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15 Dec 2016

My New Year’s Resolution: Education First

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30 Nov 2016

How To Keep Up With Four Kids || Tampa Mama

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SponsoredPostI need lots of energy to keep up with four kids!

My morning routine with Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body produce energy naturally* so I can take care of what I need to do to keep up with this active bunch, every step of the way.

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01 Nov 2016

Tampa’s Mother of All Baby Showers is Here!

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Mother of All Baby Shower

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The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) is lis always a hit with Moms in Tampa (and all over the country) and we can’t wait to celebrate and educate expectant parents and parents of newborns through preschoolers. The biggest AND best event adults-only event in the area is sure to be a truly memorable night for our attendees!  This is a really fun Girls’ Night Out or Date Night, truly nothing like it! The event features spa treatments, tasty treats, giveaways and educational sessions from some of the best experts in the area and in the industry!

This is an event you won’t want to miss!

VIP’s receive the following:

  • Baby K’tan® SmartGear Diaper Bag (Bag color/design varies for each attendee)
  • 1/2 hour early admission (5:30 pm)
  • 5 meals from CaterMeFit, the best healthy food delivery service in Tampa  (Retail Value: $39.75)
  • 1 pair of award winning pediped Originals shoes (Color/design varies for each attendee) (Retail value: $40.00)
  • The Mother of All SWAG bags (one per individual/couple and attendee must be present to receive)
Tickets for the event are $15 for regular admission and $60 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Mother Of All Baby Showers website.
I will DEFINITELY be there!  What other Mama friends will I see there?!

 

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07 Sep 2016

Tips for the Exhausted Mom: 7 Easy Ways to Feel Your Best Each Day

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I’m a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

The sheer volume of work that comes from having a child or multiple children might seem like having the task of climbing Mount Everest placed in front of you each day you wake up. Daunting. From school work, to homework to housework to out-of-the-house-work, the lists go on and on and never seem to end. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that give me the strength and energy to power me through the day. (I went through some old pictures and just got exhausted seeing how much we’ve done!) Some might seem easy, but from this once tired Mama, I know can say I have more pep in my step and more energy now than I ever have. It’s the sweet moments with my kids that I want to enjoy because they won’t be little for long. Here are some tips to help you feel your best each day!

 

  1. Get ready the night before. I seem to have little time in the morning to get myself ready for the day because I am simultaneously getting 4 kids ready as well. A little sprucing up in the morning and I’m ready to tackle the day! This might seem more psychological, but I definitely feel more energized when I’m not in my pajamas all day!
  2. Don’t skip breakfast!  I won’t let my kids go to school without breakfast and I won’t let myself go without breakfast too!  Make it easy on yourself!  A yogurt, a piece of fruit, an egg…anything!  Your body needs fuel, good fuel, to start the day!  You’ll notice you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood too!  I also take Meta Daily Energy Support as a part of my morning routine. The B-vitamin complex works naturally with my body to support natural energy* production without stimulants like caffeine. There’s also a beneficial probiotic to support a healthy digestive system. It’s all just a part of the healthy way I start my day!
  3. Exercise. Even if it’s walking for 20 minutes talking on the phone to your Mom, take a break and get your blood flowing. Exercise will ALWAYS make you feel more energized! Grab the stroller and head out! The baby or kids will love the walk too.
  4. Take a break. A mental break. A nap break. A brain break. Some times I need to check out from my kids or work and regroup. Even if it’s a small break, it’s a chance to disconnect even for a little while to recharge. Communication with your partner is crucial so you can figure out a time to make this work.
  5. Sleep. As tempting as it is to work late at night or watch you TV shows once the kids are asleep, set a limit on how late you stay up so you can get in some good rest. I know the nights of solid realm sleep might be few or nonexistent with potty training toddlers or breast feeding babies, but sleep is a game changer. Swap nights if your can with your partner. One of my mottos has always been “you sleep when they sleep” and that includes naps too! We know how much energy our kids have and it’s probably because they are getting a solid 10-12 hours of sleep each night!  Who wouldn’t be energized! I want their energy!
  6. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. I love good chocolate and a hot cup of coffee, but sugar and caffeine are stimulants. I started to notice how much better my body functioned when not so dependent on that morning cup of coffee. I have switched to a better breakfast and a fresh squeezed juice to start my day and haven’t looked back. Make little changes. One cup of coffee, not four. 1 teaspoon of sugar, not 2 tablespoons. No sugar after 6pm. Baby steps.
  7. Slow down. I’ve started to shift my focus to making my health a priority. I have been caught in the world of an over-scheduled parent and wiith four kids, that was very easy to do. It’s much easier said than done, but no one can do it all. Not even Superman or SuperMom. These are the moments you just don’t want to miss.

