07 Dec 2017

Outback Bowl|| Football in Paradise is Perfect for Families

No Comments Family Time, Family Travel, Featured, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Lots will soon be happening as the Outback Bowl gears up for its annual New Year’s Day game held at Raymond James Stadium.

I have a long history with the Outback Bowl as I was an intern there for 3 years as I finished my Mass Communications degree from USF. This is so much more than just a football games. It is an annual event that invades Tampa Bay with energy and passion as Tampa Bay turns into THE place to be as millions of viewers watch football in paradise from their snowy hometowns on January 1st.

I hope you’ll follow along with me over the next month as I give you a behind the scenes look at everything from the contract signing to the President’s Gala to the the teams practices and of course all the family events that will take place all over Tampa Bay!

Football in Paradise is about to begin! We’ve got your 50 yard line seat right here!

Hop on over to Instagram and Twitter with Tampa Mama for an all access pass to the hottest ticket in town on New Year’s Day.

01 Dec 2017

Twist Travel Mag || Tampa Mama

No Comments Family Travel, Travel

Twist Travel Magazine Tampa Mama

So excited to announce that I will be a contributor to the beautiufl new venture Twist Travel Mag! This magazing is BEAUTIFUL and has amazing content by some very seasoned family travel and travel writers. Let me just say, I am so honored to be in their company. I hope you’ll subscribe or veiw the magazine online. The winter issue will be in mailboxes soon, so you haven’t missed out yet!

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24 Nov 2017

Always Remember || A Look At #PixarCoco

No Comments Disney Movies, Lifestyle

Growing up Peruvian in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, thousands of miles away from my Father’s homeland, I grew up listening to my Papi’s marachsri music, singing songs in Spanish and learning about my family through picture albums as many were thousands of miles away.

The memories of my childhood awakened the other night after watching the new Pixar’s Coco. Closing my eyes I was brought back to my childhood as the music lead me back to remembering my father, my Peruvian family and all the family that I came before me- everything that makes me who I am today.

The story of Coco follows a 12 year old boy Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) as he travels to the Land of the Dead. A movie that depicts Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos and the bridge that links the living and those who are not with us, maybe physically or through distance. His Great Great Grandmother Coco is very old and beginning to forget things. However, the only way those who have gone before us can come back to visit us on Dia de Los Muertos is if someone remembers you and adds you to their alter. He finds the Grandfather he thought was his only to learn more secrets no one ever told him. Had the stories and truths been past down, he would have known more of where he truly came from and what his destiny was to be.

The movie focuses on the ancestry, strength of the family, forgiveness and unconditional love. It’s the love letter I wish I would have written to my father. Remembering where we cane from and those that came before us is an important piece to the puzzle of who we all are.

The gorgeously depicted afterlife insinuates that those who have gone before us are in a much better place. The Mexican folklore is beautifully told through the eye of a child who realizes the afterlife, his family and his ancestors are all pieces to the puzzle that make him who is and help him retell the stories to the next generation.

My father was there with me as I watched the movie- always in my heart, and never forgotten. It is our duty to pass along the stories, keep the memories alive and let the stories of the past live on. Thank you for the reminder, Coco.

23 Nov 2017

How Do You Holiday? Westfield Mall Is The Place To Be || Tampa Mama

13 Comments Ad, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Mama Loves, Partnership, Shopping, Sponsored

With four kids, I have to be on ready for Christmas! And shopping early at Westfield Shopping Centers is the perfect place for us to get a head start on the holidays! We love Westfield Shopping Centers – Westfield Brandon, Westfield Citrus Park and Westfield Countryside, because we know we will always find awesome deals and gifts for everyone on our lists!

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24 Oct 2017

#BadMomsXmas #Tampa Screening: Tampa Mama

No Comments Mama Loves, Movies, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

I have been waiting for this movie to come out since the first Bad Moms movie debuted!  Not only do I consider myself a member of the Bad Moms Club, but I couldn’t agree more with this hillarious movie and how they depict our daily lives of chaos and triumph! I know I want to see  Bad Moms Xmas with a few of my closest Tampa Bad Moms for a Bad Moms Night Out!

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If you didn’t see the first movie, I can verbally replay the movie for you because I have it memorized! It is my sanity on a rainy day. And this new movie I am sure will not disappoint! How many of you are overstressed about having to make the holidays “that perfect” along with all the pressures of doing “all the things” for Christmas! HOLLLLAAAA!!! Come watch the what I predict will be one of the best holiday movies of the season!

