their patience with your new jetsetter — include ear plugs for a nice touch! Last but not least, relax; calm is contagious!


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Dance It Out Dance is just a part of life for Julia Ponomareva, Alexsey Kuznietsov and their daughter, Karolina. As principal dancers for Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville, Julia and Alexsey have each been dancing for over 20 years. Julia’s dance career started in Russia when she was just 10 years old. At the urging of her grandmothers, she enrolled in ballet school, where she expected a life of pretty tutus and pointe shoes. “It wasn't quite like that. Instead, I had to stand at the barre and repeat movements that were very boring and very slow and painful,” said Julia. However, over time, ballet grew to be something she


loved, and now she delights in taking her performances to the stage. Alexsey got his start in ballet at the age of 6 in Ukraine, where he enrolled in classes with his sister. His teachers noticed his potential and urged him to apply to a professional ballet school, to which he was accepted at just 10 years old. Ballet brought the two together in 2011 when they met while dancing for the Croatian National Ballet. Just one year later found them both moving to Gainesville to pursue careers with Dance Alive National Ballet. “Gainesville is a very laidback community with a warm country feeling that still has great cultural opportunities,” said


Julia. “Few cities offer such opportunities, and the ones that do all have the many disadvantages of big city life.” In 2016, Julia and Alexsey welcomed their daughter, Karolina (1 ½), who now tags along with her parents at the dance studio almost every day. “Children pick up things from their surroundings, including words and movement patterns,” said Julia. “[Dance] also develops intellectual abilities, including memory functioning and visuospatial skills.” As Karolina watches her parents dance and copies their movements, it is Julia and Alexsey’s hope that she will begin developing some of those skills for herself.

The two said that while there is no pressure for Karolina to follow in their footsteps and become a professional dancer, they would love for Karolina to take ballet classes in the future.

“We feel that dancing enhances physical, emotional and intellectual development and we know that it is an excellent form of exercise,” said Julia. “It also contributes to

an overall sense of happiness.”

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As your baby bump grows bigger, it might be harder for you to find clothes that best fit your body. Dressing the bump can be a major fashion challenge, but luckily there are ways to make maternity style chic, and most importantly, comfy! Don’t be afraid of form-fitting pieces Embrace the bump! Form-fitting clothing, even into your second and third trimesters, is in style. The once popular empire waistline has been laid to the wayside, as it tends to produce a more shapeless look. Leggings are your friend! When your regular jeans stop closing, but you are not ready to make the jump to maternity jeans, a cozy pair of leggings can be just what you need! Dress up black or neutral-toned leggings for a day at the office, and go for patterns for a fun day out.

Get some comfy kicks If you weren’t much of a heels girl before getting pregnant, you certainly won’t be during your pregnancy either. Invest in some comfortable yet fashionable flat shoes, like a pair of loafers or trendy slip-ons, and consider sizing up if you are worried about swollen feet.

Suit up Although tricky to navigate, a jumpsuit can certainly be a great day to night option during pregnancy. Just be sure to pick something made from a comfortable fabric. You will also want an elastic waistband and a looser fitting top to accommodate you as you grow. Don’t forget undergarments! Your belly is not the only area that may see some growth. Purchasing bras and underwear in bigger sizes will be instrumental in your comfort as your pregnancy moves forward. Remember that comfort is key. What fits one day, may not fit the next day. Your body is growing a baby, so make sure that your clothing has some give to it and do not be afraid to get bigger sizes!

Don’t sweat it A long cardigan is the perfect accessory for your baby bump. Throw it over a shirt and leggings to complete a more casual look, or belt it with a dress for a more put together

Tip from our publisher , Nicole! Embrace the elastic maternity pants! I know they look weird, but they are SUPER comfortable. Pair them with a long tee, and no one will ever know.

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Mas Molletes, Por Favor! BY COLLEEN MCTIERNAN

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and while this holiday celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, not Mexico’s independence as many people commonly believe, that does not mean you cannot celebrate with some delicious Mexican food! If you are looking for something different from tacos and enchiladas, consider this easy-tomake recipe for molletes (pronounced mo-yeh-tehs). This Mexican bean and cheese sandwich makes for a delicious breakfast or a light lunch. You can even top it with shredded chicken, ground beef or chorizo sausage to make it a more complete meal! The traditional recipe calls for bolillo, a crusty white bread from Mexico, but I use French bread instead as it is more readily available.




Makes 6 open-face sandwiches • 1 loaf of French bread • Refried black beans, either canned or homemade • Oaxaca cheese (or mozzarella if you cannot find Oaxaca) • Salsa roja or salsa verde, for serving (check out for some delicious homemade salsa recipes) Set your broiler to high. Cut your baguette into thirds, and then split each piece of bread in half. Place the slices on a baking sheet, cut side up. Spread about ½ cup of beans on each piece of bread, and then place in the oven to broil for about 2 minutes. Top with Oaxaca cheese and then return to the broiler for another 2 minutes, or until cheese is nicely melted. Serve immediately with your favorite salsa.

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Up until the last few years, baby showers were reserved just for celebrating your first pregnancy. The rules of etiquette only allowed a second shower if you were having your second child right on the heels of your first, requiring two of everything (two cribs, two high chairs, etc.) to accommodate both young ones, or if you were having a child of a different gender. But why not celebrate all of your pregnancies? Instead of showering a repeat expectant mother with gifts, shower her with the love and well wishes she deserves by hosting a baby sprinkle. The idea behind a baby sprinkle is very similar to that of a baby shower, but it is usually a more low-key affair, hence why it is a “sprinkle” instead of a full on “shower.” Parents expecting their second child will most likely have all of the basic baby supplies taken care of from their first child. However, there are some small items that they will still need, like diapers and new clothes/toys. In some cases, parents may also need bigger items, like car seats and strollers, if their first child is still using the originals. Baby sprinkles help parents get ready for making the jump from a family of three to a family of four. Of course, if you have the supplies you need, you can always opt to go the giftfree route.

There are no rules when it comes to celebrating your baby! If you chose have a unisex baby shower, baby sprinkles are a great opportunity to host a co-ed event. You can forgo the traditional baby-themed party games if you would like in favor of a more laidback, unstructured event, or you can put together some easy activities for your guests to take part in throughout the course of the party. For instance, you can lay out plain white onesies for your guests to decorate. You just need to provide fabric markers, and then your guests can let their artistic sides loose as they create something original for your little one. Whether you decide to throw a backyard barbecue open to friends and family or a light brunch affair for the ladies in your life, no longer do you have to skip out on celebrating your second and even third children. Baby sprinkles are here to stay!

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According to The Pinterest 100, rainbow sprinklesthemed baby sprinkles are on trend for 2018. From food to décor, using sprinkles as your theme is a simple and colorful way to dress up your low-key celebration.

Another popular theme idea takes the sprinkle and shower names literally with a cute sun shower theme! Umbrellas and paper raindrop cutouts make for sweet and easy decorations.



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Whether you are welcoming your first or fourth baby, the fact remains that infants require a lot of stuff. You know that you need diapers, a stroller, a car seat and all of the other major hardware, but what about the other little items that help make taking care of little ones just a bit easier? From baby-safe teethers to mess-free spoons, here are some must haves that we recommend for your registry!

Twelve Little's Unisex 3-in-1 Foldover Diaper Tote $189,

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The Coffee Conundrum Should you let your children drink coffee? BY LIZZIE VASQUEZ

In recent years, young people have been choosing popular coffee houses like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts as their regular hangout spot. Believe it or not, teens and tweens are not just there for the doughnuts and blended faux coffee milkshakes. They are gulping down the real thing. We’re talking dark, 115 mg injections of caffeine masked with sweet cream. This may be your beverage of choice, but should it be your child’s afterschool snack? According to, caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system, causing increased alertness, a temporary energy boost and an elevation in mood. Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it may not a good idea for children. The effects of caffeine can be stronger and more dangerous in young people. According to the National Council on Strength and Fitness, caffeine is thought to have the potential to cause long-lasting effects on brain function when consumed during the formative years. For instance, caffeine use has shown to negatively impact sleep patterns, Teresa Bruney, clinical assistant professor at the UF College of Nursing, said. Caffeine disrupts the body’s sleep/wake cycle and can cause insomnia or trouble sleeping, and adequate sleep is needed for healthy growth and brain development. Research suggests that caffeine consumption during adolescence (approximately 220 mg per day) is associated with increased impulsivity, sensation seeking and risk-taking behaviors, according to the NCSF. Caffeine can also worsen anxiety. “Children consuming high doses of caffeine were more easily frustrated and nervous,” said Bruney.

Caffeine intake among children and adolescents has increased by 70 percent in the last 30 years. 28


Statistics from the NCSF demonstrate that caffeine intake among children and adolescents has increased by 70 percent in the last 30 years. Between 1999–2000, coffee accounted for only 10 percent of caffeine intake in young adults, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In just 10 years, this number increased significantly to nearly 24 percent of intake. So, why this increase in coffee consumption among adolescents? It is the new cool thing. With the explosion of coffee houses like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and an increased popularity of coffee shop study spots, kids are now more exposed to the drink. There is also a common, perpetual desire among young people to feel and be seen as older and more mature than they are. Coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other appears to be their premature ticket into adulthood. Bruney said that there is a specific miligram of coffee to kilogram of body weight ratio that is considered to be completely safe, just like with medications. “The smaller the child's body, the less caffeine they can safely have,” she said. A safe dose of caffeine for children is about 0.5 to 1 mg/kg per day. “For example, if a child weighs 22 pounds, they could safely have 5 to 10 mg of caffeine per day.” That would be equivalent to about five to 10 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses, which contain about 1 mg of caffeine per piece. If adolescents are going to consume caffeine, Bruney advised they drink decaffeinated coffee. But, most importantly, she encourages children and adolescents to drink lots of water. That is the best alternative.




