Hey, Mom and Dad- It’s not your fault.

By: Taylor Arellano

I was a brand new Mom with a sweet little newborn boy. He was the center of my whole world, my iPhone was filled with nothing but pictures of him throughout every part of our day no matter how insignificant. I lived and breathed for every involuntary smile, coo, and wiggle.

Like any new Mom, I spammed my Facebook news feed with pictures of my new baby all day, every day. I was so proud of this little life Zach and I had brought into the world, and I wanted to share his never ending cuteness (no matter how insignificant the photo really was) with the whole world.

So, the day I received a Facebook message in regards to a picture I posted of a photo of my then 2 month old son still makes me question myself to this day…

I had just started my transition out of the Military and was home often by myself with Isaac. Being a brand new, young Mom I was learning how to balance home chores with trying to feed and please a newborn, as well as apply for new jobs, buy a new home, and more. These days were absolutely crazy to say the least.

One day, Isaac was especially fussy, and I distinctly remember it was a day where I needed to be on the phone to talk to the lenders for the home we were purchasing. Wondering if it would work, I turned on a quiet T.V. Channel and placed Isaac in his bouncer in front of the T.V. Stand to occupy him while I was on the phone. To my surprise, it worked, and I actually thought it was cute that my 2 month old was so entertained by a completely random T.V. show, so of course I snapped a pic and uploaded it to Facebook thinking how cute it was that my newborn was just lounging around watching a morning talk show.

It wasn’t but a couple hours later that I signed into Facebook to find a private message from an old High School classmate that I had not even remembered speaking to in at least 8 years. But what was even more shocking, was the context of her message.

In short, the message basically read that she was attending College to be an early childhood educator, and she wanted to advise me that letting young children watch television was extremely damaging to their development and that my “adorable son”  (Yeah, she tried to bring me a up a little before she kicked me down) could actually end up with a speech delay or other cognitive disabilities. There was a lot more detail and degrading comments in her message, but I will spare you those.

Immediately, I felt awful. I was a brand new Mom, I had no idea what I was doing. Was that hour of T.V. going to damage his ability to speak in a couple of years? When is he allowed to start watching T.V.? Why do they even make those baby shows? The questions in my head were endless, but I knew that I did not want to ask this “friend” the answers to these questions because I felt degraded and dumb.

Fast forward 18 months later. Isaac is diagnosed as Speech Delayed.

If you don’t think that message from my former classmate popped into my head, think again.

Zach and I were sad, we were worried, we felt so bad. Did we do something wrong? Were we failing Isaac in his development? We by no means used the T.V. as a babysitter, we played outside with him, we played games with him, we read books. Was this still somehow our fault?

The short answer to those questions- NO.

We were assured by our pediatrician, speech therapists, hearing evaluation specialists and more that THESE THINGS HAPPEN. We were good parents.

I am a believer in science and medicine, I am a Nursing Student myself, and I know there is a clinical basis for almost everything. I know that there are predisposing factors for illnesses, developmental delays, etc.

…But I also know that I am a good Mom. Zach is an amazing Dad. Our Son is a healthy and curious little boy, and his speech development is a work in progress that we see improvements in DAILY. We are doing our best as parents, and Isaac is doing his best too.

It took a long time for me to stop blaming myself. I would think back on the message from my old classmate and wonder if this was my fault. If the occasional Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode made my little boy incapable of speaking at an age appropriate level. If I should have taken our T.V. and completely left it in the garage for 3 years since according to an early education STUDENT ” a child should see no T.V. until age 3″.

I need to add that I am in no way trying to discredit the knowledge of this person. I am sure she knew a lot about the subject. I also understand that television and other factors do have significant effects on a child’s development. That is not the point here though.

I wondered if that classmate (who had no children) knew what it was like to be so burnt out from being home with an 11 month old for 7 days straight and had 1 shower in that time frame- knew what it was like to just need 30 minutes of quiet so she could be a better Mom.

In addition to understanding that we cannot blame ourselves, we also need to think about how our words may affect another parent. Whenever I feel like I have a piece of advice for another parent, I stop first. I think about how I felt when I got that Facebook message.

Is saying this going to make them feel inferior in their parenting skills and decisions? Is saying this going to be helpful? Am I going to make him/her feel like they have done something wrong? Am I stealing this Mom’s joy right now?

OF COURSE- if a child’s safety or well-being is in danger, there are appropriate ways to intervene. But unless you have A LOT and I mean A LOT of probable cause to think someone is really affecting their child’s well-being, we have to think twice before we hand out unsolicited advice to parents.

The words of someone completely insignificant to my family’s life had a lasting impact on me.

Be a good friend. Be a good fellow parent. But be considerate.

And to my fellow Mom’s and Dad’s with a child who may be needing some extra help in one or more areas of development, hang in there. Progress comes with time, and I know very well how the wait for signs of progress can seem like ages. Be gentle on yourself, and on your child. The first time they call you “Mama” or “Dada” with true recognition and affiliation with the word, you will cry. That first “I love you” will make your heart burst, and it is so worth the wait.

 

 

 

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My Breastfeeding Journey…

 By Jennifer Stroble

At some point in raising their child, every parent has wished they came with a manual. Don’t try to deny it. The next best thing to a manual is a tribe or support system. The kind of people that won’t judge you for wanting wine at 10:00 am, because your child cried for two hours after you gave him the wrong colored cup at lunch time. These type of people are there to lift your spirits during troubling times, and generally make your life more enjoyable.

I found my tribe, also known as my mom’s group; when my oldest son, Keagan, was just shy of a year old. They have since kept me sane in times I thought I needed to go to a loony bin. I needed them most when Oliver, my last baby was born in September. That’s when all hell broke loose in my life.

Seven months ago, I had no idea what  was in store for my son and I. We endured a whirlwind of ups and downs. We’ve overcome jaundice, torticollis, and hospitalization for bronchiolitis. Although, nothing will compare to my current struggle: breastfeeding.

Throughout my entire pregnancy I told myself, and anyone who’d listen, that I’d breastfeed exclusively for a minimum of one year. My breastfeeding journey with his older brother came to a halt after three weeks due to illness and a less than ideal support system. I was determined to have better success this time around at providing my son’s nutrition, and having those special bonding moments with him.

My inner circle of friends tried to prepare me for my journey ahead. They tried to teach me that there would be many struggles, and that breastfeeding wasn’t going to be easy. It’s something you have to constantly work towards, but in the end would be worth every frustration. Some mothers have struggles latching or dealing with reflux, forceful letdowns, clogged milk ducts, and more. Not to mention, the sleepless nights and insatiable hunger.

However, none of them could prepare me for what I was about to withstand.

Oliver was born September 17th, 2015. Those first few moments were a blur. I remember crying from overwhelming amount of joy that he was here, and being in pure bliss with my baby boy. By the time I was discharged from the hospital 36 hours later, those tears had turned dark. I was beyond sleep deprived because my sleep cycle only occurred once every 30 minutes, if I was lucky. Trying to feed my child was becoming a nightmare the more I tried.

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Oliver was miserable. He’d cry nonstop, nothing would calm him.  I was told by the doctor that he may have a tongue tie and to get it evaluated. I found myself at Dr. Sierra’s office, in Tampa,  the following day for a free consultation. As it would turn out, he had the “most obvious” lip AND tongue tie that Dr. Sierra had ever seen. He encouraged me to feed him right after the lip and tongue tie revision, to help comfort him. I noticed a difference almost immediately. It no longer hurt as badly to feed him, and a weight had been lifted.

I battled with everything my friends warned me about: the sleepless nights, the hunger, the never ending nursing sessions and more. One thing nobody had warned me about though, was food intolerance and other food sensitivities while breastfeeding. If I ate something that the baby didn’t digest well, how would I know? Would he grow horns? Cry like he’s dying? Would he bleed? Get rashes? I had no clue. I had limited knowledge with food intolerance.

At six weeks old, I was proud to have made it that long, still being his source of nutrition. After all, it was an important milestone. Most mothers give up within the first six weeks. In that time though, Oliver had always had diarrhea, and it was almost always green. It would range from neon, to ninja turtle green. He was severely moody, spitting up, gassy, and just over all unpleasant. The doctors suggested I go dairy free.

Goodbye, ice cream. Farewell, cheese. See you later, yogurt. Smell you later, baked goods.

I found myself crying during most feeding sessions. After all, it was my milk that made his tummy so upset. I was doing my best, but it just didn’t feel good enough at that moment. His pediatrician and the lactation consultants at Baby Café, said it could take upwards of another six weeks before I saw a drastic improvement in his stools and overall attitude.

As time went by, I was second guessing myself more, and more. I’d think to myself, am I eating the wrong stuff? Am I over-thinking his poop? Could there be another cause? I was feeling so out of my element. At his three month check-up, they still found microscopic traces of blood in his diarrhea. I was told to eliminate soy as well as dairy. The world of processed foods had instantly vanished. No more late night munchies of Oreos and milk, or quick take out from our favorite fast food joint. Convenience was a luxury, and I no longer had it.

I went another six weeks of trial and error. At this point, Ollie is now 4½ months old. I had become what I would consider a master at examining infant poop. This is not a title I’d want on my resume. My silver lining was that he was noticeably happier on a day to day basis. Other than his runny number twos, he was a perfectly happy and healthy baby. He was gaining a slow but steady amount of weight, which was the only thing keeping the doctors (and myself) happy.

