Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Series Parents Just Don't Understand With Host Joey Fatone To Premiere Aug. 23



ORIGINAL UNSCRIPTED SERIES “PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND”
TO PREMIERE AUGUST 23 ON THE HUB NETWORK

Musical Superstar and TV Personality, Joey Fatone, to Host and Executive Produce
Unique Reality Series That Gives Kids and Their Parents a Chance
to Walk in Each Other’s Shoes



"The Hub Network will premiere the unscripted, parent-child swap series “Parents Just Don’t Understand” on Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with musician and TV personality, Joey Fatone (‘N Sync, “Rewrapped”), as the host. The unique reality series gives real kids and their parents a chance to find out what it feels like to be in the other person’s shoes. Fatone also serves as an executive producer of the series, along with Christian Sarabia, Rabih Gholam, Bicha Gholam, Nicole M. Reed and Allegra Newman. Cindy Nemes and Michael Wilder serve as co-executive producers. The 22-episode series will be produced by Endemol’s 51 Minds Entertainment for the Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families entertainment they can watch together.

In the premiere episode, “The Touchdown Maker and Cupcake Baker,” Fatone swaps the lives of a 13-year-old and his underappreciated mom of five children. While the son tackles taking care of his siblings and a demanding job at the railroad, his mom must power through chores and football practice. Continuing in the spirit of “Freaky Friday,” the series will also showcase other parent-child swaps including a teenage ballerina and her feisty single-mom, a roller derby devotee and her princess-loving mom, plus a single-dad who takes on his son’s rigorous athletic schedule.

Known for his multi-platinum selling pop group, ‘N Sync, Fatone has developed a versatile and cross-generational range of talents both on and off the small screen. Currently hosting “Rewrapped” Fatone’s television credits include “The Singing Bee,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “JoJo’s Circus,” “Higglytown Heroes” and “Hannah Montana.” He has also starred in the Broadway musicals, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “RENT.”

About the Hub Network

The HubNetwork is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) that champions family fun by providing relatable, funny, family friendly entertainment experiences that children and their parents can enjoy together. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at HubNetwork.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in more than 70 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit HubNetwork.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

Visit the Hub Network on Social Media:

Twitter @HubTVNetwork
Instagram @HubTVNetwork


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About 51 Minds Entertainment
51 Minds Entertainment is recognized as one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S.  The company was founded in 2003 and went on to create a new genre of ‘celebreality’ starting with breakout hit “The Surreal Life.”  This was the first of a multitude of series for VH1, many of which set new ratings records for the network and cable television as a whole.  VH1 series include “Flavor of Love,” “Gotti’s Way,” “Lala’s Full Court Life,” “Marrying The Game,” and the runaway hit “TI and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” which is currently in its fourth season.  In 2008, the company continued to diversify its output, creating and producing programming for a wide range of networks, including “Does Someone Have to Go?” (FOX), “Same Name” (CBS), “Scouted” (E!) “Top Secret Recipe” (CMT), “Redneck Island” (CMT), and “Whodunnit?” (ABC).  51 Minds is affiliated with Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming whose divisions include Endemol USA (“Big Brother” (CBS), “Steve Harvey” (NBCUniversal), “Wipeout” (ABC), “Freakshow” (AMC)).  The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has over 80 subsidiaries and joint ventures in over 30 countries.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE-FRIENDSHP DAY THIS SUNDAY -- Submit Your BFF Photos of your Kids and #Win a Strawberry Shortcake Doll #BerryBestFriiend







Sunday, August 3rd is National Friendship Day and Strawberry Shortcake wants to help kids celebrate! Share a picture of your favorite girl with her BFF on the Strawberry Shortcake Facebook page-- facebook.com/StrawberryShortcake  OR @berrybestbits on Instagram or Twitter, and Hashtag with #BerryBestFriend. 

**Five sets of BFFs will be chosen at random and will win a new Strawberry Shortcake doll coming out this Fall! 

Here is the photo of my girls, who are not just sisters but BFF's, that always brings a smile to my face...


