10 Dec 2018

Tampa Mama on Great Day Live Tampa Bay || Hot Local Christmas Gifts + Ideas For The Whole Family

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I absolutely love that Great Day Live Tampa Bay gives me an opportunity to share my favorite things with all of Tampa!  This Tampa Mama is feelin’ the LOVE!  Yes, having 4 kids to shop for makes this time of year crazy, but if you can get ahead of the game you’ll be set.  And also, shopping local (that means you Hyde Park Village!) gives me the opportunity to get those special items for that special someone very easily and with no shipping!  Thank you to Fig and Julep, Salt Pines and Francesca’s in Hyde Park Village for working with me to fill my set with all the perfect gifts!

My top ideas from the segment included: (See bottom of post for all links

  1. How to give an adventure: What I wanted to do here was help others give an experience.  A trip is a good gift in theory, but how can you put it under the tree. Start to gather items that they would use on the trip.  Call the CVB and request maps and brochures! Use fun stickers and a box with all the surprises for the kids to open so that they can get excited about the vacation!
  2. Night out vs Night In: Yes, everyone of us in Tampa would love a GC to the famous Bern’s Steakhouse of course!  And if you do go that route, maybe pair it with a DryBar appointment or a hot shave from The Cambridge Club in Hyde Park Village!  And if you are wanting to do a “night in” stop at the Fig and Julep in Hyde Park Village for an amazing selection of world class food items!  This will be a “Gourmet Night In”. Find everything you need to truly create a gourmet dinner for your loved one. Choose from the finest of ingredients from all over the world to elevate your cooking and take you on an epicurean adventure in the comfort of your own home. A night in never tasted this delicious.
  3. Toys that are cool AND functional or educational: Duel purpose! Of couse the kids are going to need some toys to open on Christmas Day!
  4. Ideas that won’t break the bank. I created my our Tampa Mama Adventure box! You too can make this especially for your kids! 12 mini envelopes. 12 gift cards for various activities. They only open one a month and we will do the adventure that day! Add any thing your kids would like!

My big kids are going to Chicago in January! Pair the expensive plane tickets with anew bag from Lands End or travel accessories from MyTagalongs from Franchesca’s. Even a cute box with things to keep them warm!

Tip: Contact the CVB of where you are going to have them send you brochures and maps!

A night out to Bern’s Steakhouse is always a gift! Or maybe have a “Night In” with this gourmet food basket from Fig and Julep in Hyde Park Village! Creative and thoughtful for that special someone.

Above is my “Tampa Mama Adventure Box.” 12 mini envelopes with 12 gift cards for each month curated with activities for my kids! Each adventure is taken care of and what we open will be a surprise!



Franchesca’s has the cutest clothes too!

Salt Pines in Hyde Park Village is the place to shop for some amazing outdoor gifts and apparel.

07 Dec 2018

Outback Bowl 2019: Team Bloomin’ Onion or Team Coconut Shrimp // Tampa Mama

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My favorite picture ever! I was an Outback Bowl intern for 3 years (1999-2002) and I just love the big love that Tampa gets because, come on, it’s January 1 in Florida!

So are you Team Bloomin’ Onion (SEC) or Team Coconut Shrimp (Big Ten)? With your ticket stub you can visit Outback and receive one based on the outcome of the game. Genius.

This year, Mississippi State will take on Iowa on January 1st, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in sunny Tampa, Florida!

Who will you be rooting for?!

Tickets can be purchased here: OutbackBowl.com

Be on the look out for all the amazing family friendly events lined up for the week leading up to the game!

19 Nov 2018

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Tampa with CRYSTAL || Tampa Mama

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CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd show and the 1st that uses ice as a performance element. On Wednesday, December 19th, CRYSTAL takes the stage at Amelie Arena in Tampa. A story told through artistic and acrobatic performances, scores of captivating music and a story line that leaves you touched and moved. I have personally fallen in love with all Cirque du Soleil shows and have seen 10 through out the years as they come through my city or I happen to be in a city where they have a permanent home.

Each time I see a new show, I enjoy marveling at these phenomenal story tellers and acrobats. They are truly talented and the art is so unique. Each show is vastly different than the last.

There’s only 7 shows in Tampa! Buy your tickets today!

What You Need To Know:

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

When: December 19-23, 2018

Only 7 shows!

Tickets can be purchased here.

Tip: It will be cold so be prepared!

So who will you be taking to the show? I’ve got my hot date right here!

Disclaimer: I am working with the PR company for Cirque du Soleil to promote the Crystal show in Tampa. All opinions are my own.

09 Oct 2018

Mama Loves: Christmas at Gaylord Palms: Book Early and Save on ICE! and More! // Tampa Mama

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It’s almost here! My absolutely favorite time of the year! Christmas at Gaylord Palms! Christmas at Gaylord Palms and ICE! has become this Tampa Mama’s most fun tradition with the whole family and we wouldn’t miss it! And because it is only October (yes, I’m a planner) I want to tell you how you can book early and save some cash (because we all know that Santa’s sleigh doesn’t fill itself…am I right!?!)
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22 Sep 2018

#Smallfoot Movie Sneak Peak in #Tampa // Giveaway from Tampa Mama

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I’ve got 15 4-packs to see Smallfoot TODAY at the sneak preview in Tampa! The details:

AMC WESTSHORE

210 Westshore Plaza

11am

Seating is incredibly limited and on a first come first serve basis. These tickets do not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive early to ensure you get a seat!

Click here to download your free tickets! http://www.wbtickets.com/ATMSF

What is Smallfoot about? An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

http://www.smallfootmovie.com

See you at the movies!!!

Opens in theaters September 28th!

18 Sep 2018

#CaptainMarvel NEW Trailer Out Today! In theaters on March 8th, 2019

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I am SO excited to share with you the first trailer and poster for Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL!

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.

CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theatres everywhere on March 8th, 2019!

17 Sep 2018

Mary Poppins Returns on December 19th, 2018 #MaryPoppinsReturns

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We will be sitting front row for this show for sure when Mary Poppins Returns this December!! Beautiful new posters just released today!

My favorite movie of all times returns and I can’t wait to watch the magic return just in time for the holidays!

In theaters on December 19th, 2018!

31 Aug 2018

How does Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Work? Tips for the Best Walt Disney World Special Halloween Event #NotSoScary

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Its Midnight. It’s dark. I’ve got one sleeping and three kids 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!!

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01 Aug 2018

Happiness and Knowledge: How Walt Disney World Parks & The Disney Youth Programs Make Learning Magical #DisneyYouthPrograms

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I have seen this with my vary own eyes. My children, attentive and interested, listening to a lesson about how technology will change the future. Thinking, interacting with classmates, discussing possibilities. Talking through the whys, the how-do-they-do-thats, the lightbulb that goes off in their mind as they truly understand the robust concepts being explained. These immersive experiences are ones they don’t forget. Disney Youth Programs might just be the best kept secret for teaching kids because who wouldn’t want a Disney Park as their classroom for the day!?

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31 Jul 2018

Summer Savings with Chuck E. Cheese’s: All You Can Play Pass Saves The Summer #AYCP //Tampa Mama

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Listen- I’m not gonna lie. Summer is my most favorite time of the year. For real. We are not bound to a schedule. We wake up late or get up early. What ever we want to do. My kids are kids during the summer. The day is ours! But… some days, I do that math on the amount of money a particular activity will cost me and OMG!  It can be outrageous!  Maybe I could justify it for 1 kid, but times four. No way.

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