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Shawna is originally from Miami, Florida, but has called the Tampa Bay area her home since 2005. She graduated with her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Florida where she also met her wonderful husband. They welcomed their first child, a beautiful boy named Blake, in 2012, and have enjoyed the excitement, energy, and laughter he brings to their lives every day. Shawna is a working mom who balances teaching high school, choreographing for the school's dance team, experimenting in the kitchen, crafting, planning events, venturing around the Tampa Bay area, and of course, spending time with the amazing family and friends she is fortunate to have.
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How to Do the Big Purge Before the Presents

It's the holiday season and my 3-year old and 9 month-old sons are bound to get tons of presents from generous family members and friends. After all, it's so fun to pick out toys...

Discovering Our Local Libraries

We are so fortunate in the Tampa Bay area to have amazing libraries. They are clean, well-stocked, and full of activities for you and your young ones to partake in. And best of all,...

The Art of the App: Making Family Photos into Memorable Masterpieces

Like many of us, it seems like the day that I became a mother I also picked up a second job as family photographer. I got so into photography when my son was born that,...

Dad is the New Hot

Back in my younger days, my hotties of choice consisted of the standard types... professional athletes, movie stars, Calvin Klein underwear models.. etc. The late 90's and 2000's brought us so many studs from...

Scaling Back on the Size and Stress of Your Child’s Birthday Party

When my older son turned 2 in 2013, I was so excited to plan the cutest Sesame Street birthday party the Pinterest world had ever seen. Although my main career is a high school...

A Guide to the Gasparilla Children’s Parade

Arrrggghhhh you thinking of taking ye' tiny buccaneers to the Gasparilla Children's Parade this year? It's coming up on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The Children's Parade has been a part of Gasparilla festivities since...

3 Ways to Incorporate a Discussion on Gratitude at Your Thanksgiving Table

It's very easy to get caught up in the planning of the Thanksgiving feast - who's bringing what, what size turkey, how many desserts, and what diet will we go on after? But this...

Spooky Spirits for the Adult Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween is on a Saturday this year, hooray! After a long night of trick-or-treating with the kiddos, it will be awesome to sleep in on Sunday morning (by sleeping in, I mean sleeping until...

Making the Most of your Mama Time in Tampa Bay: A List of Local...

It used to be so easy to get together with for a drink at ladies night, or spend a lazy Sunday poolside with the girls. But as we have gotten older and added more...

I Don’t Have Room in My Heart for Another Child

I know what you're thinking... the title of this post sounds harsh and cold. Who wouldn't have room in their heart for a child??? But this was seriously a constant concern and form of...