A Little Bit of This & a Little Bit of Datz

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If any of you have ever read my other blog, My Other City By The Bay, or follow me on social media, then you know how much I love Datz in South Tampa. It won my heart after my first visit and my love for Datz has only grown stronger over the last few years. My story is simple. I am a San Francisco Bay Area transplant that found herself relocating to Tampa in the spring of 2003.… Read the rest

Spaghetti Al Pesto


There is no doubt I am a busy mom of two who is always on the go. My time is very limited, so I love to prepare quick meals in the kitchen for my sweet bambinos. My daughter, who is five, has been a fan of my Spaghetti al Pesto since she was two. She affectionately calls it “green pasta” and requests it often. I have had many friends ask for my recipe and to be honest, I never really measure when I make pesto.… Read the rest

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A Pearfect Spring Cocktail


I have a huge collection of cocktail recipes on Pinterest and as a bartender, I use them as inspiration for seasonal drinks. Pear vodka is one of favorites and I found a great recipe for “The Frenchy Cocktail” (from the site Intoxicology 101) which combines Grey Goose La Poire, pineapple and cranberry juice. Since I the only pear vodka I had on hand was Absolut Pears, I made this drink for a bar guest and they loved it.… Read the rest

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Improving Your Twitter Skills


While I love Twitter and have been using it for years, I have lots of room for improvement, especially when it comes to getting more followers. I seem to be stuck in the 1800′s with followers and can’t seem to hit 1900. Gaining more followers is all about engagement and  I found a pin that illustrates how the top brands are using Twitter. From the web-site, Entrepreneur, this article breaks down the top brands in terms of audience, activity, engagement and growth.… Read the rest

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Barefoot Merlot Hot Fudge Sauce


There is nothing better than chocolate and wine and when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a Barefoot Merlot Hot Fudge Sauce, needless to say, I was intrigued. This simple indulgence can be whipped up in minutes and you will absolutely love the end result.


Made with bittersweet chocolate, light corn syrup, granulated sugar, heavy cream, cocoa powder, sea salt and Barefoot Merlot, this sweet chocolate indulgence goes great with fresh berries or served over ice cream, brownies, or any other fresh fruit of your choice.… Read the rest

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Green Tea Eye Mask


While I am still in my thirties, I work as a bartender and manager of a restaurant and the late nights are starting to wear on me. Sleep is a luxury that I do not always get to enjoy, as my two kids just love to wake me up at 5 am almost daily. As a single mom, I do not have the money to splurge on expensive beauty products, so I am always looking for cost effective products.… Read the rest

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Turn a childhood favorite into an adult libation with a S’mores Martini. This sweet concoction is ideal for an after dinner drink or any other festive occasion. Made with chocolate and vanilla vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream and heavy cream, this is sure to be a hit at your next cocktail party. I found this recipe on Pinterest from the blog, Two Ghosts, and altered it a little. The result is a sweet and creamy cocktail that is irresistible.… Read the rest

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Be ABSolutely Fabulous


I have always wanted to have washboard abs and am putting myself to an ab challenge beginning April 1st. I have been searching Pinterest for exercise tips and found a few that I love. One of the pins that I found is perfect for me, as it is tough and challenging, yet easy to work into a daily routine. My goal is to see a difference by May 15th and I will be posting pictures of my progress.… Read the rest

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Curly Hair, Don’t Care

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I have always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. Naturally thick and curly, it can be a monster to deal with, especially living in Florida with the high levels of humidity. After years of spending way to much time in the bathroom with flat irons and blow dryers, I decided to embrace my curls and stop fighting them. Believe it or not, I just got a diffuser a few months ago and have been loving the way it leaves my hair.… Read the rest

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Take Nothing For Granted


On this beautiful Sunday morning, I have been reflecting on my life and found one of my favorite phrases on Pinterest, “appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.” So simple, yet so hard for many to comprehend. When I was younger, I often took many things and people for granted. I never stopped to appreciate some of the blessings in my life and now as I look back, I wish I would have done things differently.… Read the rest

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