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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

~ Summer Fun With SwimWays ~

Summer Fun With SwimWays

Did you know that National Learn To Swim Day is May 21st? I didn’t! You’d think that with 6 kids I’d know that there’s a day dedicated to learning how to swim, especially since I live in Florida, where it is so important to know how. All of my boys are decent swimmers and now we’re working on Joseph. He has yet to make the transition. If we hold him, he’s fearless and tries to jump out of our arms, but once you try and teach him, he hesitates. It’s products like those from SwimWays and the SwimWays Baby Spring Float that make summer fun with SwimWays and make the transition easier and safer. It is, after all, a life saving lesson that is extra important when you live in Florida, since it’s almost always pool or beach weather. It’s an essential skill that allows kids to have fun while staying safe.

Summer Fun With SwimWays
summer fun with swim ways
summer fun with swimways
summer fun with swimways

SwimWays actually started the National Learn to Swim Day in 2012. They’re a company that is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the single best float on the market today and for good reasons; It’s fun and easy to use and the SPF 50+ canopy feature is genius. It helps keep kids safe from the strong Florida sun rays, something that is exactly what Joseph needs because he has extremely sensitive skin.

SwimWays Swim Steps 3 level Program :

1. Introduction to water is all about keeping your baby safe, comfortable and balanced in SwimWays baby floats, just like the one Joseph is using above.

2. Toddlers love to be independent and Swim Step 2 is designed to work with kids who desire to explore with the perfect swimming aids like Swim vest, Swim Sweater and Swim Shorties.

3. Swim Step 3 products are like training wheels for the water. They make the final step in learning how to swim even more fun with their Power Swimmer Swim Trainers and the Sea Squirts Swim Assist Vests.

SwimWays has been teaching kids how to swim for over 40 years and I wish I had known about all these products sooner. This weekend we made our first step in transtioning Joseph into the pool with confidence and the SwimWays baby spring float made the process fun and easier for me to help Joseph yet still be able to balance baby Olivia (who’s next in line in a few short months) on my hip.

For more information, check out SwimWays at Toys R Us or visit TeachMeToSwim.com

~ 10 Minute Indoor S’mores Recipe ~

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

When you have a lot of kids like I do you have to plan ahead. This 4th of July we’re planning on heading over to Clearwater Beach to watch the fireworks.  Afterwards we plan on popping a tent and having a camp out in our living room. With Joseph being only one I figured this would be a great way to get everyone to have some fun together in the comfort of our home. The plan is to move all the game systems to the living room, watch  movies and make S’mores! You don’t always need a campfire to make S’mores so I plan on making my S’mores right in my oven.

I decided to test it out ahead of time and make the S’mores now to see how they’d  turn out and I have to admit it was a lot easier than I thought it would be and everybody loved them! This recipe was SO easy to make and the S’mores were just as yummy and gooey as the traditional camp fire S’mores.  For a festive touch I topped them with blueberries, strawberries and confection sugar.


10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars (sold in a 6 pack at Walmart)

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares **exclusively at Walmart

Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows

1 cup of chopped Strawberries

1 cup Blueberries

Confection sugar


***I used an iron skillet but if you use a pan make sure you line it before laying out the graham crackers.
Arrange Honey Maid Graham Squares in pan. **Gently break off corners so they fit the around pan.

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe
Place a Jet Puffed Marshmallow on each square.

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe
Place in oven on the highest rack with the broiler set on low. **Marshmallows toast quick stay near the stove other wise you risk burning them.

In under 3 minutes the marshmallows are toasted and ready for the chocolate.


Place as many Hershey chocolate squares as you’d like on top of the  marshmallows, gently press down and allow it to melt.

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe
Now top your S’mores with Honey Maid Squares. I wanted to give my S’mores a red, white and blue festive touch so I topped off the S’mores with blueberries, strawberries and then sprinkled confection sugar and Honey Maid Graham Cracker Square crumbs on top.

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

I found everything I needed at my local Walmart, look for their complete S’mores display or on end caps. **Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares are exclusive to Walmart

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

10 Minute Indoor S'mores Recipe

With this S’mores recipe any day can be a s’mores day indoors as well as outdoors.