Saturday, September 22, 2018

What Should You Be Thinking About Post Labour & Birth?

In the build-up to birth, expectations are pretty heavy for how the birth will go. During the last month,
in particular, mothers focus so heavily on making sure the house is perfect and ready for the new
arrival. Moving on to then ensuring that the dressing unit is filled with nappies, wipes, vest, sleepsuits,
blankets, hats, booties… this list goes on. Often times, mothers forget that in the two weeks following
birth, their own body goes through a lot of adjustment. In fact, the first two weeks are just the start.


Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash


So what kind of things are worth thinking about?


Well, it is worth bearing in mind you are likely to bleed for anywhere between a few days a couple of
weeks. This will depend on if you are breastfeeding, how the birth went, if you have previous births
or a history of heavy bleeding. Where once it was all about the ultra thick sanitary pads, times have
moved on to a point where there are a lot of choices now, in fact, Innerparents have a brilliant article
on the best postpartum underwear choices.


Your stomach has been bearing the burden of your growing uterus and baby for the last few months.
In the final few weeks, it gets cumbersome. Your core is likely being pushed to its limits, meaning that
post birth you might feel some weakness in this area. In fact, it might cause you to feel slightly
unstable and ‘weak’ in the first week or so. A stomach support belt is an excellent idea for some
extra support.


High energy foods. Labour and birth are pretty hardcore in terms of the energy you use, and the
strength it takes. That on top of growing a tiny human for all these months is pretty tiring work.
So, something you should be mindful of is that you might not have much time to cook nutritious meals
with a new arrival. Ahead of birth, think about prepping some meals and freezing them. Lots of
vegetables, lean meats like chicken and plenty of iron-rich foods. Hearty soups, stews, pasta dishes
and plenty of water in easy reach. This part isn’t about dieting, it’s about replenishing energy and
getting you through the long nights.


Soft, stretchy clothing. While you are likely to be both simultaneously feeling svelte and a little wobbly
in some area, comfort should be a priority. It’s totally normal and is something that most moms go
through. It won’t matter if you’ve had a c-section or given birth vaginally, just having some soft,
stretchy clothing for the first few days is going to be nice and comfortable.


A supply of paracetamol. After a few days, your organs will begin to move back to where they once
were. During this time you might be in a little bit of pain with trapped gas, contracting uterus and
other aches and pains. Take it slow and take pain relief when you need to. Be sure to check with
your GP, or Midwife team to make sure you don’t take anything that is going to cross into your milk
or affect other medication you may be on.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lexington, Kentucky Mamas: Have You Tried Shipt Yet?


Okay y'all! I hope you are listening up because I want to share something with you guys that is really going to be life changing. Disclaimer: This is only going to be life changing if you live in the Lexington area. Otherwise, life is going to be the same. (Sorry.) 

What I am excited to share with all my local readers is a little thing called Shipt! I recently signed up with Shipt to become a shopper, and I have been having a great time! I wish so badly that I could be on the other side of the fence and be a customer, but, alas, I live too far away! So, what is Shipt? It's essentially a grocery delivery service that allows you to order from either Target or Meijer (if you are in Lexington), and have your groceries delivered the same day! It's Amazing! 

Now, if you are in a different metro area than Lexington, Kentucky, chances are that Shipt is available in your area, and it might even be at more stores than the ones I mentioned! You can get your groceries delivered the same day, and you can schedule your deliveries in advance. And, if groceries aren't what you need, your shopper can pick up a TV for you, a box of diapers, some toilet bowl cleaner, or some nail polish. Whatever you need, Shipt has got you covered! 


If you are just signing up for Shipt, make sure to use this code to save $10 off your first order: 

SHIPTKY 
Just enter this code when you sign up, and you will get $10 off your first grocery order! This service is, logically, great for busy moms, but also perfect for daycare owners, business owners who need to stock their break room, caterers preparing for events, and restaurants that run out of products! Really, check it out! 


Captain Marvel Trailer and Official Movie Poster FINALLY Released! Get Your First Look!