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Don’t miss out on any sweet moments with your kids! Moments like these won’t last forever. Eventually, you will feel the best you’ve ever felt and be your best each day. You owe it to family and especially, yourself.

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*Meta partnered with bloggers, such as me, to get the word out about its great product benefits. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Meta believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Meta’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

04 Aug 2016

Soft Summer Moments That Warm My Heart

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As I scroll through the 10,000 moments I caught on my camera from our summer vacations with the kids this summer, I can’t help but smile. It’s these soft summer moments that I cherish when I think of how wonderful our time spent together. With summer over now and back to school on the horizon, I just want to stop time and go back to porch sitting, pool hopping, spring jumping and lazy summer days. These have been some of the best moments of my life and ones I hope they will look back on and remember too. These are some of my favorite soft summer moments of 2016. I already want to go back.

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15 Apr 2016

Easy Cooking With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama. 

 

Abby and I love to cook together!  It’s been fun watching her WANT to cook with me! She sees her “big kids” cook with me and it’s been fun to explore food with her. When she cooks something, she’s definitely much more willing to try it too!

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08 Apr 2016

Growing Healthy Together:A Gerber Lil Beanies Rainbow Garden Party for Picky Eaters

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Get ready to win one over on your picky lil’ eaters with these Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks! This post is sponsored by Nestle, Walmart and written on behalf of The Women Bloggers in association with The Kendall King Group and #SoapBoxInfluence. As always, the content created is my own and as always, all thoughts and opinion about the product are my own too! 


We love to throw a good party! Especially when our friends can come over, play in the dirt and eat healthy snacks!  Read more

01 Apr 2016

Best Healthy Travel Snacks

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This content has been sponsored by Gerber Lil’ Beanies. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama!

We love to travel and going on the road means we are going to need some snacks! I like to make sure our snacks are healthy and fun, but also portable and easy! Sometimes, it’s hard to make that snack fits into ALL categories!

We loved learning about Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

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The Gerber Lil’ Beanies were a perfect addition to our road trip snacks as a healthy snack that was so good! Made from navy beans and rice flour, it was good to point out to the kids these were made with beans!

Being that these snacks are non- GMO as well as have no artificial coloring or flavors, they were a big hit with the kids and that’s always important!

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In addition to these, I like packing a few pouch applesauces, carrot sticks, string cheese, hummus and apple slices, we are set and ready to go on the road!

Travel Tip: Use cookie baking tins to give kids an easy tray to take on the road. It’s perfect for keeping all snakes separate while in the car!

And as a busy Mom of four, I love knowing that my littlest one is getting 2g of protein and 1g of fiber per serving! Every lil’ bit counts!

As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Sponsored content is created by Marisa Langford and my opinions are never bought.

17 Mar 2016

Disney on Ice Returns to Tampa in May 2016!

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It’s here! One of our favorite and most magical events of the year! Disney on Ice is a fabulous show with all of our favorite Disney friends brought to life with song and a spectacular show!

As Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, this year the show is presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and will be playing at Amalie Arena May 12-15, 2016!

Tickets start at $18 and are on sale now! Click here to purchase!

About the show!

Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

We have enjoyed these shows overtime we go! We hope you’ll love to attend as well!

We are giving away 2 tickets to the show and all you have to do to enter is comment below! This giveaway will end on May 1, 2016 at 12pm. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and tickets will be left at Will Call at Amalie Arena. Tickets will be for the Thursday, May 12, 2016 opening night show at 7:00 p.m. (Non-negotiable).

Good luck!!

25 Feb 2016

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Comes To Adventure Island! Discount Code!

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Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Fit Kids

When I was 9, on a Saturday morning, I was watching cartoons. My kids have inspired me in so many ways, and their determination to train and participate in a youth triathlon is one of the many.

Lots to be proud of at the young age of 9. I was watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. || #triathlete #TBKT15

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The Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon is back and is just one short month away. We have participated each year and will be again.

Kids triathlons are the new sports for kids these days!

Over 300 kids came out bright and early to race and compete. It’s such an amazing experience! Lots of people ready to help and everyone wanting the kids to succeed and cross that finish line. I hope I’ll see you out on the course!

Mark your calendar! March 19th is around the corner! You still have time to train!

DISCOUNT CODE: Register here using the code FITKIDS and save $5.