Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat

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Disclosure- We received cruise admission on the Key Largo Princess in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.  20160720_133945Last week my family and I went to Islamorada in the Florida Keys for a few days. I was looking for a fun adventure and I found the Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat. The Key Largo Princess sails 3 times daily (10am, 1pm, 4pm) from Key Largo Holiday Inn through coral reefs in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. It’s a great way to see lots of fish, sharks, coral, and other sea life while staying dry.
P1260211When we first got on board the boat we went into the air conditioned salon where the glass bottom is to cool off for a bit because it was so hot outside. Once we began to sail my husband and older daughter decided to stay below and relax in the A/C while my daughter and I went up on deck to the front of the boat to enjoy the breezes and beautiful ocean view. 20160720_130950It was so gorgeous and relaxing. Here are some of the houses, boats, and more that we saw while we sailed to the reef.

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P1260222I think this is my favorite view: 20160720_132354The boat is 70 feet and holds 129 passengers. It has a bar on deck that serves sandwiches, snack, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for the adults. We had already eaten lunch so we didn’t get anything from the snack bar but other passengers looked happy with their purchases. The staff was really friendly and informative.P1260240
P1260242The ride out to the reef is about 45 minutes. Once we arrived on the reef we all went down to the glass bottom salon part of the boat. Viewing windows of the glass bottom total 280 square feet in area. The crew was so knowledgeable of all of the marine life we were seeing. 20160720_135730The staff made sure to point out the marine life and give us great information on everything we were seeing. It was so cool to see various types of coral, fish, rays, and sharks right below us. The kids had fun dangling their feet over the railing as we all sat on the floor watching the sea life go by. We saw a nurse shark right under the boat. It would have been the perfect picture but unfortunately my camera closed when I clicked to take a picture. I was so bummed!

128_519016624548_2864_nThe trip around the reef lasted about 30 minutes before we sailed back to dock. Once again I went up on deck to enjoy the outside view and breeze as we sailed back.
20160720_144648The cruise was so much fun and a great taste of the underwater beauty of Florida but I want to mention that if you get sea sick, this might not be the activity for you. Unfortunately my husband got sea sick about half way through the trip. The crew was really helpful coming around with cups of ice water for anyone that wasn’t feeling well. If you usually get sea sick I suggest bringing along some sea sick preventative. My girls and I didn’t have any problems with being sea sick and really enjoyed the cruise.
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Swashbuckling Fun on the Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Bluefoot Pirate AdventuresThere are many hidden treasures in South Florida and we recently discovered one. Last weekend my family and I went on a Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures children’s pirate cruise around the Intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale. When you first pull up to the dock the first thing you’ll notice is the big black and yellow ship flying a pirate flag. Upon arriving at the dock children can get their face painted and don pirate gear. The face painting is included in the price of the cruise and children can borrow a pirate themed vest to wear for the duration of the cruise. Want to get even more dressed for the part of pirate? For $7.50 you can purchase a Junior Pirate Pack which includes a plastic sword, eye patch, and pink or black bandana. They also have other goodies for sale.20160723_145508 My girls are almost 11 and 13 which, in my opinion is a little past the target age range for this adventure so they were too embarrassed to get their faces painted and dress up like pirates. TWEENS! I think the experience is perfect for pirates 10 and under. My girls might not have wanted to become pirates but that didn’t stop my husband form joining in the fun and getting his face painted.
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Once we got on the ship the 1st Mate taught the little pirates the parts of the ship and some pirate speak as well as an enchanting tale of stole treasure. Meanwhile the adults got comfortable in the back of the ship while enjoying the cool breezes and the tales told by the captain of the history of many of the gorgeous houses that are passed along the voyage. It was very cloudy when we sailed so I didn’t need to put sunscreen on my girls but the kids do sit in the front of the ship where it is uncovered so make sure to bring sunscreen with you. If you get thirsty they do have water available for sale so bring a little cash with you.

My girls felt that they were too old to participate in all the pirate adventure but they both enjoyed cruising down the Intercoastal and looking at the beautiful houses and other boats along the way. I wish I had taken them on this adventure when they were younger. I know they would have really enjoyed it as much as all the young kids who were on our cruise did.


The expressions on the little faces when the “villain” Barnacle Bill sailed past us were priceless. They all got into character and were so excited to shoot the water cannons at Barnacle Bill to defeat him and get the treasure. My younger daughter stopped being a “too old tween” for a moment and had fun shooting the water cannon, too. 😉
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The 1st Mate gives a thumbs up as Barnacle Bill surrenders to the little pirates.20160723_153619Once the special key is discovered, the treasure chest is opened to reveal the booty! Each child gets a baggie of booty (plastic coins and gems) to take home with them and a certificate to remember their adventure.
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Even with my girls thinking they were too old, in the end they both admitted to having fun and we all enjoyed the cruise. As an added bonus when you go on the Bluefoot Pirate Adventure you can park by the Bahia Mar hotel for just $5 for the whole day. We took advantage of this and brought our beach gear with us. When we got off the pirate ship we were able to walk across the street and enjoy Ft. Lauderdale beach!