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The Benefits of Babywearing Everything you need to know BY ELAYZA GONZALEZ

Types of Baby Carriers 1. Wraps – These are the most

traditional and simple of all carriers. They are the most adjustable to meet the specific needs of the individual wearer, and they are the best for newborn babies.

2. Ring slings – These are a modern adaptation of the traditional one shoulder found in other cultures. The fabric is securely attached to a pair of metal or nylon rings, and they are a good option for newborn and toddlers.

3. Pouch slings – This carrier is

Babywearing is the practice of wearing a baby carrier to keep babies close and connected to parents. Babywearing has a number benefits, including giving caregivers the ability to multitask and take on other daily tasks and responsibilities while still caring for little ones, according to Anne Rush, the president of Sunshine State Babywearing Inc., a local group whose goal is to provide support and education to families who choose to use baby carriers. In addition to the practical advantages, the medical community has documented the health benefits of babywearing. Research shows the practice can reduce morbidity and mortality of low birth weight babies, and it also promotes bonding and skin-toskin contact, which helps infants regulate temperature, breathing and heart rate. Furthermore, it reduces crying in infants, helps combat postpartum depression and helps in establishing and maintaining a breastfeeding relationship. “We have helped numerous caregivers explore babywearing options,” said Rush. “Most find it to be a welcome tool that helps them more easily care for and bond with the children they care for.” Rush said babywearing is a skill, and not all parents will be perfect at it as soon as they start. As with any other baby product, there


are some important safety tips to consider. While babywearing, parents need to be conscious that baby’s airway remains open by keeping the child in an upright position and high enough to ensure that baby’s chin is off her chest. Parents also need to make sure the carriers provide the support their baby needs for her developing neck and back. According to, babies’ neck muscles are strong enough to support their heads at about 4–5 months old, and by 6 months, babies can be carried facing outward. Before this time, it is recommended that parents carry their child facing inward, so babies can rest their heads on their parents’ chest, allowing them to listen to the parent’s heartbeat and be skin-to-skin. Baby carriers are a tool, and as with any tool, caregivers need to find the one that will work best for them, said Rush. Nowadays, it is easy to find a baby carrier that best fits


harder to share because it is fitted to a specific caregiver. They are worn over one shoulder and are convenient, easy to use and inexpensive.

4. Meh Dai – The most popular

among Asian-style carriers, this carrier is like a backpack that ties around your waist. They can be used for front, back and hip carries, can be shared between multiple caregivers, and are ideal for older babies and toddlers.

5. Buckle carriers – Also known

as soft structured carriers, these are the most popular style of baby carriers in the market today. They resemble a backpack with a waistband, which makes them a perfect mix of comfort, convenience and accessibility.

your needs and budget. There are carriers for different stages of a baby’s life, so parents should decide whether they want to use it for only the early months or well into the baby’s first year. Some carriers can be used interchangeably between individuals while others are made to be used exclusively by one, so parents should figure out who will be doing most of the carrying.



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The Keys to Healthy Hand Washing BY MEREDITH SHELDON

Getting a flu shot, taking daily vitamins and drinking orange juice are all ways to keep you and your kids free from a cold. Yet, one of the most important prevention efforts is sometimes left off your to-do list — hand washing. This simple, quick activity can be forgotten after a long day at work or a quick bathroom break in between carpools.

time by singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice through. If there is no soap, alcoholbased products are recommended to kill off the germs. Besides length of the wash, it is also important to make sure you scrub your hands thoroughly. You should even scrub your wrists to make sure you get rid of all the possible germs that could come in contact with your face. Do not have easy access to a sink? Carry a portable bottle of hand sanitizer to kill off the germs before taking a lunch break at work. You can get them on a keychain and put them on your child’s backpack or lunch box to ensure he or she is practicing proper hand hygiene at school. Encourage your friends and family to have healthy hands, too. According to the CDC, hand washing education reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31 percent and it reduces respiratory illnesses and colds by 16–21 percent. Spread the word, not the germs.

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Why is this important?

We touch our eyes, mouths and the world around us without even realizing it. This is why it is important to wash our hands often to prevent infection. Germs on our hands that come in contact with our bodies can lead to diseases such as norovirus, Salmonella, E. coli and hand-foot-mouth disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though we cannot see them, germs are everywhere. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there are about 1,500


bacteria on each square centimeter of our hands. And even if you try to steer clear of those around you who are coughing and sneezing to avoid those germs, you may not be successful. Research from the Queensland University of Technology showed that pathogens, such as a particular bacterial species associated with hospital infections, can travel over 13 feet and linger in the air for 45 minutes. Washing your hands frequently, particularly before prepping meals, eating a snack, putting on makeup and after using the bathroom, will limit your body from contracting a disease or infection.

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A Pregnancy Pact

Staying Committed to Your Health While Expecting BY SHELBY DAVIDSON AND CHRISTY PIÑA

Although the swollen feet, back aches and overall lethargy of pregnancy may make you feel less inclined to get your sweat on, exercising during your nine months is incredibly important. For almost all women, exercise is safe throughout the duration of pregnancy, however women should always consult their doctor first in the case of high-risk pregnancies or other potential complications. If you are ready to start your fitness journey and you are unsure of where to begin or how, look no further; here are some tips and tricks for staying fit when you are expecting!

Why Do I Need Exercise?

Maintain Flexibility The changes that your body goes through during pregnancy extend to your ligaments and joints. Exercising throughout the nine months can help maintain their strength and flexibility. Avoid Complications According to Dr. Anthony Agrios of All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology, exercise can prevent some complications for mothers, like pre-eclampsia or diabetes. It can also help prevent babies from gaining too much weight prior to delivery. “The concern is that [delivery] can be very difficult,” said Dr. Agrios. “In some cases, if the growth is not proportional, the baby can actually get stuck during delivery, which is very dangerous for the baby and the mother.” Strength of Super Mom The more in shape you are, the better you will be able to tolerate labor. “In addition to that, after the baby is born, you’re gonna have to be taking care of a baby, which takes a lot of energy," said Dr. Agrios. Continuing to exercise throughout your pregnancy can help ensure that you are


ready to keep up with your active infant from day one.

What Exercises Can I Do?

Keep in mind there will be restrictions, particularly later in the pregnancy as your bones and limbs are shifting, but there are so many safe and fun activities you can still do to maintain your fitness. Moderate Walking/Jogging Steady walking, as well as occasional jogging if you were a runner before your pregnancy, is a great way to stay in shape. “For women who aren’t exercising at all, starting gentle is a good idea,” said Dr. Agrios. Pregnancy is not the time to start a strenuous exercise regimen if you body is not already used to it. Yoga One of the easiest ways to boost your mood, ease the tension and quite literally exhale all of the negative energy is through this meditative exercise. Other than avoiding positions that involve rigorous twists and positions that may compromise your comfort (or that of your baby), this is a harmless exercise that will benefit your mind and your body.


Water Aerobics Women who did water aerobics three times per week, according to a study published in Reproductive Health, were less likely to ask for pain relief during labor, compared to those who did not exercise. Balanced Body Pilates of Gainesville even offers classes for pregnant women for this reason, so be sure to check them out — just make sure to stay in the shallow end of the pool!

What Should I Avoid?

There are certain exercises that you should always steer clear of, as they compromise the safety of you and your baby. “Avoid doing anything that might cause trauma, so impact sports like football,” said Dr. Agrios. “Things that require any sharp motions, like tennis for example, are very hard to do for most women in pregnancy because the sharp motions really put a lot strain on the ligaments and joints.” Things like lifting heavy weights and other strenuous or dangerous activities are to be avoided as well. Nine months will go by quickly, so make sure to keep your inner daredevil put away until your baby is safely delivered.

happy home | design it

Modern Love: Creating a Modern Nursery BY CHRISTY PIÑA

“By gravitating more toward gender-neutral color schemes like butter yellow and gray or mint green and navy, you allow yourself to be more creative.”

clean-lined is a key element to the visual modern style in a nursery.”

Modern nurseries are all about maximum utility, so consider getting a dresser that doubles as a changing table and chairs that offer storage space. Forgo the traditional wooden rocker, and look into a rocking arm chair for maximum relaxation. You will also want to add some blankets, pillows and maybe even an ottoman, so that the many hours you will spend in the nursery pass in comfort.

DÉCOR Long gone are the days when nurseries had to be strictly pink for girls or baby blue for boys. With modern times come modern colors, decorations and furniture. The way a nursery is designed depends on you and not only what you think would be best for your baby, but also what you like personally. The décor can be strictly for the child, but making the nursery a room you would enjoy spending a lot of your time in is crucial.

palettes highlighted around the nursery, you can stick to more neutral furniture colors, like whites, light wood or even black.


Your best bet is to get a crib that converts to a toddler bed or even a full-sized bed for when your baby (sadly) outgrows his or her crib. “The style of crib and rocker is a critical element of a modern nursery,” Amanda Carreon, founder of A Divine Closet, a custom closet business in Gainesville said. “Cribs these days come in all shapes and sizes, as do the rockers. Therefore, selecting something that is low profile and

If you despise the color pink, then do not paint your baby girl’s nursery pink. Same thing with baby blue. There are plenty of other colors that work for girls and boys alike. By gravitating more toward genderneutral color schemes like butter yellow and gray or mint green and navy, you allow yourself to be more creative. With these color

You can even flip the script and go for colorful furniture and a more neutral color scheme on the walls. Stick to beige, taupe or gray and make it pop with one or two colorful additions like a yellow rug or chair, an aqua crib, or maybe even a red desk. There are no rules for your baby’s nursery.


