In this busy life, my husband and I have to make a plan to enjoy quality time together. We've found it particularly difficult over the summer when the kids are out of school, and we are so busy finding fun things to do as a family. Even if we have the time, sometimes our budget doesn't allow for arranging a babysitter and planning a meal and fun outside the house.
I am thrilled to have come across Night In Boxes! I saw the Date Night In Box and knew immediately that it would be exactly what my husband and I needed to organize a fun night at home at a reasonable cost. When the box arrived, I saw it was even more fun that I expected! We had a blast working our way through the box's contents. Planning your own date night? Read on for five reasons why it should be at home!
1. a Cute Theme
Each month, the Date Night In Box follows a theme for everything inside. This month, it was a Hawaiian Aloha theme! There was a very helpful flyer inside the box that explained everything included, along with suggestions for dinner and other accompaniments to make the night a success.
2. Suggested Recipes for Dinner and Snacks
I went all in with the suggested recipes. Funny story - my husband has been on the lookout for a jackfruit over the past couple of months. He read about how it can be a meat substitute due to its texture, so I knew when I saw it listed as a possible substitute for pork in the Date Night In flyer, I knew I needed to find some! Just as luck would have it, Publix had BBQ jackfruit on BOGO! (The verdict... we didn't actually like it much. But, we didn't like it together, so it was a bonding moment!)
I made the accompanying slaw for the sandwiches, and of course my favorite part was the macadamia nut cookies. My sons pitched in to help with the cookies, which was a fun way to spend the afternoon together before my husband and I had our "date."
3. Planned Activities
This is where Date Night In Boxes really shine. Many times, if my husband and I do get a date night, we make a plan for a nice dinner out and maybe a movie. We don't usually seek out an activity. Our Night In Box contained three different games and activities for us to enjoy! We learned a Hawaiian game, completed questions about each other, and even played Bingo! While of course the games were fun, I really enjoyed spending the time with my husband to read the directions and figure them out.
4. You can dress however you'd like
Despite not leaving the house, I was eager to make it feel like a special night, so I chose to wear a casual dress. My husband complimented my outfit, and then asked if he needed to change from his shorts and t-shirt. I was happy to tell him to be comfortable and that it didn't matter what we wore!
5. The Perfect Ambiance
Every night, my husband and I have some time to spend together after our kids go to bed. The difference on our Date Night was obvious. We had activities and conversation starters. We weren't talking about the kids, we didn't feel like we should be cleaning or doing work around the house, and we didn't resort to turning on the TV for entertainment. It was a great change of pace, and we even had special drink mixes to add to the fun!
Want your Own Date Night In Box?
Would you like to try your own Date Night In Box? A different theme is available every month, and you can order your own by visiting this website (affiliate link). They have different subscription packages including a single month ($34.99) up to 12 months.
This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary box for my review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What an exciting month! Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for our first ever Tampa Housewives Brunch & Mimosas! I loved watching so many of you make new friends and enjoy each other's company for the duration of the event. Also - what a wonderful coincidence that we were able to take advantage of American Social's new bottomless mimosas deal. A huge thank you goes to their staff for accommodating our group!
Please take a moment to support our featured Tampa businesses from this event. We had a great variety, and these women would love for you to keep them in mind if you are in need of their services.
As always, thank you for supporting and being a part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community! I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Check out the list on our Facebook page!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Whether planning to build a home by the lake or help your daughter launch a business, you need a well-conceived plan in order to succeed. Achieving financial independence is no different. Whether you’re looking to grow your money over time, generate income in retirement or preserve wealth for future generations, confidence in your financial plan comes with knowing your assets are invested well. As your knowledgeable partner, Danyell provides wide-ranging, comprehensive financial planning that is as dynamic, vibrant, and enduring as the lifetime of achievement it represents.
Lunchbox Wax South Tampa
At LunchboxWax, they believe that beauty is much more than just your external appearance – it’s how you feel about yourself. They wax women and men, bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes). Their expertly trained waxologists are devoted to making every guest's skin smooth in a chic, modern environment that was specially designed for your comfort and care. Visit our blog post to learn more about this fabulous studio!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
For your next vacation, instead of spending time researching and trying to find all the best spots, contact Wendy to help you plan it all! She has a wealth of resources and knowledge to make sure you have the vacation you deserve, and specializes in luxury travel. She is a full-service travel agent in Tampa and wants to make sure you have the opportunity to make wonderful memories traveling the world!