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Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures also does birthday parties and they have a special coupon right now. Get $50 Off a Booked Birthday Party with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Florida!

Make sure to grab this coupon, too- BOGO Deal for Tuesdays and Thursdays – Buy one get one 50% off!!!

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Everglades Holiday Park #GatorBoys #evergladesholidaypark 

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Looking for a little adventure in South Florida? Check out Everglades Holiday Park. Glide across the River of Grass in a state-of-the-art airboat before taking in an alligator presentation performed by the Gator Boys from Animal Planet’s hit TV series, where you’ll learn all about the American alligator. Included with your adventure is 1 free group photo to remember your fun-filled day. Everglades Holiday Park has endless options for continued fun, including animal encounters, fishing, bike trails and more!

Right now you can SAVE $4 Off Adult and $2 Off Child Airboat Tour, Gator Presentation & FREE Group Photo Ticket Click here to get the coupon——->Everglades Holiday Park.


There’s Only One Everglades, and Only One Way to See it! My girls and I are so excited that we’ll be going to Everglades Holiday Park in a few weeks. Follow along as we go on an airboat ride, check out the wildlife and more! Keep an eye out for that post coming soon!

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  • Tours are 60 minutes in length, departing every 20 minutes.
  • Last boat (with gator show before tour) departs at 4:40PM SHARP
  • Last boat (without gator show) departs at 5:00PM SHARP

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City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City Program

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4 740x300 MPA Summer in the City MPA Web BannerThe City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City series promises a line-up of great concerts, movies and events through Friday, August 19 at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater at 590 Plaza Real.
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“We are celebrating Summer in the City with a line-up of favorite tribute bands to attract music lovers of every era,” said Amy DiNorscio, Amphitheater manager for the City of Boca Raton.  “Added to the series are two free family movie nights, exciting ticketed concerts by Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Mendes, and Flight of the Conchords, a ticketed 80s themed event night featuring the movie Sixteen Candles, and of course, performances by our own Florida Atlantic University Orchestra and Symphonia Boca Raton.”

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rewind logoJune 3              6:30 p.m.         Rewind:  80’s movie night featuring live music and Sixteen Candles (ticketed)

MPA web Summer in the City Logo NavyJune 10            7:30 p.m.         Summer Enchanted Evening with the Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia Strings and violin soloist Mei Mei Luo will delight with movements from Serenades by masters such as Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Dvorak and Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nacht Music.  In addition, works by Aaron Copeland, Leroy Anderson and Strauss & Radetzky will be in the mix. 

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June 17            7:30 p.m.         Turnstiles – Billy Joel tribute (free)

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compressedwebJune 21            5 p.m.              International Yoga Day Event (ticketed)

June 24            7:30 p.m.         Zoso – Led Zeppelin tribute (free)

July 8               8:00 p.m.         Minions Movie (free)

photo3July 15             7:30 p.m.         Shawn Mendes (ticketed)

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July 22             7:30 p.m.         Stardust Memories – The David Bowie Tribute (free)

July 29             7:30 p.m.         Ruffhouse – Bob Marley tribute (free)

August 5         8:00 p.m.         Star Wars:  The Force Awakens (free)

August 12       7:30 p.m.         The Long Run – Eagles tribute (free)

August 19       7:30 p.m.         Symphonia Sizzles – Symphonia Boca Raton (free)

The Symphonia will dazzle with popular favorites that will delight those of all ages.  The eclectic program will feature a brilliant solo performance by conductor and trumpeter Jeff Kaye.

Tribute concert attendees ages 21 and over can sample a variety of craft beers, learn how to make brews and meet experts from Hollywood Brewery at the Beer Garden starting at 6:30 p.m.

For all free events, blankets and chairs are welcome, but for your convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.  Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue.   No outside food or beverages are allowed.  All shows are rain or shine.

For more information visit www.mizneramp.com For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.
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SILVERSPOT CINEMA LAUNCHES “MOMMY’S MORNING MOVIES” EVERY THURSDAY FOR THE FIRST SHOW OF THE DAY

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movies-5When my girls were babies one of the local theaters had a special program for moms with babies so they could see new movies while being able to bring their babies with them. The program was cancelled but I am so excited to share with you that there is a new similar program at Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek at 4441 Lyons Road. They launched “Mommy’s Morning Movies,” a special program geared to moms with babies and tots, with meet ups for the first show of the day each Thursday starting Thursday, May 26.

Movie tickets are $7 per person.  Children ages one and under are free.

