Alisha dos Santos

An adventure-seeking mom, Alisha is constantly pursuing new experiences to feed her adventurous soul and encourage a courageous spirit in her two young kids. When she's not out adventuring with her family, she's juggling real estate and marketing communications consulting businesses from her home office in Lutz. When life gets hectic, she finds peace on her paddleboard. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa., she always dreamed of living by the water and eagerly dove into the Florida lifestyle in her college years. Join Alisha on a journey to live an adventurous life as a mom at
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Parent Bravely: Rise Above Fear and ‘What Ifs’

Aren’t you afraid of alligators?” People often ask me this question when I share that I paddleboard on a Florida lake. Sure I could let fear hold me back, but I choose to focus on...
Confident toddler swimmer trained in survival swimming

Water Safety: Why We Chose Survival Swim Lessons

Living in Tampa Bay, I feel blessed to be surrounded by water. I love that I can raise my kids somewhere where they can swim and enjoy the pool, lake and ocean year-round. As a...

Eat Fresco: Mom-Friendly Grab-and-Go Meals Made in Tampa

How many times has your lunch consisted of boring leftovers, unhealthy fast food or the mac and cheese you made for your kids? As a work-from-home mom, I use my daughter’s early afternoon naptime as...

Peace on a Paddleboard: Finding My Me-Time Escape

Like Disney’s Moana, I’ve felt drawn to the water for as long as I can remember. An ’80s baby, I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid and daydreamed about being part of Ariel’s world....
Hate Frantic Hurricane Supply Shopping

Hate Frantic Hurricane Supply Shopping? Always Buy These Items in Bulk

As Hurricane Irma grows more ominous with the state of Florida in her crosshairs, panic has ensued across Tampa Bay. Hurricane supply shopping has quickly become everyone's priority. Having just seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey...

What is Free VPK? (And How Do I Sign My Kid Up?)

Drive anywhere in the Tampa Bay suburbs and you’ll see signs advertising free VPK at many daycare centers. If you’re new to Florida schools, you’ve probably noticed the signs and wondered, what’s that? Years ago...
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Free Summer Fun: Famous LEGO Art Exhibit Visits Tampa

When Nathan Sawaya was 10 years old, he asked his parents for a dog. When they refused, he built himself a life-size dog out of LEGO bricks. The determined boy grew up to become an...

Start Saving Lives This Year: Become A Blood Donor

I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of a blood donation. It’s not something anyone expects. But if I had a glimpse into the future and saw myself lose a massive amount...
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This Is 30: Forget The Goals, Live This Life Right Now

“By the time I’m 30, I'll be married with three kids, two boys and a girl. I’ll own my own home somewhere near the ocean and travel often with my family. I’ll be well-established...
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Postpartum Care: No, You Don’t Need to “Bounce Back” After Childbirth

Ten days after my second child was born, I was sure my body had just about fully healed from childbirth. I felt like I was bouncing back. Caring for two kids was going pretty well....