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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25 Jun 2017

No, I Don’t Want More.

2 Comments Everyday, Personal, Published, Raising Children, Raising Girls

This post has also been published on the Today Show Parenting Blog

More and more often these, I’m realizing that I don’t want more. I don’t want my kid to spend more time at the baseball field. I don’t want my kid to spend more time at gymnastics.

And no, I do not think that MORE is always better. Let me explain why I don’t want more.

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09 Jun 2017

A Room With A View

No Comments Personal

It’s not the view I would have asked for. But maybe that is why we don’t always get what we ask for.

It wasn’t the day that I had so perfectly planned out. But maybe there is a reason that nothing ever goes as planned.

It wasn’t the start to an epic summer that I had so desired. But maybe that was ok too. Maybe this would really be the summer we truly remembered.

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The room with the view that we have today, might be what we think could be the worst view ever. But maybe one day we will look back into this room with this view, and wish we could have it again.

Abby, Shelby and our new puppy, Buddy, headed to the puppy park this morning. It was a first full day of summer for us. But in one quick second, it turned my perfect sunshiny day into a day of heartbreak . And here I sit. In the dark.  Now 15 hours later, with my sweet little fearless 4-year-old girl, in a hot pink cast, and a handed down sentence for 4 weeks of rest and no swimming, thanks to the her poor ninja warrior skills. Still in the clothes I threw on this morning to take the dog for a walk, my hair uncombed, and my eyes sore and tired from all the tears today, the morning still playing out in my head.

We should have gone to another playground. I should have just taken the puppy on a walk around the block. I should have been there to catch her when she fell. But we didn’t. And I wasn’t. When the Mom guilt sets in, it goes deep and straight to the heart. My friend reminded me, it happens to the best of us. I know this. But it is a hard pill to swallow.

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24 May 2017

Despicable Me 3 In Theaters June 30th- Trailer #DespicableMe3|| Tampa Mama

No Comments Adventures, Family Travel, Florida, Kids On Vacation, Universal Orlando Resort

Who’s excited for summer movies!  We can’t wait for the Despicable Me 3 movie that hits theaters June 30th!  We love the minions!!!  Hmmm… might be time to plan a trip somewhere…Universal Orlando Resort perhaps!?!  (We also hear there is a new water park opening up soon too… Volcano Bay!!)   Sounds like an adventure for Tampa Mama!

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24 May 2017

Mobile Ordering at Walt Disney World: #VisitPandora || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Florida, Orlando

Who hate waiting in line? *EVERYONE RAISES HANDS. PARENTS WAVE HANDS WILDLY*

If you are heading to Walt Disney World this summer, you’ll want to really make sure you are up to speed on the My Disney Experience App and ALL that it offers.  Like possibly never having to wait in line again.

This week, the VIPs, Bloggers and other members of the media are in town for the #VisitPandora experience at Animal Kingdom. Released this week is a new feature found INSIDE the My Disney Experience App that allows you to order from a restaurant and then place that order once you are there, find a seat and then pick up your food. I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

It’s is currently only available at certain restaurants, but to me, this might be a game changer for the way we do food when at the Parks. Watch the video and let me know in the comments below what you thought of the feature if you have or will use this!

Hope you have a magical day at the Walt Disney World!