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30 Mar 2019

Our Sweet New Normal: Tampa Bay Parenting + Tampa Mama

No Comments Diabetes, Florida, Mama Loves, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

 

 

With April only a few days away, I couldn’t wait to share the news! Drum roll………….

 

AHHHHH!!!  Shelby & I were asked to be on the cover of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine (THE BEST parenting magazine in Tampa Bay!)  I have read this magazine for 14 years.  The editor Laura, has become an amazing friend and I could not be more excited to see that Tampa Bay parents get to have HER guiding them around our city! It’s a beautiful publication and one that many bloggers have the opportunity to contribute to.  She believes in collaboration and I just LOVE her as a person too!

My story “Our Sweet New Normal” is on 78. I was so honored to write this with the JDRF Tampa Bay ONE WALK coming up Amalie Arena on April 13th. We are TEAM SHELBY and would LOVE to have you walk with us!

CLICK HERE to join Team Shelby!

Our story is only one of 40,000 each year newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I tell you about our diagnosis day, what our new normal is like & why research and funding are needed now more than ever. Thank you Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine for allowing us to share this important message. I hope you’ll read and maybe come walk with us! 

If you see us out and about snap a picture and tag us on Instagram at @TampaMama!  We’d love to see where you picked us up!

10 Dec 2018

Tampa Mama on Great Day Live Tampa Bay || Hot Local Christmas Gifts + Ideas For The Whole Family

No Comments Great Day Tampa Bay, Holidays, Mama Loves, Shopping, Studio 10 TV Segment, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

I absolutely love that Great Day Live Tampa Bay gives me an opportunity to share my favorite things with all of Tampa!  This Tampa Mama is feelin’ the LOVE!  Yes, having 4 kids to shop for makes this time of year crazy, but if you can get ahead of the game you’ll be set.  And also, shopping local (that means you Hyde Park Village!) gives me the opportunity to get those special items for that special someone very easily and with no shipping!  Thank you to Fig and Julep, Salt Pines and Francesca’s in Hyde Park Village for working with me to fill my set with all the perfect gifts!

My top ideas from the segment included: (See bottom of post for all links

  1. How to give an adventure: What I wanted to do here was help others give an experience.  A trip is a good gift in theory, but how can you put it under the tree. Start to gather items that they would use on the trip.  Call the CVB and request maps and brochures! Use fun stickers and a box with all the surprises for the kids to open so that they can get excited about the vacation!
  2. Night out vs Night In: Yes, everyone of us in Tampa would love a GC to the famous Bern’s Steakhouse of course!  And if you do go that route, maybe pair it with a DryBar appointment or a hot shave from The Cambridge Club in Hyde Park Village!  And if you are wanting to do a “night in” stop at the Fig and Julep in Hyde Park Village for an amazing selection of world class food items!  This will be a “Gourmet Night In”. Find everything you need to truly create a gourmet dinner for your loved one. Choose from the finest of ingredients from all over the world to elevate your cooking and take you on an epicurean adventure in the comfort of your own home. A night in never tasted this delicious.
  3. Toys that are cool AND functional or educational: Duel purpose! Of couse the kids are going to need some toys to open on Christmas Day!
  4. Ideas that won’t break the bank. I created my our Tampa Mama Adventure box! You too can make this especially for your kids! 12 mini envelopes. 12 gift cards for various activities. They only open one a month and we will do the adventure that day! Add any thing your kids would like!

My big kids are going to Chicago in January! Pair the expensive plane tickets with anew bag from Lands End or travel accessories from MyTagalongs from Franchesca’s. Even a cute box with things to keep them warm!

Tip: Contact the CVB of where you are going to have them send you brochures and maps!

A night out to Bern’s Steakhouse is always a gift! Or maybe have a “Night In” with this gourmet food basket from Fig and Julep in Hyde Park Village! Creative and thoughtful for that special someone.

Above is my “Tampa Mama Adventure Box.” 12 mini envelopes with 12 gift cards for each month curated with activities for my kids! Each adventure is taken care of and what we open will be a surprise!



Franchesca’s has the cutest clothes too!

Salt Pines in Hyde Park Village is the place to shop for some amazing outdoor gifts and apparel.