Moms will be able to select a film for the group the Monday prior to that week’s meet-up.

“This fun program will provide moms with the opportunity to watch a film amongst other moms and young children,” said Randi Emerman, vice president of marketing for Silverspot.  “Moms can enjoy a first run film they’ve been wanting to see or a fun film for the little ones.”

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Tips to Combat Heat Stroke and Sunburn

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With the extreme heat in Florida, preventing heat stroke and sunburn is such an important subject. Please take a moment to read these tips and also check out more information on FoundCare Heat Safety.
 Dr. Katina Bonaparte
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Friday, May 27th kicks off the Memorial Day weekend holiday, but it’s also National Heat Safety Awareness Day, a time when Florida residents need to be particularly aware of the dangers present when enjoying the beach, barbecues and other outdoor activities.
Dr. Katina Bonaparte, Medical Director at FoundCare’s Federally Qualified Health Center in West Palm Beach, says prevention is the best way to stay safe and have fun over Memorial Day weekend and all summer long. Following are some of her best practices and tips for preventing heat stroke and sunburn:
Heat stroke: Heat stroke is the last stage of overheating, which can start with cramps and then become heat exhaustion. Symptoms to watch for include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
The best ways to prevent heat stroke include:
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the middle of the day, when temperatures are highest
  • Hydrate frequently with water and sports drinks to replace electrolytes, and supervise children to make sure they do the same
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing
  • Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine when outside, as these accelerate dehydration
  • Never leave children or pets in cars, even for a minute (Dr. Bonaparte suggests leaving a baby bottle or diaper bag in the front of the car as an extra visual reminder that a child is in the back seat.)
If you think you or someone else is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately, seek shelter inside an air-conditioned building or in the shade, apply ice wrapped in a towel or article of clothing to armpits or neck, hydrate with water or a sports drink and spray the skin with cool water and sit in front of a fan.
Sunburn: “There’s strong evidence linking sun exposure to skin aging and skin cancer, so it’s important to use sunscreen every day in Florida,” said Dr. Bonaparte. However, spending extra time outdoors at the beach or enjoying other summer activities means adding a few extra steps:
  • Make sure to use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher, that is also labeled “broad spectrum” to protect against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas 30 minutes before you go out and then every two hours. “Even though a lot of sunscreens say they’re ‘water-resistant,’ you should reapply if you’ve been in the water,” Dr. Bonaparte explained.
“Prevention is the key to enjoying a safe and fun summer,” summarized Dr. Bonaparte. “We all have very busy lives and we’re constantly multitasking. So the trick is to practice a few basic prevention tactics to prepare yourself and your children for the summer ahead.”
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FoundCare, Inc. is a non-profit health care provider located in Palm Beach County. The organization operates a Federally Qualified Health Center that offers pediatrics, family practice, chronic disease management, behavioral health counseling, laboratory work, X-rays and dentistry, as well as an on-site pharmacy. FoundCare accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale. FoundCare’s hours are Monday and Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 8 pm; and Saturday 8 am to 1 pm. For more information call 561-HEALTHY (561-432-5849) or visit www.foundcare.org.
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Family Fun at Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Check out Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures children’s pirate cruise in Fort Lauderdale. It’s where children and adults alike, come to experience the magic of a pirate cruise sailing in South Florida in search of treasure. My girls and I are excited to be sailing with the pirates later this summer. 


Come on a Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures voyage as we take everyone into a world of treasure hunts and battles on the high seas!

Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures also does birthday parties and they have a special coupon right now. Get $50 Off a Booked Birthday Party with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Florida!

Make sure to grab this coupon, too- BOGO Deal for Tuesdays and Thursdays – Buy one get one 50% off!!!

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Fused Glass Art Classes for Kids in Boca Raton at BANG Glass

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11143343_808900262541772_7611047412153163383_o (1)Last week my girls had the opportunity to take a class and create their own fused glass masterpieces at BANG Glass, a new fused glass art studio in Boca Raton, FL.  BANG Glass classes are taught by BANG Glass designer and instructor, Scott Avidon, a graduate of Pratt Institute with more than 15 years of experience in the industry working with such brands as Steuben, Bvlgari, Waterford, Kenneth Cole and Versace.  That’s A LOT of experience so he knows what he’s talking about.  My girls loved learning all about fused glass making from Scott.  20150728_102235 (1024x576)He showed the class examples of things he had made as well as examples made by other children.  20150728_102253 (1024x576)We all toured his studio where we learned how glass is broken, polished with a special machine, and also how it is melted in a kiln.  20150728_103309 (1024x576)The kids were all fascinated and asked Scott lots of questions.

