Meet Melanie, the new Website Manager for the Tampa Moms Network! She comes to the Tampa Moms Network with more than 15 years of freelance writing experience. She’s a mom of all boys living in the Carrollwood area.
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Tampa?
Melanie: I was born in Miami, but I spent the first 18 years of my life living in Palm Beach County in South Florida. I moved to Tampa in 2006 to get my undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa. I met my husband there and we sort of never left.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I’m naturally inquisitive. I want to know as much as I can about as many topics as possible, even as a kid. I got in trouble at an early age for trying to test out scientific concepts like digging giant holes in the ground to reach the water (I did), lighting a tissue paper ring on fire, and relocating sand from a playground to where it was needed more.
Favorite local things to do in Tampa?
We live exceptionally close to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. We love to visit all of the theme parks in Central Florida, as well as county and city parks. Our absolute favorite is Lettuce Lake Conservation Park. I’m a boy mom and they have so much energy! I like to let them run up and down the boardwalk, look for birds, and spot alligators.
Best shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
I watch a lot of YouTube channels from moms that have 8, 9, or 10 kids. I try to adapt some of their routines into our much smaller family. We make tons of freezer meals. We streamline our house.
The best advice I learned from these moms is to accept the season of life you’re in. Too often, new moms say to me “when will I get my old life back?” But the answer is never. There isn’t a new life and an old life, there’s just different seasons and bringing home a new baby is about as tough as it gets!
What are your plans for the Tampa Moms Network?
I want to help build Tampa Moms Network to be a real resource for moms living in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. It’s been difficult to connect in a pandemic with other moms, but hopefully this will help.