Leslie Walbolt

Leslie has lived in Seminole for three years now, following moves from South Florida and Philadelphia due to her clergy husband’s career. An attorney in a former life, she is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys - an energetic four year old and a huggable one year old. Most of her time is spent chasing down (she means playing with) her two littles on playgrounds, during church services, and pretty much everywhere else (they're fast runners). Leslie loves to travel, work on her fitness at the local YMCA, and catch up on movies and books whenever possible. When she finds a free moment, she enjoys writing for her Growing a Kid blog, found at www.growingakid.com. It follows the ups and downs of her life.

4 Family-Friendly Tampa Bay Breweries to Celebrate Dad

My plans to celebrate my husband this Father's Day include a mix of giving him alone time as well as some family time with all four of us. Unless my kids make him something...

Winter is Here: Prepping Your Florida Kids for the North

People who know me understand that I hate winter. The snow is not my natural habitat, especially since I’m a native Floridian. Some Floridians think snow is this magical, mythological, and wonderful creation. I...

Best Nature Hikes (For Every Age) In Tampa Bay

My family loves being outside! Living in the Tampa Bay Area, we have an embarrassing abundance of riches when it comes to outdoor experiencing. We playground it up on the daily, have water adventures...
25 Books Celebrating the Wonder of Christmas

25 Books Celebrating the Wonder of Christmas

It’s no secret my family reads extensively. I’ve previously written about our love of the written word in a couple of other TBM posts, but wintery and Christmas books are my FAVORITE books of...

Navigating the Pinellas School Choice Process

Ever since my 4-year-old began preschool in August, I have been on a research quest to find an elementary school for him to attend next year. I knew I could definitely cross out homeschooling...

Oh, The Places You’ll Go (With A MOSI Membership)

Last summer, I had the brilliant idea of purchasing a Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Explorer Membership under the auspices of learning about science with my toddler. Truthfully, I got it to beat...
Being a mom with chronic asthma

Being a Mom with Chronic Asthma

Being a mom with a chronic illness is difficult. Despite my best efforts, my asthma has not been under control lately. Ever since I became pregnant with my second son a little over two...
The County Life: Residing In Pinellas' Unincorporated Zone

The County Life: Residing In Pinellas’ Unincorporated Zone

When we moved to the Tampa Bay Area about three years ago, we bought our first home. No more apartment life for us! We had a short period of time to find a move-in...
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Watching with Kids? A Guide for Viewing the Solar Eclipse in Tampa Bay

You may have heard that a solar eclipse will be viewable in the Tampa Bay Area on Monday, August 21, 2017. If you haven't, then you are officially on notice! It's the first time...
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My 3 Rules For Storing Kids’ Artwork

My kid is a great artist! And by great, I mean prolific - every single day he brings home from the gym with new pages meticulously colored. Then there's the library crafts he does...