I received complimentary camp for my boys in exchange for this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is here, so parents all around Tampa are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, engaged, and happy while school is out. I was thrilled when I came across a summer day camp that met all of those requirements! Code Ninjas Carrollwood has an amazing line-up of camps this summer, and my boys had a blast at their week of Game Builders Camp!
What is Coding?
If you don’t know, code is what is written to tell a computer program, software, a robot, a website, etc. what to do. Learning how to think and problem solve is where the real value of Code Ninjas lives. But it's not only about teaching children to be problem solvers. Game Builders Club at Code Ninjas is a great place for kids to learn how to build their very own video games! Every day your kids' skills at game building will progress further, and they will have a blast while they learn how to code. Games are made on MIT's Scratch coding platform.
About the Camp
Upon arrival at Code Ninjas, we checked in and met the staff. The boys loved their name tags and were so excited to find their own laptop station ready for them! My husband and I are former educators, so my hubby had already spent some time showing the boys a couple of coding games, but neither of them have received formal instruction before. They just knew how fun it could be!
The “curriculum” at camp followed a great workbook that provided my boys with the opportunity to complete multiple activities each day. For my sometimes easily-distracted or easily-frustrated son, he was SO PROUD to share what he had created each day. They had a great ratio of “senseis” to students, and the staff were all so supportive and kind.
Do You Have a Roblox Fan?
Code Ninjas also offers a Roblox Create camp! In this camp, kids learn how to build and create in Roblox (a family-friendly, user-generated online gaming platform similar to Minecraft). By learning to use Roblox Studio, your child can create much more than just a game. Every student will design, plan, and build their own 3D world!
Would We Return to Code Ninjas?
We ABSOLUTELY would return to Code Ninjas Summer Camp! Every day, my kids asked if they were going back, and there was no whining or complaining about being away from home. I was a little worried that they would get bored doing the same thing every day, but they were able to create something different every day, and they also took breaks to use some of the other STEM toys and materials in the room.
Camp Details - How to Sign Up
The Roblox Create and Game Builders Club camps at Code Ninjas Carrollwood are offered as both half day (9 am – 12 pm) and full day (9 am – 4 pm) camps for kids ages 7 - 14. They are filling up fast, so reach out today if you’d like to sign up, and tell them Tampa Housewives in the City sent you!
Text/Call: (813) 603-6509
Also – available for our Tampa Housewives’ audience, we have the opportunity to book a free 30-minute intro to coding lesson at the Carrollwood center to learn more about their programs (especially their summer camps)! Visit http://bit.ly/housewivesinthecitycodeninjas to sign up!
We received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing our thoughts about TreeHoppers.
As always, all opinions are our own.
We are always looking for new ways to spend a quality family day together. TreeHoppers in Dade City was a perfect way for my family to spend a fun day! My husband and I brought our three boys for a 3 hour climbing session, and everyone had a blast. Located just north of the Tampa Bay Area, TreeHoppers is an aerial adventure course with fun (and challenging!) obstacles, along with zip lines through the treetops.
What to Expect on Your Visit
At first glance, I assumed the courses would only be fun for my oldest son who is 9, but TreeHoppers made sure to design courses and elements that were suitable for the younger crowd as well. They have a total of nine different courses, and each course has a rating to designate how challenging it is. They have an amazing staff on hand to answer all of your questions! They told me that one of the things people do not realize about TreeHoppers is that it really is an obstacle course in the air. Many of their guests arrive thinking it is solely a zip line course, which is not the case. Definitely come ready to flex your muscles and have fun trying out your skills!
Upon our arrival, we checked in at the welcome counter because we had already completed our waivers online (I highly suggest doing this if possible!!). The amazing staff fitted us all with our harnesses and took us through a detailed safety orientation. I loved that they also had a small practice course for us to try out the process of using the safety clips. It was not difficult, but having the time to practice definitely helped us all feel ready for our time in the trees.
After completing our practice, we were able to proceed to the starting platform to begin the courses. All courses start in the same place, and the staff directs you to the correct level based on age. The three hour time frame allows you to complete multiple courses, but can vary based on how busy the park is and your skill level. We all had so much fun on the courses!!
Little Lemur's Course
The course I appreciated the most was the Little Lemur's Course that is for children ages 1 - 6. I am not exaggerating when I say that my 2 (almost 3) year old was able to entertain himself in this area for nearly the entire three hours of our time there! The area is roped off and conveniently located next to the base starting point for the other courses. I was able to stay with my little guy to supervise him, but also look up and watch my other two boys with my husband on the courses above us. I also traded places with my husband so I could do a course and he took a turn watching our littlest. It was perfect!