To add the finishing touches to your modern-day nursery, all that is left is the decorations. “Less is more in a modern nursery,” said Carreon. “Efficiency in your decorations is key to keeping the style fresh.” She suggests abstract artwork to add to the contemporary feeling, and to avoid trim molding. Adding a cool titanium lamp can be an added touch to your contemporary nursery. As an above-the-crib focal point, consider a world map, paper flowers, or even a papier-mâché animal head. If you are working with a small space you may also consider a chic mirror to make the space seem larger. “Lighting is also critical and the use of natural light is popular in modern aesthetics,” said Carreon. Minimalist curtains or cell shades that stack tightly allow you to shut out the light when needed and let it shine when wanted.

Giggle Tip: As with any baby nursery, safety is key. Pillows, bumpers and blankets, although cute and decorative, should stay out of the crib. You should also keep the crib away from any cords, such as blind or curtain cords, and use safety mechanisms for blinds if a concern rises. Be sure to cover all outlets and mount all your new modern furniture to the walls, especially dressers and bookcases, as growing babies have a tendency to climb.



happy home | make it


Earth Day is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate Mother Nature than teaching your children about aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a sustainable method of farming developed by the Aztecs. It combines fish cultivation with plant cultivation and does not require soil. The fish inside the tank produces nutrientrich waste, which is then circulated to the plants. The waste is used by the plants as a sort of fertilizer, and then the filtered water drops back down to the fish in this closed-loop ecosystem. This method utilizes 90 percent less water than traditional farming methods, making it extremely eco-friendly! For a small-scale, family friendly way to demonstrate to your little ones just how aquaponics works, consider setting up your own system at home. You can either DIY if you are feeling ambitious, or purchase a premade version, like the Water Garden 2.0 from Back to the Roots. Use your water garden to grow the herbs you use most often and have your kiddos help harvest them once they are ready to use. Depending on the size of your tank, you may want to keep a betta fish, as they require less space and should be kept separated from other fish, anyway.

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happy home | design it

The Year of Ultra Violet BY ELAYZA GONZALEZ

Say goodbye to the green tones of 2017 and hello to the new Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet! Each year, the Pantone Color Institute identifies the Color of the Year to provide inspiration, influence and strategic direction for the world of design. This year, PANTONEÂŽ the color experts chose a color Ultra Violet that is reflective of what they believe our world needs today: a higher level of awareness and potential that brings innovation, imagination and new discoveries. According to Pantone, purple tones used in gathering places energizes people and inspires connections. Here are some ways you can incorporate Ultra Violet into your living spaces and create an atmosphere that inspires the pursuit of discovery, creative expression and spiritual wellness.

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Architectural Digest recommends using polarizing colors like Ultra Violet to provide pops of color in a room instead of as the main attraction. Throw pillows, area rugs and cabinet knobs are easy ways to start adding this dramatic color into the mix.

All in the family

Soften the boldness of Ultra Violet by working with other shades in the same color family, such as lilac, blush, mauve and blue.

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Go dark and moody

Do not be afraid to embrace other supersaturated dark colors and rich fabrics, which go hand-in-hand with purple’s romantic and regal vibe. Leather, velvet and dark-colored woods complement Ultra Violet well, according to Architectural Digest, creating a dark and moody atmosphere.

From runway to every day

You can also find ways to add Ultra Violet into your daily life this year by incorporating it into your wardrobe. Ultra Violet took the fashion world by storm last year with designers such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Marni using it for inspiration. Beginners can add pops of Ultra Violet to their look with a pair of shoes or dramatic jewelry, while risk takers can go bold with jumpsuits or statement coats.



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A Love Letter to My Child’s School I

t was December. A cold wind whipped by as I sat on the curb of a local public elementary school with my daughter cradled in my lap. She had spent the last 30 minutes wailing in my arms declaring she hated school, she wasn’t good at anything, and she felt like she was failing at everything. This was after coaxing her out bed and out of the car, while hearing much of the same. I didn’t know what to do. I was at my wits end. I had spoken to the classroom teacher, the guidance counselor, and the security guard (who hovered over us anxiously in the parking lot the entire time). They wanted assurance there wasn’t a bullying problem. They probed and questioned and came to the same conclusion as I did. My daughter didn’t have a plethora of friends. She wasn’t booked solid with play dates. She didn’t have a laundry list of extracurricular activities that she had in common with her classmates. But she was generally a happy student who got along cordially with everyone. There were no social red flags. After leaving my daughter with the security guard to escort her to class, I left the school with a heavy heart full of guilt and sadness. No child should have to endure that type of unhappiness when going to

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school. Ever. I turned to my alma mater, Gainesville Country Day School. I explained the situation to the director, through non-stop tears of course. Without hesitation, he said, “Go get her. Bring her here right now.” I can’t even write that without more tears coming! It took some adjusting, of course. She went from a large class where she was lost academically, socially, and emotionally, to a small class with an amazing teacher to student ratio. She went from very few people outside of her class knowing her name to every single student and every single teacher greeting her by name every time they saw her. She went from swinging uncomfortably on the swings during free play at her previous school to actively engaging with every classmate outside. She went from struggling academically to shining, even making her way onto the honor roll. She went from crying on my lap to saying she couldn’t name a favorite part of her day, because she loved all of it. There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for GCDS. It has always had a piece of my heart, and now it has a piece of my daughter’s heart as well. GCDS has been an active part of the Gainesville community for over 60 years. This fall, they are excited to bring this warmth and love to an even larger part of our community by re-introducing their Tower Road campus as the GCDS Early Childhood Enrichment Center, offering care for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years. The 24th Avenue location will enroll children 4 years – 5th grade.

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Baby Talk:

Giving infants early language tools


By the time babies are 1 year old, they have learned all of the sounds they will need to speak their language. Talking to your baby at a young age will help her to build a rich vocabulary. As you go about your day, talk to your baby about the things you see and do to help introduce her to new words. Singing to your baby is an excellent way to help your baby learn the sounds and rhythms of language. Songs and nursery rhymes slow down language and separate it into meaningful units. Think of how the melody and rhythm of rhymes such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” work to make individual sounds distinct. Reading to your baby also stimulates imagination and helps to develop her vocabulary, memory, listening skills, comprehension and knowledge of the world. By reading to your baby from an early age, she will associate books with the things she loves, specifically the sound of your voice and closeness to you. By spending time reading with your baby, even if for only a few minutes a day, she will learn that reading is an important, worthwhile and fun skill to learn. The Alachua County Library District has much to offer babies and their caregivers through programming and access to resources. While no two baby programs are the same, they are often comprised of nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, books and sign language for babies. These programs also give caregivers a space to meet up and share their experiences, while their babies can play and interact with each other. After the programs, or whenever you visit, library staff will be happy to help you find library materials to share with your baby, including board books, picture books, early literacy DVDs, music CDs and our new sensory toys!




By the time children from low-income families have reached the age of 4, they have heard 30 million fewer words than their more economically-advantaged peers. This word gap has a profound effect on a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life. The Alachua County Library District is participating in the Association for Library Service to Children’s campaign, “Babies Need Words Every Day.” This campaign supports language learning through talking, singing, reading and playing with your baby. You will find posters with early literacy tips above changing tables at our branches and booklists for babies on our website ( and at your local branch library.

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Ne w at fe ur e!

Your Top 3 Homeschool Decisions BY CRYSTAL LADWIG

1. METHOD 2. CURRICILA 3. CALENDAR Deciding to homeschool is something all homeschoolers struggle with to some extent. We are all concerned about how well we can teach, how it will affect our children socially and academically in the years to come, and how to best teach them. There are three key decisions to make as you set up your homeschool that help to address these concerns. First, decide which homeschool method to use. While there are a wide variety of homeschooling methods, the most commonly used around Gainesville are the Charlotte Mason approach, Classical Education, Traditional Curricula and Unschooling. Charlotte Mason emphasizes experiences, observation and exploration of the natural world, while reading is taught through classic literature. Lessons follow the child’s lead as parents guide children’s discovery of art, music, literature and nature while encouraging children to examine and discover for themselves. Classical Education relies heavily on the natural cognitive growth of children to help them learn to think critically.


Key skills include observing, listening, memorizing, organizing, analyzing and debating. Classic literature, logic, Latin and traditional academic subjects are taught. Younger children focus on learning facts and gaining a basic understanding of academic concepts through memorization. Older children learn to think critically through arguments and rhetoric to better express themselves. Traditional Curricula are similar to those found in public schools. Many have been adapted or created for homeschoolers with step-by-step instruction guides. Finally, Unschooling is an unstructured approach to learning whereby curricula are determined by the child’s interests and abilities utilizing their natural curiosity about topics of interest. It requires that parents provide a rich learning environment to encourage exploration of topics and interests including a wide variety of books, field trips, and exploratory toys and materials. The second decision is which curricula to use. When modern homeschooling first began to take root in the 1980s,


there were very few choices for families. That is no longer the case. Within each homeschooling method, you will now find dozens of options and countless variations. That is the essence of homeschooling. You get to use what works for you and your family and modify everything as needed. If possible, attend the annual Florida Parent Educators Association conference held in Orlando each May. There you will have the opportunity to carefully examine many curricula. Consider both the content and the design of the materials. One child may prefer a lot of colorful pictures and examples while another child may find that distracting and overwhelming. Think about the needs of your children and select what fits best. This may also mean that you choose different curricula for different children within your family. Finally, get on Facebook and start joining homeschool groups. Homeschooling families are more than happy to share ideas and experiences with one another. We are each other’s greatest source of support in this area! Finally, decide how you will structure your calendar and days. Florida does not have any specific calendar requirements that homeschoolers must follow. Many curricula are designed for four-day implementation with the idea that the fifth day will be for volunteering, field trips or meeting with homeschool groups. Younger children may start earlier while older ones sleep in and start later. Even breaks can be individualized. When you and your family need a few days off, take them. There is one final point to keep in mind. Each of these decisions can be changed at any time. If you find that an approach, a curriculum or a schedule is not working for you, do not be afraid to change things up. In fact, you likely will as you discover how your children learn best. Dr. Crystal Ladwig is a veteran special education teacher, college instructor and researcher turned homeschool mom. Crystal specializes in working with children with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health issues as well as children considered 2e (gifted + a disability).