Even though they fight at times and are still working on sharing, they have a bond like no other and will always be each other's BFF. :-)

Can't wait to see what photos of your daughter and her BFF, and I wish you luck in winning one of the new Strawberry Shortcake dolls. :-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Spotlight on Mom: Dina Houser of Ola! Foods -- 100% Natural Handbaked Granola




I first stumbled across this week's Spotlight Mom, Dina Houser, of Ola! Foods while food shopping at Stew Leonard's here in CT.  Our closest Stew Leonard's is about an hour's drive away, so we only go every few months, at which time I stock up on CT-produced products, as well as many of their healthy snacks.  While looking for a new cereal to try, I found myself drawn to a bad of Ola! granola.  While I love granola...usually grab handfuls straight from the bag to munch on...I haven't been reaching for it in the AM to put in a bowl with milk for breakfast.  I loved that this granola was 100! natural, handbaked, and just being able to look inside the bag and see the granola and add-ins like nuts, cranberries, etc. made it that much more appealing. I ended up picking the bag of granola up off the shelf and started to read the back cover to check for the nutritional values.  Right when I started to read it, the girls started to act up, which was my cue to move along and check out fast, before we had full fledged supermarket tantrums to deal with.  I ended up picking up a bag of the cranberry orange pecan granola from Ola! Foods to try.  


Within a few days of buying this handbaked granola, I found myself shaking out the crumbs, hoping that there was a little bit left.  Not having seen this brand in my local grocery stores, I took to the Internet to learn more about the brand and to see if I could order it online or where the closest retailer was who carried this oh so tasty granola. 


I was happy to not only find out that it was made here in CT, but that a mom created this line of granola, with the help and support of her three sons and husband.  At that moment, I knew I had to reach out and see if I could spotlight Dina, and share her story and product offering.  She agreed and so here we are today. :-)

Stay tuned this upcoming Friday when I will be sharing more about Dina's line of hand baked granola, which is available in bags and even snack size, in a variety of flavors.  In addition to my review, I will also be offering one lucky reader the chance to win a tote bag filled with a sampling of Ola! Foods granola to enjoy.  


But, in the meantime, please enjoy my Spotlight on Mom interview with Dina Houser of Ola! Foods.


Name:  Dina Houser

Company Name/Product/Service:  Ola! Foods 100% Natural Handbaked Granola

Company Location:  Norwalk CT

Company Website:  www.olafoods.com

Facebook URL:  https://www.facebook.com/olafoods?ref=br_tf

Twitter Handle: @olafoods

Age of Company:  5 yrs.

Favorite Inspirational Quotes: "There's a difference between Interest and Commitment. When you're Interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're Committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." -- Kenneth Blanchard

Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.  

I live in Redding, CT with my husband Kurt of over 20 years, and my three beautiful sons who are 15, 13, and 10.  I am a graphic designer by trade and was a partner with my husband in our design business prior to launching Ola! Granola. I had made granola for many years to give as gifts to friends and family as a healthy treat. They loved it and always encouraged me to sell it, but the timing never seemed right, being so busy with my business and raising three young boys. Timing is everything, right? So when the recession hit, I figured it was now or never. That was the catalyst in starting my own brand, Ola! Foods five years ago.

I also love to cook, so having a passion for food has certainly helped me in this endeavor. I often tell people that when I was deciding my path in life, I was torn between becoming a designer, chef or a psychologist. I now joke that I feel I’m using these careers everyday in this new chapter of my life with Ola!

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about? 

When I finally decided to bring my 100% natural granola recipe to market, I knew the importance of also creating a brand as well as a product line. I decided to initially launch on Earth Day 2009 with two flavors, Vanilla Almond and Cranberry Orange Pecan and every aspect was hand done in very small stages. I had a big support group of friends and family, which was a tremendous help! We now have four flavors that are gluten-free, Non-GMO, vegan and only 100 calories per serving in various sizes including Chocolate Banana Chip and No Nut Vanilla. Ola! is simply delicious! 

As I mentioned, in my design business, naming other company’s brands and taking a project from concept to a finished product was our expertise. So once I decided to bring my family’s granola recipe to market, I wanted a name that conveyed exactly what our product was- fun, family friendly and approachable, hence Ola! (btw this stemmed from the last three letters in the word granola).

In the early days, our entire family’s focus and attention was on Ola! and everybody pitched in where they were needed. I’m proud and happy to teach my boys good life skills and demonstrate to them how something is created and the process that unfolds. Now five years later, my children are truly able to see that by working hard at something you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. It may not be easy, but you need to learn to solve any obstacles that may come your way.

What is a typical work day like? 

My day typically starts at 5am during the week (6:30am weekends) to do some form of exercise. It’s early (and dark and cold in winter months), but I’ve found this is the only time I can fit it into my schedule. I either walk for 2-3 miles with my dog Spencer, or I jump on my spinning bike for an hour or so. It’s a nice quiet time for myself and I need exercise for my physical and mental health. Over the course of the next two hours, and the help of my husband, I get my three kids off to school and myself out the door by 8 and head to Ola’s facility. Our offices, kitchen production area and warehouse are all housed under one roof, so the day is spent working very closely with my team. My time is spent on the many layers that building sales and a brand entails as well as dealing with the manufacturing end of things. I have a good 40 minute drive home and then it’s dinner on the table (our family always sits down for dinner together), managing the kids after school schedules, maybe an exercise class and then catching up on work later in the evening. I don’t drink coffee but I love having something hot to drink, especially in the cooler months, so I’m continuously drinking an herbal or green tea throughout the day and night. It’s my little luxury that I so enjoy. Then the routine starts all over again the next day!

