Archive for Holidays

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

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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 

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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.

25 Dec 2015

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 

No Comments Adventures, Holidays, Personal

Our sweet little family had a most wonderful Christmas. Just us. And what a merry little Christmas we had. Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday!

xo,

Marisa

   
    
    
 

16 Dec 2015

Ways to Raise Caring Kids: Giving Back During the Holiday Season

No Comments Adventures, Florida, Holidays, Kids, Parenting, Raising Children, Studio 10 TV Segment, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized

You might not think your children understand the “true meaning” of the holidays, but it is never to early to start teaching your kids gratitiude and compassion towards others, especially during this time of year. 

  
With Santa on their mind and toys swimming through their head, often times it is good to take a step back and think about how you can give to others. Take some time to give back as a family or brighten someone’s day and take advantage of all the teachable moments along the way too.

 Shelby and I had the opportunity to be on Studio 10 TV in Tampa to talk about how we give back and ways kids can help make spirits bright during the holidays for others! Trust me, the kids will love it!

If you missed the segment here’s a link and what you might have missed!

Giving Back With Kids on Studio 10 TV 

  
Together as a Family

Activity: Shop Together & Donate Toys or Food

Tampa Connection: Metropolitan Ministries

  

 
As always, modeling the behavior you want your children to demonstrate is a wonderful way to teach your kids about kindness and compassion. We donate our gently used toys and clothes throughout the year and have the kids actively participate. The holidays are also a perfect time to go on a family outing to a store and shop together with others in mind. Adopt a family or donate a meal you’ll be enjoying. You’d be surprised how involved the kids will become in choosing toys or food for others. Talking about what you are doing will always lead to more questions and many teachable moments.

 

Teachable Moments

Activity: Operation Christmas Child

Locations: Anywhere

Kids love to pick out gifts and give them to others. We’ve used Operation Christmas Child to talk about others far away that might not have what we have here in America. We participate and even track our box to see what country it will be going to and then we learn about their country too. Last year, Operation Christmas Child delivered over 10 million boxes in over 100 countries.

 

Parent Challenge: Set aside money for them to help choose a charity that would make them feel good about giving.

 

 

The Power of One

Activity: Start a Drive

As a Girl Scout Leader, we have realized that the power of one combined with that of the power of others, amazing things can happen. Encourage your child to start a drive that might benefit a group they might be passionate about in your community! With so many non-profits to choose from in the community, I bet they didn’t know there are so many ways to help others!

 

Remember the Intangibles

Activity: Brighten Someone’s Day

Nursing Homes, Neighbors, Family & Friends

  

 
Time is a most precious gift to give. Weather you spend it baking, making a card or just sharing a smile, kids should always remember that it is the thought that counts. Brighten someone’s day by baking some cookies and delivering the package to your neighbors. Go visit relatives that you might not see often. Plan to sign carols at a nursing home. Stay a while and talk to the residents. Make a simple gift to give them. The thoughtfulness of the act will speak volumes to someone else. Smile!

  

 Teaching Thankfulness

Activity: Thank You Cards

Your child might be fortunate enough to receive gifts from many familiy members and friends! Teach gratitude by making thank you notes fun! Go around the table at meal time to share what everyone is thankful for. As the kids grow older, it is the hope that instilling compassion, kindness and gratitude that they will remember and continue to pass it forward in life. Giving doesn’t have to be confined to the holidays, there are plenty of ways to give year round too.