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01 Dec 2015

Tuesdays With Abby: Everything is Beautiful

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I’m launching a new series:

Tuesdays With Abby:A lesson in life from my baby. We’ve been going to Bob Evans every Tuesday morning for about a month and it just dawned on me that’s it’s now our “thing.”

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“Mommy! It’s Tuesday! I so excited!”
“Why are you so excited, Abby?”
“Because we get to go to swim lessons then beck-fast! I lub Tuesdays!”

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Tuesdays. They have become our day. Our day to relax a little. Sneak away from everyone. Sit for a moment and enjoy a home cooked meal. 
For me, I get to watch. Watch her play. Enjoy her her company. Listen to her life wisdom at the ripe age of 3. I don’t get to do this enough with a full house and life swirling around me like a tornado. It’s enlightening to watch your littlest one grow. As a parent, I know time is short. I will blink and she’ll be another year older. Wishing she could stay little forever, I’m cherishing the days I have left with my last baby.

  

She’s now 3 and growing more every day. Tuesdays is our day. A special day with her. We drop off the big kids. Then we swim first. Then we head to breakfast at Bob Evans. 

“Mommy! It is Christmas and everything is beautiful!”

Yes, Abby. Thank you for reminding me to stop and look around at the beautiful holiday decorations. She’s been so excited each time we see a Christmas tree and lights. We’ve been so busy with the holiday hustle that we forget to slow down. The life we see each day is beautiful. Take a second to remember that. 

Each breakfast seems to holds a new lesson that she imparts to me unknowingly. While we try to teach our children about life, our children end up teaching us what life is all about. 
More to come on Tuesdays with Abby!

Thank you Bob Evans for sponsoring this post! We love visiting Bob Evans for breakfast. Good food is a symbol of love. Bob Evans’ delicious breakfast blend options and delicious farm fresh breakfast items are a treat for us when we want to spend that extra time enjoying those who we are with. 

 
{Photo Courtesy of BobEvans.com}

Sipping a cup of Signature Harvest Roast with hazelnut creamer and enjoying a delicious bowl of oatmeal and chatting with Abby is the best way to spend my Tuesdays.

29 Oct 2015

Peanuts Movie Giveaway!

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We are so excited to see Charlie Brown and his friends hit the big screen on November 6th in THE PEANUTS MOVIE! We are giving away tickets to a sneak preview tickets to five lucky readers on Sunday, November 1st at AMC Veterans and we want you to join us!  Keep reading below to see how you can snag these tickets!

  
Kids and parents alike will love seeing the classic “Peanuts” gang in 3D animation on the big screen! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linu… It’s going to be one epic adventure!  

  
Make sure you Peanutize yourself too!

We can’t wait to see the movie! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube for the last eat details!

Our first 5 lucky readers that would like to see the movie on November 1st, at 10:30 am at AMC Veterans (Tampa, FL) will be give three tickets to the sneak preview for a chance to see THE PEANUTS MOVIE with the link here!** DETAILS BELOW**

Good luck! 

Thank you to 20th Century Fox for sponsoring this promotion!

**Congratulations! Only the first 5 people to click on the link will have the ability to download passes to the screening. You have a chance of attending the advance free screening of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Screening will take place at AMC Veterans (TAMPA, FLORIDA) THIS Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 AM. We advise you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to starting time, as your seats are first come first serve. Also, *NOTE* Daylight savings starts Sunday, November 1st! Remember to set your clocks so you don’t miss out. See you soon!

22 Oct 2015

Slow Cooked Meals from Bob Evans are Perfect For This Busy Mama

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Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!

I love to cook. I truly enjoy cooking a slow meal that we can all enjoy together. We go to the farmers markets on weekends. We cook together. The kids enjoy being a part of making the meal. It’s time we spend together hopefully making memories that my kids will  one day share with their kids.

But life with four kids isn’t always as easy a Sunday morning. We have homework, baseball practice, gymnastics, Girl Scouts. I work full time and so does my husband. I try to be mindful of meals by planning in advance, prepping them the day before and using leftovers wisely. But our kids have grown to really enjoy a fresh, slow cooked homemade meal.

  

I was introduced to Bob Evans Restaurants when we would travel with my family from Milwaukee to Tampa. I honestly haven’t been back in years, but that’s soon to change. They really understand me. They get I’m busy and just can’t do it all. Some days I need a break. Just a break to sit down, talk with my kids and take to work out of the delicious meal. Sometime is good to let someone else do the cookin’ and especially of the food will be just like Mama used to make.

