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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

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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 

1 Comment Great Day Tampa Bay, Lifestyle, Raising Children, TV Segments, Volunteering

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!

No Comments Ad, Florida, Lifestyle, Parenting, Tampa, Tampa Bay
Mother of All Baby Shower

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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

No Comments Family Travel, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, New York City, Sponsored, Travel

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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 

No Comments Cooking, Lifestyle

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 

No Comments Family Travel, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

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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

No Comments Lifestyle

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.

 

03 Oct 2016

Having 4 Kids Means Having Your Hands Full

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Sponsored

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Scene: A lady walks into a store with 4 kids. You immediately say, “Boy! You sure you have your hands full!”

I hear it 15 times a day or more as I’m walking with my posse.

“You don’t say! Really?” No, that’s not how I answer.

But, yes they really are! They are typically full of laundry, babies, groceries, back packs, toys and so much more these hands do everyday, but what parents’ hands aren’t full?! I find myself repeating to the kids as they go up stairs “full hands up, full hands down” – a saying from my restaurant waitressing days of younger years. Little did I know that my college job of cocktail waitressing would only be preparing me for my life as a mother to four kids. My tips now come is sweet words, pleases and thank yous along with kisses and hugs.

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Being that we have 4 kids under 11, I am finally used to strangers doing the visual count and double take of how many kids I have and the quick double take back to me to see if they all look like me. I can only imagine what they are thinking. The silent sweet smile comes next. (I have now mastered how to read stranger smiles.)

Or what’s even funnier (as this JUST happened on our date night) is that we get into a nice conversation with a stranger, and they ask us the dreaded question, “how many kids do you guys have?” To which we respond truthfully and get the obvious, “you must have your hands full!” Of course we do!

I’ve also come to accept that my patenting is immediately on display the moment I walk into any public establishment. Think about it. You see a family of 6 walk into a restaurant (or even better, an airplane.) You think to yourself:

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A.) Man, they have their hands full.
B.) Let’s see how well-behaved they are
C.) Please don’t sit near us.
D.) All of the above.

What was your answer?

People are voyeurs naturally. They want to see things in action (case in point: You Tube.) I take this on as a challenge. They want to see how we handle things. How we parent. What it takes to keep four kids in line at the store. The other statement I hear is, “I don’t know how you do it.” Everyone wants to know the secret. It takes a lot of energy to wrangle four kids, homework, after-school schedules, daily routines and everything in between. Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body naturally produce energy* so I can tackle what I have to do, and still have the energy left for what I want to do.* I want to enjoy these four during their childhood because I know that my hands won’t be this full for long.

I have an amazing village of family and friends helping me with my kids, offering to drop off and pick up or host play dates to help me out. I am greatly appreciative of it all and have learned that I am DEFINITELY not superwoman and there is no way I could do this alone. And thankfully, I don’t have to. My hands are always full and I like them that way. Weather that be with kids, my career or my life, I thrive here. I’m in my zone.

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My hands are full of life, love and so much more.

My house is full of laughter, smiles and the pitter patter of 8 little feet.

My house is full of kids and I’m always up for having more kids over for play dates because the more the merrier and they actually work with me, not against me.

On Saturday mornings, by bed is full of kids and all we can do is laugh as we all squish together and watch cartoons.

My hands are so full from the grocery store, that my son uses a wagon to bring in the groceries.

My heart is so full with love for these little people.

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My hands are full of 4 lives that are my responsibility to guide them into being good people and making good decisions.

My hands are so full that I sometimes I do break down because let’s face it, it is a lot of kids and a lot of work. And sometimes, I wave the white flag, and call my Mom for a pep talk.

I love every minute and loathe every other minute of having my hands full. It is the best of times, the worst of times. It’s not for everyone. But it’s also not that bad either. And even on my worst and most trying day, you have to remember that the good days far out weigh the bad and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.

Soon, my hands won’t be this full. I will have kids in high school or maybe they just won’t want to be around me as much as they have to now.

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My days of having my hands full are numbered. My oldest just turned 12 and the baby is now 4. I sometimes can’t wait for the madness to be over, but I know it’s only a short term wish. On the days where I’m upset or frustrated that the work of four kids really is just too much (because some days it just is) I try to remember that it won’t be like this forever. And I’m sure I will long for them to be this full again.

I joke that this is the story of my life with four kids…

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So to the next person, who tells you, “You must have your hands full!” Just smile and say this, “You know, they are! Can you help me to my car? That was so nice of you to offer!”

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22 Sep 2016

Hanna Anderson Comes to Tampa, Florida || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Fashion, Lifestyle, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

It’s here!  Tomorrow marks the day that Hanna Anderson opens in Tampa Bay!  We’ve always shopped online for their adorable matching PJ’s ! Read more