If you're looking for a family-friendly activity in the Tampa Bay Area, make sure to put TreeHoppers on your list! Our family had a great day, and we definitely plan to return. For more details, including hours and pricing, please be sure to visit their website and social media pages.
Address: 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City, FL 33525
Phone: (813) 381-5400
It's May, which means summer is already here in Tampa. With hotter temps and the end of the school year, we are all dreaming of beach days, a/c, and vacation. There was no better way to kick off the summer season than a great night out with you all! We had a blast at one of our favorite venues, American Social, while enjoying beautiful views of Tampa Bay, making new friends, and learning about some fabulous local businesses. Thank you to those who attended! We love seeing so many happy faces at our events, and cannot wait to see you at our events this summer. You can find us on June 4th at Noble Crust Carrollwood and on July 11th at Seasons 52.
Please take the time to connect with and learn about our featured businesses for May. Did you know that purchasing from these businesses is not the only way to support them? You may refer friends to them, you might interact with their social media pages, or even just take the time to learn about them in case you ever need their services or goods in the future. Thank you for your support!
NY Life Insurance with Oliver "The O.G" Gray
Oliver D. Gray Jr. ("O.G.") is also known as the "Magic Johnson" of insurance because he assists families and businesses in creating generational wealth for their families and loved ones. His life has been influenced by the loss of loved ones and he has seen firsthand the value of life insurance policies. O.G. is so passionate about helping Tampa secure their futures, and he would love to help you review your options!
Vêtue Boutique is an online/pop-up women's clothing and accessories boutique. Their collection is focused on great quality, fun, unique and stylish pieces at amazing prices. At Vêtue Boutique fashion is what you buy and style is how they help you put it together. "Let us dress you!"
FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/vetueboutiqueinsider/
Pure Romance with Denise
Pure Romance offers in home parties for women, and we specialize in Spa Products, Massage Products, Bedroom Accessories and Sexual Wellness. We offer a night to remember in a comfortable and fun environment! Ask Denise how to earn Free Shopping Spree!
Doterra with Heather and Elaina
Come experience Doterra! Naturally safe, purely effective essential oils that will change your life!
We also have beautifully handcrafted crochet flowers sprayed with different essential oil scents available for purchase at https://www.creationsinspiredbyhim.net/
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness South Tampa offers an authentic experience for those who want to learn from Floyd’s techniques and training regimens, while getting in the best shape of their lives in a high-intensity group fitness setting. Our fitness studio will provide the most effective group boxing instruction in the market, conditioning the body for optimal results.
Buzz Pop Cocktails
Buzz Pops are the world’s only 100% all natural Adult Push Pop Italian Sorbet made with 15% premium alcohol. Vegan, Gluten free, fat free, Kosher and under 100 calories. Not to mention - DELICIOUS!
Allow Friendlyshowcase.com to upgrade your next event by providing Dj, Photography, light, video & host!
Lunar Body Boudoir
Lunar Body Boudoir is a private boutique portrait studio located in the heart of New Tampa, Florida that helps women of all ages, body types, and phases of their life see themselves in the best light possible. The studio is a safe, judgement and stress-free zone. Simply arrive with an open mind and an open heart and leave the rest to us. Jill and her team provide professional camera-ready hair and makeup, expert coaching & posing ensuring you will have a relaxed, fun time, AND leave with the most beautiful photos of yourself you have ever seen.
Photos from our event
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the team from Jillian Joseph Photography for their beautiful photos at American Social! We had a wonderful evening, and we appreciate you capturing all of our fun!
We are thrilled to spotlight The Centre For Girls as our featured Tampa non-profit for this month! The Centre for Girls is a program of The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Tampa. The Centre for Girls offers innovative programming during after-school hours and a summer camp that includes fine arts, ceramics, fashion, dance, and STEM-based instruction to girls, ages 5-14. The Centre for Girls strives to provide young girls with a safe place to spend time, learn skills, make friends, and interact with caring adults.
Located in Old Seminole Heights, The Centre For Girls offers programs in art & education, health & wellness, girl empowerment, and green living. Under the leadership of their amazing director, Sartura Smith, The Centre For Girls is striving to be the most well-known and highly regarded center for girls in the Tampa Bay area. They believe in creating positive change for each girl touched by the Centre, regardless of her socioeconomic background.
How Can You Help?
Do you have a passion for empowering girls? The Centre For Girls needs your support to fund their programs, deliver quality instruction, and enhance the lives of the next generation of girls. They are actively looking for volunteers, community partners, and sponsors.
