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21 Jul 2015

Tampa Mama Loves: Del Frisco’s Grille Tampa, Florida 

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We are always on the look out for new places to eat in Tampa. In November 2014, Del Frisco’s Grille opened right accross from International  Plaza. We haven’t been until yesterday and we wish we had been here sooner. We were enticed to try them out as July is National Ice Cream month and from July 17-26, you can get their Adult Milkshake half price with the purchase of any entree. (And trust me, you’ll definitely want to visit… Even if it’s just for the milkshake!)

  
 
A great place to mingle at the bar with friends or sit rooftop with family. The outside area was a perfect place for us to sit while we enjoyed a nice breeze and atmosphere.
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21 Jul 2015

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai Comes to Tampa, Florida: Ignite Your Wanderlust Soul

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For those who dream of wanderlust, the show Cirque du Soleil show Varekai, that will be touring in Tampa in early August 2015, will ignite the passion of the nomadic soul, that passion to wander as the word “Varekai” (pronounced ver•ay•’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies. As a lover of travel and wanderlust dreamer, I’m excited to see  show and dive into the magical world that is Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai. 

Win 4 tickets from the Tampa Downtown Partnership! Click here!

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21 Jul 2015

Where To Go When Touring Tampa: #ToyotainTampa

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If you are a regular traded of my blog or work, then you know I’m always on the go. Finding new places to explore or introducing people to places in my hometown of Tampa that I love to visit regularly. Traveling gives my life and refreshes my spirit. I enjoy writing about it and sharing what I’ve learned with others which is why blogging has been a perfect fit. 

I had the opportunity to test drive a Toyota Corolla last week to tour Tampa and share where I was grade through social media. 

  Tampa Tour Stop: Columbia Restsurant 
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19 Jun 2015

Turn Date Night into a Staycation at Home With the Draftmark Home Tap System

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We love to go out. My husband and I that is. But honestly, when we add up the babysitter, the dinner, the drinks, the Über cab, the time it’s going to take me to get ready and get dinner ready for four kids… Ummmm… I’m exhausted already and all I really want to do is relax… at home… after I get the kids to bed with my favorite person.

But what do we really miss when we can’t go out? I think it is a toss up between the draught beer and the ambiance. It’s so nice to just relax on the patio of some of our favorite place, chill and just be. A cold beverage is always nice and a location is everything! 

Click here to know where we go when we do go out on date night in Tampa!
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11 Apr 2015

Mama Loves: To Look Good- Blo Blow Dry Bar Tampa

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Am I right?! I know. It’s hard. Trust me taking a shower, wrangling kids while attempting to curl your hair, cook dinner and apply make-up is always fun ( I know) but come on… WHEN, was the last time you looked REALLY good? I mean the last time you took an uninterrupted shower, dried your hair and spruced up to do something fabulous?! I know my navy blue yoga pants are my tried and true, but I’m beginning to think people might think that’s all I own. Going to the grocery store, running errands, chasing a toddler might not be the most glamorous job (and she doesn’t mind my yoga pants) but I will say, I do feel better about my whole day if I’m put together, ready to conquer the day.

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27 Mar 2015

Feeling Good About Diapers

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We are almost there. Almost done. So close yet so far.

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This is my monkey. She lives in the trees (or at least I would gather that she would rather most days). She’d rather be naked most days and we are on the verge of potty training, but we just aren’t quite there yet. So here we stand. On the final diaper frontier. I can say that over the past 3 children that I have raised I have gotten to be much more knowledgeable about the diapers that my kids wear, what goes into their body, what goes on their body and so on. There are more certifications and labels that I see now on products that state organic, eco-friendly and so on. But I am much more aware of what these mean and what works best for my family too.

I fell in LOVE with the diapers that Abby is wearing now, the Bambo Baby Diapers. I can honestly say that they are the best diapers I have used and my only regret is that I didn’t find them sooner.

Abby has super sensitive skin and these have been the only diapers that she hasn’t had an allergic reaction to because they actually let her skin breathe. They contain no dangerous chemicals and or allergens, and if you have a child with sensitive skin, you will be very aware of anything that touches their precious skin.

