03 May 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is EPIC || #GOTGVOL2

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Marvel, Movies, Review, Sneak Peak

I’ve been blogging for a while now and I also am addicted to reading blogs! Especially about movies! And in the past year, I have been fortunate to have seen some very cool movies before they hit theaters.

I had an AWESOME opportunity to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 a few days before everyone else, but let me tell you…when I told my son we had media passes, he lost it! I have also been reading about all the cast insights and more from a few lucky blogger friends of mine who were picked to be red carpet bloggers at the premier! They got to interview the cast and I just couldn’t stop reading! Check out my friend, Vera’s blog, Lady and The Blog, where she dishes with the whole cast and more! So jealous and so excited to see the movie!

We had just seen Guardians of the Galaxy, for the 100th time, last week on our weekly Friday night family movie night! I got ambitious and made these to get the kids more excited to see the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on May 5th:

They were delicious by the way. And totally earned me some cool Mom points too!

And then we saw the movie…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

OMG! I just can’t spoil it. It would be so unfair. But let me tell you….I laughed, I cried, and all I wanted to do was hug that Baby Groot! It was far beyond what I was was expecting and I was expecting some great things from this movie! The music is epic and tells so much of the story just as it did in the first movie. Dive deeper into the characters and where they came from and how much they mean to each other. And yes, there are even better scenes than the epic dance off with Peter Quill or the dancing Baby Groot to the Jackson 5 from the first movie. The Star Lord will return!

So… now, I have officially hopped on the bandwagon of super galactic fan and will be going out to buy all the things “Groot” and more! Thankfully, there is a ton of super fun toys for me to by my kids (and I promise I will only play with them while they are at school) and my friend Vera, from Lady and the Blog, has an amazing toy guide already done here, so no need for me to recreate the wheel! Check it out here so you’ll know what to buy! But the first thing I am buying is the soundtrack.

And I hope you go see the movie. Like opening day. May 5th. Get your tickers now. Like right now. And bring some tissues. You’ll need those too.

Make sure to follow along with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

I was invited as a member of the media to a press screening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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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01 May 2017

Car 3 Hits Theaters on June 16th #Cars3|| Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies

We can’t wait for Cars 3 to be our first movie of the summer! Jake was a toddler when the first movie came out and it was his first in the theater. He was obsessed with this movie. I mean, I can easily recite every word to the first movie. So here is the newest trailer! I’m getting more excited each time that they share something new!!!

Trust me! We even went as far as to take Jake to do a Junior Ride-a-long at the Richard Petty Experience Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando in a race car that looked like the characters! I totally earned some cool Mom points for that one! (Note: This is no longer available at Walt Disney World. It is available in two NACSAR locations. More details here.)

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We’ve even been to Daytona International Speedway to see where these guys really come from. But Abby wasn’t around yet. Looks like we might have to make a trip back soon with her in tow!

Cars 3 in theaters on June 16th! Follow along on Facebook for all the newest details! Get your engines ready!

25 Apr 2017

Tampa Mama Adventures: runDisney + GoGo squeeZ at the Kids Races || ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida 

No Comments Lifestyle

So you might have seen us on my InstaStory the other day on the scene for the runDisney Kids Races!  These races are held 2 days during the runDisney races at either Disney World or Disneyland. We were a guest of GoGoSqueeZ, the new sponsor for the kids races and the official applesauce of Walt Disney World. We’ve been out before but never to participate in the activities!

The Expo is huge!  Lots to see but not too much for kids inside. More shopp me for Disney themed merchandise and official runDisney pins and more. Outside, on the runDisney Kids Race days (Friday & Saturday), there is SO much for kids to do!  The gates open at 10am for kids and families on the New Balance Field.

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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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10 Apr 2017

Florida Travel: A Relaxing Spring Break at The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee

No Comments Adventures, Family Time, Florida, Hotel Reviews, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 The words “relaxing,”  “brake” and “kids” are words we all long to hear together. Spring break sneaks up on me and the next thing I know I have four children at home for a week. The good thing is that living in Tampa we have the opportunity to go so many different places that really aren’t too far away. It’s like living on a permanent vacaton. Only an hour from the beach, a few hours from an ocean and blue skies and sunhine pretty much year round. We  love a good hotel with fun things to do for kids and families. I feel that many families are looking for just that. A break from the every day run around, that the kids will have fun at and that I too can take a vacation as well.

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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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08 Apr 2017

Florida Family Travel: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

No Comments Disney, Disney Citizenship, Family Travel, Giving Back, Hosted, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

There are a few things that I look forward to you when the weather starts to turn from cold to beautiful. And the skies church start to turn from gray to blue. I love opening day of baseball, I love watching the masters, but to me the first signs of spring happen when I visit The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. For the past 24 years this festival has taken blue skies, beautiful flowers and endless magic and transformed Epcot into one of the most beautiful places in Florida this time of year.  And each year the event gets better and better.

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03 Apr 2017

Why I Will Be Sitting In The Front Row For Disney Pixar’s COCO

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I recently saw this trailer for COCO, a new Disney Pixar movie. I was immediately frozen. I believe in signs. I have for a long time. I look for the good ones that tell me those that have gone before might still be here, watching over me. This movie is a sign.

You see, my first sign with this movie is that my father’s name is Ernesto. He left this Earth far too early. Leaving behind two young daughters with only memories of his voice. The La Voz de Oro. And that is my second sign. He was also a singer in a marichi band and had a voice of gold. That’s what we put on his tombstone.

Ernesto Cornejo

 

My Father, Ernesto, is center. 

So already, this movie is speaking to me. Miguel (maybe the character would have been named Marisa if he was a girl) and his magical guitar, searching for answers on dia de los muertos, has so many symbolic reasons that I cannot be more excited to see this movie.

Count me in for front row seats to this movie. My Mom’s birthday is November 2nd, Dia de los Muertos. This movie is due out in November. Coincidence? I’m hoping she and my sister will come with me to see it.

“We are all a part of those that came before.” Never has a movie ever spoke to me this one.

Coco Disney Pixar

03 Apr 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- New Look || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I have become a movie junkie with my kids these days! We have started to really dive into movies together as a family. We have loved watching the movies come to life when we visit places like Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! We can’t wait for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to hit theaters May 26, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Here’s a new look! As we start to plan our summer vacation, a am thinking a Caribbean trip might be in order!

Pirate of the Caribbean