18 Jul 2018

Touring Tampa: A One Day Guide// Tampa Mama & #MyTownMyToyota

No Comments Ad, Cars, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Travel

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24 Nov 2017

Always Remember || A Look At #PixarCoco

No Comments Disney Movies, Lifestyle

Growing up Peruvian in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, thousands of miles away from my Father’s homeland, I grew up listening to my Papi’s marachsri music, singing songs in Spanish and learning about my family through picture albums as many were thousands of miles away.

The memories of my childhood awakened the other night after watching the new Pixar’s Coco. Closing my eyes I was brought back to my childhood as the music lead me back to remembering my father, my Peruvian family and all the family that I came before me- everything that makes me who I am today.

The story of Coco follows a 12 year old boy Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) as he travels to the Land of the Dead. A movie that depicts Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos and the bridge that links the living and those who are not with us, maybe physically or through distance. His Great Great Grandmother Coco is very old and beginning to forget things. However, the only way those who have gone before us can come back to visit us on Dia de Los Muertos is if someone remembers you and adds you to their alter. He finds the Grandfather he thought was his only to learn more secrets no one ever told him. Had the stories and truths been past down, he would have known more of where he truly came from and what his destiny was to be.

The movie focuses on the ancestry, strength of the family, forgiveness and unconditional love. It’s the love letter I wish I would have written to my father. Remembering where we cane from and those that came before us is an important piece to the puzzle of who we all are.

The gorgeously depicted afterlife insinuates that those who have gone before us are in a much better place. The Mexican folklore is beautifully told through the eye of a child who realizes the afterlife, his family and his ancestors are all pieces to the puzzle that make him who is and help him retell the stories to the next generation.

My father was there with me as I watched the movie- always in my heart, and never forgotten. It is our duty to pass along the stories, keep the memories alive and let the stories of the past live on. Thank you for the reminder, Coco.

24 Oct 2017

#BadMomsXmas #Tampa Screening: Tampa Mama

No Comments Mama Loves, Movies, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

I have been waiting for this movie to come out since the first Bad Moms movie debuted!  Not only do I consider myself a member of the Bad Moms Club, but I couldn’t agree more with this hillarious movie and how they depict our daily lives of chaos and triumph! I know I want to see  Bad Moms Xmas with a few of my closest Tampa Bad Moms for a Bad Moms Night Out!

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If you didn’t see the first movie, I can verbally replay the movie for you because I have it memorized! It is my sanity on a rainy day. And this new movie I am sure will not disappoint! How many of you are overstressed about having to make the holidays “that perfect” along with all the pressures of doing “all the things” for Christmas! HOLLLLAAAA!!! Come watch the what I predict will be one of the best holiday movies of the season!

Can’t make the screening, buy your tickets today and go see it with your own Bad Moms Club!

ABOUT BAD MOMS XMAS:

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.

By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Edited: As of 3pm on October 24, we were informed that the previously scheduled Tampa sneak preview scheduled for October 30th at AMC Veterans was canceled by STX Entertainment. We were told that they will not be hosting any sneak previews for this movie.

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.

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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11 Feb 2017

Florida is my #FlatoutLove Inspiration: Sweet N’ Spicy Shrimp Sandwich || Tampa Mama

4 Comments Ad, Cooking, Lifestyle, Review, Sponsored, Tampa

Welcome to Florida! Everyone knows how much I LOVE my state and all the flavors that go with it! And chances are, if you’ve come to my home state, Florida, you’ve had some of our amazing Gulf Shrimp!

Shrimp- By Melissa Hillier

 

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Flatout Bread to create my own #FlatoutLove recipe creation, inspired by MY city (or state), as well as show you all how easy it is to create your own fun and easy meals with your family using Flatout Bread! Read more

25 Jan 2017

Flatout Bread #FlatoutLove on Chicagonista LIVE || Tampa Mama

No Comments Ad, Chicago, Everyday, Healthy Living, Social Media

Today is the day we get to share my #FlatoutLOVE on the fabulous talk show of the Chicagonista LIVE- Chicago’s Social Talk Show!

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You might be wondering how I met these lovely ladies all the way from Tampa and how I got the opportunity to partner with them!

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14 Dec 2016

What Mama Really Wants For Christmas: A Sudsy Buckets Home Cleaning

No Comments Family Time, Gift Ideas, Grand Opening, Home, Mama Loves, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Tampa Home Cleaning Service: Sudsy Bucket

 

Come on…Tell Santa what you really want for Christmas. I know that a clean home will top my list every year!  My husband surprised me with a cleaning service after I had my 2nd child and to this day, it was the best gift!

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22 Aug 2016

More Than Just A Restaurant- Goody Goody Opens in Tampa, Florida || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Review, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

One of the best evenings spent with the Goody Goody family and GrandDad as my date to the hottest ticket in town, especially for the foodies. I was lucky to be invited to a pre-opening of the famed Goody Goody, established in 1925 in Tampa (see map below for locations back in the day) and now revived by the famed 4th generation Tampa restaurateur, Richard Gonzmart. If you’ve lived in Tampa or even visited, you are more than likely familiar with his restaurants- The Columbia and Ulele– with more plans to add more concepts to his portfolio soon.

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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