Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas at The Gaylord Palms + ICE!

Looking for a great Christmas activity to enjoy with the family this holiday season??
I've got the perfect one and all the details on what you need to know to make your trip a memorable one!!

Gaylord Palms Resort is your one-stop destination for all things, Christmas fun!

Thanks to Gaylord Palms Resort for having us for the media preview this week! We were grateful to join The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay for this exciting sneak peek of ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World and all the wonderful Christmas activities available in the Alpine Village!

Here's a look at all the fun that awaits:



Before we stepped into the icy 9 degrees, yes... you read that right- 9 degrees, we enjoyed a lovely show by the talented acrobats and dancers with Cirque Dreams Unwrapped! It was full of color and music and flying acrobats in the beautiful atrium of the Gaylord Palms! The boys loved it, especially the fun snowfall at the end!! :)



Following the show, we made it down to the Alpine Village, where we could throw snow balls, ride an indoor snow tube, and enjoy yummy donuts courtesy of Krispy Kreme!




And, did I mention we met Gingerbread cookies?? The boys loved them! A few of Charlie Brown's pals were also there, but they were stepping out for a cookie break, so hopefully you can catch them next time! Special visits with Mrs. Claus & the big man himself, Santa can be scheduled on your visit to Gaylord Palms Resort!

Onto the bone chilling 9 degrees!!! My Florida boys were game and we really enjoyed all the beautiful ice sculptures inside!!

**Important note: Bring your winter gloves, hats and extra layers! Although the wonderful staff provide parkas before entering, it was super helpful having a few layers on the boys underneath!



How about this amazing ice slide??


This year, Gaylord Palms & ICE! featured a new theme, Christmas around the world and it certainly did not disappoint! The entire exhibit is beautiful, freezing, but really beautiful! It's a must see for sure! Just don't forget those warm layers!! Hot Cocoa awaits you when you come out & lots of other activities too! A Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cookies with Mrs. Claus and even a chance to see Santa!


We had such a wonderful time visiting Gaylord Palms Resort! With so much to do, you'll have no trouble planning a fun day with the family for a Christmas experience you will remember for a long time!


Once again, a big thank you to Gaylord Palms Resort & The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay for having us to enjoy all the Christmas fun! 

Christmas at The Gaylord Palms & ICE! opens November 21st and will run until January 7th, 2018! For more information and tickets, visit ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Prose & Co Loves Annie & Daisy Co!!

I want to share this adorable little brand I found on Instagram awhile back and just fell in love!! So whimsy & smart and just cute, cute, cute!!

As a boy Mom, I struggle finding super cute, fun & comfortable tees that aren't character tees or just super loud colors! When I found, Annie & Daisy Co, I fell in love with her designs! And after reading about her story, I knew we were like minded Moms, destined to be friends!! ;-)

Check out these adorable designs by the uber creative Mom behind, Annie & Daisy Co!




I'm totally obsessed with these cute t-shirts & love that they're designed by a Mom!!! And did I mention, they're made in NYC??

So, hop on over and check them out!

And just for you my friends, head over to Annie & Daisy Co & pick up a couple onesies or tee's for your littles & receive a special discount!!

Use the coupon code: HOORAY20 at check out & receive 20% off! 

We've got a little poll going on in my Insta-stories on which t-shirt I should order for Max, because I want them ALL...so be sure to chime in & let me know what you think!!! :)

Which one is your favorite?? I'd love to know!!




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lego Ninjago Movie || 3 Things You Need To Know


If you have a little guy at home, chances are, you've heard of Lego Ninjago. If you haven't, you will. Lord Garmadon will make sure of it. (A little Ninjago humor) ;)

Lego Ninjago, is a popular TV series and Lego toys of teenage fighting ninjas, protecting and saving their home, Ninjago City! Like the Lego movies before it, The Lego Ninjago Movie, will inspire many little Lego fans to find their own inner 'piece' and quickly become a favorite for families and Lego fans of all ages! 

3 Things To Know About The Lego Ninjago Movie: 

  • Boys will love it. Mine are 6.5 and 3. There's ninja and kung fu fighting, but no blood or extreme violence.
  • Adults will laugh. I laughed out loud a few times actually. 
  • A positive message. The importance of courage and believing in yourself will hopefully, remain long past the movie theater. 
My boys really loved this movie. Jack, my oldest said his favorite part was all the action and the tea cup throwing! Max, my three year old said, "It was cool! More popcorn peeeesse!" :) 


And this Mom, agrees! It really was a great movie! Expect a few butt jokes and some crude humor, but the great soundtrack, 80's references & parental humor will make up for it! There's a great cast, including a cameo by Good Morning America stars in Lego form and did I mention the great music? Spoiler Alert!! Master Wu can play a mean flute jam!! ;)  We all left the theater giving the movie, two ninja thumbs up!! 




A big thanks to Legoland Florida Florida for inviting us to this early screening! I was instantly catapulted into the Coolest Mom Ever, for one night at least! :) 

The Lego Ninjago Movie, opens this Friday, September 22nd! 






Friday, June 30, 2017

The Art of The Brick

The new art scene in town...


Presented by the Vinik Family Foundation, this exceptional art installation by award winning artist, Nathan Sawaya is a must see! 

The Art of The Brick will run from June 23rd through September 4th. 

