We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest Tampa Bay Moms Blog team members! You’ll get to know them more over the next week as they share their first posts with you. Here’s a little insight into the newest Tampa Bay moms who are joining our team!
Alisha is a work-from-home mom who juggles real estate and marketing communications consulting businesses while trying to be an involved parent to her little wild man, Leo. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., she has been a Tampa-area resident for 10 years and has no plans to ever leave the sunshine. She loves vintage home decor and old-house character, dreams about DIY projects and enjoys good food, wine and social dining experiences. A Pasco County family, Alisha and her husband Diego love living the Florida lake life on their own little piece of paradise in Lutz. Follow her #LutzLakeLife and moments in motherhood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
What is your favorite thing to do in Tampa Bay? Sit among the cypress trees at sunset and relax by the lake with a glass of wine and my handsome husband by my side.
What are your guilty pleasures? Guava and cheese pastries. Pretty Little Liars. Taylor Swift’s music.
List a few things you can’t live without. God and my family, of course. Also, ice cream and country music.
What would your perfect day entail? Wake up slowly to the smell of café con leche and a fresh-baked guava and cheese pastry, preferably from Moreno Bakery in Brandon. Spend the morning searching for treasure at a vintage store or salvage shop. Follow that with a good lunch and an afternoon on the lake or at the beach with my family. To cool off, I’d share some ice cream with my son – lots of sprinkles for him! And I’d top the perfect day off with a bonfire and glass of wine by the lake.
What’s the best thing about being a mom? Being a mom motivates me to be a better person, a better version of myself. Being Leo’s mom is an amazing gift and it’s a privilege to get to guide a beautiful, innocent child through life. That inspires me to set a good example for him.
Amanda L. is a creative spirit and busy soul. She loves writing, being outdoors, and surfing social media. She has been married to her teammate for life for 6 years, Johnathan, who works in commercial maintenance. She is the mom of the 3 coolest boys in Tampa Bay, Mason (5), Lucas (3), and Jackson (1). She’s a 9th grade English and writing teacher in Hillsborough County and holds a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. She is originally from Mississippi but she and her family have called Tampa home for nearly 3 years. Her duties as “Mama” and her full-time teaching gig keep her pretty busy! As if that weren’t enough, she and her husband practice an untraditional form of homeschooling called Unschooling with their kids. People often ask her “how do you do it?!” but she simply dons her SuperWoman cape and gets the job done. Keep up with Amanda on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to learn more about parenting, unschooling, and the occasional recipe!
What is your favorite thing to do in Tampa Bay? ANYTHING outdoors with my kids! I love going to the beach, hiking, checking out museums, going to festivals, and exploring new areas.
What are your guilty pleasures? Tequila and exercising. I know those two things don’t sound like they go together, but a run in the afternoon makes me a better mom and a margarita at night allows me to relax after another long, draining day!
List a few things you can’t live without. I can’t live without my phone (seriously – my life is on that bad boy!).
I couldn’t live without my husband – he is my champion, my “strong” when I am weak.
I can’t live without budgeting and planning – the thought of week without a budget meeting and willy-nilly shopping makes me FREAK out!
I can’t live without salsa from Chili’s. It’s the best salsa!
What would your perfect day entail? My perfect day would start with being able to sleep in without bargaining with my husband. Being gently awoken later by breakfast in bed (protein-rich, not sweet!) would be phenomenal. Then, my family and I would spend the beautiful day near the water, without any injuries or any of my kids losing their minds. We’d have good music playing and great friends to hang out with, both for the adults and the kids! We’d top the day off by grilling out dinner (preferably steak) before heading home.
What’s the best thing about being a mom? The love. I feel adored by my children. They respect me and appreciate me (they tell me often, which I am thankful for). When I come home from work, they scream and run to the door to knock me over with love. They hug me and kiss me and sit on top of me… sometimes, it can be TOO much, but I’d never do life without them. The relationships we share are my favorite in the world.
Nina enjoys spending time with her husband of 3 years and 4 beautiful children. Together, Nina and Alvin have a blended family; Arre an 11 year-old soccer player, AJ an 8 year-old talented baseball player, Chloe the spunky “girly tomboy” is 2 years-old and they recently welcomed their 4 month old son, Jaxon in August 2015. She is a full time stay-at-home mother who is also a freelance editor. Nina enjoys the outdoors, working out, is an avid reader and loves to meditate. She attended the University of South Florida receiving her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences concentrating in Communication and Sociology. Follow her on instagram.
Dianelly is a full time baby’s cord blood stem cell educator with an entrepreneur spirit. She is originally from Medellin, Colombia, but has lived in Tampa Bay for the majority of her life. She married her high school sweet heart, Hector, who fully supports her in all of her crazy business ideas and have owned 3 businesses together. They were blessed with two beautiful and highly energetic boys; Gabby (5) and Miggy (2), who take up all of her free time and wake her up early on the weekends. Dianelly has a degree in Business and has put off owning her own business to completing her MBA and enjoying her family. When she makes it past the time all of her men are sleeping, you can find her researching holistic practices, natural remedies and healthy recipes.