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Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists!

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This year, 34 local students earned the prestigious distinction of becoming finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program. Of the over 1.6 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only about 15,000 students were named as finalists. Finalists were chosen not only for their PSAT scores, but also their SAT scores and general academic performance. Congratulations to our local finalists for all of their hard work!

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Ginger Stanford


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL? Science and math

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his students? An administrator who is truly devoted to making her school a better place? Giggle Magazine wants to know! Visit to submit your favorite educator for a chance for him or her to be featured in one of our upcoming issues.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I was inspired to work in education because of the outstanding teachers I had growing up in Alachua County. They helped me believe in myself and reach for goals beyond my imagination. They inspired me to give back to students and help them be lifelong learners. Now as an administrator I am inspired by the teachers I work with and what they do for their students.

Camp with my family.

What path did you take to become assistant principal? I spent 16 years in various grades and schools before I became a district coach. As I pursued my second graduate-level degree I began working as a curriculum resource teacher at an elementary school. Westwood is my second school as AP, and I participate in various trainings every year to learn more about being a school administrator.

What advice would you give to parents of children starting at your school? Be proactive. Check backpacks and the parent portal weekly. Look in agendas and at work that is returned. When your child is struggling, the time to act is now. Find ways to work with teachers to improve study habits, organization and most importantly teach your child to advocate for him or herself.

What is your favorite part of being assistant principal? Coaching teachers to improve their practice through discussions, observations and data collection. I also like helping students take ownership over their work, their behavior and their future.

How do you wind down from a long day at school? Working in my garden and in my yard.



What has been your best interaction with a student? Helping children celebrate their accomplishments, such as when a child comes to your office for a positive behavioral referral and you get to call his or her parents, or when a child comes in with an improved test grade and we can celebrate that his or her hard work is paying off.

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What inspired you to work in education?

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Mompreneurs MEET OUR LOCAL


Being a mom is a full-time job all on its own, but that has not stopped five local moms from pursuing their career goals and opening their own businesses. Whether run from their home or out of an office, learn how being a mompreneur has influenced each of these women and their families. GIGGLEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL/MAY 2018



“I want to be able to provide the best for my children, so they inspire me on a daily basis.”



Meet Brooke

Brooke Newell has two job titles: owner of Addison MacKenzie Boutique and mommy to Logan (6) and Steven (2). What inspired you to start Addison Mackenzie? How long ago did you start? Personally, I am a wife and mom to two fabulous kids. I discovered how busy life can be and was finding it extremely tough to treat myself to the "me time" that I enjoyed. It is difficult enough to carve out time to grab a coffee, let alone browse local shops and boutiques! Realizing I couldn't be the only one and having an entrepreneurial spirit I was eager to see flourish, I started Addison MacKenzie, an online boutique, in 2015 to bring the latest in fashion from your online cart right to your closet. Through our website and fun Facebook VIP Shopping Group you have personal styling at your fingertips.

What is your favorite part of owning your own online boutique? I enjoy hearing from customers. It brightens my day when women let me know how awesome they felt when wearing a certain outfit. I often receive messages saying how a customer felt confident and beautiful on a date, on a vacation, or even at a work event, and it makes me smile. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful inside and out. I also enjoy the fact that the online aspect allows women to spend more time with their

families. Life is so busy, everyone wants more hours in the day. Being able to shop from the comfort of your home, car, or wherever one might be makes shopping more pleasurable.

How does having a family influence your business? I started this company after having our second son. I wanted to be able to be more present with my children and be able to stay home with them when needed. Being able to work from home allows me to always be at their events, go to playdates, participate in bible studies, etc. I want to be able to provide the best for my children, so they inspire me on a daily basis. My husband is my rock and encourager whenever I am struggling with the responsibilities of being a mompreneur.

How do you balance your work life with your home life? That is a question to which I still do not have the answer. I often stay up way too late accomplishing work tasks as well as my regular tasks of being a wife and mom. I have learned to prioritize things that need to be completed right away, which has helped tremendously. The balance is a constant struggle, and I am not sure that will ever go away. I always remind myself that everything will be OK as long as God is first, then my family and then work.

What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Every Friday night, we try to order pizza and watch a movie together as a family. We often alternate between a movie or board game. This is a tradition my husband and I hope to always continue with our kids. Camping out at home is more fun than you might think!

Is there anything else you would like to add? Addison MacKenzie holds a place very close to my heart. Several years ago, I was pregnant with my second child. We already had a precious boy and

Brooke Newell with sons Logan and Steven, and husband Kyle. Family photo by Stacy Steinberg Photography.

our instinct told us our new bundle of joy would be a girl. We immediately fell in love with the name Addison MacKenzie as we anticipated her arrival. After the initial excitement of finding out we were expecting, 10 weeks later the negative tests started coming in and the ultrasounds were not good. Shortly after that, I miscarried our little baby. It was a very traumatic time for our family. We will never know until we get to heaven if our sweet baby was going to be a girl or boy, but the baby will never be forgotten. I hoped that naming my boutique Addison MacKenzie would preserve the legacy, at least in some small way.




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Meet Lisa

As the managing partner, creative director and developer of her own business, Blu Dove Designs, life can certainly get busy for Lisa Renshaw. But this entrepreneur always makes time for her two children, Caitlyn (5) and Isaac (2) as well as her husband, Andy. When did you open Blu Dove Designs? Why? I opened Blu Dove Designs in April 2004 with the purpose of providing small businesses with a personalized one-stop place to get all of their advertising needs met — logo, business cards, brochures, ads, website, etc. Having entered the field at a time when websites were becoming more necessary, the demand for them was greater than other services I was offering. As a result, the website portion of the business grew. Today (with my business partner, Natalie) website design and development along with online marketing is the focus of our business while continuing to offer other services as an add-on.

What is your favorite part of your work day? My favorite parts of my workdays are meeting with clients to discuss a project or an idea and launching a website project.

How do you balance your work life with your home life? Work life and home life are not mutually exclusive — it is all life. So for

me it is more work-life integration. It means taking time to live so my work is inspired and working to give myself an opportunity to cultivate my creativity while giving myself a break to be a better mom. I work three 12- to 13-hour days each week and spend the other four days with my family. I get two of those days with my son and the others with the whole family. While it may not be ideal, this has worked for us. We keep a written family calendar where everyone can see along with our iPhone calendars. I do my best to make sure that there are fun activities, "dates" with my children and downtime with my husband. We have great weeks and ones that fall apart completely. It is the whole that counts. The honest truth is that the laundry does not always get done and sometimes things are sacrificed to keep what is important — time with family — at the forefront. It is worth it to take off for the special days at my daughter's school and taking her to activities. It is worth it to spend two days at home with my son by ourselves. Those are moments I will never get back.

How does having a family influence your business? I plan client meetings around the family events, making family first. If there is a special event like a conference for work that takes me away for the weekend then I make sure to schedule some extra family time on the front or back end of that conference. I do my best to check in on everyone to be sure needs are met. I also make sure I am aware of time needed for myself, too.

How do you wind down from a busy day of work? Haha, I sleep. Story time with the kids, movies, reading and going through photos also help.

What is your favorite activity to do with your family? I LOVE story time with the kids. That time is this little golden nugget of my day because afterward I get snuggles

Lisa Renshaw with children Isaac and Caitlyn, and husband Andy. Photo courtesy of the Renshaw Family.

and some of the best conversations with my daughter. I miss it on the days I work. I also love getting out to a fun activity around town or even doing something at home — whether it is an art festival, church, horse activity, park, birthday party — it is just fun to hang out together.

Is there anything else that you would like to add? I have to credit both my husband and my business partner for their help in making this mompreneurship work. It is a huge challenge to run a business and keep on top of everything with the family, and their patience and support is a big reason for our success. Having my own business provides me the freedom to be there for my kids while doing what I love — using my creativity to help others succeed!



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After having Sienna (13) and Angelo (10), Jennifer Kirkhart Curcio knew she had to make a change in her work schedule. She did not want to give up law, so she decided to open The Law Office of Jennifer Kirkhart Curcio. After almost nine years, it has proven to be the right choice for both her career and her family. What inspired you to become a lawyer? My father was in law school when I was a senior in high school. I ended up attending school with him for a week as a school project. I loved the various fact patterns and the ability to help fix problems! That, and other people acted like I couldn’t do it because I was a girl, and I am stubborn.

When did you open your law office? Why? In July 2009 (Angelo was almost 2). I had worked for another firm in town for nine years and had shifted to part time when I had Sienna. But, when I became a mom to two kids, it became apparent that I needed more control over my schedule and how I framed my overall practice.

When I feel like I have made a difference in a divorcing family’s life by averting unnecessary conflict and helping the focus stay on the future and well-being of the parties and their children.

How do you balance your work life with your home life? I divide the two. When I am at work, I work hard. When I am at home, I mom hard! Early on, I would try to take calls when I was “mom-ing” or have babies at the office. It quickly became apparent when I did that I was neither the best lawyer I could be nor the best mom I could be. So, most of the time, I divide and conquer.

How does having a family influence your business? I am focused and effective when I am working so that I have the ability to take the time needed for family. I am involved in the school’s PTO and like to volunteer when the kids have events at school. So, I make sure that I manage my calendar to be available for those events. Having a family also makes me empathetic to my client’s issues as they devise parenting plans for their children.

How do you wind down from a busy day of work?

Is there anything else you would like to add?

By taking kids to extracurricular activities of course! Just kidding ... by cooking and having a good glass of wine.

Just that moms should not be afraid to get out there and start their own businesses. The flexibility and self determination is such a bonus for family. It is stressful at times, but worth it!

