Archive for April, 2016

27 Apr 2016

Let Kids Cook: Teaching Kids Cooking Skills 

1 Comment Cooking, Lifestyle, Raising Children

This post is sponsored.

It’s easy to say, “No, not now.” “Later.” “Next time.” But then, its next weekend, and then it’s next month. Then it’s next season. And now they’ve lost interest.

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27 Apr 2016

Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens in Tampa, Florida!

No Comments Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 
When we walked into the pink cupcake store, my daughter went straight to the cupcake counter and started pointing at every beautiful cupcake she wanted to try! Lucky for us, we were able to indulge in many of the flavors that will be available to the citizens of Tampa (and Florida as this is the FIRST Sprinkles Cupcakes in the state!)

Toddler life decisions.

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19 Apr 2016

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 19}

No Comments Disney, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 19th, 2016}

  1. EcoFest- April 23- Lowry Park- Tampa, Florida

EcoFest Earth Day Tampa Bay

The City of Tampa has partnered with Learning Gate Community School for a fun Earth Day celebration! Look for fun eco-friendly vendors, food trucks, drum circles and more!  Celebrate Earth Day this year and make sure to bring the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Disney on Ice: Amalie Arena- Downtown Tampa, Florida- May 12-15th, 2016

Disney on Ice Tampa Florida

Tickets are on sale now for this show May 12-15th, 2016 at Amalie Arena! We have a giveaway going on here so be sure to enter the Tampa Mama Giveaway! Follow along with everyone going to the show using #DisneyOnIce

 

 

 

3. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival- Orlando, Florida

Epcot

Going on in Orlando at Walt Disney World, this amazing event lasts 90 days and will end May 30!

4. Sugar Sand Festival- Pier 60- Clearwater, Florida

The 10-day beach celebration goes on at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach!

15 Apr 2016

Easy Cooking With Kids

No Comments Ad, Cooking, Everyday, Kids, Sponsored

This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama. 

 

Abby and I love to cook together!  It’s been fun watching her WANT to cook with me! She sees her “big kids” cook with me and it’s been fun to explore food with her. When she cooks something, she’s definitely much more willing to try it too!

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12 Apr 2016

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 12th}

No Comments Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 12th, 2016}

  1. Screen on the Green: Water Works Park- Downtown Tampa, Florida

Tampa Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2. Disney on Ice: Amalie Arena- Downtown Tampa, Florida

Disney on Ice Tampa Florida

Tickets are on sale now for this show May 12-15th, 2016 at Amalie Arena! We have a giveaway going on here so be sure to enter the Tampa Mama Giveaway! Follow along with everyone going to the show using #DisneyOnIce


3. Sugar Sand Festival- Pier 60- Clearwater, Florida

Super fun festival that everyone in the family will enjoy on the beautiful beaches of Clearwater!


4. Tampa Bay Rays- Tropicana Field- St.Pete Florida

The Rays take on the White Sox this Sunday, April 16th!  Get the 411 here!


 

08 Apr 2016

Growing Healthy Together:A Gerber Lil Beanies Rainbow Garden Party for Picky Eaters

No Comments Ad, Healthy Living, Kids, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Sponsored

Get ready to win one over on your picky lil’ eaters with these Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks! This post is sponsored by Nestle, Walmart and written on behalf of The Women Bloggers in association with The Kendall King Group and #SoapBoxInfluence. As always, the content created is my own and as always, all thoughts and opinion about the product are my own too! 


We love to throw a good party! Especially when our friends can come over, play in the dirt and eat healthy snacks!  Read more

04 Apr 2016

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Topiary Pictures 

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Kids, Lifestyle, Orlando, Photography, Travel

I’ve been around the world a time or two in Epcot and my most favorite time of year is Spring!  It’s an amazing time to see all the characters recreated as life-like topiaries!  Here’s a quick trip around the World! If you haven’t been, there still time to visit!  

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

03 Apr 2016

My Very, Very Smelly Breath: Raising Awareness For Pet Dental Health

No Comments Book Review, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Giving Back, Kids, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Meet Shelby. My animal whisperer. She loves animals like I have never seen before. Unfortunately, we don’t have a puppy in our own home yet, but any chance she get (for example this was taken at the Hyde Park Village Farmers Market) she will find a dog to love on it.

Her latest favorite bedtime story is My Very, Very Smelly Breath. She received this book as a gift when our family was chosen to host a Disney Kids Play Date. We have read this book a thousand times already.

