Thursday, April 18, 2013

Beachin' it on Easter!

I am so glad the beach weather is here! One thing us Floridians take advantage of is having the beach in our backyard so we were fortunate enough to head out to Fort De Soto Park on Easter Sunday. This was little Daniel's first time at the beach!

Of course he was scared of the sand...

But I know these kids are going to be beach bums if they are anything like their parents.
I LOVE the beach and can't wait for all of our vacations to come! 

Daniel turns ONE this week! We had a big mustache bash to celebrate this past weekend, but we are going to be continuing these festivities at the beach. This year has FLOWN by, but I guess time flies when you're having fun :) and busy with two babies...
Here are some more shots Easter Sunday...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dough-lightfully Delicious!!

Last week I was able to have a much needed mommy's night out and take a sweet peek at the new Datz Dough gourmet bakery!

I was joined by my bestie, Vee, from One Social Brunette and we dined over doughnuts, gelato and bacon lattes! Yes, you read that correctly... a BACON latte :)

Anywho, when you walk into this place you feel like you are in a dream world. It's either because of the clouds painted on the ceiling or the rows of rainbow macarons staring me in the face...I'm not quite sure yet! 

They had the mural on the ceiling painted three times and it is perfection! With hot pink chandeliers and checkerboard floors who wouldn't want to just stay here all day? Once you get past the beauty of the place we can focus on the most important part...the dough of course!

The doughnuts are freshly baked in house and I had the most decadent Chocolate cake doughnut covered in chocolate ganache that I have ever eaten! As you can see Vee was so fortunate as to grab a Macadamia nut one! And what better to pair my doughnut with than a bacon latte? 

Are you ready for the skinny on the bacon latte? ha!

When I first laid eyes on this latte on the menu I thought, wow Datz has done it again! How could I not try it? So I went for it and it was divine! The bacon flavor was present but subtle enough to where the combination of maple syrup and the essence of bacon was flawless! Never had I expected it to be so amazing!

Here is me INDULGING in it...

We moved on over to the house churned gelato and I can only leave you with two words: peanut butter & Sriracha...ok so three words, but a must try! It doesn't even end there...they make over 300 loaves of bread weekly and have an amazing spread of assorted chocolates which you can see below...

This gem of a bakery is amazing and they have a whole menu that I have yet to explore! The best part of it all is that it's very close in proximity to my route that I take the kiddos jogging on in the heart of South Tampa, so I can already see myself stopping in for a treat after a grueling run! These kids are dough lovers just like their mother :)

Here is a pic of Vee & I before we left...can you spot the little piggy sugar bowls behind us?? 
Too cute!

Have you stopped in at Dough yet?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Insta Weekend!!!

Hello!! Happy Monday Eve (blahhh)...Actually, Monday is like my Friday because Danny gets off of work early and has Tuesday they are not all bad in this house! I hope you had a fab weekend! Mine was great! A little too much Target...visiting with the gramps...and the local Sunday Market!

Don't forget there is about 24 hours left to enter my first giveaway, just click here :)

Good Luck!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Traveling With the Kiddos!


I can honestly say that I probably have every vacation from now until my children are eighteen years of age planned out. I love vacationing and I want to do a lot of it with the kiddos! Since we live in Florida we have the beach in our backyard, but my family has been doing beach vacations all my life.

This summer I want to take the babies on their first plane trip. I figured we should at least take advantage of flying one of the children for free before Daniel turns two. We are still in the works of planning things, but we are leaning toward Puerto Rico with the grandparents!

It seems like the best pick because a) the plane ride is fairly short (2.5hours), b) my dad lived there for many years so it is familiar territory, and c) we get a tropical vacation without having to do the passport thing just yet! So I'm hoping it all works out.

Now I really really REALLY want to take kids to the Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos! If you know me well you know I've been talking about this vacation since before the kids were born, but I want to do this one with friends who also have children.
The resort is an all-inclusive paradise with Sesame Street characters running around...yes it's perfection! And there are plenty more vacations I have planned like the Florida Keys, a European cruise,Hawaii, California, NYC, blah blah blah :) I guess I need to work on that job eh?

While researching some tips on traveling with kids I found this handy little contraption... 


We will definitely be ordering these! It has five stars on Amazon which is comparable to Madonna telling me it's her favorite product!

Do you have any tips on traveling with the littles?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

GIVEAWAY: One Copy of Jessica Alba's The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True To You

This week I hit a big milestone since starting this blog over two months ago: I reached 100 Twitter followers...hooray!!!

I figured there would be no better way to celebrate than to give away a copy of Jessica Alba's new book, The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You.  This book couldn't be a more perfect fit for my first giveaway. I have been a fan of Jessica Alba for many years and I couldn't be happier seeing her success with her eco-friendly line of products with The Honest Company! The timing couldn't be more perfect since I am raising these littles and hoping to raise them the healthiest way possible.

Whether you are a new mom who wants to help your family be more eco-friendly or a college student who wants to prepare yourself for what's ahead, this book is just what you need! The book is a compilation of everything Jessica has learned over the years on living healthier and is written in the most easy going fashion. 

She features tips on food, staying clean, beauty, style, home, and inspiration! 

And honestly, have you seen her little family? Just beautiful...

The recipes look amazing and I already know my next trip to the grocery store will be a different experience! Jessica really opens your eyes to a lot of new facts with products we use daily on the kids. She gives you advice on some of her favorite products out there that are safe for you and your family.

Rodale Books so graciously sent us an extra copy to give to one lucky reader! This giveaway will be open until 4/09/13 at midnight (EST) and is only open to US Residents.

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