Helping Kids Get Enough Water

With these summer temperatures soaring, it’s important for your children to stay properly hydrated. Keeping your children hydrated will prevent scary incidents of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Water is the most important element of preventing dehydration but it can be a hassle convincing kids to drink enough water. Instead of just drinking good ol’ H2O, here are some surefire ways to make sure your kids are staying hydrated!

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Eating water rich foods is an easy way to make sure your children are receiving their water intake, as well as making sure they maintain their diet. Watermelons are made up 92% water, tomatoes are 95% water and oranges are 87% water. Eating these foods will provide your children with plenty of water!



Would your kids rather have juice than water? Well now you both can have what you want! You are still making sure your kids are staying hydrated and they are drinking a yummy drink! What more could you ask for?

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You can also add a tasty treat in your children’s water! Frozen fruit ice cubes, inspired by the recipe on the blog, Babble, offer your kids a delicious surprise at the bottom of their glass, fresh fruit! The ice cubes can also add a bit of flavor to dull water and juice. Quick tip: use ripe fruit for a sweeter taste! For extra fun, use an ice tray with fun shapes so the ice looks cool inside of the cup!



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Under the Sea Crafts for Kids

Still missing that fun, family vacation? No worries! Whether you and your family are hitting the beach, staying home or reminiscing about your family getaway, here a few sea crafts to bring the sea to your home! Your kids will love these and you’ll have a blast making them too!


Over at KidsActivitiesBlog, Michelle and her daughter brought the octopus crafts Wiggles and Oggy to life, using these crafts to inspire storytelling! Your kids can create their own story with their new octopus friends!

Aqua Sand

Who wants to see a magic trick? Well look no further! Louise at PagingFunMums, brought a fresh, new way for children to play in the sand. Adult supervision is recommended because we don’t want the kiddos to eat this fun creation!

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Is your child afraid of the dark? Or do you just want to add flair to a beachy room design? Look no further! Akane recreated her daughter’s field trip souvenir on JugglingWithKids. These lanterns are fun ways to get the creativity flowing with your children and bring the ocean to your home! The kids will love the light and design behind this craft!

Bringing the beach home just got that much easier with these activities. Have fun making your favorite under water creations!


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The College Curse: How to Pay Your Student Loans Without Going Broke

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Attending college and earning a degree has become more than just an adventure that a high school graduate experiences for four years. It’s an adult responsibility that can weigh your pockets down until you’re permanently slumped over and depressed. As if eating Ramen noodles in between classes wasn’t enough, now you’re in the workforce and […]

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SUNsational Summer!

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Dr. Kara Beair, DO & Kim Beair, MS, LPC, NCC Inspiring Strategies for Success by Friends and Experts You Can Trust Keep yourself and your kids burn free this summer by taking a few tips to heart. No one is immune from sunburn and skin damage; even those with darker skin tones need to be […]

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Munchkin LATCH Baby Bottle Giveaway


LATCH has an accordion-style nipple which moves, pumps and stretches like the breast. The three key features that aid in the transition from breast to bottle and back are: o   Stretches for a Better Latch: Accordion-style nipple designed to stretch like the breast all the way to a baby’s soft palette, affording babies an easier […]

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Help Your Kids Eat Healthy With A Simple Chart

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Having a hard time with a picky, little eater? Having trouble making sure your child is actually getting their wholesome fuel? How about using a simple chart? While nutrition plays a huge role in a child’s growth and development, as children grow and begin to develop their own tastes, foods with nutritional value are usually rejected, […]

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Summer Cyber Safety

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Dr. Kara Beair, DO & Kim Beair, MS, LPC, NCC Inspiring Strategies for Success by Friends and Experts You Can Trust Times have changed and summer for kids isn’t what it used to be. In the age of computers and cell phones, kids who are normally in school all day now have many more hours […]

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Soft Pastel Baby Shower


Congratulations to my friend who just had a healthy, handsome baby boy! It seems as if just yesterday I hosted a baby shower for her, and here he is! I designed the overall theme after being inspired by old-fashioned organic wooden toys, which I found in Washington D.C. on one of our street shopping outings. […]

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Discipline: Summer and Beyond

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By Kim Beair, MS, LPC, NCC & Dr. Kara Beair, DO Inspiring Strategies for Success by Friends and Experts You Can Trust Discipline – hardly the word anyone wants to think about for the lazy days of summer. Summer can be a great time to relax and still get kids started on a fun and […]

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Wet and Wild! Staying Hydrated for Summer Fun!

