Archive for Holidays

23 Nov 2017

How Do You Holiday? Westfield Mall Is The Place To Be || Tampa Mama

13 Comments Ad, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Mama Loves, Partnership, Shopping, Sponsored

With four kids, I have to be on ready for Christmas! And shopping early at Westfield Shopping Centers is the perfect place for us to get a head start on the holidays! We love Westfield Shopping Centers – Westfield Brandon, Westfield Citrus Park and Westfield Countryside, because we know we will always find awesome deals and gifts for everyone on our lists!

Westfield Mall Tampa

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26 Aug 2017

Why Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is SO Worth It

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Holidays, Hosted, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Travel Tuesday, Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017

Its Midnight. It’s dark. I’ve got one sleeping and 3 on the Peoplemover. I need a coffee. My kids have had enough sugar to last them until next Halloween. But It’s the best night ever!

Not so sure if the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is for you? Well, this party on Main Street is the hottest ticket in town as it will sell out nightly the closer we get to Halloween (and prices do increase as you get closer to Halloween). With a limited number of tickets available each night, shorter lines, trick or treats galore, themed Halloween shows, firework displays and parades will have this ticketed event be on your list of must-did for the season. Not so sure yet?! Still on the fence? Let me give you my top 5 reasons NOT to miss the Mickey’s Not So Scary Party.

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13 Dec 2016

More Than Just a Present: The Gift of Their Future

No Comments Florida, Holidays, Lifestyle, Raising Children, Sponsored

New York Christmas

 

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07 Dec 2016

Best Holiday Events in Tampa Bay & Beyond

No Comments Florida, Great Day Tampa Bay, Holidays, Kids On Vacation, Tampa, Tampa Bay

So much to do in Tampa Bay and beyond!  I enjoyed being on Great Day Tampa Bay on WTSP News Channel 10  to talk about the family events we attend each year!  You won’t want to miss these! Click on the image to learn more!

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06 Dec 2016

Mama Loves Universal Studios Holidays

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19 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving Traditions with #WinnDixieHydePark + #Giveaway || Tampa Mama

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Thanksgiving Traditions with #WinnDixieHydePark + #Giveaway has been sponsored by Winn-Dixie.

Thanksgiving

 

 

My favorite holiday of all time is Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because the whole holiday centers around being together as a family, eating amazing home cooked food and just giving thanks for what we are blessed to have. It’s a slow holiday that I savor every year.

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18 Nov 2016

Winter Village in Tampa’s Downtown Curtis Hixon Park || Tampa Mama

1 Comment Holidays, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

 

The Winter Village opened on November 18th at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa’s Downtown and will run through Christmas Eve. It features over 20 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Ice skating under the tent will be a huge draw for families! We love that the ice rink is located closer to the playground this year. Walk along the Riverwalk and have a holiday cocktail at the SONO cafe pop up bar and lounge. Complete with Christmas trees, this is the perfect place to enjoy the season. This “pop-up” holiday shopping experience features decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories, and more! Thanks to the generous support of PODS, each Winter Village Shop is held in a PODS container in a market-style layout. Visitors are encouraged to shop at the various boutiques during their visit, all while enjoying a beautiful view of the Hillsborough River. Runs November 18th – December 24th, 2016. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #WinterVillageTPA
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11 Nov 2016

Santa’s Flight Academy Lands in Tampa, Florida at International Plaza for the Holidays || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Holidays, Kids, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

International Plaza Santa Pictures Tampa

 

With the holidays approaching my list begins to grow of all the places we like to visit and traditions we have as a family that celebrate the holidays. On the top of our list is a visit with Santa! Many malls have experiences but International Plaza has one of our favorite experiences each year that is a treat for everyone and always gives us memories to last us another year!
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10 Jun 2016

Tampa Mama Knows Tampa: Coton Colors Comes to Tampa Bay

No Comments Holidays, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

It’s time to celebrate everything in style, Tampa!  Coton Colors, a beautifully stylish boutique has set up shop in South Tampa (they have been in Tampa for eight years but have moved recently) as one of two flagship stores. Designer Laura Johnson’s motto has always been: “never miss an opportunity to celebrate every day,” and through here colorful collection of dining, entertaining and “happy everything” lines, she’s bringing a smile to tablescapes everywhere!

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01 Feb 2016

A Sweet Pairing: A Valentine’s Day Art Party

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My 10 and 11 year old are at that age. Where kisses from their Mom aren’t cool. Where yelling,”I love you!” out the car door is  embarrassing. So how can I show them that I truly love them. Throw them a party without them knowing. Inviting friends and Moms, who also loved the idea of surprising our kids with a fun afternoon of art, friends, hearts, Ghirardelli Chocolate (and Josh Cellars Wine for us Moms) my plan for a sweet pairing of Moms and kids, would go together like chocolate, wine and Valentine’s Day.

    

I went to Walmart and bought everything I needed for this super sweet party. Of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate comes in a variety of flavors, as does Josh Cellars wine, so I bought a variety of both to add to my party shopping list. Along the lines of pairing, I kept all my finger food simple as fruits, cheeses, meats, olives and nuts also pair very well with wine and chocolate. Lots of ideas on my Pinterest Board: A Sweet Pairing.

Follow Marisa ||’s board A Sweet Pairing Party on Pinterest.

The pairing was perfect. Lots of great friends, kids, chocolate and wine. 

 

We had a great time together with our kids and that pairing, is one we will always treasure. 

   

It was a Valentine’s Day to remember. 

  

Painting was a hit. The Ghirardelli chocolates were a perfect sweet treat for everyone that came. We can’t wait to treat our classmates with some sweet squares from Ghirardelli for the big day coming up too! 

 

{Art Studio: A 8 Art Bar Tampa, FL}

Don’t forget to buy your sweetheart Ghirardelli chocolate and some Josh Cellars wine to celebrate your sweet pairing with the one you love. A little sweets for your love will brighten their day on Valentine’s Day.

And if you want a quick easy recipe to make, check out my recipe for Snowballs:

Try these Snowballs! Coconut with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Raspberry Squares! #ASweetPairing

Posted by Tampa Mama on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For more great party ideas with a sweet pairing of Ghirardelli chocolate and wine, here are a few great themes:

A Snow Day Party by Walking on Travels

Ladies Day: Painting, Wine & Chocolate

A Bachelor Party 

Thank you to Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars for sponsoring this party. All opinions are my own.