I forgot how much fun this was…

   Written By: Melissa Beckley

Recently, EveryDay Moms, hosted a Mommy and Me Mini Golf fun night at Ace Golf in Riverview. I decided to take a break from our moving adventures and join in on the fun. I haven’t played in forever and I forgot how much fun it was! My 6 year old son had a blast, and now wants to stop in every time we drive past Ace Golf off of Boyette in Riverview. The staff was amazing (and even replaced a ball that I had lost because I goofed and started on the wrong hole.) All the kiddos and mommas were having fun!

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Ace Golf also has a wonderful summer program for kids.  They offer a Free bucket of balls per kid for the range or a Free Round of mini golf per kid. Offer runs 1 June 2016-1 August 2016. Ace also has a Brandon location that offers the same summer program.

We were also lucky enough to be able to enjoy delicious food and sweet treats that were kindly donated to EveryDay Mom’s  from our family’s favorite place, PDQ off of Big Bend Rd in Riverview! The chicken tenders and salads, as always, were delicious!!!


We topped off our PDQ with cupcakes that were heavenly and cookies that melted in your mouth from The Sweet Tooth Cakery!! I have a new go to for all my sweet treats! From amazing Cakes to Sweet Treats, I recommend them to everyone!


I love all the events that EveryDay Mom’s hosts. They’re a great way to meet new people and find/support other local businesses that we might not have known about before.

They’re also tons of fun!



An Open Letter to my Child who I had as a Teen

Written By: Regan Burke

Dear daughter,


Yes I was a teen mom. By law I was an adult but in reality, I know now that I basically a big kid. I was responsible when it came to some aspects of life, but still very selfish in other ways. Yes, you were a surprise, but all these years later I know, despite the pros and cons of having you young, you were my destiny.

You’re a teen now. I was so young when I brought you into this world. I had no idea what I was doing. I received scolding, advice, and sometimes pity as I walked around with my round belly and visibly noticeable youth. I wanted to prove that I was wise enough to do be a mother. I thought I made the right decisions for your well-being over the years even though I constantly questioned every single decision I made (as I should have).  There are so many ups and downs to being a young mom from my perspective that you probably have no idea I think about.

For me, there are a couple of points that cause me to worry:

Sometimes I feel nervous meeting your friends’ parents who are usually 10 or more years older than me. I feel scared that they will judge you and our home life because I could pass for your much older sister. That may not be the case, but none the less, it’s a fear of mine. 

Sometimes we relate a little too much… We listen to similar music and share (some) clothes. Am I someone who hasn’t grasped my mid-thirties yet or am I where I am supposed to be? I just don’t know!

I also think there are some pros which you probably would consider cons on your end.

I am not that disconnected with how teenagers operate. Sure, you may fool me from time to time, but as I’ve mentioned, I will always find out the truth. I do recall the “I’m working late”, the “I’m sleeping over at my friend’s house”, and the many other excuses I used to do whatever it was that was really doing that my parents didn’t really seem to question. In short – don’t try me.

Relatability is also a pro in my book. I love some of our conversations. I love that sometimes we really get each other. I hope that because we relate on many levels, you take my advice more seriously than I did my mom’s. Maybe I’m dreaming but it is my hope that you don’t dismiss my relationship advice as I did with my mom.

Through the ups and the downs, I have loved you dearly. We fight just like any other mom and her teenager, but we have a truly deep connection too. Remember always, that even though every decision I have made wasn’t completely sound, I have learned along the way and I have loved the journey. I love you.





Big Hero 6 for Safe Kids

A letter to the fellow mom friends!

Written By: Shantel Linden

After my 6-year-old daughter completed her third triathlon, an overwhelming amount of congratulations was given. So many encouraging words and positive thoughts. I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter. I love running and biking with my daughter because there is a lot of bonding and no money required. We just put on our shoes, after a long day at work or school and just enjoy the moment.

After some of those praises were slights.

