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

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!

20 Mar 2016

Easter Brunch In Tampa Bay

No Comments Adventures, Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Easter Brunch is one of those meals that we look forward to all year. It’s relaxing, enjoyable with family and friends, and is always delicious.

We typically invite our family over, however, we decided we really wanted to relax this year and wanted to avoid the lines at the grocery store as well as the heat from my kitchen.  When I heard that Roy’s was having an Easter Brunch special, I jumped at the chance to actually relax on a holiday!  Cooking and preparing for any holiday with a large family is always a task, so I’m ok with splurging on a few holidays to let me really enjoy the holiday!

Guests can enjoy a two-course brunch starting at just $35.95 per person!

This impressive two-course brunch menu starting at just $35.95 per person is a dream. With complimentary House Made Sticky Buns followed by a choice of appetizer.

Irresistible Lobster & Shrimp Omelet with eggs, spinach, caramelized shallots and tomatoes, Roy’s Benedict made with either filet mignon or crab cakes served atop a cheddar bacon biscuit with shies béarnaise and Macadamia Nut Pancakes with caramel bananas are top on my list for choices and I want them all! 

It’s always nice to know that a special children’s menu will also be available for $12.95, making this a memorable event that’s sure to delight the whole family.

Brunch will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 at locations nationwide, except Hawaii and Pebble Beach. To make reservations, please visit www.roysrestaurant.com as seating will be limited.

Don’t forget my favorite part of the meal!  A special cocktail to toast the occasion and your choices include a Mimosa, Blood Orange Screwdriver, or Hawaiian Martini. 

Don’t forget to call and reserve your table, for dinner on Easter Sunday, as you will also receive a $20 dining card to use during a future visit. We can’t wait to go back!

Roy’s Tampa

4342 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607 (Across from International Plaza)

(813) 873-7697

19 Mar 2016

Tampa Bay With Kids:  AirFest and Why You Should Go

No Comments Adventures, Family Time, Kids, Review, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized

If you are lucky enough to have the chance, take the whole family to MacDill Air Force Base for their annual AirFest. It will be a long day, but totally worth it and here’s why. 

  
    
    
  
A few things to remember: 

  • Bring a wagon and or chairs if you want to sit. No seating and little shade.
  • Be prepared to walk and use portable toliets.
  • It is hot so dress accordingly and wear sunscreen and hats!
  • You can bring in snacks!
  • The event is free.
  • Come early.
  • Bring your camera.