August 30, 2019

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN CUCUMBER COOLER INGREDIENTS • 2 granny smith apples • 5 stocks of celery • ⅓ of a cucumber • 5 splashes of […]
August 30, 2019

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS! Transitioning from summer into a new school year can be tough for kids. Establishing a different routine can be difficult, and […]
August 30, 2019

DIVE INTO SUMMER READING SUCCESS

Diving Into Summer Reading Success! WORDS: Jessica Schubick John and Amanda Horne, owners of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, launched the Dive Into Reading program in the […]
August 30, 2019

NO CHILD SHOULD GRIEVE ALONE

No Child Should Grieve Alone… The sights and smells of summer on the Suncoast are in full effect. But for some children and families, bronzing sunshine, […]
August 30, 2019

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton The bustle of Dr. Michael Mackie’s morning had already roared into full […]
August 13, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: ANA RODRIGUEZ Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown (Birth to 3) This unique bedtime story takes place Bunny’s room where he […]
August 13, 2019

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD…. WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Many of us have memories of the enjoyment of reading with […]
August 13, 2019

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME… WORDS: www.consumersafety.org Your baby will spend many hours in their nursery, so it’s important to make this space as safe as […]
August 13, 2019

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Nine local students are heading to the prestigious World Finals of the F1 in Schools competition, […]
July 26, 2019

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Wendy Dewhurst With hearts fluttering to a drumbeat of exciting new beginnings and every item they owned, […]
July 26, 2019

SETTING THE PACE…

Setting the Pace for a SUCCESSFUL and More CONFIDENT School Year! The new school year will bring many challenges for children as they get used to […]
June 4, 2019

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS…. Words: Cynthia Saunders (Manatee Schools Superintendent) The 2018-2019 school year in Manatee County was one of transition, challenges, and hard work at […]
June 4, 2019

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL!

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL! WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick When families have questions or concerns about their child’s development or behavior, they may not know […]
June 4, 2019

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER!

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER! WORDS: Jessica Anderson With summer upon us, Manatee County Schools Food and Nutrition Services is again preparing to feed students across […]
June 4, 2019

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Château 13 Restaurant & Wine Bar, a hip, new European-style restaurant and wine bar in […]
June 4, 2019

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT!

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT! WORDS: Merab-Michal Favorite Imagine if being sent to the corner, or to time out, was less of a punishment and more […]
June 4, 2019

THE POWER OF CREATION

THE POWER OF CREATION WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton Bold hues of orange, blue, red, and yellow sweep through McKenzie Ware’s coveted sketchbook, filling […]
May 15, 2019

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON… WORDS: ALISON BERGMANN, M.S., C.P.P. – PROJECT DIRECTOR OF DRUG FREE MANATEE As parents, we talk to our kids about health and […]
May 15, 2019

STRONGER TOGETHER

STRONGER TOGETHER… WRC of Manatee and Sarasota join forces to empower local women. WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been […]
May 15, 2019

HUNGRY FOR A CHANGE

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE… Feeding Tampa Bay is changing lives one meal at a time. WORDS: Amy Bell Across the Tampa Bay area, hundreds of thousands of […]
May 15, 2019

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR… How Sharon Otis has helped children and families for over 50 years. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Dr. Sharon Otis has devoted her […]
May 15, 2019

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER… With summer right around the corner, students are getting ready to ditch books and tests for beaches and travel. Most […]
May 15, 2019

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS…

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS… Manatee County School District get ready to open three new schools. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick The Manatee County School District is growing! Jane […]
April 25, 2019

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY! I appreciate handmade presents for Mother’s Day – and I especially love the expression on my kids’ faces as I […]
April 25, 2019

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/08/edible-obsession-gummy-bear-popsicles/ INGREDIENTS     Popsicle molds     Popsicle sticks    Orange juice    Gummy bears PREPARATION 1. Drop a few gummy bears into your Popsicle mold. We […]
April 24, 2019

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT!