My daughter’s competitions are based on age. Triathlon’s consist of swimming, biking and running. This particular race was .25 mile run, 25-yard swim, and a 1-mile bike. The most she competed was a .5 mile run, 50-yard swim, and a 3-mile bike. The average race took about 10 min total. Parents tend to act as if this time trialed races are “too much”, “too fast”, or even “too daring”.

In response to those parents, I don’t know a child who cannot run .25 miles even without training! Second, what child doesn’t love riding their bike. Lastly, at the age of 5 your child should be able to swim one length of a pool for general safety.

I grew up in the 80’s, where biking was a past time. I biked on a daily basis up to ten miles a day in middle school. I would bike around the neighborhood trying to find all the neighborhood kids. It was pretty simple to pick out where everyone was based on the bikes sitting out on the front lawn. No cellphones, no texts, no special coordination or invitation was required. “Play dates” wasn’t even a “thing” then, you just simply played.

So yes, my daughter competes in triathlons amongst her many other interests she dabbles into. One thing I make structured is her exercise routine. What once was a normal past time, running around with your friends, biking to their house and having pool parties is now “structured”. It’s important to me. It’s fun for her. She’s extremely energetic and full of great ideas. When we exercise together, it helps her concentration and it helps us build a relationship we would not otherwise have.

I was reading and article from NPR talking about how kids are less fit today than before. Children are taking 90 seconds longer to run a mile that they did 30 years ago! http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/11/20/246316731/kids-are-less-fit-today-than-you-were-back-then

Another article states how are children couldn’t even compete against their parents at the same age. http://www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/todays-children-less-fit-than-previous-generations-1830.aspx

Safety concerns, OH MY GOODNESS. I get the safety concern push back almost daily. Bumps, bruises, and scraps! HAVE MERCY if someone scraps their knee! Every time my daughter fell off her bike and scraped her knee, I would (make sure she is okay) then congratulate her on her “battle wounds”. Bumps, bruises, and scraps are a part of life. Traveling back in time once again, I did NOT wear helmets and pads when I ran through the puddles with my bike. The boys in the neighborhood would be down in their underwear running over homemade ramps. A lot of girls would be in our bathing suits riding in the rain.

If kids are living in fear in everything they do, I am almost scared what the children of our future will be like? Will everyone be living inside the box, inside their google, inside their apps and tablets? Running is too much! Biking is unsafe, you need to look like Big Hero 6 before getting on your bike, and swimming for a period of time might make your kid too tired.

If you’re reading this article, please ask yourself how much to you care about your child’s health. Do you care about your own? Your lifestyle impacts how your child lives their life. Little toddlers who are fed electronics will grow up in their teenage years doing the same. Don’t be alarmed if they give you push back on why you tried to tell them to get off their phone.

Last but not least, stop the safety umbrella. Yes, of course be safe! But don’t have a checklist of safety guidelines so much that your child is in fear before they even begin! It’s okay to fall, it’s okay to fail!

I will continue to do my exercise routine with my daughter, which just happens to end up being a competitive fun sport for her. I love when she wins, and like when she learns to lose. Not everyone can be winner. Not everyone is going to go through life without scrapes and hiccups. The little things in life are taught in sports when they are young. Somethings are not taught in schools. These are the stepping stones in life. Embrace them.

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Shantel Linden
Owner of Bella Fitness

Back To School Salve

Written By: Leslie Jacobi

The kids are heading back to school soon and you know what that means. . . . germs! It is all too typical that when all the kids get back from their amazing summer vacations, the first couple weeks of school are prime time for germs and colds to rear their ugly heads. I am going to share with you an amazing and very easy salve to make that will protect your child (and household) from getting a cold when school gets back into session.


Miracle Cold Salve

  • 8 cloves organic garlic
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (I like the Trader Joe brand)

1) Peel the 8 cloves and add 1/4 cup coconut oil. Blend mixture in a blender, food processor or with a hand mixer until the cloves are mashed with the oil.

