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Goldfish Swim School Celebrates Water Safety Awareness Month #AdventureswithBabyB

b in goldfish t shirt

We’ll meet you at Goldfish Swim School!

How cool is this??? Goldfish Swim School is celebrating Water Safety Awareness Month and you can join!

Families will receive tips on staying safer in and around the water this summer during free event on Saturday, May 20

WHO:  Goldfish Swim School’s professional, certified and trained instructors, area families and local community partners

WHAT:  Goldfish Swim School’s annual Water Safety Day will be held at the Fishers and Carmel locations. At the free events, children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury death among children ages 1 to 4. Goldfish aims to educate families by calling attention to steps we can all take to prevent accidents from occurring.

At this fun and informative event, there will be:
·       Water safety tips from Goldfish and safety professionals
·       Family swim with professional, certified lifeguards on duty
·       Fire trucks and rescue personnel
·       Water safety clinics
·       Kids entertainment
·       Food and beverages
·       Open Swim
·       Bounce House (Carmel)
WHEN: Both events will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Goldfish Swim School – Carmel (This is where #BabyB and I will be)!
Merchants’ Square, 271 Merchants Square Drive, Suite A-100
Carmel, IN 46032

Goldfish Swim School – Fishers
11581 Geist Pavilion Dr. #114
Fishers, IN 46037We hope to see you there! Learn more at https://carmel.goldfishswimschool.com/events/water-safety-day/.

Kylie is Back… #AdventureswithBabyB

I wish I could have caught #BabyB’s excitement on camera when he saw his teacher Kylie! If you missed the blog about how much he loves his teacher, click here.   Kylie was out two weeks with the flu and was on spring break, so #BabyB missed her.  Fortunately, Goldfish Swim School is always prepared with substitute teachers, so we never had to miss a lesson.

When #BabyB saw Kylie through the observation wall, he was so overjoyed. bummed he can't see kylie He wasn’t too happy though when he realized he couldn’t get in the pool! Don’t worry. He didn’t have to wait long. His class was starting shortly after we arrived.

Swim classes are only a half-an-hour long which is plenty of time to play, learn, and have fun. With a 90 degree heated pool, you don’t waste any of your lesson trying to warm up!  The super fun part of today’s lesson was the new fish toy.  Part of the lesson includes swimming across the pool after a duck or ball (motivation).  Well, today, we had a new toy–a goldfish!  #BabyB did not want to give his up!

kylieEven if you go to the same class every week, every lesson is different. You learn the same important water safety skills, but you use different songs and change the order of the activities. A special activity such as a boat ride, slide ride, water raft, or something like that is included. The kids always provide great entertainment, too!

Interested in putting your kid in swimming lessons? Sign up today! With perpetual lessons, you don’t have to wait for a new session to start. For more information, visit the Goldfish Swim School Carmel website.


You Say it’s Your Birthday… #AdventuresWithBabyB

So what better way to spend your birthday than in your favorite place… The pool!

We thought about rescheduling his lesson for today, but #BabyB loves the pool so much, I thought having him at one of his favorite places would be best. Boy, was I right! Being the pool is exactly where he wanted to be.

As a special birthday treat, #BabyB received a postcard in the mail from Goldfish Swim School wishing him a happy birthday and letting him pick out a special treat from the snack area. He also received a ribbon congratulating him on swimming on his birthday. He was super stoked.

Did you know Goldfish Swim School hosts birthday parties? How fun would it be to have a pool party?!?!

Here are the details:

Lifelong Memories for Kids 4 months to 12 yearsNothing says “party” like a 90-degree swimming pool decked out exclusively for a special little boy or girl on their special day. For parents, nothing says “easy” like having the Goldfish team handle all the details and cleanup.

Please see swim lesson fees for party pricing and duration. Price includes up to 24 children. One party coordinator and two certified lifeguards will be provided to help with your party. Extra lifeguards will be required for parties over 24 children.

Our special party package gives you:

  • Two hours of private access to the facility
  • Certified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities
  • Invitations with a map to our facility and matching envelopes
  • Table coverings, plates, cups, napkins, and forks
  • Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces
  • Cupcakes and beverages for the children
  • Goldfish T-shirt for the birthday child

*Please note:

  • A non-refundable deposit is required for all parties.
  • An adult must be in the water with each child that cannot swim independently.


Reserve your party today by pre-registering online or call us at (317) 810-0790 for more information!