I hit a rock wall, as I knew there was still something wrong with my baby.  I was begging and pleading for answers. No one could tell me why he had diarrhea. I was fed up with his pediatrician. They told me to start solids and/or formula, even though I told them I want to exclusively feed him myself, and those were not currently an option for me. I begged for a GI specialist referral. I was referred to Dr. Izizarry in Brandon. She gave me three options: start solids, start a total elimination diet, or give formula.

Friends and family thought I was nuts. Who in their right mind would give up everything just to breastfeed their child? They tried to comfort me, and continue to support my decisions regardless of what I chose. After crying for what felt like forever, I went home and did my research on what foods I could do during a total elimination diet. I was determined to reach my goal, and to never give up. In the end, I felt that if I couldn’t make things right within my diet, how was a container of formula supposed to help? My milk was made especially for him.

I went approximately another six weeks slowly introducing one thing after another back into his diet. I hit numerous stand still periods, but continued forward. I brought back eggs, nuts, and wheat into my diet aside from my “safe” proteins and produce.

I saw only one improvement. He went from 10+ poops a day, to 3-5 a day.

I cried. I felt lost. I had given up everything, living off of lamb and veggies. Everyone around me could tell I was unraveling and continued to push formula on me. I knew they all had very good intentions, but I still resisted.

Last month, it came back that his older brother Keagan had mild allergies to cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, and wheat. I decided that since we were still struggling to find the culprit for his digestion issues, that we’d resume a normal diet and only avoid his brother’s allergies, with the exception of soy.

I’m happy to announce, that even though I’m still clueless as to what has been causing mayhem on my baby’s belly, he’s doing much better. He’s gone roughly a month free of wheat, peanuts, eggs, dairy and soy. He has had normal bowel movements in this time frame, as well.

Due to my determination, and overly supportive group of friends, I’ve managed to stay on track. There’s now a light at the end of my tunnel, and I hope to make my goal of one year.
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If I had struggled in silence, I likely wouldn’t have made it to my first six week milestone, let alone my six month milestone. Take it from me, find your support system to carry you through your struggles and keep you sane. I’ve had a large network of like-minded mothers to guide me through my journey thus far, and family to comfort me in moments I wanted to give up. Every hard decision I’ve made in the last six months, has been entirely worth it.

 

Jennifer Stroble.jpg I’m Jennifer, a 25 year old mother of two amazing boys. Keagan is four years old, and Oliver will be one in September. I’ve been married five years now, and have grown up in the Brandon area. I am a sarcastic, laid back stay-at-home parent with a hectic lifestyle catering to my children and two rambunctious dogs. Each day I’m simply trying to survive the never-ending ride that is parenthood. 

 

 

A busy mom’s attempt at capsule wardrobe

After marriage, kids, and entering my 30’s I found myself in a style rut. Torn between if what I’m wearing is too short, too young, too mom, etc.
I find myself wearing the same things but have a closet full of stuff that stays hung up. Just stuff! I never wear these things. I still have some clothes from my early 20’s.. 10 year old things, y’all!
WHY??

My kids get new things. Often, just because. My husband gets new things, sometimes for that same reason. So why am I on the back burner?
I’m over here wearing pre pregnancy (from my 1st kid) underwear, 10 year old clothes, flip flops from a year ago, and haven’t had my hair cut in over a year. I’ve been inspired. To do something for me.

First step:
Downsize my closest because I’m not wearing much of it, anyway.

I came across a couple groups for a capsule wardrobe. Honestly, I’ve seen this a few times before but never actually thought about doing it. The idea of capsule wardrobe is to have a set number of pieces equal a set number of outfits. So say you have 30 pieces, you can potentially have 100 different outfits out of those depending on what you’re working with. You won’t be wearing the same thing, your clothes will be in rotation, you have LESS LAUNDRY (for yourself, at least).

So here I go.
Due to the time of year, and my beginner status, I am starting with Fall.
Since living in Florida is basically living on the surface of the SUN, my fall style will include some summer items so I don’t die of heat exhaustion from trying to look cute.

Capsule part 1. Go through every piece of clothing {in your closet}.
Make a Love pile, a Sell/Donate pile.
Divide your loves into seasons or year round.

Here’s the fun part… Shop your own closet!
I actually had a few pieces that were in a give away pile that I took BACK for my fall capsule. I had no idea how to wear them, so they just sat. I knew I’d bought them for a reason! This also makes less for me to buy.

Now, there is a set out capsule you can buy in an Ebook. It literally gives you links to buy the EXACT things to make the EXACT outfits.
I’m not doin that. How boring would life be if we were all THE SAME?

So I’m taking IDEAS. And, like I said, things I already have.
I do love a lot of the pre made looks and I was never good at putting things together on my own.
Top and bottom is pretty much my forte…
I need to learn to accessorize, layer, add pieces together.

I look at RULES as mere GUIDELINES.
You do you. Change your colors. You know if the color mustard looks good on you or not. If it totally sucks on you, replace with another color or print.

There are also different capsule styles:
French minimalist, essentials, working, SAHM…

I’m feeling like mixing up a couple of the styles to make my own. This will also serve me to have basic things for a year-round capsule.

I’ve come across styling apps!
You take photos of the clothes you have, or look up something similar, so you can have it all at your fingertips to create your outfits.
Think Cher Horowitz from Clueless, y’all!

The apps I’ve heard good things about are:
Stylebook
Polyvore
Smart closet

I’m starting with smart closet. So far it is very user friendly. You can “shop” to find photos of the things you have, or close to it, to save you time of not having to take photos. I will still need to take a couple photos, but I am well on my way of making several “outfits” out of the small number of things I have in my wardrobe section already! This app is cool! And did I mention FREE? There is also a calendar you can make so you can choose ahead of time what you’re wearing for the week, and keep track of what you’ve already worn!

I gave a go at Polyvore. I like the look of the put together outfits better than smart closet, but I don’t think it’s as user friendly as smart closet. I’m still trying to figure this one out.

This making outfits with the apps is actually super fun. But here’s what I need to do…

Wear the outfits. Wear the outfits. Wear the outfits!

I was in a super hurry this morning. Had probably 7 minutes to get dressed/makeup/hair. I normally get to my closet and go frantic, “what am I going to wear???” and try on several things that eventually make me late. Today, I grabbed a capsule outfit that I’ve previously put together on my app, and was on my way! I knew it would work together. Didn’t even have to spend time in the mirror making sure it looked ok. I was out the door on time!!

So far, so good.

I’ve mainly been wearing these on the weekends when I actually have more than grocery shopping to do, but I definitely feel amazing and my husband has commented on how put together I’ve been looking to!

So far, what I have noticed the most is no impulse buying. I used to go to a clearance rack and buy things just because they were on sale. Doing capsule, I know what pieces I’m missing and if I can find them, awesome. If not, I walk out empty handed and not disappointed that I didn’t get anything!

That is a WIN for me!

Ultimately, this capsule thing is still a work in progress. I imagine if my kids were older, I may have more time to work on this and be finished. However, the little bit I’ve gotten done totally works. I feel put together. I’m saving money and time. I have more room in my closet. I can’t wait to finish and become fully functional.

 

…Now if I could just get my hair cut….

 

 

Becky Phillips
Stay at home mom of 2

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Simplistic little “me”

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for….

Let’s talk about that word. ME.
Such a short, simple word. But is it simple?
For moms, at least this mom, thats a hard NO.

It’s so easy to lose yourself in this parenting job. Everyone else comes first. Always.
I’ve found myself going without even when we have the means, and the time (rarely). We go without sleep, showers (shaving), hot food, clean clothes…. all while functioning solely because of the coffee we reheated 3 times and then drank cold because we finally gave in to reality.

We are the center of the whole family! Why should we go without?

I’ve been on a ME kick lately. On a normal basis, I would feel guilty about this but guess what?? I DON’T!! I deserve it. I’m worth it.

I have been neglecting myself for far too long. I’m a mommy of 2. I’m done having kids (hubs got snipped). I’m done with the Mom rut. So, so done.

My daughter recently wanted to look through my Instagram photos, so we did. We looked back to before my second kid when I had gotten my groove back, we looked alllllll the way back to before ANY kids. I was cute! I dressed nice, I wore makeup and did my hair and felt good about myself. I took selfies. A Lot of selfies. But they were cute!
I went back to that current day, month, few months, year….. no selfies. No photos of me AT ALL except for when my mom visited last April.
What the heck??? Where AM I?
Seriously, where am I? I’ve lost myself for a second time.

I’d been putting off buying new glasses because someone else always needed something. Still wearing undies from before kid #1, haven’t had my hair done since I was pregnant with my second who is about to be a year old….

Here’s what I did.

 

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“For the first time in forever….”

I got new glasses.
I bought new mf panties.
I did my hair!!!!
I got some new clothes and revamped my closet (see previous blog post).
I made plans for myself with no kids (this is almost as big as the panties, y’all).

ME, ME, ME!!!!

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There is nothing wrong with doing me.
I’m going to KEEP doing me.

No more losing myself. I may not be the same exact person I was before kids (I certainly do not strive to be that version of myself), but it’s high time I figured out who I am NOW. Today.

I’m not JUST a mom. (Even though I love being a mom). It does not fully define me, AND THAT IS OKAY.

