Sure, in the winter you probably aren’t frequenting the local swimming pool. Especially if you live in the Midwest like we do. Brrrrrr. But there is no doubt it’s still super important to practice winter water safety, if for no other reason… to keep the safety fresh in little swimmer’s minds.

Here are some common myths when it comes to winter water safety, and the facts behind them:

MYTH: It’s cold outside, so we won’t be swimming.

FACT: Just because you won’t be trekking to the outdoor community pool doesn’t mean you won’t encounter the chance to go swimming elsewhere, including:

  • An indoor water park resort. These family-friendly resorts are based on having everyone swim and play in large, heated indoor pools with waterslides, which are very enticing for kids of all ages (regardless of swim ability).
  • Holiday break, winter break, spring break, or visiting family and friends in a tropical locale could definitely mean an opportunity for heading into a pool or the ocean. We’re going to Gatlinburg for Spring Break and there will be access to a pool and hot tub.

MYTH: I don’t let my child go swimming without me, so we’re OK.

FACT: Accidents can happen near ANY body of water, whether or not you are nearby.

MYTH: My baby isn’t even walking yet, so I don’t need to worry about water safety.

FACT: Babies are masters at moving around whether they are walking or not, and they’re also very curious and inquisitive little beings who want to learn and investigate everything they see. Sometimes, that includes bodies of water. By teaching your little one how to swim at a very young age (yes, your baby can start taking swimming lessons before age 1!),  you’ll be giving her the tools she needs should an accident happen in water…because seconds count. Adam will be starting lessons soon!

Goldfish Swim School focuses on water safety

One of the reasons Goldfish Swim School is amazing is because of the emphasis they place during each lesson on water safety, all year long.

*This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School, all opinions are my own.*

I admit, February is my least favorite month. The cold weather is alright for the holidays and the New Year, but by the time February rolls around…I’m like a 70-year-old snow bird flying down south for some sunshine.

Kidding. I wish I could fly to Florida for the entire month. #goals.

In the meantime, I live vicariously through Luke and Eden as they swim on at Goldfish Swim School during their weekly lessons. Are you itching for spring and ready for your little goldfish to learn how to swim? Summer will be here before we know it.

Good news!

Goldfish Swim School’s unique Jump Start Clinics are specially designed for families looking to get their kids water-ready in a hurry. They’re a great way to introduce kids to the fundamentals of water safety, take full advantage of school vacations, get peace-of-mind before a water-centric vacation or even start the journey to an Olympic gold medal. (I admit, we didn’t watch one second of the winter Olympics. But summer….we’re all in!)

Jump Start Clinics include four or five consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from the teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. These clinics are so effective, we guarantee you’ll see significant improvement in your child’s swimming skills in just four or five short days!

Registration begins March 1st, TOMORROW!

Here’s the link:

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low key post about where they’ll be spending Spring Break

Something interesting happened on Wednesday at our weekly swim lesson at Goldfish Swim School. 

We were running late, per usual. We arrived 5 minutes before class started. I rushed to the changing area with all 3 kids in tow. I helped Luke and Eden change into their suits right before class was starting. When the announcement was made to enter the pool, they walked over to their instructors and hopped into their separate lanes.

I sat behind the glass with Adam as I do every week and observed the kids working hard in their lesson.

As I’m sitting there watching lanes 2 and 5 while juggling a baby on my lap, I noticed something I haven’t really noticed before. Luke can swim. I mean, he can actually swim. I’m not talking doggy paddle or float on his back or tread water, but he can do windmill motion strokes and swim from the entire width of the pool with very little help.

Listen, I’m not a braggy mom by any means. My kids are just as normal as the next 5 and 3 year old children…but it’s an amazing feeling to watch your child swim for the first time ever.

It got me thinking about our 2018 goals when it comes to the water. This March will mark an entire year of weekly swim lessons at Goldfish. I understand this may not be for everyone…but if you’re even on the fence about swim lessons, I really encourage you to try Goldfish out. I am truly AMAZED at how far Luke and Eden both have come over the course of a year.

We are signed up for another entire year at the school, and I’m so excited to watch them learn, grow, move up in classes, build confidence and continue to learn life saving skills.

*Thank you Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post.*


Let’s face it. I am no exception to the rule. We are ALL busy. When I left my career in news, I thought life would settle down. What a naive, new mom I was!

With three kids, life is crazy. I also work part time as a marketing director and try to maintain this blog with the most up to date happenings… even though I would still love to write more.

When Goldfish Swim School contacted me about a possible partnership, my inner self said “YES!” My brain screamed, “Are you crazy? How are you going to pull that off with three kids?!”

What I didn’t know, was how incredible the facility is. The staff. The swim instructors. The accommodations. Did I mention the facility??

When you walk inside Goldfish Swim School you are magically transported to a tropical island…far, far away from boring….I mean beautiful, Ohio. It’s perfect for the on-the-go mom because there are tons of large dressing rooms, cubbies, and even a perfect large sized double mirror complete with outlets and hair dryers. (see pic)

Every week, I either come from a meeting or need to rush off to another meeting…so it’s a comfortable place to change and get ready for our next outing.

The classes are splash-tastic. OMG, did I really use that word? No, but seriously…my kids love it. Luke and Eden look forward to their swim lessons with Miss Sarah and Miss Emma week after week.

If you are considering swim lessons for your littles, I’m fully convinced there is no other route. Click on the link below to sign up today!

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For some reason my kids are OBSESSED with cards. Playing cards, credit cards (eye roll), and especially flash cards.

When I learned about these unique, handmade flash cards from Papery Pier, I jumped on them immediately! They are made with high quality thick paper (similar to board books), so they’re tear resistant against my rough and tumble toddlers.

The cards are fun, colorful, educational, and most importantly durable for the on-the-go kids like mine.

Okay, I’m going to pause from this review and give a #humblebrag. I really had no idea how many shapes my 3 (almost 4 year old) knew. Y’all he even know a parallelogram. I can’t take credit for that. Maybe Mickey Mouse? Probably preschool. Regardless, it was quite the confidence booster for him to know almost all the shapes from the Papery Pier cards. He was so proud.

And in typical Luke fashion became an instant teacher for his sister.

Now if only I could get Luke and Eden NOT to fight over them. Hmmmm.

Check them out! They come in different sizes and feature different themes.