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We’ve Got Spirit! How ‘Bout You?

                  It’s time. Our countdown over the summer has been dwindling away. September is my energizing month — because college football season kicks off this week!! It doesn’t matter if your entire family is loyal to one team, or if you’re a house divided, it’s always fun to get […]

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Say “Go Gators!”: 5 Tips for Preparing for Your Child’s Photo Session; Special Offer

There’s a certain pride that comes over you when you see your littles in your alma mater or favorite sports team’s colors. Whether you bleed orange and blue or not, make sure to capture the fleeting moments of your child’s first years on film. A professional photographer can capture aspects of your child your smartphone’s […]

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Fun, Free Family Activities in Gainesville and Beyond

This post by guest blogger, Karen Pestrak. Enjoy! Gainesville’s proximity to major theme parks, beaches and shopping provide plenty of great options for family entertainment, but the costs of travel, tickets and souvenirs can add up quickly, taking a chomp out of your little gator’s college fund. Here are a few easy options for family […]

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The (Gator) Writing on the Wall

If you’re looking for some whimsical Gator art to decorate your baby/child’s room, check out these fun ideas to bring a little bit of Gator Nation into their room. There are additional ideas on my Pinterest board too! What style do you prefer for your kid’s room? Vintage/handmade? Or using the licensed Gator head/logo? Go […]

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Grow Gators Diaper Changing Locator

We took a day trip to Gainesville yesterday so I could visit the annual O’Connell Center craft festival. Jesse took Lily for a stroll on campus while Mama shopped. His Daddy/Daughter time quickly turned into “The Great Search: Finding a Place to Change a Diaper on the UF Campus.” He went into several restrooms at […]

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10 Gator Gift Ideas for Babies & Kids

Looking for some great Gator gifts for the holidays? I know I’ve been on the hunt for Lily. We’ve picked up a few items including a toddler-sized Gator chair. However, I am looking forward to the annual O’Connell Center Craft Fair in Gainesville. I always have seen such cute toys there, and now I finally […]

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Taking Baby to The Swamp

We ventured to Gainesville for the Georgia Southern game for Lily’s first visit to the Swamp at 8 months old. Although the game was far from ideal when it comes to football, it was an ideal scenario for baby’s first Gator game: 1. Cool weather 2. Not crowded 3. Not as loud In fact, this […]

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Let’s Grow Gators!

<I feel like I need to say this in the stadium announcer’s voice…> “Welcome to Grow Gators!” I am pumped to launch this blog for all things GATORS, UF and BABIES/KIDS! As a new mama, I’ve been wanting to start a Mom Blog, but it had to have a theme. (I’m big on making things […]