 

 

Becky Phillips
Stay at home mom of 2

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You can find more of my posts on Workingwifemommalife.wordpress.com

 

 

Weekend Events, Oct. 13 – Oct. 15, Tampa Bay Area

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Here is your weekend roundup of family friendly events happening in and around the Tampa Bay Area. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

#Everydaymoms

Looking for a fall festival, corn maze, or pumpkin patch?? Check out our listing here:

Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches 2017

Looking for a Halloween event, you can find that here:

HALLOWEEN 2017

 

Friday, October 13, 2017 Events

Oktoberfest TAMPA 2017

Eat all the brats your heart desires, play in our Outrageous Bavarian Games to win cool swag and prizes and definitely bring your friends and family to participate in it all. As they are every year, the Oktoberfest Games are FREE to play for all. There is a designated Games SignUp tent centrally located on the event field. Have you seen the Beard & Mustache Competition? It’s a serious showdown of facial hair, talent and style! Enjoy delicious food, live alphorn performances, oompah music, Schuplattler dancers and even a German DJ – DJ Jay Kay! We will be hosting daily Ceremonial Keg Tappings , Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and Mustache competition on Saturday, and some good ol’ chicken dance every day.

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017,  All Day
  • Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $10 – General Admission / 21+ 12 & under free only with parent or guardian
  • Website: www.oktoberfesttampa.com

Baby Friends at Play-Dates

Play-Dates is an indoor play center for children 5 years old or younger who desire an imaginative, challenging, and fun environment in which to exercise, play, and explore.
Parents and caregivers can rest assured knowing their little one is playing in a safe, clean environment with age appropriate toys and friends. Located in Plaza Bella off Bloomingdale Avenue in Valrico, Florida.

Have questions? Call Kathy Boisseau at (603) 438-2886.

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017,  9:00 am – 11:30 pm
  • Location: 1040 E. Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico, Florida 33596
  • Cost: FDSWF will be sponsoring your DS child; Siblings will be $10

Winter & Hope’s Birthday Bubble Bash

Join us to celebrate Winter’s 12th and Hope’s 7th birthdays at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Kids 12 and under who bring a birthday card for Winter & Hope will receive $9.99 admission between Oct. 7-16. (As a friendly reminder, help protect the environment by using recycled paper for your birthday card creation!)

Sign a giant birthday card for Winter and Hope.
Have a bubbly time in Spectrum Theatre with bubble machines.
Enjoy the music and some fun hula hooping in the theatre!
Pin-the-tail on Winter game.
See Winter and Hope at the aquarium!
More fun details to come!

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • Location: 249 Windward Passage Clearwater,FL33767United States
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: www.seewinter.com

Fine Motor Skills Friday at Play-Dates

This class uses fine motor play activities to promote strength, dexterity, and improved grasp in small children. 8 months-3 years. Socks are required!

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:30 am
  • Location: 1040 E. Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico, Florida 33596
  • Cost: Free with paid admission
  • Website: www.playdatesflorida.com

USF Homecoming XXI Carnival and Talent Showcase

Join us in the Sun Dome parking lot where you can enjoy plenty of rides, food, and performances by talented USF Students! There will be a variety of family-friendly and adult rides for all ages to enjoy! All rides are free and food will be available for purchase.

  • When: From Friday, October 13, 2017 –  12:00 pm
    To Saturday, October 14, 2017 –  2:00 am
  • Location: USF Sun Dome 4202 E Fowler Ave, SUN 130, Tampa, Florida 33620
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: www.usf.edu

Splash-tober at Splash Harbour Water Park

Join us every Friday in October from 3 to 6 P.M. for Splash-tober!

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017,  3:00 pm –  6:00 pm
  • Location: Splash Harbour Water Park 399 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785
  • Cost: Admission will be $12.95
  • Website: www.facebook.com

Toy Story Parents’ Night Out

It’s Toy Story Time at My Gym Brandon. Parents’ Night Out gives Moms and Dads the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. Kids enjoy zip line rides, games, pizza and watch the movie TOY STORY!

  • When: Friday, October 13, 2017,  6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: 2060 Badlands Dr, Brandon, FL 33511
  • Cost: Members – $30; Nonmembers – $33
  • Website: www.mygym.com

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Events

 

Second Saturday Paddle at Hillsborough River State Park

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups. You can bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one from the park’s concession. We have a limited amount of kayaks (tandem and single) available for reservation without charge. Reservations are recommended! We ask that paddlers “Sign Up” through Sign Up Genius to reserve a kayak.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  8:45 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: 15402 US 301 N. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Cost: Regular park admission fees apply
  • Website: www.floridastateparks.org

Music Makers

Calling all mini-musicians! Children ages 4-10 can learn how instruments sound and then can try to play them. Instruments include a trumpet, violin, drums, guitar, and more. It’s free and interactive!! Children even get to make and take home a homemade instrument.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Music Showcase 402 Oakfield Drive Brandon, FL 33511
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: faopa.org

28th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair

The brick-lined streets of historic Hyde Park will once again come alive with eye-popping art during the 28th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair on October 14 – 15. The hugely popular event returns to the open-air, upscale shopping destination from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, ceramics and more from the 150 exhibitors on showcase during the free event.

Presented by Howard Alan Events (HAE), producer of the nation’s finest juried art shows, the 28th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair represents original artwork, handmade in America and selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants. HAE’s careful vetting process also ensures a wide array of mediums and price ranges will be offered during the Fair. The spring Hyde Park Art Fair takes place April 14 – 15, 2018 with different artists featured throughout the event

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm
  • Location: Hyde Park Village 744 South Village Circle, Tampa, Florida 33606
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: www.artfestival.com

Kids Fun Skate At United Skates

Kids of all ages LOVE Roller Skating at United Skates! Our 10:00am-12:00pm skate session every Saturday is great for beginner skaters of all ages and also great for children ranging in age 2-8 years olds. United Skates offers rental skates of ALL Sizes, starting with adjustable Fisher-Price skates for toddlers. Our Fisher Price Skates are perfect for first time skaters; they allow children to skate through 3 stages. Stage 1, allows children to learn to walk in the skates and get the feel for roller skates. Stage 2, children may have the wheels adjust to only roll forward but not back. And stage 3, is freewheeling fun!

United Skates also offers Skate Mate Rentals to children of all ages! Our skate mates allow children to become confident in roller skating. Skate Mates help childern balance and learn to skate independantly. They come in multple sizes based on the height of the child. Adults are welcome to walk with their children on the skate floor. We please ask that you wear tennis shoes on our wood floor.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: 5121 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
  • Cost: $5 includes Admission & Skate Rental
  • Website: www.unitedskates.com

Michaels Kids Club Saturday Crafts

Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. New craft project each week. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Supplies are included. Please see website to find a location near you.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: At participating Micheal’s locations.
  • Cost: $2 per child
  • Website: www.michaels.com

Winter & Hope’s Birthday Bubble Bash

Join us to celebrate Winter’s 12th and Hope’s 7th birthdays at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Kids 12 and under who bring a birthday card for Winter & Hope will receive $9.99 admission between Oct. 7-16. (As a friendly reminder, help protect the environment by using recycled paper for your birthday card creation!)

Sign a giant birthday card for Winter and Hope.
Have a bubbly time in Spectrum Theatre with bubble machines.
Enjoy the music and some fun hula hooping in the theatre!
Pin-the-tail on Winter game.
See Winter and Hope at the aquarium!
More fun details to come!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 am –  6:00 pm
  • Location: 249 Windward Passage Clearwater,FL33767United States
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: www.seewinter.com

8th Annual Flavor of West Tampa

Join us for the 8th Annual Flavor of West Tampa benefitting the Judeo Christian Health Clinic this October! FREE to attend!! This annual, family-friendly event celebrates the rich, diverse culture of the West Tampa district through activities, entertainment, and of course, food!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Al Lopez Park, Tampa 4810 N Himes Ave, Tampa, Florida 33614
  • Cost: FREE to attend
  • Website: www.flavorofwesttampa.com

Babies”R”Us Baby’s 1st Birthday

Is your baby turning “1” soon? Join us in store to celebrate this milestone with fun activities & giveaways. Plus, find all the baby’s first birthday solutions to make the special day perfect from keepsakes and outfits to gifts and party supplies.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 am
  • Location: 3908 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33614
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.babiesrus.com

Oktoberfest TAMPA 2017

Eat all the brats your heart desires, play in our Outrageous Bavarian Games to win cool swag and prizes and definitely bring your friends and family to participate in it all. As they are every year, the Oktoberfest Games are FREE to play for all. There is a designated Games SignUp tent centrally located on the event field. Have you seen the Beard & Mustache Competition? It’s a serious showdown of facial hair, talent and style! Enjoy delicious food, live alphorn performances, oompah music, Schuplattler dancers and even a German DJ – DJ Jay Kay! We will be hosting daily Ceremonial Keg Tappings , Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and Mustache competition on Saturday, and some good ol’ chicken dance every day.
We are family friendly & doggie friendly. 🙂

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Cost: $10 – General Admission / 21+ 12 & under free only with parent or guardian
  • Website: www.oktoberfesttampa.com

Tropics Fan Fest

Join the Tropics players and staff on October 14th for the first ever fan fest! Come out to the RP Funding Center from 12-4pm to enjoy fun activities including bounce houses, soccer clinics, face painting, giveaways and more! You can also select your season ticket seats if you have not done so already, and even purchase single game tickets as they will go on sale that day! For questions give us a call at 863-240-0101 or email tropicstickets@gmail.com . We hope to see everyone there!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00 pm –  4:00 pm
  • Location: 701 Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Website: www.fltropics.com

Toy Tester for a Day – Academy of Wonder at Learning Express Citrus Park

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Be an Official Melissa & Doug Toy Tester! Children ages 3+ are invited to participate in our Academy of Wonder.
Kids will use the power of their imaginations to test out four Melissa & Doug toys, share their feedback, and discover the joy of coming up with new ways to play! Plus, they will go home with Inspiration Kits full of ideas and activities to keep the fun going!