2) Place the oil into a small container and refrigerate until hard

3) When ready for use, take the salve out of the refrigerator and spread a liberal dose onto the child’s chest and soles of their feet. Cover their feet with socks or pajamas so the oil doesn’t get all over the floor. Reapply every 2 hours until cold symptoms subside.


Coconut oil and garlic work so well with colds, because coconut oil has antibacterial properties. The reason we put it on the skin, is that when we ingest it, the acid in our stomach actually breaks down the specific chemical responsible for the oil’s antibacterial property. So, we absorb the oil into the skin and don’t risk breaking down it’s ability to kill bacteria. Garlic is an antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral. It also contains a slew of antioxidants, Vitamin C, sulphur and selenium. We place the salve on the chest, because garlic is a natural expectorant and decongestant. This will help with the sinuses and to get any crud out of the lungs.

For a healthy start to the school year, use this salve every night on your little one to help prevent colds in your household. Your kids may smell like an Italian restaurant, but they will not be sick.




Healthy 4th of July Snacks!

With the 4th of July coming soon that means days off, parents and kids home, special yummy breakfasts, cookouts, parades, fireworks, friends, and family!

It can be tempting to eat and drink all day but there are delicious 4th of July themed snacks you can prepare in advance that are healthier options!

Here are a few you can try and even get the kids to join in on the fun of making them!

4th of July Firework Fruit Kabobs:


What you need: a set of skewers (6-inch bamboo is what I use), watermelon, blueberries, star-shaped cook cutter

Preparation: wash blueberries and sticks, slice watermelon and use star-shaped cookie cutter to make the star shape, slide blueberries onto stick then put watermelon star on top of skewer

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad:



What you need: star-shaped cookie cutter, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries

Preparation: cut watermelon into slices then use star-shaped cookie cutter to make star shapes, mix in bowl with blueberries and strawberries!

Healthy 4th of July Yogurt Bites:


What you need: vanilla greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries

Preparation: wash fruit and dice strawberries and halve blueberries, place in a silicone mold and cover with yogurt (make sure to put blueberries round side down and dice strawberries in very tiny pieces), leave them in the freezer for about 2 hours and they are ready to enjoy! You can put them in a bowl sitting on ice so they won’t melt, but they won’t last for long sitting outside on the counter so keep that in mind!

American Flag Vegetable Tray:


What you need: 1 large cookie sheet, square container for dip, 3 cucumbers, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, 2 red peppers

Preparation: wash and slice vegetables and line them up on the cookie sheet in rows of white and red, can fill container with a dill greek yogurt dip

Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip:


What you need: black beans, cherry tomatoes cut in half, 1 14 oz. can non fat refried beans, 1 1/2 cups guacamole, 1 cup hummus, 1 1/2 cups pico de gallo, 1 jar salsa, half packet taco seasoning (I usually make my own homemade healthier version but try to find one that is a little healthier if possible), 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese of choice

Preparation: in an 8×8 pan spread refried beans in even layer, in a bowl combine hummus and half the packet of taco seasoning and mix well, spread hummus evenly on top of beans, top with remaining layers starting with chunky salsa and ending with guacamole, top with cheese and put in fridge for 2 hours before serving. Serve with corn tortilla chips!

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Summer Salad:


What you need: 3-4 cups of fresh salad mix (I like the 50/50 mix), 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup fresh strawberries cut in small chunks, 1 oz. crumbled feta cheese, 1 tbsp sweet poppy dressing

Preparation: wash and prepare all ingredients, top greens with berries, cheese, and drizzle the dressing on top!

I hope these healthy recipes help and I hope you have a great 4th of July! Also try to get outside to a parade, go for a swim at a pool, go for a walk, and just be active during the day!

For more healthy recipe ideas you can also visit my page: Facebook.com/MichelleHudockHealthFitness