Guyssssss! I am so excited to share this news with you! As a huge fan (my whole household is actually!) of the Marvel Universe, we have been anxiously awaiting any news of the new Captain Marvel film that is coming out in March 2019! Well, friends, today is the day! The official trailer and the movie poster have finally been released! So excited! Check them out!

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. 






Monday, September 17, 2018

Join Catch By C Space To Influence Your Favorite Brands!

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Why It's Okay To Hire A Maid Service



As a mom, one of the hardest things to keep up with with is housekeeping. It's hard when you are a mom of one, and believe me, it's still hard when you are a mom of four! Add in a few fur babies, a messy husband, and multiple outside the home jobs, and you have the makings of a DISASTER at home! However, it's a weird thing that moms do. We struggle with housework, but then we also feel guilty about hiring a cleaning service. It's so weird! Even in mom groups or family functions, it's almost like we are afraid to admit that we need housework help. It's like a whole other level of "mom shaming", and it's nuts! That's why I am here to tell you it is OKAY to ask for help when it comes to housekeeping, and here's why! 

WE ARE MOMS, NOT SUPER HEROES! 

Yeah, us moms are pretty awesome creatures, but we ain't perfect! (We even use the word ain't sometimes!) It's just literally impossible for one woman to run the entire show by herself. From working all day, to cooking dinner, making sure people get baths, homework gets done, school clothes are ready, that I pay a tiny bit of attention to my poor neglected husband, and so on and so on, there just ISN"T enough time in the day to get everything done. Some things, like feeding your family, or taking a shower, are non negotiable. So, what gets thrown to the wayside? In my case, it's the housework. 

It is SUCH a good feeling to be able to come home to a clean house, not have to stress about it, and not have to do whatever chore it may be that you absolutely hate. (For me, it's bathrooms, and I bet some of y'all can agree!) It frees up enough time for you to be able to hang out with your kids, your hubby, your dog, or your friends. You can catch a movie on Netflix, or go to bed an hour earlier, because, come on, we all need more sleep! Really, taking the initiative to hire a house cleaning service can be life changing for a mom! 

Bottom line, don't be embarrassed or ashamed! Be proud that you are smart enough to hire some outside help to come in and lighten the load for you! I promise, you will be glad you did! Leave a comment below and tell me if you had a housecleaning service come in to help you, what chore would you be most happy to give up? For me, it would definitely be the potties! (Four boys, ewwww!) PS: IF you are looking for a great house cleaning service in the Santa Barbara area, call Nancy at 805-724-7082, or visit her website: https://nancyshousekeepingservice.com/.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Is Online Dating Just What You Are Looking For?



It's definitely NOT something that is on my radar, at least not anymore, but I know a lot of people out there are looking for "the one" and are trying to get back on the dating scene. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out on your love finding journey, or if you are getting back in the game after a bad breakup or divorce, it's not easy for anybody. Especially now, in this day and age, with all of the different dating websites out there, it can be more than a little bit overwhelming! I think that there are positives and negatives when it comes to online dating and dating websites, and we are going to talk a little bit about those today.

I really feel like online dating and dating websites make it easier to meet someone. Now, you don't have to wander around, trying to meet someone in the supermarket. There is no more venturing out to bars, hoping to at least see someone that you might like to give your phone number to. The best part of all, if you ask me, is that the invention of dating websites and online dating also means no more blind dates. Now, don't get me wrong, we love dates, but blind dates are a whole other ball game! I don't know anybody who actually enjoyed getting set up on a legit "blind date" back in the day! Luckily, we don't have to deal with that anymore now that we have a plethora of options available when it comes to finding love!

Even though online dating and dating websites have done a lot to make our love lives easier, it can still be a bit overwhelming. At least in my opinion, it is a little bit stressful, especially when the market is so saturated with different dating websites and places to make a love connection. Whether you are looking for christian dating sites, dating sites for "farmers", dating sites for people over 50, dating sites for people who like rock climbing, dating sites for people who like rock music, or dating sites for people who have pet rocks, you can pretty much bet there is a dating site for you out there! This can be sort of overwhelming and can make it hard to decide where exactly to "jump in" so to speak! It's definitely important to take your wants and needs into consideration when you are thinking of exploring the world of online dating, since you might find that it is more intimidating than you thought, or on the other hand, even better than you originally thought!