Don’t miss this chance to launch imaginations and inspire a sense of wonder in your kids! RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Call (813) 926-9380 to register.

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Location: Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall Tampa, FL 33625
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.facebook.com

End your Saturday night with some Halloween fun. 

HALLOWEEN 2017

 

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Today, is all about fall festivals, check them out here:

Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches 2017

 

Written By: Shineta Armour

 

Play-Dates Indoor Playground

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What do you do with two rambunctious toddlers, during the day, in the Florida heat (helloooooo Florida, it’s officially fall, I’m going to need you to get the memo!) to keep yourself from going stir-crazy in the house?  Take them out to play, of course!  But outside play is still face-meltingly painful, amiright??  That’s where Play-Dates steps up to the plate.  This new indoor playground in Valrico brings it all.  It boasts an expansive play room with everything from a decked out train table, to dress up, to a play house-complete with grill set up, and a full kitchen and laundry station.

My first impression, upon visiting Play-Dates, was that it is open, airy, bright and clean.  There are no smelly feet or stale diaper pale smells here.  The owner, Laura, greeted me with a smile and welcome, went over the easy paperwork ,and admitted my chomping-at-the-bit boys right in to play.  She then gave me a quick run-down of the space.  I promptly took advantage of the free coffee and wifi (that’s right, moms, FREE COFFEE. Take that, Starbucks!) and plopped myself into one of the several comfy lounge chairs.  The room is big enough to allow lots of kiddos to explore and play together with ease, but not so big that you feel like you’re constantly losing sight of your littles.  The sight lines are clear and easy, with one smaller area designated for really little ones that keeps them out of the direct path of any toddler-hulks who might be visiting for the day.  Laura also mindfully included a small snack area complete with toddler sized picnic tables, so that your always hungry munchkin (please tell me my kids aren’t the only ones who need to eat every 5 minutes??) can sit and enjoy a snack or drink that you bring with you, without worrying about them spreading cracker crumbs all around the play area.

Recently, Play-Dates was kind enough to host a private playdate for Everyday Moms that was loaded with fun and goodies, complete with a visit from Eddie Bull the mascot of Eddie Bull’s Cookie Dough, treats from The Sweet Tooth CakerySugar Sun Sweets, and a goodie bag filled with treats and discounts from other local businesses.  We had a great time getting together with friends old and new from this amazing group of moms.

Each weekday at Play-Dates is designated for different daily enrichment classes held at 10:30am that are free with paid admission.  Laura directs the kiddos in fun activities that are easy and geared to their ages.  There’s Movement Mondays, Story Tales Tuesdays, Arts/Crafts Wednesdays, Story Tales Thursdays and Fine Motor Skills Friday.  More info on each day’s activity here.  Our first visit was on a Friday morning and my boys – aged 3.5 years and 1.5 years both enjoyed the fun activity Laura guided them through of using their hands, or tweezers of different sizes, to sort different sized and colored pom-poms into mounted pvc pipes with corresponding colors above the pipes.  I was amazed to see my 1.5 year old take interest in the activity and spend quite a bit of time playing with it.

Laura is attentive and helpful without being overbearing.  She breezes around the playroom periodically picking up and putting away toys that the playful tots have discarded and cleaning off any that made their way into mouths.  She manages to keep the space tidy and organized with an appearance of ease that I would love to be able to adapt in my own home, as my clean up “routine” usually involves a fair amount of yelling and gnashing of teeth (mostly my own).  She also has a fun incentive for sharing photos of your little ones enjoying the space.  She draws winners for a free day of play, each Friday from anyone who has posted pictures on social media and tagged Play-Dates in them.  We actually won a free day of play after our first visit, SCORE!

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Play-Dates also has events and offers party packages.  Who doesn’t dream of a birthday party where everyone gets to play, have fun and you don’t have to clean up the mess afterward?  All the info and pricing for their parties can be found here.  Play-Dates is hosting a fun “Spooktacular Event” on October 14th from 5-7pm with food, music, games, crafts, trick-or-treating and a costume parade.  More info and ticket information here.

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Daily admission Play-Dates pricing for one-day play is as follows:
Ages 1-5 years old are $10
Ages 0-11 months are $6.25
Ages 0-5 months are FREE with a paid sibling.
First 2 adults are FREE. Additional adults are $3.25

They also offer packages including monthly and annual memberships.  I know what I’m asking grandma and grandpa to get my guys for Christmas!

So, as Laura says on her website, “be sure to stop by and play for a bit.  And don’t worry, we’ll clean up the mess.”

1040 E. Bloomingdale Avenue
​Valrico, Fl 33596
Tel: (813) 438-5248
laura@playdatesflorida.com
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Sharon Letsinger is a SAH boymom to two tow-headed cuties.  Her chosen partner in crime, Danny, co-owns The Big Red Barn in Riverview.  She enjoys sarcasm, yoga, dark chocolate, red wine and belly laughs.  She’s not a runner, no matter what Taylor says.

Community Spotlight: Waterset in Apollo Beach

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Waterset is not your parents’ cookie-cutter neighborhood.  You do not hear the song “Little Boxes” as you drive along these streets.  This exciting Newland Communities master-planned development is currently home to nearly 1,000 beautifully crafted homes, with amenities the whole family will love.

First opening in 2012, builders are currently in Phase 3 of construction in this desirable Apollo Beach community.  There is a large selection of floor plans available among seven builders selected by Newland to deliver quality new-build homes to residents.  If you prefer a move-in-ready home, there are a number of inventory homes and resale homes also available.  Continue reading to find out why once you move in to Waterset, you may never want to leave home again!

Located south of Big Bend Road between US 41 and Interstate 75, the first thing you’ll notice upon turning on Waterset Boulevard, is the scenic half-mile tree-lined drive into the community.   Pride of ownership is displayed throughout Waterset, with clean streets and common areas, well-maintained homes and yards, and outstanding amenities.

Waterset Amenities

The Landing

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The Landing Club & Café is the social hub of Waterset.  Complete with a staffed information center and meeting room, The Landing Club & Café offers residents and visitors a delectable café menu of made-to-order food, smoothies, and drinks including a selection of wine and beer.

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Designed with a modern flair, there are several tables and booths available for patrons, as well as an area with two couches.  Perhaps best of all, there is an area dedicated to children, loaded with toys, books, and games.   That’s right; parents and friends can gather and relax while the children entertain themselves indoors without making a mess in your home.  Grab a glass or mug, sit back, and relax!

Just outside, the Landing also includes a fitness center, shade pavilion, outdoor playground, community pool, and a pier overlooking a lake.

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But wait, Waterset offers even more…

The Lakeside

Centrally located within Waterset is another set of amenities, appropriately named The Lakeside.  Situated next to a 32-acre lake, this fun spot includes a children’s splash zone (two actually; one large and one smaller splash pad), a spacious playground for children of all ages, a dog park, outdoor fit stations, a picnic area with grills, plenty of lounge chairs for sunning, and benches or hammocks for relaxing in the shade.  The Lakeside is also home to the Grand Lawn, where community events are held, including concerts and parties such as the fabulous Independence Day celebration, Concerts for a Cause, Wine Down Friday, and more.

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Playground at The Lakeside in Waterset

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Splash Pad at The Lakeside in Waterset

What more could you ask for?  Well, I’m glad you asked…

Future Waterset Club

Located on the southern end of Waterset, construction has begun on another massive play area for families.  The Waterset Club is scheduled to open in 2018 and will include 2 resort-style pools (a lap pool, and a larger pool with slides), another indoor fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, pickle ball, game room, and gathering room.

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Rendering for the future Waterset Club amenities

Scattered Throughout

Waterset has plenty of scenery with many bodies of water, an abundance of trees, and large green spaces to run and play.  This pedestrian-friendly community has small parks located among the neighborhoods, and miles of trails throughout the community, perfect for walking or jogging.  The Fit Trail is a 2.5 mile trail featuring six outdoor fit stations with exercise equipment.

Area Schools

If you’re familiar with Apollo Beach, you’ve likely heard praises about SouthShore Montessori Preschool located within Waterset.  Kids-R-Kids Learning Academy has a daycare/VPK campus nestled in Waterset, plus another location just outside of the community, across Big Bend Road.  Waterset Charter School (Kindergarten – 8th grade) is nearby, as well as Doby Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, and East Bay High School.  There is also a proposed school site within the southeastern corner of Waterset for future plans.

Apollo Beach Growth

Waterset will continue to grow, with Newland planning to build up through Phase 5 of construction with approximately 5,000 homes total, possibly up to 6,000.  Also on the drawing board for the future, are plans for a Town Center site and a proposed County Sports Complex site.  Waterset is a shining star in Apollo Beach, attracting more commerce to the area.  You will find plenty of shopping, restaurants, businesses, schools, daycares, and medical facilities nearby.  St. Joseph’s Hospital South and the YMCA South County are relatively new to Apollo Beach and are less than three miles away from Waterset.  Travel in the opposite direction, and you will find the TECO Manatee Viewing Center, also only a couple miles away.  Work in the city?  Downtown Tampa is a 20-mile drive via Interstate 75 and the Selmon Expressway.