What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Spending time with our good friends and cooking great meals. My daughter has become a very accomplished dessert chef ! We also love the water and take any opportunity we have to get on it! I grew up on a sailboat, so Gainesville is a little landlocked for me.



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Meet Kristin

Between her three boys, Win (9), Brasher (6) and August (1), and owning a business with her husband, Paul, things can certainly get hectic for Kristin Privette. But by focusing on just one thing at a time, she has become a successful mompreneur! What inspired you to become a photographer and designer? I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in education and then taught for four years. While I loved every minute of it, I accepted when I was offered a job to work for a national book printing company. Over the next few years I was trained in graphic design, printing and sales. Little did I know that almost everything I was learning was preparing me for the next stage of my life. My boss at the printing company even referred Paul for his first fulltime photography position. I can sincerely say Footstone would not be what it is today without the knowledge and relationships we gained during this part of our lives.

When did you open Footstone Photography? Why? Paul worked for a local photographer for about six years, where he learned about studio lighting, posing, composition and so much more. The owner of the company came to

Paul and asked him if he, along with myself, would be interested in moving to either Orlando or Tallahassee and opening up a second studio for them. We were flattered. It was at that moment we realized that we had talents and experience that could combine to do something amazing. One year later we opened Footstone Photography. We are now in our 10th year of business and words cannot explain how grateful we are to be able to do what we do.

What is your favorite part of your work day? The fun part about our business is that every day is different. Somedays I am designing books for clients, others I am chasing little ones during a family session. When I think about what my favorite part of this job is, I would say it is that Paul and I are able to share in what are often the best moments of people’s lives.

How do you balance your work life with your home life? This past year I had our third son, and it was perhaps one of the hardest years of my life. I was juggling three boys and a business that was a lot more demanding than when we had had our first two children. August did not sleep much at all for many months, and I almost buckled under the pressure. This may sound silly, but a book came into my life during this time that has forever changed the way I think about balancing work and life. I learned that this thing we call “work-life balance” is a myth. It is a mean game we play trying to win at both all the time — and we can’t. Now, can we be good moms and maintain good careers? Absolutely. But what we cannot do is maintain balance at all times. The cover of this book is bright yellow with the title, “The One Thing,” in big black letters. It sat on my nightstand as I bounced an infant during the wee hours of the night and reminded me that at this time in my life, my “one thing” was taking care of August. Now, I ask myself what my “one thing” is

every day. I recently attended a five-day long national photography convention. That was my one thing, and you know what? My boys were OK. If anything, they had a blast with their grandparents while I was gone. I desperately want women to feel strong, capable and equipped. Because we are. But what we are NOT is always balanced.

How do you wind down from a busy day of work? My favorite way to wind down from work is to cook. Sounds funny, I know, but I love it. I turn on music in the kitchen and enjoy having to think only about what I am cooking. With my Italian music playing and Paul outside with the boys, I am in heaven. What is not heaven is cleaning up after! But I cherish these nights at home.

What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Not only is Paul an artist, he is a musician. His six siblings and his parent are also musicians. The entire family gets together once or twice a week, and music is always a part of it. Then, in our home, Paul will pull out his guitar and our older two boys jam with their daddy. The baby dances and runs around us in circles. It is my favorite thing in the world to do.

Is there anything else that you would like to add? We do not take for granted that we have been able to do what we love for 10 years. This community has supported us, loved us and welcomed us into their lives, and we are so thankful.



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Meet Lisa

Lisa Fetrow, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors, also has her own personal business, Realtor Mom Lisa Fetrow. When she is not helping people buy and sell homes or teaching at Gainesville Health and Fitness, she is at home with her husband of 12 years, Jason, taking care of her two spunky little ones, Jackson (10) and Mckinley (7). When did you become a real estate agent and what inspired you? I was originally licensed in 2010 in Georgia. I am a former high school U.S. history and economics teacher, but when we left California for Georgia, I decided to stay home with our son Jackson — something I later realized I do not do well! We were flipping homes and my mother-in-law was an agent, so I decided to get my real estate license to be more engaged in the process. In 2013 we moved to Gainesville for my husband’s job and once again I found myself at home with the kiddos. I decided to give residential real estate a try and hung my license with Coldwell Banker in 2014. I absolutely love helping people through the process of buying or selling a home. It is a very stressful experience and I feel I can help ease that stress by being there for my customers every step of the way, similar to how it felt when I was teaching. Buying and selling is

such an important moment for my customers and because of that it is important to me.

When did you start teaching classes at Gainesville Health and Fitness? What do you like best about it? Fitness has been a passion of mine my entire life. I played collegiate water polo for the University of California, Davis, and after college my competitive nature, need for being on a team and love for intensity led me to find group fitness. I began teaching fitness classes in 2003 and haven’t stopped. Four states and countless gyms and outdoor bootcamps later, I am still at it. When I came to Gainesville I immediately saw that GHFC was the place for me. I teach five classes a week there! I say it is my “keep my sanity” job. There is no better way to reduce stress than working with a team through a good, hard workout!

What is your favorite part of your work day? The best part of my work day is that I never know what is coming! The fast pace of this industry is so much fun. I feel that much of my success in this business is driven by being able to handle the unexpected

How do you balance your work life with your home life? In real estate you have to really work to find the balance. Certain times of year I am better at this, while during busier seasons, like spring, it is a bit harder. The main thing I try to do is be at the events that matter, and be in the moment. I also feel scheduling time with my husband and each kid separately is important to all of our relationships.

How does having a family influence your business? My family is so supportive of me and I want to show them that anything is achievable if you work hard! I love that both of our kids are growing up knowing that women can be leaders

Lisa Fetrow with children Jackson and McKinley, and husband Jason. Photo by Shannon Austin Photography.

in business. They appreciate my hustle and I know that it will influence them in their lives.

How do you wind down from a busy day of work? It depends on the day. During the week I love cooking our Chef Ami meals with my husband (time saver alert!) and talking about the day. Some nights we attend our kids’ sporting events. Those are so fun to watch and get your mind off of work! Other days, a nice glass of wine and some mindless TV or an evening with friends and laughter is what I need. I just say do something that makes you happy — all things are better when we smile!

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The Heart of Pregnancy Understanding peripartum cardiomyopathy BY TRACY WRIGHT

Pregnancy is difficult enough with weight gain, hormonal mood swings and morning sickness. But there is a condition that can put pregnant women in a lethal position. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), also known as postpartum cardiomyopathy, is an uncommon form of heart failure that happens during the last month of pregnancy or up to five months after giving birth. Cardiomyopathy literally means heart muscle disease. In PPCM the heart chambers enlarge and the muscle weakens, leading to less blood flow. This causes the heart to no longer be able to meet the demands of the body's organs for oxygen, affecting the lungs and liver, among other body systems. According to the American Heart Association, about 1,000 to 1,300 women develop the condition in the U.S. each year and it is most common with women over 30 years old. Women at the highest risk had higher blood pressure, a higher rate of gestational hypertension, and a higher rate of suspected respiratory infection. Research has also shown connections with factors such as obesity, mood disorders, substance abuse and autoimmune disorders. The American College of Cardiology also found that African-American women are most predisposed to develop PPCM.


If PPCM is diagnosed prior to delivery, a mother’s medical team should work closely together and develop an individualized plan based on the patient’s symptoms and status. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology recommends vaginal delivery be attempted unless there is an identified complication. The risk to the patient is believed to be less with vaginal delivery than with cesarean delivery.

So, what about mothers who have experienced PPCM and want to get pregnant again?

PPCM may be difficult to detect because symptoms of heart failure (swelling in the feet and legs, shortness of breath, etc.) are often very similar to those of third trimester pregnancy. If PPCM is suspected doctors will look for signs of fluid in the lungs and will listen for lung crackles, a rapid heart rate or abnormal heart sounds. If those conditions are met, an echocardiogram can be used to detect the diminished functioning of the heart.

“As recently as a decade ago, there was very little data about the risk to either the mother or baby. It has become evident, however, that the risk of a subsequent pregnancy for the mother’s heart depends on whether — and how soon — her heart’s pumping ability returns to normal,” Jane Houston, a licensed certified nurse midwife and clinical director for midwifery and women’s health at Frontier Nursing University, said.

Once a patient is diagnosed with PPCM, treatment can include several kinds of medications to treat symptoms in order to prevent fluid from accumulating in the lungs and help the heart to recover. Medications may be ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors to recover the heart’s strength, Beta blockers to cause the heart to beat more slowly for recovery and diuretics to help reduce fluid retention.

Mothers wishing to conceive again should ask their doctor or health care provider for a preconception referral to a cardiologist who has knowledge of peripartum cardiomyopathy management.


“Women who have a history of PPCM and are considering repeat pregnancy should be assessed by their obstetrician and a cardiologist to discuss the risks and benefits on a patient by patient basis,” said Ki Park, a clinical assistant professor of medicine in interventional cardiology at UF Health.

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Measuring Up Keeping track of baby's growth during her first year BY JENNIFER JENSEN

Babies will change a lot during their first year. Although your baby’s height, weight and head circumference will be measured at each monthly checkup, you may find yourself worrying about her growth between visits to the doctor. Use this helpful guide to give you a rundown of what to expect of your baby’s growth during her first year.

0–3 Months

Do not be surprised when baby actually weighs less when leaving the hospital than she did when she was born. “Most healthy babies lose 8 to 10 percent of their birth weight the first week of their life, but then regain it by 2 weeks,” Dr. Puneet Tung, pediatrician at UF Health Pediatrics-Tioga, said. During the first few months of a baby’s life, those who breastfeed will nurse eight to 12 times a day, sometimes even more if they are going through a growth spurt. If you are formula feeding, expect baby to eat 2–4 ounces of formula six to eight times a day during her first month, 5–6 ounces a feeding five to six times per day during her second month, and 6–7 ounces per feeding five to six times per day during her third month. In the first three months, healthy babies who are born full term will gain .5 ounce to 1 ounce per day or 1–2 pounds per month. “A useful rule of thumb is that most healthy, full-term newborn babies double their birth weight by four to five months and triple it by their first birthday,” said Dr. Tung. However, parents need to remember that all babies grow at their own pace and may gain weight faster or slower than these rates. “A small or large baby may be perfectly healthy as long as they are growing along their growth curve,” she said.

