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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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03 Nov 2016

Raising Good People & Volunteering With Kids || Tampa Mama on Great Day Tampa Bay 

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Raising good people is what we all want to do. We are raising them to be compassionate, responsible and understand that helping others is the right thing to do.

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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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14 Oct 2016

Energy for New York City: The City That Never Sleeps || Tampa Mama

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New York City

META InfluencerMy oldest children are in their pre-teen years. Last Christmas, we tried something new. My daughter had been constantly on us for a trip to NYC. I travel for work often to the City and she’s always wanting to tag along. Last Christmas, she opened a ticket to NYC. I didn’t give her the date (although you could do that too) but more the promise that we will plan a trip together and the visit.  The gift of travel and more experiential gifts area becoming more popular with our kids. They have come to the understanding that these trips do cost money and they have started to choose the experience over the toy. I’m loving that they are making that choice themselves too!

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12 Oct 2016

Preheat Your Oven! The Sprinkles Baking Book arrives October 25th || Tampa Mama 

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Everybody loves a cupcake. Especially a really good one. Now you can bake your own.
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11 Oct 2016

BUSCH GARDENS TO HOST SESAME STREET HALLOWEEN EVENT FOR KIDS || Tampa Mama 

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10 Oct 2016

Best Vegetable Ramen || Tampa Mama

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My one foodie daughter has become quite the conigseaur of delicious food. I’m excited that she’s always into trying new foods and even accompanied me to judge the Tampa Bay Tailgate Fest last weekend in Tampa! 

On our recent trip to New York City, her love of ramen was obvious as that was what she hunted out at every restaurant we visited. 

So today, with a little time, we made a super easy best homemade ramen recipe! So easy and delicious! 

Serves 2 (Makes a generous portion of broth to save for later)

4 quarts of water

3 tablespoons of vegetable base 

8 oz mushrooms

1 cup bean sprouts

2 scallions

1 package of soba noodles (5 oz)

1 medium onion (thinly sliced)

2 large cloves of garlic (minced)

1/4 cup soy

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinigar

1 cup real spinich 

In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the vegetable base. Stir. Add the mushrooms and let simmir for 15 minutes.

In a frying pan, take 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté the onions and minced garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add this to the broth. Stir.

In another pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the 1 cup of spinich. Stir for 2 minutes. Remove the spinich. Set aside. Follow the directions on the noodle packet and use the same water. Drain and rinse.

Set two bowls out and evenly split the noodles. Add the spinich, bean sprouts and any other vegetables you desire to the top of your noodles.

Using a ladle, add the broth to the noodles. Top with scallions. Serve. 

Enjoy! 

 

05 Oct 2016

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Comes To Tampa || 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, October 8 at International Plaza (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.