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  • How technology keeps us connected

    As some of you may know, we recently took a trip to San Francisco.  Flying across from coast to coast is no easy endeavor when you have two little ones in tow. Luckily for us, this wasn't the girls' first time flying.  But, it was still the longest "travel day" of their life.  When booking our flights, I decided it would be easier to fly out of Tampa even if it meant we'd have a layover sometime in between.  Again, since we were traveling with the girls, I figured the layover would give us enough time to "explore" a new airport, get something to eat and be on our way.

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    With all of the iphone upgrades, we've been lucky to keep two old iphones.  We decided to let the girls use them as an iTouch.  At home, they normally play cut the water or angry birds as well as more "age appropriate games" like Hair Salon and TeamUmi.  They also have access to our Netflix account which allows them to watch their favorite cartoons.  I think Scooby Doo is winning by a long shot.  While we were on our layover on our way to San Francisco, Zoe decided she was missing her babysitter.  I suggested she send a text.  Her eyes lit up at the thought that even though she was hundreds of miles away, she could still reach her.  They texted back and forth for a bit while we waited for our next airplane.  Happy kid = Happy mom.

     

    Last week, my cousin, who is almost a sister to me moved to South Korea to teach Spanish in an all English private school.  While the thought of visiting her in South Korea is very tempting, I'm pretty sure it is out of our budget.  Thanks to our iphones, we've been able to text almost daily to keep up.  We've also made plans to Skype.

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    As much as people argue over the changes in Facebook, I'm glad it is still available.  I'm glad it allows me to connect with my family in Puerto Rico.  When I post pictures of the girls, I know my grandparents can see them.  It cracks me up every time I call her to tell her what we've been up to and her response is always, yeah, I saw it on Facebook.  This is my grandma, who was born in the 30s has a handheld smart phone that allows her to keep her family close even if we are separated by the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Thanks to social sites such as Twitter, we are able to connect with people we would otherwise never meet.  Before our trip to San Francisco, I tweeted about going to the city.  A few people in the area reached out with recommendations and clothing advice (Thanks @hey_im_kate).  I was also contacted by another FitFluential Ambassador (@pavementrunner).  It was so awesome to meet up and run through the city with a new "friend" who without this technology would never have happened!

    How do you keep connected?

    Do you love Apple or Android products?

  • We are back!

    Vacation is now over!  School started today for Hillsborough County, so my two babies are now attending Elementary School full time.  Where has time gone?!?!

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    While the market was closed, we took the girls to San Francisco for a few days to escape the Florida heat.  With high temperatures nearing 65-70 degrees every day, we were glad to put on our jackets every morning.  I had been to San Francisco many years ago on a trip with my grandfather and my cousins, so it was fun to return to the City by the Bay.

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    The girls had the most fun riding public transportation, whether it was a street car, cable car or the bus, it didn't matter.  We found this great app, Rover, and downloaded it for free.  It worked amazingly well to get us from point A to point B.  It would tell us the closest bus stop location and all the available buses for our destination.

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    While in San Francisco, we visited a few of the parks in the area.  When traveling with kids, it's always fun to find a spot to "let them run" while you sit and enjoy your coffee.  We visited at least three parks while we were there: Golden Gate Park, Yerba Buena Gardens, Embarcadero Park and South Park.  Each park had something unique to offer the girls.

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    An as an avid, Yelper, I was able to get a "cool" badge for visiting so many parks! :)  We love using Yelp locally and especially when visiting a new town.

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    One interesting thing about San Francisco was that I found many of the same ornamental plants all throughout the city.  I was surprised to see how these plants could tolerate such a broad temperature spectrum.  I realize it doesn't get really cold in San Francisco, but it sure gets hot in Florida.

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    Needless to say, we had a great time while in San Francisco.  However, we are back home now and ready to go.  The market has reopen to regular business hours (Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm) and we can't wait to see you!

    Have you ever visited the City by the Bay?

    Are you ready for the school year to begin?

  • Vacation August 5 to August 19

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    Our Summer Vacation is almost here!  This year the market will be closed August 5 through August 19th for our yearly vacation.  We hope to see you before August 5th.  We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again on August 20th.

     

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