Archive for Things To Do

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.

31 Jul 2018

Summer Savings with Chuck E. Cheese’s: All You Can Play Pass Saves The Summer #AYCP //Tampa Mama

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Listen- I’m not gonna lie. Summer is my most favorite time of the year. For real. We are not bound to a schedule. We wake up late or get up early. What ever we want to do. My kids are kids during the summer. The day is ours! But… some days, I do that math on the amount of money a particular activity will cost me and OMG!  It can be outrageous!  Maybe I could justify it for 1 kid, but times four. No way.

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17 Jul 2018

Summer Fun for Kids at Wild Wonders Arrives at Westfield Citrus Park Mall + Tampa Mama #Giveaway #WildWonders

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We are always on the hunt for fun things to do over the summer! And with the heat outside, we love finding fun activities that beat the heat and keep us totally entertained!

We are giving away a $100 Westfield American Express Gift Card to one lucky reader!

This year, Westfield Citrus Park Mall has creatively developed a Wild Wonders indoor playground for kids to come and explore! Their giant animal topiary garden leads you into an activity area where new and fun activities will take place each day!

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15 Jul 2018

Chevy Youth Baseball Inspires Kids to Dream Big League Dreams

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Playing in the Big Leagues is probally what every kid that plays baseball dreams of. Even me, yes a girl, and yes, I played softball for years and years, growing up, dreamed of playing for a college team or even the national team. So when an opportunity comes around to actually play on the big league field and even meet some big leaguers, you go.

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13 Feb 2018

Tampa Mama Loves: Cirque du Soleil VOLTA Comes To Tampa

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In partnership with the Tampa Bay Bloggers.

I have been a Cirque du Soleil fan since I first saw La Nouba in Downtown Disney (or Disney Springs as it is now known) in Orlando in 2000. I feel in love with everything about the show. The music. The wonder. The entire show. I had never seen anything like it. I have traveled all over the country to see Cirque shows. 9 different shows to be exact. They truly are works of art unlike anything else I have ever experienced. From Vegas to NYC, and cities in between, Cirque du Soleil shows will never disappoint.

I am excited to be on board as a Tampa Bay Blogger to see my 10th show, VOLTA, coming to Tampa February 14, 2018 – March 18th, 2018. Cirque du Soleil VOLTA, written and directed by Bastien Alexandre and with Jean Guibert as the director of creation. International electronic group M83 as composer and musical director, brings his space-age future pop sound to the Cirque du Soleil stage for the first time ever. The show will be presented under the Big Top at the Tampa Greyhound Track February 14, 2018 – March 18, 2018. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.

From the Cirque du Soleil website: “Freedom is the ultimate rush. VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.”

OMG!! I can’t wait!!! Annnddd…. I am giving away a set of 4 tickets on my Instagram account and I hope you’ll hop over and enter!

I can’t wait to see it opening night! Make sure to follow along for a sneak peak of opening night!

08 Feb 2018

Tampa Mama Loves: Most Romantic Things To Do in Tampa

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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.

08 Feb 2018

Tampa Mama: Florida State Fair Giveaway #DiscoverTheFun

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Clear blue skies + ☀️ mean it must be #FloridaStateFair time 🌭🍦🍗🎡

The Florida State Fair begins today and I have partnered with Magic 94.9 to give away a family 4-pack of tickets 🎟, unlimited ride armbands 🎡 and food vouchers 🌭🍗🙌🏻🙌🏻 We love the fair and can’t wait to head to the Florida State Fairgrounds right here in Tampa for another year of fun! So much to see, ride and eat each year at the Fair!

Here’s how to enter to win:

1. Visit @TampaMama on Instagram

2. Like the Florida State Fair photo and comment below what your favorite food is to eat at the Florida State Fair.

3. Tag a friend!

This giveaway will close at 8am, Friday, February 9th! Winner will be contacted via DM on Instagram. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Instagram.

Good luck 🎉

07 Dec 2017

Outback Bowl|| Football in Paradise is Perfect for Families

No Comments Family Time, Family Travel, Featured, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Lots will soon be happening as the Outback Bowl gears up for its annual New Year’s Day game held at Raymond James Stadium.

I have a long history with the Outback Bowl as I was an intern there for 3 years as I finished my Mass Communications degree from USF. This is so much more than just a football games. It is an annual event that invades Tampa Bay with energy and passion as Tampa Bay turns into THE place to be as millions of viewers watch football in paradise from their snowy hometowns on January 1st.

I hope you’ll follow along with me over the next month as I give you a behind the scenes look at everything from the contract signing to the President’s Gala to the the teams practices and of course all the family events that will take place all over Tampa Bay!

Football in Paradise is about to begin! We’ve got your 50 yard line seat right here!

Hop on over to Instagram and Twitter with Tampa Mama for an all access pass to the hottest ticket in town on New Year’s Day.

09 Apr 2017

Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa || Tampa Mama Blog

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

Seminole Heights

 

I live in the urban corridor of Tampa. It’s called Seminole Heights and we are about 5 minutes from Downtown- which is like my second home. We are down there all the time. It’s close enough to the heart of the city that when things happen I tend to be among those that hear the rumors or see it first hand. I’ve got  Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa and hope you might learn something new!  These are my urban insider tips for anyone coming into Tampa. If you stay for a week , a few days or are just visiting and want to expolre Tampa, here’s what you’ll want to know! What an amazing city Tampa has become! It’s only getting better too!

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03 Apr 2017

Mama Loves: Eco Fest Tampa

No Comments Education, Healthy Living, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Learning Gate Community School

Learning Gate Community School, USF Office of Student Affairs and the City of Tampa combine once again to host the 8th annual EcoFest on Saturday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park Zoo Bandshell Area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa. The event will be open to the public from10 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Admission and parking are FREE!

EcoFest is an annual event for the community celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy. This year our Earth Day sponsors are TECO and Tampa Bay Water. There will be a parkour agility course created by a participant in American Ninja Warrior, Master Shinobi, a kid friendly Yoga Zone with classes, crafts, games and more!

Learning Gate Community School and the USF Student Affairs Office are combining their resources and knowledge once again with the City of Tampa to create Earth Day Tampa Bay.

“We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with our partners and showcase our involvement in sustainability to our community,” said Thom Snelling, Director, Planning and Development, City of Tampa.

There will be live music, yoga kid zone, costumed superheroes, demonstrations, informational booths, a parkour agility course, green living products and services. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.

“Every year Ecofest gets bigger and better and we know it is making a difference in our community,” said Michele Northrup, organizer of the event. “We are very excited for another opportunity to show Tampa citizens how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle. Ecofest 2017 will feature more than 100 eco-vendors, live entertainment, free demonstrations etc. the vendors will spotlight their sustainable products and services. We are expecting to draw more than 4000 attendees at the Lowry Park Zoo. We are sepecially excited that this year Ecofest lands on the official National Earth Day.

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please click HERE.

We hope to see you there!

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