Archive for April, 2017

25 Apr 2017

Tampa Mama Adventures: runDisney + GoGo squeeZ at the Kids Races || ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida 

No Comments Lifestyle

So you might have seen us on my InstaStory the other day on the scene for the runDisney Kids Races!  These races are held 2 days during the runDisney races at either Disney World or Disneyland. We were a guest of GoGoSqueeZ, the new sponsor for the kids races and the official applesauce of Walt Disney World. We’ve been out before but never to participate in the activities!

The Expo is huge!  Lots to see but not too much for kids inside. More shopp me for Disney themed merchandise and official runDisney pins and more. Outside, on the runDisney Kids Race days (Friday & Saturday), there is SO much for kids to do!  The gates open at 10am for kids and families on the New Balance Field.

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17 Apr 2017

Learning How To Grand Beauty Spa + #MyHeroMom Mother’s Day Giveaway || Tampa Mama

No Comments Beauty, Giveaway, Healthy Living, Mama Loves

Do you know how to spa? Like REALLY Spa? Well, of the answer is no, like me, you’ll want to become familiar with The Grand Beauty Spa. I have driven on Kennedy Blvd., over a million thines, but have never stopped and the beautiful bungalow on the north side of Kennedy. But today I stopped. And I can’t believe that I haven’t stopped in the 10 years that have been there. Not any more! I will now be going back VERY often!

The Grand Beauty Spa

 

The Grand Beauty Spa is a Luxury European Day Spa in Tampa, Florida. It is a flagship spa for Thalgo Laboratories of Paris, a true innovator in health and beauty while preserving our natural resources and eco-system. (I splurged with Grand Facial that began with Thalgo’s “Discovery of the Sea” massage to ease tensions and let me tell you…I was glowing after this treatment!) The Grand Beauty Spa specializes in custom treatments featuring cutting edge technology and first rate professionals in a five star atmosphere. You feel like you have stepped into paradise and it’s relaxing atmosphere and ambiance will have you wanting to come back often for an escape. Services include facials, massage, body treatments, face and body depilation, manicures & pedicures, haircuts & styling, color treatments, hair & eyelash extensions, make up application and a suite of medically supervised Medi-spa services. And the free steam and sauna therapies are also available to customers and spa members.

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10 Apr 2017

Florida Travel: A Relaxing Spring Break at The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee

No Comments Adventures, Family Time, Florida, Hotel Reviews, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 The words “relaxing,”  “brake” and “kids” are words we all long to hear together. Spring break sneaks up on me and the next thing I know I have four children at home for a week. The good thing is that living in Tampa we have the opportunity to go so many different places that really aren’t too far away. It’s like living on a permanent vacaton. Only an hour from the beach, a few hours from an ocean and blue skies and sunhine pretty much year round. We  love a good hotel with fun things to do for kids and families. I feel that many families are looking for just that. A break from the every day run around, that the kids will have fun at and that I too can take a vacation as well.

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09 Apr 2017

Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa || Tampa Mama Blog

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

Seminole Heights

 

I live in the urban corridor of Tampa. It’s called Seminole Heights and we are about 5 minutes from Downtown- which is like my second home. We are down there all the time. It’s close enough to the heart of the city that when things happen I tend to be among those that hear the rumors or see it first hand. I’ve got  Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa and hope you might learn something new!  These are my urban insider tips for anyone coming into Tampa. If you stay for a week , a few days or are just visiting and want to expolre Tampa, here’s what you’ll want to know! What an amazing city Tampa has become! It’s only getting better too!

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08 Apr 2017

Florida Family Travel: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

No Comments Disney, Disney Citizenship, Family Travel, Giving Back, Hosted, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

There are a few things that I look forward to you when the weather starts to turn from cold to beautiful. And the skies church start to turn from gray to blue. I love opening day of baseball, I love watching the masters, but to me the first signs of spring happen when I visit The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. For the past 24 years this festival has taken blue skies, beautiful flowers and endless magic and transformed Epcot into one of the most beautiful places in Florida this time of year.  And each year the event gets better and better.