I had always been afraid of my girls doing fused glass art because was worried that they would get burned.  That was probably not the best assumption on my part.  I guess I had always pictured it being something like the glass artists that make the glass figures at Disney and I thought there was flame involved.   You know what they say about assuming……so I want to make sure other parents knew exactly what this fun art style involves.  The kids get no where near the hot glass.  To create the fused glass art the children are given a piece of glass to use as their “canvas” and a bunch of different pieces of glass to create their design with.  20150728_110650 (576x1024)The kids can design their artwork on paper first or just play around right on the piece of glass.

20150728_110717 (576x1024)Once they decide how they want their design to look they use special glue gel to place the small pieces of glass where they will be.  20150728_113601 (576x1024) (2)After the pieces are finished and the children leave, Scott puts the pieces in the kiln, does his magic, and the pieces are ready for to be picked up a few days later.

Here’s what the pieces looked like before they were put in the kiln.

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My kids loved it and are begging to go back!  Are you looking for a unique activity for the kids before school starts?  BANG Glass is offering classes for children ages 8 and up on August 4, 6, 11 & 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. BANG Glass art studio and showroom located at 2600 N.W. 1st Avenue in Boca Raton.

The cost is $35 per child, per class and includes up to two completed projects that will be ready for pick up in a week’s time.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.   Space is limited so reserve your space, call 561-430-5179 or email scott@bangglass.com.

bang glass2Adults can get in on the action, too!  BANG glass offers three-hour classes for adults for $65 throughout the week for beginners as well as professional artists, where you can create a project such as a custom glass tray or bowl.  I can’t wait to make something myself, too!

bang glassBANG Glass also produces custom fused glass dinnerware, bars, tables, sinks wall panels and lighting fixtures.  Scott does some amazing work so if you are looking for some fused glass for your home or office, check it it out.  For more information and class schedule, visit www.bangglass.com.

Disclosure- We received a free class to facilitate our review but all opinions are 100% our own.

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JetBlue to Donate 100,000 Books With Soar With Reading Program

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Last week my girls attended a special Soar With Reading event at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  We had the opportunity to meet Author Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the beloved Magic Tree House series.  Ms. Osborne is the reason many of my friends’ children found a love a reading so meeting her was an honor.  
DSC_0104 (681x1024)We were treated to a special reading by Mary Pope Osborne of her new book, Shadow of the Shark as well as a performance from Jack and Annie, the lead characters from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House book series.  The room was packed with children (and parents) on the edge of their seats listening to Ms. Osborne, and then Jack and Annie.  DSC_0110 (1024x681)My girls enjoyed the show and were so excited to talk with Ms. Osborne after the show.  Both of my girls are avid readers so this was especially special for them.  DSC_0146 (1024x681)Make sure to click here to download the FREE Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure.
DSC_0143 (1024x681)The Soar With Reading program is a joint project with JetBlue Airlines.  JetBlue Airlines will be donating 100,000 children’s books to children in need.  Soar with Reading places age-appropriate books in the hands of children in underserved areas while also encouraging children’s imaginations to take flight through reading. Residents of Fort Lauderdale will have the chance to bring books to local children in need through the national Soar with Reading #BookBattle. Five cities – Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and New York – are currently competing in the first-ever #BookBattle. The city that receives the most online votes by 
August 31, 2015 will receive 100,000 children books.

PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR CITY TO WIN THE 100,000 BOOKS FROM SOAR WITH READING AND JETBLUE!!!
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Jet Blue and Magic Tree House Present: Soar With Reading on 7/17/15

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My girls and I are so excited to be attending the Museum of Discovery and Science’s Soar with Reading event tomorrow, July 17th in Fort Lauderdale.  Sponsored by JetBlue and Magic Tree House, this event is free with paid museum admission.  This is the fifth annual Soar with Reading program event which is part of a nation-wide tour of the award-winning summer literacy initiative. In honor of its 5th anniversary, Soar with Reading will host a book party featuring Shadow of the Shark, the latest book from best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.  My girls (who LOVE reading) are so excited to be able to meet Mary Pope Osborne!!!!

Here are some of the fun things scheduled that are included with general admission to the museum:

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–          Reading by Mary Pope Osborne of her new book, Shadow of the Shark

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–          Performance from Jack and Annie, the lead characters from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House book series

–          Shark-themed interactive activities such as digging for shark’s teeth beneath a 50’ Megalodon shark inside the Museum’s EcoDiscovery center and creating a shark tooth necklace

Soar with Reading places age-appropriate books in the hands of children in underserved areas while also encouraging children’s imaginations to take flight through reading. Residents of Fort Lauderdale will have the chance to bring books to local children in need through the national Soar with Reading #BookBattle. Five cities – Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and New York – are currently competing in the first-ever #BookBattle. The city that receives the most online votes by August 31, 2015 will receive 100,000 children books.

Join us- July 17 from 12-4 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science  401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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