Can’t make the screening, buy your tickets today and go see it with your own Bad Moms Club!

ABOUT BAD MOMS XMAS:

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.

By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Edited: As of 3pm on October 24, we were informed that the previously scheduled Tampa sneak preview scheduled for October 30th at AMC Veterans was canceled by STX Entertainment. We were told that they will not be hosting any sneak previews for this movie.

22 Oct 2017

Time with my Lovely Little Ladies

No Comments Adventures, Girls Trip, Kids On Vacation, Personal, Raising Girls, Travel

Gaylord Palms

A girls weekend. A mere 2 days out of 365. But that’s all it took for us to have one of the most memorable times of my life, and has me dreaming down the road into the next twenty years. I find myself asking the question: Is it really that hard to pull away from life? And if it not hard, why don’t we do it more often?

I walked into a dream. A beautiful hotel. Just my Little Ladies and I. I cleared my schedule to just be with them. It was our first “girls weekend.” I had never really intended in starting a tradition, but I’m planning out the next 30 as we speak.

I had them all to myself. No boys- Dad and Jake were together doing manly things. And that left me with our three girls. There was no fighting. No arguing. Only laughing and smiles. There was ice cream for breakfast and pool time from sunrise to sunset. A fancy dinner one night and room service for dinner the next.  Not a care in the world. Healthy and happy- life couldn’t be more perfect. I wish the weekend could have lasted just a little bit longer. Because, in a blink of an eye, it was over. Just like that.

I can’t wait for this weekend next year. Their ages will always change. The teenage years are on the horizon and then life. Their relationships with each other will grow but I want to strengthen their bond with me so it’s as solid as a rock. One day, our lives might one day be more complicated. But I hope that each year, we can always come back to something we started a long time ago. A girls weekend. Just to reconnect. Talk about the the days when we used to have it good. Talk about the future. Snuggle in bed.  Take late night swims. Just be for a bit. Taking us back to when life wasn’t so complicated. I didn’t want the weekend to end.

But my memories will stay. And live forever in my heart. I had the most amazing time with my girls. I know they will grow up to be my best friends.

This post was a sponosred post in partnership with The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. All opinions are my own. 

13 Oct 2017

My Perfect Mess

No Comments Ad, Florida, Home, Tampa, Tampa Bay

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The perfect picture. The perfect marriage. The perfect kid. I threw the the towel for perfection around kid number two. And as a recovering perfectionist that used to cry when my taco shell broke on Friday night after a long week at school, this was a milestone for me. I strived for perfection. Academically. Athletically. Professionally. I was driven at a young age and loved the word ‘perfect’. And no one else besides myself was to blame for my addiction.

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29 Sep 2017

MOM HACK #351 from This Busy Tampa Mama: Walmart Grocery Online & Pickup Service is GENIUS

No Comments Ad, Personal, Raising Children, Sponsored

My typical day with 4 kids 13 and under tends to be quite a blur.

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Homework.

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Preschool playtime.

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10 Sep 2017

The Calm Before The Storm: #HurricaneIrma Heads for Home in Tampa Bay

1 Comment Tampa, Tampa Bay

My mind won’t stop. I’m mentally and physically exhausted from the past three days of pepping, stressing, watching, thinking, hoping, praying and wondering what the next 48 hours will bring.

The calm before the storm.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9/10/17 3:48pm:

Hurricane Irma Live: ‘Biggest Thing’ to Do Is Pray, Florida Governor Says – The New York Times

Morning walks up the Hillsborough River are daily. Not a cloud in the sky and the water so calm.

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26 Aug 2017

Why Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is SO Worth It

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Holidays, Hosted, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Travel Tuesday, Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017

Its Midnight. It’s dark. I’ve got one sleeping and 3 on the Peoplemover. I need a coffee. My kids have had enough sugar to last them until next Halloween. But It’s the best night ever!

Not so sure if the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is for you? Well, this party on Main Street is the hottest ticket in town as it will sell out nightly the closer we get to Halloween (and prices do increase as you get closer to Halloween). With a limited number of tickets available each night, shorter lines, trick or treats galore, themed Halloween shows, firework displays and parades will have this ticketed event be on your list of must-did for the season. Not so sure yet?! Still on the fence? Let me give you my top 5 reasons NOT to miss the Mickey’s Not So Scary Party.

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