Archive for Travel

18 Sep 2016

Mia In The City | Travelogue Day 2- New York City 

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, New York City, Things To Do, Travel, Travel Tuesday

Mia and I conquered New York City like champs. Uptown to Downtown, lunch with friends, exploring local spots and seeing the famous ones.

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17 Sep 2016

Trough Her Eyes | Travelogue Day 1- New York City

No Comments Family Travel, Lifestyle, New York City, Travel

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My patents brought me to New York City when I was 16. It never left my soul. I love the hustle of the people. The bright lights energized me as I walked through the streets. There is just something about New York City. Mia received a plane ticket to NYC last Christmas. It was her big gift. We finally booked the trip and New York City through her eyes has been magical and we still have two more days to explore.

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We got in last night…late. Checked in to the hotel and walked out. We were about 10 blocks north of Time Square but you would have thought we were right around the corner.

I have traveled with Mia solo a few times before and it probably tops my list of favorite things to do.

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She’s open to new things. Excited to hit the ground and explore this new city. We have to more days and I can’t wait to show her this City.

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11 Aug 2016

#FamilyTravelTruth Instagram Contest by Preferred Hotels | Tampa Mama

1 Comment Adventures, Family Travel, Sponsored, Travel

Pictures only tell part of the story. They are a brief moment in time that stands still. But in that moment, captured in time, a story- funny, sad, heart-warming or hilarious- can be told about that night, that trip, that memory. I’m excited to partner with Preferred Hotels and Resorts to tell you all about my family travel truths and can’t wait to see yours too!  Just by sharing and tagging your #FamilyTravelTruth on Instagram, you’ll have the chance to win a 2-night family-friendly hotel stay with Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Winners will also receive free prints from Artifact Uprising! It’s not always just poolside cocktails and perfect beach views with clean kids looking like they just stepped out of a magazine. Let’s get real, shall we?

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17 Jul 2016

Streamsong Resort- The Road Less Traveled to Paradise 

No Comments Lifestyle, Travel

As Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in the woods, and I, I took the road less traveled. And that has made all the difference.”

I’ll be traveling through the back roads if Florida to Streamsong Resort, a 16,000 acre resort in Central Florida.

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28 Jun 2016

What’s Up Preppy?: Straight back to 1990 at Saved By The Max Chicago

No Comments Chicago, Featured, Grown Ups Only, Mama Loves, Sneak Peak, Travel

Last night was the coolest flashback. Hanging out at The Max and reliving all the Bayside HS memories we watched for years was awesome. For those who grew up in the 1990’s THIS was your show. You watched it religiously and soaked up every detail. (Not much has changed today as my pre-teen kids watch a few Disney shows and do the same.) Make sure you binge watch ‘Saved By The Bell’ on Netflix before you go to get to ready for the night too!

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12 May 2016

Tampa Mama Loves: Disney Family Vacation

1 Comment Disney, Family Travel, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Orlando, Things To Do, Travel

My recent trips to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida have made a Disney believer. Read more

04 Apr 2016

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Topiary Pictures 

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Kids, Lifestyle, Orlando, Photography, Travel

I’ve been around the world a time or two in Epcot and my most favorite time of year is Spring!  It’s an amazing time to see all the characters recreated as life-like topiaries!  Here’s a quick trip around the World! If you haven’t been, there still time to visit!  

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

01 Apr 2016

Best Healthy Travel Snacks

1 Comment Ad, Healthy Living, Sponsored, Travel, Travel Tuesday

This content has been sponsored by Gerber Lil’ Beanies. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama!

We love to travel and going on the road means we are going to need some snacks! I like to make sure our snacks are healthy and fun, but also portable and easy! Sometimes, it’s hard to make that snack fits into ALL categories!

We loved learning about Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

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The Gerber Lil’ Beanies were a perfect addition to our road trip snacks as a healthy snack that was so good! Made from navy beans and rice flour, it was good to point out to the kids these were made with beans!

Being that these snacks are non- GMO as well as have no artificial coloring or flavors, they were a big hit with the kids and that’s always important!

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In addition to these, I like packing a few pouch applesauces, carrot sticks, string cheese, hummus and apple slices, we are set and ready to go on the road!

Travel Tip: Use cookie baking tins to give kids an easy tray to take on the road. It’s perfect for keeping all snakes separate while in the car!

And as a busy Mom of four, I love knowing that my littlest one is getting 2g of protein and 1g of fiber per serving! Every lil’ bit counts!

As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Sponsored content is created by Marisa Langford and my opinions are never bought.

29 Jan 2016

LEGOLAND Florida: World Premiere of The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure

1 Comment Adventures, Family Travel, Movies, Orlando, Travel, Travel Tuesday

January 28th is not just any day…especially to a die-hard Lego fan. It’s actually International Lego Day, which means we are celebrating the anniversary of when the patent for the original Lego brick system was filed, in 1958. 

So how old does that make Lego? 58 years young and those little bricks continue to inspire and educate and kids each and every day. 

Living in Tampa, and only an hour away from the second largest LEGO themed park, LEGOLAND Florida in Central Florida, we often visit to explore this massive amazingly fun park, filled with rides, LEGOS, attractions, LEGOS and more LEGOS!  

Today, January 28th, is also the day of the World Premiere  movie for The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure!  

We were invited to the world premiere at LEGOLAND Florida for their red carpet Hollywood- style premiere and it was awesome (or SUPER as I should say!)

Mocktail and fancy glasses for the kids, lots of character meet and greets, kid celebrities and of course the ne movie!! 

If you loved The Lego Movie, you ar going to LOVE this short 3D film that includes Emmet, Wyldstyle and new  friends that will reunite in an all new adventure!  And who is Risky Business?!  No spoilers here but get ready to help Emitt and Wyldstyle save the day!

The 3D movie with “4D” effects like wind, water and fog, will play at LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016. 

SUPER fun new attraction you wontbwantbto miss the next time you visit LEGOLAND Florida!

   

It’s Unkitty!
  
Working the red carpet with Emitt & Wyldstyle!

   

Kid-friendly mocktails in fancy glasses!


Confetti everywhere!  


Meeting up with Jen Reyneri, a fellow Trekaroo writer! 
   
    

Abby ready to watch the show!
   

The show is about to begin!

  
We had to get a picture with Risky Business!  

More of my reviews of family friendly travel places can be found on Trekaroo– the best resources for families who love to travel! 

Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of LEGOLAND Florida for this event and as always, all opinions are my own!  

11 Dec 2015

Magical Holiday Sights in New York City

No Comments Family Travel, Giveaway, Holidays, Travel

December this year in New York City was the warmest I’ve ever experienced it. Not cold enough for a jacket and even better for exploring. The city turns into a magical city Christmas in December. Buildings are decked out the nines in holiday decor and everywhere you look, it’s just beautiful. The cities attention to detail has you marveling at every corner. Here are a few sights I loved while walking around the city this trip:

 1. Rockefeller Center  

2. The Pinnsula Hotel

3. Union Square Holiday Market    

4. The Plaza Hotel

5. St. Patrick’s Cathedral    
6. The Windows at Bergdorf Goodmans

  

7. The Windows at Lord & Taylor