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Red Clay & Roses {a giveaway}

A few years ago one of my very best friends said, "Hey my mom wrote a book!" I admit I probably said something slightly rude and indifferent like, "Cool. Everyone is writing eBooks these days..." I mean, it's quite true. Everywhere you turn you see some new eBook shoved in your face about this new thing, or people trying to put their interesting lives in memoir form slapped with the convenience stamp of buying it 5 days after the idea was conceived. However, S.K. Nicholls turned out quite different for me. It wasn't until last summer that I finally dug into her first novel, Red Clay & Roses. Red Clay & Roses takes place … [Read more...]

A Thanks to THINX! {a review}

If you're new here, here's something I want you to know: pads and tampons are harmful to your body. These days finding a menstrual cup or cloth pads isn't all that hard. In fact, there's even a product that keeps you feeling fresh without the mess. The best part is, you don't even have to alter your morning routine. THINX is a brand of underwear made just for women during menstruation. People often freak out when you mention "free bleeding." But it's really more like wearing a pad than anything else. Just imagine THINX as a pair of underwear with a built in pad that isn't filled with nasty chemicals that poison your vagina. The … [Read more...]

Having the Talk

When I pulled my daughter out of public school after kindergarten, it was half to reconnect and half due to the attitudes small children have about life. I don't know if you noticed, but children today are growing up fast. We made a deal back then, and at the conclusion of our first grade year with home education we decided to try public school again. However, per our agreement, I had new expectations for my daughter when it came to communication. I did not want this new, abrasive society getting to her before I did about certain topics. One of those topics is sex. I come from a complex past when it comes to sex, but one thing I am … [Read more...]

Summer Fun at Lowry Park Zoo’s Wallaroo Station

On May 11, 2002 Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, "10 Best Zoos," (2009); and Child, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004). Earlier this week I took the kids to enjoy the newly remodeled Wallaroo Station. It was even more "Auss-ome" with new animals and upgraded amenities for both kids and parents to enjoy. We've only been once before, but we noticed there were … [Read more...]

A Dollar Tree Easter

We're not huge on Easter celebrations, but we always do an egg hunt and take Easter Sunday to rest and reflect. I am just getting to feel out my relationship with God, so this weekend I'll be reflecting on what the resurrection day means to me. Regardless of how you feel religiously, I think Easter can be really fun for the kids. My own 7-year-old has confessed that Easter is her favorite holiday. This is news to me, but its no excuse to slack for this busy mama. When it comes to Easter essentials, the Dollar Tree is always my first stop. The Dollar Tree has everything you need for any holiday preparation. I stock up on eggs and candy … [Read more...]

This Year Make Your Smile Brilliant! {Review}

It's amazing how humbling it is when you take a good look at your teeth. Growing up my mom never put too much emphasis on dental hygiene, but rather left it up to us to take care of our teeth using her own experiences as an example. It must have worked because I never had a cavity in my childhood. It wasn't until I had my wisdom teeth removed that I even saw my first cavity. Now that I'm an adult I take brushing my teeth very seriously. I think most of us can agree that white teeth are attractive. Sometimes a good looking smile can be the cherry on top to looking and feeling good. When I was given the opportunity to work with Smile … [Read more...]

How to Switch from GoDaddy to a New Host

A brief history of Atta Mama: I started on Blogger in January of 2012. I purchased a domain name through GoDaddy, eventually. In 2013 Blogelina was offering free hosting for her subscribers. As an amazing intro into the world of blogging I trusted the products she endorsed and I jumped on board. Then I moved to Wordpress and rebranded into the Atta Mama blog you see today. In 2014 I applied a coupon and simply renewed my hosting plan. I wound up getting it pretty cheap and had no outstanding issues, however there was always a haunting feeling that in order to grow I needed to switch to a better hosting company. I'll tell you what was … [Read more...]

Holiday Cheer at Busch Gardens® Tampa Christmas Town

Christmas in my family has always been big. We didn't grow up with much, but my mother worker her butt off to make sure that the winter holiday was a joyous one. I normally travel for the holidays to reconnect with distant relatives and spend the days surrounded by people I love. Because of many different things, traveling was not an option this year so my little family of four decided to make the most of our quiet Christmas at home. In order to still make this year memorable, we looked for things to do here in Tampa that would have the kids excited all month long. One of our favorite excursions was when we visited Busch Gardens® Tampa for … [Read more...]

Last Minute Gifts from Best Buy: Canon #HintingSeason

Christmas, man. Snuck up on us, eh? I'm going to be honest with you: I'm still sewing up a few gifts that need to be mailed. Yes, MAILED! I'm the worst ever when it comes to scheduling in time to craft all of my overly-ambitious goals for home made Christmas. I often find myself scrambling for the perfect gift last minute to make up for my short comings. Luckily I know just where to shop... Best Buy is the ultimate destination for those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list. They have everything including the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced … [Read more...]

This is My Life {Printable Planner Review}

Getting organized is something I'm constantly struggling with. Luckily these days there are literally hundreds of resources to help you stay on task and get goal oriented. Lately I've been focusing on positive thought as this year comes to a close. I followed along in a  eCourse recently about staying Blissfully Balanced as a mom who has the job of stay-at-home homemaker, full-time student, part-time employee in retail, and a WAHM (sewing, crafting, and this blog of course). I am overly ambitious. I get overwhelmed and then I crumble under pressure and everyone pays. I'm learning to take it easy on myself and not load up on too much. And to … [Read more...]