Giggle Magazine

7 Water Safety Tips to Apply This Summer

With summer right around the corner, you may be making many plans that include water activities with your kids. Summer is the perfect time to soak in the sun by a body of water!

Participating in water activities is one of the best ways to spend the summer days with your kids, but it can be a little risky sometimes. May is National Water Safety month, so with that in mind, here are some water safety tips you can follow with your kids this month and the rest of the summer.

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Birds of a Feather

Looking for a way to get your family outdoors more? Birdwatching is a hobby that families of all ages can easily do all together. All you need is a pair of binoculars, a field guide and bird feeders if you would like to attract birds to your own backyard.

According to the Alachua Audubon Society, there are a few prime spots in the area to go birdwatching. Regardless of whether you’re a casual birdwatcher or an intense birder, these spots are ideal for everyone.

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Volunteering as a Family

Whether you are feeding the homeless, taking care of some pups or preparing toys to give to families during the holidays, volunteering is one of the most productive and thoughtful ways you can spend your time. While a lot of places only accept older volunteers, there are a few organizations that allow for you to volunteer with your children, teaching them early on how valuable of an experience it is. Here are four family volunteer opportunities right here in Alachua County!

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Apps to be Wary Of 

Today children get phones much earlier than they did when I was growing up. And with smartphones, kids now have access to the app store, which is a whole world in and of itself. Many of the apps that should have some type of age verification do not, and that gives way to your children being able to download apps that they maybe should not be using.

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Tips for Making the Perfect Grilled Cheese 

You may think a grilled cheese is the most basic of sandwiches, but there are definitely ways to take your grilled cheese to the next level. April 12 is National Grilled Cheese day, so use our tips to help create a cheesy delight that your kids will rave about!

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A Guide to Local Easter Egg Hunts

Easter is approaching, and a variety of businesses are hosting Easter Egg Hunts for your little ones. The venues from the hunts range from JCPenney to Ginnie Springs to Milam Funeral Home and Bass Pro Shops, so get your baskets and your kids and head over to one of these local egg hunts!

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Should You Feed Your Baby Peanuts?

Attention parents! It is now OK to feed peanut products to infants as early as 4 months old!

Although it used to be thought best not to feed infants any peanut products in their first year, a clinical trial conducted in 2015 showed just the opposite. Introducing peanut-containing foods to infants at high risk for developing a peanut allergy led to an 81 percent reduction in the development of a peanut allergy, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Could Your Kids be JUULing?

Have you heard of JUULing? Right now, this e-cigarette is very popular among teens and college students.

A JUUL resembles a USB flash drive, is small enough to fit into a closed hand, and comes in all kinds of flavors like crème brulee, mint and mango. JUULs are essentially straight nicotine. Each pod of liquid nicotine is equivalent to 200 cigarette puffs or a pack of cigarettes.

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5 Homemade Valentine Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is easy to get carried away in planning things for your partner, but this year, spend the days leading up to Feb. 14 making DIY gifts for your family, with your family.

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Shadow Play

Every morning on Feb. 2, Americans across the country awake, half of them hoping for a quick start to spring and the other half in hope of six more weeks of winter. It is up to Punxsutawney Phil to either break some hearts or mend them.

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Nurture Meets Nature: Hike It Baby

In this day and age, it can be hard to raise an outdoorsy child. Unlike the children who grew up right before the technology boom, children today tend to steer away from the outdoors in favor of indoor electronic devices. Hike It Baby is dedicated to bringing children back from the electronic age a little bit and teach them about nature.

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