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Dr. Kara Beair, DO & Kim Beair, MS, LPC, NCC Inspiring Strategies for Success by Friends and Experts You Can Trust Dehydration is dangerous to kids and adults alike. Kids present a bigger challenge in this arena because let’s face it – they just get so busy! Some kids drink a lot while they play, […]

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Concert to Benefit The Signing Time Foundation


When you first see 21-month-old Brynn, the first things you’ll notice are her big blue eyes and her tiny blonde pigtails. Although she is typically quiet around new people, she loves being read to and dancing to her favorite songs in her Play & Sign class, where young children and their parents learn a handful […]

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Happy 4th of July


All of us at Just Between Friends wish you a happy and safe holiday weekend! (Visited 8 time, 8 visit today)

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Fun 4th of July Crafts!

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Fourth of July is just around the corner, and who doesn’t want in on all the fun!? Here’s a few simple, festive July crafts for your kids to enjoy plus add some patriotic pizzazz throughout your home! Ginger over at GingerSnapCrafts created a cute, patriotic flag craft based on a painting she had seen on […]

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10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Parents to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

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by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC Everyone wants happy, successful children, but everyone parents in a way that increases the chance that this will happen. The reasons are simple: parenting great kids is a lot of work. It’s uninterrupted, consistent, hands-on dirty work at times, but if you delegate parent’s work to teachers, youth leaders, […]

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Three States in the U.S. Perfect For Family Vacations

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It can be hard to take a tropical trip or a European vacation when you have a family, mainly because the costs of flights can really add up when its more than you and your spouse traveling. So why not take your family somewhere in driving distance, and leave the hassle of price behind? Here […]

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Summer Crafts From Simple Household Products

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Summer is the perfect time to make some simple crafts and get the kids involved.  Kids of all ages will enjoy these clever crafts. Heather, from WhipperBerry, was planning an activity for her youth at church and came up with a version of water dodge ball.  She decided that it would be fun to kick […]

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Summer Fun at the Beach


The cross-country trek to a summer vacation at the beach has started!  Parents are gathering all the things they need to keep their kids busy and happy for fun in the sun.  Moms are hoping to get through a few pages of a new book, and Dads are thinking about sneaking off for a round […]

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Don’t Let Feelings of Guilt Overwhelm You

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Guilt is an unavoidable emotion that plagues the spirit of most conscientious mothers. There are so many demands. Moms feel guilty when they fall short of their own expectations and are quick to blame themselves whenever their kids have problems. Raising children is stressful – not just the physical everyday stuff of laundry, cooking, and […]

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Make Toys Using Recyclables!


On average, how many boxes, plastic bottles and other recyclables do you dispose of each week? While their intended use is over, it doesn’t mean they still can’t be functional! Look at these three ways to turn your trash into toys! 1. Stair Slide If you’ve got sizable cardboard lying around (think refrigerator-sized boxes), flatten […]

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Popular Foods to Avoid


It can be difficult to tell your children that the foods they want to eat aren’t beneficial to their growth and health. However, with these foods, it is absolutely necessary. 1. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese It’s easy to whip up, but the high sodium level isn’t worth it. Not to mention the load of additives […]

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The Best Entertaining Yard Yet


Summer vacation is just around the corner, which means three months when kids can spend their days outside. While the backyard is a great place for families to spend their time, parents will want to make sure their space is ready for kids to have fun too. This year, keep guests of all ages entertained […]

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Father’s Day Photo Shoot Ideas


Step up your Father’s Day gifts with these fun photo shoot ideas! These are a sure way to add some creativity to the day and put a smile on his face. 1. Dress Up Like Dad This idea is best if you have multiple children (or, if you’re good with photo editing, one will work!). […]

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Twists on Classic Summer Treats


The Ice Cream Man may or may not be a regular on your block, but with these three recipes, you won’t need him! Ice Slushy Mostly Homemade Mom has used this recipe for over two years, and it remains the best and easiest way to treat your children during the summer. Check out the full […]

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Summer Slumber Party Ideas


Sleepovers are already great, but adding these summer twists will make them even better! Try out these summer slumber party ideas for loads of fun! 1. Camping Outside The weather is perfect, so it’s time to gather your extra bedsheets and build forts in your backyard! As always, be there for any technical support, but […]

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Giveaway: Mimijumi Baby Bottle


mimijumi, LLC based in Nashville, TN is a design-driven company that specializes in simple, safe and natural products for the modern family. Through the design and production of infant care essentials, mimijumi products are made for both baby and parent to create the most natural experience possible. This design is based on the psychological dynamics […]

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Tips For Beating Allergies This Spring


If April showers bring May flowers, then surely what comes next is the “wheezing and sneezing” of spring and summer allergies.  We’ve all heard the conventional advice before, but there are some less talked about ways that allergy sufferers can try to zap those nasty symptoms for good. Robin Wilson is an ambassador for the Asthma and […]

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