04 Feb 2016

3rd annual Gridiron Kids Cooking Challenge

No Comments Cooking, Family Time, Florida, Kids

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I love to cook with my kids. As my kids are getting older, they are starting to get more creative and adventurous with what they want to eat and cook!

The Dairy Council of Florida is hosting its 3rd annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled food competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. Now through February 29, students in groups of four are encouraged to create and submit an original recipe that features dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. The top four student teams in each Florida NFL market will compete for the grand prize – a $2,500 school prize pack and 4 tablets – at the Gridiron Cooking Challenge this spring.

The initiative is created and supported by the Florida Dairy Farmers and is part of Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. For more information, visit floridamilk.com.

Good luck little chefs!

01 Feb 2016

A Sweet Pairing: A Valentine’s Day Art Party

No Comments Holidays, Kids, Sponsored

   

My 10 and 11 year old are at that age. Where kisses from their Mom aren’t cool. Where yelling,”I love you!” out the car door is  embarrassing. So how can I show them that I truly love them. Throw them a party without them knowing. Inviting friends and Moms, who also loved the idea of surprising our kids with a fun afternoon of art, friends, hearts, Ghirardelli Chocolate (and Josh Cellars Wine for us Moms) my plan for a sweet pairing of Moms and kids, would go together like chocolate, wine and Valentine’s Day.

    

I went to Walmart and bought everything I needed for this super sweet party. Of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate comes in a variety of flavors, as does Josh Cellars wine, so I bought a variety of both to add to my party shopping list. Along the lines of pairing, I kept all my finger food simple as fruits, cheeses, meats, olives and nuts also pair very well with wine and chocolate. Lots of ideas on my Pinterest Board: A Sweet Pairing.

Follow Marisa ||’s board A Sweet Pairing Party on Pinterest.

The pairing was perfect. Lots of great friends, kids, chocolate and wine. 

 

We had a great time together with our kids and that pairing, is one we will always treasure. 

   

It was a Valentine’s Day to remember. 

  

Painting was a hit. The Ghirardelli chocolates were a perfect sweet treat for everyone that came. We can’t wait to treat our classmates with some sweet squares from Ghirardelli for the big day coming up too! 

 

{Art Studio: A 8 Art Bar Tampa, FL}

Don’t forget to buy your sweetheart Ghirardelli chocolate and some Josh Cellars wine to celebrate your sweet pairing with the one you love. A little sweets for your love will brighten their day on Valentine’s Day.

And if you want a quick easy recipe to make, check out my recipe for Snowballs:

Try these Snowballs! Coconut with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Raspberry Squares! #ASweetPairing

Posted by Tampa Mama on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For more great party ideas with a sweet pairing of Ghirardelli chocolate and wine, here are a few great themes:

A Snow Day Party by Walking on Travels

Ladies Day: Painting, Wine & Chocolate

A Bachelor Party 

Thank you to Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars for sponsoring this party. All opinions are my own.

31 Jan 2016

Clearwater Beach Uncorked: A Food and Wine Adventure

No Comments Ad, Adventures, Dining Out, Tampa, Tampa Bay

I’m always up for an adventure…especially if it involved food & wine! And on a beach!? Now you’re talking! It’s time to leave the kids at home and take a date night to the annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival. Sound like the perfect place to date night!

Clearwater Uncorked

Wine in your hand, toes in the sand. Celebrating 5 delicious years on Clearwater Beach. There’s no better way to experience the seduction of pre-Valentine’s Day decadence than by exploring the delicious facets of Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked, touted as the hippest beachfront gastronomic event on Florida’s west coast, is your ticket to unwind and wiggle your toes in the sugar white sand while enjoying the finest fare and wines this side of fabulous. Enjoy this weekend of world-class food, wine and microbrews while tantalizing your taste buds and soothing your senses. Stay for the weekend and enjoy an exclusive pre-Valentine’s Day VIP rate at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach exclusively for guests of Clearwater Beach Uncorked. These special room rates are limited so book early and extend your Valentine’s celebration over two weekends. A percentage of ticket sales from the event will benefit the University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Technology.

FOOD, WINE, AND BEER SAMPLING IS ALL INCLUSIVE IN THE TICKET PRICE.

Buy Tickets Here

Have fun and be safe!! Uber is the best option if you’ve even had 1 glass of wine.
In St. Pete/Clearwater, first-time Uber riders can get a free $20 ride by using code VISITSPC. Drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.

Tama Mama

29 Jan 2016

LEGOLAND Florida: World Premiere of The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure

No Comments Adventures, Family Travel, Movies, Orlando, Travel, Travel Tuesday

January 28th is not just any day…especially to a die-hard Lego fan. It’s actually International Lego Day, which means we are celebrating the anniversary of when the patent for the original Lego brick system was filed, in 1958. 