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03 Apr 2017

Why I Will Be Sitting In The Front Row For Disney Pixar’s COCO

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I recently saw this trailer for COCO, a new Disney Pixar movie. I was immediately frozen. I believe in signs. I have for a long time. I look for the good ones that tell me those that have gone before might still be here, watching over me. This movie is a sign.

You see, my first sign with this movie is that my father’s name is Ernesto. He left this Earth far too early. Leaving behind two young daughters with only memories of his voice. The La Voz de Oro. And that is my second sign. He was also a singer in a marichi band and had a voice of gold. That’s what we put on his tombstone.

Ernesto Cornejo

 

My Father, Ernesto, is center. 

So already, this movie is speaking to me. Miguel (maybe the character would have been named Marisa if he was a girl) and his magical guitar, searching for answers on dia de los muertos, has so many symbolic reasons that I cannot be more excited to see this movie.

Count me in for front row seats to this movie. My Mom’s birthday is November 2nd, Dia de los Muertos. This movie is due out in November. Coincidence? I’m hoping she and my sister will come with me to see it.

“We are all a part of those that came before.” Never has a movie ever spoke to me this one.

Coco Disney Pixar

03 Apr 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- New Look || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I have become a movie junkie with my kids these days! We have started to really dive into movies together as a family. We have loved watching the movies come to life when we visit places like Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! We can’t wait for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to hit theaters May 26, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Here’s a new look! As we start to plan our summer vacation, a am thinking a Caribbean trip might be in order!

Pirate of the Caribbean

03 Apr 2017

Review of Smurfs: The Lost Village || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Mama Loves, Movies, Sneak Peak

My ladies got a sneak peak of Smurfs: The Lost Village, we just absolutely LOVED it!  We are totally on Team Smurf and hope that Smurfette will consider running for President!  We can’t tell all the smurfy details about the movie yet, but when you see in theaters April 7th, you are going to LOVE it!  Don’t forget to take a #SmurfSelfie with your movie crew too!

Smurfy Activities

Want to learn how to draw a smurf! It’s easy with these downloadable worksheets! To draw Brainy, click HERE

And if your kids are now obsessed with Smurfs as much as mine are now, you’ll want to check out my Smurf Movie Pinterest Board!  Have fun with your next party!

03 Apr 2017

Mama Loves: Eco Fest Tampa

No Comments Education, Healthy Living, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Learning Gate Community School

Learning Gate Community School, USF Office of Student Affairs and the City of Tampa combine once again to host the 8th annual EcoFest on Saturday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park Zoo Bandshell Area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa. The event will be open to the public from10 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Admission and parking are FREE!

EcoFest is an annual event for the community celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy. This year our Earth Day sponsors are TECO and Tampa Bay Water. There will be a parkour agility course created by a participant in American Ninja Warrior, Master Shinobi, a kid friendly Yoga Zone with classes, crafts, games and more!

Learning Gate Community School and the USF Student Affairs Office are combining their resources and knowledge once again with the City of Tampa to create Earth Day Tampa Bay.

“We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with our partners and showcase our involvement in sustainability to our community,” said Thom Snelling, Director, Planning and Development, City of Tampa.

There will be live music, yoga kid zone, costumed superheroes, demonstrations, informational booths, a parkour agility course, green living products and services. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.

“Every year Ecofest gets bigger and better and we know it is making a difference in our community,” said Michele Northrup, organizer of the event. “We are very excited for another opportunity to show Tampa citizens how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle. Ecofest 2017 will feature more than 100 eco-vendors, live entertainment, free demonstrations etc. the vendors will spotlight their sustainable products and services. We are expecting to draw more than 4000 attendees at the Lowry Park Zoo. We are sepecially excited that this year Ecofest lands on the official National Earth Day.

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please click HERE.

We hope to see you there!

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