Chase Cristia Photography
Chase Cristia is launching her photography business and can do it all - weddings, events, portraits, maternity, engagement, fur babies, cars, real estate!!
My family and I spent the morning checking out the newest attraction at ZooTampa at Lowry Park (formerly Lowry Park Zoo), and I am excited to share all the details with you! Situated near the carousel next to the Sweet Shoppe, Roaring Springs is a revamped area that pays homage to Florida with amazing food, a fun family ride, and of course, animals!
Joe’s Diner serves classic Florida favorites with a twist, such as fish tacos, strawberry shortcake, and key lime pie parfait. We sampled many of their menu items, but can't wait to return to try the fried oreos! My husband raved about Joe's fish tacos, and I personally enjoyed the churros with strawberry topping!
The main attraction is of course Roaring Springs itself. The boat ride begins calmly with a gentle drift, followed by a three-story drop that soaks everyone in the boat and on the observation deck! My family loved being able to find a way to cool off from our Tampa heat on this ride, and the little guys followed it up with play time in Wallaroo Station, the family area with a splash zone.
The ride has a 36" height requirement to ride with an adult, and children must be 42" to ride alone. My 8 year old LOVED the ride, while my 5 year old chose to only ride once. He enjoyed it, but he felt the drop was a bit too much for his enjoyment.
Making the Most of the Zoo
Roaring Springs is located in the Florida Life area of the zoo. Along with their name change (from Lowry Park Zoo), ZooTampa has put a lot of care and time into new signage and a modern update. Follow the brightly colored signs to view many animals around the zoo, and keep an eye out for the impending opening of the Florida Life area with many local animals!
Plan Your Visit
ZooTampa is one of my favorite things to do in Tampa! Roaring Springs will open to members on June 7 and 8, then will open to the public on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
For locals or those visiting Tampa often, I recommend the zoo pay-for-a-day ticket option so you can come back all year!
Address: 1101 W. SLIGH AVENUE TAMPA, FL 33604
Video Sneak Peek of Roaring Springs
The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) brings the movies to Ybor City‘s Centennial Park. Family Fun Day is a free community event created to expose, inspire and engage children through the art of film!
Family Fun Day will feature a variety of tasty treats from participating local vendors including Zaxby’s, Let Them Eat Cake, the 92.5 ice cream truck and of course… free movie popcorn! Strike a pose at the Suncoast Credit Union photo booth, craft your own puppet with Kids on the Block, experience the Tampa Bay Buccaneers activation and much more! Family-friendly entertainment will be provided by DJ Kitty along with a screening of the movie Sing (2016). The first 300 kids to arrive will receive a "Future Filmmaker" t-shirt!
Find all the details on their Facebook event.
Sunday, March 25th 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Family-friendly entertainment & vendor samplings
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Sing (2016) Screening
4115 West Spruce Street
Tampa FL, 33607
Take adventure to new heights as Mickey, Minnie and your friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together when Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars comes to Tampa from March 22-25, 2018 at Amalie Arena. Tickets are on sale now!
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a “Tale as Old as Time” when Belle opens her heart to new adventures and the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle inviting audiences to “Be Our Guest.”
Experience unforgettable feats of strength and heart with the whole family when Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars debuts your hometown! Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars go on sale now! All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000. For group rates and information, call 866-248- 8740.
Performance Schedule at Amalie Arena:
Thursday, March 22 – 7:30pm
Friday, March 23- 7:00pm
Saturday, March 24- 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, March 25- 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #ReachForTheStars
I had the immense pleasure of attending the Tampa opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, and I loved it! It was my first Cirque du Soleil show and I had really no idea what to expect. The name implies a high energy show, and it delivers on that promise throughout the entire show!
The story of WAZ, a successful game show host who has found sadness in his fame, was one exciting performance after another. I found myself asking, “what will they do next?” and being blown away by the talent and artistry of the performers.