The Homes

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(Current Watersest Builders. Information subject to change.)

Current New-Build Inventory

There are many inventory homes available now or in the very near future.  Current builder inventory homes range from 1,524 to 3,518 square feet, and are priced between the $230s and $450s.

Current MLS Resale Listings

Active resale listings are currently priced between $212,900 and $550,000, ranging in square footage from 1,747 to 4,028.  Some of these homes even include a private pool. These are not new-build homes; I call them pre-loved.

HOA & CDD

Waterset offers single family homes, townhomes, and villas.  This is a HOA and CDD community, with a fee schedule dependent upon the type of home and lot size.
– 2017 Annual HOA, $73
– 2016-2017 CDD Fiscal Year Fees, range from $965 to $3,076
– 2017 Limited Maintenance Homes, annual fees range from $1,056 to $2,149

Feature Resident

I want to send a special thank you to Everyday Moms member Julie Ann P. who so graciously showed me around her community of Waterset.  Julie Ann currently resides here with her family and is also building a beautiful new home through Homes by Westbay.  She explained that her favorite feature of Waterset is the community involvement.  There is so much to do in Waterset with all the amenities and special events, but the people are more than just residents, they are a true community.  They communicate and cooperate to make living here a wonderful experience – and it shows.

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Julie Ann and her daughter with their new-construction home

Just for Everyday Moms

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As your Everyday Moms Real Estate Contributor, I am planning an exclusive small group tour of the Waterset community in the upcoming months. Please contact me today to be included in the group. We will explore the community amenities and builder models, and discuss all that Waterset has to offer while enjoying lunch on-site at The Landing Café, provided free of charge. Limited space is available for this tour; however, I can also assist you individually. Contact me at ChristinaEdwards@kw.com for more information.  I am a licensed Florida Real Estate Agent.

What does community mean to you?

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I am highlighting some of the most sought-after communities in the Tampa Bay Area, as well as some of the smaller hidden gems around us. Do you love your neighborhood? Contact me to share your community experience for a chance to be featured in our Everyday Moms Community Spotlight blog.

Everyday Moms Contributor, Christina Edwards, Realtor®

I am a homeschooling mom of a kindergartner and have been with my husband for 17 years. As a life-long resident of Hillsborough County, it wasn’t until after I had my son that my love for this area was truly realized. Motherhood brought life experiences to a new level; with so much to do here and with community connections growing stronger than ever, this is a wonderful place to call home. I am a USF graduate with a background in business finance and new-build construction. As a local Mom and Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty, I am able to share my love and knowledge of the entire Tampa Bay Area with you!

 

Homeschool Hindsight

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After resigning from my job (two years ago) to stay home with my daughter, homeschool was never on my radar… Now, its second nature.  There are many challenges, but my family loves this life. I can now say with confidence, “I would not have it any other way.”  However, before my family began this Journey, I wish I had heard more of the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Here is a little of mine.

You spend ALL of your time with your child– Every single minute of my day is spent with my daughter. Every question and thought that runs through her brain, comes out her mouth and straight to my ears…every single one! It is mentally exhausting to take the majority of the conversations and turn them into a learning experience. At the end of the day/week I feel more exhausted than I did when I worked full-time, but my heart grows fuller and brighter EVERY single day!

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Not all Homeschool journeys are created equal– When I first started homeschooling, I was constantly comparing my journey with others. I felt a need to get ahead and spent more energy than I would like to admit worrying about why my child wasn’t as far along as others. I am a homeschooler. Where is the fire?? My daughter and I are walking our own path. We do this so that we can go at our own pace. There is no rush or need to compare yourself with others. Do what works for you and your family!

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Join Homeschool groups/Co-ops, but be prepared to leave a few too- We are lucky enough to live in an area with a large amount of Homeschool families. In the beginning of my journey, I joined Facebook groups, attended events and reached out to other Homeschoolers in Everyday Moms. Some groups weren’t a good fit for my family. It took some time to find like-minded groups, but we now have an amazing amount of support. I could not do this without knowing other homeschool mothers. I would honestly lose my mind without them! Their support has been invaluable.

You will doubt yourself constantly – I also see this as a positive. I am constantly questioning myself. Am I doing enough? Am I screwing my child up for life? Could I have approached this better? Is my child happy? Am I happy? Can I do this?. THIS is what drives me and makes us better. The very fact that I question myself means that I want to do this to the best of my ability. I know my child better than anyone else. NO one knows my child better than me!

You are the responsible party- The pressure and responsibility that comes with homeschool is taxing. You have to motivate yourself to engage with your child the majority of your day. Your Spouse, family, and most of all your child are counting on you! Their education literally rests on your shoulders. Sometimes I feel as if I am being looked at with a microscope by many.  Not always the case, but a horrible feeling. Like I said above…’This is OUR journey”. I believe that this lifestyle is best and will do anything to make it work. If for whatever reason it isn’t working, I will be big enough to admit it and fix it!

Family– I do not know what I would do if my Husband didn’t support homeschooling. I certainly wouldn’t be writing this if he didn’t. Homeschool is a decision that we made together (my daughter included). We are also lucky enough to have support from our immediate family.

Some days are lonely – There are days when my daughter gets sad and wants a friend to play with. It makes me sad too. There isn’t always someone available to come over and play. Those are the days that I try my best to get out of the house. We go to the park, for a walk or head to the pool for some fun. After all, we eat, sleep, and homeschool under the same roof Every. Single. Day.

We have so much fun- We have lots of time and opportunities to explore our surroundings. We go on nature hikes, field trips at least twice a month, and build long-lasting and deep seeded relationships. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for this opportunity! My daughter is more cultured at age 5 than I was. She gets to see and do so much. The freedom we have is priceless. This is why we do what we do.

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THIS IS “OUR” JOURNEY!

Suzette Foister

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SAHM, Wife, Homeschooler, Owner/Artist of Bring Your Own Canvas

 

Pumpkin Spice Everything

If you’re one of those negative nelly’s trying to talk about how pumkin spice is “basic” and “not even that good”, this post is NOT for you. I’m here to talk about a source of constant joy that life brings me each year, and no it’s not my children (though they are quite cute), it’s the glorious season of pumpkin spice everything.  Ladies, right now my house smells like Pumpkin Waffles, my hand soap is Pumpkin Apple, I got like 4 metallic pumpkins adorning my bar (along with a dish of those delicious mallocreme pumpkins), and if you think I skipped out on this Target special tank top that truly expresses what lies deep within my soul you are sadly mistaken. (Get this shirt for less than $15 here)

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If you’re also in the pumpkin spice everything mood, I’ve put together a round-up of some of the BEST pumpkin recipes of the season, and created a pumpkin spice semi-homemade recipe you can simply put together (minus the whole pinterest fail risk) on your own!

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Ingredients

Cake

1 box spice cake mix

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup almond milk (sub this when the recipe calls for water)

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Icing

1 can cream cheese icing

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

  1. Prepare the spice cake mix according to the box, substituting almond milk (or regular milk) where the cake mix calls for water- this makes the cake much more moist and fluffy.
  2. Add in pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
  3. Bake Cakes according to box, this made me two 9 inch rounds. I only wanted the cake to be one layer, so I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out a pumpkin for the top, then crumbled the rest to add to the sides of the iced cake.
  4. Mix frosting with vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. This helps cut down on the overly sweetness that store-bought frostings tend to have.
  5. Let cake completely cool for about 20 minutes then ice cake. After a base layer of frosting, freeze the cake for 20 minutes to make the icing hard. You’ll then pick up the frozen cake and roll it in the cake crumbles. I then used a plastic bag and disposable frosting tip to add some decoration dollops of frosting to finish off the cake!

(For step by step pics of rolling the cake, reference this link)

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Here are some other super awesome Pumpkin Spice recipes I’ve rounded up from some of my favorite bloggers.

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Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups from Food, Pleasure & Health.

For those with Gluten intolerances and plant based lifestyles these amazing Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by the healthyhelperblog are the perfect way to indulge this season.

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Did someone say Pumpkin Spice cookies with cream cheese frosting?! Count me in for these incredible Pumpkin Spice Whoppie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling from Umami Girl.

I’ll definitely be trying out this delicious looking No- Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake from Jane’s Patisserie on my next cheat day (which may be sooner rather than later if ya know what I mean)

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If you’ve ever wished your PSL had a little more kick to it, these Pumpkin Russians will be a favorite drink for you this fall. This recipe from Lively Table may or may not be replacing coffee on my weekends.

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Pumpkin & Chocolate = yes please. Making this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Chocolate-Chip cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron like as soon as I can.

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Wrapping up the recipes, these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing from Like Mother Like Daughter, are a must in my fall baking. I’m planning on making these on special occasions only because I’m pretty sure I’ll eat an entire pan on my own. These will be awesome on Halloween & Thanksgiving morning though!

Last but not least (and this isn’t a pumpkin recipe. My friend and fellow Tampa Blogger Sarah from So Sarah Hunt had the greatest ideas for putting together a fall bucket list. She’s linked a ton of great activities for the fall in here and while I won’t do it all, I love the idea of having our own fall family bucket list, so I’ll definitely be doing one soon!