If you are a single person trying to jump into today's dating game, I must say that I do not envy you! I would be too scared to jump into the dating game head first today, and things have changed SO much since I was a "dater"! It's funny to think about the fact that it is so much easier to find a partner these days, but it's also a little bit scary and overwhelming when you think about just how much is out there! There definitely is something for everyone, and if you are single and looking for a partner, you are lucky to be dating in the golden technology age! It used to be so very hard to meet people but not anymore! Now, your soulmate could be only a few clicks away! Imagine how crazy that would sound to tell a person who was born just a generation or two ago!

My advice would definitely be to do your research if you are wanting to join a dating site. Some are definitely more reputable than others, and some cater to very different crowds. It is up to you to do the investigation needed to determine which dating website is right for you.Can you imagine the embarrassment and worry you would face if, for example, you accidentally signed up for a "hookup" dating website when you are busy trying to find the love of your life? I can imagine that would be a pretty bad feeling, so don't get sucked into that type of situation! It just goes to show that if you are looking for love, there are plenty of opportunities out there, but don't get sucked into a bad one! Be careful with your decision making when you are in the online dating world, and make sure that you make good choices! However, if you are open to meeting "the one", then my advice to you is to get out there, explore the different types of dating apps out there, and find the one that is right for you! There is nothing to be nervous about and nothing to be scared of, so just jump in!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Is The Best Organic Baby Formula? #Organic #Baby #ImportedFromGermany #SimplyTheBest

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As most of you guys already know, so many things change when you have a baby. Things that you would never have cared about before suddenly become super important. One of the things that many women become concerned about during pregnancy and beyond is nutrition. It's only natural for women to want to feed their babies only the best, and sometimes it can be difficult and confusing to know what exactly that "best" can be. Luckily, Organic Baby Food Shop is here to help. 

Created by real parents, Organic Baby Food Shop helps to connect parents with the best organic natural baby food and baby formula on the market today. What I really like about Organic Baby Food Shop is that they are first and foremost a family owned company, which helps me to rest assured that they will always put the needs of families first. They also always offer FREE shipping and great customer service, which makes the entire experience even better! 
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Whether you choose to feed your baby Lebenswert, Holle, Hipp, or even if you are looking for goat milk or cereals, Organic Baby Food Shop definitely has what you are looking for. These are baby formulas that are not the same as the ones we regularly see here in the US, and they are SO much better for babies! In fact, these baby formulas are imported directly from Germany to warehouses here in the USA so American parents can have the same wonderful quality baby formula that other parents all over the world have access to! 

Bottom line, it's totally normal as an expectant mom or a new mom to want nothing but the best for your kiddos. So, what is the best, when it comes to organic baby formula? You got it, Organic Baby Food Shop is where you need to be! You can check out their website to find out more about them, and learn their whole story about why they do what they do, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all their latest news! 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Now Accepting 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions!



Oh my goodness y'all! I cannot believe that I am saying this, but it is officially time to start accepting submissions for the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! This will be my 8th Holiday Gift Guide, which is insane on it's own, but here we are!

I am ready to start accepting sponsors for our 2018 holiday gift guide! As always,we will consider sponsors in all categories, including men, women, children, toys, beauty, health, household, pets, games, tech gifts, food, books, and more! This is by far our favorite time of the year, and we LOVE sharing the hottest gifts of the season with our readers!

Holiday Gift Guide sponsorship works in several different ways! We can accept paid posts for our Holiday Gift Guide without receiving a product to review, or we can accept products for review and feature with no charge. We can work something out with just about any sponsor! If you are interested in being featured in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, please reach out to us!

