Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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10 Fun Seashell Crafts To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Melted Crayon Seashells Shell crafts to do with kids

Wether you’re a local or just visiting Southwest Florida collecting shells at the beach is always a favorite past time, so I’m sure you probably have tons of seashells lying around. Put some of those awesome beach finds to good use this summer by making some adorable crafts with your kids. There are so many …

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Great STEAM Summer Camps In Southwest Florida

From robotics and video game design to awakening your child’s inner artist with painting classes there are many options in Southwest Florida when it comes to summer camps that promote STEAM learning (in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Here are some of our favorite options for STEAM camps in Fort Myers, …

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On The Water: Summer Camps That Put Kids In Contact With The Ocean 

paddle boarding summer camp Southwest Florida

The ocean is Southwest Florida’s greatest attraction, so give your kids a chance to make the most of the beautiful water this summer with these awesome summer camps. There are so many great options for summer camps throughout the area, but not all of them give kids the opportunity to take a dip in the …

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10 Mother’s Day Beach Picnic Ideas

Beach picnic

The weather here in Florida is so beautiful during Spring! Why not take advantage of the warm air and gorgeous sunshine by celebrating Mother’s Day at the beach? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your mother than with a picnic lunch on the sand while listening to the waves crash into the …

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Things to Do In Sanibel Island’s Lighthouse Beach

Sanibel Lighthouse beach

Lighthouse beach is located at the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. This is one of the most scenic beaches in the island, not only is it home to the Sanibel Lighthouse but it also offers sweeping views of the San Carlos Bay and Fort Myers beach skyline as well as beautiful views of the Gulf …

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iWonder STEAM Camps in Fort Myers: Sparking Creative Thinking And Innovation

Summer can be the perfect time for kids to explore special interests, focus on being creative and innovative and focus on learning through fun activities and discovery. When looking for a summer camp we always look for a program that exposes our kids to new experiences and knowledge. This year we are really excited for our …

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Painting With A Twist Summer Camps In Fort Myers

Painting with a twist summer camp

Summer is here! Kids can paint their summer fun at Painting with a Twist Fort Myers’ Kids Summer Camps and Classes. My kids just love Painting With A Twist! They attended the camp last year where they created a work of art every day for a week, You can choose weekly or daily camps. Trained …

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Where To Eat In Gainesville With Kids

Satchels Gainesville

There are so many options when looking for a good place to eat in Gainesville but we picked some great family friendly options that run the gamut from pizza and southern fare to sushi and popsicles. Satchels Pizza If you are visiting Gainesville with kids Satchels Pizza is not to be missed.  This pizza joint offers …

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Things To Do In Sanibel Island With Kids

Shelling in Sanibel with kids

Sanibel is located in Southwest Florida just minutes away from Fort Myers. This barrier island boasts spectacular beaches, world class shelling and a laid-back ambiance reminiscent of old time Florida.  There are no chain restaurants, no theme park attractions, no high-rise condos or traffic lights here and family fun goes back to what it used to …

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Super Science And Amazing Art Summer Camps: Science, Engineering, Coding & So Much More!

Filled with hands on educational experiments and projects, outside activities, and character building exercises Super Science and Amazing Art camps are a great way for you kids to learn this summer while they have a fantastic time! You have probably seen Mr Glen sharing his love and passion for science and making fun experiments at …

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