Emily Draper

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. Since starting a family, Emily has also lived in South Carolina and Metro Detroit, before returning to the Tampa area in 2017. Emily is a REALTOR® and in her spare time, she enjoys fitness, essential oils, reading, country music, and anything crafty.

4 Tips for Making Moving Easier for Kids

I lived in the same house for my first eighteen years. My parents then moved our family during my senior year of high school. That was the first of nine moves during the second...

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

There's a saying something along the lines of "nothing worth having comes easy." If the author of this quote wasn't directly referring to having kids, they definitely should have been. My friend and I...
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17 “Other” Uses for Diaper Rash Cream

Article updated May 2021. If I've learned one thing as a parent, it's that every child is different and every parent is different. What works well for one person might not work at all for...

Nonprofit Spotlight: American Heart Association Tampa Bay

As most moms will probably admit, we don't always make ourselves a priority. It's easy to let things fall to the wayside, especially when it comes to our health. According to the American Heart...

5 Words That Are Staying in Last Year for a More Positive New Year

As a mom, I often encounter self-imposed pressure to "do all the things." With the sun setting on another year, I have a goal for myself for the new year (and beyond!) to reframe...

Why It’s Best To Allow My Daughter To Dress Herself

My daughter has always had an opinion on what she wants to wear. I used to joke that she (and by she, I mean WE) couldn't leave the house with any less than five pieces...

5 Old School Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

I've loved books as long as I can remember. My mom worked at a library when she was pregnant with me, so it's possible this love-affair started long before I ever laid eyes on...
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5 Tips For Surviving Motherhood When You Live Far From Family

As the mom of two elementary-age kids born 16 months apart, I've had a decent amount of parenting challenges. My husband and I are transplants to Tampa, so one of the most challenging things...