According to Web MD, 95% of parents use disposable diapers, but do you really know what they are made of? And of course, the cloth diaper debate is also one to look into as well (my good friend Calley, The Eco Chic, LOVES her some cloth diapers and is considered an expert so you can ask her here).

But for us, we went with an eco-friednly, dermatologically tested Bambo Nature line that made me feel good about purchasing diapers for the time that we have left in them.

Thank you to Bambo Nature for sponsoring this post!

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04 Mar 2015

Family Fun at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida

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Updated February 22, 2016

Each year, I have the opportunity to visit the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival that takes place early March through May at Epcot in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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It is by far, one of my favorite times of the year to visit Disney. The weather is beautiful and the sites are just gorgeous! The topiaries, flowers, experiences throughout Epcot are amazing and each year they bring out new bands, food and more to bring the festival to life.

Muppet Topiary Epcot

This year, 2016, marks the 23rd annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It will kick off on March 2nd and runs through May 30, 2016. A few new additions that we can report are the following: (pictures to follow)

  • The Garden Rocks concert series kicks off weekends and with a view overlooking the water, it’s just perfect! Catch The Gin Blossoms (I know, right?!) on May 6-8 and various artists every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shows will be at 5:30pm, 6:45pm & 8pm at the America Gardens Theatre and are included in admission.
  • Follow along with others on social media using the official hashtag (which hasn’t been updated as of today’s post).
  • Illuminated Gardens will have you wanting to stay into the night to visit the park while the gardens are a glow! You must stay for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, award-winning fireworks display at 9pm nightly. Have your spot picked out or purchase tickets to the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party and be ready to enjoy desserts from all around the world.
  • Butterflies on the Go Presented by Go Go squeeZ: The butterfly garden is always our favorite as you can marvel at these gentle creatures as they fly around this beautiful garden! Always a favorite with my kids, this year, the garden will have some wonderful surprises from the gang at Go Go squeeZ!
  • Of course, the famous character topiaries are always a must see! For a full line-up of who is where, visit the Disney Parks Blog here.
  • Dining our way through the World Showcase at Epcot is always on our list of things to do. Of course, you can dine with the characters at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway (make reservations here) or watch fireworks from your window side table at Tokyo Dining or on the patio at the Spice Road Table. There are so many place to choose from…what are you in the mood for!
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

    Your entire family will enjoy Epcot during this amazing time of year. Spring is even more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. And of course at Disney, it’s even better.

    What’s your favorite part of the festival?! Talk with me on Twitter throughout the festival and let me know!

    25 Feb 2015

    Valspar Golf Championship Comes to Tampa Bay

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    Jake learning golf from the First Tee of Tampa Bay.

    This is a sponsored post by Valspar Championship.

    Golf is a life long sport. It is an amazing sport to introduce to children. We have

    I have always wanted my kids to familiarize themselves with golf for a number of reasons. Golf is a wonderful sport for anyone to learn at any age at anytime. And most that are introduced at a later age would agree that they wish they would have learned it at a younger age. Here are 5 reasons golf is a great sport for kids:

    1. Learn etiquette. Golf is a game of etiquette. You learn the rules. You follow the rules. You behave in a certain way when playing the sport. It’s a perfect way to learn characteristics that are often missing in the youth sports arena.

    2. It’s a lifetime sport. One can play golf for a lifetime. It’s a sport that is a timeless classic and can be played by many at various skill levels.

    3. Teaches personal responsibly. There are no teammates to blame if a shot doesn’t go your way. You learn to own the outcome of what transpires during each round.

    4. Learn to focus. Concentration. Focus. Patience. Strength of character. Golf takes all if these skills and teaches kids to control their emotions during the highs and lows of the game. Just like in life, we must learn to deals with the good and the ugly, and by using lessons from golf, why not practice these skills.

    5. Push away the screen. Playing golf is a fun activity to get kids outside (or inside) and away from the screen. With childhood obesity at an all time high, activities that help kids have fun and become active are needed!

    For more ways to Push Away The Screen, visit Fit Kids Playground.

