The A, B, C, D’s of Water Safety: A Giveaway

Enter the giveaway and learn the A,B,C,D's of safety during National Water Safety Month in May! Read more about the Zac Foundation. #ad #WaterSafety #CLVR

I can’t believe it (REALLY can’t believe it), but summer vacation is about a month away.

Today I had Des’ last parent/teacher conference of his preschool career, and next week is kindergarten orientation. Scarlet is planning for her end-of-year field trip and Field Day, and I have to pay my summer camp deposits. It’s really coming!

Are we ready?

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Maybe we aren’t emotionally ready for summer vacation, or at least I’m not there yet, but we have a few weeks to prepare. I DO feel prepared for this month’s (May’s) National Water Safety Month, thanks to The ZAC Foundation and you will too!

Summer takes so long to get here, and then it goes by in a flash. The kids have their great big birthday party, and their birthdays. My birthday is only a couple months away (gulp). The kids have several weeks of summer camp and we have many overnight trips on the books for us, and not to mention the countless mini road trips that are always on my agenda.

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Summer seems to go by so fast as an adult, and most definitely as the parent of at least one school-age parent, that I can’t help but sigh and wonder at the fullness of our days. From waking up to the camp morning rush and making sure to sunscreen the kids before we go out the door, to catching fireflies at night (“for just five more minutes, Mama”) and letting the kids stay at the playground until just after dusk has fallen, summer safety has been on my mind more than ever.

It needs to be.

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Here are the A, B, C, D’s of Water Safety:

– A is for Adult. Never let children be alone near a pool, ocean, lake or river

– B is for Barrier. Have a fence that goes around your pool

– C is Classes. Kids and adults should take safety classes

– D is for Drains. Teach all swimmers to stay away from all pool and spa drains

Did you know that drain entrapment can happen no matter how well a child swims? If you have a pool, make sure it has an anti-entrapment drain cover. And never let anyone swim in a pool with a loose drain cover or a drain cover that falls off. Have your drains checked regularly by a licensed maintenance professional.

And visit The Zac Foundation for more information about how to keep children safe around water!

Giveaway Details!

Prizes: Each prize pack will include a bag, towel, book, water watcher card, t-shirt and wristband
Dates: May 1 – May 26
Notification: Winners will be randomly selected and notified by The ZAC Foundation by June 1
Age 18+
US resident only
Only one winner per household

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For more info about ZAC Foundation:

The ZAC Foundation’s informative Website
Here’s The ZAC Foundation video and parent’s page
The ZAC Foundation newsletter sign-up page

So, how do you honor National Water Safety Month?

Enter the giveaway and learn the A,B,C,D's of safety during National Water Safety Month in May! Read more about the Zac Foundation. #ad #WaterSafety #CLVR

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Beach Days Jello Cups

Checking in here – this is the first day of gorgeous May weather for us. And I mean gorgeous.

These Summer Fun Jello Cups are the perfect #recipe for parties, summer gatherings and birthday parties. Watch out for sharks under the water! #DIY #recipe

Warmer than that and we’re already thinking about the beach. Although if you read my post earlier today, the beach is already on my mind. This recipe, though. It’s adorable. We can agree that sunny and 75 with low humidity and only puffy clouds in the sky is pretty amazing, right? And can we also agree that these are adorable. They’re almost too cute to eat.

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I’ll make do, though. Right now is a crazy month – with work being at its peak busiest. Then there are field trips and field days, preschool conferences and kindergarten buddy days. I’m feeling a bit overwrought. What I’m thinking about is relaxing by the beach. I’m thinking about cool blue water, slower breaths, and slower paces. I’m thinking it’s a goal to achieve.

There’s always time for the crazy. Let’s make time for the chill:

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Beach Days Jell-O Cups

What You Need:

2- 3oz. boxes Jell-O, Berry Blue Flavor
1 pkg. Honey Teddy Grahams
2 boxes Rainbow Nerds
10 Clear Plastic Cups
1 pkg. Gummy Lifesavers
1 pkg. Airheads Extreme Sourfuls
5 Drink Umbrellas
Black Edible Marker
Optional: Gummy fish/Gummy Sharks

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What You Do:

  1. Prepare Jell-O according to package directions.
  2. Pour about 3-4 tablespoons of nerds into 5 plastic cups.
  3. Place an empty cup into each of the cups with nerds, and place a gummy fish down in each cup if you would like.
  4. Pour Jell-O into each of the 5 cups, and fill within 1/2 inch from the top.
  5. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until gelatin is set.
  6. Use the Lifesavers and Airheads as floats to put on top of your blue gelatin water, and put the Teddy Grahams on the floats. (Make sure to put the Teddy Graham inside the lifesaver before you place it on the jello). Place an umbrella into each cup as well.
  7. The nerds resemble rocks in the ocean while under the blue gelatin cups, but they can be added to the Jell-O to eat or just by themselves.
  8. Use Black Edible Marker to paint “sunglasses” on the bears!

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Happy Beach Days!

These Summer Fun Jello Cups are the perfect #recipe for parties, summer gatherings and birthday parties. Watch out for sharks under the water! #DIY #recipe