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Last Minute Father's Day Ideas

This is your friendly reminder that Father's Day is THIS Sunday, June 21st! ;)

Mama, if your brain is like mush right now, because well, life is crazy these days, it's OK!

You're not alone, life is bananas, but there's still time to put something together for Father's Day and honor your favorite guy. I've got a super easy suggestion as well as some last minute gift ideas that are available for Prime delivery or available in the Target app for Drive-up!

Make simple decorations:

Recruit the kids to make a special Father's Day Banner or poster to make the house feel festive! Wake Dad up with his coffee and surprise him with fun decorations in his honor!

Last minute gift ideas that can make it to you, before Sunday! (Links below, you're welcome)

1. Apple AirPods, upgrade those headphones for his next Zoom call!
2. Cuisinart Grill Set, perfect set for all the grill tools he needs!
3. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA, hilarious book by Jimmy Fallon, perfect for the new Dad!
4. Lightweight Hammock, easy to hang, easy to enjoy!
5. Columbia SPF Tackle Shirt, perfect for the beach or for the next fishing trip!

Whatever you decide to do to honor those special Dads, Grandpas, or Uncles, I hope it's a super sweet day with your families. Happy Father's Day, especially to our amazing Dad, Grandpa & Abuelito! :)

Get Outside & Play | Feature in Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

Hi friends! April has been the longest month ever, am I right?

Before the month comes to a close, I wanted to share a post from Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, April issue with you all!

Along with some fellow mom bloggers & influencers, I was asked to contribute our family's favorite activity for getting outside and having fun! The issue went to print right before things got crazy with COVID-19 and our new normal, but I still wanted to share the feature because there are some really great ideas for when we can enjoy the great outdoors again!

What activity did we share? We shared our love for Eboats Tampa & taking a sunset cruise along the Hillsborough River!

So, even though we can't get outside to enjoy some of these activities just yet... I hope you'll get some inspiration to make plans for when we can enjoy outdoor activities with our families once again!

Check out our friends at eBoats Tampa for their fantastic BOGO deal right now too! Buy one, get one gift cards! We'll be stocking up for our first cruise post-quarantine! To get this special deal, call eBoats Tampa at 813-767-2245!

I was honored to be featured in Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine again! Thank you for the support and encouragement.

To see the full feature & read the April issue online, click here!

Family Activity | The Penpal Project

The Summer that my oldest graduated Pre-K, I planned for him keep in touch with his friends over the Summer with letters back & forth with his classmates, and The Penpal Project was born. He loved getting mail each week from friends and family that Summer. You can read the original post here.

Given the circumstances and the social distancing that we're currently going through, I thought it was a great time to bring this project back!

My kids miss their friends terribly, so in addition to the new FaceTime & Zoom playdates, we started writing letters to our friends & family! Not only does it encourage their friendship while apart, but it gives them a chance to improve their handwriting, practice making complete sentences and learning how to properly address & mail a letter!  Plus, who doesn't love getting mail? 

To help start the conversation for their letters, we came up with some questions to ask. 

What have you been reading? 
What was the last movie you watched? 
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? 
Do you have any favorite games to play? 

I've included the template I designed for you below. Simply click and save the file for your own use! I'd recommend including a blank copy in your envelope for the friend to easily write back. 

I hope this fun activity inspires you & your family to send a good ole fashion note to someone you love or to a friend, just to say hello. 

Hoping you're all keeping healthy & sane, during this time at home.
 I'd love to hear how The Penpal Project is going for you! 

Family Fun | Social Distancing Style

Breaking news from the land of stir-crazy!!!!!

The boys have launched a news channel! ;) You can catch the latest news casts on Instagram, @proseandcompany!

The real reason I'm sharing this on my blog is because the boys wanted to invite their friends to be the reporters from other areas to share the news and what was happening in their own neighborhoods. I was so excited to see their creativity and ideas unfold that I gladly served as the camera-mom!

They got dressed up and found this map we had in a closet, and the rest is history!

So, here's what we're encouraging all of our friends to do:

Make a fun news reporter video for our (pretend news station) Channel 11 Cowabunga News and share them with us! You can share them on Instagram & Facebook by tagging us @proseandcompany or email them to us at proseandcompany@gmail.com!

We can't wait to see the fun & creative things the kids will report back with! We hope this will be a fun thing to do together as a family and an easy way for our kids to connect with their friends during this time of social distancing and maybe even make new friends from a far!

This activity was also so nostalgic for me & the memories I have with my brother & cousins doing the same thing, except with a giant camcorder! We have so many fun memories and laughs making videos, back then we made music videos and talk shows. :)

I hope this fun little project sparks some fun for your family and friends! If you make a video, I hope you'll tag us so we can see your great work!

Hoping you & your family are staying safe & healthy while at home and enjoying this quality tine with one another!

Family Fun | U-Pick Farms

Strawberry season has officially begun in Tampa Bay!

The Strawberry Festival in Plant City kicks off the official start of strawberry season each year & then more fun begins... the start of picking season at many local farms in the area!

Grab the family or some pals, some baskets & plan for a sweet day picking fresh strawberries! Plan to get a little dirty too! :) Also, depending on the farm, you can find additional berries and veggies too!

I'm sharing a few of our favorite farms for strawberry picking this season, but be sure to check with each individual farm for their dates and times for their own u-pick details!

Happy pickin' ☺️

5K Organic Farms in Plant City is a small family-owned organic, urban farm. We love 5K Organic Farms! Did you know that the name '5K' represents the names of the family members of this local farm! Isn't that sweet? You can also find blackberry u-pick here later in the year!

Wish Farms, also in Plant City is a third-generation owned commercial farm, and supports the local farmers in our area with their partnerships of local growers. They also give back to the local community in big ways with their initiatives for hunger relief in our own communities! Wish Farms also hosts many of their U-pick season to benefit local charities. The U-pick dates & time can vary, so be sure to check here for the all the details!

Passion Organics Farm in Thonotosassa, FL is another smaller organic farm, offering 100% Certified Organic strawberries & vegetables too! For more details on their u-pick season, be sure to visit their website here.

Upicktopia in Marsaryktown, FL is just an hour North of Tampa. At Upicktopia, you will find more than just strawberries! Many fruits, veggies and even herbs can be picked here at this family farm! Be sure to check the u-pick details before going, here.

Parksdale Marke a staple in Plant City might not have a u-pick straight from their farms, but they have a great shop & they make the BEST strawberry milkshake around, so I had to put them on the list to visit! If you didn't get your fill of strawberries out in the field, make a plan to stop by Parksdale for an award-winning milkshake on your way out and pick up some local produce too!

Do you have a family favorite you-pick farm? I'd love to update this list with others, so I'd love to hear about your favorite too! Have fun and be sure to wear sunscreen too! ;) Maybe we'll see you out on the farm soon!