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31 Jan 2016

Clearwater Beach Uncorked: A Food and Wine Adventure

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I’m always up for an adventure…especially if it involved food & wine! And on a beach!? Now you’re talking! It’s time to leave the kids at home and take a date night to the annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival. Sound like the perfect place to date night!

Clearwater Uncorked

Wine in your hand, toes in the sand. Celebrating 5 delicious years on Clearwater Beach. There’s no better way to experience the seduction of pre-Valentine’s Day decadence than by exploring the delicious facets of Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked, touted as the hippest beachfront gastronomic event on Florida’s west coast, is your ticket to unwind and wiggle your toes in the sugar white sand while enjoying the finest fare and wines this side of fabulous. Enjoy this weekend of world-class food, wine and microbrews while tantalizing your taste buds and soothing your senses. Stay for the weekend and enjoy an exclusive pre-Valentine’s Day VIP rate at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach exclusively for guests of Clearwater Beach Uncorked. These special room rates are limited so book early and extend your Valentine’s celebration over two weekends. A percentage of ticket sales from the event will benefit the University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Technology.

FOOD, WINE, AND BEER SAMPLING IS ALL INCLUSIVE IN THE TICKET PRICE.

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Have fun and be safe!! Uber is the best option if you’ve even had 1 glass of wine.
In St. Pete/Clearwater, first-time Uber riders can get a free $20 ride by using code VISITSPC. Drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.

Tama Mama

20 Dec 2015

Teaching Kids About Health and Fitness with Ringling Bros. Circus in Tampa

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Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”


My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 6 and 10 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!

I learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!

Did you know that Circus Fit can help educators with lesson plans, interactive video clips, handouts and a host of additional support materials and information that will help you set your students or youth group on the path to a physically fit and healthy lifestyle!

My passion project, Fit Kids Playground, has taught me that fitness should be made fun for kids and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show.
There is also an additional add on this year! Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!

And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an All Access Pre-show that starts an hour before the show. Come down to the arena floor and meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind pachyderm painting.  Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!

We have been provided with a 1 family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 6 at the Amalie Arena. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”

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29 Oct 2015

Peanuts Movie Giveaway!

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We are so excited to see Charlie Brown and his friends hit the big screen on November 6th in THE PEANUTS MOVIE! We are giving away tickets to a sneak preview tickets to five lucky readers on Sunday, November 1st at AMC Veterans and we want you to join us!  Keep reading below to see how you can snag these tickets!

  
Kids and parents alike will love seeing the classic “Peanuts” gang in 3D animation on the big screen! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linu… It’s going to be one epic adventure!  

  
Make sure you Peanutize yourself too!

We can’t wait to see the movie! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube for the last eat details!

Our first 5 lucky readers that would like to see the movie on November 1st, at 10:30 am at AMC Veterans (Tampa, FL) will be give three tickets to the sneak preview for a chance to see THE PEANUTS MOVIE with the link here!** DETAILS BELOW**

Good luck! 

Thank you to 20th Century Fox for sponsoring this promotion!

**Congratulations! Only the first 5 people to click on the link will have the ability to download passes to the screening. You have a chance of attending the advance free screening of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Screening will take place at AMC Veterans (TAMPA, FLORIDA) THIS Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 AM. We advise you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to starting time, as your seats are first come first serve. Also, *NOTE* Daylight savings starts Sunday, November 1st! Remember to set your clocks so you don’t miss out. See you soon!

22 Oct 2015

Slow Cooked Meals from Bob Evans are Perfect For This Busy Mama

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Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!

I love to cook. I truly enjoy cooking a slow meal that we can all enjoy together. We go to the farmers markets on weekends. We cook together. The kids enjoy being a part of making the meal. It’s time we spend together hopefully making memories that my kids will  one day share with their kids.

But life with four kids isn’t always as easy a Sunday morning. We have homework, baseball practice, gymnastics, Girl Scouts. I work full time and so does my husband. I try to be mindful of meals by planning in advance, prepping them the day before and using leftovers wisely. But our kids have grown to really enjoy a fresh, slow cooked homemade meal.

