Will you be hosting a Super Bowl party this year?  I love having people over for the party, but I don't want to a) spend a lot of money on decorations, or b) spend hours on the decorations and...
Ahoy mateys! Happy Gasparilla! The Gasparilla Kids parade was January 18th and is one of the best children’s events in Tampa! But for those who had to miss out, this weekend January 25th you still have a chance to...
Today we bring you ways to get ready for Gasparilla! Gasparilla History Gasparilla Pirate Fest Info Pirate Books How to Talk Like a Pirate Getting Your Costume Ready The Big Day Gasparilla History Gasparilla, a Tampa celebration held every January, brings the city together with the lure...
Frankly, I have been dropping the ball when it comes to celebrating Martin Luther King Day with my kids. I've gotta do something to recognize the civil rights leader, because January 20 is more than just a day off...
Ahoy mateys! Are you thinking of taking your little pirates to the Children’s Gasparilla Parade this year? Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to the Tampa Bay area, you’ve probably heard about the invasion that happens every year....
It was nearly 11 p.m. on a cold (by Florida standards anyway) January night, days past New Year’s Eve in a master-planned, suburban HOA community. Unveiled under the wintery, star-filled night sky was a neighborhood full of disrespect and discontent...
Cameron is 12—nearly 13. That's right a tween. And so this year, I began my impossible journey of gift-giving for tweens. He is, without a doubt, the hardest person I have to buy a Christmas present for. I know what you’re...
We recently polled our contributors to find out their must-have items for the holidays. Not surprisingly, our moms needed a minute to refocus their thoughts and actually think about themselves for once this holiday season. Here's the answer to the...
My Best Self plans ahead for each and every worst-case scenario while en route to Grandma's house for the holidays. Real Life, however, likes to kick me in the kneecap. While humor is the best defense, here are some...
I don’t know about you, but my Januarys usually just stink. The post-holiday let-down and re-entry struggle after vacation are REAL, as are the slightttttly tight pants, a house full of glitter and laundry to put away, and overwhelming...

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You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup 

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As days seem to currently mesh together, I have come to determine during these hectic times, you can’t pour from an empty cup. I...

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