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT! WORDS: Niki Richards When your child struggles meeting developmental milestones, having a support system and a team of highly skilled therapists on […]
April 24, 2019

ON A ROLL…

ON A ROLL… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton As usual, JPAN Sushi & Grill was bustling on a recent weekend night. Couples on dates, groups […]
April 24, 2019

THE WRITING WARRIOR…

THE WRITING WARRIOR… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton E’yannie Gomez loves to write – she always has. In fourth grade at Samoset Elementary School in […]
April 24, 2019

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE!

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE! WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the morning school bell threatened to ring at Stewart Elementary recently, Dwayne Riedel peered […]
March 21, 2019

COME SEA WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!

COME SEA WHAT YOU’RE MISSING! MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF FOOD, FUN, AND ENTERTAINMENT…. WORDS: Jessica Schubick Are you ready for the Heintz & Becker DeSoto […]
March 21, 2019

PREVENTING SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Preventing School Violence WORDS: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx When students go to school each day, they are surrounded by experiences, emotions, opinions, and knowledge of current events […]
March 21, 2019

FINDING THE RIGHT FAMILY BLEND…

FINDING THE RIGHT FAMILY BLEND…. WORDS: Lauren Gould When the school year is coming to an end, and it’s time to start planning those summer breaks, […]
March 21, 2019

CHICAGO ROOTS…

CHICAGO ROOTS… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria offers exactly what its name claims – which is great news […]
March 21, 2019

BINOCULAR WHAT?

Binocular What? WORDS: Dr. Paige G. Laudicina Kids spend much of their time in school, so I wanted to put out a reminder on the importance […]
March 21, 2019

YOGA CAN MEET THE NEEDS

YOGA CAN MEET THE NEEDS… WORDS: Cheryl Albright Over 251 million families in the United States are caring for someone with special needs or a disability. […]
March 20, 2019

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY!

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY! WORDS: Kerry Gaylord It can be very confusing these days to figure out what is the safest way for your child to […]
March 20, 2019

SUMMER OUTDOOR SAFETY

SUMMER OUTDOOR SAFETY WORDS: Bridget Stack from WWW.CONSUMERSAFETY.ORG Children and babies are curious, a good trait that should be encouraged and guided in the right direction. […]
March 20, 2019

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Heart-Shaped Egg-in-the-Nest INGREDIENTS Favorite type of bread Eggs A heart-shaped cookie cutter PREPARATION Use the cookie cutter to cut a heart out […]
March 20, 2019

KIDS & ANXIETY…

KIDS & ANXIETY… WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S affecting nearly one third […]
March 20, 2019

HIGH FIVE FOR SUMMER CAMP!

HIGH FIVE FOR SUMMER CAMP! WORDS:  Vince Colonneso School will be out before you know it, and it’s important to go ahead and start to plan […]
February 12, 2019

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION… WORDS: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx According to Florida Senator Gayle Harrell, “Reading is the most important skill that our students must […]
February 12, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: Ana Rodriguez I LOVE YOU AS BIG AS THE WORLD By: David Van Buren (Birth to 3) This story about LOVE is perfect for teaching babies and toddlers […]
February 11, 2019

PARENTS GUIDE TO GAMING

PARENTS GUIDE TO GAMING WORDS: Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Video games are popular with both kids and adults. A typical American child will […]
February 11, 2019

LOOK INSIDE THE N.E.S.T.

LOOK INSIDE THE N.E.S.T. WORDS: Peggy Kronus On any given day, you can visit the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology – commonly known […]
February 11, 2019

TRIPLE THREAT

TRIPLE THREAT WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton On a recent Saturday, parents Kris and Meg Flammang watched a soccer game intently. Neither sat. Kris paced […]
February 11, 2019

MORE THAN JUST GREAT SHAKES…

MORE THAN JUST GREAT SHAKES… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton In the three-and-a-half years it’s been open, Ellenton’s Shake Station has made a name for […]