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Goldfish Swim School in Fort Washington #RealMomBigGIVE

Many MANY many MANY MANY years ago I was a lifeguard.  Why yes.  I was in charge of hundreds of people for over seven years of my younger me life.  I was in charge of their LIFE.  Their SAFETY.  Their ability to SURVIVE in water.

Sounds kind of insane when you think about it, doesn't it?  I was actually the 'HEAD Lifeguard' in college and taught water aerobics for all those years with elderly.  So needless to say, even though I was never on a swim team, I was one heck of a lifesaver.

So it was an obvious concern in motherhood that my own children HAVE to know to swim.  Not just because it's a sport or an after school extra curricular activity.  But because it means LIFE OR DEATH!!!  Seriously, not meaning to be a holiday-buzz kill - but let's face it you all - water is DANGEROUS for children!  It doesn't matter if you live near the ocean or Alaska, every human being should know such an important life saving skill as knowing how to swim to safety! 

I mean, think about it.  Soccer, flag football, music class...do THEY have the potential of saving your precious cargo lives?  Not that I know of!  But knowing how to swim?  One of those life skills that no one should ever miss.  

My neighbor had been talking about this really great swim school in Ft Washington all summer.  And again, my mind kept coming back to the major need to get my kids in the water to swim!  I knew that even though I probably taught 1,000 kids how to swim in my lifetime, I could not be the only resource my kids have to swimming.  So when I heard about Goldfish it kept ringing in my ears with my neighbor and the summertime.  Fast forward to this past September and the stars aligned!  We joined the swim school!

The best part of Goldfish can't even be explained until you set foot in the facility.  

Let me just put it this way... IT IS IN AN OFFICE BUILDING!  lol Seriously.  They gutted an office building, put a pool in it (with OTHER office buildings STILL in the building by the way) and ROCKED the cuteness of this place!  I love that when it's cold outside, it's warm and tropical inside Goldfish School!

The water is warm.  ALL the TIME.  

The teachers are beyond adorable.  They are truly in love with the students and with a class like Hudson's the parents as well!  I take the class with him and LOVE how sweet it is. I really want to do a video IN the water with him.  Maybe I'll do that next time for sure.  

I can't tell you what a great place this is for kids in Philly.  They are popping up all over too.  Chicago, Michigan, you name it.  There is no better gift this holiday season than teaching your kids to swim!

HUDSON LOVES GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL!

You think he LIKES this place!!!?? Hudson LOVES @goldfishswimschool in Ft Washington!!! #Philly #RealMomGiftGuide

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AND LOTS OF TIMES I POPPED ON PERISCOPE TO TALK ABOUT MEG AND THE FUN THEY HAVE.  GET A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE SCHOOL!\

BE SURE TO VISIT OUR GIVEAWAY IN THE 2015 GIFT GUIDE TAB AT REAL MOM MEDIA!  

#RealMomGiftGuide Secret Scooter Santa on Fox 29

#RealMomGiftGuide Secret Scooter Santa on Fox 29

TRUE MOTHERHOOD STORIES:

Giving Gets Good with Jennaphr Frederick

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I'm definitely feeling under the weather today.  It's really a bummer because I have so much work to do.... So, if you're reading this - and I owe you an email, phone call, report, facebook message, text, or anything else...I have a GREAT excuse.  In fact, SANTA himSELF has pardoned me for being behind.  

Why?  Cause he hired me to be a messenger for him.  

I didn't realize how much work he WANTED from me...shew....but, it's SANTA.  And since I've asked him personally for a new car this year - I best do as I'm told.  

Today was the big GIVE - BIG BIG GIVE to a warm and deserving family!  And this year, Jennaphr Frederick said she wanted to join me when I do the Secret Scooter Santa Drop!

I feel like I can honestly say that I've gotten to know Jennaphr Fred. from Fox 29 pretty well the past years.  I've had an amazing opportunity to be on her show and she's continued to ask me back again & again!  It's a blessing to be able to strap my UGGS back on and step back into the 'limelight' of what I did for 20 years.  Radio & TV were my first drives.  Then came motherhood.  And within this time of motherhood - there has been some really awful experiences & I vowed never to return to radio again. lol 

Hence, I haven't done that - but I have been extremely blessed to have unique opportunities in tv.  One is with Jenn.  I don't know how I convinced her to have me on the first place - but SHE DID.  And I've been obsessed with her ever since. hahaha

Ok, no - I don't stalk JennFred.  But I do love to hang out with her!  She's really freaking hysterical.  What you see is what you get with her.  She's got a great heart too.  **SIDE NOTE** I can't wait to share with you a new feature I'm doing in 2015 that Jenn is kicking it off with me.  You'll love it as it's an inside look on the hearts of some of my favorite moms.  From celebs to neighbors & anyone I can get to come over that week.....lol...  In the MomCave...coming soon to my YouTube Channel!

