DIYers get ready! This weekend marks the return of one of the season’s most exciting events – The Orlando Home Show! This three-day (October 4-6 ) home improvement extravaganza takes place at the Orange County Convention Center and is...
by Kim Hays former OMB contributor If the great outdoors isn't really your thing, but you want your children to grow up with a better relationship with Mother Nature than you have, then Trimble Park, a 40-minute-trip from downtown Orlando is...
I’ve always felt a certain kinship with Captain Hook. While a mean and menacing man, he and I have something in common—the tick-tock of a clock is most unpleasant. Which is why I’ve always been relieved that my biological...
Are you new to the Orlando area and looking for an OB/GYN? Perhaps you moved across town or are looking for a doctor who will better meet your needs? Look no further than the Fall 2013 issue of Babyourself...
I almost didn’t write a birth plan, but after much convincing from my doula, sat down to write what goals I wanted for the birth of our daughter. I'd heard a lot about the ineffectiveness of most birth plans...
Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite musicals. It is the story of Tevye, a father of five daughters, who sings about his family and the importance of their traditions. “Who must know the way to make...
Looking for some healthy, weatherproof fun for your kids? Look no further than My Gym! When it comes to capturing the interest of active toddlers and teens (and parents too!), My Gym Lake Mary and My Gym Maitland are...
It's a new school year. You've met the teacher and might have already had Open House at your kids' school, now what? Becoming a partner in education goes beyond becoming the PTA president. As a public school teacher and...
When I was pregnant with my (now 20-month-old) son, I had grand plans of exclusively cloth diapering. Saving money, helping out the environment, and my baby looking so darn adorable in a t-shirt and diaper -- it seemed like...
Remember those days when you were “child free” and life was just, different (carefree some might say)?! I can distinctly recall the day when the first couple in my and my husband’s circle of friends announced they were expecting...
These days, it’s rare to find educational and entertaining activities that appeal to a wide range of ages, but Green Meadows Petting Farm delivers in the form of good, old fashioned family fun. Ideal for a day outing off...

Have Toddler, Will Travel!

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Does the idea of traveling with a very small child give you anxiety? As a new mom (I have a 13 month old toddler) and being 24 weeks preggo with another baby, the idea of traveling to the grocery...
Have you ever made a book come to life? We did! And it happens to be on this year's Sunshine State Young Readers book list, so parents of 3rd - 5th graders in particular might find inspiration in the...
For many of us, September 11 is a "where were you" moment of our generation, and is perhaps one of the hardest dates to explain to a small child. Last year, as I was watching the news coverage, my daughter asked me...
Last week our awesome team of contributors gathered for group photos in the iconic Lake Eola Park. With its famous fountain, swan boats, and towering buildings, this Central Florida landmark represents the heart of Orlando. It was the first time...

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The guide to the BEST ice cream in Central Florida!

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National Ice Cream Day is July 18th and that means it's time to to try the BEST ice cream in Central Florida! We polled our...
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