Archive for October, 2016

29 Oct 2016

Cupcakes and Rainbows- Why DreamWorks Trolls is the Best Feel Good Movie of the Year || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Movies, Sneak Peak

When you are 7, life is all rainbows and cupcakes. As it should be. They are happy being with friends and love a good hug too! The new DreamWorks movie, Trolls, was a reminder that we should all embrace this kind of optimism because life is just better when you do.

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28 Oct 2016

Cooking Lessons for Kids- An Idaho Potato Commission Cuts Class By #SundaySupper

No Comments Cooking, Everyday, Family Time, Raising Children, Sunday Supper

A Chinese proverb states that if you give them a fish, they’ll eat for a day. But if you teach them to fish, they will eat for a lifetime. I feel the same way about cooking. Teach them to cook and they will eat for a lifetime!

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25 Oct 2016

A Sweet New Movie- Shopkins Chef Club || Tampa Mama

No Comments Girl Toys, Kids, Movies

The first ever Shopkins movie based on the extremely popular toys is here!

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22 Oct 2016

Saving For Her Future: Open Enrollment for Florida Prepaid College Plans || Tampa Mama

No Comments Florida, Raising Children, Sponsored

We have 4 kids that we hope will go on to further their own education one day. We have high hopes and big dreams that they will be successful, each in their own career, and of course, happy.

As adults, we can see things through the looking glass of time and try to foreshadow the future so that they might learn from our mistakes.

Paying for college is one of the burdens we hope our children will not have to bear. With Florida Prepaid College Fund, there are so many options that we as parents have to start saving for their future now.

I am always saying to my kids, “A little at a time.” In most that we do, homework, studying for tests, saving for a bike, my “little at a time” rule has helped ease their stress about being prepared or reaching a goal that might have seemed impossible to achieve!

The more we start to look at our financial future, we know that having Florida Prepaid College Plans for all our kids will be the best way for us to help them get a head start on their education. With so many plans to choose from, you can easily choose the plan that best suits your child and also even allow other family members to help contribute to their higher education as well!

Florida Prepaid is also providing Tampa Mama readers a discount to save 50% on your application fee for enrollment using the promo code BLOG1617.

We’ve decided to invest in the 4-year Florida University Plan. This Plan will help see our kids through their 4-year journey at one of the 12 State Universities.

The 4-Year Florida University Plan covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours, the amount generally required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Ranked in the top 5 in the nation for research and development, the State University System is spread across the state and features Florida’s two preeminent universities, Florida State University and the University of Florida.

And it’s easy to enroll! And prices are still low (as they will change from year to year!) Here is what you’ll need to enroll:

  • Open Enrollment is October 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017.
  • No payment due until April 20, 2017.
  • Be sure to have read the Master Contract.
  • Have your and the child’s Social Security Numbers available.
  • Have your bank account information available, if you would like to set up automatic withdrawal.
  • Have the driver’s license of the child’s parent or legal guardian to submit proof of Florida residency online.

We believe in our future and hope to help our kids start their future off on the right foot. They deserve it!

Disclaimer: I am a Believer Blogger for Florida Prepaid College Plans. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama.

20 Oct 2016

The Triumphant Return of Winn-Dixie to Hyde Park Village in South Tampa, Florida || Tampa Mama

4 Comments Florida, Grand Opening, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

It’s always nice to see new neighbors reemerge even better and stronger than before. The newly remodeled Winn-Dixie Hyde Park store located at 2100 W. Swann Avenue, right in the heart of South Tampa’s epic center, Hyde Park Village, looks amazingly polished, bigger, with more bells and whistles than ever before for its patrons.
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16 Oct 2016

Rubio’s Costal Grill || Tampa Mama Eats

No Comments Dining Out, Grand Opening, Tampa

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is a refreshing new restaurant in the Tampa Bay area! Located near International Plaza on Westshore and Kennedy, Rubio’s is a perfect place to dine on fish tacos and unique recipes that take you all the way to Baja, California. It’s a unique restaurant that is tucked away, but that’s not to say it’s not well known already!  A line out the door for lunch will have you stopping by early just to grab a seat.

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14 Oct 2016

BARBIE & HER SISTERS IN PUPPY CHASE || Tampa Mama

1 Comment DVD, Girl Toys, Movies, Raising Girls

Barbie Dreamhouse DVD

BARBIE & HER SISTERS IN PUPPY CHASE now out on Blu-Ray DVD!

Barbie™ and her sisters discover everything’s better when you do it together in this splashy, sun-kissed adventure! After the girls and their pets arrive at an island paradise for Chelsea’s™ big dance competition, they decide to make a quick side trip to see the nearby Dancing Horse Festival. But when their furry friends go missing at the event, it’s up to the sisters to find them before Chelsea’s™ show. While the puppies are out having an adventure of their own, the girls must use their imaginations and work together to find their furry friends in this tail-wagging good time!

 

This is a perfect movie for young kids who love Barbie, adventure, and animals. An action-adventure animated feature with a great message! My girls loved it!! We are actually hosting a Babrie Puppy party at the Humane Society and this will be a great party gift for our friends!

Buy it here on Amazon today or order these other Barbie toys to go along with the movie!

 



Comment below to win one of two gift packs with the DVD and a Barbie doll too! {Winners are chosen at random and must leave a comment on this post.}

Disclaimer: I have been provided with free copies of the DVD and have included affiliate links in this post.  All opinions are my own!

14 Oct 2016

Energy for New York City: The City That Never Sleeps || Tampa Mama

No Comments Family Travel, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, New York City, Sponsored, Travel

New York City

META InfluencerMy oldest children are in their pre-teen years. Last Christmas, we tried something new. My daughter had been constantly on us for a trip to NYC. I travel for work often to the City and she’s always wanting to tag along. Last Christmas, she opened a ticket to NYC. I didn’t give her the date (although you could do that too) but more the promise that we will plan a trip together and the visit.  The gift of travel and more experiential gifts area becoming more popular with our kids. They have come to the understanding that these trips do cost money and they have started to choose the experience over the toy. I’m loving that they are making that choice themselves too!

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12 Oct 2016

Preheat Your Oven! The Sprinkles Baking Book arrives October 25th || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Cooking, Lifestyle

Everybody loves a cupcake. Especially a really good one. Now you can bake your own.
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11 Oct 2016

BUSCH GARDENS TO HOST SESAME STREET HALLOWEEN EVENT FOR KIDS || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Family Travel, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

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