Poolside Baby Shower

by Tracy Kunzler

Poolside Baby Shower

How to Throw an Amazing Outdoor Baby Shower

Did you know more babies are born in September than any other month? The next most popular birth months are August, June, and July, in that order. This means pool season is the most popular time for baby showers! (And that October, November, December and January are popular for something else all together!)

Dads are too-often left out of baby showers, and they should really be made to feel included in all things baby – ESPECIALLY upcoming diaper changes and late-night feedings! So, get them in the swim of things with a co-ed “BaByQ” pool party that celebrates both expectant parents! We’ve got you covered from invitations to menu to games to gifts! And since this page is titled “Relax,” you won’t experience any labor pains birthing this fun and easy party!

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!

Check out our dedicated baby shower board on Pinterest!

Follow SwimWays’s board Best Baby Shower Gifts & Ideas on Pinterest.


Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

You asked, I answered – Choosing Flotation for Kids and Adults

by Mario Vittone

Mario VittoneSwimWays asked “What questions do you have for Mario?” and you answered! Not surprisingly, Swimways fans asked about flotation. Questions about pool floats and life jackets are very common, especially from parents.  So long as you understand that there are two sides to the answers – safety versus fun – you’ll be able to make good choices for your family on flotation devices for use in all bodies of water.

You see, as a serious advocate of water safety, I’m a big fan of life jackets. As a serious advocate of fun, I’m a big fan of pool floats – they are not the same thing.  You can learn more about that difference in a previous blog post, but for now, on to your questions. Continue reading

Treat Mom to a Poolside Garden Brunch This Mother’s Day

by Tracy Kunzler

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Cupcake bouquet: natventures.tumblr.com, Blooming table setting: bitememore.com, Smoked salmon platter: kitchencentsability.blogspot.com

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 which, coincidentally, is about the time many of us open our pools for the season and have gardens bursting with their first blooms! So, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Mom with a pretty, poolside garden brunch! After all, where would we be without moms? I think you know where! Half of us would be dead since we jumped off cliffs just because our friends did or because we were denied life-saving medical procedures after getting ourselves in car accidents without having good, clean underwear on! Thanks to moms, everyone knows surgeons will deny life-saving surgery to anyone not wearing good, clean underwear! (Of course, I often wonder how underwear stays “good” and “clean” after a terrible accident.)

Yes, without moms, we’d be in big trouble! So let’s thank all the mothers in our lives – grandmothers, aunts, special friends and neighbors – by giving them a special, EASY celebration! Remember, the name of this page is “Relax.” Even if you’ve never boiled water or tied a bow, you can put together this delicious, gorgeous party! Even the youngest members of the family can help!

This year, show mom you’re grateful you have the good sense not to jump off cliffs and to wear good, clean underwear by honoring her with a special garden brunch she’ll be especially thankful for!

Check out Tracy’s Mother’s Day poolside garden brunch series via the links below!

Follow SwimWays’s board Pool & Beach Party Ideas on Pinterest.


Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

National Learn to Swim Day Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest

To celebrate the third annual National Learn to Swim Day on May 17th, we’re hosting a kids coloring contest during the month of  May!

How to enter: Simply print one of the coloring pages from the Coloring Contest page on TeachMeToSwim.com for your child to color, or you can even let your kid create his or her very own masterpiece! Scan or take a picture of their work of art and submit it via our contest page on Facebook (click on the “Color and Win” tab.)

Judging and prizes: Three winners will be chosen from the drawings entered. Two will be chosen by our staff and the other by popular vote on Facebook. Each winner will receive a prize pack containing three items of their choice: One Swim Step item, one Toy, and one Spring Float!

For more information, to check out the prizes, and to read the official rules, click here.