13 Jul 2018

Live Out Loud and Have a Blast: New BlastZ by GoGo squeeZ

No Comments Healthy Living, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Raising Children

I tell you what!  My kids are definitely living THE life.  We are half way into the summer and my kids are soaking up every last minute of vacation. With a few more beach weekends, a mountain weekend and a new pool in our own backyard, we are livin’ life out loud for sure!

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21 Jun 2018

Kids on Vacation Presents: Reconnecting With What Matters- A #GrandReconnect at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

No Comments Family Time, Family Travel, Florida, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

All I have are 40 printed pictures and a headfull of memories with my family I won’t forget from a weekend that reminded me to put down the damn phone, get in the pool and just be their fun Mom for no one else but them.

“Mommy, look! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” Teathered via invisible cord to a device that helps me live my life quicker, faster, smarter, better. But I have to question that last one. Better. What makes my life that much better when I’m seeing life through my screen instead of in real time? Isn’t that why we buy concert tickets, so we can see the artist in person? But what do we all do? Film the concert. Take the pictures. Capture the moment. For later. To share. But shouldn’t we LIVE the moment.

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08 Feb 2018

Tampa Mama Loves: Most Romantic Things To Do in Tampa

No Comments Ad, Mama Loves, Partnership, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Yes, my loves, Valentines Day is upon is. Time to plan a most romantic date for you and your lover/ friend/ spouse/ best friend/ etc. But let’s be real about this day… You all know I have 4 kids and no time. Not saying that I wouldn’t want to do any of these most romantic things (because I seriously do), but seriously, I can barely find the time to take a shower and go shopping for an outfit, much less plan a much much MUCH needed date night for me and my man. So here’s the deal. This is my super awesome Most Romantic Things To Do in Tampa list that if and when I ever have the time, this is where I am going. I hope you will love all these date night ideas!

Dinner and A Walk Along the River

Riverwalk Tampa
Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is the hottest new place to be. With a gorgeous view of the Hillsborough River and a new hot spot, Armature Works, along the river, this date night will be amazing! Grab some drinks from Cru Cellars and sit under the stars on the patio at Armature Works and start the night out right. Walk over to Ulele (read all about why Ulele is my ultimate date night restaurant here) and dine with waterfront views and the most delicious food. Stroll along the river to Downtown and catch a Downtowner car back to grab your car.

Quick Bite and Brews

The Hall on Franklin Tampa Heights
The Hall on Franklin

The new Hall on Franklin has some delicious new taste options for everyone to enjoy. Casually grab a lux couch and sit down and relax. Walk over to Hidden Springs Ale Works and enjoy a locally crafted brew and just chill. Have a fun night together exploring a little bit of pure Tampa in Tampa Heights!

SUPER AMAZING FANCY Dinner and Dessert

Of course Bern’s Steak House will always be a top restaurant in my books (and many others) but dressing up for the occasion is always more fun when the ambiance will help set the mood for this uber fabulous date. Dress to the nines. Make it a real date. Dine on the finest food and sip the finest wine. After your meal, a must is the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, where you’ll order a banana fosters to share. The best of Tampa Bay is right here. One stop.

Off The Beaten Path

Seminole Heights
Seminole Heights mural.

Our favorite date night restaurant is in our little neighborhood, tucked away about 5 miles north of the city.
Rooster and the Till in Seminole Heights has made quit the impression on the food scene in Tampa Bay and beyond. Quiet yes, but you’ll definitely need a reservation to make this date night happen. Plan ahead and make that reservation for two. (Especially now that they just made the Tampa Bay Times top 50 Restaurant List). I have never had a bad meal here and we love every new item they add to the menu. It will not disappoint. If you are looking for a night cap, the Independent is a fun spot to go an have one more before you Uber home.

Sweet Dreams

Edge Tampa Epicurean
Edge rooftop bar.

If you love a rooftop bar, Edge or Bulla Gastrobar is where you’ll want to catch a famous Florida sunset with a hand crafted cocktail to start your night. Indulge in a fabulous four-course tasting menu designed by the two-time James Beard nominee Executive Chef Chad Johnson at Epicurean’s signature restaurant, Elevage. The menu is being offered from 5:30-10 p.m. Stay the night in the sweetest hotel, The Epicurean, right in the heart of South Tampa as you escape reality for just a night (along with the kids.) Sweet dreams love birds!