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Image from Sarah Tucker

Tell me what your favorite pumpkin thing is below in the comments!

HALLOWEEN 2017

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Looking for some spooky fun?  Check out all the awesome Halloween festivals, haunted houses, trunk or treat, and more. Be sure to check out the scare level for the events, as some may not be suitable for young children.  For more information about each event please click on the link for the website by event for more info.

You can also find our corn mazes, pumpkin patch, and fall festival listings here:

Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches 2017

Always verify hours on website, times may change due to weather!

Have fun and don’t get too scared!!!!

From all of us here at Everyday Moms, have a safe and fun Halloween!

Written By: Shineta Armour

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Haunted Houses and Not so Haunted Events

h1Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

  • Dates: Select Nights Sept. 15 – November 5
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: see website for pricing
  • Location: 6000 Universal Boulevard  Orlando, FL 32819
  • Website: halloweenhorrornights.com

h1Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa

  • Dates:  September 22 – October 29 SELECT NIGHTS
  • Hours: 7:30pm – 1am
  • Cost: see website for pricing
  • Location: 10165 N McKinley Dr Tampa, FL 33612
  • Website: bg.com

h1The Haunt at Old Town

  • Dates: September  29, 30
    October 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    October 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    October 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
    October 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
    October 30, 31
  • Hours: 8pm – 12am
  • Cost: see website for pricing
  • Location: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida, 34746
  • Website: hauntoldtown.com

h1Haunted Horse-a-Ween Spectacular and Non-Haunted Horse-a-Ween Haunted and Not Haunted Hay rides

  • Dates: Every Friday & Saturday Night in all of October
  • Hours: 6pm – 10pm
  • Cost: Free Admission – $5 parking
  • Location: 7539 Gardner Rd., Tampa, Florida, 33625
  • Website: hauntedhorse-a-ween.com

h1Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo

  • Dates:  October 6 – October 28 FRI and SAT ONLY
  • Hours: Zoo open till 10pm
  • Cost: Included with general admission. Zoo Members and Pay for A Day Ticket holders enjoy FREE and unlimited access.
  • Location: 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33604
  • Website: lowryparkzoo.org

h1Haunted Angelus Scream Park

  • Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 31 Thursday – Sunday ONLY
  • Hours: : Fri-Sat: 7:30 pm-12am Sun & Thurs: 7:30pm-11pm
  • Cost: see website for tickets
  • Location: 12413 Hudson Ave, Hudson, FL, 34669
  • Website:  36haunt.com

h1Zombie Hunt & Haunted Barn 2017

  • Date: October 6 – November 5, weekends
  • Hours: 8 pm – midnight
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 1710 West State Road 60, Plant City, Florida 33567
  • Website: facebook.com

h1Horror Fest in Lakeland

  • Date: October 7
  • Hours:  4pm – 10pm
  • Location: 201 E Main St,, Lakeland, Florida, 33801
  • Website: facebookevents.com

h1Scream-A-Geddon

  • Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 31, Weekends
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 27839 Saint Joe Rd
    Dade City, Florida 33525
  • Website: facebook.com

h1Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour

  • Date: Fri Oct 13, Thu Oct 19, Fri Oct 20, Sat Oct 21, Mon Oct 23, Fri Oct 27, 
    Sat Oct 28 and Tue Oct 31
  • Hours: varies, see website
  • Cost: $10 for adults / $8 for children ages 2 to 12, and Tampa Theatre Members are free
  • Location: Tampa Theatre
    711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Website: facebook.com

h1Halloween Hayrides

  • Date: Friday – Sunday starting October 13-15th , 20th-22nd and 27th-29th, and  Monday October 30th
  • Hours: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Wolfe’s Produce Market, 6005 US Highway 301 S, Riverview
  • Website: facebookevents.com

h1Not So Spooky & Spooky Train Rides

  • Dates: October 20 and 21 , 27 and 28
  • Hours: 6pm – 10pm
  • Cost: $5pp
  • Location: 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Shady Hills, FL, 34610
  • Website: cpgrr.org

h1Wild n’ Wicked Nights Weeki Wachee Springs

  • Dates: October 20-21 & 27-28
  • Hours: 7 pm – 11 pm
  • Cost: Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-12
  • Location: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, Florida, 34606
  • Website: wachee.com

h1Haunted Woods Hillsborough River State Park

  • Dates: October 20 and October 21
  • Hours: 6pm- 10pm
  • Cost: Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under Free!
  • Location: 15402 US 301 N., Thonotosassa, FL, 33592
  • Website: facebookevents.com

h15th Annual Haunted Trails and The Haunted Pavilion

  • Date: Oct. 20 and Oct. 21
  • Hours: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc.
    1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, Florida 34229
  • Websitefacebook.com

h1World Premiere: Ghosts Behind The Screen

  • Date: Oct. 21
  • Hours: 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Tampa Theatre
    711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Website: facebook.com

h1Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation

  • Date: Oct. 21
  • Hours: 10 pm – 2 am
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Tampa Theatre
    711 N Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Website: facebook.com

 

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Trick/Trunk or Treat and Halloween Parties

 

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  • Dates:  September 02 – October 31, 2017 Select Nights
  • Hours: 7pm – 12am
  • Cost: see website for pricing
  • Location: Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Website: mickey.com

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Seaworlds Halloween Spooktacular

  • Dates: September 23- October 29, 2017, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Park Hours
  • Cost: Included with admission
  • Location: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, Florida, 32821
  • Website: seaworld.com

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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND

  • Dates: Weekends in Oct. and Halloween 31
  • Cost: see website for ticket prices
  • Location: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL, 33884
  • Website: legoland.com

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Chucktober at Chuck E. Cheese

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: see website for your local CEC
  • Website: cec.com

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Hydro Harvest Boofest

  • Dates: October 1st – November 5th
  • Hours:  10 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 1101 Shell Point Rd E, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
  • Website: hydroharvest.com

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Screamin Green at Crayola Experience

  • Dates: Oct. 7 – 31
  • Hours: 10am – 8pm
  • Cost: Included with general admission
  • Location: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida, 32809
  • Website: crayola.com

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HALLOWEEN SLIME PARTY

  • Date: Oct. 8
  • Hours: 12 pm – 1 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 10008 U.S. 301, Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida 33578
  • Website: facebook.com

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Trunk or Treat at Reruns 4 Little Ones

  • Date: Sunday, October 8
  • Hours: 4:30 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 8802 Rocky Creek Dr Ste 104, Tampa, Florida, 33615
  • Website: facebook.com

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Peppa’s Halloween Party Story Time with Visit from Peppa Pig

  • Date: Oct. 12
  • Hours: 11 am- 12 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
    7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, Florida 33625
  • Website: facebook.com

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Halloween Festival at Clearwater Academy International

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  5:00 pm –  9:00 pm
  • Location: 801 Drew St., Clearwater FL 33755
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Website: clearwater.org

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Spooktacular Event at Play-Dates

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  5:00 pm –  7:00 pm
  • Location: 1040 E. Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico, Florida 33596
  • Cost: $8 child, $6 Adults
  • Website: facebook.com

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Trick or Treat Party

  • Date: Oct. 13
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 135 Avenue Y N.E., Winter Haven
  • Website: facebook.com

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Aqua Boo

  • Date: Oct. 13
  • Hours: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Cost: $4 pp
  • Location: 404 Imperial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-4617
  • Website: facebook.com

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Boo Bash at Playtime

  • Date: Oct. 14
  • Hours: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Cost: FREE, but you must RSVP
  • Location: 6124 N US Highway 41, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Website: facebook.com

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Hunsader Farm’s Pumpkin Festival

  • Date: October 14 – October 28, weekends only
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Hunsader Farms
    5500 County Road 675, Bradenton, Florida 34211
  • Website: facebook.com

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Nightmare Before Christmas “Sunscreen Halloween” Outdoor Movie

  • Date: Oct. 14
  • Hours: 6 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Williams Park 330 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg FL 33701
  • Website: facebook.com

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KidX Boo Bash! at Westshore Plaza

  • Date: Oct. 18
  • Hours: 10 am – 12 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa, Florida, 33609
  • Website: boobash.com

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Trick or Treat Trail

  • Date: Oct. 20 and Oct. 21
  • Hours: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc.
    1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, Florida 34229
  • Websitefacebook.com

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Night of Fish, Fun & Fright

  • Date: Oct. 20
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $10 online presale (Sept. 1 – Oct. 19)
    $12 members at door
    $14 non-members at door
  • Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
    1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida 34236
  • Website: facebook.com

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Halloween Beach Movie: Hocus Pocus

  • Date: Oct. 20
  • Hours: 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Archibald Beach
    15100 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, Florida 33708
  • Website: facebook.com

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5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Walk

  • Date: Oct. 21
  • Hours: 8 am
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Freedom Lake Park
    9990 46th St N, Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
  • Website: facebook.com

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Disney Jr. Halloween Party at the movies

  • Date: Oct. 21
  • Hours: 10 am
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: GQT Riverview 14 GDX
    9390 Theater Drive, Gibsonton, Florida 33534
  • Website: halloweenparty.com

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Free Halloween Event at Bass Pro Shop

  • Date: Oct. 21,Oct. 22, Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31
  • Hours: vary, see website
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Bass Pro Shops (Tampa, FL)
    10501 Palm River Rd, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • Website: facebook.com

