Emily Draper

Emily Draper
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Emily grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from The University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration, where her love affair with all-things desert began. She originally moved to Tampa in 2009 to be closer to her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Kyle. Together, they have two amazing (and amazingly strong-willed!) kids, Charlotte and Connor. Since starting a family, Emily has also lived in South Carolina and Metro Detroit, before returning to the Tampa area in 2017 to franchise a fitness studio, Red Effect Infrared Fitness http://redeffectfitness.net/. In her spare time, Emily enjoys fitness, essential oils, reading, country music and anything crafty.

How Volunteering on Thanksgiving Changed My Experience

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together. But what do you do if you don't have a group to gather with? I ran into this dilemma one year in college, so...

My Daughter’s First Experience with a Bully

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It’s Possible to be a “Well-Rounded” Stay-at-Home Mom

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6 Tampa Bay Bike Trails That Will Get Your Kids Motivated to Ride

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4 Tips for Making Moving Easier for Kids

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Why Survival Swim Lessons Were the Best Choice for My Kids

I guess you could say our swimming lesson journey technically began at a friend's wedding reception. At that time my daughter was just over a year old. One of the other guests began telling...

How Do We Get People to Stop Driving Around School Buses?

There have been many rites of passage for my two kids since starting elementary school. Having a backpack full of school supplies, trying "hot lunch" in the cafeteria (and behaving appropriately while eating it!)...

Why I Love Having Two Kids Close In Age

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15 “Other” Uses for Diaper Rash Cream

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Nonprofit Spotlight: American Heart Association Tampa Bay

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