Elaine

Elaine
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A Florida native copywriter and homeschooling mom of two with big dreams of doing simple things with great love. Graduated from UCF with a degree in English Literature, which gave her strong opinions on Jack Kerouac and where to get the best tacos at midnight. Either drinking coffee or a margarita right now. Spends her days learning, creating, exploring, and trying to convince everyone knitting is cool. Often has hands covered in bread flour. Fears living through another low-rise jeans trend.

Fall Kids Craft: Magical Leaves From Melted Crayons

As soon as I flipped the calendar to November, I got that warm feeling: it is really fall! Yes, it has been fall for a while now, but here in Orlando it doesn't quite...

More Than Just the Turkey: Four Traditions for the Best Thanksgiving Ever

Guys. . . it's almost Thanksgiving! I know this holiday can easily be overshadowed by its glitzy bookends Halloween and Christmas, but I truly love the spirit and tradition of gathering around a table...

Little Steps to Throwing an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

I really, really love parties. And that might be an understatement. So when I realized my baby girl would be turning one (I was in denial for a while so it snuck up on...

Easy Ways to Decorate for Fall (Even If The AC Is Still On)

Let's face it, Fall in Florida is still, unfortunately HOT. We are dependent on the calendar to tell when each season begins and ends. The pumpkin spice latte and aisles in Hobby Lobby try to...

Quirky February Holidays for Kids

This might make me sound pretty unfun, but sometimes I just don't know what to do with my kids. Like, they aren't the best conversationalists yet, and there are only so many times that...

2018 Orlando Gift Ideas Holiday Wish List

To help you keep your dollars local and tackle your holiday shopping, we have put together this wish list filled with Orlando gift ideas from some of the best businesses around. Each gift on our list has been hand selected by our contributors and readers as an Orlando must-have, and we just love this year's Orlando gift ideas!

Hello Baby! Pregnancy App & Pregnancy Must-Haves for the Orlando Mama-To-Be

Being pregnant in Florida can feel a little different than other places. This can be a good thing (no need to buy an expensive pregnancy parka) or a less-than-good thing (have you been 40...

Quick! Now Is The Best Time to Sell a Home in Orlando: Tips to...

Everyone has heard that springtime is when you should list your home for sale, but is that just an industry myth? According to HomeLight and their extensive analysis of millions of real estate transactions,...

April Everyday Holidays

April is full of festivities: some yummy, some funny, and some that will remind us all the importance of giving back. These Everyday Holidays will make sure you and your families will have new...

March Everyday Holidays for Kids

We have some really fun holidays coming up in March—and I don't just mean the greenest day of all, St. Patrick's Day on the 17th! We believe that every day should be a holiday,...

5 Tips For the Best Backyard Birthday Bash

We are lucky to live where outdoor parties are almost always a great idea with our year-round mild seasons and sunny skies. This can make planning your kids’ birthday parties a breeze (just be sure to schedule it around the 4:00 pm rain over summer!). Here are our best tips to make your next backyard bash a hit—and easy too!

Lucky To Live in Orlando: Our Craniosynostosis Story

I have never been happier to be an Orlando resident than when my sweet two-week-old baby was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis.  It was a normal day for our new family of four, which of course...

New Classic Kids’ Books

A love for reading is a nonnegotiable in our family. Here are some of the best new classic kids' books that are sure to become a favorite.

Get the Most Out of Your Family Photos

I am a sucker for family photos, and I love how they have changed from when I was a kid. No more awkward, overly-staged positions with white foam pillars in front of a backdrop...

How to Get Your Kids to Love Books

Reading opens up entire new worlds to you, transports you to new places, and lets you live vicariously through someone else. Want to slay a dragon? Track down a thief? Visit the moon? Learn...