So how old does that make Lego? 58 years young and those little bricks continue to inspire and educate and kids each and every day. 

Living in Tampa, and only an hour away from the second largest LEGO themed park, LEGOLAND Florida in Central Florida, we often visit to explore this massive amazingly fun park, filled with rides, LEGOS, attractions, LEGOS and more LEGOS!  

Today, January 28th, is also the day of the World Premiere  movie for The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure!  

We were invited to the world premiere at LEGOLAND Florida for their red carpet Hollywood- style premiere and it was awesome (or SUPER as I should say!)

Mocktail and fancy glasses for the kids, lots of character meet and greets, kid celebrities and of course the ne movie!! 

If you loved The Lego Movie, you ar going to LOVE this short 3D film that includes Emmet, Wyldstyle and new  friends that will reunite in an all new adventure!  And who is Risky Business?!  No spoilers here but get ready to help Emitt and Wyldstyle save the day!

The 3D movie with “4D” effects like wind, water and fog, will play at LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016. 

SUPER fun new attraction you wontbwantbto miss the next time you visit LEGOLAND Florida!

   

It’s Unkitty!
  
Working the red carpet with Emitt & Wyldstyle!

   

Kid-friendly mocktails in fancy glasses!


Confetti everywhere!  


Meeting up with Jen Reyneri, a fellow Trekaroo writer! 
   
    

Abby ready to watch the show!
   

The show is about to begin!

  
We had to get a picture with Risky Business!  

More of my reviews of family friendly travel places can be found on Trekaroo– the best resources for families who love to travel! 

Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of LEGOLAND Florida for this event and as always, all opinions are my own!  

13 Jan 2016

Dinner in Orlando with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Nickelodeon Suites Resort

No Comments Adventures, Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Kids, Travel Tuesday

If you have TMNT fan in your house that it might be worth the trip to Orlando for dinner with your favorite turtles!
Antonio’s Pizza-Rama dinner featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available and open to the public this weekend January 15 – 17, 2016.

Details:
· Adults 11 and up: $33 plus tax

· Children 4 – 10: $17 plus tax

· Children 3 and under eat free from the buffet with an adult dining full fare

· 18% gratuity on parties of six or more

· Advanced dinner reservations are required, 407-387-5438

· Open to non-hotel guests

For more information and to make reservations visit the Nick Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Image above from Nickelodeon Suites Resort website.

09 Jan 2016

‘Norm Of The North’ Paw Print Cupcakes and Fandango Family Giveaway

1 Comment Giveaway, Movies, New York City, Sponsored

Norm Of The North hits theaters nationwide on January 15th, 2016!  We decided to do a little baking today on our last weekend of winter break and came up with an adorable “paw print” cupcakes! Super simple! 

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Royal Icing
  • 4 mini brown M&M’s
  • 1 mini Pepermint Patty

Assembly here: 

 
These will go great with any of the party ideas I found on Pinterest too! 
Enter my official Norm Of The North giveaway for a prize pack and $15 Fandango Family Gift Card! 

  
We can’t wait to see the movie and #ShakeYourBearThing

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09 Jan 2016

Ringling Brothers Circus: A Picture Review

No Comments Adventures, Florida, Kids, Tampa, Tampa Bay

A super fun night! Filled with smiles, laughter, awe and excitement. Acrobatics, amazing feats that captured their attention for 2 hours! Ringling Brothers has put so much thought into every detail of this show, LEGENDS. When it comes to your city, I hope you’ll go enjoy the greatest show on Earth! Tip: Come early and get an up close VIP experience with clowns, acrobatics and more performers.


  


Pictures by Marisa Langford at the Ringling Brothers LEGENDS show at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay Florida, kicking off the 2016 tour.

04 Jan 2016

5 New Year Organizing Tips: How to Get Yourself (& Your Family) Off to an Organized Start

No Comments Lifestyle, Monday Motto, Personal, Professional, Studio 10 TV Segment, Tampa, Tampa Bay

  
(Click above to watch the show!) 

Jump start your January and get 2016 off to the best start ever! It’s a brand new year which means a clean slate for turning over a new leaf and getting organized in order to function at optimum speed! I talked with Studio 10 Live host, Stephanie Webb on the first episode of the year about 5 ways to jumpstart your organized year! 

Let’s first start with a few rules: 

The biggest part of organizing is having things you love and use, getting rid of the rest, and then organizing what’s left. 

Two best words: Clutter free. Don’t let clutter weigh you down! Clutter is a constant reminder of how scattered and unorganized you are being. Decluttering your space will lower your level of stress. A tidy space is zen like and can help you and your family relax.

  
Supplies needed to start!