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

The amount of cash that is required to properly launch and brand a new product. Many stores require slotting fees for your product to be their shelf. Add to that quarterly promotions and marketing expenses for events, demos and sampling efforts, and it’s a huge burden for a small company.

What did you do in your past work life? 

I am a graphic designer by trade and was partners with my husband in our design business prior to launching Ola! Granola. Before starting our design business, I worked as an art director for Martha Stewart Living, J.Crew and small boutique agencies on logos, packaging, and editorial for magazines and coffee table books. I’m a creative person, so I am still able to get these juices flowing with the many design aspects that are involved with branding Ola!

What have been some of your major successes? 

Being accepted into Whole Foods and to Stew Leonard’s and delivering that myself to the loading dock, The CT Specialty Food Association product awards we’ve received, our facility expansion, bringing on my partner Greg, being awarded a Proclamation by Governor Malloy, and the very first bag I made and packed!

What have been some of your major challenges? 

I find the grocery industry a challenge. All product categories have a review schedule, which sometimes only comes once a year. If you miss the date, you need to wait for the following year, so it can be a very glacial process. I’m the kind of person who tackles a project or problem head on, quickly finds a solution and moves on. In my previous career overseeing various jobs with deadlines trained me very well. So the amount of time it takes to get product on shelf becomes frustrating as I don’t have the patience to wait and I just want to see it in people’s hands!

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? 

My kids, husband, and I always try to remember how lucky I am to have them, and that we are all blessed with good health. That’s what really matters.

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?

Exercise and good healthy eating habits is so critical. Taking that time for myself in the early morning or early evening is vital to putting things in check and gives me time to think and reflect. Also, I learned to say “no”. Sometimes you can’t do everything, even though you may want to.

What is next for your business? 

Good question. I hope to expand on the product line and add other healthy snacks that are family friendly but right now I am just taking it one day at a time.

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business? 

Do your homework and know what you are getting into, write a business plan and ask for help! I wouldn't have made it if it weren’t for the assistance of friends and family. They can always say no, but at least give them the opportunity to do so, and you never know, they may say yes!

As Summer Winds Down, Don't Forget to Apply Sunscreen Before Heading Outdoors #BBBestSummer #sponsored #MC

Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. 


"Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family.*"


While my family had a great 4th of July holiday weekend, spending time with family and friends, and getting in a little swimming, I was not planning to be nursing a bad sunburn the following week.  Even though I am pro-active in applying sunblock to my kids and I, go figure the one day I was rushing to get the girls ready for the pool and out of the house, I forget to lather myself up.  Then, when I got to the pool, there was an overcast, so I thought our short time in the pool (the girls usually only last 10-15 minutes when the water is cold), I would be fine.  Next time, I will definitely listen to the little voice in my end that was telling me to turn back around and go back to my parent's condo and put sunblock on.  While the sun was not out over the pool, it was still sunny elsewhere and then made its way to the pool, where our girls decided to stay in longer than usual.

By the time we brought the girls home, my neck area in the front, as well as my shoulders and upper back area were a deep lobster red.  Ouch.  Not only was it hot to touch, but I had trouble laying it on while it bubbled and flaked off all week.  Not fun at all.  And, if I had only put on sunblock or remembered to throw it into our pool bag I would have been all set.  Usually when we plan a beach or pool day, I try to get the tote ready the night before, with the towels, sunblock, sunglasses, swim diapers, etc.  But, like I said I was rushing around and forget to pack it.  I ended up just grabbing towels after I had put the sunblock on the girls.  



Lesson learned...make sure you pack ahead, or turn back and apply sunblock, as you can never be too careful when it comes to the sun, especially around a pool, and getting a sunburn.  And, with my history of cancer, I can't take chances like I did as I have delicate skin around my neck area due to the radiation I had.  I was foolish, and I payed for -- and, will not take that chance ever again.  Next time, I will be making a point to pack our Banana Boat sunblock products.  I have already left a few in the car in case we run low on my packed stash, so we will be ready for a day out with the girls, without worrying about sunburns or other skin damage caused by not protecting our skin from the harmful rays.  

