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Halloween Costumes Lakeland

Halloween Costume Stores in Lakeland and Polk County

Whether your child has his/her heart set on a certain costume you need to track down OR you want to browse a variety of costume ideas, we've got 9 different websites for you to use for ideas or costume shopping. Plus a list of local retailers where you can shop in store.
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Facemasks Required in Winter Haven

Face Masks Required Indoors in Winter Haven through October 15

On Monday, July 13 the Winter Haven City Commission voted to require face masks in indoor locations where social distancing cannot be maintained. A list of exceptions and additional details are included in the article.
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Face masks Required in Lakeland

Face Mask Mandate in Lakeland Extended Through October 5

On Tuesday, September 8, the Lakeland City Commission voted to require face masks through October 5. Masks are required in indoor locations where social distancing cannot be maintained. A list of exceptions and additional details are included in the article.
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Learn about Foster Care in Polk County

Do you have a heart for children? Have you ever considered becoming a foster caregiver? Or wanted to learn more about foster care but weren’t sure where to start? We’ve partnered with Heartland for Children to tell you more about foster care, address some common misconceptions, and how to start the process of becoming a foster caregiver.
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Lakeland Regional Health Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Lakeland Regional Health Opens Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Lakeland Regional Health is opening a brand new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on September 1. Children who need higher levels of medical care and round-the-clock nursing supervision can now be treated right here in Lakeland in the PICU.
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Should you let your kids watch Hamilton on Disney+?

Hamilton is being released on July 3 on Disney+ and we cant wait! It is a brilliant historical show with amazing music. If you're wondering if Hamilton is kid friendly or curious why it is rated PG-13, we’ve got more details on how to decide if it is appropriate for your kids.
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How to Prepare for a Hurricane (1)

Hurricane Preparation Tips – Lakeland & Polk County Florida

Another year, another hurricane season here in Florida. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst is our motto! Find out how to stay informed, local resources, emergency shelters, plus a huge list of tips to prepare your house for a possible hurricane.
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Children's Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness in Children and Teens during COVID-19

We interviewed a local psychiatrist to learn how to help our kids navigate disappointment, anxiety, isolation, and other mental wellness issues affecting children and teens right now. Watch the interview or read the full Q&A.
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10 Fun & Free Kids Car Games for your next Family Road Trip

Taking a road trip of any length with your kids can really, well, drive you crazy! Check out our ideas for kids car games that are free and require very little in the way of preparation or supplies.
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Mothers Day

Celebrating Moms – Ideas for Mother’s Day in Lakeland

Find out what mom really wants for Mother's Day! Ideas for celebrating moms in Lakeland and Polk County. Meal deals, activities, gift ideas, local discounts, and more.
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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

12+ Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Gifts This Year {including Virtual options}

May 4th - 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and here at my house, I have never appreciated teachers more than right now! While we can’t thank teachers in person at school, we can still show our appreciation with this great list of gift ideas teachers will love, including FREE Virtual Thank You ideas.
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Where to Shop Local for Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, and it has never been more important to support our local businesses when buying gifts! We’ve got a list of local products and services for your mom, wife, grandma, or other special mother you're celebrating this year.
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where to find help in Lakeland

Where to Find Help in the Lakeland Area – Free Food, Mental Health Resources, Financial Assistance, and more

Over the past few weeks, many families in our community have been impacted by layoffs, reductions in work hours, or changes to your income. There are support systems in place to help at an unprecedented time like this and we compiled a list of places to seek assistance in the Lakeland area. It is ok to need help.
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Mom Happiness boosters

Happiness Boosters and Sanity Savers for Moms

We always hear the sayings “take care of yourself first” and “make self-care a priority.” This has never been more important OR easier to do than right now. We've got a list of small things moms can do to boost your happiness and save your sanity during this time of uncertainty.
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Dr Erin Pediatric Dentistry

What families love about Dr. Erin & Pediatric Dentistry of Lakeland

Ask any group of Lakeland Moms for a recommendation for a pediatric dentist, and the name “Dr. Erin” will come up over and over again! Learn what families love about Pediatric Dentistry of Lakeland and why Dr. Erin is a favorite kids dentist in our community.
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Polk County Sheriff’s FREE Women’s Self Defense & Personal Safety Class

In 2020, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will have even MORE opportunities for women ages 13 & up to learn how to defend themselves through the FREE Women’s Basic Self Defense and Personal Safety Class offered twice each month.
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Teen Driver Challenge Polk Sheriff's Office

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Offering FREE Teen Driver Challenge Program

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Polk County School Board, are working to prepare our teens for safe driving. The Teen Driver Challenge is a FREE program offered to Polk County’s teens - find out how to register.
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MyEyeDr. Lakeland

What to Expect at the Eye Doctor – Our Visit to MyEyeDr. in Lakeland, FL

Read our review of MyEyeDr. in Lakeland and learn more about what to expect at an appointment with an eye doctor for kids or adults. Eye exams are quick and easy!
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Leadercast Women

Leadercast Women Central Florida: A Powerful One Day Leadership Event

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Make plans to attend this single-day, transformative leadership experience and walk away with the courage to make a difference in your community, the boldness to take control of your career and the confidence to lead others.
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Pregnancy Childbirth New Mom Guide Lakeland

Pregnancy, Childbirth, & New Mom Guide

Are you expecting a new baby? Or are you a pregnant mom who has recently moved to the Lakeland area? Start your parenting journey with our resources for a healthy and happy pregnancy. Find hospitals, OBGYN's, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, baby stores, pediatricians, and more.
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Ask the Experts: Q & A with Lakeland Regional Health Pediatricians

