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25 Jan 2017

Flatout Bread #FlatoutLove on Chicagonista LIVE || Tampa Mama

No Comments Ad, Chicago, Everyday, Healthy Living, Social Media

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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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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15 Apr 2016

Easy Cooking With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama. 

 

Abby and I love to cook together!  It’s been fun watching her WANT to cook with me! She sees her “big kids” cook with me and it’s been fun to explore food with her. When she cooks something, she’s definitely much more willing to try it too!

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03 Dec 2015

Dreaming About Tomorrow

No Comments CAH, Everyday, Holidays, Personal, Uncategorized

Today began like any other day. Just any ordinary day. It can change in an instant. But I’m already dreaming about tomorrow.
  

It’s 10pm. I watch her sleep. I watch every move she makes. Is she ok? Is she too hot? When did she have her last does of meds? Did she keep it down? Should we go? Who will stay? 
My mind races at 100 mph and can’t stop thinking. It doesn’t. Not when it’s the well being of your child. 
This is our normal when anyone with CAH gets sick in our home. We have a window and at the 5 hour mark, if we can’t handle it at home, we go. We take no chances. It’s 3am and we haven’t slept all night. 
She will be fine. She’s starting to understand. She was ok with going to the hospital. I stay strong. She braves up. And so do I. We are in this together. 
Dad and I divide and conquer. One stays with the kids. The other goes. I usually go. We are in this together too. When we get to the hospital, it’s go time. Know your shit and get ready to speak to those that are trained to help. I’m only trained to help my little ones, but I’ve studied my heart out to know what I’m talking about. All for them. 

  
So here she sleeps. It’s safe to sleep here. They will take care of her here. She gets up…we watch movies. The 5am choice is Annie. Appropriate. 

  

Today began like any other day. Just any ordinary day. It can change in an instant. And lucky for us, the sun will come out tomorrow and it will be a bright new day for us to be thankful that we have another day. We will stick out our chins and grin because we know that this was just a gray day. But right now, I’m dreaming about tomorrow. Hoping for more days like this… Maybe tomorrow, right?! 

  

13 Oct 2015

Building Girls’ Up: #NoLikesNeeded

No Comments Everyday, Raising Children, Raising Girls

I have fallen in love. In love with a campaign that speaks so loudly to me as a Mother, that I want to shout it from the roof tops to anyone who will listen.

These are my two oldest girls. And they are being raised in a much different society than I grew up in.

  

It’s obvious, I enjoy social media and have been a fan of it since the beginning, hopping on when platforms when they first started, joining in online conversations, engaging in a whole new world that has lead me to meet many friends that I now call dear friends and sisters. But I often think how different my life might have been if “it” was around when I was younger. When I was in high school. When I was in college. Dating. Learning how to grow up. How the mean girls at school might have really hurt me with their words online, in front of a whole new audience (the world) instead of just at school. Or how terrible it would have been to have not been “liked” or as popular or as perfect as some of my other friends.

How could social media changed me?

I am not sure how it could have impacted me. Silly comments on a photo I thought was pretty. Seeing everyone at a party I wasn’t invited to. Not getting enough “likes” when I was hoping to have a bunch. Someone not being my “friend” who I thought was my friend. Feeling left out because I wasn’t there to be “in” the picture. The list can go on.

I have been struggling with the fact that my daughter is beginning to come of age where she is/ might be ready for the phone or ipod. To text. To view. To browse. To look at what everyone else is doing. (Just like I do…) To hop on a social network. I’m pushing it off as long as possible. I feel fortunate to know my daughters’ friends’ parents and we all share similar values and parenting styles. I personally don’t think she is ready. Ready for the heartbreak that is social media. I don’t want her to value being “liked” by a picture that wasn’t perfect.

I feel like I have so much work to do and I’m not sure where to start. I am raising three daughters in a world full of possibilities and promise. I want them to know and learn so much from me, and I don’t want social media to be a form of validation for them. But first there is education. Alot of education and growing up before we even get there.

Teaching Girls the POWER of Themselves

Education will be to teach our girls about being who they are, unique, different, tall, short, smart, funny, beautiful and so many more things. I just did a Girl Scout lesson on the POWER OF THEMSELVES. We are currently working on the Junior Agent of Change Journey and we did a collage of all the power words that they identified themselves with. Creative. Thinker. Leader. Quiet. Strong. Brave. Confident. Artistic. Imaginative. Considerate. We will be writing in our “Power Logs” every time we meet about how we use our super powers. Their stories were awesome! It was great to have them write it out. See in in color. Know that everything there is true and to have other say, “Yes! So true!”

