19 Jul 2018

Lemonade For Good// Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar Benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand One Lemon at a Time // Tampa Mama Loves

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If I had only one wish, it would be to cure childhood cancer. To get rid of this terrible thing, that has caused so many families, loved ones, needless heartaches, would be a wish that I only wish I could grant. But until then, I will always support the foundations that try their very hardest to make that wish of mine come true.

 

This summer, until August 12th, head to Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar + Grill where guests will be able to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help take a stand against childhood cancer. The simple purchase of a lemonade or a paper lemon will help Applebee’s and more than 1,050 participating restaurants, aim to raise $1 million dollars to help fund cutting-edge medical research for pediatric cancer and family support programs.

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18 Jul 2018

Touring Tampa: A One Day Guide// Tampa Mama & #MyTownMyToyota

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17 Jul 2018

Summer Fun for Kids at Wild Wonders Arrives at Westfield Citrus Park Mall + Tampa Mama #Giveaway #WildWonders

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We are always on the hunt for fun things to do over the summer! And with the heat outside, we love finding fun activities that beat the heat and keep us totally entertained!

We are giving away a $100 Westfield American Express Gift Card to one lucky reader!

This year, Westfield Citrus Park Mall has creatively developed a Wild Wonders indoor playground for kids to come and explore! Their giant animal topiary garden leads you into an activity area where new and fun activities will take place each day!

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13 Jul 2018

Live Out Loud and Have a Blast: New BlastZ by GoGo squeeZ

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I tell you what!  My kids are definitely living THE life.  We are half way into the summer and my kids are soaking up every last minute of vacation. With a few more beach weekends, a mountain weekend and a new pool in our own backyard, we are livin’ life out loud for sure!

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23 Jun 2018

Kids Learn to Code with Code Ninjas Tampa

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Opens June 23rd in Carrollwood! Code Ninjas will teach kids how to code and write their own games!

22 Jun 2018

Top Tampa Things To Do This Summer With Kids// Tampa Mama

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Nothing says summer time like swimsuits and pools!

It’s summer time in Tampa Bay and we can’t wait to explore our city! I’ve got the best tips on how to survive, how to simplify and just be this summer! Check out my article in Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine!

Here’s my top list of 75 things to do this summer with links so it’s an easy find!

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21 Jun 2018

Kids on Vacation Presents: Reconnecting With What Matters- A #GrandReconnect at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

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All I have are 40 printed pictures and a headfull of memories with my family I won’t forget from a weekend that reminded me to put down the damn phone, get in the pool and just be their fun Mom for no one else but them.

“Mommy, look! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” Teathered via invisible cord to a device that helps me live my life quicker, faster, smarter, better. But I have to question that last one. Better. What makes my life that much better when I’m seeing life through my screen instead of in real time? Isn’t that why we buy concert tickets, so we can see the artist in person? But what do we all do? Film the concert. Take the pictures. Capture the moment. For later. To share. But shouldn’t we LIVE the moment.

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14 Jun 2018

Can’t wait to be Wisked Off To Magaritaville Orlando Resort// Coming Soon to Orlando, Florida

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“Wasted away again in Margaritaville…” Soon local Central Florida parrot heads will be just an hour away from wasting away again at the new Margaritaville Orlando Resort off US 192 in Kissimmee just outside of Walt Disney World.

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23 May 2018

#MarathonTraining: Week 1 Day 1- What am I doing?

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Well! It’s official. If it is online it must be true, right? I’m running my first marathon. And it’s the Chicago Marathon! In about 20 weeks. On October 7th. Why, you ask? I’ve partnered up with my company GoGo squeeZ and their partner Action for Healthy Kids and will run as a part of Team Action For Healthy Kids! Both companies are so passionate for healthy kids and I am super excited to help raise money for their programs!

The furthest I’ve ever run was a 1/2 marathon here in Tampa. The Gasparilla Distance classic. I did some crazy challenge where I did the 5k & 8k on Saturday and then came back to run the 1/2 on Sunday. Phew! That was about 5 or 6 years ago.

Listen- I’m going to need all the help I can get. October 7th is the big day in Chicago! I thought about doing a training journal, but decided I already have an online journal and I think this will be a great place to connect with other runners for tips, track my progress and maybe inspire others.

So today is Week 1 and today is day 1. I’m following this program (honestly first program in my Google search, but looked goo!) so here’s the link? Anyone want to join me?! Come on… it’s only 26.2 miles!

Tonight’s Run: Rivercrest Park- Tampa, FL

Solo or Group: Solo

Miles or Minutes: 20 minutes

Training: Weights after

Favorite Song Heard: Katy Perry- Firework

Day or Night Run: Sunset run

Motivation: The finish line. I’ve never done this before so I’m motivated to check this off my list.

Dinner: Vegetarian Refried Beans with tomato, red onion and cheese garnish.

Feeling: Really good. This will be good for me to show my kids dedication to a goal.

Please offer any tips, advice, etc on how to improve or just survive! I’ll be on Instagram too!

04 May 2018

Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, Comes To Tampa, Florida

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I lead an amazing group of girls. Girl Scouts have become a huge part of my life with my own three girls and the opprotunities we have had because of their hard work and dedication what Girl Scouting is all about!

We are excited to announce that my Girl Scout Troop 30893, 6th grade Cadettes from Learning Gate Communtiy School, will be hosting a community screening of the Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  This film was chosen to help open the conversation between parents and kids about screen time, social media, and how our children are growing up in the digital age like no generation before.  We invite you to attend with your children and then stay for a Q&A with a special guest. Bark.us will have their CPO (Chief Parent Officer- Tatania Jordan) to help talk about social media safety and conversations we should be having with our children. (Bark is an app that helps keep kids safer online.) Mark your calendars for this event and invite your friends.  It is one that should not be missed. This is a free event and open to the community. 

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 6pm. Film will begin at 6:15pm. Discussion begins at 7:15- 8pm.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
Learning Gate Community School
Hosted by: Girl Scouts Troop 30893
Hanna Campus- 16215 Hannah Road, Lutz, FL 33549
Open to the public- seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Link to Facebook Event for more details.
Snacks will be provided by GoGo squeeZ.
 **Appropriate for adults of kids all ages and kids 10 years old and older. We will leave the choice up to parents who choose to bring their children. No childcare on site will be provided. 

About the Girl Scouts: The Girl Scouts Troop 30893 from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, are earning their aMAZE Journey badges. This journey requires the girls to host a Take Action Project taking what they have learned about healthy relationships and passing it along to others. They hope to open up the conversation between kids and their parents and believe that healthy relationships online and in person could keep kids safe.