17 Jul 2016

Streamsong Resort- The Road Less Traveled to Paradise 

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As Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in the woods, and I, I took the road less traveled. And that has made all the difference.”

I’ll be traveling through the back roads if Florida to Streamsong Resort, a 16,000 acre resort in Central Florida. 


Disclosure- I have been invited by Streamsong Resort to experience a weekend on the property. All opinions are my own.

15 Jul 2016

Uber Ice Cream Day July 15th Tampa, Florida 

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How to be a part of the cool day: 

Post on Twitter and Instagram! 

Tag: @Uber_Florida

Hashtag: #UberIceCream

Post Date: Today or tomorrow! 

Feel free to tag us @TampaMama too!

03 Jul 2016

Learning To Grill

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I love this picture because it’s so different! It’s not your typically picture of a “grilling master.” It’s my Mom and she loves to grill. And she’s really good at it too! She’s never been afraid to learn new ways to cook and I love that she’s showing my girls that they can cook on the grill too! 
With the 4th of July coming up, my Mom and I will be firing up the grill. I have to admit, I’m not the griller in my family! I can cook, but grilling is not something I really know how to do. So planning an outdoor grill out party is a little intimidating for me! I might need help! 

It also takes a lot of preparation – How much food should I buy? What are the ingredients I need, exactly? 

Help is on the way! The Grill Masters at LongHorn Steakhouse are hoping to make it easier for grilling enthusiasts (or first time griller a like me) to celebrate this Fourth of July. The restaurant launched a “Grill Out Planner” on its ExpertGriller.com website that allows users to find chef-inspired recipes and create personalized shopping list with all of their grocery purchase needs. All you have to do is select the recipe you’d like to make, select how many servings/guests, and the planner will show you exactly what you need to buy on your next grocery trip.
And get this! In addition to the “Grill Out Planner,” LongHorn Steakhouse’s “Grill Us Hotline” will be live from noon to 5 p.m. ET via 1-855-LHGRILL. Say what?!! I know, right!!! REAL Grill Masters will be on-hand to answer all of your grilling questions during this time. You can also text the Hotline 24/7 through Labor Day Weekend by texting GRILL to 55702. 

Visit the ExpertGriller.com from June 20 through July 20, grillers can also enter LongHorn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win free steaks for a year, for two!

All this is great news for me!  I’ve now got some new recipes I’m trying out and can’t wait to enjoy amazing food with family and friends this weekend! 

Here’s the recipe I’m making this weekend! We eat grilled corn on the cob all the time but this is a new recipe! You can downloaded it here! 


Fire-Grilled Corn on the Cob

Inspired by LongHorn Steakhouse’s Summer Peak Season menu

 Ingredients

• 4 ears of corn

• 1 cup sour cream

• 1 cup heavy cream

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 4 tablespoons of butter, melted

• 4 tablespoons of grated parmesan

• 1 teaspoon of paprika

 

Directions

For Crema Sauce​

• Mix sour cream, heavy cream and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

 

For Corn on the Cob

• Select corn with a moist stem, and glossy, pale yellow silk. Pull back the husk so you have a handle for the finished product.

• Place ears of corn on the grill with a low-heat.

• Give the corn a quarter turn every 4 to 5 minutes. The cooking process should take about 15-20 minutes, depending on your grill temperature.

• While corn is grilling, add grated parmesan and paprika to a medium sized bowl and mix to combine.

• Take corn off the grill and brush it with melted butter.

• Brush grilled ear of corn with crema sauce, then sprinkle on parmesan and paprika mixture.

• Enjoy!

Are you grilling out?! Share what you are cooking in the comments below and we will pick one lucky reader to receive a LongHorn Grilling Gift Pack!  Just comment on this post to be entered! 

Stay safe and have a delicious 4th of July!  

Disclaimer: I’ve partnered with LongHorn Steakhouse to show that anyone can grill! All opinions are my own! 

28 Jun 2016

What’s Up Preppy?: Straight back to 1990 at Saved By The Max Chicago

No Comments Chicago, Featured, Grown Ups Only, Mama Loves, Sneak Peak, Travel

Last night was the coolest flashback. Hanging out at The Max and reliving all the Bayside HS memories we watched for years was awesome. For those who grew up in the 1990’s THIS was your show. You watched it religiously and soaked up every detail. (Not much has changed today as my pre-teen kids watch a few Disney shows and do the same.) Make sure you binge watch ‘Saved By The Bell’ on Netflix before you go to get to ready for the night too!

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27 Jun 2016

Stay Hydrated This Summer With Smoothie King

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Summer in Florida is HOT!  We love to be outside- playground, beaches, parks or someplace cool like waterparks, but after a long hot day in the sun, it’s super important to hydrate!  Smoothie King has just launched a new line of healthy smoothies that kids will love and parents will love even more!  Read more

14 Jun 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles + Giveaway

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10 Jun 2016

National Day of Play: Gymboree + Fit Kids

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I have always loved playing with my kids. And a national day to play is event better!

Join us at Gymboree Play & Music for our National Day of Play on Saturday, June 25th from 10am to 4pm. We’ll be opening our doors for all to join in the play event of the year. Complimentary to our friends, new and old, under 5 years of age. All are welcome to drop-in for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, blasts of bubbles, art, music, refreshments and more! No reservation required. South Tampa and North Tampa locations are both participating!

Also, our friend at FIT4MOM in Tampa have an awesome discount going on too!  Check them out if you are a Mama in Tampa!   Share with a friend! http://tampabay.fit4mom.com/membership-perks

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10 Jun 2016

A Father’s Day Date: Hard Rock Cafe and the World Burger Tour

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Multi-generational, Orlando, Review, Sponsored

My Dad and I rarely get to spend Father’s Day together. The distance keeps us apart on most years, but not this year. My parents were visiting for a week to see the kids and I actually got some alone time with my Dad one day while the kids were at school. I decided to make a break for it and head to a restaurant that I knew he would LOVE!

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10 Jun 2016

Tampa Mama Knows Tampa: Coton Colors Comes to Tampa Bay

No Comments Holidays, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

It’s time to celebrate everything in style, Tampa!  Coton Colors, a beautifully stylish boutique has set up shop in South Tampa (they have been in Tampa for eight years but have moved recently) as one of two flagship stores. Designer Laura Johnson’s motto has always been: “never miss an opportunity to celebrate every day,” and through here colorful collection of dining, entertaining and “happy everything” lines, she’s bringing a smile to tablescapes everywhere!

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10 Jun 2016

The Balance. The Chaos. The Circus. – Walking the Tightrope of Life {More on Mom.Me}

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“My life is a circus. No, really, it is a circus! A full-blown three-ring circus, complete with four clowns, a strongman and a ringmaster! I attempt plate-spinning and magic acts during dinner (making broccoli disappear is a good trick of mine) and the kids love it when the strongman (aka Dad) shows off his skills in the pool, as the kids become human cannon balls flying happily through the air.”

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Click through and read about how I balance life, happiness and health over at Mom.me,  while juggling the kids, a career, kids activities and my sanity.