  

I was introduced to Bob Evans Restaurants when we would travel with my family from Milwaukee to Tampa. I honestly haven’t been back in years, but that’s soon to change. They really understand me. They get I’m busy and just can’t do it all. Some days I need a break. Just a break to sit down, talk with my kids and take to work out of the delicious meal. Sometime is good to let someone else do the cookin’ and especially of the food will be just like Mama used to make.

  

The 3 course dinners now available remind my kids of my cooking and our Sunday Suppers. It’s nice to know that any night of the week, when school, work and life get to hectic, we can drop by for a visit where we can slow down, relax, enjoy a slow cooked homemade meal, just like I would have cooked.

My kids loved the pot road and the broasted chicken dinner. With so many sides to choose from, picky eaters can celebrate. Add fresh bread and a salad, and dinner is done!

A little insiders tip is to visit with the family on Tuesday because kids eat free with the purchase of an adult menu. (See store for full rules.)
I’ll definitely be signing up for emails and taking advantage of their specials.

It’s nice to know that places like Bob Evans are there to help busy parents like us. We can’t wait to visit Bob Evans again!

28 Sep 2015

Super League Gaming Comes to Tampa Bay

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I recently was a judge at the Start Up Weekend Youth Tampa Bay and I saw some amazing things from the youths that participated. They are tech savvy, smart, ambitious and they pay attention to problems we have and they figure out ways to solve them. I also learned some amazing things about the recreational habits of these tech savvy kids. They all seem to love technology and it is embedded in their childhood. Technology is a part of them. It is growing at a faster rate than we can even imagine and I can’t see it going away anytime soon.

Parents today are balancing the fine line of teaching technology, making sure that kids don’t get too much screen time but also fostering a love for learning and understanding technology that might just one day be a career for them! I was very interested in hear about the Super League Gaming that is soon to come to Tampa October 6- November 10 at Cirtus Park 20 at Citrus Park Mall.

Super League President and COO Brett Morris is a dad. “It’s incredible how many kids are spending hours playing or watching YouTube videos of others playing this game [Minecraft] and we thought there just had to be a way to bring these kids, who were all playing alone in their rooms, together somehow,” he says. “As a parent, you want your kids to explore their passions, but when they’re by themselves, consumed in this other world, you can’t help but want them to be out with other kids their age, connecting over shared passions. That’s what Super League is meant to do, bring gamers together for some good old fashioned competitive fun in a safe environment.”

So how does it work? Super League’s proprietary technology will allow the players to bring their own laptop and then a third-person areial view will be shown on the big screen! And for those gamers that might want to meet other’s with the same interest, this will be the place to hang out! It’s always fun doing something you love with someone that shares similar interests with you!

This weekly event has been extremely successful and is on a full tour all over the country! Players will buy tickets, bring their laptops, and get ready for a tournament (playing against those they are sitting right next to) while they munch on popcorn and converse in friendly banter with actual people. Tickets cost $80 for 6 (all) of the fall sessions.

Sign up and get your game on! A few things to note:

  • Seats filling up fast!
  • GAMERS PLAY ON 4-7 MEMBER TEAMS.
  • Super League will place you on a team — or form your own!
  • EARLY REGISTRATION: $80 for 6 weeks if purchased by Sept. 30
  • $100 if bought after Sept. 30
  • ALL PLAYERS RECEIVE A FREE SUPER LEAGUE JERSEY

Want to learn why this gaming league is a league like no other? Read this article in Time Magazine about America’s First Video Game Varsity Athletes. Might just pay for college one day.

Follow them on Twitter: @JoinSuperLeague

21 Jul 2015

Tampa Mama Loves: Del Frisco’s Grille Tampa, Florida 

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We are always on the look out for new places to eat in Tampa. In November 2014, Del Frisco’s Grille opened right accross from International  Plaza. We haven’t been until yesterday and we wish we had been here sooner. We were enticed to try them out as July is National Ice Cream month and from July 17-26, you can get their Adult Milkshake half price with the purchase of any entree. (And trust me, you’ll definitely want to visit… Even if it’s just for the milkshake!)