4–6 Months

During four to six months, babies will need 28–32 ounces of breastmilk or formula per day, feeding four to six times. From four months to one year, babies will gain about .7 ounces per day or about 1.3 pounds per month, Dr. Tung added. Your baby’s pediatrician will discuss developmental signs of readiness to start solids at her 4-month checkup. Prior to 4 months old, babies are not physically developed enough to eat solids from a spoon, said Dr. Tung. Feeding a baby solids too early could lead to overfeeding and excessive weight gain.



7–9 Months

During these months, babies will need at least 24 ounces of breastmilk or 30 ounces of formula. At this point, you should have received the all clear to supplement your baby with solids, if you have not started already. Dr. Tung recommended introducing your baby to new foods one at a time (no mixtures), and waiting two to five days before adding a new food to determine if she has any allergies or intolerances. Some great first foods to consider are pureed bananas, sweet peas, beans, carrots and sweet potatoes, as well as dry infant cereal, fortified with iron, that can be mixed with breastmilk or formula and spoon fed. Be sure to offer your baby a food multiple times, even if she spit it out the first time. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, infants and toddlers may need to be exposed to a food as many as 8–15 times before they accept it. Water can also be introduced after 6 months, said Dr. Tung. Healthy infants require little or no extra water. If your baby is under 6 months and thirsty, offer extra breastmilk or formula.

10–12 Months

From 10 months until 12 months, babies will need at least 24 ounces of breastmilk or formula, eating three to four times a day. Dr. Tung recommended trying to wean babies from the bottle by their first year. After their first birthday, you can start adding cow’s milk, fruit juices and honey to their diet.

*The best way to ensure your child is gaining enough weight and staying healthy is by taking her to her regularly scheduled well visits with her pediatrician. If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, consult your pediatrician.

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“Mommy, Don’t Go!”

How to deal with separation anxiety BY APRIL TISHER

children’s family photos are displayed. That way if the children need a reminder of home during the day they can go over and look at them. Though almost all children will experience some of the symptoms associated with separation anxiety, such as crying and not wanting to be away from their parents, it is important to understand that not all children will experience true separation anxiety. A true separation anxiety diagnosis goes beyond the normal clinginess. Its characteristics involve not being able to think of anything else, nightmares and increased heart rate. If you or your child are experiencing these severe symptoms, talk to your doctor.

When I dropped my children off at preschool for the first time, I am sure I was much more upset than they were. They did not even seem to care that I was leaving — they were much more interested in playing with their new friends and toys. I was fortunate enough to have a rock star preschool teacher (thank you, Mrs. Marlie) who told me not to worry and that everything would be fine. Starting as young as infancy, separation anxiety can last into a child’s late elementary school years, but it typically peaks around 2 years of age. Usually once a child begins to understand that just because something or someone is out of sight does not mean it is gone forever, the symptoms begin to wane. Ana Elsberry is a mom of two and assistant teacher for a 2-year-old class at Stepping Stones Preschool. She advised discussing the start of school and what that entails with your children ahead of time. Parents may also take their little ones to their new school prior to classes starting so they are more familiar with the area. But the day of, it is best to stick to a normal morning routine, give them a quick hug or kiss, say goodbye and leave. Hanging around and prolonging the goodbye only makes things worse for everyone, said Elsberry. Jenny Bedner’s daughter had an especially hard time with separation anxiety as a 3-year-old. “She would cry nearly every day when we dropped her off at preschool,” she said. “Her teachers said she was fine later and enjoyed herself, but it was still hard seeing her cry.” Although Bedner agreed with Elsberry’s quick drop off routine, she said she understood if parents found it difficult leaving a crying child, as she often had to. In that case, she recommended asking your child’s teacher or classmate’s parent to peek in on your child and provide you with some reassurance that he has calmed down and is OK. Sending your child to class with a comfort object or family photo may help to ease his stress at the idea of being separated from you. Vivian Gonsalves, a clinical professor of early childhood education at the University of Florida, said that in her own daughter’s classroom there is a special area where the



“A true separation anxiety diagnosis goes beyond the normal clinginess. Its characteristics involve not being able to think of anything else, nightmares and increased heart rate. If you or your child are experiencing these severe symptoms, talk to your doctor.”

c2c | early years {4-5 YEARS}

Timeout! When and how to use them BY LIZZIE VASQUEZ

On any given day, parents with rebellious kiddos may find themselves handing out timesouts as fast as they hand out snuggles — one every minute! Kristina Chance, registered play therapist and owner of the counseling practice Play and Wellness Center of Gainesville, said timeouts require an explanation and should be implemented with nurturing guidance. “Children often don't connect their behaviors to future outcomes – good or bad,” she said. “The timeout should be implemented without shaming or isolating.” If using timeouts to discipline children for bad behavior, it is important to explain to the child what a timeout is and give examples of why they may be sent to timeout. Parents should not be angry when they have this conversation with their kids, and it should take place before misbehavior occurs. This general warning is important for helping the child understand that their actions have consequences. Choosing a specific spot or chair can help show consistency with discipline and a clear picture of what your child can expect. Chance recommends that timeouts begin at infancy. However, rather than using the typical style of sitting them down and explaining their behavior, parents should redirect their child from one activity to another if their actions are not preferred, or remove a toy that they were playing with because of the way they were using it. Timeouts, in the sense of sitting down and explaining, can start at about 18 months to 2 years old, she said.

“Choosing a specific spot or chair can help show consistency with discipline and a clear picture of what your child can expect.”

Generally, the amount of time your child should spend



in timeout is one minute per year of your child’s age. However, some parents may learn this is too little or too long for their child, rendering their timeout ineffective. If you find that timeouts are not working for your child, it may be because they are not balanced with enough positive engagement, said Chance. “Children crave attention and when their individual attention needs are not being fully met, they will do anything to get it,” she said. “Removing them from the one way they get attention is not going to be effective because they will continue to act in a way to get attention.” To counteract this, parents should focus on incorporating more positive time with their children. Chance recommends parents participate in 10–15 minutes of child-directed play time every day. Gainesville mom Brittany Fair does not use timeouts for fear of negative reinforcement and miscommunication. “Before I had children I studied early childhood education at [Santa Fe College] and took a class on positive discipline and reinforcement,” she said. “I learned that timeouts make children feel isolated and like they have to work through their problems on their own.” Instead of timeouts, Fair uses a method known as "time-ins," during which she sits with her daughter and helps her work through her feelings. “When she is too upset or worked up to talk things out, we practice breathing exercises (like pretending to blow bubbles) until she is calm enough to work through it,” said Fair. “I believe in the phrase ‘children who need love the most ask for it in the most unloving ways’ and feel that when children act inappropriately they need connection, not isolation — easier said than done at times.” Whether you use timeouts or another method, do not wait to discipline your child. The consequence should come immediately after the inappropriate action. And, after their time is up, do not dwell on their misbehavior. Remind them why they were sent to timeout and move on with life. Do not forget that rewarding your child for good behavior and reassuring them of your love are always positive ways of teaching.

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Do Milestones Still Matter? Tracking development in older children BY APRIL TISHER

Parents are often hyperfocused on their babies meeting certain milestones. From the time they are born, it matters when they have their first dirty diaper, when they gain back their birth weight after leaving the hospital and when they begin to track you with their eyes. Later we record when they first roll over, sit unassisted and sleep through the night. There are fact sheets and websites dedicated to reminding parents of when their babies should be meeting specific milestones. Once babies become children though, the wealth of information slows to a trickle. By the time my children were of school age the only time I really thought much about specific milestones was when they had their yearly checkup with the pediatrician. We think about our children learning to read and write, but we sometimes overlook other characteristics that indicate normal development.

What should parents pay attention to in ensuring their elementary age children are hitting proper physical, mental and psychological goals? Sarah Wittstruck, a pediatrician at Palms Medical Group in Gainesville, said that by 6 years old, she expects her patients to have developed several gross motor skills (balancing on one foot, hopping, skipping, dressing and undressing), fine motor skills (tying a knot, drawing a person with at least six body parts, printing letters and numbers, and copying squares and triangles), as well as certain language skills (speaking in full sentences with good articulation, using appropriate tenses and pronouns, counting to 10 and naming four colors). At ages 7–8, Dr. Wittstruck said that pediatricians will focus more on a child’s emotional and social development than on the physical abilities. Is the child making friends and maintaining good relationships with friends? Is he or she performing as expected in the classroom, or are there concerns about attention span or learning disabilities? Is the child learning to take care of his or her physical health? Children 7–9 years old should have 60 minutes a day of physical activity. They should also be able to manage their hygiene, such as brushing their teeth and bathing.

A lot of time we forget the importance of seeing the doctor when we are not sick. It is at these appointments when your child is feeling good that a doctor can best assess these milestones.”

Nine-year-old children should also have improved social and emotional competence, according to Dr. Wittstruck. They should be able to participate in the classroom or on a team without difficulty. They should be developing independence and decision-making skills. For example, children at this age may be making decisions about their choice of clothing, food, friends and extracurricular activities. Dr. Wittstruck also expressed the importance of making and keeping your older child’s annual well check exam appointments. A lot of time we forget the importance of seeing the doctor when we are not sick. It is at these appointments when your child is feeling good that a doctor can best assess these milestones. Tracking growth and providing preventative care, such as recommended vaccines, are also done during these visits. If your pediatrician finds that several of these milestones are not being met in a timely manner, he or she would then go further in evaluating the potential problem or developmental delay and determine the proper course of action for your child, whether that be a therapist, a specialist or another route.