You can reach me at Burton40444@gmail.com, please but "Holiday Gift Guide" in the subject line. You can also reach out to me via the "Contact Us" section of this blog! We look forward to working with you! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Turn Photos into Work of Art


In the age of smartphones, almost everyone became an instant photographer. From the food we
eat to the landscapes that unfold in front of our eyes, we use our phone to take pictures of almost
anything. These pictures, however, should not just stay on your phone. You can use them for
Shutterfly’s personalized gifts or you can turn it into a piece of art. If you want to know how to do the
latter, keep on reading and learn from the insights we will be sharing in the rest of this post.
Edit the Photos
Post-processing is one of the most important to give an artistic flair to your photos. The good news is
that you can do so right on your phone and without the need to have extensive design knowledge.
You just need to download some of the best photo editing apps, such as Snapseed and Adobe
Photoshop. With the use of these apps, you can make adjustments in the photo depending on how
creative you are.
Print It Out
It will be hard to see the artistic value of your photo when it is just stored on your phone. With this, a
good idea is to have it printed. You will have endless selections on how to print it. One of the best
would be on a canvas. You can print out photos in canvas with varied sizes and make a small gallery
out of it. Look at the canvas prints by Shutterfly to have an idea of what we are talking about.
Frame It
The right frame will also be important when it comes to adding an artistic element in your photos. A
frame will be art in itself, which is why you have to choose wisely. It should not overpower the
photograph. It should also match the d├ęcor or the look of the room where the framed photo will be
placed. Wood is perfect for a rustic and modern appeal. Metallic picture frame, on the other hand,
will be good if you want to be modern and trendy. For gallery walls, you can opt for a frameless piece,
such as canvas prints.
Let there be Light
Make your house look like an art gallery or a museum using the right lighting to draw attention to the
photo. When lighting photos in your home, make sure that it will not damage the material, especially
if it has no glass. If you want the focus to be on the art, choose ceiling-mounted accent lights. Track
lighting, on the other hand, will work if the photo changes from time to time. This will offer flexibility
as you can easily adjust the focus of the light beam. Pictures lights, which are mounted on the frame
itself, will be a great choice for creating an intimate environment.
Even the simplest photos can become a work of art if you know how to transform it into a masterpiece,
which will be possible by taking note of the things that have been mentioned above.

Do You Have A LEGO Fan In Your House?


Do you guys have and LEGO fans in your house? I do and let me tell you, I love LEGOS! They are one of the only toys that can really keep a kid's attention, no matter how big or small they are! LEGOs are actually one of the few toys that I enjoy playing with my own kids. I mean really, they are one toy that is enjoyable for everyone! You can make whatever you want, and you can play together or by yourself, that is what makes them so great! 

I don't know if you have heard of these yet or not, but they are something that most definitely needs to be on your radar for the holiday season. They are LEGO Advent Calendars, and they are SO adorable! They are so cute, and a great way to count down to Christmas! I have even heard of moms buying these bad boys on clearance and then using them as rewards for good grades, chores, etc. I love that idea, and I especially love the idea of getting these LEGO calendars for a deal! I am a clearance lover!!! You can check on Amazon, and they always have some good deals on these types of toys, and sometimes Walmart can have some really great LEGO deals too! 

We are always working on building our collection of LEGOs, So I am always on the lookout for any kind of clearance, deals, sales or anything like that. Another great place to find second hand LEGOs is at yard sales, that is where I have stocked up on a ton! If you have large consignment sales in your area, definitely check these too! If you have a little person in your life (or a big person, who am I kidding!?!) who loves LEGOs, definitely keep your eyes peeled for good deals like these! Good luck, and happy building! 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

#Ad #EaseTheDay With MiraLAX® and Wal-mart!



Disclosure: I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #EaseTheDay #CollectiveBias



As many of you guys know, 2018 has been a really big year for me. It has been during this year that
I have really gotten serious about losing weight, exercising, being healthy, and trying to live my best
life! I have really been paying more attention to what I am putting into my body and that means
everything, from foods to medicines and more. I have been trying to live a more conscious lifestyle,
and just take better care of my body overall.


One thing that I have made a change with in a big way is the way that I deal with occasional
constipation. I have recently made the switch and started using MiraLAX® to deal with occasional
constipation, because I really like how it is gentle on the body.


I have used laxatives in the past that were, ahem, not so gentle, and it can really make for an
unpleasant experience. The thing that I really like about MiraLAX is that instead of doing something
TO your body, it actually works WITH the water in your body to provide gentle relief without harsh side
effects such as that bloated feeling, gas, cramps, or sudden urgency.


