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11 Feb 2017

Florida is my #FlatoutLove Inspiration: Sweet N’ Spicy Shrimp Sandwich || Tampa Mama

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Welcome to Florida! Everyone knows how much I LOVE my state and all the flavors that go with it! And chances are, if you’ve come to my home state, Florida, you’ve had some of our amazing Gulf Shrimp!

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I’m super excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Flatout Bread to create my own #FlatoutLove recipe creation, inspired by MY city (or state), as well as show you all how easy it is to create your own fun and easy meals with your family using Flatout Bread! Read more

11 Feb 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Comes to Tampa at International Plaza Saturday, February 11th || Tampa Mama

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It’s coming to Tampa!  If your kids are huge fans- then you won’t want to miss THIS!

The hugely popular Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its first appearance in Tampa on Saturday, February 8th at International Plaza at 10am t0 8pm (the Cafe Truck will be outside of the mall, at Bay Street). The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers a delicious array of Hello Kitty sweets and special goodies to fans of all ages; it has been rolling up to festivals & events across the U.S. since its official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014.

The yummy treats on board the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will include a 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box set that includes a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water. In addition to the goodies, a Hello Kitty Cafe mug, a supercute pink Hello Kitty Cafe t-shirt and the pop icon’s signature bow headband will also be available to purchase.

….and just added….a limited edition Hello Kitty for President frosted cookie! Hello Kitty kicked off her Hello Kitty for President campaign earlier this week, as part of the “Friendship Party” with a message celebrating friendship, fun and happiness. The specially designed Hello Kitty for President cookie will be limited to only 50 cookies per stop & guests who purchase the special treat will also receive a free bumper sticker.

Fans can follow the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to stay updated about upcoming appearances and where to find these adorable Hello Kitty treats.

Based on the success of the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, Sanrio opened the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container in Irvine, CA, in July 2016, to continue to spread their message of happiness, friendship and fun through yummy goodies & beverages featuring Hello Kitty and other character friends. The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container, located at the Irvine Spectrum Center, will be open for a year-long residency and offers a menu developed exclusively for the Cafe, and different from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.

25 Jan 2017

Flatout Bread #FlatoutLove on Chicagonista LIVE || Tampa Mama

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Today is the day we get to share my #FlatoutLOVE on the fabulous talk show of the Chicagonista LIVE- Chicago’s Social Talk Show!

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You might be wondering how I met these lovely ladies all the way from Tampa and how I got the opportunity to partner with them!

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23 Jan 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Financially Focused in 2017 || #StartingIsBelieving

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Raising four kids in today’s world requires us to be uber prepared. Especially in our finances. My husband and I are hard working entrepreneurs. We feel blessed to have all that we do, but we know that budgeting, planning and being prepared are going to help us prepare for the large financial investment that looms in our future: college. How will we be able to help them? Can we afford it? Can we afford to save now for later? But one thing is certain- we need to start early.

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17 Jan 2017

My City #FlatoutLove: The Tampa Cuban with Flatout Bread || Tampa Mama

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Welcome to Tampa! Everyone knows how much I LOVE my city and all the flavors that go with it! I’m super excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Flatout Bread to create my own #FlatoutLove recipe creation, inspired by MY city, as well as show you all how easy it is to create your own fun and easy meals with your family using Flatout Bread!

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04 Jan 2017

#StartingisBelieving Twitter Chat

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#StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat

Join Blog­gin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat on Tues­day, 1/10/1 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period taking place right now. (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

Date: Tues­day, January 10, 2017

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hash­tag: #StartingIsBelieving

Spon­sored By: @FloridaPrepaid

Pre­sented by: @BlogginMamas
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15 Dec 2016

My New Year’s Resolution: Education First

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30 Nov 2016

How To Keep Up With Four Kids || Tampa Mama

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SponsoredPostI need lots of energy to keep up with four kids!

My morning routine with Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body produce energy naturally* so I can take care of what I need to do to keep up with this active bunch, every step of the way.

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01 Nov 2016

Tampa’s Mother of All Baby Showers is Here!

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Mother of All Baby Shower

Mother of All Baby Showers-Glazer Children’s Museum

The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) is lis always a hit with Moms in Tampa (and all over the country) and we can’t wait to celebrate and educate expectant parents and parents of newborns through preschoolers. The biggest AND best event adults-only event in the area is sure to be a truly memorable night for our attendees!  This is a really fun Girls’ Night Out or Date Night, truly nothing like it! The event features spa treatments, tasty treats, giveaways and educational sessions from some of the best experts in the area and in the industry!