What is your favorite thing to do in Tampa Bay? Enjoying the beautiful Florida weather at a family park/event and having a good healthy meal at a local restaurant.
What are your guilty pleasures? Starbucks, I can’t get enough chai lattes and sweet crepes from La Creperia Café, they don’t have gluten-free ones☹.
List a few things you can’t live without. My family, a comfy bed and pillow “I love sleeping…”
What would your perfect day entail? My perfect day would start off sleeping in with my boys (all 3 of them), where I am the first to wake up to take a shower and get ready at my own pace/leisure. When I come out ready, hubby would have they boys at the table and breakfast would be getting served. Then, hubby would volunteer to get the boys ready while I clean up the morning mess. After we’re all ready, we would get in our car and head to Orlando for a fun day at Disney. After leaving the park at night, the boys would fall asleep in the car and hubby and I will magically have energy to have a nice romantic dinner at a local Spanish restaurant.
What’s the best thing about being a mom? Witnessing how your little creations grow up every day and how much they love you. The laughs, the aggravations, the tears, the hugs, the kisses, the overloaded bed….
Jazmine is a single mother of 3 beautiful girls. While she works to maintain the home, she continues to pursuit her educational goals at Hodges University as a full time student. She enjoys reading, art, a meal on the beach, and has rediscovered her passion for running. She continues to learn and understand the importance of loving herself unapologetically. For her, this key is critical as it strengthens her relationship not only with her daughters but with others as well. You can catch her randomly dancing or singing horribly, in a public place just to bring some laughter to the world that surrounds her.
What is your favorite thing to do in Tampa Bay? I truly appreciate the number of activities and groups formed to serve families.
What are your guilty pleasures? Getting lost inside of a book, with no interruptions.
List a few things you can’t live without. God, my daughters, people, and coffee.
What would your perfect day entail? The perfect day for me is simple, a day where there is nothing on the schedule. We move at our own pace and we’re able to enjoy each other’s company, without crowds, with restriction, without noise, and maybe if I’m lucky a day where there is no need for conversations. Simple enjoy the presence of those I love, their company, and comfort, observing, and serving with sincerity. Sigh-My mind almost escaped me.
What’s the best thing about being a mom? I absolutely LOVE being a kid again! I enjoy being reminded, continuously that life is simple and full of love, forgiveness, and effort. My daughters do an excellent job at reminding me that it’s ok to live and not just be a machine that produces work and results.
Kathy’s family moved to Tampa when she was 5, and aside from a few years at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), she’s never lived anywhere else. From Gasparillas and Super Bowls, to hurricanes and the “snowstorm” of ’77, Kathy has seen it all. She’s Irish by heritage, Greek by marriage, and mom to one brilliant little boy. She’s an avid sports fan and recently lived her Disney-geek dream as a member of the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel. A former TV producer and PR pro, Kathy now proudly sports the title of stay-at-home mom. Follow her sports-loving, Disneyfied, Tampa-centric antics on Twitter.
What is your favorite thing to do in Tampa Bay? Anything on or near the water. The waterfront spaces in Downtown Tampa, like the Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Park and Channelside are among my favorites.
Leslie has lived in Seminole for a little over a year, following recent moves from South Florida and Philadelphia due to her clergy husband’s career. An attorney in a former life, she is now a stay-at-home mom to an energetic two year old, with another on the way. Leslie loves to travel, work on her fitness at the local YMCA, and catch up on movies and books whenever possible. When she finds a free moment, she enjoys writing for her blog at www.growingakid.com, which follows the ups and downs of her life.
Tricia is a full-time working mama of 2 energetic children (Luca 4 and Gia 1 ½). Weekends are spent at kid’s activities/sports, exploring new restaurants or at the pool/beach. But nothing is possible without her wonderful husband, Brent, who is a stay-at-home “Super-Dad”. Tricia earned her M.A. in Communication from Western Illinois University. She’s originally from Chicago and has a 12-year career in Human Resources. She’s lived across the US, most recently Raleigh, NC and now the Tampa Bay area with her family. In her spare time, Tricia loves crafting, baking, and aspires to be a published author.
What is your favorite things to do in Tampa Bay? I love going out to great restaurants! For a date night or with kids, Bartaco in Hyde Park is perfect! If we have a sitter, definitely Boca or for an extra special occasion – Ciro’s Speakeasy.
What are your guilty pleasures? A celeb magazine and Toblerone chocolate.
List a few things you can’t live without. My phone, a black sharpie pen and my camera (along with hard drive – because my camera and memory card are always full).
What would your perfect day entail? Brunch with my family (with HOT coffee, unlike my usual weekday mornings), then a relaxing facial & pedi. Once I’ve had a few hours of “me time”, I’m re-charged and ready to enjoy the rest of the day with my husband & kids. Later that evening, put on comfy clothes – pick out a movie – and call it a night!
What’s the best thing about being a mom? When I walk in the door after a long day at work and hear 2 happy kids running to the door yelling “mommy, mommy”.