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A Night At The Museum at Tampa Bay History Center

  • Date: October 22
  • Hours: 2 pm or 4:30 pm
  • Cost: $8-$12 per person
  • Location: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602
  • Website: nightatthemusuem

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Tampa Public Halloween Paint Party

  • Date: Oct. 24
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Gator’s Dockside Tampa
    5840 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, Florida 33617
  • Website: facebook.com

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Trunk or Treat at St. Pete Beach Community Center

  • Date: Oct 26
  • Hours: 5:30pm – 7pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: St. Pete Beach Community Center 7701 Boca Ciega D, St. Pete Beach, FL, 33706
  • Websitespbrec.com

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Trinity Fest at Generations Christian Church

  • Date: October 26-29
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 1540 Little Rd, Trinity, FL, 34655
  • Website: facebook.com

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Dunedin Halloween Trick or Treat

  • Date: Oct. 27
  • Hours: 5pm – 8pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Main Street, Dunedin, FL, 34698
  • Website: dunedingov.com

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3rd Annual Trunk or Treat at Campo Y

  • Date: Oct. 27
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Campo Family YMCA
    3414 Culbreath Rd, Valrico, Florida 33596
  • Website: facebook.com

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Halloween Spooktacular

  • Date: Oct. 27
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 1230 Southern Ave, Lakeland, FL
  • Website: facebook.com

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Guppyween at the Florida Aquarium

  • Dates: October 28 and October 29
  • Hours: 1pm – 5pm
  • Cost: see website for pricing
  • Location: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, 33602
  • Website: flaquarium.com

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6th Annual Little Monster’s Promenade & Pumpkin Patch

  • Date: Oct. 28 and 29
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Centro Ybor
    1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605
  • Website: facebook.com

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Tots Trick or Treat Street in Riverview

  • Date: October 28, 2017
  • Hours: 2:30 PM6:30 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE; Parking is $5 per car load.
  • Location: 11311 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL, 33569
  • Website: trickortreatsteet.com

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Halloween Spooktacular in Largo

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 12pm – 5pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 101 Central Park Dr, Largo Central Park, Largo, FL, 33771
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Trunk or Treat at GCC in Tampa

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Gateway Classic Cars of Tampa
    351 30th st NE, Ruskin, Florida 33570
  • Website: facebook.com

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6th Annual Little Monster’s Promenade & Pumpkin Patch

  • Date: Oct. 28 and 29
  • Hours: See website
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Centro Ybor
    1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605
  • Website: facebook.com

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Halloween Costume Party with Poppy, Elena, Batman & Elmo

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Learning Express Toys of Citrus Park
    7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, Florida 33625
  • Website: facebook.com

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Tampa Riverwalk Trick or Treat

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 4 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: The Tampa Riverwalk
    600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Website: facebook.com

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4th Annual Trunk “R” Treat

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Ruskin Family Drive-In
    5011 N US Highway 41, Ruskin, Florida 33572
  • Website: facebook.com

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Healthy Halloween Party

  • Date: Oct. 29
  • Hours: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location:
    Community Roots Collective

    400 E Palm Ave, Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Website: facebook.com

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Trunk or Treat Annual Fall Festival

  • Date:  Oct. 31
  • Hours: 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 4416 E County Rd 540A Lakeland, Fl 33813, Lakeland, Florida, 33813
  • website: facebookevent.com

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Westfield Brandon Mall Trick or Treat

  • Date: Oct. 31
  • Hours: 5 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 459 Brandon Town Center Brandon FL 33511, Brandon, Florida, 33511
  • Website: brandonmall.com

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Westfield Countryside Mall Trick or Treat

  • Date: Oct. 31
  • Hours: 5 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 27001 US Highway 19 North, Suite 1039, Clearwater, Florida, 55761
  • Website: westfield.com

 

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Out and About with EveryDAY MOMS {The Big Red Barn}

Let’s face it, we are all looking for things to do with our kids. Places to go that our kids can act like kids and we can act like adults. As a homeschool mom of two littles, I am always on the search for things to do. Cheap, free, easy, fun things. This place fits all of those requirements.

Exploring the Tampa Bay area as a real life photographer

The Big Red Barn is hands down just an awesome place. It’s a place I can turn my kids loose in a play area while I get a little shopping done. A place that has fun things like story time, bounce houses and a petting zoo on different occasions, PLUS some of the best produce around. A place for a perfect cup of coffee and ice cream for the kids.

If you are looking for a place with a sense of community, here it is. They really try to bring in lots of local flavor, local businesses, and local shops. I love to see small businesses helping each other with a community over competition feeling. They want thier store to be more than just a place to pick up some potatoes, but a perfect place to stop on your way from work to grab some dinner or an outing with the kids that won’t be painful!

On our first adventure to The Big Red Barn, we explored their Wednesday Weekly Pickin on the Porch Vendor Event. The kids had a blast sampling all the yummy goodies like beef jerky, homemade jams and jellies, and looking at lots of really cute clothes. Thier vendor list changes on a regular basis making you want to go every week and check out who is there. (also a great place for you mommas with businesses to show off your wares!)

Then we headed inside to peruse the fabulous produce goodies. Apples, bananas, peaches galore. Potatoes, onions, and peppers as far as the eye can see (well not really, but you get the point). My carrying basket quickly over flowed with such tasty goodies that I had to switch to a push cart. We looked through the local honey, specialty cookies and to go full dinner items from To The Table Catering. They also offer Foundation Coffee on the weekends and Revolution Ice Cream (The best ice cream ever!). Often there is a multitude of food trucks hanging out in the parking lot and local donuts to boot. I really think I could move in there and live forever…

Exploring Tampa Bay as a real life family photographer

On our second trip, we checked out the kids club and story time.  The kids club is super easy to sign up for and gets the kids a free apple or banana while you are shopping. They have the cutest little picket fence corner that keeps the kids locked in, I mean contained, while you search for the fresh items needed on your grocery list. The kids can play grocery store with their own stuffed fruits, veggies and shopping cart. Story Time is perfect for kids of any age and happens every Tuesday morning at 10:00a. Books, songs, fun, and apples! Plus there is a back porch and grass area behind to let them burn off any steam before heading back home. Just beware there is a scrumptious table of cake pops and other goodies that become the pleading whine of want from any kid old enough to see over the table. I might or might not have given in…

 

 

I love the community feeling of being at the barn, talking with the Sharon and Danny that run the place, and seeing the kids run around having fun. It’s not just a place to grab some bananas, but a place you can come and hang out at for a little while, drink some coffee while your kids play without you. They are continuously running awesome events that are centered around the kids and in the fall have plans for a pumpkin patch. I also love using it as teaching moments for my homeschool clan. We talk about money, our budget and what we need to make certain dishes. We also scan the exotic fruits and veggies lined up to then research about where they are from when we get back home.  It keeps our shopping experience on track, fun and tasty.

Want to see more from our out and about adventure? Check out this short family film!

 

Momma Got Soul Photos & FilmsI am a wife. I am a mother. I stay up late, try to sleep late, and drink lots of coffee and beer (usually in that order, but not always). I grew up in sunny (which means really hot) central Florida, never go to the beach or Disney, but try to hike in the woods as much as I can. I remember a time when I said I would never photograph people, now that’s all I do. I think it started with wanting to explore the world and capture that to share with people. Now I want to capture people to share with the world.     -Kelly

Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches 2017

 

It’s that time of year 🙂 Here are your listings of local and worth the drive corn mazes, fall festivals and pumpkin patches. Please always verify all information on each event through their website. Hours may change due to weather.

You can also find our Halloween listings here:

HALLOWEEN 2017

This list is updated weekly, so be sure to check back often.

Written By: Shineta Armour

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imagesYS2WD990.pngHarvest Holler Corn MazeimagesYS2WD990.png

  • When: September 22 – November 12
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8pm Sunday: 12pm – 5pm Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd., Polk City, FL, 33686
  • Cost: $10 Senior, $8 Youth 4-12 $8, Children 3 and under: FREE
  • Website: harvestholler.com

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  • When: September 29 – October 29
  • Hours: Fridays from 6pm-dusk, Saturdays from 10am-dusk and Sundays from 10am-6pm.
  • Location: 5849 Lake Catherine Rd, Groveland, Florida, 34736
  • Cost: Free Admission – The maze and scavenger hunt is $5.00 per person (children 3 years and under are free.)
  • Website: facebook.com

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  • When: September 30 – November 5. Saturday and Sunday ONLY
  • Hours:  10am – 5pm
  • Location: 15990 Stur St, Masaryktown, FL, 34604
  • Cost: Adults & Children (ages 3+) $11.95+tax, Includes all attractions, vendors may require additional cost for example pony rides, face painting and food. under 2 FREE Check website for specials.
  • Website: harvestmoonfl.com

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  • When: Weekends September 30 – November 5. A few Mondays are included, Check website for dates.
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11  $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website: sweetfieldsfarm.com

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  • Date: September 30 – December 10
  • Hours: Saturdays – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, last admission sold at 3:00 pm
  • Location: Long and Scott Farms, 26216 County Rd 448A, Mt Dora, FL 32757
  • Cost: 3 and under FREE, all others $12.00
  • Website: longandscottfarms.com