It is a scratch and sniff book that helps kids understand the importance of pet dental care.   Cute idea and cute concept.

The book is available at your local Banfield hospital for a suggested donation of $10 per book. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Banfield Foundation™. In Tampa, Banfield hospitals are in PetSmarts all over town.

Shelby has already started collecting money to donate to their foundation. She’s planning a lemonade stand when the weather warms up. (More to come on that!) We have given to our local animal shelter before so she’s ready to help again!

I think when we are ready to get a pet, Shelby will be ready and waiting to make sure they don’t have smelly breath.

Thank you to BSM Media & MomSelect for sending us a copy of this book!  It has been a wonderful addition to our library!

03 Apr 2016

How Our Disney Kids Play Date Inspired us to Give Back

No Comments Community Service, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Giving Back, Parenting

 

We had so much fun at our #DisneyKids pool-side play date with our friends last weekend!

Disney Kids Preschool Play Date

After a bedtime story (our current favorite is My Very Very Smelly Breath), we love to talk about our day and anything on our mind. Last night, my six-year old wanted to talk about how much fun we had with all our friends at our Disney party and how lucky we were to have had such a magical day!

I said, “Not everybody get to have a magical day sometimes! And your magical powers helped us bring smiles to all the kids at our party!”

My 6 year old responded, 

“But Mommy, what about everyone that wasn’t invited?! How can I use my magic powers to help other kids have a magic day?”

I think she meant a good day, but nonetheless, it steamed into a conversation about using our powers for good and helping others when we can.

This got me thinking that it might be a teachable moment for me to show her where the power of giving can be her magical power. To help others.

I know it might seem early, but I personally feel that the earlier kids can start to volunteer and give back it will lead into getting kids to thinking about how they can help others. And there are so many ways!

We decided to look into volunteering at a food bank and it just so happened that Feeding America Tampa Bay was having a Girl Scout Hunger 101 event. She is a 2nd year Daisy, so this was a perfect fit! It was an age appropriate introduction and hands on experience for her to learn about how we can help others.

  
Knowing we were going to talk about hunger, we collected and brought with us food that we could donate to others who might be hungry.

We sat in on a session where the instructor talked to the kids about what hunger is and how some kids don’t know if they will have dinner when they go home from school. We talked about what they liked to eat and how it might feel if they went to be hungry.

  

 
{Feeding America Tampa Bay pictured above.}

We got a tour of their warehouse and also helped sort 1400 lbs of food! Everybody helped in some way and together we were able to help feed 171 people with meals from the food we helped with.

  
My girls were amazed that some kids go to bed hungry. They had so many questions. But that was good, because it shows me they are thinking. They loved using their magical super powers knowing they helped bring smiles to kids’ that might be sad because they were hungry.

“Mommy, can we go back and help again?”

“Of course we can.”

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From the Disney Citizenship website: At Disney, we believe that our concern for kids and families must extend beyond their entertainment to the world in which they live. We aim to inspire people to think creatively, live healthier, conserve nature and strengthen our communities.

On April 15-17, 2016, the worlds largest service event is happening thanks to YSA. We hope you consider being a part of this awesome movement!

About GYSD

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year.

GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Thank you to BSM Media & Mom Select and Disney World Resorts for choosing our family to host a #DisneyKids play date and inspiring my kids to be the change in the world by helping others. “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

03 Apr 2016

Celebrate Earth Day in Tampa Bay with EcoFest!

No Comments Family Time, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Want a family-fun free event to take your kids to in April to celebrate Earth Day?

Head to EcoFest 2016 – Earth Day Tampa Bay! 

EcoFest Earth Day Tampa Bay

The 7th annual EcoFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the Lowry Park bandshell.

EcoFest is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy.

This year’s event features:

·         Over 100 local vendors (artists, green living products & services, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens, etc.)

·         Sustainability workshops

·         a ParKour Agility Course (created by an American Ninja Warrior participant)

·         a Yoga Zone (Three Yoga Studios with live music)

·         “Trash the Bag” Crafts and Kid Zone

·         Costume characters -sure to attract the kids- who will pose for photos with attendees including: super heroes such as Spiderman, princesses, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center’s mascot – Molly the Manatee, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s mascot – Pete the Pelican, and MOR-TV’s mascot – Stewie of Family Guy!

·         Drum circle

·         USF is supplying a Bull Runner Shuttle Bus to transport attendees to and from parking areas


For additional information click here to learn more about the City of Tampa’s EcoFest 2016!