Let’s Talk About the Locks… #AdventureswithBabyB

It is hard to find something to NOT like about Goldfish Swim School Carmel. I mean, seriously, a heated pool, showers with free baby soap, a heated pool… Yes, I like the heated pool because I have to get in with #BabyB.  I did find one thing that can be improved though–the changing room locks.

changing roomLet me clarify, nothing is actually wrong. The changing rooms are spacious enough to get in and get out quickly. Unfortunately, I have an almost two-year-old that is three feet tall and learned that if he pulls the handle down the lock pops and he can open the door. I’m not so worried about him opening the door and taking off. He can’t really get that far.  What he can do though is expose his naked mama to everyone in the viewing gallery! Oops!  Sorry about that, Goldfish.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t that bad. I did make me change up my strategy for getting us out of the changing room a little faster though. The key is to get yourself changed first while the baby is wrapped up in their towel nice and cosy. Then change the baby once you are dressed so if he runs off you can run after him!

Goldfish Swim School has been great for getting #BabyB ready for the swimming season. They could be great for your kid, too.  Not only do they have swimming lessons, but they have special programs, too.  Check those out here.

Have a question about my experience? Send me an email! #melforgoldfish

Grandma Comes to Swimming Lessons… #AdventureswithBabyB

swimming with grandmaToday was a super fun day at swimming lessons because #BabyB got to show off to Grandma! One of the many cool features of Goldfish Swim School Carmel is the observation set up. Not only is the observation area the entire length of the pool, but if you are with a baby (or toddler), you can actually sit on the deck near the side of the pool to watch. This is pretty exciting for visitors and it is pretty good motivation for #BabyB to show off his skills.

Event though #BabyB has the same teacher, he has the opportunity to make new friends during this new class time.  He has adjusted pretty well and is mostly concerned with getting me soaking wet.  He is definitely better at floating, he has no concerns with going under water, and he even climbed up the slide himself (when he wasn’t supposed to).  It is hard to believe he has only been in classes since November!

Curious about what a Goldfish Swim School looks like?  Give yourself a tour here!

Thanks for this opportunity, Goldfish! #melforgoldfish

New Class Time, New Experience at Goldfish #AdventureswithBabyB

IMG_4506When #BabyB first started taking swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School Carmel, we had him in a 7:00 p.m. class thinking it would wear him out and he would be ready for bed when we got home. Boy, was I wrong! Even after showering, putting on pajamas, and a smooth car ride home, that boy found a second wind and was up for another few hours.  With the mantra for 2017 being #simplify, it was time to make a change.

In an effort to #simplify our schedules and create more of a balance to our crazy work/home life, we adjusted #BabyB’s childcare schedule.  I now pick him up in Carmel every day at 3:30.  Well, since we are already in Carmel, doesn’t it make sense to just go swimming lessons from school and then go home for dinner?  It sounded like a good plan… Luckily it worked great!

No more rushing home to cook dinner, then racing back to Carmel, then losing the rest of the evening.  No more waiting in line for changing rooms, either! So far so good.  The beauty of this schedule change is how simple it was to make. I just spoke with Brooke and Andrew at the front desk, we looked for some open classes with the same teacher, found a good time, and were all set.  With perpetual lessons, the class schedules are flexible.  Here is more information about perpetual lessons:

  1. Perpetual Lessons also provide a more affordable option for members to pay for swim lessons. Monthly lesson payments eliminate patrons having to come up with such a large sum of money at the beginning of each session.
  2. Perpetual lessons provide clients with a consistent day and time until they choose to make a change. We don’t rearrange our schedule every 3 months which provides a more consistent swim lesson experience for both the students and parents.

We can’t wait until next week! We are so thankful for this opportunity.  Thanks, Goldfish!


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Allergic Reactions are No Fun… #AdventuresWithBabyB

IMG_4477Since we started swim lessons at Goldfish Swim Schools in November, #BabyB has been dealing with some health struggles.  We have had a few rounds of ear infections and the latest health challenge was an auto-immune reaction to amoxicillin.  After some steroids and Benadryl, #BabyB is doing just fine, but we did have to miss swim lessons AGAIN.  I hate when we miss his swim lessons at Goldfish Swim Schools!

If #BabyB’s lessons were session based, we would have wasted quite a bit of money.  Since Goldfish Swim School has a perpetual swim lesson model, we really aren’t missing out at all! If you miss a lesson and call in, you can have a makeup lesson added to your account and go to another class. The consistency of the lessons helps build skills and confidence, so not missing out on a week and being to attend another class is super valuable!

We will try again next week.  We are switching class times, so we will be with a new group of kids, but we are excited to be with same teacher, Kylie.

We’ll check back in next week!  To learn more about Goldfish Swim Schools, visit https://goldfishswimschool.com/ and check out #BabyB’s school on facebook.

