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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!

Universal Studios

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!

23 May 2017

6 Summers Left Before College || National 529 Day + Florida 529 Savings Plan Giveaway on Tampa Mama 

No Comments Education, Lifestyle, Raising Children


Another season in the books. 6th grade is coming to a close and all I can think about is the fact that he’s only got 6 more summers until college. Weren’t we just starting kindergarten yesterday?


I’m in awe of his spirit. His academic discipline. His athletic talent. His friendly demeanor and the respect he receives from his peers. I know he’s going places, but the one thing I worry about is hoping that I can afford to send him the places he deserves to go.

May 29th is National 529 day and Florida Prepaid is trying to increase awareness about college savings and the Florida 529 Savings Plan. In celebration of 529 Day, Florida Prepaid is giving 10 Florida families $529 in a Florida 529 Savings Plan!

Enter here to win!

We want your help to spread the word and encourage you to enter while also learning about the importance of saving for college! It is our hope to inform Florida families about the ease and flexibility of starting to save with a Florida 529 Savings Plan.

I’ve talked before about the Florida Prepaid College plans and why we’ve chosen to save for college with them.

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is almost $24,000, and over half of 2015 college graduates had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success’ recently released report on student debt.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books.  A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 5 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 10-year time period in Savingforcollege.com’s 2016 performance rankings.

Here are the details of the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Giveaway:

What: The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program and you could be one of 10 lucky winners of a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.

When: Enter anytime between May 15 and June 11

How: Visit FloridaPrepaidCollege.com to enter today!


Wishing I could stop time, I know the friendships he’s made in elementary school will be ones to remember when he’s in college. And I’m sure that college will be an amazing place for him to make more memories too.

Disclaimer: I’m a Florida Prepaid Blogger Ambassador. I’m also a Mom of 4 kids who knows the value of saving for college. All opinions are my own.  

05 May 2017

How to Host a #DisneyKids Fit Kids PLAY Date

No Comments Disney, Healthy Living, Kids, Party Planning, Sponsored, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Kids

We just got back from Walt Disney World Resort where we experienced our very first runDisney Kids Race!  The entire event was so much fun for all the kids that were there!  You could even participate in all the free fun activities even if you weren’t participating!

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03 May 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is EPIC || #GOTGVOL2

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Marvel, Movies, Review, Sneak Peak

I’ve been blogging for a while now and I also am addicted to reading blogs! Especially about movies! And in the past year, I have been fortunate to have seen some very cool movies before they hit theaters.

I had an AWESOME opportunity to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 a few days before everyone else, but let me tell you…when I told my son we had media passes, he lost it! I have also been reading about all the cast insights and more from a few lucky blogger friends of mine who were picked to be red carpet bloggers at the premier! They got to interview the cast and I just couldn’t stop reading! Check out my friend, Vera’s blog, Lady and The Blog, where she dishes with the whole cast and more! So jealous and so excited to see the movie!

We had just seen Guardians of the Galaxy, for the 100th time, last week on our weekly Friday night family movie night! I got ambitious and made these to get the kids more excited to see the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on May 5th:

They were delicious by the way. And totally earned me some cool Mom points too!

And then we saw the movie…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

OMG! I just can’t spoil it. It would be so unfair. But let me tell you….I laughed, I cried, and all I wanted to do was hug that Baby Groot! It was far beyond what I was was expecting and I was expecting some great things from this movie! The music is epic and tells so much of the story just as it did in the first movie. Dive deeper into the characters and where they came from and how much they mean to each other. And yes, there are even better scenes than the epic dance off with Peter Quill or the dancing Baby Groot to the Jackson 5 from the first movie. The Star Lord will return!

So… now, I have officially hopped on the bandwagon of super galactic fan and will be going out to buy all the things “Groot” and more! Thankfully, there is a ton of super fun toys for me to by my kids (and I promise I will only play with them while they are at school) and my friend Vera, from Lady and the Blog, has an amazing toy guide already done here, so no need for me to recreate the wheel! Check it out here so you’ll know what to buy! But the first thing I am buying is the soundtrack.

And I hope you go see the movie. Like opening day. May 5th. Get your tickers now. Like right now. And bring some tissues. You’ll need those too.

Make sure to follow along with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

I was invited as a member of the media to a press screening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

01 May 2017

Mama Loves: Exploring Tampa Bay

No Comments Family Travel, Florida, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Tampa- Pirate Water Taxi

 

My favorite way to explore a new city that I am visiting is taking recommendations from the people who know it best. The insiders. The experts. The locals. It’s no secret that I love Tampa. It’s one of my favorite cities in all of Florida! I know it inside and out. I love learning about what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s happening. My kids and I often play tourists in our own city, taking time to have fun and experience new things in our own backyard.

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01 May 2017

Car 3 Hits Theaters on June 16th #Cars3|| Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies

We can’t wait for Cars 3 to be our first movie of the summer! Jake was a toddler when the first movie came out and it was his first in the theater. He was obsessed with this movie. I mean, I can easily recite every word to the first movie. So here is the newest trailer! I’m getting more excited each time that they share something new!!!

Trust me! We even went as far as to take Jake to do a Junior Ride-a-long at the Richard Petty Experience Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando in a race car that looked like the characters! I totally earned some cool Mom points for that one! (Note: This is no longer available at Walt Disney World. It is available in two NACSAR locations. More details here.)

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We’ve even been to Daytona International Speedway to see where these guys really come from. But Abby wasn’t around yet. Looks like we might have to make a trip back soon with her in tow!

Cars 3 in theaters on June 16th! Follow along on Facebook for all the newest details! Get your engines ready!

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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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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