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The Perks of Taking Kids To Your Local Farmer’s Market

Best Healthy Life, Food, Fun With Kids, Tampa

Something big on our list right now is fruits and veggies. We’ve been on this journey to better health for over a month now and besides seeing myself feel better, the best part is seeing my kids enjoy it all too. This week we ventured to two local farmer’s markets in Tampa and they were like kids in a candy store, minus the candy of course. I’m finding that visiting a farmer’s market with kids has it’s perks besides the obvious nutrition side!

Farmer's Market With Kids Hand Holding Red Pepper Helping Pick Fruit and Veggies

perks of going to a local farmers market with kids:

kids love food.

It seems like they can never get enough to eat so you can’t go wrong taking them to a place solely full of food. I can’t promise there won’t be a bite in an apple before you make it to the check out counter, but given the nature of the relaxed environment, I’m sure the cashier will understand. continue reading

Savoring Risotto At Brio Tuscan Grille

Food, Tampa

I just took a trip to Tuscany and didn’t even need my passport, can you believe it? Brio Tuscan Grille is certainly bringing Italy to you with their flavor packed seasonal Risotto menu. They invited the hubby and myself to come taste their drool worthy offerings and we couldn’t have been more impressed. We were stuffed to the brim and I might be counting down the minutes to lunch so I can eat my leftovers.

Brio Tuscan Grille Risotto Lobster Chicken Sweet Potato Beef Carpaccio Chocolate Lave Cake Bisque Tampa Food International Mall

Now through March 25th, you can savor the creamy taste of Sea Scallop Risotto, Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto, Shrimp & Lobster Tail Risotto and Salmon Risotto. Sharing our menu below, but you may want to go ahead and dial their number to make a reservation, because it was THAT good! continue reading

Savoring Summer: Kids Fashion Spotlight

Kids Fashion, Mom Life, Tampa
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but school starts in two weeks. Ugh. Yes, this momma is having a pity party. I know I can’t keep my kids all to myself forever, but I love the extra time I have with my oldest when she isn’t in school. I will wipe away my back-to-school-blues (for a moment) to look back on a few of my favorite moments and the cute kids summer fashion attire they were wearing while we lived it up. We still have time to squeeze in a few summery adventures and you bet I will bottle up every giggle, dance party and look of awe I can.

Kids Summer Fashion Curtis Hixon Park Downtown Tampa


kids summer fashion spotlight

One of my most favorite summer memories was when I had a date day with my girls to see The Little Mermaid on stage at the Straz Center. We pulled up to the top of the parking garage and it was empty, so this momma set the camera timer to catch the memory and we just danced. We laughed and laughed because we didn’t have any music, but made our own.

I L-O-V-E this new small shop I found online called Denise’s Boutique. Everything is majorly adorable and majorly affordable. I know that was a lot of emphasis, but I can’t say enough good things about their clothes. Although my girls are not afraid to play in the dirt, they also love to be girlie–so this pink off the shoulder to with headband (20.00)  and striped jumper (17.00) did the trick.

Mom Blog Tampa Downtown Mom and Kids Summer Fashion

Straz Center Little Mermaid Girls Clothing Striped Jumper and Pink Top

Tampa Art Museum Kids Fashion Jumper

Downtown Tampa Park Playground and Girls Fashion Top Off The Shoulder

Baby Chelle Leather Sandals For Kids Bow

Boys Graphic Tee Aint No Mama Like The One I Got

Can’t leave my little man out of the fashion fun! He was rocking this Ain’t No Mama Like The One I Got tee (22.00) at one of our trips to the zoo. Remember that affordable part I mentioned above? This tee comes with these light wash, fitted jeans and they are caaaauuute! His daddy may have even wished he had a pair in his size.

Lowry Park Tampa Carousel Zebra Kids Fashion Tee

baby chelle

Kids Leather Sandals Baby Chelle Girls and Boys Styles

These adorable sandals (37-39.00) by Baby Chelle have been with us all summer–that’s huge devotion from a pair of shoes. The zoo, the park, camping and everything in between–they’ve been there. They are super easy for the kids to get on themselves (what?! I know!) and not one complaint about their feet hurting on our busy adventure days. Hashtag mom win!

Mickey Mouse Striped Tee For Disney Trip


wolfpup threads

Stronger Than Fear Tee For Kids Wolf Pup Threads

With the twins being almost four, this summer had a lot of firsts as they are getting older.  That, and we finally feel (more) in control of our beautiful chaos enough to venture out more with all three. For sweet little reminders, I adore these Stronger Than Fear, Brave Explorer and Live For Today tees by Wolf Pup Threads (22-25.00).

Brave Explorer Wolf Pup Threads Graphic Boys Tee

Live For Today Tank For Kids

the pickled lemon

Giraffe Animal Beaded Necklace For Kids

Is there anything better to wear to the zoo than these sweet giraffe and panda necklaces (24.99) by The Pickled Lemon? I think not. Even the zookeepers and fellow mommas had to stop to see them.

Panda Necklace With Tassel For Girls

freshly picked

Freshly Picked, most known for their unbearably cute moccasins, has branched out into newer styles like these sandals, penny loafers, Mary Janes and even bow moccasins.  The girls love the buttery soft leather feel that keeps their toesies comfy as they run about. Styles run in the price range of 40-60.00 and will transition through many seasons to come.

piggy had tea

Living in Florida often means a trip to Mickey Mouse’s house during the summer. It can be to the theme parks, Disney Springs or in this case, camping at Ft. Wilderness. Given the magic that Disney always brings to everything including a camp ground, these tees from Piggy Had Tea (20.00) were a must. If you have a trip to Disney planned, their store has so many whimsical designs for the kids and even the parents (you know you want to, so just do it!).  Most styles have the option to add a bow, headband or monogram as well.

Kids Summer Fashion Small Shops

Well, if that picture doesn’t explain how much we’ve loved summer, I don’t know what will. We are sad to see it coming to an end, but will savor the memories. We might(well, for sure will) even take some of these cute clothes with us back to school.

Choosing Painting With A Twist For Date Day

Fun With Kids, Mom Life, Tampa
Being a big sister to twins can often be a hard job with two people trying to steal your toys and copy your every move–but today, being older had a perk. Since the twins are still working on their writing skills, a date day to Painting With  A Twist was the perfect choice for this budding artist. She loves to color intricate designs on paper, and even though the paint medium is a little different for her, we had a blast honing in on those skills. 


Easels at Painting With A Twist

Kids Painting Class Tampa

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Getting A Taste Of France In Tampa At Petit Piquant Patisserie

Fave Finds, Food, Tampa
Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn’t sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann–a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news, it’s a Tampa dessert! You don’t have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Petit Piquant Bakery in Tampa Florida Kouign Amann Pastry Butter Croissant
Tampa dessert hot spot, Piquant, is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won’t keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann…

Leaf Latte Art With Puff Pastry At Petit Piquant Tampa

Tampa Blogger Eating Puff Pastry Petit Piquant

Husband Enjoying Puff Pastry Petite Piquant

and just because…coffee, grilled cheese and doughnuts.

So the moral of this Tampa dessert spot butter filled story is…if you aren’t already in line waiting for your own Kouign Amann, you need to be! Put this baby in your GPS– 1704 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33607, and head that way!
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