    The Valspar Championship is the perfect place to take children (kids under 15 are free) so that they can experience golf at its best. The course is beautiful and it’s an professional experience that will get them excited to learn the sport.

    For a listing of scheduled events for the upcoming championship, Sunday, March 8th through Sunday, March 16th, click here. There is a Jabil Family Fun Zone presented by Publix (8th and 9th holes) during the Championship rounds starting Thrusday, March 8- Sunday, March 12.

    About the Championship:

    The Valspar Championship is considered the most colorful PGA TOUR tournament in world, featuring some of the biggest names in golf, an interactive Family Fun Zone, a complimentary Saturday night concert featuring The Band Perry and opportunities to meet the players and receive autographs. The tournament takes place at the Innisbrook Resort and is scheduled this year for March 9-15, 2015. For ticket packages and information, visit ValsparChampionship.com or call 727-942-5566.

    If you have an interest in starting your child in golf after the tournament, I personally recommend The First Tee of Tampa Bay. They have partnered courses all over the Tampa Bay area as well as classes and teams that are forming year round. Their mission: To impact the lives of young people in the Greater Tampa area by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

    I have donated my 4, one-day tickets to the tournament, to The First Tee of Tampa Bay for families who will be taking their children to the Valspar Championship in hopes to inspire them to golf and learn the sport.

    I loved golf from the moment I began playing when I was 9. I hope that other kids will learn to love it too.

    If you’d like to win tickets, hop on over to my friend, The Eco Chic, where she is giving away 4 tickets!

    18 Feb 2015

    A Lesson from Annie in Optimism

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    I took my 9 year old daughter to her first musical, Annie. She absolutely loved every minute of this show. From the cast, the songs she had memorized from the movie and the entire experience that the Straz Center offers for bringing children into their theater for a first experience.

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    But what stuck me most was the overall life lesson I really didn’t realize she got until the next day after school. It was raining and she didn’t too too well on a test. She was a little bummed but we don’t dwell on things. We address. Fix. And move on. She said, “Well, I bet there will be sun tomorrow!” all with a smile. Optimism is not something that is not inherent. Kids will learn how to handle situations based on how they see adults handle situations. I think that when kids (or adults) mess up or have a bad day, you do really have to remember that the “sun will come out tomorrow.” And it’s not easy all the time. Our actions speak louder than words and attitude is everything.

    The show Annie is a delightful show full of the classic songs we remember from the movie and some new songs and plot twists that will have you watching until the very end. The young cast that is now on tour (through July 2015) is an extremely talented cast that will make you think you are on Broadway!

    The set design was was purely magical as it transformed you from the streets of New York to with the skyline as real as it could be.

    The optimistic Annie was played by Issie Swickle who is a Florida native of Davie and is making her National Tour debut. She voice is captivating as she sings the one of the most memorable songs of many childhoods, “Tomorrow.” While she is on stage alone (with the dog Sandy) you are in awe of her talents and captivated by the song. Of course, Miss Hannigna, played by Lynn Andrews, is a show stopper for she is still as mean as the day is long, just like we remember.

    Take you kids to see Annie. It’s a life lesson that every child (and some adults) need to hear. And a musical that every child will remember forever as well.

    *This post was sponsored by the Straz Center and through the Tampa Bay Bloggers Network. Search hashtags ‪#‎BroadwayInTampa‬ ‪#‎AnnieOnTour‬ to see first-hand how others enjoyed the show.

    12 Feb 2015

    5 Reasons Why Ulele is the Ultimate Date Night Restaurant in Tampa

    2 Comments Family Travel, Florida, Opinion, Review, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay

    Kids screaming. Baby crying. Homework is coming out of your ears. Laundry is to the ceiling. Girl Scout badges need to be sewn on. Grocery shopping needs to be done. The house needs a super deep clean. Better start filing taxes… And on and on the list goes. I get it. You need a break. We all do. A night. Take three hours. To relax. Enjoy your significant other or even a friendship. Just an escape. Even a three-hour break each week can immensely improve your mood for the other 165 hours I need to be on the clock.

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