What you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • It's FREE! Thanks to the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation!
  • No reservations are necessary
  • The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
  • Parking will be available in the surrounding lots & street parking is available too!
  • Kids are welcome! (Just encourage them to be mindful not to touch the Lego art!)
The boys and I got a sneak peek before the doors opened on opening day and... 'Everything was AWESOME'!! We all enjoyed it & will be going back again very soon!! 


This cool, peace symbol, was one of my favorites! A little insider tip for you, the bricks used here, were actually Lego bricks donated from families all over the country! Instead of throwing them away, Sawaya recycled them into some of his artwork! Any piece you'll see with multi-colored bricks, are the up cycled Legos!! 


This piece, called Dinosaur, is the largest structure Sawaya has built yet. This T-Rex measures 20 feet in length and took 80, 020 bricks to build!! 




This piece, simply named, Yellow, is Sawaya's best-known piece. His inspiration, his own personal metamorphosis on his journeys. My boys, loved the explosion of Lego's in his chest! :) 


Life imitates art... These boys loved being thinkers, like our green friend! :) 


 And the best part of this exhibit for kids... The Brick Yard!! Before heading out, make time to stop and build your own Lego art! You can even leave your creation on display for others to enjoy and gather inspiration! My Master Builder, Jack proudly displayed his piece, The Mansion of the Brick.






Zeus, was specially designed for the Vinik Family by the artist, Nathan Sawaya! Go Bolts!!


The Art Of The Brick, has visited over 80 cities worldwide and now, Tampa!! Don't let the Summer get away with out a stop to this exhibit!! It's truly, amazing!! We'll be back soon to check out the pieces we missed, and maybe we'll see you there!! 

A big thanks to the friends at Art of the Brick Tampa for inviting us to enjoy a little VIP experience that day! 










Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Art coming to Tampa!!

Art is taking on a new shape!!! Lego bricks are taking over the art scene in Tampa!!!


 The Art of the Brick will be making a stop in downtown Tampa this Summer! This exhibit, generously presented by the Vinik Family Foundation will officially open it's doors on Friday, June 23rd and run through September 4th!

The Art of The Brick is a critically acclaimed collection of more than 100 inspiring works of art created by Nathan Sawaya and made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick.

This incredible exhibit will be free to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation, who brought us The Beach exhibit last year to Amelie Arena!

Stay tuned for a sneak peak & more details to plan your visit, coming very soon!!!
Follow me on Instagram/proseandcompany to catch a glimpse of the brick art, before the doors officially, open this Friday!!!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Family Day at Busch Gardens || Jack Hanna Weekend

As residents of Tampa, we have access to great theme parks and some of the best beaches within an hour's drive! Yes!! Love, Tampa Bay!

And Busch Gardens Theme Park, is even closer!! Only a 20 minute drive, we surprised the boys with a family day, to Busch Gardens!!
Our oldest had become a fan of Jungle "Jack" Hanna & his great show, Into the Wild! So, what better time to visit Busch Gardens than during Jack Hanna weekend!! With a huge thanks to some special people at Busch Gardens, we were able to attend a very special meet + greet brunch with Jack Hanna himself!

Our day started with a delicious brunch at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, in the park. While we awaited for Jack Hanna to arrive we enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet! Eggs, bacon, fruit, waffles-as big as the boy's heads, fried chicken and carving stations too! So, so good!! And you couldn't beat the view! Giraffes were roaming just below us in the Seregenti Plains!


On Jack's Summer bucket list, he insisted we go to the Columbus Zoo, home of Jack Hanna ;) To our surprise, COLUMBUS ZOO came to us!! And, they brought some baby animals to play with while we waited for Jack Hanna to arrive! What a special treat!! This staff, from the Columbus Zoo, were the sweetest! We'll make it there one day, but in the meantime, we so appreciate your kindness in showing us this baby leopard & the baby fox we met that day!

Jack Hanna arrives!!! 



This boy was over the moon excited!! And I couldn't help but grin, ear-to-ear, watching this interaction with the man of the hour, Jack Hanna! He spent a good amount of time with us,  giving our Jack some tips for when we do make it to Columbus Zoo one day & even tried to sneak a blueberry from Max's plate! He was exactly as you see him on his show, genuine and kind!



After brunch, we walked to the Stanleyville Theater inside Busch Gardens to catch Jack Hanna's live show with many of his favorite animals. It was super cool to see, a baby sloth, a giant chameleon and even adult cheetahs purring over the microphone!


 


We spent the rest of the afternoon roaming around the park! We rode the train and saw lots of animals! We watched crazy people ride scary roller coasters & even got soaked just watching SheiKra!!


For a moment, we thought we stumbled upon Te Fiti, from Disney's, Moana!



What an awesome time we had exploring Busch Gardens and meeting Jack Hanna! If you haven't visited Busch Gardens, or it's been a while, grab the kiddos and plan your visit soon! So many great things to check out! And, with the Preschool Card, your littles under 5, can get in free! Be sure to visit the link for more information!!! 

Hope you're enjoying your Summer! 
Stay tuned for some more family activities coming your way soon!!! 
Again, a very special thanks to the special people at Busch Gardens for helping to organize this great family day!! 


**All opinions and photos are my own. 
#sponsored #buschgardens 




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