Tampa Housewives in the City will be doing an item drive to support CFG's summer programs. They are currently in need of snack/breakfast items for their upcoming summer camp that begins on June 10th. The summer food program that previously provided meals for their children during the summer lost their funding, so we are collecting donations of snack/breakfast items at our Noble Crust Carrollwood Girls Night Out on June 4th. We hope you will join us and help support this amazing Tampa organization!
The Centre For Girls
Mother's Day is just around the corner, which means it's a perfect time to make some muffins for mom! Whether you're baking them for your mom or enjoying them yourself, these muffins will not disappoint. This recipe is one that prompted a close friend of ours to suggest I open my own bakery, which I have no intention of doing, but I will gladly bake these often for our enjoyment!
Full of cinnamon-goodness, these muffins are soft and delicious. I adapted this recipe from another from Barbara Bakes for snickerdoodle bread. I was short on time recently with a cinnamon craving and did not have time to bake the loaves, I tried the recipe as muffins. I dare say they are even more delicious this way!
Cinnamon chips can be challenging to find outside of the holiday season. I try to stock up when I see them since this is favorite recipe around my house. You can use Hershey's handy website tool to find them near you, or I've also had success substituting white chocolate chips in place of the cinnamon chips. I highly suggest using the cinnamon chips if you can find them though. Also, if you are hoping to cut some fat and calories but still want to bake these, I have been able to substitute Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Of course the sour cream version is a bit more delicious, but the trade off isn't too noticeable.
We always have such a fun crowd at our Wesley Chapel events, and our April 4th Ladies Night Out at The Brass Tap - Wiregrass was no exception! We welcomed over 75 local women to socialize, mingle, enjoy delicious samples from Yummy Tablas and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and meet wonderful business owners from Lunar Body Boudoir and Mary Kay. We also had a fun photo booth from Friendly Showcase that was a huge hit! We welcomed familiar faces and new guests, and we cannot wait to do it again next month at our May 1st Summer Bash at American Social!
Check our these images captured by Jillian Josephs Photography:
Thank you so much to Carissa with The Brass Tap who was so wonderful and flexible with our group, and the incredible businesses below. Please share the love by liking, following, and visiting these businesses. We love our Tampa Housewives in the City community!
Mary Kay with Rachel and Amanda
We love highlighting these amazing women at our events! Rachel and Amanda are not only passionate about their Mary Kay products, but they are a wonderful resource of information to meet your beauty and skincare needs. Connect with them so they can teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home!
Nothing Bundt Cakes - Wiregrass
Nothing Bundt Cakes is a bakery chain in Wesley Chapel with bundt cakes ranging from bite-sized to tiered, plus platters, candles & cards. Step into a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and let the aroma of freshly-baked Bundt stir your senses. Choose from ten luscious Bundt flavors and forty unique cake designs while you browse a treasure trove of unique gifts, charming cards and inspired decorator items. Looking for a special occasion baked treat in Wesley Chapel? Nothing Bundt Cakes is perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation gifts, and more!
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK
Heidi with Yummy Tablas was a HUGE hit at our event! With white glove delivery, she puts together luxury gourmet party platters and grazing tables that include meats, cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts, fruit spreads, and more. If you are hosting an event in the Tampa or Wesley Chapel area, you need to check her out!
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Lunar Body Boudoir
Jill Kelly of Jillian Josephs Photography has a passion for empowering women, and that passion led her to begin offering her full service boudoir sessions in her studio in New Tampa. Empowering women to discover their inner light, self-worth, confidence, and true beauty through tasteful boudoir photography through every phase of life, her photography is truly professional and will be something to treasure for years to come.
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Our charity spotlight for April is for a cause close to my heart. It is also one that we've highlighted before! The STANO Foundation was founded to support our Armed Forces, Veterans, and their families through program-based initiatives focused on enhancing their comfort and quality of life by providing them with a piece of home.
I had the pleasure of speaking with the founder, Paula Stano. She is a single mom of a US Marine who is the inspiration behind this organization. After his enlistment, she quickly learned of how many of our military troops didn’t have any or much support from back home. With her son being stationed overseas, it became painstakingly apparent during the holiday season that these men and women would have to celebrate in either their barracks or maybe a local USO and not with their families. Paula would like to incorporate a program here in the Tampa Bay area where anyone stationed here without family would be able to sign up for a program where they could spend holidays with host families so they didn’t feel so alone. Paula has a great passion of helping others and wants to help our soldiers feel closer to home even when stationed far from their families.
