What’s In Your Bag?

Purse

Remember that game show where you could win 100s of dollars if you happened to have some random object in your purse? I'm ready to play because my bag has it all! Who can relate? When it comes down to it, there are just a few MUST HAVE items in my purse. Not including my keys and phone, I (try to) always have 3 certain things in my bag to avoid behavior issues, keep my sanity and help me to not forget things. I recently shared my list and why I keep each item in my bag on ... [ Read More ]

Breakfast in the Keys, Key Largo Conch House Does It Right

Key Largo Lobster Benedict

Family friendly dining is a must, especially on vacation. The Key Largo Conch House is a great spot in the Florida Keys to have an affordable great meal with top-notch attentive service, within an atmosphere that really doesn’t mind if your toddler is crying or your 6 year old knocks over her chocolate milk. If your vacation itinerary has some room for a good meal in Key Largo, you must take some time to enjoy a great dish at the Key Largo Conch House. I recently headed to the Key Largo ... [ Read More ]

Traveling with the Family

Organized Travel

We travel with the kids, often. In our many travels I've gained quite of bit of tricks to make our travels run a smoothly as possible.  This month on TampicoIsColor.com I share three tips for staying organized when traveling with the family. One that is a must for us is the "luggage hamper." End the days of, "Mom, where do I put my dirty underwear?" during your vacation. Keep a suitcase open on the ground in the closet of your hotel room. All dirty clothes goes in there. Zip it up ... [ Read More ]

Ordering First Communion Invitations

First Communion Invitations

Planning a First Holy Communion can be a daunting task. This very special occasion deserves all the special trimmings. From ordering First Communion invitations to the food to the party entertainment, you want your child's ceremony and reception to be just perfect. This year my oldest will receive her First Holy Communion. It's going to be a big fare! Three cousins will also receive their communion that day so we have decided to celebrate together! Alongside my first cousins, we ... [ Read More ]

Make a Local Spring Break

Zoo Miami Staycation

No need to get plane or train tickets! Just gas up the car or even get aboard your local public transportation and make it a Local Spring Break! Yes, weather has been a bit more frigid and snowy this year in many parts of the country but that doesn't mean families can't experience their local hood like real tourists! It's time to go to the zoo, children's museum, an interesting restaurant and more this spring break! This month on TampicoIsColor.com I share different ways to experience ... [ Read More ]

Make Shopping an Education Activity

Tampico Is Color

Yes, we often need to bring the kids with us to the stores. We dread it and they like it even less. I've found some ways to make that hour going up and down the aisles a bit of a (hidden) educational fun!  I have recently shared on TampicoIsColor.com (http://tampicoiscolor.com/grocery-store-learning) 4 ways that I and I hope soon you too, can add in some math, social studies, and even a bit of handwriting activities during a grocery shopping trip.  Read through my suggestions and ... [ Read More ]

How I Support Champions for Kids

Champions for Kids

I was recently invited to support a new campaign that was being brought to our local Walmart, Champions for Kids. I needed to identify a non-profit who could benefit from receiving donations throughout the year to support the people they serve. I knew right away that I had to contact my very good friend Lesley.  This mom of 4, dedicates her life to support moms and families in both her career and personal life. She is one of those friends who is always willing to lend a hand when ... [ Read More ]

A Typical Cuban Breakfast

Cuban Breakfast

"When in Rome" is a saying I try to adhere to in our travels. If you are traveling to South Florida, particularly Miami, you must enjoy traditional Cuban cuisine. From una medianoche sandwich to una tosatada to ropa vieja to una frita visitors must enjoy the savory flavors of the island that are now replicated, quite perfectly, in the states. A Cuban breakfast just like the Cubans on Calle Ocho or even Havana bring a coffee and buttered bread to a whole new level. A Cuban breakfast is ... [ Read More ]

Valentines Day in Miami, Ideas for Couples

Valentine's Day in Miami

The most romantic night of the year is upon us. Valentine's Day in Miami has the potential to be incredibly romantic for the moms & dads living in South Florida. Driving towards the beach, eating a delicious dinner and maybe even spending the night (without kids) at a swanky hotel, sounds like a perfect night. Or maybe getting the babysitter even earlier and finding sometime to relax in the spa or let your husband sneak away and hit a few rounds of golf, or maybe he'll even spa ... [ Read More ]

The Act of Gratitude, It’s Our’s to Teach

Gratitude

You know the moment I'm thinking of - the moment when your son/daughter are handed a gift from a friend - and then nothing happens. Those next few seconds are very important. Showing gratitude, like, "Thank you Aunt Sally for the gift!" is what we want to hear. But does it always happen? I recently shared my experience on teaching the act of gratitude to children on TampicoIsColor.com. I encourage you to visit the post and read about the three primary ways for our children to show gratitude ... [ Read More ]