In the meantime, my 2nd annual Secret Scooter Santa Drop with Razor was this morning!!!  I WAS SOOO HAPPY! Not because I got to see Jenn although I always love seeing her - but because this GREAT GRANDMA got rocked with Razor (& some other random yet amazing toys I had left from the Kisses for Kyle Event.)  -----> Speaking of Kisses for Kyle!!  That recap is well on its way!  AND a video I had produced too!  So I promise that will be worth the wait. 

In the meantime, watch - share - and be sure to register for our contest!!

GREAT GRANDMAS GOODIES FROM RAZOR

Wild StylePower Wings, A5, Mixi & Crazy Cart!

The breakdown - Power Wings - AWESOME for moms (and great grandmoms).  The Crazy Cart?  I LOVE it - but I'm a nut about making sure it's with older kids.  The younger ones are just so fragile!  Besides, Razor says NINE and UP!  

Mixi is adorable.  The A5 is a classic.  And Wild Style is wild with style!

 

DISCLOSURE:  Razor did not provide compensation for this appearance.  However, for the past two year Razor offered me up scooters to families.  It was THEIR idea and there was no strings attached.  That's a testament of what kind of company they are!  And hopefully the fact that I take the great products I get and GIVE them away is a testament to who I am and what Real Mom Media stands for as well.  Happy Holidays to you and your families!


Rooibee Roo, Blogger Bash, and You! Instagram Contest

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We are SOOO mega excited to share that we have partnered with an amazing kids drink that is taking the kid-drinking-nation-by-storm!

Real Mom Media & Rooibee Red Tea are working together to share the Rooibee Roo message to families all over the country.  If you care about the sugar and gunk in so many other kids' drinks, you are really going to love the new line from Rooibee Red Tea, Rooibee Roo. 

 

Rooibee Red Tea recently launched their new line of teas just for kids. Who says teas are just for grown ups anyway? Rooibee Roo is uniquely delicious, wildly nutritious & just for kids! Discover what all the roaring, whooping & hollering is all about! 

Rooibee Roo is made from South African Rooibos Red Tea and has lower sugar than other kids beverages. Their certified USDA Organic, all natural teas rich in antioxidants, naturally caffeine-free, gluten-free and contains a full serving of Vitamin C.  And they taste amazing!  

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Rooibee Roo comes in a kid-size friendly BPA-free plastic bottle that is 8 ounces vs. the 12 ounce parent bottle. With only 12 grams of organic cane sugar and less than 60 calories a serving, it is within school nutrition guidelines.

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Rooibee Roo is excited to be at Blogger Bash this July in New York City and they want you to be there too!  Rooibee Red Tea wants to send one blogger as their official Ambassador to Blogger Bash.

So how can that be you?

Create an Instagram video with your child(ren) sharing the Rooibee Roo cheer!

“Give me a R-O-O-I-B-E-E! Made from South African Rooibos just for you and me!”
Make sure you tag your Instagram video with the hashtag #RooibeeRoo

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The contest will run through June 12, 2014 and the winner will be announced onJune 13, 2014. One winner will receive a VIP ticket to Blogger Bash NYC (valued at $250) along with a $500 travel stipend to attend the event.

2014 #RooibeeRoo & You Blogger Bash Giveaway {Full Contest Rules}

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY OR PAYMENT.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Scooby Doo LIVE *GIVEAWAY*

Scooby-Dooby is coming to the Tower Theater on Sunday May 18 at 2 pm & 8 pm. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery!!

It appears a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are off in the Mystery Machine to solve it!

Filled with wacky new characters and hilarious antics, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries has young audiences on the edge of their seats the moment the lights go down.

 

 

 

 

Wanna see the show?  Here are the deets:

Ticket are on sale now! Purchase your tickets through LiveNation.

Scooby Doo Live!

Tower Theater

Sunday, May 18th 2014

Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

One lucky Real Mom Media reader will win a family four pack to see the show!

 

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