Another Monumental Moment at Goldfish Swim School… #AdventuresWithBabyB

IMG_4506So, this may seem like no big deal if you are not a parent, but if you have been taking your son to Goldfish Swim School since November and this is the FIRST TIME it’s happened, it’s monumental… #BabyB climbed out of the pool as directed (elbow, elbow, tummy, knee!) and ACTUALLY SAT DOWN!!! HE DIDN’T RUN OFF!!!  THIS IS HUGE!!!

Seriously, this is a really big deal. Before (and I mean every single class), #BabyB would climb out of the pool and get up and run off for a toy.  I would have to jump out after him or my husband or my mom would have to wrangle him.  If I was embarrassed easily, that would have embarrassed me. I usually laughed it off, but I was still frustrated that he was getting IMG_4483distracted and not following directions.  After reminding myself that he is not even two yet, I usually felt better and we would move on with our song and jump back in the pool.  One thing I did do purposefully, though, is switch up our place on the wall. Yes, I purposefully moved #BabyB to the
end of the line AWAY from the toys.  This definitely helped him focus and stick with the activities at hand.

I am just beaming with pride at the progress this little man has made since he started at Goldfish Swim School Carmel in November.  He was never scared of the water, and honestly, that is what prompted me to get him into lessons.  I want him to learn water safety. I don’t want him to be afraid of the water and I want him to learn how to take care of himself around water.  For not even being two yet, he is making wonderful progress.  He blows bubbles, he goes under water, he kicks, he paddles, and he is willing to try new activities.  I call that a win!IMG_4522

Each week we practice safety skills in a HEATED pool.  We splash, we sing songs, we gain confidence, and we get to spend quality time together.  Our half hour a week in the pool is pretty special.  Interested in learning more?  Visit the Goldfish Swim School website.


Back on track… #AdventuresWithBabyB

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We are finally back on track at Goldfish Swim School. We made it to our regular class, we had a great half an hour of swimming, and #BabyB adjusted well to having a substitute teacher. Sometimes you just don’t know how your kid is going to react to someone new, especially in a no so familiar territory (aka, a pool), but he did great!

I made some adjustments, too.  During every class, at some point and time, we work on the safe way to pull yourself out of the pool and get into the pool. Well, this is usually a challenge for me because #BabyB doesn’t just get out of the pool and sit on the edge. He gets out of the pool and steals a toy or jumps in the boat on the deck or even runs away!  Not this week,on the end though! Mama got smart.  While crab walking over to the other end of the pool, I realized #BabyB would be towards the end of the line right by the bin of balls.  I wasn’t wasting any time.  I just grabbed him and helped him “swim” to the front of the line to keep him away from distractions–and it worked!  He got out of the pool, sat on the edge, jumped back in, got back out… Pretty much, he just followed directions. I think this may be the first week I didn’t have to jump out of the pool to grab him.  #success

Interested in learning more about how your little one can get used to the boatwater, have fun, and learn safety at the same time? Check out Goldfish Swim Schools.  They have year around lessons, a heated pool, comfortable changing rooms, a great observation deck, family swim days, and more!  #BabyB loves it.  Maybe your kid will love it, too.

The #MomFail… #AdventuresWithBabyB

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It’s only Tuesday, and I knew I was pushing it.  Sometimes you just know you are going to have a crazy week and you should probably minimize your commitments, but do you do it? No! Why would you do that?!?! You are super mom!  Well, this time, I accomplished a super #momfail.

b and daniel tiger

When all else fails, let him watch Daniel Tiger.

Originally, I was supposed to be on IndyStyle Friday of this week.  Well, I messed up my schedule (doubled booked like always), and, fortunately, we were able to move the spot to Wednesday.  I messaged all my Indiana Originals members, items were being delivered, and everything was smooth sailing.  I had one member that I wanted to feature whose item wasn’t ready yet, but I promised to try my best to swing by and pick it up.  This plan works out great when your minutes have more than 60 seconds in them.  For some reason, I think NO MATTER WHAT, I can get it all done.

Since #BabyB has swimming lessons in Carmel at Goldfish Swim School, I figured we would pack up, get the kid in the car, drive to Redemption Alewerks for dinner, pick up the growler, get to swimming lessons, then get home and put the kid to bed so I can work more.  It was actually a well thought out plan and worked out great! We even made it to swimming lessons ON TIME!  Then it hit me…  Lance didn’t remember putting the swim bag in the back of the car… I didn’t remember putting the swim bag in the car…  We know #BabyB didn’t put the swim bag in the car… WE FORGOT THE SWIM BAG!!!  All that rushing and planning and success only to have a substantial #momfail of forgetting the swim bag.  Oh, well.  I just went inside, told Brooke about my mess up, and went home.  You can only do so much, right?  Let the guilt go, and try again next week.