“What would you ask your pediatrician if you could sit and have an extended chat with them?” We asked, you answered, and now we are getting answers for you! Read our Q&A session with Dr. Janelle Lee and Dr. Maria Martinez-Ramos, pediatricians from Lakeland Regional Health.
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Scott Orthodontics – The Smile Specialists in Lakeland & Winter Haven

Is a visit to the orthodontist in your future? Whether you have concerns about your child’s teeth or jaw alignment, or are considering treatment as an adult, Scott Orthodontics can provide you with the compassionate and individualized care you and your family deserve.
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Lakeland Regional Center for Fetal Care

Center for Fetal Care at Lakeland Regional Health: Providing specialized care for high-risk pregnancies

For expecting women who are more likely to develop problems during pregnancy, the doctors at the Center for Fetal Care at Lakeland Regional Health can provide the reassurance and additional care you need to help guide you through a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
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College Financial Aid

Finding Financial Aid for College or Career School

One of the biggest barriers for most of us, and our kids, when it comes to higher education is the cost. We hear the phrase “financial aid is available” but we’re often not sure where to start. Learn where you can find financial aid for college and career schools.
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Colleges and Technical Schools in Lakeland (6)

College Bound: Lakeland Style – Colleges & Technical Schools in Lakeland

If you or your child are considering continuing your education, good news! We have some pretty incredible schooling options right here in Polk County, so you can head to class not too far from home. Learn more about places to earn an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, as well as certification programs.
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Replay Lakeland Baby Kids Consignment Store

Replay Lakeland: Upscape Kids Resale & Unique Boutique

Replay Lakeland is Lakeland’s new Upscale Kids Resale store. They have a fantastic selection of baby and kids clothing, shoes, toys, books, baby gear, Tula carriers, teething oil, maternity wear, diaper bags, and more. All items 40 – 50% off retail price!
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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Gifts… what to give and what to avoid

Teacher Appreciation & End of Year Gift Ideas. A list of do's and don'ts when it comes to giving gifts and showing teachers how much you appreciate them!
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Lakeland Regional Health Offers a Personalized Childbirth Experience with new changes in Labor & Delivery

Lakeland Regional Health provides moms with the opportunity to create a personalized birth experience. Learn more about the variety of birthing options and labor tools in the new Pavilion for Women & Children.
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Teen anxiety

Children’s Anxiety & Depression: When Medicine, Periodic Therapy, and Consistent Parenting Aren’t Enough

A local mom shares her journey through her son's battle with severe anxiety, including the signs that led them to seek treatment beyond medicine and periodic therapy. If you are worried about your own son or daughter's anxiety or depression, you are not alone.
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Mom Friends in Lakeland

10 Great Ways to Meet Mom Friends in the Lakeland Area

Making mom friends is intimidating. And hard. And often outside our comfort zone. But we all need friends through this journey of motherhood, so we are here to help with a few encouraging tips and a list of actual local places where moms congregate and your newest mom friend might be waiting.
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Lakeland Coffee Shops

A Lakeland Coffee Tour

The idea of coffee and community go hand in hand — enjoying a cup is as much about getting a much-needed boost as it is finding an opportunity to connect with other people, share stories, and try new things. Lakeland is full of amazing coffee options that are guaranteed to give you a delicious jumpstart and keep you going, all while knowing you’re supporting our local economy and building our community.
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Lakeland Donations Clothes Toys Furniture

Where to Donate Gently Used Toys, Clothing, Household Items, and more

Are you feeling the post-Christmas urge to purge?? Trying to get your house cleaned out and organized for the new year ahead? We’ve got a list of places to take your gently used and brand new items where they will be reused or resold to support a specific cause.
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Mom’s Night (or Day) Out – Lakeland Style

A break. A pause. A breather. Call it what you will, but many of us moms can’t recall the last time we had some real “me” time. We've taken the stress out of planning and created a list of fun, relaxing activities you can do locally that won’t break the bank and help you enjoy a well-deserved "mom break."
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Talking to Children About Violence

Talking to Children About Violence

A catastrophe, such as a violent act in school or a story heavily covered by the media, is frightening to children and adults alike. Learn more about how to talk with children about the event and decrease their fear.
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9Round Lakeland: The 30 Minute Workout for Busy Moms & Dads

9Round Lakeland: The 30 Minute Workout for Busy Moms & Dads

With no set class times, a quick 30 minute circuit workout, encouragement from personal trainers, and new exercises every day, we LOVE working out at 9Round Lakeland. Find out how you can try a workout for free!
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Breast Cancer Lakeland Regional Health

Women Facing Breast Cancer Have Many New Surgical Options

The Breast Cancer Team at Lakeland Regional Health is committed to learning and providing leading-edge technologies that will significantly affect your life after cancer. Read about the latest advanced treatments that are redefining the standards of cancer care.
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Prep Sportswear Lakeland School Team Gear

Get Personalized School Swag from Prep Sportswear – Hats, Shirts, Backpacks & more

Kick off the new school year with personalized fan gear to show your school pride. Get school swag from Prep Sportswear for over 100 schools in Lakeland & Polk County!
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Cheers to 9 Years: Celebrating the Blur of Being a Mom

Cheers to 9 Years: Celebrating the Blur of Being a Mom

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Tomorrow my oldest son turns 9. My firstborn. The boy that made me a mom. When did that happen and how are we halfway to 18??
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