I don’t want to give away the show, so I’ll share some photos of my favorite parts:
My husband and I attended the show with two friends of ours. We were unsure if the show would be appropriate for our 5 and 7 year old boys. While they would have LOVED the acrobatics and definitely the bmx bike stunts, they would have likely been scared by a few moments of darkness and my oldest may have not liked the loud crowd at certain times. Cirque du Soleil is meant to entertain the whole family, so use your own discretion when deciding about your children.
Don't Miss the Show!
VOLTA is here in Tampa through March 18, 2018 with multiple showings each week. The show takes place under the big top in the lot adjacent to the Tampa Greyhound track. You can even see the massive, beautiful tent from 275.
General public tickets are also on sale now by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets are available starting from $37.
I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my review.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Exciting news, Supercross fans! Monster Energy Supercross is coming to Tampa at Raymond James Stadium on February 24! Supercross is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world. Featuring innovative track designs and attracting impressive crowds set inside recognizable and prestigious stadiums. The world’s most elite athletes, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson and more battle it out for the esteemed 450SX Class crown.
Event Times: Doors Open/ Practice & Qualifying – 12:00 p.m. Pit Party – 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Main Event – 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets starting at $20
Purchase Info: Tickets available for purchase at the Stadium Box Office, online at www.SupercrossLIVE.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by phone – (800) 745-3000
Discount code: Save $5 off select seats for Monster Energy Supercross in Tampa with discount code SXFEB. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires February 23, 2018.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow via social channels:
• Facebook: facebook.com/supercrosslive
• Twitter: twitter.com/supercrosslive
• Instagram: instagram.com/supercrosslive
• YouTube: youtube.com/supercrosslive
I received complimentary tickets in exchange for promoting this event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We have been waiting to visit Legoland until my oldest son’s birthday in April, but when we saw that they are hosting special LEGO Ninjago Days in January and February, we knew we needed to go now! Legoland has already built a special Ninjago land within the park, but these special event days include everything your Ninjago fans could possibly want! This special event will take place on January 27 and 28, and February 3 and 4.
Special Character Appearances
At special scheduled times, my boys were able to meet and take pictures with Kai, Nya, Lloyd, and for the first time in Legoland, Master Wu! The line was efficient and the characters posed for such fun pictures!
We kicked off our day with the premier showing of the new 10 minute show LEGO Ninjago – Master of the 4th Dimension. This amazing 4D theatrical experience was great for the whole family!
The most exciting entertainment of the day was the Martial Artistry outside of Ninjago world. The real-life ninja were kicking, jumping, and showing off all kinds of exciting skills! The first couple of rows surrounding the show were left for the kids to sit near the action.
I also have to tell you that I had no idea that Legoland is built on the old Cypress Gardens. The botanical gardens remain, as does the ski show! We loved watching the Brickbeard’s Bounty water ski show with skis, boats, and jet skis!! We decided to sit on the adjacent lawn because of my squirmy little guy, and we still had a good view of the show.
There was also a great build competition that was very engaging! The kids were able to choose between building a ninja or a baddie, and they could submit their final creations for a daily prize. My guys didn’t participate but loved checking out everyone else’s creations!
In one of my personal favorite areas of the park, MINILAND USA, you could participate in a Master Wu scavenger hunt. Ballots can be found at LEGO Studio Store, and you keep a tally of the number of Master Wus you find among the models in MINILAND.
Fun for all Lego Fans
My 7 and 5 year old boys are huge LEGO fans right now, so this trip came at the perfect time for us. They brought a supply of mini-figures of home to trade with the “model citizens” (people who work at Legoland), and had a blast checking out everyone’s collection on their name tags. However, I can say that even if you have kids who aren’t obsessed with LEGOs like my boys are, there is plenty to enjoy at Legoland for the whole family! We will definitely return, and I’m hoping to check out their waterpark next!
Find more about Legoland online:
The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa, always in February – will be held on February 8-19, 2018. The Florida State Fair attracts more than 500,000 people over the course of its twelve-day event. Covering fifteen acres, the Florida State Fair boasts the largest Midway in North America with 110 different rides. The Florida State Fair was founded 114 years ago in 1904 and was originally housed at the Tampa Hotel, now known as The University of Tampa.
