The Perfect South Tampa Date Night

The Perfect South Tampa Date Night

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may remember seeing me stuffing my face in South Tampa last week.  I was invited to experience a progressive dinner with other Tampa Bay Bloggers at Roux, Datz and Dough.  Before we start talking about the food I have a confession to make, I've never been to South Tampa before!  I've been in the Bay for almost 10 years and rarely make it downtown and have never ventured to the MacDill/South Tampa area.  I'm already planning my next trip and this time I'm taking my husband out for a date!! Even though I didn't get to take him with me, I would love to take him on a progressive dinning experience so he can sample food from all three of these great South Tampa restaurants. What is a progressive dinner?  Think of it like a 3 course meal, but at different restaurants.  Appetizers and drinks at Roux, dinner at Datz, and dessert at Dough.  You could mix it up anyway you like, but this worked out perfectly since Datz and Dough are next to ... [ Read More ]

Music & Your Child

Music Together Tampa

This post is sponsored by Music Together Teacher Training in Tampa, March 20-22nd.  What role does music play in the life of your children?  I'm sure that music has been part of your own life as far back as you can remember.  For our family, music consists mostly of songs we hear on the radio.  We don't censor the radio stations too much, so the kids end up signing and dancing along to whatever is popular.  I don't mind listening to kids stations but you'll never find them on in my husbands car. I remember when my son was little, we would attend a Mommy & Me (or daddy) type music class at a play area near us.  It was mostly a "mommy" outing that we would go to with our local playgroup.  There were fun little songs that they sang to the kids, gestures and dances that went along to each one, and even some musical instruments for the kids to play with.  It's been almost 9 years since we attended one of those classes and you may still catch me singing one of the songs.  I ... [ Read More ]

Ringling Bros. Circus XTREME Tampa

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  The Circus... Acrobatics... Clowns... Human Cannonball... BMX... Contortionists... Tightrope Walkers... Elephants... Tigers... Popcorn... Cotton Candy... Smiles... Laughs... That pretty much sums up our day at the Circus! The performers were XTREME and put on a fabulous show for us today in Tampa.  This was the first time in at least 25 years that I've seen a Ringling Bros. Circus and it was pretty close to what I remembered as a child.  The acrobatics were stunning.  The clowns were silly.  The ariel performances were amazing.  The energy from the performers was over the top! As I watched the circus through the eyes of my own children I'm reminded that sometimes we just need to laugh and be silly.  I'm hoping that 2015 is full of laughter and fun with my family.  Today was a good start to laughing more.   We'd like to thank Ringling Bros. and the Amalie Arena for inviting us to be part of the circus today. ... [ Read More ]

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to Ringling Bros. Circus XTREME at Amalie Arena Tampa #RinglingBros #Ad

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I have many fond memories as a child taking the trip into the city to see the Circus with my family. It was a big deal for us as a kid to see the show, eat popcorn and cotton candy, and to talk my parents into some over-priced souvenir.  We only went 2-3 times as a kid but I remember how big everything was under the big tent! Fast-forward to my life as a parent and neither of my kids have ever seen a circus.  My oldest is 11 and we've talked about it several times but just never made it to a show.  My youngest will be turning six in January and the circus just happens to fall over her birthday weekend!  What better time to take the kids to their first circus. Thank you Feld Entertainment & Amalie Arena for providing complimentary passes for the show so we can make these memories with our children. Interesting facts about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Did you know that the first Ringling Bros. Circus was back in 1907?  James Bailey and P.T. Barnum ... [ Read More ]

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Hockey – Tampa Bay Lightning

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It's no secret that our family loves sports.  Our primary love is college football (go Dawgs!!), but we have fun watching just about any sporting event.  It's been quite a while since we've been to a hockey game, so I was excited when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena invited me to be their social captain a few weeks ago.  I wanted to share with you just a few of our favorite moments from the night and 10 reasons why we love the Bolts!  #1: Social Media Captain - What's not to love about a sports team who is social and engages with their fans over social media.  On game nights, Twitter and Instagram are filled with several different #hashtags from fans attending the game.  The Bolts & Amalie Arena have a very interactive program and hold lots of contests for their social fans.  As the Social Media Captain, we got to show the fans a little more about the team and the arena - from behind the scenes! #2: Behind the scenes experience - When we arrived we were met ... [ Read More ]