  
 
A great place to mingle at the bar with friends or sit rooftop with family. The outside area was a perfect place for us to sit while we enjoyed a nice breeze and atmosphere.
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21 Jul 2015

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai Comes to Tampa, Florida: Ignite Your Wanderlust Soul

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For those who dream of wanderlust, the show Cirque du Soleil show Varekai, that will be touring in Tampa in early August 2015, will ignite the passion of the nomadic soul, that passion to wander as the word “Varekai” (pronounced ver•ay•’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies. As a lover of travel and wanderlust dreamer, I’m excited to see  show and dive into the magical world that is Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai. 

Win 4 tickets from the Tampa Downtown Partnership! Click here!

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21 Jul 2015

Where To Go When Touring Tampa: #ToyotainTampa

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If you are a regular traded of my blog or work, then you know I’m always on the go. Finding new places to explore or introducing people to places in my hometown of Tampa that I love to visit regularly. Traveling gives my life and refreshes my spirit. I enjoy writing about it and sharing what I’ve learned with others which is why blogging has been a perfect fit. 

I had the opportunity to test drive a Toyota Corolla last week to tour Tampa and share where I was grade through social media. 

  Tampa Tour Stop: Columbia Restsurant 
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19 Jun 2015

Turn Date Night into a Staycation at Home With the Draftmark Home Tap System

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We love to go out. My husband and I that is. But honestly, when we add up the babysitter, the dinner, the drinks, the Über cab, the time it’s going to take me to get ready and get dinner ready for four kids… Ummmm… I’m exhausted already and all I really want to do is relax… at home… after I get the kids to bed with my favorite person.

But what do we really miss when we can’t go out? I think it is a toss up between the draught beer and the ambiance. It’s so nice to just relax on the patio of some of our favorite place, chill and just be. A cold beverage is always nice and a location is everything! 

Click here to know where we go when we do go out on date night in Tampa!
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27 Mar 2015

Feeling Good About Diapers

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We are almost there. Almost done. So close yet so far.

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This is my monkey. She lives in the trees (or at least I would gather that she would rather most days). She’d rather be naked most days and we are on the verge of potty training, but we just aren’t quite there yet. So here we stand. On the final diaper frontier. I can say that over the past 3 children that I have raised I have gotten to be much more knowledgeable about the diapers that my kids wear, what goes into their body, what goes on their body and so on. There are more certifications and labels that I see now on products that state organic, eco-friendly and so on. But I am much more aware of what these mean and what works best for my family too.

I fell in LOVE with the diapers that Abby is wearing now, the Bambo Baby Diapers. I can honestly say that they are the best diapers I have used and my only regret is that I didn’t find them sooner.

Abby has super sensitive skin and these have been the only diapers that she hasn’t had an allergic reaction to because they actually let her skin breathe. They contain no dangerous chemicals and or allergens, and if you have a child with sensitive skin, you will be very aware of anything that touches their precious skin.

According to Web MD, 95% of parents use disposable diapers, but do you really know what they are made of? And of course, the cloth diaper debate is also one to look into as well (my good friend Calley, The Eco Chic, LOVES her some cloth diapers and is considered an expert so you can ask her here).

But for us, we went with an eco-friednly, dermatologically tested Bambo Nature line that made me feel good about purchasing diapers for the time that we have left in them.

Thank you to Bambo Nature for sponsoring this post!

Bambo Nature

For more information and to purchase the Bambo Nature Baby Diapers click here or read below about the product:
For over three decades, Bambo Nature has taken every measure to bring you a premium baby diaper that’s gentle, soft, and made of 100% sustainable materials. Bambo Nature has earned more credentials, awards, and eco-labels than any other diaper on the market. While other brands are busy making claims, we’re busy substantiating our diaper’s premium quality with concrete proof.

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