Luckily, I had Banana Boat's Aloe After Sun Gel in the medicine cabinet in case someone ever was to get a sunburn.  This product really works well at soothing hot, irritated skin caused by a sunburn, and adds moisturize to the dry skin, helping to prevent peeling.  While I did feel after blistering up in a few areas that got burned more than others, the peeling was limited due to my applying Aloe After Sun Gel to the area daily.  



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"Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family.*"


In addition to packing your tote the night before for a pool/beach day with your family, so that you don't forget anything (especially the sunscreen), make sure you get into the habit of applying sunscreen daily to the kids, hubby and yourself.  Just because you don't see the sun out, doesn't mean it will not pop out during the day when you least expect it.  Also, on those windy days, you want to keep your skin protected from the harsh elements, as the wind can dry out your skin, too.  

Don't be foolish like I was over the 4th of July weekend.  Play it safe when it comes to enjoying the final weeks of summer fun in the sun with your family, but picking up Banana Boat sunscreen, and making a point to apply it --- even if you are running late.  Your skin will thank you for it!

When it comes to choosing Banana Boat products for my girls, I love their spray on sunscreen.  It is quick to apply and dries faster than other brands I have tried in past.  And, when I know we will be spending time in the water, I make sure to reapply every 20 minutes, to keep my girls' delicate skin protected, and protect against a sunburn.

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  • Goes on invisible
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I also love Banana Boat® Kids MAX Protect & Play Lotion Sunscreen SPF 100, which is a must for beach and pool days, or when the girls will be running around and sweating a lot outdoors.  This sunscreen is water resistant (up to 80 minutes), and will not run into their eyes.

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Banana Boat® Kids MAX Protect & Play Lotion Sunscreen SPF 100

"Our MAX Protect & Play™ Lotion SPF 100 Lotion for Kids provides maximum lotion protection for active kids, protecting them from 96% of UVA/UVB rays and is ideal for the beach or the pool."
  • Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB Protection
  • Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Won’t Run in Into Eyes
  • 4 fl. oz. tube
  • Pediatrician-tested
  • Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation

When I remember to lather up, I reach for Banana Boat's Banana Boat® Protect & Hydrate™ Sunscreens, which offer a "2-in-1 combination of sunscreen and all-day moisturizer*" 

 I love being able to protect my skin during sun exposure, while also nourishing it.  My skin looks radiant and is baby smooth. :-)  

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And, don't forget your stubborn men this summer. Banana Boat now offers sunscreen made especially for them.  My husband loves it, and doesn't mind taking a few minutes to apply before heading out the door with us.  :-)

"Formulated for men’s unique sun care needs, Banana Boat® Triple Defense sunscreens provide the heavy-duty, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection you need, while also combating odor and hydrating skin."

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In addition to the new men's line of sunscreen from Banana Boat, I am make a point to pick up the NEW & IMPROVED Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreens with Powerstay Technology™ for him to use when he goes out running daily, or is working out in the backyard.

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"The new Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen with Powerstay TechnologyTM was specifically designed for the sport enthusiast and active individual who doesn’t want to be slowed down while out in the sun. Powerstay TechnologyTM is the brand’s latest innovation, which helps sunscreen stay on strong throughout all outdoor activities. This new formula has been designed to provide better application aesthetics, including a light-weight feel compared to the original formula, as consumers continue to seek products that feel good on their skin. Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen with Powerstay TechnologyTM is available in SPF 15, 30, 50+ and 100."

My husband loves the spray on applicator, which makes it easy to reach those hard to get spots that sunscreen lotion usually can get to.  And, he doesn't need me to apply it, so he can spray on whenever he wants to go running outdoors at work, or is mowing the yard or tending to the garden out back.  



Sun's Harmful Rays

To learn more about Banana Boat and their line of sunscreen products, as well as learn more about protecting your skin this summer head on over to http://www.bananaboat.com/.


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Follow Banana Boat on their social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram, to stay up-to-date on special offers, promotions and giveaways and so much more. 


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Banana Boat® sunscreen is teaming up with actress and mother of two, Busy Philipps, to bring moms and their families the tips, tools and fun prizes they need to have the Best Summer Ever! 





Have you entered Banana Boat's "Best Summer Ever" Sweepstakes yet?  If not, you still have a few days left to enter, as the sweepstakes ends on July 31st.  