I recently got the chance to try out a new product from MiraLAX, called MiraLAX Mix-In Pax®.
I absolutely LOVE these! They are a great way to get the relief you need. You can actually use
these single serving, powder packets and mix them in with any drink of choice, to get the relief
you need and want without having to carry around the whole bottle. I love these little individual
packets and you can stick them in your purse, glove box or backpack, so you always have them
when you need them.


If you are looking for a great way to use your MiraLAX Mix-In Pax, I would totally recommend
making a smoothie! I LOVE smoothies, and they really fit in with my busy and (trying to be)
healthy lifestyle. If you need to find a way to get your MiraLAX in, I would definitely tell you to
try a smoothie! One of my favorites is Coffee Almond. Simply blend together one cup of cold
coffee, a few teaspoons of almonds, one frozen banana, and 1/3 cup of plain yogurt, plus a little
bit of ice. Tip: You can add in one of your MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax packet when you are done and
mix again, and it really makes for a great smoothie. I promise you can't taste the MiraLAX® at all!




If you are looking for ways to relieve your occasional constipation, the first thing I would recommend
would be to keep some MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax on hand. I would also recommend drinking plenty of
water and getting plenty of fiber in your daily diet. Regular exercise can actually also help to prevent
constipation as well. Also, remember if you are taking MiraLAX®, you can use it once per day for no
more than a week to help relieve your occasional constipation. You can also get a coupon here to
save some money on your next purchase!

Disclosure: I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #EaseTheDay #CollectiveBias

7 Tips for Transitioning from Dog Parenthood to Cat Parenthood


Dogs are the most common house pets around the world. Which means that most people who have had pets in their lives are likely to have had dogs in the family.
Going into cat ownership with dog parenting experience is not the best idea. Cats have needs that are different
from dogs. As an experienced dog owner consider some things before getting a cat.
Dietary Difference
While dogs can have a very varied diet, cats are obligate carnivores. This means that if they do not get meat,
their health can deteriorate fast. Feeding your cat, a vegan diet is a definite NO. Debating that a vegan diet,
along with supplements can support your cat, means that you really should not be getting a carnivorous pet.
For your cat’s source of taurine, you need to give them fish. Cat foods claim to be balanced but making their
food at home is always a better option.
Scratching Needs
Your cat may not expose their nails when interacting with you. But their nails keep growing constantly.
You either have to keep them trimmed or have to give them a scratching post. A cat scratching at your
furniture is out of necessity. To avoid this damage, you can make them a scratching post or look for
discount pet items for cats online.
Toilet Setup
Toilet training your dog and toilet training your cat are very different. Cats come pre-programmed to doing their
business in sandy areas. Potty training your cat can be as simple as setting up a box with kitty litter. The only
time a cat misses their litter box is if they are sick or if the litter box is too dirty. You need to frequently clean the
litter box.
Climbing Area
Cats love to climb. By not providing them with space to climb you put your furniture and curtains at risk. Giving
them space to climb might be as simple as cutting holes in cardboard boxes and stacking them up.
Separation Space
Unlike dogs, cats need their personal space. You need to have a covered set up for your cat to use as a cave.
Without such caves, your cat will start hiding under any furniture they find. This leads to unwanted surprises on
cleaning days.
Medical Attention
Some vets that handle dogs great may not be able to handle cats well. Before taking your cat to a vet ask
around to find vets that are more cat-friendly. Cats have different vaccine requirements as well. Ask you
r vet the full details of what vaccines your cat needs and stick to the schedule.
Leave of Absence
Explorative nature of cats takes them to far away destinations. As a first-time cat parent, you might be gripped
with panic when your cat does not return. Before jumping to conclusions give it a few days. Cats go on long
walks but they come back when they are hungry or tired. Keep some food out to lure your cat back home.
However, if you are scared of losing your cat, there are ways of preventing them from going out of the house.
Once they reach a certain age they will no longer want to leave the comforts of home.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Getting Ready For Back To School With Walmart!



Shhh, listen... Do you hear that? Yes, my friends, that is the sound of pencils, notebook paper, book bags and folders being stocked on the shelves at your local Walmart, and you know what that means, it's almost back to school time! I have to say, I am SO excited for back to school! As a mom of four kids, I never appreciate my kids' teachers more than I do in the middle of Summer! I must admit, I am going to hate getting up early, but getting seven or more hours of quiet and a clean house is a great trade off!

