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TUSCALOOSA ’ S FAMILY MAGAZINE
PUBLISHED BY Kids Life Magazine , LLC P . O . Box 2372 , Tuscaloosa , AL 35403 205.610.9551 email : info @ kidslifemagazine . com www . KidsLifeMagazine . com Facebook . com / kidslifemagazine Twitter : @ kidslifemag Instagram : kidslifemag
PUBLISHER Kitty Collins
EDITORIAL COPY EDITOR Diana Barrett
DISTRIBUTION Mary Jane Turner
SOCIAL MEDIA Ryan Collins
EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Larry Deavers , Linda Holloway , Jamie Lake , Sarah Lyons , Christy Wright
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On Our Cover ...
Treble Makers Productions : NEW name , NEW opportunities for your kids , SAME big “ Treble Fam ”! Pictured left to right : Reef Beams , Ocean Beams , Harmony Beams , Ryan Beams , Sarah Beams & Kai Beams . Photography credit : Michael Gordon at lightwaveproductions . com
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TUSCALOOSA ’ S FAMILY MAGAZINE TREBLE MAKERS PRODUCTIONS :
HELPING OUR TUSCALOOSA KIDS SHINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT !
Are We There Yet ?
THE BEACH CLUB RESORT AND SPA , GULF SHORES ALABAMA
Shop Local Gift Ideas for Celebrating Moms and Dads
Keeping Kids Reading This
Are We There Yet ? The Beach Club , Gulf Shores Alabama . 8 Watch Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 5 Tips to Keep Kids Reading This Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Treble Makers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 3 Reasons You Should Start That Business . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Shop Local Gifts Ideas for Moms and Dads . . . . . . . . . . . 20 OWA Announces New Watersports Addition . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Dear Readers …
For those whose Moms are no longer with them , Mother ’ s Day can be bittersweet . While working on our Mother ’ s Day gift ideas in this issue , it dawned on me that I will personally pass a sad milestone this year . I have now been without my Mom longer than I had with her . She passed just a few months before my wedding so my children never knew her . I think my strongest memory I have of my Mom was her love for children . Not a child could cross her path without being smothered with hugs and kisses , I ’ m talking complete strangers . She was literally drawn to them like a magnet , I can ’ t even begin to imagine how she would have been with her own grandchildren . My mom wasn ’ t the super maternal type , but one thing we have in common is a love for beautiful clothing . She was my first fashion icon and always looked effortlessly fabulous . Once I was close enough to her size , I would spend hours in her gorgeous closet trying on clothing in my own private little shopping “ sprees ”. I still love wearing things I know she would have worn . In a silly and small way , it ’ s like keeping a part of her with me – especially living in a house full of boys !
On pages 20-21 of this issue you will find some fabulous gift ideas for Moms and Dads available in locallyowned shops right here in our community . Don ’ t forget those teacher gifts too ! I think this school year has brought teacher appreciation to a whole new level .
Whether you are the “ super-together ” organized mom who always has Shout wipes and Band-Aids in her bag or the “ I ’ m not even sure if everyone is wearing pants ” mom ( hand raised over here ) I hope you are celebrated gloriously this Mother ’ s Day !
If you missed our March / April Summer Camp issue , please check out our online Summer Camp Directory at www . KidsLifeMagazine . com as we keep this feature updated and available throughout the Summer .
Have a healthy , safe and happy Summer !
My last photo taken with my Mommie , Sharon Wilson Smith