  • Same color file folders
  • A label maker
  • Sharpies
  • Bins
  • Notepads 
  • Garbage bags
  • Clorox Wipes
  • An “I can do this!” Attitude

5 Ways to Start Getting Organized

  
1. Get it together. Make a plan. 

Write it down. Do you have written goals? Make a vision board! If you are reading this at your desk can you put your finger on them right now? If you answered no to these questions, you are not alone. A total of 90 percent of people do not have written goals. Writing down your goals does a number of things for you:

• It reinforces your commitment to them

• It helps you remember them

• It makes you accountable

• It gives you focus

2. PURGE! 

The time is now. I find that I don’t need more space, I really need less stuff. So how do you purge? Simple. Set aside some time. Tackle one small space at a time (before you organize). Make bins or piles for TDRNR (Trash, Donate, Recycle, Not Sure, Return). Ask yourself questions: Do I need this? When did I last use this? Can I borrow or rent? Do I love this? Once complete, remove bibs immediately!

3. Start somewhere!

Anywhere! Do the thing that is most distasteful to you first. Where are you starting!?

Kitchen-

Get that kitchen under control! Reclaim your refrigerator! Wipe it down. Purge all the crazy storage containers. Go through your pantry! Buy one brand of containers so it all fits together. Do you need 15 coffee mugs? Clean out the plastic kid cups. But one per child and that is THEIR cup. Dishes. One set of 8 or 12. 

Example shown: Tervis tumblers are our new cups in the house. One per person and the rest are history!

Organizational Flow- 

A place for everything and everything in its place. Is your routine ready for action? Have kids? How is your morning flow or after school flow? Routines work! A few routines that I do to keep me organized and zen like:

1. Make me bed everyday. It immediately will declutter your space. In seconds. And can instantly set your mood to get ready to tackle the day. 

2. Wipe down my sinks and bathroom each night. 

3. Keep the clutter away before I go to bed. 

It’s a good reset for the morning and your family will thrive in that balance too.

Clean Your Car-

A really good, deep clean. Stay on top of your car maintenance. My rule for my car is “No garbage left behind.” Every day we clean it out. All of it. I keep my necessary items in the glove box along with a smal box in the back that has jumper cables, my AAA card, my kids medical conditions, insurance, registration. 

Office-

New year means new files! Organize by switching over to newly tabbed folders with a brand new color! It makes sorting through the mail piles and organizing super easy when it comes to tracking paper that can easily pile up! Online? Mint for those personal finances. 

Schedule Organizing- 

Writing it down, adding it in to your main source of organization will have you feeling so organized when new things pop up. Stay one step ahead of the game! Is your afternoon schedule organized? How can you make your morning more efficient? 

Kids’ Stuff-

  

  

It’s everywhere! But clear bins or properly labeled boxes will help keep a place for everything and everything in its place.

4. Taking time for you! 

Have you carved out some time for you? Made any New Years resolutions? Or what about time for you and the spouse to reconnect? Set a date night and remember it. Book a sitter (in advance) or have a plan worked out to kid swap so you and your best friend can get some quality time relaxing! Is there a class you might like to take? 

It’s a new year and that can mean a clean slate. Look forward and get excited about what the future holds.

Example shown: FitBook

5. Realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

If you have the time to tackle everything at once. It gets overwhelming. And overwhelming can lead to discouragement. Try a weekly house cleaning schedule. Make a list with that ties into bigger fix items and then prioritize! What needs to be done first vs. what can wait. 

Printable Shown: Weekly Chore Chart

Thank you to Studio 10 Live for having me on!  

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02 Jan 2016

Norm Of The North Movie Party and Ticket Giveaway

6 Comments Giveaway, Movies, New York City, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized

  

We are happy to announce a giveaway courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment and their cute, new movie NORM OF THE NORTH! One lucky commenter will receive a prize pack of movie goodies, including t-shirts, movie posters, and activity booklets! Use the hashtags #ShakeYourBearThing & #NormOfTheNorth to let them know what you think of the movie!

  
Find out how to make these adorable “Norm Print”  cupcakes here

If you are hosting a party, be sure to check out our Pinterest board with awesome and cute ideas!

Follow Marisa ||’s board Norm Of TheNorth Movie Party on Pinterest.

GIVEAWAY

Entry Rules: Comment on the post and tell us why you want to win our awesome prize pack & $15 Fandango gift card!

Did you that you can get a refund on tickets you purchased to a movie (incase the kids get sick) if bought on Fandango?! Visit Fandango.com for more details! 

From the comments, we will select our favorite post!

 Thank you to Lionsgate & Fandango for sponsoring this post and supporting Tampa Mama!

  

25 Dec 2015

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 

No Comments Adventures, Holidays, Personal

Our sweet little family had a most wonderful Christmas. Just us. And what a merry little Christmas we had. Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday!

xo,

Marisa