This is an event you won’t want to miss!

VIP’s receive the following:

  • Baby K’tan® SmartGear Diaper Bag (Bag color/design varies for each attendee)
  • 1/2 hour early admission (5:30 pm)
  • 5 meals from CaterMeFit, the best healthy food delivery service in Tampa  (Retail Value: $39.75)
  • 1 pair of award winning pediped Originals shoes (Color/design varies for each attendee) (Retail value: $40.00)
  • The Mother of All SWAG bags (one per individual/couple and attendee must be present to receive)
Tickets for the event are $15 for regular admission and $60 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Mother Of All Baby Showers website.
I will DEFINITELY be there!  What other Mama friends will I see there?!

 

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07 Sep 2016

Tips for the Exhausted Mom: 7 Easy Ways to Feel Your Best Each Day

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I’m a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

The sheer volume of work that comes from having a child or multiple children might seem like having the task of climbing Mount Everest placed in front of you each day you wake up. Daunting. From school work, to homework to housework to out-of-the-house-work, the lists go on and on and never seem to end. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that give me the strength and energy to power me through the day. (I went through some old pictures and just got exhausted seeing how much we’ve done!) Some might seem easy, but from this once tired Mama, I know can say I have more pep in my step and more energy now than I ever have. It’s the sweet moments with my kids that I want to enjoy because they won’t be little for long. Here are some tips to help you feel your best each day!

 

  1. Get ready the night before. I seem to have little time in the morning to get myself ready for the day because I am simultaneously getting 4 kids ready as well. A little sprucing up in the morning and I’m ready to tackle the day! This might seem more psychological, but I definitely feel more energized when I’m not in my pajamas all day!
  2. Don’t skip breakfast!  I won’t let my kids go to school without breakfast and I won’t let myself go without breakfast too!  Make it easy on yourself!  A yogurt, a piece of fruit, an egg…anything!  Your body needs fuel, good fuel, to start the day!  You’ll notice you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood too!  I also take Meta Daily Energy Support as a part of my morning routine. The B-vitamin complex works naturally with my body to support natural energy* production without stimulants like caffeine. There’s also a beneficial probiotic to support a healthy digestive system. It’s all just a part of the healthy way I start my day!
  3. Exercise. Even if it’s walking for 20 minutes talking on the phone to your Mom, take a break and get your blood flowing. Exercise will ALWAYS make you feel more energized! Grab the stroller and head out! The baby or kids will love the walk too.
  4. Take a break. A mental break. A nap break. A brain break. Some times I need to check out from my kids or work and regroup. Even if it’s a small break, it’s a chance to disconnect even for a little while to recharge. Communication with your partner is crucial so you can figure out a time to make this work.
  5. Sleep. As tempting as it is to work late at night or watch you TV shows once the kids are asleep, set a limit on how late you stay up so you can get in some good rest. I know the nights of solid realm sleep might be few or nonexistent with potty training toddlers or breast feeding babies, but sleep is a game changer. Swap nights if your can with your partner. One of my mottos has always been “you sleep when they sleep” and that includes naps too! We know how much energy our kids have and it’s probably because they are getting a solid 10-12 hours of sleep each night!  Who wouldn’t be energized! I want their energy!
  6. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. I love good chocolate and a hot cup of coffee, but sugar and caffeine are stimulants. I started to notice how much better my body functioned when not so dependent on that morning cup of coffee. I have switched to a better breakfast and a fresh squeezed juice to start my day and haven’t looked back. Make little changes. One cup of coffee, not four. 1 teaspoon of sugar, not 2 tablespoons. No sugar after 6pm. Baby steps.
  7. Slow down. I’ve started to shift my focus to making my health a priority. I have been caught in the world of an over-scheduled parent and wiith four kids, that was very easy to do. It’s much easier said than done, but no one can do it all. Not even Superman or SuperMom. These are the moments you just don’t want to miss.

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Don’t miss out on any sweet moments with your kids! Moments like these won’t last forever. Eventually, you will feel the best you’ve ever felt and be your best each day. You owe it to family and especially, yourself.

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