Visit the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) website for printables on milestones that you can reference for every age.

c2c | tweens { 1 0 -1 3 Y E A R S }

Challenge Denied

Your tween and the internet BY TRACY WRIGHT

As a parent of tweens navigating uncharted waters with social media and the internet, new trends have appeared that make your job even more difficult. Most of us have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge that raised money for ALS research or the chili pepper challenge that is currently trying to raise money for the disease. Yet there have been a number of social media challenges posed by young adults that could be extremely dangerous, and in some cases, even fatal. Take the Tide Pod Challenge. It may seem ridiculous, but these laundry pods that resemble candy have many young adults challenging others to consume them and even film it for social media. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in the first month of 2018 alone, at least 86 cases of intentional misuse of the laundry packets were reported among teenagers. In 2017, there were only 53 in total. If someone swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could result in diarrhea and vomiting. It can even creep into the lungs and burn the respiratory tract, making it incredibly difficult to breathe. Unfortunately, this is not the first of dangerous tween/teen challenges. The cinnamon challenge is another tween fixation that circulated on YouTube. Doctors have warned against this dangerous practice that requires someone to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without taking a drink of water. Physicians explained in their 2013 Pediatrics report that because cinnamon is caustic, the challenge can cause throat and respiratory issues, including choking and a potential collapsed lung. Seemingly simple ingredients in the household can also be dangerous. The salt and ice challenge required participants to pour salt in their hand, add some ice cubes and see how long they can hold the salt and ice together in a closed fist. Some versions of the challenge require friends to hold the salt and ice mixture against the participant’s skin. There have been second-andthird degree burns reported as a result.



Parents may feel helpless against these types of influences, however, there are things you can do to combat frightening social media challenges and negative influences. “In our school, we are particularly emphasizing ‘netiquette’ — etiquette online,” Stacy Fournier, media research teacher at Queen of Peace Catholic Academy, said. “Beginning in the fourth grade and especially emphasized with our fifth grade and middle schoolers, we teach what it means to be a good internet citizen. This extends itself to social media and being susceptible to dangerous trends. I think this is something that schools nationwide are doing as well.” As parents, it is important to be vigilant. For some that means severely restricting exposure to online content. “As a parent, I just don’t think my sixth grader is ready for these types of things,” Suzy Carlisle, mother of a tween, said. “We do not allow her to be on social media for these reasons, and we won’t entertain it until at least high school.” Although restriction is an option, social media and internet exposure are inevitable and preparing children for those encounters is important. “I take opportunities to discuss trends and things I see in the media with my daughter, who does have a phone that I monitor periodically,” Jennifer Bhatia, nurse practitioner and mother of a 13-year-old, said. “I feel like the best thing that I can do is to be open and honest about situations that happen. Although the Tide Pod situation was dangerous, I used it as an example of something stupid kids can do when feeling peer pressure and urged them to never fall for it.” In the age of the internet and social media, it is vitally important that parents stay abreast of viral challenges and keep an open line of communication with their children, especially as they ... social media and enter the tween years. internet exposure

are inevitable and preparing children for those encounters is important.

c2c | teens { 1 4 -1 8 Y E A R S }

Money, Money, Money Teaching your teen to be financially responsible BY CHRISTY PIÑA and COLLEEN MCTIERNAN

As your teen gets closer and closer to leaving the nest, it is important that he have a firm grasp on finances. However, teaching your teen financial responsibility is much easier said than done! According to Piper Jaffray’s Fall 2017 “Taking Stock with Teens” report, teens spend the most money on food, followed closely by clothing, and parent contribution to what teens spend is at 67 percent. With all this spending, your teen should understand how to develop a budget for himself, whether his money comes from a weekly allowance or his own part-time job. First, be sure to teach your teen the importance of saving for the future. Encourage him to put at least 10 percent of his allowance or paycheck straight into the bank so that he can start building up his savings account before he is out living on his own. According to a survey from TD Ameritrade, nine in 10 young adults overspend, fall short on savings or take on additional debt every month. Teaching good savings habits early on will make it all the more easy for your teen to avoid this trend when he leaves the house. As you teach him how to budget, consider making your teen responsible for everyday purchases that go beyond necessity, such as dinner out with his friends, a trip to the movies, extra snacks, etc. As he begins to use his own money for his expenses, he will definitely start to understand that money does not grow on trees, if he did not already! Then, when he wants to make big purchases, like a video game console or designer clothes, you can teach him how to start setting money aside (not the money that is going into savings!) to save up toward his goal purchase, teaching him that he may have to skip out on a trip to the movies if he really wants that video game console. Although teaching your teen all about finances may be a tall order, as long as your teen leaves your house knowing something about budgeting and saving, you have done your job!



There’s an App for That!

If you find yourself having trouble teaching your teen about budgeting, consider downloading a budgeting app for him. There are many to choose from, including both free and paid options, but these are our favorites!

 Mint: This all-in-one resource center allows your

teen to create a budget, track his spending and get smart about his money. Based on his spending habits, Mint will offer him tips to make sure he does not go over his budget for the month.

 You Need a Budget (YNAB): This app will

prevent your teen from creating a budget based on money he does not have. So if he is getting $100 a month in allowance or making minimum wage at his job, his budget will max out at that amount.

 Wally: You teen can take pictures of his receipts

to log all of his expenses. The app also uses location services to help him determine where and how much he spent.

 Unsplurge: Help motivate your teen to save by

having him use this app to set a goal product that he wants to save up for. He will log and track his spending within the app to help him figure out how much he needs to save to be able to make his goal purchase.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

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april | may MARCH 30 - APRIL 7




Get Air Gainesville Toddler Time

Barnyard Buddies


10 a.m. - Noon Get Air Gainesville

3 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm

April Fool's Day

Parents jump for free with children 46 inches and under during this time designated for Little Air jumpers. Admission is $10 per child. Event repeats every Tuesday.

Little ones can help the staff at the Living History Farm feed the animals. This program is free, but the staff does accept donations of carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, melons and squash for the animals. Event repeats every Wednesday.



YMCA Open Gym for Kids

i.Baby & Me Class

Easter Sunday APRIL 1

3 - 5 p.m. North Central Florida YMCA Drop in to this non-instructional free time for kids to socialize, play and explore the gym in a safe and stimulating environment. Admission is $5. Event repeats every Sunday.

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. IndepenDANCE Studio Moms, dads and grandparents are welcomed to join their little ones between the ages of 18 months and 2 ½ years in a dance and movement class. Classes cost $10, but the first one is free! Event repeats every Wednesday.


Stay and Play 9 - 11 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Kiddos 5 years and younger will develop basic motor skills as they participate in obstacle courses and bounce around in the Bounce Room before ending with Circle Time and a snack. Prices range from $11 for members to $13.25 for non-members. Repeats every Tuesday and Friday.



Broadway Babies 9:15 - 10 a.m. Sun Country Sports - West This parent-toddler program will help your little one explore music and dance through props, costumes and fun-filled activities. Admission ranges from $10 for members to $12 for nonmembers. Event repeats every Thursday.


Gym Jam 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $18 for members to $20 for nonmembers. Repeats every Wednesday.



Get Air Gainesville Toddler Time 10 a.m. - Noon Get Air Gaineville Parents jump for free with children 46 inches and under during this time designated for Little Air jumpers. Admission is $10 per child. Event repeats every Thursday.



A PRI L 6 -8

i.Baby & Me Class

Frogs and Friends Friday

Spring Plant Sale

5:45 - 6:30 p.m. IndepenDANCE Studio

2 p.m. Education Building at Morningside Nature Center

Moms, dads and grandparents are welcomed to join their little ones between the ages of 18 months and 2 ½ years in a dance and movement class. Classes cost $10, but the first one is free! Event repeats every Thursday.

Little ones are welcome to join Morningside Nature Center animal caretakers as they feed the amphibians and reptiles.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History


Splash Jam


Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella 7:30 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Bring the family out to watch the Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical based on the much beloved classic tale.

5 - 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Swimmers of all skill levels can join in for 30 minutes of mixed group instructional time, followed by 30 minutes of open swim time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for nonmembers. Event repeats every Friday.

Browse over 150 species of difficult-to-find and pollinator-friendly plants to add to your garden at this sale. Proceeds benefit the Butterfly Rainforest. APRIL 6-8

Embers Wood Grill Wine & Food Festival Embers Wood Grill and Spark Start the weekend with a Winemakers Dinner and Champagne Luxe event, then finish with the Grand Tasting. All attendants must be 21 or older.

A PRI L 6 A PRI L 5 -8

Levy County Fair Thursday: 4 - 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. - Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. - Midnight Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m. SW 19 Ave, Williston, FL 32696 Enjoy rides, a puppy pageant, food and more at this four-day fair. Admission is $5 and children 2 and under are free. A PRI L 6

Stay and Play 9 - 11 a.m. Sun Country Sports - West Kiddos 5 years and younger will develop basic motor skills as they participate in obstacle courses and bounce around in the Bounce Room before ending with Circle Time and a snack. Prices range from $11 for members to $13.25 for non-members. Repeats every Friday. A PRI L 6

Tot Times: Printed Pictures 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2–5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register.


Gym Jam Jr. 5 - 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Children between the ages of 3 ½ and 5 will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one hour program. Prices range from $12 for members to $15 for non-members. A PRI L 6

Gym Jam 5 - 7 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $18 for members to $20 for non-members. Repeats every Friday. A PRI L 6

Parent's Night Out 6 - 10 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter Five to 13 year olds will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members.



The Great American Cleanup 8 a.m. - Noon Albert "Ray" Massey Park Volunteer to help clean up our community, and then enjoy food and prizes at the Great American Cleanup After-Party. APRIL 7

Living History Day 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Join the Morningside Nature Center as interpreters portray day-to-day life on an 1870 Florida farm. Experience the agriculture and history that Florida was built on, for free! APRIL 7

IndiaFest 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Santa Fe College Gym Bring your family out to experience the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of India, with Indian cuisine, clothes, art, jewelry and dancing. Admission is $5, and children 5 and under are free.


