05 May 2017

How to Host a #DisneyKids Fit Kids PLAY Date

No Comments 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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31 Mar 2017

Nature is Our Best Teacher: Florida’s Learning Lab + A Visit to Crystal Springs with Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water

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Nature will always be our best teacher! This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. All opinions are my own!

Crystal Springs Florida

 

I love finding places where my kids and I can learn about the world around them. We love exploring Florida and all the diverse ecosystems that our right in our backyard. A friend of mine had told me about a field trip her son’s class had to Crystal Springs Preserve and I had to check it out for myself! I love finding new road schooling destinations that I can share with others too! Thanks to Karen Pate, Vice President of Crystal Springs Preserve and Kent Koptiuch, Zephyrhills Brand Natural Resource Manager for the amazing tour of Crystal Springs Preserve. We will most definitely be back soon!

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19 Feb 2017

Last Call for Florida Prepaid College Fund for 2017 || Tampa Mama

No Comments Education, Florida, Gift Ideas, Kids, Raising Children

Because we are their number one fans. We believe in them so that they can believe in themselves.

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Tampa Mama

We are always there cheering them on every step of the way. Giving them the encouragement to dream big and always reach for the stars.

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15 Feb 2017

Flatout #FlatoutLOVE Recipe Inspiration|| Tampa Mama

No Comments Cooking, Healthy Living

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 on the #FlatoutLOVE inspired by you campaign!

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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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01 Dec 2016

How to Live Life to the Fullest with Meta Daily Energy Support

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14 Oct 2016

Energy for New York City: The City That Never Sleeps || Tampa Mama

No Comments Family Travel, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, New York City, Sponsored, Travel

New York City

META InfluencerMy oldest children are in their pre-teen years. Last Christmas, we tried something new. My daughter had been constantly on us for a trip to NYC. I travel for work often to the City and she’s always wanting to tag along. Last Christmas, she opened a ticket to NYC. I didn’t give her the date (although you could do that too) but more the promise that we will plan a trip together and the visit.  The gift of travel and more experiential gifts area becoming more popular with our kids. They have come to the understanding that these trips do cost money and they have started to choose the experience over the toy. I’m loving that they are making that choice themselves too!

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20 Sep 2016

Simple Strategies Make Sure Back-to-School Germs Don’t Take the Family Down

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I’m a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

Back to school means our kids will be sharing germs in no time. Germs are something we don’t want to share with anyone! With 4 kids in our house, I try my hardest not to let the domino effect take place because when one goes down, they all seem to fall one right after the other. And the bigger we are, the harder we fall. I try my best to educate and teach the kids simple things that they can do to keep the germs away and stay healthy. It might not seem like a lot, but these are ways to make sure that the whole family will stay healthy and back to school germs (or any germs for that matter) won’t take the family down!

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Washing your hands. Most kids are in such a hurry to get out of the bathroom they forget to wash their hands. Yuck! It really only takes 15 to 20 seconds and some soap and water to kill germs and bacteria that can make you sick. I try reminding them that they should also be washing hands before they eat or after a fun day of playing at the playground. It’s such a simple thing to do, but the most effective in keeping the germs away!

Mom & Dad need to stay healthy, too! We set the tone for our kids. If they see us take our vitamins and eat healthy, they will too. Keeping our immune system healthy is truly the first line of defense to keeping our whole family healthy. We take Meta Daily Immune Support that helps naturally support a healthy immune system*. Trillions of bacteria in your digestive system can be thrown off by diet, travel, or stress So supporting your immune system really matters. I want to be as prepared as I can be to take care of my family and every day life.

Kids need to stay healthy from the inside out! Eating a healthy breakfast, getting enough sleep and taking care of our bodies are our first lines of defense in keeping the germs away. We make sure all the kids get enough sleep, especially when they are waking up so early for school. With the kids getting older and wanting to stay up later, this has been challenging. Routines work well for us: reading before bed; no electronics before bed; a good breakfast in the morning.

META Tampa MamaHave stress free mornings. Did you know that stress can actually weaken your immune system? Kids shouldn’t be stressed. But it’s easy (and unintentional) to over schedule and frazzle your child. Homework and studying is done before we begin any after school activity. We organize backpacks the night before. Get our clothes laid out for the morning. Make lunches the night before, too. All of these simple steps help us have a smooth and stress-free morning. I also make sure that I am up early so that I can set the tone for the morning by being prepared and on time. Having a stress free morning will help keep their immune system strong and can fight off the germs from the inside out!

 

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It’s the little things that can make a huge difference in our health! If kids learn now, they will create habits to last a life time!

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27 Apr 2016

Let Kids Cook: Teaching Kids Cooking Skills 

1 Comment Cooking, Lifestyle, Raising Children

This post is sponsored.

It’s easy to say, “No, not now.” “Later.” “Next time.” But then, its next weekend, and then it’s next month. Then it’s next season. And now they’ve lost interest.

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22 Oct 2015

Slow Cooked Meals from Bob Evans are Perfect For This Busy Mama

No Comments Ad, Adventures, Dining Out, Review, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Tampa Restaurants

Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!

I love to cook. I truly enjoy cooking a slow meal that we can all enjoy together. We go to the farmers markets on weekends. We cook together. The kids enjoy being a part of making the meal. It’s time we spend together hopefully making memories that my kids will  one day share with their kids.

But life with four kids isn’t always as easy a Sunday morning. We have homework, baseball practice, gymnastics, Girl Scouts. I work full time and so does my husband. I try to be mindful of meals by planning in advance, prepping them the day before and using leftovers wisely. But our kids have grown to really enjoy a fresh, slow cooked homemade meal.

  

I was introduced to Bob Evans Restaurants when we would travel with my family from Milwaukee to Tampa. I honestly haven’t been back in years, but that’s soon to change. They really understand me. They get I’m busy and just can’t do it all. Some days I need a break. Just a break to sit down, talk with my kids and take to work out of the delicious meal. Sometime is good to let someone else do the cookin’ and especially of the food will be just like Mama used to make.

  

The 3 course dinners now available remind my kids of my cooking and our Sunday Suppers. It’s nice to know that any night of the week, when school, work and life get to hectic, we can drop by for a visit where we can slow down, relax, enjoy a slow cooked homemade meal, just like I would have cooked.

My kids loved the pot road and the broasted chicken dinner. With so many sides to choose from, picky eaters can celebrate. Add fresh bread and a salad, and dinner is done!

A little insiders tip is to visit with the family on Tuesday because kids eat free with the purchase of an adult menu. (See store for full rules.)
I’ll definitely be signing up for emails and taking advantage of their specials.

It’s nice to know that places like Bob Evans are there to help busy parents like us. We can’t wait to visit Bob Evans again!