The Florida State Fair employs 65 full-time staff members and nearly 800 seasonal staff to ensure guests have the most fun, educational and entertaining experience possible. In 2018, the Florida State Fair is unveiling thirteen new attractions including meet and greets with Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets; Teen Stars Live; Florida State Fair Dance Championships featuring stars of Dance Moms; Little Farm Hands presented by Mosaic; BMX/FMX Freestyle Madness, The Ninja Experience, Mini Monster Trucks and so much more. The ever-enticing Fair foods for 2018 include a Surf N Turf Sundae, Southern Catfish Sundae and Barbeque Pulled Pork Ribbon Fries. Musical acts at the Florida State Fair include Country Gold Tour, Kazual, Screaming Orphans, Fuel on Fire, Dennis Lee, Vocal Trash and local Tampa bands including Kenzie Wheeler, Reverend Barry & the Funk, Alex Lopez, Nathan Hager, Taylor Reed and many more.
Tickets can be purchased at any participating Publix Supermarkets in the Tampa Bay area or online at www.floridastatefair.com.
For more information, please visit:
Website | www.floridastatefair.com
Facebook | www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds
Instagram page | www.instagram.com/flstatefair
On January 22, the Florida State Fair launches its Half-Price Hookup featuring one all-you- can-ride armband plus Gold Access, good for any one Fair day for only $25. The all-you- can- ride armband plus Gold Access is valid to ride any ride in the largest Midway in North America with 110 different rides and the largest traveling Ferris wheel – the Midway Sky Eye. Gold Access will enable guests to use special express access at midway rides and 10% off on selected food and beverage – a $15 value (only on Saturdays and Sundays)
We attended our first Monster Jam show on January 13 at Raymond James Stadium, and now we have a family full of monster truck fans! Our boys have always loved vehicles of all kinds, but with our oldest being sensitive to loud noises, we never wanted to bring him to a show. Wow, were we missing out! We all had so much fun!
Pre-show Pit Party
The Pit Party took place in the field adjacent to the stadium (parking area) from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. We had the chance to meet the drivers, and they were so wonderful with their fans! Our boys (ages 7 and 5) were amazed with seeing the trucks up close. They then became ‘experts’ and were familiar with all the drivers. It gave them a real connection to the rest of the show even though we had never seen any of the cars or drivers before this event.
The Pit Party had a ton of ‘extras' such as food, merchandise, build your own monster truck out of wood, ride on a mini Grave Digger (like a Power Wheel), ride in the back of a full sized Grave Digger, a bounce house and a slide. The extras cost extra, but our boys enjoyed just walking around, seeing the drivers, and doing the free things at the different vendors. The free activities included making a pit party sign from Dairy Queen, playing corn hole and winning a free pizza from Papa Johns, free tattoos, and there were many vendors who gave out fun swag.
There were 3 parts to the event. In the first part, the trucks raced each other around the track and one winner was crowned. We loved cheering on our favorites! In the second part, the trucks did tricks on 2 wheels and the crowd did the scoring. I thought this was such a fun, engaging way to get the audience involved! The final part of the show was a freestyle event when the audience was able to provide the scores again.
We were surprised to see how many trucks needed repairs during the show. They show them on the big screen getting fixed and rush them back in from outside like its WWE - so fun!
Tips and Tricks!
As long as you have ear plugs or headphones, it is better to sit closer to the action. The jumps would be amazing to see from the 100 or 200 level. Being higher was better for us because it was not as loud, but it’s a tradeoff. They were also doing some great giveaways in the lower section!
Make sure to bring food to tailgate before/after the pit party. People were partying at this event like it’s a football game! I saw people with grills, tables of foods, pop up tents, and drinking games. Packing your food and drinks is a great way to save a bit of money, but also can ensure you have your kids' favorite foods. I stopped at the store on our way and bought a delicious Publix Cuban Sandwich and my boys' favorite- popcorn chicken. I also let them each pick out a few special treats for the show. It was the first time we have gone somewhere and they didn’t ask for food.
Remember that this event is outdoors. It was an unusually cold Tampa night for our show, and we showed no shame and wore many layers along with our winter coats from our time up north! I saw people with blankets, wool caps, and gloves!
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!