New @ California Pizza Kitchen Tampa #NewCPK #TBBloggers #Ad

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I have found an amazing group of Tampa area bloggers and was fortunate enough to be invited to an event with California Pizza Kitchen.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen me sharing pictures during the day of our event.  California Pizza Kitchen in Tampa (International Mall) treated us like royalty and let us taste some of their favorite appetizers, cocktails, main plates, and desserts.  They also treated us with gift certificates to bring our families back to try out their new menu items.  I want to thank Denise with Tampa Bay Bloggers (and RunDMT blog) for organizing the details of the event with California Pizza Kitchen; I don't think I've laughed this hard in a long time. ...and my stomach still hasn't recovered! I ate so much food that day, I think I left 5 lbs heavier. This group photo of all of us (minus Marisa who had to leave early) is one of my favorite photos from the day.  Take a look at the wall behind us which is made from recovered wine ... [ Read More ]

Tampa’s Bump, Baby & Beyond Event – October 22nd (Giveaway)

Bump Baby Beyond Tampa

Do you live in the Tampa Bay area? Are you a new mom, expecting mom, or soon-to-be mom? You absolutely have to attend the Tampa Bay Moms Blog - bump, baby & beyond event on October 22nd. Why should you attend? Every attendee will receive tasty treats, sweets, chair massages, swag bags, tickets for the raffle prizes, and Q&A sessions with baby educators from around the Bay.  Did I mention swag bags already?? When & Where? October 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. (In Carrollwood) Guess what else?  I'll be there hosting the Intro to Cloth Diapers table/session sponsored by Kelly's Closet, Thirsties, Rumparooz, Spray Pal, Balm Baby, and Project Pomona!!  I'll be there to answer any questions you may have about cloth diapers.  I'll have product samples available so you can decide if cloth diapering is an option for your family.  Plus, at the end of the event, I'll be including several of the samples in the raffle!! Enter to win 2 tickets to ... [ Read More ]

What Makes a Lennar Home “Mommy Certified?” #MommyCertified

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lennar Tampa. The opinions shared are my own. For the past few months I've been working on the Mommy Certified campaign with Lennar Homes of Tampa.  Before I started working on this campaign I wondered, "what exactly is a Mommy Certified home?" Think about all of the things on your dream home "wish list" and this is probably what a Mommy Certified home includes.  Take a few minutes and watch this short video about what I think a Mommy Certified home is. To view on YouTube: http://youtu.be/04mU9eEPReM To summarize the video's main highlights: 1. A Mommy Certified home should be in your perfect community.  What do you look for in a new home community? Conservation lots, community pools, play grounds, or centrally located to a popular city.  Lennar Homes communities are located nearby all the major parts of Tampa and surrounding areas. 2. Spacious Floor Plans.  We all need a little more space in a home don't we?  Even in the smaller ... [ Read More ]

Winter Has Hope #DolphinTale2

Senior trainer Abby with Winter and Hope

Did you know that Dolphin Tale 2 the movie is coming out September 12th?  I had the honor to be invited to a press junket this weekend in Tampa.  I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me it was all a dream. We started the weekend with a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  During the tour, David Yates (CEO of the aquarium) sat down with us to tell us the story of Winter, Hope, and the Dolphin Tale movies.  We also got to talk with one of the senior dolphin trainers, Abby Stone.  Both of these individuals shared with us why Winter and Hope are inspirational to so many people and how the aquarium continues to work in the local community to protect the wildlife. David started by sharing with us that the aquarium has actually been around since the early 70's in it's current location.  Did you know that the aquarium use to be a waste water treatment facility?  The primary mission of the aquarium has always been ... [ Read More ]

Mommy Certified Lennar Homes Tour Tampa #MommyCertified

Lennar Homes Tampa #MommyCertified

What makes a home “Mommy Certified?”  I am fortunate to be working with the team at Lennar Homes in Tampa on their Mommy Certified campaign and last week they took a group of us on a tour of their newest communities.  We toured the K-Bar Ranch single-family homes and the Meadow Pointe townhomes in New Tampa, just north of Tampa. Their team of New Home Consultants explained what makes a Lennar Home “Mommy Certified!” Mommy Certified is a campaign by Lennar that highlights the features of a home that moms would be excited about.  When you think about some of the features that would make raising a family easier what comes to mind?  To start off, Everything’s included.  Luxury features, home automation, and environmental features are included in your new home with no extra costs.  The design features and attention to detail have really caught all of the key areas that will make parenting just a little bit easier. About the communities: K-Bar Ranch is their newest home community in ... [ Read More ]