The STANO Foundation is best known for their personalized care packages that they send overseas. They focus on providing a personal, heart felt touch into every package. This is done by asking “what can we do better?” And “what would you like in your care package?” They send out these packages throughout the year, with particularly large shipments during July and before Christmas time. The packages are made possible by item and shipping cost donations from the community. You can view the entire list of requested donation items on their website.
This Thursday, April 4th, Tampa Housewives in the City will be collecting items needed for upcoming care packages: beef jerky, men’s deodorant, or puzzle books at our Ladies Night Out at The Brass Tap - Wiregrass from 5 - 8 pm.
Please visit The Stano Foundation's website for a full overview of their programs and opportunities to support them.
I received tickets to attend Monster Jam World Finals in exchange for this promotion.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable larger-than-life sport, is proud to announce Orlando, Florida as the first host city in Monster Jam World Finals® new schedule! World class drivers compete in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger® , Max-D, El Toro Loco® , Monster Mutt® and many more. Monster Jam, City of Orlando and Orange County Officials announced plans for Monster Jam World Finals XX in 2019 and XXI in 2020.
“We are thrilled to announce the next step in the evolution of the Monster Jam franchise as we embark on a new chapter. Like other major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four, Feld Entertainment will bring our marquee event to world class destinations across the U.S., starting here in Orlando with our 20th Anniversary Monster Jam World Finals,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman & CEO, Feld Entertainment. “Orlando is a city that is not only a premier sports destination, but it’s a city synonymous with family entertainment. We’re excited to make Monster Jam World Finals accessible to even more fans, with the anticipation of over 50,000 fans from around the world converging on “The City Beautiful.”
“Bringing the Monster Jam World Finals to Camping World Stadium next year is a big deal for Orlando and further proof we are one of the country's premier sports event destinations,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We’re grateful for our longstanding partnership with Feld Entertainment and can’t wait to see our stadium packed with fans of Monster Jam's premier event.”
"We are thrilled to host the Monster Jam World Finals in Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “There’s simply no place like Orlando when it comes to a family and fan-friendly environment. We welcome fans from around the world to our great community for this action-packed event.”
“On behalf of our board of directors and community partners, we are looking forward to hosting Monster Jam World Finals in 2019 and 2020,” said Jason Siegel, CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We want to thank the Feld family for the opportunity to welcome one of their premier events to Camping World Stadium, and we know their fans and athletes will have a tremendous experience here in Central Florida.“
Monster Jam World Finals XX will be held at Camping World Stadium May 10–11, 2019 featuring all-new competition formats, including an elevated starting line above the seats and seven championship crowning moments. The championship weekend will deliver unprecedented access to the most Monster Jam athletes and the larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks they drive. Receive 20% off select seats with code BLOG20. Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires May 9, 2019.
For more information, visit MonsterJam.com
Our spotlight non-profit this month is Spark The Way. This Tampa charity sees, serves, and supports young adults, age 18-39, and their families who are affected by cancer. They provide a community that walks alongside fighters, survivors, and caregivers by funding medical bills and living expenses, providing connections and emotional support from their care team, and raising awareness through outreach events. They are not just a resource, but a relationship.
Spark the Way began after founder, Madison Miller, was put into remission from lymphoma. She was diagnosed with cancer at 20 years old, and in that same month, also lost her Grandpa to the disease. Not soon after, her Grandma was diagnosed and is still fighting to this day. Her life was surrounded by cancer, but also by the community she found in her church. Her faith in Jesus and life-giving community was her strength in battle, and were also the parts of the story that gave her the ability to be victorious from the first day of diagnosis. Spark the Way ignites the same faith in the young adult generation that equips them to be fearless and Light-bearing in the face of darkness.
“Young adult” is not usually a thought that comes to mind when someone hears the word cancer, but the world needs to know that a diagnosis is spoken over the life of a young adult every 8 minutes. One of Spark the Way's biggest goals is to create awareness of the young adult cancer generation. They strive to have a presence at every event and festival they can find, as well as host their own night of awareness, the Ignite the Light Gala.
Ignite the Light Gala
Fri, April 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The 4th Annual Ignite the Light Gala is going to be an impactful, empowering night as they share their mission and vision for the young adult cancer community. Come out and enjoy great food and a fancy, fun evening!
To get some sneak previews of the Behind-the-Scenes of Spark the Way's ITL Gala, follow their Instagram or Facebook page.
• 72,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer, that's one every eight minutes.
• 10,000 young adults die annually due to cancer, that's one every hour.
There are 1M young adult cancer survivors in the United States.
• Of the 14M cancer survivors in the United States, one in 5 is under 40.
• One in 100 US college students is a cancer survivor.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!