I know a lot of people hate on Walmart, but come on, there is a lot to love! I can do my grocery shopping, pick up my prescriptions, get my kids' school supplies, pet food, a birthday gift for my niece, a new pack of socks for me, and anything else I can possibly think of. I am SO busy, all the time, so any time I can cut down on the amount of trips I have to make, the better! Plus, Walmart has actually been upping their game lately, with their new lines of clothing which are actually super cute, and online grocery pickup, which is a LIFE CHANGER, let me tell ya! (You can find more info about online grocery pickup, Walmart's coupon policy, and more online if you are interested!

I'm just saying there is no shame in my game and I love to shop at Walmart, I am a sucker for saving money and a sucker for convenience! I know that sometimes Walmart gets a bad rap, and I do love supporting my local small businesses as well, but you busy moms have to understand that sometimes, it's really great to just knock everything out at once! Another great tip I have for school shopping is to break your kid's lists down. For me, I have four kids, and buying all four of them their back to school supplies at once would literally make my head explode. I take one list at a time, buy the supplies, bring it home and put it in that kid's backpack to have it ready for the first day. Then, another day when I am feeling brave, I move on to the next kid's list. Putting all four lists together, buying everything at once and then trying to sort it when I got home was way too hard on me! What about you guys? Do you have any tips and tricks for back to school shopping? I would love to hear them, so leave them in the comments below!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Remove Points from a Driving License in Florida



If you want to maintain your driving privileges in Florida state, you should know how the points system works. This helps you keep a clean driving record. It’s also important to know how to remove points from a driving license in Florida. There are options if you do get points.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Florida is responsible for tracking point violations on your Florida driving record.

How the Florida Point System Works

Most common traffic violations in Florida law are assigned a number value that are recorded as points. Those points are given to keep track of infractions. If you get a set amount of infractions within a set amount of time, you can lose some to all of your driving privileges.

How many points you get for an infraction of Florida law depends on the infraction itself, and the length of suspension depends on the number of points. Getting 12 points within 12 months leads to a 30 day suspension, 18 points within 18 months is a 3 month suspension, and 24 points within 36 months is a year-long suspension.

Common Florida Point Infractions

The most common infractions that lead to points against your license in Florida are:
  • Speeding
    • Up to 15 MPH over the limit = 3 points
    • Over 15 MPH above the limit = 4 points
    • Speeding resulting in an accident = 6 points
  • Driving with an open alcohol container = 3 points
  • Child safety restraint violations = 3 points
  • Littering = 3 points
  • Fleeing from the scene of an accident with property damage over $50 = 6 points
  • Reckless driving = 4 points
  • Collision caused by a moving violation = 4 points
  • Passing a stopped school bus = 4 points
How long those points remain on your record depends on the severity of the infraction. They will generally stay on your record for 3 – 5 years. The most serious infractions can remain on your record for ten years or more. If you don’t want to wait that long to clear them up, then one way you can reduce your number of points is through traffic school and defensive driving courses.

Florida Traffic School

Certain traffic violations may require you to attend a state-approved drive improvement course. This course may lead to the points being taken off of your license. The kind of traffic school course you have to take depends on the offense in question. The categories of driver improvement courses for Florida are:

  • Basic driver improvement classes
    • For most infractions, including;
      • Reckless driving
      • Passing a stopped school bus
      • Speed violations
      • Collisions where you are the one at fault
  • 3-in-3 driver change course
    • This is required if you commit 3 violations that cause a crash within 36 months
      • This includes behind-the-wheel training and an assessment to complete the course
  • Advanced driver improvement
    • Required for individuals that have their license suspended or ordered to attend through a court order
    • For non-DUI offenses
Please note that while these defensive driving courses can help you get points taken off of your license, you may need to a separate program if you have a violation related to getting a DUI. There are also restrictions on traffic school programs. You can only attend them five times in your life time, and only one time every 12 months. If you hold a commercial driver’s license, then you are not eligible to remove points through a driver improvement course and must wait for the points to expire over time.

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