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  • When:  WEEKENDS ONLY  Oct. 7 – Oct 29
  • Hours:  10am – 5pm
  • Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
  • Cost: Adults: $11 + tax (18 & older) Youth: $10 + tax (3 – 17) 2 & Under: FREE  (cash only, there is no ATM on site)
  • Websitefoxsquirelcornmaze.com

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  • When: October 7, 2017 – November 5, 2017 SAT and SUN ONLY
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-10pm Sunday 1pm-8pm
  • Location: 3350 US Highway 17 North, Bowling Green, Florida, 33834
  • Cost: Tickets start at $11.95 Plus Tax, Ages 2 and under are FREE!
  • Websitetheheartlandmaze.com

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  • When: Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10 | Parking $5 *Children 12 and under free
  • Website: hunsanderfarms.com

 

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  • Date: September 29
  • Hours: 4 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: Free Admission. Parking is ALWAYS complimentary at Hyde Park Village
  • Location: 744 South Village Circle, Tampa, Florida, 33606
  • Website: hydeparkvillage.com

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Pumpkin Fest at Rising Star Ranch & Auction

  • Date: Sept. 30 – Nov. 5, Every Friday and Saturday
  • Hours: Gates open at 9am and close at 6pm
  • Cost: $5 Admission
  • Location: 1710 W State Rd 60, Plant City, Florida, 33567
  • Website: facebook.com

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Fall Festival & Silent Auction

  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Hours: 4 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: The Chapel at Fishhawk, 6026 Churchside Dr, Lithia, Florida 33547
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at the Farm

  • Date: October 6th through October 29th
  • Hours: Fridays from 4-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5 pm
  • Cost: Admission is only $10 per vehicle, per day, with no limit to the amount of passengers in the vehicle, and will include access to the farm
  • Location: Southern Hill Farms – 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, Florida 34714
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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Fall Season Fun On The Farm

  • Date: Oct. 7 – Oct. 9
  • Hours: Gates open at 10 am
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Sweetfields Farm
    17250 Benes Roush Rd., Brooksville, Florida 34604
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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FALL FESTIVAL AT THE BIG RED BARN!

  • Date: Oct. 7 and 8
  • Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
  • Cost: $5 per child (ages 1 and under are free, adults free with paid children
  • Location: The Big Red Barn
    10070 Fern Hill Dr, Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida 33578
  • Website: facebook.com

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HorsePower for Kids Farm Fall Festival

  • Date: October 7th – 29th
  • Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $12 Admission
  • Location: 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635
  • Website: horsepowerforkids.com

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Sacred Heart Fall Festival

  • Date: Wednesday – Sunday, October 11th-15th
  • Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 6 – 11 p.m., Saturday, Noon – 11 p.m., & Sunday, Noon – 8 p.m
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: 7809 46th St. N., Pinellas Park, Florida, 33781
  • Website: sacredheartfestival.com

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FUMC Fall Carnival

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 am –  3:00 pm
  • Location: 303 N Evers St, Plant City, Florida 33563
  • Cost: See Website
  • Website: facebook.com

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Fall Family Festival

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017,  2:00 pm –  5:00 pm
  • Location: Hillsdale Christian Academy, 6201 Ehrlich Rd Tampa, FL 33625
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: hcatampa.org

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Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival

  • Date: October 12-15, 2017
  • Hours: Thurs 5pm-9pm Fri 3pm- 11pm Sat 11am-11pm (11am- 4pm wristbands) Sun 11am-5pm
  • Cost: Free Admission & Parking, see website for additional info
  • Location: 750 San Salvador Dr., Dunedin, Florida, 34698
  • Website: ollfallfestival.com

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Hunsader Farm’s Pumpkin Festival

  • Date: October 14 – October 28, weekends only
  • Hours: see website
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Hunsader Farms
    5500 County Road 675, Bradenton, Florida 34211
  • Website: facebook.com

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Pioneer Florida Museum and Village Scarecrow Festival

  • Date: October 14th
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 cash admission, kids under 5 free
  • Location: 15602 Pioneer Florida Museum, Dade City, FL, 33523
  • Website: pioneerfloridamuseum.org

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FUMC Fall Carnival

  • Date: Oct. 14
  • Hours: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Cost: Bring Canned goods in exchange for carnival tickets
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Plant City
    303 N Evers St, Plant City, Florida 33563
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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MiraBay Market Pumpkin Palooza

  • Date: October 15th
  • Hours: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: 107 Manns Harbour Dr,, Apollo Beach, Florida, 33572
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Fall Harvest Festival

  • Date: October 22
  • Hours: 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Cost: FREE Entry and Parking/Pet Friendly
  • Location: Geraldson Community Farm 1401 99th St NW, Bradenton, Florida 34209
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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Community Fall Festival Family Event

  • Date: Oct. 22
  • Hours: 4 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: First Baptist Church of Riverview
    8626 US HWY 301 S, Riverview
  • Website: facebook.com

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Anchor Fall Festival

  • Date: October 27
  • Hours: 5 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: visit website
  • Location: Bell Shoals Baptist Church Apollo Beach Campus
    408 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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Annual Fall Festival

  • Date: Oct. 27
  • Hours: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Hawthorne Village of Brandon
    851 W Lumsden Rd, Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Fall Craft Fair and Bake Sale

  • Date: October 28
  • Hours: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Location: Saint Andrew’s UMC Brandon
    3315 Bryan Rd, Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Clermont Harvest Festival 2017

  • Date: October 28
  • Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Historic Downtown Clermont
    W Montrose St, Clermont, Florida 34711
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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Pediatric ER Grand Opening and Fall Festival

  • Date: OCt. 28
  • Hours: 10 am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Brandon Regional Hospital
    119 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, Florida 33511
  • Website: facebook.com

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13th Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival

  • Date: October 28 and 29
  • Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Grove At Wesley Chapel
    6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Bloomingdale Fall Festival

  • Date: Oct. 28
  • Hours: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Cost:  see website
  • Location: Bloomingdale High School
    1700 Bloomingdale Ave, Brandon, Florida 33596
  • Website: facebook.com

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Fall Fest 2017

  • Date: Oct. 29
  • Hours: 12 pm – 6 pm
  • Cost: see website
  • Location: Tampa Premium Outlets
    2300 Grand Cypress Dr, Lutz, Florida 33559
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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Fall Festival with HALOween

  • Date: Oct. 29
  • Hours: 4 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Bay Life Church
    1017 Kingsway Rd, Brandon, Florida 33510
  • Website: facebook.com

 

 

Pumpkin Patches

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  • When: September 22 – November 12
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8pm Sunday: 12pm – 5pm Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd., Polk City, FL, 33686
  • Cost: $10 Senior, $8 Youth 4-12 $8, Children 3 and under: FREE
  • Website: harvestholler.com

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  • When: September 23 – November 5
  • Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Weekends, Mon-Friday 2pm – 6pm
  • Location: 1710 W state rd 60, Plant City 33567
  • Cost: $5 Gate admission and $10 Wristband
  • Website: pumpkinfest.com

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  • When: September 30 – November 5. Saturday and Sunday ONLY
  • Hours:  10am – 5pm
  • Location: 15990 Stur St, Masaryktown, FL, 34604
  • Cost: Adults & Children (ages 3+) $11.95+tax, Includes all attractions, vendors may require additional cost for example pony rides, face painting and food
  • Website: harvestmoonfl.com

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  • When: September 30 – October 29
  • Hours: Fridays 3pm -7pm, Saturdays 10am – 7pm, and Sundays 12pm- 7pm
  • Location: 11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon, Florida, 34432
  • Cost: see website
  • Website: dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com

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  • When: Weekends September 30 – November 5. A few Mondays are included, Check website for dates
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11  $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website: sweetfields.com

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  • When: Every Sat & Sunday in October
  • Hours: 11am – 5pm
  • Location: 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635
  • Cost: $10 admission
  • Website: horsepowerforkids.com

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  • When: October 1 – November 5
  • Hours:  10 am – 5 pm
  • Location: 1101 Shell Point Rd East, Ruskin, Fl, 33570
  • Cost: varies
  • Website: harvestfarms.com

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  • Date: October 7th – 29th
  • Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $12 Admission
  • Location: 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635
  • Website: horsepowerforkids.com

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  • Date: October 6th through October 29th
  • Hours: Fridays from 4-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5 pm
  • Cost: Admission is only $10 per vehicle, per day, with no limit to the amount of passengers in the vehicle, and will include access to the farm
  • Location: Southern Hill Farms – 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, Florida 34714
  • Website: facebookevent.com

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  • When: October 6 – October 19
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 12pm-7pm; Sat/Sun, 10am-5pm
  • Location: 3607 North Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL, 33607
  • Cost: Varies $5 – $25
  • Website: facebookevents.com

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  • When: October 6 – October 30
  • Hours: check website
  • Location: 106 E Lumsden Ave, Brandon, FL, 33511
  • Cost: varies
  • Website: daveschristmastreelot.com

 

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  • When: Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Location: 5500 C.R. 675 Brandenton, FL 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10 | Parking $5 *Children 12 and under free*
  • Website: hunsanderfarms.com

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  • When: October 15
  • Hours: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Location: MiraBay Market 107 Manns Harbour Dr, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
  • Cost: varies
  • Website: mirabay.com

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  • When: October 21, 28, 29
  • Hours: Trains run at 10am, 1pm and 4pm both days.
  • Location: 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL, 34219
  • Cost: $14 -$32.50
  • Website: frrm.org

 

Please always verify all information on each event through their website. Hours may change due to weather.