Tampa With Kids: The Columbia Restaurant A Magnificent Family Experience

We visited  the Columbia Restaurant on our recent family vacation to Tampa as part of a press trip to discover all the best things to do in Tampa With Kids and part or all of our meal was complimentary. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.    The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is a …

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Tampa With Kids: Where To Stay In Downtown

My family was provided a complimentary stay at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk as part of a press trip to Tampa to uncover the best things to do in Tampa With Kids.   We have been to Tampa attractions like Busch Gardens, the Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Aquarium before but on this 3 day …

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Carnaval del Mar a Celebration of Nature and Latino Culture at the Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa celebrated it’s first annual Carnaval del Mar this past weekend and I received complimentary tickets to attend the festivities as part of a press trip.This is part of of my series of articles: Tampa With Kids.    We had visited the Florida Aquarium a couple of times in the past …

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Cayo Costa: An Island of Enchanting Natural Beauty

Cayo Costa also known as La Costa Island, a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and is considered one of the best places for shelling in the world. Nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps make this barrier …

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The New Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation Show a Must See at Busch Gardens

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Busch Gardens to attend the first presentation of their newest show: Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation this past weekend and it was an awesome experience.      During this past weekend Busch Gardens Tampa was abuzz celebrating the premier of it’s new and highly anticipated show: Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation.  …

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Sanibel Sea School: Teaching Kids to Fall In Love With the Ocean

During our recent trip to South Seas Island Resort my children had the opportunity to attend Sanibel Sea School free as part of a press trip. Dedicated to teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems Sanibel Sea School is located in Sanibel Island with a second campus inside the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva.  The …

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Blueberry Picking at Berry Best Farms

I have been attempting to go berry picking since I moved to Southwest Florida 11 years ago. This past week I received a tip that Berry Best Farms expanded their picking hours due to their large crop of sun ripened organic blueberries. I, at last, jumped at the opportunity. With the promise of a fresh baked blueberry pie for …

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Golden Baby Shoe Awards Call for Nominations

Do you remember that comforting Labor and Delivery Nurse that held your hand when you delivered your baby? How about that special social worker who helped your family member with their new baby? What about the neonatologist who cared for your premature baby who is now growing strong? Take the time to help us recognize …

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Once Upon A Bean Artisan Chocolates

When I was embarking on my college career my uncle told me to touch, taste and try everything in this world. He told me, “It is the only way to live.” I try my best to take his advice, especially when it comes to food. This spring I was strolling through the Lakes Park Farmer’s …

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Carnaval del Mar at The Florida Aquarium: A Sea of Colorful Activities

  On May 19th. The Florida Aquarium in Tampa will be celebrating the First Annual Carnaval del Mar presented by Verizon! Colorful costumes, stilt walkers, acrobats, capoeira dancers, hula hoop performers, and oversized sea creatures entertain carnaval guests throughout the day with audience participation encouraged. Learn all about sea life by participating in an adventurous …

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