22 Oct 2017

Time with my Lovely Little Ladies

No Comments Adventures, Girls Trip, Kids On Vacation, Personal, Raising Girls, Travel

Gaylord Palms

A girls weekend. A mere 2 days out of 365. But that’s all it took for us to have one of the most memorable times of my life, and has me dreaming down the road into the next twenty years. I find myself asking the question: Is it really that hard to pull away from life? And if it not hard, why don’t we do it more often?

I walked into a dream. A beautiful hotel. Just my Little Ladies and I. I cleared my schedule to just be with them. It was our first “girls weekend.” I had never really intended in starting a tradition, but I’m planning out the next 30 as we speak.

I had them all to myself. No boys- Dad and Jake were together doing manly things. And that left me with our three girls. There was no fighting. No arguing. Only laughing and smiles. There was ice cream for breakfast and pool time from sunrise to sunset. A fancy dinner one night and room service for dinner the next.  Not a care in the world. Healthy and happy- life couldn’t be more perfect. I wish the weekend could have lasted just a little bit longer. Because, in a blink of an eye, it was over. Just like that.

I can’t wait for this weekend next year. Their ages will always change. The teenage years are on the horizon and then life. Their relationships with each other will grow but I want to strengthen their bond with me so it’s as solid as a rock. One day, our lives might one day be more complicated. But I hope that each year, we can always come back to something we started a long time ago. A girls weekend. Just to reconnect. Talk about the the days when we used to have it good. Talk about the future. Snuggle in bed.  Take late night swims. Just be for a bit. Taking us back to when life wasn’t so complicated. I didn’t want the weekend to end.

But my memories will stay. And live forever in my heart. I had the most amazing time with my girls. I know they will grow up to be my best friends.

This post was a sponosred post in partnership with The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. All opinions are my own. 

29 Sep 2017

MOM HACK #351 from This Busy Tampa Mama: Walmart Grocery Online & Pickup Service is GENIUS

No Comments Ad, Personal, Raising Children, Sponsored

My typical day with 4 kids 13 and under tends to be quite a blur.

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Homework.

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Preschool playtime.

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10 Sep 2017

The Calm Before The Storm: #HurricaneIrma Heads for Home in Tampa Bay

1 Comment Tampa, Tampa Bay

My mind won’t stop. I’m mentally and physically exhausted from the past three days of pepping, stressing, watching, thinking, hoping, praying and wondering what the next 48 hours will bring.

The calm before the storm.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9/10/17 3:48pm:

Hurricane Irma Live: ‘Biggest Thing’ to Do Is Pray, Florida Governor Says – The New York Times

Morning walks up the Hillsborough River are daily. Not a cloud in the sky and the water so calm.

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26 Aug 2017

Why Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is SO Worth It

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Holidays, Hosted, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Travel Tuesday, Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017

Its Midnight. It’s dark. I’ve got one sleeping and 3 on the Peoplemover. I need a coffee. My kids have had enough sugar to last them until next Halloween. But It’s the best night ever!

Not so sure if the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is for you? Well, this party on Main Street is the hottest ticket in town as it will sell out nightly the closer we get to Halloween (and prices do increase as you get closer to Halloween). With a limited number of tickets available each night, shorter lines, trick or treats galore, themed Halloween shows, firework displays and parades will have this ticketed event be on your list of must-did for the season. Not so sure yet?! Still on the fence? Let me give you my top 5 reasons NOT to miss the Mickey’s Not So Scary Party.

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24 May 2017

Despicable Me 3 In Theaters June 30th- Trailer #DespicableMe3|| Tampa Mama

No Comments Adventures, Family Travel, Florida, Kids On Vacation, Universal Orlando Resort

Who’s excited for summer movies!  We can’t wait for the Despicable Me 3 movie that hits theaters June 30th!  We love the minions!!!  Hmmm… might be time to plan a trip somewhere…Universal Orlando Resort perhaps!?!  (We also hear there is a new water park opening up soon too… Volcano Bay!!)   Sounds like an adventure for Tampa Mama!

Universal Studios

24 May 2017

Mobile Ordering at Walt Disney World: #VisitPandora || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Florida, Orlando

Who hate waiting in line? *EVERYONE RAISES HANDS. PARENTS WAVE HANDS WILDLY*

If you are heading to Walt Disney World this summer, you’ll want to really make sure you are up to speed on the My Disney Experience App and ALL that it offers.  Like possibly never having to wait in line again.

This week, the VIPs, Bloggers and other members of the media are in town for the #VisitPandora experience at Animal Kingdom. Released this week is a new feature found INSIDE the My Disney Experience App that allows you to order from a restaurant and then place that order once you are there, find a seat and then pick up your food. I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

It’s is currently only available at certain restaurants, but to me, this might be a game changer for the way we do food when at the Parks. Watch the video and let me know in the comments below what you thought of the feature if you have or will use this!

Hope you have a magical day at the Walt Disney World!

23 May 2017

6 Summers Left Before College || National 529 Day + Florida 529 Savings Plan Giveaway on Tampa Mama 

No Comments Education, Lifestyle, Raising Children


Another season in the books. 6th grade is coming to a close and all I can think about is the fact that he’s only got 6 more summers until college. Weren’t we just starting kindergarten yesterday?


I’m in awe of his spirit. His academic discipline. His athletic talent. His friendly demeanor and the respect he receives from his peers. I know he’s going places, but the one thing I worry about is hoping that I can afford to send him the places he deserves to go.

May 29th is National 529 day and Florida Prepaid is trying to increase awareness about college savings and the Florida 529 Savings Plan. In celebration of 529 Day, Florida Prepaid is giving 10 Florida families $529 in a Florida 529 Savings Plan!

Enter here to win!

We want your help to spread the word and encourage you to enter while also learning about the importance of saving for college! It is our hope to inform Florida families about the ease and flexibility of starting to save with a Florida 529 Savings Plan.

I’ve talked before about the Florida Prepaid College plans and why we’ve chosen to save for college with them.

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is almost $24,000, and over half of 2015 college graduates had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success’ recently released report on student debt.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books.  A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 5 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 10-year time period in Savingforcollege.com’s 2016 performance rankings.

Here are the details of the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Giveaway:

What: The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program and you could be one of 10 lucky winners of a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.

When: Enter anytime between May 15 and June 11

How: Visit FloridaPrepaidCollege.com to enter today!


Wishing I could stop time, I know the friendships he’s made in elementary school will be ones to remember when he’s in college. And I’m sure that college will be an amazing place for him to make more memories too.

Disclaimer: I’m a Florida Prepaid Blogger Ambassador. I’m also a Mom of 4 kids who knows the value of saving for college. All opinions are my own.  

05 May 2017

How to Host a #DisneyKids Fit Kids PLAY Date

1 Comment Disney, Healthy Living, Kids, Party Planning, Sponsored, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Kids

We just got back from Walt Disney World Resort where we experienced our very first runDisney Kids Race!  The entire event was so much fun for all the kids that were there!  You could even participate in all the free fun activities even if you weren’t participating!

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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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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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