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

03 Mar 2017

Beauty and the Beast Invitations By Evite

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Free Printables, Party Planning, Sponsored

Beauty and the Beast

From the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. We were so inspired!

 

I am so excited about the March 17th release of the live-action re-telling of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast!” With my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday coming up, we are already planning a Be Our Guest themed birthday party!

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25 Feb 2017

Williams Sonoma + Le Creuset + Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Collaboration #BeOurGuest || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Disney, Lifestyle, Movies

Are you excited as I am after watching the newest trailer for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”?

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19 May 2016

The Secret to a Good Life: Drops of Goodness

No Comments Disney, Lifestyle

 

There is truly goodness in this life and it is in every moment. Every moment we live. Every moment we marvel at beauty.

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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

11 May 2016

Finding Dory: A Summer Movie You Won’t Want To Miss

No Comments Disney, Free Printables, Lifestyle, Movies, Sneak Peak

Last week, I was able to see the first 33 minutes of the summer’s most anticipated movie, Finding Dory. 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!  

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

03 Apr 2016

My Very, Very Smelly Breath: Raising Awareness For Pet Dental Health

No Comments Book Review, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Giving Back, Kids, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Meet Shelby. My animal whisperer. She loves animals like I have never seen before. Unfortunately, we don’t have a puppy in our own home yet, but any chance she get (for example this was taken at the Hyde Park Village Farmers Market) she will find a dog to love on it.

Her latest favorite bedtime story is My Very, Very Smelly Breath. She received this book as a gift when our family was chosen to host a Disney Kids Play Date. We have read this book a thousand times already.

It is a scratch and sniff book that helps kids understand the importance of pet dental care.   Cute idea and cute concept.

The book is available at your local Banfield hospital for a suggested donation of $10 per book. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Banfield Foundation™. In Tampa, Banfield hospitals are in PetSmarts all over town.

Shelby has already started collecting money to donate to their foundation. She’s planning a lemonade stand when the weather warms up. (More to come on that!) We have given to our local animal shelter before so she’s ready to help again!

I think when we are ready to get a pet, Shelby will be ready and waiting to make sure they don’t have smelly breath.

Thank you to BSM Media & MomSelect for sending us a copy of this book!  It has been a wonderful addition to our library!

03 Apr 2016

How Our Disney Kids Play Date Inspired us to Give Back

No Comments Community Service, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Giving Back, Parenting

 

We had so much fun at our #DisneyKids pool-side play date with our friends last weekend!

Disney Kids Preschool Play Date

After a bedtime story (our current favorite is My Very Very Smelly Breath), we love to talk about our day and anything on our mind. Last night, my six-year old wanted to talk about how much fun we had with all our friends at our Disney party and how lucky we were to have had such a magical day!

I said, “Not everybody get to have a magical day sometimes! And your magical powers helped us bring smiles to all the kids at our party!”

My 6 year old responded, 

“But Mommy, what about everyone that wasn’t invited?! How can I use my magic powers to help other kids have a magic day?”

I think she meant a good day, but nonetheless, it steamed into a conversation about using our powers for good and helping others when we can.

This got me thinking that it might be a teachable moment for me to show her where the power of giving can be her magical power. To help others.

I know it might seem early, but I personally feel that the earlier kids can start to volunteer and give back it will lead into getting kids to thinking about how they can help others. And there are so many ways!

We decided to look into volunteering at a food bank and it just so happened that Feeding America Tampa Bay was having a Girl Scout Hunger 101 event. She is a 2nd year Daisy, so this was a perfect fit! It was an age appropriate introduction and hands on experience for her to learn about how we can help others.

  
Knowing we were going to talk about hunger, we collected and brought with us food that we could donate to others who might be hungry.

We sat in on a session where the instructor talked to the kids about what hunger is and how some kids don’t know if they will have dinner when they go home from school. We talked about what they liked to eat and how it might feel if they went to be hungry.

  

 
{Feeding America Tampa Bay pictured above.}

We got a tour of their warehouse and also helped sort 1400 lbs of food! Everybody helped in some way and together we were able to help feed 171 people with meals from the food we helped with.

  
My girls were amazed that some kids go to bed hungry. They had so many questions. But that was good, because it shows me they are thinking. They loved using their magical super powers knowing they helped bring smiles to kids’ that might be sad because they were hungry.

“Mommy, can we go back and help again?”

“Of course we can.”

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From the Disney Citizenship website: At Disney, we believe that our concern for kids and families must extend beyond their entertainment to the world in which they live. We aim to inspire people to think creatively, live healthier, conserve nature and strengthen our communities.

On April 15-17, 2016, the worlds largest service event is happening thanks to YSA. We hope you consider being a part of this awesome movement!

About GYSD

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year.

GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Thank you to BSM Media & Mom Select and Disney World Resorts for choosing our family to host a #DisneyKids play date and inspiring my kids to be the change in the world by helping others. “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

29 Mar 2016

#DisneyKids Preschool Play Date | A Mickey & Friends Pool Party

2 Comments Adventures, Disney, Kids, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Uncategorized

With summer in the very near future, I took our recent Spring Break and hosted Mickey & Friends Pool Party! Living in Florida, we are lucky enough to swim just about year round and pool parties are always fun!

I was super excited (and so was my preschooler) to have been chosen to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Play Date by BSM Media and Walt Disney World Resorts this Spring!  Our box came and we were so excited to get planning!

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