Dinner and A Movie

Centro Ybor City Tampa Florida
Centro Ybor

My favorite spot in Tampa Bay for Sushi is Samuri Blue in Ybor City. Slightly off the beaten path, the sushi is fresh and unique and the atmosphere is quite and intimate. Afterwards, walk over to Centro Ybor and see a romantic move…maybe the new Fifty Shade Freed*?! It opens in theaters everywhere on February 9th! Sounds like a perfect romantic night to me!

Lots of ideas and I have personally been too, seen and have dined at all the above. If I recommend it, I truly love it and wouldn’t say so otherwise. Enjoy your romantic night on the town in Tampa!

*I partnered with Universal Pictures to bring you this post. I was invited to the Fifty Shade Freed screening. As always, all opinions are my own.

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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24 Oct 2017

#BadMomsXmas #Tampa Screening: Tampa Mama

No Comments Mama Loves, Movies, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

I have been waiting for this movie to come out since the first Bad Moms movie debuted!  Not only do I consider myself a member of the Bad Moms Club, but I couldn’t agree more with this hillarious movie and how they depict our daily lives of chaos and triumph! I know I want to see  Bad Moms Xmas with a few of my closest Tampa Bad Moms for a Bad Moms Night Out!

BADMOMSXMAS

If you didn’t see the first movie, I can verbally replay the movie for you because I have it memorized! It is my sanity on a rainy day. And this new movie I am sure will not disappoint! How many of you are overstressed about having to make the holidays “that perfect” along with all the pressures of doing “all the things” for Christmas! HOLLLLAAAA!!! Come watch the what I predict will be one of the best holiday movies of the season!

Can’t make the screening, buy your tickets today and go see it with your own Bad Moms Club!

ABOUT BAD MOMS XMAS:

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.

By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Edited: As of 3pm on October 24, we were informed that the previously scheduled Tampa sneak preview scheduled for October 30th at AMC Veterans was canceled by STX Entertainment. We were told that they will not be hosting any sneak previews for this movie.

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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01 May 2017

Mama Loves: Exploring Tampa Bay

No Comments Family Travel, Florida, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Tampa- Pirate Water Taxi

 

My favorite way to explore a new city that I am visiting is taking recommendations from the people who know it best. The insiders. The experts. The locals. It’s no secret that I love Tampa. It’s one of my favorite cities in all of Florida! I know it inside and out. I love learning about what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s happening. My kids and I often play tourists in our own city, taking time to have fun and experience new things in our own backyard.

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17 Apr 2017

Learning How To Grand Beauty Spa + #MyHeroMom Mother’s Day Giveaway || Tampa Mama

No Comments Beauty, Giveaway, Healthy Living, Mama Loves

Do you know how to spa? Like REALLY Spa? Well, of the answer is no, like me, you’ll want to become familiar with The Grand Beauty Spa. I have driven on Kennedy Blvd., over a million thines, but have never stopped and the beautiful bungalow on the north side of Kennedy. But today I stopped. And I can’t believe that I haven’t stopped in the 10 years that have been there. Not any more! I will now be going back VERY often!

The Grand Beauty Spa

 

The Grand Beauty Spa is a Luxury European Day Spa in Tampa, Florida. It is a flagship spa for Thalgo Laboratories of Paris, a true innovator in health and beauty while preserving our natural resources and eco-system. (I splurged with Grand Facial that began with Thalgo’s “Discovery of the Sea” massage to ease tensions and let me tell you…I was glowing after this treatment!) The Grand Beauty Spa specializes in custom treatments featuring cutting edge technology and first rate professionals in a five star atmosphere. You feel like you have stepped into paradise and it’s relaxing atmosphere and ambiance will have you wanting to come back often for an escape. Services include facials, massage, body treatments, face and body depilation, manicures & pedicures, haircuts & styling, color treatments, hair & eyelash extensions, make up application and a suite of medically supervised Medi-spa services. And the free steam and sauna therapies are also available to customers and spa members.

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