  

The 3 course dinners now available remind my kids of my cooking and our Sunday Suppers. It’s nice to know that any night of the week, when school, work and life get to hectic, we can drop by for a visit where we can slow down, relax, enjoy a slow cooked homemade meal, just like I would have cooked.

My kids loved the pot road and the broasted chicken dinner. With so many sides to choose from, picky eaters can celebrate. Add fresh bread and a salad, and dinner is done!

A little insiders tip is to visit with the family on Tuesday because kids eat free with the purchase of an adult menu. (See store for full rules.)
I’ll definitely be signing up for emails and taking advantage of their specials.

It’s nice to know that places like Bob Evans are there to help busy parents like us. We can’t wait to visit Bob Evans again!

28 Sep 2015

Super League Gaming Comes to Tampa Bay

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I recently was a judge at the Start Up Weekend Youth Tampa Bay and I saw some amazing things from the youths that participated. They are tech savvy, smart, ambitious and they pay attention to problems we have and they figure out ways to solve them. I also learned some amazing things about the recreational habits of these tech savvy kids. They all seem to love technology and it is embedded in their childhood. Technology is a part of them. It is growing at a faster rate than we can even imagine and I can’t see it going away anytime soon.

Parents today are balancing the fine line of teaching technology, making sure that kids don’t get too much screen time but also fostering a love for learning and understanding technology that might just one day be a career for them! I was very interested in hear about the Super League Gaming that is soon to come to Tampa October 6- November 10 at Cirtus Park 20 at Citrus Park Mall.

Super League President and COO Brett Morris is a dad. “It’s incredible how many kids are spending hours playing or watching YouTube videos of others playing this game [Minecraft] and we thought there just had to be a way to bring these kids, who were all playing alone in their rooms, together somehow,” he says. “As a parent, you want your kids to explore their passions, but when they’re by themselves, consumed in this other world, you can’t help but want them to be out with other kids their age, connecting over shared passions. That’s what Super League is meant to do, bring gamers together for some good old fashioned competitive fun in a safe environment.”

So how does it work? Super League’s proprietary technology will allow the players to bring their own laptop and then a third-person areial view will be shown on the big screen! And for those gamers that might want to meet other’s with the same interest, this will be the place to hang out! It’s always fun doing something you love with someone that shares similar interests with you!

This weekly event has been extremely successful and is on a full tour all over the country! Players will buy tickets, bring their laptops, and get ready for a tournament (playing against those they are sitting right next to) while they munch on popcorn and converse in friendly banter with actual people. Tickets cost $80 for 6 (all) of the fall sessions.

Sign up and get your game on! A few things to note:

  • Seats filling up fast!
  • GAMERS PLAY ON 4-7 MEMBER TEAMS.
  • Super League will place you on a team — or form your own!
  • EARLY REGISTRATION: $80 for 6 weeks if purchased by Sept. 30
  • $100 if bought after Sept. 30
  • ALL PLAYERS RECEIVE A FREE SUPER LEAGUE JERSEY

Want to learn why this gaming league is a league like no other? Read this article in Time Magazine about America’s First Video Game Varsity Athletes. Might just pay for college one day.

Follow them on Twitter: @JoinSuperLeague

10 Sep 2015

How to Host a Backyard Fair

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The most wonderful weather is upon us and I’m planning on planning a few outdoor parties soon! We will be hosting a Backyard Fair and I’m so excited! This is a super easy and fun theme to run with!
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17 Aug 2015

What I Wish I Had Known About Back To School Fashion

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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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15 Jul 2015

Baa-rilliant ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and Giveaway

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We are huge fans of Shaun the Sheep, who was first seen in the third Wallace & Gromit short ‘A Close Shave’. 

And we are so excited for this:

  
Shaun the Sheep Movie is out in theaters August 5th, 2015!  This British stop-motion animated film is produced by the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations, and was released in the UK on February 6, 2015. 
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27 Jun 2015

Tampa Mama on Vacation: Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine are Historic Florida

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A beautiful place to visit on Florida’s Historic Coast. Ponte Vedra is just north of the historic St.Augustine, the oldest city in Florida. An escape to a beach less traveled and a wealth of history to learn about. A few pictures of what to expect when you visit. More to follow about our travels as we explore this luxurious historic coast, as a couple and with kids. Follow along with us as we travel for Trekaroo to this coast and learn more about its beauty!

Featured: Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Beach: Ponte Vedra Beach at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club   
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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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