May 4th, 2018 Hosted by:

Michael Hyatt

Jim Loehr

Carey Lohrenz

Andy Stanley

Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company

Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute

US Navy Pilot, Speaker and Trainer

Leadership Communicator and Bestselling Author

Jen Bricker

Mae Jemison

Acrobat, Aerialist, Author and Speaker

Ian Cron

Joe Torre

Engineer, Physician, Bestselling Author, Chief Baseball Officer and NASA Astronaut Psychotherapist, and Speaker for the MLB

Catherine Hoke Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures

Learn to lead yourself so you can effectively lead others.

Leadercast Gainesville Friday, May 4th, 2018 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at Westside Baptist Church 10000 W Newberry Road


General Admission: $109 General Admission Group (10+): $99 Student: $75 HR, Nursing, & CEU credits available.


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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk 10 a.m. - Noon Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Take your family out for a guided tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ 24 major collections. This tour is $8 for adults, $4 for children (5-13) and free for children under 5 as well as members. APRIL 7

Community Capoeira Class 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza Apex Martial Arts offers this free Afro-Brazilian martial arts class for all ages. Event repeats every Saturday. APRIL 7

Splash Jam Noon - 1 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Swimmers of all skill levels can join in for 30 minutes of mixed group instructional time, followed by 30 minutes of open swim time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for nonmembers. Event repeats every Saturday. APRIL 7

Back Handspring and Tuck Boot Camp 1 - 4 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West

1 - 5 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church Bring your family out to the third annual Human Foosball Tournament, benefiting ultra-rare chromosome disorder research. The event will also feature a bounce house, shaved ice, music, pizza and more!

7 p.m. Depot Park

Enjoy a free showing of “The Princess Bride” on The Hill in Depot Park. Be sure to bring along a blanket, towel or a low-back chair. A PRI L 15

Museum for Me Autism Event 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

6 - 9 p.m. The Harn Museum Enjoy art from throughout Africa and the African diaspora, West African dance and music, and refreshments, all for free. APRIL 14

Alachua March for Babies 8:50 a.m. Celebration Pointe Walk 4 miles with over 3,000 people to support moms and babies across the country!

Adults and children on the autism spectrum are encouraged to explore the museum on this day without the concern of crowds. There will be a quiet space in the Discovery Room for those who need to desensitize and sensory maps. APRIL 15

Jest Fest! 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Thomas Center Bring the family out to see the Flying Wallenda’s and other circus and comedy acts on five stages at the Thomas Center. Children can also enjoy pony rides, ice cream and more!


Second Annual Great Gainesville Car Show


High Springs Music in the Park

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bo Diddley Plaza

2 - 4 p.m. High Springs Community Center & Museum

Whether you are looking to showcase your own vehicle or just want to take in the sights, this show, benefitting Noah’s Endeavor, will play host to motorcycles and cars of all types.


A PRI L 7-8

This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options, and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.

Explore Northeast Gainesville’s historic district while admiring artist’s booths and listening to live music. Admission is free!

Sunset Saturdays: Movies at Depot Park

Harn Museum Nights: Africa Beyond the Mask


Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. Northeast First Street and the grounds of the Thomas Center


A PRI L 12

Send your aspiring tumbler to this boot camp to help him/her finally master the back handspring and back tuck. Prices range from $26.25 for members and $29 for nonmembers when paid in advance to $40 the day of the event.

Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival


Human Foosball Tournament

UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 2147


Orange & Blue Game 3 p.m. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Bring your family out for the Gators' debut game for the 2018 season!


This concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class 7 - 9:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Room 2147 This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and covers topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. The class is $15 to attend. APRIL 18

Ninja Jam 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for non-members.


Hearoes for Hearing 5K 8:30 a.m. UF Commuter Lot Run or walk to support the University of Florida National Student Speech Language Hearing Association as they raise money cochlear implant patients at the UF Health Speech and Hearing Center. APRIL 21

Ninja Jam 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for non-members. APRIL 21

Celebrity Gridiron Challenge



UF Health Shands Breastfeeding Class

Frogs and Friends Friday

7 - 9 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 2147

2 p.m. Education Building at Morningside Nature Center

Perfect for expecting mothers, this class teaches you the benefits of breastfeeding, optimal latch positions, how to store pumped milk and more. The class costs $15 to attend. APRIL 27

Parent's Night Out 6 - 9 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Parents, take a night for yourself! Drop your kindergarten-aged or older children off for a night of gymnastics, games, rock climbing and more. Parent’s Night Out is available to Sun Country Members only, and prices range from $20 per child in advance to $27 per child the day of the event. Repeats the fourth Friday of every month.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Westwood Middle School


This all-day flag football tournament and tailgate will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. If you prefer to stay on the sidelines, you can still enjoy food trucks, face painting, pictures with Albert and Alberta, and more!

7 - 11 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

APRIL 21, 22, 28 & 29

60th Spring Parade of Homes Noon - 5 p.m. Tour homes in Alachua County built with the most up-to-date energy saving techniques and designed according to the latest trends. APRIL 21-25

Friends of the Library Spring Sale Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday - Wednesday: Noon - 6 p.m. 430-B N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 From children’s books to comic books and music to movies, bring your family out to the Spring Friends of the Library Spring Sale to find great items and great prices. APRIL 22

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Moonlight Walk

Twinkle lights, laser lights and luminaries abound at this nighttime event. After touring the gardens, families can gaze at the stars with telescopes provided by the Alachua Astronomy Club. Prices range from $15 for adults to $7 for children between 3 and 13 years old. MAY 4

Leadercast: Lead Yourself 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Westside Baptist Church - Family Life Center Hear from speakers like Michael Hyatt and Andy Stanley at this leadership conference. Tickets are $109 and $75 for students. MAY 4

Tot Times: Let's Play with Clay 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2–5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Earth Day



Little ones are welcome to join Morningside Nature Center animal caretakers as they feed the amphibians and reptiles. MAY 4

Gym Jam Jr. 5 - 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Children between the ages of 3 ½ and 5 will participate in a coach-led warmup, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one hour program. Prices range from $12 for members to $15 for non-members. MAY 4

Parent Night Out 6 - 10 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter Five to 13 year olds will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members. MAY 4

Gainesville Mom Prom 7 – 11 p.m. Senior Recreation Center Enjoy a night of food, drinks, dancing and raffle all while supporting the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Health Coalition at this ladiesonly event. MAY 5

Cinco de Mayo MAY 5

Living History Day 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Join the Morningside Nature Center as interpreters portray day-to-day life on an 1870 Florida farm. Experience the agriculture and history that Florida was built on, for free!

Whale of a Sale Clothing



May 19th 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 403 N. Main Street

Tickets only $50 May 4th 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Senior Recreation Center


DJ, dancing, drinks, silent auction

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MAY 12

MAY 19

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk

UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class

Cade Museum Opens!

10 a.m. - Noon Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Hospital Room 2147

Take your family out for a guided tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ 24 major collections. This tour is $8 for adults, $4 for children (5-13) and free for children under 5 as well as members.

This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options, and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.


Sunset Saturdays: Movies at Depot Park 7:30 p.m. Depot Park Enjoy a free showing of “Hidden Figures” on The Hill in Depot Park. Be sure to bring along a blanket, towel or a lowback chair. MAY 5-6

4th Annual Garden Show & Spring Festival 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens Admission for this two-day festival is $9 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 6 and 13. MAY 10

Harn Museum Nights: A is for Alligator 6 – 9 p.m. The Harn Museum Enjoy new subjects from A to Z, art blast tours, games, art-making activities and refreshments, all for free. MAY 11

Mother's Day Sleepover 6:30 p.m. - 9 a.m. Sun Country Sports - West Drop the kiddos off at Sun Country for a night of rock climbing, gymnastics and more fun activities. Pizza, snacks and breakfast will be provided. Prices range from $35 for members to $45 for non-members when paid in advance to $50 the day of the event.


MAY 19

Whale of a Sale 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 403 N. Main Street Come find great prices on clothing, housewares and shoes at the Junior League of Gainesville’s spring sidewalk sale.

MAY 12

MAY 19

Back Handspring and Tuck Boot Camp

Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats Exhibit Opens

1 - 4 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

Send your aspiring tumbler to this boot camp to help him/her finally master the back handspring and back tuck. Prices range from $26.25 for members and $29 for nonmembers when paid in advance to $40 the day of the event.

In this new exhibit, families will visit a simulated bat nursery, try on bat ears to learn how sensitive their hearing is, and more!

MAY 13

Mother's Day MAY 13

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Mother's Day Special Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Mothers enjoy free admission to the botanical gardens all day long! MAY 15

UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class 7 - 9:30 p.m. UF Health SHands Room 2147 This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and covers topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. The class is $15 to attend. MAY 16

Ninja Jam 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for non-members.


MAY 19

Ninja Jam 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $15.75 for members to $19 for non-members. MAY 20

High Springs Music in the Park 2 - 4 p.m. James Paul Park This concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. MAY 28

Memorial Day Alachua County Public Schools Closed

Thanks to all of our amazing patients, we’ve outgrown our current offices! We’re building a state-of-the-art facility with a free-standing birth center. Along with the new location, we’re also getting a new name, Comprehensive Women’s Health. We’ll still have the same great doctors, midwives, and staff that you’ve come to know and love and we’ll have even more great services just for you at our new location just off 43rd Street and Newberry Road.

To find out more about our growth and services, log onto or call 352-332-7222.

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Five Local Mompreneurs, Planning a Baby Sprinkle, Dressing the Bump, Creating a Modern Nursery, Tantrum-Free Travel

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