14 Jun 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles + Giveaway

No Comments Cooking, Featured, Healthy Living, Raising Children

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles 600 x 450

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10 Jun 2016

National Day of Play: Gymboree + Fit Kids

No Comments Tampa, Tampa Bay

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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}

No Comments Featured, Lifestyle, Personal, Published, Raising Children

“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.

05 Jun 2016

Grandparents Day Out: Summer Fun in Tampa Bay 

No Comments Family Time, Florida, Grandparents, Lifestyle, Multi-generational, Tampa, Tampa Bay

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25 May 2016

Local & Legendary: Hard Rock Cafe Announces the World Burger Tour 

No Comments Dining Out, Lifestyle, Orlando, Sponsored

Summer time makes me want to travel all over the world, wanderlusting and eating my way through every country visit. I miss the freedom of my 20’s when I made my way around Europe, dining on local foods, laughing with good people and experiencing new cultures. Hard Rock Cafe has just announced a new way to dine around the world with their Local Legendary World Burger Tour! 

Over 150 artisian chefs from all over the world, those who run the famed Hard Rock Cafes, competed in a burger creation contest to showcase their talents along with local flavor. The burgers that won over the Hard Rock culinary team would be placed on the World Tour menu- in true rock star fashion. If you like burgers and enjoy new and unique flavors you are going to want to make sure you have a ticket, I mean a reservation, at your local Hard Rock Cafe, before they are gone (June 30th.)

Some of the burgers you might find (menus vary on location) are:

Sizzling headliners featured as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour menu include:

Java Lava Burger – this American Legendary from Seattle features a Certified Angus Beef® patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Tillamook Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeno

Haggis Burger – this Scottish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with savory haggis, melted Monterey Jack cheese, golden turnip frazzles and a whisky maple glaze

Schnitzel Burger – this German Legendary features two stacks of tender pork schnitzel lightly breaded and made crispy to order, topped with crunchy sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and savory bacon

The Aussie Burger – this Australian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with caramelized onions, a fried egg, Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and beetroot

Marimba Burger – this Guatemalan Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a chipotle and jalapeno spiced layer of beans, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla straws

Banh Mi Burger – this Vietnamese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Vietnamese glaze, pickled vegetables and cucumbers accompanied by a garnish of cilantro and green onions

Sweet & Sour Burger – this Chinese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, bell peppers and grilled pineapple drizzled with house-made sweet and sour sauce

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger – this Indian Legendary features a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Date Burger – this United Arab Emirates Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with rich date chutney, diced fresh dates and a dollop of cream cheese

The Bosphorus Burger – this Turkish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with homemade eggplant salad, fresh and flavorful haydari sauce and pickle slices

Lancashire Hot Pot Burger – this English Legendary features a juicy lamb burger broiled until tender and topped with caramelized onions, crispy carrot frazzles and mint mayonnaise

The Andean Burger – this Bolivian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with tender avocado slices, a fried egg, melted Cheddar cheese and garlic mayonnaise

Chamorro Burger – this Southern Pacific Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Chamorro glaze, chili paste and spicy Pepper Jack cheese

Mango Mahi Burger – this Caribbean Legendary features blackened Mahi Mahi topped with a Caribbean-style mango salsa and citrus mayonnaise

Cuban Burger – this American Legendary from Miami features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with marinated pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese and sweet plantains

All burgers are served with the signature Hard Rock’s Savory Artisian french fries.New sauces include Chili Seasoned Fries with Chipotle Garlic Ketchup, Parmesan Romano Fries with Garlic Aioli and Herb and Garlic Fries with Chimichurri Mayo.

Along with this menu comes cocktails that are perfectly paired to go with your burger! 

Mai Tai One On – a South Pacific-inspired cocktail that features a refreshing blend of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Monin Orgeat, a splash of lime and orange juice

Pomegranate Mule – a mix of ABSOLUT® Vodka, Monin Pomegranate and ginger beer make this summertime favorite from Russia

Mezcarita – this refreshing and smoky margarita, which hails from Mexico, is a perfect combination of Del Maguey Mezcal, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Malibu® Coconut and fresh strawberries

Pineapple Ginger Caipirinha – a Brazilian blend of Agua Luca™ Cachaça and pineapple with the subtle hint of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Maple Old Fashioned – a twist on a classic American cocktail that features Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, cherries, maple syrup and orange juice garnished with a crisp bacon stir stick

I’ll be heading over to the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal Studios Orlando in the CityWalk entertainment complex for a Father’s Day date with my Dad. Sounds like the perfect place for me to tell him he’s the best Dad in the world!

Comment below and you’ll have a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack! 

Disclosure: A gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Hard Rock International. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama! 

22 May 2016

My Tiny Ballerina

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, Raising Girls, Tampa

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20 May 2016

Mama Loves: Buddy Brew Coffee in Hyde Park Village- Tampa, Florida

No Comments Florida, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

This post is sponsored. 

It’s good. Wait, it’s actually SO much better than good. It’s not your 1950’s diner. It’s a totally new age coffee shop with a high tech “ModBar” that can whip you up whatever your caffinated beverage that you heart desires and then, brewed to perfection… every time . I’m not one of those who frequents Starbucks. I can’t and don’t order a fifteen worded cup of coffee. I like a good cup of coffee. Not to sweet. Not burnt. I like supporting local. Buddy Brew has been my go to shop and I’m thrilled they are now in my most favorite Tampa neighborhood. Stop by. Wander around the neighborhood. Enjoy this little corner of Tampa that we call home. You’ll be a regular in no time!

Buddy Brew Coffee

Hyde Park Village

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19 May 2016

The Secret to a Good Life: Drops of Goodness

No Comments Disney, Lifestyle

 

There is truly goodness in this life and it is in every moment. Every moment we live. Every moment we marvel at beauty.

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