Banana Boat is offering families a chance to win cool summer prizes, including the grand prize -- a family trip to a Treehouse Resort.  Who wouldn't want to win the grand prize, right? :-)

All you have to do to enter is head on over to Facebook and visit the Banana Boat Fan page. There you will see the sign up page for this great summer sweepstakes.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over the Banana Boat Facebook Page -www.facebook.com/BananaBoatBrand -- and enter the "Best Summer Ever" Sweepstakes.  Then, get ready for fun in the sun with the whole family -- that is, after you apply the necessary sunscreen to all members of the family, from a trusted sunscreen brand like Banana Boat. :-)


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Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Fun and So Many Great Memories Made on the Water This Year! #DiscoverBoating #Sponsored #MC

Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


"DiscoverBoating.com is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. Packed with easy, interactive  features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water."



How has your summer been going?  This is the first summer in two years that we haven't had to stay home due to sick children, most of it.  So, we are really enjoying going on mini stay-cations or traveling up north to NH to stay at my family's summer home.  And, whenever we are near water, we make every effort to get out on the water, either by tagging on with family and friends :-) , renting a boat or booking a day cruise.  I grew up spending summers on the water with my family, and love being able to make new "on the water" summer memories with our girls. :-)


My family kicked off our summer by visiting RI and renting a beach house, where we took advantage of pontoon boats and canoeing with the girls.  And, then this past 4th of July, we took the girls to stay at my parent's summer home in NH and rented a boat, so that the girls, along with my husband and I, and parents, could enjoy time out on the water.  We had so much fun, and I even was able to get a little tubing in, which I haven't done in years.  Savannah can't wait until she is old enough and knows how to swim, so that she can do it, too!  But, in the meantime, she and Bella love putting on their life jackets, having me pack snacks, and spending the day out on the water.  No motion sickness in our family when it comes to boating, which is great!  We can just pack up stuff for a day out on the water and lounge around, and take in the beauty of the water and surrounding coves and beaches.

If your family boats, have you had any memorable summer trips yet? I would love to hear about them, so please share in the comments section below.  If you haven't had a chance to get your feet wet, or get out on the water yet, do you have plans as we count down the final weeks of summer?  We will be heading up north for a few days over the Labor Day weekend, and can't wait to rent a boat again, and enjoy the last days of summer with the girls, soaking up the sun and catching the fireworks, while out on the boat. My dad has also promised to teach Savannah how to fish, and has even got her her own tackle box and Dora fishing rod.  I can't wait to see this, as I used to love fishing with my dad when I was little. And, now, I will get to see my daughter fishing with him. :-)  I am so blessed to have a healthy and happy family, and be able to spend time doing things I grew up loving with my kids.  Boating has been in my blood, and now my girls are being fans of recreational boating, thanks to their early exposure.  I can't wait until they get older and hear what some of their favorite boating memories are.  :-)

Like I have shared before, we sold our boat when I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2008, as I wasn't sure how many time we would enjoy time out on the water, and I didn't see paying the slip charges and maintenance for it, while I was in treatment.  But, now that I am 5 years in remission, and am getting out on the water more frequently with the family, my husband and I are seriously thinking about buying another boat, to enjoy next year.  While renting has been fun and a breeze thanks to the resources I have found through Discover Boating, it is still nice if you are an avid recreational boating family to have a boat of your own.

In the market for a boat, or looking for fun destinations to visit to take full advantage of on the water fun, you'll want to make a point to visit Discover Boating, which is the  "U.S.  recreational  boating  industry’s  nonprofit awareness program to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating.  From links to educational courses, to nautical lingo and how-to videos and even tips on what to pack for a day out on the water, DiscoverBoating.com offers so much valuable information for recreational boaters.  You will also find a section dedicated to boating activities that can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages and boating/swimming abilities, a Spousal Conversion Kit section, which offers videos and tips to persuade your significant other to become a boater or at least try it out for the first time.  I have recommended the Youth Boating Programs section to family and friends with children looking to learn safe boating practices and show kids the fun of recreational boating.

Discover Boating

So, as the final dog days of summer wind down, why not take advantage of the warm weather and get out on the water today.  Visit DiscoverBoating.com to make your next boating experience that much more memorable, thanks to their useful information, tips, videos and more.  While there, make a point to check out their Stories of Discovery area, which shares documentary-style videos featuring real boaters, sharing their boating memories.  You can watch country music artist, Jake Owen, share his personal stories of how boating impacts his life, as well as the following touching short film, GoodRun, about a man’s life journey by boat. Get the tissues ready if you cry easier. Just saying! :-)

Don't forget to follow Discover Boating on their social media pages:

TWITTER -- https://twitter.com/discoverboating
INSTAGRAM -- http://instagram.com/discoverboating
FACEBOOK -- https://www.facebook.com/discoverboating
PINTEREST -- http://www.pinterest.com/discoverboating

Disclosure:  I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.