The Dove Self-Esteem Project

Following along with the Dove Self-Esteem project has also made me realize that much more will need to be added to this lesson to incorporate educating the girls on this new element that is social media and how it can play into their lives. We need to change with the times so our girls are better equipped to know what matters and what REALLY matters.

I will definitely be following the #NoLikesNeeded campaign in hopes to help my girls know that they should feel free to be themselves. I hope to integrate their resources when we dive more into this journey with my Girl Scout girls, and more in my everyday life as I build up my own daughters in everything they do.

I hope you will share and think about talking with the girls in your life too. #NoLikesNeeded Follow along with me too as I walk through this journey. I’d love to learn about what you are doing too!

06 Oct 2015

Tampa Mama on Studio 10 TV: Organizing the Back to School Chaos

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I am excited to announce that I will be on Studio 10 TV (WTSP CBS Channel 10 in Tampa Bay) with a new segment talking kids, Tampa, travel, parenting and everything in between! I can’t wait to get started creating the content that I know inside and out for the viewers of Tampa Bay!

My first segment was on how to stay organized now that the kids are back in school! Here are the tips I talked about!

Organizing the Night Before: 



RULE #1: LOOK AT THE CALENDAR
1. Uniforms/ What to wear- To be picked out and laid out… down to the earrings and shoes!
2. Lunch Prep- Easy things to pack the night before: water bottles filled with water, dry snacks portioned, cold snacks ready to be put in the lunch box in the morning.
3. Nightly back pack check- papers, homework, folder extras, money, ponchos should all be ready to go in the backpack. Ready to go by the front door.
4. Get a good night sleep!!!

Organizing the AM:



One rule: NO KIDS TV SHOWS! News only! I use the BrightHouse app to watch TV in my viewing area.

1. Have lunches ready to be finished.
2. Breakfast ready to go! Think cut up fruit (done the night before), smoothies, pre-made muffins…
3. Bathroom Supplies in one spot…for last minute touch ups… Ponytail holders, deodorant, hair spray, bug spray, sun screen…)

Organizing the After School Chaos:



1. After school snack prep (can be done the night before!) We love having healthy snacks like GoGo squeeZ or pre-cut carrots and grapes ready to be grabbed from the fridge! I also use plastic to go restaurant ramikins!
2. Homework Supplies organization.
3. Each Child has their own file-labeled. “A place for everything and everything in its place!”
4. Important papers, field trip forms.
5. Check your homework checklist! I make them on the computer and then have them on a clip board! Super easy to get kids to remember what they have to do each night when they get home.
6. Ready to go activities for the little one: playdough, markers, stamp pads…
7. A crockpot full of dinner so dinner is done! My motto is “fix it and forget it!”
8. What to do with all the art projects… ArtKive!

Stay tuned forore from the Tampa Mama on Studio 10 TV!

10 Sep 2015

How to Host a Backyard Fair

No Comments Everyday, Holidays, Sponsored, Uncategorized

      

The most wonderful weather is upon us and I’m planning on planning a few outdoor parties soon! We will be hosting a Backyard Fair and I’m so excited! This is a super easy and fun theme to run with!
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29 Jul 2015

Tampa Mama is Your Urban Insider for Tampa Bay: Tampa eBoats in Tampa’s Downtown

1 Comment Adventures, Everyday, Family Travel, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Travel, Travel Tuesday

  

I love showing off MY city! Knowing Tampa inside and out, I often have the opportunity to give an insider perspective for place I love to visit. I live close to Tampa’s Downtown and many know I can be found hanging out with my kids at events, museums or on the water.
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24 Jul 2015

Shop For School Supplies Today!

No Comments Everyday, Kids, School

I know it’s only July, but don’t you want to be ahead of the game this school year? I’m hoping to help and make it SO EASY to get all the things you will need for going back to school.
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14 Jun 2015

All For One And One For All

No Comments Everyday, Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

The girls had another successful year in gymnastics. At this point, I’m so glad they are trying things and having fun. 

We aren’t planning college scholarships and drafts yet. Enjoying the shows, making memories and always learning!       
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